By Jorge Cirett
During the 28th week of the year (July 8th to July 14th, 2019), at least 27 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Camimex announced investments for US$2,705 M on new gold projects from 2019 to 2024. The same organism informed Mexico’s gold production declined 6.7% between 2017 and 2018. ON EXPLORATION, In Baja California, One World Lithium released results from drilling at Salar del Diablo. In Sonora, Magna Gold started its phase one exploration program at its Mercedes project on the Santa Rosa de Yecora district. In Chihuahua, Sable Resources received the drilling permit for its Vinata project. In Coahuila, Discovery Metals received the drilling permit for its Monclova project. In Guanajuato, Fresnillo explores near Mineral de La Luz. ON MINING, Torex Gold, Coeur Mining, Great Panther, GoGold Resources and Endeavour Silver presented production results for the second quarter of 2019. ON FINANCING, Mexican Gold Corp, Impact Silver, One World Lithium, Oceanus Resources, Silver One Resources, Advance Gold and Millrock undertook or completed tranches of financing rounds for a combined $13.45 M. Evrim Resources granted 1 M stock options to an officer. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, SilverCrest Metals filed the PEA on Las Chispas, Sonora. VVC Exploration received the environmental permit and a land use change permit for its Samalayuca project in Chihuahua. SilverCrest Metals released high grade results from underground sampling of the Babicanora vein at Las Chispas, Sonora. Goldplay released good gold results from trenching on an extension of the Nava zone on its San Marcial project in Sinaloa. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Orex Minerals and Pan American Silver entered into an agreement to negotiate a formal JV agreement on the Sandra Escobar project in Durango. Oroco Resources signed a letter of agreement to acquire the 766 ha. Rossy concession adjacent to Oroco’s land package on the Santo Tomas district in Sinaloa.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
- Camimex (Cámara Minera de México), informed on a list of new gold producing projects that involve the investment of US$2,705 M between 2019 and 2024. Among the biggest investments are those of Torex Gold (US$482 M) in Media Luna, Guerrero; Grupo Mexico’s (US$413 M) Buenavista Zinc in Sonora and Fresnillo’s (US$350 M) Orisyvo in Chihuahua. Other investments include the second dynamic leaching plant at La Herradura; the Pyrites plant in Fresnillo; Goldcorp’s Pyrite plant in Peñasquito, Zacatecas; and Endeavour’s El Compas in Zacatecas; Candelaria Mining is to start operations at Pinos, Zacatecas; Mag Silver and Fresnillo are to begin production at Juanicipio, Zacatecas; Telson Resources is to finish construction of the mine at Tahuehueto, Durango; Hecla’s will continue with open pit and then underground operations at San Sebastian, Durango.
- Camimex stated that during 2018 Mexico’s gold production diminished 6.7% compared with 2017, reaching 3.8 M Oz Au. Five companies produced more than half of the overall gold production in 2018: Fresnillo (24.1%), Torex Gold (9.3%), Agnico Eagle (8.5%), Goldcorp (7.1%) and Minera Frisco (6.5%) (Editor’s note.- This last company has the dubious honor of being the most opaque for disclosing production, reserves and resources from its projects in Mexico).
- Sable Resources Ltd. has received the permit needed to drill the Vinata project in Chihuahua. The surface agreements have been approved by the local community for an initial 2,500 m diamond drill program “to test the vertical continuity and mineral zoning along a section of the Vinata vein system where the veins are observed outcropping over 1000 m along strike”. Sable will contract a ground electromagnetic survey (CSAMT) to better define the vein system at depth and the contacts between a felsic dome and volcanic and sedimentary rocks. The mineralisation at Vinata occurs as a series of quartz veins that outcrop for 1,200 m, with multiple sub-parallel veins and stockwork zones over a width of 15 to 170 m, with individual veins ranging to up to 12 m in width.
- One World Lithium Inc. released results from drilling at its Salar del Diablo property in Baja California (there is not a state named Baja California Norte in Mexico). The drill holes did not reach the target depths due to “the constant sluffing of sand, presence of multiple clay formations, unconsolidated gravel and rubble”. The highest lithum grade in sediment samples was 273 ppm Li, whereas the water samples are thought to have been diluted by the injection of significant amounts of fresh water while drilling. The Company intends to resume its 4,250 foot drilling program before the end of September 2019.
- Discovery Metals Corp. has been granted drilling permits for its Monclova project in Coahuila. “The Real Viejo area is the key near-term target. It hosts five historic shallow underground mines along a strike of 1.5km at a limestone-intrusive rock contact”, with rock channel samples averaging 277 gpt Ag, 6.7% Zn, 1.9% Pb. The Real Viejo area is 2 square-km in size and is located along the southern contact of the Monclova intrusive complex, where a series of Ag-ZnPb mineralised, silica-rich vein, replacement bodies (mantos), skarn-altered embayment zones and breccias 2-10 m wide are located.
- Fresnillo Plc. is realizing exploration work in the Guanajuato district, mainly near Mineral de La Luz.
- Magna Gold Corp. initiated its phase one exploration program on the Mercedes project in Sonora. The aim on this phase is to confirm the existence (suggested by historical drilling) of an oxide zone of quartz stockwork Au-Ag mineralisation 60 m wide and 220 m long, and a surface study including geological mapping of a 500 ha zone and systematic rock chip and soil geochemical surveys.
- Torex Gold Resources Inc. reported Q2 2019 gold production of 113,600 Oz Au at its Limon-Guajes mine in Guerrero. Plant throughput averaged 11,670 tonnes per day (tdp), underground mine production was 1,280 tpd, open pit ore production was 18,600 tpd and the open pit strip ratio was 6.8:1.
- Coeur Mining Inc. announced second quarter 2019 production. At Palmarejo, in Chihuahua, 447.7 K tonnes were milled @ 2.18 gpt Au, 147.4 gpt Ag, with recoveries of 87.7% Au, 81.8% Ag to produce 28,246 Oz Au, 1.7 M Oz Ag. Production at the La Nacion deposit began and is anticipated to add 400 tpd of mill feed.
