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

By Jorge Cirett

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

ON MEXICO ISSUES

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

ON EXPLORATION

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

ON MINING

  • No relevant news.

ON FINANCING

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

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

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

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

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

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No relevant news.

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

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

By Jorge Cirett

During the 45th week of the year (November 8th to November 14th, 2021), at least 22 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, seven companies posted exploration advances on their properties, five released Q3 reports, two on financing related news and one on marketing services contracting, while five companies posted on project development or resource definition and one more on a project acquisition. ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Starcore International is exploring its Tecouitla and Meztli 4 concessions; Colibri Resources started RC drilling at Evelyn; Minaurum Gold informed on drilling at Alamos Silver; Silver Tiger reported high-grade results from drilling at El Tigre; Tocvan Ventures commenced field operations at Pilar. In Durango, Canasil Resources is to resume drilling at Nora.   ON MINING, Gatos Silver, Avino Silver, Pan American Silver, Fortuna Silver and Endeavour Silver (all silver companies) presented their Q3 2021 reports. ON FINANCING, Candelaria Mining contracted the service of two marketing companies. Heliostar Metals closed a financing round for $4 M. Great Panther announced the underwriting of $20 M in shares. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Fabled Silver released results from underground drilling at Santa Maria, Chihuahua. GoGold Resources reported drilling results from Los Ricos North in Jalisco. Pan American Silver disclosed further impressive drilling results from La Colorada Skarn in Zacatecas. Golden Minerals released RC drilling results from Rodeo, Durango. Osisko Development disclosed drilling results from the Sapuchi deposit at San Antonio in Sonora.   ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Millrock Resources singed an agreement with Mine Discovery Fund on El Batamote property in Sonora. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Coanzamex, Industrias Peñoles and Fresnillo PLC informed on its support for communities, science and education.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No Relevant News.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Starcore International Mines Ltd. is to start drilling at it “Meztli 4” and “Tecouilta” mining concessions in Sonora. The first stage drilling is to explore five veins that have more than eight months of reconnaissance work and 2,000 surface samples. Starcore holds 14,451 hectares in the area, which includes the Creston molybdenum deposit. The veins range from 0.55 to 1.07 m in width at the surface, with grades of up to 4.19 gpt Au and 250 gpt Ag.
  • Monarca Minerals Inc. released results from reverse circulation drilling at San Jose, in Chihuahua. “Large volumes of skarn and altered intrusive rocks have been intersected in the drilling …….. Mineralization is hosted in both exoskarn and endoskarn and in silicified intrusive rocks, which are locally potassically altered”. Some of the highlighted hole-length intervals comprise 3 m @ 4.07 gpt Au, 6 gpt Ag, 0.2% Pb, 0.5% Zn; 1.5 m @ 79 gpt Ag, 0.34% cu, 0.4% Pb, 1.5% Zn; 6.1 m @ 0.36 gpt Au, 3 gpt Ag, 1% Cu; 3 m @ 3.11 gpt Au, 32 gpt Ag, 0.13 % Cu; 1.5 m @ 0.92 gpt Au, 2 gpt Ag; 4.6 m @ 0.13 gpt Au, 0.33% Cu.
  • Colibri Resources Corp. started reverse circulation drilling at its Evelyn project in Sonora. The first 5,000 m phase of drilling will take approximately two months, focusing on targets generated by high-grade surface and trench sample results coincident with magnetic gradients and lineaments and mapped structures.
  • Minaurum Gold Inc. informed on drilling results at its Alamos Silver project in Sonora. “. Drilling at the Alessandra vein recently discovered a blind Ag-Cu-Pb-Zn skarn that is open in all directions while ongoing drilling at Europa-Guadalupe continues to delineate a high-grade mineralized vein system which is now been extended by 40% to at least 800 meters in length. Europa-Guadalupe remains open at depth and along strike”. Highlighted core-length results comprise 1.60 m @ 174 gpt Ag, 1.3% Cu; 1.20 m @ 0.3% Pb, 2.4% Zn; 5.05 m @ 106 gpt Ag, 0.2% Pb, 0.5% Zn; 2.25 m @ 228 gpt Ag, 0.1 gpt Au, 0.17% Cu, 0.5% Pb, 1.3% Zn; 1.55 m @ 139 gpt Ag, 0.13% Cu, 0.1% Pb, 0.2% Zn; 1.65 m @ 240 gpt Ag, 0.4% Cu, 0.5% Pb, 0.6% Zn; 1.10 m @ 1.2% Pb, 7.6% Zn; 0.90 m @ 57 gpt Ag, 0.24 gpt Au, 1.0% Pb, 3.0% Zn; 3.85 m @ 57 gpt Ag, 0.56 gpt Au, 0.8% Pb, 2.1% Zn; 11.05 m @ 120 gpt Ag, 0.25 gpt Au, 1.12% Cu, 0.4% Pb, 1.8% Zn; 6.40 m @ 147 gpt Ag, 0.13% Cu, 0.3% Pb, 0.6% Zn; 0.95 m @ 435 gpt Ag, 0.35 gpt Au, 0.43% Cu, 1.4% Pb, 3.6% Zn; 0.70 m @ 513 gpt Ag, 0.26% Cu, 0.2% Pb, 0.3% Zn; 1.50 m @ 1.1 gpt Au; 2.85 m @ 91 gpt Ag, 0.24% Cu, 0.3% Pb, 0.5% Zn; 21.85 m @ 62 gpt Ag, 0.14% Cu, 0.2% Pb, 0.4% Zn.
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc. reported high-grade results from drilling on the Seitz Kelley vein at El Tigre project in Sonora. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 17.5 m @ 31.53 gpt Au, 139 gpt Ag, 0.11% Cu, 0.9% Pb, 2.2% Zn, including 1.6 m @ 343.12 gpt Au, 238 gpt Ag, 0.1% Cu, 1.6% Pb, 2.6% Zn (which includes 0.5 m @ 1,097.8 gpt Au, 255 gpt Ag), and 7.1 m @ 0.21 gpt Au, 277 gpt Ag, 0.24% Cu, 1.8% Pb, 4.7% Zn. “The historical underground workings on the Seitz Kelly vein extended over a strike length of 1,000 meters on 11 working levels. Geological and assay plan maps from the original operations were recovered from the Anaconda Collection archives at the University of Wyoming. A total of 5,301 underground channel samples with gold and silver assays in the Seitz Kelly workings (levels, raises, winzes, crosscuts) were digitized and plotted. Mining on the upper levels of the Seitz Kelly vein was advanced to Section 5500N but only to 5100N on Level 6 and 5000N on Level 7 below the Espuelas Canyon (see Sooy and Seitz Kelly Vein Plan Map) when the mine shut down in 1930. Both drifts were advancing to the north in high grade ore”.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. commenced field operations at Pilar, in Sonora. The company intends to evaluate surface mineralization with trenching and channel sampling, metallurgical studies and additional 5,000 to 8,000 m of drilling.
  • Canasil Resources Inc. is planning to resume core drilling at the Nora project in Durango. The work is set to start on the third week of November, and is to focus on testing below and along strike extensions of the Candy vein high-grade already defined. Ten holes have tested the Candy vein for 500 m of the 3 Km traced strike on the surface, to a depth of 175 below, returning up to 11.29 true-width @ 5.31 gpt Au, 336 gpt Ag.

ON MINING

  • Gatos Silver Inc. reported third quarter 2021 operational and financial results. At Cerro Los Gatos in Chihuahua, 242.9 K tonnes were mined, 234 K tonnes milled at 2,544 tpd, averaging 256 gpt Ag, 0.30 gpt Au, 2.35% Pb, 4.10% Zn, containing 1.7 M Oz Ag, 1.3 K Oz Au, 10.8 M Lb Pb, 13.5 M Lb Zn, having recovered 89% Ag, 63% Au, 91% Pb, 74% Zn. By-product cash cost was $3.58 per AgEq Oz and By-product AISC $19.57 per AgEq Oz.
  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. presented its consolidated financial results for the third quarter 2021. During the period at the Avino mine in Durango, 58.2 K tonnes were milled to produce 77.9 K Oz Ag, 1,183 Oz Au, 685.5 K Lb Cu, at cash cost $6.75 per AgEq and AISC of $25.60. Currently mining and milling are proceeding at between 1,000 and 1,500 tpd, below the 2,500 tpd plant capacity. As announced before, the La Preciosa property was acquired and plans are being prepared to integrate production into the Avino operations.
  • Pan American Silver Corp. reported unaudited results for the third quarter 2021, including some figures from its Mexican operations. At La Colorada, in Zacatecas, 1.4 M Oz Ag, 700 Oz Au were produced at cash cost $12.65 and AISC $18.48 per Ag Oz. At Dolores, in Chihuahua, 484 K Oz Ag, 39.6 K Oz Au were produced at cash cost $767 and AISC $951 per Au Oz.
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. reported third quarter 2021 financial results, including figures from its Mexican operations. At San Jose, in Oaxaca, 250 K tonnes were milled at an average rate of 2,862 tonnes per day (tpd), grading 185 gpt Ag, 1.22 gpt Au, with recoveries of 92% and 91% respectively, to produce 1.43 M Oz Ag, 8,910 Oz Au at cash cost $9.99 per Oz AgEq and an AISC of $15.51 per Oz AgEq.
  • Endeavour Silver Corp. released its financial results for the Q3 2021. The company operates the Guanaceví mine in Durango and the Bolañitos mine in Guanajuato, having suspended recently operations at the El Compas mine in Zacatecas. During the period 1.3 M Oz Ag, 10,541 Oz Au were produced at $8.16 per Oz Ag and AISC of $17.46 per Oz AgEq, net of gold credits.

ON FINANCING

  • Candelaria Mining Corp. has contracted the services of two marketing companies, Adelaide Capital Markets Inc. and Investor News Network (Caballo Blanco, Veracruz).
  • Heliostar Metals Ltd. closed the second and final tranche of its non-brokered private placement offering for gross proceeds of $2.713.6 K, which combined with the first tranche amount to aggregate gross proceeds of $4 M (Cumaro, Sonora).
  • Great Panther Mining Ltd. announced an agreement under which the underwriters are to buy shares of the company for aggregate gross proceeds of $20 M (Guanajuato Mine Complex, Guanajuato and Topia, Durango).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp. released results from underground diamond drilling on its Santa Maria property in Chihuahua. The highlighted core-length interval is 16.50 m @ 0.04 gpt Au, 20 gpt Ag, including 3.0 m @ 0.11 gpt Au, 42 gpt Ag, and 1.50 m @ 0.11 gpt Au, 50 gpt Ag, and 1.50 m @ 0.12 gpt Au, 33 gpt Ag. The interval is in a dike with 1 mm stockwork quartz/oxidized pyrite veining.
  • GoGold Resources Inc. reported results form 11 holes at Mololoa and 19 holes at El Nayar at its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Some of the highlighted core-length intervals at Mololoa comprise 8.5 m @ 0.12 gpt Au, 50 gpt Ag; 23.5 m @ 0.25 gpt Au, 78 gpt Ag; 1.4 m @ 1.87 gpt Au, 798 gpt Ag; 5.0 m @ 0.23 gpt Au, 75 gpt Ag; 19.9 m @ 0.39 gpt Au, 90 gpt Ag; 6.8 m @ 0.12 gpt Au, 51 gpt Ag; 9.7 m @ 0.35 gpt Au, 97 gpt Ag, and 8.0 m @ 0.21 gpt Au, 70 gpt Ag; 7.1 m @ 0.33 gpt Au, 126 gpt Ag; 3.9 m @ 1.73 gpt Au, 288 gpt Ag; 16.6 m @ 0.50 gpt Au, 116 gpt Ag; 5.6 m @ 0.27 gpt Au, 81 gpt Ag; 5.5 m @ 157 gpt Ag; 1.5 m @ 0.36 gpt Au, 335 gpt Ag; 3.8 m @ 0.87 gpt Au, 161 gpt Ag; 14.1 m @ 0.12 gpt Au, 92 gpt Ag; 3.1 m @ 3.20 gpt Au, 67 gpt Ag at El Nayar.
  • Pan American Silver Corp. provided results from 39 infill and step-out holes at La Colorada Skarn in Zacatecas. During the current year 36,000 m of infill drilling and 14,000 m of exploration drilling have been completed, and 18,000 m are planned before the year ends and a further 60,000 m in 2022. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 31.9 m @ 48 gpt Ag, 0.13% Cu, 3.5% Pb, 5.2% Zn; 77.1 m @ 119 gpt Ag, 0.26% Cu, 7.7% Pb, 13.6% Zn; 114.6 m @ 133 gpt Ag, 3.6% Pb, 4.8% Zn; 70.3 m @ 82 gpt Ag, 4.2% Pb, 10.0% Zn; 204.5 m @ 48 gpt Ag, 0.19% Cu, 3.2% Pb, 5.3% Zn; 181.7 m @ 60 gpt Ag, 0.13% Cu, 3.8% Pb, 4.3% Zn; 96.3 m @ 19 gpt Ag, 2.4% Pb, 3.1% Zn; 89.0 m @ 65 gpt Ag, 0.19% Cu, 3.3% Pb, 6.6% Zn; 264.1 m @ 60 gpt Ag, 0.23% Cu, 3.4% Pb, 6.8% Zn; 314.1 m @ 35 gpt Ag, 0.17% Cu, 0.17% Cu, 1.6% Pb, 2.8% Zn; 64.5 m @ 69 gpt Ag, 0.15% Cu, 2.1% Pb, 4.7% Zn; 111.0 m @ 41 gpt Ag, 0.22% Cu, 1.3% Pb, 4.3% Zn.
  • Golden Minerals Co. released assays from its reverse circulation and diamond drill programs at Rodeo, in Durango. Highlighted drilled-length intervals comprise 28 m @ 2.0 gpt Au, 18 gpt Ag; 34 m @ 2.3 gpt Au, 9 gpt Ag; 20 m @ 8.2 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag; 26 m @ 2.4 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag; 24 m @ 3.7 gpt Au, 14 gpt Ag. “The 2021 drilling programs conducted at Rodeo consisted of 47 RC holes totaling 3,187m, plus 35 diamond holes totaling 2461m”.
  • Osisko Development Corp. announced drilling results from its exploration and category conversion drill program at its San Antonio project in Sonora. Mineralization at Sapuchi, Golfo de Oro and California is in a hydrothermal breccia 3,000 m long with intense sericite-chlorite alteration in sedimentary rocks, related to an intrusion and interpreted as of iron oxide gold style affinity (IOCG). A total of 27,000 m on 156 holes have been drilled in 2021, of which results for the first 41 holes at Sapuchi were presented on this press release. Core length results comprise 12.50 m @ 2.16 gpt Au; 10.25 m @ 2.37 gpt Au; 17.70 m @ 1.01 gpt Au, 12 gpt Ag; 13.85 m @ 1.50 gpt Au; 9.45 m @ 1.58 gpt Au, 32 gpt Ag; 20.45 m @ 1.08 gpt Au; 22.15 m @ 1.59 gpt Au; 12.65 m @ 2.94 gpt Au; 9.00 m @ 2.24 gpt Au, 14 gpt Ag; 39.90 m @ 1.02 gpt Au; 19.30 m @ 1.60 gpt Au; 22.00 m @ 1.30 gpt Au; 21.65 m @ 2.14 gpt Au; 29.20 m @ 1.52 gpt Au, 14 gpt Ag; 11.85 m @ 1.80 gpt Au; 9.10 m @ 2.19 gpt Au.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Millrock Resources inc. signed a binding letter agreement (and received a US$50 K payment) with Mine Discovery Fund Pty. Ltd. on its El Batamote property in Sonora. A definitive agreement will be signed once MDF incorporates a subsidiary company in Mexico. To earn a 100% interest in the concessions, cash payments for a total of US$1 M over five years should be made, execute US$6 M in exploration and pay Millrock US$250 K in shares. If the purchase option is exercised, annual advanced minimum royalty payments will have to be made, the first of US$50 K, and then increasing annually until a US$500 K is reached, remaining capped at that level until commercial production is achieved, when a 1% NSR on production enters into effect.  The Batamote property hosts porphyry copper mineralization in the Cananea – La Caridad trend.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Coanzamex informed on its sponsorship of the fire department in Parral, Chihuahua.
  • Industrias Peñoles and Fresnillo PLC informed on their support for basic science and education.
  • Grupo Mexico announced the donation of tree saplings to the Chihuahua government.

