UPDATE 1-Gammon Gold Q1 output down; sees higher 2011 production

* Q1 prod 25,882 oz vs 28,431 oz last year

* Sees 2011 total production of 255,000 to 290,000 gold
equivalent oz

* Sees 2011 total cash costs of $455 to $485 per oz

* Shares rise 2 pct to year high

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April 11 (Reuters) – Gammon Gold said its quarterly
gold output fell 9 percent but the miner sees higher gold
equivalent production in 2011, helped by contribution from the
El Chanate mine in northern Mexico.

Gammon got the El Chanate mine through its recent
acquisition of Capital Gold after battling with smaller rival
Timmins Gold for several months.

For the year, Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Gammon, which
completed its $420 million acquisition of Capital Gold last
week, sees production of 205,000 to 230,000 gold equivalent
ounces from its Ocampo and El Cubo mines in Mexico.

While total production, including production attributable to
Gammon from Capital Gold’s El Chanate mine, is seen at 255,000
to 290,000 gold equivalent ounces at total cash costs of $455 to
$485 per ounce.

In 2010, Gammon produced 183,537 gold equivalent ounces at
Ocampo and 20,596 ounces at El Cubo.

Last month, Gammon Gold had reported a rise in its quarterly
income on higher gold and silver prices and it had said it
expected to benefit from rising prices this year as
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The company also said underground development and mining at
the El Cubo mine will commence in mid-April with processing of
production ore scheduled for the third quarter.

In the current first quarter, the company produced 25,882
ounces, down from 28,431 ounces last year.

Gammon Gold shares were trading up 10 Canadian cents at
C$10.13 on Monday morning on the Toronto Stock Exchange. They
touched a one-year high of 10.27 earlier in the session.
(Reporting by Arnika Thakur in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar
Warrier)

UPDATE 1-Gammon Gold Q1 output down; sees higher 2011 production