The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Second Week of January, 2020

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By Jorge Cirett

During the 2nd week of the year (January 6th to January 12th, 2020), at least 34 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON MEXICO ISSUES, The IPN is to offer Metallurgy Engineering at the Zacatecas campus. Conagua and Minera Peñasquito reached an agreement to promote the recovery of the Mazapil aquifer in Zacatecas. Some highlights on three major Mexican ore deposits were shared by Camimex: Metates, El Arco and La Verde. The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador asserted the importance of mining in Mexico. In 2019 three Peñoles, Autlán and Frisco lost US$935 M in value on the stock exchange (BMV). Torex Gold and Leagold increased gold production on its mines in Guerrero. ON EXPLORATION, setting a weekly record, that we hope is a good omen for the industry in Mexico this year, eleven companies reported on exploration programs or results on their projects. In Sonora, Colibri disclosed surface sampling results from the Evelyin project; Tocvan and Colibri reported high Au and Ag values from the Pilar project near Suaqui Grande; Magna Gold released high grade Au results from surface mapping on several targets at the San Judas project. In Chihuahua, Kootenay Silver released high-grade Ag results from its Columba project. Sable Resources released low  grade but widespread Au results from the Vinata project. In Sinaloa, Vizsla Resources started drilling at its Pánuco project. In Durango, Gainey Capital has had successful meetings and communication with the local communities at Las Margaritas project. In Jalisco, GoGold Resources released results from five more holes at Los Ricos.  In Zacatecas, Pan American Silver is to continue the exploration, initial engineering and metallurgical tests at the La Colorada skarn ore deposit. Advance Gold commenced another drill hole at La Tabasqueña project. Alien Metals is submitting applications to drill its Los Campos and San Celso projects. ON MINING, US Antimony has begun production testing of the cyanide leach circuits at the Puerto Blanco mill in Guanajuato. Hecla Mining, Torex Gold, Leagold Mining and Endeavour Silver presented fourth quarter and full-year 2019 reports. Argonaut Gold informed its El Castillo mine in Durango is to cease operations in 2022. ON FINANCING, Silver Spruce closed the first tranche of a financing round. Agnico Eagle issued warrants in connection with the loan agreement with Orla Mining. Sierra Metals is to repurchase US$30 M of shares. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Prime Mining updated on work at Guadalupe de Los Reyes, in Sinaloa. Sierra Metals updated the mineral resource estimate for the Bolivar mine, in Chihuahua. Discovery Metals released some high-grade results from its current drill program at Cordero, Chihuahua, where it is aiming to enhance the high-grade component of the deposit. Azure Minerals recommenced RC drilling the Loma Bonita gold deposit at its Alacrán project in Sonora.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Goldplay signed a LOI with First Majestic to acquire the Plomosas property in Sinaloa. Goldplay is to change name to GR Silver Mining. Oroco Resource Corp. is now officially the owner of 56.7% net interest (that can be increased to 81%) on the core concessions of the Santo Tomás project in Sinaloa. The company also holds the rights to 77.5% of the concessions surrounding the said core. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. Peñoles to aid on the reactivation of agriculture in Naica. Peñoles organizes a robot building contest in Torreón. Endeavour Silver summarized its sustainability work for 2019.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • The Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN) is to offer the Metallurgy Engineering at its Zacatecas campus. Students are to spend one week of every month gaining experience on local mining units, from the third semester onward.
  • Conagua (Water Use Agency) and Minera Peñasquito (Newmont Goldcorp) reached an agreement to promote the recovery of the Mazapil aquifer. The agreement was reached in negotiation tables with several parties. The company is to forfeit its rights to extract 5 M cubic meters of water. During 2020 and 2021 Minera Peñasquito will invest 100 M pesos (US$5.25 M) on water access, drainage and cleaning in town, as well to aid on the bettering of irrigation and promotion of water re-usage in agriculture. In 2023 the company will also cede another 4 M cubic meters of water.
  • Highlights on three giant mining projects in Mexico: Metates, in Durango, holds reserves for 18.3 M Oz Au, 502 M Oz Ag, 4 B Lb Zn. Chesapeake’s 2016 pre-feasibility study (PFS) calls for a capital spending of $3.5 billion for a 90 K tonnes per day (tpd) operation, and a mine life of 27 years producing 445 K Oz Au. Sustained prices over $1,400 per gold ounce would help to kick start the operations. El Arco, in Baja California, is a giant copper deposit owned by Grupo Mexico. The deposit displays reserves of 2,700 M tonnes @ 0.4% Cu, 0.1 gpt Au. The deposit is to be mined by open pit, with concentrator and leaching operations to recover copper by electro winning, and is expected to produce 190 K tonnes Cu and 105 K Oz Au per year, once it is developed. La Verde, in Michoacan, owned by Solaris Resources and Teck, had a preliminary evaluation assessment (PEA) in 2018 with an investment of US$1.16 billion to produce 7.17 M tonnes of concentrate @ 26.7% Cu for 19 years, or 100 K tonnes Cu per year.
  • The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador asserted the importance of mining in Mexico, on the strengthening of the country’s economy and the strong employment generation. He pointed that the ministers of environment and health are looking into the Rio Sonora spill (2014) and its consequences on the area inhabitants.
  • During 2019, mining companies like Industrias Peñoles, Autlán and Minera Frisco lost US$935 M in market cap on the Mexican Stock Exchange (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, or BMV). The three companies saw a reduction on its operations, same that were reflected on its cash flow (EBITDA) and share price. During the year Peñoles lost US$861.4 M, Autlán US$39.8 M and Frisco US$34 M in value. On the other hand, Grupo Mexico registered an increment of US$4.617 billion on its value for the same period, due to good results on copper extraction and the expansion on its transport branch.
  • Gold production increased in 2019 for Torex and Leagold in Guerrero. In 2019 Torex produced 454,810 Oz Au at its El Limon-Guajes mine in Guerrero, compared with 354,000 Oz Au produced in 2018. Leagold produced 200,856 Oz Au at its Los Filos mine, in the same region.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Pan American Silver Corp. is planning to continue the exploration program, initial engineering and more metallurgical tests at the world class skarn mineralization discovered at La Colorada, Zacatecas. The inferred resources stand at 72.5 M tonnes @ 44 gpt Ag, 0.17% Cu, 2.0% Pb, 4.4% Zn, with the deposit open in several directions. In 2020 PAS is to drill 44,000 m to define and expand the inferred resources.
  • Colibri Resource Corp. disclosed rock chip sample results from its Evelyn project in Sonora. Highlighted results include 0.75 m @ 14.45 gpt Au, 16 gpt Ag; 1.5 m @ 12.45 gpt Au, 3 gpt Ag; 1.5 m @ 8.6 gpt Au, 5 gpt Ag; chip samples @ 22.3 gpt Au, 28 gpt Ag; 40.1 gpt Au; 3.12 gpt Au at the Cerro Rojo corridor and 2.97 gpt Au; 0.5 gpt Au, 0.4 gpt Au, 0.46 gpt Au; 2.74 gpt Au, 73 gpt Ag at the El Sahuaro corridor. Colibri is now planing to pursue a 1,000 m drilling campaign.
  • Advance Gold Corp. has commenced the second drill hole of the current drilling program at its Tabaqueña project in Zacatecas. This second hole is to test the large IP anomaly that underlies the intersection of 1.70 m @ 9.46 gpt of a previous drilling campaign. The second  hole on this campaign was collared 300 north of the location of the first one, with results pending. A second rig is being brought to the site to expedite drilling, now that the IP anomaly has been seen to correspond with a sulphide system.
  • GoGold Resources Inc. released results from five more drill holes at its Los Ricos project in Jalisco. Highlighted intersections include 22 m @ 0.22 gpt Au, 60 gpt Ag (1.01 gpt AuEq); 16.5 m @ 4.29 gpt Au, 336 gpt Ag (8.77 gpt AuEq); 5.2 m @ 1.10 gpt Au, 67 gpt Ag (2.01 gpt AuEq); 13.5 m @ 0.82 gpt Au, 215 gpt Ag (3.73 gpt AuEq); 17.4 m @ 0.77 gpt Au, 152 gpt Ag (2.80 gpt AuEq), including 6.1 m @ 2.07 gpt Au, 373 gpt Ag (7.05 gpt AuEq), 23.5 m @ 0.17 gpt Au, 43 gpt Ag (0.75 gpt AuEq). The holes were drilled north and south of the historical stopes to test the continuation of the structures.
  • Gainey Capital Corp, has had successful meetings and communication with the local communities at Las Margaritas project, Durango. “Discussions with State and Federal government representatives have been held to ensure that exploration on the property continues to the benefit of all stakeholders”.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc. released assay results from seven more drill holes completed at its Columba property in Chihuahua. Highlighted intervals comprise: 11.35 m @ 103 gpt Ag, including 2.28 m @ 405 gpt Ag; 23.0 m @ 60 gpt Ag, including 3.0 m @ 274 gpt Ag, including 1.35 m @ 494 gpt Ag; 7.05 m @ 114 gpt Ag, including 1.0 m @ 547 gpt Ag (the three intercepts in one hole); 10.0 m @ 175 gpt Ag, including 4.63 m @ 301 gpt Ag, including 1.5 m @ 628 gpt Ag; 4.9 m @ 194 gpt Ag, including 0.88 m @ 808 gpt Ag; 39.90 m @ 159 gpt Ag, including 7.45 m @ 650 gpt Ag and 1.15 m @ 919 gpt Ag, and 1.0 m @ 953 gpt Ag, and 1.0 m @ 527 gpt Ag, and 1.0 m @ 860 gpt Ag, and 1.8 m @ 715 gpt Ag. High Ag grades have been intercepted over 700 m of strike length on the F vein, and also 650 m from old workings on the B vein.
  • Sable Resources Ltd. provided an update on the ongoing drilling campaign at its Vinata property in Chihuahua. Six drill holes have been completed, amounting to 1,753 m of core, with results for 530 samples on the first five holes. Highlighted results comprise 51.3 m @ 0.28 gpt Au, including 30.3 m @ 0.44 gpt Au; 61.8 m @ 0.079 gpt Au, including 12.4 m @ 0.24 gpt Au; 198.25 m @ 0.063 gpt Au, including 8.9 m @ 0.24 gpt Au and 22.1 m @ 0.11 gpt Au; 30.45 m @ 0.035 gpt Au. Low grade gold argillic stratabound alteration in volcanic rocks is open in every direction, except to the East. The drilling program has been increased from 2,000 to 4,000 m to define the limits and grade on the argillic alteration, and also for the existence of a high-grade feeder with more classical epithermal textures.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. and Colibri Resource Corp. reported high Au and Ag values from two new showings that extend known mineralization at its Pilar project in Sonora. Highlighted results comprise 4.3 gpt Au, 172 gpt Ag, 1.1% Pb; 23.7 gpt Au, 116 gpt Ag; 4.4 gpt Au, 44 gpt Ag; 7.5 gpt Au, 42 gpt Ag; 0.5 gpt Au, 323 gpt Ag; 1.4 gpt Au, 2 gpt Ag; 2.2 gpt Au, 15 gpt Ag; 5.6 gpt Au, 84 gpt Ag, 1.7% Pb; 0.7 gpt Au, 20 gpt Ag; 9.3 gpt Au, 76 gpt Ag, 2.2% Pb. The new assays support additional areas to develop and define mineralization east and south east of the main areas that have seen over 17,700 m of drilling.
  • Alien Metals Ltd. is submitting applications for drill permits at its Los Campos and San Celso projects in Zacatecas. At Los Campos a six hole program that could grow to 47 holes and 3,250 m of drilling is planned. At San Celso a grid based drilling plan has been designed, with a total of up to 30 drill holes for 2,550 m, aiming to start with four to six key holes.
  • Magna Gold Corp. reported assay results from surface sampling at its San Judas project in Sonora. Several targets have been delineated: Santa Lucia-Las Palomas is a bulk mining target in sheared granite with quartz veins and stockworks, on which samples returned up to 0.5 m @ 26.4 gpt Au, 1.5 m @ 14.6 gpt Au, 0.7 m @ 12.9 gpt Au, 0.8 m @ 7.3 gpt Au, 1.0 m @ 6.14 gpt Au, 0.8 m @ 5.54 gpt Au; At San Martin there is a quartz stockwork in granite and gneiss that opens the possibility to a high volume bulk deposit, in an area 1,250 m x 750 m, on which samples returned up to 1.5 m @ 13.7 gpt Au, 2.0 m @ 9.20 gpt Au, 1.0 m @ 7.12 gpt Au, 1.0 m @ 6.7 gpt Au, 1.0 m @ 6.23 gpt Au, 2.0 m @ 5.16 gpt Au, 1.9 m @ 4.1 gpt Au; Represo Seco displays a high-grade sheeted and brecciated quartz system with three generations of quartz, two meters thick and exposed over 65 m, where samples returned up to 0.5 m @ 7.4 gpt Au, 1.9 m @ 6.0 gpt Au, 1.8 m @ 5.1 gpt Au; Cueva del León hosts argillic altered intrusive felsic rocks, with assays of up to 1.1 m @ 4.99 gpt Au, 1.0 m @ 4.28 gpt Au, 1.2 m @ 2.03 gpt Au, 1.5 m @ 1.9 gpt Au. All the areas are strongly anomalous in Pb (up to 1.45%), Zn (up to 0.35%) and Cu (up to 0.12%).
  • Vizsla Resources Corp. has started its drilling program at the Pánuco project in Sinaloa. The company plans to drill 14,500 m in 19 prospects, starting with the Vetas Animas corridor. Ten geologists are mapping and sampling in the district at the time being.

ON MINING

  • United Sates. Antimony Corp. reported that production testing of the cyanide leach circuit at the Puerto Blanco mill in Guanajuato has begun. “The Los Juarez mineralization is disseminated in jasperoid pipes that are present over a strike length of 3.5 kilometers, up to 1 kilometer in width, and are believed to be continuous below 400 meters”. “A global assay” of shallow drilling, sampling and mill testing is @ 1.09 gpt Au, 102 gpt Ag and 0.65% Sb (or 2.6 gpt AuEq), with individual assays of over 1 Oz/t Au, 47 Oz Ag/t and 10% Sb.
  • Hecla Mining Co. released preliminary results for the fourth quarter 2019, including figures from its Mexican operations. At the San Sebastian mine in Durango, 1.9 M Oz Ag, 15,673 Oz Au were produced during 2019, and 422.4 K Oz Ag,  3,897 Oz Au during the fourth quarter. With the Hugh Zone production included, AgEq production for the year is the same as 2018. The mill operated at an average of 479 tpd in 2019.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. announced 2019 production of 454,810 Oz Au (Q4 2019: 125,150 Oz) at El Limón Guajes mine in Guerrero. During the fourth quarter plant throughput averaged 12,120 tpd, with 1,060 tpd ore mined underground and 16,030 tpd ore mined by open pit, with a pit strip ratio of 7.3:1.
  • Leagold Mining Corp. reported 2019 production results, including figures from its operations in Mexico. At Los Filos, in Guerrero, quarterly production was 64,028, 44,896, 40,922 and 51,010 Oz Au for the Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4 respectively, adding to 200,856 Oz Au in the year. The Los Filos Expansion Feasibility study was completed during the year, commencing expansion during the third quarter.
  • Argonaut Gold Inc. informed its mining unit El Castillo, in Durango, is to stop operations in 2022, after 12 year of work. These operations had $900 M of economic impact which includes investments, operation costs and $82 in taxes paid. To date the company has 347 employees and 249 contractors. Starting this month the crushing operations have been decommissioned, impacting on personnel numbers, and another reduction in the labor force will take place in April.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. delivered production reports for the fourth quarter and full year 2019. Gold and silver production decreased 27% in the year, to 38,907 Oz Au, 4.02 M Oz Ag. The El Cubo mine suspended mining operations on Q4 2019, as reserves were exhausted. During the first quarter Endeavour plans to update the Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) for Terronera, in Jalisco, and deliver an initial Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) in Parral, Chihuahua.Endeavour Prod 2019 Table1

ON FINANCING

  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc. closed the first tranche of its non-brokered financing on December 31, 2019, for gross proceeds of $237 K (Pino de Plata, Chihuahua).
  • Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. announced the issuance of common share purchase warrants in connection with the loan agreement of December 2019 between Agnico and Orla Mining Ltd (Camino Rojo, Zacatecas).
  • Sierra Metals Inc. announced it has approved a plan to return up to US$30 M to shareholders. Sierra Metals intends to launch a substantial issuer bid pursuant to which the Company will offer to repurchase for cancellation up to US$15 M of its common shares from shareholders for cash (Bolivar and Cusi, Chihuahua).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Prime Mining Corp. updated on work at is Guadalupe de los Reyes project in Sinaloa, pointing its aim to become a gold producer. The acquisition was completed in August 2019, the due diligence concluded, a team was assembled, and an initial financing of CAD$8.7 M and USD$4.5 M of property payments were made, with only a payment of USD$1.5 M remaining, due October 2021. The long term land access agreement was signed and led to the implementation of 5,000 m of road cut and trenching that aided defining wider and longer structures than anticipated. The project is being evaluated at a mining rate of 4,500 tpd of mineralized material from five to seven pit locations, with Prime aiming to make the initial mining permitting submissions during 2020.
  • Sierra Metals Inc. updated the mineral resource estimate for its Bolivar mine in Chihuahua. The mineral resource update includes 13,698 m of infill drilling and 41,553 m of exploration drilling, with 11.63 M tonnes @ 0.95% Cu, 18 g/t Ag, and 0.24 g/t Au (or 1.16% CuEq) for a total of 244.3 M Lb Cu, 6.8 M Oz Ag, 90.4 K Oz Au (300.1 M Lb CuEq) as indicated resources, and 16.69 M tonnes @ 0.93% Cu, 17 g/t Ag, 0.30 g/t Au (or 1.16% CuEq) adding to 342.1 M Lb Cu, 9 M Oz Ag, 162.7 K Oz Au (428.1 M Lb CuEq) as inferred resources.
  • Discovery Metals Corp. announced results from the last four diamond drill holes at the Cordero project in Chihuahua. The program is designed to look for high grade and to test other areas of the 35,000 ha property. Highlighted intervals comprise: In hole 295, 81.82 m @ 63 gpt Ag, 0.35 gpt Au, 0.9% Pb, 0.9% Zn, including 4.1 m @ 517 gpt Ag, 1.32 gpt Au, 7.6% Pb, 5.7% Zn; 68.1 m @ 117 gpt Ag, 1.96 gpt Au, 1.7% Pb, 1.1% Zn, including 34.7 m @ 200 gpt Ag, 3.04 gpt Au, 2.9% Pb, 1.6% Zn, including 3.7 m @ 512 gpt Ag, 21.52 gpt Au, 6.9% Pb, 0.2% Zn; 11.5 m @ 284 gpt Ag, 0.88 gpt Au, 4.1% Pb, 2.8% Zn; In hole 296, 47.1 m @ 71 gpt Ag, 0.45 gpt Au, 1.0% Pb, 1.2% Zn; 61.6 m @ 42 gpt Ag, 0.39 gpt Au, 0.6% Pb, 0.4% Zn; in hole 294, 94.3 m @ 47 gpt Ag, 0.27 gpt Au, 0.7% Pb, 0.6% Zn; 10.8 m @ 93 gpt Ag, 0.46 gpt Au, 1.3% Pb, 1.2% Zn; in hole 293, 59.9 m @ 37 gpt Ag, 0.06 gpt Au, 0.9% Pb, 1.5% Zn; 4.3 m @ 111 gpt Ag, 0.10 gpt Au, 2.2% Pb, 2.9% Zn. “Discovery believes that definition of these veins has the potential to significantly enhance the high-grade component of the deposit”.
  • Azure Minerals Ltd. recommenced reverse circulation drilling (RC) at its Alacrán project in Sonora. The program is aimed at resource expansion of the Loma Bonita deposit, which currently extends for 600 m, and is up to 200 m in width and up to 100 m in depth. Early drilling is located east of two holes that intersected 47.2 m @ 2.79 gpt Au, 33, gpt Ag and 67.1 m @ 1.56 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag. Drilling is also planned on Cerro San Simon, where previous drilling has intercepted up to 29.6 m @ 0.56 gpt Au, 27 gpt Ag; 12.6 m @ 0.37 gpt Au, 8 gpt Ag; 63.0 m @ 0.47 gpt Au, 27 gpt Ag.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Goldplay Exploration Ltd. entered into a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) with First Majestic Silver Corp. to acquire the 8,514 ha Plomosas silver project in Sinaloa. The terms of the transaction are expected to include a $100 K cash payment to First Majestic and a 2% NSR royalty to First Majestic, with 1% of the NSR subject to a buyback option for $1 M, and the issuance of 19.9% of the total issued common shares of Goldplay. In December 2019 Goldplay announced another LOI with Mako Mining Corp. on a significant land position in the region (San Marcial, Sinaloa).
  • Goldplay Exploration Ltd. announced name change to GR Silver Mining Ltd., effective January 13, 2020 (San Marcial, Sinaloa).
  • Oroco Resource Corp. registered at the Public Registry of Mining (Registro Público de Minería) the transfer of the seven core concessions of the Santo Tomás copper porphyry project to Xochipala Gold, S.A. de C.V., which is now the registered holder of 100% interest on these concessions. Oroco “holds an irrevocable option to acquire, via the ownership of Altamura Copper Corp., a net 56.7% interest in the collective 1,172.9 ha seven core concessions of the Santo Tomás Project in NW Mexico, and may increase that majority interest up to a net 81.0% interest with project investment of up to CAD$30 million”. The company also holds a 77.5% interest in 7,807.9 ha of mining concessions surrounding the previously mentioned core claims.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Peñoles open to support the reactivation of agriculture in Naica, directly cooperating with the Naica ejido (communal land) by providing the pumping equipment and its maintenance. The water is to be extracted from the Naica mine, in care and maintenance for the last five years.
  • Peñoles organizes a robot building contest (FIRST robotics competition), supporting more than 1,500 students. The event is to take place in the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, on the Torreon Campus.
  • Endeavour Silver summarized its sustainability work for 2019, which includes: 1) Guanacevi, Bolañitos and El Cubo received the annual “Socially Responsible Company” distinction from CEMEFI (Mexican Philanthropy Center); 2) Ceased operations at the El Cubo Mine in a collaborative manner with the employees, provided a social plan to mitigate risks and addressed community concerns resulting from the suspension of mining operations. 3) Made community donations including a recreational sports facility at El Cubo and partnered with the local Municipal Government to open a cultural community center at Bolañitos. 4) Carried out a Social Impact Study at Parral to identify and address important issues to the local community. 5) Continued to engage with the surrounding communities of the Terronera Project including San Sebastian Del Oeste, San Felipe De Hijar, and Santiago De Pinos, and hosted multiple events and programs during 2019 to which over 1,000 locals attended. 6) Invested in its scholarship program at Guanacevi, Bolañitos and El Cubo, benefitting over 100 students from high school and university levels. 7) The Company planted 52,000 trees to reclaim disturbed ground at all its mines and projects.

