The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Third Week of April, 2019

By Jorge Cirett

During the 16th week of the year (April 15th to April 21st, 2019), at least 28 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON MEXICO ISSUES, a lower court in Puebla ruled Mexico’s mineral title system unconstitutional based on consultation not being required before issuing the title. Inhabitants of San Antonio, Baja California Sur, manifested in support for the construction of the San Antonio mine. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Aztec Gold delineated several new targets using geophysics at Cervantes; San Marcos disclosed explorations plans for its properties in the year. In Jalisco, GoGold released interesting results from drilling at Los Ricos. ON MINING, Avino Silver, Sierra Metals, First Majestic, Gold Resource and Hecla disclosed production results for Q1 2019.
Fresnillo PLC presented its annual report 2018.  ON FINANCING, Ridgestone Mining, Oroco and Camrova raised $1.12 M; 800 K and 12 K respectively. Sonoro and Minaurum granted options to consultants and directors. Minaurum was named to the Venture 50tm. Sierra Metals entered into an automatic purchase plan. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Goldplay reported channel sample results from a new zone at its San Marcial project in Sinaloa. SilverCrest Metals released good metallurgical results from its Las Chispas property in Sonora. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Newmont Goldcorp Corp. has been delivered. Consolidated Zinc presented notice of its annual general meeting. Aura completed the sale of 80% interest of its Taviche project to Minaurum.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Almaden Minerals Ltd. informed that “a lower court in Puebla State has ruled that Mexico’s mineral title system is unconstitutional because consultation is not required before the granting of mineral title………..This ruling can be appealed by both the Government of Mexico and Almaden. The Company believes that this lawsuit is part of a broad effort by special interest groups to change the mining law and there are other similar actions active across Mexico”. Almaden stated that no communities within the company’s current mining concessions on its Ixtaca project in Puebla are party to this lawsuit.
  • Fresnillo PLC. Presented its 2018 annual report. It is here recommended to all interested in the mining business in Mexico to take a look to the report (http://www.fresnilloplc.com/media/412015/fres-30452-annual-report-2018-web.pdf), especially on the section “Managing our risks”. In the said section, the risks of participating in the industry in Mexico are assessed, including those of metal prices, potential actions by the government, access to land, security, public perception against mining, safety, union relations, exploration, project performance, cyber security, environmental incidents and human resources. Although the report had in mind Fresnillo’s particular situation as one of the largest Mexican mining conglomerates, many parts of the evaluation concern risks that affect all mining enterprises in the country.
  • Some 500 inhabitants of San Antonio, in Baja California Sur, gathered in support of Argonaut Gold’s San Antonio mining project in their locality.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Aztec Minerals Corp.  and Kootenay Silver Inc. informed that interpretation of a recent magnetic and radiometric survey produced multiple porphyry copper targets on the Cervantes property in Sonora. “Cervantes has multiple porphyry cells aligned along a northeast-southwest orientation, manifested as high-level alteration footprints related to intrusive bodies. There are also prominent northwest-southeast trending magnetic anomalies found to be associated with strong alteration, gold-copper mineralization, and intrusive rocks.”   
  • GoGold Resources Inc. disclosed the results from the first two diamond holes on its Los Ricos property in Jalisco. The two diamond drill holes twinned previous RC perforations, replicating the mineralized zones, with 35.5 m @ 1.24 gpt Au, 285 gpt Ag and 27.6 m @ 1.56 gpt Au, 159 gpt Ag. The holes are part of a 10,000 m diamond drill program focused on following the high grade ore shoot down dip below the historical RC drilling.
  • San Marco Resources Inc. plans for 2019 in Sonora include target delineation at Espiritu Santo and 1068 properties, follow-up of underexplored areas at the Chunibas project, extensive participation on lotteries of released ground by the government, evaluation of multiple property acquisitions and ongoing partnership discussions of existing assets.

ON MINING

  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. released production results from its Avino property in Durango for 2019’s first quarter. During the period production came from three sources: Avino mine, San Gonzalo mine and historic stockpiles. At Avino, 100.9 K tonnes were milled @ 41 g/t Ag, 0.48 gpt Au, 0.49% Cu, recovering 84% Ag, 71% Au, 87% Cu. At San Gonzalo (which is nearing the end of its mine life) 17.9 K tonnes were milled @ 188 gpt Ag, 0.54 gpt Au, recovering 65% Ag, 61% Au. From historic stockpiles 78.8 K tonnes were milled @ 61 gpt Ag, 0.40 gpt Au, 0.21% Cu, recovering 55%, Ag, 52% Au, 29% Cu. Total production was 1,813 Oz Au, 268.4 K Oz Ag, 1.06 M Lb Cu, or 615 K Oz AgEq.
  • Sierra Metals Inc. reported first quarter 2019 results, including figures from its Mexican mines. The Bolivar mine in Chihuahua processed 263.2 K tonnes (~3,008 tpd, targeting 3,600 tpd for Q2 2019)) grading 0.81% Cu, 19.5 gpt Ag, 0.19 gpt Au, recovering 82.2% Cu, 79.1% Ag, 67.9% Au to produce 3.87 M Lb Cu, 130 K Oz Ag, 1,100 Oz Au (or 5.08 MLb CuEq). At the Cusi mine, also in Chihuahua, 71.3 K tonnes were processed @ 105 gpt Ag, 0.15 gpt Au, 0.3% Pb, 0.3% Zn, recovering 79.5% Ag, 37.5% Au, 75.2% Pb to produce 192 K Oz Ag, 133 Au Oz, 349 K Lb Pb, no Zn.
  • Fresnillo PLC. Filed its annual report 2018. During the year Fresnillo produced 61.8 M Oz Ag, 922 K Oz Au, holding resources of 2.2 billion Oz Ag and 39.1 M Oz Au. At Fresnillo, in Zacatecas, 2.44 M tonnes were milled @ 214 gpt Ag to produce 15.1 M Oz Ag, 42,290 Oz Au, 19,619 tonnes Pb, 31,094 tonnes Zn. At Saucito, in Zacatecas, 2.79 M tonnes were milled @ 257 gpt Ag, 1.25 gpt Au to produce 19.78 M Oz Ag, 86,092 Oz Au, 22,662 tonnes Pb, 29,506 tonnes Zn, while the Pyrites Plant processed 131.8 K tonnes @ 393 gpt Ag, 2.8 gpt Au to produce 977 K Oz Ag, 3,556 Oz Au. At San Julian, in Chihuahua, 1.27 M tonnes were processed from the veins @144.1 gpt Ag, 2.0 gpt Au, to produce 5.43 M Oz Ag, 79,218 Oz Au. 2.22 M tonnes were processed from the disseminated orebody @ 154 gpt Ag, 0.1 gpt Au, 0.4% Pb, 1.4% Zn, to produce 9.2 M Oz Ag, 3,125 Oz Au, 6,101 tonnes Pb, 22,027 tonnes Zn. At Cienega, in Durango, 1.32 M tonnes were milled @ 164 gpt Ag, 1.65 g/t Au to produce 6 M Oz Ag, 66,869 Oz Au, 4,799 tonnes Pb, 5,892 tonnes Zn. At Herradura, in Sonora, 22.15 M tonnes @ 0.76 gpt Au were deposited on the heaps to produce 474,168 Oz Au, 1.52 M Oz Ag, at cash cost $504 per Au Oz (total volume hauled, 124 M tonnes). At Nochebuena, in Sonora, 18.2 M tonnes were deposited on the heaps @ 0.52 gpt Au to produce 167.2 K Oz Au, 52 K Oz Ag, at cash cost $735.4 per Oz Au (total volume hauled, 80.3 M tonnes).  The company had $580.7 M as cash and cash equivalents by the end of the year.

First Majestic Silver Corp. produced 6.3 AgEq Oz during the first quarter of 2019. During the period 831.2 K tonnes of ore were milled @ 150 gpt Ag, 1.26 gpt Au, with recoveries of 83% Ag, 96% Au, to produce 3.33 M Oz Ag, 32,037 Oz Au, 2.66 M Lb Pb, 1.26 M Lb Zn.  The ore had averages and recoveries of 287 gpt Ag, 4.18 gpt Au (93% Ag, 96% Au) at San Dimas, Durango; 121 gpt Ag, 1.87 gpt Au (89% Ag, 95% Au) at Santa Elena, Sonora; 126 gpt Ag (66% Ag) at La Encantada, Coahuila; 187 gpt Ag, 0.58 gpt Au (89% Ag, 93% Au)at San Martin, Jalisco; 54 gpt Ag, 1.8% Pb, 1.6% Zn (75% Ag by flotation, 62% Ag by cyanidation, 69% Pb, 48% Zn) at La Parrilla, Durango; 114 gpt Ag, 2.1% Pb (74% Ag, 0.7 M Lb Pb)at Del Toro, Zacatecas.

  • Gold Resource Corp. reported preliminary production results for the first quarter 2019. The Oaxaca Mining Unit (El Aguila, Arista, Switchback) produced 6,538 Au Oz, 364.6 K Oz Ag, 433 tonnes Cu, 2,153 tonnes Pb, 5,838 tonnes Zn. “The Company maintains its 2019 Oaxaca Mining Unit Annual Outlook of 27,000 gold ounces and 1,700,000 silver ounces, plus or minus 10%”.
  • Hecla Mining Co. announced preliminary production results for the first quarter of 2019. At San Sebastian, in Durango, the mill operated at 494 tpd to produce 0.4 M Oz Ag, 3,530 Oz Au. “A review of sulfide ore continues, including a bulk sample to test the capabilities of the third-party plant and the suitability of long-hole stoping for the ore body, with results expected by the fourth quarter of 2019.”

ON FINANCING

  • Ridgestone Mining Inc. completed its previously announced private placement financing, for gross proceeds of $1.12 M. The company paid 6% ($43.2 K) cash and 309 K compensation warrants. Also, 72.2 K bonus shares were issued to a director of the company, under a loan agreement (Rebeico, Sonora).
  • Sierra Metals Inc. entered into an automatic purchase plan with its designated broker (Cusi and Bolivar, Chihuahua).
  • Sonoro Metals Corp. granted 100 K incentive options to a director of the company. These options vest immediately and are exercisable at a price of $0.18 per share (Cerro Caliche, Sonora).
  • Minaurum Gold Inc. has been named to the TSX Venture Exchange Venture 50tm , the annual ranking of Canada’s top 50 emerging publicly traded companies across five industry sectors. Minaurum also granted 3.35 M common share stock options to directors, officers and consultants. The options are exercisable at a price of $0.45 for a period of 10 years from the issue date. The company also granted consultants 275 k options exercisable at a price of $0.45 for a period of five years. Ten percent vest immediately, and another 15% each semiannually (Alamos, Sonora).   
  • Oroco Resources Corp. closed a non-brokered private placement financing, raising $800 K in gross proceeds. No finder’s fee was paid (Santo Tomas, Sinaloa).
  • Camrova Resources Inc. closed the second tranche of the previously announced private placement, for proceeds of $12 K, bringing the total combined proceeds to $66 K. The third and final tranche of the Private Placement is expected to close in early May (Boleo, Baja California Sur).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Goldplay Exploration Ltd. reported channel sample results from a new zone at its San Marcial project in Sinaloa. The Nava zone, 500 long by 100 m wide, is extensively altered and hosts low sulphidation quartz veining and stockwork mineralization. Channel samples from the zone returned assays ranging from 1.04 gpt Au to up to 10.0 gpt Au.
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc. announced positive metallurgical results for Las Chispas project, in Sonora. “A total of 445 kg was selected from 51 core holes and nine underground samples to compile 15 different samples, based on geo-metallurgical domains which were combined into three master composites. These composites utilized 210 kilograms of mass representing a variety of grades (low, medium and high) of 500 to 2000 gpt AgEq expected during conceptual operation”. The new metallurgical tests show estimated recoveries of 98.4% to 98.9% Au and 91.4% to 94.8% Ag, using conventional methods comprised of gravity concentration and intensive leaching followed by gravity tails standard leaching.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Newmont Mining Corp. announced that it has extended the previously announced offers to exchange all outstanding notes issued by Goldcorp Inc. for up to two billion dollars  aggregate principal amount of new notes to be issued by Newmont, as part of the proposed arrangement on which Newmont acquires all outstaning shares of Goldcorp (Peñasquito, Zacatecas).
  • Consolidated Zinc Ltd. presented its notice of annual general meeting for the annual general meeting of shareholders to be held on 23 May 2019 (Plomosas, Chihuahua).
  • Aura Resources Inc. announced the completion of the sale of an 80% interest in its East Taviche project in Oaxaca, to Minaurum Gold Inc.. Minaurum issued 100 K common shares to Aura and paid 39.4 K on closing; additionally, Minaurum is to issue further 100 K shares on receipt of the pertinent drilling permits. The remaining 20% can be acquired by Minaurum paying CDN$1 M.
  • Newmont Goldcorp Corp. announced the successful conclusion of its transaction combining Newmont Mining Corp. and Goldcorp Inc. to form the world’s leading gold business. The company targets six to seven million ounces of steady gold production over a decades-long time horizon (Peñasquito, Zacatecas).

