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

Quartz Vein

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 8th week of the year (February 21st to February 27th, 2022), at least 24 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, and 6 news published by the media, with eight reporting resources and developments of their properties, six disclosing deals and corporate issues, four informing on exploration results, three discussing social issues, three communicating production results, three announcing financial issues, and three commenting on Mexican issues.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, Magna Gold announced that after several inspections at its San Francisco mine in Sonora, the suspension of the crushing and laboratory areas has been lifted. Mexico was the largest silver producer country in 2021. Marisol Barragán swore in as President of the Mexico City District of Mujeres WIM Mexico.  ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Aztec-Kootenay JV released results from the ongoing RC drilling program conducted at the Cervantes project, and Ranchero Gold released the final results from its recently completed phase 1 drill program at its Maíz Azul prospect within its Santa Daniela project.  In Chihuahua, Radius announced results from its ongoing drill program at its Amalia project. In Nayarit, Sierra Madre informed that it received the drilling permit from the Mexican Federal Environmental Permitting Agency (SEMARNAT) and entered into formal surface rights exploration agreement with the surface owners for its La Tigra project.  ON MINING, Americas Gold and Silver provided silver production guidance for 2022 for its Cosala Operations in Sinaloa. Orla provided a 2022 production, operating costs, capital costs, and exploration spending guidance for the full year 2022 for its Camino Rojo property, Zacatecas. Equinox Gold reported Q4 and full year 2021 production and financial results from their Mexican operations. ON FINANCING, Golden Tag increased its previously announced non-brokered private placement by up to 5M unit for aggregate proceeds of up to 1.25M (San Diego project, Durango). Pan American Silver declared dividend to shareholders of $0.12 per common share (La Colorada mine, Zacatecas). Gold Resource declared Q1, 2022 dividend to shareholders (Arista mine, Oaxaca). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Silver Dollar announced that it completed a 2,424 m drill program in 11 holes at its La Joya project in Durango. Silver Tiger informed that it will commence the rehabilitation of the historic El Tigre mine. Alamos Gold updated mineral reserves and resources as of December 31, 2021 (Mulatos Mine, Sonora). Pan American Silver released results for 20 new infill and exploration holes drilled at its la Colorada mine in Zacatecas. Prime Mining announced results from its first drill program at the Guadalupe West deposit within its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. Stroud commenced its phase 2 diamond drilling program at its Santo Domingo project in Jalisco. Mithril reported positive results from the metallurgical testwork conducted at its Copalquin project in Durango. Newmont reported mineral reserves and resources for their Peñasquito and Noche Buena properties in Zacatecas.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Benjamin Hill granted options to directors, officers and a consultant (Sonora Gold project, Sonora). Monumental announced the appointment of its CEO (Jemi project, Coahuila). Orla Mining announced the appointment of its Chief Sustainability Officer (Camino Rojo, Zacatecas). SSR informed that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Pitarrilla silver project in Durango to Endeavour. Riverside signed an agreement with Agnico Eagle for the sale of the Pima property located in Sonora. Sierra Metals announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors (Bolivar mine, Chihuahua). Great Panther announced senior management changes (Topia mine, Durango). ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Esperanza Silver supported the first generation of the education program in Morelos. Grupo México offered employment to 100 women in Santa Bárbara, Chihuahua. Minera Peñasquito delivered the remodeling and rehabilitation of a plaza to the community of Nuevo Peñasco, Mazapil in Zacatecas.

ON MEXICO ISSUE

  • Magna Gold Corp., announced that after several inspections at its San Francisco mine in Sonora, the suspension of the crushing and laboratory areas has been lifted.
  • Mexico was the largest silver producer country in 2021 with 5,600 tonnes, followed by China with 3,400 tonnes and by Peru with 3,000 tonnes.
  • Marisol Barragán swore in as President of the Mexico City District of Mujeres WIM Mexico, with the primary purpose of boosting initiatives that promote equal opportunities and working conditions for women in the mining industry in Mexico,

ON EXPLORATION

  • Aztec Minerals Corp – Kootenay Silver Inc JV released results from the ongoing RC drilling program conducted at the Cervantes project. Drilling highlights include hole CAL22-004 with 1 g/t Au over 167.2m, including 4.25 g/t Au over 24.4m; hole CAL22-002 with 0.37 g/t Au over 99.1m; and hole CAL22-003 with 0.45 g/t Au over 45.7m, including 0.87 g/t Au over 13.7m. Gold appears to be widely distributed in disseminations, fractures and veinlets within quartz-feldspars porphyry, feldspar porphyry stocks, and related hydrothermal breccias.
  • Ranchero Gold Corp., released the final results from its recently completed phase 1 drill program at its Maíz Azul prospect within its Santa Daniela project in Sonora. The drill program consisted of 3,122m in 16 holes. Hole MA22-25 intersected 1.2 g/t Au over 15.6m at the La Colmena target. The company will update its geological mapping to further identify new structures that control mineralization. It also will plan the phase II drill program with the goal of expanding the newly discovered gold mineralization as well as testing additional targets including the X-structure. 
  • Radius Gold Inc., announced results from its ongoing drill program at El Cuervo area within its Amalia project in Chihuahua. Drill highlights include hole AMDD21-47 with 167 g/t Ag and 0.54 g/t Au over 96m, including 232 g/t Ag and 0.65 g/t Au over 61.20m, including 290 g/t Ag and 0.8 g/t Au over 45.20m, including 302 g/t Ag and 1.13 g/t Au over 17.35m, including 592 g/t Ag and 0.65 g/t Au over 7.35m, including 438 g/t Ag and 1.12 g/t Au over 7.85m; and hole AMDD21-46 with 44 g/t Ag and 0.13 g/t Au over 31m, including 158 g/t Ag and 0.49 g/t Au over 3.7m, including 233 g/t Ag and 0.31 g/t Au over 1.7m, and 203 g/t Ag and 0.53 g/t Au over 3.50m, including 381 g/t Ag and 1.31 g/t Au over 1.1m.  “The initial drilling at El Cuervo has confirmed a significant mineralized system and drilling is ongoing to define the size potential”.
  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd., informed that it received the drilling permit from the Mexican Federal Environmental Permitting Agency (SEMARNAT) authorizing the use of 30 drill pads within its La Tigra project in Nayarit. The company also informed that it entered into formal surface rights exploration agreement with the ejido Santa Maria Picachos, the surface owners at La Tigra project that allows for the commencement of the drilling program.

ON MINING

  • Americas Gold and Silver Corporation provided silver production guidance for 2022 for its Cosala Operations in Sinaloa. Silver production from the Cosala Operations in 2022 is forecast to be between 0.7 to 0.9M Oz Ag, 13-15M Lb Pb, and 36 to 40M Lb Zn. “
  • Orla Mining Ltd., provided a 2022 production, operating costs, capital costs, and exploration spending guidance for the full year 2022 for its Camino Rojo property, Zacatecas. The company expects to produce from Camino Rojo over 90-100K Oz Au for the full year 2022 with an AISC of USD $600-700 per Oz Au sold. Total sustaining cost and exploration spending are expected to total USD $5M and USD $10M respectively.
  • Equinox Gold Corporation reported Q4 and full year 2021 production and financial results from their Los Filos and Mercedes mines located in Guerrero and Sonora respectively. At Los Filos mine, Guerrero, Equinox mined 3.4M tonnes of 0.77 g/t Au (open pit) and 162K tonnes of 3.11 g/t Au (underground) to produce 54.7K Oz Au. It sold 55,144 Oz Au during Q4, 2021 and reported revenue of USD $98.8M, and cash and AISC of USD $1,311 and USD $1,433 per Oz Au sold respectively. For the full year, the company mined 7.09M tonnes of 0.71 g/t Au (open pit) and 519K tonnes of 3.23 g/t Au to produce 144.1K Oz Au. It sold 143.8K Oz Au during the full year 2021, and reported revenue of USD $257.2M, and cash and AISC of USD $1,575 and USD $1,753 per Oz Au sold. Equinox provided production and guidance cost for 2022. It expects to produce between 160-180KOz Au at cash and AISC of USD $1400-1600 and USD $1,625-1,700 per Oz Au sold respectively. At Mercedes mine, Sonora, the company mined 125K tonnes and processed 161K tonnes of 2.30 g/t Au during Q4, 2021 to produce 11,35K Oz Au. It sold 10.3K Oz Au and reported revenue of USD $18.9M and cash and AISC of USD $1,091 and USD $1,584 respectively. For the full year, the company mined 348K tonnes and processed 398K tonnes of 2.59 g/t Au to produce 31.8K Oz Au, It sold 30.9K Oz Au, and reported revenue of USD $56.9M , and cash and AISC of USD $966 and USD $1,357 per Oz Au respectively. On Dec 16, 2021, Equinox entered into an agreement to sell Mercedes mine to Bear Creek.

ON FINANCING

  • Golden Tag Resources Ltd., increased its previously announced non-brokered private placement by up to 5M unit for aggregate proceeds of up to $1.25M. The company plans to use the gross proceeds to fund advancement of its San Diego project in Durango.
  • Pan American Silver Corp., declared dividend of $0.12 per common share under new dividend policy. The cash dividend of $0.12 per common share, or approximately $25.3M in aggregate cash dividends, is payable on or about March 21, 2022 (La Colorada mine, Zacatecas).
  • Gold Resource Corporation declared its quarterly dividend of $0.01 per common share for Q1, 2022 to shareholders (Arista mine, Oaxaca).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Silver Dollar Resources Inc., announced that it completed a 2,424 m drill program in 11 holes on the Noria portion at its La Joya project in Durango. Aim of the drill program was target development and testing for possible structural extensions of known mineralized zones identified in historical drilling. Assays are pending and drilling is on standby until the company receives assay results and gets an interpretation.
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc., informed that it has contracted Cominvi, an underground mine contractor, to commence the rehabilitation of the historic El Tigre mine. “Initial rehabilitation will begin on the Level 7 main entry to the Historic El Tigre Mine to allow access to the Sooy Vein, El Tigre Vein and the Seitz Kelly Vein in contemplation of underground channel sampling, drilling and bulk sampling on those veins and the black shale horizon”.
  • Alamos Gold Inc., updated mineral reserves and resources as of December 31, 2021. The company increased its mineral reserves at Mulatos mine 14% to 1.5M Oz Au (29.4M tonnes of 1.64 g/t Au) with a 32% increase in grades reflecting the addition of higher-grade underground mineral reserves at Puerto del Aire, which is adjacent to the main Mulatos pit. The company reported proven + probable reserves for 29.36M tonnes of 1.64 g/t Au for a total of 1.54M Oz Au contained. It also reported Measured + Indicated resources for 8.2M tonnes of 1.34 g/t Au for a total of 353K Oz Au and Inferred resources for 1.72M tonnes of 1.06 g/t Au for a total of 59K Oz Au contained. The remaining mineral reserve mine of life of the Mulatos district is approximately six years as of December 31, 2021 (excluding the underground mineral reserves of Puerto del Aire Deposit.
  • Pan American Silver Corp., released results for 20 new infill and exploration holes drilled at its la Colorada mine in Zacatecas. Drill highlights include hole U-83-21 with 64 g/t Ag, 0.06% Cu, 1.9% Pb, and 3.8% Zn over 322.85m, including 178 g/t Ag, 0.06% Cu, 4.3% Pb, and 6.3% Zn over 64.90m; hole S-73-21 with 76 g/t Ag, 0.36% Cu, 4.2% Pb, and 9.5% Zn over 78.55m, including 91 g/t Ag, 0.46% Cu, 5.2% Pb, and 11.4% Zn over 58.1m; hole D-73-01-21 with 79 g/t Ag, 0.29% Cu, 2.2% Pb, and 5.7% Zn over 159 m, including 112 g/t Ag, 0.45% Cu, 3.2% Pb, and 8.1% Zn over 99.2m; hole D-71-01-21 with 48 g/t Ag, 0.05% Cu, 3% Pb, and 5.8% Zn over 44.65m, including 100 g/t Ag, 0.28% Cu, 7.3% Pb, and 7.1% Zn over 15.95m; hole D71-03-21 with 60 g/t Ag, 0.09% Cu, 2.1% Pb, and 3.2% Zn over 22.1m, and 42 g/t Ag, 0.07% Cu, 1.2% Pb, and 3.9% Zn over 55.60m, and 91 g/t Ag, 0.2% Cu, 4.8% Pb, and 8% Zn over 191.85m; and hole D-21-02-21 with 59 g/t Ag, 0.2% Cu, 1.2% Pb, and 3.8% Zn over 219.90m, including 51 g/t Ag, 0.2% Cu, 2% Pb, and 6.1% Zn over 91.3m.
  • Prime Mining Corp., announced results from its first drill program at the Guadalupe West deposit within its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. Twelve new holes, of which seven were diamond holes and 5 were RC holes are reported and drill highlights include hole 21GW-12R with 1.68 g/t Au and 26 g/t Ag over a true width (TW) of 19.8m; hole 21GW-07 with 1.6 g/t Au and 50 g/t Ag over a TW of 8.6m, and 1.92 g/t Au and 34 g/t Ag over a TW of 17.7m; hole 21GW-02 with 1.82 g/t Au and 52 g/t Ag over 4.8m, and 0.53 g/t Au and 15 g/t Ag over a TW of 27.6m; hole 21GW-01 with 1.08 g/t Au and 38 g/t Ag over a TW of 3.6m; and hole 21GW-11R with 0.9 g/t Au and 63 g/t Ag over a TW of 4.3m.
  • Stroud Resources Ltd., commenced its phase 2 diamond drilling program, which will consist of 3,500m targeting the newly discovered Zopilotes Vein, the Guadalupe Vein, and the La Raya Vein, within its Santo Domingo project in Jalisco. “The company’s current drilling permit covers 13 drill pads (drill setups) located across the property. A second drilling permit will be submitted seeking additional drill pad locations to facilitate further delineation of the three known mineralized vein systems and other exploration targets”. 
  • Mithril Resources Ltd., reported positive results from the metallurgical testwork conducted at its Copalquin project in Durango. The company reported that the final overall recoveries after leaching of the flotation products were 96.5% for gold and 96.1% for silver.
  • Newmont Corporation reported mineral reserves and resources for their Peñasquito and Noche Buena properties in Zacatecas as of December 31, 2021. At Peñasquito, Zacatecas, Newmont reported Proven Reserves of 115M tonnes of 0.61 g/t Au, 38 g/t Ag, 0.9% Zn, and 0.4% Pb for a total of 2.25M Oz Au, 141.5M Oz Ag, 2.38 B Lb Zn, and 940M Lb Pb and Probable Reserves of 247M tonnes of 0.51 g/t Au, 32 g/t Ag, 0.7% Zn, and 0.3% Pb for a total of 4.08M Oz Au, 252.4M Oz Ag, 3.87 B Lb Zn, and 1.64 B Lb Pb. Proven + Probable Reserves are 362M tonnes of 0.54 g/t Au, 34 g/t Ag, 0.8% Zn, and 0.3% Pb for a total of 6.33M Oz Au, 393.9M Oz Ag, 6.25 B Lb Zn, and 2.58 B Lb Pb. Measured Resources are 31.4M tonnes of 0.27 g/t Au, 26 g/t Ag, 0.7% Zn, and 0.3% Pb for a total of 280K Oz Au, 26M Oz Ag, 460M Lb Zn, and 200M Lb Pb, and Indicated Resources of 176.6M tonnes of 0.27 g/t Au, 26 g/t Ag, 0.6% Zn, and 0.3% Pb for a total of 1.5M Oz Au, 149.6M Oz Ag, 2.2 B Lb Zn, and 1.02 B Lb Pb. Measured + Indicated Resources are  208M tonnes of 0.27g/t Au, 26 g/t Ag, 0.6%Zn, and 0.3% Pb for a total of 1.78M Oz Au, 175.6M Oz Ag, 2.69 B Lb Zn, and 1.23 B Lb Pb. Inferred Resources are 89.8M tonnes of 89.8M tonnes of 0.4 g/t Au, 28 g/t Ag, 0.5% Zn, and 0.2% Pb for a total of 1.16M Oz Au, 80.84M Oz Ag, 1.07 B Lb Zn, and 480M Lb Pb. At Noche Buena, Zacatecas (50% attributable to Newmont), it reported Indicated Resources of 21M tonnes of 0.37 g/t Au and 14 g/t Ag for a total of 250K Oz Au and 9.4M Oz Ag, and Inferred Resources of 1.6M tonnes of 1.07 g/t Au and 11 g/t Ag for a total of 230K Oz Au and 570K Oz Ag. Resources are reported exclusive of Reserves.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Benjamin Hill Mining Corp., granted 1.4.M options exercisable at $0.44 per common share of which 980K options granted to directors/officers shall have a term of 5 years, and 500K options granted to a consultant shall have a term of 2 years (Sonora Gold project, Sonora).
  • Monumental Minerals Corp., announced the appointment of its CEO (Jemi project, Coahuila).
  • Orla Mining Ltd., announced the appointment of its Chief Sustainability Officer, effective march 1, 2022 (Camino Rojo, Zacatecas).
  • SSR Mining Inc., informed that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Pitarrilla silver project in Durango to Endeavour Silver Corp., for a total consideration of up to USD $127M. This consideration includes USD $35M in cash, USD $35M in Endeavour shares, and a 1.25% Net Smelter Return (“NSR”) royalty on the Pitarrilla property.
  • Riverside Resources Inc., signed an agreement with Agnico Eagle for the sale of the Pima property located in Sonora. Riverside will receive cash and completes the pass through royalty transfer with Millrock Resources Inc. 
  • Sierra Metals Inc., announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors (Bolivar mine, Chihuahua).
  • Great Panther Mining Limited informed about the resignation of its President and CEO and announced the appointment of his replacement on an interim basis (Topia mine, Durango).

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Esperanza Silver, supported the first generation of 14 people between women and men who accredited the upper secondary level as a results of an alliance in favor of the education integrated for inhabitants of the community of San Agustin Tetlama and Esperanza Silver.
  • Grupo México offered employment to 100 women in Santa Bárbara, Chihuahua. Andrés Torres, general secretary of the Section 11 Miners’ Union reported that by 2022 there is a goal of employing a hundred women in the different areas of the companies.
  • Minera Peñasquito (Newmont) delivered the inhabitants of the community of Nuevo Peñasco, belonging to Ejido Cedros, in Mazapil, the remodeling and rehabilitation of their plaza, as part of Newmont Peñasquito’s commitment to creating shared value in the communities in its area of influence. Additionally, the company provided 27 trees of different species, the same that were planted throughout the square.

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On the picture above, a quartz vein from a low sulphidation epithermal vein project in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Fifth Week of December, 2021. 

Hydrothermal breccia

By Miguel A Heredia

Happy New Year to all of our readers! I want to wish you all the very best in this coming 2022, especially good health, prosperity and a lot of fun!

With deep regret I knew early this week about the sensitive and unexpectedly passing of David Jones at his home in Tucson, Arizona. David was a well-respected geologist who worked for many years in Mexico making many friends. David will be remembered for being responsible of multiple discoveries in Mexico such as Los Filos in the Guerrero Gold Belt, and Switchback vein system at the El Aguila project in Oaxaca among others. “Descansa en paz amigo!”

During the 52nd and last week of the year (December 27th, 2021 to January 2nd, 2022), at least 13 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, and 2 news published by the media, with four reporting resources and developments of their properties, three disclosing deals and corporate issues, three informing on exploration results, three announcing financial issues, one commenting on Mexican issues, and one discussing social issues.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, Mexico will lose potential investments if it does not increase its level of certainty in the mining industry, warned Jody Kuzenko, CEO of the Canadian company Torex Gold Resources. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Silver Spruce announced that it is proceeding with the preparation of an Informe Preventivo for trenching and drilling its Jackie property. In Durango, Southern Empire received preliminary results from a geophysical survey conducted at its Pedro Gold project. In Guerrero, Pantera Silver commenced a drilling program at its Nuevo Taxco Silver project.  ON MINING, no relevant news.  ON FINANCING, Altaley executed a loan agreement with Sail Natural for USD $5M (Tahuehueto project, Durango). Prismo completed the first closing of a non-brokered private placement for total gross proceeds of $1M (Palos Verdes project, Sinaloa). SilverCrest completed the third drawdown of USD $30M on its previously announced USD $120M Project Financing Facility (Las Chispas, Sonora). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Fabled released results from its ongoing drilling program at its Santa Maria project, Chihuahua. Fresnillo and its JV partner Mag Silver provided a commissioning update on its Juanicipio project in Fresnillo, Zacatecas. GoGold provided an outlook and deliverables for 2022 (Los Ricos North and South projects, Jalisco). Silver Tiger provided a review of its 2021 activities at its El Tigre project in Sonora.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Gold79 retained Dig Media to provide investor relation services for the company (Taviche project, Oaxaca). Great Panther announced board changes (Topia mine, Durango). Minaurum announced the passing of David Jones. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Compañía Minera Cuzcatlán (Fortuna Silver) reported that its operation does not generate a negative impact on the water resource located in communities surrounding its San Jose mine in Oaxaca.

ON MEXICO ISSUE

  • Mexico will lose potential investments if it does not increase its level of certainty in the mining industry, warned Jody Kuzenko, CEO of the Canadian company Torex Gold Resources. Mexico’s mining industry has slowed because the current administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has suspended the issuance of new mining concessions; likewise, companies in the sector are increasingly forced to deal with crime by hiring private security companies. Recently, the federal government proposed a constitutional reform initiative for the Mexican electricity industry in which it seeks for the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to regain a leading role in the sector, establishing that the company will generate at least 54% of consumption national electric. Torex Gold is the third largest gold producing company in Mexico, with 430,480 Oz Au in 2020; its operations are carried out in Guerrero, where Limón-Guajes is the second most important mining unit in the country in terms of gold production. In that same entity, the company plans to invest more than USD $500M to start operations at its Media Luna mining unit in 2024, with a production of 179K Oz Au, 21K tonnes of Cu and 1.5M Oz Ag, although these estimates will be updated with a new feasibility study. Since Torex Gold is growing in Guerrero, it will need more electrical power. “Reliability is required, that the power is not interrupted while you are working; the price must be competitive, and investors are looking for a wide margin in our process of decarbonization and reducing greenhouse gases”.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc., announced that it is proceeding with the preparation of an Informe Preventivo to be filed at the Mexican Government Environmental Authority (SEMARNAT) for conducting trenching and drilling at its Jackie property in Sonora. The environmental permit will include 13 trenches and 36 drill pads. The SEMARNAT permit for the Informe Preventivo is expected within four to six weeks of submission.”
  • Southern Empire Resources Corp., received preliminary high-resolution, airborne magnetic and radiometric geophysical data covering its Pedro Gold Project in Durango. In December 2021, Terraquest Ltd. of Markham, Ontario, collected 393.2 line-kilometers of airborne geophysical data on flight lines that were flown at azimuth 060 / 240 with 50m spacings. This data has been delivered to Condor Consulting, Inc. of Lakewood, Colorado; experts in geophysical processing, analysis and inversion modeling. “The results of our preliminary airborne magnetic data provide some strong clues about the structural setting and underlying ‘plumbing system’ of the HP Breccia gold zone. Together with the regional government magnetics, we see evidence for a deeper intrusive body that could be linked to the hydrothermal fluids and related potential for epithermal vein systems that are the target of Southern Empire’s upcoming drill campaign”. The company has mobilized a diamond drill rig to the Pedro Property and is scheduled to start a 2,000m, nine-hole core drill program in January of 2022.
  • Pantera Silver Corp., commenced a drilling program at its Nuevo Taxco Silver project in Guerrero. The first phase of this maiden exploration drill program will consists of up to 2,000m with holes of approximately 50-150m in depth.

ON MINING

  • No relevant news.

ON FINANCING

  • Altaley Mining Corporation executed a loan agreement with Sail Natural Resources LP for USD $5M. Net proceeds will be used to fund the final costs of construction and working capital at its Tahuehueto project in Durango. The loan agreement is for four years with an interest of 13.5% where Altaley shall make four quarterly payments of interest only on the outstanding amount of the loan commencing on March 10, 2022, and ending on December 10, 2022.
  • Prismo Metals Inc., completed the first closing of a non-brokered private placement for total gross proceeds of $1M (Palos Verdes project, Sinaloa). The company expects to complete a second closing for $1M in the first half of January, 2022. “The Company will use expected $2M gross proceeds from the Units to complete a 4,000m drilling campaign on its Palos Verdes property (estimated at $1M), conduct exploration on its Los Pavitos property, Sonora with a view of identifying drilling targets (estimated at $400K), the costs of the offering (estimated at $125K which includes payment of finder’s fees) and for general working capital”.
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., completed the third drawdown of USD $30M on its previously announced USD $120M Project Financing Facility with an affiliate of RK Mine Finance. Funds will be used towards the continued construction of the Company’s Las Chispas Project located in Sonora, with a targeted completion in Q2, 2022. 

