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

By Jorge Cirett

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

ON MEXICO ISSUES

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

ON EXPLORATION

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

ON MINING

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

ON FINANCING

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

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

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

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No Relevant News.

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

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

Malachite after chalcopyrite in a hydrothermal breccia.

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 10th week of the year (March 7th to March 13th, 2022), at least 20 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, and 3 news published by the media, with nine reporting resources and developments of their properties, four informing on exploration results, four communicating production and financial results, three discussing social issues, two announcing financial issues, and one disclosing deals and corporate issues.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news.  ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Silver Spruce filed environmental permits to drill at their the Diamante, Mezquite and Jackie projects. In Durango, Canasil provided a review of the results from its 2020-21 drill program on the Candy Vein at its Nora project and Silver Wolf provided a 2021 year in review and 2022 outlook on its Ana Maria property. ON MINING, Endeavour reported consolidated full year 2021 production and financial results from their mining operations in México. First Majestic announced Q4 and full year 2021 production and financial results from their Mexican mine operations. Gatos Silver presented Q4 and 2021 year-end production and financial results from its 70% owned Cerro Los Gatos operation in Chihuahua, and provided a corporate update. Gold Resource provided Q4 and year-end 2021 production and financial results from its Don David Gold mine in Oaxaca.  ON FINANCING, Argonaut sold 9.74M of common shares of Magna Gold for aggregate gross proceeds of CAD $6.82M. Kootenay closed a brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $4.78M and a non-brokered portion of the offering for gross proceeds of approximately $1.47M, for total aggregate gross proceeds to the company of $6.25M (Columba project, Chihuahua). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Altaley announced positive Pre-Feasibility Study and updated Mineral Resources and Reserves at its Tahuehueto project, Durango. Capitan Mining released results from its ongoing RC drilling program at its Cruz de Plata project (former referred as Peñoles) in Durango.  Magna Gold released results from the first 22 of 43 drill holes completed at its Margarita project in Chihuahua. Prime Mining reported results from its ongoing drilling program at its Los Reyes project, Sinaloa. Avino announced drill results from the La Potosina area at its Avino project, Durango. Azucar Minerals reported that it will commence to drill test a new large lithocap alteration at its El Cobre project, Veracruz.  Barksdale released results from its phase I, 5,000m drilling program at the Cerro Verde zone on its San Javier project, Sonora. Vizsla reported results from seven new drill holes collared on the Copala and Christiano veins within its Panuco project in Sinaloa. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Ranchero Gold announced the appointments of two new members to its Board of Directors (Santa Daniela project, Sonora). Fabled announced that it has completed the planning of its phase 2 definition diamond drill program at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Fresnillo plc reported the return to face-to-face work in the state, and the opening of its outdoor activities. Grupo Mexico, within the framework of the International Mother Language Day, held activities related to the preservation and promotion of indigenous languages in the communities where it has a presence. Media Luna Mining Company (Torex Gold) ratified for the sixth consecutive year the collaboration agreement with fishing cooperatives in the Balsas River Basin in Guerrero.

ON MEXICO ISSUE

  • No relevant news.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc., filed environmental permits with the Secretariat of Natural Resources and Environment (SEMARNAT) to drill at their the Diamante, Mezquite and Jackie projects in Sonora. Approvals from SEMARNAT are expected to be obtained by late March, 2022.
  • Canasil Resources Inc., provided a review of the results from its 2020-21 drill program on the Candy Vein at its Nora project. 13 drill holes were completed for a total of 3,296m to test the Candy vein over a strike distance of 500m and to a vertical depth of 250m below surface. All the holes encountered the mineralized vein with the highest true width x grade value on hole NRE-21-11 with 5.31 g/t Au and 336 g/t Ag (748 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 11.29m, giving a TW x grade value of 8,445 g/t AgEq x m. The drill results show that the Candy vein hosts consistently high grade gold and silver mineralization over appreciable widths. The Candy vein is known over 3km long but only 500m have been drill tested. Additionally, Canasil reported that systematic grid soil sampling over a 2km east-west and 3km north-south area covering the central zone of the project returned widespread silver, gold, copper, zinc and lead geochemical anomalies. “The gold and silver anomalies are particularly strong over the 3-Km strike extent of the Candy vein structure on the western side of the project area, as well as to the southwest and east of the Candy vein structure. A strong silver and gold anomaly also extends for 1.5 Km southwest from the location of the above high grade drill intercepts on the Candy vein and a breccia target has been identified to the south with potential for hosting bulk tonnage disseminated silver-gold mineralization”.
  • Silver Wolf Exploration Ltd., provided a 2021 year in review and 2022 outlook on its Ana Maria property in Durango. The accomplished goals on 2021 include the completion of a NI-43-101 compliant technical report on the properties; an Aster satellite imaging survey, an airborne LiDAR and Hyperspectral imaging survey, an Airborne geophysical data survey, the application to expand the land package by 3x, and the completion of the 2021 mapping and sampling program to identify prospective areas and uncover previous historical workings. The company also provided a 2022 outlook that include the completion of the geophysical data interpretation, to define drill targets for the initial drill program, to apply and receive drill permits, to mobilize drilling equipment to execute an initial drill program, and to receive approval from the Mexican authorities on the expanded land application.

ON MINING

  • Endeavour Silver Corp., reported consolidated full year 2021 production and financial results from their mining operations in México. The company mined 887,424 tonnes to produce 4.87M Oz Ag, and 42.3K Oz Au at a cash cost of USD $9.31 per Oz Ag, a total production cost of USD $14.70 per Oz Ag, and all-in sustaining cost (AISC) of USD $20.34 per Oz Ag. Endeavor sold 3.86 M Oz Ag and 39.1K Oz Au and reported revenues of USD $165.3M, adjust net earnings of USD $(-8.6M), mine operating earnings of USD $36.4M, EBIDTA of USD $54.9M, and working capital of USD $121.2M.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp., announced Q4 and full year 2021 production and financial results from their Mexican mine operations. The below tables show the figures per separate mine for Q4, and full year 2021.

First Majestic reported consolidated financial results (including Jerritt Canyon mine in USA). It reported revenues of USD $204.9M and USD $584.1M respectively for the periods Q4, and full year 2021; mine operating earnings of USD $40.4M and USD $101.4M respectively; loss earnings of USD $4M and USD $4.9M respectively; operating cash flows before working capital and taxes of USD $71.8M and USD $176.8M respectively; cash and cash equivalents of USD $237.9M in each period; working capital of USD $224.4M in each period; and free cash flow of USD $66.4M and USD ($16.9M) for Q4 and full year 2021 respectively.

  • Gatos Silver Inc., presented Q4 and 2021 year-end production and financial results from its 70% owned Cerro Los Gatos operation in Chihuahua, and provided a corporate update. On Q4, 2021, the company milled 241,397 tonnes of 331 g/t Ag, 0.3 g/t Au, 2.2% Pb, and 3.9% Zn with metallurgical recoveries of 90%, 63%, 91% and 73% respectively, to produce 2.3M Oz Ag, 1.3K Oz Au, 10.2M Lb Pb, and 12.9M Lb Zn. Average realized price per Oz Ag, Oz Au, Lb Pb, and Lb Zn were USD $23.08, USD $1,804, USD $1.04, and USD $1.58 respectively. For the full year, Gatos milled 909,886 tonnes of 295 g/t Ag, 0.32 g/t Au, 2.3% Pb, and 3.9% Zn with metallurgical recoveries of 88%, 63%, 90% and 73% respectively, to produce 7.6M Oz Ag, 5.2K Oz Au, 39.8M Lb Pb, and 49.6M Lb Zn. Average realized price per Oz Ag, Oz Au, Lb Pb, and Lb Zn were USD $24.51, USD $1,804, USD $0.99, and USD $1.36 respectively. The company reported exploration expenses, operating costs and sales  for the period Q4, 2021 of USD $0.3 , USD $3.8M, and USD &72.9M respectively, while for the full year 2021 of USD $1.7, USD $19.3M, and USD $251.2M respectively. Gatos provided its 2022 guidance and expects to produce between 8.5- 9M Oz Ag, 4-4.5K Oz Au, 36-40M Lb Pb, and 49-54M Lb Zn at AISC of USD $16.5-18.5 per payable silver on Co-product basis and USD $13-15 per payable silver on by-product basis.
  • Gold Resource Corporation provided Q4 and year-end 2021 production and financial results from its Don David Gold mine in Oaxaca. On Q4, 2021 the company milled 135,398 tonnes of 1.93 g/t Au, 82 g/t Ag, 0.38% Cu, 2.2% Pb, and 4.8% Zn to produce 1.8K Oz Au, 287.8K Oz Ag, 907.2K Lb Cu, 4.6M Lb Pb, and 9.33M Lb Zn at average metal prices realized of USD $1,811 per Oz Au, USD $23.51 per Oz Ag, USD $9,768 per tonne of Cu, usd $2,339 per tonne of Pb, and USD $3,446 per tonne of Zn. On the full year 2021, Gatos milled 501,978 tonnes of 2.01 g/t Au, 80 g/t Ag, 0.39% Cu, 1.9% Pb, and 4.4% Zn to produce 22.6K Oz Au, 1.06M Oz Ag, 3.18M Lb Cu, 13-4M Lb Pb, and 30.3M Lb Zn at average metal prices realized of USD $1,796 per Oz Au, USD $25.06 per Oz Ag, USD $9,553 per tonne of Cu, USD $2,268 per tonne of Pb, and USD $3,091 per tonne of Zn. On Q4, 2021, the company reported sales for USD $38.6M, EBIDTA of USD $10.3M, and operating cost of USD $12.9M, while on the full year 2021 it reported USD $125.2M, USD $33.64M, and USD $34.78M respectively.

