The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico; Highlights on the Second Week of May, 2022

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Second Week of May, 2022

By Jorge Cirett

During the 19th week of the year (May 9th to May 15th, 2022), at least 24 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, only two companies posted exploration advances on their properties, sixteen (record on any given week) released first quarter 2022 reports, one updated on investments for 2022, one on a financing round, another one drawing from a credit facility and another one on cash dividends, three reported either drill results or updated on work in their advanced properties and one released its 2021 sustainability report. ON MEXICO ISSUES, the first seminary of “Future of Mexican Mining Investment” was held in Hermosillo, Sonora. On the inauguration by the state’s governor was made the announcement of Grupo Mexico funding the bill for arranging the domestic water supply issues of Cananea and Nacozari. The low water consumption by the mining industry was also stressed out, being only 0.9% of all water used nationwide and 2.1% in Sonora. Also mentioned were the lost places in the mining investment attractiveness index by the Fraser Institute, with deficiencies in the rule of law, red tape and insecurity among the reasons cited. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Prismo Metals released rock sample results from its Los Pavitos project. In Nayarit, Sierra Metals released results from underground sampling and surface trench sampling at La Tigra. ON MINING, Impact Silver, Starcore International, Golden Minerals, SilverCrest Metals, Americas Gold and Silver, Endeavour Silver, GoGold Resources, Hecla Mining, Prime Mining, Sierra Metals, Argonaut Gold, First Majestic Silver, Great Panther Mining, Orla Mining, Capstone Copper and Santacruz Silver presented their Q1 2022 reports. Torex Gold updated on investments and work to come in 2022 in Guerrero. ON FINANCING, Guanajuato Silver Company drew US$7.5 M from a credit facility. Tocvan Ventures closed a financing round for $346.2 K. First Majestic declared a cash dividend.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Orla Mining informed on metallurgic tests at its Camino Rojo Sulfide project. Fabled Silver Gold reported the completion of planning of the phase 2 exploration drilling at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. Pan American Silver provided results for 43 drill holes at its La Colorada Skarn project in Zacatecas. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Endeavour Silver released its 2021 sustainability report.  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • The director of mining in Sonora, Leonardo Taylor, informed mining activity only occupies the 0.12% of the State land, whereas cattle growing occupies 83%, agriculture 11.7%, industry 4.14% and aquaculture 0.21%. In Sonora mining uses 2.1% of the water consumed, Agriculture 38%, Communities 22% and 9.9% by industry. At a national level, mining uses only 0.9% of the water, while Sonora’s higher consumption rate at 2.1% is due to its large mining industry.
  • Sonora’s governor, Francisco Durazo inaugurated the first seminary “Future of Mexican Mining Investment” organized by the Asociación de Ingenieros de Minas, Metalurgistas y Geólogos de México (AIMMGM). He announced a 670 million pesos ($33.5 M) investment on the water supply for Cananea, and 50 million pesos ($2.5 M) for Nacozari, with the support of Grupo Mexico. Furthermore, Grupo Mexico’s fiscal address has been relocated to Sonora, where it is to pay taxes in the order of $150 to $200 million pesos ($7.5-$10 M) annually (this is a move that was being petitioned since the 1980’s).
  • On the First Seminary “Future of Mexican Mining Investment” by the AIMMGM, Jaime Gutierrez, president of Camimex (Cámara Minera de México) explained Mexico has gone back 14 positions in the Fraser’s Institute investment attraction index. The amount of delayed investment in mining in 2021 was US$959.7 M, part of it by the delays in obtaining permits from SEMARNAT. The industry invested US$4,246,000 in 2021, 15% less than programmed. Red tape, bureaucracy complacency, deficiencies in rule of law, lack of understanding of the mining industry and insecurity were among the reasons pointed out for the decline.
  • The Confederación de Trabajadores de México (CTM) announced that after negotiations with Grupo Mexico, an accord was reached to maintain the 10% of profits allocated to workers, and thus being unaffected by a recent change in the law that topped the payment to less than three months of salary. This agreement means each worker is to receive between 600 and 800 thousand pesos ($30K to $40K) this year.
  • According to Miner Deck, Pan American Silver drilled the second highest intercept of the week, with 14.55 m @ 1,092 gpt Ag.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Prismo Metals Inc. updated on initial exploration at the 5,300 ha Los Pavitos project, in Sonora. Three-quarters of the property have been mapped and sampled. Areas of interest at the moment are Santa Cruz, the Española-Las Auras-Ramadas intersection, the Española-San Jorge intersection, Santa Cruz-Cerro Blanco and Las Auras. Highlighted channel sample results comprise 0.8 m @ 0.44 gpt Au; 0.3 m @ 2.06 gpt Au, 16 gpt Ag, 0.1% Pb; 0.5 m @ 1.49 gpt Au, 9 gpt Ag, 0.1% Pb; 1.0 m @ 1.94 gpt Au, 16 gpt Ag; 2.0 m @ 0.95 gpt Au, 6 gpt Ag; 3.0 m @ 2.46 gpt Au, 0.1% Zn; dump @ 10.15 gpt Au, 21 gpt Ag, 0.4% Pb at Las Auras; 0.5 m @ 0.33 gpt Au; 1.5 m @ 0.15% Cu; 7.0 m @ 0.2% Cu at San Jorge; 0.5 m @ 0.66 gpt Au; 0.5 m @ 0.72 gpt Au at Oromuri; dump @ 4.47 gpt Au, 26 gpt Ag, 0.2% Pb; 1.0 m @ 28 gpt Au, 398 gpt Ag, 1.2% Pb; dump @ 0.65 gpt Au; 1.0 m @ 3.98 gpt Au, 8 gpt Ag; 2.0 m @ 1.35 gpt Au, 12 gpt Ag, 0.2% Pb; 7.0 m @ 12.25 gpt Au, 95 gpt Ag, 1.0% Pb, 0.1% Zn; 7.0 m @ 10.5 gpt Au, 86 gpt Ag, 0.8% Pb; 1.0 m @ 1.23 gpt Au, 14 gpt Ag; 2.0 m @ 2.42 gpt Au at Santa Cruz. “The presence of large northwesterly trending shear zones, quartz textures in veins and the association of gold with arsenic and bismuth supports the orogenic gold model…”.
  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd. released results from underground channel samples and surface trench samples from its La Tigra project in Nayarit. Highlighted sample results from Level 200 of the historic El Tigre mine comprise 0.70 m @ 239 gpt Au, 30 gpt Ag; 0.55 m @ 24.40 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 24.40 gpt Au, 21 gpt Ag, 0.70 m @ 18.15 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag; 0.90 m @ 13.15 gpt Au, 17 gpt Ag; 1.30 m @ 10.70 gpt Au, 19 gpt Ag; 1.00 m @ 9.75 gpt Au, 43 gpt Ag; 0.85 m @ 8.04 gpt Au, 6 gpt Ag; 1.35 m @ 7.43 gpt Au, 8 gpt Ag; 1.10 m @ 6.86 gpt Au, 9 gpt Ag; 1.30 m @ 6.27 gpt Au, 13 gpt Ag. Highlighted trench results comprise 9.0 m @ 0.27 gpt Au; 11.5 m @ 0.35 gpt Au, 6 gpt Ag; 9.0 m @ 0.53 gpt Au; 8.9 m @ 3.27 gpt Au, 6 gpt Ag (including 2.7 m @ 6.74 gpt Au, 4 gpt Ag).

ON MINING

  • Impact Silver Corp. announced results for the first quarter 2022. During the period 36.1 K tonnes were milled to produce 162.9 K Oz Ag at Zacualpan, Estado de Mexico. Net working capital was $21.1 M and cash $19.1 M by the end of March.
  • Starcore International Mines Ltd. released production results for the fourth quarter ended April 30, 2022. During the quarter 55.4 K tonnes were milled @ 1.65 gpt Au, 27.1 gpt Ag, recovering 88.64% Au, 52.5% Ag, to produce 2,900 Oz AuEq.
  • Golden Minerals Co. provided first quarter 2022 results. During the period 527 tonnes per day (tpd) were processed @ 3.1 gpt Au, 11.6 gpt Ag, to produce 3,608 Oz Au, 13.9 K Oz Ag, at cash cost $1,164 per Oz Au. Cash and cash equivalents of $11.7 M by the end of the period.
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc. reported financial results for the first quarter of 2022. At the end of the quarter construction progress at Las Chispas, in Sonora, was 95.7%, with 2.0 km of underground development completed, for a total of 19.5 Km of underground development since 2019. “… the Company has committed $114.6 million (83.2%) of the $137.7 million Feasibility Study capital cost estimate and incurred $108.0 million”. At the end of the period the company held $152 M as cash and cash equivalents.
  • Americas Gold and Silver Corp. released results for the first quarter 2022, including information from its Mexican operations. At Cosalá, in Sinaloa, the first full quarter of operations after the resolution of the illegal blockade produced 127 K Oz Ag, 3.9 M Lb Pb, 9.6 M Lb Zn. “Cash costs per silver ounce and all‐in sustaining costs per silver ounce were negative $48.86 and negative $42.51, respectively, as the Cosalá Operations benefitted from strong zinc and lead prices”. Estimated production for 2022 is 0.7 to 0.9 M Oz Ag, 13-15 M Lb Pb, 36-40 M Lb Zn.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. announced financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2022. During the period 1.31 M Oz Ag, 8,695 K Oz Au (2.0 M Oz AgEq) were produced. At Guanaceví, in Durango, 1.13 M Oz Ag, 3,477 Oz Au were produced at $14.61 per Oz AgEq, or $1,180 per Oz AuEq. At Bolañitos, in Guanajuato, 181.1 K Oz Ag, 5,218 Oz Au were produced at $16.52 per Oz AgEq or $1,335 per Oz Au. The Terronera project in Jalisco continues to advance, with a formal construction decision expected in the coming months. The closing of the Pitarrilla project acquisition in Durango is expected in the second quarter of 2022. A $46 M bought deal financing was completed in the first quarter.
  • GoGold Resources Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter of 2022, for the period ending on March 31, 2022. At the Parral tailings project in Chihuahua, 537 K Oz Ag were stacked, producing 186.5 K Oz Ag, 2,791 Oz Au, 125 tonnes Cu (456 K Oz AgEq) at an AISC of $18.12 per AgEq Oz. A bought deal financing was completed, for gross proceeds of $33.4 M. At Los Ricos, in Jalisco, 21,052 m were drilled in the period. The company held US$83.3 M by the end of March 2022.
  • Hecla Mining Co. provided first quarter 2022 results, including information from its Mexican properties. At San Sebastian, in Durango, core drilling targeted the deeper portions of the past producing veins with results including 0.45 m @ 152 gpt Ag, 2.0% Cu, 2.5% Pb, 5.3% Zn on the West Francine vein. At La Roca (in the district), “interpreted to be an area where an entire epithermal vein system is preserved”, several large vein zones up to 15.76 m in true width with anomalous silver grading up to 326 gpt, pointing to a deeper ore zone.
  • Prime Mining Corp. reported its operating and financial results for the first quarter of 2022. During the period the company has reported on expansion of the Noche Buena deposit, the increased length of the Z-T structure, new drilling at Guadalupe West, good results at Guadalupe East, and positive results from Zapote South. Prime is currently undertaking a 50,000 m phase 2 exploration drilling program.
  • Sierra Metals Inc. reported consolidated financial results for the first quarter of 2022, without including detailed figures from its Mexican operations. At Bolivar, in Chihuahua, 187.6 K tonnes were processed, producing at cash cost $4.55 per pound of CuEq and an AISC of $7.33. During the period 19,739 m were drilled from surface; additional exploration is to focus on Bolivar East and La Sidra areas. At Cusi, also in Chihuahua, cash cost per AgEq Oz was $19.94. Drilling on the period comprised 7,092 m of infill on the Santa Rosa de Lima vein and NE Trend.
  • Argonaut Gold Inc. announced its operating and financial results for the first quarter 2022. At El Castillo-San Agustin, in Durango, 4.3 M tonnes of ore and 4.85 M tonnes of waste were moved (50 K tpd at El Castillo, 53 K tpd at San Agustin), with ore placed at the pads grading 0.29 gpt Au, producing 29,832 Oz Au, 134.5 K Oz Ag, or 31,513 K Oz AuEq at cash cost $1,069 per Oz Au ($1,226 at El Castillo, $945 at San Agustin). At La Colorada, in Sonora, 1.12 M tonnes of ore, 5.3 M tonnes waste were moved at a 73 K tpd rate (4.74 waste to ore ratio), with 1.12 M tonnes crushed to leach pads averaging 0.45 gpt Au, producing 13,341 Oz Au, 35.4 K Oz Ag, or 13,783 Oz AuEq at $957 per Oz Au.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp. released financial results for the first quarter of 2021, including figures from its Mexican operations. At San Dimas, in Durango, 195.3 K tonnes were milled to produce 1.63 M Oz Ag, 18,528 Oz Au (3.08 M Oz AgEq) at cash cost $9.41 per Oz AgEq and an AISC of $12.98. At Santa Elena, in Sonora, 201.9 K tonnes were milled to produce 337.2 K Oz Ag, 19,556 Oz Au (1.87 M Oz AgEq) at cash cost $12.96 and an AISC of $16.31. At La Encantada, in Coahuila, 249.9 K tonnes were processed to produce 644 K Oz Ag, 100 Oz Au (651.9 K Oz AgEq) at cash cost $16.41 and an AISC of $19.31.
  • Great Panther Mining Ltd. announced financial results for the first quarter 2022, including non-detailed figures from its Mexican operations. At Topia, in Durango, 16.3 K tonnes were milled @ 425 gpt AgEq.
  • Orla Mining Ltd. presented results for the first quarter 2022. At the Camino Rojo Oxide mine in Zacatecas, production totaled 23,031 Oz Au during the period, mining at a rate of 15,917 tpd. Commercial production was declared on April 1, 2022. The cash balance at the end of March was $35.0 M.
  • Capstone Copper Corp. announced production and financial results for the first quarter 2022, with no detailed numbers on production by unit. At Cozamin in Zacatecas, mill throughput was 3,704 tpd @ 1.84% Cu to produce 5,900 tonnes Cu at cash cost $1.12 per Lb Cu.
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Inc. reported production results for Q1 2022. At Zimapan, in Hidalgo, 191.4 K tonnes were milled @ 69 gpt Ag, 0.72% Pb, 2.31% Zn, 0.29% Cu (192 gpt AgEq), recovering 72% Ag, to produce 307.4 K Oz Ag, 1,214 tonnes Pb, 3,380 tones Zn, 419 tonnes Cu. Development during the period was 2,765 m.  
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. is to invest 35 M in exploration during 2022. This amount is in excess of the 848 M recently announced to be invested in the Media Luna project.  Torex produced 462,000 Oz Au in 2021 at El Limón Guajes mine in Guerrero. The company also stressed the fact that all its electricity is sourced by the CFE (government run company), thus ruling out any effect of recent energy controversies in the country.

ON FINANCING

  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. has drawn down US$7.5 M from its silver and gold pre-payment facility with Swiss-based precious metals trading firm, OCIM Precious Metals S.A.. “A portion of the Pre-Payment Facility has been used to repay to OCIM the cash equivalent of six of the Company’s remaining nine monthly deliveries of silver and gold ounces due to OCIM under the Company’s existing loan agreement drawn on July 27, 2021 (El Cubo, Guanajuato).
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. closed its previously announced non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $346.2 K (Pilar, Sonora).
  • First Majestic Silver Corp. declared a cash dividend payment of $0.006 per common share (San Dimas, Durango).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Orla Mining Ltd. informed on metallurgic test results at its Camino Rojo Sulfide project in Zacatecas. The geometallurgical model highlighted five spatially distinct continuous zones within the 259 M tonnes @ 0.88 gpt Au, 0.07% Pb, 0.26% Zn sulfide deposit. Two of those zones of mineralization seem to be amenable to conventional carbon-in-leach processing, selective flotation may be used to produce a gold concentrate that can be treated using pressure oxidation and there is potential to produce a zinc concentrate. Continued work is in process to produce a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) study for the end of 2022.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp. reported the completion the planning of phase 2 exploration drilling at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. On the initial view of the project “this was a low sulfidation epithermal system deposit and contained two veins of interest. The Santa Maria and Santa Maria Dos veins ….. The veins thought to be the Santa Maria veins are in fact mineralized breccias at the contacts or within diorite dikes”. The information collected while drilling in 2021, the new structural interpretation and the Santa Maria signature and controls will be applied to explore on the rest of the property.
  • Pan American Silver Corp. provided results from 43 new infill and exploration holes totaling 38,460 m, all containing multiple skarn and breccia intercepts at the La Colorada skarn project in Zacatecas. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 233.70 m @ 44 gpt Ag, 0.15% Cu, 4.0% Pb, 5.0% Zn; 174.95 m @ 40 gpt Ag, 0.21% Cu, 0.2% Pb, 7.9% Zn; 154.00 m @ 57 gpt Ag, 0.08% Cu, 2.4% Pb, 4.4% Zn; 121.45 m @ 77 gpt Ag, 0.08% Cu, 2.0% Pb, 5.5% Zn; 32.90 m @ 104 gpt Ag, 0.09% Cu, 0.4% Pb, 3.4% Zn; 44.15 m @ 114 gpt Ag, 0.04% Cu, 3.1% Pb, 4.1% Zn; 16.55 m @ 122 gpt Ag, 0.11% Cu, 5.0% Pb, 9.1% Zn; 101.90 m @ 43 gpt Ag, 0.18 % Cu, 0.5% Pb, 6.6% Zn. 88.30 m @ 49 gpt Ag, 0.07% Cu, 1.5% Pb, 5.1% Zn; 35.35 m @ 83 gpt Ag, 0.03% Cu, 3.7% Pb, 2.1% Zn; 22.55 m @ 176 gpt Ag, 0.09% Cu, 3.3% Pb, 5.9% Zn; 117.10 m @ 64 gpt Ag, 0.06% Cu, 2.1% Pb, 3.2% Zn; 102.05 m @ 58 gpt Ag, 0.13% Cu, 1.4% Pb, 3.4% Zn. Mineralization has been expanded 120 m to the northwest, 150 m to the south and 80 m to the east. “Infill drilling in the central eastern part of the deposit confirmed continuous mineralization over a 400 metre-wide area”. The deposit remains open to the south, northwest, and at depth.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Endeavour Silver Corp. released its 2021 sustainability report. The report highlights the work the company has done to increase the positive impact people and communities, elevating the environmental stewardship of the planet and leading a healthy long term business.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No Relevant News.

