The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Third Week of January 2023

By Jorge Cirett

During the 3rd week of the year (January 16th to January 22nd, 2023), 20 companies working in Mexico released news on their properties. Two companies posted on exploration of non-advanced properties, six companies posted on Q4 2022 production figures, one released its 2023 production guidance and one announced the re-start of operations at a processing plant in Guanajuato. One company extended the maturity date of convertible debentures. Five companies informed on work at its advanced properties, including three that released drilling results and two that updated on mineral resources. One company restricted the NSR agreement on an advanced property, one informed on the acquisition of a past-producing mine and one other informed on the leasing of its processing plant for part of the profits. ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Reyna Gold released sample results from its La Gloria project. In Jalisco, Almadex Minerals updated on exploration plans at San Pedro. ON MINING, Orla Mining, Avino Silver, Fortuna Silver, Gold Resource, Pan American Silver and First Majestic Silver presented production reports for Q4 2022. Torex Gold released its 2023 production guidance and Guanajuato Silver is to start processing at the Cata mill in Guanajuato. Capitan Mining released drill results from the Jesús María system at its Cruz de Piedra project in Durango.  ON FINANCING, Excellon Resources is to convert C$4.5 M of debentures into equity and extend the maturity of remaining principal. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, GR Silver released drilling results from the SE zone of the San Marcial project in Sinaloa. Regency Silver updated the resource estimate at Dios Padre in Sonora. GoGold Resources posted drilling results from El Favor deposit at its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Excellon Resources filed a PEA on La Negra deposit in Hidalgo. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Defiance Silver restructured an option agreement to acquire the NSR at the Tepal project in Michoacan. Excellon Resources announced last week the acquisition agreement on the past-producing La Negra mine in Hidalgo. Xali Gold signed a lease for part of the profits obtained in the processing of minerals by a private company at its San Dieguito de Arriba mill in Nayarit. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, First Majestic Silver received the “Silver Helmet Award” for underground mining with more than 500 workers for its health and safety performance.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Reyna Gold Corp. released sample results from district-scale exploration at its 24,215 hectare La Goloria property in Sonora. At Las Carmelitas 43 samples average 2.25% Cu, 89 gpt Ag, 0.21 gpt Au and 0.48% Sb defining a supergene enrichment zone on conglomerate, agglomerate and sandstone with a 2.5 Km by 1.7 km footprint continuing undercover in several directions. At the Western target new parallel structures have been discovered on a 1,500 by 450 m zone with eight samples returning 2.89 to 11.35 gpt Au, up to 27 gpt Ag and 22 to 135 gpt Tellurium. At La Republicana the northwest-southeast trend has now been extended with discontinuous veins and veinlets for 2.8 km, and a width of 625 m with grades of up to 103.5 gpt Au, 283 gpt Ag, 2.4% Cu, 5.33% Pb, 0.12% Zn. “At least 3 hydrothermal events have occurred in the zone: 1) veins and veinlets of white quartz (occasionally greyish) with the presence of galena, chalcopyrite, and covellite, 2) veins and veinlets of quartz-tourmaline (cutting first event structures) coarse pyrite is observed, traces of chalcopyrite and secondary minerals such as hematite, jarosite, malachite and chrysocolla, 3) filling of calcite and iron carbonates within second event structures”. Drilling is programmed for March 2023.
  • Almadex Minerals Ltd. updated on exploration plans for its San Pedro project in Jalisco. The breccias intercepted in 2022 drilling appear to have a sub horizontal distribution. “Further surface mapping is planned to confirm and refine this interpretation in order to optimise the next drilling program. The elevated base metals and copper seen in the breccia, along with acid sulphate altered fragments suggests that the breccia and related mineralisation may be a late feature in the lithocap environment”. It is interpreted that the acid sulphate lithocap present has potential for gold mineralization, and deep copper potential beneath.

ON MINING

  • Orla Mining Ltd. provided an operational update for the fourth quarter 2022. The Camino Rojo Oxide mine produced 32,017 Oz Au during the period, and 109,596 Oz Au throughout the full year. All-in sustaining costs (AISC) has been maintained at $600 to $700 per Oz Au for the year. Production for 2023 is expected to be between 100,000 to 110,000 Oz Au. “Income taxes accrued during 2022, including Mexican Special Mining Duty, totalling approximately $35 million, will be paid in a lump sum in March 2023. Thereafter, Orla expects to pay income tax instalments monthly, beginning in May 2023”. Orla ended the year with a cash position of $96.6 M.
  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. reported fourth quarter 2022 production results at the Avino mine in Durango. During the period 150.3 K tonnes were milled at an average grade of 70 gpt Ag, 0.62 gpt Au, 0.53% Cu, recovering 92% Ag, 81% Au, 88% Cu to produce 309.8 K Oz Ag, 2,426 Oz Au, 1.54 M Lb Cu (770 .1 K Oz AgEq). For the year 541.8 K tonnes were milled @ 62 gpt Ag, 0.42 gpt Au, 0.61% Cu, recovering 92% Ag, 78% Au, 89% Cu, to produce 985.2 K Oz Ag, 5,778 Oz Au, 6.50 M Lb Cu (2.65 M Oz AgEq). The dry-stack tailing facility was commissioned and is now fully operational.
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. announced that the Cata mill has commenced precious metals processing at the Valenciana Mines Complex (VMC) in Guanajuato. The company is to start processing material at a rate of 8 K tonnes per month and to increase it later in the year to 20 K tonnes per month. The mill has a nameplate capacity of 36 K tonnes per month. “The Company plans to operate the Cata mill with production from both VMC and the San Ignacio mine …… intends to backfill tailings underground using a hydraulic fill system that will make use of select voids and open stopes that have been created at VMC over the past 450 years of underground mining”.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. provided operational guidance for 2023 and 5-year production outlook for the Morelos Complex in Guerrero, which comprises the El Limón Guajes (ELG) Complex and the Media Luna project. For 2023 at ELG the expected gold production is between 440 K and 470 K Oz Au at total cash costs $740 to $780 per OZ Au and all-in sustaining costs of $1,080 to $1,130. “The strip ratio for 2023 is expected to average 10.7:1 compared to 8.9:1 in 2022 given additional laybacks within the El Limón and El Limón Sur open pits. Based on the current mine plan, a higher portion of waste is expected to be mined in the second and third quarters compared with the first and fourth quarters”. Approximately $39 M are budgeted for exploration and drilling in 2023, including $20 M for Media Luna, $6 M for ELG underground, $8 M for exploration in near mine on early exploration targets and $5 M in definition and grade control drilling. For the next five years production is expected to be in the 400 K to 500 K Oz Au per year.
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. reported production results for the fourth quarter 2022, including figures from its Mexican operations. During the fourth quarter 259.5 K tonnes were milled at a rate of 2,883 tonnes per day (tpd), averaging 194 gpt Ag, 1.13 gpt Au, recovering 91.1% Ag, 89.8% Au to produce 1.47 M Oz Ag, 8,499 Oz Au. For the year, 1.03 M tonnes were milled at a rate of 2,925 tpd, averaging 191 got Ag, 1.14 gpt Au, to produce 5.76 M Oz Ag, 34,124 K Oz Au. For 2023 the company plans to process 1.03 M tonnes @ 186 gpt Ag, 1.19 gpt Au, reflecting the declining grade profile of mineral reserves.
  • Gold Resource Corp. released fourth quarter 2022 production for the Arista mine in Oaxaca. During the period 97.8 K tonnes were milled at a rate of 1,353 tonnes per day, averaging 2.68 gpt Au, 91 gpt Ag, 0.37% Cu, 2.29% Pb, 4.79% Zn to produce 6,933 Oz Au, 265.8 K Oz Ag, 284 tonnes Cu, 1,808 tonnes Pb, 3,920 tonnes Zn.
  • Pan American Silver Corp. announced preliminary production results for the Q4 2022, including figures from its Mexican operations. At La Colorada, in Zacatecas, 1.34 M Oz Ag, 700 Oz Au were produced during the period, for a yearly total of 5.93 M Oz Ag, 3,300 Oz Au. At Dolores, in Chihuahua, 0.59 M Oz Ag, 34,600 Oz Au were produced during the quarter, for a yearly production of 2.24 M Oz Ag, 136,900 Oz Au.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp. released total production results for the fourth quarter of 2022. The company’s consolidated production from its three operating mines in Mexico (San Dimas in Durango, Santa Elena in Sonora, La Encantada in Coahuila) was 2.39 M Oz Ag, 46,194 Oz Au (or 6.17 M Oz AgEq). The liquid natural gas powerplant at Santa Elena was expanded from 12 MW to 24 MW “to supply low‐cost, clean power to the Ermitaño mine and the recently completed dual‐circuit plant”. In exploration, four drilling rigs are operating at Dan Dimas, in Durango, three at Santa Elena in Sonora and one at La Encantada, in Coahuila.

ON FINANCING

  • Excellon Resources Inc. entered into a binding term sheet with holders representing approximately 66.67% of the principal “amount of outstanding convertible debentures to convert 25% of the debentures (C$4.5 M) into equity and reprice and extend maturity of remaining principal outstanding upon closing the acquisition of La Negra property in Queretaro, providing greater flexibility to the Company. Furthermore, reprice the conversion price of the remaining principal to C$0.535 per share, 6.5% interest rate or 10.0% payable in shares at the company’s election” (La Negra, Hidalgo).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • GR Silver Mining Ltd. released surface drilling results from six holes in the Southeast Area of the San Marcial project in Sinaloa. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 5.6 m @ 1,223 gpt Ag, 1.4% Pb, 1.2% Zn (including 0.3 m @ 25,150 gpt Ag, 30% Pb, 18.6% Zn); 82.7 m @ 121 gpt Ag (including 0.4 m @ 3,386 gpt Ag and 1.1 m @ 1,391 gpt Ag); 112.6 m @ 61 gpt Ag (including 0.9 m @ 1,055 gpt Ag); 0.6 m @ 14.3 gpt Au. “The six holes represent extensions along strike or down dip, creating the potential to expand silver mineralization boundaries”.
  • Capitan Mining Inc. released drill assays for five holes on the Jesus Maria zone at the Cruz de Piedra project in Durango. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 16.8 m @ 0.35 gpt Au, 187 gpt Ag, 0.1% Pb, 0.1% Zn (including 1.5 m @ 1.36 gpt Au, 1,381 gpt Ag, 0.8% Pb, 0.5% Zn); 4.6 m @ 0.63 gpt Au, 183 gpt Ag (including 1.5 m @ 1.45 gpt Au, 504 gpt Ag); 15.2 m @ 0.44 gpt Au, 21 gpt Ag, 0.5% Pb, 0.8% Zn (including 1.5 m @ 1.82 gpt Au, 81 gpt Ag, 3.2% Pb, 4.2% Zn). The Jesus Maria zone has been traced by trenching and drilling for 750 m of strike length to a depth of up to 150 m “On Dec 6 th, 2022, Capitan announced that it had entered into a transaction with a third party to consolidate the 2.5km high grade Jesus Maria trend”.
  • Regency Silver Corp. announced an updated resource estimate for its Dios Padre project in Sonora. The updated resource estimate incorporates 1,056 m of drilling in 8 holes drilled in 2022 and 10,425 m of historic drilling in 66 holes, to define inferred resources of 1.384 M tonnes @ 228 gpt Ag, 0.32 gpt Au (255.6 gpt AgEq) containing 10.14 M Oz Ag, 14,000 Oz Au. “The resource estimate contains information from the historic Dios Padre silver mine only and does not include any information from the recent discovery hole REG 22-01 which contained an intercept of 35.8 metres of 6.84 g/t gold, 0.88% copper and 21.82 g/t silver”.
  • GoGold Resources Inc. released the results of eight holes from El Favor East deposit within Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 84.5 m @ 0.24 gpt Au, 79 gpt Ag; 44.8 m @ 0.30 gpt Au, 111 gpt Ag (including 17.3 m @ 0.71 gpt Au, 225 gpt Ag); 7.8 m @ 0.45 gpt Au, 190 gpt Ag; 19.9 m @ 0.59 gpt Au, 392 gpt Ag (including 5.0 m @ 1.97 gpt Au, 1,300 gpt Ag, which includes 1.2 m @ 6.48 gpt Au, 3,722 gpt Ag); 18.3 m @ 0.21 gpt Au, 97.4 gpt Ag; 35.2 m @ 0.18 gpt Au, 130 gpt Ag. “El Favor is located approximately 800 meters along strike to the east of the El Orito deposit. The combined systems cover approximately 2.9km in mineralized strike length over a 3.7km distance”.
  • Excellon Resources Inc. filed a preliminary economical assessment on La Negra project in Queretaro. The report summarizes the mineral resource estimate with 2.46 M tonnes @ 64 gpt Ag, 1.95% Zn, 0.50% Cu, 0.27% Pb, containing 5.1 M Oz Ag, 105.8 M Lb Zn, 27.1 M Lb Cu, 14.6 M Lb Pb in indicated resources and 6.42 M tonnes @ 80 gpt Ag, 1.80% Zn, 0.40% Cu, 0.65% Pb, containing 16.5 M Oz Ag, 254.8 M Lb Zn, 56.6 M Lb Cu, 92.0 M Lb Pb as inferred resources. The PEA envisages 7.4 years of mine life processing 6.22 M tonnes averaging 63 gpt Ag, 1.5% Zn, 0.4% Cu, 0.4% Pb at a daily rate of 2,500 tonnes.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Defiance Silver Corp. restructured the option agreement to acquire the 2.5% NSR at the Tepal project in Michoacan with Minera Tepal S.A. de C.V. “The company is making a payment of US $100,000 to defer all payments until June 30, 2024, at which time the remaining payment schedule will resume”.
  • Excellon Resources Inc. announced on January 9, 2023 a definitive acquisition agreement with Orion Resource Partners on the acquisition of the permitted, past-producing mine of La Negra, in Queretaro. The deal involves the payment on US$50 M paid through an upfront payment in shares of Excellon totaling US$20 M upon closing of the acquisition and a further US$30 M of deferred, “contingent consideration payable in common shares of the Company or in cash at the Company’s option, following the restart of commercial production”. La Negra property counts with 2.46 M tonnes @ 64 gpt Ag, 1.95% Zn, 0.50% Cu, 0.27% Pb, containing 5.1 M Oz Ag, 105.8 M Lb Zn, 27.1 M Lb Cu, 14.6 M Lb Pb in indicated resources and 6.42 M tonnes @ 80 gpt Ag, 1.80% Zn, 0.40% Cu, 0.65% Pb, containing 16.5 M Oz Ag, 254.8 M Lb Zn, 56.6 M Lb Cu, 92.0 M Lb Pb. The current PEA envisages 7.4 years of mine life processing 6.22 M tonnes averaging 63 gpt Ag, 1.5% Zn, 0.4% Cu, 0.4% at a daily rate of 2,500 tonnes.   
  • Xali Gold Corp. signed a binding letter of intent with Minera Cinco Reales S.A. de C.V. on the San Dieguito de Arriba plant in Nayarit. Xali will have the right to receive 15% of the net profits from any mineral that is processed at the plant, or minimum payments of US$10 K in the fourth month from the signing, US$20 K on the fifth month, US$30 K on the sixth month, US$40 k on the seventh to tenth months, US$50 K from month eleven on. Before the fourth month, Xali should receive US$6.5 K on January 30th, US$6.5 K on February 27th, US$6.5 K on March 22nd. “Upon the execution of this Agreement, MCR will act as the only operator of the plant and will have the exclusive option to obtain permits and refurbish the plant and equipment to operational status and to manage and operate the SDA plant for their benefit for an initial period of 14 months …… Minera Cinco Reales operates several mines and processing plants (150 to 300 tonnes per day) in Northern and Central Mexico producing gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc”.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • First Majestic Silver was awarded the prestigious “Silver Helmet Award” in the category of “Underground Mining of More Than 500 Workers” by the Mining Chamber of Mexico for its outstanding performance in occupational safety and health on its Santa Elena operations in Sonora.

On the image below: Tectonic breccia in granitic rock sealed by fine grained darker intrusive on a copper project in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Abraham López.

