- Petropavlovsk said it had started processing gold concentrate at its Pokrovskiy mine in Russia.

The first autoclave at the mine's pressure oxidation hub had started processing ore one month ahead of scheduled, with gold recovery of around 93% nearing projected design recovery of 98%.

The second autoclave had commenced hot commissioning and was due to process first concentrate by year end, with autoclaves three and four scheduled for launch in the second quarter of 2019.

First commercial gold production was on track to commence in the first quarter of 2019.

At 1:59pm: [LON:POG] Petropavlovsk PLC share price was +0.18p at 6.17p

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