On the image below: Porphyritic dike on a porphyry copper project in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

By Jorge Cirett

During the 43rd week of the year (October 25th to October 31st, 2021), at least 34 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, six companies posted exploration advances on their properties, six released Q3 reports, one on commencement of mining and one other in red tape issues, there were no financing related news, while ten companies posted on project development or resource definition and one more on a project acquisition. ON MEXICO ISSUES, a leftist senator asked for the Mining Fund to be reinstated for the benefit of communities. The head of the Energy Secretariat confirmed plans to create a lithium State company, and the government’s drive to monopolize the electricity market. Mixed market results for Mexican companies in 2021. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Colibri Resources updated on drilling preparations. In Chihuahua, Reyna Silver has drilled the first skarn intervals in the Guigui project, rising the stakes and probing that pursuing geological models can pay off. Radius Gold released good drill results from the California target in the Amalia project. In Durango, Silverton updated on exploration activities at Pluton. In Sinaloa, Brigadier Gold released trench results from El Placer vein system at its Picachos property. In Nayarit, Sierra Madre Gold and Silver released surface sample results.   ON MINING, Fortuna Silver is awaiting a resolution on an application to continue mining at San José, in Oaxaca. Agnico Eagle, Altaley Mining, Guanajuato Silver, Alamos Gold, Coeur Mining, Gold Resource and Fresnillo PLC presented their Q3 2021 reports. Guanajuato Silver shipped its first concentrate from El Cubo mill. ON FINANCING, for the first time in a long period, no relevant news on this matter. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Sonoro Gold plans a 10,000 m RC drilling campaign alongside the development of a 15 K tpd leach mining operation at Cerro Caliche in Sonora. A PEA has been filed. Barksdale Resources released good drilling results from San Javier, in Sonora. SilverCrest Metals continues construction on budget and on schedule at Las Chispas, Sonora. Excellon Resources presented high-grade drilling results from Platosa, in Durango. Silver Dollar is preparing for drilling at La Joya, Durango. Southern Silver Exploration updated the resource estimate at Cerro Las Minitas, Durango. GoGold Resources released drilling results from Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Orex Minerals pointed that Fresnillo PLC, its JV partner at the Coneto project in Durango, released a maiden resource estimation. Mag Silver reported production from development at Juanicipio, Zacatecas by its JV partner Fresnillo PLC.   ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Avino silver & Gold Mines acquired the La Preciosa project, neighboring its Avino mine in Durango. Advance Gold filed a patent for lithium extraction from clays and fine sands. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Fresnillo PLC informed on health campaigns in Zacatecas.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Geovanna Bañuelos, senator by the Partido del Trabajo (PT) asked for the Mining Fund to be reinstated in benefit to communities and municipalities where mining takes place.
  • Rocío Nahle, head of the Energy Secretariat, confirmed plans to create a lithium State company, as part of a wider reform in the electricity industry, same that is seen as containing expropriation streaks. The private sector is overwhelmingly against this reform, that is seen to conduct to higher energy prices and pollution, as well to scare other investments from the country.
  • Mixed results for Mexican Mining companies reflect changes in metal prices. Companies that have seen their stock tumble during 2021 include Fresnillo (-20.7% in Mexico, -18.3% in London). Peñoles (-11.4%) and Frisco (-4.2%) by their exposure to precious metals that have contracted by 5% in the case of gold and 7.4% for silver. Companies that have seen their stock appreciate include Autlán (+23.5%) and Grupo Mexico (+13.5%), the latter due to the 26.7% increase in the copper price.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Silverton Metals Corp. updated on the exploration activities at the Pluton project in Durango. The company’s processing and 3-D modelling of geophysical data is showing features not previously identified and defined new target areas. “Magnetometry reprocessing has been completed while ZTEM and gravity modelling are in progress. Permitting is underway for a seismic test line scheduled to be surveyed before year end. The seismic profile is expected to determine the depth to carbonate rocks” which might determine the depth to the favorable carbonate rocks.
  • Brigadier Gold Ltd. released results from additional trenches at El Placer Sur vein system at its 3,954-hectare Picachos project in Sinaloa. The property shows a porphyry Cu-Mo in an intrusive complex and Au-Ag-Cu-Pb-Zn veins. Intrusion hosted bulk tonnage coppers is exposed on the lower elevations, with sericitic breccias bearing Mo-rich stockworks a little bit above and peripheral to these, Au-Cu-Pb-Zn veins occur with propylitic, argillic and sericitic alteration on host rocks. At EL Placer Sur, veins historically mined on narrow widths are showing wider spans in trenches, like 10.65 m @ 2.08 gpt Au, 38 gpt Ag, 638 ppm Cu, 2.9% Pb, 3.5% Zn; 5 m @ 3.37 gpt Au, 3 gpt Ag.
  • Radius Gold Inc. released high-grade results from drilling by Pan American Silver Corp. of the California target at the Amalia project in Chihuahua. “The California vein breccia system has been mapped for 2.8km” with 3,814 m of drilling limited to 1km. Reported intervals include 6.20 m @ 93 gpt Ag, 0.43 gpt Au; 27.30 m @ 90 gpt Ag, 0.26 gpt Au; 50.40 m @ 50 gpt Ag, 0.05 gpt Au; 3.95 m @ 487 gpt Ag, 2.15 gpt Au; 17.15 m @ 35 gpt Ag, 0.07 gpt Au; 1.75 m @ 578 gpt Ag, 0.27 gpt Au; 11.20 m @ 379 gpt Ag, 1.26 gpt Au; 26.90 m @ 353 gpt Ag, 2.59 gpt Au (including 7.50 m @ 976 gpt Ag, 7.38 gpt Au); 11.15 m @ 99 gpt Ag, 0.64 gpt Au.
  • Reyna Silver Corp. reported initial results for its 13-hole drilling program at Guigui, in Chihuahua. “The program was designed to narrow down the location of the probable source intrusion for the Santa Eulalia District- Mexico’s largest known Carbonate Replacement Deposit (CRD)”. Two holes cut a 200 m thick rhyolitic intrusion, starting at 1,309 m of depth, previously unknown in the district, with extensive high-grade mineralization at its base. The highlighted interval comprises 54.90 m @ 23 gpt Ag, 0.67% Pb, 1.86% Zn, including 15.80 m @ 60 gpt Ag, 2.19% Pb, 5.85% Zn. The epidote skarn present shows textural evidence for multiple stages of formation that point to repeated pulses of mineralization related to a possible multi-phase intrusive center (Note by Editor.- Congratulations to Peter Megaw, who has been relentlessly pursuing this beast for several
  • Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd. released results from assaying of 319 reconnaissance surface samples at La Tigra, Nayarit. The samples average 0.48 gpt Au, with 10% of the total returning more than 1 gpt Au and a peak of 18.2 gpt Au.
  • Colibri Resource Corp. updated on preparations for drilling at Evelyn in Sonora. Current work includes geological mapping and sampling, as well as construction of drill access roads and pads. The incoming reverse circulation program of up to 10,000 m will be based on the surface distribution of higher-grade assay results coincident with magnetic gradients and lineaments, as well as mapped structures.

ON MINING

  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. informed the company filed with SEMARNAT (Environmental regulator) an application to extend by ten years the term of the environmental impact authorization (EIA) on its San Jose mine in Oaxaca. SEMARNAT has failed to resolve timely on the application, and Fortuna has obtained a provisional injunction from a federal court that allows the continued operation of the San Jose mine beyond the expiry date of the EIA. The company is seeking “an additional injunction to permit the continued operation of the San Jose Mine until the extension to the EIA is granted”.
  • Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. presented Q3 2021 results, including figures from its Mexican operations. At Pinos Altos, in Chihuahua, 444 K tonnes were processed at a rate of 4,826 tonnes per day (tpd), averaging 2.40 gpt Au, to produce 32,402 Oz Au at production cash cost $1,156 per Oz Au and total cash cost of $854 per Oz Au. At Creston Mascota, residual leaching produced 2,988 Oz Au at $593 per Oz Au and total cost of $486 per Oz Au. At La India, in Sonora, 1.23 M tonnes were processed at a rate of 13,402 tpd and a grade of 0.62 gpt Au, to produce 17,124 Oz Au at a production cost of $931 per Oz Au and a total cash cost of $971 pr Oz Au.
  • Altaley Mining Corp. provided preliminary production results for the quarter ending on September 30, 2021. At Campo Morado in Guerrero, 163.7 K tonnes were milled @ 1.2 gpt Au, 129 gpt Ag, 1.1% Pb, 4.5% Zn, recovering 22% Au, 46% Ag, 31% Pb, 74% Zn to produce 11.8 K tonnes of Zn concentrate and 2.7 K tonnes of Pb concentrate.
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. announced the first shipment of Au-Ag concentrate from El Cubo mill in Guanajuato. Approximately 75 tonnes of concentrate produced on the recently refurbished processing plant, averaging 200 Oz Ag per tonne and 2 Oz Au per tonne.
  • Alamos Gold Inc. presented its third quarter 2021 production report, including figures from its Mexican operations. At Mulatos, in Sonora, 744.8 K tonnes of ore and 1.675 M tonnes of waste were moved, with 1.58 M tonnes stacked @ 1.08 gpt Au, containing 54,999 Oz Au with a recovery rate of 49% Au to produce 26,700 Oz Au. A further 6.3 M tonnes of waste were moved at La Yaqui Grande pit, as part of pre-stripping. Production was significantly impacted by an above-average rainy season.
  • Coeur Mining Inc. reported third quarter financial results including figures from its operation in Mexico. At Palmarejo in Chihuahua, 517.4 K tonnes were milled @ 1.55 gpt Au, 120 gpt Ag, recovering 93.7% Au, 85.5% Ag to produce 24,254 Oz Au, 1.7 M Oz Ag. La Preciosa deposit in Durango was sold to Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. for a total potential consideration between 58.8 M and $93.4 M plus two royalties.
  • Gold Resource Corp. reported Q3 2021 results. At the Don David mine in Oaxaca, 155.5 K tonnes were milled @ 1.26 gpt Au, 68 gpt Ag, 0.40% Cu, 1.9% Pb, 5.0% Zn, to produce 4,728 Oz Au, 324.6 K Oz Ag, 428 tonnes Cu, 2,157 tonnes Pb, 5,538 tonnes Zn.
  • Fresnillo PLC reported production of 12.7 M Oz Ag in the third quarter of 2021. The company maintains the 2021 guidance between 53.5 M Oz Ag and 59.5 M Oz Ag.

ON FINANCING

  • No Relevant News.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Sonoro Gold Corp. intends to resume drilling at the Cerro Caliche project in Sonora, with a 10,000 m reverse circulation (RC) drilling campaign. The drilling is to proceed alongside the proposed development of 15,000 tonnes per day (tpd) heap leach mining operation. The six-month program is to focus in expanding oxide gold mineralization and some potential high-grade targets in a total of 12 zones, with holes averaging 100-110 m in depth.
  • Barksdale Resources Corp. released good drill results from the current 5,000m program at its San Javier project in Sonora. Results from the Cerro Verde zone testing gaps between historically known mineralization intercepted 38.5 m @ 0.38% Cu, 0.38 gpt Au and 51 m @ 0.32% Cu, 0.29 gpt Au in one hole, with a 27 m 1.97 gpt Au interval partially overlapping with these two zones. Another hole intercepted 105 m @ 0.63% Cu, 0.40 gpt Au, including 15 m @ 1.01% Cu; 9 m @ 1.57% Cu, 2.20 gpt Au; with a 18 m @ 1.77 gpt Au, 0.97% Cu interval partially overlapping and an independent 21 m @ 0.55 gpt Au interval. To date 24 diamond drill holes have been completed, of which the first four were drilled partially or completely in PQ size (for metallurgical studies), and the rest as HQ size.  
  • SilverCrest Metals Inc. advised project construction continues on schedule and budget at its Las Chispas property in Sonora. Well-advanced or completed areas comprise the plant detailed engineering, process plant construction, electrical powerline (81 Km) construction, bridge construction, confined camp construction, access road construction, underground development, underground infrastructure and stockpile growth, dry stack tailings facility and assay lab construction.
  • Excellon Resources Inc. presented results from underground drilling at Platosa, in Durango. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 7.5 m @ 648 gpt Ag, 2.6% Pb, 1.4% Zn; 2.2 m @ 2,160 gpt Ag, 24.6% Pb, 7.2% Zn; 0.5 m @ 4,451 gpt Ag, 8.8% Pb, 12.2% Zn, 0.2 gpt Au; 3.4 m @ 501 gpt Ag, 5.8% Pb, 4.4% Zn; 0.9 m @ 1,310 gpt Ag, 9.8% Pb, 4.2% Zn, 0.1 gpt Au; 1.4 m @ 585 gpt Ag, 4.5% Pb, 3.0% Zn; 3.4 m @ 766 gpt Ag, 4.7% Pb, 3.5% Zn; 1.5 m @ 445 gpt Ag, 3.9% Pb, 7.4% Zn; 2.7 m @ 523 gpt Ag, 3.5% Pb, 8.5% Zn; 1.9 m @ 748 gpt Ag, 4.0% Pb, 12.8% Zn.
  • Silver Dollar Resources Inc. is relogging and resampling select historical drill core, along with targeted surface sampling and mapping to refine drill locations for its incoming drilling program at La Joya, Durango.
  • Southern Silver Exploration Corp. updated its mineral resource estimate on Cerro Las Minitas project in Durango. Indicated sulfide mineral resources stand at 12.32 M tonnes @ 106 gpt Ag, 0.07 gpt Au, 1.3 % Pb, 3.3% Zn, 0.16% Cu (347 gpt AgEq) containing 42.1 M Oz Ag, 28 K Oz Au, 358 M Lb Pb, 895 M Lb Zn, 44 M Lb Cu (137.3 M Oz AgEq) and inferred sulfide resources at 19.6 M tonnes @ 117 gpt Ag, 0.12 gpt Au, 1.2% Pb, 2.3% Zn, 0.23% Cu (314 gpt AgEq), containing 73.6 M Oz Ag, 78 K Oz Au, 500 M Lb Pb, 1,009 M Lb Zn, 98 M Lb Cu (197.7 M Oz AgEq).
  • GoGold Resources Inc. released the results of four drill holes from the El Favor East zone at its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Highlighted core-length results comprise 10.1 m @ 0.14 gpt Au, 42 gpt Ag; 27.5 m @ 0.04 gpt Au, 40 gpt Ag; 22.0 m @ 0.45 gpt Au, 151 gpt Ag (including 1.3 m @ 4.16 gpt Au, 827 gpt Ag); 20.0 m @ 0.37 gpt Au, 122 gpt Ag; 4.8 m @ 0.28 gpt Au, 107 gpt Ag; 1.4 m @ 0.40 gpt Au, 29 gpt Ag; 1.3 m @ 0.15 gpt Au, 60 gpt Ag; 12.1 m @ 0.32 gpt Au, 89 gpt Ag (including 1.3 m @ 1.94 gpt Au, 348 gpt Ag). The new drilling extended El Favor East for another 150 m.
  • Orex Minerals Inc. announced that the joint venture company which is 55% Fresnillo and 45% Orex received results from the first mineral resource estimate at the Coneto project in Durango. A total of 38,515 m of drilling in 106 diamond holes were used to calculate 5.32 M tonnes @ 1.67 gpt Au, 112 gpt Ag (3.15 gpt AuEq) containing 286 K Oz Au, 19.1 M Oz Ag (538 K Oz AuEq) in inferred resources.
  • Mag Silver Corp. reported 2021 third quarter production of underground development material from the Juanicipio project (56% Fresnillo PLC/44% Mag Silver). During the period 57.1 K tonnes were processed to produce 667.5 K Oz Ag, 1,107 Oz Au. “Construction of the Juanicipio processing plant continues to make good progress, with the focus now on transitioning from construction to commissioning activities”.
  • Sonoro Gold Corp. filed a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of the Cerro Caliche project in Sonora. The report envisages a Pre-Tax NPV (5%) of US$6.7 M and an IRR of 52.7% with a price of US$1,750 per Oz Au; 7 years of life of mine producing an average of 45.7 K Oz Au for a total of 325 K Oz Au; recoveries of 74% Au and 27% Ag; AISC of US$1,351 per Oz Au; 349 K Oz Au measured and indicated resources at 0.41 gpt Au and 71 K Oz Au of inferred resources at 0.40 gpt Au.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Advance Gold Corp. filed a patent application to extract lithium and potassium from clay and fine sand salars. The company intends to use this environmentally friendly method from its properties in central Mexico. The method uses water and an electrical process to obtain a solution of Li and K that can produce a high-grade concentrate from which Li and K extracted using organic compounds.
  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. acquired the La Preciosa project in Durango from Coeur Mining Inc. through the purchase of the shares of holding companies. La Preciosa is neighboring to the Avino mine, with operational synergies due to its location. Furthermore, metallurgical testing of ore achieved 80% Au and 60% gold recovery using flotation methods currently used at Avino’s mill facilities. La Preciosa holds 99 Moz Ag, 189 K Oz Au in indicated resources and 21 M Oz Ag, 35 K Oz Au in inferred resources. Avino agreed to pay a cash consideration of $15 M on closing and $5 M a year after closing, and issue 14 M shares (~12% of Avino stock will be owned by Coeur). A contingent cash consideration of $8.75 M will be paid within one year of commencement of mining. “Coeur will retain ownership of a 1.25% net smelter return royalty on the Gloria and Abundancia areas of La Preciosa, and a 2.00% gross value royalty on all areas of La Preciosa other than the Gloria and Abundancia areas”.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Fresnillo PLC informed on health campaigns in Zacatecas.