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp., released results from its ongoing drilling program at its Santa Maria project, Chihuahua. The most significant drill intercept was obtained in hole SM20-45, which encountered a mined-out void zone at the target depth, but before reaching the target depth it intersected the Santa Maria footwall zone with 0.16 g/t Au 34 g/t Ag, 0.01% Pb, and 0.04% Zn (42.5 g/t AgEq) over 6.40m, including 0.23 g/t Au, 38 g/t Ag, 0.01% Pb, and 0.06% Zn (50 g/t AgEq) over 0.60m, and including 0.19 g/t Au, 55 g/t Ag, 0.01% Pb, and 0.04% Zn (68 g/t AgEq) over 1.7m.
  • Fresnillo plc and its JV partner Mag Silver Corp., provided a commissioning update on its Juanicipio project in Fresnillo, Zacatecas. Although the Juanicipio project team delivered the project for plan commissioning on schedule, the “Comisión Federal de Electricidad” (CFE), the state-owned electrical company, notified Fresnillo plc, the Juanicipio Project operator, that approval to complete the tie-in to the national power grid cannot yet be granted and the mill commissioning timeline will therefore be extended by approximately six months. Stoping and mineralized mine development at Juanicipio will continue and will make available any unused plant capacity at its Minera Fresnillo and Minera Saucito operations to process mineralized material produced at Juanicipio, and if possible matching commissioning and ramp up tonnages that were previously expected. The effect on cashflow generation from Juanicipio therefore will also be mitigated while CFE approvals are pending.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., provided an outlook and deliverables for 2022. At Los Ricos North, the company plans to conduct an aggressive drilling and exploration campaign on El Favor East and Gran Cabrera areas to increase the mineral resource estimate at the property. At Los Ricos South, GoGold will initiate a drilling program on the Jamaica structure since this mineralized zone offers the potential for an additional bulk tonnage target in Los Ricos South. The company also plans to initiate a PFS anticipated to be completed prior to the end of 2022.
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc., provided a review of its 2021 activities at its El Tigre project in Sonora. The company reported wide high grade silver intercepts in quartz veins within a black shale horizon on the Sooy, Benjamin and Seitz Kelly Veins. Highlights include hole ET-20-202 in the Sooy Vein with 382 g/t AgEq over 22.2m, including 668 g/t AgEq over 11.75m; hole ET-21-204 in the Benjamin Vein with 519 g/t AgEq over 14.2m, including 1,010 g/t AgEq over 5.6m; and hole ET-21-264 in the Seitz Kelly Vein with 2,608 g/t AgEq over 17.5m, including 82,873 g/t AgEq over 0.5m. It also completed a $23M bought deal institutional financing, and disclosed 2021 Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) strategy roadmap.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Gold79 Mines Ltd., retained Dig Media Inc. dba Investing News Network, to provide investor relation services for the company. Under the terms of the contract for this advertising and investor awareness campaign, Dig Media will provide various digital media advertising and related services to increase public awareness of the company. (Taviche project, Oaxaca).
  • Great Panther Mining Limited announced the resignation of its Director and Chair of the Board of Directors, and the appointment of one of its independent Directors as the new Chair of the company (Topia mine, Durango).
  • Minaurum Gold Inc., announced the sensitive and unexpectedly passing of David Jones early this week at its home in Tucson, Arizona. “Descansa en paz amigo”.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Compañía Minera Cuzcatlán (Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.) reported that its operation does not generate a negative impact on the water resource located in communities surrounding its San Jose mine in Oaxaca. The company monitors quarterly the water quality in surface and underground bodies. It also stated that since the beginning of its operation, it does not compete for this resource with neighboring communities, nor does it use the water that was monitored for its mining activities. The water samples are required every six months by environmental regulations, but to generate greater certainty and confidence among the population, the company proactively performs them every three months. The foregoing, through the hiring of external and certified laboratories, whose procedures are endorsed by both the National Water Commission (CONAGUA), as well as by the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) and whose results comply with the NOM-OO1 of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT).

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On the picture above, a hydrothermal breccia from a low sulphidation epithermal vein system in a project in Durango, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Third Week of November, 2021. 

Quartz hydrothermal breccia

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 46th week of the year (November 15th to November 21st, 2021), at least 35 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, and 4 news published by the media with twelve reporting resources and developments of their properties, seven announcing financial issues, seven communicating production and financial results, four informing on exploration results, four disclosing deals and corporate issues, four commenting on Mexican issues, and one discussing social issues.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, Fortuna Silver announced that it is trying to avoid the closure of its San Jose silver mine in Oaxaca after the expiration of its environmental permit last month. The company stated that it is fighting for the stability of 1,200 active workers of its San Jose mine. Mexico´s Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) announced that it will carry out an indigenous consultation to define the future of the San Jose mine in Oaxaca. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Tocvan announced exploration plan for its El Picacho project, and Ridgestone received permit for drill program on the El Cobre target at its Rebeico project.  In Chihuahua, Mammoth Resources reported initial drill results from its diamond drilling program conducted on Carneritos area at its Tenoriba project. In Nayarit, Sierra Madre presented trenching sampling results from its la Tigra project. ON MINING, Argonaut announced Q3, 2021 production and financial results from their Mexican operations. Excellon presented Q3, 2021 production and financial results from its Platosa mine in Durango. Elemental Royalties reported the production of 9,722 Oz Au from its Mercedes mine in Sonora during the period Q3, 2021. Americas Gold and Silver announced that its Cosalá operations are expected to ramp-out to full production of approximately 1,800 tonnes per day next month. SilverCrest reported unaudited financial results for the period Q3, 2021. Starcore announced Q2, 2021 production results from its San Martin mine in Queretaro. DynaResource reported year to date 2021 production and financial results at September 30, 2021 from its San Jose de Gracia mine in Sinaloa.  ON FINANCING, Advance increased its previously announced non-brokered private placement to $475K (Tabasquena property, Zacatecas). Aloro reported that the final CAD 60K + VAT payment of the option agreement for the Los Venados claim, Sonora with Almadex has been made by Alamos Gold. Guanajuato Silver arranged an early payment of USD $2.5M to Endeavour Silver for the acquisition of the El Cubo mine in Guanajuato. Mag Silver signed a binding commitment letter with the Bank of Montreal for a fully underwritten USD $40M revolving credit facility. Aztec closed the final tranche of its oversubscribed CAD $1.6M private placement for total proceeds of CAD $575K (Cervantes project, Sonora). Guanajuato Silver arranged a non-brokered private placement offering for gross proceeds of CAD $8.25M (El Cubo mine, Guanajuato). Silver Wolf announced a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to CAD $1.5M (Ana Maria project, Durango).  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Fabled released results from hole SM20-40 collared at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. GoGold presented results from the last nine holes collared at its Los Ricos project in Jalisco, prior to upcoming mineral resource estimate. Orex filed a NI 43-101 technical report for a mineral resource estimate on its Coneto project in Durango. Orla provided a construction update of its Camino Rojo project in Zacatecas. Oroco commenced a diamond drilling program on Brasiles Zone at its Santo Tomas project in Sinaloa.  Prime Mining commenced a Phase 2 drilling program on its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa, which will consist of 250 holes for a total of 50,000m. Silver Dollar began an initial 3,000m drilling program at its la Joya property in Durango. SilverCrest provided an update on the construction of its Las Chispas mine in Sonora.  Southern Silver released drill results from its Cerro Las Minitas project, Durango. Capitan Mining presented results from five RC holes collared on El Capitan deposit at its Peñoles project, Durango. Mithril released its maiden JORC mineral resource estimate for the first target area at its Copalquin project, Durango. Silver Tiger presented drill results from ten holes collared on the Protectora and Caleigh veins at its El Tigre project in Sonora. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Fabled received an approval from the court to spin-out its copper exploration assets in Fabled Copper Corp. Rockland signed an option agreement to acquire 100% interest in the Elektra clay lithium project in Sonora. Starcore reported results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (San Martin mine, Queretaro). Goldgroup announced the appointment of its new CEO (Cerro Prieto mine, Sonora). ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Fresnillo plc applies development and scientific research, consolidating the concept of what they call “sustainable mining”.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., announced that it is trying to avoid the closure of its San Jose silver mine in Oaxaca after the expiration of its environmental permit last month. Although the San Jose mine has been in operation since 2011, its main environmental authorization expired on October 23, despite the company’s efforts since May to request an extension of the permit. A recent court order allows the mine to continue operating, but only temporarily. Maria Luisa Albores, the Environment Secretariat issued a statement saying it would work to organize a consultation with indigenous communities close to the project as part of the environmental authorization. It did not provide details on the timing of the consultation, nor did it say whether the mine could continue to operate in the meantime. The company stated that it is fighting for the stability of 1,200 active workers of its San Jose mine.
  • Mexico’s Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) announced that it will carry out an indigenous consultation to define the future of the San Jose mine in Oaxaca. A dozen of Zapotecas communities will decide whether the San José mine, owned by Minera Cuzcatlán, will continue operating in the Valles Centrales region of Oaxaca, through a consultation carried out by the Ministry of SEMARNAT. It should be noted that the San José mine has four environmental impact authorizations in force, however there is another one that expired on October 23, and although the company requested its extension in due time and form, SEMARNAT has not issued a ruling.
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., provided an update on the appeal to the denial of the extension of the environmental impact authorization (EIA) at its San Jose mine, Oaxaca. “The appeal will be brought by Minera Cuzcatlán in the Mexican court. The grounds for the appeal are that Minera Cuzcatlán is in full compliance with all material environmental laws, and therefore Minera Cuzcatlán has the right to an extension of the EIA under applicable law”.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Tocvan Ventures Corp., announced exploration plan for its El Picacho project in Sonora, where five primary targets have been identified to date combining for over 6km of prospective trend. The company plans to carry out surface sampling and detailed target mapping, trenching and channel sampling of priority targets, and drill targeting. The project is fully permitted for 1,995m of trenching, 60 drill holes (up to 15,000m), and 2.2km of access roads.
  • Ridgestone Mining Inc., received permit for drill program on the El Cobre target at its Rebeico project in Sonora. This maiden drill program will consists of 14 RC holes for a total of approximately 2,700m, and will be conducted along the main El Cobre structure, where recent grab and rock-chip sampling of the surface stockpile of mined material from the El Cobre structure returned up to 3.5% Cu, 53 g/t Ag and 0.52 % Mo over widths of up to 5.0m.
  • Mammoth Resources Corp., reported initial drill results from its diamond drilling program conducted on Carneritos area at its Tenoriba project in Chihuahua. Four diamond holes have been completed for a total of 426m. Highlights include hole TEN21-01 with 0.31 g/t Au and 17 g/t Ag (0.53 g/t AuEq) over 37.5m, including 0.47 g/t Au and 75 g/t Ag (1.7 g/t AuEq) over 4.5m; hole TEN21-03 with 0.54 g/t Au and 4 g/t Ag (0.59 g/t AuEq) over 43.5m, including 0.69 g/t Au and 3 g/t Ag (0.73 g/t AuEq) over 6m, including 0.67 g/t Au and 5 g/t Ag (0.73 g/t AuEq) over 4.5m; and hole TEN21-04 with 0.53 g/t Au and 7 g/t Ag (0.63 g/t AuEq) over 19.5m.
  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd., presented trenching sampling results from its la Tigra project in Nayarit. Trench LTZ01 returned 1.44 g/t Au and 10 /t Ag (1.58 g/t AuEq) over a length of 8.6m;  trench LTZ02 returned 0.46 g/t Au and 56 g7t Ag over a length of 19.7m; trench LTZ03 returned 1.22 g/t Au and 7 g/t Ag (1.3 g/t AuEq) over a length of 11.6m, including 2.52 g/t Au and 10 g/t Ag (2.7 g/t AuEq) over a length of 4.25m; and trench LTZ04 returned 1.45 g/t Au and 9 g/t Ag (1.57 g/t AuEq) over a length of 12.8m, including 3.22 g/t Au and 35 g/t Ag (3.69 g/t AuEq) over a length of 5.3m.

ON MINING

  • Argonaut Gold Inc., announced Q3, 2021 production and financial results from their Mexican operations. At El Castillo mine, Durango, Argonaut mined 2,143,000 tonnes of 0.28 g/t Au to produce 11,123 Oz Au and 10,448 Oz Ag or 11,246 Gold Equivalents Ounces (GEOs). It sold 10,473 Oz Au and 11,875 Oz Ag (10,612 GEOs) at a cash cost of USD $1,173 per Oz Au sold. At San Agustin Mine, Durango, the company mined 2,598,000 tones of 0.30 g/t Au to produce 16,258 Oz Au and 116,309 Oz Ag (17,626 GEOs). Argonaut sold 17,611 Oz Au and 121,993 Oz Ag at a cash cost of USD $1,011 per Oz Au sold. At La Colorada mine, Sonora, the company mined 1,224,000 tonnes of 0.67 g/t Au to produce 15,360 Oz Au and 37590 Oz Ag (15,802 GEOs). It sold 15,332 Oz Au and 35408 Oz Ag (15,749 GEOs) at a cash cost of USD $696 per Oz Au sold.
  • Excellon Resources Inc., presented Q3, 2021 production and financial results from its Platosa mine in Durango. The company mined 21,592 tonnes and milled 21,302 tonnes of 526 g/t Ag, 4.9% Pb, and 5.4 % Zn with metallurgical recoveries of 90.9%, 81.2%, and 78.3% respectively. Excellon produced 326.7K Oz Ag, 1.87M Lb Pb, and 1.98M Lb Zn (521.2K Oz AgEq) at total and AISC of USD$11.02 and USD$21.52 per Oz Ag payable respectively. The company reported revenues of USD $9.2M; gross profit of USD $1.8M, and cash and marketable securities of USD $5M at September 30, 2021.
  • Elemental Royalties Corp., reported the production of 9,722 Oz Au from its Mercedes mine in Sonora during the period Q3, 2021.
  • Americas Gold and Silver Corporation announced that its Cosalá operations are expected to ramp-out to full production of approximately 1,800 tonnes per day next month. Concentrate shipment have resumed. A return to revenue and cash flow generation is expected later in Q4, 2021.
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., reported unaudited financial results for the period Q3, 2021. The Company recorded USD $42.1M as development expenditures under mineral property, plant and equipment, for the Las Chispas Project, which primarily consisted of decline construction and underground working of USD $17.2M; drilling costs of USD $9.7M; field and administrative costs of USD $6.3M; and salaries and remuneration of USD $3.3M. The Company also recorded additions, during the nine months ended September 30, 2021, of USD $60M related to the Las Chispas Project as mineral property, plant and equipment for various items which was primarily construction in progress.  At September 30, 2021, SilverCrest had cash and cash equivalents of USD $199M. At September 30, 2021, the Company had value-added taxes (“IVA”) receivable in Mexico of USD $17.9M. The Company has financed its operations to date through the issuance of common shares and debt. The Company currently has no operations from which to derive revenues.
  • Starcore International Mines Ltd., announced Q2, 2021 production results from its San Martin mine in Queretaro. The company milled 56,061 tonnes of 1.56 g/t Au and 23 g/t Ag with metallurgical recoveries of 87.81% and 54.83% respectively, to produce 2,782 Oz AuEq.
  • DynaResource Inc., reported year to date 2021 production and financial results at September 30, 2021 from its San Jose de Gracia mine in Sinaloa. The company mined and milled 66,695 tonnes of 9.48 g/t Au with a metallurgical recovery of 89.45%, to produce 18,141 Oz Au, from which 16,036 Oz Au were sold. The company reported revenue of $25.9M, net operating income of $11.3M, and earnings per share of $0.64.

ON FINANCING

  • Advance Gold Corp., increased its previously announced non-brokered private placement to $475K (Tabasquena project, Zacatecas).
  • Aloro Mining Corp., reported that the final CAD 60K + VAT payment of the option agreement for the Los Venados claim, Sonora with Almadex Minerals Limited has been made by Alamos Gold Inc.  Aloro also reported that by mutual agreement with Alamos, the second year work commitment was reduced from USD $1.5M to USD $750K, while the third year work commitment was increased from USD $3M to USD$3.75M, to total USD $M to earn 70% interest in the Los Venados project.
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd., arranged an early payment of USD $2.5M promissory note to Endeavour Silver Corp., for the acquisition of the El Cubo mine in Guanajuato. In consideration, Endeavour has agreed to reduce the principal amount of the note by USD $25K and settle the Mexican VAT for common shares of the company. It will issue 901,224 common shares to Endeavour at a deemed price of CAD $0.55 per share to settle VAT totalling USD $396K.
  • Mag Silver Corp., signed a binding commitment letter with the Bank of Montreal for a fully underwritten USD $40M revolving credit facility. The facility will be used to develop its Juanicipio project in Zacatecas, as well as for working capital and general corporate purposes (Mag Silver only controls 44% of the project).
  • Aztec Minerals Corp., closed the final tranche of its oversubscribed CAD $1.6M private placement for total proceeds of CAD $575K. Part of the proceeds will be used to conduct exploration work on its Cervantes project in Sonora, as well as for general working capital purposes.
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd., arranged a non-brokered private placement offering of 15M units at a price of CAD $0.55 for gross proceeds of CAD $8.25M. The net proceeds from the offering will be used to fund the ongoing exploration, development, and expansion of the Company’s El Cubo mine and mill complex and El Pinguico silver and gold project, both located near the city of Guanajuato, Mexico; and for general corporate and working capital purposes.
  • Silver Wolf Exploration ltd., announced a non-brokered private placement financing for up to 6M units at a price of CAD $0.25 per unit for aggregate gross proceeds of up to CAD $1.5M. Net proceeds will be used for financing the initial drill program at its Ana Maria project in Durango, and for general working capital purposes.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp., released results from hole SM20-40 collared at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. The drill hole encountered seven gold bearing zones as shown in the figure below:
“Hole SM20-40 was successful and continues to add to the mineral inventory as the down plunge of the gold domain system discovered in holes SM20 – 20, 22 remains open at depth. Hole SM20-41 will further explore the down dip potential of this zone. Further drilling maybe required in this area”.
·         GoGold Resources Inc., presented results from the last nine holes collared at its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco, prior to upcoming mineral resource estimate. The most significant mineralized intervals were encountered in holes LRGF-21-095 collared at El Favor Este with 0.35 g/t Au and 113 g/t Ag (1.85 g/t AuEq or 139 g/t AgEq) over 13.3m, including 3.81 g/t Au and 1,237 g/t Ag (20.3 g/ AuEq or 1,523 g/t AgEq) over 0.7m, and 0.56 g/t Au and 156 g/t Ag (2.65 g/t AuEq or 199 g/t AgEq) over 1.2m; and hole LRGF-21-084 with 0.17 g/t Au and 58 g/t Ag (0.94 g/t AuEq or 70 g/t AgEq) over 66.1m, including 0.37 g/t Au and 111 g/t Ag (1.85 g/t AuEq or 138 g/t AgEq) over 13.5m, including 1.03 g/t Au and 167 g/t Ag (3.26 g/t AuEq and 245 g/t AgEq) over 3m, plus 0.31 g/t Au and 154 g/t Ag (2.36 g/t AuEq or 177 g/t AgEq) over 5.5m.
·         Orex Minerals Inc., filed a NI 43-101 technical report for a mineral resource estimate on its Coneto project in Durango. Orex reported inferred resources for 5,325,000 tonnes of 1.67 g/t Au and 112 g/t Ag (3.15 g/t AuEq) to contain 286K Oz Au and 19.1M Oz Ag (538K Oz AuEq) as at August 30, 2021.
·         Orla Mining Ltd., informed that up to October 2021, the mine construction of its Camino Rojo project in Zacatecas shows a progress of 96% and that it remains on budget.  The company reported capital expenditures of USD $24.3M in Q3, 2021 and totalled USD $106.3M as Sept 30, 2021, out of a total of USD $134.1M. “The main activities completed during the quarter included ramp up of mining activities, mechanical completion of the crushing system, conveying system, reclaim tunnel, overland conveyor, and grasshopper conveyors, commencement of wet commissioning with introduction of ore into the crushing circuit, and completion of the camp facilities. Overliner ore material was placed on the heap leach pad and ore stacking began in early October in preparation for cyanide leaching which is expected to begin in mid-November”.
·         Oroco Resource Corp., commenced a diamond drilling program on Brasiles Zone at its Santo Tomas project in Sinaloa. Brasiles is the northern extension of the mineralization in the Santo Tomas North Zone, and consists of two very broad, sub-parallel exploration targets. The first hole underway will test a NE striking, chargeability-high resistivity low response, while the second hole will test a blind chargeability-high feature located west of and sub-parallel to the Brasiles target.
·         Prime Mining Corp., commenced a Phase 2 drilling program on its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa, which will consist of 250 holes for a total of 50,000m. Goal of the Phase 2 drilling program is to expand resources along the three main corridors of known open-pit mineralization: Guadalupe Structure, Zapote-Tahonitas, and Central Zone Structure. In addition, Prime will test several high potential new target generated in the previous exploration campaign   which are located within approximately 5km radius of the main mineralized corridors at Los Reyes such as Mina 20/21, Mariposa, Las Primas, Fresnillo, El Tule and others on the two parallel El Orito trends.
·         Silver Dollar Resources Inc., began an initial 3,000m drilling program at its la Joya property in Durango.  Objective of the drilling program is to test the possible structural extension of known mineralized zones identified in historical drilling on the Noria portion of the La Joya property.
·         SilverCrest Metals Inc., informed that the construction progress at its Las Chispas mine in Sonora was 54% complete compared to an overall scheduled completion of 48%. Construction continued to progress well in the quarter with the main access road, plant detailed engineering, and concrete work now complete, bridge construction 88% complete, plant construction 49% complete, power line 47% complete, and underground infrastructure ongoing. With underground development ahead of schedule at the end of the H1, 2021, development rates continued to progress well in Q3, 2021 for a total of 15.7 km completed since underground development began in Q1, 2019.
·         Southern Silver Exploration Corp., released drill results from the North Felsite chimney at its Cerro Las Minitas project, Durango. Highlights include hole 21CLM-175 with 599 g/t Ag, 0.08 g/t Au, 0.03% Cu, 16.9% Pb, and 10.2% Zn (1,530 g/t AgEq or 38.8% ZnEq) over a true width (TW) of 1.9m, including 760 g/t Ag,0.07 g/t Au, 0.03% Cu, 23.2% Pb, and 17.4% Zn (2,169 g/t AgEq or 55% ZnEq); and hole 21CLM-172 with 313 g/t Ag, 0.25 g/t Au, 0.07% Cu, 7% Pb, and 1.3% Zn (610 g/t AgEq or 15.5% ZnEq) over a TW of 0.4m, plus 180 g/t Ag, 0.06 g/t Au, 0.36% Cu, 3.7% Pb, and 0.5% Zn (361 g/t AgEq or 9.1% ZnEq) over a TW of 0.5m. Mineralization remains open along strike and at depths below 250m.
·         Capitan Mining Inc., presented results from five RC holes collared on El Capitan deposit at its Peñoles project, Durango. The most significant drill intercept was encountered in hole 21-CARC-40 with 0.30 g/t Au over 15.2m, including 1.44 g/t Au over 1.5m in the hanging wall zone, plus 0.32 g/t Au and 7 g/t Ag (0.40 g/t AuEq) over 76.2m, including 0.59 g/t Au and 8 g/t Ag (0.70 g/t AuEq) over 18.3m, including 1.2 g/t Au and 10 g/t Ag (1.33 g/t AuEq) over 1.5m in the Capitan Main zone.
·         Mithril Resources Ltd., released its maiden JORC mineral resource estimate for the first target area at its Copalquin project, Durango. The company reported for El Refugio-La Soledad target indicated resources for 691,000 tonnes of 5.43 g/t Au and 114 g/t Ag (7.06 g/t AuEq) to contain 121K Oz Au and 2.54M Oz Ag (157K Oz AuEq) and inferred resources for 1,725,000 of 4.55 g/t Au and 152g/t Ag (6.72 g/t AuEq) to contain 252K Oz Au and 8.4M Oz Ag (372K Oz AuEq). Total Indicated + Inferred resources are 2,416,000 tonnes of 4.8 g/t Au and 141 g/t Ag (6.81 g/t AuEq) to contain 373K Oz Au and 10.95M Oz Ag (529K Oz AuEq).
·         Silver Tiger Metals Inc., presented drill results from ten holes collared on the Protectora and Caleigh veins at its El Tigre project in Sonora. The most significant mineralized intervals were encountered in holes ET-20-163 collared on the Protectora Vein with 0.74 g/t Au and 335 g/t Ag (5.21 g/t AuEq or 391 g/t AgEq) over 3.2m, including 3.56 g/t Au and 1,782 g/t Ag (27.32 g/t AuEq or 2,049 g/t AgEq) over 0.5m, plus 0.48 g/t Au and 727 g/t Ag (10.17 g/t AuEq or 763 g/t AgEq) over 1m, including 0.89 g/t Au and 1,374 g/t Ag (19.21 g/t AuEq or 1,441 g/t AgEq) over 0.5m; hole ET-20-164 on the Protectora Vein with 4.59 g/t Au and 370 g/t Ag (9.52 g/t AuEq or 714 g/t AgEq) over 1.2m, including 10.5 g/t Au and 805 g/t Ag (21.23 g/t AuEq or 1,592 g/t AgEq) over 0.5m; hole ET-20-158 on Caleigh Vein with 4.09 g/t Au and 815 g/t Ag (14.96 g/t AuEq or 1,122 g/t AgEq) over 0.7m; and hole ET-20-156 collared on Caleigh Vein with 7.09 g/t Au and 752 g/t Ag (17.12 g/t AuEq or 1,284 g/t AgEq) over 0.3m.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
·         Fabled Silver Gold Corp., received an approval from the court to spin-out its copper exploration assets in Fabled Copper Corp.
·         Rockland Resources Ltd., signed an option agreement to acquire 100% interest in the Elektra clay lithium project in Sonora. The Elektra project is contiguous to the advanced Sonora Lithium project owned by Bacanora Lithium plc. The company can earn a 100% interest (less NSR) in the Elektra project through cumulative option payments of 10M common shares in the company and USD $1.5M over a 48 month period. A 2% NSR will be granted to the vendors and the company will have an option to purchase 50% of the NSR for USD $1M at any time.
·         Starcore International Mines Ltd., reported results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (San Martin mine, Queretaro).
·         Goldgroup Mining Inc., announced the appointment of its new CEO effectively immediately. The previous interim CEO will continue as the company´s CFO (Cerro Prieto mine, Sonora).