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

By Jorge Cirett

During the 49th week of the year (December 5th to December 11th, 2022), 15 companies working in Mexico released news on their properties. Two companies posted exploration updates on their properties, two more companies informed on private placements, while one signed a concentrate pre-payment facility and two companies updated on work at its advanced properties. On a busy week for deals, four companies announced agreements on the purchase of five properties.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, a tit for tat of declarations between the Secretaría de Economía and Camimex reflected the state of affairs between the government and the mining industry for the last four years. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Colibri Resource recommenced drilling at Evelyn. In Jalisco, Almadex Minerals released drilling results at San Pedro. ON MINING, no relevant news. ON FINANCING, Prismo Metals and Silver Viper informed on their private placements for $3 M and $335 K respectively. Guanajuato Silver Company informed on a new $5 M concentrate pre-payment facility. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Torex Gold released drilling results from El Limón Sur Deep drilling, including the highest grade-m interval for Mexico so far in the year. Endeavour Silver released a new resource estimate for its La Pitarrilla project in Durango. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Argonaut Gold and Heliostar Metals signed agreements for the purchase of the Ana Paula and San Antonio projects, in Guerrero and Baja California Sur respectively. Prime Meridian Resources optioned the Chuin project in Sonora from private vendors. Capitan Mining optioned from Fresnillo PLC a mining concession adjacent and in projection of mineralization at its Cruz de Piedra project in Durango. Golden Tag Resources is to acquire First Majestic Silver’s La Parrilla project in Durango. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, one company informed on the receipt of an award in environmental and sustainability compliance.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • According to IMSS (Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social) there are 421,833 mining industry direct employees in Mexico, same that in 2021 generated 2.5% of the GDP, or 34,782 million pesos (US$16.5 billion dollars). The country is within the ten top producers of fluorite, sodium sulfate, wollastonite, celestite, lead, molybdenum, barite, diatomite, magnesium sulfate, zinc, salt, gypsum, cadmium, gold, feldspar and copper, and the top silver producer during the last 13 years. Workers in the industry earn an average of 23,366 pesos per month.     
  • Camimex (Cámara Minera de México) expects Mexico’s investment in mining to surpass US$5 billion (5,000 million pesos). Jaime Gutiérrez, president, pointed that it occurs under the contrast of high metal prices and national policy regulatory hurdles. Karen Flores, director, expressed that the risk in mining is major in exploration, diminishing as the project advances to the mining stage. Another obstacle is the discretionary granting of permits, highlighting the need of a clear and objective decision-making process. Stressed also was the need to have public policies that favor the investments in clean energies, as these are crucial for the competitiveness of the country.
  • Raquel Buenrostro, head of the Economy Secretariat (Secretaría de Economía or SE) indulged herself in a barrage of accusations to the mining industry, pointing that it pays nearly zero taxes in proportion to its earnings, and is one of the industries with more corruption related to the Secretaría de Economía. She indicated that this is one of the reasons why the government has not granted mining concessions for the last four years, further adding that mining companies are no innocent entities, having problems the World around. “After hydrocarbons, the strongest smuggling is that of mining” she stressed, “more than textiles, shoes and clothing”. According to her numbers, mining companies pay 0.002% of its total earnings, compared to 2.4% of major contributors or between 30 and 35% for employees. She also commented on the case of a foreign company that using a twisted argument decided not pay taxes for ten years, while the case if reviewed by the Supreme Court. “Concessions, concessions and concessions were granted, some without complying with the law, some granted more than once, and those who have concessions do not comply with the obligations that should be covered…. the problem of corruption is strong, and I believe that this is one of the areas with biggest corruption problems in the Secretaría de Economía (Note of editor. The points of view of Raquel Buenrostro mimic those of the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, which is strongly critical of all private industries, including mining. More than a decade ago, while bidding for the presidency, he had expressed that no mining concessions were to be issued under his term. He’s true to his word, at least in this respect).
  • Camimex (Cámara Minera de México) replied to Raquel Buenrostro, Secretary of Economy (See above) that the companies affiliated to the entity comply in time with its fiscal obligations, including special taxes that only miners pay. The mining industry conveys more resources for the federal coffers than other productive sectors, according to information from the Secretaría de Hacienda y Credito Público. Camimex argues that its enterprises generate more than 400 K direct jobs, and 2.6 M indirect jobs, with an average salary that is 37% higher than the national one. Also, studies by UNAM (Universidad Autónoma de México) show that the municipalities and localities with mining activity have greater levels of economic and human development than the national average. The letter ended “We miners are proud of our activities, the responsible and committed companies in Camimex will continue contributing to the economic development and social wellbeing in the country. We reiterate our commitment and absolute will and interest to establish the dialogue and collaboration with the authorities that are conducive to the strengthening of the sector and the country”.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Colibri Resource Corp. re-commenced phase-2 reverse circulation drilling at the Evelyn property in Sonora. Five holes are planned with 2,000 m of drilling to test induced polarization targets from the 2021 geophysical survey, a second objective is to explore under extensive alluvial cover drilling a number of short holes and sample the top of the bedrock. A soil sampling program has been recently completed, and samples sent for “Gas Soil Hydrocarbon” testing.
  • Almadex Minerals Ltd. released drilling results from its first hole at the San Pedro project in Jalisco. The highlighted core length interval is 4.51 m @ 657 gpt Ag, 0.03 gpt Au (including 2.0 m @ 1,090 gpt Ag, 0.07 gpt Au). Almadex describes a breccia with silicified fragments in sericitic alteration, with galena and sphalerite occurring in the matrix and in fragments. These characteristics point to an intermediate sulfidation epithermal system, although other options have not been ruled out at this stage. “The San Pedro project covers a large area of acid sulphate alteration, including zones previous described as vuggy silica. Recent Terraspec analysis indicates sericitisation superposed on propylitic alteration in the mineralised zones with acid sulphate alteration occurring at the north”.

ON MINING

  • No Relevant News.

ON FINANCING

  • Prismo Metals Inc. announced that the private placement for up to $3 M has been fully allocated.  (Palos Verdes, Sinaloa).
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. signed a new concentrate and pre-payment facility with Ocean Partners Ltd., to provide a US$5 M revolving credit facility for operating and working capital purposes. GSilver also completed its previously announced shares-for-debt transaction to settle C$1.13 M (El Cubo, Guanajuato).
  • Silver Viper Minerals Corp. closed the first tranche of its $2 M private placement announced in November, for aggregate gross proceeds of $334.6 K (La Virginia, Sonora).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. reported assays results from step-out and infill drilling at El Limón Sur, targeting underground mineralization as well as open pit mill feed at its El Limón Guajes mine complex in Guerrero. Highlighted core length results comprise 15.96 m @ 87.60 gpt Au, 15 gpt Ag; 0.15% Cu (including 4.46 m @ 163.51 gpt Au, 21 gpt Ag and 3.82 m @ 166.94 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag, 0.20% Cu); 22.81 m @ 25.31 gpt Au, 122 gpt Ag, 3.45% Cu (including 3.00 m @107.63 gpt Au, 259 gpt Ag, 6.18% Cu); 20.52 m @ 9.49 gpt Au, 63 gpt Ag, 0.21% Cu; 18.72 m @8.10 gpt Au, 24 gpt Ag, 0.95% Cu; 9.90 m @ 15.19 gpt Au, 43 gpt Ag, 0.56% Cu; 17.85 m @ 13.39 gpt Au (including 2.25 m @ 90.05 gpt Au); 7.70 m @ 22.99 gpt Au, 8 gpt Ag, 0.18% Cu; 3.99 m @ 43.24 gpt Au, 25 gpt Ag. These strong results add the El Limón Sur Deep to the previously identified potential mining front at Sub-Sill South. “The style of mineralization at El Limón Sur Deep is like Sub-Sill and ELD, and is characterized by gold, with locally high silver and copper grades. Gold occurs in variably sulfidized, pyrrhotite-rich skarn, while silver and copper mineralization is controlled primarily by the degree of sulfidation of the host skarn. Mineralization is mainly associated with retrograde alteration characterized by the occurrence of phlogopite, amphibole, chlorite, calcite and lesser amounts of quartz and epidote, and local magnetite”.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. filed a NI-43-101 technical report with a resource estimate for the recently acquired (July 2022) La Pitarrilla project in Durango. Total indicated resources, open pit and underground, oxide and sulfide, stand at 158.6 M tonnes @ 96.4 gpt Ag, 0.31% Pb, 0.74% Zn, containing 491.6 M Oz Ag, 1.1 billion Lb Pb, 2.6 billion Lb Zn or 693.9 M Oz AgEq. Inferred resources, open pit and underground, oxide and sulfide, comprise 35.4 M tonnes @ 87.2 gpt Ag, 0.36% Pb, 0.85% Zn, containing 99.4 M Oz Ag, 281 M Lb Pb, 662 M Lb Zn or 151.2 M Oz AgEq.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Argonaut Gold Inc. entered into a binding purchase agreement with Heliostar Metals Ltd. for the sale of the Ana Paula project in Guerrero. The deal involves a cash payment of US$10 M at closing, US$5 M in Heliostar shares when either an extension to the current mining permit or a new underground mining permit is granted, US$2 M on the completion of a feasibility study (FS), US$3 M in cash and US$2 M in shares on construction announcement and US$5 M in cash and US$3 M in Heliostar shares on announcement of commercial production.
  • Argonaut Gold Inc. entered into an option agreement with Heliostar Metals Ltd. for the sale of the San Antonio project in Baja California Sur. Heliostar is to pay Argonaut US$80 M if the gold price is below $1,800 per ounce for the six months preceding the exercise of the option, US$120 M if the price is in the US$1,800 to US$2,000 per ounce range in the same period, or US$150 M if the gold price is above US$2,000 per ounce in the said period. A 2.0% NSR is to be paid to Argonaut if the option is exercised. The term of the option is for three years, that can be extended for 18 months if Heliostar is able to acquire an environmental permit from SEMARNAT, the environmental regulator (Note of editor. – which is unlikely to occur on this presidential term, ending in 2024).
  • Prime Meridian Resources Corp. executed two letters of intent for the option to purchase up to 100% interest in the 3,792-hectare El Chuin copper project in Sonora. The project encompasses an interpreted porphyry copper target, with small scale mine workings developed in veins, disseminations and replacement style mineralization. The main target areas are Samaniego, La Gloria and Nogales. The option envisages the payment of US$30 K on year one, US$50 K and 250 K shares on year two, US$50 K and 500 K shares on year three, US$50 K and 1 M shares on year four and US$50 K and 1.5 M shares on year five, for a total of US230 K and 3.25 M shares, plus US$2.22 M of investment on the property. The current property owner retains a 1% NSR that can be bought for US$1.5 M. A second purchase option requires the payment prior to the 5th year anniversary of US$250 K for the La Gloria concession, US$250 K for La Gloria II concession and US$1 M for the Nino Luis concessions. “The El Chuin concessions are currently not in good standing and PMR will be obliged to bring the concessions to good standing. No payments to the vendors will be made prior to obtaining good standing for the concessions”.
  • Capitan Mining Inc. executed an option agreement with Fresnillo PLC to acquire 100% interest in mineral rights to a key property at the Cruz de Plata project in Durango. The high-grade silver trend owned by Capitan is now 2.5 km in length, including extensions and targets on the Jesus Maria, San Rafael, El Tubo, El Refugio and Teresa veins. The optioned land holds 2,000 m of historic drilling in five holes with highlighted core length intervals of 1.0 m @ 233 gpt Ag, 0.1%Pb; 5.2 m @ 185 gpt Ag, 0.29 gpt Au, 0.90% Pb, 1.7% Zn; 29.0 m @ 55 gpt Ag, 0.14 gpt Au, 0.2% Pb, 0.6% Zn (including 1.3 m @ 284 gpt Ag, 0.43 gpt Au, 1.6% Pb, 5.5% Zn); 6.3 m @ 94 gpt Ag, 0.2% Pb, 0.4% Zn; 4.7 m @ 54 gpt Ag, 0.7% Pb, 1.2% Zn; 1.2 m @ 157 gpt Ag, 0.12 gpt Au, 1.1% Pb, 3.3% Zn. The deal involves a 3-year exploration agreement for the “Casco U” mining concessions, for a total of US$1.0 M over the period and 1% NSR which can be bought for US$1 M.
  • Golden Tag Resources Ltd. entered into a definitive agreement with First Majestic Silver Corp. to acquire 100% interest on La Parrilla project in Durango. The property covers 69,478 hectares, with five underground mines, an open pit and a processing plant comprising parallel 1,000 tpd flotation and 1,000 tpd cyanidation leach circuits where oxide and sulfide ores can be processed. There are 9.5 M Oz AgEq in measured and indicated historical resources and 12.5 M Oz AgEq in inferred resources. In consideration for the purchase Golden Tag will issue First Majestic US$20 M in Golden Tag shares, and US$2.7 M in the first 18 months, US$5.75 M (cash or shares) when either 5 M Oz AgEq of reserves or 22 M Oz AgEq of measured and indicated resources are declared. And US$5.05 M (cash or shares) when a new zone with a NI-43-101 report holding more than 12.5 M Oz AgEq is announced. After closing First Majestic will have the right to maintain its pro-rata interest in Golden Tag, up to 19.9% of shares.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Hecla Mining Co. received the 2022 Environmental and Sustainability Excellence Award for its San Sebatian mine in Durango. The award by the American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) is in recognition by the company’s strong commitment to the highest environmental and sustainability standards.

On the image below puzzling boudin like siliceous bands in limestone on a project in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

By Jorge Cirett

During the 43rd week of the year (October 24th to October 30th, 2022), 17 companies working in Mexico released news on their properties. Three companies posted exploration advances on their projects, three companies released Q3 2022 results, one company closed the first tranche of a private placement, one is newly trading at another Stock Exchange and one more expanded on the deferment of payment on the acquisition of a mine. Three companies presented Q3 2022 results. Six companies presented drilling results on their advanced properties. One Company is acquiring a large adjoining land package adjacent to its project and one more expanded on a legal suit regarding the illegal transfer of several of its mining concessions.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, mining companies at the BMV are taking a pounding due to reduced production, inflation and lower metal prices. The AIMMGM is asking the government for increase security and raised the danger of explosives theft. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Aztec Minerals released drilling results from its Cervantes project; Colibri Resource resumed exploration at Evelyn. In Nayarit, Angel Wing Metals updated on exploration at El Grande. ON MINING, Mag Silver, Agnico Eagle Mines and Alamos Gold released Q3 2022 production results. ON FINANCING, Capitan Mining closed the first tranche of its non-brokered private placement for $2.6 M gross proceeds. Guanajuato Silver Company is now on the Apex segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange. Bear Creek Mining reached an agreement to defer the payment of the Mercedes mine in Sonora for two years. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Prime Mining released drilling results from Los Reyes in Sinaloa. Oroco Resources presented assays from drilling at Sant Tomás, in Sinaloa. Silver Tiger presented results from drilling El Tigre and Sooy veins at El Tigre, in Sonora. Vizsla Silver reported results from 12 holes on La Luisa vein at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Defiance Silver updated on the drill program at the Veta Grande vein system of the Zacatecas Silver project in Zacatecas. Silver Dollar reported the last assays from drilling of La Noria zone at La Joya project in Durango . ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Angel Wing Metals entered into a binding agreement to acquire a large land package adjacent to its El Grande project in Nayarit. Defiance Silver initiated a case “against the illegally and fraudulently transferred mineral concessions concerning its Tepal Project” in Michoacan. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Agnico Eagle and Alamos Gold presented information on their social responsibility work and achievements at the corporate and community levels.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Mining companies in the BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores) had a negative Q3 2022 due to inflation and lower metal prices. Grupo México reported a 34.7% year to year fall in Q3 2022 of EBITDA and a 24.4% decline in share price to a 6.6% reduction in copper production and a 18.6% drop in the red metal price. Total copper production was 256.3 K tonnes in the period. Industrias Peñoles EBITDA is 18.5% lower in the same period, as well as a 10.9% drop in the share price.
  • The AIMMGM (Asociación de Mineros, Metalurgistas y Geólogos de México) asked for government intervention to increase security on their operations. States with the strongest mining tradition like Chihuahua, Estado de México, Guerrero, Guanajuato, Sonora and Zacatecas are among those with greater insecurity perception ratings. Companies in some states spend up to 2% of their total budget in security, and some companies have reported to the government their compliance with racketeering schemes to be able to operate. The risk posed by the increase in the theft of explosives was also raised.  

