During the 25th week of the year (June 20th to June 26th, 2022), at least 24 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, four companies posted exploration advances on their properties, there were no relevant news in the mining section, four companies reported on the opening or closing f financing rounds for a total of US$6.4 M and C$5 M, five companies posted on work at its advanced properties. One company announced a LOI on a property, another is on a legal fight for its mining concessions and one more is suing the Mexican government on the cancellation of a project. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Congress released the reform on nationalization of lithium extraction. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Silver Spruce collared the first hole at Diamante; Tocvan Ventures recommenced drilling at Pilar. In Zacatecas, Minera Alamos updated on regional exploration at Melchor Ocampo. In Veracruz, Azucar Minerals commenced a second hole on a new target at El Cobre. ON MINING, no relevant news. ON FINANCING, Sonoro Gold increased its financing round to $2.4 M; Fabled Silver it to raise up to $1 M; Heliostar Metals is carrying a financing round to raise $3 M; Reyna Silver closed its non-brokered placement raising C$5 M. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Alamos Gold poured first bullion from La Yaqui Grande, in the Mulatos district, Sonora. Minera Alamos obtained surface access to Cerro de Oro in Zacatecas. Vizsla Resources reported drill results from Panuco, in Sinaloa. Guanajuato Silver reported high-grade tailings drilling results at El Cubo, in Guanajuato. GR Silver released drill results from Plomosas, in Sinaloa. Orex Minerals resumed drilling at Sandra, in Durango, within a JV with Pan American Silver. Oroco Resources released drilling results from the north part of the Santo Tomás project in Sinaloa. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, no relevant news. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
The Economy Secretariat (Secretaría de Economía) is the government entity that is to run the Lithium State company. The reform sealed by Congress nationalized the extraction of the metal, and mandates the government has 90 days to create the organization.
Colibri Resources Corp. announced that its partner in the Diamante project in Sonora, Silver Spruce Resources Inc. has collared the first holes of a 2,000 m reverse circulation drilling program, starting on the Pillado zone and to continue at La Prieta.
Tocvan Ventures Corp. recommenced drilling at its Pilar project in Sonora. Drilling will focus on priority exploration targets as well as parallel trends and extensions.
Azucar Minerals Ltd. has commenced a second hole at the lithocap target at El Cobre, Veracruz. “the first hole passed through typical clay dominant lithocap alteration into phyllic alteration which transitioned to propylitic and at depth intense biotitic potassic alteration and is interpreted to have intersected a peripheral part of a porphyry system beneath the lithocap”. The target has been shown as likely to contain a medium to large sized porphyry systems based on mineral vectoring studies with chlorite and epidote.
Minera Alamos Inc. updated on regional exploration activities in the Melchor Ocampo area of Zacatecas. The company owns 6,405 ha of mining concessions in the area around its Cerro de Oro project, in development. A new mineralized trend has been identified 4.5 km southwest of the Cerro de Oro area, with 22 out of 40 samples running over 0.5 gpt Au “in a sedimentary sequence of interbedded siltstone, sandstones and limestones that have been intruded by granitic dikes and sills”. An internal historic report by Echo Bay calculated 2.8 M tonnes @ 0.75 gpt Au, and also pointed to the possibility of large tonnage Ag-Pb-Zn mineralization.
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Sonoro Gold Corp. is increasing its previously announced non-brokered private placement to raise gross proceeds of up to $2.4 M. (Cerro Caliche, Sonora).
Fabled Silver Gold Corp. announced a non-brokered private placement for aggregate gross proceeds of up to $1 M (Santa Maria, Chihuahua).
Heliostar Metals Ltd. is carrying a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to $3 M (Cumaro, Oso Negro and La Lola, in Sonora).
Reyna Silver Corp. closed its previously announced “best efforts” private placement, for gross proceeds of C$5 M. The offering was upsized from its originally aimed C$3 M (Guigui, Chihuahua).
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
Alamos Gold Inc. announced initial gold production from the La Yaqui Grande mine in Sonora. Construction was completed ahead of schedule this month. A total of 991 Oz was poured, with production expected to reach 3,000 Oz Au in June. This large-scale construction project will extend the life of the Mulatos Complex for at least five years. “La Yaqui Grande was completed ahead of schedule generating more than 1,000 jobs during the construction phase and will continue to sustain 450 direct jobs”.
Minera Alamos Inc. presented executed surface rights agreements for its Cerro de Oro project in Zacatecas. These permits, which cover 816 ha in the Melchor Ocampo Municipality and 160 ha in the Ejido San Pedro de Ocampo, with allow the company to pursue the permit application for the project. Additional activities for 2022 include metallurgical test work, in-fill and local resource expansion drilling, ongoing regional exploration, equipment procurement, mine contractor discussions and project financing discussions.