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
·         Fresnillo plc informed that it applies development and scientific research, consolidating the concept of what they call “sustainable mining”. The company implemented a “life vest” for monitoring the health of its workers, coupled with the use of artificial intelligence in data analysis systems such as Big Data, biometric readers and new generation extraction.

Content like what you have just read can be seen at https://gambusinoprospector.com/ and at LinkedIn’s Mexico Mineral Exploration Group.

On the picture above, quartz hydrothermal breccia cemented by silica and fine disseminated sulphides in an epithermal quartz vein system in a project in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the First Week of June, 2021.

Quartz Blade Texture

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 22nd week of the year (May 31st to June 06th, 2021), at least 24 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico and 1 news published by the media, with six disclosing deals and corporate issues, six announcing financial rounds, five informing on exploration results, four reporting on resources and developments, three discussing social issues, and one communicating production and financial results.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, No relevant news.  ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Benjamin Hill Mining released additional sampling results from its Benjamin Hill property, Silver Spruce and its JV partner Colibri commenced the phase 1 exploration drilling at its Mezquite project, and Heliostar presented results from its mapping and sampling program at its Oso Negro project. In Zacatecas, Zacatecas Silver completed the geological mapping and sampling program of the San Manuel Vein System. ON MINING, Santacruz reported Q1, 2021 production and financial results from their Zimapan and Rosario mines in Hidalgo and San Luis Potosi States respectively. ON FINANCING, Alamos Gold declared quarterly dividend of USD $0.025 per common share (Mulatos mine, Sonora). Chesapeake reported that it granted 73,500 incentive stock options at an exercise price of $4.37 per share (Metates project, Durango). Colibri announced that its previously announced private placement has been oversubscribed for an additional 399,139 units at $.10 per unit (El Pilar project, Sonora). Silver Viper closed the first tranche of a $6M private placement for gross proceeds of $4.57M (La Virginia project, Sonora).  VanGold signed a definitive agreement to obtain a non-dilutive USD $7.5M in the form of a silver and gold loan (El Cubo mine, Guanajuato). Vizsla closed a bought deal financing offering for gross proceeds of CAD $69M (Panuco project, Sinaloa). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Barksdale outlined a 5,000m drilling program at its San Javier project in Sonora. GoGold released results from six holes collared at its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Oroco presented results from the 3D IP survey conducted at its Santo Tomas project in Sinaloa. Sonoro completed the nine final RC holes at its Cerro Caliche project in Sonora and moves towards an updated technical report and new PEA. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Capstone announced the resignation of a member of its Board of Directors (Cozamine mine, Zacatecas). VanGold announced that it will change its name to Guanajuato Silver Company, Ltd. (El Cubo mine, Guanajuato). Gatos Silver announced the appointment of its President and CEO, effective June 1, 2021 (Los Gatos mine, Chihuahua). Great Panther appointed its new CFO and COO (Topia mine, Durango). First Majestic released results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (San Dimas property, Durango).  Fortuna Silver provided an update of the legal dispute against the Mexican Geological Survey (SGM) if the royalty in one of its claims at San Jose mine in Oaxaca is not paid.  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Minera Alamos released its 2020 Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) Report (Mulatos mine, Sonora).  Grupo México delivered seed capital for productive and social projects in the community of Sombrerete, Zacatecas. Newmont Corporation launched its 2020 Annual Sustainability Report.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No relevant news.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Benjamin Hill Mining Corp., released additional assays from 45 samples collected at the new La Salada East Area within its Benjamin Hill property in Sonora. Chip samples returned multiple results ranging from 1 g/t Au to 3.8 g/t Au with peaks of 10 g/t Au and 10.1 g/t Au. Gold values are associated with quartz veining and quartz breccias often with chalcopyrite, galena and hematite, limonite and “boxwork” pyrite. These results extend the known gold mineralization previously reported. The company also announced that it is finalizing drill program planning to test the most prospective targets generated to date and expects to receive drill permits in early June.
  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc., and its JV partner Colibri Resource Corporation commenced the 2,000m phase 1 exploration RC drilling at its Mezquite project in Sonora. Six holes are planned to drill test an area of 400m by 600m with elevated values to 3.41 g/t Au and 387 g/t Ag.
  • Heliostar Metals Limited presented results from its mapping and sampling program at its Oso Negro project in Sonora. High grade channel samples defined drill targets at the Prospecto Vein zone including 5.14 g/t Au, 953 g/t Ag, 1% Pb, and 1.9% Zn (1,428 g/t AgEq) over 1.2m; 2.55 g/t Au, 346 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, and 1.2% Zn (588 g/t AgEq) over 1.8m; and 3.29 g/t Au, 89 g/t Ag, 0.2% Pb, and 0.6% Zn (362 g/t AgEq) over 2.4m. This target has a length of 360m of strike, and has a weighted average grade of 420 g/t AgEq over and average width of 1.3m. Heliostar also announced the stacking of a new claim, Angel de Plata 2, increasing its land position to 120 square kilometers. Two new vein corridors have been discovered on the new claim with mine dump samples from historic workings up to 1,810 g/t AgEq.
  • Zacatecas Silver Corp., completed the first pass of its geological mapping and sampling program on the San Manuel Vein System. The company defined eight sets of oxidized, silver-base metal mineralized veins for over at least 3 km in length, with a dilation zone that is at least 600m wide. This extensional zone represents robust drill targets. The company has already commenced an environmental study at San Gill-San Manuel, concurrent with planning of first phase drilling at this target, which should be completed within 4 weeks.

ON MINING

  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd., Santacruz reported Q1, 2021 production and financial results from their Zimapan and Rosario mines in Hidalgo and San Luis Potosi states respectively.  At Zimapan, Hidalgo, the company processed 156, 433 tonnes to produce 646K Oz AgEq at cash and AISC of USD $19.91 and USD $27.19 per Oz AgEq respectively. At Rosario, San Luis Potosi, Santacruz processed 19,806 tonnes to produce 60.9K Oz AgEq at cash and AISC of USD $27.19 and USD $52.57 respectively. The company reported consolidated revenues of USD $11.1M, gross profit of USD $2.2M, EBITDA of USD $983K, and cash and marketable securities of USD $6.8M (Zimapan and Rosario mines in Hidalgo and San Luis Potosi respectively).

ON FINANCING

  • Alamos Gold Inc., declared quarterly dividend of USD $0.025 per common share. The company also implemented a dividend reinvestment plan. It gives the shareholders the option of increasing their investment by electing to receive common shares instead of cash dividend at a 3% discount to the prevailing market price (Mulatos mine, Sonora).
  • Chesapeake Gold Corp., reported that it granted 73,500 incentive stock options at an exercise price of $4.37 per share. The Options will vest and be exercisable on the basis of 25% annually, commencing May 31, 2022, the first anniversary of the date of the grant. (Metates project, Durango).
  • Colibri Resource Corporation announced that its previously announced private placement of 23,482,000 units has been oversubscribed for an additional 399,139 units at $.10 per unit with each unit consisting of one common share and one common share purchase warrant exercisable at $0.15 for one common share for a period of twenty-four months from the date of issue. (El Pilar project, Sonora).
  • Silver Viper Minerals Corp., closed the first tranche of a $6M private placement for gross proceeds of $4.57M (La Virginia project, Sonora).  The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Offering for working capital requirements and other general corporate purposes.
  • VanGold Mining Corp., signed a definitive agreement to obtain a non-dilutive USD $7.5M in the form of a silver and gold loan. The company estimates that the amount of gold and silver required to repay this loan facility will represent approximately 25% of the projected gold and silver to be produced by VanGold from its operations at the El Cubo mill in Guanajuato during the 12-month repayment period of the loan.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp., closed a bought deal financing offering for gross proceeds of CAD $69M. The net proceeds of the Public Offering will be used to advance the exploration and development of the Company’s Panuco project, to make option payments and pursue potential future acquisitions, as well as for working capital and general corporate purposes.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Barksdale Resources Corp., outlined a 5,000m drilling program at its San Javier project in Sonora. The plan is to start drilling in July 2021 at the Cerro Verde area to confirm near surface copper oxide and gold mineralization up to 200m and test structures believed to control higher grade mineralization.  Cerro Verde has historic indicated + inferred resources for 86M tonnes of 0.33% Cu for a total of 630M Lb Cu. The company also plans to run metallurgical tests to better understand the potential processing routes for both copper and gold mineralization.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., released results from six holes collared at its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. The most significant results was encountered in hole LRGF-21-041 with 0.38 g/t Au and 84 g/t Ag (1.5 g/t AuEq or 113 g/t AgEq) over 1.7m, plus 0.31 g/t Au and 82 g/t Ag (1.41 g/t AuEq or 105 g/t AgEq) over 56.1m, including 3.57 g/t Au and 975 g/t Ag (16.57 g/t AuEq or 1,243 g/t AgEq) over 1.3m, plus 0.19 g/ Au and 90 g/t Ag (1.39 g/t AuEq or 104 g/t AgEq) over 2.3m.
  • Oroco Resource Corporation presented results from the 3D IP survey conducted at its Santo Tomas project in Sinaloa. The 3D IP results show a good correlation of chargeability and resistivity features with known mineralization and alteration zones in the area of historical drilling and resource delineation. “Final survey data displays a very extensive distribution of chargeability / resistivity features beyond the confines of the historical work at Santo Tomas”. 
  • Sonoro Gold Corp., completed the nine final RC holes at its Cerro Caliche project in Sonora and moves towards an updated technical report and new PEA. The most significant drill intersections were encountered in hole SCR-262 collared at Buena Suerte Area with 0.37 g/t Au and 0.6 g/t Ag (0.38 g/t AuEq) over 21.33m, and ole SCR-264 also collared at Buena Suerte area with 0.29 g/t Au and 12 g/t Ag (0.47 g/t AuEq) over 21.34m, including 1.59 g/t Au and 135 g/t Ag (3.52 g/t AuEq) over 1.53, plus 0.76 g/t Au and 7 g/t Ag (0.87 g/t AuEq) over 15.24m, including 2.4 g/t Au and 2 g/t Ag (2.43 g/t AuEq) over 1.52m. These results indicated a coalescence of the Buena Suerte and Los Japoneses areas into a single orebody of shallow, oxide gold mineralization. Sonoro expects two independent 43-101 compliant reports to update the resource size and classification and determine whether it is sufficient to support the Company’s proposed heap leach mining operation with a conceptual operation of up to 15,000 tonnes per day.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Capstone Mining Corp., announced the resignation of a member from its Board of Directors (Cozamine mine, Zacatecas).
  • VanGold Mining Corp., announced that it will change its name to Guanajuato Silver Company, Ltd., for which it has reserved the stock symbol GSVR with the TSX Venture Exchange (El Cubo mine, Guanajuato).
  • Gatos Silver Inc., announced the appointment of its President and CEO. He will assume its role, effective June 1, 2021 (Los Gatos mine, Chihuahua).
  • Great Panther Mining Limited, appointed its new CFO and COO, effective June 30, 2021 (Topia mine, Durango).
  • First Majestic Silver Corp., released results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (San Dimas property, Durango). 
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., provided an update of the legal dispute against the Mexican Geological Survey (SGM) if the royalty in one of its claims at San Jose mine in Oaxaca is not paid. Effective May 27, 2021, the General Direction of Mines (DGM) provided notice to the Company of the termination of the cancellation procedure, as it has determined that the required cause for cancellation of the concession was not established.   As a result, the Company has discontinued the Amparo Proceedings in the Collegiate Court in Mexico. In light of these constructive developments, the Company is now engaged in goodwill discussions with the SGM to reach an agreement to the satisfaction of both parties with respect to the royalty claim.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Alamos Gold Inc., released its 2020 Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) Report. It outlines the company’s progress on its ESG performance in 2020 across its operations, projects and offices, and provides direction on planned initiatives for 2021 (Mulatos mine, Sonora). 
  • Grupo México delivered seed capital for productive and social projects in the community of Sombrerete, Zacatecas, which contribute to promoting development and building a more competitive community. This project that has been carried out since 2009 has approved more than 600 projects. On this occasion, seven new projects were approved whose support is MXP $1M, which is distributed among the projects, according to the scope presented by each one.
  • Newmont Corporation launched its 2020 Annual Sustainability Report. This is part of the suite of reports on the Company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices in key areas that include health, safety and security, human rights, the environment, social acceptance, governance, and inclusion and diversity.

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On the picture above, quartz blade texture in a hot spring and epithermal vein system in a project in Hidalgo, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Fourth Week of February, 2021.

By Miguel A Heredia

During the fourth week of the year (February 22th to February 28th, 2021), at least 39 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico and 7 news published by the media, with eleven announcing financial rounds, nine reporting  on resources and development of their mine operations, seven disclosing deals and corporate issues, six commenting on Mexican issues, five informing on exploration results, five discussing social issues, and three communicating production and financial results.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, Mining and Steel companies resumed activities after power outage. Mining is on alert for the possibility that the Mexican Congress approves the initiative of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to modify the Electricity Industry Law and favor Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). Los Gatos Silver announced restoration of full grid power at its Cerro Los Gatos mine in Chihuahua. According to the Fraser Institute, Chile, Peru, and Mexico have lost global appeal for mining investment. According to Fresnillo plc, half of the electricity used by the La Herradura mine in Sonora comes from clean energy. The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has remained firm in his decision not to grant new mining concessions, a measure that has been described as one of the main challenges for the sector.  ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Aztec Minerals and its JV partner Kootenay commenced 2021 exploration program at its Cervantes project, and SilverCrest released drill results from its Picacho project. In Nayarit, Xali delineated new drill targets at its El Dorado project. In Jalisco, GoGold released drill results from 12 holes collared at its Los Ricos North project.  ON MINING, Capstone informed that it is on track for ramp-up to 3,780 tonnes per day at its Cozamine mine in Zacatecas by end of Q1, 2021, and reported Q4 and full-year 2020 production and financial results. Gold Resource reported full year 2020 production and financial results from its Don David mine in Oaxaca. Torex announced Q4, 2020 and full year 2020 production and financial results from its Limon-Los Guajes mine complex in Guerrero.  ON FINANCING, Carlyle granted stock options to directors and consultants (Cecilia project, Sonora). Coeur announced its intention to offer USD $350M of senior notes due 2029 (Palmarejo mine, Chihuahua). Capstone closed a USD $150M silver stream agreement with Wheaton Precious Metals (Cozamine mine, Zacatecas). Discovery Metals announced that an aggregate of 31,140,000 common share purchase warrants were exercised (Cordero project, Chihuahua). Fabled announced an exercise of warrants for gross proceeds of $4,150,000 (Santa Maria property, Chihuahua). Orla completed layback agreement with Fresnillo on its Camino Rojo project in Zacatecas. Santacruz, through its subsidiary Carrizal Mining, entered into a definitive agreement with Minera Cedros, a subsidiary of Industrias Peñoles, to acquire the Zimapan mine in Hidalgo. SilverCrest completed its previously announced bought deal offering for gross proceeds of USD $138,069,000 (Las Chispas project, Sonora). Telson executed a LOI with Accendo Banco to provide financing up to USD $25M to complete the construction of its Tahuehueto mine in Durango, and also granted stock options to certain directors, officers, and insiders.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Alamos Gold reported minerals reserves and resources for the year-ended 2020 (Mulatos mine, Sonora). Aloro informed that Alamos Gold has initiated its field exploration program on its Los Venados project in Sonora. Chesapeake presented its 2021 work program at its Metates project in Durango. Excellon released results from underground expansion and exploration drilling from its Platosa property in Durango. Fabled released results from the third drill hole collared at its Santa Maria property in Chihuahua. GR Silver announced that it is conducting a ground geophysics program at its San Marcial project in Sinaloa, incorporating magnetometry and 3D IP. Orogen provided an update on its Ermitaño property in Sonora. Prime announced that a fifth core drill rig has been added at Los Reyes project, Sinaloa. Xtierra released drill results from two holes collared at the Victor Vein at its Bilbao deposit in Zacatecas.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Barksdale announced the appointment of its Corporate Secretary as well as the grant of stock options to directors, employees and consultants. Colibri signed an option agreement with Bimsa to acquire 100% interest in the Diamante gold project in Sonora. Equinox announced that shareholders and optionholders of Premier approved the acquisition (Mercedes mine, Sonora). GR Silver announced the appointment of its VP Corporate Comminications (Plomosas property, Sinaloa). Autlan announced the appointment of its CEO (Molango mine, Hidalgo). US Antimony announced that trading of its common shares at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has been halted. VanGold announced the appointment of Ramón Dávila to join to its Advisory Board (Pinguico property, Guanajuato).   ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Fresnillo plc through its San Julian mine reinforced sanitary measures with campaign in Guadalupe and Calvo, Chihuahua. Minera Media Luna (Torex Gold) and the Universidad de Guerrero signed an environmental monitoring agreement (Limon-Guajes mine complex, Guerrero). Minera Peñasquito (Newmont) donated ventilators to the Medical Specialties Unit (UNEME) in Zacatecas. Mina Santa Elena (First Majestic) donated rapid COVID 19 antigen tests and face masks to municipalities of Baviácora, Aconchi, San Felipe de Jesús, Huépac, Banámichi, and Arizpe in Sonora.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Mining and Steel companies operating in Mexico resumed activities after power outage. The companies normalized their operations after the energy deficit caused by the polar wave in Texas affected their operations. Local operations in the silver, gold, coal and iron mines were suspended or restricted after the US state halting natural gas exports amid a historic winter storm. The interruption of natural gas shipments has generated calls for Mexico to invest in gas storage and diversify its energy matrix.
  • Mining is on alert for the possibility that the Mexican Congress approves the initiative of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) to modify the Electricity Industry Law and favor Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). AMLO said that he will seek to get his proposal approved without changing a single comma. The government last week began a campaign to emphasize the alleged damage that the actions of the IP have brought to the company headed by Manuel Bartlett. Mining is one of the industries that will be affected. Simply the companies that invested in self-supply projects managed to lower the cost of the fluid from 12 or 13 cents of a kilowatt (kw) / hour to 6.5 cents. Those that depend on CFE pay between 8 and 9 cents per kw / hour, far from the level of their competitors in Peru or Chile, which are at 6 cents, let alone those in the US at 4 cents and Canada 2 cents.
  • Los Gatos Silver Inc., announced restoration of full grid power at its Cerro Los Gatos mine in Chihuahua. Given the expedited restoration of full grid power, the outage has had minimal impact on the Company’s mining and processing activities.
  • According to the Fraser Institute, Chile, Peru, and Mexico have lost global appeal for mining investment. In Mexico, concerns about the policies of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador explain the reason for his fall from 4 positions in attractiveness to invest, to place 42. In perception of its policies, it was located in a weak 61st place after descending 10 notches. “The Federal Government is hostile towards the mining industry and is not issuing new permits,” said a company president, echoing concerns the industry has recently expressed.
  • According to Fresnillo plc, half of the electricity used by the La Herradura mine in Sonora comes from clean energy such as wind and solar, with which, through its strategy of sustainability reiterates its commitment to caring for the environment. It has allowed the saving of 4,051 Mhw, which represents an estimated reduction of 2 thousand 358 tons of CO2e. The company reports that for a decade it has invested in the use of renewable energy sources in order to make its processes cleaner and, with it, to be able, in the medium term, to achieve that 75% of its electricity consumption comes from of wind energy.
  • The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), has remained firm in his decision not to grant new mining concessions, a measure that has been described as one of the main challenges for the sector.  AMLO has repeatedly said that his administration will not award new concessions, as his predecessors would have given parts of the country to mining companies too easily. While it may be difficult to obtain new concessions, mining companies can still acquire properties in the secondary market, since there are concession holders who are willing to sell if necessary.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Aztec Minerals Corp.,  and its JV partner Kootenay Silver Inc., commenced their 2021 exploration program at its Cervantes project in Sonora. The plan is to conduct a +500 soil samples to cover 518 hectares with 100m by 100m spaced samples aimed at extending previous soils grid and covering the Estrella and California North targets to the western, northern, and eastern limits of the property. Detailed lithologic, alteration, structural mapping and rock chip sampling will proceed along with the soil sampling program.
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., released drill results from its Picacho project in Sonora. The best intercepts from initial drilling include hole PI-20-006 with 40.49 g/t Au, and 260 g/t Ag (3,297 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 7.25m; and hole PI-20-001 with 8.5 g/t Au and 51 g/t Ag (689 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 16.4m. To date, 42 drill holes have been collared at the Picachos property, with 21 intercepting an average of 4.1m with grades of 8.14 g/t Au and 50 g/t Ag (660 g/t AgEq).
  • Xali Gold Corp., delineated new drill targets at its El Dorado project in Nayarit, through the development of a new 3D geological model. The 3D model visualized high grade mineralization occurring in multiple parallel veins. Drill permits are in progress and are expected to take 3-4 months to get them approved.  Drilling is planned to test potential lateral extensions to the high grade zone.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., released drill results from 12 holes collared at its Los Ricos North project. Significant drill intercepts were encountered in hole LRGF-20-025 (Salomon area) with 0.26 g/t Au, 95 g/t Ag, (1.53 g/t AuEq or 115 g/t AgEq) over 70.5m, including 0.59 g/t Au and 251 g/t Ag (3.94 g/t AuEq or 295 g/t AgEq) over 20.1m, including 0.99 g/t Au and 404 g/t Ag (6.37 g/t AuEq or 478 g/t AgEq) over 10.1m, hole  LRGF-20-025 (Guitarrillas area) with 0.35 g/t Au and 107 g/t Ag (1.77 g/t AuEq or 133 g/t AgEq) over 18.3m, including 2.17 g/t Au and 566 g/t Ag (9.71 g/t AuEq or 728 g/t AgEq) over 2m; hole LRGF-21-033 (Salomon area) with 0.59 g/t Au and 116 g/t Ag (2.14 g/t AuEq or 160 g/t AgEq) over 33.9m, including 1.25 g/t Au and 433 g/t Ag (7.02 g/t AuEq or 527 g/t AgEq) over 3m; hole LRGF-21-033 (Guitarrillas area) with 1.94 g/t Au and 275 g/t Ag (5.6 g/t AuEq or 420 g/t AgEq) over 5.8m, including 4.14 g/t Au and 544 g/t Ag (11.39 g/t AuEq or 854 g/t AgEq) over 2.1m; and hole LRGF-21-033 (Los Chivos area) with 2 g/t Au and 486 g/t Ag (8.48 g/t AuEq or 636 g/t AgEq) over 8.8m, including 7.36 g/t Au and 1,693 g/t Ag (29.94 g/t AuEq or 2,245 g/t AgEq) over 2.3m.