ON EXPLORATION

  • Aztec Minerals Corp. completed the phase 3 core drilling program at the Cervantes project in Sonora. Eleven core hole totaled 2,515.5 m of drilling at the California, California North and Jasper targets. Highlighted core length results comprise 9.0 m @ 1.72 gpt Au; 16.5 m @ 0.34 gpt Au; 26.7 m @ 0.54 gpt Au, 7.5 m @0.43 gpt Au; 46.5 m @ 0.44 gpt Au; 5.65 m @0.25 gpt Au. “… the gold mineralization appears to be widely distributed in disseminations, fractures and veinlets at high levels within in a Quartz-feldspar porphyry intrusive complex and related hydrothermal breccias”.
  • Angel Wing Metals Inc. updated on the exploration program at El Grande project after the acquisition of the adjoining La Reyna land package in Nayarit (See Deals and Corporate Issues below). “The first phase of greenfield exploration has focused on the near surface low sulphidation exploration potential, starting with regional geological mapping and prospecting, structural and alteration mapping, outcrop chip and channel sampling rock sampling, and environmental baseline studies. Detailed mapping and sampling of selected targets are prioritised for grid soil and outcrop sampling programs and drilling…. An airborne geophysical survey is proposed with follow-up ground geophysics on selected targets pending receipt of permits. The results from this work will be used to design a Phase One 3,000 metre diamond drill program to commence in late Q4 2022 or Q1 2023, once updated drill permits including the newly acquired claims are received.
  • Colibri Resource Corp. has resumed exploration at its Evelyn property in Sonora. Soil samples are currently being collected by geologists on site, and an application for drilling and trenching was submitted to SEMARNAT. One program of reverse circulation (RC) drilling comprises 2,000 m in five holes to test a chargeability and resistivity anomalies and a second program is to explore under alluvial cover, comprising several short, closely spaced holes to penetrate the alluvium and sample the top of the bedrock

ON MINING

  • Mag Silver Corp. reported third quarter 2022 production from the Juanicipio project (56% Fresnillo PLC, 44% Mag Silver) in Zacatecas. On a 100% basis, 180.8 K tonnes of underground development and initial stopes were processed during the period, to produce 2.62 M Oz Ag, 5,422 Oz Au (Mag’s attributable 44% interest: 1.15 M OZ Ag, 2,386 Oz Au). “Mineralized material from Juanicipio continues to be processed through the nearby Saucito (70%) and Fresnillo beneficiation plants (30%) which are owned by Fresnillo PLC.
  • Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. released third quarter results, including figures from its operations in Mexico. At Pinos altos, in Chihuahua, 378 K tonnes were processed at a rate of 4,109 tonnes per day (TPD), grading 1.98 gpt Au to produce 23,041 Oz Au at a production cost of $1,498 per OZ Au and total cash cost of $1,295 per Oz Au. Exploration drilling confirmed the existence of a high-grade block 100 m below the lowest production level at Pinos Altos, with a reported drill intercept of 11.6 m @ 3.1 gpt Au, 122 gpt Ag. At the Cubiro deposit under development, 9.2 m @ 3.3 gpt Au were intercepted in the western limits of the main Cubiro Corridor. At La India, in Sonora, 1.04 M tonnes were processed at a rate of 11,359 TPD, grading 0.72 gpt Au at a production cost of $1,246 per Oz Au and a total cash cost of $1,196 per Oz Au. “In the third quarter of 2022, the Main Zone pit was depleted and ore production transitioned to the La India and El Realito pits, resulting in higher gold grades and a higher stripping ratio”.
  • Alamos Gold Inc. reported its financial results for the Q3 2022, including figures from its Mexican operations. At Mulatos, in Sonora, 42,700 Oz Au were produced at total cash cost $1,781 per Oz Au and mine site AISC of $1,137 per Oz Au, with a capital expenditure of $6.9 M. At the Mulatos mine 759.3 K tonnes were mined and 1.57 M tonnes of waste moved (2.07 waste to ore ratio), with 1.27 M tonnes stacked @ 0.75 gpt Au (30,916 Oz Au stacked, 56% Au recovery rate) and 14 K tonnes crushed per day. At La Yaqui Grande 739 K tonnes were mined, 5.3 M tonnes of waste moved, 794 .1 K tonnes @ 1.23 gpt Au were stacked (31,362 Oz Au stacked, 81% Au recovery) and 8.7 K tonnes crushed per day. “La Yaqui Grande is an open pit mine with an independent leach pad located approximately seven kilometres from the existing Mulatos operation….  La Yaqui Grande performed well in its first full quarter of operation, producing 25,300 ounces of gold”.

ON FINANCING

  • Capitan Mining Inc. closed the first tranche of the previously announced $3.2 M non-brokered private placement for total proceeds of $2.6 M. The second tranche for total proceeds of $600 K is expected to close on or before the end of October (Cruz de Plata, Durango).
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. completed its admission to the Apex segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange, whilst continuing to trade on the TSX Venture Exchange (El Cubo and Valenciana, Guanajuato).
  • Bear Creek Mining Corp. reached a “heads of agreement” with Equinox Gold Corp. to amortize over a two-year period the payment of the final $25 M purchase price installment for the Mercedes mine in Sonora. The payment that was to be made on October 2022 has been converted in a promissory note maturing on October 2024, with monthly principal and interest payments commencing in February 2023, with an interest rate of 12.5% plus the greater of 2.5% or the 90-day average SOFR and monthly payments of US$500 K or 50% of free cash flow (Mercedes, Sonora).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Prime Mining Corp. announced further phase 2 drill results from the Guadalupe area of the Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. Highlighted true width (TW) intercepts comprise 11.8m @ 2.7 gpt Au, 88 gpt Ag (including 2.2 m @ 27.9 gpt Au, 509 gpt Ag); 17.0 m @ 1.7 gpt Au, 59 gpt Ag (including 5.8 m @ 4.9 gpt Au, 176 gpt Ag); 12.2 m @ 1.7 gpt Au, 140 gpt Ag; 3.5 m @ 4.9 gpt Au, 614 gpt Ag (including 0.6 m @ 23.2 gpt Au, 2,550 gpt Ag); 1.9 m @ 6.08 gpt Au, 913 gpt Ag. “Reported intercepts are up to 100 m to the west, 240 m to the east, and 100 m below the 2020 pit-constrained resource”.
  • Oroco Resource Corp. released assay results from an additional 2,668 m of drilling in the North zone and 1,456 m in the Brasiles zone of its Santo Tomás project in Sinaloa. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 195.2 m @ 0.41% Cu; 117.8 m @ 0.22% Cu; 132.0 m @0.40% Cu; 36.0 m @ 0.20% Cu; 106.1 m @ 0.31% Cu; 211.6 m @ 0.41% Cu; 133.0 m q 0.17% Cu; 159.6 m @ 0.32% Cu; 228.0 m @ 0.31% Cu. “The 2021-2022 North Zone drill program is continuing to confirm and expand the 2009 Gradeshell model of Cu >0.30%” in the 2019 technical report, with a total of 38 holes now completed on the North zone spanning 1,400 of strike length.
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc. presented results from drilling the El Tigre and Sooy veins at El Tigre project in Sonora. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 0.5 m @ 1.46 gpt Au, 1,320 gpt Ag; 5.4 m @ 220 gpt Ag; 10.7 m @ 120 gpt Ag (including 1.1 m @550 gpt Ag); 20.5 m @42 gpt Ag; 1.6 m @ 0.28 gpt Au, 528 gpt Ag; 0.5 m @ 991 gpt Ag; 5.9 m @ 0.10 gpt Au, 678 gpt Ag (including 1.0 m @0.37 gpt Au, 2,754 gpt Ag; 36.4 m @ 0.13 gpt Au, 42 gpt Ag; 3.1 m @211 gpt Ag; 9.4 m @ 0.19 gpt Au, 641 gpt Ag; “These next three wide consistently mineralized high grade holes confirm the new discovery in the El Tigre Vein we first reported in September 2022. Drilling continues on this exploration target under the unmined portion of the Historic El Tigre Mine as we follow this wide high grade along strike to the North.”
  • Vizsla Silver Corp. reported results from 12 holes targeting the La Luisa vein, close to the Napoleon vein, at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Highlighted true width intervals comprise 6.13 m @ 133 gpt Ag, 3.68 gpt Aum 0.2% Pb, 0.3% ZN (including 0.68 m @ 595 gpt Ag, 27.50 gpt Au, 0.5% Pb, 0.6% Zn); 2.59 m @ 197 gpt Ag, 4.60 gpt Au, 0.2% Pb, 0.4% Zn (including 0.57 m @ 596 gpt Ag, 18.50 gpt Au, 0.6% Pb, 0.9% Zn); 1.00 m @ 49 gpt Ag, 2.90 gpt Au, 0.2% Pb, 0.7% Zn; 3.44 m @ 77 gpt Ag, 1.11 gpt Au; La Luisa vein structure has been mapped for almost 1 Km hosted in rhyolite tuffs and “bears vein-textures indicative of being at higher-levels in the epithermal profile …… there exists the potential for increased grades and widths along strike and down plunge to the south”.
  • Defiance Silver Corp. updated on the drill program at the Veta Grande vein system of the Zacatecas Silver project in Zacatecas. Highlighted core length results comprise 10.16 m @ 0.70 gpt Au, 121 gpt Ag, 0.7% Pb, 2.9% Zn (or 339 gpt AgEq, including 3.38 m @ 1.96 gpt Au, 345 gpt Ag, 2.2% Pb, 8.0% Zn, which includes 0.9 m @ 4.18 gpt Au, 868 gpt Ag, 4.6% Pb, 17.0% Zn); 2.0 m @ 0.51 gpt Au, 121 gpt Ag, 1.4% Pb, 4.8% Zn; 1.94 m @ 0.62 gpt Au, 29 gpt Ag, 0.4% Pb, 1.1% Zn; 2.19 m @ 0.29 gpt Au, 79 gpt Ag, 0.2% Zn. These results confirm the continuity of mineralization below the 2014 mineral resource. “The highest-grade silver mineralization at the San Acacio project is typically associated with honey-coloured sphalerite, argentiferous galena, variable silver sulfides and sulfosalts, and spatially correlated with amethyst”.
  • Silver Dollar Resources Inc. reported final assays from phase II drilling at the Noria portion of the La Joya project in Durango. Highlighted core length results comprise 25.44 m @ 21 gpt Ag, 0.08 gpt Au, 0.17% Cu, 0.2% Zn; 3.86 m @ 72 gpt Ag, 0.11 gpt Au, 0.09% Cu, 0.5% Zn; 1.29 m @ 304 gpt Ag, 0.68 gpt Au, 1.8% Pb, 5.3% Zn; 2.88 m @ 52 gpt Ag, 0.14% Cu, 0.1% Pb, 0.5% Zn; 3.0 m @ 2.3% Zn; 1.50 m @ 20.60% Zn; 0.66 m @ 43 gpt Ag, 2.1% Pb, 5.8% Zn; 6.67 m @ 63 gpt Ag, 0.10 gpt Au, 0.18% Cu, 0.3% Pb, 1.0% Zn.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Angel Wing Metals Inc. entered into a binding agreement with a private entity to acquire 100% interest in the 102.87 square Km La Reyna property land package in six titled concessions adjoining the El Grande project, and cover the Aguila de Oro (Golden Eagle) mining district in Nayarit. Angel Wing Metals Is to make a total payment of US$700 K, of which US$150 K have been paid upon signing, US$150 K have been paid upon filing of the agreement at the Public Registry of Mining in Mexico (Registro Público de Minería), and US$400 K to be paid upon positive resolution on the agreement by the Public Registry of Mining. A further payment of US$50 K will be due upon the identification of each 1.0 M OZ Au in the measured and indicated categories of a mineral resource on a NI43-101 technical report, and a 1.5% net smelter return (NSR) royalty with Angel Wing Metals retaining the right of first refusal to purchase the royalty for US$2.0 M.
  • Defiance Silver Corp. announced “that the case initiated against the illegally and fraudulently transferred mineral concessions concerning its Tepal Project” in Michoacán, has been admitted for trial by a District Court in Michoacán. The mineral concessions have to “stay” until the trial concludes and a final judgement is rendered. The Mexican Mining Public Registry has been informed. “Defiance has a substantial likelihood of success on the merits. Mexican Law, Mexican Precedents, and Mexican Courts are consistent in declaring null and void illegal transfers made fraudulently”.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Agnico Eagle Mexico was awarded 17th place among the Top 100 of the best companies to work for in Mexico by Great Place to Work®. La India mine in Sonora received the “Distinction of Socially Responsible Company” distinction “granted by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía) and the Foundation for Sustainability and Equity (Alianza por la Responsabilidad Social Empresarial en México) to recognize companies for their commitment to ensuring the well-being of employees, operating with superior business ethics, community outreach and environmental care and preservation”.
  • Alamos Gold Inc. held information sessions on the company’s cyanide management practices with the communities of Yécora, El Trigo and Matarachi, Sonora, within the framework of the International Cyanide Management Code. An ambulance was donated to the Sahuaripa municipality, an online high school was established at Matarachi through an agreement with the Tec de Monterrey. Two freshwater pumping stations were set at Matarachi. New scholarship committees established in Matarachi, Sahuaripa and Yécora as part of the Company’s continued support for local students.

On the image below Late milky white quartz veinlets cross cutting previous quartz-specularite veining in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