Vizsla Resources Corp. reported results from 24 drill holes targeting the Tajitos-Copala resource area at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. The results are from the Copala structure, extending it to 600 meters along strike and 400 m downdip. Highlighted true width results comprise 20.45 m @ 780 gpt Ag, 4.23 gpt Au; 14.50 m @ 667 gpt Ag, 3.89 gpt Au; 9.35 m @ 1,010 gpt Ag, 5.44 gpt Au (including 1.30 m @ 3,548 gpt Ag, 17.78 gpt Au); 4.40 m @ 802 gpt Ag, 6.89 gpt Au; 3.40 m @ 1,642 gpt Ag, 6.67 gpt Au. “The Copala Vein is a shallow dipping structure …. on the hangingwall side of the Tajitos structure. Copala is marked by high precious metals grades …. hosted within a broader envelope of vein-breccia up to 82 metres thick…”.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. reported the discovery of high-grade material in an historical tailings area of El Cubo Mine Complex in Guanajuato. The Mastranto tailings facility has material from El Cubo Santa Cecilia area, mined between 1986 and 2003, covering an area of 4.35 ha. with approximately 1.5 m of tailings material. Some of the highlighted hole length results comprise 1.3 m @ 4.14 gpt Au, 328 gpt Ag; 1.6 m @ 3.07 gpt Au, 169 gpt Ag; 0.8 m @ 3.42 gpt Au, 446 gpt Ag; 1.1 m @ 3.18 gpt Au, 405 gpt Ag; 1.2 m @ 3.17 gpt Au, 427 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 3.54 gpt Au, 405 gpt Ag; 1.2 m @ 3.65 gpt Au, 435 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 3.42 gpt Au, 437 gpt Ag; 1.2 m @ 3.03 gpt Au, 419 gpt Ag; 1.1 m @ 3.46 gpt Au, 40 gpt Ag; 1.1 m @ 3.32 gpt Au, 316 gpt Ag; 1.0 m @ 4.02 gpt Au, 220 gpt Ag. “the Company plans to extract the gold and silver content from Mastrantos IV using a gravity extraction circuit”.
GR Silver Mining Ltd. released results from drilling at the San Juan and Plomosas mine areas of its Plomosas project in Sinaloa. Highlighted true width results comprise 4.3 m @ 4.52 gpt Au, 56 gpt Ag (including 1.1 m @ 10.17 gpt Au, 340 gpt Ag); 0.5 m @ 30.09 gpt Au, 76 gpt Ag; 0.9 m @ 0.38 gpt Au, 459 gpt Ag. Channel sampling at Las Teresas returned 3.4 m @ 1.21 gpt Au, 67 gpt Ag (including 0.4 m @ 9.44 gpt Au, 394 gpt Ag).
Orex Minerals Inc. resumed diamond drilling on the Sandra project in Durango. This is a joint venture between Pan American Silver Corp. (60%) and Orex (40%) that aims to drill 2,500 to 3,000 meters in this new Phase-I program. “The Project covers almost 70 square kilometres of contiguous mineral concessions and includes multiple mineralized epithermal quartz veins, disseminated horizons and breccia structures”. The Sandra project has an inferred resource of 9.8 M tonnes @ 106 gpt hosting 33.3 M Oz Ag in the Boleras deposit.
Oroco Resources Corp. released results from the Brasiles area of the Santo Tomas project in Sinaloa. Core length highlighted results comprise 166 m @ 0.36 % Cu (including 59.0 m @ 0.46% Cu and 17.4 m @ 0.44% Cu); 33.5 m @ 0.14% Cu in one hole; 24.0 m @ 0.33% Cu; 14.0 m @ 0.17% Cu; 16.0 m @ 0.14% Cu in a second hole; 213.5 m @ 0.28% Cu (including 37.5 m @ 0.50% Cu) in a third hole. “Brasiles West Zone has strong geological similarities to the North Zone, if somewhat attenuated. Like the North Zone, monzonite dikes cutting the Cretaceous limestone (marble) are accompanied by skarn development and minor base metal mineralization”.
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
QNB Metals Inc. announced the execution of a binding letter of intent (LOI) with Analog Gold Inc. on the proposed acquisition of the Tres Oro property in Sinaloa. “The LOI provides for a business combination of QNB Metals and Analog, which would be implemented by way of a “Reverse Takeover” of QNB Metals by Analog”. The deal envisages consolidation of QNB Metals shares on a 2 to 1 basis, completion of a financing round, the payment of $38.3 M through the issuance of shares. The Tres Oros property is an active pilot mine exploiting a polymetallic structure open on strike and at depth, with access to a 600 tpd flotation plant.