ON MINING

  • Capstone Mining Corp., informed that it is on track for ramp-up to 3,780 tonnes per day at its Cozamine mine in Zacatecas by end of Q1, 2021.  During the period Q4, 2020, Capstone produced 10.3M Lb Cu at a cash cost of USD $0.63 per Lb Cu produced, and a total of 37.9M Lb in 2020 at a cash cost of USD $0.69 per Lb Cu produced.
  • Gold Resource Corporation reported full year 2020 production and financial results from its Don David mine in Oaxaca.  The company produced 20,473 Oz Au, 1.19M Oz Ag, 3.57M Lb Cu, 17.3M Lb Pb, and 44.12M Lb Zn in 2020, at a cash and AISC of USD $784 and USD $1,365 respectively per Oz AuEq, for a net income of USD $4.4M with revenue of USD $90.7M and mine gross profit of USD $12.5M.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc., announced Q4, 2020 and full year 2020 production and financial results from its Limon-Los Guajes mine complex in Guerrero.  Torex produced in Q4, 2020, a total of 130,649 Oz Au at a cash and AISC of USD$579 and USD $886 per Oz Au produced, and sold 133,063 Oz Au for a net income USD $91.9M an adjusted EBITDA of USD $158.5M, cash flow from operations of USD $137.1M, and a free cash flow of USD $70.3M.  For the full year 2020, Torex reported a production of 430,484 Oz Au, at a cash an AISC of USD $672 and USD $924 per OZ Au produced respectively, with a sale of 437,310 Oz Au at a realized Au price of USD $1,771 per Oz, for revenue of USD $789M, a net income of USD $109M, an adjusted EBITDA of USD $431M, and an operating cash flow of USD $342M. Net cash for the year 2020 was USD $161.6M.

ON FINANCING

  • Carlyle Commodities Corp., granted stock options to directors and consultants for the purchase of 2.79M shares. The options are exercisable for a period of 5 years at an exercise price of $0.14 per share (Cecilia project, Sonora).
  • Coeur Mining Inc., announced its intention to offer USD $350M of senior notes due 2029. Net proceeds from the Offering will be used to pay the purchase price and tender premium for up to all USD $230M aggregate principal amount of its 5.875% senior notes due 2024, to pay the redemption price to redeem any of the 2024 notes that are not so tendered in the concurrent tender offer and to pay the fees and expenses in connection with the offering, the concurrent tender offer and any redemption of the 2024 notes. To the extent that the company has excess proceeds from the offering, the company intends to use such excess amounts for general corporate purposes (Palmarejo mine, Chihuahua). 
  • Capstone Mining Corp., closed a USD $150M silver stream agreement with Wheaton Precious Metals.  “All conditions to complete the Stream Agreement have been fulfilled and Capstone has received USD $150M from Wheaton for 50% of the silver productions until 10M Oz Ag have been delivered, thereafter dropping to 33% of silver production, for the life of mine from the Company’s Cozamin Mine in Zacatecas, Mexico. Wheaton will make ongoing payments equal to 10% of the spot silver price at the time of delivery for each ounce delivered to them”. 
  • Discovery Metals Corp., announced that an aggregate of 31,140,000 common share purchase warrants were exercised at a price of CAD $1.0 for gross proceeds of approximately CAD $31M. The company´s current cash balance has increased to approximately CAD $98M (Cordero project, Chihuahua)
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp., announced an exercise of warrants for gross proceeds of $4,150,000. Following the exercise of the warrants, Fabled continues to have a total of 50,500,000 share purchase warrants outstanding that were previously issued under the financing. The Company has 185,251,903 total shares issued and outstanding as at February 19, 2021 (Santa Maria property, Chihuahua).   
  • Orla Mining Ltd., completed layback agreement with Fresnillo on its Camino Rojo project in Zacatecas. Orla will pay Fresnillo a total cash consideration of USD $62.8M through staged payments. The first payment of USD $25M was due to Fresnillo on closing of the transaction.
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd., through its subsidiary Carrizal Mining SA de CV,   entered into a definitive agreement with Minera Cedros, a subsidiary of Industrias Peñoles SAB de CV, to acquire the Zimapan mine in Hidalgo and related assets, for a total consideration of USD $20M plus a VAT of USD $3.2M.  Assets to be acquired include a processing facility with a capacity of 75K dry tonnes per month, and Zn, Pb, Cu circuits; surface and underground infrastructure required for day to date operations; and 34 mining concessions totalling 5,139 hectares. Santacruz also entered into a loan facility with Trafigura México SA de CV in the amount of USD $17.6M from which USD $15M will be advanced to Peñoles on behalf of Carrizal on closing of the acquisition. The remains balance, USD $8.2M, is being financed by Minera Cedros. The USD $2.6M balance of the Trafigura loan represents the refinancing of existing debt owing to Trafigura by Carrizal and an affiliate.
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., completed its previously announced bought deal offering for gross proceeds of USD $138,069,000. Gross proceeds will be used to expand the Las Chispas resources and reserves, through further drilling, to optimize the mine and processing plant design, to explore regional targets, and for general working capital purposes.  
  • Telson Mining Corporation executed a LOI with Accendo Banco SA de CV to provide financing up to USD $25M to complete the construction of its Tahuehueto mine in Durango. Telson also granted stock options to certain directors, officers and insiders of up to an aggregate 4.7M shares in the capital stock of the Company.  The options are exercisable on or before February 25, 2026 at a price of $0.30 per share, and the Company has also re-priced 1,873,333 stock options originally granted as to; 1,423,333 exercisable at $0.71 till November 10, 2022, 400,000 exercisable at $0.72 till April 16, 2023 and 50,000 exercisable at $0.71 till April 23, 2023.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Alamos Gold Inc., reported minerals reserves and resources for the year-ended 2020. Proven and probable reserves at Mulatos mine in Sonora are 33,935,000 tons of 1.24 g/t Au for a total of 1.35M Oz Au. Measured + indicated resources are 74,193.000 tonnes of 1.09 g/t Au for a total of 2.6M Oz Au, and Inferred resources are 9,291,000 tonnes of 0.91 g/t Au for a total of 271K Oz Au. Mineral reserves are exclusive of mineral resources.
  • Aloro Mining Corp., informed that Alamos Gold has initiated its field exploration program on its Los Venados project in Sonora. Focus of the program is the south portion of the property, adjacent to the Mulatos open pit.
  • Chesapeake Gold Corp., informed over its 2021 work program at its Metates project in Durango. This program will consists of approximately 2,500m drilling to recover 10 tonnes of PQ size material to conduct on 40 test columns metallurgical testwork focused on a new heap leach option, to determine the impacts of size, regent strengths, and ore types to determine the optimum oxidation and precious metal leaching parameters. In parallel, Chesapeake will update the previous PSF and add a scoping study for the sulphide heap leach to demonstrate the potential upside of this option.
  • Excellon Resources Inc., released results from underground expansion and exploration drilling from its Platosa property in Durango. Significant drill intercepts were encountered at the Rodilla, NE-1S, and Pierna Mantos with diamond drilling from underground in hole EX20UG491 at the Rodilla Area with 1,023 g/t Ag, 9.3% Pb, 4.5% Zn, and 0.1 g/t Au (1,422 g/t AgEq) over 8.9m, including 3,499 g/t Ag, 29.7% Pb, 10.3% Zn, and 0.1 g/t Au (4,623 g/t AgEq) over 2.2m; hole EX20UG493 at NE-1S Area with 673 g/t Ag, 6.7% Pb, and 7.1% Zn (1,092 g/t AgEq) over 2.4m;  hole EX20UG506 at 623 Area with 1,258 g/t Ag, 7.5% Pb, 2.4% Zn, and 0.1 g/t Au (1,258 g/t AgEq) over 1.6m; and hole EX21UG515 at Gap Area with 721 g/t Ag, 4.1% Pb, and 4.5% Zn (984 g/t AgEq) over 4m. Drilling continues to define and discover new mineralization in the gap Area with 300m of potential mineralized strike to be explored.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp., released results from the third drill hole collared at its Santa Maria property in Chihuahua. This third hole is part of an ongoing 8,000m drill program and intersected 85 g/t Ag and 0.49 g/t Au over 12.5m, including 214 g/t Ag and 1.08 g/t Au over 1.8m. “The 12.50 meter intersection has clearly defined a footwall and hanging wall structure with corresponding elevated silver values up to over 7 ounces of silver and remains open at depth. More importantly, the structure is very conformable and intersected exactly where predicted, which bodes very well for the expansion of Santa Maria and increasing the present NI 43-101 resources on the property with only 3 drill holes drilled to date.”
  • GR Silver Mining Ltd., announced that it is conducting a ground geophysics program at its San Marcial project in Sinaloa, incorporating magnetometry and 3D IP. The survey will initially focus on the resource area to characterize the known Ag-Pb-Zn mineralization therein, which hosts the NI 43-101 resource.
  • Orogen Royalties Inc., provided an update on its Ermitaño property in Sonora, currently under control of First Majestic Silver Corp., where Orogen holds a 2% NSR. Last January, First majestic announced a USD $42.1M investment for the development of Ermitaño project to support the construction of an underground mine infrastructure that began last year. First majestic plans to release a PEA by the end of March, and is currently conducting hydrological studies and geotechnical drilling for an upcoming PFS that is expected to be released in H2, 2021.  In addition, the company also plans to extract 30K to 60K tonnes of material for metallurgical testwork.
  • Prime Mining Corp., announced that a fifth core drill rig has been added at its Los Reyes project, Sinaloa. Prime commenced a 15,000m drill program in December 2020 and only ten has been completed to date. The plan is to complete the phase 1 drilling before onset of the rainy season in mid-August, complete a new geological resource model during the rainy season hiatus and then initiate an aggressive Phase 2 drilling program in Q4 2021.
  • Xtierra Inc., released results from two holes collared at the Victor Vein, located adjacent to and west of its Bilbao deposit in Zacatecas. Hole X6B intersected 108 g/t Ag, 0.31% Pb, 0.08% Zn, and 0.03% Cu (120 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 1.148m, and hole X7B intersected 61 g/t Ag, 5.5% Pb, 4.41% Zn, and 0.08% Cu (336 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 9.37m, including 82 g/t Ag, 6.8% Pb, 6.9% Zn, and 0.29% Cu over a TW of 0.61m, including 63 g/t Ag, 6% Pb, 6.4% Zn, and 0.08% Cu (412 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.36m, including 119 g/t Ag, 13.6% Pb, 11.4% Zn, and 0.01% Cu (795 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.70m, and including 107 g/t Ag, 8.2% Pb, 6.9% Zn, and 0.54% Cu (566 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.50m.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Barksdale Resources Corp., announced the appointment of its Corporate Secretary as well as the grant of stock options to directors, employees and consultants (San Javier project, Sonora).
  • Colibri Resources Corporation signed an option agreement with Bimsa Minera SA de CV to acquire 100% interest in the Diamante gold project in Sonora.   The Diamante property comprises two 1,057 hectares in two properties that borders El Mezquite project immediately to the west, and about 1.6km northwest of Colibri’s 1,130-ha Jackie project. To earn an initial 50%, Colibri has to pay USD $100K and incur the expense of completing 2,000m of drilling over the course up to two years, and also will be responsible for all exploration cost while preparing for such drilling program. In addition, Colibri will pay ½ of the property tax and security costs during this period.  Upon completion of its 50% earn-in, Colibri will become equal joint venture partners with Bimsa Minera and then Colibri will have an exclusive period of six months to purchase the remaining 50% of the joint venture by paying Bimsa Minera either of: i) USD $2.1M or ii) USD $1.4M and the grant of a 2% net smelter royalty (NSR) on the project.
  • Equinox Gold Corp., announced that shareholders and optionholders of Premier Gold Mines Limited approved the acquisition by Equinox Gold. “On closing of the Transaction, Premier shareholders will receive 0.1967 of an Equinox Gold share for each Premier share held, such that existing Equinox Gold and Premier shareholders will own approximately 84% and 16% of Equinox Gold, respectively, on an issued share basis. The Transaction is expected to close in March subject to certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions”.  By approving the Transaction, Premier securityholders also approved the spin-out to Equinox Gold and Premier shareholders shares of a newly created US-focused gold production and development company to be called i-80 Gold Corp. (Mercedes mine, Sonora).
  • GR Silver Mining Ltd., announced the appointment of its VP Corporate Comminications (Plomosas property, Sinaloa).   
  • Compañía Minera Autlan SAB de CV announced the appointment of its CEO (Molango mine, Hidalgo).   
  • US Antimony Corporation announced that trading of its common shares at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has been halted since before the opening of trading on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 as a consequence of selling common shares in a manner that violated Sections 301 and 713 of the Company Guide. “The violations relate to two non-underwritten transactions involving the sale of an aggregate of26,290,000 shares of common stock at a discount to the market price at the time of each transaction, with the first transaction, which closed on February 3, 2021, involving the sale of 15,300,000 shares of common stock at a purchase price of $0.70 per share, and with the second transaction, which closed on February 16, 2021, involving the sale of 10,990,000 shares of common stock at a purchase price of $1.30 per share”. The Company has been advised by NYSE Regulation that the Company’s common stock will resume trading on the NYSE American following the issuance of this press release and the filing of a Current Report on Form 8-K disclosing the receipt of the Letter, which the Company anticipates will be prior to the open of trading on Friday, February 19, 2021.
  • VanGold Mining Corp., announced the appointment of Ramón Dávila to join to its Advisory Board (Pinguico property, Guanajuato).  

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Fresnillo plc reinforced sanitary measures with campaign in Guadalupe and Calvo, Chihuahua.  Personnel from the San Julian mine delivered five thousand washable face masks through a caravan of more than 25 volunteers. The municipality of Guadalupe y Calvo has received different donations of face masks from the mining company that operates San Julian mine, adding more than 30 thousand items delivered. These surgical cloth mouth covers were manufactured by the “Yerbitas” community sewing workshop.
  • Minera Media Luna (Torex Gold) and the Universidad de Guerrero signed an environmental monitoring agreement  to encourages the inhabitants of Nuevo Balsas, Atzcala and Mezcala, communities located around the El Caracol dam and the Balsas rivers and San Juan de Cocula, to get involved in the Participatory Environmental Audit. “During the protocol ceremony, it was reported that 42 residents of Nuevo Balsas have participated in the taking of water and sediment samples, another 260 fishermen from the same town, Atzcala and Mezcala were surveyed for the evaluation of the fishing effort”. (Limon-Guajes mine complex. Guerrero).
  • Minera Peñasquito (Newmont) donated ventilators to the Medical Specialties Unit (UNEME) in Zacatecas. This UNEME has been converted into a COVID-19 Hospital for services of health, which receives people affected by SARS -Cov 2 from the State of Zacatecas, who require hospitalization and who are not beneficiaries of other social security systems. With this donation, Newmont reaffirms its commitment to Zacatecas in support of the most vulnerable population in the state and joins the efforts of health authorities in their fight against this pandemic. Newmont has delivered in Zacatecas more than MXP $28M, in hospital supplies and food packages.
  • Mina Santa Elena (First Majestic) donated rapid COVID 19 antigen tests and face masks to municipalities of Baviácora, Aconchi, San Felipe de Jesús, Huépac, Banámichi, and Arizpe in Sonora, with the aim of detecting suspicious cases and mitigating risks of contagion.

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On the picture above, a quartz hydrothermal breccia displaying cockade texture and a quartz vein displaying boiling texture in an intermediate sulphidation epithermal system in a prospect in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia., Mexico.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Second Week of February, 2021.

Hydrothermal breccia

By Miguel A Heredia

During the second week of the year (February 08th to February 14th, 2021), at least 28 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico and 11 news published by the media, with nine disclosing deals and corporate issues, six announcing financial rounds, six reporting on resources and development of their mine operations, six commenting on Mexican issues, five informing on exploration results, five discussing social issues, and two communicating production and financial results.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria are a key factor in Accendo Banco’s investments in Mexico’s mining sector, according to its CEO, Javier Reyes. Mining in Mexico registered a 19.5% rebound during October, 2020, according to the Monthly Indicator of Industrial Activity by Federal Entity (IMAIEF) released by the Institute National Statistics and Geography (INEGI). Tatiana Clouthier, head of the Secretariat of Economy declared that mining in Mexico must become a sustainable activity that prioritizes three issues: economic, human and nature. The energy policies that the federal government is following are already affecting the development of projects for the self-supply of energy by the mining sector. Experts detailed the main challenges that the Mexican mining sector will face in 2021, the year in which the industry is expected to play a leading role in the economic reactivation after confinements. Almost a year of delay accumulates the USD $60M of Chinese investment to construct the industrial park at Guadalupe, Zacatecas.   ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Canuc commenced a drill program at its San Javier project, Carlyle and Riverside initiated a phase one drilling program at its Cecilia project, Tocvan and Colibri reported drill results from its El Pilar project, and Minaurum released results from its phase II drilling program conducted at its Alamo Silver project.   ON MINING, Equinox provided 2021 guidance and outlined growth and investment plan (Los Filos mine, Guerrero). GoGold reported Q4, 2020 production and financial results from its Parral Tailings project in Chihuahua. ON FINANCING, Bacanora announced that 106,995,885 New Ordinary Shares were admitted to trading on London Stock Exchange market (Sonora Lithium project, Sonora). Silver Tiger announced that it entered into a CAD $20M bought deal financing (El Tigre, Sonora). Comet raised $1M in strategic investor placement (Santa Teresa project, Baja California). Orogen announced a private placement for gross proceeds of $2.7M (Ermitaño property, Sonora). Prospero Silver announced a consolidation of its common shares (Pachuca SE property, Hidalgo). SilverCrest entered into a bought deal financing agreement for aggregate gross proceeds of USD $120M (Las Chispas project, Sonora).  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Bacanora commenced initial site activities at its Sonora Lithium project in Sonora. Excellon provided an update on ongoing exploration at its Platosa mine in Durango. GR Silver released underground and surface drilling results from its Plomosas project in Sinaloa. Newmont reported 2020 mineral reserves and resources for its Peñasquito mine in Zacatecas. Orla filed updated FS on its Camino Rojo Oxide project in Zacatecas. Southern Silver released drill results from its Cerro Las Minitas project in Durango. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Carlyle announced that it has now met its first-year exploration commitments of its option agreement with Riverside Resources to acquire 100% of the Cecilia Gold-Silver project. Fabled granted an aggregate of 350K stock options to certain consultants, to acquire one common share of Fabled at an exercise price of $0.22 per common share until September 1, 2021 (Santa Maria project, Chihuahua). Fortuna announced management changes (San Jose mine, Oaxaca). Gold Resource announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors (Arista mine, Oaxaca). Gold79announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors and granted him with 500K common shares at a price of $0.10 per share and expire on February 12, 2031 (Taviche project, Oaxaca). Orogen announced that its current President and Chief Executive Officer has been appointed to the Board of Directors (Ermitaño project, Sonora). Premier announced that two independent adviser firms have recommended that holders of Premier´s common shares and options approve the proposed acquisition of Equinox (Mercedes mine, Sonora). Tarachi Gold signed a purchase agreement with Manto Resources to acquire the Magistral del Oro mill and tailings project in Durango. Vizsla announced it will change its name to Vizsla Silver Corp (Panuco project, Sinaloa).  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Coanzamex (GoGold) supported the Municipal Shelter of Parral, Chihuahua with blankets. Fresnillo plc organized literary caravan and delivered books to children from rural communities. Peñoles signed an alliance with the UNAM Foundation so that medical fellows serve the communities near its operating units in Durango, State of Mexico, Guerrero and Zacatecas. Peñoles encourages the presence of women in the areas of science, innovation and technological development. Santa Elena Mine (First Majestic) in connection with the Sonora A.C. Mining Cluster are carrying out a support program for merchants in the Banámichi and Río Sonora region.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria are a key factor in Accendo Banco’s investments in Mexico’s mining sector, according to its CEO, Javier Reyes. Investment deals recently advanced by the bank include a proposed USD $12M loan to finance construction of Telson Mining’s Tahuehueto gold mine in Durango. Candelaria Mining also signed a USD $9M loan agreement with Accendo in June 2020 for the construction of its Pinos gold project in Zacatecas. Lastly, Accendo signed a strategic alliance with Vancouver-based Empress Royalty in August last year. The agreement aims to acquire royalties, cash flows and other investments in Mexico’s mining sector.
  • Mining in Mexico, registered a 19.5% rebound during October, 2020 according to the Monthly Indicator of Industrial Activity by Federal Entity (IMAIEF), released by the Institute National Statistics and Geography (INEGI).
  • Tatiana Clouthier, head of the Secretariat of Economy declared that mining in Mexico must become a sustainable activity that prioritizes three issues: economic, human and nature. On the other hand, Clouthier highlighted the work that mining companies of all levels have done to accelerate the economic reactivation of the country. “The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) that is generated through mining is about 3.2% and we are pleased to see that these numbers can continue to move in favor of the economy and Mexican families,” she said. “In the Ministry of Economy we have already invited large, medium and small companies and associations that are linked to this issue to be able to find solutions, to be able, within the framework of the law, to activate what we have to activate for this task it can be managed better and it can yield better results in favor of our country”, she assured.
  • The energy policies that the federal government is following are already affecting the development of projects for the self-supply of energy by the mining sector. According to data from the Mexico Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX), electricity for this industry is 33% and up to 350% more expensive compared to other countries, which increases its production costs. That is why the mining companies have decided to invest and develop electricity generation projects, which range from combined cycle plants to solar or wind farms. Despite this, many of these plans have been affected by current policies on energy and the action of regulatory bodies, such as the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), which reduced the granting of permits to a minimum. President of CAMIMEX assured in recent days that half of the energy consumed by the mining industry is under the self-supply model.
  • Experts detailed the main challenges that the Mexican mining sector will face in 2021, the year in which the industry is expected to play a leading role in the economic reactivation after confinements. The main problems for the sector are the current health complications associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, a series of directly or indirectly legislative proposals with potential negative impacts on the mining sector such as the direct initiatives to try to raise taxes at the state of federal level or indirect initiatives as the elimination of the outsourcing or initiatives of the electricity industry. Deputies of Mexico received in January a proposal from a legislator of the ruling party Morena aimed at reviewing the fees paid for mining concessions. It proposed replacing per hectare fees with potentially much higher charges linked to production. Another problem is the “profound ignorance” of the importance of the mining industry.
  • Almost a year of delay accumulates the USD $60M of Chinese investment to construct the industrial park at Guadalupe, Zacatecas. This delay has been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.   

ON EXPLORATION

  • Canuc Resources Corporation, commenced a drill program at its San Javier project. The program will be focused on testing geophysical anomalies and mineralized breccia and stockwork zones as reported previously.
  • Carlyle Commodities Corp. and Riverside Resources Inc., initiated a six drill holes, phase one program at its Cecilia project designed to test down to roughly 250m in depth over the Cerro Magallanes rhyolitic dome. The drill program will commence to test the San Jose structure where sampling returned values up to 48.3 g/t Au over 0.75m at surface.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. and Colibri Resource Corporation reported drill results from its phase one drilling program performed at its El Pilar project in Sonora, which consisted of nine RC holes for a total of 1,505m. Significant drill intercepts were encountered in hole JES-20-32 with 1.6 g/t Au over 94.6m, including 10.8 g/t Au and 38 g/t Ag over 9.2m; hole JES-20-33 with 1.1 g/t Au over 41.2m, including 6 g/t Au and 12 g/t Ag over 3.1m; and hole JES-20-36 with 2.5 g/t Au and 73 g/t Ag over 24.4m, including 6.3 g/t Au and 192 g/t Ag over 9.2m, including 33.4 g/t Au and 1,090 g/t Ag over 1.5m.
  • Minaurum Gold Inc., released results from its phase II drilling program conducted at its Alamo Silver project. “Drilling at the Europa-Guadalupe target outlined a prospective south-west (“SW”) plunging silver shoot along with the potential for additional high-grade mineralization to the north and south of the area drilled. At the Promontorio target, drilling returned high-grade mineralization in excess of 100m below historical workings, indicating the potential for two SW-plunging silver shoots”. At Europa-Guadalupe Zone, Significant drill intercepts were encountered in hole AL20-054 with 342 g/t Ag, 0.76% Cu, and 1% Zn over 3.85m, including 1,185 g/t Ag, 2.19% Cu, and 1.2% Zn over 0.8m; and hole AL20-050 with 196 g/t Ag, 0.26% Cu, 0.35% Pb, and 1.1% Zn over 3.25m, including 784 g/t Ag, 1.05% Cu, and 2.5% Zn over 0.55m. At Promontorio Zone, hole AL20-064 intersected 528 g/t Ag, 0.8 g/t Au, 0.83% Cu, 2.4% Pb, and 1.5% Zn over 3.7m, including 1,203 g/t Ag, 2.45 g/t Au, 1.4% Cu, 5.1% Pb, and 2.8% Zn over 1.05m; and hole AL20-069 with 161 g/t Ag, 0.5 g/t Au, 0.24% Cu, 2.15% Pb, and 5.9% Zn over 4m, including 327 g/t Ag, 0.9 g/t Au, 0.23% Cu, 2.5% Pb, and 6.6% Zn over 1m. At San Jose Zone, hole AL20-066 encountered 314 g/t Ag, 0.27% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.2% Zn over 4.45m, and hole AL20-075 with 460 g/t Ag, 0.15% Cu, 0.5% Pb, and 0.85% Zn over 2.15m. At Travesia Zone, hole AL20-077 intersected  210 g/t Ag, 0.59% Cu, 1.3% Pb, and 1.3% Zn over 4.4m, including 355 g/t Ag, 0.7 g/t Au, 1.02% Cu, 4.6% Pb, and 3.2% Zn over 0.9m.

