San Sebastian mining method case study

AMC establishes the mine plan that launches a mine into operation, generating more than $92M in its first year.

Project overview

Hecla Limited engaged AMC to identify applicable open pit and underground mining methods for the San Sebastian operation in Mexico. In collaboration with Hecla, AMC identified the scenario that best aligned with the client’s strategic goals and maximized project value.

The challenge

The San Sebastian operation comprised four deposits that could be mined through a combination of open pit and underground mining methods. The challenge was to identify the most appropriate mining method for each deposit and the transition point from open pit to underground mining.

The result

Following the results of the study, the mine went into production. Since then, it has generated more than $92 million in cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures in 2016.*

* Hecla Mining Company 2016 Annual Report

Our approach

AMC’s approach to to assessing the optimal combination of open-pit and underground mining at San Sebastian focused on:

  • Constant client collaboration.
  • Geotechnical analysis and recommendation of pit slope angles, crown pillar requirements, and underground stope dimensions.
  • Mining method options assessment based on AMC’s country-specific experience.
  • Pit and stope optimizations.
  • Determination of optimal open pit / underground interface and development sequence to sustain continuous production
  • Practical mine design, sequencing and detailed mine schedules.
  • Cost estimation and economic evaluation.

Project facts

Company: Hecla Limited
Operation: San Sebastian
Location: Mexico, Durango state
Commodity: Gold and silver
Mining method: Open pit & underground

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