Banded Quartz

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 40th week of the year (October 03rd to October 09th, 2022), at least 20 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, and 4 news published by the media with seven reporting resources and developments of their properties, four announcing financing issues, four discussing social issues, three informing on exploration results, two communicating production and financial results, two commenting on Mexican issues, and two discussing deals and corporate issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, The Discoveries Mining Conference 2022 was held in Hermosillo, Sonora on October 4-6, 2022. The Governor of Guerrero, Evelyn Salgado announced the reinstatement of the State Mining Council and confirmed that Acapulco will host the 35th edition of the Mining Convention in 2023. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Canuc reported that recent work at its San Javier project has identified eight targets within four distinct mineralized zones.  In Durango, Orex announced the completion of the Phase-1 reconnaissance exploration drilling program on its Sandra project.  In Oaxaca, Vortex provided an update of the exploration work completed to date at its Riqueza Marina project.  ON MINING, Bear Creek presented Q3, 2022 production results from its Mercedes mine in Sonora. Guanajuato Silver provided an update highlighting the impact of additional production from the Topia and San Ignacio mines in Durango and Guanajuato states respectively. ON FINANCING, Advance Lithium closed a previously announced private placement financing for gross proceeds of $75K (Sarape project, Sonora). Capitan Mining announced a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to CAD $3M (Cruz de Plata project, Durango). Guanajuato Silver has arranged to issue 2,468,750 common shares of the company in settlement of outstanding accounts payable and accrued liabilities to various parties totaling approximately CAD $987K (Pinguico mine, Guanajuato).  Barksdale announced that Teck Resources has elected to exercise its pro-rata equity participation rights for gross proceeds of $264K (San Javier project, Sonora).   ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Azucar Minerals completed second hole into the large porphyry lithocap target at its El Cobre project in Veracruz. Gatos Silver provided updates on its Cerro Los Gatos Mineral Resources, Mineral Reserves, and Life of Mine. Minera Alamos announced positive results of an independent Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) for its Cerro de Oro project in Zacatecas. Oroco announced that, based on drill results, expanded the North Zone mineralization, and confirmed higher grade at its Santo Tomas project in Sinaloa.  Tarachi Gold received final metallurgy results for its Magistral Mill and Tailings project in Durango. Torex received key environmental permit for its Media Luna project in Guerrero. Prime Meridian provided an update on its La Verde project in Michoacan. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Starcore announced results of its annual general meeting of shareholders (San Martin mine, Queretaro). Riverside regained 100% control of the La Union project in Sonora after Hochschild announced its decision to not to proceed with the option. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Peñoles and Fresnillo Plc work together for an appropriate and healthy habitat. Peñoles and Fresnillo Plc were awarded with a distinction in Ethics and Values ​​of the Industry 2022. GoGold presented its second annual sustainability report that sets out the company´s performance and achievements with respect to its environmental, social, and governance practices. MAG Silver announced the publication of its inaugural Sustainability Report.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • The Discoveries Mining Conference 2022 was held in Hermosillo, Sonora on October 4-6, 2022, and included more than 50 talks covering topics ranging from the latest geological discoveries, new technologies applied to mining and exploration, social, legal and political issues affecting the industry, and the challenges and obstacles confronted and overcome on the way to production.
  • The Governor of Guerrero, Evelyn Salgado announced the reinstatement of the State Mining Council and confirmed that Acapulco will host the 35th edition of the Mining Convention in 2023. She also recognized this industry, which each year leaves an approximate spill of MXP $3,400M. The Governor pointed out that the mining sector is one of the main economic activities in Guerrero, which has a presence in 29 municipalities in the Central, Tierra Caliente and North regions of the state, with an important gold production that places the entity in the first places. She stressed that the mining industry in Guerrero generates more than 4,500 direct jobs and more than 22,000 indirect jobs, with an economic benefit of more than MXP $3,400M, which translates into development and well-being, for which she urged that the Mining Council in Guerrero, be a space for dialogue and consensus that allows the construction of shared strategies and programs hand in hand with the various sectors with a comprehensive perspective seeking the development of Guerrero. In addition, she declared that Guerrero is the state of the country with the largest investment announced for this year for more than USD $1,327M for new mining projects, estimating growth with a favorable environment.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Canuc Resources Corporation reported that recent work at its San Javier project in Sonora has identified eight targets within four distinct mineralized zones, which now merit-follow-up work. At the Silver Zone, about additional 100 soils samples were collected to better define a strong Ag and Au anomaly. Now, the Ag soils anomaly is 750m in strike length with values up to 21 g/t Ag and 1.65 g/t Au, and remains open in both the southwest and northeast direction. Recent prospecting and rock sampling (10 samples) on the northeast end of this zone, approximately 400m of the soil survey has returned Ag values from 38 g/t Ag to 1,533 g/t Ag associated to magnetite veins which daylight near the margins of a magnetic high. Additionally, seven samples were collected near old artisanal workings and assayed from 27g/t Ag to 604 g/t Ag and from 0.1 g/t Au to 1.2 g/t Au. More sampling is planned throughout this area. At the Gold Zone South and Gold Zone Central, the company collected 1,829 channel samples from 11 bulldozed trenches. All the trenches contain elevated Au values ranging from 0.2 g/t Au to 40 g/t Au. At the South Gold Zone, two targets measuring 300m to 400m in diameter have been outlined. Sampling on one of those called La Cascada returned 0.16 g/t Au and 0.48% Cu over a width of 13m, while the other called Loma Pelona assayed 0.59 g/t Au and 0.47% Cu over a width of 10.5m. The Central Gold Zone contains 3 distinct targets measuring 300 to 400m in diameter. La Mesa target includes elevated Au values ranging from trace to 1.42 g/t Au. One section returned 0.28 g/t Au over 16m. At La Curva target the trenching sampling returned 0.45 g/t Au over 6m; 0.48 g/t Au over 4m; and 0.45 g/t Au over 4m. At La Quebrada target, trenching sampling returned 0.68 g/t Au over a width of 14m. Six channel samples collected over a an area of 100mlong by 50m wide, located approximately 80m southeast of the trench area, returned an average grade of 3.09 g/t Au, ranging from 0.018 g/t Au to 11.4 g/t Au. At the North Zone, a target called Chapoteados was prospected and sampled on an area of  600m long by 200m wide. Twenty two samples were taken and contained an average grade of 0.38% Cu, 0.3 g/t Au, and 4 g/t Ag. A second target called Arroyo Hondo, located 800m northeast of the Chapoteados target also was sampled. Twenty five samples collected on an area of 300m by 100m averaged 15 g/t Ag, (ranging from trace to 145 g/t Ag), 0.14 g/t Au, (ranging from  0.01 g/t Au to 1.19 g/t Au), and 220 ppm Cu, (ranging from 20 ppm to 0.38% Cu).
  • Orex Minerals Inc., announced the completion of the Phase-1 reconnaissance exploration drilling program on its Sandra project in northwest Durango. Sandra project is a JV agreement between Pan American Silver Corp., (60%) and Orex Minerals (40%). Phase-1 consisted of 2,665.30m in 8 diamond drill holes.  Four holes were drilled on targets in the Central Corridor aand four holes were drilled in the Eastern Corridor. Drilling highlights include hole SA-22-066 collared in the Central Corridor with 1.04 g/t Au over a true width (TW) of 1.53m; and hole SA-22-.073 collared in the Eastern Corridor with 39 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, and 0.2% Zn over a TW of 14.5m, including 51 g/t Ag, 0.2% Pb, and 0.,2% Zn  over a TW of 5.1m.
  • Vortex Metals Inc., provided an update of the exploration work completed to date at its Riqueza Marina Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide project in Oaxaca. The company completed a gravity and magnetic survey at the Rhyolite Dome target that produced extensive geophysical anomalies coincident with geochemical anomalies, including the West and East Gossan Areas.   Rock sampling  returned 12 samples with more than 1% Cu, up to 20.2% Cu and an additional 34 samples contain more than 1,000 ppm Cu. Vortex plans to drill this target once the drill permits are secured.

ON MINING

  • Bear Creek Mining Corporation, presented Q3, 2022 production results from its Mercedes mine in Sonora. The company mined 128,698 tonnes and processed 148,211 tonnes of 2.45 g/t Au with metallurgical recovery of 95.53% to produce 11,169 Oz Au. Bear Creek sold 12,310 Oz Au. It also reported a gold stream of 2,759 Oz Au.
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd., provided an update highlighting the impact of additional production from the recently acquired Topia and San Ignacio mines in Durango and Guanajuato states respectively. Guanajuato Silver increased 85% its production from July to August 2022. The company reported that in August, 2022 it mined from the El Cubo & San Ignacio mines in Guanajuato, and Topia mine in Durango 41,372 tonnes and milled 36,948 tonnes to produce 128,780 Oz Ag, 1,091 Oz Au, 348,137 Lb Zn, and 266,881 Lb Pb (267,525 Oz AgEq) with metallurgical recoveries of 88.9%, 85.6%, 81.8%, and 89.5% respectively, at a cash cost of $15.09 per Oz AgEq.

ON FINANCING

  • Advance Lithium Corp., closed a previously announced private placement financing for gross proceeds of $75K. Proceeds will be used to advance the Lithium and Sarape projects, and for general corporate purposes (Sarape project, Sonora).
  • Capitan Mining Inc., announced a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to CAD $3M. It will consists of 15M of common shares at a price of CAD $0.20 per share. Net proceeds will be used to advance drilling and work program at the Cruz de Plata project in Durango, as well as for working capital and general corporate expenses.
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd., has arranged to issue 2,468,750 common shares of the company at a deemed price of CAD $0.40 per share in settlement of outstanding accounts payable and accrued liabilities to various parties totaling approximately CAD $987K (Pinguico mine, Guanajuato). 
  • Barksdale Resources Corp., announced that Teck Resources Limited has elected to exercise its pro-rata equity participation rights for gross proceeds of $264K. Teck will hold approximately 9.9% of Barksdale’s equity on a partially diluted basis. Net proceeds from the financing will be used to advance the Company’s mineral projects and for general corporate and working capital purposes (San Javier project, Sonora).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Azucar Minerals Ltd., completed second hole into the large porphyry lithocap target at its El Cobre project in Veracruz. “This hole passed trough typical clay dominant lithocap alteration into phyllic alteration. Large intervals of brecciated rock were intersected possibly reflecting a diatreme like body that may have disrupted any earlier porphyry alteration zonation in this area. Alteration data has been collected from the core using a Terraspec infrared spectrometer along with samples for assay and fluid inclusion analysis. Any future drilling in this area will be guided by the results and interpretation of these analyses from both holes”.
  • Gatos Silver Inc., provided updates on Mineral Resources, Mineral Reserves, and Life of Mine for its Cerro Los Gatos and Esther mines in Chihuahua. Figures are shown in the tables below:

Cerro Los Gatos – Mineral Reserves as at July 1, 2022.

Cerro Los Gatos – Mineral Resources as at July 1, 2022.

Esther – Mineral Resources as at July 1, 2022.

*Mineral Resources are exclusive of Mineral Reserves.

As for the Cerro Los Gatos Life of Mine plan using only the 2022 Mineral Reserves, the company reported that the current reserve mine life continues to 2028; the average annual production of 7.8M Oz Ag will generate an average annual cash flow of USD $79M (after tax) through 2028 at USD $22 per Oz Ag price; an all in sustaining cost (AISC) of  USD $7.06 per Oz of payable Ag, net of by-product credits; an average cost of USD $89.76 per tonne milled ; and a net present value (NVP) at a discount rate of USD $491M(USD $337M after tax).

  • Minera Alamos Inc., announced positive results of an independent Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) for its Cerro de Oro project in Zacatecas. Highlights of the PEA include an average annual gold production approaching 60K Oz (approx. 60K-to 70K Oz in years 1 through 4); a 8.2 mine life based on initial mineable total of 59M tonnes of 0.37 g/t Au, heap leached at an average rate of  approximately 20K tonnes per day of over 0.4 g/t Au in years 1 through 4; 477K Oz Au produced in loaded carbon/doré; a  life of mine (LOM) strip ratio of 0.3:1(waste: mineralization); a LOM all included sustaining cost (AISC) of USD $873 per Oz Au , averaging USD $763 per Oz Au in years 1 through 4; an after tax NPV at 5% discount rate of USD $150.5M and an internal rate return (IRR) of USD $111%; a pre-production capital cost of USD $28.1M (includes 30% contingency); a payback period of 11 months; and used crushing plant already purchased to reduce up-front capital requirements. The company also reported an updated mineral resource estimate containing 67M tonnes of 0.37 g/t Au(790K Oz Au contained) based on an upward revision of the base case resource metal price to USD $1,700 per Oz.
  • Oroco Resource Corp., announced that, based on drill results, expanded the North Zone mineralization, and confirmed higher grade at its Santo Tomas project in Sinaloa. Extension drilling highlights include hole NO19 with 0.26% and 0.006% Mo over 127.8M, plus 0.21% Cu and 0.008% Mo over 126m; hole   NO21 with 0.34% Cu and 0.008% Mo over 81.4m, plus 0.41% Cu and 0.018% Mo over 32.9M, and hole NO24 with 0.30% Cu and 0.016% Mo over 86.6m, plus 0.22% Cu and 0.007% Mo over 90.1m. High grade drilling highlights include hole NO22 with 0.37% Cu and 0.009% Mo over 152.1m, plus 0.21% Cu and 0.005% Mo over 102m; hole NO23 with 0.31% Cu and 0.005% Mo over 139m, including 0.55% Cu and 0.006% Mo over 56.7m; hole NO25 with 0.40% Cu and 0.004% Mo over 286m; and hole NO26 with 0.6% Cu and 0.01% Mo over 92.2m, plus 0.25% Cu and 0.009% Mo over 69.8m. A total of 35 holes (22,769m of drilling) have now been completed in the North Zone, spanning approximately 1,300m of strike length, with intersections of good grade mineralization returned in all holes for which the company has received assays.
  • Tarachi Gold Corp., received final metallurgy results for its Magistral Mill and Tailings project in Durango. Highlights include up to 99% of Cu in solution precipitated into high-grade in sulphidation, acidification, recycling and thickening (SART) concentrate; more gold expected to report to Merrill-Crowe circuit for greater metal value payability compared to assumptions used in Preliminary Economic Assessment; and lower mercury CN-solubility than previously assumed and potential for 2-stage SART process to remove mercury from concentrate.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc., received approval from Mexico’s Secretariat of Environmental and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) on the key, culminating environmental permit for its Media Luna project in Guerrero. The approval (MIA Integral) allows for operations to begin at Media Luna and builds on the receipt of the MIA Modification received last year, which allowed for the execution of development activities on the south side of the Balsas River. The Company has also received approval to increase the power draw at site to 45 megawatts.
  • Prime Meridian Resources Corporation provided an update on its La Verde project in Michoacan. The company and the vendor have elected to modify the La Verde project purchase agreement by changing the requirement for two USD $200K option payments due under the current agreement to USD $20K minimum monthly payments. With this modification, the work program expenditures for the next six months are projected as follow: USD $165,600 for monthly options payment; USD $22,434 for La Verde project-mining duties; and USD $262,200 for La Verde project-Phase 1 work program. The Phase 1   program will consist of Structural Mapping / Magnetometer Study; Prospecting / Geochemical Sampling; and 1,200m of Definition Drilling.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Starcore International Mines Ltd., announced results of its annual general meeting of shareholders (San Martin mine, Queretaro).
  • Riverside Resources Inc., regained 100% control of the La Union project in Sonora after Hochschild Mining Corporation announced its decision to not to proceed with the option. Riverside was reimbursed for past taxes and fees with more than USD $500K of new mineral exploration and consolidation work completed to-date as per the option agreement with Hochschild. “Exploration work completed to-date includes extensive field mapping, sampling, and geochemistry. The newly mapped and sampled areas show alteration features typical of CRD targets and particularly the gossan oxidation of potential sulfide bodies at shallow depths (<100m) that remain wide open for relatively low-risk, high-potential exploration”. Riverside will integrate all of the data and evaluate new partnership opportunities in the near future.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Industrias Peñoles S.A.B. de and Fresnillo plc., work together for an appropriate and healthy habitat. Both companies have the purpose of contributing to the well-being of the population through sustainable mining practices. Therefore, they recognize the shared responsibility to create, maintain and develop an appropriate habitat for the life of all species, including people. Octavio Alvídrez, CEO of Fresnillo plc., stated that “promoting the urban development of the communities in which we operate, as well as preserving and restoring the biodiversity of the areas surrounding our facilities, is a priority in our management and a constant throughout the life cycle of each of our mining units”.
  • Industrias Peñoles S.A.B. de and Fresnillo plc., were awarded with a distinction in Ethics and Values ​​of the Industry 2022 in recognition of their corporate responsibility practices. Both Peñoles and Fresnillo plc have a social impact strategy through various outreach programs and thereby contribute to the well-being of families in the communities where they operate, in addition to promoting values ​​and self-development among their neighbors.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., presented its second annual sustainability report that sets out the company´s performance and achievements with respect to its environmental, social, and governance practices (ESG). Highlights of this report include 0.006 tCO2 per Oz AgEq produced; 0.004 tCO2e per tonne of ore processed; 9,500 hours of safety and professional development training; awarded the ESR distinction (Empresa Socialmente Responsables – Corporate Social Responsibility); USD $17.1M spent in local purchases, including USD $422K in community investment; and adoption of new policies related to Environment, Human Rights, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Climate Change, and Water Resources.
  • MAG Silver Corp., announced the publication of its inaugural 2021 Sustainability Report. Highlights of this report include zero fatalities at the Juanicipio project and MAG Silver´s exploration projects; a Juanicipio project(one million hours) lost time injury frequency rate  of 10.8 (employees and mine contractors; excluding construction contractors; over 51,000 hours dedicated to safety training in 2021 at the Juanicipio project; risk management system reviewed and updated in 2021 and 2022; a freshwater use ratio of 4% and a renewable power ratio of 84% at the Juanicipio Project while in the construction phase; in 2021, MAG Silver benchmarked current Climate-related risk and opportunities performance with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures; MAG’s 2021 commitment to increase Board and senior management diversity means that currently 38% of MAG’s Board and 40% of MAG’s employees are female; and MAG’s Human Rights Policy and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy were updated and approved, complementing and enhancing pre-existing commitments.