ON MINING

  • Equinox Gold Corp., provided 2021 guidance and outlined growth and investment plan. It expects to produce 170K-190K Oz Au from its Los Filos mine in Guerrero at cash and AISC of USD $1,125-1,200 and USD $1,330-1,390 respectively. The company has planned a total sustaining and non-sustaining capital spend of USD $133M for the year.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., reported Q4, 2020 production and financial results from its Parral Tailings project in Chihuahua. The company produced 298.6KOz Ag, 3,632 Oz Au and 280K Lb Cu (614.15K Oz AgEq) at cash and AISC of USD $12.27 and USD $15.19 per Oz Ag sold. GoGold reported revenue of USD $14,078M, a net income of USD $4.23M, and a cash flow from operation of USD $5.86M.  

ON FINANCING

  • Bacanora Lithium plc., announced that 106,995,885 New Ordinary Shares were admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange market (Sonora Lithium project, Sonora).
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc., announced that it entered into a CAD $20M bought deal financing with Sprott Capital Partners LP.  Net proceeds will be used to fund continued exploration at its El Tigre project in Sonora, as well as for general working capital and business development purposes.
  • Comet Resources Ltd., announced that it raised $1M in strategic investor placement. Part of the raised funds will be used to support exploration activities at its (Santa Teresa project in Baja California.
  • Orogen Royalties Inc., announced a private placement for gross proceeds of $2.7M (Ermitaño property, Sonora).
  • Prospero Silver Corp., announced a consolidation of its common shares on the basis of one new post-consolidation common share for every three pre-consolidation common shares effective as of February 11, 2021.  There will be no name change or trading symbol change in conjunction with the consolidation (Pachuca SE property, Hidalgo).
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., entered into a bought deal financing agreement for aggregate gross proceeds of USD $120M. Net proceeds of the offering will be used to expand resources and reserves at its Las Chispas project in Sonora through further drilling, to optimize the mine and processing plant design, to explore regional targets, and for general working capital purposes. 

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Bacanora Lithium plc., commenced initial site activities at its Sonora Lithium project in Sonora. Bacanora engaged a local specialist ecological service company to rescue and remove surface vegetation and topsoil in the area proposed for the construction of the processing plant. The company is also upgrading the main access road for providing access to heavy equipment to commence the bulk site earthworks later in the year.
  • Excellon Resources Inc., provided an update on ongoing exploration at its Platosa mine in Durango. The company is drilling regional targets such as Jaboncillo and the PDN areas, as well as drilling the Platosa extensions and Platosa Underground to support resource definition and expansion. At Jaboncillo zone, located 11 km north of Platosa mine, Excellon identified in a previous drilling campaign a 1.2km length gossans mineralization.  The current drilling program is targeting the source of these gossans and the existence of massive sulphides. At PDN zone, located 2 km north of Platosa mine, it is testing a large 800m by 60m target generated with multiple sets of geophysical data, surface mapping and sampling. This target is interpreted as a deeper skarn related to the Rincon del Caido  skarn discovered in 2012 where a previous drill intercept encountered 132 g/t Ag, 3.1% Pb, 1.7% Zn, and 0.075 g/t Au (278 g/t AgEq) over 55.5m. At the 10-20 target, the company has been conducting drilling surface to add mineralization over approximately 300m of strike with a vertical extent of 30-40m. This zone has potential to significantly increase the current 800m by 600m mineralized footprint of the Platosa mine.  At Platosa mine, Excellon is conducting underground drilling to define mineralization ahead of mine development and add mineralized inventory in areas not adequately tested by surface drilling. This underground drilling program follows up on previous drilling of the Pierna and NE-1 mantos and depth extensions of the 623 and NE-1S mantos.
  • GR Silver Mining Ltd., released underground and surface drilling results from its Plomosas project in Sinaloa. Significant mineralization was encountered in hole PLI-20-05 with 2.63 g/t Au, 39 g/t Ag, 0.2% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over 4m, including 8.95 g/t Au, 136 g/t Ag,0.4% Cu,  0.6% Pb, and 0.1% Zn (1,101 g/t AgEq) over 1.0m, and other deeper intersection of 2.77 g/t Au, 25 g/t Ag, 0.2% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.6% Zn over 9.2m, including 19.95 g/t Au, 227 g/t Ag, 1% Cu, 1.3% Pb, and 4.7% Zn (2,507 g/t AgEq) over 0.20m; and hole PLI17-32 with 1.37 g/t Au, 68 g/t Ag, 0.1% Cu, 0.4% Pb, and 0.1% Zn (245 g/t AgEq) over 10.6m. “The underground drilling program is targeting high-grade Ag-Au epithermal mineralization and bulk tonnage-style polymetallic mineralization in the Plomosas Mine Area, with the objective to delineate high margin precious and base metals mineralization for planned resource estimation”.
  • Newmont Corporation reported 2020 mineral reserves and resources for its Peñasquito and Noche Buena mines. Figures are shown in the tables below:

(Resources are reported exclusive of reserves)

  • Orla Mining Ltd., filed updated FS on its Camino Rojo Oxide project in Zacatecas. Highlights include a total ore to leach pad of 67.4M tonnes of 0.73 g/t Au and 14 g/t Ag for a total of 1.59M Oz Au and 31.5M Oz Ag at metallurgical recoveries of 62% and 20% respectively to recover 980K Oz Au and 6.19M Oz Ag. The mine life of Camino Rojo has been estimated in 10.4 years with a throughput rate of 18,000 tonnes per day for an annual production of 94K Oz Au, at a cash and AISC cost of USD $490 and USD $543 per Oz Au respectively. The FS reported a Pre-Tax and NVP (5% discount rate)  of USD $668M, Pre-Tax IRR of 82%, an After-Tax and NVP (5% discount rate) of USD $542M,and an After-Tax IRR of %62%, for a payback time of 1.5 years.
  • Southern Silver Exploration Corp., released drill results from its Cerro Las Minitas project in Durango. The company intersected bonanza grades at La Bocona Chimney in hole 20CLM-131 with 1,072 g/t Ag, 18.8% Pb, and 7.5% Zn (2,040 g/t AgEq or 51.7% ZnEq) over a true width (TW) of 8m, which includes subintervals of 3,180 g/t Ag, 58.8% Pb, and 2.3% Zn over a TW of 0.6m, and 2,340 g/t Ag, 35.9% Pb, and 1.6% Zn over a TW of 0.8m. Additional mineralized intervals intersected further down-hole include 121 g/t Ag, 2.5% Pb, and 2.5% Zn (311 g/t AgEq or 7.9% ZnEq) over a TW of 8.5m, including 413 g/t Ag, 8.7% Pb, and 9.3% Zn (1,103 g/t AgEq or 28% ZnEq) over a TW of 1.6m, including 59 g/t Ag, 0.6 g/t Au, an 3.7% Cu (489 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.5m. Additional assays results were also received from the Muralla and the South Skarn targets located 500m away of the Mina La Bocona. Significant drill intercepts were encountered in hole 20CLM-134 with 205 g/t Ag, 0.16 g/t Au, 4% Pb, and 0.9% Zn (377 g/t AgEq or 9.5% ZnEq) over a TW of 4.1m, including 575 g/t Ag, 0.05 g/t Au, 9.9% Pb, and 2.2% Zn (972 g/t AgEq or 24.7% ZnEq) over a TW of 0.6m in the Muralla target; hole 20CLM-126 with 95 g/t Ag, 0.7% Pb, and 1.2% Zn (174 g/t AgEq or 4.4% ZnEq), including 398 g/t Ag, 0.16 g/t Au, 2.7% Pb, and 4% Zn (679 g/t AgEq or 17.2% ZnEq) over a TW of 0.7min the South Target Zone, and hole 20CLM-130 with 327 g/t Ag, 5.6% Pb, and 11.5% Zn (960 g/t AgEq or 24.4% ZnEq) over a TW of 1m in the South Target Zone.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Carlyle Commodities Corp., announced that it has now met its first-year exploration commitments of its Option Agreement with Riverside Resources to acquire 100% of the Cecilia Gold-Silver project, by having advanced at least CAD $750K for exploration expenditures.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp., granted an aggregate of 350K stock options to certain consultants, to acquire one common share of Fabled at an exercise price of $0.22 per common share until September 1, 2021 (Santa Maria project, Chihuahua).
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., announced the resignation of its Director and Chair of the Board, and the appointment of its replacement (San Jose mine, Oaxaca).
  • Gold Resource Corporation announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors (Arista mine, Oaxaca).
  • Gold79 Mines Ltd., announced the appointment of a new member to its Board of Directors and granted him 500K common shares at a price of $0.10 per share and expires on February 12, 2031 (Taviche project, Oaxaca).
  • Orogen Royalties Inc., announced that its current President and Chief Executive Officer has been appointed to the Board of Directors (Ermitaño project, Sonora).
  • Premier Gold Mines Limited announced that two independent adviser firms have recommended that holders of Premier´s common shares and options approve the proposed acquisition of Equinox Gold Corp. (Mercedes mine, Sonora). 
  • Tarachi Gold Corp., signed a purchase agreement with Manto Resources SA de CV to acquire the Magistral del Oro mill and tailings project in Durango.  Magistral project consists of a 1,000 tons per day (TPD) Merrill-Crow tailings reprocessing  plant and tailing disposal facility, and access to an estimated 1.3M tonnes of tailings with a historic average grade of between 2.06 g/t Au and 2.11 g/t Au. In order to acquire the property, Tarachi has to issue 4M of its common shares, grant Manto with a 15% net profits royalty on the estimated 1.3M tonnes of tailings material expected to be processed and reimburse Manto for USD $1,179,500 of cash outlays, and will satisfy certain obligations of Manto by paying a total of USD $1,111,000 plus any Mexican value add tax (IVA) and issuing 1,685,916 common shares within 90 days of closing. Manto will be entitled to the following staged bonus payments: an additional 4M common shares 60 days after the closing date, 4M common shares 180 days after the closing date, 4M of common shares 365 days after the closing date, USD $500K in cash following 6 months of commercial production at Magistral, USD $500K in cash following 12 months of commercial production at Magistral, upon the company earning USD $15M in revenue from Magistral, the company will pay Manto USD $1M. Finally, a finder´s fee of 1M common shares will be issued to Spirit Exploration Corp.
  • Vizsla Resources Corp., announced it will change its name to Vizsla Silver Corp. The name change is expected to be effective on February 9, 2021 (Panuco project, Sinaloa). 

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Coanzamex (GoGold Resources Inc.) delivered blankets to the Parral Municipality Shelter. Major of Parral thanked the spirit of solidarity that has characterized the mining company that has operated in Parral, Chihuahua for several years.
  • Fresnillo plc organized literary caravan and delivered 10,000 books to children and adolescents from 23 communities in Caborca, Sonora.  It should be mentioned that Fresnillo plc, in alliance with the IBBY México organization, encourages children’s reading through the “Picando Letras” program, which has been implemented for some time more than 8 years and, to date, approximately more than 2,500 infants and adolescents have participated in the various actions.
  • Industrias Peñoles SAB de CV signed an alliance with the UNAM Foundation so that medical fellows serve the communities near its operating units Durango, State of Mexico, Guerrero and Zacatecas. For more than 10 years, Peñoles has carried out Health Days to the communities near its operations, to provide free medical care to its neighbors. To give continuity to preventive health programs among the population with fewer resources, Peñoles ratified an agreement with the UNAM Foundation whereby eight social service providers of the University will provide medical care to the communities surrounding the Velardeña, Sabinas, Tizapa, and Capela mines.
  • Industrias Peñoles SAB de CV encourages the presence of women in the areas of science, innovation and technological development. Its General Director, Rafael Rebollar, points out that, fortunately, more women are joining the different mining processes, contributing their talent and skills. The Central Laboratory and the Center for Research and Technological Development (CIDT) of Peñoles stand out, with 35 women who carry out functions key to mining and metallurgical processes. Thus, Peñoles reiterates its commitment to society by integrating more women scientists in the industry, through programs that expand their knowledge and allow them to innovate in the processes, which contributes to strengthening the activity mining and make it more sustainable.
  • Santa Elena Mine (First Majestic) in connection with the Sonora A.C. Mining Cluster are carrying out a support program for local merchants in the Banámichi and Río Sonora region. Through a workshop, they seek to provide the necessary tools to promote the economic reactivation of businesses and overcome the barriers of the pandemic using new digital marketing tool to offer its products and services. This training was offered in virtual mode where the last session was completed in person, ending with the delivery of recognitions to the participants.

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On the picture above, a quartz hydrothermal breccia in a low sulphidation epithermal system in a prospect in Durango, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia., Mexico.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the First Week of December, 2020.

Quartz blade (boiling texture)

By Miguel A Heredia

During the fifty eight week of the year (November 30th to December 06th, 2020), at least 25 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico and 7 news published by the media, with fourteen disclosing deals and corporate issues, six informing on exploration results, four discussing social issues, three reporting on resources and development of their mine operations, three commenting on Mexican issues, and two communicating production and financial results.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, Fernando Alanis, President of The Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX) declared that mining is one of the most regulated sectors that care for the environment.  There is a great hope to reactivate the economy of Naica, Chihuahua.  Newmont Corporation, operator of the Peñasquito mine in Zacatecas, reported to the Ministry of the Interior the progress of the definitive agreement to end the conflict with ejidatarios.   ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Tocvan and its JV partner Colibri announced the commencement of a 1,500m RC drilling program at its El Pilar project and Tarachi released drill results from its la Dura mine. In Chihuahua, Golden Minerals reported that it has completed a 3,400m drilling program in 15 drill holes at its Yoquivo project. In Sinaloa, Prismo has commenced a 500m drilling program at its Palos Verdes project. In Durango, Mithril provided an update on the drilling activities carried out at its Copalquin project.  ON MINING, Mexus announced that leaching commenced at its 250,000 tonnes leach pad at its Santa Elena mine in Sonora. Santacruz announced Q3, 2020 financial results from its Mexican operations.  ON FINANCING, no relevant information.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Capitan Mining released RC drill results from the first seven holes collared at its Peñoles project in Durango, expanding the known gold mineralization. Endeavour intersected high grade mineralization at its Bolañitos mine in Guanajuato. VanGold reported underground channel sampling results from its Pinguico mine in Guanajuato, with assays up to 1,136 g/t AgEq.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Almaden announced that the court decision upholded the original, 14,000 Ha larger concessions, which the Company originally held at its Ixtaca project in Puebla. Auxico announced the resignation of one of its directors and the appointment of a new member to its board of directors (Zamora property, Sinaloa). Barksdale announced that its common shares commenced to trade on the OTCQX best market in the USA under the symbols “BRKCF” (San Javier project, Sonora). Defiance announced that it has entered into an option agreement with Pan American Silver to acquire 100% interest in the Lucita property in Zacatecas. Fabled closed its previously announced acquisition of the Santa Maria mine in Chihuahua. Fortuna Silver provided and update on the status on a dispute royalty on one of its extracting mining concessions at its San Jose mine in Oaxaca. Magna Gold announced the change of its fiscal year-end from March 31 to December 31 (San Francisco mine, Sonora).  Orex announced management changes (Sandra-Escobar project, Durango).  Orla Mining appointed a new member to its board of directors (Camino Rojo project, Zacatecas). Prismo announced that it has entered into an option agreement to acquire the remaining 25% interest in the Palos Verdes property in Sinaloa. Silver Spruce signed a definitive agreement to acquire 50% interest in the Jackie property in Sonora. Tarachi announced the appointment of its new CFO and its Corporate Secretary (La Dura mine, Sonora). Vizsla appointed its new CFO (Panuco project, Sinaloa). ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, The Sonora Mining Cluster recognized 40 partners for their commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), during the closing of the MINNOVACIÓN 2020 Forum. Fresnillo plc donated 30,000 face masks to the Zacatecas State Government.  Newmont Peñasquito delivered pantries and cleaning kits in localities of Mazapil. The mining sector in Mexico has supported efforts to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Fernando Alanis, President of The Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX) declared that mining is one of the most regulated sectors that cares for the environment. The mining sector makes strong investments to promote social development at its communities, invests in environmental issues and is one of the main producers of trees and reforestation. Mining complies with 1,077 federal, state and municipal requirements in compliance with standards, laws and regulations.
  • Economy in Naica, Chihuahua could be reactivated since there has already been a proposal acceptable by members of the Naica Ejido and the Peñoles Mining Company for the extraction of water for agricultural use, and in turn the company will start with the exploration works contemplating a possible opening of the mine. For now, the hiring of 40 people is contemplated to work in the mine, and the ejidatarios will start fallow work.
  • Newmont Corporation, operator of the Peñasquito mine in Zacatecas, reported to the Ministry of the Interior the progress of the definitive agreement to end the conflict with ejidatarios.  The company reported that 95% of the ejidatarios have received a payment for the rental of lands for exploration. It also confirmed that a permit was obtained from the National Water Commission (CONAGUA) for the drilling of a domestic water well, which will benefit Ejido Cedros.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Tocvan Ventures Corp., and its JV partner Colibri Resource Corp., announced the commencement of a 1,500m RC drilling program at its El Pilar project.  This RC drilling has been designed to confirm selected historical drilling and extend mineralization in the Main Zone along strike. It also will provide information to better define drill targets to test deeper mineralization based on geophysical results and structural interpretations.
  • Tarachi Gold Corp., released drill results from its la Dura mine in Sonora. Significant results were encountered in hole JAB-20-06 with 3.95g/t Au over 8m (from 2.25m to 10.25m),  5.05 g/t Au over 200.75m (from 22.25m to 43m), including 14.5g/t Au over 6.10m (from 27.65m to 33.75m).
  • Golden Minerals Company, reported that it has completed a 3,400m drilling program in 15 drill holes at its Yoquivo project to test the Pertenencia, San Francisco and Esperanza vein systems. Drilling results will be announced within the next few months.
  • Prismo Metals Inc., announced the commencement of a 500m drill program at its Palos Verdes property in Sinaloa. The program will consists of four to five holes, with the longest planned at 150-175m to test the vein lateral to, and below, high-grade intercepts drilled in the past. The best intercept from that program was 8.4 g/t Au and 2,336 g/t Ag, over 0.8m true width.
  • Mithril Resources Ltd., provided an update on the drilling activities carried out at its Copalquin project. Recent drill results from El Refugio target with 15-30m quartz breccia zones indicate the top of a large hydrothermal system at El Cometa project, characterized by extensive surface alteration and rhyolite dome intrusions. This alteration is observed to extend at least 1.5km west of El Refugio in addition to the widespread alteration and rhyolitic dome intrusives in the Copalquin district. The drilling at the El Refugio target now extends for over 300m with highlights including  hole CDH-022 with 1.93 g/t Au and 124 g/t Ag (3.48 g/t AuEq) over 5.05m, including 3.28 g/t Au and 140 g/t Ag (5.03 g/t AuEq) over 2.15m; hole CDH-024 with 1.59 g/t Au and 37 g/t Ag (2.05 g/t AuEq) over 15.75m, including 3.27 g/t Au and 53 g/t Ag (3.93 g/t AuEq) over 5.93m, and  14.75 g/t Au and 150 g/t Ag (16.63 g/t AuEq) over 1m; and hole CDH-025 with 0.8 g/t Au and 34 g/t Ag (1.22 g/t AuEq) over 7m, including 1.81 g/t Au and 70 g/t Ag (2.68 g/t AuEq) over 2m (within 27.55m of 0.41 g/t Au and 20 g/t Ag, or 0.66 g/t AuEq).

ON MINING

  • Mexus Gold US, announced that leaching commenced at its 250,000 tonnes leach pad at its Santa Elena mine in Sonora. Mineralized material is under way and returning values of 0.32 to 0.42 g/t Au in solution. Flows are expected to reach 0.6 g/t Au in solution by December 16th. Mexus CEO added that gold production by year end should reach 225 Oz.
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd., announced Q3, 2020 production and financial results from its Mexican operations. At Zimapan mine, Hidalgo, the company processed 164,846 tonnes to produce 920,985 Oz AgEq at a cash and AISC of USD $17.45 and USD $18.54 per Oz AgEq respectively. At the Rosario project, San Luis Potosi, it processed 11,794 tonnes to produce 56,693 Oz AgEq at cash and AISC of USD $34.13 and USD $42.07 per Oz AgEq respectively. Santacruz reported revenue of USD $9.44M, gross profit of USD $1.26M, a net loss of USD $163K, and an EBITDA of USD $12K.

ON FINANCING

  • No relevant information.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Capitan Mining Inc., released drill results from the first seven holes collared at its Peñoles project in Durango. Significant drill intercepts were encountered in holes 20-CARC-06 with 0.34 g/t Au over 111.30m, including 0.63 g/t Au over 45.7m; hole 20-CARC-05 with 0.41 g/t Au and 21 g/t Ag over 76.2m, including 0.68 g/t Au and 28 g/t Ag over 16.8m; hole 20-CARC-03 with 0.4 g/t Au and 11 g/t Ag over 68.6m, including 0.74 g/t Au and 16 g/t Ag over 16.8m;  and hole 20-CARC-02 with 0.4 g/t Au and 26 g/t Ag over 56m, including 0.53 g/t Au over 25.9m. The drill results expand the known gold mineralization reported in the mineral resource estimate released in March, 2015 within the conceptual, open pit shell, and confirm that there is significant room to expand the existing oxide resource.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp., intersected high grade gold-silver mineralization at its Bolañitos mine in Guanajuato. Highlights include the following intersections along the Melladito vein: 12.76 g/t Au and 55 g/t Ag (1,176 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 4.5m, including  43.5 g/t Au and 171 g/t Ag (3,651 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.4m in hole BN-58, and 0.51 g/t Au and 491 g/t Ag (531 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 2.7m, including 1.74 g/t Au and 2,220 g/t Ag (2,359 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.4m in hole BN-52. At San Bernabe Vein, hole BN-59 intersected 7.91 g/t Au and 12 g/t Ag (645 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 2.7m.
  • VanGold Mining Corp. reported results from 267 underground channel samples from its Pinguico mine in Guanajuato, with assays up to 1,136 g/t Ag.  Highlights include Pinguico Shaft with 15m  strike length of grade weighted average of 733 g/t Ag and 5 g/t Au (1,136 g/t AgEq); Pinguico Norte with 47m strike length of of 256 g/t Ag and 1.7 g/t Au (394 g/t AgEq); and San Jose NW Pillar  with 25m strike length of 154 g/t Ag and 1.9 g/t Au (303 g/t AgEq).