On the image below: Calc-sodic alteration along epidote veinlets in intrusive rocks on a project in the Sonoran Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

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By Miguel A Heredia

During the 34th week of the year (August 23th to August 29th, 2021), at least 14 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico and 2 news published by the media, with six reporting resources and developments of their properties, five informing on exploration results, two discussing social issues, one communicating production and financial results, one announcing financial topics, and one disclosing deal and corporate issues.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news.  ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Benjamin Hill confirmed the presence of gold and copper mineralization at depth at its Sonora Gold project, and Tocvan provided an update of its phase II drilling program at El Pilar project. In Chihuahua, Kootenay informed about the discovery of a potential new high-grade zone at its Columba project. In Sinaloa, Vizsla announced that it has resumed drilling at its flagship Panuco project and released new exploration drill results from the step-out drilling at the Napoleon Corridor.  ON MINING, Mexus Gold announced that the activated carbon system at its Santa Elena mine in Sonora is working as planned to produce gold.  ON FINANCING, Alamos Gold declared quarterly dividends of USD $0.025 per common share and announced it repurchased 600K shares at a cost of USD $4.5M (Mulatos mine, Sonora).  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Discovery presented Q2, 2021 financial results and provided an update of key activities for its flagship Cordero project in Chihuahua. Fabled reported drill results from its newly upgraded 14,200m drilling program at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua and informed that one hole intersected multiple mineralized sheeted vein structure over a true width of 150m. GoGold released results from six holes drilled at El Orito Zone at its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco and reported the completion of an IP survey to map out the sulphide rich zone along strike and dip. Golden Tag finished a geological interpretation program in partnership with Orix Geoscience at its San Diego project located in Durango.  GR Silver completed an initial resource estimate at its Plomosas project in Sinaloa. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Bacanora Lithium provided an update on the litigation with the Estate of Colin Orr-Ewing in regard to its challenge to the validity of the lithium royalty over the Sonora Lithium Project. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Grupo Mexico Foundation supports reforestation of protected natural areas in the country. La Cantera Desarrollos Mineros provided financial support for the construction of a medical appointment center in the community of Ojo de Agua in Guanajuato.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No relevant news.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Benjamin Hill Mining Corp (BHM), confirmed the presence of gold and copper mineralization at depth from channel samples collected underground in the Guadalupe and Cascabel adits at its Sonora Gold project. Highlights of the underground  samples collected over 2m intervals in the Guadalupe adit include 9.6 g/t Au and 0.5% Cu; 8.4 g/t Au and 0.3% Cu; 0.4 g/t Au and 4.3% Cu; 0.3 g/t Au and 3.5% Cu; and 0.2 g/t Au and 2.1% Cu. Highlights of the underground  samples collected over 1.5m interval in the Cascabel adit include 7.7 g/t Au and 0.4% Cu; 2.2 g/t Au and 0.4% Cu; 2.2 g/t Au and 0.7% Cu; 1.5 g/t Au and 2.9% Cu ; 1.3 g/t Au and 2.5% Cu; and 0.8 g/t Au and 2.4% Cu. Highlights of composites of channel samples from the underground sampling were calculated and include 1.54 g/t Au, 0.41% Cu, and 27 g/t Ag over 14m; 1.82 g/t Au,  0.88% Cu, and 44 g/t Ag over 7.5m; and 0.83 g/t Au, 0.38% Cu, and 19 g/t Ag over 7.5m. “The results of the underground sampling program proves that surface gold and copper mineralization extends to depth and supports BHM´s model of a copper-gold epithermal system. BHM geologists have previously mapped copper-gold mineralized structures over 8km cumulative length often attaining widths of 10´s of meters. The results of the adits sampling work supports the rational that the mineralized structures are drill ready targets”.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp., provided an update from its phase II drilling program at El Pilar project in Sonora. The company drilled 3,500m in 20 RC holes and reported that it was successful in three key target areas: The Main Zone expansion with 30m to the northwest and a total of 150m to the southeast. The most significant results was encountered in hole JES-21-38 which intersected 0.71 g/t Au and 2 g/t Ag (0.73 g/t AuEq) over 29m, including 2.6 g/t Au over 3.1m, including 1.9 g/t Au over 6.1m, and 0.56 g/t Au over 24.4m; the 4 Trench Zone, where it defined a new mineralized trend over 500m strike, parallel to the Main Zone. The most significant drill intersect was encountered in hole JES-21-53 with 1.1 g/t Au and 2 g/t Ag, including 2.4 g/t Au and 3 g/t Ag over 4.6m, including 4.6 g7t Au and 3 g7t Ag over 1.5m; and the Triple Vein Zone where one hole drilled intersected a narrow silver-rich zone with gold. Hole JES-21-56 intersected 0.57 g/t Au and 139 g/t Ag over 1.5m.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc., informed that it has completed its Phase 3 drilling program which consisted of 12 holes and announced the discovery of a potential new high-grade zone at its Columba project in Chihuahua. Hole CDH-21-101 intersected 459 g/t Ag over 1.6m, including 1,190 g/t Ag over 0.5m and 127 g/t Ag over 1.1m. The company is planning to design a drill program to drill test this new area with high grade silver potential.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp., announced that it has resumed drilling at its flagship Panuco project in Sinaloa due to an increase of COVID-19 risk in the local community. The company expects to return to full capacity with ten rigs running at the project. Vizsla also reported new exploration drill results from the ongoing step-out drilling at the Napoleon Vein Corridor.  Highlights of the ongoing drilling on Napoleon North and South include hole NP-21-170 collared at Papayo Zone with 825 g/t Ag, 7.95 g/t Au, 0.6% Pb, and 1.4% Zn (1,564 g/t AgEq) over 11.4m including 11,431 g/t Ag, 100.5 g/ t Au, 3.6% Pb, and 9.9% Zn (20,413 g/t AgEq) over 0.7m on Josephine Vein, and 104 g/t Ag, 1.25 g/t Au, 2.2% Pb, and 5% Zn (382 g/t AgEq) over 3.3m on Napoleon Vein; hole NP-21-150 collared at Ojo de Agua Zone with 34 g/t Ag and 3.95 g/t Au, (401 g/t AgEq) over 2.9m; and hole NP-21-153 with 55 g/t Ag and 6.87 g/t Au (697 g/t AgEq) over 1.7m. Drilling has currently extended the mineralized footprint for over 2.5Km along the Napoleon Vein Corridor.

ON MINING

  • Mexus Gold US announced that the activated carbon system at its Santa Elena mine in Sonora is working as planned to produce gold. “Mexus is enlarging the heap leach pad and has purchased the liner and seaming equipment to complete the job. Increasing the pad will allow Mexus to run 24 hours a day 7 days a week at 12 liters per second representing a 110% increase over current flows”.

ON FINANCING

  • Alamos Gold Inc., declared quarterly dividends of USD $0.025 per common share and announced it repurchased 600K shares at a cost of USD $4.5M or USD $7.50 per share, under its Normal Course Issuer Bid thus far in August. The dividend is payable on September 30, 2021 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on September 16, 2021. (Mulatos mine, Sonora).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Discovery Silver Corp., presented Q2, 2021 financial results and provided an update of key activities for its flagship Cordero project in Chihuahua. The company reported cash and cash equivalents and short term investment balance of CAD $88M. The Company’s cash position as of the date of this release is approximately CAD $84M. Discovery also reported results from its ongoing Phase 2 drilling campaign focused on reserve definition, resource expansion and high-grade vein delineation. Highlights of the reserve definition and resource expansion program include hole C21-481 with 75 g/t Ag, 0.45 g/t Au, 1.1% Pb, and 1% Zn (194 g/t AgEq) over 217.3m, including 99 g/t Ag, 0.54 g/t Au, 1.5% Pb, and 1.4% Zn (260 g/t AgEq) over 81.9m; hole C21-479 with 78 g/t Ag, 0.11 g/t Au, 1.7% Pb, and 2.8% Zn (260 g/t AgEq) over 132.6m, including 110 g/t Ag, 0.1 g/t Au, 2.4% Pb, and 5.9% Zn (448 g/t AgEq) over 46.3m, and 194 g/t Ag, 0.12 g/t Au, 4.2% Pb, and 9.6% Zn (748 g/t AgEq) over 21.5m; hole C21-476 with  51 g/t Ag, 0.09 g/t Au, 1.2% Pb, and 2.2% Zn (192 g/t AgEq) over 86.2m, including 97 g7t Ag, 0.16 g7t Au, 2.3% Pb, and 4.3% Zn (372 g/t AgEq) over 36.5m; hole C21-417 with 69 g/t Ag, 0.11 g/t Au, 0.7% Pb, and 3.7% Zn (258 g/t AgEq) over 65.9m; and hole C20-405 with 65 g/t Ag, 0.05 g/t Au, 1.2% Pb, and 1.3% Zn (165 g/t AgEq) over 128.2m, including 109 g/t Ag, 0.06% Au, 2% Pb, and 1.9% Zn (263 g/t AgEq) over 26.1m. Results from this bulk-tonnage drilling “has expanded the higher-grade bulk-tonnage domain by more than 250 m northeast, along strike in the South Corridor. This domain has now been defined over a strike length of approximately 1.4 km and drilled to a depth of 500 m and remains open below this”. Highlights from the high grade vein drilling on Josefina Vein Trend include hole C21-421 with 520 g/t Ag, 0.11 g/t Au, 3% Pb, and 9.8% Zn (1,043 g/t AgEq) over 4.1m; hole C21-457 with 1,570 g/t Ag, 16.25 g/t Au, 7% Pb, and 19% Zn (3,934 g/t AgEq) over 1.1m; and hole C21-435 with 1,960 g/t Ag,  0.32 g/t Au, 15.4% Pb, and 21.6% Zn (3,424 g/t AgEq) over 1.1m. Highlights from the high grade vein drilling on Todos Santos Vein Trend include hole C20-404 with 163 g/t Ag, 0.17 g/t Au, 2.8% Pb, and 3.1% Zn (403 g/t AgEq) over 2.2m; hole C21-409 with 160 g/t Ag, 0.39 g/t Au, 3.8% Pb, and 6.4% Zn (589 g/t AgEq) over 1m; and hole C21-418 with 160 g/t Ag, 0.27 g/t Au, 3.3% Pb, and 6.3% Zn (558 g/t AgEq) over 2.5m. The company also reported that its PEA study, which aimed to deliver a technically robust study that outlines one of the largest producing primary silver operations in the industry, is progressing well and announced that it is expected to be completed and delivered in Q4, 2021.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp., reported drill results from its newly upgraded 14,200m drilling program at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua and informed that one of these holes intersected multiple mineralized sheeted vein structure over a true width of 150m. The table below shows the assay results from drill hole SM-20-25:

In addition, hole SM20-26 encountered 9 gold bearing veins and veinlets varying from 0.2 to 6m wide which returned grades greater than 0.5 g/t Au, while hole SM20-27 encountered only 3 veins and veinlets grading greater than 0.5 g/t Au.

  • GoGold Resources inc., released results from six holes drilled at El Orito Zone in its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. The most significant drill intersect was from hole LRGO-21-062 which intersected 22 g/t Ag, 0.04 g/t Au, 0.09% Cu, 0.91% Pb, and 1.37% Zn (101 g/t AgEq) over 73.7m, including 73 g/t Ag, 0.07 g/t Au, 0.3% Cu, 5.5% Pb, and 3.1% Zn (339 g/t AgEq) over 5m, including 132 g/t Ag, 0.08 g/t Au, 1.08% Cu, 22.5% Pb, and 13% Zn (1,197 g/t AgEq) over 1.2m. The company also completed an IP survey aimed to map out the sulphide rich zone along strike and down dip. Drill results at El Orito Zone indicate that mineralization averages 30m in width for more than 700m in strike length and up to approximately 300 m in vertical depth from surface and is open in all directions.
  • Golden Tag Resources Ltd., finished a geological interpretation program in partnership with Orix Geoscience 2018 Inc., at its San Diego project located in Durango. This geological interpretation included a review of the lithology, alteration, structure and assays database to develop a current 3D geological model to better define locations of broad zones of skarn mineralization. The study determined that mineralization is concentrated at the Central Diorite contact and is associated with the development of both brown and green garnet skarns. “These broad zones of mineralized skarn are open to the north and at depth within the diorite and marble, as well as to the northwest and southeast of the currently modeled Fernandez Zone. Future drilling will be planned to drill these target areas.
  • GR Silver Mining Ltd., completed an initial resource estimate at its Plomosas project in Sinaloa. GR Silver reported indicated resources of 2.4M tonnes of 0.68 g/t Au, 44 g/t Ag, 0.9% Pb, and 1.2% Zn (133 g/t AgEq) for a total of 53K Oz Au, 3.4M Oz Ag, 48.1M Lb Pb, and 72.8M Lb Zn, and inferred resources of 5.8M tonnes of 0.46 g/t Au, 46 g/t Ag, 0.9% Pb, and 1.2% Zn (113 g/t AgEq) for a total of 85K Oz Au, 8.6M Oz Ag, 115.7M Lb Pb, and 148.6M Lb Zn.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Bacanora Lithium plc., provided an update on the litigation with the Estate of Colin Orr-Ewing in regard to its challenge to the validity of the lithium royalty over the Sonora Lithium Project. The Alberta Court has now issued its judgement that found in favor of the Estate of Colin Orr-Ewing. Bacanora intends to appeal this judgement on a point of law and maintains that the royalty is invalid on the grounds of misrepresentation and lack of consideration and intends to exhaust all legal avenues on behalf of all its shareholders.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Grupo Mexico Foundation supports reforestation of protected natural areas in the country. The company has planted 82,340 trees and shrubs of 25 species in 10 Protected Natural Areas of Mexico City.
  • La Cantera Desarrollos Mineros provided financial support to the community of Ojo de Agua, Guanajuato for the construction of a medical appointment center in benefit of approximately 60 inhabitants.

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On the picture above, cockade and quartz blade textures in an intermediate sulphidation epithermal vein system from a prospect in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

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

By Jorge Cirett

During the 33rd week of the year (August 16th to August 22nd, 2021), at least 22 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, four companies posted exploration advances on their properties, four posted on mining/quarterly reports, two on mining issues, four on financing or shares  and five more on project development or resource definition and one more on a property acquisition. ON MEXICO ISSUES, No relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Aloro Mining informed on continuation of drilling at Los Venados. In Chihuahua, Radius Gold announced one more drilling campaign at Amalia. In Sinaloa, Vizsla Silver updated on exploration at Panuco. In Nayarit, Xali Gold submitted drilling applications for El Dorado.    ON MINING, Americas Gold and Silver, Prime Mining, First Majestic Silver, and Impact Silver presented second quarter 2021 reports. Mexus Gold shipped its first activated carbon. Gold Resource halted activities due to increase in COVID cases among its workforce. ON FINANCING, Candelaria Mining will not complete the proposed private placement. Galore Resources is to extend the expiry date of some warrants. Kootenay Silver is to spin-out its Canadian assets into another company. Magna Gold closed the previously announced private placement for C$10 M. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Sierra Metals announced a 10,000 tpd PEA for its Bolivar mine in Chihuahua. Fabled Silver Gold released more results from drilling at Santa Maria. Excellon Resources released high grade Ag-Pb-Zn drilling results from Platosa. GoGold Resources informed on results of drilling at the Casados deposit at Los Ricos project. Sonoro Gold reported results of metallurgical tests at Cerro Caliche.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Starcore International Mines acquired the Tecouitla claims in Sonora. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, No relevant news.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • No relevant news.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Xali Gold Corp. informed exploration permit applications have been submitted for El Dorado project in Nayarit. The plus 2,000 m program envisaged will test potential lateral extensions to high-grade zones to better define plunging mineralization shoots, and collection of a bulk sample from El Hundido mine.
  • Radius Gold Inc. announced that the phase five drilling campaign has commenced at its Amalia project in Chihuahua. Pan American Silver Corp., the project operator plans to deploy a second rig to test El Cuervo target.
  • Aloro Mining Corp. informed that Alamos Gold Inc. is to resume the reconnaissance drill program on the Los Venados claims in Sonora. Alamos has already exceeded its first year exploration commitment; the current program is focused on outcropping low sulfidation epithermal mineralization.
  • Vizsla Silver Corp. provided an update on its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Due to the current rise in Covid cases in Sinaloa, Vizsla will keep the current pause in activities at the property until the end of the month, and then gradually increase activities through September. Resource drilling is being done at Napoleon (950 x 350 m area) and Tajitos (550 m x 300 m area), exploration drilling is testing the Napoleon, Cinco Señores, Cordon de Oro and Animas Corridors. Preliminary metallurgical testing is being done on Napoleon vein material, and geotechnical and hydrogeological studies are being conducted. Drilling programmed for the remainder of 2021 comprises 35,000 m.  

ON MINING

  • Americas Gold and Silver Corp. reported second quarter 2021 consolidated financial and operational results. For Mexico, the company reported that it “signed an agreement with the Mexican Ministries of Economy, Interior and Labour along with union representatives committing to a re‐opening at the Cosalá Operations.    The agreement contemplates immediate right to possession of the property with joint inspections coordinated by the Ministry of Labor, so that the mine and mill can re‐start operations in a safe and sustainable manner”. (Note from writer. – The mine was paralyzed by a dispute between two unions over a year ago, with strong political connotations).
  • Prime Mining Corp. reported its operational and financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021, end in April 2021. During April the company completed a private placement for gross proceeds of CAN$28.75 M. Also in the period, drilling at Los Reyes in Sinaloa intersected up to 20.1 m @ 3.25 gpt Au, 389 gpt Ag, 3.8 m @ 3.69 gpt Au, 305 gpt Ag, 4.5 m @ 8.95 gpt Au, 74 gpt Ag; 18.7 m @ 1.96 gpt Au, 63 gpt Ag; 39.0 m @ 0.7 gpt Au, 29 gpt Ag. Cash at the end of the period stood at Can$32 M.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp. announced the consolidated financial results for the second quarter 2021. During the period the company processed 826.2 K tonnes, to produce 3.27 M Oz Ag, or 6.43 Oz AgEq at $13.89 per Oz AgEq and an AISC of $19.42 per Oz AgEq. In Mexico, the production came from San Dimas, in Durango, La Encantada, in Coahuila, and Santa Elena, in Sonora.
  • Mexus Gold US. confirmed the first shipment of activated carbon from its Santa Elena mining operation in Sonora (Not to mistake with First Majestic’s Santa Elena mine, also in Sonora).
  • Gold Resource Corp. informed that as result of a steep climb in COVID-19 infections, the company is reducing its activities at the Don David mine in Oaxaca. The measure is to last for at least ten days. “The operations will continue with those employees and contractors who have agreed to stay in the camp for periods longer than the usual rotation to create a bubble”.
  • Impact Silver Corp. announced its financial and operational results for the second quarter 2021. The cash balance at the end of the quarter was $22.4 M. The mill processed 37.8 K tonnes @ 147 gpt Ag to produce 150.3 K Oz Ag. Some results of its ongoing 10,000 m drilling campaign include 9.8 m @ 211 gpt Ag and 13.85 m @ 186 gpt Ag.