ON FINANCING

  • Argonaut Gold Inc., sold 9.74M of common shares of Magna Gold at a price of CAD $0.70 per common share for aggregate gross proceeds of CAD $6.82M.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc., closed a brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $4.78M and a non-brokered portion of the offering for gross proceeds of approximately $1.47M, for total aggregate gross proceeds to the company of $6.25M. Gross proceeds will be used for exploration activities, working capital and other general corporate purposes (Columba project, Chihuahua).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Altaley Mining Corporation announced positive Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) and updated Mineral Resources and Reserves at its Tahuehueto project, Durango. Highlights of the PFS include a throughput of 1,000 tonnes per day; a mine life of 10.9 years; a pre-tax net cash flow of USD $240.9M; a total capital cost of USD $56.9M; an all in sustaining cost (AISC) of USD $844 per Oz AuEq; a pre-tax Net Present Value (VNP) of USD $152.8M at 5% discount rate; an EBIDTA of USD $246.1M, and an internal rate of return (IRR) of 45%. The company also updated Mineral Resources and Reserves. It reported Proven+ Probable Reserves of 3.58M tonnes grading 2.55 g/t Au, 50 g/t Ag, 0.26% Cu, 1.1% Pb, and 1.9% Zn with metallurgical recoveries of 87%, 85%, 85%, 85% and 68& respectively to contain 294K Oz Au, 5.7M Oz Ag, 20.55M Lb Cu, 87.36M Lb Pb, and 151.6M Lb Zn. Altaley also reported Measured +Indicated Resources of 6.26M tonnes grading 2.11 g/t Au, 47 g/t Ag, 0.27% Cu, 0.9% Pb, and 2% Zn (4.47 g/t AuEq) to contain 415K Oz Au, 9.4M Oz Ag, 36.6M Lb Cu, 123.9M Lb Pb, and 273.3M Lb Zn (900K Oz AuEq); and Indicated Resources of 918K tonnes grading 1.02 g/t Au, 29 g/t Ag, 0.15% Cu, 1.2% Pb, and 2% Zn (3.05 g/t AuEq) to contain 30K Oz Au, 840K Oz Ag, 3M Lb Cu, 23.5M Lb Pb, and 39.7M Lb Zn (90K Oz AuEq).
  • Capitan Mining Inc., released results from its ongoing RC drilling program at its Cruz de Plata project (former referred as Peñoles) in Durango. Hole 21-JMRC03 drilled on Jesus Maria Vein system returned 0.37 g/t Au, 177 g/t Ag, 3.2% Pb, and 3.6% Zn (435 g/t AgEq) over 10.7m, including 0.71 g/t Au, 290 g/t Ag, 6.8% Pb, 6.6% Zn (798 g/t AgEq) over 11.5m, including 0.45 g/t Au, 258 g/t Ag, 4.7% Pb, and 5% Zn (620 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m, including 0.27 g/t Au, 370 g/t Ag, 5.6% Pb, and 8% Zn (860 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m, including 0.55 g/t Au, 122 g/t Ag, 2.6% Pb, and 3% Zn (358 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m, including 0.51 g/t Au, 281 g/t Ag, 5.9% Pb, and 3.8% Zn (641 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m. Assays are still pending for 11 RC holes out of 15 completed.
  • Magna Gold Corp., released results from the first 22 of 43 drill holes completed at its Margarita project in Chihuahua. Drill highlights include hole MAR-21-002 with 139 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb and 0.6% Zn over 46.8m, including 801 g/t Ag, 0.5% Pb, and 0.8% Zn over 2.85m; hole MAR-21-004 with 113 g/t Ag, 0.03% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over 32.55m, including 300 g/t Ag, 0.6% Pb, and 0.2% Zn over 6m; hole MAR-21-005 with 133 g/t Ag, 0.05% Pb and 0.2% Zn over 39.5m, including 540 g/t Ag, 0.01% Pb, and 0.4% Zn over 1.85m, and 301 g/t Ag, 0.06% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over 5.1m; hole MAR-21-016 with 157 g/t Ag, 0.5% Pb, and 1.1% Zn over 29.5m, including 0.31 g/t Au, 821 g/t Ag, 2.4% Pb, and 5.6% Zn over 3.9m; hole MAR-21-020 with 156 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, and 0.5% Zn over 55.95m, including 498 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, and 1.6% Zn over 12.8m;and hole MAR-21-022 with 127 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, and 0.3% Zn over 19.2m, including 0.3 g/t Au, 567 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, and 1.4% Zn over 3.55m, and 110 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, and 0.6% Zn over 16.55m, including 0.18 g/t Au, 440 g/t Ag, 1.6% Pb, and 1.8% Zn over 3m. Magna plans to release a maiden resource toward the end of the Q1, 2022. This resource estimate will lead to the completion of the first ever preliminary economic assessment (PEA) shortly thereafter.
  • Prime Mining Corp., reported results from its ongoing drilling program at Guadalupe East on its Los Reyes project, Sinaloa. Hole 22GE-33 intersected multiple mineralized intervals. This hole intersected 11.60 g/t Au and 219 g/t Ag over a true width (TW) of 1.20m, then a 3.7m stope, to continue with 3.33 g/t Au and 115 g/t Ag over a TW of 29.29m, including 2.68 g/t Au, and 93 g/t Ag over a TW of 6.10m, and including 6.57 g/t Au and 137 g/t Ag over a TW of 9m, including 30.9 g/t Au and 605 g/t Ag over a TW of 1.20m, and including 3.67 g/t Au and 204 g/t Ag over a TW of 10.40m, including 8.39 g/t Au and 321 g/t Ag over a TW of 2.10m. This hole is located on the west side of the Guadalupe East conceptual open pit. There are currently 15 pending drill holes at Guadalupe East out of a total of 49 completed.
  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd., announced drill results from its 2,400m drilling program conducted in 2021 on the La Potosina area at its Avino project, Durango. Highlights include hole LP-21-06 with 0.09 g/t Au, 270 g/t Ag, 0.25% Cu, 0.9% Pb, and 2.5% Zn (463 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 1.7m, including 0.09 g/t Au, 1,257 g/t Ag, 0.48% Cu, 2.8% Pb, and 4.4% Zn (1,641 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.20m, including 0.08 g/t Au, 510 g/t Ag, 0.6% Cu, 2.2% Pb, and 5% Zn (918 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.35m, including 0.07 g/t Au, 406 g/t Ag, 0.44% Cu, 1.3% Pb, and 4.2% Zn (717 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.45m; and hole LP-21-007 with 0.4 g/t Au, 617 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, and 0.2% Zn (668 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 2.87m. On 2022, Avino plans include an additional 40 holes with 6,000m of drilling to test the continuity of the vein at elevations above 2,100m while looking for favorable dilation structures in the northwest.
  • Azucar Minerals Ltd., reported that it will commence to drill test a new large lithocap alteration at its El Cobre project, Veracruz. A mineral mapping study conducted on this area defined a strong alteration signature interpreted to reflect the surface zoning of an underlying porphyry body.
  • Barksdale Resources Corp., released results from its phase I, 5,000m drilling program at the Cerro Verde zone on its San Javier project, Sonora. Drilling highlights include hole SJ21-31 with 0.05% Cu and 1.11 g/t Au over 36m, including 0.03% Cu and 1.71 g/t Au over 15m, and 0.06% Cu and 1.89 g/t Au over 3m, plus 0.54% Cu over 48m, including 1.35% Cu over 6m; and hole SJ21-35 with 0.24% Cu over 6m, plus 0.22% Cu over 12m, plus 0.35% Cu over 15m. Drilling results confirmed and expanded the footprint of the Cerro Verde Zone.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp., announced that it has completed the planning of its phase 2 definition diamond drill program at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua as well as a plan to drill test other structures in the property. This second phase will consist of a minimum of 5,000m for definition drilling, and drill test possible structural dilation zones on the Northeast and secondary mineralized structures, identified after performing a property wide mapping & sampling as well as an structural interpretation. “Once the field work and observations have been completed the phase 2 exploration first priority drill targets will be defined in the coming weeks”.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp., reported results from seven new drill holes collared on the Copala and Christiano veins within its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Drill highlights include hole CS-21-116 with 97 g/t Ag and 0.55 g/t Au (141 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 2.4m, and 1,559 g/t Ag and 7.29  g/t Au (2,142 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 7.81m, including 2,728 g/t Ag and 13.10 g/t Au (3,775 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 2.60m, and 1,531 g/t Ag and 6.94 g/t Au (2,086 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 3.14m; hole CS-21-123 with 248 g/t Ag and 2.03 g/t Au (410 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 14.45m, including 1,237 g/t Ag and 10.53 g/t Au (2,078 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 2.09m, and including 197 g/t Ag and 1.45 g/t Au (312 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 2.68m; hole CS-21-115 with 1,900 g/t Ag and 11.09 g/t Au (2,787 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.21m; and hole CS-21-112 with 682 g/t Ag and 5.51 g/t Au (1,122 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.73m, including 973 g/t Ag and 7.97 g/t Au (1,610 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.1m. The Copala Vein has now been tested with 17 holes with mineralization open in all directions.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Ranchero Gold Corp., announced the appointments of two new members to its Board of Directors, and the addition of Ken Balleweg to its Technical Advisory team (Santa Daniela project, Sonora).

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Fresnillo plc reported the return to face-to-face work in the state, and the opening of its outdoor activities, taking into account the hygiene and healthy distance measures promoted by the health authorities, as well as the presentation of the vaccination certificate for access the corresponding facilities. For Fresnillo plc, physical activation represents one of the stronger pillars for the people development.
  • Grupo Mexico, within the framework of the International Mother Language Day, held activities related to the preservation and promotion of indigenous languages in the communities where it has a presence.
  • Media Luna Mining Company (Torex Gold) ratified for the sixth consecutive year the collaboration agreement with fishing cooperatives in the Balsas River Basin in Guerrero. F is the second most important economic activity in the mining corridor, so the commitment is to help to consolidate economic activities in the communities.

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On the picture above, malachite after chalcopyrite in a hydrothermal breccia from an intermediate sulphidation epithermal vein system in Durango, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

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

By Jorge Cirett

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

ON MEXICO ISSUES

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

ON EXPLORATION

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

ON MINING

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

ON FINANCING

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

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

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

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

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

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No Relevant News.

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

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

Banded quartz vein

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 6th week of the year (February 7th to February 13th, 2022), at least 18 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, and 3 news published by the media, with six reporting resources and developments of their properties, six informing on exploration results, four discussing social issues, three communicating production results, one disclosing deals and corporate issues, and one announcing financial issues.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news.  ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Colibri reported assays received from its ongoing RC drill program at its Evelyn project, and La Reyna commenced a 10,000m drill program at its La Gloria project. In Nayarit, Sierra Madre announced the commencement of its Phase II drill program at its Tepic project.  In Zacatecas, Alien Metals informed that it has been granted with all the necessary statutory and local permits to be legally able to commence drilling on its Donovan 2, Los Campos and San Celso permits.  In Jalisco, Stroud presented drill results from its Santo Domingo project. ON MINING, GoGold announced Q1, 2022, for the three months ended December 31, 2021 (Parral tailings project, Chihuahua). Avino provided its outlook for 2022. Minera Alamos provided a 2021 year-end summary of the ramp-up of mining activities at its Santana mine in Sonora. ON FINANCING, Kootenay entered into a private placement financing for gross proceeds of up to $4M (Columba project, Chihuahua). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Impact Silver completed Phase 2 of the Veta Negra drill program in its Zacualpan mining district in Mexico State. Silver Tiger presented results from its ongoing drill program on the Seitz Kelly Vein at its El Tigre project in Sonora. Zacatecas Silver provided an update on its ongoing drilling activities at the Panuco deposit and San Gil Breccia within its Zacatecas property. Fabled provided a summary of the exploration work carried out at its Santa Maria project, Chihuahua. Discovery Silver released results from 23 holes from its Phase 2 drill program at its Cordero project, Chihuahua. GR Silver presented channel and drill results from the Loma Dorada – La Colorada Vein System, within its Plomosas project, Sinaloa. Great Panther updated mineral resource estimates for their Topia and Guanajuato mines.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Monarca Minerals announced management changes (San Jose project, Chihuahua).   ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Grupo México continues to firmly support Cananea against COVID-19. Fundación Grupo México launched a contest to present high-impact projects for the solution of social and/or environmental problems. Peñoles and Fresnillo plc promote the participation of girls and women in science.  Minera Cuzcatlán achieved 91% recycling and use of urban solid waste and special handling in 2021.

ON MEXICO ISSUE

  • No relevant news.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Colibri Resource Corporation reported assays received from its ongoing RC drill program at its Evelyn project in Sonora.- The best drill intercepts were encountered in holes EVE21-027 with 2.82 g/t Au over 14m, including 4.82 g/t Au over 8m, including 12.19 g/t Au over 3m, including 30 g/t Au over 1m; and hole EVE21-019 with 2.36 g/t Au over 15m, including 33.7 g/t Au over 1m. Colibri is in the process of executing a fully funded 10,000 metre RC drill program on the Evelyn Gold Project.
  • Reyna Gold Corp., commenced a Phase 1, 10,000m drill program at its La Gloria project in Sonora. The aim of the initial drilling will be to explore for extensions of known mineralization from the Main Zone and El Sombrero targets.
  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd., announced the commencement of its Phase II drill program at its Tepic project in Nayarit. The company increased its permitted drill pads from 47 to 182 drill pads with the Secretariat of Natural Resources and Environment (SEMARNAT). This will allow Sierra Madre to potentially drill in excess of 300 holes, utilizing the same drill pads with offset drilling. The company has already secured exploration agreements with all surface owners in the areas to be drilled.
  • Alien Metals Ltd., informed that it has been granted with all the necessary permissions to commence drilling on its Los Campos and San Celso Silver Projects and the Donovan 2 Copper-Gold Project in Zacatecas.
  • Stroud Resources Ltd., presented drill results from its Santo Domingo project in Jalisco. Drilling highlights include hole SD-21-49 on Guadalupe Vein with 0.32 g/t Au and 70 g/t Ag (94 g/t AgEq) over 2.15m, plus 0.01 g/t Au and 624 g/t Ag (625 g/t AgEq) over 1.55m, and plus 0.13 g/t Au and 42 g/t Ag /52 g/t AgEq) over 2.70m; hole SD-21-52 on La Raya Vein with 1.11 g/t Au and 113 g/t Ag (196 g/t AgEq) over 15.10m, including 1.36 g/t Au and 137 g/t Ag (240 g/t AgEq) over 10.5m, including 3.07 g/t Au and 130 g/t Ag (360 g/t AgEq) over 2.70m; and hole SD-21-57 on Guadalupe Vein with 0.5 g/t Au and 138 g/t Ag (176 g/t AgEq) over 4.55m, plus 0.18 g/t Au and 50 g/t Ag (64 g/t AgEq) over 0.65m, plus 1.05 g/t Au and 197 g/t Ag (276 g/t AgEq) over 6.10m, including 2.02 g/t Au and 362 g/t Ag (513 g/t AgEq) over 3.05m, plus 0.04 g/t Au and 65 g/t Ag (68 g/t AgEq) over 1.05m, plus 0.31 g/t Au and 35 g/t Ag (59 g/t AgEq) over 7.9m, including 0.63 g/t Au and 61 g/t Ag (108 g/t AgEq) over 2.9m, plus 0.82 g/t Au and 67 g/t Ag (137 g/t AgEq) over 3.40m, including 1.72 g/t Au and 102 g/t Ag (231 g/t AgEq) over a.a5m, plus 0.07 g/t Au and 53 g/t Ag (59 g/t AgEq) over 10m, including 0.08 g/t Au and 57 g/t Ag (63 g/t AgEq) over 8m, plus .6 g/t Au and 45 g/t Ag (65 g/t AgEq) over 1.2m. “The company is currently updating its planned Phase 2 drilling program and will refine the program as the balance of assay results is received. Remaining assays from the 2021 drilling program will be reported as they continue to be released from the laboratory. Phase 2 drilling is expected to start soon, with initial assay results expected by the end of Q1 2022”.