- Great Panther Mining Ltd. presented second quarter 2019 results including figures from its Mexican operations. At Topia, in Durango 18.4 K tonnes were processed @ 392 gpt Ag, 1.01 gpt Au, recovering 93.9% Ag, 58.9% Au to produce 218 K Oz Ag, 353 Oz Au, 453 tonnes Pb, 575 tonnes Zn. At the Guanajuato mine Complex, solely from the San Ignacio mine, 45.5 K tonnes were processed @ 2.52 gpt Au, 105 gpt Ag, recovering 85.5% Ag, 87.0% Au, to produce 388.4 K Oz Ag, 3,209 Oz Au.
- GoGold Resources Inc. reported production results from its tailings project in Parral, Chihuahua. During the period 250 K Oz Ag, 2,281 Oz Au were recovered.
Endeavour Silver Corp. disclosed second quarter 2019 production results from its four mines in Mexico.
- Mexican Gold Corp. is undertaking a non-brokered private placement for aggregate gross proceeds of up to $4 M (Las Minas, Veracruz).
- Impact Silver Corp. completed the first tranche of its non-brokered private placement, raising gross proceeds of $1.23 M, and announced the increase on the second tranche of financing to up to $1.5 M (Zacualpan, Estado de Mexico).
- Evrim Resources Corp. announced the approval of the grant of 1 M stock options to an officer under the terms of the company’s stock option plan (Cerro Cascaron, Chihuahua).
- One World Lithium Inc. closed the first tranche of its private placement financing, raising CDN$734.6 K (Salar del Diablo, Baja California. Please note there is not a Baja California Norte state in Mexico).
- Oceanus Resources Corp. closed a non-brokered private placement raising $750 K (El Tigre, Sonora).
- Silver One Resources Inc. increased its previously announced private placement, for gross proceeds of $5 M (La Frazada, Nayarit).
- Advance Gold Corp. closed the non-brokered private placement financing previously announced, for gross proceeds of $234 K (Tabasquena, Zacatecas).
- Millrock Resources Inc. plans to raise gross proceeds of between $1 M and $1.5 M through a non-brokered private placement. Finder’s fees of 7% cash and 7% finder’s warrants may be paid in connection with the Offering (Batamote, Sonora).
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
- SilverCrest Metals Inc. filed the technical report titled “Technical Report and Preliminary Economic Assessment for the Las Chispas Property, Sonora, Mexico”. The PEA results were previously released.
- VVC Exploration Corp. received the environmental permit and a land use change permit for its Samalayuca copper property in Chihuahua. With those permits the company can initiate mining operations in the Gloria zones of the Kaity claim. VVC began bench testing with mineralised material from the Gloria zones to assess metallurgy with different crush sizes and acid flow rates.
- SilverCrest Metals Inc. provided the first underground sample results from the Babicanora vein on its Las Chispas project in Sonora. A total of 133 samples were collected from blast faces for 35 m of a 3.5 m by 3.5 m drift along the vein, same that averaged 2.6 m (vein width) @ 13.70 gpt Au, 1,107 gpt Ag (or 2,132 gpt AgEq). Some of the best intervals released comprise: 3.9 m @ 62.66 gpt Au, 4,610 gpt Ag (including 0.6 m @ 336 gpt Au, 26,435 gpt Ag); 4.1 m @ 13.91 gpt Au, 709 gpt Ag; 3.5 m @ 16.69 gpt Au, 2,192 gpt Ag; 1.8 m @ 53.18 gpt Au, 3,548 gpt Ag; 3.2 m @ 12.89 gpt Au, 799 gpt Ag; 5 m @ 16.69 gpt Au, 2,192 gpt Ag; 3.2 m @ 18.74 gpt Au, 459 gpt Ag; 2.1 m @ 14.77 gpt Au, 1,542 gpt Ag; 2.5 m @ 15.27 gpt Au, 1,426 gpt Ag; 2.5 m @ 21.73 gpt Au, 1,231 gpt Ag.
- Goldplay Exploration Ltd. encountered a broad gold zone at the Nava target of its San Marcial project in Sinaloa. The results come from a zone 300 m west of the first Nava trenches, where a 31 m true width (tw) zone mineralised zone of epithermal quartz veins and a zone of intense stockwork which returned 17.7 m (tw) @ 2.11 gpt Au. The target is to be drill tested on the next drill program with a couple of holes.
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
- Orex Minerals Inc. entered into an agreement with Pan American Silver Corp. to negotiate a formal JV agreement on the Sandra Escobar project in Durango, to replace a previous agreement from 2015, and will suspend the operation of the 2015 agreement until the new agreement is entered into, or until December 31, 2019, whichever is earlier.
- Oroco Resources Corp. entered into a letter of agreement for the acquisition of an 80% interest in the 766.7 ha Rossy mining concession located within Oroco’s land package on the Santo Tomas district in Sinaloa. The company has to pay US$125 K over two years and issue 300 K shares and grant 1.5 NSR.
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On the image below, orogenic gold style milky quartz vein bearing pyrite and jarosite in Oaxaca. Picture by Jorge Cirett
Ciudad de México, a 27 de junio de 2019
GUIA DE BUENAS PRÁCTICAS DE LA MINERÍA
EN LA RELACIÓN CON LAS COMUNIDADES
Las actividad minera requiere la construcción de una guía de las mejores prácticas de vinculación social de las empresas mineras con las comunidades, durante las diferentes fases de la actividad productiva.
a. Actuar de forma justa, honesta, ética, confiable, transparente y responsable.
b. Cumplir con la Constitución, sus leyes y reglamentos, con el propósito de impulsar el desarrollo de México.
c. Tener una declaración o un código de conducta, que contenga los valores y principios de la organización; aprobado por el más alto nivel directivo de la empresa,
que sea público y se difunda interna y externamente.
d. Hacer un diagnóstico social de las comunidades aledañas, en el que se podrán identificar posibles impactos, de acuerdo con la etapa del proyecto y las
acciones de mitigación.