ON FINANCING

  • Candelaria Mining Corp. informed that the company will not be proceeding with the proposed brokered private placement previously announced (Pinos, Zacatecas, Guerrero).
  • Galore Resources Inc. proposed to extend the expiry date of 5.6 M share purchase warrants from September 2021 to September 2024 (Dos Santos, Zacatecas).
  • Kootenay Silver Inc. board approved a spin-out of 80% of its Canadian exploration assets. Once the arrangement becomes effective, Kootenay shareholders will own shares in two public companies, one focusing in Mexico and the other in Canada (Columba, Chihuahua).
  • Magna Gold Corp. closed the previously announced private placement of C$10 M convertible debentures (San Francisco, Sonora).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Sierra Metals Inc. announced a 10 K tonnes per day positive preliminary economic assessment (PEA) to include iron ore production at its Bolivar mine in Chihuahua. The report envisages an updated after-tax net present value (NPV) of US$361 M at an 8% discount rate, an IRR of 27.9%, net after-tax cash flow of US$650 M with a life of mine (LOM) copper grade of 0.72% and iron ore at 13.5%, an operating cost of US$25.62/tonne and US$1.50 per Lb CuEq, to produce 55 M Lb Cu in 14 years. Current indicated resources stand at 19.4 M tonnes @ 0.77% Cu, 15.1 gpt Ag, 0.21 gpt Au, 13.8% Fe, containing 149.1 K tonnes Cu, 9.4 M Oz Ag, 127.8 K Oz Au, and inferred resources at 21.4 M tonnes @ 0.78% Cu, 14.2 gpt Ag, 0.21 gpt Au, containing 167.1 K tonnes Cu, 9.8 M Oz Ag, 145.6 K Oz Au.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp. announced more results from surface drilling at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 0.85 m @ 0.98 gpt Au, 10 gpt Ag; 0.80 m @ 0.09 gpt Au, 63 gpt Ag, 0.3% Pb, 0.6% Zn; 20.10 m @ 0.18 gpt Au, 35 gpt Ag, 1.1% Pb, 0.7% Zn, 0.09% Cu (including 5.90 m @ 0.30 gpt Au, 97 gpt Ag, 3.3% Pb, 1.5% Zn, 0.25% Cu).
  • Excellon Resources Inc. released results from underground drilling at Platosa, in Durango. Some of the highlighted core length intervals: 3.0 m @ 227 gpt Ag, 2.3% Pb, 2.0% Zn, 0.1 gpt Au; 1.3 m @ 360 gpt Ag, 10.1% Pb, 10.2% Zn; 1.3 m @ 692 gpt Ag, 9.3% Pb, 6.3% Zn; 1.2 m @ 544 gpt Ag, 5.9% Pb, 3.9% Zn; 1.6 m @ 1,647 gpt Ag, 12.3% Pb, 11.6% Zn, 0.1gpt Au; 5.2 m @ 1,051 gpt Ag, 12.1% Pb, 13.1% Zn, 0.2 gpt Au (including 2.3 m @ 1,985 gpt Ag, 22.8% Pb, 17.2% Zn); 2.5 m @ 784 gpt Ag, 7.7% Pb, 13.9% Zn, 0.3 gpt Au; 3.1 m @ 581 gpt Ag, 5.7% Pb, 11.4% Zn, 0.1 gpt Au; 1.4 m @ 1,050 gpt Ag, 3.4 % Pb, 2.0% Zn; 3.1 m @ 289 gpt Ag, 2.2% Pb, 3.7% Zn. “Drilling from underground continues to define and expand known mineralization ahead of production at the 623, NE-1 and NE-1S Mantos. Most significantly, drilling into the 623 and NE-1 Mantos continues to improve understanding and confidence, and extend mineralization in these areas”.
  • GoGold Resources Inc. informed on results from seven drill holes at the Casados deposit at the Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Highlighted core length intervals: 19.0 m @ 0.54 gpt Au, 131 gpt Ag (including 1.3 m @ 5.16 gpt Au, 1,319 gpt Ag); 9.5 m @ 0.50 gpt Au, 233 gpt Ag; 41.6 m @ 1.25 gpt Au, 218 gpt Ag (including 8.9 m @ 4.71 gpt Au, 698 gpt Ag); 19.2 m @ 0.53 gpt Au, 185 gpt Ag (including 8.5 m @ 1.14 gpt Au, 594 gpt Ag); 8.2 m @ 0.26 gpt Au, 82 gpt Ag. “The Casados Veins strike nearly E-W, dips 45o to the north and is hosted in andesitic tuffs and is exposed on surface for about 400 metres along strike…… A zone of silicification up to 50 metres wide envelopes the vein and this resistant outcrop forms a steep ridge along the strike of the vein, particularly on the north or hanging wall side”.
  • Sonoro Gold Corp. reported results from metallurgical tests on mineralized material from Cerro Caliche in Sonora. The column metallurgical test returned an average of 74% recovery of gold for the 80% minus 12.5 mm feed material. The 4.7 tonnes sample was obtained from ten PQ (8.5 cm diameter) holes totaling 428 lineal meters. Little to no sulfur and organic carbon were observed on the testing. “There were no obvious variations in gold recovery related to ore zone or material type (vein breccia vs. stock work)”.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Starcore International Mines Ltd. informed on the acquisition of the 3,088 hectares Tecoutila claims from Minera Tecouitla, S.A. de C.V.. Previous exploration in the property reported nine veins with lengths of up to 2.1 Km, widths of 0.5 to 1.1 m and grades of up to 10.30 gpt Au, 241 gpt Ag.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • No relevant news.

On the image below:  Workings and vein trace on a project in northern Sonora. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

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By Miguel A Heredia

During the 28th week of the year (July 12th to July 18th, 2021), at least 29 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico and 4 news published by the media, with nine communicating production and financial results, nine reporting on resources and developments of their properties, seven announcing financial rounds, four informing on exploration results, two commenting on Mexican issues and two discussing social issues.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, The Ministry of Economy of Mexico alerted the public about false information that is being disseminated on behalf of the “Undersecretariat of Mining” and recalled that it no longer exists. The Mexican Geological Service (SGM) and the Government of Hidalgo signed an agreement to join efforts on research and science to integrate a knowledge-creating system. ON EXPLORATION, In Sinaloa, Vizsla presented results from the first four holes collared at the Josephine Vein within its Panuco project. In Durango, Mithril released drilling result from its Copalquin property. In Zacatecas, Alien provided an update on the review and planning for the next phase of exploration on its Donovan 2 project. In Oaxaca, Inomin filed a NI43-101 technical report for its la Gitana project. ON MINING, Aura reported Q2, 2021 production from its Aranzazu mine in Zacatecas. First Majestic reported Q2, 2021 production results from their Mexican mine operations. Altaley presented Q2, 2021 production and financial results from its Campo Morado mine in Guerrero. Golden Minerals reported Q2, 2021 production results from its Rodeo mine in Durango. Gold Resource released Q2, 2021 production results from its Arista mine in Oaxaca. Magna Gold presented Q2, 2021 production results from its San Francisco mine in Sonora. McEwen reported Q2, 2021 production results from its El Gallo project, Sinaloa. Mexus announced that the company will be shipping approximately 1 tonne of activated carbon to USA for processing.  ON FINANCING, Almadex and Azucar Minerals granted stock options to certain directors, employees and consultants. Gatos Silver signed a definitive agreement to retire its portion of the Los Gatos JV term loan and announced a public offering to sell shares of its common stock (Los Gatos mine, Chihuahua). One World Lithium announced a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to CAD $2,025,000 (Salar del Diablo project, Baja California). Riverside informed that it is to receive USD $5.4M in exploration funding from BHP to advance four copper projects in Sonora. Orla Mining closed a non-broker prospectus financing for gross proceeds of USD $35M (Camino Rojo project, Zacatecas).  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Discovery Silver released results from 13 drill holes collared at its Cordero project in Chihuahua. Fabled announced results from its ongoing drilling program at Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. Avino presented results from Phase 1 of the drill campaign conducted at its Avino mine in Durango. GoGold released results from eleven drill holes collared at its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Golden Tag presented results from a drill hole collared at the Fernandez Zone within its San Diego property in Durango. Great Panther announced Q2, 2021 production results from their Topia and Guanajuato Mine Complex located in Durango and Guanajuato respectively. IMPACT informed that it has completed phase 1 of the Veta Negra drilling program in the Zacualpan mining district, State of Mexico. Kootenay hired Blue Coast Research to conduct metallurgical testing on its la Negra property in Sonora. Prime Mining released drill results from its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa.  Silver Tiger announced that it continue intersecting high grade mineralization at its El Tigre project in Sonora.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, no relevant news. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Grupo México donated 8,000 native trees to Hermosillo, Sonora. The Government of Zacatecas along with representatives of the mining companies Fresnillo plc and Capstone Gold began with the Tree Donation Program.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • The Ministry of Economy of Mexico alerted the public about false information that is being disseminated on behalf of the “Undersecretariat of Mining” and recalled that it no longer exists. Through a press release, the agency indicated that it has no relationship with the “Commission National Mining Reactivation and Sustainable Production Mexico 2021”, nor with the “Project for Reactivation and Sustainable Production”, nor with the “Guide to Good Operating Practices”, which is supposedly being prepared by the “Undersecretary of Mining of the Government of Mexico”. According to Article 243 of the Federal Criminal Code, the crime of falsifying public documents will be punishable by imprisonment from four to eight years.
  • The Mexican Geological Service (SGM) and the Government of Hidalgo signed an agreement to join efforts on research and scienceto integrate a knowledge-creating system, for the benefit of future generations. Objectives are established to work together on two projects: Comarca Minera Geopark and LABChico: Mineral del Chico Underground Laboratory.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Vizsla Silver Corp., presented results from the first four holes collared at the Josephine Vein within its Panuco project. Highlights include hole NP-21-132 with 2.16 g/t Au, 599 g/t Ag, 0.4% Pb, and 1% Zn (797 g/t AgEq)  over 2.5m, including 12.4 g/t Au, 3,320 g/t Ag, 1.8% Pb, and 4.9% Zn (4,431 g/t AgEq) over 0.3m; and hole NP-21-139 with 3.4 g/t Au, 426 g/t Ag, 1% Pb, and 5.5% Zn (869 g/t AgEq) over 1.45m, including 3.91 g/t Au, 502 g/t Ag, 1.2% Pb, and 6.8% Zn (1,020 g/t AgEq) over 1.15m. “Drilling intersected veining of 90m strike, 190m depth where it remains open.  Ground Electromagnetic (EM) has mapped the vein over 1.7 km”.
  • Mithril Resources Ltd., released drilling result from its Copalquin property in Durango. Bonanza grade was intersected in hole CDH-077 collared at El Refugio Area with 80.3 g/t Au and 705 g/t Ag over 8.26m, including 106 g/t Au and 913 g/t Ag over 6.26m, including 837 g/t Au and 6,680 g/t Ag over 0.77m. Other high grade intercepts were encountered in hole CDH-075 with 13.8 g/t Au and 83 g/t Ag over 2.7m, plus 10.9 g/t Au and 364 g/t Ag over 4.25m, including 16.3 g/t Au and 414 g/t Ag over 2.65m, plus 1.02 g/t Au and 17 g/t Ag over 2m, plus 0.84 g/t Au and 35 g/t Ag over 4.5m; and hole CDH-076 with 0.93 g/t Au and 16 g/t Ag over 2.4m, plus 2.06 g/t Au and 95 g/t Ag over 5m, plus 0.86 g/t Au and 39 g/t Ag over 1m. Drilling results continue expanding the El Refugio structure down dip with high-grade and bonanza grade gold-silver intercepts.
  • Alien Metals Ltd., provided an update on the review and planning for the next phase of exploration on its Donovan 2 project in Zacatecas. Alien has received this property back from Capstone after ceasing their agreement. After reviewing all the exploration work carried out at Donovan 2, Alien concluded that the original high-priority targets identified by Alien prior to Capstone’s involvement remain untested. In the eastern area of Donovan 2 property, a north-south grid to collect 55 Metal Mobile Ion (MMI) surface geochemical samples has been designed and work has commenced. “The Company is finalizing an initial 4-to-6 hole program for about 800m to target the Los Alamos and Cerro de la Cruz targets once a review of the current drilling permit status is completed, the MMI results are received and reprocessing of the geophysics are completed to ensure the Company has used every available piece of data to maximize confidence in the drilling program”. 
  • Inomin Mines Inc., filed a NI43-101 technical report for its la Gitana project located in Oaxaca. La Gitana is an advance property where a substantial near-surface, low-sulphidation, epithermal gold-silver mineral system has been outlined. “Previous drilling programs at La Gitana in 2004 – 2006 by Chesapeake Gold Corp., intersected gold-silver mineralization in a core zone 400 to 500m long, 50 to 150m wide and 50 to 300m depth, with grades ranging from 0.25 to 27.8 g/t gold and 5 to 2,330 g/t silver”.  The gold-silver mineralization is open to expansion to the southeast and at depth from drill-tested areas.  Inomine plans to conduct a phase 2 drilling campaign and complete a preliminary resource estimation.

ON MINING

  • Aura Minerals inc., reported Q2, 2021 production from its Aranzazu mine in Zacatecas. It produced 5,120 Oz Au, 84,263 Oz Ag, and 6.78M Lb Cu for a total of 22,590 GEO (Oz AuEq).
  • First Majestic Silver Corp., reported Q2, 2021 production and financial results from their Mexican mine operations. The table below, shows mine by mine figures:
MineOre ProcessedTonnes per DayAg Grade (g/t)Au Grade (g/t)Ag RecoveryAu RecoveryAg Oz ProducedAu Oz ProducedAgEq Oz produced
San Dimas202,3822,2243013.0795%96%1,868,03119,2273,176,725
Santa Elena234,3812,576811.1793%96%565,4538,4531,140,398
La Encantada242,8392,6691380.0278%90%840,541102847,502
TOTAL679,6027,4691671.3289%94%3,27,402527,7825,164,625
  • Altaley Mining Corporation presented Q2, 2021 production and financial results from its Campo Morado mine in Guerrero. The company milled 164.1K tonnes of 1.2 g/t Au, 129 g/t Ag, 1.1% Pb, and 4.5% Zn with metallurgical recoveries of 22%, 46%, 31%, and 74% respectively to produce 11.9K tonnes of Zn concentrate and 2.7K tonnes of Pb concentrate. Altaley reported revenues of USD $13.9M from the sale of Zn concentrates and USD $2.27M for the Pb concentrates for total revenue of USD $16.2M.
  • Golden Minerals Company reported Q2, 2021 production results from its Rodeo mine in Durango.  The company mined 164,954 tonnes from which it processed 49,552 tonnes of 3.6 g/t Au and 10 g/t Ag with metallurgical recoveries of 78% and 83.9% respectively to produce 3,452 Oz Au and 11,225 Oz Ag (3,230 Oz AuEq).
  • Great Panther Mining Limited announced Q2, 2021 production results from their Topia and Guanajuato Mine Complex located in Durango and Guanajuato respectively. At Topia, Durango, the company processed 15,520 tonnes of 432 g/t Ag, 1.07 g/t Au with metallurgical recoveries of 93.5% and 60.3% respectively, to produce 201,339 Oz Ag, 321 Oz Au, 799.7K Lb Pb, and 1.07M Lb Zn (3123K Oz AgEq or 3,674 Oz AuEq. At the Guanajuato Mine Complex, the company processed 40,477 tonnes of 118 g/t Ag and 1.58 g/t Au with metallurgical recoveries of 87.4% and 87.6% respectively, to produce 133K Oz Ag and 1,786 Oz Au (284.9K Oz AgEq or 3,352 Oz AuEq).
  • Gold Resource Corporation released Q2, 2021 production results from its Arista mine in Oaxaca. The company milled 129,590 tonnes from Arista and El Aguila mines with grades of 1.91 g/t Au, 79 g/t Ag, 0.36% Cu, 1.6% Pb, and 3.6% Zn at Arista mine and 2.58 g/t Au and 47 g/t Ag at El Aguila to produced 5.7K Oz Au, 270.3K Oz Ag, 817.6K Lb Cu, 2.7M Lb Pb, and 7.15M Lb Zn.
  • Magna Gold Corp., presented Q2, 2021 production results from its San Francisco mine in Sonora. It mined 1.23M tonnes  of 0.43 g/t Au and processed 1.35M tonnes (all sources) of 0.49 g/t Au to produce 11.7K Oz Au and 8.4K Oz Ag. The company sold 11.8K Oz Au and 8.4K Oz Ag.
  • McEwen Mining Inc., reported that it produced 1,300 Gold Equivalent Oz (GEOs) during Q2, 2021 at its El Gallo project, Sinaloa from residual leaching of the heap leach pad.
  • Mexus Gold US announced that the company will be shipping approximately 1 tonne of activated carbon to USA for processing which is believed to contain 4K grams of Au.