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On the image below: sheeted quartz veining in an orogenic gold system of Oaxaca. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

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During the 52nd week of the year (December 23rd to December 29th, 2019), at least 11 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Alamos Gold announced the Esperanza mine in Morelos is to be converted into a touristic attraction once decommissioned. In response to federal government criticism on the daily presidential conference, Grupo Mexico stated it dealt in due time and form with the 2014 leak on the Sonora river. The San Pedro mine decommissioning in San Luis Potosi has erected into a benchmark for the industry. Camimex corrected the federal government statement on how much terrain is concessioned for mining, from 113.8 million hectares (government) to 20.97 million hectares (corrected figure). ON EXPLORATION, Advance Gold informed on the mineralization intersected by the first hole into a chargeability anomaly at the Tabasqueña project in Zacatecas. ON MINING, No relevant news. ON FINANCING, Goldplay issued shares for $48 K to a drilling contractor for services provided.   ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Consolidated Zinc recommenced definition drilling at its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Dyna Resources announced a favorable final ruling on its legal battle with Goldgroup, which establishes its ownership of the San Jose de Gracia project in Sinaloa. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. Minera Media Luna formalized the delivery of infrastructure works for US$100 K in Cocula, Guerrero. Minera Peñasquito realized a Christmas party on a primary school in Mazapil, Zacatecas.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Esperanza Silver de México (Alamos Gold), which is developing the Esperanza project in Morelos, announced that once the project accomplishes its mine life it is going to be turned into a thematic park touristic attraction run by local inhabitants. Other touristic sites on former mines highlighted in the news release include the Mineral de Rayas, Mina el Nopal and Mina La Valenciana in Guanajuato.
  • Grupo México announced that it dealt in due time with the 2014 leak on the Rio Sonora. The announcement was made as response to the remarks made by the head of the Health Secretariat in the morning presidential conference on Monday 23 of December, conference in which he said that Grupo Mexico did not comply with its responsibility towards the region inhabitants. The company stated that the leak of an acidified solution from the Buenavista del Cobre tailings dam was treated strictly under all applicable law, and the operation of the Fideicomiso Río Sonora, under the instructions and supervision of Semarant, Profepa and Cofepris. It was added that there is no scientific proof tying health or environmental damages in the region, with water quality measurements even lower than those made ten or more years before the incident.
  • The decommissioning of the San Pedro mine in San Luis Potosí by Minera San Xavier has constituted itself into a national and international benchmark on its merits. The Plan Integral, Participativo e Incluyente de Cierre de Mina (Mine Closure Integral Plan) sticks to all regulations by PROFEPA and SEMARNAT. The Mine closure plan is compliant with the instructions of other international regulators, like the EPA in Nevada and California, and as well as the NOM-155-SEMARNAT-2007 that established the environmental protection norms for gold and silver leaching systems.
  • Camimex informed on a document called “Mitos y Realidades de la Minería” (Myths and Realities of Mining) that 25,221 current mining concessions cover 20 million 970 thousand hectares, or 11% of the Mexican territory. This is contrasted against the Economy Secretariat information presented on one of the Mexican president daily morning conferences, where it was stated that the ground under mining concessions reached 113.8 million hectares between 1998 and 2018. The president said that the granting of concessions is to be halted because the terrain already granted would suffice for thousands of years of work, also assuring that no mining concessions are to be cancelled and that all mining has to be done respecting the environment. According to Camimex there are 596 exploration projects with foreign capital, 99 in production, 50 in development, 439 under review and five in closure. It was also highlighted that 182 protected areas that represent 90.8 million hectares where no mining projects can be developed.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Advance Gold Corp. informed on the first hole drilled at a big chargeability anomaly at its Tabasqueña project in Zacatecas. An interval of 78 m of disseminated to massive sulfides associated with quartz was intercepted starting at 226 m of depth, and a second interval of 10 m of quartz veins with disseminated sulfides on the hosting andesites at 405 m of depth. .

ON MINING

  • No Relevant News.

ON FINANCING

  • Goldplay Exploration Ltd. made a final issuance of shares to a drilling contractor engaged under the shares for services previously announced on May 2019, for services valued at $48 K (San Marcial, Sinaloa).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Consolidated Zinc Ltd. announced that exploration and delineation drilling has recommenced at its Plomosas project in Chihuahua. Six holes are planned to extend the resource down dip and to the south, and seven holes for the Tres Amigos resource extension.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Dyna Resources Inc. informed that the 11th Federal Circuit Collegiate Court in Mexico issued a favorable final ruling that denies the Amparo challenge of Goldgroup Resources Inc., the subsidiary of Goldgroup Mining Inc., ruling that is not subject to further appeals. Dyna states the following four points are a consequence of the ruling: 1) The 2015 USD$48.28 M damages award against Goldgroup Resources Inc. is now final; 2) The lien against the shares of Dyna Mexico owned by Goldgroup Resources Inc. is now fully confirmed, final and enforceable; 3) Ownership of the shares of DynaMéxico currently held by Goldgroup Resources (~20%) are subject to the Lien against Goldroup shares; 4) DynaMexico owns 100% of the San José de Gracia project in Sinaloa.  

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Minera Media Luna formalized the delivery of infrastructure works valued at $1.93 M pesos (US$100 K) in Cocula, Guerrero. These investments included the rehabilitation of the Nuevo Balsas water deposit, the construction of a wall in Real de Limón and the rehabilitation of the road between Cocula and Nuevo Balsas.
  • Minera Peñasquito realized a Christmas party on the Ignacio López Rayón primary school in Mazapil, Zacatecas. The “Christmas road” will continue for two more weeks in which toys are to be delivered to children in the communities neighbouring the mine.

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On the image below: San Felipe mine in Baja California. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

Phyllic alteration

By Miguel A Heredia

During the fifty-one week of the year (December 16th to December 22th, 2019), at least 28 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, with nine announcing financial rounds, seven disclosing deals and corporate issues, five discussing social issues, four reporting on resources and developments of their properties, two communicating production and financial results, and one commenting on Mexican issues.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, Mexico mining production showed signs of recovery. ON EXPLORATION, no relevant news. ON MINING, Starcore presented production and financial results for the second quarter ended October31, 2019 from its San Martin mine in Queretaro. Premier provided a year end operations update (Mercedes mine, Sonora).  ON FINANCING, Defiance extended its loan until December 21, 2020 for a balance of $1.2 M (San Acacio project, Zacatecas). Alamos Gold announced renewal of a normal course issuer bid, and an increase of a credit facility from USD $400M to USD $500M (Mulatos mine, Sonora). Orla finalized a credit agreement for USD $125M for the development of its Camino Rojo project in Zacatecas. First Mining closed a non-brokered flow-through equity financing for $2M (San Ricardo project, Sonora).  SilverCrest closed a CAD $92M bought deal financing, including CAD $12M over allotment option exercised in full (Las Chispas project, Sonora). Golden Minerals sold two non-strategies Mexican exploration properties to Industrias Peñoles for $3M. Mexus paid off two loan agreements which were coming due (Santa Elena mine, Sonora). Mithril announced its plan to raise up to A$4.9M by way of an entitlement issue to shareholders (Copalquin project, Durango). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Argonaut presented a positive PFS for its Cerro Del Gallo project in Guanajuato, and increased company´s mineral reserves by 48%. Coeur provided an update on its exploration program at Palmarejo mine in Chihuahua. Azure commenced a 7,000m RC resource expansion drilling at its Loma Bonita deposit in Sonora. Industrias Peñoles commenced extraction and grinding tests at its Capela mine (former Rey de Plata mine) in Teloloapan, Guerrero. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Discovery Metals announced the appointment of its new VP of Corporate Development and Investor Relations (Cordero project, Chihuahua). Equinox Gold and Leagold entered into a definitive agreement to combine in an at-market merge (Los Filos mine, Guerrero). Goldplay entered into a letter of intent agreement with Mako Mining Corp., to acquire 100% of the shares of Marlin Gold Mining Ltd. (San Marcial project, Sinaloa). Oroco presented results from its special annual general meeting for shareholders (Santo Tomás project, Sinaloa). Prize Mining announced the resignation of its CEO and the appointment of its replacement (Manto Negro project, Coahuila).   Mithril entered into an exclusive option agreement to acquire all the issued share capital of Sun Minerals Pty Ltd., which holds an exclusive option to earn up to 100% interest in the high grade Copalquin Au & Ag project in Durango.    ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Zacatecas Mining Cluster held its second Talent Meeting with participation greater than the 30 people who previously registered to participate in the event. Ladies Committee of the AIMMGM and Outlet Minero promoted the environmental education in Zacatecas. Grupo Mexico participated in the conference of preventive culture in San Luis Potosi. Minera Peñasquito held Christmas celebration in Mazapil, Zacatecas. It also informed about the progress of the social programs that the mining company performs in the 25 communities of direct influence.

 ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Mexico mining production, showed signs of recovery, at a time when companies move forward with their efforts to face the problems that hinder operations in a series of large mines. General production increased 1.0% in October compared to the same month last year, led by increases in Pb, Zn, and Ag, according to the INEGI statistics agency. The October increase was largely due to the improvement experienced by three metals. Pb production increased 22.7% to 26.1M Lb, Zn production rose to 12.2% to 78.5M Lb, and Ag production rose to 11.6% to 10.3M Oz. The hike occurs despite a major disruption during October at the Peñasquito mine in Zacatecas, one of Mexico’s largest producers of Au, Ag, Pb, and Zn.

ON EXPLORATION

  • No relevant news.

ON MINING

  • Starcore International Mines Ltd., presented production and financial results for the second quarter ended October 31, 2019 from its San Martin mine in Queretaro. It milled 54,100 tonnes of 1.78 g/t Au and 34 g/t Ag to produce 2,700 Oz Au and 31.1K Oz Ag (3,100 Oz AuEq), at a cash cost of USD $71 per tonne milled or USD $1,259 per Oz AuEq, and AISC of USD $1,527 per Oz AuEq Starcore had Au & Ag sales of CAD $ 5.8M, a loss of CAD $1.1M, or CAD $0.02 per share, and an EBITDA of (CAD $342) for the six months period ended October 31, 2019.
  • Premier Gold Mines Limited, provided a year-end operations update. The company reported that the successful 2019 drill campaign resulted in the discovery of higher-grade zones located near existing mine workings, and plans are emplaced to benefit from them. Also, it plans to enter in identified near-mine areas in the Lupita extension and Marianas in order to multiple the numbers of headings and stopes, allowing for more flexibility and increased production. At the end of Q3, 2019, year-to-date mine production totaled 47.6K Oz Au and 146.5K Oz Ag, with total co-product cash costs of $973 per Oz Au and co-product AISC of $1,226 per Oz Au.

ON FINANCING

  • Defiance Silver Corp, announced that it has extended the loan for an additional year until December 21, 2020, with a reduction of $500K. The balance on extension is $1.2M at a rate of 10% per year (San Acacio project, Zacatecas).
  • Alamos Gold Inc., announced its intention to make a normal course issuer bid permitting Alamos to purchase for cancellation up to 28.7M class A common shares, representing 10% of the company´s public float of the common shares as of December 11, 2019, being 287.3M common shares issued and outstanding. The price for any repurchased common shares will be the prevailing market price at the time of the purchase. All common shares purchased by Alamos will be cancelled. In addition, the company increased the size of a credit facility from USD $400M to USD $500M on more favourable terms. “The increase in our facility on more attractive terms is a reflection of the increased scale of Alamos as well as our strong operating and financial outlook. Combined with our existing cash, this further strengthens our financial flexibility with no debt and nearly US$700 million of available liquidity,” said Jamie Porter, Chief Financial Officer (Mulatos mine, Sonora).
  • Orla Mining Ltd., finalized a credit agreement for USD $125M for the development of its Camino Rojo project in Zacatecas. The credit comprises three tranches: an initial tranche for USD $25 M once the agreement is closed and two subsequent tranches for USD $50M each available once Orla satisfies certain conditions, including the receipt of key permits required for the development of Camino Rojo. After the closing of the credit facility, the board of directors has approved the start of construction spending at Camino Rojo, allowing the continuation of detailed engineering and the ordering of long lead items, such as the crushing system. Commencement of project construction has also been approved, subject to receipt of all required permits. By the way, SEMARNAT has granted to Orla the approval of the change of land use permit, one of the two key permits required for the development of its project.
  • First Mining Gold Corp., closed a non-brokered flow-through equity financing for $2M. Gross proceeds will be used to fund exploration programs of their mining properties (San Ricardo project, Sonora).
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., closed a CAD $92M bought deal financing, including CAD $12M over allotment option exercised in full. Gross proceeds will be used to continue the exploration and development of its Las Chispas project in Sonora.
  • Golden Minerals Company, sold two non-strategies Mexican exploration properties to Industrias Peñoles for $3M. The Mogotes and Pistachon properties are located near the Velardeña mine in Durango. None of the claims contain any identified mineral resources. The cash received will be used to advance key exploration projects in Mexico and Nevada.
  • Mexus Gold US, paid off two loan agreement which were coming due. The company does not have the funds to hire additional crew to run all aspects of the mine continuously, so it is seeking the necessary funds by selling a portion of its non-producing properties, selling equipment not needed at the mine site, and/or funding from its shareholder base. It also is considering selling a small royal interest in its Santa Elena mine in Sonora.
  • Mithril Resources Ltd., announced its plan to raise up to A$4.9M by way of an entitlement issue to shareholders. Net proceeds will be used to complete a drilling program at Copalquin project, Durango, and to continue work on the company´s existing projects.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Argonaut Gold Inc., presented a positive PFS for its Cerro Del Gallo project in Guanajuato. It increased company´s mineral reserves by 48%, and measured and indicated Au mineral resources by 36%. The project has 91,754,000 tonnes of 0.56 g/t Au, 13 g/t Ag, and 0.09% Cu to contain a total of 1.64M Oz Au, 39.1M Oz Ag, and 192.15M Lb Cu. Metallurgical recoveries are 60%, 53%, and 43% respectively. Cerro Del Gallo is a low-cost asset, with estimated cash cost of $597 per Oz Au sold and AISC of $677 per Oz Au sold. The project has an after-tax internal rate of return of $20% and a NPV at a 5% discount rate of $175M, assuming metal prices of $1,350 for Oz Au and $16.75 for Oz Ag. Argonaut plans to produce as an average 64K Oz Au, 1.3M Oz Ag, and 5.4M Lb Cu per year, and has estimated a life of mine of 15.5 years.
  • Coeur Mining Inc., provided an update on its exploration program carried out at its Palmarejo mine in Chihuahua, which has been focused on resource expansion drilling. Highlights from the 2019 drilling campaign at Palmarejo includes positive infill results at the western and southern portions of the Guadalupe mine complex, including hole DC3-ZPA-0010 with 12.8 g/t Au and 1,047 g/t Ag over 5.7m; new resource expansion intercepts from the northern portion of the Independencia mine complex, including hole VIDH-120, with 1.5 g/t Au and 179 g/t Ag over 9.3m; and new resource expansion intercepts from the northeastern most portion of the Independencia mine complex, with hole BVDH-039 with 1.1 g/t Au and 165 g(/t Ag over 5m. “Coeur’s geologic team also expanded its footprint in the district by mapping and sampling exposures of new veins southwest and northeast of the two underground mining complexes as well as new veins west and east of the legacy open pit mine. Coeur expects to seek drill permits for several new areas in 2020 based on positive surface trace-element geochemistry and alteration results”.
  • Azure Minerals Limited, commenced a 7,000m RC resource expansion drilling program at its Loma Bonita deposit in Sonora, where a channel sampling in a road returned 3.6 g/t Au over 35.5m. Alacran project includes Mesa de Plata and Loma Bonita deposits. Initial focus is on growing the Alacran Au & Ag resource of 32.2M Oz Ag and 150K Oz Au. Loma Bonita deposit is open for expansion in most directions with good drill intersections of Au including hole MDPC-131 with 2.8 g/t Au and 33 g/t Ag over 47m; hole MDPC-096 with 1.6 g/t Au and 21 g/t Ag over 67m; and hole MDPC-102 with 1.1 g/t Au and 89 g/t Ag over 44m. In addition, Azure is continuing to undertake reconnaissance and follow-up work throughout the Alacran project where first pass surface sampling of historical dumps returned high grades of Au-Ag and base metals with maximum values of 24.1 g/t Au, 3,675 g/t Ag, 33.5% Pb, 21% Zn, and 2.3% Cu.
  • Industrias Peñoles S.A.B.de C.V., commenced extraction and grinding tests at its Capela mine (former Rey de Plata mine) in Teloloapan, Guerrero. Capela mine is expected to begin operations in 2020 with a daily production of 4,500 tonnes per day. According to the general director of Industrias Peñoles, Fernando Alanís Ortega, the mine located in Teloloapan required an investment of USD $340M.

 ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Discovery Metals Corp., announced the appointment of its new VP of Corporate Development and Investor Relations (Cordero project, Chihuahua).
  • Equinox Gold Corp., and Leagold Mining Corporation, entered into a definitive agreement to combine in an at-market merge, creating one of the top Au producing companies operating entirely in the Americas. The combined entity will continue as Equinox Gold. “Pursuant to the Transaction, Leagold shareholders will receive 0.331 of an Equinox Gold share for each Leagold share held (the “Exchange Ratio”). This implies at-market consideration of C$2.70 per Leagold common share, using closing prices for both Equinox Gold and Leagold common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange on December 13, 2019. At closing, existing Equinox Gold and Leagold shareholders will own approximately 55% and 45% of the merged company, respectively, on an issued share basis”. (Los Filos mine, Guerrero).
  • Goldplay Exploration Ltd., entered into a letter of intent (LOI) agreement with Mako Mining Corp. to acquire 100% of the shares of Marlin Gold Mining Ltd. (San Marcial project, Sinaloa). Marlin owns, amongst other assets, Oro Gold de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. , a Mexican company that owns the La Trinidad mine facilities, currently being decommissioned. Oro Gold also controls 100% of nine concessions totaling 104,094.5 ha located adjacent to Goldplay’s existing portfolio in the historic Rosario gold-silver Mining District, Sinaloa, Mexico. “Under the LOI, upon payment of $50K by Goldplay to Mako the parties have agreed to a binding exclusivity and non-solicitation period from the signing of the LOI until December 31, 2020, or such later date as the parties may agree, which is binding on the parties. Exclusivity will otherwise terminate on the early of the completion of the proposed acquisition or earlier termination of the LOI or the definitive agreement, as the case may be”. The terms of the transaction are subject to negotiation and will include a nominal cash payment to Mako and the issuance of a small NSR royalty to Mako on the concessions currently owned by Oro Gold. Goldplay will assume all remaining tax liabilities of Oro Gold.
  • Oroco Resource Corp., presented results from its special annual general meeting of shareholders (Santo Tomás project, Sinaloa).
  • Prize Mining Corporation, announced the resignation of its former CEO and the appointment of the new CEO (Manto Negro project, Coahuila).
  • Mithril Resources Limited, entered into an exclusive option agreement to acquire all the issued share capital of Sun Minerals Pty Ltd., which holds an exclusive option to earn up to 100% interest in the high grade Copalquin Au & Ag project in Durango. Copalquin contains 32 known historic Au and Ag underground mines including the La Soledad and El Refugio mines. Historic drilling highlights project’s exploration potential with multiple high-grade drill intercepts including hole UC-03 at el Cometa mine with 45.16 g/t Au and 118 g/t Ag over 17.77m; hole UC-024 at El Refugio mine with 6.54 g/t Au and 140 g/t Ag over 7.9m; and hole MP-07-101 with 28.99 g/t Au and 2,350 g/t Ag over 4.53m.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • The Zacatecas Mining Cluster (CLUSMING), held its second Talent Meeting with participation greater than the 30 people who previously registered to participate in the event. The goal of the Talent Meeting is to identify personnel with the skills and attitudes necessary for certain companies in the mining industry (mines and suppliers or contractors), and be part of a talent group that can be subsequently hired by companies, according to their profiles.
  • The Ladies Committee of AIMMGM and Outlet Minero, promoted the environmental education in Zacatecas. Attendees gave a brief talk to the groups about culture for sustainable development, highlighting the importance of carrying out actions such as recycling and reusing objects to make new creations at school and at home. Likewise, about the importance of mining and its presence in objects such as pencils, benches, blackboards, among others, that makes everyday life possible. In this context, the Outlet Minero team organized a Christmas tree contest made with recycling and reused material.
  • Grupo Mexico, promoted preventive measures against hydro metereologic phenomena in San Luis Potosi during the conference of preventive culture. Some emergency brigade collaborated in the event with five members, who gave prevention talks with the community of San Luis Potosí and made a demonstration with a fire truck and own safety equipment. SEMARNAT, Civil Protection, and San Luis Potosi Fire Department participated in this conference of preventive measures.
  • Minera Peñasquito, held Christmas celebration in Mazapil, Zacatecas, where the company distributed thousand of toys in 25 communities belonging to the mine´s area of influence. “Minera Peñasquito is not just about removing the ore, about removing the Au. The responsible mining that we want to do cannot work without working with the community. For us being part of the community is a priority, throughout the year, with social investment, entrepreneurship or infrastructure works. It’s fundamental, “said Nelson Núñez, sustainability manager at Newmont-Goldcorp”.
  • Minera Peñasquito, informed to the community leaders about the progress of the social programs that the mining company performs in the 25 communities of direct influence. Among the programs to be reported, the rehabilitation of houses in Nuevo Peñasco was highlighted in infrastructure, which benefited 22 people from that community, as well as maintenance of roads in Santa Rosa, Cuitláhuac, La Mejorada, Charcos, Cedros y Mesas, as well as the maintenance and operation of wells for human consumption in El Vergel and plants and wells in Mesas, Cedros y Charcos. Regarding social responsibility, the company informed about the project “Together We Left a Legacy” that improves the conditions of educational, social infrastructure and promotes sports. This year furniture was delivered to 17 schools to benefit 1,137 students, as well as Ejidos to benefit 310 people. There was talk of Peñasquito Open Doors, a program that offers guided tours so that members of neighboring communities know about the mining operation. 71 sports academies were also held, supporting 70 teams, with 1,224 beneficiaries where 830 uniforms were delivered. Another important item is the educational scholarships, which grant economic incentives to students from primary to university. There are two types of scholarships: by agreement, which in 2019 allowed the delivery of 411 supports, and scholarships of excellence, which is open call and that this year, benefited 192 students. For the entrepreneurs there is the “Ideas con Valor program”, for the creation and strengthening of micro businesses, which supported 120 families with the participation of 300 people. Through the ‘Local Employment Program”, 765 people from the communities surrounding the operation have been hired, who through specific training were able to develop the capabilities required for the mining operation.