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The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Second Week of April, 2019.

An active hot spring system.

By Miguel A Heredia

During the thirteen week of the year (April 08th to April 14th, 2019), at least 22 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, with seven informing on exploration results, seven communicating financial and production results, six disclosing deals and corporate issues, one announcing financial rounds, and one reporting on resources and development of their properties.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, No relevant news.   ON EXPLORATION, In Baja California Norte, One World Lithium announced that a RC rig is moving to its Salar del Diablo project. In Sonora, Silver Viper identified new drill targets at its Virginia project and prepares a helicopter-borne magnetic and radiometric survey. In Chihuahua, Radius re-started drilling at its Amalia project and Silver Spruce announced that its ongoing field exploration work continue expanding their drill target areas and has identified new veins at its Pino de Plata project.  In Coahuila, Discovery Metals increased the anomalous area at its Minerva project. In Sinaloa, Kootenay reported sampling results and the discovery of a new vein at its Copalito project. In Durango, Gainey received an environmental permit to drill up to 32 holes at its Las Margaritas project. ON MINING, McEwen released Q1, 2019 production results from its El Gallo mine in Sinaloa. Great Panther reported Q1, 2019 production results from their Topia mine in Durango and Guanajuato Mine Complex in Guanajuato. Consolidated Zinc reported March 2019 production results from its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua. Endeavour reported Q1, 2019 production results from its four Au-Ag mines in Mexico. Fortuna Silver reported Q1, 2019 production results from its San Jose mine in Oaxaca. Fresnillo plc announced Q1, 2019 production results from their Mexican operations. ON FINANCING One World Lithium closed a second tranche of its non-brokered private placement for $CDN 525, 675 (Salar del Diablo project, Baja California Norte). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, McEwen announced that the FS and permitting are progressing at its El Fenix project in Sinaloa, and expects to complete the FS on Q2, 2019. Fresnillo plc and MAG Silver announced that their Juanicipio project in Zacatecas has been approved for development by their respective Boards of Directors. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, One World Lithium announced the engagement of and IR firm (Salar del Diablo project, Baja California Norte). Sierra Metals announced changes of its Board of Directors (Cusi mine, Chihuahua). Goldcorp obtained a final order approving the plan of arrangement with Newmont. McEwen announced that are exploring the potential sale of their Mexican assets (El Gallo and Fenix projects, Sinaloa). Azucar Minerals reported that Newcrest confirmed its intention to exercise its top-up rights pursuant to the investor rights agreement (El Cobre project, Veracruz).  Fresnillo plc announced changes on its Board of Directors (La Herradura mine, Sonora). Oroco announced an option to purchase 40M shares of Aztec Copper Corporation (Santo Tomás project, Sinaloa). VVC announced changes on its Board of Directors (Samalayuca project, Chihuahua).

 ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No relevant news.

ON EXPLORATION

  • One World Lithium Inc., announced that a truck mounted RC drill rig is moving to its the Salar del Diablo project in Baja California Norte. The company plans to drill 4,250m in 12 holes to drill-test three geophysical anomalies covering more than 54 Km2, a large geochemical anomaly that covers 150 Km2, and geological structures.
  • Silver Viper Minerals Corp., identified new drill targets based on surface geochemistry and prospecting at its Virginia project in Sonora. These new targets are located south and east of the El Rubi discovery, and will be tested during the next phase of drilling to be conducted on the property. Also, the company will carry out a 720 line-km magnetic and radiometric survey over the El Rubi and La Gloria targets for a total coverage of 4,900 hectares.
  • Radius Gold Inc., re-started drilling at its Amalia project in Chihuahua, where last year, drill hole AMD18-009 in the San Pedro structural zone intersected 7.08 g/t Au and 517 g/t Ag over 26m, including 14.71 g/t Au and 1,378 g/t Ag over 5m. The company plans to drill 2,000m to test immediately below and on strike of the hole AMD18-009.
  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc., announced that its ongoing field exploration work continue expanding their drill target areas and has identified new veins at its Pino de Plata project in Chihuahua. “Detailed mapping of the property including the expanded area of strong alteration at the Terrero target has been the focus of our current field work. Several new veins have been mapped and systematic analysis with our handheld XRF instrument is underway providing real time data on mineralized areas. Pino de Plata has obvious potential with multiple mineralized drill targets.”
  • Discovery Metals Corp., increased the anomalous area to 1.5km long by 300m wide at its Minerva project in Coahuila. Surface sampling returned encouraging results with values up to 997 g/t Ag, 31% Zn, and 13% Pb. “The strong Ag-Zn-Pb grades of surface anomalies plus the dimensions of the corresponding areas suggest the presence of a robust carbonate replacement system”.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc., reported sampling results and the discovery of a new vein at its Copalito project in Sinaloa. Six samples collected on the La Chiva vein returned Ag grades between 33 and 1,190 g/t Ag, including a sample with 1.7 Kg over 1.5m; fourteen samples taken on the Pilar vein returned grades from trace to 233 g/t Ag; and ten samples collected on the new vein called Chente returned grades from 4 to 68 g/t Ag and from traces to 2.62 g/t Au.
  • Gainey Capital Corp., received an environmental permit to drill up to 32 holes at its Las Margaritas project in Durango. The low sulphidation epithermal vein system at Las Margaritas has never been drilled and the upcoming program will be focused on the best mineralization exposed on surface with grades up to 73.7 g/t Au.

ON MINING

  • McEwen Mining Inc., released Q1, 2019 production results from its El Gallo mine in Sinaloa. The company continues recovering Au from residual of the heap leach and produced 5,413 Oz Au.
  • Great Panther Mining Limited, reported Q1, 2019 production results from its Topia mine in Durango and from its Guanajuato Mine Complex in Guanajuato. At Topia, the company milled 20,232 tonnes with grades of 1.09 g/t Au and 336 g/t Ag to produce 380 Oz Au, 203.6K Oz Ag, 1.08M Lb Pb, and 1.48M Lb Zn. Metallurgical recoveries for Au and Ag were 53.4% and 93.3% respectively. At its Guanajuato Mine Complex, the company milled 49,422 tonnes with grades of 2.07 g/t Au and 102 g/t Ag to produce 2,749 Oz Au and 134.8K Oz Ag. Metallurgical recoveries for Au and Ag were 83.7% and 83.3% respectively.
  • Consolidated Zinc Limited, reported March 2019 production results from its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua. The company milled 3,855 tonnes with grades of 12.4% Zn and 1.5% Pb to produce 1.07M Lb Zn and 125.4K Lb Pb.
  • Coeur Mining Inc., released Q1, 2019 production results from its Palmarejo mine in Chihuahua. Coeur milled 378,987 tonnes with grades of 2.18 g/t Au and 144 g/t Ag to produce 23.2K Oz Au and 1.3M Oz Ag. Metallurgical recoveries were 83.4% for Au and 72.8% for Ag.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp., presented Q1, 2019 production results from their four Au-Ag mines in Mexico. The company produced 1M Oz Ag and 10K Oz Au. Figures for each of their Mexican operations is shown in the table below:

  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., reported Q1, 2019 production results from its San Jose mine in Oaxaca. Fortuna milled 256,643 tonnes with grades of 1.71 g/t Au and 267 g/t Ag to produce 12.7K Oz Au and 2M Oz Ag with metallurgical recoveries of 90.14% and 90.76% respectively.
  • Fresnillo plc., announced production results from their several Mexican operations. A total of 13.1M Oz Ag, 211K Oz Au, 27.2M Lb Pb, and 4.8M Lb Zn were produced during Q1, 2019. Figures by mine are shown in the next table:

ON FINANCING

  • One World Lithium Inc., closed a second tranche of its non-brokered private placement for CDN$ 525,675. Including the proceeds from the first tranche, the company has raised CDN$ 1,774,550 under the offering, leaving CDN$225,450 of the offering yet to close. Net proceeds will be used to fund the drilling program at its Salar del Diablo in Baja California Norte.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • McEwen Mining Inc., announced that the FS and permitting are progressing at its El Fenix project in Sinaloa, and expects to complete the FS on Q2, 2019.
  • Fresnillo plc and MAG Silver Corp., announced that their Juanicipio project in Zacatecas has been approved for development by their respective Boards of Directors. Fresnillo will be the operator of Juanicipio and holds a 56% majority stake. Construction will commence immediately and is expected to be completed in late 2020, with a life of mine of 12 years and a total average annual production of 11.7M Oz Ag and 43.5K Oz Au. The Juanicipio development is expected to create approximately 2,750 jobs during construction and 1,720 jobs once at full production.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • One World Lithium Inc., announced the engagement of Kaye Wynn Consulting Inc., as its IR firm (Salar del Diablo project, Baja California Norte).
  • Sierra Metals Inc., announced changes of its Board of Directors (Cusi mine, Chihuahua).
  • Goldcorp Inc., obtained a final order approving the plan of arrangement that allow Newmont Mining Corporation to acquire all outstanding common shares of Goldcorp. Goldcorp and Newmont expect to close the transaction in Q2, 2019, and the combined entity will be called Newmont Goldcorp.
  • McEwen Mining Inc., announced that are exploring the potential sale of their Mexican assets (El Gallo and Fenix projects, Sinaloa).
  • Azucar Minerals Ltd., reported that Newcrest confirmed its intention to exercise its top-up rights pursuant to the investor rights agreement. Top-up rights in favour of Newcrest entitles it to maintain its pro-rata interest in Azucar, and the right to designate one nominee to the Board of Directors of Azucar. (El Cobre project, Veracruz).
  • Fresnillo plc., announced changes on its Board of Directors, appointed Mr. Luis Robles as an independent non-executive director of the company (La Herradura mine, Sonora).
  • Oroco Resources Corp., announced that its affiliate Altamura Copper Corp., has acquired an option to purchase 40M shares of Aztec Copper Corporation. At the time of their issuance, the Aztec shares represented in excess of 90 percent ownership of Aztec (Santo Tomás project, Sinaloa).
  • VVC Exploration Corporation., appointed Ms. Emily King to its Board of Directors (Samalayuca project, Chihuahua).