ON FINANCING

  • Almadex Minerals Ltd., granted stock options to certain directors, employees and consultants to purchase 757,800 common shares at an exercise price of $0.30 per share which expire on July 8, 2023 (El Chato project, Puebla).
  • Azucar Minerals Ltd., granted stock options to certain directors, employees and consultants to purchase 793,800 common shares at an exercise price of $0.11 per share which expire on July 8, 2023 (El Cobre project, Veracruz).
  • Gatos Silver Inc., signed a definitive agreement to retire its attributable portion of the los Gatos JV term loan which is approximately $154.8M, and announced a public offering to sell shares of its common stock to raise funds to achieve a more cost-efficient capital structure, including the potential extinguishment of the Los Gatos Joint Venture’s term loan, and to create additional liquidity in Gatos Silver’s common stock. The company plans to offer 6,500,000 shares of common stock and for certain selling stockholders to offer 1.82M shares of common stock. In addition, Gatos Silver and the selling stockholders intend to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 975K and 273K additional shares of common stock, respectively, at the public offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions (Los Gatos mine, Chihuahua).
  • One World Lithium announced a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to CAD $2,025,000. It will allocate the net proceeds as follows: Salar del Diablo Lithium property southern and possible middle portion of the property drilling program CAD $750K; initial lab tests, design of and completing engineer design work for a pilot plant for the company’s critical fluid separation technology CAD $750K and CAD $525K for working capital.  
  • Riverside Resources Inc., informed that it is to receive USD $5.4M in exploration funding from BHP to advance four copper projects as part of the expanding copper exploration program with BHP in Sonora.  The properties to advance are Chuin, Palofierro, Sinoquipe, and Peñitas. Chuin and Palofierro are drill-ready properties, and drilling permits are underway, while Sinoquipe and Peñitas will be subject to Magneto-Telluric surveys which are expected to commence after contractors are secured.  This new funding of at least USD 5.4M is in addition to the USD $1.3M allocated for the next generative phase of exploration work, which began two months ago.
  • Orla Mining Ltd., closed a non-broker prospectus financing for gross proceeds of USD $35M consisting of 9,085,263 common shares priced at CAD $4.75 per common share. Part of the net proceeds will be used for development activities and at its Camino Rojo Oxide Gold Project in Zacatecas, and for general corporate purposes.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Discovery Silver Corp., released results from 13 drill holes collared at its flagship Cordero project in Chihuahua. These results are part of the recently completed phase 1 drill program and are going to be incorporated in a new resource estimate in Q3, 2021 and PEA in Q4, 2021. Highlights include hole C21-457 with 1,570 g/t Ag, 16.25 g/t Au, 7% Pb, and 19% Zn (3,934 g/t AgEq) over 1.1m; hole C21-435 with 122 g/t Ag, 0.06 g/t Au, 1.1% Pb, and 1.9% Zn (245 g/t AgEq) over 28.5m, including 1,960 g/t Ag, 0.32 g/t Au, 15.4% Pb, and 21.6% Zn (3,424 g/t AgEq) over 1.1m; hole C21-437 with 87 g/t Ag, 0.05 g/t Au, 0.9% Pb, and 0.8% Zn (157 g/t AgEq) over 58.8m, including 1,480 g/t Ag, 0.22 g/t Au, 13.1% Pb, and 20% Zn (2,789 g/t AgEq) over 1.2m; hole C21-436 with 1,385 g/t Ag, 0.49 g/t Ag, 7.5% Pb, and 10.9% Zn (2,139 g/t AgEq) over 1.4m; hole C21-435 with 385 g/t Ag, 1.15 g/t Au, 5.9% Pb, and 11.9% Zn (1,179 g/t AgEq) over 4.5m; and hole C21-459 with 420 g/t Ag, 0.32 g/t Au, 8.8% Pb, and 14.9% Zn (1,374 g/t AgEq) over 1.3m. In addition, “the company has completed 17,200 m (47 holes) as part of its Phase 2 drill program which will be ongoing through the remainder of the year. Phase 2 drilling will be focused on three key areas: (1) upgrading inferred resources for inclusion in a prefeasibility study; (2) resource expansion of bulk-tonnage mineralization; and (3) testing of the width, grade and continuity of the extensive high-grade vein systems that transect the deposit. There are currently four drill rigs operating on site”.
  • Fabled Silver Gold Corp., announced results from the current ongoing drilling program at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. The most significant drill intercept was encountered in hole SM20-20 with 2.5 g/t Au, 32 g/t Ag, 0.6% Pb, 0.5% Zn, and 0.03% Cu (161 g/t AgEq) over 30.7m, including 3.33 g/t Au, 41 g/t Ag, 0.8% Pb, 0.5% Zn, and 0.04% Cu (213 g/t AgEq) over 22.70m, including 5.61 g/t Au, 64 g/t Ag, 1.4% Pb, 0.9% Zn, and 0.06% Cu (353 g7t AgEq) over 11.60m, including 7.24 g/t Au, 80 g/t Ag, 1.9% Pb, 1.1% Zn, and 0.07% Cu (453 g/t AgEq) over 7.24m. “The Company has now completed drill holes SM20-01 to SM20-24 for a total of approximately 6,500 meters of the increased 9,200 meter drill program drilled to date. Hole SM20-25 is currently in progress”.
  • Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd., presented results from Phase 1 of the drill campaign, which is looking to add measured and indicated resources to its Avino mine in Durango. The most significant drill intersects on El Trompo Vein were encountered in holes  TR-21-01 with 0.56 g/t Au, 177 g/t Ag,  0.5% Pb, and .7% Zn (577 g/t AgEq) over 0.95m; and hole TR-21-03 with 0.42 g/t Au, 276 g/t Ag, 0.1% Cu, 0.3% Pb, and 0.1% Zn (322 g/t AgEq) over 2.75m. On the Santiago Vein, the most significant drill intercepts was encountered in hole ST-21-04 with 2.62 g/t Au, 643 g/t Ag, 0.25% Cu, 0.3% Pb, and 0.3% Zn (865 g/t AgEq) over 0.8m. On the La Malinche Vein, the best drill intersects were encountered in hole LM-21-04 with 1.68 g/t Au, 252 g/t Ag, 1.17% Cu, 0.9% Pb, and 10.3% Zn (820 g/t AgEq) over 1.4m; and hole LM-21-06 with 1.56 g/t Au, 364 g/t Ag, 2.9% Cu, 0.7% Pb, and 0.06% Zn (786 g/t AgEq) over 0.90m.
  • GoGold Resources Inc., released results from eleven drill holes collared at its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Drilling highlights include hole LRGCS-21-047 collared at Casados Area with 0.76 g/t Au and 145 g/t Ag (2.71 g/t AuEq or 203 g/t AgEq) over 22.6m, including 4.31 g/t Au and 864 g/t Ag (15.84 g/t AuEq or 1,188 g/t AgEq) over 2m; and hole LRGCS-21-056 also collared at Casados Area with 0.96 g/t Au and 187 g/t Ag (3.45 g/t AuEq or 259 g/t AgEq) over 45.9m, including 6.17 g/t Au and 1,050 g/t Ag (20.17 g/t AuEq or 1,513 g/t AgEq) over 4.5m, including 13.01 g/t Au and 2,034 g/t Ag (40.12 g/t AuEq or 3,009 g/t AgEq) over 2m, including  19.87 g/t Au and 2,877 g/t Ag (58.23 g/t AuEq or 4,367 g/t AgEq).
  • Golden Tag Resources Ltd., presented results from hole 21-58 drilled at a steep angle toward the southwest to test the top of the Fernandez Zone resource envelope within its San Diego property in Durango. This hole intersected 0.13 g/t Au, 151 g/t Ag, 1.4% Pb, 1.7% Zn and 0.12% Cu (306 g/t AgEq) over a length of 6.55m, plus 0.14 g/t Au, 96 g/t Ag, 1.9% Pb, 1.6% Zn, and 0.07% Cu (258 g/t AgEq) over 16.34 g/t AgEq, plus 0.04 g/t Au, 0.8% Pb, 0.8% Zn, and 0.06% Cu (111 g/t AgEq) over 191.57m. Future drilling will be designed to determine if the grade improvement can be extended to the west and at depth below hole 21-58.
  • IMPACT Silver Corp., informed that it has completed phase 1 of the Veta Negra drilling program in the Zacualpan mining district, State of Mexico. The most significant drill intercept was encountered in hole Z21-05 with 187 g/t Ag0.98 g/t Au, 1.2% Pb, and 2.5% Zn over 13.85m. “The Veta Negra vein system was mined historically as both an open pit and from underground. Two north-northwest trending parallel veins enclosed by stockwork mineralized host rock are currently being mined by IMPACT over widths averaging 14 metres in the open pit”.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc., hired Blue Coast Research to conduct metallurgical testing on its la Negra property in Sonora with the aim to further investigate the best recovery process for La Negra along the path towards an initial mineral resource estimate and a preliminary economic assessment (PEA).
  • Prime Mining Corp., released drill results from the Noche Buena deposit within its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. Highlights include hole 21NB-06 with 1.29 g/t Au and 61 g/t Ag over a true width (TW) of 28.9m , including5.74 g/t Au and 108 g/t Ag over a TW of 3.6m; hole 21NB-09 with 2.89 g/t Au and 62 g/t Ag over a TW of 8.4m, including 18 g/t Au and 209 g/t Ag over a TW of 1.2m; hole 21NB-08 with 1.23 g/t Au and 28 g/t Ag over a TW of 8.9m, including 6.08 g/t Au and 91 g/t Ag over a TW of 0.9m; hole 21NB-10 with 0.7 g/t Au and 28 g/t Ag over a TW of 15.6m, including 3.73 g/t Au and 109 g/t Ag over a TW of 0.9m; hole 21NB-05 with 0.77 g/t Au and 48 g/t Ag over a TW of 2.9m, including 2.67 g/t Au and 140 g/t Ag over a TW of 0.4m; hole 21NB-11 with 1 g/t Au and 18 g/t Ag over a TW of 5.2m;and hole 21NB-07 with 0.65 g/t Au and 21 g/t Ag over 10.4m. “The Noche Buena deposit remains open at depth and further along strike”.
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc., announced that it continue intersecting high grade mineralization at its El Tigre project in Sonora. Highlights from the ongoing drilling program include hole ET-21-231, collared at the Sooy Vein with 303 g/t Ag, 0.11 g/t Au, 0.13% Cu, 0.8% Pb, and 0.7% Zn (369 g/t AgEq) over 10.8m, including 801 g/t Ag, 0.35 g/t Au, 0.71% Cu, 3.1% Pb, and 2.8% Zn (2,063 g/t AgEq) over 0.5m, and 125 g/t Ag,  0.17 g/t Au, 0.06% Cu, 0.5% Pb, and 0.7% Zn (180 g/t AgEq) over 21.9m, including 534 g/t Ag, 0.09 g/t Au, 0.2% Cu, 2.4% Pb, and 4% Zn (749 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m; and hole ET-21-235 collared at the Benjamin Vein with 89 g/t Ag, 0.1 g/t Au, 0.12% Cu, 0.8% Pb, and 1.1% Zn (161 g/t AgEq) over 6.3m, including 391 g/t Ag, 0.13 g/t Au, 0.56% Cu, 3.6% Pb, and 4.4% Zn (686 g/t AgEq) over 1m.

 ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • No relevant news.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Grupo México donated 8,000 native trees to Hermosillo, Sonora. The procedures to request the specimens began six months ago through the civil association Actions for a Better World by Karina López Ivich, who is the director and also climate leader of Climate Reality.
  • The Government of Zacatecas along with representatives of the mining companies Fresnillo plc and Capstone Gold began with the Tree Donation Program. Mining companies settled in the entity, has set a goal of delivering 10 thousand trees with the commitment to plant them in suitable places, carry out the necessary care and maintenance and guarantee their survival.

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On the picture above, a volcanic-hosted epithermal vein-breccia from a prospect in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

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

Flow Banded Rhyolite Dome

By Miguel A Heredia

During the 26th week of the year (June 28th to July 04th, 2021), at least 25 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico and 5 news published by the media, with nine disclosing deals and corporate issues, seven announcing financial rounds, three reporting on resources and developments, three informing on exploration results, three communicating production and financial results, three commenting on Mexican issues, and two discussing social issues.  ON MEXICO ISSUES, The Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) authorized the expansion of the El Boleo mine in Baja California. Guanajuato Silver announced that it will restart activities at its El Cubo mine in October 2021. Mexico was the world’s leading silver producer in 2020. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Silver Spruce announced it has contracted regional ASTER and LANDSAT spectral analysis on their Mezquite, Jackie and Diamante mining properties. In Chihuahua, Reyna Silver announced that it has started a 10,000m drilling program at its Batopilas project, and reported that a second drill rig has been added to speed up the completion of the current drilling  program conducted at its Guigui project.  ON MINING, Consolidated Zinc provided an operation update of its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua. Magna Gold announced it has achieved full-scale commercial production at its San Francisco mine in Sonora. Mexus Gold announced that it has sold gold doré as a result of recent production at its Santa Elena mine in Sonora.  ON FINANCING, Altaley restructured a USD $$26,027,240 debt with Trafigura and Nyrstar (Campo Morado mine, Guerrero). Comet issued 5M of fully paid ordinary shares (Santa Teresa property, Baja California Norte).  Defiance Silver granted stock options to certain directors and officers (San Acacio property, Zacatecas). Orla subscribed a non-brokered prospectus financing for gross proceeds of USD $35M (Camino Rojo project, Zacatecas). Silver Wolf received approval from OTC Markets Group Inc. to commence trading on the OTCQB Venture Market under the ticker symbol “GYRRF” (Ana Maria and El Laberinto properties in Durango). Silver Bull closed a private placement for gross proceeds of CAD $500K (Sierra Mojada project, Coahuila). Vista Gold received a final payment for $1M from Prime Mining to complete the agreement on the Guadalupe de Los Reyes property in Sinaloa.  ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Chesapeake drilled five core drill holes at its Metates project in Durango to provide core for a comprehensive metallurgical testwork program and to confirm the higher-grade nature of the Metates intrusive hosted mineralization. Prime Mining reported new results from its ongoing drill program conducted at its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. Silver Tiger released results from its ongoing drilling program conducted at its El Tigre project in Sonora. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Capstone published its 2020 sustainability report (Cozamine mine, Zacatecas). Discovery Silver presented results of its annual general meeting of shareholders (Cordero project, Chihuahua). Fortuna and Roxgold completed its previously announced business combination (San Jose mine, Oaxaca). GoGold presented its first sustainability report (Los Ricos project, Jalisco). Gold79 announced results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (Taviche project, Oaxaca). GR Silver appointed its Chairman of the Board of Directors (Plomosas project, Sinaloa).  Maverix acquired royalty portfolio from Pan American Silver, including Hernandez property in Sonora.  Sonoro presented results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (Cerro Caliche project, Sonora).  ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, The company Minera Media Luna (MML), a subsidiary of Torex Gold Resources, convened the second edition of the “Enchulemos Juntos Nuestra Comunidad” (let’s improve our community together) program in the town of Nuevo Balsas, Guerrero. The Secretary of Tourism, Eduardo Yarto delivered two S stamps to Fresnillo plc, after it concluded its processes of renewal of procedures within its facilities to implement good sustainable practices.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • The Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) approved on a conditional basis the expansion of the Environmental Impact Manifestation (MIA) requested by Minera y Metalúrgica del Boleo for the exploitation of copper, cobalt and zinc in 446 hectares for 16 years in the municipality of Mulegé, in Baja California. 2,481 participants representing 89% voted In favor of the expansion.
  • Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd., announced that it will restart activities at its El Cubo mine, Guanajuato in October 2021, which is expected to employ more than 200 miners in the capital, with priority in hiring those who were fired in the closure two years ago.
  • Mexico was the world’s leading silver producer in 2020 maintained the leadership in silver production on a global scale in 2020, with 5,541M tonnes. The Mexican mining company Fresnillo plc owned by Grupo Bal and linked to the Baillères family, is the largest company primary silver producer in the world.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Silver Spruce Resources Inc., announced it has contracted Strategic Consultants IGIS for a regional ASTER and LANDSAT spectral analysis on their Mezquite, Jackie and Diamante mining properties in Sonora. This study will help to understand the structural and lithological controls in a regional context and provide additional detail on the mineral by mineral distribution over each of the properties. It also will help to outline alteration pattern for enhanced target definition in each of the mining properties.
  • Reyna Silver Corp., announced that it has started a 10,000m drilling program at its Batopilas project in Chihuahua. The program is focused on testing targets identified in the spring of 2021 exploration campaign, which discovered multiple extensions to the 30 known veins in the district, of which two new veins returned high-grade values up to 42,302 g/t Ag and 210.4 g/t Au. The company also announced that a second drill rig has been added to its Guigui project in the Santa Eulalia mining district in Chihuahua to extend and speed up the completion of the ongoing drilling program. The company has completed 8,000m of the 12,000m planned and this second rig will allow to speed up the completion of the entire Phase 1 drilling by the end of July, 2021. Results of the Phase 1 drilling campaign will be released soon after.

ON MINING

  • Consolidated Zinc Limited provided an operation update of its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua. The company announced that it processed 3,958 tonnes of ore in May, 2021 for 719 tonnes of zinc concentrates and 184 tonnes of lead concentrates at its Plomosas and Aldama plants in Chihuahua. The company intends to continue processing through both plants until ore stockpiles are depleted and the Plomosas plant sustains the targeted 4,500tpm process rate.
  • Magna Gold Corp., announced it has achieved full-scale commercial production at its San Francisco mine in Sonora. Magna is on track to achieve its earlier stated 2021 guidance of 55K-65K Oz Au production, since it has completed the necessary pre-stripping and substantially lowered the mine strip ratio from ~8:1 to ~3:1. At San Francisco, the company anticipates a production run rate of ~6K Oz Au/month in Q3 and looks to exit the year at a run rate of ~7.5K Oz Au/month.
  • Mexus Gold US announced that it has sold gold doré as a result of recent production at its Santa Elena mine in Sonora. The sales netted the company $24K. “The company is in the process of shipping activated carbon to the U.S. for processing. It is believed that this material contains up to 75 OZ Au.  Mexus is also adding liner to the existing heap leach pad which will allow for increased production. Material currently being mined continues to test in the 5.66g/t Au range”.

ON FINANCING

  • Altaley Mining Corporation restructured a USD $26,027,240 debt with Trafigura Mexico S.A. de C.V., and Nyrstar Canada (Holdings) Ltd.  Terms of the total debt restructured was USD $14,720,840 on the Tahuehueto project in Durango for a term of 32 months, an London interbank offered interest rate (LIBOR) of 6% (1 year), and a grace period of 8 months; USD $4,024,678 on the Campo Morado mine in Guerrero for a term of 26 months, a LIBOR of 5% (3 months), and a grace period of 8 months; and USD $7,281,722 on the Campo Morado mine in Guerrero for a term of 26 months and a LIBOR of 10%.
  • Comet Resources Ltd., issued 5M of fully paid ordinary shares upon the exercise of unlisted options exercisable at $0.02 each on or before 30 June 2021.  (Santa Teresa property, Baja California Norte).
  • Defiance Silver Corp., granted stock options to certain directors and officers to purchase an aggregate of 1.425M of common shares at an exercise price of $0.90. The options are exercisable for a ten-year term expiring June 30, 2031 (San Acacio property, Zacatecas).
  • Orla Mining Ltd., subscribed a non-brokered prospectus financing for gross proceeds of USD $35M, consisting of 9,085,263 common shares priced at CAD $4.75 per common share. Part of the net proceeds will be used for development activities at its Camino Rojo Oxide Gold project in Zacatecas. The offering is expected to close on or about July 14, 2021.
  • Silver Wolf Exploration Ltd., received approval from OTC Markets Group Inc. to commence trading on the OTCQB Venture Market under the ticker symbol “GYRRF” (Ana Maria and El Laberinto properties in Durango).
  • Silver Bull Resources Inc., closed a private placement for gross proceeds of CAD $500K. Net proceeds of the private placement will be used by Silver Bull for general working capital purposes   (Sierra Mojada project, Coahuila).
  • Vista Gold Corp., received a final payment for $1M from Prime Mining Corp. to complete the agreement on the Guadalupe de Los Reyes property in Sinaloa. With this $1.0M payment, Vista has no remaining right to be granted the royalties and back-in rights.