On the image below: Deformed intrusive rock pervasively silicified, with weak specularite veinlets and quartz-Oxidized sulfide veinlets in northern Sonora. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Fourth Week of April, 2022

By Jorge Cirett

During the 17th week of the year (April 25th to May 1st, 2022), at least 24 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, five companies posted exploration advances on their properties, four released first quarter 2022 reports, one reported a temporary suspension of mining, one on a financing round, another one on an updated credit facility, eight reported either drill results or updated on work in their advanced properties. ON MEXICO ISSUES, according to Miner Deck, one company working in Mexico had the best gold intercept of the week, and five companies in Mexico participated in the best eight silver intercepts. The SGM stated that Ixtlilco el Grande in Tepalcingo, Morelos, is one of several sites favorable for lithium mineralization. Several institutions pointed out that Mexico can be involved in international litigations if proceeds to nullify mining concessions under the reform to the mining law recently approved. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Tocvan Ventures provided drill results on the Pilar project; Silver Spruce received results from Diamante. In Durango, Commander Resources informed on drilling by Southern Empire Resources at Pedro. In Chihuahua, Mammoth Resources provide drilling results from Tenoriba. ON MINING, Guanajuato Silver reported 2021 production, Mag Silver, Alamos Gold and Agnico Eagle reported Q1 2022 production results. Gatos Silver temporarily suspended mining operations at Cerro Los Gatos in Chihuahua. ON FINANCING, Sonoro Gold is to raise up to C$3 M. Orla Mining informed on a project finance facility for US$150 M.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Barksdale Resources released the last results from its drilling campaign at San Javier, in Sonora. Endeavour Silver reported drilling results from its Parral project in Chihuahua. Altaley Mining filed an updated technical report on Tahuehueto, Durango. Sierra Madre Gold and Silver announced results from drilling at the Tepic project, in Nayarit. Chesapeake Gold released results from metallurgical infill holes at Metates, in Durango. SilverCrest Metals updated on construction work at Las Chispas, in Sonora. Discovery Silver updated on work at Cordero, in Chihuahua, GR Silver Mining released high-grade results from drilling at Plomosas, in Sinaloa. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, no relevant news.  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • According to Miner Deck, one company working in Mexico, Chesapeake Gold, drilled the best gold drilling intercept of the week, with 405 m @ 0.90 gpt Au at Metates, in Durango.
  • According to Miner Deck, five of the top eight silver intervals were drilled by companies working in Mexico. Gr Silver Mining was first with 24.2 m @ 1,094 gpt Ag at Plomosas, in Sinaloa. Chesapeake Gold was third with 357 m @ 31.6 gpt Ag, at Metates, in Durango. Radius Gold was fifth, with 11.8 m @ 450 gpt Ag at Amalia, in Chihuahua. Endeavour Silver was sixth, with 5.7 m @ 392 gpt Ag at Guanaceví, in Durango. Sierra Madre was eighth, with 3.05 m 625 gpt Ag at Tepic, in Nayarit.
  • The Servicio Geológico Mexicano (SGM), stated that Ixtlilco el Grande in Tepalcingo, Morelos, is one of several sites favorable for lithium mineralization.
  • The Cámara de Comercio Internacional argued that if the Mexican government nullifies mining concessions as results of the recently approved reform to the mining law, will be obligated to indemnify investors. This as a result of modifying the regulatory framework, as also pointed the Comisión de Comercio y Políticas de Inversión y el Comité de Arbitraje de Inversión de la International Chamber of Commerce.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Radius Gold Inc. reported drilling results from El Cuervo target at its Amalia project in Chihuahua. Highlighted core length intercepts comprise 14.60 m @ 117 gpt Ag, 0.92 gpt Au (including 0.9 m @ 1,185 gpt Ag, 6.93 gpt Au); 17.35 m @ 253 gpt Ag, 1.11 gpt Au (Including 7.60 m @ 414 gpt Ag, 2.10 gpt Au); 11.80 m @ 450 gpt Ag, 1.31 gpt Au (including 2.10 m @ 1,577 gpt Ag, 2.27 gpt Au). These holes were drilled from two platforms testing 350 m of strike and 300 m of depth.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. announced results from one more drill hole at its Pilar project in Sonora. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 108.6 m @ 0.8 gpt Au, 3 gpt Ag (including 31.9 m @ 2.4 gpt Au, 2 gpt Ag, which includes 9.4 m @ 7.6 gpt Au, 5 gpt Ag). The drill hole intersected a silicified andesite, including the 9.4 m high-grade breccia zone.
  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc. received high-grade surface sample results from its Diamante project in Sonora. The results are part of the phase 1 geological mapping program on the main drill target areas. Intense silica, sericite, clay and propylitic alteration was confirmed peripheral to veins and breccias in andesitic tuff, rhyolite and granodiorite. Highlighted surface sample results comprise 51.5 gpt Au, 11 gpt Ag; 7.57 gpt Au, 186 gpt Ag, 114 ppm Bi, 6.3% Pb; 3.31 gpt Au, 191 gpt Ag, 0.5% Pb; 2.99 gpt Au, 2,270 gpt Ag, 422 gpt Bi, 0.29% Cu, 4.4% Pb; 2.08 gpt Au, 533 gpt Ag, 0.19% Cu, 3.8% Pb, 7.5% Zn; 1.80 gpt Au, 199 gpt Ag, 2.8% Pb, 0.2% Zn; 1.141 gpt Au, 140 gpt Ag, 0.17% Cu, 2.6 % Pb, 3.6% Zn; 1.38 gpt Au, 1,980 gpt Ag, 3,290 ppm Bi, 11.1% Pb; 1.34 gpt Au, 100 gpt Ag, 100 ppm Bi, >1000 ppm Cd, 3.2% Cu, 5.7% Pb, 16.7% Zn; 0.94 gpt Au, 223 gpt Ag, 0.27% Cu, 4.0% Pb, 6.5% Zn; 0.72 gpt Au, 226 gpt Ag, 375 ppm Bi, 2.4% Pb; 0.27 gpt Au, 82 gpt Ag, 44 ppm Bi, >1,000 ppm Cd, 3.6% Pb, 22.9% Zn; 0.20 gpt Au, 1,310 gpt Ag, 0.37% Cu, 42.3% Pb, 8.2% Zn.
  • Commander Resources Ltd. informed on work by partner Southern Empire Resources at the Pedro project in Durango. Southern Empire completed six core holes for a total of 856 m. Highlighted core length results comprise 9.26 m @ 0.087 gpt Au; 5.28 m @ 0.151 gpt Au; 19.82 m @ 0.311 gpt Au; 5.26 m @ 0.115 gpt Au; 15.23 m @ 0.577 gpt Au; 5.88 m @ 0.098 gpt Au; 14.75 m @ 0.230 gpt Au. “The Au-As-Sb-Hg-Tl-Te geochemical suite associated with strong orpiment (As S ) and realgar (AsS) mineralization observed in the Pedro drill core is, in part, indicative of Carlin-style gold deposits”.
  • Mammoth Resources Corp. provided results from three additional diamond drill holes at Tenoriba, in Chihuahua. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 6.0 m @ 0.20 gpt Au, 3 gpt Ag; 15.0 m @ 0.34 gpt Au, 2 gpt Ag; 6.0 m @ 0.59 gpt Au, 3 gpt Ag in one hole on the Moreno zone; 46.5 m @ 0.45 gpt Au, 5 gpt Ag in another hole on the Carneritos zone and 37.5 m @ 0.98 gpt Au, 15 gpt Ag (including 18.0 m @ 1.13 gpt Au, 21 gpt Ag, 0.55% Cu) and 12.0 m @ 0.08 gpt Au, 0.45% Cu in one other hole on the Moreno zone. To date, results for 1,914 m have been released from 13 holes on the current drilling program of 27 holes with 3,240 m drilled. The program has been halted for lack of water for drilling.

ON MINING

  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. reported selected financial and production results for 2021. Production at El Cubo mine in Guanajuato commenced in October 2021. A total of 89.1 K tonnes were mined from El Cubo and existing stockpiles from El Pinguico, with 77.5 K tonnes milled, recovering 82.6% Ag, 78.8% Au to produce 124,7 K Oz Ag, 1,440 Oz Au at cash cost $20.36 per Oz AgEq mined. By the end of the period the company had $8.23 M in cash and an additional $1.6 M in bullion.
  • MAG Silver Corp. reported first quarter 2022 production of underground development and stope material at Juanicipio (56% Fresnillo/44% Mag Silver), in Zacatecas. On a 100% basis, 145.5 K tonnes were processed @ 597 gpt Ag, producing 2.4 M Oz Ag, 5,837 Oz Au. MAG Silver attributable production is 1.06 M Oz Ag, 2,568 Oz Au; the associated Pb and Zn production is to be reported with MAG’s first quarter filings.
  • Gatos Silver Inc. suspended temporarily mine operations at Cerro Los Gatos in Chihuahua. “The Mexican Ministry of Defense (“SEDENA”), who regulates all explosives permits in Mexico, temporarily suspended CLG’s explosive and blasting permit on April 21, 2022, following a blasting incident during underground development activities where two blasts were detonated prematurely”. No personnel were injured and no significant damage to equipment occurred. The company expects the resumption of mining activities next week.  
  • Alamos Gold Inc. reported Q1 2022 financial results, including figures from its Mexican operations. At Mulatos in Sonora, 613.8 K tonnes of ore were mined, 1.97 M tonnes of waste moved, stacking 1.74 M tonnes @ 0.73 gpt Au, for 40,852 Oz Au stacked. During the period 22,500 Oz Au were produced at cash cost $1,570 per Oz Au, and an AISC of $1,782 per Oz Au. “Mulatos produced 22,500 ounces in the first quarter, lower than the prior year period though consistent with first half 2022 guidance of between 45,000 and 50,000 ounces. Initial production from La Yaqui Grande in the third quarter and higher grades from El Salto are expected drive production substantially higher in the second half of the year to between 85,000 and 95,000 ounces”.
  • Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. released first quarter 2022 results, including figures from its Mexican operations. At Pinos Altos, in Chihuahua, 384 K tonnes were processed at a rate of 4,267 tonnes per day (tpd), averaging 2.14 gpt Au, to produce 25,170 Oz Au at cash cost $1,078 per Oz Au. At Creston Mascota, residual recovery from the heap leach pad continued, producing 1,006 Oz Au at cash cost $407 per Oz Au with residual leaching to continue throughout the second quarter of 2022. At La India, in Sonora, 1.56 M tonnes were processed at a rate of 17.4 K tpd, averaging 0.57 gpt Au, to produce 21,702 Oz Au at cash cost $820 per Oz Au.

ON FINANCING

  • Sonoro Gold Corp. is to undertake a non-brokered private placement offering to raise up to C$3 M (Cerro Caliche, Sonora).
  • Orla Mining Ltd. announced the refinancing of its US$125 M project finance facility with a new US$150 M secured credit facility which includes a US$100 M term facility and a US$50 M revolving facility through the Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal, and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (Camino Rojo, Zacatecas).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Barksdale Resources Corp. announced additional drill results from its 5,000 m phase I drilling program at the Cerro Verde zone of the San Javier project in Sonora. Highlighted core length intervals in three holes comprise 21 m @ 0.14% Cu, 0.47 gpt Au; 21 m @ 0.61% Cu, 0.28 gpt Au; 6 m @ 0.04% Cu, 1.90 gpt Au; 6 m @ 0.19% Cu, 0.49 gpt Au; 15 m @ 1.48% Cu (including 9 m @ 2.22% Cu); 6 m @ 0.10% Cu, 0.49 gpt Au in one hole; 27 m @ 0.31% Cu; 18 m @ 0.36% Cu; 6 m @ 0.25% Cu; 12 m @ 0.80% Cu; 6 m @ 1.19% Cu; 66 m @ 0.33% Cu in a second hole, 33 m @ 0.29% Cu; 6 m @ 0.25% Cu in the third hole and 15 m @ 0.23% Cu; 3 m @ 0.10% Cu, 0.45 gpt Au; 3 m @ 0.17% Cu, 0.37 gpt Au; 6 m @ 0.29% Cu. “Two additional holes on the western flank of Cerro Verde have intercepted broad zones of mineralization further to the west, while hole SJ21-32 has confirmed copper mineralization in addition to further extending oxide gold”. Next in line is the completion of an initial resource estimate at Cerro Verde and planning of the next exploration phase, which is likely to include targets at La Trinidad and Mesa Grande prospects.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. reported results from drilling at its Parral project in Chihuahua. Highlighted true width intercepts comprise 0.98 m @ 169 gpt Ag, 3.9% Pb, 2.3% Zn; 3.24 m @ 194 gpt Ag, 0.1% Pb, 0.2% Zn; 5.91 m @ 218 gpt Ag, 0.6% Pb, 1.1% Zn; 2.31 m @ 314 gpt Ag, 0.7% Pb, 0.3% Zn; 1.92 m @ 203 gpt Ag, 0.2% Pb; 1.13 m @ 439 gpt Ag, 0.23% Cu, 0.6% Pb, 0.1% Zn; 3.27 m @ 392 gpt Ag, 0.6% Pb, 2.1% Zn at Veta Colorada Sierra Plata Deep vein; 1.96 m @ 513 gpt Ag, 0.11% Cu, 2.0% Pb, 1.7% Zn; 4.23 m @ 0.14 gpt Au, 331 gpt Ag, 2.8% Pb, 2.2% Zn; 1.84 m @ 178 gpt Ag, 0.9% Pb, 1.0% Zn; 1.25 m @ 0.14 gpt Au, 310 gpt Ag, 1.8% Pb, 2.0% Zn; 3.49 m @ 395 gpt Ag, 0.14% Cu, 2.8% Pb, 2.7% Zn; 1.17 m @ 289 gpt Ag, 0.12% Cu, 3.0% Pb, 2.6% Zn; 1.18 m @ 191 gpt Ag, 0.8% Pb, 1.6% Zn; 2.48 m @ 0.12 gpt Au, 532 gpt Ag, 0.28% Cu, 3.1% Pb, 3.1% Zn at the Veta Colorada El Verde vein zone, and 2.09 m @ 0.61 gpt Au, 55 gpt Ag, 0.13% Cu, 3.0% Pb, 3.5% Zn; 0.48 m @ 0.49 gpt Au, 75 gpt Ag, 5.8% Pb, 4.7% Zn, at the Veta Colorada-San Joaquín vein. “Veta Colorada (including the Sierra Plata and El Verde mines) was a past producing mining operation owned by Grupo Mexico that closed in 1991 due to low silver prices. Mineralization, which occurs in a major silver vein structure that ranges from 1 to 30 metres thick, was mined seven levels down to 300-metre depths below surface in places and was traced for seven kilometres”.
  • Altaley Mining Corp. filed an updated technical report, including a preliminary feasibility study (PFS) for its Tahuehueto project in Durango. The previous report released in March 2021 “contained errors related to net smelter return calculations that under-estimated the PFS economics”, the updated disclosure increases “approximately 30% to the overall economics of the project”. The project envisages 1 K tpd operation with a mine life (LOM) of 10.9 years, to process a total of 3.55 M tonnes of ore @ 2.58 gpt Au, 50.5 gpt Ag, 0.3% Cu, 1.1% Pb, 1.9% Zn, with planned recovery of 87% Au, 85% Ag, 85% Cu, 85% Pb, 68% Zn to have a total net smelter return (NSR) of $645.4 M, LOM total capital cost of $56.9 M, an AISC of $855 per Oz AuEq, an EBITDA LOM of 357.7 M and an IRR of 65.5 with a payback period of 2 years. The project estimate of resources stands at 6.26 M tonnes @ 47 gpt Ag, 2.11 gpt Au, 0.27% Cu, 0.9% Pb, 1.98% Zn containing 9.45 M Oz Ag, 425 K Oz Au, 36.6 M Lb Cu, 123.9 M Lb Pb, 273.3 M Lb Zn in measures and indicated resources and 0.92 M tonnes @ 28.5 gpt Ag, 1.02 gpt Au, 0.15% Cu, 1.16% Pb, 1.96% Zn, containing 0.84 M Oz Ag, 30 K Oz Au, 3.K M Lb Cu, 23.6 M Lb Pb, 39.7 M Lb Zn.
  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd. announced results from additional drill holes from the phase 2 program at its Tepic project in Nayarit. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 6.65 m @ 210 gpt Ag, 1.06 gpt Au (including 1.5 m @ 524 gpt Ag, 2.47 gpt Au); 4.5 m @ 264 gpt Ag, 1.85 gpt Au (including 1.5 m @ 740 gpt Ag, 2.37 gpt Au); 3.05 m @ 625 gpt Ag, 1.60 gpt Au; 1.5 m @ 185 gpt Ag, 0.26 gpt Au; 1.5 m @ 110 gpt Ag, 0.23 gpt Au. “Ten of the twelve holes were designed to test up dip or strike extensions of known structures outside of the volumes used in the historical resource estimations”.
  • Chesapeake Gold Corp. released results for the last 13 PQ size infill core drill holes at its Metates project in Durango. The 2021-2022 infill drill campaign totaled 7,485 m, returning 22% higher grades within intrusive hosted mineralization. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 357 m @ 0.63 gpt Au, 20.5 gpt Ag; 357 m @ 1.00 gpt Au, 31.6 gpt Ag; 39 m @ 0.28 gpt Au, 30.9 gpt Ag; 118 m @ 1.24 gpt Au, 14.4 gpt Ag; 350 m @ 0.74 gpt Au, 23.2 gpt Ag (including 43 m @ 1.17 gpt Au, 8.6 gpt Ag); 69 m @ 0.50 gpt Au, 16.3 gpt Ag; 45 m @ 1.01 gpt Au, 11.5 gpt Ag; 226 m @ 0.95 gpt Au, 16.2 gpt Ag; 9 m @ 2.20 gpt Au, 6.8 gpt Ag; 405 m @ 0.90 gpt Au, 27.6 gpt Ag; 172 m @ 0.41 gpt Au, 25.4 gpt Ag; 45 m @ 0.82 gpt Au, 56.8 gpt Ag; 63 m @ 0.59 gpt Au, 10.6 gpt Ag; 138 m @ 1.38 gpt Au, 11.1 gpt Ag. “The infill drill holes targeted the intrusive-hosted mineralization and are spaced at approximately 50 metre intervals”.
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc. updated on construction at Las Chispas project in Sonora. At the end of Q1 construction at Las Chispas was 95.7%, with plant start-up on track for Q2 2022. Capital costs remain on budget, the power line is to be completed in Q2 and energized in Q3 while rental power generators were commissioned and are operational. A total of 19 .5 Km of underground development have been completed, 2.0 km in the last quarter. “The H1, 2022 exploration focus at Las Chispas is to map and sample unexplored areas and generate new drill targets”. At the end of Q1 2022 SilverCrest had cash and cash equivalents of $152 M, and $30 M available on a $120 M financing facility.
  • Discovery Silver Corp. updated on work at Cordero, in Chihuahua, to the Q4 2021. During the period a PEA on Cordero was completed, outlining a 16-year mine life producing 26 M Oz AgEq per year at an AISC of $12.35 per Oz AgEq. Work for this 2022 includes the pre-feasibility study (PFS), resource expansion and initial drill testing of five targets within the extensive land package owned by Discovery.
  • GR Silver Mining Ltd. announced results from its surface infill drill program at Plomosas, in Sinaloa. The results are part of the phase 1 program in the Plomosas mine area. Some of the highlighted true width results comprise 0.9 m @ 435 gpt Ag, 1.1% Pb, 5.1% Zn; 0.9 m @ 805 gpt Ag, 4.2% Pb, 5.6% Zn; 4.5 m @ 257 gpt Ag, 0.3% Pb, 0.4% Zn; 9.0 m @ 96 gpt Ag, 0.11 gpt Au, 0.2% Pb, 0.4% Zn; 2.8 m @ 176 gpt Ag, 0.3% Pb, 0.4% Zn; 8.5 m @ 410 gpt Ag, 0.30 gpt Au, 1.0% Pb, 1.0% Zn; 6.9 m @ 1,521 gpt Ag, 1.2% Pb, 1.6% Zn; 30.5 m @ 12 gpt Ag, 0.28 gpt Au, 1.0% Pb, 0.8% Zn; 16.0 m @ 289 gpt Ag, 0.1% Pb, 0.1% Zn; 15.7 m @ 238 gpt Ag, 0.1% Pb, 0.1% Zn; 9.5 m @ 372 gpt Ag, 0.1% Pb, 0.1% Zn.  

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No Relevant News.

On the image below: Quartz-barite-FeOx vein in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Second Week of April, 2022