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On the picture above, an active hot spring system in a prospect in Queretaro, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the First Week of April, 2019

By Jorge Cirett

During the 14th week of the year (April 1st to April 7th, 2019), at least 24 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON MEXICO ISSUES, an initiative with anti-mining tones was discarded by the Senate. The undersecretary of mining stated that no changes to the mining law, or tax increases in mining are envisaged by AMLO’s administration, and that the focus is to be in decreasing the regulatory load to incentivize the sector. On the other hand, he stated that regulations have to be actualized, highlighting community consultations. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Minaurum presented drilling results from several vein systems at its Alamos Silver property; Aloro submitted a new environmental permit for its Venados project. In Chihuahua, Sable Resources released a thick, good grade intercept from one hole at its Margarita project. In Veracruz, Azucar Metals disclosed good Au-Cu results from one more hole at its El Cobre property.  ON MINING, Consolidated Zinc has a new toll agreement for its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua. Endeavour Silver achieved commercial production at its El Compas mine in Zacatecas. Telson Mining released historic metallurgical test results that support higher precious metal recoveries for its Campo Morado mine in Guerrero. Alamos Gold has produced 2 M Oz Au at the Mulatos mine in Sonora. Torex Gold produced 77.8 K Oz Au during the last quarter at its Limon-Guajes mine in Guerrero. GoGold produced 288.7 K Oz Ag in Parral, Chihuahua. Arcelor Mittal invested over US$1 B on its Michoacan plant in 2018.   ON FINANCING, Sonoro Metals raised $650K. Defiance Silver closed the second tranche of its financing, raising $1.06 M. Sable Resources announced an offering to raise up to $1.5 M.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Mag Silver disclosed development advances at Juanicipio, Zacatecas. Sierra Metals disclosed positive drill results from testing of a geophysical anomaly at Bolivar, Chihuahua. Evrim informed on the increase in resources by First Majestic at the Ermitaño project in Sonora.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Alamos Gold sold a portfolio of non-core royalties. Bacanora Lithium continues to negotiate with Oman for funding of the Sonora Lithium project. Premier Gold divested of several properties, including the Santa Teresa property in Baja California. American Silver and Pershing Gold continue on its path to business combination. GoldCorp’s shareholders support the business combination with Newmont.  

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • An initiative with anti-mining tones was discarded by the senate. The initiative presented on November 2018 by the now deceased senator Angelica Garcia, caused a fall in the value of mining companies in the Mexican stock market at the time of its presentation. The Comisiones Unidas de Mineria y Desarrollo Regional y de Estudios Legislativos discarded the proposal on March 27th, based on multiple deficiencies regarding operational overlapping of several government organisms and the lack of well-defined procedures on environmental and negative social impact issues.
  • Francisco Quiroga, undersecretary of mining, in an interview with El Financiero Bloomberg, stated that the Federal Government is not to realize changes to the Mining Law, nor to impose a tax increase in the mining industry. The priority, he said, is to reduce the regulatory load and to augment the financing of projects. He added that regulations have to be actualized in maters like community consults, but that there is no need to change the Mining Law. He also pointed that there are not going to be legal changes on the direct foreign investment in mining.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Minaurum Gold Inc. informed that three of the new vein systems at its Alamos Silver project host significant mineralisation at depth, and drilling has intersected five previously unknown blind veins. To date, 9 of the 15 vein systems identified have been drilled, and Minaurum plans to put at least one hole on each of these before turning to follow-up phase III drilling. Highlighted results from phase II drilling of new veins comprise: 9.6 m @ 198 gpt Ag, 0.17% Cu, 0.2% Pb, 0.9% Zn (or 269 gpt AgEq); 0.9 m @ 302 gpt Ag, 0.21% Cu, 0.5% Pb, 0.8% Zn (or 383 gpt AgEq); 2.05 m @ 181 gpt Ag, 0.15% Cu, 1.6% Pb, 1.5% Zn (or 338 gpt AgEq); 2.85 m @ 25 gpt Ag, 2.3% Pb, 10.6% Zn (or 618 gpt AgEq); 0.9 m @ 391 gpt Ag; 0.11% Cu, 0.4% Pb, 0.3% Zn (or 548 gpt AgEq). Good drill core mineralised intercepts have been obtained from the Minas Nuevas, Promontorio, San Jose, Europa-Guadalupe, Nueva Europa, Amalia, Tigre, Ana, Travesia and El Creston vein systems.
  • Sable Resources Ltd. announced results from one more drill hole at its Margarita project in Chihuahua. This drill hole is on the same section line than a deep hole from the previous drilling campaign, and extends mineralisation 350 m NW from other holes. Highlighted intervals comprise 37.35 m @ 117 gpt Ag, 0.7% Zn, 0.2% Pb, 0.17 gpt Au (or 177 gpt AgEq), including 0.90 m @ 353 gpt Ag, 0.6% Zn, 0.1% Pb (391 gpt AgEq) and 5.50 m @ 400 gpt Ag, 3.0% Zn, 1.1% Pb, 1.07 gpt Au (or 689 gpt AgEq), including 1.65 m @ 790 gpt Ag, 0.4% Zn, 2.0% Pb, 2.92 gpt Au (or 1,122 gpt AgEq). “This hole was intended to test close to surface mineralisation above low-grade mineralisation intercepted at depth in Hole 3 and we are delighted at hitting such strong, thick mineralisation.”
  • Aloro Mining Corp. submitted to SEMARNAT a new environmental permit for approval of drilling and road construction at its Los Venados property in Sonora. “Aloro was able to apply for the new permit after recently negotiating a new 3 year – 50 drill hole surface access agreement with the Mulatos Ejido.” The new permit is focused on the blind target in the SE corner of the concession, where a drill hole from the last campaign intersected 32 m of strong silicic alteration with brecciated vuggy quartz and sulfides, and 4.5 m @ 1.57 gpt Au.
  • Azucar Minerals Ltd. released results from one more drill hole at its El Cobre project in Veracruz. The hole, drilled on the Raya Tembrillo target in the northern edge of the Villa Rica zone, intercepted hypogene porphyry mineralisation from surface, with 168.1 m @ 0.56 gpt Au, 0.29% Cu, including 77.5 m @ 0.78 gpt Au, 0.35% Cu, which in turn include 27.95 m @ 1.53 gpt Au, 0.43% Cu and 12.1 m @ 2.04 gpt Au, 0.58% Cu.     

ON MINING

  • Consolidated Zinc Ltd. announced the execution of a new toll agreement for its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua, whilst still negotiating new offtake agreements for the concentrates. On March 22, CZL received the notification of termination of its toll agreement with Grupo Mexico (60-day termination notice), and by March 29 a toll agreement was executed with Triturado y Minerales La Piedrera S.A. de C.V. for processing of the ore at its Aldama concentrator facility. The Aldama plant has a 300 tonnes per day (or tpd) capacity that Plomosas can fully utilize. The contract is for 18 months with 6 months extension for CZL. “CZL will process Plomosas ore at both the Aldama Plant and Grupo Mexico Santa Eulalia concentrators for approximately a month under its contracts”. Negotiations are ongoing with a number of parties, “including Industrias Penoles S.A.B. de C.V. and Trafigura Beheer BV, to sell the Plomosas Zinc and Lead Concentrates”.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. informed that commercial production was achieved in mid-March at El Compas mine in Zacatecas, its fourth mine in Mexico. “El Compas has a nominal plant capacity of 250 tonnes per day (tpd) at estimated recovery rates of 83% gold and 50% silver. From February 18 to March 17, the operation processed development ore from stockpile at an average production rate of 232 tpd (93% of design rate) and recovery rates of 73.5% gold (88% of design rate) and 45.5% silver (63% of design rate but only 13% of revenue)”.
  • Telson Mining Corp. released results of historic Leachox Process testing to try to increase Au and Ag recoveries on its Campo Morado mine tailings material, in Guerrero. The 2013 report by Maelgwyn Mineral Services for Nyrstar (then the mine operator) stated a maximum recovery of 65% Au, 75% Ag for 20 microns grinded material, and 45% Au, 81% Ag for 40 microns grinded material. “We could improve recoveries from current levels of gold at 15-20% and silver 30-40%, which would significantly increase the mines profitability by increasing the ounces of gold and silver produced at Campo Morado.”
  • Alamos Gold Inc. announced that its Mulatos mine in Sonora produced its two millionth ounce of gold in March 2019. “This milestone also marks the end of the 5% NSR royalty that the operation has been paying since the start of production in 2005. At the current gold price, this represents a savings of approximately $65 per ounce, which has already been incorporated into previously disclosed guidance…… The Mulatos operation has been an incredible success story. It started producing gold in 2005 with approximately a seven-year mine life and 14 years later, the mine still has six years of reserves ahead of it.”
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. reported that in Q1, 2019, a total of 77,800 Oz Au were produced at its El Limon-Guajes mine in Guerrero. “Debt principal was reduced by $18.6 million, and cash balances at the end of the quarter were $119 million, including $26.8 million of restricted cash.” Field trials are underway for the first piece of equipment for the proprietary Muckahi mining system.
  • Gogold Resources Corp. announced record production of 288.7 K Oz Ag and 1,613 Oz Au  (or 424.2 K Oz AgEq) from its Parral tailings operation in Chihuahua.
  • Arcelor Mittal. invested $1,635 M during 2018 in Michoacan, while looking to expand its production capacity in Mexico, including a new line of sheeted steel plate, mining, and the modernization of its production plant. The new installations are located in Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan, to take advantage of the Economic Special Zones to produce 5.3 M tonnes of steel, focusing on the higher aggregate value of sheet steel plate in the automotive and aerospace industries.

ON FINANCING

  • Sonoro Metals Corp. completed a non-brokered private placement, for gross proceeds of $650 K (Cerro Caliche, Sonora).
  • Defiance Silver Corp. closed the second tranche of its previously announced private placement, for gross proceeds of $1.06 M, paying $21.3 K finder’s fees and emitting 106.5 K non-transferable broker warrants (San Acacio, Zacatecas).
  • Sable Resources Ltd. announced a non-brokered offering that could raise up to $1.5 M (Margarita, Chihuahua).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Mag Silver Corp. disclosed audited consolidated results for 2018. At Juanicipio, in Zacatecas, operated by partner Fresnillo PLC, mine construction continues with “developing the three internal spiral footwall ramps at depth to access the full strike length of the Valdecañas Vein system; excavating and constructing the underground crushing chamber; advancing the conveyor ramp from both ends to and from the planned mill site….. integrating additional ventilation and other associated underground infrastructure, and progressing the construction of surface infrastructure facilities”. During 2018, 6,636 m of underground development were completed, taking the total to date to over 18.5 km. Some highlighted intersections of the 46,060 m of drilling during the year comprise: 11.6 m (true width, or TW) @ 783 gpt Ag, 2.57 gpt Au, 6.5% Pb, 9.5% Zn (Deep Zone West); 6.3 m @ 246 gpt Ag, 1.78 gpt Au, 7.2% Pb, 11.6% Zn, 0.4% Cu (Deep Zone East); 3.2 m @ 472 gpt Ag, 0.31 gpt Au, 0.4% Pb, 0.4% Zn (New Pre-Anticipada vein); 3.0 m (core length) @ 392 gpt Ag, 5.6 gpt Au. Mag remains well funded, with cash and cash equivalents of $130 M by the end of the year.
  • Sierra Metals Inc. reported positive results from drill testing a geophysical anomaly at the Bolivar West zone of their Bolivar mine in Chihuahua. Drilling of the Titan 24 chargeability  target identified and defined a new zone named West Extension to the Bolivar West zone, which is an extension of the Bolivar West structure. Highlighted drill intercepts comprise: 4 m @ 140 gpt Ag, 2.29% Cu, 7.6% Zn, 0.09 gpt Au (or 6.56% CuEq); 20 m @ 15 gpt Ag, 1.32% Cu, 1.16 gpt Au (or 2.42% ZnEq); 3 m @ 36 gpt Ag, 0.87% Cu, 8.5% Zn (or 4.63% CuEq).
  • Evrim Resources Corp. informed that First Majestic Silver Corp. announced a 20% increase in inferred resources over the maiden resource estimation of 2018 at the Ermitaño property in Sonora. A total of 8.81 M AgEq Oz (or 119 K AuEq Oz) were upgraded to indicated status, while 48.98 M AgEq Oz (or 659 K AuEq Oz) are defined as inferred resources. First Majestic is planning to complete 16,000 m of drilling during 2019.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Alamos Gold Inc. reported entering into an agreement for the sale of a portfolio of non-core royalties to Metalla Royalty & Streaming Ltd., for proceeds of USD$8.0 M in Metalla common shares with the right to receive additional an additional USD$0.6 M upon Metalla’s exercise of the La Fortuna option. The portfolio of 18 royalties being sold is all on assets not owned by Alamos in several countries. This includes a 2% NSR royalty on the El Realito property, adjacent to the La India mine in Sonora.
  • Bacanora Lithium PLC. Announced “that it remains in active discussions with the State General Reserve Fund of Oman (“SGRF”), the sovereign wealth fund of the Sultanate of Oman, to conclude the proposed US$65M Strategic Investment Agreement and Offtake Agreement for Bacanora’s flagship Sonora Lithium Project in Mexico……. the Company remains focused on completing the funding package in Q2 2019 with a view to commissioning a chemical processing plant and commencing first production at Sonora in H2 2021”.
  • Premier Gold Mines Ltd. announced the divestment of several properties in Canada, and the Santa Teresa property in Baja California. The divestment of the properties is the result of four transactions that accrued US$1.23 M to Premier. No information was provided on the parties involved on the transactions.
  • Americas Silver Corp. and Pershing Gold Corp. announced that the  Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States  (CFIUS)  has  completed  its  review  of  the  companies’  previously  announced  business  combination and  that  they expect their business combination transaction to be completed by April 3rd.
  • GoldCorp Inc. informed that GoldCorp’s shareholders have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the combination with Newmont Mining Corp.