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Chesapeake Gold Corp., drilled five core drill holes at its Metates project in Durango to provide core for a comprehensive metallurgical testwork program and to confirm the higher-grade nature of the Metates intrusive hosted mineralization. Significant drill intercepts were encountered in hole CKG21-086 with 1.15 g/t Au and 49 g/t Ag (1.80 g/t AuEq or 135 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 432m, including 1.21 g(t Au and 417 g/t Ag (6.77 g/t AuEq or 508 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 9m, including 2.49 g/t Au and 22 g/t Ag (2.78 g/t AuEq or 20+9 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 69m, and including 2.13 g/t Au and 9 g/t Ag (2.25 g/t AuEq or 170 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 57m; hole CKG21-085 with 1.13 g/t Au and 29 g/t Ag (1.53 g/t AuEq or 114 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 282m, including 1.34 g/t Au and 32 g/t Ag (1.76 g/t AuEq or 132 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 150m; and hole CKG21-084 with 1.06 g/t Au and 17 g/t Ag (1.29 g/t AuEq or 97 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 135m, plus 0.86 g/t Au and 11 g/t Ag (1.01 g/t AuEq or 75 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 90m.
  • Prime Mining Corp., reported new results from its ongoing drill program conducted at its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. The most significant drill intercepts were encountered in hole 21Mina-02 with 4.44 g/t Au and 1,060 g/t Ag over an estimated true width (ETW) of 4.8m, including 6.62 g/t Au and 1,398 g/t Ag over an ETW of 2m, including 6.3 g/t Au and 1,881 g/t Ag over an ETW of 1.2m; hole 21Mina-05 with 3,243 g/t Ag over an ETW of 0.74m, plus 1.45 g/t Au and 29 g/t Ag over an ETW of 1.85m; and hole 21Mina-06 with 1.72 g/t Au and 30 g/t Ag over an ETW of 3.20m.  These results are from six holes completed at Mina Area during phase I drilling. To date, 15,000m Phase I is complete and the 30,000m Phase 2 program has been started.
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc., released results from its ongoing drilling program conducted on the Sooy Vein at its El Tigre project in Sonora. Highlights include hole ET21-233 with 0.13 g/t Au, 491 g/t Ag, 0.08% Pb, and 0.01% Zn (510 g/t AgEq) over 0.5m, plus  0.25 g/t Au, 2,041 g/t Ag, 0.65% Cu, 1.2% Pb, and 3.6% Zn (2,271 g/t AgEq), including 4,048 g/t Ag, 0.45 g/t Au, 1.31% Cu, 0.6% Pb, and 7.3% Zn (4,461 g/t AgEq) over 0.5m; hole ET21-230 with 0.15 g/t Au, 704 g/t Ag, 0.14% Cu, 0.05% Zn (731 g/t AgEq) over 0.5m, plus 0.12 g/t Au, 193 g/t Ag, 0.09% Cu, 0.03% Pb, and 0.15 % Zn (217 g/t AgEq) over 3m, including 0.2 g/t Au, 1,080 g/t Ag, 0.55% Cu, 0.1% Pb, and 0.75% Zn (1,176 g/t AgEq) over 0.5m, plus 0.28 g/t Au, 199 g/t Ag, 0.06% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.3% Zn (241 g/t AgEq) over 0.5, plus 0.41 g/t Au, 161 g/t Ag, 0.04% Cu, 0.2% Pn, and 0.4% Zn (214 g/t AgEq) over 0.5m; and hole ET21-229 with 0.13 g/t Au, 63 g/t Ag, 0.21% Cu, 0.8% Pb, and 1.6% Zn (165 g/t AgEq) over 13.5m, including 0.11 g/t Au, 83 g/t Ag, 0.27% Cu, 1% Pb, and 2% Zn (209 g/t AgEq) over 9.9m, including 0.21 g/t Au, 114 g/t Ag, 0.38% Cu, 3.7% Pb, and 8.7% Zn (542 g/t AgEq) over 1.8m.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Capstone Mining Corp., published its 2020 sustainability report.  (Cozamine mine, Zacatecas)
  • Discovery Silver Corp. presented results of voting at its annual general meeting of shareholders (Cordero project, Chihuahua).
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., and Roxgold Inc., completed its previously announced business combination to create a global premier growth-oriented intermediate gold and silver producer (San Jose mine, Oaxaca).
  • GoGold Resources Inc., presented its first sustainability report that sets out the company’s priorities with respect to its environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) practices (Los Ricos project, Jalisco).
  • Gold79 Mines Ltd., announced results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (Taviche project, Oaxaca).
  • GR Silver Mining Ltd., appointed its Chairman of the Board of Directors (Plomosas project, Sinaloa).
  • Maverix Metals Inc., acquired royalty portfolio from Pan American Silver, including Hernandez property in Sonora. The Hernandez property, currently on exploration, is owned by First Majestic and includes a 2.5% NSR.
  • Sonoro Gold Corp., presented results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (Cerro Caliche project, Sonora). 

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Minera Media Luna (MML), a subsidiary of Torex Gold Resources, convened the second edition of the “Enchulemos Juntos Nuestra Comunidad” (let’s improve our community together) program in the town of Nuevo Balsas, Guerrero. During the cleaning day, about 300 people participated, including contractors, residents and collaborators of the mining company, remodeling four public spaces: the vehicular roundabout on Gerardo Reyes Norte Street, the camellones on that same street, the sports area in the southern part and the perimeter fencing of the downtown court. The investment of the work done amounted to MXP $1.3M. Members of the Public and Community Relations areas of MML, the collaborators of 11 contractor companies, members of the Participatory Community Development Committee (CODECOP) and residents of Nuevo Balsas cleaned and reforested green areas, painted fences and garrisons, and assisted in various activities that together aim to maintain the program to improve public spaces that the mining company began last year. The effort achieved the painting of 2,300 meters of trimmings, the planting of 90 trees, the collection of five tons of garbage, and the painting of 300 square meters of fences.
  • The Secretary of Tourism in Zacatecas, Eduardo Yarto delivered two S stamps to Fresnillo plc, after it concluded its processes of renewal of procedures within its facilities to implement good sustainable practices. The Secretary underlined the disposition of Fresnillo plc, with the renewal of the certification for the golf course and the ecological park Fresnillo PLC, to offer quality services to users.

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On the picture above, a flow banded rhyolite dome intruding a clay-altered rhyolitic ignimbrite sequence in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Photo by Miguel A Heredia.

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

By Jorge Cirett

During the 9th week of the year (March 1st to March 7th, 2021), there were at least 34 press releases by companies working in Mexico. To note, ten companies posted exploration advances on their properties, three presented quarterly results, five posted on financing or share options (for C$2.25 M, C$23 M and C$12 M), three more on project development and six on corporate issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, the Zacatecas government is promoting talks between Canadian mining companies and mining concession owners. Mining companies raise US$280 million for Mexican projects. First Majestic initiated and arbitration process under NAFTA against the Mexican government. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Silver Viper presented the highest gold results in drilling to date at La Virginia; Heliostar Metals commenced drilling at La Lola and started exploration at Cumaro and Oso Negro; Tocvan Ventures informed on detailed mapping and sampling at Pilar. Tarachi Gold started the second phase underground drilling campaign at La Dura mine at its Tarachi project. In Chihuahua, Kootenay Silver initiated the second phase drilling at Columba; Mammoth Resources began an IP survey at Tenoriba. Monarca Minerals is seeking a key surface access permit at San Jose. In Sinaloa, Oroco Resource conducted a helicopter magnetic survey at Santo Tomas. In Zacatecas, Zacatecas Silver is to explore the Zacatecas Silver project; Alien Metals commenced drilling at Donovan 2. ON MINING, Endeavour Silver, Fresnillo PLC and Great Panther Mining released quarterly and/or full year 2020 reports. ON FINANCING, One World Lithium, Silver Tiger Metals and Santacruz Silver Mining released news on their financing rounds for C$2.25 M, C$23 M and C$12 M respectively. Zacatecas Silver started trading on the TSX. Candelaria Mining granted options for 1 M shares. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Sonoro Gold released metallurgical tests results from Cerro Caliche. GR Silver released results from one drill hole at Plomosas. Galore Resources released results from five holes drilled in 2019.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Empress Royalty is acquiring a silver stream on production from Telson’s Tahuehueto mine in Durango. Orex Minerals is in a 40-60 joint venture with Pan American Silver to explore the Sandra Escobar project in Durango. Ganfeng´s increased interest (to 50%) in Bacanora Lithium has been authorized by China. First Majestic Silver requested an arbitration procedure under NAFTA regarding a tax dispute with the Mexican government. Silver One Resources completed the sale of three properties to Silverton Metals, which in turn completed its qualifying transaction. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Peñoles, Fresnillo PLC and First Majestic Silver informed on actions and awards received by the companies relating to social responsibilities.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • The Zacatecas government is promoting talks between Canadian mining companies and mining concession owners. 
  • Mining companies raise US$480 million for Latin America projects. Gold and silver projects obtained US$194 million and US$121 million respectively. Most of that amount is directed to Mexico (US$280 M), Argentina (US$88.6 M), Brasil (US$42.8 M) and Chile (US$26.7 M). Specific projects financed include Las Chispas (Sonora), San Antonio (Sonora), Tahuehueto (Durango) and Cordero (Chihuahua).
  • First Majestic initiated and arbitration request under NAFTA against the government of Mexico. The request comes after failed attempts by the company to engage in negotiations with the government.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Silver Viper Minerals Corp. reported good drilling results from its La Virginia project in Sonora. Highlighted true width intervals comprise 80.08 m @ 18 gpt Ag, 0.69 gpt Au; 11.89 m @ 363 gpt Ag, 21.2 gpt Au (including 0.3 m @ 738 gpt Au, 10,681 gpt Ag, 6.74% Pb, 7.11% Zn); 28.95 m @ 44 gpt Ag, 0.77 gpt Au; 10.16 m @ 42 gpt Ag, 1.06 gpt Au; 0.92 m @ 231 gpt Ag, 11.80 gpt Au; 2.59 m @ 52 gpt Ag, 0.94 gpt Au; 1.52 m @ 78 gpt Ag, 1.07 gpt Au. “The upper portions of hole LV21-289 (azimuth 090, dip -450 ) encountered mineralized stringer intervals thought to represent the southern projection of the Western Zone. More consistent mineralization was encountered starting at 280 metres down hole, returning a down hole length measuring 130 metres core length with an average grade of 18 g/t silver and 0.69 g/t gold. Beneath this interval, a well mineralized breccia zone was encountered, starting at 424.85 metres down hole for 19.30 metres core length averaging 363 g/t silver and 21.2 g/t gold, and thought to represent the projection of El Rubi structure”.
  • Zacatecas Silver Corp. described its Zacatecas Silver Project in Zacatecas. The 7,826 ha Zacatecas Silver property in the Zacatecas district, includes the Panuco deposit and the Muleros, El Cristo and San Manuel-San Gill prospects.  Panuco has an historic resource of 19.47 M Oz Ag in 3.95 M tonnes @ 153 gpt AgEq (136 gpt Ag, 0.01% Pb, 0.11% Zn). At Muleros three veins can be traced for 3 km; El Cristo is the NW extension of the Veta Grande system, same that is reported to have produced over 200 M Oz Ag; San Manuel-San Gill is a relatively unexplored vein system and an 800 m long hematitic breccia is also present.
  • Alien Metals Ltd. announced the commencement of its drilling program at the Donovan 2 copper gold project in Zacatecas. The 2,500 m of drilling is to test targets defined by an IP geophysical survey conducted late in 2020. “Pursuant to the terms of the Earn-in Agreement, Capstone can acquire a 65% interest in Donovan 2 through committed expenditure and cash payments totalling ~US$3.9million. Capstone can move to an 80% interest in the Project through free-carrying Alien to completion of a prefeasibility study”.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc. initiated a 5,000 meters core drilling program at Columba, Chihuahua. “The program will focus on step out and infill drilling on impressive results to date in the high-grade F vein and its associated hanging wall vein, a new discovery blind to surface. Focus will then shift to expanding on numerous other high-grade results such as found in holes CDH 20-030 (415 gpt silver over 11.15 meters including 721 gpt silver over 4.07 meters) in the JZ area and CDH 20-082 (1,186 gpt silver over 4.6 meters) in the B Vein”.
  • Oroco Resource Corp. completed the airborne component of a helicopter magnetics survey over the Santo Tomas project in Sinaloa. The survey comprised 2,231 line-kilometers with tie-line separations of 50 m and 500 m in east-west and north-south orientations respectively; processed results are to be received within two months. Meanwhile, 3D IP surveys continue on the Brasiles zone. Oroco holds a 61.4% interest that can be increased to 81.0% in the core 1,173 ha of the Santo Tomas project, and a 77.5% interest in 7,808 ha surrounding and adjacent to the core concession.
  • Mammoth Resources Corp. has begun induced polarization/magnetometer surveys to infill most of the 60% of the 6-kilometer trend not covered by the previous geophysical survey at Tenoriba, Chihuahua. A total of approximately 70 line-kilometers are to be completed. 
  • Heliostar Metals Ltd. commenced exploration of its projects in Sonora. An initial 1,500 m drilling program has begun at La Lola, focusing in the up to 40 meters wide La Barra vein and its potential to depth. At Cumaro, will map and sample extensions to veins that have ore grade intercepts on the neighboring SilverCrest’s Picacho property. “Exploration at the Oso Negro project will focus on mapping and sampling outcropping veins that yielded samples up to 2,680 grams per tonne (g/t) silver and 100.5 g/t gold. These veins have never been drilled”.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. informed detailed mapping and sampling of key targets areas have taken place at its Pilar project in Sonora. The aim of the work is to advance these targets to drill ready status, for a phase II drill program. The Main Zone Extension comprises 800 m southeast of the Main Zone, with highly anomalous gold in soils and rock grab samples and an historic hole with a 13.5 m @ 5.6 gpt Au, 22 gpt Ag intercept. The 4-Trench zone is a 600 m trend with highly anomalous gold in soils and rock grab samples and an historic hole intercept of 7.5 m @ 3.3 gpt Au, 31 gpt Ag. The project has over 17,700 meters of historic core and RC drilling, with intercepts of up to 61 m @ 0.8 gpt Au; 16.5 m @ 53.5 gpt Au, 53 gpt Ag; 13 m @ 9.6 gpt Au; 9 m @ 10.2 gpt Au, 46 gpt Ag.
  • Monarca Minerals Inc. continues to advance the permitting process for drilling of the San Jose project in Chihuahua (near the USA border). Currently the company is in negotiations with the authorities of communal lands for their permit to proceed with drilling activities in their land.
  • Tarachi Gold Corp. started the second phase of underground drilling at the historic La Dura mine at its Tarachi project in Sonora. “In addition to the underground drilling at La Dura, a surface RC drill rig will be mobilized to the Jabali mineral concession in mid-March to test the 400m-long area between the La Dura mine and the artisanal workings at Zaragoza…”.

ON MINING

  • Endeavour Silver Corp. released its financial results for the Q4 and 2020 full-year. The company operates three mines in Mexico: Guanaceví in Durango, Bolañitos in Guanajuato and El Compas in Zacatecas. The company produced 3.5 M Oz Ag, 37,139 Oz Au (7.1 M Oz AgEq) at cash cost $5.55 per Oz Ag and at an all-in sustaining cost of $17.59 per Oz Ag, both net of gold credits. The year-end balance sheet was $61.1 M, with working capital at $70.4 M and a long term debt of $6.1 M.
  • Fresnillo PLC. Presented its financial results for 2020, a year during which it produced 53 M Oz Ag and 769.6 K Oz Au. At Fresnillo, cash cost stands at $5.9 and AISC at $12.92 per silver ounce; At Saucito, cash cost stands at $0.8 and AISC at $6.94 per silver ounce. At San Julián Veins (Chihuahua), cash cost stands at ($6.0) and AISC at $5.04 per silver ounce; At San Julián DOB (Chihuahua), cash cost stands at $7.0 and AISC at $8.85 per silver ounce; At Ciénega (Durango), cash cost stands at ($276.2) and AISC at $618.32 per gold ounce; At Herradura (Sonora), cash cost stands at $727.9 and AISC at $881.92 per gold ounce; Finally, at Noche Buena (Sonora), cash cost stands at $1,158.5 and AISC at $1,502.92 per gold ounce. Exploration expenses for the year were $107.3 M. Shafts at Fresnillo and Juanicipio are being bored to 1,000 meters of depth; commissioning of Juanicipio is expected for Q4 2021, with a forecasted yearly production of 11.7 M Oz Ag, 43.5 K Oz Au. “the longer-term prospects for gold are good, supported by the potential new mines at Rodeo and Orisyvo”. Cash position at the end of the year was US$1,070 M.
  • Great Panther Mining Ltd. reported consolidated financial results for 2020, including figures from its Topia (Durango) and Guanajuato Mine Complex operations in Mexico. During the period 50,868 tonnes were mined in Mexico, milling 49,498 tonnes @ 270 gpt AgEq. 