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On the picture above, phyllic alteration in an IOCG project in Jalisco, Mexico. Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

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

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By Jorge Cirett

During the 50th week of the year (December 9th to December 15th, 2019), at least 18 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Bacanora Minerals lithium deposit in Sonora is considered the biggest resource of the metal in the world, according to Francisco Quiroga, Mining sub-secretary. Camimex calls to maintain the competitivity of the mining sector, as it is being threatened by a environmental tax proposal. Newmonts Goldcorp´s Peñasquito mine in Zacatecas is to lift Mexican gold production in 2020, according to BNamericas. Camimex invited the secretary of the environmental agency (SEMARNAT), Victor Manuel Toledo to visit one of the mining units, for him to review what sustainable mining is. He will also be visiting Hermosillo and Ures, meeting with authorities of the municipalities affected by a toxic leak on 2014. ON EXPLORATION, in Chihuahua, Mammoth Resources updated on exploration efforts by partner Centerra at its Tenoriba project; Kootenay Silver released good drilling results on its Columba property. ON MINING, Alamos Gold and Golden Minerals released results for the third quarter 2019. GoGold released results on the year ending in September 2019. ON FINANCING, Advance Gold closed the second tranche of its private placement for gross proceeds of $42 K. Azure Minerals announced the receipt of A$467 K of VAT back taxes (dating to 2016) from the government. Tamino Minerals is planning to become “Pink Current” very soon on the OTC. Odyssey Marine Exploration obtained commitments for up to $4.2 M.   ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Candelaria Mining released results on 15 new holes from the Mirador mine at the Altagracia project in Oaxaca. Pan American Silver announced an initial resource estimate, on the polymetallic  skarn deposit at La Colorada, of 72.5 M tonnes @ 44 gpt Ag, 0.17% Cu, 2.02% Pb, 4.40% Zn, remaining open in most directions, and containing over 100 M Oz Ag. Defiance Silver updated on exploration efforts at its San Acacio project in Zacatecas and at its Tepal project in Michoacán. Prime Mining released surface road cut and trench assays from its Guadalupe de los Reyes project in Sinaloa. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Tamino Minerals has signed a LOI on the Ofelia property, in Sonora. Discovery Metals informed Eric Sprott now owns 21% interest in the company. Newmont Goldcorp announced a deal with the Cedros community on water resources. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. A mining gathering was held in Banamichi, Sonora. The Asociación de Mineros de Sonora celebrated its 40th anniversary. The first “Comité de Desarrollo Regional para las Zonas Mineras” was created in Sonora, to recommend the use of the Mining Fund in certain infrastructure projects in mining areas. Dr. Vagón, Grupo Mexico’s health itinerant clinic was at La Junta, and soon to be moved to the nearby Ciudad Cuauhtémoc, both in Chihuahua. The Consorcio Minero Benito Juárez and the Fundación Bécalos Televisa delivered 120 scholarships to excellency students. A fair was held in Tayoltita, Durango, to bring awareness of the mining work and environment to inhabitants and family members of mine workers. Minera Media Luna is showing a strong support for education in Guerrero, with shcolarships, internships and support to local schools. The Sonora miners association (AMSAC) signed an agreement with the Consejo Regulador del Bacanora, to source agave saplings on its greenhouses to the agave growers. The Mexican gray wolf has left the list of extinct species in the wild, moving to the category of species on extinction risk.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • The lithium deposit in Sonora is the major project of its type in the World, according to Francisco Quiroga, Sub-Secretary of Mining, on an interview by a journalist known country wide. He cautioned on not hurrying up to celebrate, as the lithium still has to be extracted, and be metallurgically separated of the other minerals present in the ore (In this project, unlike other, lithium is contained in a clay). This project is assumed to have 243 M tonnes of lithium, surpassing the Thacker Pass deposit in Nevada, the second lithium deposit, with reserves of 179 M tonnes of lithium. The deposit is co-owned by the English company (not Canadian, as stated in the note) Bacanora Lithium and the Chinese Ganfeng Lithium, and located in the Bacadehuachi municipality (tens of kilometers from the Campo Verde Protected Natural Area and the Chihuahua border).
  • Camimex calls for maintaining the competitivity of the Mining Sector in Sonora. The call was made by Karen Flores, Camimex head, on the first Universitary Mining Gathering held in Banamichi, Sonora. She called for a proposal to tax mining operations on environmental grounds to be repelled. Such tax would transform Sonora in one of the more expensive places to mine, in an industry that is already heavily regulated and taxed. According to the authorities, mining in 2018 provided more than 46 billion pesos (US$2.36 billion) in taxes, 9,000 billion pesos (US$461 M) in rights and more than 4,500 billion pesos (US$230 M) in resources for the Mining Fund.
  • Newmont Goldcorp’s Peñasquito mine in Zacatecas is to lift Mexican gold production in 2020, when production by other big players is to decline. The combined production by the three biggest producers in Mexico, Fresnillo, Newmont Goldcorp, and Alamos Gold should reach 1.59 M Oz Au, above the 1.22 M Oz Au mines in 2019. This is a 30% increment year on year, achievable if the companies reach their mid-point guidelines. According to BNamericas this figure is more than half the 3.15 M Oz Au to be produced by more than 20 companies in Mexico. Fresnillo’s production reached 923 K Oz Au in 2018, expects to produce 885 K Oz in 2019, 785 K Oz in 2021 and 665 K Oz in 2022; the decline motivated by the end of production at the Noche Buena mine and less production at Herradura. Meanwhile, Peñasquito expects to produce 575 K Oz Au in 2020 , and a little bit more in 2021, before production starts to decline due to lower grades. Alamos Gold expects to produce 150 – 160 K Oz Au during 2019 in Mulatos, while the Chanate mine is to produce only 5 K Oz. Minera Frisco and Agnico Eagle have seen their gold production dwindle in 2019, while Torex Gold reached 138 K Oz Au produced during the third quarter, and the company expects to sell 430 K Oz Au this year. Leagold also is to increase production at Los Filos, expecting to double on the 200 K Oz Au forecasted for this year.
  • Camimex invited Victor Manuel Toledo, secretary of the environment and natural resources (SEMARNAT) to visit one of the mining units, for him to review what sustainable mining is. Earlier in the day, in the morning presidential conference, Toledo stated that Semarnat is not against mining: “For Semarnat there is not good or bad mining, revisions have to be on a case by case basis, and confirm through inspection its adherence to norms”.
  • Victor Manuel Toledo, secretary of the environment and natural resources (SEMARNAT) is to be in Hermosillo in December 18th for the presentation of a book on the toxic leakage of 2014, and in Ures to meet with affected parties and authorities of municipalities within the Rio Sonora basin.
  • Alberto Orozco, president of the Sonora Mining Cluster, praised the visit that Victor Manuel Toledo (Environmental Secretary) is to make next week to a mining unit in Sonora. Orozco stressed the presence in Sonora of companies highly involved in the social and economic development of the producing regions in a sustainable manner. He also pointed that the Sonoran mining production is 36% of the national production, contributing with 18% of the State gross domestic product.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Mammoth Resources Corp. updated on exploration efforts at its Tenoriba project, funded by partner Centerrea Gold Inc.. Field logistics have been set, all historical geologic data compiled for Centerra’s review and interpretation and a 3D model is under preparation; all un-assayed core was sent for analysis, and the previous drill program permit is being closed, and a new one is to be prepared. Strong argillic, argillic and minor vuggy silica is present on volcanic rocks on a 4 to 6 Km long belt, with geophysics re-processing pointing to a larger target than previously envisaged, and a new 30 line-Km survey is being planned. A large soil anomaly highlights the eastern part of the corridor. Mammoth is working on community consultation processes with the two ejidos (communal lands) involved.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc. released results from six holes drilled at its Columba project in Chihuahua. Highlighted intervals comprise: 25.85 m @ 200 gpt Ag (including 11.5 m @ 415 gpt Ag, which includes 4.0 m @ 721 gpt Ag, which includes 1.9 m @ 982 gpt Ag) in silicified breccias in proximity to a lithological contact; 6.25 m @ 67 gpt Ag (including 2.09 m @ 172 gpt Ag); 3.0 m @ 314 gpt Ag (including 0.63 m @ 776 gpt Ag); 59.8 m @ 48 gpt Ag (including 9.57 m @ 146 gpt Ag); 6.63 m @ 103 gpt Ag and 1.0 m @ 124 gpt Ag. Several of the intercepts are in quartz veins in rhyolite, as quartz stockworks and as quartz-barite veins.

ON MINING

  • Alamos Gold Inc. released some production figures for 2019, including data on its Mexican production. At Mulatos, in Sonora, during the first nine months of this year 20 K tonnes per day were stacked @ 0.92 gpt Au, with a recovery of 67%, to produce 108 K Oz Au at cash cost $772 and a mine-site AISC of $861. Production from the Mulatos district is expected to total 150-160 K Oz Au in 2020, with ore mined from the Mulatos, El Victor and San Carlos open pits, as well as new production from Cerro Pelon. “A total of $7 million has been budgeted at Mulatos for exploration in 2020 which includes 14,000 m of drilling focused in the Mulatos near-mine, Carricito and La Yaqui Grande areas. A number of regional exploration targets have been identified in 2019 from the property-wide VTEM geophysical survey that was completed in late-2018. A focus of the 2020 regional exploration program will be to further evaluate these targets through systematic mapping, sampling, and ground geophysics”.
  • Golden Minerals Co. released results for the third quarter 2019. During the period Golden reported revenue of $1.9 M related to the lease of Velardeña’s oxide mill and costs of $0.6 M related to the services provided under the terms of the lease, for a net operating margin of $1.3 M. Exploration expenses were $0.9 M, Velardeña care and maintenance $0.4 M, administrative expenses $0.7 M for a total loss of $1.8 M for the quarter. Last October Golden entered into an agreement with Magellan Gold Corp. to sell the company’s option to earn a 100% interest in the Santa Maria and Las Marias exploration properties in Chihuahua. Cash and cash equivalents of $2.9 M by the end of the period.
  • GoGold Resources Inc. announced financial results for the year ending 2019. During the last quarter period the company acquired the Los Ricos project in Jalisco, for share consideration of $5.4 M and cash $4.5 M, of which $3.9 M is payable over three years. During the period the company sold 1 M Oz Ag and 8,752 Oz Ag, produced 1.78 M Oz AgEq, had income of $8.1 M at an AISC of $14.82 per Oz AgEq and cash cost $11.80 per OZ AgEq, a gain of $11.8 M on the sale of the Santa Gertrudis project royalty and has a net working capital of $13.1 M.

ON FINANCING

  • Advance Gold Corp. closed the second and final tranche of the private placement previously announced, for gross proceeds of $42 K (Tabasqueña, Zacatecas).
  • Azure Minerals Ltd. announced that the Mexican tax office has paid this week the amount of MX$6.19 M, approximately A$467 K. This is the interest component from a previous payment, bringing the total received by Azure to A$1.23 M. The payments are the result of the successful resolution of the company’s legal action for the recovery of IVA (the equivalent to GST, or VAT) dating to the 2016 financial year. A fee of 15% is payable to the legal and tax advisors involved (Alacrán, Sonora).
  • Tamino Minerals Inc. is planning to become Pink Current very soon on OTC markets, abiding to OTC disclosure lines. As of the end of September 2019, the company has 370.6 M shares, of which Pedro Villagran holds 138.8 M and Joseph Berry 33 M.
  • Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. obtained commitments for up to $4.2 M in funding in two separate arrangements. A group of existing shareholders is to provide up to $2 M in funding ($539 K already submitted) as advance against a portion of multi-million dollar payment Odyssey expects to receive within the next six months, related to a previously completed ship-wreck project. In addition, “a term sheet has been executed and definitive agreements are being drafted with the group that has already committed up to $6.5 million in non-recourse legal funding for the NAFTA action for up to an additional $2.2 million” (Bay of Ulloa, Baja California Sur).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Gold Resource Corp. released drill results from 15 holes from the Mirador mine area in the Altagracia project in Oaxaca. The Mirador mine is 16 Km NW from the Company’s Aguila project and processing facilities. Highlighted results comprise: 9.21 m @ 0.24 gpt Au, 260 gpt Ag (including 0.73 m @ 0.58 gpt Au, 1,085 gpt Au); 1.38 m @ 4.39 gpt Au, 1,455 gpt Ag; 1.08 m @ 1.81 gpt Au, 2,190 gpt Ag; 5.99 m @ 1.04 gpt Au, 206 gpt Ag (including 1.54 m @ 2.02 gpt Au, 590 gpt Ag); 3.72 m @ 1.44 gpt Au, 910 gpt Ag (including 1.0 m @ 2.84 gpt Au, 2,610 gpt Ag); 2.67 m @ 1.10 gpt Au, 354 gpt Ag.
  • Pan American Silver Corp. announced an initial mineral resource estimate for the large polymetallic deposit discovered in 2018 at La Colorada mine in Zacatecas. The inferred mineral resource is 72.5 M tonnes @ 44 gpt Ag, 0.17% Cu, 2.02% Pb, 4.40% Zn, remaining open in most directions and containing 102 M Oz Ag, 3.2 M tonnes of Zn, 1.5 M tonnes of Pb, and 121 K tonnes of Cu. Most of this mineralization is contained within a larger mineralized skarn 500 m x 600 m, between 600 and 1,700 m of depth. To make the geologic interpretation and resource estimation, 65 drill holes totalling 54,000 m of drilling were utilized.
  • Defiance Silver Corp. updated on exploration efforts to be made at its San Acacio project in Zacatecas. Targeted core re-logging and selective re-assay is on-going and will continue through 2020, while field exploration involves surface geochemistry outside the resource area, systematic underground mapping and sampling and regional targeting are carried out.
  • Defiance Silver Corp. announced OreQuest has been planning an exploration program at Tepal, in Michoacan. The aim is to follow up on high-grade drill results as the 1.42 m @ 25 gpt Au, 565 gpt Ag of last year campaign, which is coincidental with highly anomalous surface geochemistry and an untested chargeability anomaly.
  • Prime Mining Corp. released results from surface exploration at it Los Reyes property in Sinaloa. The trenching program has an advance of 25% with highlighted results of 5 m @ 1.0 gpt Au, 11 gpt Ag; 10.5 m @ 2.0 gpt Au, 18 gpt Ag; 16.5 m @ 2.5 gpt Au, 40 gpt Ag; 36.0 m @ 1.84 gpt Au, 13 gpt Ag; 34.5 m @ 4.2 gpt Au, 21 gpt Ag; 13.5 m @ 1.54 gpt Au, 37 gpt Ag in rod cuts, and 9 m @ 0.92 gpt Au, 22 gpt Ag; 4.5 m @ 2.66 gpt Au, 30 gpt Ag; 13.5 m @ 1.42 gpt Au, 49 gpt Ag; 13.5 m @ 1.59 gpt Au, 28 gpt Ag; 7.5 m @ 1.84 gpt Au, 37 gpt Ag; 16.5 m @ 1.04 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag; 15.0 m @ 5.58 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag in trenches. The company is working with the database of 493 historic drill holes to establish a new 43-101 compliant resource (currently holding 380 K and 155 K Oz Au in the indicated and inferred categories respectively).

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Tamino Minerals Inc. informed it has singed a letter of intent (LOI) on the Ofelia property in Sonora. The LOI terms state four years of staged payments totalling US$1 M plus a 2% NSR, and provides a 90-day term for due-diligence work.
  • Discovery Metals Corp. announced that with the conversion of 3.3 M subscription receipts to shares, Mr. Eric Sprott owns now approximately 21% interest in the company (Cordero, Chihuahua).
  • Newmont Goldcorp. announced that the Peñasquito mine and the nearby San Juan Cedros community (one of 25 neighbouring communities) in Zacatecas, agreed to an infrastructure solution for sustainable water availability for the community. The 30-year water agreement includes additional water wells to supplement the 600 K liters per-day reverse osmosis drinking water plant the company built in 2018.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • A Mining Gathering was held in Banamichi, Sonora, with more than 600 attendees, mostly students, with the purpose of letting them know the opportunities for internships and employment in mining units. Among the attendees were also governors of mining states, the ambassadors of mining countries, Congress representatives, Union leaders, 14 majors and representatives for mining companies, mining associations and mining communities.
  • The Asociación de Mineros de Sonora (Sonora’s Miners Association, or AMSAC) celebrated its 40th The celebration included a series of presentations and a formal dinner. Among the speakers were Francisco Quiroga (Mining Sub-secretary), Karen Flores (Camimex), Ernesto [Ríos (Americas Mining) and Lourdes McPherson (Argonaut Gold).
  • The first “Comité de Desarrollo Regional para las Zona Mineras (Mining Zones Development  Committee) was created in Hermosillo, Sonora. The finality of such committees is to assess and approve investment projects derived from the Mining Fund, incorporating all interest groups. The committee is integrated by:Comite Fondo Minero11The fist session is to be held in February 28, 2020, and the second on August 28, 2020.
  • Dr. Vagón is to be at La Junta, Chihuahua. From the 12 to the 16 of December, 2019. Among the services to be provided are: general consult, dermatology, pediatric care, geriatric care, odontology, chiropractic, physic rehabilitation, optometry, audiometry, mastography, colposcopy, family planning, lab test, diabetics clinic, psychology and nutrition. This itinerant train-mounted clinic has the capacity to Attend 550 persons daily.
  • The Safety, Environment and Social Responsibility Fair San Dimas 2019, was held on December 6 in Tayoltita, Durango. The different departments of the First Majestic mine displayed details on their work on the mining process, in a didactic and entertaining way, to workers, suppliers, municipality and State authorities, as well as their families and local inhabitants. Radio Plata (Silver Radio) was commissioned, the first radio station to be located in the vicinity, is part of the company’s Centro Cultural, where educative, social and cultural activities are to take place.
  • Minera Media Luna is showing a strong support for education in Guerrero. With support from local authorities in Cocula, the Instituto Tecnológico de Iguala, the Universidad Tecnológica Autónoma del Norte de Iguala, the State government, the Instituto Estatal para la Educación de Jóvenes y Adultos de Guerrero and the general population in Cocula, the company has: installed programs for diminishing the educative lag in primary and secondary education; taken 36 students in internships from local universities; supported 86 students through scholarships; invested $500 K pesos along with the Cocula municipality for the hiring of primary education personnel; participated in the Fourth Week of Mining on the Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero…. And several other programs in education not posted here for lack of space.
  • AMSAC, the Sonora Miners Association, signed an agreement with the Consejo Regulador del Bacanora (Regulatory Council for Bacanora, a spirits drink). Under this agreement , several mining companies are to grow the needed agave saplings for the production of Bacanora in their green houses, to be transplanted in the field by the agave growers.
  • Minera Peña Colorada presented the “Ilustred Guide to Wildlife in the Minatitlan Microbasin”, at the Feria Internacional del Libro 2019, in Guadalajara, Jalisco. This work was accomplished with the support of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and the Benemérita Universidad de Puebla.
  • The Mexican gray wolf has left the list of extinct species on the wild, moving to the category of species on extinction risk. This is the result of an international effort among the USA and Mexican governments, with the participation of Grupo Mexico. The declaration comes after 12 liberations and the documentation of 9 successful litters with some 30 puppies on the wild. Grupo Mexico, as well as other mining companies, has an UMA (Environmental Management Unit) that take care and reproduce threatened species.
  • Dr Vagón, Grupo Mexico’s health train, is to be on Ciudad Cuahutémoc, Chihuahua, from December 18 to December 22. The 17 train carriages itinerant clinic has the capacity to attend 600 persons per day, providing for a wide array of services, like diagnostics, ailment prevention, dermatology, odontology, physical rehabilitation, optometry, audiometry, psychology, nutrition, diabetes and chiropractic treatments.