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On the image above, quartz druse from a breccia in a Michoacan project. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

Economía busca reducir carga regulatoria a mineras y promover proyectos.- El Financiero

https://www.elfinanciero.com.mx/economia/economia-busca-reducir-carga-regulatoria-a-mineras-y-promover-proyectos

Con el fin de dar certidumbre a las empresas mineras y atraer inversiones, la Secretaría de Economía (SE) busca reducir la carga regulatoria de ese sector y crear una ventanilla única para promover el desarrollo de proyectos, así como impulsar el financiamiento a las empresas mediante el uso del Fideicomiso de Fomento Minero (Fifomi) como garante para las inversiones.

Francisco Quiroga, subsecretario de Minería de la SE, aseguró que el Gobierno del presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador no realizará cambios a la Ley Minera, ni aplicará un aumento en los impuestos que paga ese sector; en cambio, una prioridad es reducir la carga regulatoria y ampliar el financiamiento a los proyectos del sector.

El funcionario indicó que la regulación tiene que actualizarse en temas como las consultas a las comunidades para el establecimiento de proyectos mineros; sin embargo, comentó que no es necesario modificar la Ley Minera, porque hay actualizaciones que tienen que ver con simplificaciones de los trámites mineros.

“Ejemplo de ello es la creación de una ventanilla única, que es uno de nuestros proyectos de esta administración”, reveló en entrevista con El Financiero Bloomberg.

Quiroga añadió que la carga regulatoria que enfrenta el sector minero mexicano es “excesiva” desde el punto de vista de los trámites y del tiempo que tardan, por ello buscan reducirla.

El subsecretario marcó distancia del Gobierno federal respecto de la iniciativa de Morena en el Senado para reformar la Ley Minera en materia de impacto social y ambiental.

“Somos respetuosos del Legislativo, sabemos de sus preocupaciones legítimas, pero no tenemos una iniciativa como tal, el presidente ha dado la seguridad de que no habrá cancelación de concesiones”, dijo.

FINANCIAMIENTO PUEDE MEJORAR

En cuanto al Fifomi, Quiroga dijo que el financiamiento de proyectos es una de las áreas de oportunidad que se ha detectado en los primeros meses del sexenio, por lo que se busca que este Fideicomiso sea un garante del gobierno federal ante la banca comercial.

El funcionario explicó que hay proyectos que tienen flujos de ingresos en dólares; sin embargo, se tenían que fondear en pesos, lo que representaba para las empresas mineras una desventaja competitiva, porque se financiaban en una moneda diferente a la del flujo de ingresos y, además, resultaba más caro.

“Estamos trabajando con Fifomi para hacer posible que proyectos que tienen esos flujos en moneda extranjera puedan ser fondeados en moneda extranjera… Con esa función le das certidumbre a la banca comercial (para) que sepa que Fifomi participa con un grado de financiamiento, que sepa que es buen proyecto que dé confianza y los incentive a participar”, sostuvo.

Quiroga admitió que la industria minera tiene incertidumbre sobre los nuevos planes del gobierno y el entorno nacional. Señaló que los grandes factores de incertidumbre que hay en la minería son los mismos que tiene México, como la inseguridad en algunas regiones del país.

Otros han sido despejados y en la SE se ha hecho un esfuerzo por tener buena comunicación con los “tomadores de decisiones” del sector.

“Existe una aceptación de lo que queremos hacer en cuanto a la sostenibilidad de la minería, la seguridad en el trabajo e incorporación de las comunidades, se trata de replicar buenas prácticas”, mencionó.

Sobre el estatus de la Inversión Extranjera Directa en minería, el funcionario reconoció que en cada cambio de administración hay una incertidumbre lógica y natural que hace que los inversionistas esperen y vean si habrá ajustes “dramáticos”. Pero reiteró que no habrá cambios legales.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Fourth Week of March, 2019.

 

Rhyolite breccia cemented by Mn oxides

By Miguel A Heredia

During the eleven week of the year (March 25th to March 3ist, 2019), at least 33 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, with fifteen disclosing deals and corporate issues, six informing on exploration results, four communicating financial and production results, three announcing financial rounds, three reporting on resources and development of their properties, and two discussing Mexican news. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Mazatlan, Sinaloa will be the venue for the Discovery Mining Conference 2019 from April 2 to 4. Also, Sinaloa State government expects at least US$100M of mining investment during 2019.   ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Colibri presented exploration results on its Evelyn and Mezquite projects. In Chihuahua, Kootenay released exploration results from its Columba Silver project and Silver Spruce identified additional drill targets at its Pino de Plata project. In Zacatecas, Advanced Gold started the third phase of drilling at its Tabasqueña project. In the State of Mexico, Impact announced drill results from the El Canelo Vein system within its Zacualpan district project. In Veracruz, Azucar Minerals presented drill results from its El Cobre project.  ON MINING, Telson reported that process testing at its Campo Morado mine in Guerrero shows increase in the production rate by 15%. Sierra Metals reported full year 2018 financial results. First Majestic reported 2018 production results from its Mexican operations. ON FINANCING McEwen closed a registered direct offering for aggregate gross proceeds of US$25M (Fenix project, Sinaloa).  Vangold closed its first tranche of the previous announced private placement for gross proceeds of $335K and increased it to $700K (El Pinguino, Guanajuato). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Mexus Gold announced positive progress towards Au production at its Santa Elena project in Sonora. Goldplay filed a mineral resource estimation and technical report for its san Marcial project in Sinaloa. First Majestic provided an update of its 2018 mineral reserve and resource estimates.   ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Odyssey provided an update of its Mexican phosphate project in Baja California Sur. In Jalisco, GoGold acquired and consolidated 29 mining concessions in a large exploration program called Los Ricos. Fortuna Silver reported that CONAGUA has completed its investigation and issued a resolution confirming that no remediation of the nearby Coyote Creek is required (San Jose mine, Oaxaca).  The compnay also filed its fiscal 2018 annual report on form 40-F with the SEC. Minera Alamos filed its annual information form and 2018 annual report on Form 40-F. It also announced results of its annual meeting of shareholders (Mulatos mine, Sonora). GoGold announced results of their annual meeting of shareholders (Parral tailings project, Chihuahua). Consolidated Zinc provided an update regarding a land use agreement in place for its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua. Levon announced the pass away of its CEO and appointed its VP Exploration as interim CEO (Cordero project, Chihuahua). Newmont received Mexican anti-trust approval for its pending acquisition of Goldcorp. Goldcorp, along with Institutional Shareholders Services Inc., continues to recommend that its shareholders vote in favour of the completion of the arrangement. Both companies also announced successful early tender period for exchange offers and consent solicitations. Goldcorp announced support for Newmont special dividend to its shareholders. Great Panther announced resignation of its Director (Topia mine, Durango).

 

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Mazatlan, Sinaloa, will be the venue for the Discovery Mining Conference 2019 from April 2 to 4. Organizers expect the participation of 70 mining companies and the assistance of 1,000 national and foreigners’ people.
  • Sinaloa State, When announcing Mazatlan as the venue for the Discovery Mining Conference 2019, from April 2 to 4, the director of mining in the state, Alfredo Villegas Padilla, announced that this year at least US100M (MXP$1,937M) are expected in mining investment, both in new projects and in the continuity of some existing ones.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Colibri Resource Corporation, presented exploration results from its recently completed mapping and sampling programs on their Evelyn and Mesquite projects in Sonora. Highlights include two high grade assays of 43.9 g/t Au and 7.28 g/t Au, and several Au values varying from 0.13 to 0.57 g/t Au, from a shear zone containing orogenic type quartz veins at its Evelyn project. At El Mesquite project, the company geologists confirmed that the mineralization style is of the high sulphidation affinity and encountered Au values ranging from 17 ppb up to almost 1 g/t Au, and from 1 to 152 g/t Ag. Colibri plans to continue the mapping and sampling programs in both properties.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc., released exploration results from its ongoing mapping and surface sampling program conducted on its Columba Silver project in Chihuahua. Highlights of the recent field work include the discovery of five new veins, the high-grade values encountered in some of the veins, and the delineation of approximately 2km of strike length in new veins and veins extensions. Some of the significant sampling results are 692 g/t Ag over 0.8m, 426 g/t Ag over 0.70m, 360 g/t Ag over 1.8m, 330 g/t Ag over 2.0m, 275 g/t Ag over 3.5m, 215 g/t A over 3.0m, and 182 g/t Ag over 6.6m. The company is in the process of obtaining permits to conduct a drilling program in the first half of Q2, 2019.
  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc., identified additional drill targets at its Pino de Plata project in Chihuahua. Field examination conducted by geologists of the company identified a new zone of over 20 square kilometers of strongly altered rock located to the west of the El Terrero target. It appears to be associated with La Perla Vein and the historic El Terrero workings. Currently, the geological field crews are using a portable XRF (x-ray fluorescence) analyzer and a near-infrared spectrometer to obtain immediate indications of mineralization, pathfinder elements and associated alteration. Several sample lines will be tested on outcrops and soils with the handheld instruments as an orientation survey prior to detailed data collection on a grid pattern.
  • Advanced Gold Corp., announced that a phase 3 drilling program is ongoing at its Tabasqueña property in Zacatecas. ”Two targets are planned to be drilled during this program, one is a near surface target and the other deeper to test the boiling zone of the cluster of epithermal veins drilled in the two earlier phases of drilling”. Focus of the phase 3 drilling program is to drill deeper to target the boiling zone of the epithermal vein system
  • Impact Silver Corp., announced results of the initial six holes program drilled on the El Canelo Vein within its Zacualpan district project in the State of Mexico. Four of the six holes encountered encouraging mineralized intersections. Significant intercepts are in hole Z19-01 with 4.84 g/t Au, 24 g/t Ag, and 0.1% Cu (5.27 g/t AuEq) over 2.69m (TW); hole Z19-03 with 1.64 g/t Au, 39 g/t Ag, and 0.93% Cu (3.46 g/t AuEq) over 1.17m (TW), and hole Z19-04 with 1.01 g/t Au, 99 g/t Ag, and 0.97% Cu (3.61 g/t AuEq) over 0.35m (TW).
  • Azucar Minerals Ltd., presented drill results from El Porvenir and Suegro zones within its El Cobre project in Veracruz. El Suegro target is located 250m south of El Porvenir Zone, and the mineralization is associated with an altered intrusive displaying locally intense phyllic alteration overprinting potassic alteration. Significant drill intersections at El Porvenir Zone were encountered in hole EC-18-056 with 184m of 0.48 g/t Au and 0.16% Cu, including 72.50m of 0.99 g/t Au and 0.26% Cu, and 28.50m of 1.66 g/t Au and 0.33% Cu, and in hole EC-18-062 with 194.55m of 0.23 g/t Au and 0.16% Cu, including 47.25m of 0.44 g/t Au and 0.16% Cu, and 36m of 0.49 g/t Au and 0.17% Cu. At the Suegro Zone, significant drill intersections were encountered in hole EC-18-064 with 109.30m of 0.24 g/t Au and 0.13% Cu, including 3m of 0.93 g/t Au and 0.43% Cu, and in hole EC-18-06 with 130.50m of 0.16 g/t Au and 0.15% Cu, including 13m of 0.26 g/t Au and 0.17% Cu. “The newly discovered Suegro zone demonstrates the potential for multiple porphyry centers over a five kilometers strike”.