ON MINING

  • GoGold Resources Inc., announced Q1, 2022, for the three months ended December 31, 2021. The company reported revenues of USD $8.9M from the sale of 195.7K Oz Ag and 2,558 Oz Au (401,214 Oz AgEq) from its Parral Tailings project in Chihuahua.  Cash and AISC were USD $13.51 and USD $18.58 per Oz AgEq respectively.
  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd., provided its outlook for 2022. The company will continue with the completion of the Dry Stack Tailing Storage Facility which will represent a cost of approximately $1M. The existing Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) will be used as the framework for an updated study, either at the Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) level or at the Feasibility Study (FS) level. For 2022, Avino expects to process 600K tonnes to produce between 2.2-2.6M Oz AgEq. In exploration and evaluation, the company plans to drill approximately 15,000m on the Avino property and will target the areas below the current mining area at Avino (ET Area), the Bart vein located very close to the Avino workings as well as La Potosina. Additional holes may also be drilled on the Oxide Tailings Resource to determine if additional tonnage could be added to the existing 3.12M tonnes. 
  • Minera Alamos Inc., provided a 2021 year-end summary of the ramp-up of mining activities at its Santana mine in Sonora. The company reported that approximately 9,100 Oz Au were mined and stacked on the leach pad during the first phase of the project mining activities. Cumulative Au recovery from mineralization under leach for more than 30 days exceeds 70% with additional recovery ongoing. “Mining rates have approached the initial monthly targets of 100,000 tonnes of mineralized material from the Nicho Norte starter pit prior to the next phase of operations where production will ultimately expand to also include material from the main Nicho deposit”.

ON FINANCING

  • Kootenay Silver Inc., entered into a private placement financing for gross proceeds of up to $4M. Net proceeds will be used for working capital requirements and other general corporate purposes (Columba project, Chihuahua).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Impact Silver Corp., completed Phase 2 of the Veta Negra drill program in its Zacualpan mining district in Mexico State. It consisted of eight holes for a total of 1,221m to test the mineralization below and to the south of the operating open pit. Drilling highlights include hole Z21-38 (Socorro Vein) with 428 g/t Ag, 0.25 g/t Au, 0.6% Pb, and 1.5% Zn over a true width (TW) of 6.88m; hole Z21-39 (Veta Negra Vein) with 487 g/t Ag, 0.26 g/t Au, 0.2% Pb, and 0.4% Zn over a TW of 12.97m; hole Z21-41 (Veta Negra) with 258 g/t Ag, 0.06 g/t Au, 0.1% Pb, and 0.3% Zn over a TW of 19.85m; and hole Z21-46 (El Socorro splay) with 457 g/t Ag, 0.63 g/t Au, 1.8% Pb, and 3.8% Zn over a TW of2.29m.
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc., presented results from its ongoing drill program on the Seitz Kelly Vein at its El Tigre project in Sonora. The most significant drill intercept was encountered in hole ET-21-293 on the Seitz Kelly Hangingwall Vein with 0.03 g/t Au, 149 g/t Ag, 0.06% Cu, 0.1% Pb, and 0.5% Zn (175 g/t AgEq) over 6.5m, including 0.09 g/t Au, 1,664 g/t Ag, 0.63% Cu, 0.8% Pb, and 0.2% Zn (1,758 g/t AgEq) over 0.5m, plus 0.05 g/t Au, 290 g/t Ag, 0.1% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.2% Zn (314 g/t AgEq) over 7.4m on Seitz Kelly Vein, including 0.17 g/t Au, 1,582 g/t Ag, 0.52% Cu, 0.9% Pb, and 1.3% Zn (1,708 g/t AgEq) over 0.9m.
  • Zacatecas Silver Corp., provided an update on its ongoing drilling activities at the Panuco deposit and San Gil Breccia within its Zacatecas property. The company has completed 29 angled holes at Panuco North, of which 15 are still with assays pending. Assays are also pending for 4 holes completed at northern splay of Panuco Central Vein. Zacatecas Silver also informed that at San Gil Breccia, 36 diamond drill pads were approved while at Panuco North, the approval for an additional 29 drill pads is expected within the next few weeks.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp., provided a summary of the 2021 exploration work carried out at its Santa Maria project, Chihuahua. The company completed 50 surface diamond drill holes for a total of 13,693m, of which 36 were exploration holes and 14 were definition holes, and 21 underground diamond drill holes for a total of 2,091m. In summary, it has drilled 71 diamond drill holes (surface + underground) totalling 15,784m.  Fabled have taken 5,944 surface drill hole samples, 846, underground drill hole samples, and 120 surface exploration samples for a total of 6,900 samples collected. “Moving forwards the company will compile all the results from drilling, surface mapping and sampling, plus geophysical anomalies in preparation for the design and selection for a Phase 2 drill program. Phase 2 will not only seek to grow the mineralization as seen above but to also explore the eastern sector of the property which has yet to be drilled”.
  • Discovery Silver Corp., released results from 23 holes from its Phase 2 drill program at its Cordero project, Chihuahua. Highlights intercepts include hole C21-533 (NE Extension) with 24 g/t Ag, 0.24 g/t Au, 0.6% Pb, and 0.8% Zn (91 g/t AgEq) over 16.4m, plus 99 g/t Ag, 0.26 g/t Au, 1.9% Pb, and 1.8% Zn (247 g/t AgEq) over 49.9m, including 185 g/t Ag, 0.46 g/t Au, 3.5% Pb, and 3.2% Zn (446 g/t AgEq) over 21.4m; hole C21-556 (South Corridor) with 37 g/t Ag, 0.04 g/t Au, 0.9% Pb, and 1.2% Zn (114 g/t AgEq) over 43.6m, plus 61 g/t Ag, 0.07 g/t Au, 1.4% Pb, and 4.8% Zn (288 g/t AgEq) over 46.8m, including 271 g/t Ag, 0.15 g/t Au, 5.5% Pb, and 35.5% Zn (1,777 g/t AgEq) over 5.2m; hole C21-555 (South Corridor) with 28 g/t Ag, 0.09 g/t Au, 0.2% Pb, and 1.6% Zn (101 g/t AgEq) over 113.6m, including 46 g/t Ag, 0.16 g/t Au, 0.3% Pb, and 2.9% Zn (173 g/t AgEq) over 45.8m; and hole C21-545 (South Corridor) with 33 g/t Ag, 0.06 g/t Au, 0.7% Pb, and  0.9% Zn (92 g/t AgEq) over 165m, plus 45 g/t Ag, 0.08 g/t Au, 1% Pb, and 1% Zn (119 g/t AgEq) over 25.7m, including 58 g/t Ag, 0.07 g/t Au, 1.1% Pb, and 1.2% Zn (141 g/t AgEq) over 31.3m. “The Company has now completed 47,600 m (86 holes) as part of its Phase 2 drill program. Phase 2 drilling will continue through the remainder of the year and will be focused on three key areas: (1) Pre-Feasibility Study drilling consisting of reserve definition and engineering drilling; (2) resource expansion in the northeast of the deposit and at depth; and (3) initial drill testing of five property-wide targets on the Company’s extensive land package”.
  • GR Silver Mining Ltd., presented channel and drill results from the Loma Dorada – La Colorada Vein System, within its Plomosas project, Sinaloa. Highlights include hole LDS21-CH-014 with 244 g/t Ag and 16.45 g/t Au over 2.3m, including 358 g/t Ag and 6.71 g/t Au over a 1.2m; hole LDS21-CH-015 with 64 g/t Ag and 4.55 g/t Au over 1.9m, including 120 g/t Ag and 8.68 g/t Au over 0.6m; hole LDS21-01A with 25 g/t Ag and 0.36 g/t Au over 12.9m, including 82 g/t Ag and 1.78 g/t Au over 2.1m; and hole LDS21-06 with 9 g/t Ag and 0.21 g/t Au over 23.7m, including 60 g/t Ag and 1.35 g/t Au over 2m. “Drill results from the 2021 drilling program have extended several NNW-SSE trending Au-Ag veins over 600m strike length, and possibly connecting the Loma Dorada and La Colorada vein systems”. Surface channel sampling in the furthest NW portion of La Colorada returned  244 g/t Ag and 16.45 g/t Au over 2.3m  demonstrating attractive high-grade Au-Ag mineralization within the NW-SE trending vein system.
  • Great Panther Mining Limited updated mineral resource estimates for their Topia and Guanajuato Mine Complex (GMC), located in Durango and Guanajuato states respectively. Mineral Resources Estimates for each mine are shown in the tables below:

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Monarca Minerals Inc., announced the resignation of its current President and CEO effective March 4, 2022, and the appointment of the replacement. Both members will remain as Directors of the company (San Jose project, Chihuahua).

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Grupo México continues to firmly support Cananea against COVID-19. The company donated more than 900 personal protection items to government institutions, civil society organizations and the City Hall of Cananea.
  • Fundación Grupo México launched a contest to present high-impact projects for the solution of social and/or environmental problems. Through the Foundation’s Institutional Support area, it seeks to implement this type of initiative with the aim of adding to the transformation of the cycle of traditional philanthropy, offering a procurement model that provides training, accompaniment, alliances and a novel funding source; thus contributing to creating a new vision of Corporate Social Responsibility and philanthropy.
  • Peñoles and Fresnillo plc promote the participation of girls and women in science. Peñoles and Fresnillo plc have sponsored teams throughout the country, whose members show an unparalleled passion for the challenge of developing robotics projects that represent an opportunity for social, economic and environmental improvement in their communities.
  • Minera Cuzcatlán (Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.) informed that the 460 tons  generated by the company of urban solid waste and special handling in 2021 were subjected to recycling and use processes, fulfilling the objective of caring for the environment, taking advantage of resources and protecting the health of the people, collaborators, and surrounding communities.

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

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

By Jorge Cirett

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

ON MEXICO ISSUES

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

ON EXPLORATION

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

ON MINING

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

ON FINANCING

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

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

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

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

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

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

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No Relevant News.

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

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

Hydrothermal breccia

By Miguel A Heredia

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

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

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

ON MEXICO ISSUE

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

ON EXPLORATION

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

ON MINING

  • No relevant news.

ON FINANCING

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

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

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

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

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

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

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

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

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

Scorodite in a quartz vein

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 50th week of the year (December 13th to December 19th, 2021), at least 30 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, and 1 news published by the media, with nine reporting resources and developments of their properties, eight disclosing deals and corporate issues, seven informing on exploration results, three communicating production and financial results, one announcing financial issues, and one commenting on Mexican issues.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, Great Panther announced that it has begun the closure process at its Guanajuato facility due to not having the respective permit to expand tailings storage in the Jolula Dam. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Aztec Minerals and its JV partner Kootenay commenced a 5,000m RC drilling program at the Cervantes project, Barksdale announced the completion of the Phase I, 5,000m drilling program at the Cerro Verde Zone within its San Javier project, Canuc provided an update on the ongoing exploration program conducted at its San Javier project, and Tocvan commenced a 5,000-8,000m drilling program at its Pilar project. In Chihuahua, Kootenay released results from the last three holes collared at its Columba project, Monarca Minerals reported results from the last eight holes from its Phase 1 San Jose project exploration program, and Radius released drill results from the California target at its Amalia project.  ON MINING, Americas Gold and Silver announced that its Los Braceros plant has returned to nameplate production at its Cosala mine operation in Sinaloa. GoGold reported Q3, 2021 production and financial results from its Parral Tailings property in Chihuahua. Orla announced that three bars with a total weight of 1,278 Oz containing approximately 770 Oz Au and 510 Oz Ag were poured at its Camino Rojo property in Zacatecas.  ON FINANCING, Barksdale announced a non-brokered private placement of $1,750,000 secured convertible debentures (San Javier project, Sonora). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Chesapeake provided an update of its Metates property in Durango, and announced technical plans for 2022. Endeavour released drill results from its Parral project, Chihuahua. Fabled released results from its ongoing drilling program at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. Impact announced the discovery of the New San Ramon Zone within its Zacualpan mining district in the Sate of Mexico, with high Au-Ag grades intersections. SilverCrest announced remaining results from its 2021 infill and expansion drilling program at its Las Chispas project in Sonora. Tarachi Gold announced positive results of the PEA conducted on its Magistral Mill and Tailing project in Durango. Torex reported results from the 2021 drilling program at its El Limon Guajes underground mine in Guerrero, including zones referred to as Sub-Sill and El Limon Deep. Vizsla released results from three new drill holes targeting the Napoleon Vein resource area at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Zacatecas Silver reported Initial Inferred Mineral Resource Estimate for its Panuco deposit in Zacatecas.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Advance Lithium announced that its stock symbol changed from TSXV: AAX to TSXV: AALI (Tabasqueña project, Zacatecas). Bear Creek entered into a definite agreement with Equinox to acquire a 100% interest in the Mercedes mine in Sonora.  Consolidated Zinc entered into an offtake agreement with Metco Trading for the sale of 100% of the Plomosas lead concentrates produced from Plomosas for calendar year 2022. Defiance announced results from its annual and special general meeting of shareholders (San Acacio project, Zacatecas). Golden Minerals appointed a new member to its Board of Directors (Rodeo project, Durango). Mexican Gold announced favourable resolution of the claims dispute at its Las Minas project, Veracruz.   ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUE

  • Great Panther Mining Limited announced that it has begun the closure process at its Guanajuato facility. Great Panther issued a statement announcing the gradual closure of activities, due to not having the respective permit to expand tailings storage in the Jolula Dam, which is part of the mining complex. According to Great Panther, the permit was requested to the National Water Commission (CONAGUA) but so far it has not been authorized. For that reason the company cannot continue operating; but the operations will return, once they receive said authorization. The activities will continue solely for the care and maintenance of facilities. The mines that will be shut down are San Ignacio, the Guanajuato Complex and the Jolulaprocessing plant, located in the former Hacienda de Bustos, also known as ‘Cata’. Mine workers have expressed concern about the situation because when the activities stop in the mines in which they work they will lose their economic income. The precise data on how many employees will be affected by the situation is not yet available.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Aztec Minerals Corp., and its JV partner Kootenay Silver Inc., commenced a 5,000m RC drilling program to test four main targets at the Cervantes project in Sonora. “The primary objectives of the drilling program are to better define the near surface, oxide gold potential of the porphyry gold oxide cap at California, evaluate the potential for deeper copper-gold porphyry sulfide mineralization underlying the oxide cap, test for north and west extensions of the California mineralization at California North and Jasper, and assess the breccia potential of Purisima East”.
  • Barksdale Resources Corp., announced the completion of the Phase I, 5,000m drilling program conducted at the Cerro Verde Zone within its San Javier project. All of the 36 holes collared at Cerro Verde encountering Cu mineralization. Significant drill results were encountered in hole SJ21-09 with 0.74% Cu over 18m, including 1.75% Cu over 15m; hole SJ21-07 with 1.47% Cu over 15m, plus 0.54% Cu over 12m; hole SJ21-15 with 0.49% Cu over 66m; hole SJ21-08 with 0.64% Cu over 18m, plus 0.54% Cu over 12m; and hole SJ-21-18 with 0.45% Cu over 12m. Although there are still 15 drill holes at the lab pending for results, the drilling has confirmed and expanded the footprint of the Cerro Verde Zone and indicates that Cu mineralization remains open particularly to the south, west, and northeast. The company has logged and sampled all the 36 drill holes collared during the 5,000m, Phase I drill program. It is currently working on completing an updated geological model in early Q1, 2022. Barksdale plans to conduct an initial resource estimate for the Cerro Verde Zone once assays are delivered by the lab. 
  • Canuc Resources Corporation provided an update on the ongoing exploration program at its San Javier project in Sonora. Approximately 11.2 km of drill and trench access roads were completed during the year. One of these roads encountered bedrock consisting of stockwork quartz veining and hydrothermal breccia. A strong northwest trending structure containing gold mineralization was identified along a strike length of more than 3 km. A total of 672 samples were collected from these trenches and road cuts, returning values ranging from <0.005 to 3.18 g/t Au; 00.3 to 169 g/t Ag, and 5ppm to 2.85% Cu. Highlights include 0.47 g/t Au and 0.37% Cu over 14.5m; 0.3 g/t Au over 56m; 0.21 g/t Au over 26m; 0.19 g/t Au over 10m; and 0.16 g/t Au and 0.48% Cu over 13m. Canuc also announced that 27 samples averaging 0.70m wide were collected from known magnetite bearing prospects in the northern part of the property returning up to 1.67 g/t Au, 1,877 g/t Ag and 6,823 ppm Cu, with a weighted average of 0.09 g/t Au, 295 g/t Ag, and 1,784 ppm Cu. In addition, seven channel samples averaging 0.8m wide collected from old mine workings found on recently acquired claims returned notable values in Au (up to 1.67 g/t), Ag (up to 511 g/t) and Cu (up to 1,854 ppm), with a weighted average of 0.15 g/t Au, 282 g/t Ag, and 604 ppm Cu. A drone-supported magnetic survey was completed late in the year and was accompanied by reconnaissance scale geological mapping. Several large magnetic anomalies were identified and targeted for drill testing. The San Javier area has become increasingly recognized as being highly prospective for IOCG, porphyry and other Intrusion-related Au, Ag and Cu-Au mineralization.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp., commenced a 5,000-8,000m drilling program at its Pilar project. “Drilling will focus on continued step-out drilling along the Main Zone Trend and new 4-Trench Trend. Exploration drilling will continue to evaluate target areas along the Triple Vein Zone. Surface exploration work is currently underway on key target areas and channel samples from the recent trench program have been submitted for analysis”.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc., released results from the last three holes of the 2021 Phase 3 drilling program performed on the B Vein within its Columba project in Chihuahua. Hole CDH-21-111 encountered 105 g/t Ag, 0.04% Pb, and 0.06% Zn over 5.29m, including 190 g/t Ag, 0.07% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over 2.15m, including 387 g/t Ag, 0.2% Pb and 0.1% Zn over 0.65m; hole CDH-21-112 intersected 125 g/t Ag, 0.05% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over 0.7m, plus 174 g/t Ag, 0.07% Pb, and 0.15% Zn over 0.65m, plus 219 g/t Ag, 0.06% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over 29.50m, including 434 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, and 0.2% Zn over 13.05m, including 667 g/t Ag, 0.2% Pb, and 0.3 Zn over 7.05m, including 1,050 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, and 0.2% Zn over 2m, including 781 g/t Ag, 1% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over 1m; and hole CDH-21-13 with 156 g/t Ag, 0.06% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over 3.5m, including 574 g/t Ag, 0.2% Pb, and 0.3% Zn over 0.6m, plus 47 g/t Ag, 0.01% Pb, and 0.06% Zn over 54.90m, including 114 g/t Ag, 0.01% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over 3m, including 393 g/t Ag, 0.03% Pb, and 0.3% Zn over 2.05m, including 628 g/t Ag, 0.05% Pb, and 0.4% Zn over 1.10m. The company is focused on designing a drill program for the coming year to test the promising high-grade zones at Columba, including the B Vein.
  • Monarca Minerals Inc., reported results from the last eight holes from its Phase 1 San Jose project exploration program. Highlights include hole SJ-05 with 0.3 g/t Au, 2 g/t Ag, and 0.94% Cu over 4.6m, including 0.42g/t Au, 5 g/t Ag, and 0.21% Cu over 1.5m, and hole SJ-8 with 0.04 g/t Au, 79 g/t Ag, 0.34% Cu, 0.4% Pb, and 1.5% Zn over 1.5m, plus 0.36 g/t Au, 3 g/t Ag, 1% Cu, tr Pb, and 0.02% Zn over 6.1m, plus 0.84 g/t Au, <0.5 g/t Ag, 0.07% Cu, tr Pb, and tr Zn over 1.5m, plus 3.11 g/t Au, 32 g/t Ag, 0.13% Cu, 0.08% Pb, and 0.06% Zn over 3m, including 4.29 g/t Au, 53 g/t Ag, 0.18% Cu, 0.1% Pb, and 0.04% Zn over 1.5m. “Mineralization has been intersected in exoskarn and endoskarn and silicified intrusives, which are locally potassically altered with shreddy biotite and potassium feldspar. The area to the west of the completed drilling, where there is potential for skarn mineralization at the contact between mineralized intrusives and overlying dolomitized limestone is the site of the largest IP anomaly in the project area, which remains un-drilled from above where the dolomitized limestone outcrops”.
  • Radius Gold Inc., released drill results from the California target at its Amalia project in Chihuahua. Significant drill interceptions were encountered in holes AMDD21-45 with 60 g/t Ag over 87.25m, including 104 g/t Ag over 10.95m, plus 165 g/t Ag over 3.1m, and plus 187 g/t Ag over 3.3m; hole AMDD21-034 with 87 g/t Ag and 2.15 g/t Au over 3.95m; hole AMDD21-038 with 379 g/t Ag and 1.26 g/t Au over 11.20m; hole AMDD21-039 with 353 g/t Ag and 2.59 g/t Au over 12.75m; and hole AMDD21-044 with 346 g/t Ag and 0.63 g/t Au over 19.05m. “The system remains open to expansion along strike and to depth and so far has only been drilled on 200m centers. With the San Pedro zone drill defined and infill drilling planned for next year at California, we will be in a position to define a significant resource at the Amalia Property. With drilling on-going at the El Cuervo target and many targets remaining to drill test (Oro Viejo, La Caverna, and California SE), 2022 will be an exciting year for Radius”.

ON MINING

  • Americas Gold and Silver Corporation announced that its Los Braceros plant has returned to nameplate production at its Cosala mine operation in Sinaloa.  The company now is milling over 1,600 tonnes of ore per day grading 55 g/t Ag, 4.5 % Zn, and 1.9% Pb. Starting January, 2022 the company expects to increase the throughput to an average of 1,800 tonnes per operating day.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., reported Q3, 2021 production and financial results from its Parral Tailings property in Chihuahua. The company produced 475,734 Oz AgEq at a cash and AISC of USD $14.25 and USD $19.29 per Oz AgEq. GoGold reported revenue of USD $10.95M; cost of sales, including depreciation of USD $8.4M; operating income of USD $178K; and cash flow from operations of USD $538K. Year to date September 30, 2021, GoGold has produced 1.14M Oz Ag, 13,447 Oz Au, and 1.05.M Lb Cu (or 2.27M Oz AgEq). The company reported revenue of USD $53.2M; cash of USD $66.8M, free cash of USD $24.8M, company cash flow from operations before working capital of USD $18.9M, and USD $12.4 M after working capital; and adjusted net income of USD $11M.
  • Orla Mining Ltd., announced that three bars with a total weight of 1,278 Oz containing approximately 770 Oz Au and 510 Oz Ag were poured at its Camino Rojo property in Zacatecas. During the month of November, the Company mined a total of 466,215 ore tonnes at an average grade of 0.65 g/t Au and crushed and stacked a total of 374,976 tonnes on the heap leach pad. Year to date November 30, 2021, the Company mined a total of 1,589,994 tonnes of ore at an average grade of 0.72 g/t Au and crushed and stacked a total of 750,564 tonnes.