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On the image below: Sheeted quartz veinlets from an orogenic gold project in Oaxaca. Picture by Jorge Cirett

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

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By Miguel A Heredia

During the forty-nine week of the year (December 2nd to December 8th, 2019), at least 31 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, with nine commenting on Mexican issues, six informing on exploration results, four announcing financial rounds, four reporting on resources and developments of their properties, three communicating production and financial results, three disclosing deals and corporate issues and two discussing issues on social responsibility.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, Alejandro Tello, governor of Zacatecas State, obtained MXP $430M from the 2016-2017 Mining Fund for infrastructure work. Mexico´s mining production suffered a sharp decline in September. Fernando Alaniz, president of the Mining Chamber of Mexico (CAMIMEX), demanded for long-term certainty in Mexico for mining investment purposes. Fresnillo plc announced that it will allocate approximately USD $670M in new and sustainable projects.  Grupo Mexico announced an investment of USD $250M in the construction of a wind farm in Nuevo León. A Minister of the Supreme Court of Justice proposed to invalidate the changes applied in 2019 to the Mining Fund. CAMIMEX announced that mining companies claime tax return to have funds to invest. The Under Secretariat of Mining, Francisco Quiroga Fernández, confirmed there is a lithium deposit in Bacadéhuachi, Sonora.  ON EXPLORATION, In Baja California Norte, One World Lithium provided an update on its 4 holes drilling program being conducted at its Salar del Diablo project.  In Sonora, Colibri announced results from 100 samples collected at its Evelyn project. In Chihuahua, Radius and its JV partner Pan American Silver released results from the phase 3 drilling program at its Amalia project, and Valterra refined drill targeting on its Los Reyes project. In Jalisco, GoGold released drill results from eight holes collared at its Los Ricos project. In Oaxaca, Megastar identified multiple high potential epithermal targets at its Magdalena project. ON MINING, Santacruz reported Q3, 2019 production and financial results (Veta Grande, Zacatecas).  Alio Gold announced production and cost guidance for 2020. (San Francisco mine, Sonora). Consolidated Zinc advised that mining of its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua will be managed and operated by the company. ON FINANCING, San Marco revised its non-brokered flow through private placement on October9, 2019 (Chunibas project, Sonora). Tocvan Ventures announced that its shares are now listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange with the symbol TV3 (El Pilar project, Sonora). First Mining announced a flow through equity financing for gross proceeds of approximately to $2M (San Ricardo project, Sonora). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Capstone reported that drilling results from its Cozamine mine in Zacatecas returned higher grades and wider intercepts than in current reserves. Starcore presented its updated NI 43-101 mineral reserves and resources at its San Martin mine in Queretaro. US Antimony provided an update on its Puerto Blanco mill in Guanajuato for its Los Juarez Au-Ag and Sb deposit in Querétaro. Mexus Gold announced that its new 500GPM Merrill Crowe Au recovery plant is complete and operational (Santa Elena mine, Sonora). ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, San Marco retained Momentum Public Relations Inc., to assists with strategic business development activities (Chunibas project, Sonora). Argonaut provided an update on its San Antonio project permitting in Baja California Sur.  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Grupo Mexico, through its health and social care program called Dr Vagón, attended nearly 3,000 consultations in Delicias, Chihuahua. Peñoles, through its Community Center, informed about the planned activities to be performed in the coming Christmas season.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Alejandro Tello, governor of Zacatecas State, obtained $430M from the 2016-2017 Mining Fund to be invested in 2010, in 41 infrastructure works in Zacatecas, such as construction and rehabilitation of roads, and sports infrastructure projects, among others.
  • Mexico’s mining production, suffered a sharp decline in September while the industry continue dealing with community relations, security and political challenges. Overall production fell 4.7% compared to the same month last year, with Au and Pb among minerals registering double-digit falls. Ag and Cu production fell 2.2% and 1.3%, respectively, with coke, sulfur and fluorite seeing the greatest decreases, 22.3%, 13.2% and 12.7%. Only the production of coal, Zn and non-coking plaster increased, by 7.2%, 2.0% and 1.3%. Part of the fall can be attributed to a blockade at the Peñasquito mine in Newmont Goldcorp, one of Mexico’s largest producers of Au, Ag, Pb, and Zn.
  • Fernando Alanis, president of the Mining Chamber of Mexico (CAMIMEX), demanded for long-term certainty conditions in Mexico for mining investment purposes. The mining sector has invested significant amounts in recent years, with 2012 being the year of greatest investment, which was approximately USD $8,043M. Mining investment has been falling and in 2016 it reached USD $3,752M, and the current year it is believed to have exceeded USD $2,600 M. “Mining is a sector that can generate a lot of investment in places that require many services and support from our entire sector and the only thing we ask is that there be certainty conditions in order to continue generating investment attraction”.
  • Fresnillo plc, announced that it will allocate USD $670 M in new and sustainable project, increasing its investment by 14.5% in 2020. “The capital investment forecast for new 2021 projects is expected to be around USD $475M, while by 2022, USD $415M, ”said Octavio Alvidrez, General Director of the company. By 2020, Fresnillo plans to extract 54M Oz Ag, 8% lower than expected by the end of 2019; while Au would be 857 K Oz. By 2021 the company expects to increase the extraction of Ag by 22%, as they expect to obtain 66 M Oz.
  • Grupo Mexico, reported an investment of USD $250M in the construction of a wind farm in the state of Nuevo León, México. The Fenicias project will have a production capacity of 168 megawatts and will be interconnected with the National Electric System through the construction of a transmission line of more than 60 km in the area of ​​Reynosa, in the state of Tamaulipas. “Grupo México will increase its power generation capacity to almost 800 megawatts, becoming one of the main power generators in the country,” said the company, in the release. The commercial operation of this wind farm is planned to begin in early 2021.
  • Industrias Peñoles S.A.B. de C.V., announced that it continues growing and now there are already 31,500 workers. The General Director of Peñoles, Fernando Alanís Ortega, also confirmed that all of its 2019 production is sold.
  • A Minister of the Supreme Court of Justice, proposed to invalidate the changes applied to the Mining Fund in 2019. The Mining Fund was reformed in the Revenue Law of the Federation of 2019, removing from the states and municipalities the resources raised by the extraordinary right to mining created in 2014. This reform caused 33 controversies, one of the Chihuahua Executive, which is the first on the list, and 32 of municipalities of five states. Until 2018, the collection of mining rights was divided into two exchanges: 22.5% was distributed to all states and Mexico City as a federal share -which in 2018 was MXP $2,605M, and the remaining 77.5 percent was sent to the Mining Fund, which accumulated MXP $11,325M from 2014 to 2017. Municipalities received 62.5% of the Mining Fund for public works premises, which in the case of Chihuahua alone included 330 projects in four years. After the 2019 reform, the money went to the Ministry of Economy (SE) with the idea of ​​applying them for the Welfare Tandas, a program of the current government that gives credits to micro entrepreneurs for up to MXP $15K. In 2020, the changes to the Mining Fund will be applied in the Federal Law of Rights, which is where it has existed since its creation. Now, the majority of Morena in Congress determined that 85 % of the money will go to the SEP for the construction of schools, 10% to the federal government for other works, and 5% to the SE to supervise the mining activity, without funds being provided for local governments of mining areas, nor to distribute funds to its entities.
  • The Mining Chamber of Mexico (CAMIMEX), said that companies in the mining sector are claiming the return of taxes to maintain their cash flow and have funds to carry out new investment projects. In a statement, CAMIMEX said that, being highly exporting companies, they always get a balance in favor when they file their returns with the Tax Administration Service (SAT).
  • The Under Secretariat of Mining, Francisco Quiroga Fernández, confirmed the existence of a lithium deposit in Bacadéhuachi, Sonora, which will begin production in 2022. Sonora is the main mining state in the country and with the discovery of this site reinvents itself, since in the world there is a race to develop lithium and now the state is within that future.

ON EXPLORATION

  • One World Lithium Inc., provided an update on its 4 holes drilling program being conducted at its Salar del Diablo project in Baja California Norte. To date, hole DDH-1 has been collared to a depth of 650m, and hole DDH-2 has reached 590m with a planned depth of 650m. Hole 3 will commence soon at a location where there is evidence of historic and currently hydrothermal activity, which can be a source of lithium. Depending on the hole DDH-3 results, a fourth hole will be drilled to complete the planned drilling program.
  • Colibri Resource Corporation, announced results from 100 samples collected at its Evelyn project in Sonora. Of the samples taken, 30 returned >0.1 g/t Au, 24 returned > 0.2 g/t Au and 12 returned > 0.75 g/t Au. With the recent mapping and sampling program conducted at the Evelyn project, the compnay has identified two separate NW corridors with favourable structures containing Au: Cerro Rojo and El Sahuaro areas. Rock-chip sampling from these areas have returned encouraging values ranging from 0.5 up to 73.4 g/t Au and correspond with anomalous Au soil samples taken previously. Colibri is planning to conduct a 1,000m drilling program to test these target areas.
  • Radius Gold Inc., and its JV partner Pan American Silver Corp., released results from the first 2 diamond drillholes of the phase 3 drilling program at its Amalia project. Hole AMDD19-016 encountered 1.53 g/t Au and 41 g/t Ag over 120m (75m of true width), related to disseminated fine black sulphides and sulphide veining in ignimbrite rhyolites and transitioning to intense silicification, stockwork veining, and breccias. Hole AMDD19-17, was collared 100m north of hole AMDD19-016 and intersected with anomalous values up to 2.26 g/t Au and 23 g/t Ag over a section of 30m wide silicified fault breccia, but no potentially economic mineralization was encountered. Drilling is ongoing at Amalia project, and results will be released upon they become available.
  • Valterra Resource Corporation, refined drill targeting on its Los Reyes Cu-Au project in Chihuahua, using the recently completed surface sampling along an 800m strike length of a Cu-Au skarn and a 4.8 line km 2D/3D DCIP geophysical program. 22 out of 28 samples returned Cu values > 1% at an average grade of 3.1% Cu and up to 5.9% Cu. The anomalous samples returned up to 0.57 g/t Au, 25 g/t Ag, 0.47% Mo, and 1.7% Zn. The geophysical survey identified a strong conductivity anomaly along the intrusive contact which projects more than 400m through four of the five main areas of historic old workings and defines the main target for test drilling. Conductivity and chargeability anomalies were also identified in all the survey lines and are spatially associated or adjacent to areas of known historical surface mineralization. “The Company is initially targeting a 5-10M tonnes, shallow high grade Cu-Au resource localized along the strike length of the exposed skarn zone. Further work will examine the deeper potential of the mineralizing system including a potential Porphyry Cu-Au source for the shallow high-grade mineralization.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., released drill results from the last eight holes collared at its Los Ricos project in Jalisco, of which four were drilled in San Juan Area, two in the Main Area, and two along the south edge of the Main Area. Highlights of the holes collared in the San Juan Area include hole LRGG-19-073 with 1.12 g/t Au and 117 g/t Ag (2.67 g/t AuEq or 200 g/t AgEq) over 33.5m, including 3.01 g/t Au and 184 g/t Ag (5.47 g/t AuEq or 410 g/t AgEq) over 9.5m, and including 1.81 g/t Au and 291 g/t Ag (5.70 g/t AuEq or 427 g/t AgEq) over 3.0m; hole LRGG-19-76 with 0.73 g/t Au and 123 g/t Ag (2.38 g/t AuEq or 178 g/t AgEq) over 38.5m, including 1.70 g/t Au and 260 g/t Ag (5.17 g/t AuEq or 387 g/t AgEq) over 5.8m, and including 1.58 g/t Au and 220 g/t Ag (4.51 g/t AuEq or 338 g/t AgEq) over 6.0m; and hole LRGG-19-77 with 1.03 g/t Au and 94 g/t Ag (2.29 g/t AuEq and 172 g/t AgEq) over 26.0m, including 4.28 g/t Au and 241 g/t Ag (7.49 g/t AuEq or 562 g/t AgEq) over 4.3m. In the Main Area, hole LRGG-19-065 encountered 0.23 g/t Au and 84 g/t Ag (1.35 g/t AuEq or 101 g/t AgEq) over 13.1m, including 0.50 g/t Au and 155 g/t Ag (2.57 g/t AuEq or 192 g/t AgEq) over 5.4m. To date, GoGold has completed 90 diamond drill holes totaling 15,140m.
  • Megastar Development Corp., identified multiple potential epithermal targets at its Magdalena project in Oaxaca. During the first mapping and sampling exploration campaign conducted at the property, 277 rock chip samples were taken and the geologist found characteristics of a significant epithermal system with 59 rock samples returning above 0.2 g/t Au, 24 samples returning above 0.5 g/t Au, 12 samples returning above 1 g/t Au, and 2 samples returning above 3 g/t Au. “Strong epithermal alteration is found along a minimum 1.7 km long E-W structural trend that shows sheeted quartz vein sets and silicification in conjugate NNW to NNE-NE structural sets. The setting is the eastern structural margin of a caldera where it intersects a prominent regional E-W structural trend. Approximately 4,100 square meters of silicified bladed calcite textures have been mapped within a larger area of strong and sheeted quartz veining. This main zone, along with other prominent outliers, constitutes easy-to-access and drill-ready targets”.

ON MINING

  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd., reported Q3, 2019 production and financial results from its operations. At Zimapan mine, Hidalgo, the company milled 82,242 tonnes to produce 606.6K Oz AgEq at cash cost of $41.89 per ton, or $16.32 per Oz AgEq produced, and an AISC of $18.56 per Oz AgEq produced. At Veta Grande mine, Zacatecas, it milled 43,999 tonnes to produce 214.3K Oz AgEq at a cash cost of $47.67 per tonne or $19.79 per Oz AgEq produced, an AISC of $26.77 per Oz AgEq produced. At El Rosario mine, San Luis Potosi, Santa Cruz milled 22,048 tonnes to produce 132K Oz AgEq, at cash cost of $82.10 per tonne or $27.96 per Oz AgEq produced, and an AISC of $38.63 per Oz AgEq produced. Consolidated numbers for its mining operations were 148,289 tonnes milled to produce 952.8K Oz AgEq, at cash cost of $49.58 per tonne or $18.52 per Oz AgEq produced, and an AISC of $22.83 per Oz AgEq produced. Consolidated mining operations generated a gross profit of $102 including gross profit from Zimapan of $992, and gross losses from Rosario and Veta Grande of $672 and $511 respectively plus mine services gross profit of $293.
  • Alio Gold Inc., announced production and cost guidance for 2020. It expects to produce between 12K-15K Oz Au at cash cost of USD $1,700-$1,800 per Oz.
  • Consolidated Zinc Limited, terminated its mining contractor and advised that mining of its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua will be managed and operated by the company in order to significantly reduce its mining cost. “The Company is confident it can deliver improved performance from the mine before the end of December. During this short transition period processing ore and concentrate from existing stockpiles will continue to provide revenue”.

ON FINANCING

  • San Marco Resources Inc., revised it non-brokered flow through private placement announced on October 9, 2019 It now consists of 266,667 shares at a price of $0.15 each (Chunibas project, Sonora).
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., announced a bought deal financing for aggregate gross proceeds of CAD $80M. Net proceeds will be used to continue the exploration and development of its Las Chispas project in Sonora.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp., announced that its shares are now listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FSE) with the symbol TV3. The Company expects that the FSE listing will help increase trading liquidity and facilitate investment in the Company by institutional and retail investors across Europe (El Pilar project, Sonora).
  • First Mining Gold Corp., announced a flow through equity financing for gross proceeds of approximately $2M (San Ricardo project, Sonora).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  •  Capstone Mining Corp., reported that the infill drilling program at its Cozamin mine in Zacatecas returned higher grades and wider intercepts than in current reserves. 20 infill drill holes were collared, bringing the total drilled to date to 138 holes of a 200 holes program. Significant drill interceptions were encountered in hole CG-19-S434 with 2.2% Cu and 44 g/t Ag over a true width (TW) of 20.3m, including 5.28% Cu and 97 g/t Ag over a TW of 5m; hole CG-19-S427 with 4.01% Cu and 67 g/t Ag over a TW of 6.1m; hole CG-19-S429 with 1.49% Cu and 51 g/t Ag over a TW of 18.5m, including 1.92% Cu and 70 g/t Ag over a TW of 5.5m; hole CG-19-S433 with 1.27% Cu and 31 g/t Ag over a TW of 24.6m, including 2.99% Cu and 62 g/t Ag over a TW of 7.1m; hole CG-19-S426 with 3.15% Cu and 58 g/t Ag over a TW of 12.2m, including 6.97% Cu and 121 g/t Ag over a TW of 4.1m; and hole CG-19-S418 with 3.98% Cu and 84 g/t Ag over a TW of 8.4m.
  • Starcore International Mines Ltd., released its updated Ni 43-101 mineral reserves and resources at its San Martin Mine in Queretaro. Total proven and probable mineral reserves and resources as September 30, 2019 are 1,434,308 tons of 2.04 g/t Au and 27 g/t Ag for a total of 109.1K Oz AuEq contained. Total inferred and indicated mineral reserves and resources are 1,713,120 tons of 1.91 g/t Au and 19 g/t Ag for a total of 118.4K Oz AuEq contained. The total of Oz AuEq contained in both categories is 227.5K.
  • US Antimony Corporation, provided an update on its Puerto Blanco mill in Guanajuato for its Los Juarez Au-Ag and Sb deposit in Querétaro. It could be ready for cyanide leach testing by the end of December.
  • Mexus Gold US, announced that its new 500GPM Merrill Crowe Au recovery plant is complete and operational. It is capable of handling 3K tonnes a week mining operation and will allow for future expansion as well.

 ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • San Marco Resources Inc., retained Momentum Public Relations Inc., to assists with strategic business development activities. The agreement with Momentum has a term of 12 months at $8,500 per month (Chunibas project, Sonora).
  • Argonaut Gold Inc., provided an update on its San Antonio project permitting in Baja California Sur. It announced that SEMARNAT issued a ruling to not approve the updated Environmental Impact Assessment (MIA in Spanish), citing that the MIA is non-compatible zoning based on a revised, 2018 zoning plan filed by the Municipality of La Paz. The Company is reviewing all of its options from seeking an amendment to the La Paz 2018 zoning plan based upon the July 2016 supreme court ruling, submitting a revised MIA and legal options.
  • Excellon Resources Inc., provided an update on the ongoing legal action with respect of the La Antigua mining concession included in Excellon´s acquisition of Silver Eagle Mine Inc. in 2009, which includes a portion of the historic mineral resource at Miguel Auza in Zacatecas. Silver Eagle, the Plaintiff, sued Excellon for non-compliance with the agreement and specifically for not operating the Miguel Auza Mine and the Court granted the Plaintiff an award of approximately $23M predominantly in damages for the Miguel Auza mine not being in operation. “Excellon expects this decision to be reversed and rationalized in the federal court system. In the interim, it does not expect any impact on its ongoing business activities”.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Grupo Mexico, through its health and social program called Dr Vagón (the health train), attended nearly 3,000 consultations last week in Delicias, Chihuahua. Specialist of the health train performed 256 mammograms or tests for the detection of breast cancer, Pap smears, and placed the Intra Uterine Device (IUD) in women. Apart from the mastographs and Pap smears, audiometries and vasectomies were performed on men.
  • Industrias Peñoles S.A.B. de C.V., through its Community Center, informed about the planned activities to carry out in the coming Christmas season. Dolores Herrera, coordinator of the center, also announced a proposal for the realization of the Human Development workshop, promoted by the National Association for Personal Improvement AC (ANSPAC), with duration of a year and a half.

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

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

IMG_0788 - copiaBy Jorge Cirett

During the 48th week of the year (November 25th to December 1st, 2019), at least 23 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON MEXICO ISSUES, The Fourth Forum on Community Relations was held in Hermosillo. Steel production in Mexico decreased 3.6% during October, compared with October of last year; Steel production is 7.8% down for the first 10 months of 2019. The Sombrerete mine in Zacatecas might have to halt work, as a court provided a judicial restriction (“amparo”) under which the strike (commanded by Napoleon Gomez Urrutia) that paralyzed operations for more than ten years, is still valid. Mining and Metallurgical production in Mexico fell 4.2% in September. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Silver Viper has commenced a 5,000 m drill program at its La Virginia project; Magna Gold provided an update on exploration at its Mercedes project near Yecora. In Coahuila, Discovery Metals released rock channel results from the Minerva, Monclova and Puerto Rico properties. In Zacatecas, Advance Gold has started drilling a large chargeability anomaly at its Tabaqueña property. ON MINING, Impact Silver and Discovery Metals released financial results for the third quarter 2019. ON FINANCING, Vangold Mining is to close the third tranche of financing for $707.5 K, while delisting from the TSX. San Marco completed a financing round for $448.6 K. McEwen Mining closed its offering for gross proceeds of US$50 M. VVC Exploration paid CA$200.9 K of debts with shares. Goldplay granted 1.37 M stock options to directors, officers and consultants. Vizsla Resources closed the first tranche of financing for gross proceeds of $3.6 M.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Candelaria Mining released results from 20 in-fill holes at Pinos, Zacatecas. Orla Mining expects to initiate open pit operations at Camino Rojo, in Zacatecas, in mid 2021. Peñoles is discussing possibilities to re-open the famous Naica mine, in Chihuahua. Peña Colorada commissioned a new, more sustainable, plant in Minatitlan, Colima. Discovery Metals began re-logging 132,000 m of historic drilling at Cordero, in Chihuahua, along with an airborne magnetic and electromagnetic survey, aiming to produce higher grade zones within the resource and new exploration targets outside it.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Azure Minerals overturned the cancellation of a key mineral concession on its gold-cobalt-copper skarn Sara Alicia project in Sonora. Tocvan Ventures agreed with Colibri Resource the acquisition of the Pilar project in Sonora. Tamino Minerals signed a LOI on the Ofelia project, in Sonora. Discovery Metals released results for the third quarter 2019, period during which the company acquired all shares from Levon, and thus the Cordero project in Chihuahua. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. The Mining Baseball League was created, and the first game between the Nacozari and Caborca teams was held in Nacozari, Sonora. The fifth Caborca Health Fair sponsored by Penmont and the UNAM foundation was held in El Coyote Ejido, providing more than 3,600 specialized services. The Peña Colorada mine commissioned one km of cobble stone road to connect two communities in Jalisco. Orla Mining is working alongside three communities in Zacatecas, aiding in education related programs and water supply. Grupo Mexico has an exhibition at its Casa Grande in Nacozari. Ternium and the IMSS held a Health Fair in Colima. Peñoles had a Health Journey in Teleolapan, Guerrero. The spread of renewable energy production is changing the environmental impacts of mining project worldwide.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • The fourth Foro Minero de Relaciones Comunitarias (Community Relations Mining Forum) was held in Hermosillo on November 22, organized by the Sonora Mining Cluster, with the presence of the State governor, Claudia Pavlovich. Among the personalities present were Francisco Quiroga (Mining Subsecretary), Fernando Alanís (Camimex), Alberto Orozco and Gildardo Montenegro (Sonora Mining Cluster), Elia Tello (USA Consul), Manuel Barbera (from the Australian Embassy) and Alfonso Reyna (Construplan). The event had the presence of 360 attendees, almost twice the expected attendance.
  • On the Fourth “Foro Minero de Relaciones Comunitarias” (Community Relations Mining Forum), Fernando Alanís Ortega, Camimex President, elaborated on how the mining business model has evolved towards co-responsibility, and the advances the mining sector has provided for social development in Mexico. He spoke on behalf of Peñoles and the Camimenx, citing the numerous contributions by the company that generates 32,950 direct jobs and 34,598 indirect jobs, with $29,544 M pesos in salaries in 2018. Among the industry numbers presented are: Total investment on social development in 2018, $253.5 M pesos (US$13.2 M), 176 K beneficiaries, 55.5 K medical consults, $51,871.4 M pesos in salaries, over 500 alliances with ONG’s and governments, Environment investment of $803 M pesos, almost 580 K trees planted, 1,360 scholarships and 55 community centers in 40 localities.
  • Steel production in Mexico saw a decrement of 3.6% in October, accumulating a loss of 7.8% on production in the first 10 months of the year 2019. Worldwide, the reduction reached 2.8%, compared with the production of a year ago. In Mexico, the decrease has been due to poor numbers in construction and the automobile industry, as a result of the current economic stagnation.
  • An “amparo” or judicial restriction was granted to the Sindicatio Nacional de Trabajadores Mineros, Metalúrgicos, Siderúrgicos y similares de la República Mexicana, headed by the Morena senator Napleón Gómez Urrutia. Under the resolution Grupo México should respect the strike on the San Martín de Sombrerete mine in Zacatecas, which was declared in 2007 (Note by GPM.- The mine has been in operation by another union since August of 2018, and this ruling probably means all work is to be halted. Bad news for Sombrerete).
  • The mining and metallurgic production in Mexico fell by 4.2% in September. Among the losers, gold production decreased 22.3%, sulphur 13.2%, 12.7% fluorite, 12% lead, 11.2% gold, 2.2% silver and 1.2% copper. On the other hand, coal production increased by 7.2%, zinc by 2.0% and gypsum by 1.3%