ON MINING

  • Telson Mining Corporation, reported that a significant increase in production at its Campo Morado mine in Guerrero can be achieved by reducing the size of crushed mineral mill feed. With this, Telson plans to increase the SAG Mill throughput processing rate by at least 15%.
  • Sierra Metals Inc., presented full year 2018 financial results from its mining operations. The company had revenue of $232.4M and adjusted EBITDA of $89.8M on throughput of 2,325,288 tonnes and metal production of 2.72M Oz Ag, 33.9M Lb Cu, 27.7M Lb Pb, 76.8M Lb Zn, and 7,743 Oz Au or 18M Oz AgEq, 95.2M Lb CuEq, and 251 M Lb ZnEq for the year 2018.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp., announced 2018 production results of its Mexican operations. The next table shows figures by mine:

ON FINANCING

  • McEwen Mining Inc., closed a registered direct offering for aggregate gross proceeds of US$25M. Insiders of the company, including Rob McEwen subscribed for US$3M of the offering (Fenix project, Sinaloa).
  • Vangold Mining Corp., closed its first tranche of the previous announced private placement for gross proceeds of $335K. It also increased it private placement to $700K (El Pinguino, Guanajuato

 

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Goldplay Exploration Ltd., filed a mineral resource estimation and technical report for its San Marcial project in Sinaloa. “The report documents a maiden mineral resource estimate for the initial 500 m long x 100 m wide resource area, part of a 3.5 km mineralized exploration corridor at the San Marcial Project”. Indicated resources are 7.6M of tonnes at grades of 117 g/t Ag, 0.5% Zn, and 0.3% Ob (or 147 g/t AgEq) containing 29M Oz Ag, 86M Lb Zn, and 53M Lb Pb or 36M Oz AgEq. Inferred resources are 3.39M tonnes of 91 g/t Ag, 0.35% Zn, and 0.1%Pb (or 108 g/t AgEq) containing 10M Oz Ag, 26M Lb Zn, and 8M Lb Pb or 12M Oz AgEq.
  • Mexus Gold US, announced positive progress towards Au production at its Santa Elena project in Sonora. The company has already purchased a CAT front end loader and a Gardner Denver hydraulic track mounted blast drill. It also confirmed that the company has sufficient ore grades to begin a 3500 ton per week mining operation with expected grades of 4 grams Au per ton.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp., updated its mineral reserve and resource estimates as of December 31, 2018. Figures by mine are showed in the next tables:

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc., provided an update of its Mexican phosphate project in Baja California Sur. The company has advised that a legal step has been taken to defend shareholder interests and realize the full economic value in the development of the project due to the negative decision of the past administration of Mexico to authorize the development of its project. Odyssey has filed a claim against Mexico under Chapter eleven of NAFTA.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., signed an option agreement to acquire and consolidate 29 mining concessions in a large exploration program called Los Ricos in Jalisco. The consolidated area covers 22,000 ha and is located approximately 100km NW of Guadalajara City. As part of the option agreement to consolidate the concessions of this large-scale exploration property, the Company will make an upfront payment of $70K, monthly payments of $12K for the first 12 months, monthly payments of $20K for months 13 to 24, monthly payments of $30K for months 25 to 36, monthly payments of $31.5K for the months 37 to 60. It also includes a 2% NSR on five of the concessions. If the company elects to exercise the option, a lump sum payment not to exceed $11 million can be made at any time within the six year option period.
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., reported that CONAGUA has completed its investigation and issued a resolution on the overflow of the contingency pond at the dry stack tailings facility at its San Jose mine in Oaxaca. CONAGUA confirmed that no remediation of the nearby Coyote Creek is required but the company received a fine of approximately $US42K related to the incident. On the other hands, it also filed its fiscal 2018 annual report on form 40-F with the SEC.
  • Alamos Gold Inc., filed its annual information form and 2018 annual report on Form 40-F. It also announced results of its annual meeting of shareholders (Mulatos mine, Sonora).
  • GoGold Resources Inc., announced results of their annual meeting of shareholders (Parral tailings project, Chihuahua).
  • Consolidated Zinc Limited, announced that a local rancher with which the company has a land use agreement commenced legal proceedings against the Mexican subsidiary that owns the Plomosas mine in Chihuahua, to terminate the agreement. Legal advises received by the company determined there was no basis for the proceedings.
  • Levon Resources Ltd., announced the pass away of its CDEO and appointed its VP Exploration as interim CEO (Cordero project, Chihuahua).
  • Newmont Mining Corporation, received the Mexican anti-trust approval for its pending acquisition of Goldcorp Inc. Goldcorp, along with Institutional Shareholders Services Inc., continues to recommend that its shareholders vote in favour of the completion of the arrangement. Both companies also announced successful early tender period for exchange offers and consent solicitations. Goldcorp announced support for Newmont Special Dividend to its shareholders. The dividend delivers value to existing Newmont shareholders with an immediate cash payment for a portion of the synergy potential arising from the Nevada joint venture announced with Barrick Gold Corporation.
  • Great Panther Mining Limited, announced resignation of its Director (Topia mine, Durango).

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, a rhyolite breccia cemented by Mn oxides in a prospect in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Second Week of March, 2019.

 

Large barite crystals

By Miguel A Heredia

During the nine week of the year (March 11th to March 17th, 2019), at least 33 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, with eight announcing financial rounds, seven communicating financial and production results, six informing on exploration results, six disclosing deals and corporate issues, four reporting on resources and development of their properties, and 2 discussing Mexican news. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Compañía Minera Cuzcatlán recognized the contribution of women in mining and declared it is committed to continue promoting its inclusion. Ternium re-activated the ore transport from its Aquila mine in Michoacan after the highway was blocked by an indigenous community for 16 days.  ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Aztec Minerals reported positive metallurgical results from its Cervantes project. In Chihuahua, Sable released drilling results from its Margarita project. In Coahuila, Prize Mining announced plans for the next phase of exploration at its Manto Negro project. In Sinaloa, e-Power staked three new mining claims. In Zacatecas, Excellon reported drilling results from its Evolution project.  ON MINING, Alio, Consolidated Zinc, Fortuna, Impact, Leagold and Starcore presented production results from their Mexican mining operations for the periods Q4 and full year 2018.  ON FINANCING, Aura announced that is undertaking a non-brokered private placement to raise up to $0.5M (East Taviche project, Oaxaca).  Defiance closed the first tranche of its non-brokered private placement for $1,229,500. Mexican Gold closed the final tranche of its non-brokered private placement for $2,143,000 (Las Minas project, Veracruz). McEwen announced its voluntary termination of the equity distribution agreement to offer shares from its common stock. Vangold has arranged a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to $0.5M, and announced a shares consolidation plan (Pinguino project, Guanajuato). Xtierra announced its intention to raise up to $1M by way of a non-brokered private placement (Bilbao project, Zacatecas). Sierra Metals closed a senior secured corporate credit for up to US$100M (Cusi mine, Chihuahua).  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, SilverCrest updated mineral resource estimate for its Las Chispas project in Sonora, effective February 8, 2019.  Orla Mining reported that it is advancing its Camino Rojo Oxide project in Zacatecas towards a construction decision.  Leagold announced a mine expansion FS for its Los Filos mine in Guerrero. Telson released significant assay results from underground development at its Tahuehueto mine in Durango. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Aura appointed new CEO, entered in a definitive agreement with Minaurum on its East Taviche project in Oaxaca, and the shareholders approved the change of name to Aura Resources Inc.  Coeur appointed former Nevada Governor to its Board of Directors (Palmarejo mine, Chihuahua). Mako Mining announced the resignation of its CEO and the appointment of its interim replacement (La Trinidad mine, Sinaloa). Tamino announced that it has retained the services of an experienced consultant geologist (El Volcan project, Sonora). Goldcorp announced fully support for the Nevada JV between Barrick and Newmont. Southern Copper showed interest to invest in a lithium project in Sonora.

 ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Minera Cuzcatlán S.A. de C.V., the Mexican subsidiary of Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., recognized the contribution of women in mining and declared it is committed to continue promoting its inclusion.
  • Ternium, re-activated the ore transport from its Aquila mine in Michoacan after a group of indigenous people from the community of Santa Maria Ostula blocked the Mexican Federal Highway # 200 for 16 days.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Aztec Minerals Corp., and Kootenay Silver Inc., announced positive bottle roll gold metallurgical results from its Cervantes project in Sonora. Drill core samples were grouped into 4 separate types of mineralization: oxide 1, oxide 2, mixed oxide/sulphide, and sulphide, showing metallurgical recoveries of 85.1%, 87.7%, 77.9%, and 51.2% respectively on 2mm material, and 94.3%, 94.2%, 89%, and 78.5% on 75 micron material.
  • Sable Resources, released drilling results from holes M-DDH-19-18 and M-DDH-19-19 from its Margarita project in Chihuahua. Hole M-DDH-19-18 intersected 71 g/t Ag and 0.13% Zn (80 g/t AgEq) over 30.8m, including 174 g/t Ag and 0.15% Zn (186 g/t AgEq) over 3.7m, and 171 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, and 0.12% Zn (199 g/t AgEq) over 1.55m, while hole M-DDH-19-19 intersected 24 g/t Ag, 0.08% Pb, and 0.3% Zn (44 g/t AgEq) over 55m, including 94 g/t Ag, 0.3% Pb, and 2.4% Zn (238 g/t AgEq) over 2.05m. “The mineralized Margarita structure can now be traced continuously with drillholes for 1,400m along strike including a central core of high-grade veins and silicified fault zones surrounded by a wide, close to surface, low-grade Ag halo, hosted by silicified and fractured volcanic rocks.”
  • Prize Mining Corporation, announced plans for the next phase of exploration at its Manto Negro project in Coahuila “to further define the scale, grade, and potential of this district scale property”. The plan is to locate structural and geological traps where there is increase thickness in mineralization to test them with a 3,000 to 5,000 m core drilling program. “Following positive results, metallurgical testing will be completed as well as 3D interpretation on key areas”.
  • e-Power Metals, staked three new mining claims totaling 4,400 ha, located south of the Company´s high grade Magenta Au-Ag-Co project, where historical sampling on veins and skarn style deposits at the La Prieta old showings have returned results of 180.4 g/t Au, 202 g/t Ag, and 5.54% Co over 0.61m in Zone # 1; 194 g/t Au, 203 g/t Ag, and 8.14% Co from an adit dump; and 8.1 g/t Au, 53 g/t Ag, and 3.27% Co over 0.5m in Zone #2.
  • Excellon Resources Inc., reported first drilling results since 2010 from its Evolution property in Zacatecas. Significant drilling results are in hole EX18MAZ-251 with 22 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, 1% Zn, and 0.1 g/t Au (101 g/t AgEq) over 154m, including 188 g/t Ag, 4.4% Pb, 2.9% Zn, and 0.1 g/t Au (532 g/t AgEq) over 2.4m, and 48 g/t Ag, 0.7% Pb, 2.8% Zn, and 0.1 g/t Au (238 g/t AgEq) over 7m; hole EX18MAZ-253 with 14 g/t Ag, 0.3% Pb, 0.7% Zn, and 0.1 g/t Au (70 g/t AgEq) over 219m, including 70 g/t Ag, 1.3% Pb, 2.2% Zn, and 0.4 g/t Au (274 g/t Ag) over 12.6m; hole EX18MAZ-257 with 175 g/t Ag, 4.3% Pb, 5.4% Zn, and 0.4 g/t Au (663 g/t AgEq) over 3.4m; and hole EX18MAZ-258 with 64 g/t Ag, 1.4% Pb, 2.2% Zn, and 0.3 g/t Au (259 g/t AgEq) over 24.9m.