By Jorge Cirett

During the 15th week of the year (April 11th to April 17th, 2022), at least 30 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, nine companies posted exploration advances on their properties, six released first quarter 2022 reports, one updated on project work, six reported drill results on their advanced properties and one signed an exploitation agreement on a small scale mine. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Mexico’s president Andrés M. López Obrador warned he will change the mining law to make a government’s monopoly on lithium, if his Energy bill is not approved. According to Miner Deck, three of the top ten gold intercepts on the second week of April were drilled by companies working in Mexico. Six of the top ten silver intercepts were by companies in Mexico. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Tocvan Ventures provided drill results on the Pilar project; Infinitum Copper released trench results at La Adelita; Silver Spruce had the preventive report approved for drilling at Diamante; Reyna Gold started drilling at La Gloria; Aztec Minerals finished the phase 2 RC drill campaign at Cervantes. In Chihuahua, Reyna Silver released drill results from Batopilas. In Nayarit, Sierra Madre Gold and Silver released drilling results from Tepic. In Guerrero, Pantera Silver reported drill results from Nuevo Taxco. In Zacatecas, Defiance Silver completed drilling at the Lucita prospect in its Zacatecas Silver project. ON MINING, Endeavour Silver, Fortuna Silver, Avino Silver, Golden Minerals, Great Panther and Torex Gold released first quarter 2022 reports. ON FINANCING, No Relevant News.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Prime Mining released drill results from Los Reyes, in Sinaloa. Silver Tiger Metals provided drilling results for El Tigre, in Sonora. Silverton Metals released RC drilling results from Peñasco Quemado, in Sonora. Vizsla Silver reported drilling results from the Animas vein corridor at Panuco, in Sinaloa. Endeavour Silver informed on drill results from the El Curso property at its Guanaceví mine in Durango. Fabled Silver Gold is planning phase 2 drilling at Santa Maria, in Chihuahua. SilverCrest Metals announced drill results from Picacho, in Sonora. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Galore Resources entered into an exploitation agreement with Oztoc Metal Corp for mining at the Duraznillo mine in Zacatecas.  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Mexico’s president Andrés M. López Obrador, warned that, “if Congress does not approve a constitutional reform on electrical matters next week….. he will push for a rewrite of the country’s Mining Law”. He stated that modifying the Mining Law requires simple majority (which he has), “to make lithium a mineral that belongs to the nation, to the Mexicans”.
  • According to Miner Deck, three of the top ten gold intercepts on the second week of April were from companies working in Mexico: Prime Mining (fifth) with 4.23 m @ 52.08 gpt Au at Los Reyes, in Sinaloa; Tocvan Ventures (eighth) with 116.9 m @ 1.2 gpt Au at Pilar, in Sonora, and Silver Crest Metals (tenth) with 4.7 m @ 20.86 gpt Au at Picacho, in Sonora.
  • According to Miner Deck, six of the top ten silver intercepts on the second week of April were by companies in Mexico: Endeavour Silver (third) with 7.46 m @ 2,067 gpt Ag at Guanaceví, in Durango; Prime Mining (fourth) with 4.3 m @ 1,008 gpt Ag at Los Reyes in Sinaloa; Defiance Silver (sixth) with 3.33 m @ 709 gpt Ag, Vizsla Silver (seventh) with 2.4 m @ 959 gpt Ag at Panuco, in Sinaloa; Silver Tiger Metals (nineth) with 23.8 m @ 95 gpt Ag at El Tigre in Sonora; Sierra Madre Gold and Silver (tenth) with 2.55 m @ 878 gpt Ag at Tepic.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc. announced the approval by SEMARNAT (Environmental authority) of the preventive report for drilling at the 1,057 ha Diamante property in Sonora. The program envisages 2,000 m of reverse circulation drilling starting in May, on the La Prieta, Aguaje, El Chon, El Chon Oeste, La Olla, Calton, El Cumbro, and Mezquite-Raizudo targets.
  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd. released results from seven drill holes of the phase II drilling program at the Tepic project in Nayarit. “Four of the holes are up-dip extensions from the previously defined historic resource area while three are strike extensions”. Highlighted core-length intercepts comprise 7.05 m @ 125 gpt Ag, 0.90 gpt Au; 3.2 m @ 194 gpt Ag, 1.36 gpt Au; 12.1 m @ 146 gpt Ag, 0.64 gpt Au (including 1.5 m @ 489 gpt Ag, 0.77 gpt Au); 2.25 m @ 48 gpt Ag, 0.90 gpt Au; 1.5 m @ 7 gpt Ag, 1.89 gpt Au; 4.6 m @ 156 gpt Ag, 1.20 gpt Au; 4.8 m @ 106 gpt Ag, 1.48 gpt Au; 2.55 m @ 878 gpt Ag, 3.04 gpt Au; 1.05 m @ 11 gpt Ag, 2.66 gpt Au. True widths estimated at 90% of core-length intervals.
  • Reyna Gold Corp. reported channel and dump sample results from the Sombrero target at its La Gloria property in Sonora. Highlighted results comprise 8.68 gpt Au, 0.56% Cu, 64 gpt Ag, 0.4% Pb, 0.1% Zn; 8.17 gpt Au, 0.34% Cu, 49 gpt Ag, 0.1% Pb; 2.84 gpt Au, 0.17% Cu, 36 gpt Ag, 0.3% Pb, 0.2% Zn. “Reyna has started drilling at El Sombrero and expanded the number of planned holes from an initial 10 to now 22 holes in the El Sombrero target as part of its ongoing 10,000-meter drill program, which now comprises of a total of 36 holes”.
  • Pantera Silver Corp. reported initial drill results from the Nuevo Taxco project in Guerrero. Highlighted true width (tw) results comprise 0.55 m @ 98 gpt Ag; 1.15 m @ 0.10 gpt Au, 48 gpt Ag; 1.6 m @ 98 gpt Ag; 1.3 m @ 96 gpt Ag; 0.8 m @ 82 gpt Ag; 1.85 m @ 0.09 gpt Au, 225 gpt Ag on the Negrilla vein and 5.05 m @ 0.30 gpt Au, 108 gpt Ag; 1.75 m @ 0.42 gpt Au, 7 gpt Ag; 1.00 m @ 0.41 gpt Au, 14 gpt Ag; 0.86 m @ 1.86 gpt Au, 35 gpt Ag; 1.25 m @ 0.51 gpt Au, 9 gpt Ag; 4.29 m @ 0.78 gpt Au, 9 gpt Ag on the Creston de Maria vein. This drilling campaign tested 630 m along strike on two veins of 21 in the property, with a combined longitude of more than 11 km.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. announced results from one core hole at its Pilar property in Sonora. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 116.85 m @ 1.19 gpt Au, 7 gpt Ag (including 48.05 m @ 2.81 gpt Au, 9 gpt Ag, which includes 10.20 m @ 12.04 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag). This core hole is a twin form a reverse circulation hole that returned 94.6 m @ 1.6 gpt Au. Nine holes totalling 1,562 m have been completed of phase III drilling.
  • Reyna Silver Corp. released results from 19 holes totalling 7,964 m of its 10,000 m stage 1 drill program at Batopilas, in Chihuahua. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 9.35 m @ 3.38 gpt Au (including 3.65 m @ 8.18 gpt Au, which includes 1.65 m @ 12.75 gpt Au); 1.45 m @ 6.87 gpt Au (including 0.35 m @ 18.95 gpt Au); 5.40 m @ 5.68 gpt Au (including 3.65 m @ 8.18 gpt Au); 0.75 m @ 9.55 gpt Au; 1.8 m @ 4.06 gpt Au. Reyna Silver is doing more exploration work to define the extent of gold rich versus silver rich mineralization, and their relationship.
  • Aztec Minerals Corp. and JV partner Kootenay finished the phase 2 reverse circulation program with 26 holes totaling 4,649 m at Cervantes, in Sonora. Highlighted hole length intervals comprise 88.41 m @ 1.10 gpt Au (including 15.24 m @ 3.96 gpt Au); 108.2 m @ 0.37 gpt Au; 45.7 m @ 0.45 gpt Au, 167.20 m @ 1.00 gpt Au, (including 24.4 m @ 4.25 gpt Au); 136.8 m @ 1.49 gpt Au (including 51.68 m @ 3.42 gpt Au); 100.32 m @ 0.75 gpt Au; 12.2 m @ 0.92 gpt Au; 7.6 m @ 0.68 gpt Au; 54.72 m @ 0.88 gpt Au; 7.6 m @ 0.74 gpt Au; 86.64 m @ 0.50 gpt Au; 138.32 m @ 0.53 gpt Au; 132.2 m @ 0.43 gpt Au; 9.1 m @ 0.46 gpt Au; 152.4 m @ 0.97 gpt Au (including 33.5 m @ 2.05 gpt Au); 54.9 m @ 0.48 gpt Au.  The focus of the program was to “better define the open pit, heap leach gold potential of the porphyry oxide cap at California, evaluate the potential for deeper copper-gold porphyry sulfide mineralization underlying the oxide cap, test for north and west extensions of the California mineralization at California North and Jasper, and assess the breccia potential of Purisima East”.
  • Infinitum Copper Corp. released trenching results from La Adelita project in Sonora-Sinaloa. Trench 2 returned a true thickness of 9.15 m @ 16.45 gpt Au, 1.90% Cu, 3 gpt Ag. Three magneto-telluric lines have been completed at Las Trancas, with interpreted results pending. Surface samples from Andalucia and Cerro Potreritos have returned up to 5.49 gpt Au, 1.34% Cu, 139 gpt Ag. “Additional surface sampling at Pericos confirmed the presence of skarn mineralization on the west limb of the Cerro Grande anticline, 800 m to the west of the Cerro Grande zone” with samples up to 1.38% Cu, 77 gpt Ag, 1.31 gpt Au.
  • Defiance Silver Corp. informed in the completed 4,750 m drill program at the 2,674 ha Lucita property, on Defiance’s Zacatecas project in Zacatecas. This is the first drilling in the central Lucita asset currently under option from Pan American Silver Corp.. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 3.33 m @ 0.06 gpt Au, 709 gpt Ag (including 1.15 m @ 0.11 gpt Au, 1,604 gpt Ag); 0.94 m @ 0.11 gpt Au, 107 gpt Ag; 2.73 m @ 0.16 gpt Au, 102 gpt Ag; 3.48 m @ 514 gpt Ag (including 1.9 m @ 940 gpt Ag); 1.05 m @ 0.19 gpt Au, 317 gpt Ag; 4.09 m @ 0.10 gpt Au, 137 gpt Ag (including 0.6 m @ 0.28 gpt Au, 618 gpt Ag); 1.51 m @ 0.76 gpt Au, 192 gpt Ag. “The dominant silver mineralization consists of pyrargyrite-proustite, acanthite, and argentite hosted in polyphase quartz and calcite veins, breccias, and stockwork veinlet zones”.

ON MINING

  • Endeavour Silver Corp. reported first quarter 2022 production. At Guanceví, in Durango, 101.2 K tonnes were produced at 1,125 tonnes per day (tpd) grading 407 gpt Ag, 1.19 gpt Au, recovering 85.6% Ag, 89.8% Au to produce 1.13 M Oz Ag, 3,477 Oz Au. At Bolañitos, in Guanajuato, 104.9 K tonnes were produced @ 61 gpt Ag, 1.73 gpt Au, recovering 85.9% Ag, 89.6% Au to produce 181.1 K Oz Ag, 5,218 Oz Au.
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. released production results for the first quarter 2022, including figures from its operations in Mexico. In San Jose, in Oaxaca, 250.9 K tonnes were milled at a rate of 2,918 tpd, grading 185 gpt Ag, 1.13 gpt Au, recovering 91% Ag, 90% Au to recover 1.36 M Oz Ag, 8,239 Oz Au.
  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. reported first quarter 2022 production results. At Avino, in Durango, 111.1 K tonnes were milled, averaging 50 gpt Ag, 0.29 gpt Au, 0.56% Cu, recovering 92% Ag, 77% Au, 89% Cu, to produce 164.4 K Oz Ag, 801 Oz Au, 1.22 M Lb Cu (457.8 K Oz AgEq). During the quarter the acquisition of La Preciosa project was completed, and drill results from La Potosina of up to 2.95 m @ 668 gpt AgEq were released. “Avino is completing its conversion to dry stack tailings”.
  • Golden Minerals Co. reported production for the first quarter 2022. At Rodeo, in Durango, 203.6 K tonnes were mined, 10.9 K tonnes stockpiled awaiting process, 88.6 K tonnes in low grade stockpiles 47.4 K tonnes processed at a rate of 527 tpd, grading 3.1 gpt Au, 11.6 gpt Ag, recovering 75.4% Au, 82.8% Ag, to produce 3,608 Oz Au, 13.9 K Oz Ag (3,787 Oz AuEq).
  • Great Panther Mining Ltd. reported production first quarter 2022 results, including figures from its Mexican operations. At Topia, in Durango, 16.3 K tonnes were mined, 16.2 K tonnes milled, averaging 362 gpt Ag, 0.84 gpt Au, recovering 92% Ag, 64% Au, to produce 173.7 K Oz Ag, 282 Oz Au, 365 tonnes Pb, 525 tonnes Zn (3,876 Oz Au Eq). The Guanajuato Mine Complex is currently in care and maintenance, while waiting for the CONAGUA (water use authority) tailings dam permit.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. released production results for Q1 2022. At its Limon-Guajes mine in Guerrero, 12,600 tpd were processed, 1,260 tpd mined from underground, 11,780 tpd mined by open pit, to produce 112,440 Oz Au during the period.  

ON FINANCING

  • No Relevant News.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Prime Mining Corp. released drill results for 26 holes at its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. A second high-grade ore shoot and the deepest mineralization to date was identified in Guadalupe East, with bonanza-grades found in 550 m step out from the inferred open pit boundary. True width highlighted results comprise 4.0 m @ 52.0 gpt Au, 1,008 gpt Ag; 0.6 m @ 7.62 gpt Au, 1,970 gpt Ag; 18.3 m @ 1.38 gpt Au, 39 gpt Ag; 14.1 m @ 1.12 gpt Au, 38 gpt Ag; 2.5 m @ 4.09 gpt Au, 103 gpt Ag; 7.5 m @ 1.47 gpt Au, 40 gpt Ag; 1.9 m @ 3.72 gpt Au, 370 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 1.57 gpt Au; 0.6 m @ 1.19 gpt Au, 9 gpt Ag; 2.8 m @ 1.38 gpt Au, 63 gpt Ag.
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc. provided drilling results from its El Tigre project in Sonora. The seven drill holes targeted down dip under El Tigre historic workings at the North end, highlighted core-length intervals comprise 27.8 m @ 0.08 gpt Au, 18 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 0.09 gpt Au, 158 gpt Ag; 26 m @ 0.06 gpt Au, 25 gpt Ag; 2.1 m @ 0.23 gpt Au, 250 gpt Ag; 10.2 m @ 1.63 gpt Au, 6 gpt Ag (including 1.5 m @ 10.7 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag); 1.2 m @ 0.04 gpt Au, 104 gpt Ag; 0.5 m @ 1.69 gpt Au, 101 gpt Ag; 23.8 m @ 0.19 gpt Au, 95 gpt Ag (including 2.3 m @ 0.94 gpt Au, 542 gpt Ag); 0.5 m @ 2.21 gpt Au, 1,200 gpt Ag. Underground rehabilitation is progressing at the historic El Tigre mine, with 215 m completed to date.
  • Silverton Metals Corp. released results from its step-out reverse circulation drilling at Peñasco Quemado, in Sonora. Highlighted hole-length intervals comprise 6.75 m @ 0.10 gpt Au, 46 gpt Ag; 1.00 m @ 75 gpt Ag, 0.37% Cu; 0.97 m @ 69 gpt Ag, 0.42% Cu; 5.10 m @ 27 gpt Ag; 11.30 m @ 54 gpt Ag (including 0.95 m @ 438 gpt Ag, 0.62% Cu); 3.74 m @ 47 gpt Ag; 11.85 m @ 17 gpt Ag; 19.70 m @ 27 gpt Ag; 5.30 m @ 46 gpt Ag; 54.10 m @ 23 gpt Ag; 6.45 m @ 73 gpt Ag; 7.45 m @ 26 gpt Ag; 10.30 m @ 31 gpt Ag; 5.60 m @ 42 gpt Ag. A total of 2,105 meters were drilled in nine holes.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp. reported results for 19 holes targeting the Animas vein corridor at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Highlighted true width intercepts comprise 5.84 m @ 39 gpt Ag, 0.48 gpt Au, 0.2% Pb, 1.9% Zn; 3.09 m @ 84 gpt Ag, 1.30 gpt Au, 0.2% Pb, 0.3% Zn; 5.25 m @ 85 gpt Ag, 0.50 gpt Au; 1.14 m @ 121 gpt Ag, 2.21 gpt Au, 1.9% Pb, 3.2% Zn; 4.71 m @ 391 gpt Ag, 2.23 gpt Au, 1.5% Pb, 1.1% Zn; 7.13 m @ 39 gpt Ag, 1.16 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.8% Zn; 4.62 m @ 29 gpt Ag, 1.24 gpt Au, 0.2% Zn; 1.10 m @ 195 gpt Ag, 1.17 gpt Au; 5.66 m @ 124 gpt Ag, 0.98 gpt Au, 0.4% Pb, 1.3% Zn; 1.14 m @ 312 gpt Ag, 1.23 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.2% Zn; 1.00 m @ 622 gpt Ag, 2.75 gpt Au; 1.26 m @ 787 gpt Ag, 3.65 gpt Au, 0.2% Zn. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 2.40 m @ 959 gpt Ag, 5.97 gpt Au; 2.10 m @ 486 gpt Ag, 2.68 gpt Au; 0.95 m @ 113 gpt Ag, 4.85 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.3% Zn.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. informed on high-grade underground drill results from El Curso property at its Guanceví mine in Durango. Highlighted true width results from the underground program comprise 2.09 m @ 0.92 gpt Au, 296 gpt Ag; 4.22 m @ 0.93 gpt Au, 428 gpt Ag; 7.26 m @ 0.84 gpt Au, 324 gpt Ag; 7.23 m @ 0.63 gpt Au, 323 gpt Ag; 1.34 m @ 1.30 gpt Au, 498 gpt Ag; 4.18 m @ 2.63 gpt Au, 857 gpt Ag; 7.46 m @ 5.83 gpt Au, 2,067 gpt Ag (including 0.47 m @ 56.50 gpt Au, 22,562 gpt Ag); 7.57 m @ 1.89 gpt Au, 975 gpt Ag; 6.26 m @ 0.60 gpt Au, 354 gpt Ag; 1.80 m @ 1.33 gpt Au, 814 gpt Ag; 13.12 m @ 0.74 gpt Au, 214 gpt Ag; 7.99 m @ 1.52 gpt Au, 262 gpt Ag; 1.87 m @ 2.36 gpt Au, 807 gpt Ag. El Curso property, covers the Santa Cruz vein “between Endeavour’s previously mined Porvenir Cuatro orebody and the Milache orebody currently being mined”.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp. is currently planning the phase 2 diamond drill program at Santa Maria, in Chihuahua. The Santa Maria veins were found in phase 1 drilling to be “mineralized breccias at the contacts or within diorite dikes”, which has led to the definition of five mineral/structural trends to pursue.
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc. announced results from drilling at El Picacho property in Sonora. This release covers 56,780 m in 247 holes (of a total to date of 68,200 m in 289 holes by SilverCrest). The focus of this campaign was to redefine and expand the Picacho Main vein historical resource of 364.4 K tonnes @ 8.54 gpt Au, 40 gpt Ag, containing 100 K Oz Au, 473 K Oz Ag defined in 2010 with only 14 holes and underground workings. The Picacho Main vein is 550 m long, 300 min depth, with an estimated true width of 2.4 m @ 5.42 gpt Au, 24 gpt Ag (Best tw intercept: 3.7 m @ 20.86 gpt Au, 73 gpt Ag); The Picacho Hanging Wall vein is 500 m long, 200 m in depth, 1.5 m in width @ 4.38 gpt Au, 38 gpt Ag (Best tw intercept: 1.3 m @ 42.3 gpt Au, 542 gpt Ag); The Picacho Hanging Wall 2 vein is 200 m long, 135 m in depth, 0.8 m in width @ 6.32 gpt Au, 46 gpt Ag (Best tw intercept: 2.8 m @ 11.9 gpt Au, 21 gpt Ag); The Picacho Hanging Wall 3 vein is 80 m long, 100 m in depth, 0.5 m in width @ 8.7 gpt Au, 450 gpt Ag (Best tw intercept: 0.8 m @ 10.71 gpt Au, 7 gpt Ag); The Picacho Footwall vein is 100 m long, 175 m in depth, 1.3 m in width @ 9.45 gpt Au, 16.1 gpt Ag (Best tw intercept: 1.7 m @ 37.09 gpt Au, 32 gpt Ag).  

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Galore Resources Inc. entered into an exploitation agreement between Oztoc Metal Corp. S. de R.L. de C.V. to reengage the mining activities that the previous tenant, URBYASA was conducting at the Duraznillo ranch in Zacatecas. The five-year contract includes the Los Gemelos I and Duende 7 mining concessions. Galore will receive 30% of gross revenues and OZTOC is to keep 70% for development, production and profit from the Duraznillo mine.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No Relevant News.

On the image below: Banded quartz-barite vein in the Sonoran desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Fifth Week of March, 2022

By Jorge Cirett

During the 13th week of the year (March 28th to April 3rd, 2022), at least 32 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, five companies posted exploration advances on their properties, three released quarterly and full year 2021 reports, one informed on the end of a strike and one declared commercial production. One announced the granting of stock options, three updated on project work, three reported drill results on their advanced properties, two released new resource estimates. ON MEXICO ISSUES, three of the top eight silver intercepts on the fifth week of March were obtained by companies working in Mexico. For the quarter, four of the top ten silver intercepts were from projects in Mexico. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Tocvan Ventures provided drill results on the Pilar project; Infinitum Copper commenced drilling at Adelita; Silver Spruce had the preventive report approved for drilling at Jackie. In Zacatecas, Galore Resources informed on drilling at Dos Santos project. In Nayarit, Sierra Madre Gold and Silver released additional trenching results at La Tigra. ON MINING, SilverCrest Metals, Excellon Resources and Mag Silver released quarterly and full year 2021 reports. Excellon Resources informed the strike on its Platosa mine in Durango was terminated. Orla Mining initiated commercial production at Camino Rojo, in Zacatecas. ON FINANCING, Inomin Mines granted stock options to director and a contractor.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Mexus Gold informed partner company Irmex is modelling the Mabel deposit in Sonora. Solaris Resources is preparing exploration work at La Verde, in Michoacan. Vizsla Silver reported drill results at Panuco, in Sinaloa. Prime Mining delivered drill results from Los Reyes, in Sinaloa. Discovery Silver released results from 17 holes at Cordero, Chihuahua. Torex Gold presented results of the updated technical report on the Morelos Complex in Guerrero. First Majestic Silver presented 2021 resource estimates for its properties. Silver Valley Metals updated on its potassium-lithium salars in Zacatecas and San Luis Potosi. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Tamino Minerals is triggering a securities fraud probe. Huntington Exploration acquired the El Grande project in Nayarit. Xali Gold ratified the agreement on the tailings with El Oro Municipality in Estado de Mexico. Prime Meridian Resource updated on the purchase of La Verde project in Sonora.  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Of the top eight silver intersects released on the fifth week of March, three were by companies working in Mexico, according to Miner Deck. Discovery Silver was first with 45.6 m @ 125 gpt Ag at Cordero in Chihuahua, Vizsla Silver was sixth 2.75 m @ 322 gpt Ag at Panuco, in Sinaloa, and Prime Mining was eighth with 42.7 m @ 43 gpt Ag at Los Reyes, in Sinaloa.
  • According to Miner Deck, of the top ten silver intersects released on Q1 2022, four were by companies working in Mexico. Pan American Silver was fourth with 322.9 m @ 64 gpt Ag at La Colorada Skarn in Zacatecas, GoGold Resources was fifth with 25.7 m @ 776 gpt Ag at Los Ricos, in Jalisco; Silver Tiger was eight with 25.9 m @ 687 gpt Ag at El Tigre, in Sonora and Radius Gold was tenth with 96 m @ 167 gpt Ag at Amalia, in Chihuahua.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd. announced additional results from the ongoing trenching program at La Tigra, in Nayarit. Highlighted intervals comprise 6.1 m @ 0.98 gpt Au; 24.2 m @ 1.59 gpt Au (including 4.7 m @ 5.58 gpt Au); 22.9 m @ 1.78 gpt Au, 6 gpt Ag; 6.6 m @ 3.42 gpt Au.
  • Galore Resources Inc. provided a drilling update of Los Gemelos, at its Dos Santos project in Zacatecas. Three holes have been finished on the San José area, showing recrystallized limestone, dikes and sills of intermediate composition with phyllic and argillic alteration, multiple bodies with hydroxides, hematite, calcite, and local sulfides and quartz, and hydrothermal breccia cemented by calcite and iron oxides. ”The mineralization is repetitive that is concentrated as veins, veins and stratabound bodies, hosted between the carbonate marine sedimentary sequence and the cupula of an unexhumed pluton….”.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. provided results for the three first holes of the phase III drilling campaign at Pilar, in Sonora. Highlighted drill-length intervals comprise 33.3 m @ 0.63 gpt Au (including 21.7 m @ 0.94 gpt Au) and 5.5 m @ 0.64 gpt Au, 10 gpt Ag in core holes and 6.1 m @ 0.51 gpt Au, 8 gpt Ag in a reverse circulation hole.
  • Infinitum Copper Corp. commenced diamond drilling at La Adelita project in Sonora and Sinaloa. The program envisages a total of 9,000 m of drilling in two phases, with phase I consisting of 3,000 m targeting areas within and adjacent to the existing mineralized zones, and some drilling on new zones like Cerro Grande footwall, Pericos and Las Trancas Sur. A magneto-telluric geophysical is underway, and is expected to aid in targeting.
  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc. informed the approval by SEMARNAT (environmental agency) of the preventive report for the 1,130 hectares Jackie project in Sonora. “Exploration plans were submitted for a 500-1,000-metre trenching program followed by an initial 1,000-2,000-metre reverse circulation drill program”.