ON EXPLORATION

  • Goldplay Exploration Ltd. Released results on its maiden drill program at the Nava target, within its San Marcial property in Sinaloa. Highlighted results from the first four drill holes comprise 1.00 m @ 354 gpt Ag (including 0.15 m @ 1,377 gpt Ag) in one hole; 0.45 m @ 0.21 gpt Au, 196 gpt Ag; 4.10 m @ 0.38 gpt Au; 0.95 m @ 2.35 gpt Au; 3.75 m @ 0.50 gpt Au; 2.30 m @ 0.42 gpt Au (including 0.10 m @ 8.94 gpt Au); 1.00 m @ 0.74 gpt Au, in other hole, and 0.95 m @ 1.22 gpt Au, 10 gpt Ag in another hole.
  • Silver Viper Minerals Corp. has commenced drilling at its La Virginia project in Sonora. The program envisages 5,000 m of drilling in approximately 20 holes, starting on El Rubi zone, where previous drilling intersected 13.30 m (6.0 m true width) @ 3.16 gpt Au, 228 gpt Ag. The last campaign encountered mineralization over 100 m of strike length, and phase II of drilling is designed to test for the extension on strike and at depth on 50 m sections. The program will continue to probe prospective targets.
  • Advance Gold Corp. has started drilling to test the chargeability anomaly identified on a recent 3D induced polarization survey on its Tabasqueña property in Zacatecas. The chargeability anomaly is 1,000 m long by 500 m in width, remaining open to the north, south and to depth.
  • Magna Gold Corp. provided an update of work on four areas of the Mercedes project in Sonora. Drilling at La Lamosa confirmed oxide mineralization and a follow-up program is being contemplated to test the southeast dip and the extent to the North. At Mina de Oro gold occurs in a silicified dacite intrusive rock on a 330 m by 150 m belt that is still open. Historic workings have returned samples of up to 1.2 m @ 63.2 gpt Au; 1.2 m @ 8.6 gpt Au; 0.3 m @ 11.1 gpt Au. A drill program is planned for 2020 on this target. At Salto Colorado a matrix supported breccia is 300 m long and 60 to 150 m in width, developed in intrusive rocks at the contact with a volcanic rock package. Eight samples in this target are over 1 gpt Au, peaking at 8.52 gpt Au, 460 gpt Ag, 4.0% Pb, 4.2% Cu in a sample from a small working. At La Cueva/Nochebuena a matrix supported breccia 120 m by 80 m has returned up to 0.76 gpt Au, 80 gpt Ag and >1% Cu. The La Cueva breccia is 300 m by 10 to 50 m in width with one sample of 13 above 1 gpt Au.
  • Discovery Metals Corp. released results from channel sampling at Minerva, in Coahuila, where 52 of 78 samples returned values >500 gpt AgEq, averaging 0.6 m @ 710 gpt Ag, 13.1% Zn, 8.8% Pb, 0.2% Cu. At Monclova, in Coahuila, a maiden drill program is being planned along 1.5 km of a contact zone between an intrusive and limestone. At Puerto Rico, in Coahuila, the company is having the land re-designated, and once the process is completed, will submit the drill permit application.

ON MINING

  • Impact Silver Corp. announced financial results for the third quarter 2019. Throughput at the mill in its Minas de Zacualpan unit was 34.95 K tonnes @ 165 gpt Ag to produce 179.5 K Oz Ag, with the greater share of production coming from the Guadalupe mine. EBITDA was $0.3 M and net loss for the quarter $0.2 M, with a cash position of $4.4 M by the end of the period (with a non-brokered private placement for aggregate gross proceeds of $4.95 M).

ON FINANCING

  • Vangold Mining Corp. informed the first tranche of its private placement was closed in March with gross proceeds of $335 K and a finder’s fee of $9.45 K. The second tranche was closed on May, for gross proceeds of $248 K, paying a finder’s fee of $14.25 K and 285 K warrants. Vangold expects to close the third and final tranche of the private placement, for gross proceeds of $707.5 K, with no finder’s fee payable. The company has also entered into debt settlements agreements with two creditors to settle $20.2 K, including $10 K in management fees with an executive officer. Vangold is also to apply for a listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) and delist from the TSXV (Pinguico, Guanajuato).
  • San Marco Resources Inc. completed a financing round for gross proceeds of $448.6 K, paying a 6% finder’s fee in cash ($12.1 K) and 6% finder warrants (Chunibas, Sonora).
  • McEwen Mining Inc. closed its previously announced offering, for gross proceeds of US$50 M (El Gallo, Sinaloa).
  • Discovery Metals Corp. released financial and operating results for the third quarter 2019. During the period the company acquired all shares from Levon (Cordero, Chihuahua) and completed a non-brokered private placement for $9 M. On November 5, Discovery completed a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $19 M. On November 18, the company commenced trading on the OTCQX Best Market in the US. By the end of the period the company had cash and cash equivalents of $9.97 M
  • VVC Exploration Corp. announced that an aggregate of CA$200.9 K of indebtedness was converted into shares and warrants, with two insiders of the company participating in the debt conversion. On October 25 the company closed a private placement for CA$2 M (US$1.5 M) for development of the Kaity property in Chihuahua.
  • Goldplay Exploration Ltd. has granted 1.37 M stock options to directors, officers and consultants of the company, for a term of five years (San Marcial, Sinaloa).
  • Vizsla Resources Corp. closed the first tranche of $3.6 M of the previously announced $4 M private placement. The balance of the offering is expected to closed by December 5, 2019. The company expects to close the previously announced $2 M non-brokered private placement on December 6, 2019. (Panuco-Copala, Sinaloa).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Candelaria Mining Corp. announced in-fill drill results from 20 holes on the Cinco Estrellas vein at the Pinos project in Zacatecas. Highlighted true width (tw) intervals comprise: 2.0 m @ 4.2 gpt Au, 92 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 2.1 gpt Au, 45 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 2.3 gpt Au, 6 gpt Ag; 2.5 m @ 3.7 gpt Au, 62 gpt Ag; 2.9 m @ 3.4 gpt Au, 29 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 6.0 gpt Au, 16 gpt Ag (including 0.4 m @ 12 gpt Au, 21 gpt Ag); 0.7 m @ 3.0 gpt Au, 25 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 3.3 gpt Au, 54 gpt Ag; 1.3 m @ 6.7 gpt Au, 51 gpt Ag (including 0.5 m @ 15.5 gpt Au, 110 gpt Ag); 0.9 m @ 3.1 gpt Au, 91 gpt Ag; 1.1 m @ 4.3 gpt Au, 15 gpt Ag. The weighted true width average is 1.5 m.
  • Orla Mining Ltd. is to initiate open pit operations in June of 2021 on its Camino Rojo property in Zacatecas, according from Camimex sources. The company has already started to work with three local communities inhabited by more than 1,200 persons.
  • Industrias Mineras Peñoles, along with communal farmers (Ejido), the Naica Community in Chihuahua, the municipality authorities and the Subsecretary of Mining are in talks for the reactivation of the Naica mine. Along the agreements is the investment of US$8 M on exploration, and the support of the Subsecretary of Mining for the authorization of the use of the mine waters for agricultural use, and the evaluation of subsidies for the conditioning of irrigation channels. The company offered to provide the equipment and its maintenance, with the ejido taking care of the electricity bills.
  • Peña Colorada commissioned the “Planta de Pastas” on the Centro Industrial Paticajo, in Minatitlan, Colima. The more than 850 M pesos investment (~US$45 M) plant is technologically innovative and conductive to sustainable production.
  • Discovery Metals Corp. begun re-logging of the geology of the 132,000 m of historic drill core at Cordero, Chihuahua, with an actual advance of 50% to date. In September a rig was mobilized, and second one early in November, completing 3,600 m in 11 holes, of the 30,000 to 35,000 m to be completed before the end of 2021. A 5,100 line—km airborne magnetic and electromagnetic survey began in early November, to cover the 35,000 ha property, to define new targets based on the signature of the current resource area.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Alio Gold Inc. informed a settlement agreement has been signed with Maverix Metals Inc. regarding disputed royalty payments at the company’s Florida Canyon mine (San Francisco, Sonora).
  • Azure Minerals Ltd. overturned an historical cancellation of the Sara Alicia II mining concession that adjoins its Sara Alicia property in Sonora, completing the acquisition of the property. This event increases the area held by the company in the area from 9 to 49 hectares. The acquisition was closed with the payment of $80 K to the owners of the concession. The mineralization previously intersected by Azure is related to strong magnetic high, same that continues for more than 300 m into the Sara Alicia II concession.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. signed the agreement to acquire the Pilar project in Sonora, from Colibri Resource Corp.. Tocvan has advanced the first year’s cash payment of $125 K and issued 2 M shares. Tocvan must complete a $2 M of exploration in the property over five years and pay Colibri $275 K over five years in installments of $50 K, $75 K, $75 K, and $75 K on the second, third, fourth and fifth anniversary of the signing, to obtain 51% of interest in the property. To acquire the remaining 49% interest, an additional payment of $2 M must be done to Colibri within 6 months of the fifth anniversary.
  • Tamino Minerals Inc. signed a letter of intention (LOI) on the potential acquisition of the Ofelia project in Sonora. The 19 hectares claim has rock chip samples returning over 1 Oz Au per ton.
  • Discovery Metals Corp. released financial and operating results for the third quarter 2019. During the period the company acquired all shares from Levon (Cordero, Chihuahua)

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • The sub-secretary of Mining, Francisco Quiroga threw the first ball on the Mining Baseball League (recently created to strengthen ties in the mining industry) in the game between the Nacozari (Grupo Mexico) and Caborca (Fresnillo) teams. Grupo Mexico has 16 teams in nine States within the Mining League.
  • The 5th Caborca Health Fair, sponsored by Penmont and the UNAM Foundation, was held on the nearby El Coyote Ejido (community). More than 3,600 specialized services like medical treatments and revisions, with the majority having dental checks and 600 sight checks. The Universidad de Sonora realized 297 blood tests, the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) applied 500 influenza shots and the Secretaría de Salud provided more than five thousand services in 12 service modules, among which were general consultations, reproductive health, prostate, breast and cervical cancer detection.
  • The Peña Colorada mine delivered to the authorities in Cuautitlan de García Barragán in Jalisco, one kilometer of cobble stone road between the Ayotitlan and Las Marías communities, as well as a vehicle to the Municipality DIF (Integral Family Development System). The company is also to provide funds for the development of a water well to service the Cerro Prieto, La Astilla and Las Pesadas communities.
  • Orla Mining Ltd. is working with three communities in the state of Zacatecas, well ahead of its intended start of production on its Camino Rojo property. Among the social responsibility practices by the company is the construction of a building for children of pre-school age, support on water well equipment, and educative programs linked with the “Instituto Zacatecano de Educación para los Adultos” and Summer courses.
  • Casa Grande, in Nacozari, Sonora, is the venue for the “Minerals, the skin our Earth” exhibition sponsored by Grupo Mexico. The company has 16 “Casa Grande” community centers in 11 States, where workshops take place, along with artistic and cultural activities.
  • Ternium’s Health Fair was held in Colima, providing pediatric, geriatric and gynecology medical and optometry services to the population, in coordination with the Health Secretariat of Colima and the local Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS).
  • Industrias Mineras Peñoles. is conducting, in alliance with Fundación UNAM, a Health Journey (Jornada de Salud) in Teleolapan, at the Centro de Salud of Tehuixtla, in Guerrero, near its Capela project.
  • Renewable Energy has a positive influence in the Mining Sector. According to Fitch Solutions, mining companies are aware of the decrement of production costs in renewable energy. Some of the most common energy technologies applied by the sector include wind, solar, bio-diesel, geotermic, hydroelectricity and hydrogen. Currently, 1 GW of renewable energy is generated at mine sites worldwide, and another 1 GW is under construction.

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On the image below: K-Feldspar alteration in metamorphic rocks, from a project in Oaxaca. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

Quartz blade texture in an epithermal vein

By Miguel A Heredia

During the forty-seven week of the year (November 18th to November 24th, 2019), at least 28 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, with seven commenting on Mexican issues, five announcing financial rounds, five discussing issues on social responsibility, four reporting on resources and development of their projects, three communicating production and financial results, three informing on exploration results, and one disclosing deals and corporate issues.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, The president of México, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, hinted restructuring mining regulations.  The director of the Mining Fund of the Secretariat of Economy approved MXP $103.6M to be distributed in seven states. The Under Secretariat of Mining, Francisco Quiroga announced that the Mining Fund will continue being delivered to the Municipalities where it is generated, as it was established in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF). Newmont Goldcorp and Ejidatarios signed an agreement to solve conflict in Peñasquito.  The director of The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Morelos spoke in favor of the construction of a social and cultural development without demerit of mining operations at the Esperanza deposit (Cerro Jumil). The Mexican Government begun the rescue of 63 miners who were trapped in the explosion of the Pasta de Conchos coal mine in February 2006.The plurinominal Senator Napoleón Gómez Urrutia again appeared in the spotlight: various voices asked for his lawlessness to appear before the courts for his responsibility in the Pasta de Conchos tragedy. It also faces great opposition for its initiatives regarding outsourcing. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Colibri received geological mapping study results from its Evelyn project. In Chihuahua, Kootenay reported drill results from the last ten holes drilled at its Columba project. In Jalisco, GoGold released drill results from 10 holes collared at its Los Ricos project. ON MINING, Mexus Gold announced that Au recovery continues at its Santa Elena mine in Sonora. Endeavour announced that mining operations on its El Cubo mine in Guanajuato will cease on November 30, 2019. Consolidated Zinc reported October 2019 production results from its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua.  ON FINANCING, Galore closed its second and final tranche of a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of CAD $92,634, for a total financing of CAD $279,816 (Dos Santos project, Zacatecas). Orex closed a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of CAD $800K (Sandra-Escobar project, Durango). San Marco closed a non-brokered private placement to raise gross proceeds of $448,600 (Chunibas project, Sonora). Vangold provided an update on its private placement and anticipated the closing of a third and final tranche this month for gross proceeds of $707,500 (El Pinguico project, Guanajuato). McEwen announced pricing of USD $50M public offering (El Gallo, Sinaloa). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Premier Gold reported drilling results and announced that it has extended high grade mineralization at its Mercedes mine in Sonora. SilverCrest announced its best drill hole to date at its Las Chispas project in Sonora. Torex Gold extended mineralization down-dip at the Sub-Sill deposit at its Limon-Guajes mine complex in Guerrero. Impact Silver provided and update on its operations at its Zacualpan Mining District, in the State of Mexico, and reported the presence of native Ag at its Guadalupe mine. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Discovery Metals announced that is already trading on the OTXQX Best Market in the USA (Cordero project, Chihuahua).  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, IMMSA donated 60K plants, (40K forest trees and 20K ornamental plants) to the municipal government of San Luis Potosi. Compañía Minera Cuzcatlán (Fortuna Silver) boosted “Access to Education” through a scholarship program. The Red Cross delegation of Torreón, Coahuila recognized Peñoles as a socially responsible company for donations and all the support received every year. Peñasquito launched the program “Together We Leave Legacy”. Ternium allocated USD $60M to sustainable plan in Monterrey.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of México, hinted a possible modification to the mining regulations, deepening the uncertainty that weighs on Mexico´s mining sector. The Camimex (mining industry chamber) has repeatedly expressed concern about possible changes in policies that aim to reduce spending. While mining investment is forecast to USD $5.3B this year, this 7% increase is the smallest since 2016. “It requires a public policy that builds trust among investors,” the chamber said recently.
  • The Secretariat of Economy, through the Director of the Mining Fund approved MXP $103.6M to several states. The mining fund designated MXP $43.2 for Durango, MXP $26.5M for Sonora, MXP $14.9M for Zacatecas, MXP $10.4M for Chihuahua, MXP $5M for Aguascalientes, MXP $2.8M for San Luis Potosi, and MXP $751K for Hidalgo. In addition, informed that approved MXP $10.4M for paving projects, public lighting and a sports field in the Municipalities of Santa Bárbara, Ascensión and San Francisco del Oro, Chihuahua. The director Gómez Leyja listed the different support for responsible mining for the “progress and well-being of the benefited municipalities”. Municipalities and the State of Chihuahua began this year constitutional controversy against the Government of Mexico over the cancellation of the Mining Fund. The federal government has gradually released amounts, although in 2018 there were 300 million pesos distributed among 23 municipalities of Chihuahua
  • The Under Secretariat of Mining, Francisco Quiroga, announced that Mining Fund will continue being delivered to the municipalities where it is generated, as it was established in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF). “The Federative Entities, Municipalities and Demarcations, will be the executing agencies of the federal public resources transferred to them, once the proposed physical investment projects have been approved by the Regional Committee,” dictates article twenty-seventh of the new agreement. This news is a relief for the sector, since a redistribution of the resources of the Fund that sought to allocate capital to educational infrastructure in the country had been approved, depriving communities of the full range of direct benefits that the presence of a mining operation Given this initiative, various voices in the sector asked the President of Mexico not to leave the mining municipalities out, and the Governors of Sonora, Durango, Chihuahua, Zacatecas and Guerrero also joined the lobby. Until 2018, a collection of MXP $ 18,000 M is calculated to integrate the Mining Fund, and this year an estimated amount of MXP $ 3,200M is estimated. One of the premises of the new guidelines of the Mining Fund is that it operates with greater transparency and efficiency. Until 2018, the Fund was operated by the Ministry of Tourism and Urban Development, now the application and administration is in the hands of the Ministry of Economy.
  • Newmont Goldcorp Corporation, signed an agreement with the Mazapil Ejidatarios to solve conflict in Peñasquito. The six agreements conceived in the Ministry of the Interior at the Federal level detail that the Ejidatarios of Cedros and transport contractors agree not to block the mine operation and Newmont Goldcorp commits not to suspend operations and avoid affecting 60K people who depend on mine operation. It also was agreed to install a mechanism for the analysis, discussion and taking of agreements regarding pending issues, such as the shortage of water in the Cedros aquifer, as well as the compensation of the damages of a possible environmental affectation. Other points to consider are the review of the possibility of incorporating a new transport contract under the modality of “individual contracts” for the communities of Mazapil, Cedros, Verjel, and Cerro Gordo, and finally look for the possibility of incorporating more personnel transport routes in local communities.
  • The Director of The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Morelos, spoke in favor of the construction of a social and cultural development without demerit of mining operations at the Esperanza deposit (Cerro Jumil), as long as it is assured by the mining company (Alamos Gold) that there would be no affectations to the historical heritage of that place and having as its center of importance the archaeological zone of Xochicalco. The polygon protection of Xochicalco is clear and defined. However, the Director of INAH acknowledged that the subject is waiting for answers. INAH does not authorize mining projects. INAH is not responsible for reviewing and approving mining projects, which is another area of competence.
  • The Mexican Government, begun the rescue of 63 miners who were trapped in the explosion of the Pasta de Conchos coal mine in Coahuila on February 2006. The Mexican Geological Service, along with a group of experts from Germany, China, USA and Australia, initiated the rescue and the first steps corresponded to “studies of gas, water, soil mechanics that will allow to know well the underground conditions” in the Pasta de Conchos mine.
  • The plurinominal Senator Napoleón Gómez Urrutia again appeared in the spotlight: various voices asked for his lawlessness to appear before the courts for his responsibility in the Pasta de Conchos tragedy. It also faces great opposition for its initiatives regarding outsourcing. The National Democratic Union of Mining, Metallurgical, Steel and Related Workers asked in a statement to reopen the file of Pasta de Conchos to endorse Gómez Urrutia responsibilities, as it is stated, the senator endorsed the conditions of the mine days before the tragedy, so it must be judged for negligence. On the other hand, the TUCONAP, an acronym for “Todos Unidos against Napoleón Gómez Urrutia”, a group that seeks to annul the Senator’s plans to criminalize the labor figure of outsourcing, has emerged. Various labor experts consider that “regularizing” outsourcing (as Urrutia calls it, which in turn coordinates the Senate Labor Commission) would seriously affect investment and jobs in Mexico, in addition to causing severe damage to the country’s economy.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Colibri Resource Corporation, received structural mapping results of a study carried out on its Evelyn project in Sonora. This study was conducted on two main areas named Cerro Rojo and the El Sahuaro, and both display similarities to the structure, mineralization characteristics, and presence of certain indicator minerals found at La Herradura Mine operated by Fresnillo plc, and located about 25km from the Evelyn project. The study identified seven exploration targets for follow-up within these two main areas of Cerro Colorado and El Sahuaro. A total of 93 chips, channel and selective samples were collected and will be reported upon their receipt.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc., reported drill results from the last ten holes drilled at its Columba project in Chihuahua on five different veins. Significant drill intersections were encountered in hole CDH-19-022 with 244 g/t Ag over 6.25m, including 373 g/t Ag over 1.5m on D Vein; hole CDH-19-21 with 187 g/t Ag over 1.2m in D Vein and 51 g/t Ag over 23.8m, including 191 g/t Ag over 2m in the footwall  of the D Vein; hole CDH-19-025 with 105 g/t Ag over 7.6m, including 32 g/t Ag over 98.1m in stockworks and breccias of the J Vein; hole CDH-19-27 with 115 g/t Ag over 6.56m in J Vein; and hole CDH-19-28 with 72 g/t Ag over 14m, including 95 g/t Ag over 10m in stockwork of the J Vein. “Drilling not only confirmed intercepts of high-grade Ag, but also potential bulk-minable Ag mineralization with significant exploration potential remaining along strike and depth on several veins”.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., released drill results from 10 holes collared at its Los Ricos project in Jalisco, being 4 holes in the Main Zone, 4 holes in San Juan area, and 2 holes in the southern area of the property. Highlights of the holes collared in the Main Zone include hole LRGG-19-056 with 05 g/t Au and 186 g/t Ag (2.97 g/t AuEq or 223 g/t AgEq) over 26m, and hole LRGG-19-063 with 0.53 g/t Au and 85 g/t Ag (1.67 g/t AuEq or 125 g/t AgEq) over 24.5m. In San Juan area, highlights include  hole LRGG-10-069 with 1.11 g/t Au and 103 g/t Ag (2.48 g/t AuEq or 146 g/t AgEq) over 16.3m. In the southern area of the property, hole LRGG-19-068 encountered 0.92g/t Au and 161 g/t Ag (3.07 g/t AuEq or 230 g/t AgEq) over 7.8m.  “The core drilling campaign is focused on defining the mineralized halo around the historical high grade ore shoots as defined by the underground workings and the 65 historical RC drill holes on the property. The program has now been expanded for additional testing along 3.2 km of the Los Ricos mineralized zone”.