ON MINING

  • Alio Gold Inc., presented Q4 and full year 2018 production results from its San Francisco mine in Sonora. Alio produced 10.3K Oz Au and 4.2KOz Ag in Q4 2018 at AISC of $1,558 per Oz Au produced. Alio produced 54K Oz Au and 24.8K Oz Ag in 2018 at AISC of $1,258 per Oz.
  • Consolidated Zinc Limited, provided February 2019 production results from its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua. It reported 4,158 tonnes processed with Zn recoveries of 89% to Zn concentrates. Consolidated Zinc mined 3,873 tonnes of 9.6% Zn and 2.7% Pb to produce 815.4K Lb Zn and 235.2K Lb Pb.
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., released Q4 and full year 2018 financial and production results from its San Jose mine in Oaxaca. It reported Q4 sales of $59.6M, net income of $2.2M, adjusted net income of $4.4M, and adjusted EDITDA of $22.7M. For the full year 2018 Fortuna reported sales of $263.3M, net income of $34M, adjusted net income of $38.4M, and adjusted EBITDA of $113.9M. The company milled 256,181 tonnes of 1.58 g/t Au and 230 g/t Ag to produce 11.8K Oz Au and 1.72M Oz Ag with metallurgical recoveries of 91% for both metals. Fortuna also reported an AISC of $7.1 for Oz Ag or $9.9 for Oz AgEq.
  • Impact Silver Corp., announced its financial and operating results for Q4, 2018. It reported $13.1M in revenues for 2018. Impact milled 173,217 tonnes of 170 g/t Ag to produce about 947K Oz Ag.
  • Leagold Mining Corporation, presented financial and production results from its Los Filos mine in Guerrero for the period Q4 and full year 2018. It reported revenues of $376.5M, and an adjusted EBIDTA of $89.5M for the full year 2018.Leagold produced 58,201 Oz Au in Q4 and 195,362 Oz Au for the full year 2018 at an AISC of $985 per Oz Au sold.
  • Starcore International Mines Ltd., announced financial and production results from its san Martin mine in Queretaro for the Q3 period ended January 31, 2019. It reported revenues of $6.6M and an EBIDTA of $335M for the nine months ended January 31, 2019. Starcore milled 71,100 tonnes of 1.8 g/t Au and 33 g/t Ag to produced 3.4K Oz Au and 46.2K Oz Ag (4K Oz AuEq).

ON FINANCING

  • Aura Minerals Inc., announced that is undertaking a non-brokered private placement to raise up to $0.5M.
  • Defiance Silver Corp., closed the first tranche of its non-brokered private placement for $1,229,500. The first tranche is part of the non-brokered private placement for total gross proceeds of $4M (San Acacio, Zacatecas).
  • Mexican Gold Corp., closed the final tranche of its non-brokered private placement for $2,143,000. Gross proceeds will be used on its Las Minas project in Veracruz.
  • McEwen Mining Inc., announced its voluntary termination of the equity distribution agreement on March 13, 2019 to offer shares from its common stock from time to time for up to $90M (Fenix project, Sinaloa).
  • Vangold Mining Corp., has arranged a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to 0.5M. It also announced a consolidation of their shares in which the company will trade 2 old shares for 1 new share (Pinguino project, Guanajuato).
  • XTierra Inc., announced its intention to raise from a non-brokered private placement up to $1M. (Bilbao project, Zacatecas).
  • Sierra Metals Inc., closed a six year senior secured a corporate credit facility for up to US$100M effective on March 08, 2019 (Cusi mine, Chihuahua).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., updated mineral resource estimate for its Las Chispas project in Sonora, effective February 8, 2019. The infill drilling program at Las Chispas has delineated an initial indicated mineral resource estimate of 1M tonnes of 6.98 g/t Au and 711 g/t Ag (1,234 g/t AgEq), containing 39.8M Oz AgEq. Inferred mineral resource are estimated at 3.6M tonnes of 3.32 g/t Au and 332 g/t Ag (581 g/t AgEq), containing 68.1M Oz AgEq.
  • Orla Mining Ltd., filed a PEA amended technical report on its Camino Rojo project in Zacatecas. “The PEA supports a technically simple open-pit mine and heap-leach operation that offers low capital and operating costs, rapid payback, and strong financial performance. The PEA is based on near-surface oxide and partly oxidized (transitional) material within the overall resource, all located within Orla’s mineral concessions”. Highlights of the PEA are a pre-tax NPV (5%) of USD$231 and an IRR of 38.1% or after-tax NVP (5%) of USD$121M and an IRR of 24.5%; production rate per day of 18K tonnes; total material to leach pad of 42.5M with grades of 0.71 g/t Au and 13.6 g/t Ag (966K Oz Au and 18.5M Oz Ag contained) with metallurgical recoveries of 67% and 15% respectively; and an annual gold production of 97.5K Oz Au. It also reported that it is advancing its project towards a construction decision later this year and ensuring the company remains on track with the development of its first mine. Orla is also advancing the feasibility study on its Camino Rojo project which is expected to be completed by the end of Q3, 2019. Construction is expected to start during H2, 2020 following receipts of all necessary permits.
  • Leagold Mining Inc., announced a mine expansion FS in March 2019 which incorporates “the potential for developing the Bermejal underground mine, enlarging the Los Filos open pit mine, re-phasing the Bermejal open pit into two distinct sections (Bermejal and Guadalupe), and building a 4,000 tonne per day (tpd) carbon-in-leach (CIL) plant to complement the existing heap leach facilities”.
  • Telson Mining Corporation, released significant assay results from underground development on the Creston Zone at its Tahuehueto mine in Durango. Significant channel sampling results are 8.48 g/t Au, 104 g/t Ag, 0.85% Cu, 5.8% Pb and 11% Zn (20.9 g/t AuEq) over 4.95m; 5.66 g/t Au, 62 g/t Ag, 0.26% Cu, 3.6% Pb, and 7.4% Zn (13.24 g/t AuEq) over 3m; 8.89 g/t Au, 88 g/t Ag, 0.34% Cu, 2.3% Pb, and 6.3% Zn (15.54 g/t AuEq) over 3m; 11.87 g/t Au, 78 g/t Ag, 0.54% Cu, 2.7% Pb, and 4% Zn (17.59 g/t AuEq) over 3.35m; and 8.12 g/t Au, 134 g/t Ag, 0.44% Cu, 2.4% Pb, and 4% Zn (14.13 g/t AuEq) over 3.25m.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Aura Resources Inc., appointed new CEO and made changes of its Board of Directors. The company also entered in a definitive agreement with Minaurum Gold Inc., in which Minaurum can acquire an 80% interest on its East Taviche project in Oaxaca.
  • Coeur Mining Inc., appointed former Nevada Governor to its Board of Directors.
  • Mako Mining Corp., announced the resignation of its CEO and the appointment of its interim replacement (La Trinidad mine, Sinaloa).
  • Tamino Minerals Inc., retained the services of an experienced geological consultant to assist them to achieve its goals within its mining exploration projects in order to meet corporate milestones (El Volcan project, Sonora).
  • Goldcorp Inc., announced fully support for the Nevada JV between Barrick Gold Corporation and Newmont Mining Corporation.
  • Southern Copper Corp., showed interest to invest in a Canadian owned lithium project in Sonora, on which a Chinese company seems to be also interested. Southern Copper has not made an offer yet and did not reveal the name of the lithium project.

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On the picture above, large barite crystals and manganese oxides in a low-intermediate sulphidation epithermal system in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the First Week of March, 2019

By Jorge Cirett

During the 10th week of the year (March 4th to March 10th, 2019), at least 16 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON MEXICO ISSUES, The cancellation of the Los Cardones project in Baja California Sur was announced by the president of Mexico. According to the Fraser Institute, Mexico climbed several positions on its ranking, although security and taxation remain dragging down its overall ranking. On PDAC’s Mexico Mining Day, the participation of Francisco Quiroga, Pedro Haces and the governors of Durango and Sinaloa left a bittersweet message, as an invitation for investment was mixed with the government impulse for community consultations, the reviewing of mining concessions, labor issues and environmental revisions.   ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Sonoro Metals commenced a second phase of RC drilling at its Cerro Caliche property. In Chihuahua, Radius Gold informed is working on a revised geological model of the previous drilling campaign as it prepares for the next at the Amalia project. In Durango and Veracruz. Chesapeake Gold is to focus its 2019 exploration program in properties near its flagship Metates project, and in the Tatatila project in Veracruz. ON MINING, Americas Silver, Avino Silver and Premier gold reported operating and/or financial results for the Q4 and full year 2018. ON FINANCING, Minera Alamos corrected a previous financing press release, Kootenay Silver increased the size of its placement to $7 M. McEwen Mining suspended distribution of its dividend. Mako Mining raised CAD$4.5 M. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Mag Silver reported on 46,000 m of drilling and the discovery of a new vein trend at Juanicipio, in Zacatecas. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Oroco informed on the status of legal actions regarding its intention to acquire the Santo Tomás project in Sinaloa. Alio Gold changed CEO and Great Panther Silver Ltd. changed its name to Great Panther Mining Ltd. as it diversifies into gold mining.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • The Durango and Sinaloa governors, Jose Rosas Aispuro and Quirino Ordaz, respectively, attended the PDAC convention in Toronto, looking to strengthen the ties with Canadian companies and promote investment in the local mining sector.
  • The president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, announced the cancellation of the Los Cardones open pit mining project in Baja California Sur (on the bright side, the cancellation could be the result of negotiations with the project owner, which has multiple government contracts in other industries. On the other hand, the president said he took the decision because he has the authority to do so).
  • The Fraser institute released its annual survey on mining jurisdictions of the World, Mexico climbed several positions to reach the 29th on the ranking, from the 44th on the previous year. Our Latin American competitors on the foreign investment race, Chile and Peru, also raised to the 6th (from the 8th) and 14th (from the 91th) position respectively. The categories on which Mexico can improve significantly are: “Disputed Land Claims” (58th position), “Socioeconomic Agreements/Community Development” (59th position), “Labor Regulations” (58th position), Security (80th position, regrettably) and “Taxation Regime” (71st position, just 13th places from the bottom). To download the report: https://www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/annual-survey-of-mining-companies-2018.pdf.
  • In PDAC, Francisco Quiroga, undersecretary of Mining on the Secretaría de Economía (Ministry of Economy) asked Canadian mining companies to accept public consultations to avoid harmful effects on society and the environment. He also solicited fiscal observance, environmental protection and human rights respect by the companies to avoid the closure of mines. He offered an administrative simplification to miners by the implementation of a sole attention desk to reduce paperwork.
  • Also in PDAC, and during the Mexico Mining Day, Pedro Haces Barba (Morena senator) stated that Canada is a strategic partner on the mining sector. He expressed the Congress and Senate support to stimulate the development of the industry, giving form to a legal framework in the leading edge, with the participation of experts, producers, environmentalists, workers and all other involved. Haces also stressed the compromise to impulse significant changes to the mining law to benefit from the sustainable exploitation of natural resources in pace with the regional dynamics and global challenges.  

