Wednesday 4 September 2013

Fatality at Mexican Silver Mine.

A worker has been killed at the Porvenir Cuatro Silver Mine in Durango State, Mexico, in a rockfall incident  on 1 September 2013. The incident took place at near an underground pumping station at the mine, which is part of the Guanaceví Mine Complex operated by Endeavour Silver of Vancouver in British Columbia. The area around the accident has been closed off pending an investigation by the company and Mexican authorities, but production at the mine is said to be unaffected.

The entrance to the Porvenir Cuatro Mine. Endeavour Silver.

Endeavour Silver acquired the main part of the Guanaceví Complex in 2004, and the Porvenir Cuatro mine in 2009. It also owns two other silver mines in Mexico, the Bolañitos Mine in Guanajuato State, which it acquired in 2007 and the El Cubo Mine, also in Guanajuato State, which it acquired in 2012. The company has ambitious expansion plans for all three mines.

Simple map of the Guanaceví Mine Complex. Endeavour Silver.

The Guanaceví Complex produced 77 760 kg of silver and 245 kg of gold in 2012; gold and silver are almost invariably found together, few mines produce exclusively one or the other and the naming of sites as either 'gold' or 'silver' mines is often arbitrary.

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