ON MINING

  • SilverCrest Metals Inc. reported the financial results for the year 2021. At the end of the year construction progress at Las Chispas in Sonora was 86.2%, slightly ahead of schedule. Since 2019 over 17.5 km of underground development has been completed at Las Chispas, and during last year 114,143 m of drilling were completed, mostly as infill holes. At El Picacho, 40 km north of Las Chispas, 80,700 m of drilling were completed in 2021. At the end of the period the SilverCrest held cash and cash equivalents of $176.5 M, and $30 M remaining under a $120 M financing facility.
  • Excellon Resources Inc. posted financial results for Q4 and full year 2021. During the year, 85.5 K tonnes were mined, 86.0 K tonnes milled @ 494 gpt Ag, 5.01% Pb, 6.03% Zn, recovering 90.5% Ag, 78.5% Pb, 83.7% Zn, to produce 1.22 M Oz Ag, 7.61 M Lb Pb, 9.01 M Lb Zn (2.02 M Oz AgEq). Cash cost was $13.01 per Oz Ag and AISC $26.78 per Ag Oz. “current mining is entering an area of the deposit that steepens significantly, with fewer vertical-tonnes-per-metre than historically encountered…. the Company currently expects to wind down operations at Platosa during Q3 2022, subject to results from ongoing exploration programs” (Note by editor.- Although high-grade, Platosa seems to be at the end of its mine life due to a combination of deeper ores and high de-watering costs).
  • Excellon Resources Inc. announced on April 1, 2022 the resolution of the labor action initiated on March 7 by the Sindicato Nacional Minero Metalúrgico (Miner’s Union) at its Platosa mine in Durango.
  • Mag Silver Corp. presented its financial results for year 2021. The 4,000 tpd Juanicipio (56% Fresnillo PLC, 44% Mag Silver) plant was delivered to plant commissioning late in Q4, but due to regulatory approval commissioning was extended to Q2 2022. It is expected the plant to be working 85% to 90% of capacity by late 2022. Processing of mineralized headings from Juanicipio continues at the nearby Fresnillo plant and has begun to be processed at the Saucito facilities; Processing rates have increased from 38 K tonnes per month in Q4 to 45 K tonnes on the first two months of 2022. During 2021, 251.9 K tonnes from Juanicipio were processed, averaging 470 gpt Ag, to produce 2.97 M Oz Ag, 5,975 Oz Au, 1,065 tonnes Pb, 1,519 tonnes Zn. According to Juanicipio operator, Fresnillo PLC, the project construction is expected to be delivered on budget at $440 M. As of end of 2021 Mag held cash of $56.7 M.
  • Orla Mining Ltd. declared commercial production at the Camino Rojo Oxide mine in Zacatecas. “The declaration of commercial production at Camino Rojo comes after a successful commissioning period which included the ramp up of mining and processing to sustained throughput levels in excess of 75% of designed nameplate capacity of 18,000 tonnes per day”.

ON FINANCING

  • Inomin Mines Inc. informed 350 K stock options were granted to director and a contractor of the company (La Gitana, Oaxaca).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Mexus Gold US. informed that its partner at the Mabel project in Sonora, Irmex, “has been working on modelizing the Mexus data including the 611 core and RC holes previously carried out by Pacific Comox before acquisition by Mexus Gold”. To date Irmex has calculated a volume of 184.4 K tonnes @ 1.15 gpt Au, 76 gpt Ag, but work continues to increase the resource. Signature of the definitive agreement is planned for late April 2022.
  • Solaris Resources Inc. is planning more exploration work to advance its La Verde project (60% Solaris, 40% Teck) in Michoacan. The work envisaged includes the possible extensions of higher-grade ore. A spin-off company, Solaris Exploration, probably will continue with the work on La Verde, while Solaris Resources focus in Ecuador.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp. reported results from 53 holes on the Napoleon vein corridor at Panuco, in Sinaloa. The mineralized zone has been extended 350 m, which takes the total length of the corridor to 2,500 m. Highlighted true-width intervals comprise 4.00 m @ 55 gpt Ag, 20.38 gpt Au, 0.2% Pb, 3.0% Zn and 9.42 m @ 85 gpt Ag, 2.73 gpt Au, 0.9% Pb, 4.1% Zn (including 2.17 m @ 85 gpt Ag, 7.91 gpt Au, 1.2% Pb, 7.4% Zn) on the Napoleon vein, 2.7 m @ 746 gpt Ag, 6.27 gpt Au, 0.7% Pb, 2.9% Zn on the Napoleon hanging wall vein and 0.47 m @ 17 gpt Ag, 60.5 gpt Au, 0.4% Pb, 1.4% Zn at the Josephine vein.
  • Prime Mining Corp. released results from the phase II drill program on El Zapote Sur, one of eight ore deposits, at its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. Highlighted true-width intervals comprise 27.4 m @ 2.38 gpt Au, 43 gpt Ag; 5.8 m @ 7.75 gpt Au, 57 gpt Ag; 3.9 m @ 2.68 gpt Au, 15 gpt Ag; 5.6 m @ 2.91 gpt Au, 41 gpt Ag; 4.3 m @ 2.73 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag; 8.8 m @ 1.49 gpt Au, 20 gpt Ag; 2.3 m @ 7.10 gpt Au, 20 gpt Ag; 5.3 m @ 1.92 gpt Au, 42 gpt Ag; 18.2 m @ 1.09 gpt Au, 32 gpt Ag. Currently nine rigs are operating at Los Reyes, having completed 30,000 m (in 106 holes) of the planned 50,000 m program. “Mineralization at Zapote South consists primarily of white to grey crystalline to chalcedonic quartz, quartz breccia and stockwork ….. fault structures within or along the margins of rhyolite dykes …… Quartz is massive to crustiform, locally displaying colliform to bladed replacement textures. Higher-grade intervals are marked by finely banded green adularia”.
  • Discovery Silver Corp. informed on results from 17 holes from the phase 2 drilling program at Cordero, in Chihuahua. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 45.6 m @ 125 gpt Ag, 0.54 gpt Au, 2.0% Pb, 2.7% Zn (328 gpt AgEq); 177.4 m @ 27 gpt Ag, 0.03 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 1.1% Zn (74 gpt AgEq); 44.5 m @ 20 gpt Ag, 0.03 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 2.2% Zn (106 gpt AgEq) outside the current resource, 38.6 m @ 91 gpt Ag, 0.11 gpt Au, 1.3% Pb, 1.3% Zn (189 gpt AgEq) beneath the PEA pit and 32.3 m @ 70 gpt Ag, 0.12 gpt Au, 0.8% Pb, 1.0% Zn (142 gpt AgEq); 17.7 m @ 68 gpt Au, 0.03 gpt Au, 0.3% Pb, 0.4% Zn on the margins of the PEA pit. “This current set of results was predominantly targeting the expansion of the open pit and the resource in the northeast of the deposit”.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. presented the results of the updated technical report on its Morelos Complex in Guerrero. The Morelos Complex has a baseline cumulative cash flow of $1,418 M and after-tax (NPV 5%) of $1,040 M, while the Media Luna (ML) projects presents an after-tax NPV(5%) of $458 M. Life of mine (LOM) estimated at 11.5 years, commencing in April 2022, with an annualized production of 374 K Oz AuEq at total cash cost $809 per Oz AuEq and AISC of $954 per Oz AuEq. Total mineral reserves of 5.123 M Oz AuEq @ 3.90 gpt AuEq.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp. announced its 2021 mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates for the company’s properties, including figures from its operations in Mexico. In its three Mexican mines (San Dimas in Durango, Santa Elena/Ermitaño in Sonora and La Encantada in Coahuila), the company holds 63 M Oz Ag, 879 K Oz Au in the proven and probable categories (included in resources), as well as 111 M Oz Ag, 1.28 M Oz Au in the measured and indicated resource categories and 75 M Oz Ag, 829 K Oz Au in the inferred resource category.
  • Silver Valley Metals Corp. updated on its potassium-lithium salars in Zacatecas and San Luis Potosi. “it is in advanced discussions and under NDA’s with several well financed and highly technical groups ……… All options remain open for the Company, including a direct investment into the Company itself and the Company moving the project forward, to a joint venture, to a spin out of the asset, to a buy-out of the entire asset”. The inferred resource on the properties comprise 243 K tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent and 12.3 M tonnes of sulphate potash in 120 M tonnes @ 4.6% K, 380 ppm Li.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Tamino Minerals Inc. informed it is planning to trigger a Securities Fraud Probe against whomever results responsible of highly unusual “market activity witnessed during the last several months” (El Volcan, Sonora).
  • Huntington Exploration Inc. completed the acquisition of Lago de Oro S.A. de C.V. and its 550 square km El Grande gold project in Nayarit. A definitive agreement was reached to purchase all shares of the holding company for a cash payment of US$500 K, issuing 4 M shares of the company, a 2% NSR to the vendor and milestone payments on resources above 500 K Oz Au backed by NI-43-101 technical reports, capped at 20 M shares.
  • Xali Gold Corp. announced the ratification of the tailings and tourism agreements with the El Oro Municipality on El Oro tailings project in Estado de Mexico. “Renewing the Tailings Agreement is the final item required for Sun River Gold Corp (“Sun River”), who have the option to acquire 100% of the Tailings Project from Xali’s subsidiary…. The Tailings Agreement provides Xali Gold with the right to recover all available gold and silver from the tailings deposit and pay to the Municipality of El Oro an 8% Net Profits Interest”.
  • Prime Meridian Resources Corp. updated on the option to purchase La Verde project in Sonora. Prime Meridian (PMR) formed the Mexican subsidiary Sonoran Copper, S.A. de C.V. and reserved the new company’s new name Sonoran Desert Corporation. PMR has to make a US$200 K payment on Exchange approval, and a further US$200 K payment on late February 2023. Also, Cdn$3.75 M in shares of PMR prior to the first anniversary, and Cdn$2.5 M of PMR shares on the second anniversary. A 2% NSR on production from skarn mineralization will be retained by the vendor, and a 2% NSR on production from porphyry mineralization, with PMR having the right to buy 1% for US$1 M.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No Relevant News.

On the image below: Epidote bearing porphyritic rock from a project in the Sonoran desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Third Week of March, 2022

By Jorge Cirett

During the 11th week of the year (March 14th to March 20th, 2022), at least 21 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, only three companies posted exploration advances on their properties, four released quarterly and full year 2021 reports, four informed on financing rounds, three on share granting, repurchase or new market trading, two released new resource estimates, three posted drill results on properties with resources and one informed on the repossession of a property and mining concessions. ON MEXICO ISSUES, five of the top ten silver intercepts on the second week of March were obtained by companies working in Mexico. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Rockland Resources recommenced exploration at its Elektra lithium project; Infinitum Copper discovered three new mineralization zones at Adelita. In Zacatecas, Orla Mining is to begin brownfield exploration around Camino Rojo. ON MINING, Avino Silver, Sierra Metals, American Gold and Silver, Orla Mining and Starcore International released quarterly and full year 2021 reports. ON FINANCING, Golden Tag granted stock options to directors, officers employees and consultants. Reyna Gold started trading at the OTCQB Market Exchange in USA. Oroco Resource announced the oversubscription of its previously announced private placement. Silver Tiger closed its financing for gross proceeds of C$23 M. Altaley Mining is to conduct a financing round for up to C$5 M. Minaurum Gold informed on the acquisition of 16% of Infinitum copper shares. First Majestic Silver was approved to extend its share repurchase program to up to 10 M shares.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, GoGold Resources released drilling results from El Favor East, at Los Ricos North in Jalisco. Torex Gold Resources released the 2021 resource estimate (4.47 M Oz Au) for El Limon Guajes Complex in Guerrero. Fortuna Silver Mines updated the resource estimate (46.6 M Oz Ag, 296 K Oz Au) to the end of 2021 on its San José mine in Oaxaca. Vizsla Silver reported results from drilling the Cruz Negra vein at Panuco, in Sinaloa. Mithril Resources provided drilling results from Copalquin, in Durango. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Galore Resources regained control of the Duraznillo ranch and the mining concessions on its Dos Santos project in Zacatecas. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Of the top ten silver intersects released on the second week of March, five were from companies working in Mexico, according to Miner Deck. Vizsla Silver was first with 9.45 m @ 1,559 gpt Ag at Panuco, in Sinaloa, whilst Magna Gold was second with 55.95 m @ 156 gpt Ag at Margarita, in Chihuahua. Prime Mining, Capitan Mining and Avino Silver were also in the list, with their project in Sinaloa and Durango.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Rockland Resources Ltd. announced exploration is to initiate at its Elektra project in Sonora. The company is to review the surface and drill information generated in 2017, when 1,762 m were drilled in 16 holes. Best intercepts of that campaign include 33 m @ 1,058 ppm Li and 24 m @ 1,050 ppm Li. The target is a lithium in clays deposit akin to the nearby “Sonora Lithium” property owned by Bacanora Lithium PLC.
  • Orla Mining Ltd. is to begin exploration in and around its Camino Rojo mine in Zacatecas. The company is planning to invest $10 M in exploration in Mexico during 2022. The current year drilling program is to infill drill the deposit and reduce the spacing to 50-125m  in the sulfide zone. Last year program returned up to 108 m @ 2.38 gpt Au; 111 m @ 2.63 gpt Au; 58.5 m @ 2.51 gpt Au; 115.5 m @ 2.11 gpt Au; 64.6 m @ 3.04 gpt Au; 55.5 m @ 4.47 gpt Au; 55.5 m @ 4.95 gpt Au. The 2021 regional exploration program included an airborne magnetic survey, an IP survey, soil sampling and direct exploration under cover with 9,146 m of RAB drilling on 284 holes (holes 500 m apart, with 1,000 m line spacing) to sample the bedrock under shallow cover (up to 3 m @ 1.94 gpt Au, 7 km from Camino Rojo). That effort produced several targets that are to be followed-up this year, while target generation still continues.
  • Infinitum Copper Corp. announced the discovery of new zones of high-grade copper mineralization on the surface at its Adelita project in Sonora-Sinaloa. Mapping, prospecting and sampling (1,024 channel samples) program identified the Cerro Grande Footwall, Las Trancas and Pericos zones. At Cerro Grande, sampling on a garnet skarn alteration zone returned 7.50 m @ 1.88% Cu, 0.89 gpt Au, 127 gpt Ag, 0.9% Zn. Skarn hosted mineralization is also present at Pericos, estimated at 12 m in width, with results pending. At Las Trancas an oxidized breccia returned 0.5 m @ 3.67% Cu, 1.14 gpt Au, 4.2% Zn, with the structure having been traced for 780 m, and pending results in trench samples. A 14.8 line-km magneto-telluric geophysical survey is to be conducted over the Cerro Grande, Cerro Grande Footwall, Pericos and Las Trancas zones. Drilling is to start in late March.

ON MINING

  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. released financial results for Q4 and year 2021. At Avino, in Durango, in 2021 the company milled 165.3 K tonnes (103.5 K tonnes on Q4, after normalization of operations) to produce 245.4 K Oz Ag, 3,386 Oz Au, 1.87 M Lb Cu (842.4 K Oz AgEq). Over 15,500 m of drilling were completed in 124 holes during the year. In October of 2021 Avino entered into a definitive agreement with Coeur Mining Inc. to acquire the La Preciosa project, close to the Avino mine “for upfront consideration of $29.7 million on closing and $5 million due within 12 months of closing. Further contingent consideration including cash, royalties and a mineral reserve discovery payment. The transaction is expected to close during Q1 2022”. At the year’s end the company held US$22.3 M in cash.
  • Sierra Metals Inc. reported 2021 financial results and 2022 guidance, without specifying figures of production by mine. At Bolivar, in Chihuahua, cash cost was $2.18 per Lb CuEq and the AISC was $4.22 per Lb CuEq. At Cusi, in Chihuahua, cash cost was $16.71 per Oz  AgEq, and the AISC was $28.59. At Bolivar, 13,072 m of drilling were completed, as well as 21,059 m of infill drilling and 4,703 m of brownfield drilling at Cusi. The company held cash and cash equivalents of $34.9 M by the end of the year. “In Q4 2021, the Company announced its increased focus on copper and other steel-making products, including the strategic review process for the silver-producing Cusi Mine in Mexico. As part of this process, the carrying value of Cusi was reviewed. As a result, a non-cash impairment charge of $35 million was recognized for the year”.
  • Americas Gold and Silver Corp. reported consolidated financial and operational results for the year 2021. At Cosalá, in Sinaloa, re-started operations in September after a long struggle with an illegal blockade “after reaching an agreement with union representatives and certain Mexican government ministries in July 2021…. Production from the San Rafael mine increased during Q4‐2021 as the normal mining cycle was re‐established.  The Los Braceros processing plant was fed with a combination of over 20,000 tonnes of existing stockpiled ore and new production from the mine.  The milling rate ramped up in tandem with mine production, averaging approximately 1,700 tonnes per day during December 2021 and continuing into 2022”. During the Q4 61 K Oz Ag, 4.2 M Lb Zn, 1.7 M Lb Pb were produced.
  • Orla Mining Ltd. announced results for the Q4 and year 2021. During its commissioning year, at Camino Rojo in Zacatecas, 2.06 M tonnes were mined, of which 1.71 M tonnes were processed, 349.4 K placed on the low grade stockpile and further 2.05 M tonnes of waste were moved. The stacked ore grade was 0.74 gpt Au, and the gold produced was 2,422 Oz. “Orla continues to evaluate multiple development scenarios on the Camino Rojo Sulphide Project. The development scenarios being considered to potentially form the basis of a Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) currently include: (1) an underground mining option, (2) an open pit mining option with processing at a to-be-constructed sulphide facility at Camino Rojo, and (3) an open pit mining option with processing at Newmont’s Peñasquito plant. Based on the additional drilling and testwork to date, all development options remain possible”.
  • Starcore International Mines Ltd. filed the results for the third quarter ended January 2022. At San Martin, in Queretaro, 56.7 K tonnes were milled @ 1.46 gpt Au, 21.2 gpt Ag, recovering 88.1% Au, 45.8% Ag, to produce 2.4 K Oz Au, 17.8 K Oz Ag (2,588 Oz AuEq), at an AISC of $1,623 per Oz AuEq.