e. Impulsar un plan de relacionamiento, así como programas para el desarrollo de las comunidades aledañas a las operaciones minero-metalúrgicas, que sean capaces
de detallar el proceso y que demuestre cómo cada una de …. Pag. 1 de 6
By Jorge Cirett
During the 26th week of the year (June 24th to June 30th, 2019), at least 43 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON MEXICO ISSUES, a resolution by the Supreme Court is awaited to learn how the Mining Fund resources are to be allocated, if for social and environmental infrastructure (as planned) or as direct allocations to the people of the communities, the preferred method of the president (a method the opposition denounces as vote buying). In Sonora a local congressman introduced a bill for a new state tax on dirt extracted from open pits, a measure that if implemented is to pose a further weight in the already heavy fiscal load for mining companies in Mexico. Furthermore, the Economy Secretariat (Secretaria de Economia) published a letter stating that the “Protocol of Good Practice of Mining for the Public Consultation” (Protocolo de buenas practicas de la Minería para la consulta pública) is under review by the agency. It is not possible to underrate the importance of the review of this protocol, because if it is implemented incorrectly the result would impact fast and catastrophically the Mexican exploration industry. One of the more pressing issues is the fact that placing the consultation process before exploration takes place, would end most exploration in one swipe. If in doubt, just take a look to Oaxaca, where, although not being in the law you have to make the community consultation process before exploring, and the result is that hardly any exploration work is nowadays conducted in one of the states with the best mineralization potential in Mexico. Trust is hard to earn, let’s not throw it away so carelessly. ON EXPLORATION, In Zacatecas, Galore continues to drill at Dos Santos; Alien Metals updated on its exploration of Donovan 2 and Los Campos. ON MINING, Alien Metals released its financial results for 2018. ON FINANCING, Santacruz signed an agreement to extend the payment of a US$2.3 M loan. Galore is making a $1.5 M financing. Goldplay closed an oversubscribed financing for $1.37 M. Leagold completed a debt refinancing for a $200 M term loan and a $200 M revolving credit facility. ePower intends to conduct a private placement for Cdn$6 M. Sable granted 2.8 M incentive stock options. Alien Metals raised £350 K. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Mexus Gold is to start leaching at Santa Elena, in Sonora. Telson reported significant underground channel sample results at Tahuehueto. Orla presented the result of the FS on Camino Rojo. Premier Gold presented results of its 42,000 m drilling campaign at Mercedes. Southern Silver file a technical report with updated resources on Cerro Las Minas. Santacruz presented results of drilling at Veta Grande. GoGold released results of drilling at Los Ricos. SilverCrest informed the decline has intersected the Babicanora vein at Las Chispas. Minera Alamos informed on the permitting of Santana. Almaden updated on permitting and legal issues at its Ixtaca project in Puebla. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Millrock sold its Sonoran portfolio to Riverside. ePower Metals entered into a definitive agreement with Minera Alamos to acquire the Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. Silver Viper renegotiated much better terms on the lease of two properties within its La Virgina project in Sonora. Golden Minerals entered into an agreement under which Minera Autlan is to buy its Velardeña properties. Bacanora Lithoum signed an investment agreement and an offtake agreement with Ganfeng Lithium on its Sonora lithium project. Canasil and Pan American agreed on terms for the acquisition of Pan American of the Sandra Escobar project in Durango.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
- The Economy Secretariat is awaiting the resolution of the Supreme Court on the change of rules to apply the Mining Fund, which this year is anticipated to be amounting to 3.2 billion pesos (3,200 millones) or approximately US$168.4 M. The proposal by the present Federal government (ie.- the president) is to deliver the resources directly to the people to “augment the capacities” of the mining communities. The aim would be to organize the community and the service providers to be part of the service chain for the mining industry. The resources on the Mining Fund to date are to be funneled according with the current rules, until a resolution by the Supreme Court clarifies the issue.
- In Sonora, local congressman Carlos Navarrete from the Encuentro Social party (allied to the Morena party) introduced a bill for a new State tax on dirt extracted from open pits (includes waste, sand, dimension stone, clays, limestone, lime, among others). The US$0.63 tax per cubic metre of material would be split 80/20 between the municipalities and the State. The resources would be utilized in physical investments and infrastructure with social impact, in the environment and urban development (The bill intends to use the resources thus gathered in the same way that those of the Mining Fund were supposed to be used, and for which a 7% federal royalty tax was imposed on mining a few years ago. Now that the current president Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador intends to use the resources of the Mining Fund for his preferred programs, allied politicians are trying to make the mining industry pay even more taxes).
- The Economy Secretariat published a letter on the “Protocol of Good Practice of Mining for the Public Consultation”. In the letter the Economy Secretariat states that the protocol is under review by the agency. On the Letter: The consultation process is to be applied to all communities that can be impacted by the mining activity. Also, both exploration and exploitation should be consulted before their realization. The responsible authority is to be the Economy Secretariat, with aid by the Instituto Nacional de los Pueblos Indigenas and other authorities (SEMARNAT, CONAGUA, CFE, local municipal and state governments), as well as the state and federal Human Rights Commissions.
- Galore Resources Inc. informed its 2,500 m diamond core drilling program at the El Alamo target of its Dos Santos project in Zacatecas continues to progress well. The first hole “intersected multiple zones of alteration and brecciation …… silicified and brecciated limestone similar to those observed on the surface over a much wider zone than was anticipated”.
- Alien Metals Ltd. updated on its exploration activities at its Zacatecas properties Donovan 2, Los Campos and Don Celso. Sampling and mapping at Donovan 2 has resulted in high grade mineralisation in historic workings open along strike, and channel sample assays of up to 1.15% Cu and float samples of up to 0.45 gpt Au. Planned work includes a ground induced polarisation (IP) geophysical survey before the first phase of drilling. Surface mapping and sampling will be undertaken at Los Campos and Don Celso properties, as well as underground sampling and a geophysical survey at Los Campos.
- Alien Metals Ltd. released its audited financial results for 2018. The company owns the Donovan 2, Los Campos, San Celso and La Africana projects in Zacatecas. The company held US$0.7 M in cash and cash equivalents by the end of the period.
- Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. reached an agreement to amend the repayment terms of the US$2.3 M short-term loan that it has borrowed from a private Bolivian mining company. The principal balance of US$2.3 million is now to be repaid by January 30, 2020. As consideration for the extension on the date of repayment Santacruz is to increase the issue of 2 M warrants to 2.5 M warrants (Veta Grande, Zacatecas).