ON FINANCING

  • Barksdale Resources Corp., announced a non-brokered private placement of $1,750,000 secured convertible debentures arranged through Delbrook Capital Advisors Inc., an existing shareholder of the company. The net proceeds from the private placement will be used for general corporate and working capital purposes (San Javier project, Sonora).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Chesapeake Gold Corp., provided an update of its Metates property in Durango, and announced technical plans for 2022. Management members and technical team of the company have been focused on improving the Metates ´project economics as a low cost, scalable mine, and the PEA showed positive results demonstrating an alternative mine plan with an approximately 90% decrease in development capital compared to an autoclave process flow sheet. The company plans to advance the metallurgical and technical work on Metates. In addition, the five-hole PQ diameter core drill program completed for metallurgical test work returned on average, a 19% increase in grade over the block model predicted grades. An overall increase in grade could have a significant impact on the PEA geological model and further improve project economics. Two diamond drill rigs commenced a 16-hole infill program that will drill both up and down dip as well as along strike between the June 2021 holes. The Company expects to release results in early 2022 once assays have been received. Once the assays are received, an updated block model inputting all 21 holes will be the basis for a revised resource estimate, mine planning and future technical studies. On the other hand, Chesapeake plans to carry out follow-up work on four of their regional projects: Nicole, Durango, Lucy, Sinaloa, Sundae, Sinaloa, and Tatatila, Veracruz.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp., released drill results from its Parral project, Chihuahua. In this year, the company has drilled over 14,000m in 59 holes targeting several areas along the La Colorada vein with the goal of expanding the current mineral resources. Highlights from recent drill results include hole VCS-10 on Veta Colorada with 0.01 g/t Au, 2,846 g/t Ag, 0.65% Cu, and 0.01% Zn (2,914 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 0.89m, including 0.01 g/t Au, 3,380 g/t Ag, and 0.77% Cu (3,461 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.79m; hole VCU-38 on the hangingwall of Veta Colorada with 0.05 g/t Au, 204 g/t Ag, 0.07% Cu, 0.8% Pb, and 1.2% Zn (278 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.75m, including 0.08 g/t Au, 541 g/t Ag, 0.2% Cu, 0.8% Pb, and 2.2% Zn (667 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.33m, plus 0.11 g/t Au, 840 g/t Ag, 0.25% Cu, 9.1% Pb, and 4.7% Zn (1,288 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 2.77m on Veta Colorada, including 0.26 g/t Au, 1,585 g/t Ag, 0.55% Cu, 34.9% Pb, and 4.4% Zn (2,755 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.36m; and hole VCU-50 collared on Veta Colorada with 0.55 g/t Au, 708 g/t Ag, 0.2% Cu, 10.9% Pb, and 12.4% Zn (1,504 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.23m, including 0.91 g/t Au, 1,130 g/t Ag, 0.25% Cu, 18.9% Pb, and 18.7% Zn (2,406 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.69m.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp., released results from its ongoing drilling program at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. Hole SM20-44 encountered 1.1 g/t Au, 20 g/t Ag, 0.01% Cu, 0.1% Pb, and 0.2% Zn (86 g/t AgEq) over 7.95m, including 1.42 g/t Au, 31 g/t Ag, 0.01% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.3% Zn (104 g/t AgEq) over 5.80m, including 1.68 g/t Au, 40 g/t Ag, 0.01% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.4% Zn (129 g/t AgEq) over 4.05m, including 5 g/t Au, 42 g/t Ag, 0.01% Pb, 0.03% Pb, and 0.1% Zn (229 g/t AgEq) over 1.10m.
  • Impact Silver Corp., announced the discovery of high grade at the New San Ramon Zone located 50m to the south and 150m up dip from previous underground mining and drilling at the San Ramon Mine, within its Zacualpan mining district in Sate of Mexico. A total of 3,726m of drilling in 14 holes has been completed and highlights include hole Z21-15 with 1,443 g/t Au, 0.07% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over a true width (TW) of 1.93m; hole Z21-16 with 897 g/t Ag, 1.6% Pb, and 7.9% Zn over a TW of 1.93m; hole Z21-17 with 453 g/t Ag, 0.2% Pb, and 0.3% Zn over a TW of 2.1m; hole Z21-22 with 410 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, and 0.3% Zn over a TW of 1.81m; hole Z21-24 with 568 g/t Ag, 0.6% Pb, and 1% Zn over a TW of 3.65m; and hole Z21-28 with 480 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over a TW of 2.25m. “Known mineralization over the total San Ramon workings has a down dip length of 430m and a strike length of 500m. It remains open for expansion and additional drilling is in progress”.
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., announced remaining results from its 2021 infill and expansion drilling program at its Las Chispas project in Sonora. The company reported that the 2021 infill and expansion drilling program consisted of 109,590m in 301 drill holes that include a total of 102,560m in 281 holes in the Babi Vista, Babi Vista Splay, Babi Vista FWZ, Babi Norte HG, Granaditas and El Muerto Veins. On Babi Vista Vein, 15 new infill drill holes returned an average grade of 10.82 g/t Au and 863 g/t Ag (1,804 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 0.90m. 2021 infill drilling results reported an average grade of 9.05 g/t Au and 782 g/t Ag (1,569 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.8m. On Babi Vista FWZ, 10 new infill drill holes returned an average grade of 14.13 g/t Au and 1,057 g/t Ag (2,285 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.5m. 2021 infill drilling results reported an average grade of 12.58 g/t Au and 2,404 g/t Ag (3,498 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.7m. On Babi Norte HW Vein, infill drill holes returned an average grade of 9.87 g/t Au and 98 g/t Ag (1,506 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.5m. 2021 infill drilling program reported an average grade of 6.27 g/t Au and 628 g/t Ag (1,167 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.5m. On El Muerto Zone and Hanging Wall Vein, the 2021 infill drilling program returned an average grade of 3.97 g/t Au and 274 g/t Ag (619 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.4m. On Babi Vista Splay Vein, the infill drilling of 41 holes in 2021 reported an average grade of 15.74 g/t Au and 1,316 g/t Ag (2,684 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1m. On Granaditas Vein, drilling of 40 holes returned an average grade of 11.65 g/t Au and 2,806 g/t Ag (3,819 g/t AgEq) over 1.2m. “In H1, 2022, underground drill rigs will be working on tighter spaced definition drilling at Babicanora Main, Babi Vista and Babicanora Norte veins in support of underground production planning, a required part of the mining cycle. The surface rig will be working on expansion drilling on the northwest extension of the Babi Vista Vein and further infilling of the El Muerto veins”. 
  • Tarachi Gold Corp., announced positive results of the PEA conducted on its Magistral Mill and Tailing project in Durango. Highlights of the PEA includes an initial capital cost of USD $11.1M and after-tax payback in 1 year; development timeline of 12 months; cash and AISC of USD $648 and USD $705 per Oz Au respectively, net of Ag and Cu credits; pre-tax IRR of 120% and after-tax IRR of 85% at base case price of USD $1,600 Oz Au, USD $22 Oz Ag, and USD $3.40 Lb Cu; pre-tax annual free cash flow of  $15.3M and post-tax cash flow of USD $11.3M during years of full-rate production; and Life of Mine of 3.4 years with total production of 53,900 Oz Au, 75,800 Oz Ag, and 1.9M Lb Cu.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc., reported results from the 2021 drilling program at its El Limon Guajes underground mine in Guerrero, including zones referred to as Sub-Sill and El Limon Deep. Highlights include holes LDUG-49 with 15.04 g/t Au, 15 g/t Ag, and 0.66% Cu over 34m; hole LDUG-152 with 21.52 g/t Au, 13 g/t Ag and 0.53% Cu over 22.5m; hole LDUG-148 with 9.65 g/t Au, 4 g/t Ag, and 0.18% Cu over 43.5m; hole LDUG-164 with 13.53 g/t Au, 16 g/t Ag, and 0.86% Cu over 28.9m; hole LDUG-166 with 8.92 g/t Au, 4 g/t Ag, and 0.21% Cu over 41m; hole LDUG-139 with 9.21 g/t Au, 19 g/t Ag, and 0.4% Cu over 25.1m; hole LDUG-165 with 6.95 g/t Au, 6 g/t Ag, and 0.27% Cu over 28.7m; hole LDUG-126 with 56.25 g/t Au, 9 g/t Ag, and 0.18% Cu over 3.5m: hole LDUG-146 with 7.02 g/t Au, 4 g/t Ag, and 0.16% Cu over 26.4m; hole LDUG-159 with 10.1 g/t Au, 2 g/t Ag, and 0.12% Cu over 17.8m; hole LDUG-153 with 19.79 g/t Au, 5 g/t Ag, and 0.52% Cu over 7.7m; hole SST-244 with 5.72 g/t Au, 2 g/t Ag, and 0.16% Cu over 24.8m; hole SST-216 with 30.02 g/t Au and 3 g/t Ag over 4m; hole SST-232 with 10.21 g/t Au, 156 g/t Ag, and 1.52% Cu over 11.3m; and hole SST-226 with 10.71 g/t Au, 11 g/t Ag, and 0.44% Cu over 7.8m. To date, Torex has drilled and received assays for 69 drill holes representing approximately 14,200m of drilling. Approximately 5,800m (43 holes) have been drilled at El Limon Deep with an additional 8,400m (26 holes) drilled at Sub-Sill Zone. Torex is expected to complete 25,000m drill program in 2021. There are currently 8 rigs actively drilling off the El Limon Guajes underground, including 3 rigs from surface and 5 rigs underground.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp., released results from three new drill holes targeting the Napoleon Vein resource area at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Significant mineralization was intersected in holes NP-21-190 with 9.12 g/t Au, 1,058 g/t Ag, 4.7% Pb, and 1.7% Zn (1,902 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 2.33m, plus 5.14 g/t Au, 161 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, 1% Zn (665 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 4.53M; and hole NP-21-197 with 1.12 g/t Au, 55 g/t Ag, 0.05% Pb, and 0.9% Zn (177 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 4.27M, including 3.27 g/t Au, 73 g/t Ag, 0.08% Pb, and 3.3% Zn (452 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.99m.
  • Zacatecas Silver Corp., reported Initial Inferred Mineral Resource Estimate for its Panuco deposit in Zacatecas. The company estimated 2.73M tonnes of 171 g/t Ag and 0.17 g/t Au (187 g/t AgEq) for a total of 15.03M Oz Ag and 15K Oz Au (16.4M Oz AgEq), including a zone of 5.1M Oz AgEq at 235 g/t AgEq. The database for the Mineral Resource Estimate consisted of 75 drill holes totalling 23,444 m, and 183 trenches totalling 4,540 m, of which a total of 66 drill holes totalling 19,826 m and 135 trenches totalling 3,545 m intersected the mineralization wireframes used for the Mineral Resource Estimate.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Advance Lithium Corp., announced that its stock symbol changed from TSXV: AAX to TSXV: AALI (Tabasqueña project, Zacatecas).
  • Bear Creek Mining Corporation entered into a definite agreement with Equinox Gold Corp., to acquire a 100% interest in the Mercedes mine in Sonora: Terms of the agreement are a cash payment of USD $75M and issuance of 24,730,000 Bear Creek common shares on the closing of the acquisition; a deferred cash payment of USD $25M due within six months of the closing date; and a 2% NSR payable on metal production from the Mercedes mining concessions. The USD $75M cash payment on the closing date will be funded by USD $15M from the company´s treasury, and USD $60M from Sandstorm Gold Ltd. Bear Creek and Sandstorm entered into a gold purchase agreement and a debt financing agreement, both subject to customary closing conditions. In exchange for USD $37.5M, Sandstorm will receive 25,200 ounces of gold over 3.5 years, followed by 4.4% of the gold production from Mercedes for the remainder of the life-of-mine, and Sandstorm will pay Bear Creek USD $22.5M to subscribe for a 6%, three-year convertible debenture. Sandstorm has the right to convert the principal amount of the debenture into common shares of Bear Creek, at any time prior to the maturity date, at a 35% premium, or as approved by the TSX-V, to Bear Creek’s share price on closing of the transaction.
  • Consolidated Zinc Limited entered into a offtake agreement with Metco Trading S.A. de C.V. for the sale of 100% of the Plomosas lead concentrates produced from Plomosas for calendar year 2022. Key terms of this agreement include purchase of 100% of lead sulphide concentrates produced from Plomosas; purchase of 100% of lead oxide concentrates, a new lead concentrate product from Plomosas planned to commence production during the 1st quarter of 2022; and fixed treatment charges for 2022, include the new lead oxide concentrates.
  • Defiance Silver Corp., announced results from its annual and special general meeting of shareholders (San Acacio project, Zacatecas).
  • Golden Minerals Company appointed a new member to its Board of Directors, effective December 9, 2021 (Rodeo project, Durango).
  • Mexican Gold Mining Corp., announced favourable resolution of the claims dispute concerning certain lands that overlap a portion of the Company’s Pepe mineral concessions at its Las Minas project, Veracruz.   The General Director of Mines in Mexico has ruled in favour of Mexican Gold, thereby nullifying the portion of the overlapping Santa Fe Claims and reducing it such that it is positioned outside of the Company’s mineral claim boundaries as well as the NI 43-101 resource base.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No relevant news.

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On the picture above, scorodite in a quartz vein displaying boiling texture from an intermediate sulphidation epithermal vein system in a project in Durango, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

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

By Jorge Cirett

During the 49th week of the year (December 6th to December 12th, 2021), at least 20 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, four companies posted exploration advances on their properties, there were no mining related news, two released financing news, one more settled a debt with shares and one more qualified to trade on the OTCQB; two companies released resource estimates, one posted on drilling results from an advanced property and one more provided an update on ramping up mining activities. One company changed its name and one more is to create a spin-off company for its remaining exploration projects. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Sonora, Guerrero and Oaxaca can become poles of mining activity. Camimex asked the president to ease the grip on the issuance of mining concessions, as it is to strangle the industry. The Zacatecas Mining Cluster inaugurated Quantum City. The national employment service increased the jobs offered in the mining industry. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Heliostar Metals commenced drilling at Cumaro; Tocvan Ventures is trenching at Pilar. In Sinaloa, Vizsla Silver released drilling results from the Napoleon deposit at Panuco. In Guerrero, Pantera Silver received a drill permit for Nuevo Taxco. ON MINING, no relevant news. ON FINANCING, Guanajuato Silver and Prismo Metals announced or closed financing rounds for C$9.52 M and $2 M respectively. Aloro Mining is to settle a $211 K debt with shares. Sierra Madre Gold and Silver qualified for trading at the OTCQB in the USA. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Discovery Silver filed the technical report with updated mineral resources at Cordero. Fabled Silver released drill results at Santa Maria. GoGold presented the initial mineral resource estimate on four deposits at Los Ricos North project, and current resources at Los Ricos Sur and the Parral tailings projects. Minera Alamos updated on ramping up of mining at Santana. Oroco Resources released its first drilling results from drilling the Santo Tomás deposit in Sinaloa.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Advance Gold changed its name to Advance Lithium Corp., and Solaris Resources intends to transfer its non-core assets to a subsidiary company. Prime Meridian Resources optioned the La Verde Grande project in Sonora, for which is to forward US400 K in cash and US$8 M in shares in staged payments. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • According to a note by Mexico Business News, Sonora, Guerrero and Oaxaca are to be poles of mining exploration in the coming years.
  • Camimex (Cámara Minera de México) asked the AMLO presidency to grant new mining concessions, as the lack of issuance of titles is to result in a shortage of mines in the future due to the lack of exploration. Mexico has seen its standing on the Fraser Institute report to fall from the 29 to the 42 position from 2018 to 2020.
  • The Zacatecas Mining Cluster inaugurated its Mining Center in Quantum City, to forward research, innovation and technological development in the State’s mining industry.
  • The Servicio Nacional de Empleo (National Employment Service) increased its jobs offer in the mining industry.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Vizsla Silver Corp. released results from twenty one drill holes targeting the Napoleon vein resource area, at Panuco, Sinaloa. The Napoleon vein measures approximately 1,000 m by 3.86 m in width, to a depth of 400 m, averaging 148 gpt Ag, 2.90 gpt Au, 0.46% Pb, 1.44% Zn (453 gpt AgEq), while the greater Napoleon vein resource area (including the previous one) measures 1,820 m by an average of 3.36 m in width to a depth of 300 m, averaging 142 gpt Ag, 2.62 gpt Au, 0.46% Pb, 1.39% Zn (421 gpt AgEq). Highlighted true width intercepts comprise 5.76 m @ 0.81 gpt Au, 56 gpt Ag, 0.8% Pb, 2.5% Zn; 1.21 m @ 2.25 gpt Au, 26 gpt Ag; 10.69 m @ 1.21 gpt Au, 220 gpt Ag, 0.4% Pb, 0.8% Zn; 1.74 m @ 0.29 gpt Au, 206 gpt Ag; 1.63 m @ 2.69 gpt Au, 34 gpt Ag, 0.2% Pb, 2.2% Zn; 2.52 m @ 0.54 gpt Au, 156 gpt Ag; 1.14 m @ 4.75 gpt Au, 128 gpt Ag, 1.2% Pb, 2.5% Zn; 2.90 m @ 0.76 gpt Au, 210 gpt Ag, 2.2% Pb, 1.8% Zn.
  • Heliostar Metals Ltd. commenced a drill program at its Cumaro project in Sonora. The drill program will focus on the Verde, Basaitegui and Palmita vein corridors. The Verde target comprises three veins with 530 m strike length 0.5 to 5.0 m in width, where previous surface sampling has returned 5.0 m @ 10.3 gpt Au, 168 gpt Ag; 5.9 m @ 2.65 gpt Au, 105 gpt Ag; 3.0 m @ 4.68 gpt Au, 61 gpt Ag; 1.75 m @ 11.5 gpt Au, 125 gpt Ag. At the Basaitegui target vein textures indicate a shallower part of the system is exposed and the vein at depth is to be tested. At the 1.7 km long Palmita target the mineralization system is also interpreted as shallow and the aim is to intercept the vein at depth.
  • Pantera Silver Corp. received a drill permit from the government for its Nuevo Taxco project in Guerrero. The maiden drill program is focused on priority targets within 135 ha area historically prepared for drilling by Impact Silver. This area hosts over 21 veins with “substantial width” and mapped lengths of 150 to 350 m, remaining open along strike and depth.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. updated on the trenching program at the Pilar project in Sonora. “Trenching is currently underway with four trenches completed to date at 4-Trench, North Hill and Main Zone targets”. At the Main zone the plan is to test an area where surface sampling has returned 10 m @ 2.5 gpt Au, 27 gpt Ag.

