Dragon Mining’s operations are focused on maximising safety performance, environmental performance, and cost efficient production. Cash generation comes from its two established Production Centres, the Vammala Production Centre in Finland and the Svartliden Production Centre in Sweden. Since 2005 these Production Centres have produced in excess of 650,000 ounces for the Company.
The Vammala Production Centre consists of the Vammala Plant and the Jokisivu and Orivesi Gold Mines. The two underground mines supply the 300ktpa Vammala Plant. Two types of products are produced at Vammala, a direct sell gravity concentrate (minor) and a floatation concentrate (major). The majority of the floatation concentrate stream is transported to Svartliden in Sweden for processing through the Svartliden CIL plant to produce doré bars.
The Svartliden Production Centre consists of the 300ktpa Svartliden Plant that has processed ore from the open-pit and underground Svartliden Gold Mine. The Carbon In Leach (CIL) plant with its existing infrastructure and permits for Tailings Storage and Water Treatment is a key strategic asset positioned to unlock the potential of nearby mineral resources, including the Fäboliden Gold Project. The Svartliden Production Centre also contributes significant value to Dragon Mining’s operations through the processing of the gold concentrates from the Company’s Finnish operation.
A focus on Safety at the Operations has resulted in the Company’s 12 month rolling Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR), per million work hours decreasing to zero. This outstanding performance is possible through the development of a Safety Culture and effective safety management that involves all personnel including contractors. Internal bench marking and a centralised operations management group encourages inter-site collaboration further enhancing the Company’s safety performance.
Environmental performance is another key aspect of Dragon Mining’s Operations. It is monitored and reported as a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) alongside Safety, Productivity, and Cost KPI’s. By ensuring operating sites perform to a high standard, Dragon Mining is able to demonstrate its commitment and ability to operate in an environmentally responsible manner. The Company considers the performance of existing operations is vital for the successful permitting and development of its future operations. It is management’s objective to add value through reducing risks to the environment, which in turn reduces risks to shareholders and all other stakeholders of Dragon Mining’s operations and projects.