- Galore Resources Inc. is to commence a non-brokered private placement to raise gross proceeds of up to $1.5 M (Dos Santos, Zacatecas).
- Goldplay Exploration Ltd. closed its over-subscribed previously announced financing, for gross proceeds of $1.37 M. A total of $28.9 K was paid and 231 K warrants were issued as a finder’s fee payment (San Marcial, Sinaloa).
- Leagold Mining Corp. completed the debt refinancing with a syndicate of lenders that includes a $200 million term loan and a $200 million revolving credit facility. These loans have been used to replace $238 million of existing short-term debt, and will aid in the development of the Bermejal underground complex, the Guadalupe open pit and the CIL plant construction at it Los Filos mine in Guerrero.
- ePower Metals Inc. intends to conduct a non-brokered private placement to raise up to Cdn$6 M (Los Reyes, Sinaloa).
- Sable Resources Ltd. granted 2.8 M incentive stock options to certain officers, directors, employees and consultants of the company. Such options are exercisable at a price of $0.15 for a period of five years (Margarita and Vinata, Chihuahua).
- Alien Metals Ltd. raised £350 K through the placement of shares (Donovan 2, Los Campos, Zacatecas).
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
- Mexus Gold US. is to start leaching at its Santa Elena mine in Sonora (not to mistake for First Majestic’s Santa Elena mine, also in Sonora). Leaching is programmed to start on June 27th, with ore grading 1.8 gpt Au, 8 gpt Ag, to later on add ore @ 4 gpt Au, 12 gpt Ag. By September the company expects to be mining 3,500 tonnes per week.
- Telson Mining Corp. reported significant channel sample assay results for underground mine development at its Tahuehueto project in Durango, where a 1,000 tonne per day mine is under construction. Highlighted results include: 2.42 m @ 5.76 gpt Au, 129 gpt Ag, 1.44% Cu, 3.8% Pb, 6.2% Zn; 5.50 m @ 3.31 gpt Au, 57 gpt Ag, 0.32% Cu, 0.9% Pb, 3.5% Zn; 5.38 m @ 4.41 gpt Au, 44 gpt Ag, 0.38% Cu, 1.5% Pb, 3.6% Zn; 7.0 m @ 5.12 gpt Au, 40 gpt Ag, 0.29% Cu, 1.0% Pb, 3.2% Zn; 6.45 m @ 5.69 gpt Au, 51 gpt Ag, 0.21% Cu, 2.3% Pb, 5.6% Zn; 4.42 m @ 8.70 gpt Au, 59 gpt Ag, 0.18% Cu, 1.7% Pb, 2.2% Zn; 4.08 m @ 9.27 gpt Au, 69 gpt Ag, 0.19% Cu, 0.6% Pb, 1.0% Zn; 3.56 m @ 7.95 gpt Au, 76 gpt Ag, 0.25% Cu, 3.3% Pb, 4.6% Zn. Individual assays are often above 5 gpt Au, and up to 28 gpt Au.
- Orla Mining Ltd. presented the results of a feasibility study on its Camino Rojo Oxide project in Zacatecas. The main points include 18 K tonnes per day operation, with 44 M tonnes of ore to be put on the leach pad @ 0.73 gpt Au, 14.2 gpt Ag, containing 1 M Oz Au, 20.1 M Oz Ag. The expected recovery is 64% Au, 17% Ag, with an annual gold production of 97 K Oz Au at by-product cash cost $515 per Au Oz and an AISC of $576 per Au Oz. The after tax net present value (5%) is $142 M, with an after tax internal rate of return of 28.7% and a payback period of three years, all this in the case scenario of $1,250 per Au Oz price. The proven and probable mineral reserves stand at 44 M tonnes @ 0.73 gpt Au, 14.4 gpt Ag, whereas the measured and indicated resources amount to 353.4 M tonnes @ 0.83 gpt Au, 8.8 gpt Ag, containing 9.46 M Oz Au, 100.4 M Oz Ag. Inferred mineral resources are 60.9 M tonnes @ 0.87 gpt Au, 7.4 gpt Ag, containing 1.70 M Oz Au, 14.5 M Oz Ag.
- Premier Gold Mines Ltd. presented exploration results of its 42,000 m drilling program at its Mercedes mine in Sonora. New mineralised veins have been confirmed at San Martin, opening the area 600 m to the west of the Lupita deposit. Drilling at San Martin returned multiple intercepts, including 7.2 m @ 4.64 gpt Au, 30 gpt Ag; 1.4 m @ 5.56 gpt Au, 38 gpt Ag. Ongoing delineation at Lupita includes intercepts of 3.9 m @ 10.3 gpt Au, 88 gpt Ag and 1.5 m @ 23.9 gpt Au, 71 gpt Ag. Exploration is to be activated at La Mesa area, adjacent to Agnico Eagle’s Santa Gertrudis project.
- Southern Silver Corp. filed a NI-43-101 report with an updated mineral resource estimate for its Cerro Las Minas project in Durango (previously disclosed). The indicated resources amount to 11.1 M tonnes @ 105 gpt Ag, 0.1 gpt Au, 0.16% Cu, 1.2% Pb, 3.7% Zn, containing 37.5 M OZ Ag, 35 K Oz Au, 40 M Lb Cu, 303 M Lb Pb, 897 Lb Zn, Inferred mineral resources comprise 12.8 Mt @ 111 gpt Ag, 0.07 gpt Au, 0.27% Cu, 0.9% Pb, 2.8% Zn, containing 45.7 M Oz Ag, 31 K Oz Au, 76 M Lb Cu, 253 M Lb Pb, 796 M Lb Zn. “The overall objective of the 2019-20 exploration program is to continue to increase the existing resource base and to identify and drill test new epithermal vein systems within the larger claim package.”
- Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. released results from phase 1 of the current drilling program on the Veta Grande, Armados and Navidad veins on its Veta Grande project in Zacatecas. Highlighted true width intercepts comprise 0.55 m @ 761 gpt Ag, 0.2 gpt Au, 0.86% Pb, 1.84% Zn, 0.04% Cu; 1.94 m @ 65 gpt Ag, 0.75 gpt Au, 1.23% Pb, 3.84% Zn, 0.03% Cu at the Navidad vein; 2.40 m @ 227 gpt Ag, 0.88 gpt Au, 2.71% Pb, 2.64% Zn, 0.19% Cu; 1.59 m @ 280 gpt Ag, 0.61 gpt Au, 3.60% Pb, 3.24% Zn, 0.22% Cu.