ON MINING

  • No relevant news.

ON FINANCING

  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. closed the second and final tranche of its non-brokered private placement offering, for gross proceeds of C$9.52 M (El Cubo, Guanajuato).
  • Prismo Metals Inc. announced a non-brokered private placement intended to raise gross proceeds of up to $2 M (Los Pavitos, Sonora).
  • Aloro Mining Corp. intends to settle a debt for $211.2 K to various insiders of the company with 3.84 M shares (Los Venados, Sonora).
  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd. announced it has qualified for trading on the OTCQB Venture Market in the United States operated by the OTC Markets Group Inc. (Tepic and La Tigra projects, Nayarit).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Discovery Silver Corp. filed the technical report with the update of mineral resources for the Cordero project in Chihuahua. The NI-43-101 report for the preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for Cordero will be filed within 45 days of November 30, 2021.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp. released results from one more hole at Santa Maria in Chihuahua. Nine core length intervals 1.5 to 3.0 m in width returned up to 0.16 gpt Au, 66 gpt Ag.
  • GoGold Resources Inc. released its initial mineral resource estimate for the Los Ricos North project in Jalisco, and updated the mineral reserve at the Parral tailings operation. Oxide indicated mineral from the El Favor, Casados, La Trini and Mololoa deposits adds up to 14.5 M tonnes @ 0.37 gpt Au, 100 gpt Ag, and inferred mineral resources of 15.0 m tonnes @ 0.28 gpt Au, 95 gpt Ag, containing 171 K Oz Au, 46.5 M Oz Ag and 136 K Oz Au, 44.1 M Oz Ag respectively. At El Orito sulfide zone there are 7.8 M tonnes @ 0.06 gpt Au, 28 gpt Ag, 0.11% Cu, 0.88% Pb, 1.33% Zn as indicated resources, and 5.5 M tonnes @ 0.06 gpt Au, 28 gpt Ag, 0.12% Cu, 0.74% Pb, 1.20% Zn as inferred resources, containing 15 K Oz Au, 7 M Oz Ag, 19 M Lb Cu, 151 M Lb, Pb, 229 M Lb Zn and 11 K Oz Au, 4.9 M Oz Ag, 15 M Lb Cu, 90 M Lb Pb, 146 M Lb Zn respectively, for a grand total of 334 K Oz Au, 93.5 M Oz Ag, 34 M Lb Cu, 241 M Lb Pb, 375 M Lb Zn. At the neighboring Los Ricos Sur project, the company holds 385 K Oz Au, 49.9 M Oz Ag in measured, indicated and inferred resources. At the Parral tailing project proven and probable mineral reserves are 12.8 M tonnes @ 0.35 gpt Au, 32.6 gpt Ag, containing 144 K Oz Au, 13.4 M Oz Ag.
  • Minera Alamos Inc. provided an update on the ramping-up of mining at Santana, in Sonora. Over 7,300 Oz Au have been placed on the leach pad, while cumulative gold recovery from ore under leach for more than 30 days his approaching 70%. “Mining and crushing activities at the project site continue to progress as operating experience is gained and the available Nicho Norte starter pit operating areas increase”.
  • Oroco Resources Corp. released results from drilling at its Santo Tomas project in Sinaloa. The eight holes completed so far in the North zone and drilling continues, whilst results for the first three holes have been received. Copper grades are comparable to historical grades and confirm the 2009 gradeshell model of Cu > 0.3%, with chalcopyrite and bornite disseminations and veinlets with sparse pyrite. “Sulphide mineralization in the main intersections on the North Zone are hosted in strongly potassic-altered volcanic and intrusive rocks with an overprint of phyllic alteration”. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 255.0 m @ 0.39% Cu, 100 ppm Mo, 45 ppb Au; 280.1 m @ 0.38% Cu, 120 ppm Mo, 25 ppb Au; 25.5 m @ 0.29% Cu, 150 ppm Mo, 20 ppb Au; 14.3 m @ 0.50 % Cu, 80 ppm Mo, 26 ppb Au; 207.7 m @ 0.39% Cu, 140 ppm Mo, 19 ppb Au; 76.2 m @ 0.18% Cu, 20 ppm Mo, 7 ppb Au.
  • Prime Mining Corp. updated on exploration at its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. Exploration results during the Q3 2021 include the discovery of Au-Ag mineralization in San Miguel East pit-constrained resource, in addition to near surface mineralization at Las Primas, additional high-grade results at Guadalupe East and strike and depth potential of the Zapote-Tahonitas mineralized structure. The planned phase two drilling program is to comprise 250 new holes and a minimum of 50,000 m.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Advance Gold Corp. changed its name to Advance Lithium Corp. (Tabasqueña, Zacatecas).
  • Solaris Resources Inc. intends to transfer its non-core assets in Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Mexico, into a newly incorporated subsidiary named Solaris Exploration Inc., while Solaris Resources focuses on the Warintza project in Ecuador (La Verde (60%), Michoacan).
  • Prime Meridian Resources Corp. executed a letter of intent (LOI) to purchase up to 100% interest in La Verde Grande 2,493 ha project in Sonora. “The Company’s plan is to fast-track the exploration and development of the seven currently known Cu-Zn-Ag-Au skarn zones, while evaluating in parallel, the significant opportunity for the discovery of copper porphyry mineralization proximal to those skarn zones”. PMR will make cash payments of US$400 K and payments in shares of US$8 M to acquire up to 100% indirect ownership of the La Verde project, subject to a 2% royalty. Upon completing the US$400 K payment, PMR will have earned 5% indirect ownership of the La Verde project, and further 45% indirect ownership upon issuance of 25 M shares @ CA$0.15 per share. PMR will acquire further 25% indirect interest by issuing an additional US$3 M in shares before the first anniversary. A final 25% indirect interest will be earned by issuing US$2 M in shares before the second anniversary. Of the 2% royalty, 1% can be bought by US$1.0 M.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No relevant news.

On the image below: X marks the spot. Mafic dike on granitic intrusive rock in Sonora. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

Geologists Christian StClair and Tomás Tapia in a copper stained specularite vein ridge in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett

By Jorge Cirett

During the 47th week of the year (November 22nd to November 28th, 2021), at least 17 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, only three companies posted exploration advances on their properties, three more released Q3 reports, one reported concentrate theft, two released financing news and one on quarterly dividends, while four companies posted on project development or resource definition and one more on a mine in peril of closing by government red tape. ON MEXICO ISSUES, at MINNOVATION 2021 several companies received an award for social responsibility. In Oaxaca, inhabitants near Fortuna’s San José mine are being pressured to sign a document asking for the denial of expedition of an environmental permit, action that would result on the mine closure. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Ridgestone Mining is preparing to drill El Cobre target on its Rebeico property. In Chihuahua, Radius Gold informed on excellent drilling results from the California target at its Amalia project; Silver Spruce updated on exploration plans at Pino de Plata.   ON MINING, Impact Silver, Altaley Mining and Discovery Silver presented their Q3 2021 reports. Consolidated Zinc informed on the armed robbery suffered at its Plomosas plant in Chihuahua, where 90 tonnes of Zn concentrate were stolen. ON FINANCING, Galore Resources and Canasil resources informed on the closing of financing rounds that accrued CAD$818.5 K and $810.7 K respectively. Alamos Gold declared a $48 M quarterly dividend for its shareholders, adding to a total of $235 M delivered in 12 years. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, GoGold Resources released initial metallurgical tests at Los Ricos North in Jalisco. Zacatecas Silver presented drilling results from the Panuco Central and Tres Cruces veins at its Zacatecas Silver project. Fabled Silver Gold informed on drilling results from its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. First Majestic Silver filed an updated technical report for its Santa Elena and Ermitaño project in Sonora.   ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Fortuna Silver Mines is working with legal advisors to appeal the denial order received from SEMARNAT regarding its request for an extension of the environmental permit. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Industrias Peñoles, Fresnillo PLC, Torex Gold and Grupo Mexico informed on its support for communities, environment and education.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Alfonso Durazo, Sonora’s governor, praised the social responsibility of the mining industry. This as he delivered awards to companies on the Sonora Mining cluster, for abiding by Responsabilidad Social Empresarial (Corporate Social Responsibility). Companies receiving the award included Peñoles, Autlán, Molymex and  Alamos Gold, among others. The event was part of MINNOVACION 2021.
  • Inhabitants of communities near San José del Progreso, Oaxaca, where Fortuna Silver’s San José mine is located, denounce pressure and intimidation by agrarian and municipal authorities to sign documents asking for denial of the environmental permit by SEMERNAT (The Mexican environmental regulator), and to risk losing government aid if not complying with the request.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Ridgestone Mining Inc. finalized plans for a drill program on El Cobre property, within its 3,500 hectare Rebeico project in Sonora. The program envisages 2,700 m in 14 reverse circulation (RC) holes to test the mineralization below historical workings that run for 200 m along strike. Recent surface sample results include 1.0 m @ 3.5% Cu, 0.32 gpt Au; 1.5 m @ 1.5% Cu, 0.44 gpt Au; 3.0 m @ 2.65% Cu; 1.0 m @ 2.62% Cu; 1.5 m @ 2.21% Cu; 3.0 m @ 2.0% Cu.
  • Radius Gold Inc. informed on more drilling results from the California target at the Amalia project in Chihuahua. Highlighted core length results comprise 12.8 m @ 259 gpt Ag, 0.54 gpt Au (including 3.2 m @ 705 gpt Ag, 1.92 gpt Au); 39.7 m @ 204 gpt Ag, 0.35 gpt Au (including 19.1 m @ 346 gpt Ag, 0.63 gpt Au). Broad multiphase mineralization up to 50 m in width has been intercepted along 1 km of the California 2.8 Km long structure, to 300 m of depth. Other targets along the structure are still to be drilled due to the current lack of roads. Drilling is underway at the 1.5 km long El Cuervo vein target, a subparallel structure between the Amalia and California structures, where stockwork veining and brecciation have been mapped at up to 40 m in width.
  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc. updated on exploration at its 397-hectare Pino de Plata property in Chihuahua. A Lidar survey has been completed and the generated high-resolution topography provides a base for the incoming drilling, structural lineament mapping and future exploration. Negotiations continue with the surface owner to gain access to some of the drill targets.