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Almaden Minerals Ltd.,  announced that all the mining concessions which cover its Ixtaca project in Puebla are not affected by the denial of Almaden´s appeal noted in December 01, 2020 news release. A court decision upholded the original, 14,000 Ha larger concessions, which the Company originally held, confirming that Almaden owns 100% of the property.
  • Auxico Resources Canada Inc., announced the resignation of one of its directors and the appointment of a new member to its board of directors (Zamora property, Sinaloa).
  • Barksdale Resources Corp., announced that its common shares commenced to trade on the OTCQX best market in the USA under the symbols “BRKCF” (San Javier project, Sonora).
  • Defiance Silver Corp., announced that it has entered into an option agreement with Pan American Silver Corp., to acquire 100% interest in the Lucita property in Zacatecas. With this option agreement, Defiance expands its land package on the mining district from 1,600 Ha to 4,300 Ha. The option terms include an initial payment of USD $100K upon signing; USD $100K on or before the first year anniversary; USD $500K on or before the second year anniversary; and a final payment of USD $800K on or before the third year anniversary.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp., closed its previously announced acquisition of the Santa Maria mine in Chihuahua. In order to acquire 100% interest in the property, Fabled has to make an initial cash payment of USD $500K in cash and 1M common share on the closing date of the transaction, USD $1.5M in cash 12 month after the acquisition closing, USD $2M in cash 24 months after the closing date, and a total of USD $480K in payments due by the vendor to the optionors under the vendor´s agreement with those optionors as follow: USD $100K on the acquisition closing, USD $120K on 2/4/2021, USD $120K on 8/4/2021, and USD $140K on 2/4/2022. Fabled will also grant the Vendor a 1% NSR with respect to the property upon exercise of the option under the option agreement and will assume from the vendor the obligations in respect of an existing 2% NSR that exists over 3 of the 5 mineral claims that comprise the property.
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., provided and update on the status on a dispute royalty on one of its extracting mining concessions at its San Jose mine in Oaxaca. “In January 2020, the company received notice from the Dirección General de Minas (DGM) seeking to cancel the mining concession if the royalty (MXP $30M + VAT from the period 2011-2019) was no paid before March 15, 2020. Fortuna began legal proceedings against the DGM on February 2020. The District Court in Mexico City admitted the company’s legal proceedings on March 2, 2020 and granted a permanent stay of execution, which protects the company from the cancellation of the concession until a final non-appealable resolution is reached on the legality of DGM’s cancellation procedure. On November 27, 2020 the District Court found that the Company suffered no harm from the notice of cancellation procedure and dismissed the proceedings without deciding on the merit of the Amparo Proceedings and on the validity of the royalty. The company’s legal position with respect to the disputed royalty remains unchanged. The company intends to vigorously defend its position and appeal the Procedural Finding and file an appeal with the Collegiate Court in Mexico by the deadline of December 14, 2020.  A decision of the Collegiate Court is expected during mid-2021”.
  • Magna Gold Corp., announced the change of its fiscal year-end from March 31 to December 31 to align the fiscal year-end of the company with that of its subsidiaries, Molimentales del Noroeste, S.A. de C.V., LM Mining, S.A. de C.V. and Minera Magna, S.A. de C.V., which are required to have fiscal periods for Mexican tax purposes ending on December 31. (San Francisco mine, Sonora). 
  • Orex Minerals Inc., announced management changes. The former CEO has resigned and Ben Whiting has been appointed as President and CEO and as Director of Orex immediately (Sandra-Escobar project, Durango).
  • Orla Mining Ltd., appointed a new member to its board of directors (Camino Rojo project, Zacatecas).
  • Prismo Metals Inc., announced that it has entered into an option agreement to acquire the remaining 25% interest in the Palos Verdes property in Sinaloa. The option gives Prismo control of 100% of the concessions that makes up the property. Under the terms of the option agreement, Prismo will make a cash payment of USD $250K to the optionor an aggregate of US$250K in cash over a four-year period, with the initial payment of USD $30K made on signing. Additionally, 100K warrants will be awarded, with each warrant entitling its owner to purchase one common share of the company at an exercise price of CAD $0.35 per share for two years from the date of execution of the option agreement.
  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc., signed a definitive agreement to acquire 50% interest in the Jackie property in Sonora by making a payment to Colibri for USD $250K and CAD $25K in common shares as the first property payment within 7 days of the TSX approval. Spruce also agrees to spend USD $100K in exploration and drilling expenses with a minimum of USD $50K within 12 months of TSX approval and to pay to Colibri a second payment of USD $25k and CAD $25K in common shares also within 12 months of TSX approval. Upon completion of this terms, Spruce will hold 50% interest in the property and a JV will be formed to direct all exploration and drilling expenses. There are no underlying royalties on the property.
  • Tarachi Gold Corp., announced the appointment of its new CFO and its Corporate Secretary (La Dura mine, Sonora).
  • Vizsla Resources Corp, appointed its new CFO (Panuco project, Sinaloa).

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • The Sonora Mining Cluster recognized 40 partners for their commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), during the closing of the MINNOVACIÓN 2020 Forum.
  • Fresnillo plc., donated 30,000 face mask to the Zacatecas State government to contribute to the authorities to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic in the entity. The face mask delivered to the authorities are model L03, which have five layers of protection and comply with all security protocols. This action adds to the effort and commitment that the Mexican mining company has made since the beginning of the pandemic to work hand in hand with the community.
  • Newmont Corporation (Minera Peñasquito) delivered pantries and cleaning kits in localities of Mazapil as a service to the community.
  • The mining sector in Mexico has supported efforts to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The mining industry in the state of Zacatecas has joined the efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and through different companies, such as Newmont, Fresnillo plc, Grupo Mexico, and Orla Mining, has supported many communities with the donation of medical equipment and ventilators. In total, 90,692 N95 masks have been delivered , 164 thousand 452 googles, more than one million 221 thousand masks, as well as 513 thousand 378 isolation gowns and 12 thousand 522 masks, according to the Mexican Chamber of Mexico (CAMIMEX).

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On the picture above, quartz blade (boiling texture) in a low sulphidation epithermal vein system in a prospect in Durango, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Fourth Week of August, 2020.

Hydrothermal breccia

By Miguel A Heredia

During the thirty three week of the year (August 24th to August 30th, 2020), at least 39 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, with eleven commenting on Mexican issues, ten disclosing deals and corporate issues, six informing on exploration results, five announcing financial rounds, four reporting on resources and developments of their mine operations, two communicating production and financial results, and one discussing social issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, AMLO stated in one of its morning press conferences that the Mining Fund will be re-activated and re-organized. The Undersecretary of Mining, The Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX) demanded that the Mining Fund go back to communities. Francisco Quiroga spoke about the role that the mining industry plays in Mexico. Mexico Mining sector captures USD $873M of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Fernando Alanis, President of the Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX), declared that the investment in mining exploration in Mexico could fall to its lowest level in 14 years. The Undersecretary of Mining, Francisco Quiroga, informed that in Mexico, mining is promoted without environmental disasters or social conflicts. Coeur Mining Inc, a US mining company, claimed MXP $1,000M (over USD $46M) to the government of Mexico.  Jorge Mátar Vargas, a businessman from Morelos, said that the investment of the Esperanza Silver mining project would reactivate the economy of Morelos, given the crisis it faces due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, senator and leader of one of the Mexican mining union tweeted that he won a labor lawsuit against Grupo Peñoles. Sergio Almazán is the new President of the Association of Metallurgical, Mining and Geologist Engineers of Mexico A.C (AIMMGM). Francisco Quiroga, Undersecretary of Mining of Mexico, declared that the recovery of the prices of the main minerals produced in Mexico will reinforce mining investment projects in the country. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Tocvan released results from the structural analysis carried out at its El Pilar project, Silver Viper reported results from ten drill holes collared at its El Rubi project, and Tarachi announced the beginning of a 5,000m drilling program at its Tarachi Gold project. In Sinaloa, Vizsla released drill results from its Panuco project. In Durango, Mithril released drilling results from its Copalquin project. ON MINING, Impact reported Q2, 2020 production and financial results from its Zacualpan mining district in the State of Mexico. Santacruz reported the filing of a NI43-101 technical report for its Zimapan mine in Hidalgo.  ON FINANCING, Redstar completed a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of CAD $7M (Heliodor properties, Mexico). Kootenay closed its previously announced private placement for gross proceeds of $7M (Columba project, Chihuahua). Capitan Mining closed a private placement for gross proceeds of $3,840,855 (Peñoles project, Durango). VVC announced a non-brokered private placement to raise gross proceeds of up to CAD $3.3M (Kaity Copper project, Chihuahua).  Gold Resource declared its August monthly dividend to shareholders (Arista mine, Oaxaca). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Mexus provided an update on progress at its Santa Elena mine in Sonora.  Silver Dollar reported phase 3 drilling results not previously reported by SilverCrest from its la Joya project in Durango. GoGold announced the filing of a NI43-101 technical report on the initial mineral resource estimate for their Los Ricos South project in Jalisco. Santacruz reported the filing of a NI43-101 technical report for its Zimapan mine in Hidalgo. Golden Minerals released results from its resource definition drill program at its Rodeo project in Durango.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Redstar announced the acquisition of Heliodor Metals Limited and appointed its new CEO. Orla appointed its Senior VP Exploration (Camino Rojo project, Zacatecas). Sonoro announced that its board of directors approved the change of the company´s name to Sonoro Gold Corp (Cerro Caliche project, Sonora). Azure presented results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (Mesa de Plata project, Sonora).   Newmont announced the replacement of the General Manager of the Peñasquito mine, Zacatecas.  Silver Spruce granted stock options to its CFO (El Mezquite project, Sonora). SilverCrest acquired El Picacho property near its Chispas project in Sonora. Orogen (former Evrim) optioned the Sarape Au property in Sonora to Minera Hochschild SA de CV, a subsidiary of Hochschild Mining PLC. Comet executed a share purchase a JV agreement with El Alamo Resource to acquire 100% interest in the Santa Teresa project in Baja California. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Fresnillo plc trains its staff on COVID-19.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), President of Mexico, stated in one of its morning press conferences held in Zacatecas that the Mining Fund will be re-activated and re-organized. He cited that, in the case of the Mining Fund, the resources reached the governments municipalities, but not to the communities.
  • The Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX), demanded that the Mining Fund go back to communities. Mexico imposed a 7.5% royalty in 2014, plus a special mining tax of 0.5% on gold and silver operations. Most of the proceeds go to social infrastructure projects in mining communities, distributed through the Mining Fund. However, under a reorganization announced by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the funds were redirected to a federal budget for schools. Although AMLO has said that the previous system recorded corruption cases and sometimes the cash for projects did not arrive, some industry experts consider that the Mining Fund is a critical tool for mines and projects to win and maintain support of the communities.
  • The Undersecretary of Mining, Francisco Quiroga, spoke about the role that the mining industry plays in Mexico. He said that mining, which is carried out generally in remote locations with difficult access, is a great generator of foreign exchange, as it is mainly an exporter in the case of Mexico, where it contributes more than 4% of GDP. He also emphasized that only small and medium-sized mines require investments of between USD $350-500M, and that medium-scale mines generate 1,000 to 2,000 direct jobs and around 5,000 – 10,000 indirect jobs.
  • Mexico Mining sector, captures USD $873M of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the first half of 2020, a year-on-year decline of 18.6%, according to statistics from the Ministry of the Economy. About 25% of the Mexican territory has been explored in detail, so there is a great opportunity for the development of new projects. Mexico places 12 to 19 minerals year after year within the top 10 production places globally. Development risk in mining is concentrated in the exploration stages and decreases as the operation stage progresses.
  • Fernando Alanis, President of the Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX), declared that the investment in mining exploration in Mexico could fall to its lowest level in 14 years, although the drop would be even greater given that it does not consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that in recent years exploration activities in the country have suffered a strong fall due to the uncertainty of investors. “Mexico has lost attractiveness as a mining investment destination… that is a fact”. “We have seen a very important reduction of more than 150 exploration companies that are no longer in Mexico and that is worrying.”
  • The Undersecretary of Mining, Francisco Quiroga, informed that in Mexico, the mining sector has to do it environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive, with zero fatalities, no environmental disasters or generating social conflicts. He also informed that active mining concessions represent only four million hectares, that is, a little more than 2% of the national territory and after conducting a review, total concessions decreased from 25 thousand to 21 thousand, which represented a reduction from 21 million to 16 million hectares.
  • Coeur Mining Inc , a US mining company, claimed MXP $1,000M (over USD $46M) to the government of Mexico. Coeur, the fifth silver producer in Mexico, seeks to obtain this compensation from the federal government because the Mexican Tax Administration (SAT) did not refund the VAT. This is the second case that is presented so far in 2020. The first was the notice of the Canadian company First Majestic Silver Corp to the Mexican government, also due to an action by the SAT. On May 13, in its notification, it communicated that the claim amounts to USD $500M, in addition to the interest generated, expenses and costs applicable in the arbitration procedure.
  • Jorge Mátar Vargas, a businessman from Morelos, said that the investment of the Esperanza Silver mining project would reactivate the economy of Morelos, given the crisis it faces due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also argued that with the Esperanza Silver mining project, state economic activity would be detonated. It would help reduce the deficit of jobs in the state and rescue small entrepreneurs. This project represents a millionaire private investment for the entity, with the capacity to generate hundreds of direct and indirect jobs and is a potential to strengthen the local economy.
  • Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, senator and leader of one of the Mexican mining union tweeted (by the way, a very strange tweet), that he won a labor lawsuit against Grupo Peñoles for unjustified dismissal, for which the company must pay him MXP $1M of lost wages and benefits for 12 years and 8 months that he worked for Minera Mexicana La Ciénega.
  • Sergio Almazán is the new President of the Association of Metallurgical, Mining and Geologist Engineers of Mexico A.C (AIMMGM) for the biennium 2020-2022.
  • Francisco Quiroga, Undersecretary of Mining of Mexico, declared that the recovery of the prices of the main minerals produced in Mexico will reinforce mining investment projects in the country and will allow mining to be part of the competitive advantage for other industries in the country such as manufacturing.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Tocvan Ventures Corp., JV partner of Colibri Resource Corporation, released results from the structural analysis carried out at its El Pilar project in Sonora. “The initial overview of the 3D inversion of magnetic susceptibility data has revealed stand-out significant major structures that are universally associated with “plumbing” systems for gold-silver fluid flow and deposition. Structures appear as shear zones, faults, brecciated rock, rotational gashes within shear zones and other such dilation structures”. The main identified structure is a 1,000m by 250m large NW-SE trending structure bounded by additional N-S trending structures with approximate lengths of 300m. The NW-SE structure as been interpreted as a structural corridor holding a shear zone with rotational features that suggest excellent means of plumbing for metal-mineral-rich fluids to flow through and deposit.
  • Silver Viper Minerals Corp., reported results from ten drill holes collared its La Virginia project in Sonora. Of the ten holes, six were drilled at El Rubi and four at Macho Libre. At El Rubi area, a broad zone of mineralization was encountered in hole LV20-245#1 with 0.76 g/t Au and 38 g/t Ag over a true width (TW) of 55.2m, including 1.79 g/t Au and 92 g/t Ag over a TW of 3m; and 2.49 g/t Au and 152 g/t Ag over a TW of 1m; and 7.98 g/t Au and 353 g/t Ag over a TW of 2.5m, including 20.7 g/t Au and 854 g/t Ag over a TW of 0.5m; hole LV20-245#2 with 0.6 g/t Au and 14 g/t Ag over a TW of 11.2m, including 1.43 g/t Au and 4 g/t Ag over a TW of 1.5m; and hole LV20-245#3 with 0.56 g/t Au and 22 g/t Ag over a TW of 7.5m, including 3.26 g/t Au and 19 g/t Ag over a TW of 0.5m, and an interval of 0.93 g/t Au and 124 g/t Ag over a TW of 0.2m. At Macho Libre, the most significant drill intercept was encountered at hole LV20-240M with 0.5 g(t Au and 7 g(t Ag over a TW of 0.6m.
  • Tarachi Gold Corp., announced the beginning of a 5,000m drilling program at its Tarachi Gold project in Sonora. The company plans to start the drill program at La Dura mine where channel sampling returned 6.34 g/t Au over 62.55m.
  • Vizsla Resources Corp., released the first step-out drill results along the Napoleon Vein corridor at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Hole NP-20-18, located 1km north from the original discovery at Napoleon encountered 3.76 g/t Au, 689 g/t Ag, 0.2% Pb, 0.6% Zn (1,019 g/t AgEq) over a width of 2.5m, including 7.96 g/t Au, 1,515 g/t Ag, 0.5% Pb, and 1.2% Zn (2,206 g/t AgEq) over a width of 1m. Assays are pending for holes NP-20-19 and NP-20-21 separated each other for a distance of 90m.
  • Mithril Resources Ltd, announced results from the two first drill holes collared at its Copalquin project in Durango. Hole CDH-001 encountered 34.72 g/t Au and 3,129 g/t Ag over 3m, including 88.4 g/t Au and 6,750 g/t Ag over 1m; and hole CDH-002 with 5.64 g/t Au and 325 g/t Ag over 4.55m, including 9.82 g/t Au and 574 g/t Ag over 1.5m, plus 9.27 g/t Au and 825 g/t Ag over 0.5m. The two first holes are part of a 5,000m (35 holes) drilling program and intercepted the Soledad vein, confirming historically bonanza grades.

ON MINING

  • Impact Silver Corp., reported Q2, 2020 production and financial results from its Zacualpan mining district, State of Mexico. Despite losing nearly half the quarter (April to June) due to mandatory shutdown, Impact milled 25,602 tonnes with an average mill feed grade of Ag of 187 g/t to produced 129,570 Oz Ag. Q2, 2020 production at the Guadalupe mill came from the Guadalupe mine (37%), the San Ramon mine (23%), the Cuchara mine (23%), and the Veta Negra mine (17%). Impact reported revenues for $2.84M and an adjusted EBIDTA of $0.48M. At June 30, 2020, cash position was at $6.3M with working capital at $5.3M.
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd., reported the filing of a NI43-101 technical report for its Zimapan mine in Hidalgo. Zimapan consists of 34 mining concessions totalling 5,138.76 ha and has had an extensive mining history dating back to the 1660´s. There are fourteen known mineral zones that are hosted in Lower Cretaceous limestone and calcareous shales. The zones contain targets that range from 3-10 m in width that have been traced 40-1000 m along strike and 40-590 m down dip. The property has been in production since January 1, 2010 and as of December 31, 2019 Carrizal Mining mined approximately 5.88M tonnes of mineralized material, including 3.43M tonnes at head grades ranging from 73-101 g/t Ag, 0.4-0.5% Pb, 1.8-2.8% Zn, and 0.49-0.67 % Cu from the Monte mine, and  45 MT at head grades ranging from 82-124 g/t Ag, 0.6-1.2 % Pb, 2.-4.4 % Zn, and 0.28-0.48 % Cu from the Carrizal mine.

ON FINANCING

  • Redstar Gold Corp., completed a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of CAD $7M. The company plans to use the net proceeds for exploration drilling and resource delineation, updating the resource and general working capital (Heliodor properties, Mexico).
  • Kootenay Silver Inc., closed its previously announced private placement for gross proceeds of $7M. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for exploration and development activities, working capital requirements and other general corporate purposes (Columba project, Chihuahua).
  • Capitan Mining Inc., closed its private placement for gross proceeds of $3,840,885.00 instead of the 10,000,000 shares ($2,000,000) originally contemplated. Net proceeds will be used to fund a focused drill program at the Peñoles project in Durango, additional project acquisitions and general corporate purposes.
  • VVC Exploration Corporation, announced a non-brokered private placement to raise gross proceeds of up to CAD $3.3M. Gross proceeds will be used for development of its Kaity project, Chihuahua, including costs associated with various permits, metallurgical bench testing, and investigation, evaluation and implementation of the Gloria pilot mining; option payments in Mexico; current accounts payable; general administrative expenses; and working capital.
  • Gold Resource Corporation, declared its August monthly dividend to shareholders. It will consists of one-third of a cent per common share for August 2020 payable on September 23, 2020 to shareholders of record as of September 11, 2020. (Arista mine, Oaxaca).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Mexus Gold US, provided an update on progress at its Santa Elena mine in Sonora. The company improved the crushing circuit to maximize efficiencies, hired two new equipment operators and a lab technician, and acquired a 330 excavator a 40 ton haul truck and repaired existing equipment. The company expects to show an increase in production during the Q2 of its fiscal year (July through September).
  • Silver Dollar Resources Inc., reported phase 3 drilling results not previously reported by SilverCrest from its la Joya project in Durango. This in-fill drilling program consisted of 17 drill holes targeted to advance towards an updated resource model in H1, 2015. Significant drill intercepts were encountered in hole LJDD14-109 with 0.73 g/t Au, 33 g/t Ag and 0.36% Cu (119 g/t AgEq) over a width of 21.92m, including 3.45 g/t Au, 12 g/t Ag and 0.1% Cu (231 g/t AgEq) over a width of 4.4m; LJDD14-114 with 0.09 g/t Au, 193 g/t Ag and 2.58% Cu (501 g/t AgEq) over a width of 1.2m and 0.38 g/t Au, 43 g/t Ag, and 0.27% Cu (98 g/t AgEq) over a width of 66.4m. including 1.26 g/t Au, 219 g/t Ag, and 1.48% Cu (468 g/t AgEq) over a width of 3.15m; hole LJDD20-115 with 0.06 g/t Au, 234 g/t Ag, and 1.24% Cu (382 g/t AgEq) over a width of 6.1m, including 0.17 g/t Au, 734 g/t Ag, and 3.75% Cu (1,182 g/t AgEq) over a width of 1m; hole LJDD20-116 with 0.06 g/t Au, 76 g/t Ag, and 0.55% Cu (144 g/t AgEq) over a width of 25.1m, including 0.04 g/t Au, 185 g/t Ag, and 1.37% Cu (348 g/t AgEq) over a width of 9.1m, and 0.11 g/t Au, 602 g/t Ag, and 4.64% Cu (1,151 g/t AgEq) over a width of 1.8m, and 0.29 g/t Au, 106 g/t Ag, and 1.2% Cu (234 g/t AgEq) over a width of 23.1m, including 0.09 g/t Au, 723 g/t Ag, and 8.97% Cu (1,778 g/t AgEq) over a width of 2m.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., announced the filing of a NI43-101 technical report on the initial mineral resource estimate for their Los Ricos South project in Jalisco. Measured and indicated mineral resource are 10M tonnes of 199 g/t AgEq to contain 63.7M Oz AgEq, and Inferred resources are 3.3M tonnes of 190 g/t AgEq to contain 19.9M Oz AgEq. Los Ricos South mineral resource is potentially amenable to both open pit and bulk underground mining methods. The company also expanded the surface rights agreement. On August 9,2020 the Ejido Cinco Minas, which owns the surface rights over the majority of the Los Ricos South concessions including all of those within the mineral resource estimate, signed an agreement with the company for a period of 12 years with an additional 12 year renewal period.
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd., reported the filing of a NI43-101 technical report for its Zimapan mine in Hidalgo. Zimapan consists of 34 mining concessions totalling 5,138.76 ha and has had an extensive mining history dating back to the 1660´s. There are fourteen known mineral zones that are hosted in Lower Cretaceous limestone and calcareous shales. The zones contain targets that range from 3-10 m in width that have been traced 40-1000 m along strike and 40-590 m down dip. The property has been in production since January 1, 2010 and as of December 31, 2019 Carrizal Mining mined approximately 5.88M tonnes of mineralized material, including 3.43M tonnes at head grades ranging from 73-101 g/t Ag, 0.4-0.5% Pb, 1.8-2.8% Zn, and 0.49-0.67 % Cu from the Monte mine, and  45 MT at head grades ranging from 82-124 g/t Ag, 0.6-1.2 % Pb, 2.-4.4 % Zn, and 0.28-0.48 % Cu from the Carrizal mine.
  • Golden Minerals Company, released results from its resource definition drill program at its Rodeo project in Durango. Golden reported results from 11 drill holes with significant intercepts showing wide zones of high-grade near-surface Au mineralization. Highlights include hole RDO_20_012 with 6.66 g/t Au and 14 g/t Ag over 24.5m, including 9.3 g/t Au and 15 g/t Ag over 8.6m; hole RDO_20_014 with 5.87 g/t Au and 27 g/t Ag over 23.5m, including 8.83 g/t Au and 38 g/t Ag over 12.9m; and hole RDO_20_017 with 2.85 g/t Au and 11 g/t Ag over 21.4m, including 5.1 g/t Au and 15 g/t Ag over 6m.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Redstar Gold Corp., announced the acquisition of Heliodor Metals Limited., and appointed its new CEO and board of directors. To acquire Heliodor, Redstar issued an aggregate of 86,621,003 shares to the former Heliodor shareholders in exchange for all the issued and outstanding Heliodor securities.
  • Orla Mining Ltd., announced the appointment of its Senior VP Exploration (Camino Rojo project, Zacatecas).
  • Sonoro Metals Corp., announced that its board of directors approved the change of the company´s name to Sonoro Gold Corp (Cerro Caliche project, Sonora).
  • Azure Minerals Limited, presented results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (Mesa de Plata project, Sonora).
  • Newmont Corporation, announced the replacement of the General Manager of the Peñasquito mine, Zacatecas. The former General Manager was ceased for violations of Newmont´s Code of Conduct.
  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc., granted 300K stock options to its CFO (El Mezquite project, Sonora).
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., announced the acquisition of El Picacho property, near its Las Chispas project in Sonora, from American Metal Mining. The purchase price paid by SilverCrest was for the amount of USD $1.6M and is for a 100% ownership in 11 mining concessions totalling approximately 7,060 hectares. The company also paid all the mining taxes to bring these concessions to good standing. The Property was a historic gold and silver producer, with the first noted production in late 1800s with grades greater than 15 g/t Au. “There are seven (7) low-sulphidation epithermal main veins on the concessions, with numerous near parallel hanging and footwall veins. The main veins have a known cumulative strike length of over 10km with widths ranging from 0.5 to 15m”.
  • Orogen Royalties Inc., (former Evrim) optioned the Sarape Au property in Sonora to Minera Hochschild SA de CV, a subsidiary of Hochschild Mining PLCHochschild can earn a 100% interest in the Sarape project by making cash payments of USD $5.35M and completing expenditures of USD$5M over a five-year period. Upon exercise of the option, Hochschild will grant to Orogen a 3% NSR of which 1% can be purchased for USD $2M.
  • Comet Resources Ltd., executed a share purchase and JV agreement with El Alamo Resources Limited to acquire 100% interest in the Santa Teresa project in Baja California. The acquisition will be completed on a staged basis, with Comet acquiring an initial 50% interest by making a refundable $100K cash payment. The remaining 50% interest will be acquired upon a decision to mine being made in respect of the Project within a two year period. Comet is now 50% owner of the Santa Teresa property and has the option to increase its ownership to 100% within two years. Historical production in the surrounding El Alamo district has been estimated in between 100K-200K Oz Au. The Santa Teresa project is comprised of two mineral claims totalling 202 hectares. Previous operator drilled 32 holes with significant results such as 32.4 g/t Au over 2m ; 958.4 g/t Au over 1m; 38 g/t Au over 2.5m; 39 g/t Au over 3.9m; 19.9 g/t Au over 3m; 125.9 g/t Au over 1m; 14.4 g/t Au over 3.1m; and 16 g/t Au over 3.1m. The company plans are to re-assay historic drill core to prepare a JORC compliant mineral resource estimate and then to test the upside potential at under explored areas.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Fresnillo plc, seeks to promote knowledge about COVID-19 among its employees and train them to carry out all the actions and measures necessary to prevent the spread of the virus in their homes, community and in the company.