ON EXPLORATION

  • Radius Gold Inc. informed on the review and re-logging of five holes drilled to test the Campamento structural corridor (now called San Pedro) at its Amalia project in Chihuahua. Only the deepest hole intercepted the structure within the lower volcanic group andesitic rocks, returning 26 m @7.1 gpt Au, 517 gpt Ag, including 5 m @ 14.7 gpt Au, 517 gpt Ag. Access agreements with landowners have been secured, and a new environmental permit has been applied for the second drill stage. Pan American Silver is funding the project with Radius as the operator.
  • Sonoro Metals Corp. commenced the phase two drilling campaign at its Cerro Caliche property in Sonora. This 4-month program is to consist of approximately 5,000 m of reverse circulation drilling. The goal is to enlarge the gold mineralization inventory, test deeper zones and extend the high-grade gold intercept at El Colorado zone, which returned 12.2 m @ 11.21 gpt Au. If results support it, a phase 3 drilling campaign of approximately 7,000 m of infill drilling will follow. “The Company anticipates that it will commission and publish an NI 43-101 technical report, including an initial resource estimate, within two months”.
  • Chesapeake Gold Corp. informed this year its exploration programs will focus on the under-explored region of its Metates project in Durango. At Crisy, close to Metates, a quartz breccia and stockwork that runs for over 2 km hosted in shales, produced 24 m @ 1.5 gpt Au; 13 m @ 1.1 gpt Au, 14 gpt Ag; 4 m @ 2.5 gpt Au, 49 gpt Ag, in channel samples. At Cerro Pelon, Durango, a 3 km long, 750 m wide zone of epithermal veins and stockworks returned 40 m @ 42 gpt, 0.2 gpt Au; 25 m @ 57 gpt Ag; 15 m @ 1.0 gpt Au in surface sampling. At San Javier, Durango, “Silver mineralization is hosted within clay altered sandstone, mudstone and local intrusive dikes and has been traced continuously on surface for over 500 meters. Previous samples returned 60 meters of 71 g/t silver and 0.6% lead. In January, a trench channel sample collected 200 meters further along strike returned 25 meters of 46 g/t silver and 0.5% lead”. At Yarely, Sinaloa, A channel sample returned 30 m @ 1.6 gpt Au, 38 gpt Ag, on quartz breccias and stockworks associated to a rhyolite flow-dome complex. At Tatatila, in Veracruz, skarn bodies developed along the contact of intrusive dikes and sills and older limestones returned 2 m @ 28.9 gpt Au, 0.5% Zn; 6 m @ 0.4 gpt Au, 5.6% Zn; 2 m @ 0.14 gpt Au, 65 gpt Ag, 2.3% Pb, 3.1% Zn.

ON MINING

  • Americas Silver Corp. reported consolidated financial and operational results for the fourth quarter and full year 2018. The company had a revenue of $68.4 M from its operations in Mexico and the USA, without entering in details by unit (Cosalá Complex, Sinaloa).
  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. announced consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and year 2018. During the year revenues were $34.1 M from 708.8 K tonnes milled to produce 1.28 M Oz Ag, 8,092 Oz Au, 4.81 M Lb Cu or 2.86 M Oz AgEq, at cash cost $9.63 and AISC $10.67 (Avino, San Gonzalo mines, Durango).
  • Premier Gold Mines Ltd. released operating results for Q4 and full year 2018, including figures from its operations in Mexico. At Mercedes, in Sonora, during the last three months of the year 183.1 K tonnes were milled @ 3.96 gpt Au, 44.8 gpt Ag, recovering 96.3% Au and 45.2% Ag, to produce 22,465 Oz Au, 119 K Oz Ag. For the year, 665.5 K tonnes were milled @ 3.34 gpt Au, 35.3 gpt Ag, recovering 96% Au, 40.9% Ag to produce 68,719 Oz Au, 309.2 K Oz Ag. By product cash cost and AISC were $609 and $795 per Au Oz, respectively. “Exploration drilling continued during the fourth quarter with 1,972 meters completed for a total drilling of 40,721 meters for the year”.  

ON FINANCING

  • Minera Alamos Inc. issued a correction to its previous press release, where it stated $4.93 M of gross proceeds on a non-brokered placement. In fact, Minera Alamos raised aggregate proceeds of $4.99 M, paying $280 K in commissions (La Fortuna, Durango; Santana, Sonora).
  • Kootenay Silver Inc. increased the size of its non-brokered private placement, originally for gross proceeds of $2.5 M, to $7 M (La Negra, Sonora; La Cigarra, Chihuahua).
  • McEwen Mining Inc. suspended the distribution of its dividend, stating lower revenues from operating issues at a couple of mines as the cause (El Gallo, Sinaloa).
  • Mako Mining Corp. closed its non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of CAD$4.5 M (Trinidad, Sinaloa)

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Mag Silver Corp. reported on results from a 48-hole diamond drilling program with a total of 46,060 m completed in late 2018 at the Juanicipio JV property (Fresnillo PLC 56% / Mag Silver 44%), designed to expand and infill the wide high-grade deep zone mineral resource. The program confirmed continuity to depth of high-grade mineralization in the East and West Valdecañas vein deep zones and in the Anticipada vein, discovering the new Pre-Anticipada vein in the hangingwall above the system. Highlighted intercepts include 11.6 m @ 783 gpt Ag, 2.57 gpt Au, 6.5% Pb, 9.5% Zn, 0.32% Cu at the deep west zone; 6.3 m @ 246 gpt Ag, 1.78 gpt Au, 7.2% Pb, 11.6% Zn, 0.40% Cu at the deep zone east; 6.2 m @ 275 gpt Ag, 4.02 gpt Au, 7.3% Pb, 9.2% Zn at the Anticipada vein; 3.2 m @ 472 gpt Ag, 0.31 gpt Au, 0.4% Pb, 0.4% Zn, 0.03% Cu at the Pre-Anticipada vein.
  • Mag Silver Corp. announced the discovery of the northeast trending Venadas vein at the Juanicipio property in Zacatecas. The vein was inferred from the alignment of fifteen previously unconnected intercepts before being cut in an underground development working as a 1.1 m vein @ 116 gpt Ag, 3.16 gpt Au. The first hole designed to test the Venadas vein cut 3.0 m (core length) @ 392 gpt Ag, 5.54 gpt Au. “Venadas is the first ever mineralized vein in the overall Fresnillo District oriented at a high angle to the historically mined NW oriented veins. Notably, other much larger NE structures with intense surface alteration are known farther afield within the Juanicipio property and are now priority exploration targets. None have ever been directly drilled.”

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Oroco Resource Corp. informed on the legal actions being taken to acquire interest in the Santo Tomás project in Sinaloa. “At present, the following initiatives, amongst others, are expected to validate and maintain the status quo of the titles and eventually remove any unwarranted ownership claims to the Santo Tomas Concessions as are currently being made by Aztec Copper Inc., an Arizona company, and its Mexican subsidiary, Prime Aztec Mexicana S.A de C.V.” (Santo Tomas, Sinaloa).
  • Alio Gold Inc. informed its chief executive officer, Greg McCunn is resigning to pursue other opportunities. The board of directors appointed Mark Backens as CEO, position which he has served previously on an interim basis (San Francisco, Sonora).
  • Great Panther Silver Ltd. completed the acquisition of Beadell Resources Ltd., owner of the Tucano mine in Brazil, with 1.3 M Oz Au in reserves. As part of the evolution in strategy, the company name has been changed to Great Panther Mining Ltd (Topia, Durango).

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On the image above, weathered intrusive rock with oxidized quartz-sulphide veinlets in a Michoacán project. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

México, el 5to país más inseguro en minería .- El Financiero

https://www.elfinanciero.com.mx/empresas/mexico-el-5to-pais-mas-inseguro-en-mineria

México escaló del noveno al quinto lugar entre los países y estados mineros más inseguros del mundo, informó el Instituto Fraser en su reporte anual de la industria a nivel global.

Venezuela es el lugar más inseguro para la minería, seguido por Filipinas, Nicaragua y Mali, mientras que la ‘nación azteca’ ocupa el quinto sitio.

Cabe destacar que el organismo considera como inseguridad la vulnerabilidad que tienen las empresas mineras para sufrir ataques por grupos de la delincuencia organizada y terroristas.PUBLICIDAD

El organismo internacional muestra que incluso en naciones como Turquía, Guatemala, República del Congo y Rusia son más seguros que México.

La Cámara Minera de México (Camimex) refiere que el apoyo de la Gendarmería Nacional y el cuerpo de élite de la Policía Federal a las empresas mineras, para brindar atención directa a emergencias, es de vital importancia para enfrentar y disminuir cualquier hecho delictivo y determinar el plan de acción entre la federación, el estado y la industria.

La falta de certeza jurídica y la inseguridad, son los principales elementos disuasivos para invertir en el país”, dijo Daniel Chávez Carreón, presidente de la cámara.

A pesar de esta situación, México creció en el ranking global de atractivo de inversiones para la industria minera, al pasar de la posición 44 a 29 del ranking global. Incluso es considerado el tercer país con más atractivo para inversión en América Latina.

Alfredo Phillips, presidente del Clúster Minero de Guerrero, comentó en entrevista previa que en el estado trabajan de la mano con el Gobierno local y federal, para que sigan invirtiendo en el lugar.

“Tenemos una gran colaboración con las autoridades y reconozco el trabajo realizado (…) no significa que se acabó la inseguridad, pero vemos interés de las autoridades”, explicó el directivo al salir del Mexico Mining Forum.

OROCO PROVIDES LEGAL UPDATE

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia – (March 5, 2019) Oroco Resource Corp. (TSX-V: OCO) (“Oroco” or “the Company”) wishes to provide an update on the legal status of its interests in those mineral concessions in Sinaloa State, Mexico known as the Santo Tomas Concessions.  This update is provided in furtherance of the Company’s news release of October 9, 2018, wherein Oroco announced that it had entered into a definitive option agreement with Altamura Copper Corp. and its shareholders to acquire, indirectly, certain interests in those concessions.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Fourth Week of February, 2019.