ON FINANCING

  • Zacatecas Silver Corp. announced its common shares have begun trading on the TSX Venture Exchange (Zacatecas Silver, Zacatecas).
  • One World Lithium Inc. closed its previously announced C$1.5 M non-brokered private placement with an oversubscription that brought the total in gross proceeds to C$2.25 M. The company granted incentive stock options to certain of its directors, officers, management and consultants (Salar del Diablo, Baja California).
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc. closed it previously announced bought deal offering for gross proceeds of C$23 M. The underwriters were paid a 6% commission on the gross proceeds (El Tigre, Sonora).
  • Candelaria Mining Corp. granted incentive stock options to employees, directors and officers of the company for 1.02 M shares (Pinos, Guanajuato; Caballo Blanco, Veracruz).
  • Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. announced a non-brokered private placement intended to raise up to C$12 M (Zimapan, Hidalgo).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Sonoro Gold Corp. reported on metallurgical studies realized at Cerro Caliche Sonora. Bottle roll tests were realized on sample materials from the Japoneses, Cuervos, El Colorado/Cabeza Blanca and Buena Suerte zones, resulting in 80.3% recoveries for gold and 27.2% for silver.
  • GR Silver Mining Ltd. reported high-grade results from one drill hole in the San Juan area at Plomosas, Sinaloa. The highlighted core-length intercept is 5.7 m @ 611 gpt Ag, 0.04 gpt Ag, 0.5% Pb, 1.7& Zn, 0.1% Cu (685 gpt AgEq), including 1.7 m @ 1,762 gpt Ag, 0.10 gpt Au, 1.3% Pb, 4.9% Zn, 0.2% Cu and 0.7 m @ 3,755 gpt Ag, 0.03 gpt Au, 2.5% Pb, 9.7% Zn, 0.5% Cu.  
  • Galore Resources Inc. announced the return of field work and the recent receipt of additional assays from five holes of the drill program executed at El Alamo during 2019. A loan from the CEO, Mike McMillan provided the necessary funds for logging and assaying of the 2019 core. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 21.20 m @ 0.69 gpt Au, including 1.20 m @ 8.89 gpt Au; 4 m @ 0.54 gpt Au; 10.21 m @ 1.14 gpt Au, including 1.10 m @ 4.70 gpt Au; 59.85 m @ 0.32 gpt Au, including 3.2 m @ 1.07 gpt Au.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Empress Royalty Corp. is in advanced discussions to acquire a US$5 M silver stream on production from Telson Mining Corp.’s Tahuehueto project in Durango. “The Stream is expected to be on 100% of the payable silver production from Tahuehueto for the first 1,250,000 payable ounces; thereafter, the percentage will step-down to 20% of the payable silver production”.
  • Orex Minerals Inc. entered into an agreement with Pan American Silver Corp. to further explore and develop the Sandra-Escobar Project, in Durango. “The Project is a consolidation of two groups of claims, each controlled by the two Joint Venture participants. Orex and Pan American own a 40% and 60% interest, respectively, in Empresa Minera Sandra-Escobar, S.A. de C.V. (the “Joint Venture Company”), the new joint venture company formed to hold the Project. Orex will be the initial operator of the Project”.
  • Bacanora Lithium PLC. informed the receipt of all relevant approvals and consents from the authorities in the People’s Republic of China and receipt of funds by Sonora Lithium Ltd.. These were conditions for the completion of the increased investment in Sonora Lithium by Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd., resulting in Ganfeng owning 50% of the share capital of Sonora Lithium (Sonora Lithium, Sonora).
  • First Majestic Silver Corp. submitted a request for arbitration to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes based on Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trades Agreement (NAFTA). The government of Mexico has refused to engage in negotiations to resolve the dispute. “The Company believes that the Government’s actions are contrary to the terms of the Advance Pricing Agreement, which established the methodology for determining PEM’s revenues and taxes for the 2010 to 2014 fiscal years, and which, according to the Company’s Mexican counsel remains valid in accordance with the Mexican Federal Tax Code unless and until it is nullified by a final instance Court. In addition, the Government of Mexico has refused to participate in the Mutual Agreement Procedures under three international double-taxation treaties signed by Mexico” (San Dimas, Durango).  
  • Silver One Resources Inc. completed the sale of its Mexican silver exploration projects to Silverton Metals Corp.. for $6 M as follows: $1.25 M in cash on closing, issue 4.37 M shares, $750 K in cash at 18 months, $500 K in cash at 24 months and a 1.5% NSR, of which 1% can be bought back by Silverton with a payment of US$500 K for each of the properties (see below).
  • Silverton Metals Corp. (formerly Plymouth Realty Capital Corp.) and Silver One Resources Inc. announced that Silverton has completed its previously announced qualifying transaction with the acquisition of Silver One’s Peñasco Quemado (Sonora), La Frazada (Nayarit) and Pluton (Durango) projects.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Peñoles and Fresnillo PLC informed on actions on biodiversity conservation activities at each of its operations in Mexico.
  • The Ethisphere Institute released a list of 135 companies that have ethics as one of its key directives in the world, which includes two Mexican companies: Grupo Bimbo and Fresnillo, with the latter being one of only three companies from the mining industry.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp. received the 2021 Socially Responsible Business Distinction Award (Reconocimiento de Empresa Socialmente Responsable) granted by the Mexican Centre for Philantropy and the Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility. The awards were for its three operating mines: San Dimas (Durango), Santa Elena (Sonora) and La Encantada (Coahuila).

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On the image below:  Ricardo Ramonett checking epithermal low sulfidation quartz veining on andesitic tuffs in Sinaloa. Picture by Jorge Cirett.

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

By Jorge Cirett

During the 3rd week of the year (January 18th to January 24th, 2021), there were at least 41 press releases by companies working in Mexico. To note, six companies posted exploration advances on their properties, eight more released quarterly and full year results, six posted on financing or share options, nine on project development and four more on corporate issues, including two company name changes. ON MEXICO ISSUES, several Mexican projects saw significant investment in 2020. World exploration reduced its pace in 2020, with a total of US$8.33 B, of which 21% were spent in Latin America. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Silver Spruce is starting exploration at Jackie; Heliostar is to commence exploration at La Lola, Oso Negro and Cumaro. In Chihuahua, Radius Gold reported drill results from Amalia; Kootenay Silver released results from drilling at Columba. In Sinaloa, Vizsla Resources updated drill results from Panuco; Brigadier Gold released results from drill holes at Picachos. ON MINING, Sierra Metals, Pan American Silver, Hecla Mining, Gatos Silver, Argonaut Gold, Fortuna Silver, Premier Gold and First Majestic presented quarterly and full year 2020 reports. ON FINANCING, Candente Gold and Impact Silver granted stock options. Mexican Gold closed a private placement for $1.4 M. VanGold Mining expanded its placement to $12.6 M. Mammoth Resources increased its financing round to $688.5 K. Sierra Metals made a clarification on its shares. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Gatos Silver is to start exploration on its extensive land package this year. Discovery Metals intends to perform 65,000 m of drilling at its Cordero project. Osisko Development informed on the work to develop its San Antonio Gold project in Sonora. Sonoro Gold reported the remaining assays from its 2020 drilling campaign at Cerro Caliche. First Majestic updated on the development of the Ermitaño project, 4 km from its Santa Elena mine. GoGold Resources released the results of a PEA on the Los Ricos South project. Silver Tiger discovered a new high-grade zone on the Benjamin vein at El Tigre. Mexican Gold released the final assays from its 2020 drill program at Las Minas. Southern Silver Exploration released drill results from Cerro Las Minitas.  ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Candente Gold changed name to Xali Gold Corp.. Megastar Development changed name to Madoro Metals Corp.. Tocvan Ventures added Rodrigo Calles as Exploration and Corporate Development Manager. Minaurum Gold amended an agreement with an underlying royalty holder. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Fresnillo PLC, Industrias Peñoles and Minera San Xavier informed on actions that benefit the communities.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • Camimex (Camara minera de México) informed on several projects that are to have significant investments in 2021. Juanicipio in Zacatecas, US$440 M; Los Filos expansion in Guerrero, US$213 M; Fresnillo’s Pyrites Plant in Zacatecas, US$155 M; Camino Rojo in Zacatecas, US$134 M; Tahuehueto in Durango, US$32.2 M; Santana in Sonora, US$7.55 M. Other significant projects for the near future include Las Chispas in Sonora, with US$100 M and Buenavista Zinc in Sonora, US$413 M.  
  • The world exploration investment during 2020 reached  US$8.328 billions (US$8,328 millones), according to Cochilco. That is 10% less than the US$9.285 billion spent in 2019. Twenty five percent of that amount, US$2.05 billion, were invested in Latin America, of which 21% correspond to investment sunk in Mexico (behind Chile, with 22% and ahead of Perú, with 18%).

ON EXPLORATION

  • Silver Spruce Resources. is commencing the phase 1 of exploration at the Jackie project in Sonora. The program comprises prospecting, rock, soil and stream sediment sampling, initial geological mapping and collection of structural data.
  • Vizsla Resources Corp. provided results from ten more holes on the Napoleon prospect at the Panuco project in Sinaloa. Highlighted true-width (tw) intervals comprise 11.02 m @ 180 gpt Ag, 2.27 gpt Au, 0.44% Pb, 1.31% Zn (422 gpt AgEq), including 1.09 m @ 975 gpt Ag, 13.88 gpt Au, 1.63% Pb, 5.83% Zn (2,383 gpt AgEq); 3.54 m @ 181 gpt Ag, 3.75 gpt Au, 0.59% Pb, 1.52% Zn (569 gpt AgEq); 3.23 m @ 262 gpt Ag, 2.57 gpt Au, 1.26% Pb, 2.0% Zn (562 gpt AgEq).
  • Brigadier Gold Ltd. advanced drill and surface sampling results from its Picachos property in Sinaloa. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 3 m @ 9.49 gpt Au, 24 gpt Ag; 3 m @ 6.24 gpt Au, 79 gpt Ag; 3.5 m @ 7.03 gpt Au, 110 gpt Ag; 2.5 m @ 6.75 gpt Au, 44 gpt Ag. Surface rock chip-channel sampling returned 5 m @ 4.89 gpt Au, 67 gpt; 10 m @ 1.85 gpt Au, 4 gpt Ag; 1 m @ 0.1 gpt Au, 347 gpt Ag; 0.8 m @ 44.1 gpt Au, 47 gpt Ag; 1.2 m @ 5.25 gpt Au, 74 gpt Ag; 1.6 m @ 1.9 gpt Au, 98 gpt Ag. Brigadier states that results so far indicate a primary vein system over seven kilometers with robust mineralization.
  • Radius Gold Inc. reported results from its phase four diamond drill program at the Amalia Au-Ag, project in Chihuahua. Five drill holes have been completed in the current program, for a total of 2,035 m. A hole aimed within the high grade San Pedro shoot intercepted 23.1 m @ 6.8 gpt Au, 321 gpt Ag, with an estimated true width (tw) of 14.5 m, including 6.25 m (3.5 m tw) @ 18.34 gpt Au, 813 gpt Ag.
  • Kootenay Silver Inc. announced results from the final 17 core holes completed on its phase II drill program which totaled 9,114 m at its Columba project in Chihuahua. Highlighted core length results comprise 79 m @ 58 gpt Ag (including 10.1 m @ 152 gpt Ag and 3.1 m @ 325 gpt Ag); 3.78 m @ 170 gpt Ag; 27.75 m @ 40 gpt Ag; 94.06 m @ 40 gpt Ag (including 7.0 m @ 97 gpt Ag); 9.05 m @ 179 gpt Ag (including 5.35 m @ 290 gpt Ag); 1.58 m @ 525 gpt Ag; 70.5 m @ 112 gpt Ag (including 9.0 m @ 691 gpt Ag and 4.6 m @ 1,186 gpt Ag); 25 m @ 47 gpt Ag (including 7 m @ 126 gpt Ag and 2.45 m @ 208 gpt Ag.
  • Heliostar Metals Ltd. plans to start an exploration program of its Mexican projects in Sonora next month. Drilling at La Lola should commence on February, focusing on the 5 km long La Barra vein. Mapping and sampling will be completed at Oso Negro and Cumaro projects in February and March. Oso Negro is a large project with outcropping veins, while Cumaro is part of the Picacho district.

ON MINING

  • Sierra Metals Inc. reported production results for Q4 2020, including figures from its Mexican operations. At Bolívar, in Chihuahua, 383.6 K tonnes were processed at a rate of 4,384 tonnes per day (tpd) and a grade of 0.79% Cu, 14.5 gpt Ag, 0.25 gpt Au, recovering 88.21% Cu, 83.44% Ag, 64.41% Au, to produce 5.87 M Lb Cu, 149 K Oz Ag, 2,017 Oz Au. For the year total production of 24.54 M Lb Cu was recorded. At Cusi, in Chihuahua, 82.7 K tonnes were processed during the period at a rate of 945 tpd and a grade of 160.62 gpt Ag, 0.19 gpt Au, 0.28% Pb, recovering 80.37% Ag, 46.73% Au, 82.79% Pb, to produce 343 K Oz Ag, 234 Oz Au, 590 K Lb Pb. For the year, a total of 890 K Oz Ag, 619 Oz Au, 1.37 M Lb Pb were produced.
  • Consolidated Zinc Ltd. executed an agreement with Industrias Peñoles S.A. de C.V. “to reduce the transport costs/allowances of Plomosas concentrate delivered and sold to Penoles under an extended offtake agreement for the sale of 100% of the Plomosas zinc concentrate” (Plomosas, Chihuahua).
  • Capstone Mining Corp. is working on a technical report that is to include an updated mineral resource and a prefeasibility study to increase the vein rate recovery at its Cozamin mine in Zacatecas. “The $45 to $50 million project will commence this year and when in operation, targeted for Q1 2023, will allow for maximizing the extraction of high-grade ore. It will also improve environmental performance given 60% of our tailings will be sent underground and the remaining tailings will employ best practice dry-stack technology…. The 2021 budget for brownfield exploration is $5 million and $4 million for greenfield exploration in Mexico and Brazil”.
  • Pan American Silver Corp. released preliminary production results for the fourth quarter of 2020, including figures from its Mexican operations. At La Colorada, Zacatecas, 1.18 M Oz Ag were produced, while at Dolores, in Chihuahua, production reached 764 K Oz Ag. For 2021 the company aims to produce 7.16 – 7.44 M Oz Ag, 4.0 – 4.2 K Oz Au at La Colorada, and 2.73 – 2.97 M Oz Ag, 160.8 – 179.3 K Oz Au at Dolores, Chihuahua.
  • Hecla Mining Co. released preliminary production for 2020, including figures from its Mexican operations. At San Sebastian, Durango, “1.0 million ounces of silver and 7,223 ounces of gold were produced. For the fourth quarter, 0.2 million ounces of silver and 1,159 ounces of gold were produced. Mining was completed in the third quarter and milling completed in the fourth quarter of 2020. The mill operated at an average of 474 tpd when in production. The Company continues to explore this highly prospective land package and will evaluate further mining based on exploration results”.  
  • Gatos Silver Inc. achieved 2,324 tonnes per day operation of its Cerro Los Gatos mine in Chihuahua. By the end of 2020 mine development had reached just under 16,000 m of development. During 2020 Gatos Silver produced 4.2 M OZ Ag, 34.2 M Lb Zn, 27.4 M Lb Pb and 4,900 Oz Au, in Ag, Zn and Pb concentrates.
  • Argonaut Gold Inc. announced production results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2020, including figures from its Mexican operations. At El Castillo, in Durango, 12,568 Oz AuEq were produced in the quarter, 46,182 Oz AuEq in the year. At San Agustín, Durango, 18,622 Oz AuEq were produced in the quarter, 63,866 Oz AuEq in the year. At La Colorada, in Sonora, 11,294 Oz AuEq were produced in the last quarter, and 47,064 in the year.
  • Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. reported production results for the fourth quarter and full year 2020, including figures from its Mexican operations. During the quarter in San José, Oaxaca, 272.1 K tonnes were milled at a rate of 3,024 tpd and a grade of 206 gpt Ag, 1.26 gpt Au, recovering 91.42% Ag, 91.27% Au, to produce 1.65 M Oz Ag, 10,095 Oz Au. For the full year 934.4 K tonnes were milled at a rate of 2,647 tpd and a grade of 224 gpt Ag, 1.38 gpt Au, recovering 91.52% Ag, 91.34% Au, to produce 6.16 M Oz Ag, 37,805 Oz Au.
  • Premier Gold Mines Ltd. released fourth quarter and full year 2020 results, including figures from its operations in Mexico. At Mercedes, Sonora. During the last quarter 11,185 Oz Au, 65,735 Oz Ag were produced, which added up to the production of 34,955 Oz Au, 167,917 Oz Ag in the year.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp. announced Q4 and full year 2020 results from its Mexican mines. For the Full year, San Dimas, in Durango, produced 6.4 M Oz Ag, 71,598 Oz Au, or 12.67 M Oz AgEq; Santa Elena, in Sonora, produced 1.7 M Oz Ag, 28,242 Oz Au, or 4.18 M Oz Ag Eq; La Encantada, in Coahuila, produced 3.50 M Oz Ag, 241 Oz Au, or 3.53 M Oz Ag. Last quarter production results can be seen in the table below.
  • Mexus Gold US. informed it is moving 600 tonnes per day to the crushing plant at its San Elena mine in Sonora (Not to mistake for First Majestic’s Santa Elena mine, also in Sonora). Leaching continues to produce about 3 Oz per day, which is expected to double by February.

