By Alex MacDonald
LONDON--Mexican precious metals producer Fresnillo PLC (FRES.LN) has allocated $680 million to capital expenditure this year, and expects to spend about $500 million a year in the next four to five years as it seeks to expand its silver and gold production capacity.
CEO Jaime Lomelin, who is retiring after four years at the helm of Fresnillo, said about $200 million of this year's total capital spend would be attributed to sustainable capital expenditure. The remainder would be spent on exploration and development of its growth projects, which includes its San Julian, Centauro deep, and Herradura projects.
Fresnillo is aiming to grow attributable gold production to 500,000 troy ounces by 2018 from a forecast 460,000 ounces in 2012, and attributable silver production to 65 million ounces from a forecast 41 million ounces in 2012.
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