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On the picture above, a hydrothermal breccia related to an epithermal system in a prospect in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Third Week of July, 2020.

 

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By Miguel A Heredia

During the twenty nine week of the year (July 13th to July 19th, 2020), at least 47 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, with ten communicating production and financial results, nine commenting on Mexican issues, eight announcing financial rounds, seven informing on exploration results, five disclosing deals and corporate issues, four reporting on resources and developments, and four discussing on social issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Claudia Pavlovich and Hector Astudillo, governors of Sonora and Guerrero respectively, asked the Ministry of Economy to reconsider returning to the support that was granted to the municipalities with the Mining Fund. Jose Ignacio Peralta Sanchez, governor of Colima state requested the reactivation of The Mining Fund. Karen Flores, Director of the Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX), stated that 16% of the workforce in the Mexican mining industry is occupied by women. The Secretary of Economic Development of Michoacan, Jesus Melgoza Velazquez, announced that the regional committee of the Mining Fund for the Development of Mining Areas was reactivated after approximately two years.  Fernando Alanis, president of the Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX) declared that the mining sector in the country is at risk of contracting if new concessions are not granted.  Torex Gold plans additional investment of USD $ 500M in Mexico but asked the government for certainty. The Ministry of Labor and Social Security (STPS) reported that it is in preparation for the next stage of the rescue of the miners who were trapped in the Pasta de Conchos mine in Coahuila 14 years ago. The Zacatecas Mining Cluster (Clusmin) and its members started the construction of the Compatible Mining Center in Zacatecas. Minera Esperanza Silver (Alamos Gold Inc.) reaffirmed its commitment with Mexico. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Colibri concluded its current phase of field work at its Evelyn project and planed the next phase trenching program, Ridgestone reported drill results from the three first holes collared at its Rebeico project, Minaurum commenced phase II drilling at its Alamos Silver project, and Silver Viper reported results from four holes drilled at its La Virginia project. In Chihuahua, Kootenay released drill results from its Columba project, and Consolidated Zinc provided an exploration update on its Potrero and Don Lucas prospects.  In Sinaloa, Vizsla expanded the exploration program at its Panuco project and added a third drill rig.  ON MINING, Aura, Avino, Consolidated Zinc, First Majestic, Fortuna, GoGold, Gold Resource, McEwen, Santacruz and Sierra Metals reported Q2, 2020 production results from their Mexican operations. ON FINANCING, Aztec Minerals closed the first tranche of its private placement for gross proceeds of CAD $2.12M (Cervantes project, Sonora). Silver Tiger announced a plan to conduct a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to $11M (El Tigre project, Sonora). Tarachi Gold announced it intends to complete a non-brokered private placement for net proceed of up to CAD $5M (Tarachi project, Sonora).  Xtierra closed its previously announced private placement for gross proceeds of $1M (Bilbao project, Zacatecas). Mammoth announced lifting of management cease trade order and issuance of shares for debt and incentive options (Tenoriba project, Chihuahua). Mexus announced that the company satisfied a $57K note payable by way of conversion (Santa Elena mine, Sonora). Telson announced that further to its application for a management cease trade order, which was granted by the British Columbia Securities Commission, it has been required to provide bi-weekly status reports (Tahuehueto project, Durango). One World Lithium announced that it will continue providing bi-weekly updates following a management cease trader order granted for the British Columbia Securities Commission (Salar del Diablo project, Baja California Norte). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Endeavour announced a final PFS on its Terronera mine in Jalisco. GR Silver resumed the surface drilling at its Plomosas project in Sinaloa.  Prime Mining provided an update regarding the initial phase of exploration planned on its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. Minera Alamos provided mid-year construction update at its Santana project in Sonora.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Carlyle entered in an option agreement with Riverside to purchase 100% interest in the Cecilia project in Sonora.  Golden Minerals signed a letter of intent with Fabled Copper to sell its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. Minera Alamos announced the appointment of a new member to its board of directors (Santana project, Sonora). Oroco announced the appointment of a director to join to its board of directors (Santo Tomas project, Sinaloa). ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Fresnillo plc continues to implement sanitary measures in its work centers and support the communities surrounding the operations. Grupo Peñoles supported the donation of bed-chairs for Coahuila hospitals. MSX (New Gold Inc.) donated pantries to vulnerable population in the communities of Cerro de San Pedro, San Luis Potosi, as well as personal protection equipment to hospitals. Camino Rojo S.A. de C.V. (Orla Mining Ltd.) continued helping communities and government agencies where it operates to mitigate the risk of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Claudia Pavlovich and Hector Astudillo, governors of Sonora and Guerrero respectively, asked the Ministry of Economy to reconsider returning to the support that was granted to the municipalities with the Mining Fund. The governor of Guerrero said that the Mining Fund can be used to reactivate the economy in the most affected regions by the unemployment of the industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to attend to the population affected by the virus, as well as for medical care and medicines. The governor of Sonora said that this support marked a before and after in the municipalities where the resources were applied, and stated that the Mining Fund should be reconsidered to promote the development of the municipalities. In addition, governors of Coahuila, Durango and Chihuahua highlighted the importance of mining activity in their states.
  • José Ignacio Peralta Sanchez, governor of Colima state asked the Undersecretary of Mining, Francisco Jose Quiroga Fernandez, to resume Mining Funds pending from some years ago, since due to the current economic conditions is when this resource is most required. The governor stressed that mining is an engine for the entity’s economy, since it has important productive chains, which makes it a strategic sector.
  • Karen Flores, Director of the Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX), stated that 16% of the workforce in the Mexican mining industry is occupied by women. She argued that although it seems a minority figure, its increase has been exponential. She also commented that Mexican mining adheres to the agreements of the 2030 agenda of the United Nations (UN) in two of its main objectives, such as the reduction of inequality and gender equity.
  • The Secretary of Economic Development of Michoacan, Jesus Melgoza Velazquez, announced that the regional committee of the Mining Fund for the Development of Mining Areas was reactivated after approximately two years. The Mining Fund will allow physical infrastructure works to be carried out in municipalities with mining activity such as Tlalpujahua, Tzitzio, Tuzantla, Huetamo, Villa Madero, La Huacana, Arteaga, Coalcoman, Aquila and Lazaro Cardenas. Since the creation of the regional committee of the mining fund in 2014, MXP $171M have been earmarked for the realization of 61 projects such as paving works for streets and roads, construction of sanitary landfills, infrastructure for the drinking water service, sewerage and water treatment plants, placement of LED street lights, construction of classrooms, roofs and civic patios in schools.
  • Fernando Alanis, president of the Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX), declared that the mining sector in the country is at risk of contracting if new concessions are not granted. Alanis recalled the importance of mining activity, in order to continue the 370,000 direct jobs and 2-3 millions of indirect jobs generated by this sector, in addition to the fact that for each hectare concessioned under active exploitation, it has a spill of MXP $22,829M. He also said that between 2016 and 2019 the sector paid MXP $174,500M for taxes.
  • Jody Kuzenko, President & CEO of Torex Gold Resources Inc., declared that it plans additional investments of USD $ 500M in Mexico in the construction and commissioning of its Media Luna project in Guerrero but asked the government for certainty in key areas such as in the rule of law and in economic policies to keep its investment projects.
  • The Ministry of Labor and Social Security (STPS), reported that it is in preparation for the next stage of the rescue of the remains of the 65 miners who were trapped in the Pasta de Conchos mine in Coahuila 14 years ago.
  • The Zacatecas Mining Cluster (Clusmin) and its members, started the construction of the Compatible Mining Center in Zacatecas, which is expected to take a year. The Compatible Mining Center aims to promote the development of science, the use of the latest technology and promote innovation for the development of specific purpose applications in the mining environment in the areas of occupational health, physical and psychological safety of workers, and protection of the environment in mining operations in the state of Zacatecas.
  • Minera Esperanza Silver (Alamos Gold Inc.), reaffirmed its commitment with Mexico and highlighted the enormous opportunity for Morelos to be part of the mining sector and the national extractive industry, which is equivalent to 8.3% of industrial GDP. The spokesperson for the Esperanza Silver mining company in Mexico, responsible for the Esperanza project, located in the municipality of Temixco stated that Temixco is shaping up to be one of the mining municipalities in Mexico, where well-being and possibilities for economic and social development are imminent and we must prepare for it.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Colibri Resource Corporation, concluded the current phase of field work and released mapping and sampling results from its Evelyn project in Sonora. A total of 40 grab samples were collected, 9 of which returned grades greater than 0.1 g/t Au, including 4 running more than 1 g/t Au, with a peak value of 8.4 g/t Au at the Cerro Rojo target area. The high-grade samples all consist of quartz vein, veinlets, and quartz breccia with oxidized pyrite and goethite. Colibri plans the next phase on trenching at its Evelyn project.
  • Ridgestone Mining Inc., reported drill results from the three first holes collared at its Rebeico project in Sonora. 1,674m were completed on the New Year Zone to investigate the subsurface extent of significant gold and copper mineralization previously sampled on surface. Significant drill intersections were encountered in hole 20REB013D with 2.13 g/t Au and 1.79% Cu over a width of 16.25m, including 5.25 g/t Au and 1.46% Cu over a width of 4.35m. Holes 20REB014D and 20REB015D intersected 0.25% Cu and 0.19%Cu over a width of 16.2m and 10.9m respectively.
  • Minaurum Gold Inc., commenced phase II drilling program at its Alamos Silver project in Sonora with a minimum of 20,000m. This phase will involve systematically stepping out from discoveries made during Phase I drilling beginning with two drill rigs. “One drill will offset the Europa-Guadalupe discovery hole (AL17-007) which returned 8.25 m grading 1,760 g/t Ag. The other drill will test targets at Promontorio, both along the vein trend and beneath the Promontorio mine where recently acquired historical data revealed holes that returned up to 12.2 m grading 710 g/t Ag”.
  • Silver Viper Minerals Corp., reported results from four new drill holes at La Virginia, two from the El Rubi discovery area and two from the exploration prospect, Macho Libre. Significant drill intersections were encountered in hole LV20-234 collared at El Rubi with 2.05 g/t Au and 11 g/t Ag over a true width (TW) of 4.26m, including 3.59 g/t Au and 16 g(/t Ag over a TW of 1.18m; hole LV20-231M drilled at Macho Libre with 0.63 g/t Au and 24 g/t Ag over a TW of 11.76m, including 1.07 g/t Au and 54 g/t Ag over a TW of 3.60m; and hole LV20-233M drilled at Macho Libre with 1.41 g/t Au and 26 g/t Ag over a TW of 0.90m. Drilling at the El Rubi Discovery Zone continues to expand the system and the rig is being mobilized to a second exploration target named Rubi East.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc., released results from five drill holes collared at its Columba project in Chihuahua. These holes are step outs along strike and to depth from high-grade intercepts previously reported in the Phase-II drill campaign. Significant drill intersections were encountered in hole CDH-20-052 with 199 g/t Ag, 0.08% Pb, and 0.27% Zn over 7.53m, including 279 g/t Ag, 0.11% Pb, and 0.38% Zn over 4.08m, and including 601 g/t Ag, 0.03% Pb, and 0.12% Zn over 1.23m within the F Vein; hole CDH-20-053 with 116 g/t Ag, 0.11% Pb, and 0.24% Zn over 34m, including 175 g/t Ag, 0.17% Pb, 0.37% Zn over 11m, including 496 g/t Ag, 0.55% Pb, and 0.91% Zn over 3m, including 620 g/t Ag, 0.35% Pb, 0.9% Zn over 2m, including 753 g/t Ag, 0.38% Pb, and 1% Zn over 0.95m in F Vein and Hanging Wall structure; and hole CDH-20-054 with 158 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, and 0.35% Zn over 5m, including 319 g/t Ag, 0.18% Pb, and 0.5% Zn over 1.8m in F Vein.
  • Consolidated Zinc Limited, provided an exploration update on its Potrero and Don Lucas prospects in Chihuahua and has reserved $600K for exploration field work this year. The company has continued its Au exploration with desktop studies which has established targets and defined a scope of work for immediate commencement of field mapping, sampling and drilling in the current field season.
  • Vizsla Resources Corp., expanded the exploration program at its Panuco project from 14,500m of drilling to 31,100m and added a third rig, which has already commenced to drill. In addition, a fourth drill rig is expected to arrive at the beginning of August. “Third and fourth drill rigs will test exploration targets including the strike extensions of the Napoleon vein corridor, the Tajitos vein, the San Carlos mine at Animas and additional targets along the Cordon del Oro vein corridor”. Drilling is continuing at the high-grade Napoleon discovery with drill hole NP-20-14 in progress. Drilling is testing to the south and down dip of the discovery hole NP-20-02 before moving back north to test vein extension near hole NP-20-07. The updated July-December exploration program is estimated to cost approximately $6.9 M.

 ON MINING

  • Aura Minerals Inc., presented Q2, 2020 production results from its Aranzazu mine in Zacatecas. It produced 5K Oz Au, 91.6K Oz Ag, and 6.2M Lb Cu (14,748 Oz AuEq).
  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd., announced that it processed 40,190 tonnes of 0.40 g/t Au, 49 g/t Ag and 0.58% Cu at metallurgical recoveries of 79%, 90% and 90% respectively, to produce 404 Oz Au, 50.6K Oz Ag, and 459.8K Lb Cu (158.3K Oz Ag) during the period Q2,2020 from its Avino mine in Durango.
  • Consolidated Zinc Limited, reported that Zn-Pb grades exceeding 25% and 8% respectively are being encountered at the newly opened up Las Espadas underground area while the semi-oxidized ore continues to be mined and delivered at rates of above 15o tonnes per day. At its Aldama plant, it has achieved record availability to July 10 2020 of 94.5% while the recoveries are improving above performance thanks to the effort of the technical team.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp., presented production results for the period Q2, 2020 from their Mexican operations. The table below shows mine by mine production figures:

At the end of Q2, 14 exploration drill rigs were active across the company’s projects consisting of 11 rigs at San Dimas, two rigs at Santa Elena and one rig at La Encantada. The company anticipates adding seven additional rigs in Q3 with a primary focus on the regional potential around Santa Elena.

  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., released Q2, 2020 production results from its San Jose mine in Oaxaca. The company milled 160,151 tonnes of 1.42 g/t Au and 220 g/t Ag at metallurgical recoveries of 90.91% and 90.84% respectively to produce 6,654 Oz Au and 1.03M Oz Ag, at cash cost of USD $66/ton.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., presented production results from its Parral Tailings project in Chihuahua for the period Q2, 2020. The company produced 1,914 Oz Au, 270K Oz Ag, and 233K Lb Cu (504.4K Oz AgEq).
  • Gold Resource Corporation, announced preliminary production results from its Oaxaca Mining Unit in Oaxaca. It produced 2,441 Oz Au, 185.3K Oz Ag, 551K Lb Cu, 2.56M Lb Pb, and 6.75M Lb Zn during the period Q2, 2020.
  • McEwen Mining Inc, produced in Q2, 2020 from its El Gallo mine in Sinaloa over 1,900 Oz AuEq from residual leaching of the heap leach pad.
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd., released Q2, 2020 production and financial results from its Mexican operations. At Zimapan, Hidalgo the company milled 139,903 tonnes to produce 829,514 Oz AgEq from which 626,984 were sold, at cash cost per tonne and for Oz AgEq of $48.15 and $16.53 respectively, and AISC of $17.57 per Oz AgEq. At Veta Grande, Zacatecas, it milled 11,095 tonnes to produce 64,870 Oz AgEq from which 47,854 were sold, at cash cost per tonne and for Oz AgEq of $148.36 and $39.54 respectively, and AISC of $46.34 per Oz AgEq. At Rosario, San Luis Potosi, the company milled 17,497 tonnes to produce 73,251 Oz AgEq from which 61,111 were sold, at cash cost per tonne and for Oz AgEq of $62.12 and $23.47 respectively, and AISC of $29.01 per Oz AgEq.
  • Sierra Metals Inc., announced production results from its Bolivar mine in Chihuahua for the period Q2, 2020. Cusi mine remained in care and maintenance throughout Q2, 2020. At Bolivar mine, the company processed 308,951 tonnes of 0.30 g/t Au, 26 g/t Ag, and 0.93% Cu at metallurgical recoveries of 63.79%, 82.80%, and 87.09% respectively, to produce 1,912 Oz Au, 214K Oz Ag, and 5.54M Lb Cu. “At Cusi mine, Chihuahua, development is currently on-going in a zone that will bypass the previously announced area of subsidence and provide access to higher-grade economic ore to provide feed for the mill. Production is expected to recommence after the mine development work is completed and once a process can be implemented at the mine to mitigate risk to employees at the site through a testing and quarantine methodology similar to the company’s other operations”.

 

ON FINANCING

  • Aztec Minerals Corp., closed the first tranche of its private placement for gross proceeds of CAD $2.12M. Part of the gross proceeds will be used to conduct exploration work at its Cervantes project in Sonora, and for general working capital purposes.
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc., announced a plan to conduct a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to $11M. Net proceeds will be primarily used for further exploration at its El Tigre project in Sonora.
  • Tarachi Gold Corp., announced it intends to complete a non-brokered private placement for net proceeds of up to CAD $5M. Gross proceeds will be used for exploration of its Tarachi project in Sonora, corporate development, and general working capital purposes.
  • Xtierra Inc., closed its previously announced private placement for gross proceeds of $1M. Nett proceeds will be used to expand and diversify its royalty portfolio into Canada, USA and other mining friendly jurisdictions (Bilbao project, Zacatecas).
  • Mammoth Resources Corp., announced lifting of management cease trade order and issuance of shares for debt and incentive options. The company has yet to file its Q1, 2020 financial statement and Management Discussion & Analysis which were due on June 30, 2020. It expects to file these statements shortly (Tenoriba project, Chihuahua). Mammoth also announced the issuance of 2,503,000 common shares to settle a total of $87,605 in related party and third party debts.
  • Mexus Gold US, announced that the company satisfied a $57K note payable by way of conversion. In addition, Mexus’ audit obligation has been met with the audit expected to be completed in the next 7 days. The audit process was delayed due to the company moving from an exploration company to a production company (Santa Elena mine, Sonora).
  • Telson Mining Corporation, announced that further to its application for a management cease trade order, which was granted by the British Columbia Securities Commission on June 16, 2020, it has been required to provide bi-weekly status reports in accordance with the alternative information guidelines in National Policy 12-203 management cease trade orders, until such time as the company has completed and filed its audited annual financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis in respect of the financial year ended December 31, 2019 (Tahuehueto project, Durango).
  • One World Lithium Inc., announced that it will continue providing bi-weekly updates following a management cease trader order granted for the British Columbia Securities Commission. The company anticipated that the annual filings and the quarterly filings will be filed on or before July 30, 2020 (Salar del Diablo project, Baja California Norte).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Endeavour Silver Corp., announced a final PFS on its Terronera mine in Jalisco. Base case highlights of the PFS include a NPV 5% of $137M, and IRR of 30%, annual production average of 3M Oz Ag and 32.8K Oz Au (5.9M OZ AgEq) over an initial  10 year mine life, a cash cost and AISC of $0.004 and $2.10 per Oz Ag net of the Au credit respectively, Initial and sustaining capital expenditures of $99M and $60M respectively, a payback period of 2.7 years, and a Pre-Tax and After-Tax undiscounted free cash flow of $315M and $217M respectively.
  • GR Silver Mining Ltd., restarted the 4,500m surface drilling at its Plomosas project in Sinaloa with three drill rigs which is expected to continue through 2020. This drill program is focused on shallow drilling (up to 150m below surface) to expand the known mineralized zones along strike at Plomosas mine and San Juan-La Colorada areas, and follow-up drilling on several new high grade Au-Ag low sulphidation epithermal veins occurrences at the Yecora and El Saltito. Additionally, GR Silver will commence recon work on 11 priority targets identified to contain potential for new discoveries.
  • Prime Mining Corp., provided an update regarding the initial phase of exploration planned on its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. Focus of the phase 1 program is to upgrade and expand the current mineral resource, test identified zones of high-grade, and advance the understanding of the geology and structural controls of the known deposits of the property. The program is expected to cost approximately $6M and has a targeted completion date of late Q1, 2021.
  • Minera Alamos Inc., provided mid-year construction update at its Santana project in Sonora. The company announced that the heap leach pad area has been cleared of all vegetation and is undergoing contouring ahead of clay placement and the pad liner installation, and that the bypass road construction at either end of the heap leach pad area is underway; reported that the explosive storage & detonator bunkers are awaiting final inspection from the Mexican authorities ahead of the explosive permit issuance; and that the fabrication of the plant carbon columns is complete with work underway for the remaining plant steel structure.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Carlyle Commodities Corp., entered into an option agreement with Riverside to earn 100% interest in the Cecilia project in Sonora. In order to purchase 100% interest in the Cecilia property, Carlyle has to make aggregate cash payments of $200K over 3 years to Riverside, issue 1.5M common shares, issue 3M non-transferable special warrants, and incur an aggregate of $2.5M in exploration expenditures. Riverside will retain a 2.5% NSR.
  • Golden Minerals Company, signed a letter of intent with Fabled Copper Corp., to sell its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. The Agreement provides a 10-calendar day period during which Fabled will conduct its due diligence. If Fabled executes the option agreement to acquire 100% interest in Santa Maria property, it has to make a cash payment of USD $0.5M and issue 1M Fabled common shares, USD $1.5M in cash 12 months after closing of the transaction, USD $2M in cash 24 months after closing of the transaction, and upon Fabled exercises the option, it will grant to Golden a 1% NSR.
  • Minera Alamos Inc., announced the appointment of a new member to its board of directors (Santana project, Sonora).
  • Oroco Resource Corp., announced the appointment of a new member to join to its board of directors (Santo Tomas project, Sinaloa).