ON FINANCING

  • Silver Bull Resources Inc. granted 3.3 M stock options to various directors, officers, employees and consultants (Sierra Mojada, Coahuila).
  • Reyna Gold Corp. announced its common shares started trading on the OTCQB Market Exchange in USA (La Gloria, Sonora).
  • Oroco Resource Corp. announced the over subscription of the previously announced private placement (Santo Tomás, Sinaloa).
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc. closed the previously announced bought deal offering of common shares of the company, for gross proceeds of C$23 M (El Tigre, Sonora).
  • Altaley Mining Corp. intends to conduct a non-brokered private placement financing, to raise gross proceeds of up to C$5 M. The net proceeds will be used for working capital expenses related to the beginning of mining and milling operations at Tahuehueto, in Durango.
  • Minaurum Gold Inc. informed on the acquisition of 6.1 M shares of Infinitum Copper Corp., which represents 16% of Infinitum (Alamos Silver, Sonora; Adelita, Sonora).
  • First Majestic Silver Corp. received regulatory consent to extend its share repurchase program, with the ability now to repurchase up to 10 M shares, or 3.8% of the issued and outstanding shares (San Dimas, Sinaloa).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • GoGold Resources Inc. released results from five drill holes at El Favor East, within Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 1.0 m @ 0.15 gpt Au, 73 gpt Ag; 1.2 m @ 0.24 gpt Au, 82 gpt Au; 6.0 m @ 0.18 gpt Au, 100 gpt Ag (including 1.1 m @ 0.09 gpt Au, 210 gpt Ag); 1.2 m @ 0.50 gpt Au, 152 gpt Ag; 1.7 m @ 0.90 gpt Au, 257 gpt Ag; 45.5 m @ 0.52 gpt Au, 97 gpt Ag (including 0.9 m @ 13.05 gpt Au, 716 gpt Ag); 5.0 m @ 0.42 gpt Au, 93 gpt Ag; 7.4 m @ 0.36 gpt Au, 107 gpt Ag.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. reported mineral reserves and resources for the El Limón Guajes Complex in Guerrero, to the end of 2021. Proven and probable reserves of 17.5 M tonnes @ 3.03 gpt Au, containing 1.74 M Oz Au; measured and indicated resources of 21.31 M tonnes @ 3.61 gpt Au containing 2.47 M Oz Au; inferred resources of 2.19 M tonnes @ 3.74 gpt Au containing 264 K Oz Au. During 2021, 529 K Oz Au were processed.
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. updated mineral reserve and resource estimates for its San José mine in Oaxaca. Proven and probable reserves stand at 6.16 M tonnes @ 131 gpt Ag, 0.67 gpt Au, containing 17.3 M Oz Ag, 113 K Oz Au; measured and indicated resources stand at 940 K tonnes @ 99 gpt Ag, 0.66 gpt Au, containing 3.0 M Oz Ag, 20 K Oz Ag; inferred resources stand at 6.82 M tonnes @ 120 gpt Ag, 0.74 gpt Au, containing 26.3 M Oz Ag, 163 K Oz Au.  
  • Vizsla Silver Corp. reported results from five holes targeting the Cruz Negra vein, at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 0.70 m @ 1,795 gpt Ag, 21.00 gpt Au, 0.2% Pb, 0.5% Zn; 4.45 m @ 34 gpt Ag, 3.26 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 1.0% Zn; 1.65 m @ 1,066 gpt Au, 9.85 gpt Au, 0.4% Pb, 0.7% Zn; 3.70 m @ 440 gpt Ag, 3.74 gpt Au, 0.5% Pb, 2.2% Zn; 3.20 m @ 160 gpt Ag, 10.40 gpt Au, 0.5% Pb, 4.3% Zn.
  • Mithril Resources Ltd. provided drilling results from its Copalquin project in Durango. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 6.00 m @ 1.84 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag; 1.00 m @ 1.79 gpt Au, 25 gpt Ag; 1.70 m @ 1.77 gpt Au, 117 gpt Ag; 2.14 m @ 0.89 gpt Au, 64 gpt Ag in one hole, 4.80 m @ 0.91 gpt Au, 57 gpt Ag; 2.30 m @ 1.75 gpt Au, 135 gpt Ag; 0.55 m @ 5.89 gpt Au, 474 gpt Ag in a second hole, 8.10 m @ 1.64 gpt Au, 106 gpt Ag in a third hole. Exploration work has defined over 7 km of veins in the project, with a major target area identified at La Montura, on strike with El Refugio, whereas Los Pinos area displays strong alteration, gold in soils and early stage drilling results of 0.60 m @ 9.91 gpt Au, 161 gpt Ag.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Galore Resources Inc. announced that “has legally and safely regained possession and control of the Duraznillo Ranch mining operation” at its Dos Santos project in Zacatecas. In January 2018 Galore entered into a mining exploitation agreement with Urbanizaciones y Acabados, S.A. de C.V., but due to a breach in the agreement Galore asked and had to file a demand to recover the Duraznillo ranch and the mining properties. On March 8, 2022, the ranch and the mining properties were peaceful and smoothly repossessed by Galore

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No Relevant News.

On the image below: Barite-quartz-hematite vein from a project in the Sonoran desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the First Week of March, 2022

By Jorge Cirett

During the 9th week of the year (February 28th to March 06th, 2022), at least 26 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, nine companies posted exploration advances on their properties, one released Q4 and full year 2021 reports, one has started to receive a royalty from mining, three announced the opening or closing of private placements, six reported on drilling results or resource estimations and three on deals and corporate issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, the governor of Zacatecas is fostering the relationship with the Zacatecas Mining Cluster. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Heliostar Metals informed on drilling at Cumaro; Aztec Minerals released RC drilling results at Cervantes; Minaurum Gold presented drilling results from Alamos Silver; Silver Spruce initiated exploration at Diamante; In Chihuahua, Golden Minerals reported results from the last seven holes at Yoquivo. In Estado de Mexico, Xali Gold defined drill targets at El Oro. In Nayarit, Sierra Madre Gold and Silver mobilized a second rig to its Tepic project. In Guerrero, Pantera Silver completed a drilling campaign at Nuevo Taxco. ON MINING, Argonaut Gold presented 2021 production figures for El Castillo-San Agustin and La Colorada. Maverix Metals commenced to receive NSR payments from the Camino Rojo mine. ON FINANCING, Golden Tag, Osisko Development and Zacatecas Silver opened or closed tranches of financing for $1.46 M (Total $3.25 M), $84.8 M and $15 M respectively. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Torex Gold updated the mineral resource estimate at Media Luna in Guerrero. Osisko Development announced 2021 drilling results from Sapuchi and Golfo de Oro, at its San Antonio project in Sonora. Vizsla Silver presented, then retracted and corrected the maiden resource estimate for Panuco, in Sinaloa. Great Panther Mining updated the mineral resource estimate for San Ignacio and the Guanajuato Mine Complex in Guanajuato. Sonoro Gold reported RC drilling results on its Cerro Caliche project in Sonora.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Zacatecas Silver is acquiring from Alamos Gold the Esperanza gold deposit in Morelos. Tocvan Ventures updated on exploration activities in Pilar and Picacho, in Sonora. Capstone Mining merge with Mantos Copper Bermuda has been approved in British Columbia. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • David Monreal, Zacatecas governor, offered the Zacatecas mining cluster a reinforcing relationship between the state government and the mining industry, for the development of local value chains.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Heliostar Metals Ltd. announced drill intercepts from its Cumaro project in Sonora. Highlighted core-length intervals from the Verde target comprise 1.10 m @ 1.12 gpt Au, 44 gpt Ag; 1.15 m @ 1.48 gpt Au, 29 gpt Ag; 7.0 m @ 0.47 gpt Au, 6 gpt Ag (including 1.50 m @ 1.20 gpt Au, 11 gpt Ag); 2.20 m @ 0.58 gpt Au, 20 gpt Ag; 8.10 m @ 0.71 gpt Au, 14 gpt Ag (including 3.00 m @ 1.42 gpt Au, 17 gpt Ag; 8.30 m @ 0.47 gpt Au, 1 gpt Ag (including 2.00 m @ 1.11 gpt Au, 1 gpt Ag). Assays are pending for five holes on the Verde target, and six holes at the Dos Amigos and Palmita vein corridors. “Drilling is ongoing on targets in the eastern half of the Cumaro property”.
  • Pantera Silver Corp. completed the first stage of exploration drilling at the Nuevo Taxco project, in Guerrero. A total of 692 m were drilled in six holes targeting two of the 21 veins known in the property. Three holes were drilled on each of La Negrilla and El Creston de Maria veins, targeting 100 m along strike and 40 m below La Negrilla mine workings in the first vein, and, disseminated sulfides vein and veinlets on the second one; two previously unknown structures were also intercepted on El Creston de Maria drilling. Results are pending.
  • Aztec Minerals Corp. released results from reverse circulation drilling at its Cervantes project in Sonora. Highlighted hole-length intervals comprise 88.1 m @ 1.1 gpt Au (including 54.88 m @ 1.56 gpt Au and 15.24 m @ 3.96 gpt Au); 108.2 m @ 0.37 gpt Au; 45.7 m @ 0.45 gpt Au; 167.2 m @ 1.00 gpt Au (including 24.4 m @ 4.25 gpt Au); 136.8 m @ 1.49 gpt Au (including 51.68 m @ 3.42 gpt Au); 100.32 m @ 0.75 gpt Au; 12.2 m @ 0.92 gpt Au; 7.6 m @ 0.68 gpt Au; 63.84 m @ 0.42 gpt Au. “The primary focus of the Phase 2 RC drill program at Cervantes is to expand the previously drilled California zone by completing two drill hole fences parallel to and on either side of the 2017-18” previous face.
  • Minaurum Gold Inc. presented drilling results from the final phase II holes drilled in 2021 at its Alamos Silver project in Sonora.  At Minas Nuevas highlighted core-length intervals comprise 9.90 m @ 609 gpt Ag, 0.18% Cu, 0.3% Pb, 0.5% Zn (including 0.90 m @ 1,145 gpt Ag, 0.12% Cu, 1.2% Pb, 2.5% Zn), and 21.70 m @ 93 gpt Ag, 0.1% Cu, 0.2% Pb, 0.2% Zn (including 4.85 m @ 159 gpt Ag, 0.22% Cu, 0.4% Pb, 0.4% Zn); 7.35 m @ 184 gpt Ag, 0.22% Cu, 0.2% Pb, 0.3% Zn (including 4.05 m @ 289 gpt Ag, 0.38% Cu, 0.3% Pb, 0.4% Zn) at San José, and 2.95 m @ 232 gpt Ag, 0.16% Cu, 0.3% Pb, 1.1% Zn; 0.95 m @ 763 gpt Ag, 0.25 gpt Au, 2.14% Cu, 0.2% Pb, 0.2% Zn; 0.45 m @ 399 gpt Ag, 0.53% Cu, 0.9% Pb, 1.7% Zn. “In 2021, Minaurum drilled 9,386.50 m in 22 holes focusing on sizable step-outs at the Ana, Europa, San José, Alessandra, Cotera, and Minas Nuevas vein zones”.  
  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc. initiated geological mapping on the main drilling targets of the Diamante project in Sonora. “Geological features of epithermal low to intermediate sulphidation Ag-Au (Pb-Zn), high sulphidation Au-Cu, and potential porphyry style Au-Cu occur as disseminated, stockwork and vein styles accompanied by phyllic, argillic, advanced argillic and propylitic zones, with nearsurface overprinting by weathering with iron oxide and oxyhydroxide staining, jarosite and relict vuggy silica”.
  • Xali Gold Corp. finalized locations for drill pads at El Oro project in Estado de Mexico. “New drill targets have been identified by using a 3D Leapfrog model and drillholes have been designed to test potential extensions to high-grade gold and silver zones intersected by previous drilling … The project covers 20 veins with past production and more than 57 veins in total, from which approximately 6.4 million ounces of gold and 74 million ounces of silver were reported to have been produced from just two of these veins”.
  • Golden Minerals Co. reported results from the final seven holes of the 21-holes campaign at the Yoquivo project in Chihuahua. Highlighted true width intervals comprise 1.4 m @ 7.14 gpt Au, 2,058 gpt Ag (including 0.5 m @ 19.50 gpt Au, 5,844 gpt Ag); 0.5 m @ 0.59 gpt Au, 89 gpt Ag; 1.2 m @ 1.26 gpt Au, 169 gpt Ag (including 0.10 m @ 10.20 gpt Au, 1,319 gpt Ag); 1.8 m @ 0.60 gpt Au, 64 gpt Ag; 1.1 m @ 0.26 gpt Au, 149 gpt Ag; 0.2 m @ 1.90 gpt Au, 148 gpt Ag. An environmental report has been submitted to carry out a 10,000 m drill program.
  • Mammoth Resources Corp. provided results from three holes drilled at its Tenoriba project in Chihuahua. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 16.5 m @ 0.27 gpt Au, 5 gpt Ag; 22.5 m @ 0.22 gpt Au, 3 gpt Ag; 18.0 m @ 1.21 gpt Au, 1 gpt Ag; 22.5 m @ 0.57 gpt Au, 1 gpt Ag; 13.5 m @ 0.30 gpt Au, 6 gpt Ag; 7.5 m @ 0.22 gpt Au, 1 gpt Ag. “In all holes the mineralization appears to be controlled by irregular sulphide enriched fractures-veinlets with minor quartz and/or alteration clay minerals typical to High Sulphidation mineral systems”.
  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd. announced that a second drill rig has been mobilized to its Tepic project in Nayarit. “This second rig is smaller and more portable than the first while maintaining the depth capacity and large core diameter that the Company requires. The decision to mobilize a second rig is a result of the success of the trenching program which has identified several additional drill targets and the superior assay turnaround time at the current laboratory”.

ON MINING

  • Argonaut Gold Inc. presented its Q4 and full-year 2021 report, including figures from its Mexican operations. During the year, at El Castillo-San Agustin in Durango, 37.24 M tonnes were moved, of which 20.16 M tonnes were of ore grading 0.29 gpt Au, producing 116,263 Oz Au, 570.7 K Oz Ag produced at cash cost $991 per Oz AuEq. At La Colorada, in Sonora, 16.22 M tonnes were moved, of which 4.83 M tonnes were ore grading 0.63 gpt Au, producing 64,860 Oz Au, 178.8 K Oz Ag at cash cost $730 per Oz Au. Production guidance for 2022 is 38-45 K Oz Au at El Castillo, 62-70 K Oz Au at San Agustin and 48-55 K Oz Au at La Colorada at cash cost $1,100 to $1,190 per Oz Au.
  • Maverix Metals Inc. informed its expectations on attributable gold equivalent ounces from royalties in diverse projects it has a stake on, including figures from one project in Mexico. Orla Mining’s Camino Rojo mine in Zacatecas has already poured its first gold and declaration of commercial production is expected to be made during the first quarter 2022. Maverix has a 2% NSR on Camino Rojo production.

ON FINANCING

  • Golden Tag Resources Ltd. completed the second and second tranche of the previously announced non-brokered private placement, for aggregate proceeds of $1.46 M, which coupled with the proceeds of the first tranche amount to $3.25 M. The company paid $7 K and issued 28 K finder’s warrants in connection with the last tranche (San Diego, Durango).
  • Osisko Development Corp. closed the first tranche of its previously announced non-brokered private placement, for gross proceeds of US$84.8 M. No commission or finder’s fee will be paid by Osisko (San Antonio, Sonora).
  • Zacatecas Silver Corp. is to complete a brokered private placement for total proceeds of up to $15 M. “Zacatecas Silver intends to use the net proceeds of the offering for the acquisition, exploration and development of the Esperanza Gold Project, exploration of the Zacatecas Properties and for general working capital purposes”.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. updated the resource estimate on the Media Luna project in Guerrero. Indicated resources stand at 25.4 M tonnes grading 3.24 gpt Au, 32.5 gpt Ag, 1.08% Cu, containing 2.64 M Oz Au, 25.7 M Oz Ag, 602 M Lb Cu (or 4.39 M Oz AuEq), and inferred resources of 6.0 M tonnes @ 2.47 gpt Au, 20.8 gpt Ag, 0.81% Cu, containing 0.48 M Oz Au, 4.0 M Oz Ag, 106 M Lb Cu (or 0.78 M Oz AuEq). Not included in these resources are the 8.0 M tonnes @ 1.52 gpt Au, 34.6 gpt Ag, 1.27 % Cu, containing 0.39 M Oz Au, 8.9 M Oz Ag, 225 M Lb Cu (or 1.02 M Oz AuEq) of inferred resources the EPO mineralization zone, located north of the Media Luna deposit and south of the Balsas River. Exploration infill and step-out holes have been budgeted at $19 M for around 64,000 m of drilling.
  • Osisko Development Corp. announced the final drilling results from the 2021 exploration and category conversion drilling at its San Antonio project in Sonora. A total of 27,900 meters were drilled in 177 holes in 2021, with this news release covering 6,550 m in 33 holes at Golfo de Oro and 8,050 m at Sapuchi. Some of the highlighted core-length intervals comprise 19.5 m @ 0.81 gpt Au; 1.5 m @ 9.59 gpt Au; 21.2 m @ 2.47 gpt Au, 19 gpt Ag (including 1.5 m @ 18.00 gpt Au); 35.65 m @ 0.86 gpt Au; 31.25 m @ 1.45 gpt Au; 42.50 m @ 1.55 gpt Au at Golfo de Oro, and  5.30 m @ 3.58 gpt Au; 14.80 m @ 1.37 gpt Au; 26.65 m @ 0.93 gpt Au; 8.80 m @ 2.49 gpt Au; 40.8 m @ 1.00 gpt Au, 14 gpt Ag; 60.45 m @ 1.06 gpt Au; 22.95 m @ 1.07 gpt Au; 25.45 m @ 1.60 gpt Au; 10.50 m @ 2.39 gpt Au; 78.90 m @ 2.19 gpt Au (Including 3.20 m @ 21.30 gpt Au); 2.35 m @ 8.28 gpt Au; 18.30 m @ 1.41 gpt Au; 20.25 m @ 1.19 gpt Au; 17.90 m @ 1.75 gpt Au; 16.95 m @ 1.22 gpt Au; 13.80 m @ 1.31 gpt Au; 15.95 m @ 1.46 gpt Au; 18.60 m @ 1.18 gpt Au at Sapuchi. Most intervals run also 1 to 5 gpt Ag. “… gold mineralization is characterized by hydrothermal breccia that forms an approximately 3,000 m long east-northeast trending mineralization corridor with the Luz del Cobre copper deposit at the east. The gold mineralization is associated with intense chlorite and carbonate alteration and is intrusion related with host rock”.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp. presented the maiden resource estimate for its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Indicated mineral resources stand at 6.9 M tonnes grading 150 gpt Ag, 1.64 gpt Au, 0.27% Pb, 0.53% Zn (or 370 gpt AgEq), containing 33.2 M Oz Ag, 362.6 K Oz Au, 18 K tonnes Pb, 36 K tonnes Zn (81.6 M Oz AgEq). Inferred mineral resources stand at 5.3 M tonnes grading 156 gpt Ag, 1.51 gpt Au, 0.16% Pb, 0.35% Zn (or 334 gpt AgEq), containing 26.6 M Oz Ag, 256.6 K Oz Au, 8.5 K tonnes Pb, 18.8 K tonnes Zn (56.9 M Oz AgEq). A total of 124,915 m of drilling in 445 holes completed from 2019 to 2021 were utilized to calculate the resource estimate.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp. retracted the maiden resource estimate released on Feb 28, 2022 (see above) on its Panuco project in Sinaloa. “An internal review of the estimate identified a miscalculation made by an independent consultant in the conversion of lead and zinc grades into the silver equivalent calculation. This in-turn lifted lower grade zones above the economic cut-off, adding tonnes to the resource but lowering the overall grade”. The next restatement corrects this. Indicated mineral resources are estimated at 5.0 M tonnes @ 191 gpt Ag, 2.08 gpt Au, 0.26% Pb, 0.50% Zn, containing 30.5 M Oz Ag, 331.1 K Oz Au, 13 K tonnes Pb, 24.6 K tonnes Zn. Inferred resources are estimated at 4.1 M tonnes @ 187 gpt Ag, 1.79 gpt Au, 0.13% Pb, 0.30% Zn, containing 24.7 M Oz Ag, 235.8 K Oz Au.
  • Great Panther Mining Ltd. reported the filing of the technical report on updated mineral resourcesof the Guanajuato Mine Complex and San Ignacio operations in Guanajuato.
  • Sonoro Gold Corp. reported the results of the first 24 holes of its current 10,000 m reverse circulation drilling campaign at its Cerro Caliche project in Sonora. The goal of the program is to increase the size and grade of the oxide gold mineralization. The highlighted hole length intervals comprise 9.14 m @ 1.04 gpt Au; 22.86 m @ 1.55 gpt Au (Including 6 m @ 5.18 gpt Au); 3.05 m @ 19.56 gpt Au (including 1.53 m @ 37.90 gpt Au); 4.57 m @ 2.43 gpt Au; 27.43 m @ 5.36 gpt Au (including 4.57 m @ 7.16 gpt Au, and 4.57 m @ 22.09 gpt Au), 4.57 m @ 2.18 gpt Au.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Zacatecas Silver Corp. entered into a share purchase agreement on February 28, 2022 with Alamos Gold Inc. to acquire the Esperanza project in Morelos (previously known as Cerro Jumil). Esperanza is an advanced project with a measured and indicated resource of 34.35 M tonnes grading 0.98 gpt Au, 8.1 gpt Ag, containing 1,084,000 Oz Au, 8.93 M Oz Ag and inferred resources of 718 K tonnes @ 0.80 gpt Au, 15 gpt Ag, containing 18,000 Oz Au, 347 K Oz Ag. The project has 69,716 m of drilling in 389 holes. Zacatecas Silver is to pay Alamos Gold US$5 M and issue shares for US$10 M, a payment of US$5 M within two months of approval of an environmental impact assessment (MIA, in Spanish), further US$14 M within two months of either completion of a feasibility study (FS) or the announcement on decision of mine construction, and the payment of US$20 M within 6 months of commencement of commercial production. Also a $500 K finder’s fee is to be paid on closing of the transaction. “Alamos is entitled to receive 20% of the silver produced from Esperanza at a cash price of 20% of the prevailing spot silver price, subject to a maximum of 500,000 ounces of silver delivered to Alamos”.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. provided an update on its activities. At Pilar, in Sonora, the current phase III diamond drilling is in progress, with 1,200 m completed, results pending. Bulk samples for advanced metallurgy are at the lab, while the company moves towards a maiden resource estimate and bulk test mine. At Picacho, also in Sonora, exploration is commencing.
  • Capstone Mining Corp. announced the Supreme Court of British Columbia approved Capstone and Mantos Copper Bermuda Ltd. to proceed with their merge. Capstone owns the Cozamin mine in Zacatecas, the Pinto Valley mine in Arizona and the Santo Domingo project in Chile. Mantos Blancos owns the Mantos Blancos and Mantoverde (69.99%) mines in Chile.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No Relevant News.

