TORONTO, Ontario, October 17, 2017 – Torex Gold Resources Inc. (the “Company” or “Torex”) (TSX:TXG) is pleased to announce the initiation of its in-fill drilling program at its Media Luna development project in Southwest Mexico. The purpose of this program is to upgrade, to the Indicated confidence level, 25% of the current inferred Media Luna resource of 7.4 million Au Eq. ounces (51.5Mt @ 4.48g/t Au Eq.). The program plan contains 175 holes, averaging 600 meters in depth, for a total of 105,000 meters of drilling. The budgeted cost for the program is US$15M, and the 175 holes are scheduled for completion by the end of 2018. Subsequent to the completion of the program, a Measured and Indicated resource estimate will be prepared, and this will form the basis for a Media Luna feasibility study, which is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2019.
Fred Stanford, President & CEO of Torex stated: “The start of this in-fill drilling program is a big step in advancing the development of the Media Luna deposit. That development process will be aided by the increased geological understanding and confidence that comes from the drilling program. It will also be potentially enhanced by the optimization of the Media Luna production and service processes, that have been developed by internal teams, while we waited for the financial flexibility to proceed with in-fill drilling. An updated preliminary economic assessment (“PEA”), scheduled for late in Q1, 2018, is expected to illustrate the commercial advantages of the proposed optimized processes. Internal and external study teams are also focusing on design elements that are expected to expedite the permitting process. Pending success of future technical studies, the potential timeline contemplates beginning construction of the Media Luna mine in early 2020, is expected to be financed from internal cash flow, and gold production is expected to begin in early 2022.”