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Pitarrilla mine located in the State of Durango, Mexico, ranks as the fourth biggest silver mine in the world. The probable silver reserves of the mine as of December 2012 were estimated at 478.7Moz. The feasibility study for the silver mining project was completed in December 2012. However, the decision of when to begin operations was still pending as of November 2013. Vancouver-based mining company Silver Standard owns Pitarrilla mine. The total construction costs of the mine are estimated at $741m. The development will include an open-pit mining operation with the use of trucks and shovels. Flotation and leach processing methods will be employed for the ore treatment. The mine is expected to produce 15Moz of silver per annum during the initial 18 years of production. The mine life of the project is 32 years - "".

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