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On the picture above, banded quartz from an intermediate sulphidation vein system in a project in Zacatecas, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

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

By Jorge Cirett
During the 37th week of the year (September 12th to September 18th, 2022), at least 27 companies working in Mexico released news on their properties. Four companies posted exploration advances on their properties, one on the resumption of activities after an illegal blockade, one updated on its work plan for the rest of 2022 and one more updated on the commissioning of its new mine. One company begun trading on the OTCQB Venture Market, one more is to pay services with shares, one cancelled its public offering due to market conditions and one more closed its private placement raising $264 K. Eleven companies released drilling results, informed on exploration, updated resource estimates, provided metallurgical test results, released historic drill results and about commissioning on their advanced properties. One company sold a mine in care and maintenance, one is awaiting permits for the operation of a processing plant, one is to switch a mining property to exploration and pursue acquisition opportunities, and two more announced the formation of a JV to mine a deposit.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, Grupo Mexico’s VP alerted on the risk of insufficient supply of minerals for the energy transition. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Infinitum Copper released drilling results from La Adelita; Tocvan Ventures defined a solid target at El Picacho. In Chihuahua, Golden Minerals released drilling results from Yoquivo; Reyna Silver provided results from surface and underground sampling at Batopilas. ON MINING, Equinox Gold informed on the termination of an illegal blockade at Los Filos. Golden Minerals updated on plans for Velardeña, and Rodeo. SilverCrest Metals updated on the commissioning of Las Chispas mine. ON FINANCING, Regency Silver begun trading at the OTCQB Venture Market. Bear Creek Mining had the payment in shares to a service provider approved. Ranchero Gold withdrew the announced public offering due to market conditions. Silver Spruce closed its financing round having raised $264 K.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, GR Silver Mining released drilling results from its Plomosas project in Sinaloa. Vizsla Silver reported drilling results from the Panuco project in Sinaloa, including one of the highest silver intercepts here recorded. Orla Mining updated on exploration results at the Camino Rojo Sulfides project and exploration on regional targets in Zacatecas. Americas Gold and Silver updated on resources and exploration at its Cosalá property in Sinaloa. Chesapeake Gold informed on metallurgical test results from Metates, in Durango. Guanajuato Silver Company released historic drill hole results from the Valenciana complex in Guanajuato. Mag Silver updated on the commissioning of Juanicipio in Zacatecas Silver Tiger released results from drilling at El Tigre, in Sonora, and on rehabilitation of underground workings. Torex Gold released drilling results from ELG Underground in Guerrero. Pan American Silver provided an updated resource estimate on the La Colorada Skarn deposit in Zacatecas. GoGold Resources released drilling results on Los Ricos North, in Jalisco. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Endeavour Silver entered into an agreement to sell El Compas property in Zacatecas to a Mexican company. Xali Gold informed Sun River Gold is about to receive the permit for the processing of tailing at El Oro, in Estado de Mexico. Excellon Resources is evaluating the creation of a spin-out company to pursue acquisitions and looking for partners to explore the Platosa property in Durango. Teck Resources and Agnico Eagle Mines reached an agreement to form a JV to mine the San Nicolás VMS deposit in Zacatecas. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
·        Xavier García de Quevedo, V.P. of Grupo Mexico, alerted about the risks on the energy transition if the mining industry does not rise its production of minerals. The race to zero emissions is augmenting the demand for lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese, and graphite for the elaboration of batteries, as well of copper, aluminum, zinc, silicon and rare earths for electricity transmission and renewable energy generation. He pointed out that the time frame to obtain environmental permits, land acquisition, water usage permitting, resolution of social conflicts, community development and human capital are founding stones for the future development of mining.
ON EXPLORATION
·        Golden Minerals Co. reported assay results from 15 holes on the third drill program at Yoquivo, in Chihuahua. “Drilling was designed to follow up on high-grade intercepts reported in earlier drill campaigns and to explore the Pertenencia vein system with sufficient drill density to enable a maiden resource estimate in Q1 2023”. Highlighted true width (tw) intervals comprise 4.4 m @ 1.58 gpt Au, 205 gpt Ag; 5.6 m @ 0.83 gpt Au, 110 gpt Ag; 3.7 m @ 2.53 gpt Au, 379 gpt Ag; 24.8 m @ 0.30 gpt Au, 66 gpt Ag; 2.1 m @ 6.70 gpt Au, 339 gpt Ag. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 3.7 m @ 4.49 gpt Au, 767 gpt Ag; 9.3 m @ 0.28 gpt Au, 209 gpt Ag; 1.7 m @ 2.72 gpt Au, 646 gpt Ag; 4.6 m @ 11.42 gpt Au, 155 gpt Ag.
·        Infinitum Copper Corp. released results from two drill holes at La Adelita, in Sonora. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 20.60 m @ 1.91% Cu, 2.00 gpt Au, 41 gpt Ag; 9.15 m @ 0.14% Cu in the Cerro Grande zone. “The mineralization consists of chalcopyrite, bornite and covellite …….. The magnetite content is estimated to vary from 15% to 75% over the 20.60 m length and iron values average 24%”.
·        Tocvan Ventures Corp. completed the compilation and surface evaluation of the San Ramon prospect within El Picacho project in Sonora. “The target area currently consists of a 500-meter by 500-meter area focused around historic workings trending south along the contact of a regional fault”. Historic sampling at one old working returned an average of 3.6 gpt Au in nine samples and an average of 5.0 gpt Au in 23 samples on a second old working. Three historic reconnaissance holes returned 59.3 m @ 0.2 gpt Au: 39.0 m @ 0.2 gpt Au; 15.0 m @ 0.1 gpt Au.
·        Reyna Silver Corp. provided results from surface and underground sampling from Batopilas in Chihuahua. The 2021 and 2022 work has outlined two gold zones, the East Belt and the Teodoro Gold zone, and better defined the high-grade Silver Zone (that made the district famous with its hypogene native silver) with 300 to 1,500 m extensions to the veins. Six percent of 1,458 samples returned 199 to 14,170 gpt Ag and more than 10% between 1.1 to 32.6 gpt Au. Two geochemical distinct gold events have been recognized to be superimposed on earlier silver. Highlighted results comprise 0.6 gpt Au, 14,170 gpt Ag; 0.1 gpt Au, 3,120 gpt Ag; 32.6 gpt Au, 16 gpt Ag; 30.6 gpt Au, 16 gpt Ag; 22.9 gpt Au, 22 gpt Ag; 16.4 gpt Au, 67 gpt Ag; 8.8 gpt Au, 91 gpt Ag; 19 gpt Au, 2,090 gpt Ag. “a new district-scale magneto-telluric (MT) geophysical survey and a detailed structural reanalysis….. will be combined to define targets for the next round of drilling”.   
ON MINING
·        Equinox Gold Corp. reported that after a meeting with Mezcala community leaders, the illegal blockade at the Los Filos mine in Guerrero was removed and operations were resumed.
·        Golden Minerals Co. announced that “Further review of the results from the Company’s test-mining activities at Velardeña (Durango) over the summer and a review of the mine plans have led Golden to the decision to undertake a development and exploration drill program at Velardeña prior to proposing the restart of mining”. At Rodeo, in Durango, Golden maintains its production guidance for 2022 of 12 to 14 K Oz Au and 42 to 47 K Oz Ag.
·        SilverCrest Metals Inc. provided an update on the commissioning of Las Chispas mine in Sonora. Daily throughput and metallurgical recoveries are trending ahead of projections with actual average recoveries of 96.2% Au, 85.6% Ag and 784 tonnes per day (tpd) processing. The project is fully energized by grid power still to achieve complete reliability. Underground mining is ramping up to 600 to 700 tpd (750 tpd design) with continued focus in dilution and recovery. “In 2022, an additional 5.1 km of underground development has been completed at the Mine, bringing the total to 22.6 km. In-vein drifting represents 5.5 km of this total. A total of 109,000 tonnes of ore have been mined from development and stoping activities in 2022 up to the end of August 2022, approximately 9% below the Feasibility Study target”.
ON FINANCING
·        Regency Silver Corp. announced that its common shares have begun trading on the OTCQB Venture Market, a US platform that is operated by the OTC Markets Group in New York (Dios Padre, Sonora).
·        Bear Creek Mining Corp. has received approval for its shares for services with Unison Mining Consulting Pte. Ltd. Bear Creek issued Unison 555 K common shares (Mercedes, Sonora).
·        Ranchero Gold Corp. terminated its marketed public offering due to market conditions. The company is in discussion with investors to fund the continued exploration work that is currently underway at its Santa Daniela gold project and will provide a financing update shortly (Santa Daniela, Sonora).
·        Silver Spruce Resources Inc. announced a second and final closing of its private placement for gross proceeds of $147 K to reach a total of $264 K on the private placement (El Mezquite and Diamante in Sonora).
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
·        GR Silver Mining Ltd. released drilling results that are part of the ongoing resource update program at Plomosas, in Sinaloa. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 5.7 m @ 514 gpt Ag, 0.1 gpt Au, 0.4% Pb, 0.5% Zn (including 1.0 m @ 1,634 gpt Ag, 0.28 gpt Au, 1.2% Pb, 1.0% Zn. 7.3 m @ 55 gpt Ag, 8.66 gpt Au, 2.7% Pb, 6.6% Zn, 0.5% Cu; 5.0 m @ 88 gpt Ag, 0.33 gpt Au, 5.1% Pb, 2.8% Zn, 0.2% Cu; 21.2 m @ 2.1% Pb, 1.3% Zn. “The Company’s underground drilling and mapping program, currently in progress in the Plomosas Mine Area, has identified un-mined zones that will be incorporated into the upcoming resource estimate.
·        Vizsla Silver Corp. reported results from nine holes from the Copala structure at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Highlighted true width (TW) intervals comprise 10.20 m @ 1,404 gpt Ag, 10.94 gpt Au (including 0.38 m @ 23,058 gpt Ag, 205.0 gpt Au); 7.31 m @ 743 gpt Ag, 2.59 gpt Au (including 1.01 m @ 3,560 gpt Ag, 8.60 gpt Au); 14.24 m @ 632 gpt Ag, 4.30 gpt Au (including 0.71 m @ 1,575 gpt Ag, 11.00 gpt Au and 1.07 m @ 3,510 gpt Ag, 22.80 gpt Au). “The drilling in the northwestern portion of Copala has traced mineralization along approximately 1,000 metres of strike length and approximately 400 metres down dip”.
·        Orla Mining Corp. provided an update on the 2022 exploration program. Phase 2 drilling continues at Camino Rojo Sulfides, with highlighted core length intercepts of 41.5 m @ 2.56 gpt Au; 52.5 m @ 3.08 gpt Au; 61.2 m @ 1.95 gpt Au; 36.60 m @ 3.20 gpt Au; 27.0 m @ 2.13 gpt Au. Orla expects the new drilling to support a new underground development scenario. Reverse circulation drilling on regional exploration targets is to continue through the second half of 2022. The 2022 exploration budget for Mexico was $10 M.
·        Americas Gold and Silver Corp. informed the measured and indicated resources are almost unchanged year-over-year at Cosalá, in Sinaloa. “The Company recently reinterpreted historic geophysical information and, after incorporating new data from an IP survey completed this summer, has identified seven major IP/Mag anomaly trends on property near San Rafael and EC120.  A 17‐hole drill program is planned to test this area”.
·        Chesapeake Gold Corp. provided a metallurgical update for its Metates project in Durango. Samples of ½” material stored for several years were subject to oxidation and then leached with a standard lime cyanide solution for 90 days with recoveries of almost 60% Au and just over 50% Ag. Further tests of new material with no pre-oxidation returned 35% Au, 20% Ag, but when subjected to oxidation, the oxidation rate was slower than at the first test. A second round of testing is underway, including “crushing finer to ¼”, using High Pressure Grinding Rolls (HPGR) to crush finer, different reagent strengths, different pH’s, on/off irrigation, and varying air addition rates”.
·        Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. provided an exploration update emphasizing historical drill hole data from the Valenciana mines complex in Guanajuato, which “encompasses approximately 4.2 km of strike length along the Veta Madre regional fault structure”. Highlighted true width intervals comprise 1.54 m @ 4.94 gpt Au, 658 gpt Ag; 6.16 m @ 0.97 gpt Au, 140 gpt Ag; 3.07 m @ 2.86 gpt Au, 367 gpt Ag; 12.49 m @ 1.6 gpt Au, 213 gpt Ag; 8.42 m @ 2.84 gpt Au, 389 gpt Ag; 0.62 m @ 14.38 gpt Au, 1,565 gpt Ag; 2.01 m @ 5.0 gpt Au, 866 gpt Ag; 5.25 m @ 0.95 gpt Au, 145 gpt Ag; 1.24 m @ 2.97 gpt Au, 101 gpt Ag.

·        Mag Silver Corp. informed it has been notified by Fresnillo PLC, operator of the Juanicipio project JV in Zacatecas, that the connection of the processing plant installations to the national grid is being tested under caution to protect the grid from undue fluctuations. “The Fresnillo project team indicates that power for final commissioning and start of operations should be available by the end of October, and that production ramp up will commence in Q4 of this year”.

·        Silver Tiger Metals Inc. released drilling results from El Tigre project in Sonora. Highlighted core length results comprise 8.1 m @ 554 gpt Ag, 0.17 gpt Au, 0.92% Cu, 2.5% Pb, 3.6% Zn (including 2.0 m @ 1,270 gpt Ag, 0.2 gpt Au, 1.66% Cu, 2.8% Pb, 4.3% Zn);  0.5 m @ 2,010 gpt Ag, 0.27 gpt Au, 2.51% Cu, 1.5% Pb, 5.0% Zn; 1.1 m @ 3,096 gpt Ag, 1.79 gpt Au, 0.68% Cu, 1.2% Pb, 0.2% Zn; 0.6 m @ 3,097 gpt Ag, 2.47 gpt Au, 0.32% Cu, 1.0% Pb, 0.8% Zn. Silver Tiger “contracted Cominvi, a Mexican underground contract mining and development company to rehabilitate the Historic El Tigre Mine. Cominvi are progressing well in the underground rehabilitation of the Historic El Tigre Mine and have already completed over 400 meters of rehabilitation in Level 7, which was the main portal to the mine”.

·        Torex Gold Inc. reported assay results from the drill program at El Limón Guajes (ELG) underground mine in Guerrero, including the Sub-Sill and El Limón Deep zones. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 17.5 m @ 16.96 gpt Au; 9.7 m @ 16.87 gpt Au, 0.22% Cu; 11.7 m @ 10.39 gpt Au; 5.5 m @ 13.49 gpt Au, 8 gpt Ag, 0.22% Cu; 8.2 m @ 8.52 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag, 1.69% Cu; 5.0 m @ 10.37 gpt Au, 10 gpt Ag, 0.51% Cu; 12.5 m @ 5.48 gpt Au, 0.15% Cu; 21.3 m @ 7.18 gpt Au, 26 gpt Ag, 0.77% Cu; 9.7 m @ 10.01 gpt Au, 11 gpt Ag, 0.30% Cu; 8.9 m @ 7.66 gpt Au, 0.12% Cu; 12.1 m @ 7.65 gpt Au, 0.40% Cu; 5.1 m @ 9.72 gpt Au, 0.15% Cu. The drilling budget for ELG Underground is $6 M for 27,000 meters. For Media Luna, a total of $19 M is budgeted for 64,000 m of infill, step-out and initial infill drill program at the adjacent EPO deposit. An additional $9 M is budgeted for 28,500 m of drilling across the broader land package and further $5 M for ore control and definition drilling in the ELG open pit and underground. “The ELG mining complex…. is hosted in the Mesozoic carbonate-rich Morelos Platform, which has been intruded by Paleocene granodiorite stocks, sills, and dikes. Skarn-hosted gold mineralization is developed along the contacts of the intrusive rocks and the enclosing carbonate-rich sedimentary rocks…. The style of mineralization at Sub-Sill South is like Sub-Sill and ELD, and is characterized by gold, which is strongly associated with bismuth and variable amounts of silver and copper. Gold occurs in variably sulfidized, pyrrhotite-rich skarn, while silver and copper mineralization is controlled primarily by the degree of sulfidation of the host skarn. Mineralization is associated with retrograde alteration characterized by the occurrence of phlogopite, amphibole, chlorite, calcite and lesser amounts of quartz and epidote, and local magnetite”.

·        Pan American Silver Corp. released an updated mineral resource estimate for its La Colorada Skarn deposit in Zacatecas. The estimated indicated mineral resource totals 95.9 M tonnes containing 94.4 M Oz Ag, 2.7 M tonnes Zn, 1.2 M tonnes Pb, with the estimated inferred mineral resource totaling 147.8 M tonnes containing 132.9 M Oz Ag, 3.4 M tonnes Zn, 1.5 M tonnes Pb. A total of 234,000 m of drilling have been completed to date on the deposit. “The polymetallic skarn mineralisation is concentrated in three zones, which cover an area of 1,500 metres by 1,100 metres laterally, and a depth of between 600 metres and 1,900 metres below surface…. The deposit is oriented in a north-northwest to south-southeast direction and is below the currently active Candelaria mine workings.