ON MINING

  • Consolidated Zinc Ltd. informed that on November 16th a group of armed bandits entered its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua to steal 90 tonnes of zinc concentrate valued at US$90 K. The security guard and employees were unharmed, but locked in a transport container.
  • Impact Silver Corp. released financial and operating results for the Q3 2021. At Zacualpan, 34,587 tonnes were milled @ 156 gpt Ag to produce 152 K Oz Ag. At the Guadalupe mine production is being ramped-up to pre-pandemic levels, and a fourth drill rig has been added to the company’s fleet. The Capire open pit deposit and processing plant are being reviewed eyeing a re-start of operations.
  • Altaley Mining Corp. released quarterly reports for Q3 – 2021. At its Campo Morado mine in Guerrero, 168.4 K tonnes were processed, recovering 66% Zn, 29% Pb, to produce 10,743 tons of Zn concentrate (45% Zn, 2.29 gpt Au, 724 gpt Ag), 2,690 tons of Pb concentrate (22%Pb, 1.56% Cu, 5.45 gpt Au, 919 gpt Ag). Total cash cost was US$0.45 per Zn Lb and AISC of US$0.70 per Zn Lb.
  • Discovery Silver Corp. presented its financial results for the Q3 2021 and an update on the activities at the Cordero project in Chihuahua. Metallurgical tests show recoveries of 80-89% Ag, 83-91% Pb, 81-90% from locked cycle tests in sulfides and 54-80% Ag, 61-75% Au on oxide and transition ore cyanidation bottle roll procedures. An updated mineral resource estimate has been produced with information from 224,000 m of drilling in 517 holes, with 87% of the resource in the measured and indicated category. Phase 2 drilling is ongoing and focused on upgrading inferred resources, resource expansion of bulk-tonnage mineralization and testing the high-grade veins in the deposit. A PEA is expected to be released before the end of the current quarter, and a PFS on 2022.

ON FINANCING

  • Alamos Gold Inc. declared a quarterly dividend of US$0.025 per common share, and the repurchase of 383 K shares with a cost of $2.9 M. During the year Alamos has repurchased $8.9 M in shares. Thus far in 2021 the company has returned $48 M to shareholders through dividends and share buybacks, accumulating $235 M in dividends in 12 years (Mulatos, Sonora).
  • Galore Resources Inc. closed its non-brokered private placement financing, raising gross proceeds of CAD$818.5 K (Dos Santos, Zacatecas).
  • Canasil Resources Inc. announced the closing of the non-brokered private placement previously announced to gather $500 K, same that ended accruing $708.7 K in gross proceeds. The company also received $102 K from the exercise of warrants, taking the total to $810.7 K (Nora, Durango).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • GoGold Resources Inc. announced positive initial results of metallurgic tests at its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. HQ core from 108 drill holes at the Casados, El Favor, La Trini and El Orito deposits was composited and tested in Canada laboratories. The composites from Casados, El Favor and La Trini were subjected to direct cyanidation leaching of Au and Ag, while the one from El Orito was treated by flotation to extract also the base metal content. Recoveries ranged from 86% to 96% Au and 90% to 96% Ag on Casados, El Favor and La Trini, while at El Orito were 86% Au, 90% Ag, 87% Pb, 90% Zn and 90% Cu.
  • Zacatecas Silver Corp. released results from the drilling program targeting the Panuco Central vein and the Tres Cruces vein at its Zacatecas Silver project in Zacatecas. Assay results for four of the holes at Tres cruces have been received, and the highlighted intervals comprise 1.85 m @ 224 gpt Ag, 0.49 gpt Au; 2.17 m @ 798 gpt Ag, 0.34 gpt Au; 3.00 m @ 203 gpt Ag, 0.85 gpt Au. “Three holes targeted a historical high-grade intercept in Central Tres Cruces, over 1 km to the northwest and along strike of the eastern Tres Cruces holes. Assays for hole PAN 2021-013, which intercepted almost 5 metres of sulphidic quartz vein, are pending”.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp. informed on results from drilling at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. The drilling targeted and intercepted the down plunge extension of holes that recently returned significant gold grades, extending the zone 200 m below. Highlighted core-length intercepts comprise 1.5 m @ 69 gpt Ag, 0.63 gpt Au; 0.45 m @ 45 gpt Ag, 0.86 gpt Au; 1.05 m @ 165 gpt Ag, 0.58 gpt Au; 1.05 m @ 67 gpt Ag, 1.18 gpt Au; 3.3 m @ 138 gpt Ag, 1.46 gpt Au, 1.4% Pb, 2.0% Zn (including 1.85 m @ 107 gpt Ag, 2.40 gpt Au, 2.4% Pb, 3.5% Zn) in one hole.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp. filed an updated technical report for its Santa Elena mine in Sonora. The report also includes the results of a pre-feasibility study (PFS) on the Ermitaño project, four kilometers from the Santa Elena processing plant. Measured and Indicated resources for both projects comprise 6.06 M tonnes @ 97 gpt Ag, 2.85 gpt Au, containing 18.9 M Oz Ag, 557 K Oz Au, while inferred resources stand at 6.25 M tonnes @ 80 gpt Ag, 2.43 gpt Au, containing 16.2 M Oz Ag, 490 K Oz Au.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc . “is working with legal advisors to file an appeal to the denial order received from SEMARNAT regarding its request to extend its environmental impact authorization (EIA) for its San José mine in Oaxaca. The company reported it continues to work with the authorities. However, due to the lack of concrete answers, it will use other legal alternatives”. The San Jose mine started operations back in 2011, but one of its environmental permits expired last month, and SEMARNAT (the Mexican environmental regulatory agency) is denying the permit on grounds of a pending evaluation on the regulation of the mine’s infrastructure and an indigenous consultation.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Industrias Peñoles and Fresnillo PLC informed on programs to aid education of the new generations in Coahuila, Durango, Chihuahua, Guerrero, Estado de Mexico, Sonora and Zacatecas.
  • Minera Media Luna (Torex Gold) is supporting the education of students in Guerrero with the donation of computing equipment and facilities as well as providing professional practices on its installations for up to 20 students at a time.
  • Fundación Grupo Mexico delivered through its “Vagón Verde” (Green train car) 8,000 tree saplings to the city of Celaya, Guanajuato.

On the image below: Geologists Christian StClair and Tomás Tapia in a copper stained specularite vein ridge in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

Magnetite-rich Fe skarn manto

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 14th week of the year (April 05th to April 11th, 2021), at least 35 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico and 4 news published by the media, with nine informing on exploration results, eight disclosing deals and corporate issues, seven announcing financial issues, six reporting on resources and development, six communicating production and financial results, two discussing social issues, and one commenting on Mexican issues.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, Compañía Minera Cuzcatlán (Fortuna Silver) declared that it pays taxes and reiterated its attachment to the government mechanisms that drive Mexico’s socio-economic development (San Jose mine, Oaxaca). ON EXPLORATION, In Baja California, One World Lithium announced that a drill crew will be mobilizing to its Salar del Diablo project in Baja California, to drill a third diamond drill hole. In Sonora, Colibri informed that it will commence a 3D IP survey at its Evelyn project, Heliostar released first pass sampling and mapping results from its Cumaro project, Ridgestone announced encouraging results from geophysical surveys and follow-up work on its Rebeico project, and Silver Tiger reported drill results in the Benjamin vein zone at its El Tigre project. In Sinaloa, Vizsla provided results from eighteen holes collared along the Napoleon Vein corridor at its Panuco project. In Zacatecas, Alien reported sampling results from dumps/floats at its San Celso property, and Zacatecas Silver completed geological and structural mapping at its El Cristo project.  In San Luis Potosi, Advance Gold started a drilling program at its Saldivar lithium salar project. ON MINING, Endeavor reported Q1, 2021 production results from its Mexican mine operations. GoGold presented Q1, 2021 production and financial results from its Parral Tailings project in Chihuahua. Magna Gold reported year end 2020 financial results from its San Francisco mine in Sonora, and provided production guidance for 2021. Mexus Gold announced its plans to blast at its Santa Elena mine in Sonora. Telson reported Q1, 2021 production results from its Campo Morado mine in Guerrero. Torex presented Q1, 2021 production and financial results from its El Limon-Guajes Mine Complex in Guerrero.  ON  FINANCING, Aura Minerals announced a clarification of its payments of dividends (Aranzazu mine, Zacatecas). Canuc granted 6M incentive stock options to officers, directors, employees, and consultants (San Javier project, Sonora). Capitan Mining announced a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of CAD $3.2M (Peñoles property, Durango). GR Silver entered into a bought deal private placement financing agreement for gross proceeds of $ 8M (Plomosas project, Sinaloa). Santacruz announced a private placement for gross proceeds of up to CAD $14.1M (Zimapan mine, Hidalgo). Silver Spruce granted 759K stock options to its CEO (El Mezquite project, Sonora).  Tarachi Gold commenced to trade on the OTCQB Venture Market under the ticker symbol “TRGGF” (Magistral Mill and Tailings project, Durango).  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Almadex announced its intention to drill at least three of its Mexican mining properties in 2021, and discussed plans for El Cobre and Ixtaca properties located in Veracruz and Puebla respectively. Consolidated Zinc reported that mill and flotation circuits commissioning commenced over Easter at its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua. Prime released drill results from el Zapote South, Noche Buena, and San Miguel East deposits at its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. Sonoro reported results from 12 RC holes drilled at its flagship property Cerro Caliche in Sonora. VanGold filed a PEA for combined El Pinguico-El Cubo projects in Guanajuato. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Discovery Metals announced name change to Discovery Silver (Cordero project, Chihuahua).  Equinox completed the acquisition of Premier Gold and the spin out of i-80 Gold Corp. (Los Filos mine, Guerrero and Mercedes mine, Sonora). Gatos Silver appointed Rodrigo Monroy as General Counsel effective April 1st, 2021 (Los Gatos mine, Chihuahua). Minaurum engaged Digital Marketing Firm and granted 3,825,000 common share stock options to Directors, Officers and Consultants (Alamo Silver project, Sonora). Minera Autlán announced the appointment of Pedro Rivero González as its General Management of the company as of April 5, 2021 (Molango mine, Hidalgo). Santacruz announced that the acquisition of the Zimapan assets is now expected to close on or before April 16, 2021. Tarachi Gold appointed a new member to its Board of Directors and announced the change of Auditor (Magistral Mill and tailings project, Durango). Torex announced that it received a key environmental permit for its Media Luna project in Guerrero.  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Arcelor Mittal delivered a donation of MXP $140K to the Red Cross Delegation of Lázaro Cárdenas in Michoacan. Fresnillo plc., supported workshop members of the El Obligado Community in Fresnillo, Zacatecas who make face masks for the population of nearby communities.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Compañía Minera Cuzcatlán (Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.) declared that it has complied in due time and form with more than MXP $600M for the total federal taxes caused, corresponding to the 2020 annual fiscal year. The payment from an effective tax rate to the mining sector of 45%is one more sample strict adherence to legality and government mechanisms that promote the socio-economic development of the country (San Jose mine, Oaxaca).