ON MINING

  • Mexus Gold US, reported that Au recovery continues at its Santa Elena mine in Sonora. Initial leaching results showed 0.48 g/t Au but slowed due to improper pH control. To solve this issue, Mexus installed an automatic pH/cyanide aeration control pumping system, and now is working properly. This recent correction will allow for a substantial increase in Au recovery from the 1.8 g/t Au head ore.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp., announced the cessation of mining operations on its El Cubo mine, Guanajuato on November 30, 2019 due to exhaustion of reserves. The company reported that milling operation will continue for a week until the ore stock has been processed and the mill cleaned for concentrates. All employees will be laid off and the mine will be placed on short term care and maintenance. Suspension costs were estimated in $3.5M-4.0M, including final severance payments for all employees.
  • Consolidated Zinc Limited, reported October 2019 production results from its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua. The company increased its ore mining production to 4,827 tonnes with grades of 16.5% Zn, 8.4% Pb, and 45 g/t Ag to produce 1.78M Lb Zn, 907.2K Lb Pb and approximately 4.7K Oz Ag. It reported that Zn and Pb recoveries during October 2019 were 62.3% Zn to Zn concentrate, and 21.2% Pb to Pb concentrate. Consolidated Zinc produced 430 tonnes of Zn metal in concentrate at 55% Zn concentrate grade, and 104 tonnes of Pb metal concentrate, including 4,769 Oz Ag at a 52% Pb concentrate grade.

ON FINANCING

  • Galore Resources Inc., closed its second and final tranche of a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of CAD $92, 634 for a total financing of CAD $279,816 (Dos Santos project, Zacatecas). The company also announced the TSX acceptance to a shares for services arrangement with COMEFIN S de RL de CV, who conducted a core drilling program at its Alamo project. The agreed service payment is a combination of shares and cash.
  • Orex Minerals Inc., closed a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of CAD $800K. Gross proceeds will be used to maintain its 40% share of the Sandra-Escobar project in good standing, funds its 40%share of the upcoming work program, and to make the necessary payments under its existing option to acquire 100% interest in the Cordero project, Durango.
  • San Marco Resources Inc., closed a non-brokered private placement to raise gross proceeds of $448,600 (Chunibas project, Sonora).
  • Vangold Mining Corp., provided an update of its private placements and anticipated the closing of a third and final tranche this month for gross proceeds of $707,500 subject to acceptance of the TSX Venture Exchange. Upon final closing of the private placement, Vangold will have issued an aggregate of 25,809,500 units for aggregate gross proceeds of $1,290,475 (El Pinguico project, Guanajuato).
  • McEwen Mining Inc., announced that it has priced an underwritten public offering for aggregate gross proceeds of $50M (El Gallo mine, Sinaloa).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Premier Gold Mines Limited, released drilling results from its Lupita Area and announced the extension of high-grade mineralization at its Mercedes mine in Sonora. Highlights from October drilling include hole L19-457D with 15.8 g/t Au and 69 g/t Ag over a true width of 1.4m and hole L19-496D with 10.03 g/t Au and 58 g/t Ag over a true width of 4.6m at San Martin area ; and hole L19-488D with 9.41 g/t Au and 34 g/t Ag over a true width of 8.9m and hole L19-480D with 7.96 g/t Au and 32 g/t Ag over a true width of 3.6m at Lupita Extension area. More drilling delineation is planned in 2020 to upgrade mineralization to an indicated mineral resource. “Given a spacing of less than 60 m of drilling at San Martin during 2019, a portion of the mineralization will warrant inclusion into mineral resources at year end”.
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc., announced its Best drill hole to date at its Las Chispas project in Sonora, at a newly defined zone named 118 Zone. Hole LC-19-118 intersected 44.3 g/t Au and 4,551 g/t Ag (7,873 g/t AgEq) over a true width of 8.6m, including 213.66 g/t Au and 21,671 g/t Ag (37,695 g/t AgEq) over a true width of 1.7m. Also, hole LC19-123 intersected 2.63 g/t Au and 452 g/t Ag (649 g/t AgEq) over a true width of 0.5m, and 3.54 g/t Au and 616 g/t Ag (881 g/t AgEq) over a true width of 5.5m, including 12.69 g/t Au and 2,255 g/t Ag (3,207 g/t AgEq) over a true width of 0.9m.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc., reported drill results of the last round and extended mineralization 300m down-dip of the existing reserves at the Sub-Sill deposit at its Limon-Guajes mine complex in Guerrero. Highlights include hole SST-156 with 35.17 g/t Au and 49 g/t Ag over 6.1m and 12.56 g/t Au and 29 g/t Ag over 4.93; hole SST-135 with 21.64 g/t Au and 15 g/t Ag over 3.5m; hole SST-139 with 19.54 g/t Au and 3 g/t Ag over 5.9m; hole SST-132 with 13.94 g/t Au and 5 g/t Ag over 8.9m and 15.78 g/t Au and 8 g/t Ag over 5.2m; and hole LDGU-047 with 13.89 g/t Au and 15 g/t Ag over 12.8m.
  • Impact Silver Corp, provided and update on its operations at its Zacualpan Mining District, in the State of Mexico, and reported the presence of native Ag at its Guadalupe mine, on the main Lipton Vein named the Jewelry Shop. Impact is expanding production in its Guadalupe mine, adjacent to the Guadalupe plant, and has upgraded the shaft and infrastructure to access additional veins for mining. At La Negra mine, the company recently started an initial production from the open pit to feed the plant with ore grading 200 g/t Ag. Work is in progress to determine the full upside potential of this zone. At San Ramon Deeps mine, the drilling program below current mining levels intersected new high grade mineralization which may allow renewed expansion of production. A new underground drill station is being excavated to drill the depth extensions of this new mineralization.

 ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Discovery Metals Corp., announced that is already trading on the OTCQX Best Market in the USA under the symbol DSVMF (Cordero project, Chihuahua).

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • IMMSA, donated 60K plants to the municipal government of San Luis Potosi to reforest the city. The Director of Municipal Services, Gonzalo Benavente González, explained that a total of 40 thousand forest trees such as pine trees, ash trees, jacaranda trees, white cedars were received, in addition to 20 thousand ornamental plants such as daisies, carnations, lavenders, rue, mint, peppermint, among other aromatic species. Finally, he said that the plants will be used to continue reforesting the various areas of the city that lack green areas, likewise donated to citizens and delivered to educational events to continue promoting the sustainable development of the capital.
  • Compañía Minera Cuzcatlán (Fortuna Silver), boosted “Access to Education” through a scholarship program. Since its creation in 2009, the Cuzcatlán scholarship program is aimed at primary, secondary, middle-upper and higher students of the municipality of San José del Progreso and agencies, where Compañía Minera Cuzcatlán operates the San José mine. The objective is to support students to continue their studies and prevent school dropout. For the 2018-2019 period, the educational project promoted by the company and the Municipal Education Region benefits 773 families that receive direct economic and in-kind support for their children through a total investment of MXP $1.99M.In addition to the Scholarship program, Compañía Minera Cuzcatlán contributes with resources for internet service, teaching materials and septic tank cleaning of all San José del Progreso schools and agencies. Year after year, Compañía Minera Cuzcatlán works to create shared development with the communities in which it operates and this program is an example of sustainable mining in Oaxaca.
  • The Red Cross delegation of Torreon, Coahuila, recognized Peñoles as a socially responsible company for donations and all the support received to join the collection that the Red Cross makes every year to obtain resources and continue improving. “Last year Peñoles donated a new and equipped ambulance with everything and two other semi-new ones. In addition, about MXP $4M were invested in an operating room, emergency rooms, and floors. We did four more doctor´s offices, we now have specialists and we have been adding doctors”, said the president of the board, Juan Raymundo Jaime Ramírez.
  • Peñasquito, launched the program “Together We Leave Legacy”. Twenty seven communities in the region where Minera Peñasquito operates will benefit from the program “Together We Leave Legacy”, a project that aims to improve the conditions of educational infrastructure and boost sports in this region of the Zacatecan semi-desert.
  • Ternium S.A., allocated USD $60M to sustainable plan in Monterrey, so that all the handling of the product it generates has the guarantee that it will not cause emissions to the atmosphere, said César Jiménez, General Director of the steel company. “We have just opened a smoke collection system three months ago at the Puebla plant to minimize emissions to the atmosphere, we had already installed the same system as our Guerrero plant in Monterrey a few years ago and now we are in the next stage”. The director stressed that the most important issues within Ternium’s agenda are sustainability, safety and environmental care, where relevant investments have been made in all its plants, which total around 200 million dollars in recent years.

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

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

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By Jorge Cirett

During the 46th week of the year (November 11th to November 17th, 2019), at least 23 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. ON MEXICO ISSUES, mining investments in Mexico decreased from 8 billion dollars in 2018 to 5 billion dollars in 2019. Camimex held a fiscal seminar in Queretaro. Almaden Minerals published a letter on indigenous population around the Ixtaca project in Puebla. Promperú organized in Hermosillo, Sonora, a Commercial Mission of suppliers to mining in Peru. The top ten silver miners in Mexico produced 39.8 M Oz in the third quarter 2019. The mining industry in Mexico has been subject in the past few years of regulatory hurdles that are having a negative effect in investment in the sector, the last one being the decision by SEMARNAT not to authorize the MIA on the Ixtaca project in Puebla until there is a resolution on a legal suit on a piece of land no longer held by the company running the project.  ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Evrim updated on exploration of the El Llanito del Nogal property; Magna Gold reported assay results from four more holes at Mercedes. In Sinaloa, Vizsla Resources released high-grade results from rock channel sampling at Panuco.  ON MINING, Premier Gold, Golden Minerals, Starcore International, Americas Gold and Silver, Sierra Metals, Odyssey Marine Exploration and Fortuna Silver presented third quarter 2019 results. Consolidated Zinc and Industrias Peñoles signed an offtake agreement on zinc concentrate. ON FINANCING, Tamino Minerals informed on trading volumes. Mexican Gold received TSX approval for the listing of 50 M warrants from a previous financing. Colibri Resources entered into a loan agreement with Agnico Eagle for $300 K.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Defiance Silver is to start a two-phase technical program at San Acacio, Zacatecas. Endeavour Silver reported positive drill results on recently acquired El Curso concession within its Guanaceví property. Peñoles is to invest $70 M at its processing facilities in Torreon. SilverCrest released high-grade results from drilling at the Babi Vista vein at Las Chispas, in Sonora. Bacanora Lithium updated on project development on its Sonora project. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Evrim signed an agreement with San Marco Resources to acquire the Suanse property in Sonora. Colibri Resources extended an agreement with Agnico Eagle on the disposal of Colibri’s share on the Pitaya project in Sonora.  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. Peñoles is conducting courses for children and adults at its Torreon community center. Ternium is organizing health festivals in Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Jalisco, Michoacan, Puebla and San Luis Potosi. Argonaut sponsored the third edition of the La Colorada race, within the pit benches at the mine in Sonora. The “Doctor Vagón”  itinerant health clinic sponsored by Grupo Mexico provided service to 550 persons in Gomez Palacio, Durango. La Brisa mining company provided cleaning equipment to the Topia community in Durango. Peñoles mining units source 35% of its energy requirements by removable sources, and expects to reach 100% by 2028.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • During 2019 investments in the mining sector are to reach five billion (5 mil millones) dollars, according to Francisco Quiroga, Subsecretary of Mining. That’s a decrease from the eight billion (8 mil millones) invested in 2018.
  • Camimex organized the Seminario Fiscal de la Industria Minera in Queretaro. Camimex compromise is complete on its involvement on the “mesa de diálogo” (dialogue meetings) with the federal government, where proposals to incentivize investment are to be exposed, checking on subjects like the fiscal situation, regulatory environment and security. The head of Camimex, Karen Flores, explained that on the Fraser Institute study Mexico is number 71 of 83 jurisdictions on the fiscal regime. Camimex is for the 100 percent deduction of exploration expenses, and the establishment of pacts of fiscal stability on a 15 to 20 year time frame, as is Peru, Chile and Argentina. In a comparative study, Mexico has the heaviest fiscal load among peers like the US (Arizona), Canada (Ontario), Peru and Chile.
  • Minera Gorrión (Almaden) published a letter on indigenous population around the Ixtaca project in Puebla. Although indigenous persons inhabit the area, there is not such an indigenous community within the area of influence of the project. The company stresses the misinformation produced by some activists groups with total impunity, and reaffirms its confidence on institutions and the rule of law.
  • Promperú organized in Hermosillo, Sonora, its II Commercial Mission of Suppliers to Mining in Peru. Several conferences were presented by members of the mining communities and governments of both countries.
  • The top 10 silver mining companies in Mexico had a solid third quarter. During the period these companies produced 39.8 M Oz, compared with 39.0 M Oz produced on the same quarter a year ago. The top producer is Industrias Peñoles, with 15.3 M Oz almost 40% of that amount and 2.2 M Oz less than the same quarter 2018 (Fresnillo, Saucito, San julian, Sabinas). Newmont was the second largest producer with 7.4 M Oz produced at Peñasquito. Other large producers comprise Southern Copper with 3.9 M Oz (undisclosed units), Pan American with 3.6 M Oz (La Colorada), First Majestic (Santa Elena, San Dimas, among others), Coeur Mining with 1.7 M Oz (Palmarejo), Fortuna Silver with 1.7 M Oz Ag (San José), Minera Frisco 1.1 M Oz (El Coronel, San Felipe, Tayahua, San Francisco del Oro, Concheño and Ocampo), Endeavour Silver 900 K Oz (El Cubo, Bolañitos, Guanceví, and El Compás) and Agnico Eagle 800 K Oz (Pinos Altos).
  • Alberto Aguilar, a respected columnist in business circles, elaborated on the hurdles the mining industry is going through with the current federal administration (it fell 3.7% on the third quarter, 2019). Among the issues mentioned is the contraction in mineral production as a result of the imposition of new taxes on mining in 2014, the investment of only 5 billion dollars in 2019 (8 billion in 2018), no concessions have been granted in 2019 and the recurrent illegal blockades without sign of easing. The latest hurdle thrown at the industry is the resolution by SEMARNAT (the Mexican environmental agency) that the Manifestation on Environmental Impact (MIA) for the Ixtaca project in Puebla was not to be granted until a legal suit on a claim no longer held by Minera Gorrion (Almaden Minerals) reaches a resolution. Exploration expenses so far have been $40 M dollars and another $117 M are still to be spent, along with $1.1 B (One billion) to be invested in eleven years (GPM Note.- The head of SEMARNAT, Victor Toledo, is known for its public and vocal anti-mining stance).

ON EXPLORATION

  • Vizsla Resources Corp. released high-grade channel sampling at its Panuco property in Sinaloa. The sampling locations are widespread within the property and the highlighted results comprise: 0.9 m @ 1,860 gpt Ag, 14.55 gpt Au at the Napoleon vein; 0.5 m @ 1,900 gpt Ag, 29.30 gpt Au at the San Antonio-Cordon de Oro vein; 3.6 m @ 691 gpt Ag, 7.00 gpt Au at the San Carlos-Animas vein; 5.95 m @ 584 gpt Ag, 3.97 gpt Au. Veins in the project have lengths of up to 2.8 km, with known ore shoots of up to 500 m in length.
  • Evrim Resources Corp. updated the description on its El Llanito del Nogal property in Sonora. The Suanse porphyry target, is a 1 Km by 600 m area of propylitic to potassic alteration. Soil sampling outlined a 600 m by 500 m Cu anomaly (>100 ppm) in areas of sheeted quartz-chalcopyrite-chlorite-magnetite veins. A ground magnetic survey outlined a donut-shaped anomaly 400 m in diameter and roughly coincident with the soil anomaly. The soil and magnetic anomalies extend northward onto the Suanse claim (see deals section below) where strong argillic, advanced argillic along with vuggy and massive quartz alteration are interpreted as a partially eroded lithocap.
  • Magna Gold Corp. reported assay results on the last four RC holes drilled at the La Lamosa target on its Mercedes project in Sonora. Highlighted intervals comprise: 38.10 m @ 0.67 gpt Au, 13.2 gpt Ag (including 6.10 m @ 1.43 gpt Au, 42.9 gpt Ag); 28.96 m @ 0.76 gpt Au, 8.9 gpt Ag (including 7.62 m @ 1.06 gpt Au, 9.3 gpt Ag); 21.34 m @ 1.61 gpt Au, 2.2 gpt Ag (including 3.05 m @ 6.99 gpt Au, 3.9 gpt Ag); 21.34 m @ 1.21 gpt Au, 11.8 gpt Ag (including 3.05 m @ 4.26 gpt Au). Other targets to follow up include the 600 m long La Lamosa East projection, the Mina de Oro 300 m by 150 m silicified/argillized andesite and rhyodacite, the Salto Colorado breccia 400 m by 150 m in size and Noche Buena, forming a prominent ridge in a 900 m by 800 m area with tourmaline breccias.

ON MINING

  • Premier Gold Mines Ltd. Reported operating results for the third quarter 2019, including figures from its operations in Mexico. At Mercedes, in Sonora, 159.4 K tonnes were milled @ 2.94 gpt Au, 22.6 gpt Ag, recovering 95.9% Au, 32.3% Ag to produce 14,481 Oz Au, 37.5 K Oz Ag at co-product cash cost $1,095 per Oz Au, and co-product AISC $1,354 Oz Au.
  • Golden Minerals Co. announced financial results for the third quarter 2019. The company had revenue of US$1.9 M and a net operating margin of $1.3 M related to the lease of the Velardeña oxide plant to Hecla Mining Co.. By the end of the period the company had cash and cash equivalents of $2.9 M. During October an agreement was achieved with Magellan Gold Corp. to option a 100% interest in the Santa Maria and Las Marias exploration properties in Chihuahua.
  • Consolidated Zinc Ltd. signed and offtake agreement with Industrias Peñoles S.A. de C.V. for zinc concentrate produced from the Plomosas mine to December 2020, with an option to be extended for a further two years.
  • Starcore International Mines Ltd. released production results from its San Martin mine in Queretaro for the three months ended on October 31, 2019. During the period 54.1 K tonnes were milled @ 1.78 gpt Au, 34.2 gpt Ag, with a recovery of 87.35% Au, 52.27% Ag to produce 3,050 Oz AuEq.
  • Americas Gold and Silver Corp. reported consolidated and operational results for Q3 2019, with undisclosed figures from its Mexican operations (Cosalá, Sinaloa).
  • Sierra Metals Inc. reported third quarter 2019 results, including information from its Mexican operations. The company is approaching is production target of 4,250 tpd at Bolivar and 1,200 tpd at Cusi, both in Chihuahua. Bolivar’s cash cost per CuEq Lb was $1.40, and the AISC $2.53. Cusi’s cash cost was $18.77 and AISC $24.60. During the period 9,923 m were drilled from the surface at Bolivar, and 3,220 m within the Cusi mine. At the end of the period cash and cash equivalents were $40.1 M, with a net debt of $50.9 M.
  • Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. reported results for the third quarter 2019. Net loss for the period was $4.2 M due to several non-recurring items (Exploraciones Oceánicas project, Baja California Sur).
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. reported third quarter results for 2019, including figures from its Mexican operations. At San José, in Oaxaca, 268 K tonnes were milled at a rate of 3,046 tpd and a grade of 219 gpt Ag, 1.40 gpt Au, recovering 91% Ag, 91% Au to produce 1.7 M Oz Ag and 10,942 Oz Au at cash cost $7.70 per Oz AgEq and an AISC of $10.80 per Oz AgEq.