- GoGold Resources Inc. released results from two more diamond drill holes at its Los Ricos property in Jalisco. Highlighted intervals comprise 5.0 m @ 0.52 gpt Au, 161 gpt Ag; 6.3 m @ 2.14 gpt Au, 337 gpt Ag and 32.0 m @ 0.80 gpt Au, 179 gpt Ag, including 11.3 m @ 1.46 gpt Au, 348 gpt Ag. The 10,000 m HQ diamond drill program “is focused on defining the mineralized halo around the historical high grade ore shoots as defined by the underground workings and the 65 historical RC drill holes on the property”.
- SilverCrest Metals Inc. informed the decline has intersected the Babicanora vein at the Las Chispas project in Sonora. The decline intersected the Babicanora vein and the newly identified Baby Vista vein, the first with 3.6 m true width and the second with 1.5 m true width. Additional highlighted infill results of the area 51 of the Babicanora vein include 7.6 m @ 26.6 gpt Au, 2,676 gpt Ag; 3.5 m @ 32 gpt Au, 3,417 gpt Ag; 5.6 m @ 13.6 gpt Au, 1,154 gpt Ag. The 51 in-fill drill holes totaling 18,488 m reported in this news release were “generally targeting mineralization on the outer edges of the current block model” have a weighted average true width of 2.2 m @ 7.17 gpt Au, 753 gpt Ag. An additional 40,000 to 50,000 m of infill and expansion drilling with 15 drill rigs on site focused on expanding mineralization and improving resource confidence. To date over 203,000 m of drilling have been sunk in the property. Ongoing work includes the Feasibility study expected in H1, 2020 development of the Babicanora Vein in Area 51 zone, stockpiling of high-grade material, an extensive metallurgical test program, geotechnical work and permitting for project development.
- Minera Alamos Inc. received notification by SEMARNAT (Mexican environmental agency) confirming the successful completion of the technical review phase of the application (Estudio Tecnico Justificativo – “ETJ”) for the change of land use to allow the construction of mining and processing facilities at the Santana project area in Sonora. Phase 2 exploration will continue on the coming months, focusing to “demonstrate the potential of the project to host multiple “Nicho-style” mineralized systems that could be combined to supply feed material for an expanded regional production facility”.
- Almaden Minerals Ltd. current focus at its Ixtaca property in Puebla relates to permitting and financing activities. “Review by Mexican authorities of Almaden’s environmental permit application (Manifestación de Impacto Ambiental, or “MIA”) continues in the normal course, and recently SEMARNAT, Mexico’s environmental authority, completed its public information meeting in the town of Santa Maria”. Almaden is engaged with several potential financing parties to secure funds for the development of the project. Regarding a decision by a lower court in Puebla State concerning Mexico’s mineral title system, Mexico’s Federal Congress, Senate, and Ministry of the Economy each filed appeals against the decision, as well as Almaden.
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
- Ridgestone Mining Inc. entered into an agreement to acquire 100% interest in ten mining concessions adjacent to its Rebeico project in Sonora. The concessions cover 3,292 ha west of the Ridgestone claims, in an area with “numerous artisanal workings and mineralized outcrops”. Ridgestone has to make a $83 K payment and issue 5 M shares to the vendor.
- Millrock Resources Inc. entered into an agreement to sell the La Union, Los Cuarentas, El Pima, El Valle and Llano del Nogal claim blocks to Riverside Resources Inc. The Santa Rosalia option from the Los Cuarenta project will also be transferred. The deal, that includes a geological database and exploration equipment, involves Riverside paying $35 K and issuing 150 K shares to Millrock, as well as a 0.5% net smelter royalty (NSR) on the El Pima and El Valle claims, and in the Santa Rosalia option.
- ePower Metals Inc. entered into a definitive agreement with Minera Alamos Inc. and Vista Gold Corp. under which ePower has the right to earn 100% interest in the Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. In connection with the Transaction, the Company intends to change its name to “Prime Mining Corp.”, and will focus its resources on the immediate development of Los Reyes. ePower has to complete a $1.5 M cash payment to Minera Alamos, and assume the remaining option payments to Vista Gold of US$1.5 M on October 2019 and US$1.5 M on October 2021, as well as issuing Minera Alamos 9.45 M post-consolidation shares and 3.35 M warrants. ePower has to consolidate its common shares capital on a two-for-one basis and complete a financing of at least Cdn$6 M. The Los Reyes project has an historical estimate of 427.2 K Oz Au, 7.5 M Oz Ag in indicated resources and 196.7 K Oz Au, 4.8 M Oz Ag of inferred resources.
- Silver Viper Minerals Corp. renegotiated the terms of the Rubi-Esperanza option agreement to purchase three mineral concessions within its La Virginia project in Sonora. The overall agreement reduced the total cash payments from $4.49 M to $3 M, augmented in one year the term of the option and crucially reduced the amount on the first three payments by $1.46 M, enabling Silver Viper to direct maximum expenditures to advancing the project. According to the new agreement the company has to pay US$50 K on June 2019 (paid), US$75 K on June 2020, US$100 K on June 2021, US$200 K on June 2022 and US$2.575 M on June 2023. A 2% NSR can be purchased for US$2 M within 5 years of the original agreement remains unchanged. “Surface geochemistry and prospecting have identified targets to the north, south and east of the El Rubi discovery (6 m TW @ 3.16 gpt Au, 228 gpt Ag) which will be tested during the next phase of drilling. In addition, Silver Viper has contracted Geotech Ltd. to conduct a 720 line-kilometer magnetic and radiometric survey over the El Rubi and La Gloria targets for a total coverage of 4,900 hectares”.
- Golden Minerals Co. entered into an agreement to sell its Velardeña properties to Compañía Minera Autlán S.A.B. de C.V. for $22 M. The deal comprises the Velardeña properties, including the Velardeña and Chicago mines (currently in care and maintenance) and other adjacent exploration properties, and the lease agreement under which Golden Minerals has the oxide plant with Hecla thorough 2020. The proposed transaction also would include the sale of the Rodeo and the Santa Maria project concessions. Upon execution of this agreement, Autlan paid a deposit of US$1.5 million to Golden Minerals, which will be applied to the purchase price upon closing.