ON EXPLORATION

  • One World Lithium Inc., announced that a drill crew will be mobilizing to its Salar del Diablo project in Baja California, to drill a third diamond drill hole. DDH-3 will be located approximately 50Km to the south of DDH-2.
  • Colibri Resource Corporation, informed that it will commence a 3D IP survey at its Evelyn project in Sonora. The 3D IP survey will be focused on the Sahuaro and Cerro Rojo targets and will cover an area of approximately 6 square km. The Company is planning a drill program to test currently defined mineralized trends and structures, to evaluate the emerging geological and structural model for the property, and to test results of the IP survey.
  • Heliostar Metals Limited released first pass sampling and mapping results from its Cumaro project in northern Sonora. Heliostar identified a silicified structure with pyrite and returned 1m channel sample grading 390 g/t Ag, and remains open to expand. Additionally, eleven channel and rock samples returned values >1 g/t Ag in a coherent anomaly that cover an area of 500m by 600m, being this area the extension of the Dos Amigos vein into the eastern block. This mineralization indicates a robust silver endowment and shows the potential for high grades in the eastern block of the El Picacho district.
  • Ridgestone Mining Inc., announced encouraging results from geophysical surveys and follow-up work on its Rebeico project. The IP survey outlined a strong IP high chargeability anomaly of 1,400m north-south and 800m east-west at the south portion of the Alaska vein, at depths of 250 to 300 metres below surface, progressively increasing in width and intensity toward the south.
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc., reported drill results in the Benjamin vein zone at its El Tigre project in Sonora. Significant drill intersects were encountered in hole ET-21-204 with 140 g/t Ag, 0.12 g/t Au, 0.08% Cu, 3% Pb, and 8.5% Zn (519 g/t AgEq) over 14.2m, including 273 g/t Ag, 0.14 g/t Au. 0.18% Cu, 5.5% Pb, and 17 % Zn (1,013 g/t AgEq) over 5.6m; hole ET-21-206 with 181 g/t Ag, 0.07 g/t Au, 0.05% Cu, 0.6% Pb, and 1.8% Zn (267 g/t AgEq) over 12.3m, including 1,034 g/t Ag, 0.18 g/t Au, 0.29% Cu, 2.7% Pb, and 8.8% Zn (1,443 g/t AgEq) over 2m; and hole ET-20-199 with 222 g/t Ag, 0.05 g/t Au, 0.09% Cu, 0.5% Pb, and 1.7% Zn (305 g/t AgEq) over 7.7m, including 699 g/t Ag, 0.11 g/t Au, 0.2% Cu, 2% Pb, and 7% Zn (1,016 g/t AgEq) over 1.1m.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp., provided results from eighteen holed collared along the Napoleon Vein corridor at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. The company estimated from 54 drill holes, an average vein true width of 4m, a weighted average grade of 155 g/t Ag, 2.74 g/t Au, 0.5% Pb, and 1.3% Zn (441 g/t AgEq), and mineralization extends over 300m in length, 300m  deep, and remains open north, south, and at depth. The best drill intercept was encountered in hole NP-21-80 with 469 g/t Ag, 5.84 g7t Au, 0.5% Pb, and 1.2% Zn (1, 027 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 4.61m, including 1, 321 g/t Ag, 15.1 g/t Au, 1.3% Pb, and 2.6% Zn (2, 740 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.51m.
  • Alien Metals ltd., reported encouraging dump/floats sampling results from its New Andromeda concession adjacent to its San Celso property in Zacatecas. Highlights include 734 g/t Ag, 0.44 g/t Au and 0.6% Zn; 163 g/t Ag, 0.42 g/t Au and 1.9% Zn; 488 g/t Ag; 270 g/t Ag; and 180 g/t Ag and 0.13% Zn. “The samples are all composed of quartz and carbonate dominant vein material with varying amounts of sulphides, hence they are very similar to the mineralization seen in the San Celso vein systems to the north”.  
  • Zacatecas Silver Corp., completed geological and structural mapping at its El Cristo project located immediately to the northwest of the Veta Grande deposit. The Veta Grande vein has reported historical production of over 200 M Oz Ag in the region. The geological and structural mapping identified at least eight veins to date which are associated with a sigmoidal zone of extension that is at least 800 m wide, over a strike length of at least 4 km extending the previous reported strike length of 2.5 to 3.0km. Zacatecas Silver has commenced an extensive soil sampling program to assist with location of veins beneath cover of thin soils. “The cumulative strike length of all veins at El Cristo is at least 12 km long. El Cristo an extremely prospective system with numerous high value targets at vein intersections, splays and flexures. Veins display multiphase and brecciated textures, indicative of multiple mineralizing events. Zacatecas Silver is planning an aggressive rock-chip and channel sampling program to better define the silver-base metal grade distribution of the outcropping veins, to ensure that the highest value targets are drill tested”.
  • Advance Gold Corp., started a drilling program at its Saldivar lithium salar project in San Luis Potosi to test near surface lithium grade distribution of the salar for bulk sampling preparation. The drilling program will be carried out on a grid basis using 100m spacing with holes drilled down to 50m. The company also plans to drill deeper in one of the holes to test the depth to bedrock.

ON MINING

  • Endeavor Silver Corp., reported production results from its Mexican mine operations. The table below shows figures for Q1, 2021 by mine:
  • GoGold Resources Inc., presented Q1, 2021 production and financial results from its Parral Tailings project in Chihuahua. GoGold produced 302.9K Oz Ag, 3,208 Oz Au, and 192.6K Lb Cu (551.2K Oz AgEq), generating free cash flows exceeding USD $5.5Mthis quarter.
  • Magna Gold Corp., reported year end 2020 financial results from its San Francisco mine in Sonora. The company sold 20,235 Oz Au and 9,188 Oz Ag. Magna reported metal revenues of USD $37M, net cash flow provided by operating activities of USD $9.4M, net cash provided by financial activities of USD $9.4M, and income from mining operations of USD $1.9M. “The Company is setting guidance expectations for gold production during 2021 of between 55K to 65K Oz Au. The Company expects to have the San Francisco Mine fully commissioned before the end of Q2 2021”.
  • Mexus Gold US announced its plans to blast at its Santa Elena mine in Sonora. The blasts will produce 10K tonnes of 2.2 g/t Au, and Mexus expects to be producing gold from this material within 30 days of the blast.
  • Telson Mining Corporation reported Q1, 2021 production and financial results from its Campo Morado mine in Guerrero. Telson milled 174.4 K tonnes of 1.1 g/t Au, 116 g/t Ag, 1% Pb, and 3.9% Zn with metallurgical recoveries of 21%, 41%, 27%, and 74% respectively. To produce 11 tons of Zn concentrate and 1.9 tonnes of Pb concentrate. The company reported revenues of $10.04M from Zn concentrates and $1.9M from Pb concentrate for total revenues of $11.9M.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc., presented Q1, 2021 production results from its El Limon-Guajes Mine Complex in Guerrero.  The company produced 129K Oz Au from an average underground ore mined of 1, 360 tonnes per day and an average open pit ore mined of 15,090 tonnes per day, and an average plant throughput of 12,340 tonnes per day. Torex provided full year production guidance for 2021 of 430K to 470K Oz Au.

ON FINANCING

  • Aura Minerals Inc., announced a clarification with respect to its payments of a dividend of USD $0.38 per common share, as previously announced by the company on March 15, 2021 (Aranzazu mine, Zacatecas).
  • Canuc Resource Corporation, granted 6M incentive stock options to officers, directors, employees, and consultants. 3.5 M of these options will vest immediately. The remaining 2.5 M options will vest 12 months from April 2nd, 2022. The stock options have an exercise price of $0.35 and a three-year term, expiring on April 2nd, 2024 (San Javier project, Sonora).
  • Capitan Mining Inc., announced a non-brokered private placement for net proceeds of CAD $3.2M from 16M common shares at a price of CAD $0.20 per share. Capitan Mining plans to use the net proceeds to advance drilling and work programs at Peñoles property in Durango, as well as for working capital and general corporate expenses.
  • GR Silver Mining Ltd., entered into a bought deal private placement financing agreement for gross proceeds of $ 8M at a price of $0.59 per unit. Net proceeds will be used for working capital and general corporate purposes (Plomosas project, Sinaloa). 
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd., announced a private placement for gross proceeds of up to CAD $14.1M (Zimapan mine, Hidalgo).
  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc., granted 750K stock options to its CEO at an exercise price of $0.05 per share and an expiry date of April1, 2026. The stock options will vest 1/3 on the date of the grant, 1/3 on the first anniversary of the grant and the final 1/3 on the second anniversary of the grant (El Mezquite project, Sonora).   
  • Tarachi Gold Corp., commenced to trade on the OTCQB Venture Market under the ticker symbol “TRGGF” (Magistral Mill and Tailings project, Durango). 

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Almadex Minerals Ltd., announced its intention to drill at least three of its Mexican mining properties in 2021, and discussed plans for El Cobre and Ixtaca properties located in Veracruz and Puebla respectively. At El Cobre, Veracruz, Almadex previously reported  an indicated resource containing 748K Oz Au and 221M Lb Cu (47.2 M tonnes grading 0.49 g/t Au, 0.21% Cu and 1.4  g/t Ag) and an inferred resource containing 860K Oz Au and 254 M Lb Cu (64.2M tonnes grading 0.42 g/t Au, 0.18% Cu and 1.3 g/t Ag).  Almadex looks forward to further developments at this high potential project. At Ixtaca, Puebla, a FS reported a proven and probable reserve containing 1.38M Oz Au and 85.1M Oz Ag (73.1M tonnes grading 0.59 g/t Au and 36.3 g/t Ag). The Ixtaca project is currently in the mine permitting phase, which has taken longer than expected. Almaden has recently noted the exploration potential remaining at the Ixtaca project and the Company looks forward to the results of the Ixtaca exploration programs over the course of 2021.
  • Consolidated Zinc Limited, reported that mill and flotation circuits commissioning commenced over Easter at its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua. It also announced that the tailings dam earthworks is completed, laying of the impervious liner is 70% complete, and the power supply installed, commissioned, and operated.  
  • Prime Mining Corp., released drill results from el Zapote South, Noche Buena, and San Miguel East deposits from its ongoing 15,000m phase 1 drill program at its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. At El Zapote South deposit, significant mineralized drill intercepts have been encountered at hole 21ZAP-04 with 8.95 g/t Au and 74 g/t Ag over 4.5m; hole 21ZAP-03 with 0.76 g/t Au and 33 g/t Ag over 13m, including 1.66 g/t Au and 41 g/t Ag over 4.6m; and hole 21ZAP-08 with 1.96 g/t Au and 63 g/t Ag over 18.7m, including 2.44 g/t Au and 85 g/t Ag over 7.2m. At Noche Buena deposit, hole 21NB-02 encountered 3.17 g/t Au and 141 g/t Ag over 2.9m within a broader zone of 39m with 0.7 g/t Au and 29 g/t Ag; and hole 21NB-03 with 1.12 g/t Au and 30 g/t Ag over 6m. At San Miguel deposit, hole 2SME-01 intersected 1 g/t Au and 131 g/t Ag over 4.5m. Zapote-South, Noche Buena and San Miguel East deposits are three of eight known deposits that comprise the current mineral resource at Los Reyes property.
  • Sonoro Gold Corp., reported results from 12 RC holes drilled at its flagship property Cerro Caliche in Sonora. Highlights include hole SCR-223 in the north western extension of Buena Suerte zone with 0.6 g/t Au over 74.67m, including three intervals of 1.52m with 3.67 g/t Au; hole SCR-222 in the Buena Vista northwest extension of Japoneses zone with 2.04 g/t Au over 15.24m, including 3.15 g/t Au over 6.1m; hole SCR-227 in the northern extension of Japoneses zone with 1.74 g/t Au over 3.05m, including 2.54 g/t Au over 1.53m; and hole SCR-225 at El Colorado zone with 1.16 g/t Au over 7.62m, including 2.31 g/t Au over 3.05m.
  • VanGold Mining Corp., filed a PEA for combined El Pinguico-El Cubo projects in Guanajuato. Results of the PEA analysis were previously announced in the Company’s news release dated February 16, 2021. The company also announced that it obtained permits for El Pinguico road expansion. New route will lessen impact on the Calderones Community. “This road will become El Pinguico’s major thoroughfare for production, exploration, administration, and for safely purposes. The Company anticipates it will reduce driving time between the destinations from 40 minutes to 10 minutes, significantly reducing costs and wear on vehicles”. 

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Discovery Metals Corp., announced name change to Discovery Silver Corp. The company´s common shares will commence trading under the TSX Venture Exchange under its current ticker symbol “DSV” and on the OTCQX where its ticker symbol will change from “DSVMF” to “DSVSF” from April 14, 2021, pending final regulatory approvals from the TSXV and FINRA (Cordero project, Chihuahua).
  • Equinox Gold Corp., completed the acquisition of Premier Gold Mines Limited and the spin out of i-80 Gold Corp. (Los Filos mine, Guerrero and Mercedes mine, Sonora).
  • Gatos Silver Inc., appointed Rodrigo Monroy as General Counsel effective April 1st, 2021, and strengthens its executive management team (Los Gatos mine, Chihuahua).
  • Minaurum Gold Inc., engaged Digital Marketing Firm to assist with online communication to the company, with the goal of increasing market awareness. Minaurum will pay to the Digital Marketing Firm a fee of CAD $64K for six months. The company also granted 3,825,000 common share stock options to Directors, Officers and Consultants. The options are exercisable at a price of $0.52 from a period of ten years from issue date (Alamo Silver project, Sonora).
  • Compañía Minera Autlán, S.A.B. de C.V., reported that, with the prior favorable opinion of the Corporate Practices Committee and approval of its Board of Directors, in a session of February 24, 2021, it was resolved that Pedro Rivero González will assume the General Management of the company as of April 5, 2021 (Molango mine, Hidalgo).
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd., announced that the acquisition of the Zimapan assets, together with the USD $17.6 M loan facility from Trafigura Mexico, S.A. de C.V., are now expected to close on or before April 16, 2021.
  • Tarachi Gold Corp., appointed a new member to its Board of Directors and announced the change of Auditor (Magistral Mill and tailings project, Durango).
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc., announced that it received from Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (“SEMARNAT”) the MIA, a key environmental permit for its Media Luna project in Guerrero. The MIA allows Torex to execute construction activities to access its Media Luna deposit in Guerrero.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Arcelor Mittal México SA de CV, delivered a donation of MXP $140K in the framework of its 2021 annual collection to the Red Cross Delegation of Lázaro Cárdenas in Michoacán. ”Arcelor Mittal has made annual donations without interruption. since 2008 to the delegational Red Cross, in addition to collaborating with the worthy institution in different ways: through donations in its annual collections, in kind when necessary, such as the provision of equipment and various supplies, the delivery of an ambulance in 2016 and the repair of three ambulances last year, in addition to the support with facilities for their training”.
  • Fresnillo plc., supported workshop members of the El Obligado Community in Fresnillo, Zacatecas who make face masks for the population of nearby communities. The workshop workers are also suppliers of face masks for the Directorate of Engineering and Construction Department of Industrias Peñoles (DIC). To date, they have sold around 3,000 masks, the same that meet the specifications dictated by the World Health Organization.

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On the picture above, a magnetite-rich Fe skarn manto in a prospect in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.