·        GoGold Resources Inc. released results from 21 holes at El Nayar and Gran Cabrera areas within Los Ricos North property in Jalisco. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 10.5 m @ 0.18 gpt Au, 61 gpt Ag; 5.3 m @ 0.38 gpt Au, 66 gpt Ag; 0.9 m @ 6.66 gpt Au; 9.3 m @ 0.15 gpt Au, 89 gpt Ag; 18.2 m @ 1.54 gpt Au, 125 gpt Ag at El Nayar, and 60.10 m @ 45 gpt Ag; 18.0 m @ 0.13 gpt Au, 105 gpt Ag; 18.0 m @ 0.21 gpt Au, 62 gpt Ag; 9.6 m @ 0.17 gpt Au, 74 gpt Ag; 6.8 m @ 0.31 gpt Au, 78 gpt Ag; 8.7 m @ 0.23 gpt Au, 128 gpt Ag; 4.1 m @ 0.26 gpt Au, 200 gpt Ag; 30.7 m @ 64 gpt Ag; 17.3 m @ 0.19 gpt Au, 118 gpt Ag (including 1.6 m @ 1.28 gpt Au, 809 gpt Ag). “The Gran Cabrera mega-system contains stockworks, breccia hosted ore bodies, and large vein feeder sub-systems…”. Dozens of historical underground workings are present along an E-W trending structure over 1,700 m along strike with widths extending more than 20 m. El Nayar consists of multiple subvertical veins and stockwork mineralization and limited historical workings.
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
·        Endeavour Silver Corp. entered into an agreement with Grupo ROSOGO S.A. de C.V. to sell a 100% interest on the El Compas property and the lease on the La Plata processing plant in Zacatecas. ROSOGO is to pay Endeavour $5 M cash over five years, with an initial payment of $250 K. Installment payments of $500 K will be made every six months other than the third payment, which will be $750 K.
·        Xali Gold Corp. informed Sun River Gold expects to receive the permit for tailings removal at El Oro, in Estado de Mexico, within a month. Sun River is also working on a permit to install and operate a reprocessing plant outside of El Oro town. “Xali Gold is to receive a 5% Net Profits Interest as well as the first US$1.5M due to the Municipality of El Oro from SRG’s El Oro tailings operations”. In Nayarit Xali is in negotiations to partner with a local Mexican mining group to operate the San Dieguito de Arriba plant and explore nearby mining properties. At El Dorado in Nayarit the company is in the process to obtain the drilling permit. The Cocula property in Jalisco exploration agreement has been terminated.
·        Excellon Resources Inc. provided a corporate update stating the evaluation of a spin-out exploration company, the pursue of acquisitions opportunities with emphasis in Mexico and exploring partnership opportunities to take Platosa in Durango from production to an interesting exploration prospect.
·        Teck Resources Ltd. and Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. announced an agreement under which Agnico Eagle is to gain 50% interest in the San Nicolás project in Zacatecas. “Teck and Agnico Eagle will become 50/50 joint venture partners at San Nicolás”. Agnico Eagle is to buy US$580 M in shares of a Teck subsidiary. These proceeds will be used for study and development costs, and the contributions made as the costs are incurred, with no up-front payment by Agnico and funding for the first two years estimated at US$50 M. “post-closing costs with subsequent funding to be contributed according to each partner’s ownership percentage”.  San Nicolás is the largest undeveloped volcanic hosted massive sulfide deposit in Mexico, estimated to contain 105.2 M tonnes of proven and probable mineral reserves averaging 1.12% Cu, 1.48% Zn, 0.4 gpt Au, 22 gpt Ag. The development capital costs are estimated to be in the range of US$1,000 M to US$1,100 M, for an open pit operation with a 15 year mine life.    
ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
·        No Relevant News.
On the image below: Bladed calcite casts in an epithermal quartz vein in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

Quartz vein displaying boiling texture.

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 34th week of the year (August 22nd to August 28th, 2022), at least 16 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, and 7 news published by the media with seven commenting on Mexican issues, four communicating production and financial results, four disclosing deals and corporate issues, three reporting resources and developments of their properties, three announcing financial issues, and two informing on exploration results. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Colibri and Oroco reported the best drilling intercepts in Mexico on the fourth week of August, 2022. The government of Mexico announced, through a decree in the Official Gazette of the Federation, the creation of the state company Litio para Mexico (LitioMx). According to the Mining Chamber of Mexico (CAMIMEX), a total of 822 mining projects remain on hold and represent an amount of USD $959M.   Jaime Gutierrez Núñez, president of CAMIMEX stated that small-scale coal mining is like “the blood diamonds” of Africa. Mexico’s mining industry plans to invest USD $5.5B in 2022, 15.2% more than in 2021. Mining in Mexico grew by 7.1% in 2021 despite friction with the government. The governor of Durango, José Rosas Aispuro, considered unfair that the mining-metallurgical sector is one of the economic sectors with the highest tax burden in the country. In Mexico there are more than 1,209 mining projects that have been developed in 26 states of the Republic.  ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Colibri reported results from the second half of its Phase 1 drill program completed on its Evelyn project, and Tocvan announced latest drill results from its Pilar project.  ON MINING, Guanajuato Silver, Discovery Silver, Minera Alamos, and Orogen reported Q2, 2022 production and financial results from their Mexican operations. ON FINANCING, Canasil announced a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to $550K (Nora project, Durango). Minera Alamos arranged a USD $3M working capital facility and announced a closed a USD $4.35M equity raise (Cerro de Oro project, Zacatecas). Eric Sprott announced holdings in Orex Minerals Inc. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Discovery Silver reported Q2, 2022 results from its flagship Cordero project, Chihuahua.  Minera Alamos provided an update on its Cerro de Oro project, Zacatecas. Oroco successfully tested the western side of the North Zone at its Santo Tomas project in Sinaloa.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Monumental announced that its common shares are now trading on the OTCQB Venture Market under the symbol MNMRF (Jemi project, Coahuila). Argonaut announced the appointment of its Vice President, Canadian Operations (La Colorada mine, Sonora).  Aztec purchased 35% interest in the Cervantes property in Sonora from Kootenay. Colibri announced reinstatement of trading on the TSX Venture Exchange and the appointment of its CFO.  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUE

  • Colibri Resource Corporation and Oroco Resource Corp., reported the best drilling intercepts in Mexico on the fourth week of August, 2022. Details are shown in the table below:
·        The government of Mexico announced, through a decree in the Official Gazette of the Federation, the creation of the state company Litio para Mexico (LitioMx). The Government of Mexico created LitioMx as a decentralized public organism of the Federal Public Administration and coordinated by the Ministry of Energy, with its own legal personality and assets and with technical, operational and management autonomy. The objective of LitioMx will be the exploration, exploitation, benefit and use of lithium, located in national territory, as well as the administration and control of the economic value chains of such mineral.
·        According to the Mining Chamber of Mexico (CAMIMEX), a total of 822 mining projects remain on hold and represent an amount of USD $959M, which are still waiting for better conditions to be able to reactivate. Jaime Núñez, president of CAMIMEX stated that is essential to encourage exploration since unfortunately in the last seven years we have seen a decrease in investments in exploration, leaving several projects on standby.
·        Jaime Gutierrez Núñez, president of CAMIMEX stated that small-scale coal mining is like “the blood diamonds” of Africa, and that the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) should certify where the mineral it buys comes from and its conditions.
·        Mexico’s mining industry plans to invest USD $5.5B in 2022, 15.2% more than in 2021, but according to the Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX), it will remain below the record figure of USD $8.04B seen in 2012 amid difficult conditions. Growing security problems, a high tax burden and the government’s decision to stop granting concessions for projects have prevented investments in the sector from increasing faster, said CAMIMEX head Jaime Gutiérrez.
·        Mining in Mexico grew by 7.1% in 2021 despite friction with the government. According to CAMIMEX’s annual report, this increase positioned it as the only productive activity that recovered and even exceeded the fall of 2020, when the covid-19 pandemic initially stopped its operations because the government did not consider it “essential activity”. Even without tax incentives, the mining sector presented an increase in its contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) going from 2.3% in 2020 to 2.5% in 2021, and an annual advance in the proportion of industrial GDP from 8.3% to 8.6% in the same period.
·        The Governor of Durango, José Rosas Aispuro, considered unfair that the mining-metallurgical sector is one of the economic sectors with the highest tax burden in the country, even though it is an enabler that prevents the migration of people in the communities where it develops its production processes, for job creation and social benefits. Mining Entrepreneurs stated that mining generates jobs and is one of the industries that pays the most taxes, since in 7 years it has contributed more than MXP $240,000M (approximately USD $12B) in taxes and other rights.
·        In Mexico there are more than 1,209 mining projects that have been developed in 26 states of the Republic, in which 406,179 jobs have been generated and a production value that already exceeds MXP $334,782M (approximately USD $16.7B). Among the main minerals extracted from these deposits are gold, copper, silver, zinc, iron, molybdenum, lead, fluorite, among others. For its exploration and exploitation, in 2021 alone, investments have been made for more than USD $4,810M and more than USD $5,538M are expected by the end of 2022. Of the 1,209 mining projects that exist in Mexico, 286 are in Sonora, Chihuahua has 160 and Durango has 128, which positions them as the entities with the greatest economic benefit thanks to mining concessions. Of the total number of projects, 749 correspond to precious metals; 180 to polymetallic minerals, 167 to copper, 71 to iron ore and the remaining 42 to other metals and minerals. According to the Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX), there are currently a total of 263 projects in the exploration stage, 76 in production, 39 in the development stage, while 822 projects are being postponed and 9 operations are reported as closed. However, the agency assures that, since the start of the current administration, the federal government has stopped granting permits or concessions for the exploration and development of new projects, since so far more than USD $959.7M dollars have not been invested. .
ON EXPLORATION
·        Colibri Resource Corporation reported results from the second half of its Phase 1 drill program completed on its Evelyn project, Sonora, and included 3,101m of RC drilling completed in 22 holes. In total, Phase 1 consisted of 6,223m of RC drilling in 42 holes.  Highlights include hole EVE22-042 with 0.17 g/t Au over 86m, including 0.32 g/t Au over 22m; hole EVE 22-043 with 0.92 g/t Au over 3m; hole EVE22-046 with 1.94 g/t Au over 2m, including 3.36 g/t Au over 1m; hole EVE22-044 with 0.63 g/t Au over 6m; hole EVE22-036 with 1.3 g/t Au over 1m; hole EVE22-033 with 1.92 g/t Au over 1m; hole EVE22-030 with 0.13 g/t Au over 87m, including 0.34 g/t Au over 8m; hole EVE22-029 with 1.39 g/t Au over 5m; and hole EVE22-028 with 0.13 g/t Au over 19m. In addition to drilling, Colibri is completing the geological mapping as well as conducting soil sampling to infill the historical property wide soil surveys.
·        Tocvan Ventures Corp., informed that seven holes were completed at its Pilar project in Sonora, totalling 1,382m and released results from the three first drill holes where the most significant drill intercepts was encountered in hole JES-22-67 with 0.4 g/t Au over 30.5m, including 7.6 g/t Au over 1.5m. Results are pending for the remaining four holes.
ON MINING
·        Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd., reported Q2, 2022 production and financial results from their El Cubo and Pinguico mines in Guanajuato (all amounts in American dollars). The company milled 94,212 tonnes to produce 155, 912 Oz Ag and 2,161 Oz Au (or 337,760 Oz AgEq) wit metallurgical recoveries of 80.91% and 82.52% respectively, at cash and all included sustaining cost (AISC) of $16.98 and $24-06 per Oz AgEq respectively. Guanajuato Silver reported revenue of $6.13M; cost of sales of $7.8M; mine operating loss of ($1.66M); net loss of ($3.5M); EBIDTA of ($1.1M); and working capital of ($2.04M). The company sold 159,840 Oz Ag, and 2,195 Oz Au (or 342, 987 Oz AgEq) at realized prices of $22.56 and $1,873 per Oz respectively.
·        Discovery Silver Corp., reported Q2, 2022 financial results (all amounts in Canadian dollars). The company reported cash and cash equivalents of $63.6M; total assets of  $101.8M; total current liabilities of $2.54M; working capital of $62.5M; and total shareholder´s equity of $99.2M.
·        Minera Alamos Inc., reported Q2, 2022 production and financial results from its Santana mine in Sonora (all amounts in Canadian dollars). The company reported that monthly mine production rates were approximately 300K tonnes, but with the opening of the Nicho Main Zone during Q2, the company is now in the position to ramp up production levels. Alamos sold 3,128 Oz Au and reported revenues of $7.3M; cost of goods sold of  $3.26M; direct cost of production of $16 per Oz; income from operations of  $2.6M; net income of $2.7M; cash and cash equivalents (including marketable securities) of  $9M; and working capital of $17M.
·        Orogen Royalties Inc., announced Q2, 2022 financial results (all amounts in Canadian dollars). The company reported revenue of $959.8K comprised from the Ermitaño royalty and $17.5K generated from prospect generation activities; project generation cost of $433.5K and recovered $448.9K in expense reimbursement from partners on optioned projects; general and administrative expenses of $875.2K; loss of $754.8K; net loss from operations of $648.6K; cash and cash equivalents from operating activities of $131.3K; cash from operating activities excluding changes in cash-cash working capital of $257.9K ; and working capital of $10.5M including $3.05M in cash and cash equivalents and $5.13M in short term investments and no long-term debt.
ON FINANCING
·        Canasil Resources Inc., announced a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to $550K. Gross proceeds will be used to fund the company´s exploration programs (Nora project, Durango).
·        Minera Alamos Inc., arranged a USD $3M working capital facility and announced a closed a USD $4.35M equity raise of common shares at $0.55/share. The combination of both enhancing the company´s working capital position as development work extends to the advancement of the Cerro de Oro project in Zacatecas.
·        Eric Sprott announced that 18,333,333 common share purchase warrants of Orex Minerals Inc., expired unexercised representing a decrease in holdings of approximately 7.2% of the outstanding common shares on a partially diluted basis since the date of the last early warning report. As a result of the warrants expiry, Mr. Sprott now beneficially owns and controls 36,666,666 shares representing approximately 19.6% of the outstanding shares on a noun-diluted basis.
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
·        Discovery Silver Corp., reported Q2, 2022 results from its flagship Cordero project, Chihuahua. The company reported that initial results from the Preliminary Feasibility Study (PFS) metallurgical work had recoveries of 90-95% for Ag, Pb, and Zn. It also reported that Phase 2 drilling program intercepted excellent grades below the Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) pit including hole C21-564 with 95 g/t Ag, 0.21 g/t Au, 1.9% Pb, and 4.5% Zn (337 g/t AgEq) over 33.9m, and hole C21-560 with 234 g/t Ag, 0.15 g/t Au, 3.8% Pb, and 6.5% Zn (606 g/t AgEq) over 18.1m, as well as hole C22-610 collared outside the current resource with 115 g/t Ag, 0.05 g/t Ag, 3.7% Pb, and 4.1% Zn (388 g/t AgEq) over 32.6m, including 187 g/t Ag, 0.05 g/t Au, 6.5% Pb, and 7.2% Zn (660 g/t AgEq) over 17.8m.
·        Minera Alamos Inc., provided an update on its Cerro de Oro project, Zacatecas. The company informed the sign off of the documentation for its Cerro de Oro project surface rights agreement in Zacatecas, allowing the company to move forward with the permitting process for the construction of its second gold operation in Mexico. Minera Alamos also informed that the NI 43-101 compliant Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) is nearly to be completed and is expected to get it done by next month.
·        Oroco Resource Corp., successfully tested the western side of the North Zone at its Santo Tomas project in Sinaloa by drilling 3,050m. Drilling has confirmed and expanded the 2009 Grade shell model of Cu > 0.30% derived from the historical drilling described in the Company’s 2019 Technical Report. A total of 26 holes (18,136 m of drilling) have now been completed in the North Zone, spanning 1,100m of strike length, with intersections of good grade mineralization returned in all holes for which the Company has received assays. Highlights of the last holes collared at the western side of the North Zone include hole N015 with 0.31% Cu, 0.009% Mo, 0.025 g/t Au, and 2 g/t Ag (0.36% CuEq) over 292m; hole N016 with 0.32 g/t Cu, 0.006% Mo, 0.032 g/t Au, and 2 g/t Ag (0.73% CuEq) over 95.4m, plus 0.39% Cu, 0.016%Mo, 0.022 g/t Au, and 4 g/t Ag (0.46% CuEq) over 44.7m, plus 0.26% Cu, 0.010% Mo, 0.014 g/t Au, and 2 g/t Ag (0.31% CuEq) over 88.7m; hole N017 with 0.31% Cu, 0.011% Mo, 0.02 g/t Au, and 2 g/t Ag (0.73% CuEq) over 63.8m, plus 0.22% Cu, 0.01% Mo, 0.02 g/t Au, and 1 g/t Ag (0.28% CuEq) over 159.2m; and hole N018 with 0.36% Cu, 0.011% Mo, 0.017 g/t Au, and 3 g/t Ag (0.42% CuEq) over 21m, plus 0.65% Cu, 0.012% Mo, 0.019 g/t Au, and 3 g/t Ag (0.68% CuEq) over 10m, plus 0.33% Cu, 0.012% Mo, 0.017 g/t Au, and 2 g/t Ag (0.38% CuEq) over 42.3m. The Company will commence a drill program targeted at testing the South Zone in 2022.  
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
·        Monumental Minerals Corp., announced that its common shares are now trading on the OTCQB Venture Market under the symbol MNMRF (Jemi project, Coahuila).
·        Argonaut Gold Inc., announced the appointment of its Vice President, Canadian Operations, effective August 29, 2022 (La Colorada mine, Sonora).
·        Aztec Minerals Corp., purchased indirectly from Kootenay Silver Inc., 35% interest in the Cervantes property in Sonora by issue 10M common shares at a price of CAD $0.25 per Aztec share for aggregate consideration of CAD $2.5M. Kootenay will retain a 0.5% Net Smelter Returned Royalty. Following the closing of the Transaction, Kootenay owns a total of 10.68M Aztec shares, which represents approximately 11.85% of the issued and outstanding Aztec shares on an undiluted basis.
·        Colibri Resource Corporation announced reinstatement of trading of its common shares on the TSX Venture Exchange. The shares will re-open for trading on the Exchange at the opening of trading on Monday, August 29. The company also announced the appointment of its new CFO (Evelyn project, Sonora).
ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
·        No relevant news.
 