On the image below: Barite-quartz-hematite vein from a project in the Sonoran desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico; Highlights on the Third Week of February, 2022

By Jorge Cirett

During the 7th week of the year (February 14th to February 20th, 2022), at least 28 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, seven companies posted exploration advances on their properties, three released quarterly reports, and one informed on a fatal accident on its facilities. One company is conducting a private placement and one more has commenced to receive royalties. Eleven companies posted on expansion/infill drilling on their properties and/or metallurgical testing, one company sold a large property, one is about to proceed with a merge and one more informed on a Supreme Court decision that is to put its mining concessions on peril. ON MEXICO ISSUES, The Santa Barbara mine in Chihuahua has seen its employee work force augment considerably as result of the outsourcing ban. The Supreme Court ruled Almaden Minerals mining concessions in Puebla are to be subject to an indigenous communities consultation process. In Guerrero, the creation of a state’s mining promotion organism was proposed. Work was halted by authorities at the San Francisco mine in Sonora after an accident resulting in the death of three employees. Grupo Mexico blasted the participation in Congress of senator Napoleón Gómez Urrutia.  ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Tarachi Gold is to explore La Texana; Tocvan Ventures informed on drilling at Pilar; Mexus Gold updated on its Scorpio property; Aztec Minerals released assay results from RC drilling at Cervantes. In Chihuahua, Monarca Minerals presented stream sediment results from its San José project. In Coahuila, Monumental Minerals completed an airborne magnetic and radiometric survey at Jemy. In Nayarit, Sierra Madre Gold and Silver released trenching results from La Tigra. ON MINING, Argonaut Gold, Capstone Mining, and Starcore International presented quarterly and/or yearly reports. Magna Gold reported a fatal accident involving three of its employees at the San Francisco mine in Sonora. ON FINANCING, Tarachi Gold announced a non-brokered private placement for USC$4 M. Orogen Royalties has begun to receive NSR from the Ermitaño deposit mining in Sonora. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Southern Silver Exploration reported high-grade extensions at Cerro Las Minitas, Durango. Golden Tag Resources released drill results from San Diego, in Durango. Chesapeake Gold presented drilling results from Metates, in Durango. Capitan Mining reported drill results from Jesus María, at the Peñoles project in Durango. Golden Minerals reported results from drilling at Yoquivo, Chihuahua. Guanajuato Silver provided results from drilling at El Cubo. Zacatecas Silver reported drilling results from the Panuco vein in Zacatecas. GR Silver Mining reported drilling results from the Trampolín and Corta Pico veins at the Plomosas project in Sinaloa. Prime Mining released results from drilling at Los Reyes, in Sinaloa. Vizsla Silver reported results from metallurgical tests on ore from the Napoleon resource at Panuco, in Sinaloa.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Sun Summit Minerals sold three large properties to Green Earth Metals. Capstone Mining is to vote on the combination with Mantos Copper. Almaden Minerals informed on the decision reached by the Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico respect of a mineral lawsuit involving the company’s mining concessions. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Grupo Mexico, Industrias Peñoles, Fresnillo PLC, Minera Palmarejo and SilverCrest informed on social and environmental actions taken to conduct to a better society.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • The mining company at Santa Barbara, Chihuahua has increased its employee force from 750 to 1,120 as result of last year’s outsourcing reform.
  • The Mexican Supreme Court suspended mining claims on northern Puebla. The ruling affects claims owned by Minera Gorrion (Alamaden Minerals subsidiary), that now will be subject to a consultation process on indigenous communities. (Note.- This is to have profound implications for the Mexican mining industry, because there is not a legal framework to carry out these exercises, and the lack of formal criteria to define an indigenous community and its reaches).
  • In Guerrero was proposed the creation of a Dirección General de Minería, to promote mining in the state.
  • Grupo Mexico blasted the Congress speech of senator Napoleón Gómez Urrutia. The company’s press release stated the senator repeatedly lied on the Pasta de Conchos tragedy and on non-existent worker strikes, emphasizing the fact that he has not delivered the US$55 M payment to workers entitled to receive it, same that he kept on his coffers to sustain an extravagant lifestyle.
  • Work was halted on Magna Gold’s San Franciso mine in Sonora, after the field review by members of the state’s Dirección de Inspección y Vigilancia de Protección Civil, on the death of three of its employees in a tragic accident.  

ON EXPLORATION

  • Tarachi Gold Corp. announced plans for exploration at its 300 hectares La Texana property, in Sonora. “The fieldwork will entail detailed geological and structural mapping and rock sampling of the entire concession……”. The goal is to find mineralization like that encountered in nearby high sulfidation, porphyry gold targets and structurally controlled polymetallic deposits.
  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd. released results from trenching at its La Tigra project in Nayarit. Highlighted intervals comprise 4.9 m @ 0.46 gpt Au; 11.0 m @ 1.03 gpt Au; 2.0 m @ 4.13 gpt Au; 12.0 m @ 2.85 gpt Au; 4.5 m @ 6.94 gpt Au. Access has been gained to the 100 and 200 levels of the historic El Tigre mine.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. informed a second drill rig has been mobilized to its Pilar project in Sonora. A twin diamond hole, still to be assayed, displays “a heavily oxidized and fractured mineralized breccia” in the interval mirroring 9.2 m @ 10.8 gpt Au, 38 gpt Ag of the past RC hole. “Mineralization appears to be primarily hosted in an intensely silicified breccia with pyrite and in select areas copper sulphides (chalcopyrite and cuprite)”.
  • Mexus Gold US. presented an update on its 9,173 acress Scorpio project in Sonora. Mineralization is “interpreted as a major 2 kilometer long gold and base metal structure. Trenching and surface sampling assays have been extremely promising and suggests a follow up drilling program. The company will seek to joint venture this property with an exploration company”.
  • Aztec Minerals Corp. released assay results from the first hole of the phase 2 reverse circulation drilling campaign at Cervantes, in Sonora. The highlighted interval of the hole in the California target comprises 88.41 m @ 1.1 gpt Au (including 54.9 m @ 1.56 gpt Au). “mineralization appears to be widely distributed in disseminations, fractures and veinlets within a quartz-feldspar porphyry stock and related hydrothermal breccias……. The area currently being drilled measures approximately 800 metres long by 300 metres wide, with demonstrated, continuous mineralization of up to 170 metres depth. The porphyry gold-copper mineralization is still open in all directions”.
  • Monarca Minerals Inc. announced results from stream sediment pan concentrate sampling at its San José project in Chihuahua. “Numerous drainages show anomalous values of Au, As, Cu, Pb and Zn. Drainages with anomalous values extend approximately 8 km from near the northern limit of the concessions to the southern limit of the concessions”.
  • Monumental Minerals Corp. completed the airborne magnetic and radiometric geophysical survey over its Jemy project in Coahuila. “A total of approximately 1,121 line-km was completed over 13 survey days” on the heavy rare earth element project (Terbium, Dysprosium, Neodymium, Praseodymium). 

ON MINING

  • Argonaut Gold Inc. presented its Q4 and full-year 2021 report, including figures from its Mexican operations. The company’s consolidated production in Mexico was 47,625 Oz AuEq during the Q4, and 189,941 Oz AuEq for the full year 2021. Selected drilling results from La Colorada in Sonora comprises true width intervals of 5.8 m @ 1.5 gpt Au, 29 gpt Ag; 5.7 m @ 4.1 gpt Au, 12 gpt Ag; 26.1 m @ 5.2 gpt Au, 12 gpt Ag (including 7.3 m @ 16.8 gpt Au, 29 gpt Ag); 28.9 m @ 2.0 gpt Au, 14 gpt Ag; 33.2 m @ 2.5 gpt Au, 7 gpt Ag; 11.0 m @ 1.0 gpt Au, 3 gpt Ag; 52.5 m @ 2.3 gpt Au, 17 gpt Ag; 16.9 m @ 1.3 gpt Au, 18 gpt Ag.
  • Capstone Mining Corp. announced production and financial result for the Q4 and full year 2021, including figures on its Mexican operations. At Cozamin in Zacatecas, processing ore at a rate of 3,724 tonnes per day (tpd) produced 14.5 M Lb Cu during the quarter, adding up to 187.1 M Lb Cu in the year, at cash cost $1.81 per Lb Cu produced. Cash and cash equivalents added up to $264.4 M by the end of the year.
  • Magna Gold Corp. reported a fatal accident involving three employees at is San Francisco mine in Sonora. “Three mine employees were in the fine ore storage area when a cave-in occurred…….. The cause of the cave-in is unclear at this time and an investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the accident”.
  • Starcore International Mines Ltd. released results for the quarter ended January 31, 2022. At the San Martin mine in Queretaro. During the quarter 56.7 K tonnes were milled @ 1.46 gpt Au, 21.1 gpt Ag, recovering 88.1% Au, 45.8% Ag, to produce 2,588 Oz AuEq.

ON FINANCING

  • Tarachi Gold Corp. announced a non-brokered private placement financing aimed to raise up to C$4 M. Ausenco Engineering Inc. committed to subscribe a total participation of C$1.98 M (Magistral Mill and Tailings, Durango).
  • Orogen Royalties Inc. received the first quarterly royalty payment of US$480 K from initial production at the Ermitaño deposit in Sonora. “Orogen organically generated a 2% net smelter return (“NSR”) royalty on the sale of the Ermitaño project to First Majestic Silver Corp.”. A total of 103.7 K tonnes @5.28 gpt Au, 49 gpt Ag were processed.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Southern Silver Exploration Corp. reported extensions of high-grade Ag-polymetallic  mineralization at the North Felsite Target on the Cerro Las Minitas project, in Durango. Highlighted true width intervals comprise 11.8 m @ 185 gpt Ag, 0.2 gpt Au, 2.8% Pb, 1.0% Zn (including 3.0 m @ 354 gpt Ag, 0.7 gpt Au, 6.1% Pb, 2.6% Zn); 3.7 m @ 174 gpt Ag, 0.5 gpt Au, 1.5% Pb, 0.9% Zn; 5.7 m @ 234 gpt Ag, 0.3% Cu, 1.1% Pb, 2.0% Zn (including 3.2 m @ 379 gpt Ag, 0.5% Cu, 1.7% Pb, 2.6% Zn). These holes extend the mineralization projection 400 m below the surface and 250 m along strike.
  • Golden Tag Resources Ltd. released results from three diamond holes targeting bulk-tonnage mineralization at the San Diego project in Durango. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 1.22 m @ 517 gpt Ag, 0.2 gpt Au, 8.5% Pb, 14.0% Zn; 1.00 m @ 751 gpt Ag, 0.12 gpt Au, 0.7% Pb, 1.3% Zn; 2.10 m @ 296 gpt Ag, 0.27 gpt Au, 0.8% Pb, 1.0% Zn; 11.00 m @ 51 gpt Ag, 0.26 gpt Au, 1.0% Pb, 1.0% Zn; 240.30 m @ 32 gpt Ag, 0.04 gpt Au, 0.5% Pb, 0.7% Zn, or 83 gpt AgEq (including 111.98 m @ 40 gpt Ag, 0.05 gpt Au, 0.8% Pb, 0.9% Zn).
  • Mexus Gold US. informed its Santa Elena property in Sonora is in testing capacity with an open pit and leaching gold recovery system. “Mexus is negotiating with a major mining/exploration company to joint venture or complete an exploration option to buy deal”. The Mabel property, also in Sonora comprises 4,832 acres has over 600 holes with estimated 45 K Oz Au, 500 K Oz Ag (Not 43-101 compliant) “Mexus reached an agreement with Irmex mining company, a Mexican corporation”.
  • Chesapeake Gold Corp. presented results from five PQ size diamond drill holes as part of the infill program at its Metates project in Durango. The infill drill holes target the intrusive hosted mineralization and are spaced at 50-meter intervals. “The assay intervals which intersected intrusive mineralization were on average 9.4% higher in Au-Ag equivalent grade than estimated in the current resource block model”. Highlighted true width intervals comprise 282 m @ 1.02 gpt Au, 24 gpt Ag; 291 m @ 0.56 gpt Au, 11 gpt Ag; 399 m @ 0.99 gpt Au, 28 gpt Ag; 207 m @ 1.13 gpt Au, 12 gpt Ag; 297 m @ 1.19 gpt Au, 10 gpt Ag.
  • Capitan Mining Inc. reported results from phase I drill program at Jesus Maria, within the Peñoles project in Durango. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 42.7 m @ 154 gpt Ag, 0.37 gpt Au, 0.5% Pb, 0.7% Zn (including 1.5 m @ 1,044 gpt Ag, 1.03 gpt Au, 0.8% Pb, 0.7% Zn and 1.5 m @ 1,271 gpt Ag, 0.53 gpt Au, 0.5% Pb, 0.6% Zn); 9.1 m @ 8 gpt Ag, 0.23 gpt Au, 0.1% Zn; 4.6 m @ 23 gpt Ag, 0.22 gpt Au; 7.6 m @ 15 gpt Ag, 0.62 gpt Au; 6.1 m @ 37 gpt Ag, 0.27 gpt Au, 0.6% Pb, 1.4% Zn; 7.6 m @ 29 gpt Ag, 0.09 gpt Au, 1.0% Pb, 1.5% Zn; 3.0 m @ 77 gpt Ag, 0.17 gpt Au, 0.7% Pb, 1.8% Zn.
  • Golden Minerals Co. reported further results from diamond drilling the Pertenencia, Dolar, Esperanza and Dolar Dos veins at the Yoquivo project in Chihuahua. Highlighted true width (tw) intervals from nine holes comprise 5.1 m @ 17.19 gpt Au, 2,403 gpt Ag (including 1.6 m @ 50.40 gpt Au, 6,990 gpt Ag); 0.6 m @ 3.40 gpt Au, 13 gpt Ag; 1.1 m @ 1.80 gpt Au, 3 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 3.90 gpt Au, 328 gpt Ag. Results for the last seven holes are being awaited.
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. provided drilling results from ongoing drilling at El Cubo, in Guanajuato. Highlighted true-width intercepts comprise 6.35 m @ 0.69 gpt Au, 65 gpt Ag (120 gpt AgEq); 3.26 m @ 0.41 gpt Au, 77 gpt Ag (110 gpt AgEq); 7.02 m @ 0.41 gpt Au, 60 gpt Ag (92 gpt AgEq); 2.07 m @ 0.34 gpt Au, 64 gpt Ag (91 gpt AgEq); 2.51 m @ 0.43 gpt Au, 53 gpt Ag (88 gpt AgEq). El Cubo results remain consistent with projections and the Asuncion vein has returned “notable” results.
  • Zacatecas Silver Corp. reported drilling results from the Panuco Norte vein in Zacatecas. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 6.87 m @ 145 gpt Ag, 0.2 gpt Au (160 gpt AgEq); 4.13 m @ 165 gpt Ag, 0.15 gpt Au (175 gpt AgEq); 1.23 m @ 723 gpt Ag, 0.36 gpt Au (750 gpt AgEq); 1.47 m @ 199 gpt Ag, 0.11 gpt Au (207 gpt AgEq). Drilling has intercepted near-surface mineralization for 500 m, remaining open along strike and at depth. There are several holes pending results.
  • GR Silver Mining Ltd. reported exploration results of the Trampolín and Corta Pico vein systems at its Plomosas project in Sinaloa. Selected drilling intervals from the Trampolín vein with apparent widths comprise 12.0 m @ 0.64 gpt Au (including 3.3 m @ 1.77 gtp Au and 0.8 m @ 3.38 gpt Au); 7.2 m @ 0.44 gpt Au (including 2.6 m @ 0.99 gpt Au), plus 0.1% to 0.9% combined Pb-Zn. Apparent width channel sample results from the Trampolín and
    Corta Pico veins comprise 4.5 m @ 2.50 gpt Au, 57 gpt Ag (including 2.0 m @ 4.45 gpt Au, 112 gpt Ag); 4.1 m @ 1.35 gpt Au, 6 gpt Ag (including 0.40 m @ 9.70 gpt Au, 44 gpt Ag). The Trampolín “vein is composed of a quartz-cemented crackle breccia with small amounts of galena and pyrite, hosted within an andesitic ignimbrite”.
  • Prime Mining Corp. announced drill results from 17 holes at Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. The holes targeted the northern extension of the Zapote-Tahonitas structure, adding 450 m to the structure, for a total length of 3 km. Highlighted true-width intervals comprise 34.7 m @ 4.89 gpt Au, 22 gpt Ag (including 2.9 m @ 23.13 gpt Au, 61 gpt Ag; 1.5 m @ 41.5 gpt Au, 40 gpt Ag); 12.8 m @ 1.34 gpt Au, 24 gpt Ag (including 1.9 m @ 3.22 gpt Au, 36 gpt Ag); 1.5 m @ 3.06 gpt Au, 30 gpt Ag; 7.4 m @ 1.29 gpt Au, 26 gpt Ag (including  0.5 m @ 4.93 gpt Au, 42 gpt Ag); 12.0 m @ 1.00 gpt Au, 6 gpt Ag. The structure consists of quartz veins, stringer zones and quartz breccias, including greenish colored quartz, that range from 5 to more than 35 m in width, averaging 15 to 20 m.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp. reported metallurgical test results for the Napoleon resource area at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. A total of 330 Kg of ore from six holes were tested by direct cyanidation leach, bulk sulfide flotation, sequential flotation and gravity concentration. Bulk flotation yielded recoveries of up to 93% Ag, 90% Au, 94% Pb, 94% Zn. Sequential flotation yielded Pb and Zn concentrates with recoveries of up to 88% Ag, 88% Au, 96% Pb, 96% Zn. Direct cyanide leach tests yielded recoveries of up to 87% Ag, 93% Au after 48 hours. Gravity separation testing recovered 29% Ag, 40% Au.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Sun Summit Minerals Corp. sold its property and royalty interests on 92,488 hectares in Mexico to Green Earth Metals Inc. for 5 M shares and warrants for further 2 M shares. “The key properties which we sold are primarily porphyry copper targets, one of which is drill ready” (Espiritu, 1068 and Angeles, in Sonora).
  • Capstone Mining Corp. informed that both institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis & Co. have recommended that shareholders vote for the proposed business combination with Mantos Copper Ltd. at the upcoming Special Meeting (Cozamin, Zacatecas).
  • Almaden Minerals Ltd. informed on the decision reached by the Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico respect of the mineral lawsuit involving the company’s mining concessions. “In April 2019, a lower court in Puebla issued a decision that Mexico’s mining law is unconstitutional because it fails to include provisions requiring consultation of indigenous communities before the granting of a mineral title. The lawsuit uses the Company’s mineral claims to make the argument”. Currently there is only a draft of the decision that instructs the Economy Secretariat to declare Almaden claims ineffective and re-issue them after a consultation with indigenous communities. Almaden is to review the final decision when it becomes available before determining the next steps to take.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Grupo Mexico informed on its promotion of environment care, tree planting and on work training at communities near its operations in Tlaxcala, Baja California Sur and Chihuahua.
  • Industrias Peñoles and Fresnillo PLC let know on the strategies the companies have take on green energy, like the installation of eolic parks and the use of excess energy from a smelter to produce electricity.
  • Minera Palmarejo is offering the free service of its medical clinic to communities near its operations in Chihuahua.
  • La Llamarada, SilverCrest subsidiary, inaugurated the Tetuachi bridge, built by the company, on the Sonora River.