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By Miguel A Heredia

During the seventh week of the year (February 25th to March 03th, 2019), at least 21 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, with eight informing on exploration results, five communicating production results, three reporting on resources and development of their properties, three announcing financing rounds, and two disclosing deals and corporate issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news.  ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Minaurum and First Majestic reported drilling results from its Alamo Silver and Ermitaño projects respectively. In Chihuahua, Sable reported drilling results from its Margarita project; Mammoth and its partner Centerra provided an update on exploration activities at its Tenoriba project; and Evrim-Coeur commenced a drilling program at its El Sarape project. In Durango, Southern Silver released drill results from its Cerro Las Minitas project. In Guanajuato, Plata Latina announced results from the 2017-2018 drilling program at its Naranjillo project. In Veracruz, Azucar Minerals released drill results from its El Cobre project.  ON MINING, Gold Resource reported Q4 and full year 2018 production results from its Oaxaca Mining Unit in Oaxaca. Premier Gold provided 2019 production guidance for its Mercedes mine in Sonora. Fresnillo plc announced full year 2018 production results from their mining operations. ON FINANCING, Advanced Gold closed a private placement for $369,950 (Tabasqueña project, Zacatecas). Riverside increased its previously non- brokered private placement from $1.5M to $2.3M. Silver Spruce closed a non-brokered private placement for $434,221 (Pino de Plata project, Chihuahua). Evrim provided an update. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Goldplay announced positive metallurgical results from its San Marcial project in Sinaloa. Mexus Gold confirmed its plan to mine 3,500 tonnes per week from its Santa Elena project in Sonora. Gold Resource updated annual reserve estimates at its Oaxaca Mining Unit in Oaxaca. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Azure appointed key advisor for the funding to develop its Oposura project in Sonora. Aloro signed a new surface access agreement with the Mulatos Ejido (Los Venados project, Sonora).

 ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No relevant news

ON EXPLORATION

  • Minaurum Gold Inc., reported drilling results from its Alamo Silver project in Sonora, demonstrating that three of the new veins mapped host significant mineralization at depth and have the potential for silver­-rich shoot along strike and at depth. Highlights from Phase II drilling of the new veins include 198 g/t Ag, 0.17%Cu, 0.2%Pb, and 0.9%Zn or 269 g/t AgEq over 9.6m in hole AL18-015, including 302 g/t Ag, 0.21%Cu, 0.5%Pb, and 0.8%Zn over 0.9m (San Jose Vein), and 25 g/t Ag, 2.3%Pb, 10.6%Zn or 618 g/t AgEq over 2.85m in hole AL18-011, including 40 g/t Ag, 3.6%Pb, and 16.5%Zn over 1.75m (Ana Vein).
  • First Majestic Silver Corp., announced drill results from its Ermitaño project in Sonora. Significant drill results are 3.4 g/t Au and 53 g/t Ag (327 g/t AgEq) over 30.1m in hole EW-18-35, including 19.4 g/t Au and 139 g/t Ag (1,691 g/t AgEq) over 0.5m and 18.7 g/t Au and 118 g/t Ag (1,614 g/t AgEq) over 0.7m; 11.1 g/t Au and 128 g/t Ag (1,019 g/t AgEq) over 11.2m in hole EW-18-36, including 19.8 g/t Au and 307 g/t Ag (1,891 g/t AgEq) over 1.1m, 70.8 g/t Au and 567 g/t Ag (6,231 g/t AgEq) over 1.3m, 20.1 g/t Au and 122 g/t Ag (1,730 g/t AgEq) over 1.3m, and 32 g/t Au and 326 g/t Ag (2,886 g/t AgEq) over 1.4 m; 6.3 g/t Au and 149 g/t Ag (654 g/t AgEq) over 17.6m in hole EW-18-39, including 17 g/t Au and 520 g/t Ag (1,879 g/t AgEq) over 0.6m, 20.1 g/t Au and 369 g/t Ag (1,980 g/t AgEq) over 1.2m, 8.6 g/t Au and 387 g/t Ag (1,074 g/t AgEq) over 1m, 15.5 g7t Au and 149 g/t Ag (1,392 g/t AgEq) over 1m, 10.4 g/t Au and 180 g/t Ag (1,010 g/t AgEq) over 1m, and 14.4 g/t Au and 192 g/t Ag (1,342 g7t AgEq) over 1.2m; and 3.9 g/t Au and 95 g/t Ag (403 g/t AgEq) over 28.3m in hole EW-18-47, including 21.1 g/t Au and 434 g/t Ag (2,125 g/t AgEq) over 1.1m, 10.4 g/t Au and 184 g7t Ag (1,019 g/t AgEq) over 1.4m, and 11.8 g/t Au and 160 g/t Ag (1,100 g/t AgEq) over 2.1m.
  • Sable Resources, presented the first drill results from the stage II drilling program at its Margarita project in Chihuahua. Highlights are 283 g/t Ag, 0.3%Pb, and 0.8%Zn (298 g/t AgEq) over 33.3m, including 579 g/t Ag, 0.8%Pb, and 1.7%Zn (702 g/t AgEq) over 9.9m in hole M-DDH-19-14, and 101 g/t Ag, 0.5%Pb, and 0.04%Zn (141 g/t Ag) over 4.7m, including 302 g/t Ag, 1.73 g/t Au, and 0.04%Zn (527 g/t AgEq) over 1.2m in hole M-DDH-19-15. Results from hole M-DDH-19-15 allow to extend the strike length of the Margarita structure a further 250m to the southeast. True widths are estimated to be 90% of the intercept based on vein to core angle.
  • Mammoth Resources Corp., and its partner Centerra Gold Inc., provided an update on exploration activities at its Tenoriba project in Chihuahua. Work has commenced and include to continue the mapping and sampling of areas previously evaluated by Mammoth, to cover infill and extensions of these areas, in order to enhance the understanding of the geological features relevant to Au-Ag mineralization, and perform an IP and Mag geophysical survey over the 40% of the mineralized trend already cover by a previous survey, and extend the coverage over portions of the 60% of the mineralized trend not yet covered by any IP-Mag geophysics. After completing these activities, the plan is to drill test new targets generated by mapping, sampling and geophysics surveys.
  • Evrim Resources Inc., and Coeur Mining Inc., commenced a 2,500m drilling program to test the two main targets at its Sarape project in Chihuahua. “Drilling is planned to test the Sarape and Chiltepin veins; targets that have potential for significant gold-silver shoots beneath zones of favourable geochemistry.”
  • Southern Silver Exploration Corp., released final results from the 2018 drilling program at its Cerro Las Minitas project in Durango. Significant results from the most recent drilling program carried out in the central part of the Skarn Front are 409 g/t Ag, 0.9% Cu, 0.8%Pb, and 8.4%Zn (871 g/t AgEq; 24.6% ZnEq) over 2.6m (2m TW), including 477 g/t Ag, 3.7%Cu, 0.6%Pb, and 32.3%Zn (2,181 g/t AgEq; 61.1% ZnEq) in hole 18CLM-115, and 640 g/t Ag, 1%Cu, 16.7% Pb, and 22.4% Zn (2,117 g/t AgEq; 59.8%ZnEq) over 1m (0.8mTW) in hole 18CLM-115. At Las Victorias Zone, hole CLM-117 intersected 202 g/t Ag, 1.6 g/t Au, 3.8%Pb, and 1.8% Zn (501 g/t AgEq, 14.2% ZnEq) over 2.3m (1.2m TW), and 71 g/t Ag, 0.1%Pb, and 3.3% Zn (220 g/t AgEq, 6.2% ZnEq) over 2.8m (2.4m TW).
  • Plata latina Minerals Corporation, announced results from the 2017-2018 drilling program carried out by Metalurgica Reyna S.A. de C.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fresnillo plc at its Naranjillo project in Guanajuato. Highlights include 5,507 g/t Ag and 34.74 g/t Au (8,401 g/t AgEq) over 3.13m (TW) in hole CB-96; 4,978 g/t Ag and 5.57 g/t Au (5,443 g/t AgEq) over 2.31m (TW); and 3,598 g/t Ag and 32.10 g/t Au (6,272 g/t AgEq) over 4.72m (TW). “The drill results from Naranjillo continue to demonstrate the discovery of a significant and extensive epithermal vein system, typical of the Mexican Silver Belt”.
  • Azucar Minerals Ltd., released drill results from its El Cobre project in Veracruz. Significant drill results from the Villa Rica area are 0.23 g/t Au and 0.15%Cu over 161.20m, including 0.51 g/t Au and 0.43%Cu over 18m in hole EC-18-052; 0.21 g/t Au and 0.16%Cu over 116.30m, including 0.85 g/t Au and 0.39%Cu over 12.40m in hole EC-18-054; and 0.14 g/t Au and 0.16%Cu over 87m, including 0.34 g/t Au and 0.35%Cu over 12m in hole EC-18-057.

ON MINING

  • Gold Resource Corporation, reported Q4 and full year 2018 production results from its Oaxaca Mining Unit in Oaxaca. In Q4, 163,999 tonnes were milled to produce 7,974 Oz Au, 330.6K Oz Ag, 990K Lb Cu, 4.5M Lb Pb, and 12.48m Lb Zn. In 2018, the company milled 611,670 tonnes to produce 26.8K Oz Au, 1.67M Oz Ag, 3.7M Lb Cu, 16.3M Lb Pb, and 44.37M Lb Zn.
  • Premier Gold Mines Limited, provided a guidance production for its Mercedes mine in Sonora, where it expects to produce in the year 2019 over 75K-85K Oz Au and 225K-250K Oz Ag with a cash cost of US$730-750 per Oz Au or US$900-950 AISC per Oz Au.
  • Great Panther Silver Limited, presented Q4 and full year 2018 production results from its mining operations. The company did not report figures by unit mine. During Q4, it milled 89,270 tonnes to produce 438K Oz Ag, and 4.1K Oz Au or 951.8K Oz AgEq, with a cash cost of $12.88 per Oz AgEq or an AISC of $15.62 per Oz AgEq for Q4, and $12.63 and $15.72 respectively for the full year 2018.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp., announced Q4 and full year 2018 production results from their Mexican operations. A summary is shown in the tables below:

  • Fresnillo plc., announced full year 2018 production results from their mining operations in Mexico. The company produced 61.8M Oz Ag and 923K Oz Au in 2018. A summary by mine is shown in the table below:

ON FINANCING

  • Advanced Gold Corp., closed a private placement for $369,950. Net proceeds will be used to fund the phase 3 drilling at its Tabasqueña project in Zacatecas.
  • Riverside Resources Inc., increased its previously announced non-brokered private placement from $1.5M to $2.3M. Gross proceeds will be used to fund a drilling program at its Cecilia project in Sonora, additional project acquisitions, and target refinement on existing projects.
  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc., closed a non-brokered private placement for $434, 221. Gross proceeds will be used to prepare initial drilling of its Pino de Plata project in Chihuahua.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Goldplay Exploration Ltd., announced positive metallurgical recoveries for initial test work from its San Marcial project in Sinaloa. 74 drill core samples were selected from the mineralized zone, including the oxide transition and sulphide mineralization with a total of 146 Kg. Metallurgical results indicate that the high grade Ag mineralization is amenable to standard cyanidation processing with recoveries ranging from 82% to 92% Ag.
  • Mexus Gold US, confirmed that with its first stage of exploratory core drilling complete, it is moving forward with its plan to mine 3,500 tonnes per week from Julio II area within its Santa Elena project in Sonora.
  • Gold Resource Corporation, updated annual reserve estimates as of December 31, 2018 at its Oaxaca Mining Unit in Oaxaca. Proven and probable reserves are 3,077,200 tons of 1.82 g/t Au and 127 g/t Ag (3.5 g/t AuEq) for a total of 180.3K Oz Au and 12.6M Oz Ag (346.6 g/t AuEq). Mineralized material (exclusive of proven and probable reserves) are 1,936,500 tons of 1.5 g/t Au and 125 g/t Ag (3.13 g7t AuEq) for 96K Oz Au and 7.5M Oz Ag (195.3K Oz AuEq).

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Azure Minerals Limited, appointed key adviser for the funding to develop its Oposura project in Sonora.
  • Aloro Mining Corp., signed a new three year surface agreement with the Mulatos Ejido that allows Aloro to built roads for drilling and collar up to 50 drillholes.

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On the picture above, a hydrothermal breccia cemented by calcite-quartz in a low-intermediate sulphidation epithermal vein system in a project in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.