Canadian-based gold mining company Kinross Gold Corp has commissioned the third ball mill at its Paracatu expansion plant in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

The mill has been recently installed and is expected to enhance plant throughput at the plant, which encounters harder sections of the ore body.

Ore feed rate at the plant is currently at approximately 60% and is expected to rise to 100% in the third quarter of 2011.

The fourth ball mill is scheduled to be operational in the first half of 2012, and is expected to further enhance throughput as ore hardness increases in future.