ON FINANCING

  • Candente Gold Corp. announced the granting of 3.2 M stock options to directors, senior officers, employees and consultants of the company (El Oro, Estado de Mexico).
  • Mexican Gold Mining Corp. closed its non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $1.4 M. The press release presented a lengthy explanation of a “related party transaction” involving Palisades Goldcorp Ltd.  (Las Minas, Veracruz).
  • VanGold Mining Corp. expanded the size of its non-brokered private placement financing previously announced, to $12.6 M in gross proceeds (El Pinguico, Guanajuato).
  • Impact Silver Corp. granted 2.11 M stock options to directors, officers and employees (Real de Zacualpan, Estado de Mexico).
  • Mammoth Resources Corp. is increasing the amount of the recently announced private placement, for total gross proceeds of $688.5 (Tenoriba, Chihuahua).
  • Sierra Metals Inc. “refers to the announcement earlier today by Arias Resource Capital Fund L.P. (“ARCF I”) regarding its distribution of an aggregate of 52,721,964 common shares of the Company from ARCF I to underlying limited partners (the “Distribution”) which was made in connection with the winding-up and dissolution of ARCF I. In view of the ongoing strategic review process announced by Sierra on January 8, 2021, the Company confirms that the strategic review process continues to have the full support of its Board of Directors, management team, Arias Resource Capital Fund II L.P. (now the Company’s largest shareholder) and Arias Resource Capital Fund II (Mexico) L.P” (Cusi and Bolivar mines, Chihuahua).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Gatos Silver Inc. commenced in December 2020 a 27,000 meter exploration program at its Cerro Los Gatos property in Chihuahua, to convert 3.2 M tonnes of inferred resources to measured and indicated categories, and to discover resources to the SE and NW of the deposit. Gatos Silver “intends to reactivate Los Gatos District exploration in early 2021, starting with the Esther resource located four kilometers from CLG. During the first quarter of 2021, Gatos Silver will begin a 5,400-meter exploration program on its wholly-owned Santa Valeria project”.
  • Discovery Metals Corp. intends to perform 65,000 meters of diamond drilling in 2021 at its Cordero project in Chihuahua. The aim is to produce a PEA with a resource update of the bulk tonnage mineralization and complete the initial testing of the high-grade veins with 20,0000 meters, and drill 46,000 meters more for bulk-tonnage mineralization resource upgrade and expansion, resource definition of the high-grade veins and initial scout drilling on the property.
  • Osisko Development Corp. informed its San Antonio Gold project in Sonora has an initial resource estimate of 27.6 M tonnes grading 1.18 g/t Au for 1 M Oz Au in the inferred category. Osisko is currently targeting development of a scenario for initial annual production of 50 K to 70 K Oz with additional near-term potential from reprocessing the 1.3 M tonnes stockpile located on site. The company also entered into an agreement to purchase a semiportable crushing plant for the project with capacity of 15 K tpd, with a jaw crusher, cone crushers and the related screening and material handling equipment. “The equipment is in good condition and currently stored in Nevada, USA and will be transported to the project in the next quarter”.
  • Sonoro Gold Corp. reported the remaining assays from it 2020 drilling campaign at Cerro Caliche, Sonora. “The 2021 drilling program is currently underway with approximately 50 additional RC and core holes expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter”. Core length intercepts comprise 8.4 m @ 0.72 gpt Au; 7.2 m @ 0.60 gpt Au; 6.0 m @ 0.88 gpt Au at El Colorado zone, 3.9 m @ 0.36 gpt Au and 3.9 m @ 0.23 gpt Au in one hole at the Guadalupe zone, 9.3 m @ 0.72 gpt Au; 15 m @ 0.50 gpt Au at the Cabeza Blanca zone, 16.25 m @ 0.74 gpt Au. “The latest assays further support the Company’s consideration of the viability for a bulk mining heap-leach development proposal with a conceptual throughput of up to 20,000 tonnes per day”.
  • First Majestic Silver Corp. updated on the Ermitaño project, located only 4 km east from its Santa Elena mine in Sonora. Approximately 72,270 m of drilling have been completed since 2016 to define the current indicated resource of 4.7 M Oz Ag, 311 K Oz Au at an average grade of 70 gpt Ag, 4.59 gpt Au, and an inferred resource of 7.0 M Oz Ag and 370 K Oz Au averaging 58 gpt Ag, 3.08 gpt Au. “In 2021, the Company has budgeted a total of $42.1 million to be invested at Ermitaño and expects to begin initial test block mining by mid-2021 to assess the geotechnical conditions, subject to delineation drilling results, and extract approximately 30,000 to 60,000 tonnes of material to be used for industrial metallurgical testing”.
  • GoGold Resources Inc. released results of its preliminary economic assessment (PEA) at Los Ricos South project in Jalisco. The report includes an after tax NPV (5% discount rate) of US$296 M, with an after tax IRR of 46% on an 11 year mine life to produce 69.6 M Oz AgEq; initial capital costs of $125 M and average LOM costs of $8.65 per Oz AgEq and all-sustaining costs of $11.35 per Oz AgEq. Approximately two thirds of the production would be from open pit mining, and one third from underground mining.
  • Silver Tiger Metals Inc. announced the discovery of a new zone of high-grade Au-Ag mineralization at its El Tigre project in Sonora. Core length intercepts comprise 5.5 m @ 726 gpt Ag, 0.08 gpt Au, including 3.0 m @ 1,303 gpt Ag,0.09 gpt Au; 0.5 m @ 625 gpt Ag, 0.12 gpt Au; 0.5 m @ 474 gpt Ag, 0.13 gpt Au. These intercepts are from the newly discovered Benjamín vein, 900 m to the north of the El Tigre historic workings.
  • Mexican Gold Mining Corp. released the final assay results from the 2020 drill program covering 10,221 m in 65 holes at its Las Minas project in Veracruz. Highlighted core length intercepts comprise 18 m @ 2.45 gpt Au, 0.6% Cu; 21 m @ 9.32 gpt Au, 0.33% Cu; 28.3 m @ 1.48 gpt Au, 0.36% Cu; 15 m @ 2.42 gpt Au, 0.22% Cu; 10 m @ 1.23 gpt Au, 0.61% Cu; 10 m @ 2.09 gpt Au, 0.96% Cu; 10 m @ 1.72 gpt Au, 0.54% Cu, 52 m @ 1.5 gpt Au, 1.1% Cu; 12 m @ 2.55 gpt Au, 1.18% Cu; 7.8 m @ 1.05 gpt Au, 0.51% Cu; 8.4 m @ 1.03 gpt Au, 0.22% Cu; 9 m @ 0.99 gpt Au, 0.94% Cu; 14 m @ 1.08 gpt Au, 0.96% Cu; 10 m @ 0.54 gpt Au, 0.63% Cu; 2 m @ 1.7 gpt Au, 2.33% Cu; 1.8 m @ 3.62 gpt Au, 4.63% Cu. Areas with highlighted intercepts include El Dorado, the West Dike Contact and the East Dike Contact.
  • Southern Silver Exploration Corp. reported “further intervals of gold-enriched oxide and sulphide mineralization in step out drilling as well as a significant downhole extension of earlier reported high-grade, silver enriched polymetallic sulphide mineralization” at the Mina La Bocona zone of its Cerro Las Minitas project in Durango. Highlighted true width intercepts comprise 26.5 m @ 0.37 gpt Au, 26 gpt Ag of shallow oxide mineralization and 6.1 m @ 162 gpt Ag, 0.57 gpt Au, 3.2% Pb, 1.3% Zn, that correlates with the deeper sulfide mineralization in one hole; 6.1 m @ 344 gpt Ag, 0.59 gpt Au, 5.7% Pb, 3.9% Zn; 1.4 m @ 520 gpt Ag, 0.34 gpt Au, 10.6% Pb, 9.8% Zn; 5.0 m @ 364 gpt Ag, 0.3 gpt Au, 7.0% Pb, 1.8% Zn. 1.4 m @ 1,070 gpt Ag, 0.09 gpt Au, 23.3% Pb, 3.2% Zn.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • Candente Gold Corp. announced the name change to Xali Gold Corp. has taken place (El Oro, Estado de Mexico).
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. announced Rodrigo Calles-Montijo has been appointed to the Board of Directors and management team as Exploration and Corporate Development Manager, Mexico (Pilar, Sonora).
  • Minaurum Gold Inc. “is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with its underlying Royalty Holder (“RH”) on the Biricu Project (“Biricu”) located in the Guerrero Gold Belt (“GGB”), Mexico. Minaurum has been provided with both a limited time option to repurchase a portion of the NSR along with eliminating the outstanding Bankable Feasibility Study payment on Biricu in exchange for issuing 100,000 common shares to RH”. The Biricu project is on the southeastern projection of the Guerrero Gold Belt and is underlain by the same Cretaceous sedimentary rocks and Laramide intrusive rocks.
  • Megastar Development Corp. announced that its board of directors approved a name change to Madoro Metals Corp., subject to approval from the TSX Venture Exchange (Yautepec and Magadalena, Oaxaca).

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Industrias Peñoles informed on the donations, equipment provided and activities executed in the Torreon-Gomez Palacio area (La Laguna) to aid with the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
  • Fresnillo PLC provides 1,500 liters of diesel fuel monthly to the firefighters department in Caborca, Sonora.
  • Minera San Xavier has commenced the remediation of historic mining liabilities in Cerro San Pedro, San Luis Potosí. The liabilities were generated by mining by Asarco between 1930 and 1950. Since 2016 140 K tonnes of material have been moved from Patio Victoria to the installations of the mine, which is now closed.
  • Fresnillo PLC signed an agreement with the Fresnillo municipality to provide resources to aid the communities of Mexico Nuevo and Carrillo, in Zacatecas.
  • Peñoles informed its Museo de Los Metales (Metals Museum) continues with an intense program of online activities.

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

By Jorge Cirett

During the 52nd week of the year (December 21st to December 27th, 2020), at least 28 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, six companies posted exploration advances on their properties, six more made announcements related to their shares, three more released resource related news and five more on deals/corporate matters. ON MEXICO ISSUES, the Covid pandemic has not dented mining company’s performance on the BMV. The illegal blockade on Los Filos mine, Guerrero, has been lifted (without great help from the authorities). ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Tocvan Ventures informed the RC drilling program has been completed at its Pilar project. In Chihuahua, Radius Gold informed on the status of its Amalia and Plata Verde projects; Mammoth Resources informed it has signed a surface agreement with two ejidos at Tenoriba. In Sinaloa, Mithril Resources released drilling results from Los Reyes, Copalquin. In Nayarit and Jalisco, Candente Gold is studying and permitting the Cocula and El Dorado projects, as well as a processing plant.  ON MINING, Golden Minerals has commenced mining at Rodeo, in Durango. Equinox Gold informed the illegal blockade on the Los Filos projects has been lifted. ON FINANCING, Orla mining is now listed on the NYSE. Consolidated Zinc consolidated its shares on a 15 to 1 basis. Azucar Minerals granted stock options to directors, employees and consultants for $465 K. Reyna Silver issued $299 K in shares to five directors and officers. VanGold Mining and Canuc Resources announced financing rounds for C$7.5 M and $300 K respectively. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Sonora Gold is assessing to increase the capacity of the planned heap leach operation at Cerro Caliche, in Sonora, to 20,000 tdp. Sierra Metals filed a NI-43-101 report updating the resource base on its Cusi mine, in Chihuahua. Minera Alamos filed on SEDAR the technical report and mineral resource estimate for the Cerro de Oro project, Zacatecas. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, VanGold Mining signed the acquisition of El Cubo mine and El Cubo mine complex in Guanajuato with Endeavour Silver. Almaden Minerals received notification from SEMARNAT that its permit application to develop the Ixtaca project in Puebla has been rejected. Maverix Metals informed on the acquisition of royalties from the Camino Rojo project in Zacatecas and the Cristina project in Chihuahua, as well as the sale of a royalty on the Yecora project in Sonora. Odyssey Marine Exploration informed it has gained more financial support for its litigation against the Mexican government for its refusal to concede a mining permit on its “Exploraciones Oceánicas” offshore phosphate project in Baja California Sur. Elemental Royalties informed it holds a 1% NSR on the Mercedes mine, Sonora, which is owned by Equinox Gold. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Peñoles has been supporting soccer tournaments since 2011.

ON MEXICO ISSUES

  • The Covid pandemic has not dented mining company’s performance on the BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores). At the beginning of the year the four biggest companies in the BMV (Grupo Mexico, Peñoles, Frisco and Autlán) were worth $524,500 million pesos, and now these are valued in $796,500 million pesos (US$39.5 billion), a 51.8% increase. These gains contrast with the expected decline of 25% in exploration, partly die to the pandemic, partly also due to the lack of certitude on government policies, delays or denials of permitting (see note on Almaden) and a greater tax burden.

ON EXPLORATION

  • Radius Gold Inc. informed on the exploration status of its projects in Mexico. At Amalia, in Chihuahua, Radius’s joint venture partner, Pan American Silver Corp. is funding and operating the phase 4 drill campaign, of which 1,838 m in 4 holes have been completed. At Plata Verde, also in Chihuahua, orientation induced polarization and ground magnetic surveys are being conducted. The target mineralized breccias occur under less than 100 m of volcanic cover rocks, and the geophysical surveys are planned to aid drill targeting.
  • Mammoth Resources Corp. announced the second of two ejidos (community held surface land) voted in favor of a two-year surface agreement for exploration at its Tenoriba project in Chihuahua. During “the term of the agreements the Company will be making contributions towards a number of community benefit programs and looks forward to reporting on these contributions. Mammoth will also be providing assistance to a number of the most vulnerable inhabitants of both ejidos”.
  • Mithril Resources Ltd. released good drilling results from Los Reyes target at Los Reyes project in Durango (not to mistake for Prime Mining’s Los Reyes project in Sinaloa).  Highlighted core length intercepts comprise 2.22 m @ 32.35 gpt  Au, 185 gpt Ag; 0.70 m @ 9.3 gpt Au, 125 gpt Ag; 1.20 m @ 2.05 gpt Au, 85 gpt Ag in one hole and 3.0 m @ 2.86 gpt Au, 84 gpt Ag (including 0.6 m @ 9.79 gpt Au, 165 gpt Ag) in other. Drilling is to recommence in early January 2021 at El Refugio target, whereas soil sampling is programmed for El Refugio West, La Soledad West, El Indio and Zaragoza prospects in January-February 2021.
  • Prismo Metals Inc. completed its 2020 drilling campaign at Palos Verdes, Sinaloa. A total of 436.8 m were drilled in four holes, and a fifth hole is to be completed in January 2021. The holes intercepted wide zones of discrete quartz veins in andesite with quartz and stockwork quartz veining, local pyrite and sphalerite. Results pending.
  • Tocvan Ventures Corp. informed on the completion of its campaign of reverse circulation drilling at its Pilar project, Sonora. A total of 1,505 m were drilled in nine holes, with results expected in early 2021.
  • Candente Gold Corp. announced that technical experts have been engaged for permitting and deposit modelling for the El Dorado (Nayarit) and Cocula (Jalisco) projects and for permitting of the San Dieguito de Arriba (Nayarit) plant.

ON MINING

  • Golden Minerals Corp. announced it has begun mining at its Rodeo property, Durango.  Material over 3.0 gpt Au is to be transported in January to Golden’s Velardeña 200 tpd mill. A second ball mill is to be installed to increase the processing capacity to 450 tpd.
  • Equinox Gold Corp. reported that “the blockade by members of the Carrizalillo community at the Company’s Los Filos Mine in Mexico has been removed and access to the mine has been restored. Representatives from Los Filos continue to meet regularly with community leaders to reach consensus on the remaining items related to benefits provided under the Carrizalillo social collaboration agreement”.

ON FINANCING

  • Orla Mining Ltd. is now listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Orla’s addition to the exchange is classified as a “dual listing without capital raise”.  (Camino Rojo, Zacatecas).
  • Consolidated Zinc Ltd. informed the 1 to 15 consolidation of the company securities is now complete (Plomosas, Chihuahua).
  • Azucar Minerals Ltd. has granted stock options to certain directors, employees, and consultants of the company to purchase 465 K common shares in the capital of Azucar (El Cobre, Veracruz).
  • VanGold Mining Corp. announced a part and parcel non-brokered private placement financing for gross proceeds of C$7.5 M (El Cubo, Guanajuato).
  • Canuc Resources Corp. announced the closing of a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $300 K (San Javier Silver-Gold, Sonora).
  • Reyna Silver Corp. issued $299 K of its common shares toward partial annual compensation to five directors and officers of the Company (Guigui, Chihuahua).

ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Sonora Gold Corp.  informed on the expansion of several mineralized zones at its Cerro Caliche property in Sonora. Based on these results Sonoro is assessing the viability of a heap leach mining operation with an increased capacity form 8,000 to 20,000 tonnes per day. Highlighted core length intervals comprise 11.7 m @ 0.92 gpt Au; 11.25 m @ 1.08 gpt Au; 8.45 m @ 1.4 gpt Au; 5.7 m @ 1.25 gpt Au in the El Colorado zone, and 13.72 m @ 0.47 gpt Au; 15.24 m @ 0.40 gpt Au; 21.33 m @ 0.47 gpt Au; 25.91 m @ 0.42 gpt Au at Los Japoneses.
  • Sierra Metals Inc. filed a NI 43-101 report updating the resource base on its Cusi mine, in Chihuahua. Measured and indicated resources now consist of 5.36 M tonnes @ 182 gpt Ag, 0.12 gpt Au, 0.49% Pb, 0.58% Zn (215 gpt AgEq), and inferred resources of 4.89 M tonnes @ 146 gpt Ag, 0.18 gpt Au, 0.43% Pb, 0.69% Zn (183 gpt AgEq). (Note.- this should amount to close to 55 M Oz Ag, not counting other metals credits).
  • Minera Alamos Inc. filed on SEDAR the technical report and mineral resource estimate for the Cerro de Oro project, Zacatecas. The inferred mineral resource on oxide ore is 48 M tonnes @ 0.41 gpt Au, containing 630 K Oz Au.

ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES

  • VanGold Mining Inc. signed a binding letter agreement with Endeavour Silver Corp. to acquire the El Cubo mill and mill complex, in Guanajuato, 8 km from its El Pinguico property. El Cubo complex includes two underground operating mines (in care and maintenance) and a 1,500 tpd flotation plant.  VanGold intends to restart the mill at approximately 750 tpd “using mineralized material from its surface and underground stockpiles at its El Pinguico project as a significant portion of its estimated throughput for the first 36 months of operation”. El Cubo has measured, indicated and inferred resources of 2.4 M Oz Ag and 28.2 K Oz Au.
  • Almaden Minerals Ltd. Has received notification from the Mexican federal permitting authority, Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT) that the company’s initial environmental permit application (MIA) in respect of the Ixtaca project has not received approval. Almaden originally submitted the MIA in early 2019. The SEMARNAT resolution cites insufficient information regarding the impacts of open pit mining on the environment, local and regional area. “The Company is continuing its review of SEMARNAT’s response to the MIA and is evaluating its alternatives which include the re-submittal of a revised MIA, continuing dialogue, and legal options”.
  • Maverix Metals Inc. informed on some royalties included in the Newmont Corporation royalty portfolio acquired in October 29, 2020. Orla Mining Ltd. elected not to exercise its ROFR (Right Of First Refusal) on the 2.0% net smelter return royalty of oxide and transitional ore production from the Camino Rojo project located in Zacatecas; Orla expects the first gold pour in the second half of 2021. Criscora, S.A. de C.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of TCP1 Corporation, will acquire the 1.0% NSR royalty on the Yecora project located in Sonora, for a cash payment of $1.5 M, which Maverix will receive. The ROFR on the Cristina project located in Chihuahua, was not exercised and Maverix will acquire the 2.0% NSR royalty.
  • Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. has secured up to an additional $10 M to support its pending North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) claim against Mexico. The NAFTA claim relates to the “unlawful denial of the environmental permit for subsidiary Exploraciones Oceanicas’ (ExO’s) offshore phosphate project” in Baja California Sur.  The project, said to be one of the largest and highest quality phosphate sands deposits in the world, is subject to a $2.36 billion claim against Mexico under NAFTA.
  • Elemental Royalties Corp. disclosed it owns a 1% Net Smelter Returns (“NSR”) royalty on Premier’s Mercedes Mine, a key asset in the Premier portfolio, which becomes payable to Elemental from July 28, 2022 following a time hurdle. Premier Gold Mines Ltd. was recently acquired by Equinox Gold Corp.

ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • Peñoles has been supporting soccer tournaments since 2011 with the installation of the “Copa Santos Peñoles”. The last edition of the tournament (2019) counted with the participation of 288 teams.

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

On the image below: Quartz vein stockwork from a project in San Luis Potosí. Picture by Jorge Cirett.