The Öksüt gold mine is located approximately 48km south of Kayseri in south-central Turkey and fully owned by Centerra. It is 295km to the south-east of Ankara.
It is being developed as a conventional truck and shovel open-pit mining operation.
The mine has an initial life of eight years.
Centerra Gold president and CEO Scott Perry said: “Commercial production at Öksüt marks a major milestone for the Company.
“Öksüt was delivered on time and under budget. Centerra now has three producing operations which are expected to generate meaningful free cash flow as we continue to deliver growth and value for shareholders.”
The project received all regulatory permits in January 2018, while construction was started in March 2018.
Centerra already operates two flagship assets, namely the Kumtor Mine in the Kyrgyz Republic and the Mount Milligan mine in British Columbia, Canada. Öksüt is the company’s third operating asset.
In 2018, Kumtor mine produced 534,563oz of gold.