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On the picture above, boiling texture in a low-intermediate 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 August 2022

By Jorge Cirett

During the 33rd week of the year (August 15th to August 21st, 2022), at least 21 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. Four companies posted exploration advances on their properties and two presented production results for the second quarter. Two companies reported on underground sampling and drilling on their advanced properties. One company announced the staking of an epithermal vein system and one more sold the final 20% interest it held on a property.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Minaurum commenced the rehabilitation and sampling of historic workings at Alamos; Tocvan Ventures released results from the Pilar project. In Chihuahua, Kootenay Silver released drilling results from Columba. In Sinaloa, Prismo Metals commenced drilling at Palos Verdes. ON MINING, Mag Silver and Starcore International presented financial/operational results for the second quarter 2022. ON FINANCING, Sierra Madre Gold and Silver elaborated on the private placement for $10 M in conjunction with the acquisition of La Guitarra project. Canuc and Minera Alamos closed financing rounds for C270 K and $4.37 M. Prismo Metals intends to complete a non brokered private placement for $150 K. Torex Gold finalized an agreement increasing the available credit from $150 M to $250 M.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Sonoro Gold reported results from underground sampling at Cerro Caliche, in Sonora. Silver Dollar reported results from four holes at La Joya, in Durango. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Orogen Royalties staked the La Verdad epithermal project in Zacatecas. Gold79 Mines sold its remaining 20% interest on Taviche, Oaxaca, to Minaurum Gold. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Kootenay Silver Inc. released results from the first holes of the 15,000 m phase 4 drilling program at its Columba project in Chihuahua. Highlighted core-length results on the D vein comprise 11.3 m @ 449 gpt Ag (including 1 m @ 795 gpt Ag); 7.0 m @ 108 gpt Ag; 2.85 m @ 183 gpt Ag; 7.74 m @ 416 gpt Ag (including 1.5 m @ 1,395 gpt Ag, 0.9% Pb, 5.3% Zn); 2.0 m @ 190 gpt Ag, and 1.95 m @ 103 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 151 gpt Ag; 6.0 m @ 107 gpt Ag on the F vein.
  • Prismo Metals Inc. commenced the 2,000 m drill program at its Palos Verdes project in Sinaloa. “Previous shallow drilling has intersected high grade mineralization with the best intercept of 2,336 g/t Ag and 8.42 g.t Au over a true width estimated at 0.8 meters within a larger mineralized interval with 1,098 g/t Ag and 3.75 g/t Au over a true width of 2.3 meters.
  • Minaurum Gold Inc. begun rehabilitation of underground historic workings at its Alamos project in Sonora. “Initial rehabilitation to facilitate mapping and sampling of more than 1 km of workings will take several months to complete and will consist of securing and cleaning all underground areas, and removing and stockpiling backfill for possible future processing”. The Promontorio vein can be traced for more than 1 km on the surface and underground; the mine closed in 1896, having produced 70 M Oz Ag. In the 1960’s material from surface dumps and underground backfill was processed, with access cleared to the main haulage level and to the lower levels of the Promontorio mine. Minaurum is to re-log all Promontorio drill core, rehabilitate, map and sample the underground workings.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. released results from three drill holes at its Pilar project in Sonora. Highlighted core-length results comprise 16.8 m @ 0.1 gpt Au, 18 gpt Ag (including 6.1 m @ 0.3 gpt Au, 47 gpt Ag; 1.5 m @ 0.6 gpt Au, 185 gpt Ag); 138.8 m @ 0.1 gpt Au (including 30.5 m @ 0.4 gpt Au; which includes 1.5 m @ 7.6 gpt Au). Two of the holes support the presence of a third subparallel trend northeast of the main and 4-T trends.

ON MINING

  • Mag Silver Corp. announced financial results for the Q2 2022.  At Juanicipio (46% Mag Silver, 56% Fresnillo PLC), in Zacatecas, 154.1 K tonnes were processed through the Fresnillo plants. Producing 2.2 M Oz Ag, 5,119 Oz Au, 1,016 tonnes Pb, 1,599 tonnes Zn. The Juanicipio processing plant is about to be connected to the national electrical grid, with 85-90% of the 4,000 tonnes per day capacity expected to be reached by the end of 2022. By the end of the period Mag had $47.7 M of working capital, including $44.6 M in cash.
  • Starcore International Mines Ltd. presented production results for the Q1 2023, ended July 31, 2022. At the San Martin mine in Queretaro, 55.26 K tonnes were milled, averaging 1.70 gpt Au, 21.3 gpt Ag, recovering 89.4% Au, 49.1% Ag, to produce 2,925 Oz AuEq.  

ON FINANCING

  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd. amended the terms of the previously disclosed “best efforts” brokered private placement. The offering is to raise now up to $10 M and is being conducted in conjunction with the proposed acquisition of the La Guitarra property in Estado de Mexico.
  • Canuc Resources Corp. announced the closing of a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of C$270 K (San Javier, Sonora).
  • Prismo Metals Inc. intends to complete a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $150 K (Palos Verdes, Sinaloa).
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. finalized a credit agreement with a syndicate of banks to increase the credit available form $150 M to $250 M and to extend the maturation of the facilities from 2023 to 2025. Torex expects the $311 M of cash on hand, no debt, strong forecast cash flow from El Limón Guajes and the $250 M available under the latest credit facilities place Torex on solid footing to fund the development of the Media Luna project. (El Limón-Guajes, Guerrero).
  • Kootenay Silver Inc. clarified that the news release headlined “Kootenay Resources Inc. Announces Private Placement financing of up to $800,000” is related to Kootenay Resources Inc. a private reporting issuer not related to the common stock of Kootenay Silver Inc. a TSX Venture listed company. Kootenay Resources Inc. is a spin-out from Kootenay Silver Inc. focused on British Columbia exploration, of which Kootenay Silver holds 3.2 M shares (Columba, Chihuahua).
  • Minera Alamos Inc. announced the closing of its non-brokered private placement for aggregate gross proceeds of $4.37 M, with no finder’s fees paid (Cerro de Oro, Zacatecas).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Sonoro Gold Corp. reported results from underground sampling at Cerro Caliche, in Sonora. A rotary handheld saw was used to obtain 34 continuous channel samples of vein and breccia material from the Cabeza Blanca underground workings. Three segments of one tunnel were sampled, averaging 3.9 @ 0.40 gpt Au, 3.5 m @ 3.07 gpt Au, 1.86 m @ 1.79 gpt Au. The highest interval sample returned 2 m @ 7.68 gpt Au. “The current resource estimate classified this 100-meter section as an inferred resource, but the underground sampling results, together with over 7,200 meters of new drilling data, will be included in an updated resource calculation being completed on the project”.
  • Silver Dollar Resources Inc. reported initial assay results from phase II drilling ongoing at the Noria portion of the La Joya project in Durango. A total of 1,899 m have been completed in 10 holes, with core length highlighted results on the first four comprising 26.85 m @ 1.0 gpt Au; 17.05 m @ 1.0% Zn; 9.90 m @ 0.9% Zn; 9.13 m @ 0.7% Zn; 19.35 m @ 192 gpt Ag, 0.27 gpt Au, 1.0% Pb, 2.2% Zn (including 5,0 m @ 451 gpt Ag, 0.62 gpt Au, 2.3% Pb, 4.6% Zn); 4.93 m @ 120 gpt Ag, 0.8% Pb, 0.8% Zn; 3.00 m @ 74 gpt Ag, 0.6% Pb, 2.2% Zn; 5.79 m @ 114 gpt Ag, 0.18 gpt Au, 0.4% Pb, 1.7% Zn; 4.43 m @ 23 gpt Ag, 0.26 gpt Au, 5.6% Zn.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Orogen Royalties Inc. announced the acquisition by staking of the La Verdad project in Durango. The 264-hectare project contains a low-sulfidation epithermal system with two subparallel quartz veins, Santa Rita and La Verdad along 2.5 kilometers of strike length, hosted in Cretaceous limestone. “Multiple stages of white, yellow and green quartz veins outcrop and display classic low sulfidation style textures. The Santa Rita and La Verdad veins may extend beneath shallow alluvium which covers over 40 percent of the potential vein strike”. A minor drilling program in 2013 tested only 100 m of strike length of the system.
  • Gold79 Mines Ltd. monetized its remaining 20% interest in the Taviche project, in Oaxaca. The transaction allows for the dissolution of the Mexican subsidiary and reduce costs. Additionally, Gold79 will not proceed with the previously announced private placement and will receive a C$230 K loan from management. Minaurum Gold Inc. has exercised the option for C$1 M for the remaining 20% interest in the Taviche project, “Once the option exercise is completed in accordance with its terms along with certain other transactions between the parties, Gold79 will pay CDN$800,000 for a full and final release regarding any claims associated with the project to Minaurum”.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No Relevant Nes.

OBITUARY

  • Endeavour Silver and Aztec Mineral announced the sudden decease of Bradford Cooke, founder of those companies and a long-time promotor of the mining industry in Mexico. He will be missed.

On the image below: Silicified structure tens of meters wide running for several kilometers in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico; Highlights on the First Week of August, 2022

By Jorge Cirett

During the 31st week of the year (August 1st to August 7th, 2022), at least 21 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, six companies posted exploration advances on their properties and four presented production results for the second quarter. Only one company reported on the closing of a private placement, one on the granting of incentive options to officers, directors and consultants, one on a $5 M loan facility and one in a share consolidation plan. One company filed an amended report. One company closed the sale of its Mexican properties and one more amended the option agreement of a property.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Silver Spruce completed an RC drilling program at Diamante; Tocvan Ventures informed on drilling at Pilar. In Chihuahua, Kootenay Silver informed on drilling at Columba; Mammoth Resources presented drilling results from Tenoriba. In Zacatecas, Alien Metals updated on work at Donovan 2 and San Celso. In Oaxaca, Vortex Metals updated on exploration at Riqueza Marina and Zaachila projects. ON MINING, Coeur Mining, Torex Gold, Equinox Gold and First Majestic Silver presented financial and operational results for the second quarter 2022. ON FINANCING, Heliostat closed a private placement for $3 M. Bear Creek Mining entered into a US$5 M loan facility. Tocvan is granting incentive stock options and Ridgestone Mining is proposing consolidation of its shares.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Discovery Silver is filing an amended technical report for the Cordero project in Chihuahua. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Great Panther Mining closed the sale of its Mexican properties to Guanajuato Silver Company. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Grupo Mexico’s metallurgical complex at Nacozari, in Sonora, was granted the “Great Place to Work” certification.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc. along with Colibri Resource Corp. completed its phase 1 drilling program at the 1,057 ha Diamante project in Sonora. The 2,005 m reverse-circulation program in 19 holes, up to 135 m in depth, covered the La Prieta, and Pillado targets. “Mineralization is reported visually as pyrite, arsenopyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, argentiferous galena, argentite, hematite and probable metal oxides, carbonates and sulphates, including copper carbonate (malachite), copper sulphates and plumbojarosite”.
  • Vortex Metals Inc. provided an update in exploration of its Riqueza Marina and Zaachila projects in Oaxaca. The late David Jones identified this area in the early 2000’s …”Copper-gold mineralization within both the Riqueza Marina and Zaachila projects is associated with geologic processes operative in the Late Jurassic to Middle Cretaceous within a back-arc sequence of bi-modal volcanics and volcaniclastics deposited on the sea floor. Early exploration conducted by Dave Jones identified several copper and gold anomalies over a broad area but clearly associated with specific rocks, i.e. exhalite, rhyolite debris aprons or breccia. These associations prompted the identification of a geologic environment which incorporated these features. The Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide (VMS) model incorporates the geologic and geochemical features observed to date”.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc. informed significant progress has been made on the 15,000 m drilling campaign at Columba, in Chihuahua. The current program will test extensions of the F, D, B and JZ veins and exploratory step-outs on other prospective veins. The V vein has been traced for over 700 m of strike and 200 m of depth with an average of 2 m in width, the D vein has been hit along 430 m of strike and 340 m of depth with an average of 6.9 m in width.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. informed that seven reverse circulation drill holes for a total of 1,382 m have been completed on the phase III drill program at Pilar, in Sonora.
  • Alien Metals Ltd. updated on exploration work at its San Celso and Donovan 2 projects in Zacatecas. Three holes totaling 201 m were drilled at San Celso and four holes at Donovan 2 for 410 m. No significant intersections were returned for San Celso. At Donovan 2, a 1.87 m interval returned 0.33% Cu, although the recovery was in the 15-20% range. A weak Zn anomaly correlates with a similar zone in a previous hole.
  • Mammoth Resources Corp. provided results from four holes at its Tenoriba project in Chihuahua. The four holes totaled 388.95 m brining the total to 2,623.55 m in 21 holes. Highlighted intercepts comprise 81.0 m @ 0.45 gpt Au, 2 gpt Ag (including 12.0 m @ 1.03 gpt Au, 3 gpt Ag); 10.6 m @ 1.14 gpt Au, 18 gpt Ag; 30.0 m @ 0.32 gpt Au, 3 gpt Ag; 48.0 m @ 1.11 gpt Au, 7 gpt Ag (including 4.5 m @ 2.88 gpt Au, 4 gpt Ag).

ON MINING

  • Coeur Mining Inc. reported second quarter 2022 financial results, including figures from its operations in Mexico. At Palmarejo, in Chihuahua, 539.6 K tonnes were milled @ 1.68 gpt Au, 125 gpt Ag, recovering 92.4% Au, 84.2% Ag, to produce 27,109 Oz Au, 1.79 M Oz Ag. Four drill rigs are to be active in the third quarter 2022 on infill drilling of the Hidalgo and Nacion zones and expansion drilling on the NW Hidalgo and La Carmela zones.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. released financial and operating results for the second quarter 2022. During the period, 123,363 Oz Au were produced at its El Limon-Guajes project in Guerrero, at total cash cost $703 per Oz Au and AISC of $911. Construction at Media Luna (close to El Limon-Guajes), is well underway, with a physical progress of 5%, including the development of 2,100 m at the Guajes tunnel and 700 m at South Portal. At the end of the period the company had net cash of $306.3 M with no debt and an undrawn $150.0 M credit facility.
  • Equinox Gold Corp. announced its second quarter 2022 financial and operating results. The report includes the sale of the Mercedes mine in Sonora to Bear Creek Mining Corp., but does not elaborate on production numbers for Mercedes or Los Filos in Guerrero, other than a guidance of 155-170 K Oz Au production from Los Filos in 2022.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp. presented financial results for the second quarter 2022. During the quarter the company negotiated and signed a conclusive agreement with the Mexican tax authority (SAT) though the office of the taxpayer ombudsman (PRODECON) to settle an uncertain tax position relating to intercompany debt financing in Mexico, with a one-time payment of $21.3 M. Consolidated production in Mexico was 6.16 M Oz AgEq, as shown in the table below.

