Equinox Gold celebrates 5moz at Mesquite Mine in California

Mesquite Warehouse Technician Tony Archuleta was part of the team when Mesquite poured its first ounce of gold in 1985

Equinox Gold Corp's Mesquite Mine poured its 5mnth ounce of gold on July 20.

Mesquite, which started operations in March 1986, is the largest gold mine in California.

Since the Canadian mining company acquired Mesquite on October 30, 2018, the mine has produced more than 450,000 ounces of gold.

Tony Archuleta, Mesquite Warehouse Technician (centre), holds the gold bar that contains Mesquite’s the landmark ounce, with Doug Reddy, Equinox Gold Chief Operating Officer, and Ross Beaty, Equinox Gold Chairman. 

Archuleta started his career at Mesquite in September 1985 and was part of the team when Mesquite poured its first ounce of gold. More than a quarter of the 300-person team has worked at the mine for more than 10 years.

Mesquite has also received Equinox Gold's 2021 Chairman's Safety Award for exemplary safety performance.

Mesquite has completed more than 2,082 days and 4.3mn work hours without a lost-time incident, an outstanding achievement that showcases Mesquite's focus on teamwork and safety. Jessica Tiffin, Mesquite Safety Manager, who has worked at the mine since 2010, accepted the award.

Mesquite is an open-pit, run-of-mine heap leach gold mine with an average annual production of approximately 130,000oz. Mesquite produced 137,500 oz of gold in 2021 and is expected to produce ~125,000 oz of gold in 2022.

At the end of May it received approval for the tailings storage facility raise at its RDM Mine in Brazil. The TSF raise contractor is mobilising equipment to begin the raise in early June, and full operations are expected to resume this month.

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