On the image below: Quartz-barite-specularite vein from a project in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the First Week of February, 2022

By Jorge Cirett

During the 5th week of the year (January 31st to February 6th, 2022), at least 16 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, three companies posted exploration advances on their properties, three released Q4 and full year 2021 reports, one granted share options and two completed private placements, six reported on project development and one on a property deal. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Mexico’s president said that a state controlled company is to be the sole lithium miner in the country. Fortuna Silver is demanding from the government to respect and confirm an already issued environmental permit for the San Jose mine in Oaxaca. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Benjamin Hill Mining commenced a maiden drill program at its Sonora Gold property; Tocvan Ventures released surface sample results. In Durango, Southern Empire Resources updated on drilling at the Pedro project. ON MINING, Consolidated Zinc and Santacruz Silver Mining presented operating results for Q4 and full year 2021. Guanajuato Silver Company presented results for November and December 2021. ON FINANCING, Defiance Silver granted options to directors and officers. Benjamin Hill Mining and Barksdale Resources closed their private placements for $2.1 M and US$1.75 M respectively. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Defiance Silver continues drilling at its Zacatecas project. GR Silver Mining released drill results from San Marcial, on its Plomosas project in Sinaloa. Discovery Silver is to drill 55,000 m during 2022 at its Cordero project in Chihuahua. GoGold Resources released drill results from El Favor East at Los Ricos North in Jalisco. Candelaria Mining received the drilling permit for Pinos, Zacatecas, and submitted the dilling permit for Caballo Blanco, in Veracruz.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Commander Resources presented the deal on which its Pedro property in Durango was optioned to Southern Empire Resources. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, on his daily conference while speaking on the proposed energy bill that includes the nationalization of the (non-existent) lithium industry, said that the Mexican government is to create a company for lithium extraction. With an anti-neoliberalist overtone and speaking of sovereignty, he affirmed lithium is owned by the Mexican people, and that no foreign countries are to have it.
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. received in December 17, 2021, a 12 year extension on its environmental impact authorization for the San Jose Mine in Oaxaca. On January 28, 2022 received a notice form SEMARNAT stating a typographical mistake, by which the term of the permit would be reduced from twelve to two years. Minera Cuzcatan (Fortuna’s subsidiary) “has initiated legal proceedings in the Federal Court to challenge and revoke said typographical error and to reconfirm the 12 year extension period granted by SEMARNAT in December 2021”.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Benjamin Hill Mining Corp. announced the commencement of the maiden drill program at its Sonora Gold property in Sonora. The drill rig is currently working on the fourth of 34 planned holes on the Sonora Copper, Caracahui, El Fierro and La Salada areas. A 10,000 m induced polarization and resistivity geophysical survey covers the Sonora Copper, El Fierro, Caracahui, El Crestado, El Tanque, Las Antenas and La Salada areas. Benjamin Hill Mining paid a posthumous tribute to its Special Advisor David Jones: “He shared his knowledge and experience freely to the profession and to society, with honest exuberance to advance the development of economic projects, boosting local economies in the Americas and the around the world. Some of his projects have become mines that have positively impacted our world, socially and economically, proving himself one of the best economic geologists of modern times”.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. released surface sample results from its Pilar project in Sonora. Of 59 samples, 21 returned over 0.5 gpt Au, defining several new areas to be drilled. The Main Zone was expanded with up to 9.2 gpt Au, 279 gpt Ag in a silicified quartz vein breccia, the 4-T Trend was extended to the southeast with values of up to 6.6 gpt Au, 433 gpt Ag and a new vein corridor over 200 m long is highlighted by samples of up to 523 gpt Ag, 1.3 gpt Au and additional mineralization 300 m to the south returned up to 3.1 gpt Au, 27 gpt Ag.
  • Southern Empire Resources Corp. updated on drilling of the Pedro project in Durango. Three holes have been completed totaling 421 m, and a fourth is in progress. Core review “suggests zones of up to 70 m of moderately silicified, limestone dominated conglomerate with zones of up to 20 m (core length) exhibiting disseminated and vein controlled arsenical minerals including orpiment and realgar”. Historical drilling by Newmont produced intervals of up to 5.55 m @ 0.59 gpt Au.

ON MINING

  • Consolidated Zinc Ltd. presented its Q4 2021 report. At its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua, 3,140 tonnes were mined, 5,099 tonnes brought to the surface and 4,592 tonnes processed, grading 13.4% Zn, 7.1% Pb, 41 gpt Ag, recovering 77.1 % Zn, 37.8% Pb, to produce 377 tonnes Zn, 112 tonnes Pb in concentrate. The mining rate was affected by the flooding of stopes related to failures on pumping and generator equipments. “Access to the under-water stopes should be re-established during February 2022”. The company continues with the exploration of the Mina Mexico and the Juarez mine prospects within the project area.
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. presented production numbers on the last two months of 2021 and exploration highlights at El Cubo and Pinguico properties in Guanajuato. During November and December 2021, 238 K Oz AgEq were produced, resulting from the mining of 76 K tonnes from El Cubo and the El Pinguico above ground stockpile, of which 33 K tonnes were milled in December. Metallurgical recoveries for material from Pinguico averaged 74% Au, 72% Ag. The company completed 6,800 m of drilling at El Pinguico and El Cubo, and plans to complete over 22,000 m in 2022.
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. reported operating results for Q4, 2021. At Zimapan, in Hidalgo, 192.9 K tonnes were processed @ 76 gpt Ag, 0.6% Pb, 2.26% Zn, 0.35% Cu (or 184 gpt AgEq), recovering 67.2% Ag, to produce 318.4 K Oz Ag, 1,012 tonnes Pb, 3,442 tonnes Zn, 488 tonnes Cu (or 842 K Oz AgEq), to reach 691.4 K Oz Ag, 3,659 tonnes Pb, 12,101 tonnes Zn, 1,820 tonnes Cu (or 3.11 M Oz AgEq) in the year. At the Rosario mine in San Luis Potosi, operations were suspended in Q3, 2021, resulting on an annual processing of 39 K tonnes @ 53 gpt Ag, 0.17 gpt Au, 0.29% Pb, 1.46% Zn, recovering 79% Ag, to produce 52.3 K Oz Ag, 132 Oz Au, 88 tonnes Pb, 417 tonnes Zn (or 107.7 K Oz AgEq).

ON FINANCING

  • Defiance Silver Corp. granted incentive stock options to certain directors and officers covering 1.76 M common shares (Zacatecas project, Zacatecas).
  • Benjamin Hill Mining Corp. completed the over-subscribed private placement announced on December 17, 2021, for gross proceeds of $2.1 M (Sonora Gold project, Sonora).
  • Barksdale Resources Corp. closed the previously announced non-brokered private placement of US$1.75 M.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Defiance Silver Corp. has recommenced drilling at the Zacatecas project in Zacatecas. The general exploration program in 2022 will focus on testing prospective regional targets at Lucita, Tahuares, and Veta Grande. Over 3,000 m of drilling have been completed on the Lucita land package, and 4,500 m of drilling are planned on Tahuares and the central Lucita land package. “Results from the 2020-2021 phase of drilling in the Veta Grande resource area successfully demonstrated the down-dip and lateral continuity of the mineralized Veta Grande vein system below the current resource estimate”.
  • GR Silver Mining Ltd. released good drilling results from the San Marcial area of the Plomosas project in Sinaloa. Highlighted true width intercepts comprise 29.1 m @ 299 gpt Ag, 0.04 gpt Ag, 0.2% Pb, 0.4% Zn (including 5.0 m @ 614 gpt Ag, 0.02 gpt Au, 0.2% Pb, 0.2% Zn); 1.6 m @ 1,091 gpt Ag, 0.06 gpt Au, 1.4% Pb, 1.8% Zn; 13.0 m @ 58 gpt Ag, 0.08 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.3% Zn. “Large sections of the mineralized body are hosted by brecciated rock units above the main San Marcial Breccia body …….. related to late-stage quartz-calcite-sulphide veining which post-dates the San Marcial Breccia”.  These intercepts are 420 m below the surface and 170 m down dip from the current resource.
  • Discovery Silver Corp. outlined the 2022 work program and budget for its Cordero project in Chihuahua. The company plans to drill 55,000 meters in 2022, of which 25,000 m are to be in the reserve-resource definition and engineering of the prefeasibility study, 14,000 m on resource growth and 16,000 m in the initial drill testing of five new targets within the property: Sanson, Dos Mil Diez, Molina del Viento, Porfido Norte and La Perla.
  • GoGold Resources Corp. released results from six holes sunk at El Favor East within the Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 10.5 m @ 0.05 gpt Au, 72.3 gpt Ag; 3.4 m @ 0.68 gpt Au, 101 gpt Ag; 26.3 m @ 0.43 gpt Au, 107 gpt Ag (including 12.4 m @ 0.79 gpt Au, 184 gpt Ag); 25.7 m @ 1.55 gpt Au, 776 gpt Ag (including 4.3 m @ 8.65 gpt Au, 4,164 gpt Ag); 5.1 m @ 0.17 gpt Au, 69 gpt Ag; 8.1 m @ 0.46 gpt Au, 90 gpt Ag; 3.7 m @ 0.34 gpt Au, 158 gpt Ag; 63.6 m @ 0.23 gpt Au, 109 gpt Ag (including 2.9 m @ 2.36 gpt Au, 1,109 gpt Ag.

  • Candelaria Mining Corp. received the permit for its infill drilling program at Pinos, Zacatecas. “The drilling will seek to validate recently updated structural interpretations of the distribution of higher-grade mineralization, together with some additional holes in other high-grade veins in different parts of the mineralized system”.
  • Candelaria Mining Corp. submitted in late December 2021 a drill permit application for its Caballo Blanco project in Veracruz. “This initial Phase 1 drilling program will comprise approximately 7,000m and provide the first tests of each of the high priority targets within the highly prospective gold-copper epithermal / porphyry district. A second phase will then build upon these results, and also include resource expansion drilling at the most advanced PEA-level project within the region, La Paila”. Candelaria expects to drill between 14,000 and 15,000 m during 2022.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Commander Resources Ltd. provided an update on drilling (above, on the exploration bullets) of the Pedro project which is being explored by partner Southern Empire Resources Corp. in Durango. Southern Empire is earning a 100% interest for $700 K staged over four payments in three years and 100 K shares, with work expenditures of $1.5 M. Commander is to retain a 2% NSR royalty with no buy-back clause.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No Relevant News.

On the image below: Quartz veining in deformed intrusive rocks in the Sonoran desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Third Week of January, 2022

By Jorge Cirett

During the 3rd week of the year (January 17th to January 23rd, 2022), at least 34 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, seven companies posted exploration advances on their properties, two announced listings on the OTCQB and OTCQX, nine presented quarterly and full year 2021 reports, five reported their 2022 production guidance, one filed the PEA on a tailings project, two filed technical reports on resource estimates and six posted on project development. ON MEXICO ISSUES, BNamericas listed eight properties to be commissioned in 2022-2023 for an investment of US$1.5 billion. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Ranchero Gold released drill results from the Maíz Azul target on the Santa Daniela project; Tocvan Ventures announced trench results from Pilar; Prismo Metals mobilized a crew to explore El Pavito. In Durango, Silver Wolf presented results from surface sampling at Ana Maria. In Sinaloa, Vizsla Silver discovered a fat and juicy low angle vein in the Tajitos zone of its Panuco project. In Zacatecas, Galore resources received the drilling permit for Dos Santos.  In Estado de Mexico, Xali Gold started a drilling application for El Oro. ON MINING, Excellon Resources, Alamos Gold, Avino Silver, First Majestic Silver, Fortuna Silver, McEwen Mining, Capstone Mining, Great Panther, Pan American Silver and Gold Resource presented Q4 and full year 2021 production results. Alamos Gold, Endeavour Silver, Capstone Mining and Torex Gold announced 2022 production guidelines. Tarachi Gold filed the PEA on the Magistral tailings project.   ON FINANCING, Southern Empire and Silver Dollar announced their listings on the OTCQB and OTCQX venture markets respectively. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, GR Silver released drilling results from San Marcial in Sinaloa. Mithril Resources presented metallurgic, surface sampling and drilling results from Copalquin in Durango. Fabled Silver announced results from drilling at its Santa Maria property in Chihuahua. GoGold released results from drilling at El Favor at its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Golden Tag announced results from one long hole at San Diego, in Durango. Endeavour Silver filed resource estimates on its Guanaceví and Bolañitos properties in Durango and Jalisco respectively. GoGold Resources filed the resource estimate on Los Ricos North. Barksdale Resources announced assay results from drilling at its San Javier project in Sonora. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, no relevant news. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Mining projects in development in Mexico for US$1.5 billion (US$1,500 million in Mexican notation). BNamericas listed the following projects: 1.-) Juanicipio in Zacatecas (US$440 M, Fresnillo-Mag Silver) with a six-month delay, is to produce 11.7 M Oz Ag, 43.5 K Oz Au per year. 2.-) Buenavista Zinc in Sonora (US$413 M, Southern Copper) is to start operation in 2023, to produce 100 K tonnes Zinc and 20 K tonnes Cu per year. 3.-) Los Filos expansion in Guerrero (US$213 M, Equinox Gold) is to increase production to 350-400 K Oz Au per year. 4.-) Pilares in Sonora (US$159 M, Southern Copper) is to augment production at La Caridad in 35 K tonnes per year. 5.-) Las Chispas in Sonora (US$138 M, SilverCrest Metals) is to produce 5.2 M Oz Ag, 56 K Oz Au per year. 6.-) La Yaqui Grande in Sonora (US$137 M, Alamos Gold) production is to report 123 K Oz Au per year. 7.-) Tahuehueto in Durango (US$32.2 M, Altaley Mining) aims to produce 16.1 K Oz Au per year, with Pb, Cu, Zn, Ag credits. 8.-) Santana in Sonora (US$7.55 M, Minera Alamos) plans to produce around 30 K Oz Au per year.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Ranchero Gold Corp. released drilling results from the Maíz Azul prospect within its 22,300 ha Santa Daniela project in Sonora. Highlighted core-length intervals on three holes comprise 31.50 m @ 4.0 gpt Au (including 12.00 m @ 9.93 gpt Au); 12.00 m @ 0.32 gpt Au; 3.40 m @ 0.27 gpt Au, 21.00 m @ 1.08 gpt Au (including 10.50 m @ 1.68 gpt Au); 1.75 m @ 0.15 gpt Au, 5.90 m @ 0.47 gpt Au, 5.95 m @ 0.28 gpt Au. “Results and analysis are pending for drill hole samples testing the La Cascada target as well as expanding known mineralization at La Colmena. The final holes of the 3000-meter drill program will focus on extending the La Colmena zone eastward …”.
  • Silver Wolf Exploration Ltd. presented assay results from 114 surface grab/chip samples on its 2,549 hectares Ana Maria property in Durango. Some of the highlighted grab sample results comprise 74 gpt Ag, 3.4% Pb; 120 gpt Ag, 11.6% Pb; 169 gpt Ag, 11.5% Pb; 150 gpt Ag, 6.0% Pb; 54 gpt Ag, 1.9% Pb, 12.3% Zn; 56 gpt Ag, 1.6% Pb, 21.3% Zn; 53 gpt Ag, 1.9% Pb, 7.8% Zn; 40 gpt Ag, 1.2% Pb, 16.6% Zn; 199 gpt Ag, 20.1% Pb, 1.7% Zn; 247 gpt Ag, 7.3% Pb; 339 gpt Ag, 10.0% Pb, 7.9% Zn; 319 gpt Ag, 8.3% Pb, 5.8% Zn. “In the southern claim, the extremely high-grade zinc and lead mineralization along with the high-grade silver values as well as the recently discovered historical workings indicate the potential for a carbonate replacement deposit”.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp.  announced trench results from its Pilar project in Sonora. Four trenches were dug totaling 80 m in length, with highlighted results comprising 4.9 m @ 0.55 gpt Au, 11 gpt Ag in one trench; 19.5 m @ 0.61 gpt Au, 6 gpt Ag (including 2.7 m @ 3.01 gpt Au, 20 gpt Ag) in the second; 19.8 m @ 0.73 gpt Au, 8 gpt Ag (including 8.6 m @ 1.27 gpt Au, 12 gpt Ag) in the third; 7.0 m @ 0.54 gpt Au, 5 gpt Ag in the fourth trench. “Follow-up metallurgical studies will utilize the surface material extracted from the other three trenches”.
  • Galore Resources Inc. received acceptance of its drill permit applications for a 4,000 m diamond drill program at its Dos Santos property in Zacatecas. Crews have been mobilized to start the program that is to test El Alamo and San Jose prospects.
  • Prismo Metals Inc. mobilized a crew of geologists to the 5,289 ha El Pavito project in Sonora. “The Company has planned a four to five-month exploration program that will include comprehensive mapping and extensive sampling of the concession to define drill targets”. Two of the three known main targets in the district are within Prismo concessions, with potential for epithermal and orogenic shear-hosted gold mineralization.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp. announced the discovery of a new vein with high-grade results from drilling the Tajitos zone at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. The vein with a 35 degree dip returned highlighted true-width intervals of 83.10 m @ 0.78 gpt Au, 117 gpt Ag (including 10.46 m @ 4.06 gpt Au, 452 gpt Ag); 24.34 m @ 2.02 gpt Au, 230 gpt Ag (including 1.80 m @ 17.75 gpt Au, 1,523 gpt Ag); 81.91 m @ 1.00 gpt Au, 142 gpt Ag (including 2.31 m @ 18.04 gpt Au, 2,147 gpt Ag); 1.56 m @ 4.70 gpt Au, 599 gpt Ag; 3.81 m @ 0.59 gpt Au, 158 gpt Ag. “The Copala Vein marks the first discovery of this vein orientation and style made by Vizsla that has not been previously exploited by historical mining”.
  • Xali Gold Corp. started a drilling application process for the El Oro project in Estado de México. New drill targets have been delineated by 3D modelling looking for extensions of previous high-grade intercepts in previous drilling. “Some of the higher grades were found in several veins with overlying lower grade disseminated gold near the Mexico-Esperanza Mines border area of the San Rafael vein”.