- Bacanora Lithium PLC. signed an investment agreement and off-take agreement with Ganfeng Lithium Co. (a key player in the lithium industry globally). Once completed this agreement would form a major part of the financing package needed to develop the initial 17,500 tonnes per year production of lithium carbonate. The £14.4 M strategic investment provides Ganfeng with 29.99% of Bacanora, pre-emption rights and a director on the board. Another project level investment of £7.56 M in Sonora Lithium Ltd. (the holding company of the project) accrues Ganfeng 22.5% of the holding company, with an option to increase its interest to 50% within 24 months and the appointment of a director to the board. GFL will provide a plant and process commissioning team to assist Bacanora in delivering first production in 2021.
- Canasil Resources Inc. and Pan American Silver Corp. signed the definitive agreement under which Pan American has the right to acquire Canasil’s interest in the Sandra Escobar project, in Durango. The transaction was closed for a payment of CDN$2 M and grant of a 2% NSR, with Pan American being able to buy 1% of the NSR by the payment to Canasil of CDN$4 M.
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On the image below, conglomerate with well-rounded quartz vein and silicified rock fragments in the coastal plain in Veracruz. Picture by Jorge Cirett.
La minería es necesaria para la marcha de la sociedad y el
desarrollo social y económico de la sociedad: sobre todo de las
comunidades anfitrionas donde se realiza la operación de las
El instrumento por el cual la relación entre la comunidad y la
actividad minera puede ser de bienestar, de beneficio social y
de verdadero desarrollo sustentable, mismo que está
obligado a llevar a cabo el Estado mexicano, es la
A través de la consulta se podrá desarrollar el diálogo
necesario para llegar a acuerdos que permitan preservar el
medio ambiente, mejorar las condiciones de vida de los
habitantes de las comunidades y dar verdadero contenido a la
El proceso para proponer el protocolo de la consulta minera se
encuentra en revisión en la Secretaría de Economía, con miras
a aprobar el mecanismo formal para su implementación.
Un mecanismo que permita encaminar los esfuerzos hacia una
actividad más inclusiva, donde se tome en cuenta a las
comunidades y su impacto ambiental.
Compañía Minera Autlán firmó un acuerdo con la estadounidense Golden Minerals para adquirir por 22 millones de dólares el total de las acciones de su subsidiaria canadiense Ecu Silver Mining.
Los activos mineros de esta canadiense son conocidos como Velardeña, Rodeo y Santa María ubicados en Durango y Chihuahua.
Hermosillo, Sonora.- La aprobación del impuesto para quienes extraigan algunos de los más de 16 materiales pétreos que se dan en la región, haría menos atractiva la inversión y serían afectados hasta los compradores de vivienda con bajos ingresos, asegura el dirigente de la Coparmex.
Carlos Navarrete, presidente de la Comisión Minera en el Congreso, presentó una iniciativa de Ley que propone cobrar 12 pesos por metro cúbico en la extracción de este tipo de minerales y sus derivados. Se prevé captar 6 mil 570 millones de pesos anuales. En Sonora se extrae 1 millón 500 mil toneladas de estos minerales por día.
En caso de que se aplique ese gravamen, será una de las iniciativas más dañinas para el sector empresarial, asegura Arturo Fernández Díaz González, líder de Coparmex. El impuesto además restaría la competitividad, porque al ser comparadas con otras regiones se irán de Sonora al ser más cara la extracción.
Manifestó que aparte del ‘golpe’ a las futuras inversiones y a la industria minera será afectado también el sector de la construcción y con ello se incrementarán los precios de vivienda, siendo al final de todo una afectación directa al ciudadano.
“El sector minero y de construcción serán los más afectados, como por obvias razones a los ciudadanos porque esto encarece la vivienda”, expresó el líder empresarial.”
Para finalizar, dijo que el diputado Carlos Navarrete podría tener la creencia de que los únicos afectados o que pagarán por el impuesto será la industria minera pero no es así.
Pese a que la Secretaría de Economía espera la resolución de la Suprema Corte de Justicia sobre el cambio de reglas de operación del Fondo Minero, para este año se anticipa un monto cercano a los 3 mil 200 millones de pesos, estimó el subsecretario de Minería, Francisco Quiroga.
“Estamos esperando la guía y la orientación de la Suprema Corte de Justicia solo para determinar que efectivamente se puede entregar directamente los recursos a los habitantes de las comunidades”, señaló en entrevista.
Mundo Minero || 13 de junio de 2019
El Dip. Carlos Navarrete ha presentado una iniciativa para reformar la Ley de Hacienda de Sonora y crear un nuevo gravamen sobre los materiales pétreos extraídos a cielo abierto (considerados entre estos las arenas, gravas, pizarras, arcillas, calizas, turbas, tepetates y piedras dimensionadas). Esta medida busca que se cobren MX$12.00 por cada metro cúbico de material extraído. El 80% de lo recaudado correspondería a los municipios donde tiene lugar la extracción (de manera proporcional) y el 20% restante a la Secretaría de Economía de Sonora.
Esta iniciativa establece que los “recursos de este impuesto deberán ser empleados en inversión física y equipamiento con un impacto social, ambiental y de desarrollo urbano”, y enlista posibles obras, como la instalación de equipo de monitoreo de calidad de aire, agua y suelo; pavimentación; construcción, remodelación y equipamiento de espacios públicos; obras de agua potable; y alumbrado público.
Igualmente, los sujetos de pago de este impuesto (personas físicas, morales o unidades económicas) deberían llevar un libro de registros de extracción del material objeto de este impuesto, donde se indique la cantidad diaria de metros cúbicos del material en cuestión,
“La finalidad es que quienes utilicen los recursos naturales de Sonora realicen una aportación para que nuestro estado siga creciendo”, declaró en el Congreso el Diputado perteneciente al partido Encuentro Social.
