VANCOUVER, Dec. 1, 2016 /CNW/ – GREAT PANTHER SILVER LIMITED (TSX: GPR; NYSE MKT: GPL) (“Great Panther”; the “Company”) announces that, further to a review of its Topia Mine operations in Durango, the Company has decided to suspend the operation of the processing facility for approximately three months, effective today, to facilitate plant upgrades and a transition to a new tailings storage facility (“TSF”) currently under construction. Mine operations will continue through the plant shutdown and all ore will be stockpiled and processed in 2017.
“While we are continuing with the geotechnical evaluations and assessments of the remaining capacity at the existing tailings facility, we have made the decision to suspend processing at Topia”, stated Robert Archer, President & CEO. “This will provide the opportunity to safely engage in improvements at the processing plant concurrently with the construction of the new TSF while continuing with mine and resource development. During the period of the shutdown we will maintain full employment at Topia as mining operations will continue and plant personnel will be employed in the upgrade and maintenance programs, training and other activities.”