|By Marketwired .||
|March 10, 2014 05:01 AM EDT||
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/10/14 -- Pretium Resources Inc. (TSX:PVG)(NYSE:PVG) ("Pretivm") is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. James A. Currie as Chief Operating Officer of Pretivm where he will lead the development of the high-grade gold Brucejack Project into production as an underground mine. Joseph J. Ovsenek, Chief Development Officer, has been promoted to Executive Vice President.
Mr. Currie led the construction and development of New Gold Inc.'s New Afton gold mine in B.C. which went into production ahead of schedule in 2012. During his tenure as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of New Gold Inc., Mr. Currie was responsible for three operating gold mines in the US, Australia, and Mexico with cumulative operating budgets of over $300 million and an operating profit of over $300 million. Over the course of his 34-year career in the mining industry he has held roles in senior management, engineering and operations, on a number of projects that have progressed through feasibility to successful operation on schedule and budget. Mr. Currie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree with honours in mining engineering from Queen's University and is a registered professional engineer.
"We welcome Jim to Pretivm's senior management team as we begin to transition the Brucejack Project from an exploration success to a gold producer," said President and CEO Robert Quartermain. "It's a critical period for any project, and he brings proven experience to manage that process effectively and efficiently, particularly with respect to both the operating environment in northern B.C. and our mining plans."
Mr. Ovsenek joined Pretivm in January 2011 as Chief Development Officer and Director, and oversees a broad scope of Pretivm's strategic corporate functions including financing and project permitting. Prior to joining Pretivm, he was Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Silver Standard Resources Inc. Mr. Ovsenek holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto and is a registered professional engineer.
Pretivm is creating value through gold at its high-grade gold Brucejack Project, located in northern British Columbia. Permitting of a high-grade underground gold mine at Brucejack is underway, with commercial production targeted to commence in 2016.
Forward Looking Statements
This News Release contains "forward-looking information" and "forward looking statements" within the meaning of applicable Canadian and United States securities legislation. Forward-looking information may include, but is not limited to, risks related to information with respect to our planned exploration and development activities, the adequacy of Pretivm's financial resources, the estimation of mineral reserves and resources including the 2013 Valley of the Kings Mineral Resource estimate, realization of mineral reserve and resource estimates and timing of development of Pretivm's Brucejack Project, costs and timing of future exploration, results of future exploration and drilling, production and processing estimates, capital and operating cost estimates, timelines and similar statements relating to the economic viability of the Brucejack Project, timing and receipt of approvals, consents and permits under applicable legislation, Pretivm's executive compensation approach and practice, and adequacy of financial resources. Wherever possible, words such as "plans", "expects", "projects", "assumes", "budget", "strategy", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "targets" and similar expressions or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved, or the negative forms of any of these terms and similar expressions, have been used to identify forward-looking statements and information. Statements concerning mineral reserve and resource estimates may also be deemed to constitute forward-looking information to the extent that they involve estimates of the mineralization that will be encountered if the property is developed.
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