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Fresnillo plc, continues to implement sanitary measures in its work centers and support the communities surrounding its operations in Fresnillo, Saucito, Juanicipio in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Orisyvo in Uruachic, Chihuahua, Herradura, Noche Buena and Centauro in Caborca, Sonora, San Julian and Cienega in Durango, and in Torreon, Coahuila. . The company donated a last-generation respirator and medical protection equipment such as N-95 respirators, latex gloves, disinfectant gel, disposable gowns, disposable face masks, face masks, and disposable surgical face masks to the General Hospitals of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), as well as thousand food pantries. With these actions, Fresnillo plc, belonging to the Mexican corporate Grupo BAL, joins the commitment to health care, with the purpose of guaranteeing the well-being of families and the population that lives in the areas surrounding its operations.
  • Grupo Peñoles, through contributions made by employees to the service of Met-Mex Peñoles, supported the donation of bed-chairs to Coahuila hospital to support those who deserve decent living conditions.
  • MSX (New Gold Inc.), donated pantries to vulnerable population in the communities of Cerro de San Pedro, San Luis Potosi, as well as personal protection equipment to hospitals designated as medical centers to care for patients with COVID-19.
  • Camino Rojo S.A. de C.V. (Orla Mining Ltd.), continued helping communities and government agencies providing support in sanitary filters installed in the border of Zacatecas with the different states; donated pantries during the months of April, May and June containing products from the basic basket which are intended to contribute to the economy of families in the communities of influence, which are San Tiburcio, Berrendo and San Francisco de los Quijano.

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On the picture above, argillic alteration related to a porphyry copper system in a prospect in Michoacan, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Third Week of June, 2020.

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By Miguel A Heredia

During the twenty five week of the year (June 15th to June 21tt, 2020), at least 44 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, with twelve disclosing deals and corporate issues, ten announcing financial rounds, six commenting on Mexican issues, five informing on exploration results, five discussing on social issues, four reporting on resources and developments, and two communicating production and financial results, ON MEXICO ISSUES, Minera Fresnillo published a press release regarding the events of last Friday, June 12, when a group of people committed excesses in the vicinity of the Fresnillo mine in Zacatecas. Fresnillo plc announced recruitment of 130 mine workers who labored at the Francisco I Madero mine in Zacatecas.  Bacanora Lithium announced that it is set to start production at its Sonora project in Mexico in 2022, despite COVID-19 interruptions. Mexico has some of the largest undeveloped Ag deposits that have been slowed by economic weakness and price fluctuations. Senator Miguel Angel Lucero Olivas, president of the Mining and Regional Development commission, will present a point of agreement to maintain the Undersecretariat of Mining and, if possible, raise it to the Secretariat level. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Magna Gold announced plans to conduct initial drill programs at its La Pima, San Judas and Veta Tierra projects. In Sinaloa, Vizsla added a second rig at its Panuco project, and Kootenay released drill results from the first core hole collared at its Copalito project. In Durango, Mithril provided an update on its Copalquin project.  In Jalisco, GoGold released drill results from nine holes collared at its Los Ricos South project. ON MINING, Magna Gold provided an update and reported production and financial results for May 2020 from its San Francisco mine in Sonora. Santacruz reported consolidated Q4 and full year 2019 production and financial results from their Mexican mine operations.  ON FINANCING, Aztec Minerals arranged a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of CAD $3M (Cervantes project, Sonora). Candelaria Mining entered in a medium term loan facility for USD $9M (Pinos project, Zacatecas).  Mammoth closed a non-brokered private placement for net proceeds of $141,250, which due to demand was increased to $167,475 (Tenoriba project, Chihuahua). Megastar closed a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $ 926,800 (Rama de Oro, Oaxaca). Telson formed a strategic funding alliance with Accendo Banco for USD $12M (Tahuehueto project, Durango). First Mexican closed the first tranche of its previously announced brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $1,235,229.73 (Guadalupe project, Sonora). GR Silver completed a bought deal private placement for gross proceeds of $9,153,000 (Plomosas project, Sinaloa). Magna Gold announced a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to $7,000,750 (San Francisco mine, Sonora).  Mexus announced that it has paid $178,855.49 to satisfy an outstanding debt obligation (Santa Elena mine, Sonora). One World Lithium approved a temporary management cease trade order which, if granted, will prohibit trading in securities of the Company by certain insiders of the Company, whether direct or indirect (Salar del Diablo project, Baja California Norte). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Discovery Metals extended higher grade and expanded the drill program at its Cordero project in Chihuahua. Canuc announced that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with M3SH Technologies Inc., to distribute and sell technological solutions (San Javier project, Sonora). Magna Gold provided plans for its San Francisco mine in Sonora, and reported that a mine design has been completed and plans to advance a pilot test program for its Mercedes project in Sonora.  Sierra Metals released drill results and confirmed the discovery of a new high grade Ag area at its Cusi mine in Chihuahua. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Bacanora Lithium received notification of the off-market transfer of a portion of the shares beneficially owned by Mark Hohnen (Sonora Lithium project, Sonora).  Fortuna Silver reported results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (San Jose mine, Oaxaca). Oroco announced that its shares have been approved to trade on the OTCQB Venture market in USA (Santo Tomas project, Sinaloa). Prime Mining announced key management changes and amended its Los Reyes option agreement in Sinaloa. Silver Dollar signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire La Joya project, Durango from First Majestic.  Newmont was ranked top miner in the 100 best corporate citizens list for 2020 (Peñasquito mine, Zacatecas). Torex announced management changes and results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (El Limón-Guajes mine complex, Guerrero). Tarachi Gold retained Digital 257 Technologies Inc., for digital media and capital market communication services and granted stock options to directors, officers and consultants of the compnay (Juliana project, Sonora).  SilverCrest presented results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (Las Chispas project, Sonora). Silver Spruce granted 6.75M stock options to directors and consultants of the company (Pino de Plata project, Chihuahua). ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Mining companies operating in Mexico have shown their support in different ways to face the COVID-19 pandemic. The Grupo Mexico Foundation donated preventive kits to the Fire Department, Red Cross and Civil Protection of the Sonoran capital, and delivered health and safety kits to the Taxco, Guerrero health sector.  Minera Media Luna (Torex Gold), delivered preventive material for the COVID-19 health contingency in the municipalities of Cocula and Valerio Trujano, in Guerrero State. Minera Penmont (Fresnillo plc), strengthened security protocols to guarantee safe and contagion-free workspaces for its collaborators. Mina San Dimas of First Majestic received medical equipment to face contingency for COVID-19.

 ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Minera Fresnillo (Fresnillo plc), published a press release regarding the events of last Friday, June 12, when a group of people committed excesses in the vicinity of the Fresnillo mine in Zacatecas, in which there were arrests of armed persons. The company initiated legal proceedings before the competent authority. Minera Fresnillo reiterated its respect for union autonomy, and the application of the Mexican rule of law, in particular, current labor legislation. The company also pointed out that there is a disinformation campaign promoted by a group of people that has not been conducted by the institutional media established by the law.
  • Fresnillo plc, announced recruitment of 130 mine workers who labored at the Francisco I Madero mine in Zacatecas. The Francisco I Madero mine was indefinitely suspended a month ago but Fresnillo called them to present their documentation and participate in the contracting process to join the Fresnillo and Saucito mines in Fresnillo, Zacatecas. With this measure, the Mexican mining company will increase its base of collaborators, which will have a positive impact in the region, as 130 new direct and 520 indirect jobs will be generated.
  • Bacanora Lithium plc, announced that it is set to start production at its Sonora project in Mexico in 2022, despite COVID-19 interruptions. The company could benefit from the momentum of a “green recovery” after the pandemic that could spur growth in the electric vehicle market, according to the analyst. The USD $420M project, to be carried out through a 22.5: 77.5% JV with strategic partner Ganfeng Lithium, will be the first to produce significant volumes of lithium in Mexico. Production is estimated to approximate 17,500tonnes per year of lithium carbonate, doubling to 35,000 tonnes starting in 2026 following a USD $380M expansion.
  • Mexico has some of the largest undeveloped Ag deposits that have been slowed by economic weakness and price fluctuations. Four deposits with reserves totaling 178 B Oz Ag remain in the list: Cordero deposit in Chihuahua and owned by Discovery Metals, has resources for 595 M Oz Ag; Pitarrila in Durango, owned by SSR Mining with 552M Oz Ag, Metates in Durango, owned by Chesapeake with 526M Oz Ag; and La Preciosa in Durango owned by Coeur with 105M Oz Ag.
  • Senator Miguel Angel Lucero Olivas, president of the Mining and Regional Development commission, will present a point of agreement to maintain the Undersecretariat of Mining and, if possible, raise it to the Secretariat level. Mexico can gain strength thanks to mining and this is a key point of support for the economic reactivation of the country, therefore it is necessary to have a government agency that can lead and represent a strategic sector such as mining.
  • Undersecretary of Mining, Francisco Quiroga Fernández, assured that the six mines he visited in Sonora are free of COVID-19. He also verified that strict protocols are being applied. So far, there have been no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in any of the resumed Sonoran mines. The Undersecretariat of Mining, previously had already visited other mines in the states of Durango, Chihuahua, Zacatecas, and Coahuila, pointed out that there have been no outbreaks or contagions of COVID-19.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Magna Gold Corp., announced plans to conduct initial drill programs at its La Pima, San Judas and Veta Tierra projects in Sonora. At La Pima, a highly prospective high-grade underground Ag project located 30km NE of the San Francisco open pit, Magna plans to commence a 2,000m core drill program once it completes the permitting process and surface ownership negotiations. At San Judas, located 50 km W of San Francisco open pit, it wants to initiate a first phase of RC drilling in Q4,2020, which will comprises 3,000m to test three of the seven priority targets identified to date. At Veta Tierra, located 5.5 Km NW of the San Francisco open pit, the company wants to re-initiate activities to complete an unfinished drill program that was commenced by Timmins Gold in 2013, which will include 2,000 of RC to test the lateral continuity of the Au mineralization indicated by previous drilling along a 300m trend of an exposed diorite intrusion.
  • Vizsla Resources Corp., added a second rig at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. The company recently resumed its 14,500m drilling program focused on testing over 20 initial drill targets on its unexplored Panuco mining district. To date, only approximately 4,500m have been drilled.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc., released drill results from the first core hole collared at its Copalito project in Sinaloa. The first hole (BDH-20-001) reached a depth of 105.2m and tested the eastern edge of the Cinco Señores vein, returning 106 g/t Ag over 22m, including 1.09 g/t Au and 244 g/t Ag over 3m and including 286 g/t Ag over 1m, and other interval of 0.25 g/t Au and 250 g/t Ag over 5m, including 0.1 g/t Au and 360 g/t Ag over 1m. The 3,500m drill program will continue with the next holes planned to test the Cinco Señores vein where chip sampling returned encouraging Au and Ag values such as 2.9 g/t Au and 426 g/t Ag over 3.2m; 0.24 g/t Au and 401 g/t Ag over 5.3m; 1,155 g/t Ag over 1m; 1.8 g/t Au and 396 g/t Ag over 1m; and 534 g/t Ag over 1m. Five additional principal veins of epithermal affinity remain to be drill tested.
  • Mithril Resources Limited, provided an update on the exploration activities at its Copalquin project in Durango. “A permit for the drill program was issued in 2019 and is being fast tracked and expanded to include additional drill target areas.  All drill pads have been constructed for the initial drill program with clear access tracks established.  Drilling support infrastructure is progressing as planned, ahead of the arrival of the drill rig in the coming weeks”. Drilling will begin at La Soledad target, where over 600m of vein have been mapped at surface with an additional 400m of vein splaying off towards the El Indio mine workings to the east. Drilling will continue at Los Pinos and Los Reyes targets, each with approximately 400m of vein mapped at surface.  These structures are the eastern extension of El Cometa. There are other interesting targets in the property but need further mapping and sampling to better define drill targets.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., released drill results from nine holes collared at its Los Ricos South project in Jalisco, including three at San Juan, four at the main Area, one at Rascadero and one at the East Vein. Significant intersections were encountered in hole LR-GG-174 (Main Area) with 2.56 g/t Au and 173 g/t Ag (4.86 g/t AuEq or 365 g/t AgEq) over 15m, including 8.33 g/t Au and 496 g/t Ag (14.94 g/t AuEq or 1,120 g/t AgEq) over 4.4m; hole LR-GG-169 (San Juan) with 3.18 g/t Au and 188 g/t Ag (5.68 g/t AuEq or 426 g/t AgEq) over 4.1m; and hole LR-GG-178 (East Vein) with 1.09 g/t Au and 97 g/t Ag (2.38 g/t AuEq or 178 AgEq) over 4.4m, including 1.88 g/t Au and 171 g/t Ag (4.17 g/t AuEq or 312 g/t AgEq) over 2.0m.

ON MINING

  • Magna Gold Corp., provided an update on its San Francisco mine in Sonora and reported May 2020 production and financial results. In this period, Magna produced and sold 2,349 Oz Au at an estimated cash cost of USD $607 per Oz, resulting in Au sales of USD $4.2M and an operating profit of USD $2.8M. It also announced the commencement of mining and processing fresh mineralized material in August.
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd., reported Q4 and full year 2019 production and financial results from their Mexican mine operations. In Q4, 2019, Santacruz processed 220,154 tonnes to produce 1.32M Oz AgEq at a cash and AISC of USD $ 18.75 and $21.29 per Oz AgEq produced respectively. It reported revenues of USD $9,964 and a net loss of USD $16,017. In 2019 full year, the company processed 469,291 tonnes to produce 2.83M Oz Ag at a cash and AISC of USD $18.34 and USD $21.55 per Oz AgEq produced respectively. It reported revenues for USD $27,140 and a net loss of USD $20,432.

ON FINANCING

  • Aztec Minerals Corp., arranged a non-brokered private placement financing for gross proceeds of CAD $3M with sophisticated investors, shareholders and directors of the Company. Finder´s fees may be payable in cash and / or warrants on certain portions of the financing, subject to regulatory approvals. Part of the net proceeds will be used to conduct exploration work on its Cervantes porphyry Cu-Au project in Sonora and for general working capital purposes.
  • Candelaria Mining Corp., entered into a medium term loan facility with Accendo Banco S.A. for USD $9M. Funds will be used for financing construction of its Pinos project in Zacatecas and for working capital purposes.
  • Mammoth Resources Corp., closed a non-brokered private placement for net proceeds of $141,250, the same that due to demand was increased to $167,475. Gross proceeds will be used for working capital purposes, including corporate development expenses (Tenoriba project, Chihuahua).
  • Megastar Development Corp., closed a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $926,800. Net proceeds will be used to continue exploration on multiple properties within the Oaxaca, Mexico Au-Ag belt optioned from Minera Zalamera S.A. de C.V. (Yautepec, Magdalena and Rama de Oro projects, Oaxaca).
  • Telson Mining Corporation, formed a strategic funding alliance with Accendo Banco for USD $12M. Funds will be used for the construction of the Tahuehueto mining project in Durango and general working capital purposes. Accendo also intends to purchase up to USD $500K of existing debt with Tahuehueto mining project´s suppliers and convert the debt into common shares of Telson. Additionally, Telson intends to conduct a non-brokered private placement for up to $750K.
  • First Mexican Gold Corp., closed the first tranche of its previously announced brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $$1,235,229.73 (Guadalupe project, Sonora).
  • GR Silver Mining Ltd., completed a previously announced bought deal private placement for gross proceeds of $9,153,000. GR plans to use the net proceeds to fund resource expansion and drilling at its Plomosas and San Marcial projects in Sinaloa, and for working capital and general corporate purposes. Brokers who helped with the financing will receive a cash commission of $636,660 and an aggregate of 2,358,000 non-transferable broker warrants at an issue price for a period of 12 months from the closing date of the offering.
  • Magna Gold Corp., announced a non-brokered private placement for net proceeds of up to $7,000,750 and includes lead investments by Eric Sprott and two mining industry participants. The net proceeds from the private placement will be used for working capital purposes in connection with the company’s existing projects. In connection with the private placement, certain parties may receive a finder’s fee payment equal to 6% of the gross proceeds of the offered shares (San Francisco mine, Sonora).
  • Mexus Gold US, announced that on June 13, 2020 it has paid $178,855.49 to satisfy an outstanding debt obligation (Santa Elena mine, Sonora).
  • One World Lithium Inc., approved a temporary management cease trade order which, if granted, will prohibit trading in securities of the company by certain insiders of the company, whether direct or indirect (Salar del Diablo project, Baja California Norte).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Discovery Metals Corp., released results from 8 drill holes, and extends higher grade at is Cordero project in Chihuahua. Highlights include hole C20-326 with 2,470 g/t Ag, 0.02 g/t Au, and 0.4% Zn (2,489 g/t AgEq) over 0.7m; hole C20-328 with 69 g/t Ag, 0.13 g/t Au, 1.1% Pb, and 1.9% Zn (197 g/t AgEq) over 51.9m, and 62 g/t Ag, 0.22 g/t Au, 1.2% Pb, and 1.3% Zn (174 g/t AgEq) over 62.2m; and hole C20-330 with 38 g/t Ag, 0.16 g/t Au, 0.8% Pb, and 0.8% Zn (112 g/t AgEq) over 85.5m. Based on results Discover has expanded its drilling program from 30,000-35,000m to 50,000-55,000m and will be focused on: 1) “Targeting of broad zones of breccia-hosted mineralization in the east and north-east of both mineralized corridors and 2) Testing of the width, grade and continuity of extensive high-grade vein systems identified in and adjacent to historical artisanal underground workings during the early history of the Project”.
  • Magna Gold Corp., provided an update on its Mercedes and San Francisco properties in Sonora. It reported that a mine design has been completed for its Mercedes project in Sonora, based on the initial drill program completed last year. It also reported that a suite of metallurgical tests work is currently underway. Magna´s objective is to extract 20K Oz Au with minimal associated operating and capital expenditures to provide additional information on the deposit that will guide future drilling and work programs. At San Francisco mine, it announced the execution of an initial four-month drill program in and around San Francisco and La Chicharra open pits to support the conversion of mineral resources to reserves. Magna also has retained Micon International Limited to complete a PFS to re-evaluate the resource model, examine potential operational improvements, and develop an optimized production schedule that incorporates all currently available drill data, updated operating costs and revised gold price assumptions. It is expected to be completed by the end of July, 2020.
  • Sierra Metals Inc., released drill results and confirmed the discovery of a new high grade Ag area called Northeast-Southwest system of epithermal veins at its Cusi mine in Chihuahua. The new high-grade silver vein system was discovered as a consequence of a combination of mine development work in recent months and confirmatory drilling. Significant drill intersections were encountered in hole DC20M658 with 0.1g/t Au, 304 g/t Ag, 0.34%Pb, and 0.25% Zn (327 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 9.35m; hole DC20M677 with 0.03 g/t Au, 1,140 g/t Ag, 0.37% Pb, and 0.36% Zn (1,163 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 4.90m; hole DC20M686 with 0.04 g/t Au, 428 g/t Ag, 0.46% Pb, and 0.76% Zn over a TW of 17.45m; and hole DC20M687 with 0.45 g/t Au, 890 g/t Ag, 1.74% Pb, and 3.2% Zn (1,151 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.85m.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Bacanora Lithium plc., received notification of the off-market transfer of a portion of the shares beneficially owned by Mark Hohnen, Executive Chairman of the Company. The transfer is ultimately to an existing superannuation pension fund of Mr. Hohnen (Sonora Lithium project, Sonora).
  • Canuc Resources Corporation, announced that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with M3SH Technologies Inc. This will allow Canuc to distribute and sell technological solutions enabling Canuc to facilitate application with mining and extractive industry clients (San Javier project, Sonora).
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., reported results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (San Jose mine, Oaxaca).
  • Oroco Resource Corp., announced that its shares have been approved to trade on the OTCQB Venture market in USA under the symbol “ORRCF”, effective immediately (Santo Tomas project, Sinaloa).
  • Prime Mining Corp., announced key changes in executive management and board of directors, appointing its new CEO, Executive VP, and two new board members. The company also announced that it entered into an amendment to its option agreement on Los Reyes project in Sinaloa, with Vista Gold Inc. The amendment provides for the cancellation of all ongoing NSR and back-in rights held by Vista, in consideration for accelerating the final USD $1.5M option payment owing to Vista and completing a series of additional cash payments totalling USD $2.1M. “Upon the company making the option payment, Vista will no longer retain a capped NSR on production from open-pit mining and a perpetual NSR on production from underground mining.  In addition, Vista will no longer have the Back-in Right to assume a 49% non-carried interest in any underground mining project developed at the property”.
  • Silver Dollar Resources Inc., signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire an initial 80% of interest following the exercise of which it may earn an additional 20% for an aggregate 100% interest in La Joya project, Durango from First Majestic Silver Corp. To acquire an 80% interest in la Joya, Silver Dollar will make a cash payment of $1.3M over four years, issue shares equal to 19.9% of Silver Dollar´s then outstanding common shares within one year, incur $1M of exploration expenditures within the first five years, and grant First Majestic a 2% NSR. If Silver Dollar incurs the exploration expenditures within the first three years; however, First Majestic will waive the remaining $600K – or nearly half – of the cash option payments. Silver Dollar may exercise its second option and acquire the remaining 20% (for an aggregate 100%interest) of the La Joya property by providing notice to First Majestic within 30 days of earning the first 80% interest and issuing to First Majestic additional shares equal to 5% of Silver Dollar’s then-outstanding common shares within five years. If Silver Dollar does not provide such notice, Silver Dollar and First Majestic will enter into a joint venture.
  • Newmont Corporation, was ranked top miner in the 100 best corporate citizens list for 2020. It moved from 20th on last year´s list to 13th overall in 3BL Media´s (formerly Corporate Responsibility Magazine´s) 100 Best Corporate citizens (Peñasquito mine, Zacatecas).
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc., notified management changes and results from its annual general meeting of shareholders. It announced the appointment of its new CEO, Executive Chair, and Independent Director (El Limón-Guajes mine complex, Guerrero).
  • Tarachi Gold Corp., retained Digital 257 Technologies Inc., for digital media and capital market communication services. The Company will compensate Digital 257 $10K per month for three months of service. Tarachi also granted 2,735,000 incentive stock options to directors, officers and consultants of the company at an exercise price of $0.31 per share (Juliana project, Sonora).
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., presented results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (Las Chispas project, Sonora).
  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc., granted 6.75M stock options to directors and consultants of the company with an exercise price of $0.05 per share (Pino de Plata project, Chihuahua).

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Mining companies operating in Mexico, have shown their support in different ways to the communities where they operate to face the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX), 26 mining companies that operate in 16 entities of the country have made different contributions to the sanitary emergency. The contributions have been of a different nature, including donations of medical equipment and personal protection kits, basic services such as water and electricity, medical services, pantries, etc.
  • The Grupo Mexico Foundation, donated preventive kits to the Fire Department, Red Cross and Civil Protection of Hermosillo, Sonora, in order to support public institutions that work daily for the benefit of the community in the face of the health contingency by COVID-19. The Grupo Mexico Foundation delivered 500 protection kits containing goggles, N95 masks to the Fire Department, 500 kits to Civil Protection, and 300 kits to the Red Cross Delegation in Hermosillo, Sonora. It also delivered 35 health and safety kits to the Taxco, Guerrero health sector such as the Adolfo Prieto General Hospital, the Mexican Red Cross Taxco delegation, the Mexican Institute of Social Security and Civil Protection. The donation consisted of 10 packages of safety kits that include tyvek suits, face shield and gloves, and the donation of 25 health kits consisting of tyvek suits, gloves, caps, shoe covers and disposable aprons.
  • Minera Media Luna (Torex Gold), delivered preventive material for the COVID-19 health contingency and surgical material to strengthen the health infrastructure in the Health Centers and Houses of the communities of Nuevo Balsas, Atzcala, Real del Limón and La Fundición, in the municipality of Cocula and Valerio Trujano and in the neighborhood of Tepecoacuilco, in Guerrero state.
  • Minera Penmont (Fresnillo plc), strengthened security protocols to guarantee safe and contagion-free workspaces for its collaborators. The protocols that the company has implemented have been in accordance with the guidelines defined by the Secretaries of Health, Economy and Labor of the Federal Government. Minera Penmont reinforced the cleaning tasks in all its facilities and disinfection of transport trucks for collaborators and suppliers. It placed disinfectant gel in areas of greater affluence and promoted the use of masks in offices and respirators in operating areas. In addition, it installed sanitary filters in which the health status of the personnel was evaluated with first-class equipment and the latest technology such as infrared thermometers and a thermal imager.
  • Mina San Dimas of First Majestic received medical equipment to face contingency for COVID-19 in the San Dimas communities through the company clinic. It received specialized medical equipment to care for patients with acute respiratory diseases, other equipment including oxygen concentrators, laryngoscopes, as well as a capnograph and a portable emergency ventilator that together have a market price of around USD $65K.

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On the picture above, ptygmatic folds developed in a meta-sedimentary sequence in an orogenic Au prospect in Michoacan, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.