ON FINANCING

  • Tamino Minerals Inc. informed that during the third week of September the company traded 145 M shares with a volume of US $1.1 M and a price per share appreciation of US$0.01” (El Volcan, Sonora).
  • Mexican Gold Corp. has received TSX Venture Exchange approval for the listing of 50 M warrants from the non-brokered private placement announced in past July.
  • Colibri Resource Corp. has entered into a loan agreement with Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. For proceeds of US$300 K. The loan has a 2 year term at a 10% interest rate and proceeds are to be used on the Evelyin project in Sonora.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Defiance Silver Corp. is to start a two-phase technical program at its San Acacio property in Zacatecas. The program envisages evaluating the San Acacio resource at depth and brownfield targets on the Veta Grande system.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. reported positive initial drill results for El Curso property, adjacent to Endeavour’s Guanaceví mine in Durango. The property includes the Santacruz vein, which is between two Endeavour’s developments. Drilling highlights comprise true width (tw) intervals: 5.2 m @ 0.75 gpt Au, 465 gpt Ag; 2.6 m @ 1.23 gpt Au, 558 gpt Ag; 2.1 m @ 2.51 gpt Au, 935 gpt Ag; 2.5 m @ 0.40 gpt Au, 204 gpt Ag; 5.1 m @ 3.07 gpt Au, 1,182 gpt Ag (including 0.5 m @ 15.22 gpt Au, 5,372 gpt Ag); 4.3 m @ 2.2 gpt Au, 1,021 gpt Ag; 2.7 m @ 1.37 gpt Au, 355 gpt Ag; 6.2 m @ 1.70 gpt Au, 635 gpt Ag.
  • Industrias Peñoles S.A.B de C.V. is to invest US$70 M in its Met-Mex installations (in Torreon, Coahuila) to better the silver recovery in zinc concentrates. In 2018, the company commissioned a US$327 M modification on the plant that avoids the generation of additional sulphuric acid by direct concentrate leaching instead of roasting, augmenting the capacity from 240 K to 360 K tonnes of zinc.
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc. announced expansion drill results from the Babi Vista vein in the Babicanora area of the Las Chispas project in Sonora. The highlighted true width (tw) intervals from these 17 holes comprise: 2.3 m @ 2.27 gpt Au, 215 gpt Ag; 0.4 m @ 3.55 gpt Au, 385 gpt Ag; 0.9 m @ 4.86 gpt Au, 600 gpt Ag; 0.4 m @ 1.10 gpt Au, 187 gpt Ag; 0.6 m @ 1.09 gpt Au, 92 gpt Ag; 2.0 m @ 1.84 gpt Au, 433 gpt Au, 1.2 m @ 2.56 gpt Au, 296 gpt Ag; 8.8 m @ 7.36 gpt Au, 584 gpt Ag (including 0.3 m @ 120.50 gpt Au, 9,510 gpt Ag; 0.7 m @ 18.15 gpt Au, 1,495 gpt Ag); 6.6 m @ 3.37 gpt Au, 250 gpt Ag (including 0.4 m @ 32.70 gpt Au, 2,940 gpt Ag). So far the high-grade footprint is 150 m along the strike of the vein and 200 m to depth, open in most directions, averaging 2.2 m @ 4.70 gpt Au, 401 gpt Ag.
  • Bacanora Lithium plc. updated on project activities at its Sonora Lithium project. Final design work for the mine site, infrastructure, concentrator and kiln sections of the processing plant is in progress. Detailed engineering plans for the design of the front-end concentrator and mechanical processing is underway, as well as the pyrometallurgical engineering, while the hydrometallurgical plant, including the production of the final battery grade lithium product will be engineered by Ganfeng.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Evrim Resources Corp. signed an agreement with San Marco Resources to acquire the Suanse property in Sonora. The 1,115 hectares property is within Evrim’s Llano del Nogal claim. Evrim can acquire 100% interest in the project by making total cash payments of $75 K and granting San Marco a 1% royalty half of which can be repurchased for $1 M. Cash payments are: $25 K on signing, $25 K on signing a JV or partnership with third parties and $25 K upon completion of 1,000 m of drilling.
  • Colibri Resource Corp. granted a two-year extension to its agreement with Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., allowing Agnico to exclusively explore opportunities to dispose of Colibri’s working interest in its JV on the 5,564 hectares Pitaya project in Sonora.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • The Peñoles Community Center (Centro Comunitario Peñoles) in Torreon, Coahuila, is conducting courses for children and adults, including English, music, drawing, tae kwon do, tae chi and modern dance and dance for weight reduction.
  • Ternium organizes the Health Festivals (Ferias de La Salud) in Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Colima, Jalisco, Michoacan, Puebla and San Luis Potosi, in coordination with several organizations and government institutions. Each year almost 6,000 persons receive this benefit, including cost-free diverse medical examinations (like sight, Papanicolau, mamographies) and flu shots.
  • The La Colorada race was held in Sonora for the third time. The race sponsored by Argonaut Gold was attended by hundreds of runners on the benches of La Colorada mine.
  • The technical school Roberto Rocca (partly supported by Ternium) is to represent Mexico in the World’s Educative Robotics Tournament, to be held in Shanghai, China.
  • The “Doctor Vagón” program sponsored by the Grupo Mexico Foundation (a train adapted for medical services) was four days at Gomez Palacio, Durango, with the aid of the local municipality. During that time 2,200 services were provided to the 550 persons that registered to the effect.
  • In Topia, Durango, Minera La Brisa supported the municipality providing cleaning equipment.
  • Industrias Mineras Peñoles announced that to 2018 up to 35% of the energy requirements at its mining units is fulfilled by renewable energy sources. The company is striving to reach at least a 50% in 2020 and to be completely reliant on renewable energy sources by 2028.

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On the image below: Gold recovered by artisanal methods from orogenic style quartz veins in Oaxaca.. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

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By Miguel A Heredia

During the forty-five week of the year (November 4th to November 10th, 2019), at least 37 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, with nine communicating production and financial results, eight disclosing deals and corporate issues, six announcing financial rounds, five informing on exploration results, four reporting on resources and development of their projects, three commenting on Mexican issues, and two discussing issues on social responsibility.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, according to the Director of Mines of Zacatecas, there are five new mine projects in the state to be developed in 2020. Newmont-Goldcorp restated the dialogue process with the Cedros community on its Peñasquito mines in Zacatecas. Local communities and small local merchants expressed their support for the continuity of the Peñasquito mine. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Silver Viper mobilized an exploration crew to its Virginia project to commence a drilling program at the El Rubi target area, and Oceanus reported underground and surface sampling results from its El Tigre project. In Sinaloa, Vizsla reported underground sampling from its Panuco-Copala project.  In Zacatecas, Advance Gold outlined a km long by 400-500m wide chargeability anomaly at its Tabasqueña project. In Jalisco, GoGold released drill results from 4 holes collared at its Los Ricos project.  ON MINING, Alio Gold, Argonaut, Coeur, Endeavour, Excellon, First Majestic, Hecla, Leagold, and Pan American presented Q3 2019 production and financial results from its Mexican operations.  ON FINANCING, Discovery Metals closed a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $19M (Cordero project, Chihuahua). Goldplay closed a brokered private placement for $3M (San Marcial project, Sinaloa).Solaris Copper announced its intention to undertake a non-brokered private placement to raise gross proceeds of up to  CAD $5.5M (La Verde, Michoacan). Advance Gold closed the first tranche of a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $113K (Tabasqueña project, Zacatecas). Orex announced that intends to undertake a non-brokered private placement to raise gross proceeds of up to $1M (Sandra-Escobar project, Durango). San Marco revised its previously announced non-brokered private placement and now intends to rise gross proceeds for up to CAD $376.6K. It also closed subscription books for unit and flow through shares private placement for gross proceeds of CAD $40K (Chunibas project, Sonora). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Capstone announced high grade Cu-Ag results from 103 infill and step-out drill holes at its Cozamin mine in Zacatecas. Vizsla closed its option agreement to acquire 100% interest of Panuco-Copala project in Sinaloa. Torex extended mineralization 150m below current reserves at its El Limon Deep deposit in Guerrero. Mexus announced that its Merrill Crowe Au recover plant is complete and operational at its Santa Elena mine in Sonora. Mag Silver informed about the activities carried out at its Juanicipio project mine development in Zacatecas during Q3, 2019. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Colibri received TSX approval for its acquisition of Yaque Minerals (Mezquite and Jackie projects, Sonora). Vizsla closed its option agreement to acquire 100% interest in Panuco-Copala property in Sinaloa. Great Panther announced the appointment of its VP Exploration and VP People & Culture (Topia mine, Durango). Solaris Copper announced management changes of its team (La Verde project, Michoacan). Starcore presented results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (San Martin mine, Queretaro). Mako Mining provided a corporate update and status of its Mexican operation. Compañía Minera Cuzcatlán, a subsidiary of Fortuna Silver Mines revealed that it is analyzing to invest in a new plant in Mexico (San Jose mine, Oaxaca). Minera Autlán announced its intention to raise its commitment to gold (Lluvia de Oro-La Jojoba, Sonora). ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Agnico Eagle participated in the reconstruction of the drinking water system at Yepachi, Chihuahua, with a total investment of MXP $4M. Argonaut participated in multiple social programs related to their Mexican operations.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • The Secretariat of Economy in Zacatecas, through its Director of Mines, revealed that new five mines will be developed in the state in 2020, standing out Juanicipio in Fresnillo, Camino Rojo in Mazapil , and San Nicolas in Villa Garcia municipalities. Zacatecas is one of the most prolific areas for mining in the country; however, he is aware of the social problems faced by some of the mining companies which operate in the state. He informed that the local government seeks to generate the conditions for mining companies to invest safely in new projects.
  • Newmont-Goldcorp Corporation, restated the dialogue process with the community of Cedros, municipality of Mazapil on Peñasquito mine. A new agreement was signed for the community delegates, with a strong commitment of both parties, by the community not to block again the mine and from the company to attend on time the concerns and proposal from the Ejido.
  • Local communities and small local merchants, expressed their support for the continuity of Peñasquito mine. The communities of Cedros, El Rosario, La Pardita, Sábana Grande, Tanquecillos, Tecolotes, Mazapil and El Trigo said they are in favor of the Peñasquito Mine, stating that it has provided benefits to their families. At a press conference, representatives of the aforementioned communities reported that thanks to the company they have work, so they asked the state government to support them and that, through the dialogue avoids a new block. They affirmed that they are against the blockades and the definitive closure of the mine, since this one supports around 25 communities. They said the mining company has provided a source of work to the people of the communities and do not want it to disappear.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Silver Viper Minerals Corp., mobilized an exploration crew to its Virginia project in Sonora to commence a phase II drilling program at El Rubi target area, where previous drilling carried out in 2018 intersected 3.18 g/t Au and 228 g/t Ag (6.42 g/t AuEq) over 6m of true width. Phase II will test the extension of this structure along trend and at depth on 50m sections with the aim of generating enough information for maiden resource estimation at El Rubi.
  • Oceanus Resources Corporation, presented underground and surface sampling results from the Caleigh, Canon Combination and Protectora Veins at its El Tigre project in Sonora. In the Caleigh Vein, underground channel sample ETU-1007 returned 1,896 g/t Ag and 6.4 g/t Au (2,376 g/t AgEq) over a true width of 0.50m, and ETU-1006 returned 1,971 g/t Ag and 4.64 g/t Au (2,318 g/t AgEq) over a true width of 0.50m. In the Canon Combination Vein, underground channel sample ETU-1012 returned 1,794 g/t Ag and 0.25 g/t Au (1,813 g/t AgEq) over a true width of 0.50m. In the Protectora Vein, underground channel sample returned 378 g/t Ag and 2.01 g/t Au (529 g/t AgEq) over a true width of 0.50m. Surface samples collected on this vein reported 374 g/t Ag and 3.32 g/t Au over 0.7m wide; 192 g/t Ag and 0.57 g/t Au (235 g/t AgEq) over 0.5m wide; and 169 g/t Ag and 1.0 g/t Au (244 g/t AgEq) over 0.50m wide. “The results from the mapping and sampling of the underground workings and at surface present a series of high priority drill targets over a 2 kilometer strike length north of the old El Tigre Mine, which we intend to drill.”
  • Vizsla Resources Corp., reported encouraging underground sampling results from its Panuco-Copala project in Sinaloa. Highlights results from the underground sampling at the San Carlos mine are 5.65 g/t Au and 612 g/t Ag (1,120 g/t AgEq) over  6m on development level 4, including 10.5 g/t Au and 1,120 g/t Ag (1,960 g/t AgEq) over 3m; 2.55 g/t Au and 517 g/t Ag (721 g/t AgEq) over 4.5m on development level 5, including 3.51 g/t Au and 721 g/t Ag (1.002 g/t AgEq) over 3m; and 2.12 g/t Au and 298 g/t Ag (468 g/t AgEq) over 5.5m on development level 4, including 3.76 g/t Au and 591 g/t Ag (892 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m. These results are part of a mapping and sampling program to better understand mineralization at Panuco project.
  • Advance Gold Corp., completed a second phase of a 3D-IP survey and has outlined a N-S trending chargeability anomaly of 1km long by 400-500m wide on its Tabasquena project in Zacatecas. It remains open in both directions as well as at depth. A number of boreholes are now planned to intersect this anomaly.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., released drill results from 4 new holes collared at its Los Ricos project in Jalisco. Three of the 4 holes were drilled at El Troce area and significant intersections were encountered in hole LRGG-19-059 with 0.94 g/t Au and 134 g/t Ag (2.72 g/t AuEq) over 11m, including 1.95 g/t Au and 277 g/t Ag (5.65 g/t AuEq) over 3.5m; and hole LRGG-19-60 with 0.32 g/t Au and 66 g/t Ag (1.19 g/t AuEq) over 16m, including 83 g/t Au and 162 g/t Ag (2.98 g/t AuEq) over 3m. Hole LRGG-19-57 was drilled at the Main area and intersected 0.91 g/t Au and 131 g/t Ag (2.65 g/t AuEq) over 14.1m, including 2.14 g/t Au and 253 g/t Ag (5.50 g/t AuEq) over 5.3m. GoGold completed in Mid-October 2019, a phase 1 drilling program which consisted of 10,000m, and has already started a second phase of drilling, adding a third rig  machine to the program.

ON MINING

  • Alio Gold Inc., continued with processing of low grade stock pile at its san Francisco mine in Sonora, resulting in the placement of 12.8K Oz Au on the pad. The company announced that the low grade stock pile will be exhausted in Q4, 2019, after which crushing will cease, and operations will solely focus on recovery of the residual inventory ounces.
  • Argonaut Gold Inc., presented Q3, 2019 production and financial results from its Mexican operations. The company produced 44.7K Oz AuEq at a cash cost of USD $901 per Oz Au produced and sold 45.6K Oz Au at an AISC of USD $1,134 per Oz Au sold. It also reported revenue for USD $66.8, cash flow from operating activities before changes in operating working capital of USD $17.2M, net income of USD $4.9M, adjusted net income of USD $6.5M, and a net cash increase of USD $11.7M. Argonaut also reported mine by mine production results for the period Q3, 2019. At El Castillo Complex in Durango, it milled 4.8M tonnes of 0.35 g/t Au to produced 30.3K Oz AuEq. At El Castillo, 2.4M tonnes of 0.39 g/t Au were milled to produce 14.3K Oz Au and 23.3K Oz Ag. This mine sold 14.6K Oz Au and 16.3K Oz Ag in this quarterly period, at a cash cost of $1,038 per Oz Au sold. At San Agustin, 2.4M tonnes were milled with a grade of 0.32 g/t Au to produce 15.2K Oz Au and 36.9K Oz Ag. This mine sold 15.7K Oz Au and 15K Oz Ag in this quarterly period, at a cash cost of $848 per Oz Au sold. At La Colorada, Sonora, the company milled 1.45M tonnes of 0.6 g/t Au, to produced 14K Oz Au and 33.6K Oz Ag. La Colorada sold 13.8K Oz Au and 34K Oz Ag at a cash cost of $800 per Oz Au sold.
  • Coeur Mining Inc., announced Q3, 2019 production and financial results from its Palmarejo mine in Chihuahua. It milled 442,464 tons of 2.8 g/t Au and 152 g/t Ag to, with a metallurgical recoveries of 81.7% and 79.6% respectively, to produce 31.8K Oz Au and 1.72M Oz Ag. Adjusted costs applicable to sales were USD $660 per Oz Au and USD $8.95 per Oz Ag. Coeur reported cash flow from operating activities of USD $36.3M and total capital expenditures of USD $7.8M for a total free cash flow of USD $28.5M.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp., reported consolidated Q3, 2019 financial and production results from its four Mexican operations: Guanacevi mine in Durango, Bolañitos and El Cubo in Guanajuato, and El Compas in Zacatecas. The company processed 234, 196 tonnes to produce 948.5K Oz Ag and 9.7K Oz Au (1.72M Oz AgEq), at a cash cost of $11.51 per Oz Ag produced and AISC of $21.53.
  • Excellon Resources Inc., reported Q3, 2019 production and financial results from its Platosa mine in Durango. The company mined 18,167 tonnes and processed 17,235 tonnes with grades of 512 g/t Ag, 4.4% Pb, and 6% Zn, to produce 257.5K Oz Ag, 1.3M Lb Pb, and 1.65M Lb Zn (427.1K Oz AgEq), at a cash cost per Oz Ag payable of $18.18 and AISC net of by-products per Oz Ag payable of $28.46. Metallurgical recoveries were 87.2%, 77.7%, and 76.5% for Ag, Pb, and Zn respectively. Excellon reported revenues for $5.9M, a net loss of $2.9M, and a net working capital of $$9.0M.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp., presented Q3 production results from its Mexican operations. The company reported revenues for $97M, a net loss of $8.6M, operating cash flow before movements in working capital and taxes of $34.6M, cash and cash equivalent of $118.6M, and a working capital of $149.2M. The below table shows the mine by mine production results:

  • Hecla Mining Company, announced Q3 production and financial results from its San Sebastian mine in Durango. It produced 541.6K Oz Ag and 3.7K Oz Au at an AISC of $$7.21 per Oz Ag.
  • Leagold Mining Corporation, produced from its Los Filos mine in Guerrero, 40,922 Oz Au at an AISC of $1,001 per Oz Au produced, and sold 41,343 Oz Au during Q3, 2019, with associated revenue of $58.6M.
  • Pan America Silver Corp., reported Q3, 2019 production and financial results from its la Colorada, Zacatecas and Dolores, Chihuahua mines. At La Colorada, the company produced 2.1M Oz Ag and 1,200 Oz Au, at a cash cost of $2.82 per Oz Ag and an AISC of $4.03 per Oz Ag. At Dolores, it produced 1.5M Oz Ag and 33.1K Oz Au, at an AISC of $7.45 per Oz.

ON FINANCING

  • Discovery Metals Corp., closed a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $19M, including $5M investment from Eric Sprott, which represents 19.9% of the interest of Discovery on a non-diluted basis. Proceeds will be used to continue the exploration programs at its exploration properties (Cordero project, Chihuahua, Puerto Rico project, Coahuila).
  • Goldplay Exploration Ltd., closed a brokered private placement financing of $3M. Gross proceeds will be used to continue resource expansion drilling including underground and surface exploration on its san Marcial project in Sinaloa.
  • Solaris Copper Inc., announced its intention to undertake a non-brokered private placement to raise gross proceeds of up to CAD $5.5M. Gross proceeds will be used to advance permitting, exploration, and drilling activities at their projects. (La Verde project, Michoacan).
  • Advance Gold Corp., closed the first tranche of a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $113K. The company will use the gross proceeds to advance its Tabasqueña project in Zacatecas.
  • Orex Minerals Inc., announced its intention to undertake a non-brokered private placement to raise gross proceeds of up to $1M. Orex will use the net proceeds to maintain its 40% share of the Sandra Escobar project in Durango and fund its 40% share of the upcoming work program, and to make the necessary payments under its option to acquire 100% of the San Luis del Cordero project, Durango, and for general corporate and capital purposes.
  • San Marco Resources Inc., revised its previously announced non-brokered private placement and now intends to rise gross proceeds for up to CAD $376.6K. It also closed subscription books for unit and flow through shares private placement for gross proceeds of CAD $40K (Chunibas project, Sonora).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  •  Capstone Mining Corp., announced high grade Cu-Ag results from 103 infill and step-out drill holes from 200 hole program at its Cozamin mine in Zacatecas. Aim of this program is more than double the current reserve base. Significant drill intersection were encountered in hole CG-19-U498 with 5.02% Cu, 0.4% Zn, and 72 g/t Ag over a true width of 12.3m, including 9.02% Cu, 0.7% Zn, and 127 g/t Ag; in hole CG-18-S381 with 7.27% Cu, 0.3% Zn, and 220 g/t Ag over a true width of 5.1m; in hole CG-18-S372 with 5.53% Cu, 0.2% Zn, and 117 g/t Ag over a true width of 20.1m, including 11.32% Cu, 0.3% Zn, and 242 g/t Ag over a true width of 6.4m.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc., reported drilling results from its 2019 exploration program at its El Limon-Guajes complex deposit in Guerrero. The drilling program has been successful in extending mineralization 150m below current reserves at its El Limon Deep deposit. Significant mineralization was encountered in hole LDUG-039 with 15.6 g/t Au over 38m; in hole LDUG-049 with 20.9 g/t Au over 12m, and in hole LDUG-056 with 15.7 g/t Au over 16.8m. El Limon Deep deposit remains open down dip and along strike.
  • Mexus Gold US, announced that its Merrill Crowe Au recovery plant at its Santa Elena mine in Sonora is complete and operational. “The plant is capable of handling Mexus’3000 ton a week mining operation and will allow for future expansion as well”.
  • Mag Silver Corp., informed about the activities carried out at its Juanicipio project mine development in Zacatecas during Q3, 2019. The company reported that “earthmoving and foundation preparation commenced for the construction of the 4,000 tpd beneficiation plant. Mill fabrication is progressing on schedule, and both the SAG and ball mills are expected to be shipped to site early 2020. Flotation cells, processing tanks and minor process equipment pieces are starting to arrive on site. Thickener tanks and drive and rakes fabrication are well advanced. Underground development has now reached 23Km of development and continues. According to the operator, Fresnillo plc, permitting for the tailings impoundments should be completed in the fourth quarter of this year and mill construction is on track for commissioning by late 2020”.

 ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Colibri Resources Corporation, received TSX approval for its acquisition of Yaque Minerals by a CAD$ 1M payment by way of a 5-years convertible debenture bearing 2.5% annual interest and carries a $0.20 per share conversion privilege. The Yaque´s acquisition includes two projects in Sonora: El Mezquite and Jackie, located less than 10Km east of the Nicho deposit owned by Minera Alamos, which is expected to start production in 2020, with initial production of 25K-30K Oz Au per year, with a mine life of more than 6 years. El Mezquite is a 2km by 1km N-S trending hydrothermal alteration zone on silicified feldspar porphyry, with a potential Au target area of at least 600m by 300m. A 3D-IP survey was carried out on this anomalous area which resulted in the identification of chargeability and resistivity anomalies underlying the surface area of potential. 321 grab samples have been collected of which 13% returned Au values oscillating from 0.1 to 3.41 g/t Au. Jackie is located 2km south of the El Mezquite but it has seen very little exploration work to date. Some prospecting work is planned for 2020.
  • Vizsla Resources Corp., closed its previously announced option agreement on November 5, to acquire 100% interest in Panuco-Copala property in Sinaloa. Vizsla confirmed that it has previously loaned USD $700K to Canam in order to satisfy the initial payment due under the terms of the options.
  • Great Panther Mines Limited, announced the appointment of its VP Exploration and VP People & Culture (Topia mine, Durango).
  • Solaris Copper Inc., announced management changes of its team, appointed its CEO, CFO, VP Corporate Affairs and Corporate Secretary, and a new member to its Board of Directors (La Verde project, Michoacan).
  • Starcore International Mines Ltd., reported results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (San Martin mine, Queretaro).
  • Mako Mining Corp., provided a corporate update and status of its Mexican operation. At its la Trinidad mine in Sinaloa, Au production is nearing conclusion, with Au sales being used to fund ongoing reclamation and severance costs. Mining and process plant equipment has been moved to USA and the lab equipment will be moved to Nicaragua soon. Mako has reported that has not been successful in receiving any insurance for damages caused by Hurricane Willa at its Trinidad mine in October, 2018. It has filed a lawsuit for over USD $7M against the Insurance Company. Mako also announced that it has reached an agreement with the primary mining contractor on the debt of approximately USD $11.3M. “Despite being ring-fenced from the rest of Mako’s corporate structure, the Company chose to settle with the contractor by making a USD $4M upfront payment and agreeing to make two additional USD $1M payments 12 months and 24 months from signing of the settlement agreement.  As this liability was being accounted for at approximately USD$11.3M, a substantial accounting gain is expected in the next quarterly report.
  • Compañía Minera Cuzcatlán , a subsidiary of Fortuna Silver Mines, analyzes to invest in a new mining plant located 40km from its San Jose mine, Oaxaca. The company asked government support to mediate between the company and the communities, since the new plant will require between USD $200-300M. The decision has to be taken next year, so they need the support of the authorities to reach a social agreement with the communities.
  • Compañía Minera Autlán, A.B .de C.V., announced its intention to raise its commitment to gold. The intention of that business and the integration towards gold was always to reach 20 to 25% of the top line and about 30 to 35% of the operating cash flow (EBITDA). In addition, the company estimates they will close this year with and investment of USD $35M to support other areas of its business, to add USD $45 M in an integrated way (Lluvia de Oro-La Jojoba, Sonora).

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Agnico Eagle Mines Limited, participated, along with the municipal presidency of Yepachi, Chihuahua, in the reconstruction of the drinking water system for this community. Yepachi is the second largest community in this area and has years of lag in terms of the supply and quality of drinking water. A total of MXP $4M will be invested, an amount that will be contributed by 50% by the municipal presidency and the other part will be borne by Agnico Eagle, which operates within the territory of the Yepachi Ejido.
  • Argonaut Gold Inc., has participated in several programs with the communities where the company operates. At La Colorada, Sonora, Argonaut signed a health collaborative agreement with the Centro de Rehabilitación Integral Teletón and hosted a cultural event with the Cultural Institute of Sonora. In Durango, participated in collaboration with the local government in an interactive learning pavilion where local attendees and families could know about the company´s mining activities and projects. It also sponsored an international forum on geological and mining heritage organized by the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, to discuss possible historical tourism and ecotourism in mining communities. Finally, Argonaut hosted students’ interactive workshops in the municipality of Dolores, Hidalgo in the village of san Anton in Guanajuato, Mexico, and hosted a soprano singer and the Latin American quartet at the Mining Cultural Centre of the Mexican chamber of commerce in Mexico City.

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On the picture above, a Mn oxides-calcite fault vein-bx structure from a prospect in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

The Mining and Exploration News in Mexico: Highlights on the Fifth Week of October, 2019

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By Jorge Cirett

During the 44th week of the year (October 28th to November 3rd, 2019), at least 33 press releases were forwarde by companies working in Mexico. ON MEXICO ISSUES, The Morena party reassigned the Mining Fund, taking it away from its intended purpose of helping and developing mining communities. All big organizations related to mining in Mexico presented a petition to the president to rebuke the channelling of the Mining Fund away from its intended goal of helping mining communities. The governors of Sonora, Durango, Zacatecas and Guerrero sent a letter to the president of Mexico asking not to affect the communities by withdrawing the Mining Fund. On other matters, the AIMMGM informed mining companies expect to invest more than US$26 billion in six years. The illegal blockade on the Peñasquito mine in Zacatecas was lifted, with negotiations to continue shortly. The El Castillo mine access in Durango was illegally blocked for a few days, and then released, while negotiations proceed with community involved. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Magna Gold informed it has two projects in the state, Mercedes near Yecora and San Judas, near Trincheras. In Chihuahua, Wealth Minerals negotiated surface access to its Valsequillo project. In Durango, Gainey Capital halted drilling activities while discussions with the local indigenous groups proceed.  ON MINING, Gold Resource, Consolidated Zinc, McEwen Mining, Santacruz Silver, Premier Gold, Torex Gold, Americas Silver and sierra Metals released third quarter 2019 production results. Telson Mining is to re-commence mining at Campo Morado in Guerrero. ON FINANCING, Goldplay Exploration filed an amended and restated condensed interim consolidated financial statement. Oroco Resource informed the exercising of warrants for $720 K. Starcore Interantional has resumed trading on the OTC Pink market. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Pan American Silver released impressive results from 14,300 m of drilling at its La Colorada mine in Zacatecas. Mexican Gold Corp updated on its current drilling program at Las Minas, Veracruz. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Telson Mining is to re-start mining at Campo Morado, in Guerrero, under a notice of default and demand for payment by Nyrstar. Prime Mining signed a public relations contract with Brisco Capital Partners. Oceanus is using now a service for virtual tours on remote locations. Santacruz and Peñoles extended a lease agreement on the Zimapan mine in Hidalgo. Almaden Minerals was informed by SEMARNAT that the permitting process for its Ixtaca mine in Puebla is suspended until a judicial resolution is reached (the head of the institution is openly against open pit mining).  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. Alamos Gold reunited all the students under its scholarship program in three venues, Matarachi, Sahuaripa and Hermosillo.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Last week the Morena party majority reassigned the Mining Fund (Fondo para el Desarrollo Regional Sustentable de Estados y Municipios Mineros) to education spending.  The fund is gathered on a 7% (increased to 7.5% in gold and silver) royalties on extracted minerals implemented in 2014 to aid with the infrastructure, health, education and sustainability of mining communities.
  • The Asociación de Ingenieros de Minas, Metalurgistas y Geólogos de México (AIMMGM) informed that mining companies expect to invest more than US$26 billion in six years. If such investments come to be realized, 50 thousand direct jobs and 274 thousand indirect jobs could be generated, and mining companies would pay an additional 23,500 million in taxes. Just last year the industry paid 46,159 million pesos on income tax (Impuesto sobre la renta, ISR).
  • On October 26th, the Zacatecas governor Alejandro Tello informed that security forces are inviting the group that (illegally) blocks the entrance to the Peñasquito mine to leave the site. The governor also informed that a number of the blockers might be pursued judicially, some by the state and some by the federal government. He stated that he’s is been in contact with the sub secretary of the interior (Subsecretario de Gobernación), with whom also the company executives, communal farmers (ejidatarios) and the state government have been in dialogue rounds.
  • The Cámara Minera de México (CAMIMEX), the Grupo de Minería de la Cámara de Comercio de Canadá, the Asociación de Ingenieros de Minas, Metalurgistas y Geológos de México, the organization in mining Mujeres WIM de México and the Colegio de Ingenieros de Minas, Metalurgistas y Geólogos de México received with great worry de Senate decision to approve an unjust redistribution of the Mining Fund (Fondo Minero), braking the spirit on which the fund was created to benefit mining communities. The priority for the sector is that the resources reach the communities and municipalities where they were generated, contributing with independent actions by mining companies to the social welfare and community development in areas away from urban centers, aiding to reach greater life quality, development and wellbeing. Miners are appalled by the Congress decision, same that dismissed petitions by state governors, municipality presidents, from the industry and mining communities to guarantee the return of funds to these localities. A strong and respectful call is made to the authorities to reconsider the distribution methodology for the resources and operational rules of the fund, where it should be clearly established that these funds are to be funnelled exclusively to mining communities, municipalities and states. The mining industry refresh its compromise to continue to be an agent of change, a block that forwards sustainability practices and is and active player that contributes to a greater well-being for thousands of miner families and millions of Mexicans. We consider ourselves as the best federal government ally to achieve the more valuable social objectives sought by new government project. The Camara Minera de Mexico is the first camera of industries formed in the country, representing the interests of the mining-metallurgical industry in the country.
  • Argonaut Gold Inc. informed on an illegal blockade at its El Castillo mine in Durango. The Company has a legal and binding agreement in place with Atotonilco ejido that was signed and recognized by both the Atotonilco ejido and the Mexican government in 2012 and runs through 2022. The blockade lifting was announced on October 30, with an agreement with the ejido pending to be ratified on November 11.
  • Newmont Goldcorp confirmed that free access to its Peñasquito installations in  Zacatecas is complete as of last Sunday (Oct. 27). Access to the mine had been blocked by a small group of communal agriculture workers (ejidatarios) and truckdrivers. The company is to restart the social investment programmes in the next few days, and expects to initiate on November 19 the new program “Juntos Dejamos Legado”, which aims to support schools and sport activities in 25 nearby communities. The ending of the blockade was achieved with government executives having dialog with the blockers, with the presence of the national guard (Guardia Nacional) and the state police (Policía Estatal Preventiva), stressing that further negotiations were to proceed only without the blockade in place.
  • The governors of Sonora, Claudia Pavlovich; Zacatecas, Alejandro Tello; Durango, José Rosas, and Guerrero, Héctor Astudillo, sent a letter to the president of México asking not to affect the communities by withdrawing the mining fund.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Gainey Capital Corp. temporarily halted all drilling activities at its Las Margaritas property in Durango, following discussions with the local indigenous groups (Las Margaritas, Durango).
  • Magna Gold Corp. informed it has two projects in Sonora. The flagship 1,239 ha Mercedes project in Yecora, and the recently acquired San Judas project in Trincheras.
  • Wealth Minerals Ltd. successfully negotiated surface access rights to its Valsequillo property in Chihuahua. The company has an option to acquire 100% interest in the 2,840 ha property. Past artisanal mining activity concentrated on a number of epithermal, Zn-Pb-Cu-Ag veins, stockworks and silicified zones concentrated within two NW trending corridors. Rock sample results of up to 2.68 gpt Au, 629 gpt Ag, 9.5% Cu, 16.5% Pb, 6.4% Zn have been obtained.

ON MINING

  • Telson Mining Corp. announced the recommence of mining operations at its Campo Morado mine in Guerrero. This is the result of improved relations with the local community and a better zinc price. The company anticipates initiating full mining activities and processing operations near the beginning of December 2019.
  • Argonaut Gold Inc. informed on an illegal blockade at its El Castillo mine in Durango. The Company has a legal and binding agreement in place with Atotonilco ejido that was signed and recognized by both the Atotonilco ejido and the Mexican government in 2012 and runs through 2022.
  • Gold Resource Corp. reported gold production for the third quarter of 2019, including figures from its Oaxaca Mining Unit. The Arista mine milled 163.3 K tonnes @ 1.76 gpt Au, 85 gpt Ag, 0.39% Cu, 1.9% Pb, 4.7% Zn; the Aguila open pit mine milled 3.6 K tonnes @ 1.49 gpt Au, 58 gpt Ag; the Mirador mine milled 11.7 K tonnes @ 0.76 gpt Au, 197 gpt Ag. In total, 178.6 K tonnes were milled at a rate of 2,007 tonnes per day, to produce 7,462 Oz Au, 473.8 K Oz Ag, 492 tonnes Cu, 2,459 tonnes Pb, 6,057 tonnes Zn. Total cash cost after by-product credits was $197 per AuEq ounce and total all-in sustaining cost was $520 per AuEq ounce for the period.
  • Consolidated Zinc Ltd. released its third quarter 2019 activities report. The acquisition of the Plomosas mine in Chihuahua was completed, getting the remaining 10% ownership in exchange for a 1% NSR royalty. During the quarter 7,511 tonnes were mined @ 13.5% Zn, 8.2% Pb, and 9,120 tonnes were processed @ 12.5% Zn, 7.9% Pb.
  • McEwen Mining Inc. presented its third quarter 2019 report, including activities at its El Gallo mine in Mexico. During the third quarter the mine produced 3,057 Oz AuEq from residual leaching, at cash cost $1,153 and $1,177 AISC per Oz AuEq. Work on the Fenix Project feasibility study and permitting is progressing.
  • Pan American Silver Corp. released results from 14,300 m of drilling during the third quarter 2019 on its La Colorada mine in Zacatecas (see Resources and Development section) .
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. reported its third quarter 2019 production. Consolidated production was 956.5 K Oz AgEq. At Zimapan, in Hidalgo, 82.2 K tonnes were processed @ 75 gpt Ag, 0.59% Pb, 2.28% Zn, 0.48% Cu to produce 151.5 K Oz Ag (75% recovery), 463 tonnes Pb, 1,492 tonnes Zn, 316 tonnes Cu. At Veta Grande, in Zacatecas, 44 K tonnes were processed @ 99 gpt Ag, 0.24 gpt Au, 1.45% Pb, 2.11% Zn to produce 62.4 K Oz Ag (45% recovery), 139 Oz Au, 370 tonnes Pb, 519 tonnes Zn. At Rosario, in San Luis Potosi, 22 K tonnes were processed @ 65 gpt Ag, 0.25 gpt Au, 0.40% Pb, 2.04% Zn to produce 43 K Oz Ag (93% recovery).
  • Premier Gold Mines Ltd. announced Q3 2019 production results, including 14,481 Oz Au and 37.5 K Oz Ag from its Mexican operations at Mercedes, in Sonora.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc. reported third quarter 2019 results. At its El Limon-Guajes mine in Guerrero, the company produced 138,145 Oz Au, mine production averaged 144,989 tonnes per day (tpd), mine ore production averaged 15,391 tpd @ 3.19 gpt Au, with a plant throughput of 12,380 tpd @ 4.11 gpt Au, recovering 89% Au at cash cost $561 and AISC of $675.
  • Americas Gold and Silver Corp. released third quarter 2019 production results, including figures from its Cosalá operations in Sinaloa. At the site 151.2 K tonnes were milled to produce 128.8 K Oz Ag, 10.1 M Lb Zn, 3.7 M Lb Pb (or 1 M Oz AgEq), at cash cost -$10.82 per Oz Ag, and an AISC of -$1.49 per Oz Ag after sub-product credits.
  • Sierra Metals Inc. reported its Q3-2019 financial results, not including figures from its operations in Mexico. The company had $29.0 M of cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period (Bolivar, Chihuahua).

ON FINANCING

  • Goldplay Exploration Ltd. filed an amended and restated condensed interim consolidated financial statement and management discussion and analysis for the six months ended June 30, 2019, adding the following disclosure “in Note 11 – Related Party Transactions; The Company issued 480,000 common shares valued at $60,000 as debt settlement with officers and a director of the Company and in Note 12 – Share Capital and Reserves; the Company issued 600,000 common shares valued at $75,000 as debt settlement including $60,000 to related parties” (San Marcial, Sinaloa).
  • Oroco Resource Corp. informed that warrant holders from a unit offering completed on April 2018 have fully exercised the purchase warrants providing the company $720 K (Santo Tomás, Sinaloa).
  • Starcore International Mines Ltd. announced it has resumed trading on the OTC Pink markets in USA under the symbol “SHVLF” (San Martin, Queretaro).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Pan American Silver Corp. released results (impressive) from 14,300 m of drilling during the third quarter on the La Colorada skarn discovery in Zacatecas. Drill highlights comprise 250.9 m @ 40 gpt Ag, 0.08% Cu, 2.6% Pb, 3.4% Zn (including 78.9 m @ 60 gpt Ag, 0.09% Cu, 3.9% Pb, 4.8% Zn); 72.3 m @ 37 gpt Ag, 0.16% Cu, 3.8% Pb, 6.3% Zn and 56.6 m @ 39 gpt Ag, 0.10% Cu, 3.3% Pb, 6.6% Zn; 124.8 m @ 42 gpt Ag, 0.08% Cu, 2.4% Pb, 3.1% Zn; 252.9 m @ 67 gpt Ag, 0.19% Cu, 3.8% Pb, 6.6% Zn (including 27.3 m @ 108 gpt Ag, 0.20% Cu, 8.1% Pb, 13.7% Zn and 148.6 m @ 81 gpt Ag, 0.23% Cu, 4.4% Pb, 7.7% Zn); 132.5 m @ 56 gpt Ag, 0.19% Cu, 3.8% Pb, 6.3% Zn and 139.2 m @ 54 gpt Ag, 0.15% Cu, 1.8% Pb, 5.9% Zn; 379.0 m @ 54 gpt Ag, 0.50% Cu, 2.0% Pb, 3.7% Zn (including 66.7 m @ 154 gpt Ag, 2.07% Cu, 1.0% Pb, 1.6% Zn).
  • Mexican Gold Corp. updated on its current drill program at its Las Minas project in Veracruz. To date 655 m have been drilled on five holes, with three holes testing El Dorado zone, another 261 m hole tested an electromagnetic anomaly, while the hole currently being drilled is also testing a 350 m extension of the same anomaly.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Telson Mining Corp. informed that as a result of suspending operations at Campo Morado in August 2019 under force majeur conditions, Telson has been without cash flows resulting in non-payment under the loan agreement with Nyrstar Holdings Ltd. This has resulted in Nyrstar issuing a notice of default and demand for payment. Telson’s outstanding debt under this loan agreement including principal and interest is approximately US$6 M. Telson expects to be able to recommence outstanding payments to Nyrstar while exploring other financing alternatives.
  • Prime Mining Corp. entered into contractual agreements for marketing, advertising, shareholder engagement and social media communications with Brisco Capital Partners Corp. for a monthly retainer for a minimum of a CDN$10 K and a maximum of CDN$50 K (Guadalupe de Los Reyes, Sinaloa).
  • Oceanus Resources Corp. announced that is now live on VRIFY, a platform being used by companies to communicate with investors using virtual tours of remote mining assets, 3D models and interactive presentations (El Tigre, Sonora).
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. and Peñoles, each by mean of a subsidiary, extended the Zimapan mine lease agreement from December 31,2019 to December 31, 2020. Santacruz must make monthly payments to Peñoles based on a 4% NSR, subject to a minimum US$45 K and a maximum of US$60 K per month. The extension provides more time for the negotiation of terms of a potential acquisition of the Zimapan mine in Hidalgo.
  • Almaden Minerals Ltd. was notified by SEMARNAT (Mexico’s environmental authority) that the permitting process for the Ixtaca project in Puebla has been suspended pending resolution of a mineral title lawsuit previously reported. “Under the Lawsuit, certain organisations have supported legal challenges against the Government of Mexico and the Mexican mineral title regime using the Company’s mineral claims as a basis for their challenges. The Lawsuit contends that the issuance of Almaden’s original mineral titles violated human rights and did not respect Mexico’s commitment to indigenous consultation under United Nations Instrument ILO 169…… o. In April, 2019, a Lower Court in Puebla State ruled that the Mexican mineral title system is unconstitutional and as a result these original mineral claims should be held exclusively for Almaden until such time as consultation can be completed. This Lower Court decision has now been appealed by the Mexican Congress, Senate, Secretary of Economy and Mining authorities, as well as Almaden as an affected party. The Lawsuit remains before the Courts”. SEMARNAT was informed on October 24 that the company completed the necessary steps to abandon its mineral claims in the area of the complaint in 2017.
  • Bacanora Lithium is using Veolia Water Technologies Division with its HPD evaporation and crystallisation technologies to validate Bacanora Lithium’s product purity requirements at the Sonor lithium project, while removing potassium and converting it into a sub-product. Veolia engineered and designed the production process that recovers lithium carbonate and sulphate of potash from clay deposits.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Minas de Oro Nacional (Alamos Gold) reunited in Matarachi, Sahuaripa and Hermosillo (Sonora) all the 185 students currently receiving scholarships to study in Matarachi, Sahuaripa, Arivechi, Chihuahua, Cuahutémoc and San Luis Rio Colorado. The ceremony in Hermosillo was held with company and state executives, including the state governor, the Mining Director, the director of DIF, the director of the Sonora Mining Cluster, the director of the Miners Association of Sonora and the SEC sub-secretary of Basic Education.

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On the image below: Gneiss hosted quartz veinlet from a project in Oaxaca. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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