By Jorge Cirett
During the 24th week of the year (June 10th to June 16th, 2019), at least 20 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON MEXICO ISSUES, the illegal blockade on Newmont Goldcorp’s Peñasquito mine in Zacatecas was lifted after 81 days, with negotiations between the parts to start on the following week. CAMIMEX proposed 90% of the Mining Fund should be allocated directly to the mining communities, this amid the presidential intention to use this fund at his sole discretion. ON EXPLORATION, In Baja California, One World Lithium completed the drilling program at Salar del Diablo. In Sonora, Aloro completed a drilling program at Los Venados; Ridgestone presented results of a bulk sample program at Rebeico. In Chihuahua, Ethos Gold commenced drilling at Purisima; Kootenay completed road building for its incoming drill program at Columba; Sable completed its second drilling campaign at Margarita; Radius reported results from drilling at its Amalia project. Advance Gold completed a 3D model for its Tabaqueña project. In Veracruz, Azucar presented results of seven more drill holes at El Cobre. ON MINING, No relevant news. ON FINANCING, Mako is to raise C$27 M, Aztec C$360 K and Minera Alamos had $400 K in warrants exercised. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Mexus Gold started leaching at Santa Elena, in Sonora. Oroco clarified a statement on Santo Tomas resources from a previous news release. Impact Silver released sample results for the Manto America target area at Zacualpan. Candente informed positive results by partner Sun River Gold on metallurgical tests for the El Oro tailings. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, No relevant news.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
- The illegal blockade on Newmont Goldcorp’s Peñasquito mine in Zacatecas was announced to be lifted on June 13th. Discussion panels between the parts are to be held starting on June 19th, sponsored by the Ministry of the Interior. The illegal blockade by a truck contractor and proprietors of communal land near the mine site lasted for 81 days. The truck contractor says it is fighting for employment whereas the communal proprietors claim water shortages caused by consumption by the mine (and the company alleges a plain extortion attempt).
- CAMIMEX (Camara Minera de Mexico) proposed that 90% of the resources of the Mining Fund (Fondo Minero) stay within Municipalities, and the remaining 10% with the Mining Secretariat. Fernado Alanis, president of CAMIMEX, said that the original objective of the fund was to support the mining communities. On the former regulations only 50% of the funds reached the municipalities and the remaining to the coffers of the Federation and States, “but we believe the majority should reach the localities” (this proposal comes amid the presidential intention to deliver the Mining Fund as loans to people in mining communities, a move most in the industry see as a play to gain support for elections, and not helpful for supporting mining communities, originally the aim of such fund).
- Ethos Gold Corp. commenced its drill program in the Purisima property in Chihuahua. The initial program will comprise 3,000 m of reverse circulation (RC) drilling in 15 holes, targeting shallow oxide bulk tonnage gold mineralization. “At La Purisima a northwest trending gold mineralized zone has been identified over a strike length of at least 2 km with a width of alteration and geochemically anomalous gold mineralization of approximately 600 metres. Within this footprint are two north-west striking zones that have the strongest gold anomalies, each approximately 200 metres wide.”
- Aloro Mining Corp. completed 1,347 m of drilling in four holes at its Los Venados project in Sonora. The program aimed to test a blind mineralized felsic dome structure adjacent to the Mulatos mine’s high grade Escondida gold bearing felsic dome. Relevant intercepts comprise 3.05 m @ 0.14 gpt Au; 1.53 m @ 0.13 gpt Au; 3.05 m @ 0.22 gpt Au; 7.62 m @ 0.16 gpt Au.
- Kootenay Silver Inc. has completed road building and signed a surface access agreement with the landowner at its Columba property in Chihuahua. Drilling is expected to start on the third week of June 2019.
- Sable Resources Ltd. announced the completion of the second round of drilling at the Margarita project in Chihuahua, releasing the results of the last 15 holes. Here some of the highlighted results: 5.7 m @ 39 gpt Ag; 11.55 m @ 35 gpt Ag; 4.15 m @ 35 gpt Ag; 7.65 m @ 42 gpt Ag; 7.60 m @ 63 gpt Ag, 0.75% Pb, 0.56% Zn (125 gpt AgEq); 8.45 m @ 93 gpt Ag (including 3.2 m @ 193 gpt Ag); 6.0 m @ 66 gpt Ag; 5 m @ 166 gpt Ag (including 1.5 m @ 426 gpt Ag); 62.5 m @ 28 gpt Ag; 59.5 m @ 68 gpt Ag (including 3.05 m @ 230 gpt Ag and 1.75 m @ 220 gpt Ag and 1.65 m @ 190 gpt Ag, and 5.60 m @ 153 gpt Ag); 32.90 m @ 34 gpt Ag; 17.90 m @ 23 gpt Ag.
- One World Lithium Inc. announced the completion of two more holes at its Salar del Diablo project in Baja California.
- Ridgestone Mining Inc. released results of a bulk sampling program on its Rebeico Cu-Au project in Sonora. A total of 111 samples weighing a combined 2,500 kg were collected from dumps, mainly form the Alaska vein which operated up to the 1960’s. The average grade for the different zones was: Veta Grande, 6.7 gpt Au, 13 gpt Ag, 0.79% Cu; Upper Alaska, 3.3 gpt Au, 11 gpt Ag, 1.39% Cu; Lower Alaska, 3.4 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag, 1.32% Cu; La Verde, 3.5 gpt Au, 12 gpt Ag, 0.37% Cu; Josefina, 0.24 gpt Au, 12 gpt Ag, 0.49% Cu; Tunel de Garcia, 2.1 gpt Au, 2 gpt Ag, 0.40% Cu; Año Nuevo, 1.0 gpt Au, 5 gpt Ag, 0.60% Cu; Elena, 0.1 gpt Au, 5 gpt Ag, 0.99% Cu.
- Radius Gold Inc. reported results from the 1,756 m six diamond hole second phase drill program at its Amalia project in Chihuahua. With the majority of assays received the highlighted true width intervals are: 44 m @ 12.38 gpt Au, 309 gpt Ag; 4 m @ 1.05 gpt Au, 24 gpt Ag; 4 m @ nil Au, 647 gpt Ag; 24 m @ 2.3 gpt Au, 126 gpt Ag (including 2.6 m @ 9.85 gpt Au, 761 gpt Ag); 65 m 3.75 gpt Au, 61 gpt Ag (including 17 m @ 7.91 gpt Au, 65 gpt Ag). “Radius and its partner Pan American Silver Corp have now completed two drill programs totalling 3665m in 15 drillholes…. Geological controls on the mineralization are complex with multiple events of gold and silver mineralization within veins, stockworks and hydrothermal breccias.”