ON MINING

  • Excellon Resources Inc. announced Q4 and annual 2021 production results from the Platosa mine in Durango. During the Q4 period 20,954  tonnes were mined, 21,309 tonnes milled grading 438 gpt Ag, 4.65% Pb, 5.50% Zn, recovering 90.5% Ag, 78.5% Pb, 83.7% Zn, to produce 271.5 K Oz Ag, 1.72 M Lb Pb, 2.17 M Lb Zn (492 K Oz AgEq). For the year, 85,530 tonnes were mined, 86,021 tonnes were milled @ 494 gpt Ag, 5.01% Pb, 6.03% Zn, recovering 89.5% Ag, 80.0% Pb, 79.0% Zn, to produce 1.22 M Oz Ag, 7.61 M Lb Pb, 9.01 M Lb Zn (2.06 M Oz AgEq).
  • Alamos Gold Inc. reported fourth quarter and full year 2021 production, including figures from its operations in Mexico. At Mulatos, in Sonora, 23,100 Oz Au were produced in Q4 to complete 121,300 Oz Au during the year. “Combined gold production from the Mulatos District (including La Yaqui Grande) is expected to be between 130,000 and 145,000 ounces in 2022”.
  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. released its fourth quarter and full year 2021 results from the Avino mine in Durango. During the fourth quarter 103.5 K tonnes were processed @ 56 gpt Ag, 0.86 gpt Au, 0.55% Cu, recovering 89% Ag, 75% Au, 90% Cu, to produce 163.9 K Oz Ag, 2,158 Oz Au, 1.13 M Lb Cu (541.4 K Oz AgEq). For the full year 165.3 K tonnes were processed @ 53 gpt Ag, 0.84 gpt Au, 0.57% Cu, recovering 87% Ag, 75% Au, 88% Cu, to produce 245.4 K Oz Ag, 3,386 Oz Au, 1.87 M Lb Cu (842.4 K Oz AgEq).
  • First Majestic Silver Corp. presented its quarterly and full year 2021 production, including figures from its Mexican operations. For the quarter, at San Dimas in Durango 206.7 K tonnes were processed at a rate of 2,247 tonnes per day (tpd) and a grade of 347 gpt Ag, 3.71 gpt Au, recovering 94% Ag, 96% Au to produce 2.17 M Oz Ag, 23,795 Oz Au (4.01 M Oz AgEq);  at Santa Elena in Sonora, 224.5 K tonnes were processed at 2,440 tpd averaging 72 gpt Ag, 2.97 gpt Au, recovering 82% Ag, 92% Au, to produce 426.9 K Oz Ag, 19,810 Oz Au (1.95 M Oz AgEq); at La Encantada in Coahuila, 268.2 K tonnes were processed at 2,916 tpd averaging 117 gpt Ag, 0.02 gpt Au, recovering 75% Ag, 90% Au, to produce 757.6 K Oz Ag, 146 Oz Au. On the year, San Dimas produced 7.65 M Oz Ag, 81,237 Oz Au (13.52 M Oz AgEq); Santa Elena produced 1.95 M Oz Ag, 42,088 Oz Au (5.04 M Oz AgEq), La Encantada produced 3.24 M Oz Ag, 460 Oz Au (3.27 M Oz AgEq).
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. reported production results for the fourth quarter and full year 2021, including figures from its operations in Mexico. At San Jose, in Oaxaca, 262.8 K tonnes were milled at a rate of 2,920 tpd, at a grade of 219 gpt Ag, 1.27 gpt Au, recovering 92.8% Ag, 92.2% Au, to produce 1.72 M Oz Ag, 9,929 Oz Au during the quarter, and processing 1.04 M tonnes at a 2964 tpd, averaging 209 gpt Ag, 1.29 gpt Au, with recoveries of 91.7% Ag, 91.3% Au, to produce 6.42 M Oz Ag, 39,406 Oz Au in the year. For 2022 Fortuna aims to produce 5.2-5.8 M Oz Ag, 32-36 K Oz Au at an AISC of $13.7-$16.1 per Oz AgEq. “The Brownfields exploration program budget for 2022 at the San Jose Mine is US$7.4 million, which includes 26,200 meters of diamond drilling …”.
  • McEwen Mining Inc. reported production for year 2021, including 540 AuEq Oz Au from residual leaching at El Gallo, in Sinaloa.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. announced its consolidated production guidance for 2022. At Guanaceví in Durango guidance is a mining at a rate of 1,100 to 1,200 tpd to produce 3.8-4.2 M Oz Ag, 4.6-5.2 K Oz Au, whereas at Bolañitos the sought mining rate is 1,000-1,200 tpd to produce 0.4-0.6 M Oz Ag, 21-23 K Oz Au, for a consolidated production of 6.7-7-6 M Oz AgEq at cash cost $9.00-$10.00 and an AISC of $20.00-21.00 per Oz AgEq. Exploration drilling planned in 2022 at Guanceví, Bolañitos, Terronera, Parral and Pitarrilla amounts to 44,000 m with a budget of US$8.7 M.
  • Capstone Mining Corp. provided a corporate update and 2022 guidance, including figures from its Mexican operations. During 2021 the Cozamin mine in Zacatecas produced 24.5 K tonnes Cu, for 2022 the guidance is 23-26 K tonnes at a cash cost of $1.10-$1.25 Lb Cu. “Construction of the new paste backfill plant and dry stack tailings facility at Cozamin started in Q4 2021 and completion is expected at year-end 2022”. This facility will allow pumping half of the filtered tailings with cement to be used as backfill, and might permit the extraction of pillars from historic areas of the mine.
  • Tarachi Gold Corp. filed the preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Magistral tailings project in Durango.
  • Great Panther Mining Ltd. reported Q4 and full year 2021 production results, including figures from its Mexican operations. At Topia, in Durango, 14.6 K tonnes were processed @ 301 gpt Ag, 0.74 gpt Au, recovering 91% Ag, 63% Au to produce 128.6 K Oz Ag, 218 Oz Au, 235 tonnes Pb, 406 K tonnes Zn (2,494 Oz AuEq). At the Guanajuato Mine Complex  (GMC) in Guanajuato, 27.8 K tonnes were processed @ 127 gpt Ag, 1.70 gpt Au, recovering 87% Ag, 86% Au, to produce 98.4 K Oz Ag, 1,302 Oz Au (2,460 Oz AuEq). On the year Topia produced 716.5 K Oz Ag, 1,047 Oz Au, 1,385 tonnes Pb, 1,849 tonnes Zn (13,290 Oz AuEq) and the GMC 485.3 K Oz Ag, 6,659 Oz Au (12,369 Oz AuEq). The company is awaiting “ the permits from CONAGUA necessary to extend the tailings dam. Mining activity at the San Ignacio mine has also been suspended while Great Panther continues to proactively engage with CONAGUA in regards of the tailings dam permit and to explore other alternatives to maximize value from the GMC”.
  • Pan American Silver Corp. presented preliminary production results for Q4 and full year 2021, including figures from its Mexican operations. At La Colorada in Zacatecas 1.58 M Oz Ag, 800 Oz Au were produced in Q4, and 5.17 M Oz Ag, 2,700 Oz Au in the year. At Dolores in Chihuahua 507 K Oz Ag, 40,100 Oz Au were produced in Q4, and 2.24 M Oz Ag, 160,100 Oz Au in the year.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. provided 2022 operational guidance for its El Limon Guajes mine in Guerrero. Torex aims to produce $430-470 K Oz Au at total cash cost $695-$735 per Oz Au. The company is to invest $39 M min exploration at Media Luna, ELG Underground, near mine and regional and definition and grade control drilling.
  • Gold Resource Corp. presented Q4 and full year 2021 production results for its Don David project in Oaxaca. During the fourth quarter at the Arista mine 135.4 K tonnes were milled @ 1.93 gpt Au, 82 gpt Ag, 0.38% Cu, 2.2% Pb, 4.8% Zn, to produce 6,854 Oz Au, 330.9 K Oz Ag, 413 tonnes Cu, 2,345 tonnes Pb, 5,350 tonnes Zn. During the year 487 K tonnes were milled @ 2.01 gpt Au, 82 gpt Ag, 0.39% Cu, 1.93 % Pb, 4.36% Zn, to produce 26,438 Oz Au, 1.2 M Oz Ag, 1,506 tonnes Cu, 7,544 tonnes Pb, 17,329 tonnes Zn.  

ON FINANCING

  • Southern Empire Resources Corp. received approval from its shareholders to be listed on the OTCQB in the United States, and granted 900 K shares to directors, officers and consultants (Pedro, Durango).
  • Silver Dollar Resources Inc. reported its shares have qualified to be upgraded from the OTCQB Venture Market to the OTCQX Best Market (La Joya, Durango).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • GR Silver Mining Ltd. released wide, high-grade results from diamond drilling at the San Marcial area of the Plomosas project in Sinaloa. The drilling focus was to test high-grade mineralization extensions along strike and down-dip from the current mineral resource. Highlighted true-width (TW) intercepts comprise 13.5 m @ 773 gpt Ag, 0.3% Pb, 0.4% Zn (including 4.1 m @ 1,792 gpt Ag, and 5.8 m @ 516 gpt Ag); 2.6 m @ 1 gpt Ag, 1.08 gpt Au; 24.5 m @ 97 gpt Ag, 0.2% Pb, 0.2% Zn (including 1.9 m @ 881 gpt Ag); 17.5 m @ 53 gpt Ag, 0.3% Pb, 0.5% Zn.
  • Mithril Resources Ltd. presented metallurgic, surface sampling and drilling results from its Copalquin project in Durango. Metallurgical test work for the El Refugio resource using flotation recovered 94% Au, 88% Ag. High-grade results from samples from workings at Las Brujas, El Peru and Dios Hijo returned up to 0.65 m @ 49.0 gpt Au, 665 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 7.93 gpt Au, 366 gpt Ag; 0.8 m @ 10.4 gpt Au, 422 gpt Ag. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 6.00 m @ 0.84 gpt Au, 117 gpt Ag; 2.00 m @ 5.57 gpt Au, 162 gpt Ag at El Refugio, 4.55 m @ 8.29 gpt Au, 138 gpt Ag; 1.70 m @ 20.2 gpt Au, 298 gpt Ag at El Cometa, 2.0 m @ 1.02 gpt Au, 44 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 4.29 gpt Au, 17 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 4.47 gpt Au, 7 gpt Ag; 2.0 m @ 1.33 gpt Au, 60 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 1.18 gpt Au, 11 gpt Ag; 0.50 m  @ 6.50 gpt Au, 95 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 3.61 gpt Au, 22 gpt Ag on the eastern side of El Refugio.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp. announced results from surface diamond drilling of the upgraded 14,400 m program at its Santa Maria property in Chihuahua. Highlighted core-length intercepts comprise 0.90 m @ 90 gpt Ag, 0.16 gpt Au; 7.80 m @ 164 gpt Ag, 0.51 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.2% Zn (including 3.90 m @ 295 gpt Ag, 0.65 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.5% Zn).
  • GoGold Resources Inc. announced results for nine holes at El Favor East zone on its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Highlighted core-length intercepts comprise 54.0 m @ 0.15 gpt Au, 64 gpt Ag (including 5.3 m @ 0.44 gpt Au, 162 gpt Ag); 11.7 m @ 0.41 gpt Au, 129 gpt Ag; 25.5 m @ 0.07 gpt Au, 60 gpt Ag (including 2.0 m @ 0.24 gpt Au, 499 gpt Ag); 28.3 m @ 0.46 gpt Au, 154 gpt Ag (including 1.4 m @ 5.24 gpt Au, 1,310 gpt Ag); 3.3 m @ 0.70 gpt Au, 262 gpt Ag; 8.3 m @ 0.61 gpt Au, 201 gpt Ag; 10.6 m @ 0.95 gpt Au, 202 gpt Ag; 7.2 m @ 0.27 gpt Au, 61 gpt Ag; 52.0 m @ 0.18 gpt Au, 61 gpt Ag. To date approximately 800 m of El Favor East have been drilled, showing strong mineralization. The holes on this release were not included in the resource estimate released past December.
  • Golden Tag Resources Ltd. announced complete results for one drill hole at its San Diego project in Durango. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 0.50 m @ 329 gpt Ag, 3.7% Pb, 2.7% Zn; 0.95 m @ 623 gpt Ag, 2.2% Pb, 2.5% Zn, 0.17% Cu in the Csplay zone, 0.56 m @ 1,460 gpt Ag, 12.5% Pb, 2.9% Zn, 0.27% Cu; 2.44 m @ 0.13 gpt Au, 104 gpt Ag, 0.7% Pb, 1.2% Zn in the Canta zone, 35.74 m @ 40 gpt Ag, 1.0% Pb, 1.0% Zn (including 7.78 m @ 86 gpt Ag, 2.4% Pb, 2.4% Zn); 322.90 m @ 0.03 gpt Au, 40 gpt Ag, 0.6% Pb, 0.7% Zn (including 27.70 m @ 72 gpt Ag, 1.5% Pb, 1.3% Zn, 0.1% Cu) and 91.60 m @ 60 gpt Ag, 0.7% Pb, 1.1% Zn, 0.13% Cu in the Fernandez zone. “The Fernandez Zone is steeply plunging cigar-shaped structure characterized by green and brown garnet exoskarn and red garnet endoskarn sulphide mineralization (pyrite-pyrrhotite-sphalerite-galena) contained within quartz-sulphide stockwork veins, breccias, and massive sulphide zones which are spatially associated with the contacts of diorite intrusive bodies”.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. filed the technical reports on Guanaceví, in Durango, and Bolañitos, in Guanajuato. The reports cover the updated mineral resources on the properties, which add up to 312.9 K tonnes @ 49 gpt Ag, 2.53 gpt Au, containing 488.2 K Oz Ag, 25,500 Oz Au in mineral reserves, 468. 1 K tonnes @ 159 gpt Ag, 2.27 gpt Au, containing 2.4 M Oz Ag, 34,218 Oz Au in the measured and indicated category and  625.3 K tonnes @ 120 gpt Ag, 2.52 gpt Au, containing 2.41 M Oz Ag, 50,733 Oz Au in inferred resources at Bolañitos; and mineral reserves  of 1.09 M tonnes @ 343 gpt Ag, 0.93 gpt Au, containing 12 M Oz Ag, 32,527 Oz Au (32.53 M Oz AgEq) with measured, indicated and inferred resources of 1.53 M tonnes @ 440 gpt Ag, 1.03 gpt Au, containing 21.6 M Oz Ag, 50,349 Oz Au (25.64 M Oz AgEq) at Guanaceví.
  • GoGold Resources Inc. filed the technical report with the resource estimate for Los Ricos North in Jalisco. The resources comprises five deposits with indicated resources of 53.5 M Oz Ag, 186 K Oz Au in oxides and 49 M Oz Ag, 148 K Oz Au, 15 M Lb Cu, 90 M Lb Pb, 258 M Lb Zn in sulfides.
  • Barksdale Resources Corp. announced assay results from eight holes from its phase I drilling program at San Javier, in Sonora. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 6 m @ 0.90% Cu; 18 m @ 0.38% Cu; 39 m @ 0.61% Cu, 27 m @ 0.26% Cu; 12 m @ 0.48% Cu, 33 m @ 0.28% Cu; 12 m @ 0.52% Cu; 27 m @ 0.33% Cu; 13,5 m @ 0.35% Cu; 47 m @ 0.75% Cu; 15 m @ 0.07% Cu, 0.73 gpt Au; 9 m @ 0.02% Cu, 0.41 gpt Au; 9 m @ 0.02% Cu, 0.84 gpt Au; 3 m @ 0.01% Cu, 0.58 gpt Au. “The final results from the drilling program, which are primarily step-out holes to the west and south, are expected to be released within the next few weeks, at which point we can complete our resource estimation for Cerro Verde”.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No Relevant News.

On the image below: Coarsely banded multi-stage quartz-barite epithermal vein in the Sonoran desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the First Week of January, 2022

By Jorge Cirett

During the 1st week of the year (January 3rd to January 9th, 2022), at least 17 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, four companies posted exploration advances on their properties, one released its quarterly production figures, one is considering the end of mining operations, one is to mill third party ore, three posted on development and two on property deals. ON MEXICO ISSUES, three mining properties are to be commissioned during 2022 in Durango. According to Camimex, 60 thousand women work in the Mexican Mining industry. ON EXPLORATION, In Baja California, One World Lithium presented water sample results from drilling at Salar del Diablo. In Sonora, Riverside Resources reported high-grade results from surface sampling; Aztec Minerals informed on its ongoing RC drilling program at Cervantes. In Coahuila, Monumental Minerals is to carry on an airborne geophysical survey at its rare-earth Jemi project. ON MINING, Excellon Resources provided an update on its Platosa mine in Durango and on the exploration efforts in several projects. GoGold Resources presented Q4 2021 production results. Endeavour Silver announced its new Sustainable Strategy. Guanajuato Silver is to begin processing third party ores at its El Cubo mill.  ON FINANCING, no relevant news. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Fabled Silver released results from drilling at Santa Maria, in Chihuahua. GoGold Resources announced the acceleration of its drill program at Los Ricos North and South projects in Jalisco. Golden Tag Resources is to recommence drilling at its San Diego project in Durango. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Mexus Gold US optioned its Mabel property in Sonora to Irmex Mining. Xali Gold extended the earn-in agreement of Sun River Gold into the El Oro tailings project in Estado de Mexico. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Minera Media Luna (Torex Gold), Minera Pangea (McEwen Mining) and Equinox Gold  informed on social measures for the betterment of communities near its operations.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Three new mining facilities to be inaugurated in Durango in Q1 2022, according to Gustavo Kienttzle Baille (Secretaría de Desarrollo Económico del Estado). The construction of two mines in Pueblo Nuevo and one in Tepehuanes started in 2021 with a total investment of US$46 M.
  • According to Camimex (Cámara Minera de México) 60 thousand women work in the Mexican mining industry. This is a great advance, as only a few decades ago women were prohibited by law to work in mining.

ON EXPLORATION

  • One World Lithium Inc. presented assay results from water samples from the Salar del Diablo project in Baja California. Multiple water samples were collected at different depths from four holes, two drilled in 2019 and two more in 2021, with depths ranging from 191 to 647 m. All samples returned less than 0.5 mg/L Lithium, less than 100 mg/L Potassium and less than 5 mg/L Boron, the detection limit for each element. “Drilling conditions were challenging as the fine grained and poorly consolidated nature of sediments that were only poorly to moderately cemented resulted in abundant borehole unravelling and “caving” during drilling”.
  • Riverside Resources Inc. reported high-grade sample assay results from its La Union project in Sonora. Highlighted results comprise 83.2 gpt Au; 0.3 gpt Au, 4,816 gpt Ag, 10.3% Pb, 3.5% Zn; nil-Au, 8 gpt Ag, 2% Pb, 21.4% Zn;  0.1 gpt Au, 176 gpt Ag, 3.8% Pb, 19.8% Zn; 6.1 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag, 8.2% Pb; 8.8 gpt Au, 183 gpt Ag, 3.9% Pb, 3.4% Zn from chips, 22.6 gpt Au, 20 gpt Ag; 4.2 gpt Au, 42 gpt Ag, 2.3% Pb, 3.5% Zn from dumps and 0.8 m @ 9.4 gpt Au, 108 gpt Ag, 1.6% Zn; 1.6 m @ 9.9 gpt Au, 54 gpt Ag, 2.5% Zn; 0.6 m @ 3.6 gpt Au, 373 gpt Ag, 7.3% Pb, 7.3% Zn; 1.5 m @ 2.6 gpt Au, 170 gpt Ag, 0.7% Pb, 6.6% Zn in chip channels. “Mineralization is found on surface associated with low angle faults, folds, with the thicker mineralized intervals being where high angle fault intersect with other structures creating ‘traps’”.
  • Aztec Minerals Corp. informed on work carried out in 2021 at the Cervantes project in Sonora. The ongoing 5,000 m reverse circulation drill program commenced on Q4 2021, with 14 holes on the California target, one at the California North prospect, one at the Jasper prospect and four to six holes on the Purisima target.
  • Monumental Minerals Corp. is to carry an airborne magnetic and radiometric survey over its Jemi project in Coahuila. The property is host to several rare earth element occurrences, like Neodymium (Nd), Praseodymium (Pr), dysprosium (Dy) and Terbium (Tb), with associated Tantalum (Ta), niobium (Nb) and zirconium (Zr). “The high-resolution helicopter-borne magnetic and radiometric survey will be flown at 100 m line spacing over an area of approximately 100 km2 for a total of 1,120 line-km. It will be centred on the 8 km diameter Sierra La Vasca intrusion complex that hosts the Jemi HREE mineral occurrences”.

ON MINING

  • Excellon Resources Inc. provided an update on its Platosa operations in Durango and company-wide exploration plans. The company is evaluating the continuation of mining activities at Platosa (commissioned in mid-2005) beyond mid-2021 as a result of increased labour and energy costs at the time that mining is entering an area of the deposit where mineralization steepens, with fewer vertical-tonnes-per-meter than historically encountered. The company keeps exploring the Platosa property, with a 2,700 m drill program planned in 2022 on the PND skarn target and is conducting an O18 isotope study on the CRD–style Jaboncillo target, 11 Km northwest of the Platosa mine. At the nearby Evolución project, a 4,600 m drilling program is planned.
  • GoGold Resources Corp. informed on the production during the Q4 2021 of 2,558 Oz Au, 195.7 K Oz Ag, 123 tonnes Cu (444.1 K Oz AgEq) at its Parral tailings operation in Chihuahua.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. introduced its new Sustainable Strategy, with three-year targets. The strategic plan involves increasing the positive social impact for people, elevate the environmental stewardship of the planet and lead a healthy, long term business (Terronera, Jalisco).
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. announced it will begin to process mineralized material from third parties at its El Cubo mill in Guanajuato. Approximately 4,000 tonnes form a mining operation in the Guanajuato area have been contracted “It is GSilver’s intention to use the approximately 20,000 tonne per month of excess capacity at the El Cubo mill to profitably process mineralized material from various potential sources in the Guanajuato area. Whether the business arrangement is designed as toll milling, raw material purchasing, or profit sharing, if it serves to contribute to our bottom line and helps to expand our presence in the 480-year-old mining camp of Guanajuato, then we will pursue it”.

ON FINANCING

  • No Relevant News.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp. released results from drilling at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. Highlighted core length intercepts comprise 0.95 m @ 0.16 gpt Au, 154 gpt Ag; 0.2% Zn; 13.10 m @ 0.23 gpt Au, 86 gpt Ag, 0.1% Pb, 0.4% Zn (including 6.10m @ 0.34 gpt Au, 159 gpt Ag, 0.3% Pb, 0.8% Zn, 0.3% Cu, which includes 1.50 m @ 0.32 gpt Au, 283 gpt Ag and 1.25 m @ 0.46 gpt Au, 315 gpt Ag, 1.0% Pb, 2.8% Zn, 0.08% Cu). Samples from three more holes have been sent for assaying.
  • GoGold Resources Inc.  announced the acceleration of its drill program at Los Ricos North and South projects in Jalisco.
  • Golden Tag Resources Ltd. is to recommence diamond drilling at its San Diego project in Durango. “The current expanded 4,500 metre (“m”) diamond drill exploration program is a follow up to the 4,716 m of diamond drilling that had previously been completed and reported in 1H, 2021. As of December 20, 2021 a total of 2,350 m has been drilled, leaving approximately 2,150 m of additional drilling to be completed”. A total of 1,675 samples were sent to the lab for assaying and results are pending.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Mexus Gold US. Signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Irmex Mining, a Mexican corporation for its Mabel property in Sonora. The agreement on the 1,459 ha project will include cash and a 10% net profit interest (NPI). Mexus Gold is to focus in finding a JV partner for its flagship project Santa Elena, also in Sonora.
  • Xali Gold Corp. extended the Earn-In Option Agreement with Sun River Gold Corp. on the tailings project in El Oro, Estado de Mexico, in advanced exchange for net profits interests (NPI). Xali Gold granted Sun River a 6-month extension from October 31, 2021 to April 31, 2022 (Note.- This non-existent date is in the press release) for advanced NPI payments of US$17.4 K and additional eight months for additional payments. If commercial production is not achieved by May 1, 2022, Xali Gold agreed to grant a second extension until December 31, 2002 under the following terms: 1) Advanced NPI payments of US$15 K, commencing in May; 2) Advanced NPI payments of US$50 K per month once commercial production is reached during the first year of operation, and normal 5% NPI payments afterwards; paying the first US$1.5 M of the Municipality NPI owing to Xali Gold during the first three years of operation.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Minera Media Luna (Torex Gold) informed on social support towards the Cocula Municipality in Guerrero.
  • Minera Pangea informed on actions taken promoting the health of inhabitants near its operations in Northern Sinaloa.
  • Equinox Gold informed on social support to communities near Los Filos mine in Guerrero.

On the image below: Copper stained silicified ridge on a project in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.