Mineral exploration and development company China Nonferrous Gold has announced that construction of the underground mine at the Pakrut gold project in Tajikistan is progressing well.

The underground mine is scheduled to commence production later this year, once construction work is completed.

The company said that out of a planned total depth of 1,800m, the main decline at the mine has reached a depth of 600m.

"All construction activity is on track and I am confident that production will commence later this year."

Out of a planned total depth of 520m, the west ventilation access decline has reached a depth of 285m.

Construction work on associated mine infrastructure is also progressing to plan, in addition to work on the underground mine.

Mine access roads and bridge construction are expected to be completed soon, while the electricity power line and substation will be constructed by the end of September.

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According to the company, it has commenced the tender process for contracts relating to the construction of processing plants as well as the tailing dam, and it is yet to award contracts.

China Nonferrous already purchased the majority of equipment required for the processing plants and is currently shipping the machinery to the mine site.

The company is currently in the process of finalising a report on its drilling and exploration programme for 2013 and plans to announce the results soon.

China Nonferrous Gold managing director David Tang said: "I am very pleased with the progress the company has made towards bringing the Pakrut gold project into production. All construction activity is on track and I am confident that production will commence later this year, as planned."

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