- Advance Gold Corp. announced the completion of a 3D model for its Tabasqueña project in Zacatecas. “Drilling in the first 3 phases has hit a cluster of mineralized epithermal veins over an area from east to west of approximately 300 metres, and north to south 400 metres, and 300 metres of depth”.
- Azucar Minerals Ltd. released results from the Norte and El Suegro zones at its El Cobre project in Veracruz. Highlighted results comprise: 19.30 m @ 0.64 gpt Au, 0.08% Cu and 103.40 m @ 0.33 gpt Au, 0.11% Cu in one hole; 29.95 m @ 0.12 gpt Au, 0.15% Cu; 494.50 m @ 0.16% Cu. 0.16% Cu (including 64.5 m @ 0.27 gpt Au, 0.17% Cu); 67.85 m @ 0.46 gpt Au, 0.2% Cu (including 36.2 m @ 0.68 gpt Au, 0.27% Cu); 112.0 m @ 0.17 gpt Au, 0.26% Cu (including 57.75 m @ 0.22 gpt Au, 0.40% Cu); 200 m @ 0.18 gpt Au, 0.22% Cu (including 34.5 m @ 0.36 gpt Au, 0.28% Cu); 101.05 m @ 0.47 gpt Au, 0.14% Cu
- Mako Mining Corp. is to conduct an offering to raise gross proceeds of C$27 M (La Trinidad, Sinaloa).
- Aztec Minerals Corp. has arranged a non-brokered private placement financing to raise minimum gross proceeds of CAD$360 K (Cervantes, Sonora).
- Minera Alamos Inc. warrants for an amount of $400 K were acquired by Donald Smith Value Fund, L.P. Following the acquisition the acquiror holds 10.8% of the outstanding common shares of Minera Alamos, of which previously held 9.8% (Santana, Sonora; La Fortuna, Durango).
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
- Mexus Gold US. informed leaching has started at its Santa Elena mine in Sonora (not to mistake with First Majestic’s Santa Elena mine, also in Sonora). “Approximately 5700 tons of high-grade quartz vein material will be broken on site and hauled to the crushing and leaching site. The estimated grade for this material is in the order of 5 to 10 g/t Au.”
- Oroco Resource Corp., at the request of IIROC clarifies a previous news release. The Mintec Inc. resource estimate included in the historical Bateman Report of 1994 for the Santo Tomas project in Sinaloa utilized a classification scheme other than those set out in NI-43-101. “A qualified person has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimate as a current mineral resource or mineral reserve. However, the historical assaying and verification methods were performed within the accepted standards applicable at the time.”
- Impact Silver Corp. released results from surface and underground sampling at the Manto America target area on its Zacualpan property in Estado de Mexico. More than 33 samples have returned greater than 2 gpt Au, peaking at 22.40 gpt Au. Highlighted results include 0.50 m @ 22.4 gpt Au, 7 gpt Ag; 0.40 m @ 21.7 gpt Au, 101 gpt Ag, 1.2% Pb, 1.4% Zn; 0.30 m @ 20.40 gpt Au, 43 gpt Ag; 0.2% Pb, 0.4% Zn; 1.20 m @ 19.5 gpt Au, 8 gpt Ag; 0.30 m @ 16 gpt Au, 421 gpt Ag, 0.8% Pb, 2.1% Zn; 0.37 m @ 14.5 gpt Au, 14 gpt Ag; 0.30 m @ 7.1 gpt Au, 17 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 6.4 gpt Au, 2 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 3.1 gpt Au, 41 gpt Ag, 0.6% Pb. “The mineralization is hosted in strongly argillically altered volcanic rocks and is associated with lead and barium suggesting a volcanogenic massive sulphide provenance similar to the Capire silver lead zinc deposit to the south”.
- Candente Gold Corp. informed that Sun River Gold has reported very positive recoveries from metallurgical testing of samples from the tailings deposit at its El Oro property in Estado de Mexico. The tailings project is being moved forward by negotiating the purchase of land for the new processing area and the obtaining the required permits. The material tested was from auger drilling conducted in 2018, averaging 2.99 gpt Au, 85 gpt Ag. Flotation tests were conducted on -325 mesh material returning an average recovery of 80.1% Au, 67.5% Ag on the Upper, Middle and Lower sections of the tailing, and an average of 75.6% Au, 63.6% Ag recoveries in blended material.
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
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On the image below, quartz-sulphide veinlet with sericitic halo hosted in intrusive rock in Michoacan. Picture by Jorge Cirett.
Camimex estima que mineras invertirán más de 26 mil mdd durante el sexenio
México.- El sector minero podría invertir este sexenio alrededor de 26 mil 400 millones de dólares de darse las condiciones adecuadas, aseguró el presidente de la Camimex, Fernando Alanís Ortega. La semana pasada, durante la Asamblea General Ordinaria de la Cámara Minera de México (Camimex), el representante del sector dijo que ello permitiría generar 50 mil empleos directos y 274 mil indirectos adicionales. Asimismo, destacó que los impuestos correspondientes a las nuevas operaciones podrían sumar cerca de 23 mil 500 millones de pesos adicionales a los que se pagan en la actualidad.
El presidente del organismo sostuvo que sólo el año pasado el sector minero invirtió cuatro mil 870 millones de dólares, lo que significó un aumento de 13 por ciento en comparación con lo invertido en 2017.
A su vez, el subsecretario de Minería, Francisco Quiroga Cervantes, explicó junto con su equipo de trabajo los avances en los ejes prioritarios para la minería a nivel nacional, por lo que en el marco regulatorio se trabaja de la mano del sector privado en un protocolo para realizar las consultas indígenas y abatir el rezago en el registro público minero. Además, bajo el eje de seguridad y Estado de derecho, mencionó que el gobierno trabaja en una estrategia con la Guardia Nacional y en la coordinación entre empresas y distintos niveles de gobierno para mejorar la seguridad.