Location and Infrastructure

The Segovia Operations are located 180 kilometres northeast of Medellín in the Segovia-Remedios mining district of Antioquia, Colombia. Segovia is a multi-million-ounce high-grade gold operation that has been producing gold for more than 150 years. The Segovia mining title covers an area of 2,906 hectares and includes three underground mines – El Silencio, Sandra K, and Providencia – and a gravity concentration and gold flotation process plant (the Maria Dama plant). The Carla mine, which has been operating since 2021, is located to the south of the Segovia operations and the mining title covers 567 hectares.

The Segovia Operations are supported by excellent infrastructure including a connection to the national power grid. Water is sourced from underground dewatering and rainwater, and the property is accessible by a 225 kilometre fully paved road from Medellín. Air access is by a 30-minute charter flight from Medellín to Otú, 15 kilometres south of Segovia. A large pool of skilled labour is available in the nearby towns of Segovia and Remedios.

Mining and Processing

Mining at the Segovia Operations is sourced from four underground mines using room and pillar or cut and fill mining methods, with the ore hoisted to the surface. Since 2017, the operation also incorporates the processing of ore provided by local informal miners through an artisanal mining model (ASM), which represented 12% and 16% of gold production in 2020 and 2021, respectively. These for-profit partnerships with community-based groups introduce two distinct operating cost structures at the Segovia Operations: owner-operated mining operations, and partner-operated mining operations. The partnership-operated mining operations cost structure primarily hinges on a percentage of the spot gold price since ASM partners are paid based on contained gold ounces delivered to the Maria Dama plant and using the LBMA gold spot price. Aris Mining currently has agreements with 63 third party ASM groups who mine in designated areas.

Ore is processed through the 2,000-tonne-per-day (tpd) capacity Maria Dama process plant using crushing, grinding, gravity concentration, gold flotation, concentrate regrinding, concentrate cyanidation, Merrill-Crowe zinc precipitation and refining of both the zinc precipitate and gravity concentrate to produce a final gold/silver doré product. 

A new 200 tpd polymetallic processing plant was built in 2021 to recover zinc, lead, gold and silver from tailings to provide an additional source of cash flow from the mining operations. Tailings from the Maria Dama plant are treated through a filter press operation that produces dry stack tailings which are stored at the El Chocho tailings storage facility.

Geology and Mineralization

Gold mineralization at Segovia occurs in mesothermal quartz-sulfide veins hosted by granodiorites of the Segovia Batholith. The well-known, partially exploited veins dip at approximately 30° to the east or northeast. There are also a number of steeply dipping quartz veins at Las Verticales in the western part of the concession, where inferred mineral resources have been estimated.

The El Silencio mine has a strike of 2.7 kilometres, and extends down dip by 900 metres, with additional structures still being identified with drilling. The Providencia mine has a known strike length of approximately two kilometres and a down dip extent that ranges from 690 metres to greater than 1.3 kilometres. Providencia is still open at depth. The Sandra K vein strikes for two kilometres and extends 700 metres to 900 metres down dip, and is open at depth and along strike. Carla is a new mine and has a strike of 900 metres and a down dip extent of 400 metres to 750 metres, and is still open along strike and at depth. Mineral resources have also been estimated at the historical Vera mine.


Aris Mining has extensive annual exploration and drilling programs at Segovia to identify new resources to expand production. Segovia has six consecutive years of replacing mined ounces with new resources.

Aris Mining has a robust exploration drilling budget planned for 2023 that includes a total of 84,500 metres (m), including 29,000 m focussed on increasing the mineral reserves and life of mine plan at its four producing mines, 39,000 m on resource extension at the producing mines, and 16,500 m on strategic high priority vein targets located adjacent to the current mining operations.

Additionally, the geology teams have ongoing programs of digitizing historical sampling data and collecting new channel sampling at historical mines to define additional exploration targets and to connect data to deeper structures.

In August 2023, the company reported highlights of its ongoing drilling campaign.