ON FINANCING

  • Bear Creek Mining Corp. entered into a US$5.0 M loan facility with Auramet International LLC.. Bear Creek will sell Auramet 100% of the outrun from the Mercedes mine in Sonora until the note is paid in full and 50 K Oz thereafter (Mercedes, Sonora).
  • Heliostar Metals Ltd. closed its non-brokered private placement offering for gross proceeds of $3 M (Oso Negro and El Picacho, Sonora).
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. announced the approval of the grant of 1.3 M incentive stock options to officers, directors and consultants of the company (Pilar, Sonora).
  • Ridgestone Mining Inc. intends to seek shareholder approval at its upcoming annual general meeting to consolidate its commons shares in a 20 to 1 ratio. “The proposed Consolidation remains subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary shareholder and regulatory approvals, including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange”.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Discovery Silver Corp. is filing an amended technical report on the Cordero project in Chihuahua. The phrase “the Cordero project is technically and economically viable” was removed, as “the economic analysis is a preliminary economic assessment and cannot demonstrate economic viability”. Discovery is well advanced on a pre-feasibility study (PFS) to be completed on Q4 2022, which is to outline the technical and economic viability of the project.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Great Panther Mining Ltd. closed the previously announced sale of the Guanajuato Mine Complex (Guanajuato), the Topia mine (Durango) and the El Horcón and Santa Rosa projects (Guanajuato) to Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd.. The deal comprised US$8 M in cash, plus additional cash of US$1.35 M, US$6.7 M in GSilver shares, US$500 K when Topia produces an aggregate of 2.5 M Oz Ag and US$750 K if the silver price rises above US$27.50 per Oz for a month within two years of closing, and US$750 K if the silver price closes above US$30.00 per Oz for a month within three years of closing.
  • Ridgestone Mining Inc. announced the amendment of the property agreement on the Guadalupe y Calvo project in Chihuahua. The revised option agreement with Endeavour Silver extends the cash, share and work commitments of year 2 from February 2023 to March 2024, that of year 3 from February 2024 to March 2025 and that of year 4 from February 2025 to March 2026.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Grupo Mexico’s metallurgical complex in Nacozari, Sonora, obtained the certificate “Great Place to Work”. The certification is recognized in more than 60 countries.

On the image below: Quartz-specularite veining on a project in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

By Jorge Cirett

During the 27th week of the year (June 4th to July 10th, 2022), at least 26 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, three companies posted exploration advances on their properties, one company poured its first gold and silver, one presented production results for the second quarter. Four companies reported on the opening or closing of financing rounds for a total of US$4.5 M and C$13.3 M, one company reported on a relevant investor share purchase. Five companies posted on work at its advanced properties, one company is to produce a PFS report and one other presented a NI 43-101 compliant report on reserves and resources of its recently acquired mine. One company informed on details of government resolutions on its mining concessions and an incoming indigenous consult.  One more company agreed with the Union representing its workforce on a profit-sharing scheme. The completion of the acquisition of a large silver property was announced.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, Mining companies on the BMV are resenting the lower prices on metals. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Tocvan Ventures released surface sample results from El Picacho. In Chihuahua, Golden Minerals reported drilling results from nine holes at Yoquivo. In Zacatecas, Zacatecas Silver released drilling results at the El Cristo project, within its Zacatecas Silver concessions. ON MINING, SilverCrest Metals reported the first pour of gold and silver on its Las Chispas mine in Sonora. Endeavour Silver presented Q2 production results. ON FINANCING, Sonoro Gold closed its oversubscribed financing for $3 M. Silver Viper Minerals closed the final tranche of the private placement raising $306 K. Guanajuato Silver increased its private placement to C$13.3 M.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Zacatecas Silver is to prepare a PFS on its Esperanza project in Morelos. Bear Creek Mining filed a NI 43-101 compliant report on reserves and resources for its Mercedes mine in Sonora. GoGold Resources released results from drilling at El Favor deposit on its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Vizsla Silver reported drilling results from the San Antonio vein at the Panuco project in Sinaloa. Torex Gold released results from resource expansion and exploratory drilling in the broader Media Luna area in Guerrero. Mithril Resources released drilling results from El Refugio at its Copalquin project in Durango. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Almaden Minerals has been notified its Ixtaca mining concessions in Puebla are “ineffective”, but the filing of applications made in conformity with the law. Newmont Corp. reached a profit-sharing agreement with the Union representing the workforce of its Peñasquito mine in Zacatecas. Endeavour Silver completed the acquisition of the Pitarrilla project in Durango.  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Almaden Resources will participate on a pilot program conducted by United Nations Expert Group Resource Management and the Economy Secretariat on sustainable development. Grupo Mexico continues to work on cultural development of mining communities.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Mining companies on the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores (BMV) impacted by lower metal prices. From the start of the year to now, Industrias Peñoles shares have fallen 21.7%, Fresnillo 23.2%, Frisco 16.9% and Grupo Mexico 8.9%. During the year the year gold has depreciated 5.2%, silver 18.2% and copper 21.6%.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. released surface rock sample results from its El Picacho project in Sonora. A total of 65 samples were collected at the Murcielago prospect, of which 14 returned values over 0.1 gpt Au. Selected results from the sampling program comprise 7.19 gpt Au, 36 gpt Ag, 4.3% Pb; 4.52 gpt Au, 197 gpt Ag, 0.17% Cu; 4.8% Pb, 7.1% Zn; 3.25 gpt Au, 66 gpt Ag, 1.6% Pb; 2.71 gpt Au, 25 gpt Ag, 1.9% Zn; 2.71 gpt Au, 12 gpt Ag, 1.6% Pb, 1.3% Zn; 2.18 gpt Au, 15 gpt Ag, 1.3% Pb, 1.1% Zn; 1.50 gpt Au, 176 gpt Ag, 1.2% Zn. The samples are from a brecciated dolomitic limestone unit along a 450 m long trend with historic artisanal workings showing significant lead and zinc mineralization with gold and silver, in Jurassic sedimentary rocks.
  • Golden Minerals Co. reported results from the first nine holes on the third drill program at its Yoquivo project in Chihuahua. Highlighted true width results comprise 80.1 m @ 0.89 gpt Au, 64 gpt Ag (including 8.2 m @ 3.93 gpt Au, 120 gpt Ag; which includes 2.2 m @ 10.21 gpt Au, 139 gpt Ag); 0.4 m @ 30.80 gpt Au, 5,260 gpt Ag; 4.2 m @ 0.16 gpt Au, 229 gpt Ag; 1.7 m @ 0.13 gpt Au, 355 gpt Ag. “This most recent drilling has focused on testing the Pertenencia vein system to extend the known mineralized strike length into previously untested areas. The Pertenencia vein has continued to return strong gold-silver grades, and the vein remains open to depth and to the north”.
  • Zacatecas Silver Corp. released results from drilling at El Cristo project, on its Zacatecas Silver property in Zacatecas. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 9.53 m @ 167 gpt Ag; 1.45 m @ 11 gpt Ag, 0.18 gpt Au, 0.5% Pb, 1.6% Zn; 0.8 m @ 94 gpt Ag; 1.08 m @ 90 gpt Ag; 0.65 m @ 1.2 gpt Au, 565 gpt Ag, 1.3% Pb, 2.7% Zn; 1.2 m @ 134 gpt Ag, 0.1 gpt Au, 0.2% Zn; 4.36 m @ 48 gpt Ag, 0.19 gpt Au, 1.5% Pb, 2.7% Zn; 0.5 m @ 20 gpt Ag, 0.23 gpt Au, 1.0% Pb, 17.5% Zn. The epithermal intermediate sulfidation system at El Cristo crops out within a dilational zone that is at least 4 km long and up to 600 m wide.

ON MINING

  • SilverCrest Metals Inc. reported the first pour of silver and gold at Las Chispas mine, in Sonora. The plant commissioning is on track to reach its 1,250 tonnes per day capacity. “The plant started in late May 2022 and milled an estimated 12,700 tonnes of low-grade ore during June 2022”.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. presented second quarter production results of 1.36 M Oz Ag, 9,289 Oz Au, or 2.1 M Oz AgEq. At Guanaceví, in Durango, 94 K tonnes were processed at 1,045 tonnes per day (tpd), grading 465 gpt Ag, 1.37 gpt Au, recovering 85.0% Ag, 88.9% Au, to produce 1.19 M Oz Ag, 3,680 Oz Ag. At Bolañitos, in Guanajuato, 107.3 K tonnes were processed at 1,193 tpd, averaging 54 gpt Ag, 1.77 gpt Au, recovering 88.6% Ag, 91.8% Au, to produce 165 K Oz Ag, 5,609 Oz Au. On other developments: Recent drilling has intercepted high-grade gold and silver at Guanceví; Drilling continued to intersect high-grade mineralization on the La Colorada structure at Parral, in Chihuahua; In the coming months the company expects to make a formal construction decision on La Terronera, in Jalisco.    

ON FINANCING

  • Sonoro Gold Corp. closed an oversubscribed non-brokered private placement for aggregate gross proceeds of $3 M (Cerro Caliche, Sonora).
  • Starcore International Mines Ltd. approved a non-brokered private placement in July 4, 2022, to raise up to $1.2 M in gross proceeds. On the next day Starcore reported the closing of the placement confirming $1.2 M in gross proceeds (El Creston, Sonora; San Martin, Queretaro).
  • Sonoro Gold Corp. informed that R. Stuart Angus reported the acquisition in June of $485 K in shares of Sonoro Gold, operation after which he owns 9.95 M shares and 8.35 M warrants of the corporation, representing 7.1% of the outstanding shares on a non-diluted basis and 12.4% on a partially diluted basis (Cerro Caliche, Sonora).
  • Silver Viper Minerals Corp. closed the final tranche of its non-brokered private placement for aggregate gross proceeds of $306 K (La Virginia, Sonora).
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. expanded the size of its previously announced brokered private placement to C$13.3 M with the option to increase the financing an additional 15%. (Topia, Durango; El Cubo, Guanajuato).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Zacatecas Silver Corp. announced the engagement of Palaris Ltd. to lead a pre-feasibility study (PFS) on the Esperanza project in Morelos.
  • Oroco Resource Corp. resumed drilling at its Santo Tomas project in Sinaloa. Operations started at the end of federal military operations in the area. “Core logging and assaying have continued during the period of drill stoppage, with an improvement in methods of handling and analysis, thereby better preparing the geological team for an increase in the rate of core processing”.
  • Bear Creek Mining Corp. filed a NI 43-100 compliant technical report on its Mercedes mine, in Sonora. The report provides a mineral reserves and resources estimate to December 31, 2021.
  • GoGold Resources Inc. released results from six holes from El Favor East deposit at its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Highlighted core length intercepts comprise 18.8 m @ 0.62 gpt Au, 156 gpt Ag (including 7.4 m @ 1.50 gpt Au, 344 gpt Ag); 11.4 m @ 0.37 gpt Au, 90 gpt Ag; 4.5 m @ 0.27 gpt Au, 76 gpt Ag; 2.8 m @ 0.36 gpt Au, 76 gpt Ag; 2.0 m @ 0.37 gpt Au, 127 gpt Ag; 1.8 m @ 0.24 gpt Au, 138 gpt Ag; 2.2 m @ 0.80 gpt Au, 227 gpt Ag; 9.3 m @ 0.64 gpt Au, 155 gpt Ag (including 0.7 m @ 5.23 gpt Au, 1,196 gpt Ag); 0.7 m @ 4.34 gpt Au, 1,295 gpt Ag.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp. reported results from seven holes on the San Antonio vein of the Cordon de Oro corridor at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Highlighted true width intercepts comprise 6.40 m @ 5.76 gpt Au, 621 gpt Ag (including 0.57 m @ 34.2 gpt Au, 2,940 gpt Ag); 6.0 m @ 0.37 gpt Au, 124 gpt Ag; 4.89 m @ 0.60 gpt Au, 122 gpt Ag; 7.50 m @ 1.15 gpt Au, 213 gpt Ag; 3.15 m @ 2.29 gpt Au, 549 gpt Ag; 4.20 m @ 1.19 gpt Au, 202 gpt Ag; 2.0 m @ 4.75 gpt Au, 355 gpt Ag; 2.01 m @ 1.29 gpt Au, 226 gpt Ag.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. released results from resource expansion and exploratory drilling completed in the broader Media Luna area in Guerrero. The work extends mineralization to the south and west of the EPO deposit and identified a potential new zone of mineralization between the Media Luna deposit and the Media Luna West target. Highlighted true width results comprise 9.73 m @ 8.51 gpt Au, 33 gpt Ag, 1.57% Cu; 17.25 m @ 4.18 gpt Au, 25 gpt Ag 1.74% Cu; 35.63 m @ 2.05 gpt Au, 30 gpt Ag, 1.05% Cu; 16.48 m @ 8.70 gpt Au, 4 gpt Ag, 0.54% Cu; 6.31 m @ 4.00 gpt Au, 19 gpt Ag, 0.78% Cu; 5.10 m @ 2.79 gpt Au, 9 gpt Ag, 0.27% Cu. Infill, step-out, exploration, ore control and definition drilling budgeted includes $19 M at Media Luna, $6 M at ELG Underground, $9 M in near mine and regional and $5 M in definition and grade control in the ELG open pit and underground. “The Media Luna deposit is hosted within the Mesozoic carbonate-rich Morelos Platform, which has been intruded by Paleocene stocks, sills, and dykes of granodioritic to tonalitic composition. Skarn-hosted gold-silver-copper mineralization is developed within the sedimentary rocks along the contacts of intrusive rocks as well as within altered dykes of the skarn envelope….Mineralization at Media Luna is hosted in skarn that developed at the contact of the intrusive granodiorite and overlying sedimentary rocks. The skarn is characterized by a mineral assemblage of pyroxene, garnet, and magnetite. Metal deposition and sulfidation occurred during retrograde alteration and is associated with a mineral assemblage comprising amphibole, phlogopite, chlorite, and calcite ± quartz ± epidote as well as variable amounts of magnetite and sulfides, primarily pyrrhotite. Additional mineralization is associated with skarn developed within and along dykes and sills above the main granodiorite intrusion”.
  • Mithril Resources Ltd. released drilling results from deep drilling at El Refugio, at its Copalquin project in Durango. Highlighted core length results comprise 5.67 m @ 4.37 gpt Au, 174 gpt Ag (including 1.67 m @ 9.64 gpt Au, 399 gpt Ag); 1.0 m @ 1.68 gpt Au, 67 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 1.27 gpt Au, 46 gpt Ag; 0.50 m @ 2.13 gpt Au, 118 gpt Ag; 0.90 m @ 1.04 gpt Au, 11 gpt Ag.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Almaden Minerals Ltd. informed the Ministry of Economy has officially notified Almaden that the company’s mining concessions titles relating to the Ixtaca project in Puebla are “ineffective”, but that the title applications were filed in conformity with the law. This is understood to mean that “the mineral title has reverted to application status, and that these applications preserve the mineral rights for Almaden but do not allow the Company to engage in exploration, until such time as Economia completes its court-ordered indigenous consultation in the area covered by the mineral title applications”. Almaden also announced that the environmental permit application will be submitted once the Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) and the indigenous consultation process are finalized.
  • Newmont Corp. announced it has reached a profit-sharing agreement with the Union at its Peñasquito mine in Zacatecas. Newmont will pay its unionized workforce an uncapped profit-sharing bonus up to 10%, “with an immediate cost equivalent of $70 million, which is representative of the payments related to 2021 results”.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. announced the completion of its acquisition of the Pitarrilla project in Durango. The deal involved the bought of $70 M in shares from Silver Standard Ventures Inc. subsidiary (SSR Durango S.A. de C.V.) and a further 1.25% NSR on Pitarrilla. Endeavour plans to invest $1.8 M for drilling and exploration to verify the historical data and define a current resource in 2022.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Almaden Minerals Ltd. reported the Ixtaca project in Puebla was selected to be included in a pilot project conducted by the United Nations Expert Group Resource Management (UNRMS) in coordination with Mexico’s Ministry of Economy (Secretaría de Economía). The UNRMS “considers a range of socio-economic, technological, and knowledge factors that are important for the sustainable development of each project”.
  • Grupo Mexico continues with its support for cultural development of the mining communities. This week the Orchestras and Choruses from Buenavista and La Caridad made a presentation in Hermosillo, Sonora, along with other cultural institutions and organizations, under the event “El Cobre Hecho Arte”.

On the image below: Weathered monzonite porphyry on a project in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.