The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) has announced that commercial production has started at the Ad Duwayhi mine.
Ad Duwayhi is owned by Maaden Gold and Base Metals, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabian Mining, and has an estimated average annual production capacity of 180,000oz of gold over its life expectancy.
According to the company, mine production capacity is set to increase gradually over the year to reach 100% by the end of 2016.
The Ad Duwayhi mine had reserves of 1.9 million ounces of gold as at 31 December 2015. The mine project is located around 450km south west of Riyadh, and occupies around 1km².
It consists of a circular, sand wash-covered area, and involves an open pit gold mine and milling operations to produce a metal product on site.
Separately, the company announced that commercial operations at Jabal Sayed mine, located 120km southeast of Medina, Saudi Arabia, had been delayed from the first quarter of 2016.
Saudi Arabian Mining's affiliate Maaden Barrick Copper completed the acquisition of a 50% stake in the Jabal Sayed mine in December 2014.
Earlier in 2014, Maaden signed an agreement to form a joint venture with Barrick Gold for the purpose of establishing a Saudi company that will acquire, develop and operate the Jabal Sayid copper project.
Maaden Barrick is equally owned by Maaden and Barrick.
Image: Jabal Sayed mine located 120km southeast of Medina, Saudi Arabia. Photo: courtesy of Maaden - Saudi Arabian Mining Company.