Defiance Silver Corp. has “become aware that certain mineral concessions concerning its Tepal Project have been illegally and fraudulently transferred to a third-party individual without the Company’s knowledge or consent. These concessions are the property of Defiance and have consistently been kept in good standing by the Company, with all obligations and filings under applicable laws being systematically completed”. Defiance is pursuing all legal avenues to restore its rightful claim to the concessions (Tepal. Michoacan).
Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. has gathered US$15 M to pursue legal actions against environmental authorities in Mexico, under the arbitration provided by NAFTA. The complaint asks for US$2 billion in damages on the cancellation of the offshore phosphate mining project.
ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
No Relevant News.
On the image below: Locally foliated intrusive rock, with minor quartz and specularite veining in the Sonora Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.
During the 21st week of the year (May 23rd to May 29th, 2022), at least 25 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, six companies posted exploration advances on their properties, one released first quarter 2022 reports, one announced the commissioning commencement on its project, one updated on a merger, one on the significant ownership by one investor, one on the compliance to issue by-weekly reports until its management cease trade order is lifted, three released drilling results from their advanced projects and one commissioned a company to prepare a resource estimate for its property. ON MEXICO ISSUES, SEMARNAT, the Mexican environmental agency, voiced its support for anti-mining organizations in Morelos. A miner’s Union has taken legal steps to get back to previous profit-sharing schemes by mining companies. The president of Mexico expressed the likelihood of its government going to court to stop a company from mining limestone in Quintana Roo. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Benjamin Hill Mining released results from drilling at its Sonora Gold property; Ranchero Gold updated on exploration at Santa Daniela; Silver Spruce Resources is preparing ground for drilling at Diamante; Tocavan Ventures released drill results from Pilar. In Nayarit, Sierra Madre Gold and Silver released results from drilling at La Tigra. In Veracruz, Azucar Minerals completed the first hole near the center of a large target at El Cobre. ON MINING, SilverCrest Metals announced the completion of construction of the processing plant at Las Chispas, in Sonora. Magna Gold presented its Q1 2022 operating and financial report. ON FINANCING, Sailfish Royalty received a lead order commitment in its path to create a silver exploration company starting with the Gavilanes project in Durango. Eric Sprott owns 26.2% of outstanding shares of Discovery Silver. Gatos Silver is providing a by-weekly default status report. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Avino Silver & Gold Mines released drill results from the Oxide Tailings project at Avino, Durango. GR Silver released results from underground drilling at Plomosas, in Sinaloa. Sonoro Gold reported results from drilling at Cerro Caliche, in Sonora. Barksdale Resources engaged a company for the elaboration of the resource estimate at San Javier, in Sonora. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Sierra Madre Gold and Silver signed an agreement with First Majestic to acquire La Guitarra, in Estado de Mexico. Bear Creek Mining has been placed on the default list by the British Columbia Securities Commission, on concerns regarding the credentials of consultants that signed a technical report on the Mercedes mine, in Sonora. Discovery Silver updated on activities at Cordero, in Chihuahua. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
SEMARNAT, the Mexican environmental agency, pointed that it backs those against mining projects in Morelos. This statement was done regarding Alamos Gold’s Esperanza project near Temixco, in the process of acquisition by Zacatecas Silver Corp.. The agency stressed that the Mexican government maintains its commitment to not authorize any new open pit development in the country, based on ideological ideas (No mention was done whatsoever about the project complying or not with the law).
The Union “Sindicato Nacional Minero Metalúrgico FRENTE” informed on legal procedures taken by the organization to fight for the 10% of profits that previously were distributed among the workforce of mining companies in Mexico, same that were recently capped at three months of salary per worker.
The president of Mexico, Andrés M. López Obrador, stated that Mexico will take Vulcan Materials, a company mining limestone in Quintana Roo, to court if necessary. The company has stated in the past that it has all the needed permits for its operations.
Benjamin Hill Mining Corp. released results from diamond drilling at its Sonora Gold project in Sonora. A total of 34 holes were completed covering 5,800 m on seven targets in the 6,400 hectares property. Assays have been received for the first 20 holes. Highlighted intervals from the Sonora Copper area comprise 28.2 m @ 0.42% Cu (interval that includes 16 m @ 0.3 gpt Au; 3.5 m @ 26 gpt Ag; 1.44 m @ 2.99% Cu, 0.664 gpt Au, 103 gpt Ag) and 9.21 m @ 0.92% Cu (including 5.36 m @ 1.7% Cu, 1.95 gpt Au, 44 gpt Ag) in one hole; and 20.55 m @ 0.55% Cu (including 2 m @ 1.05% Cu, 0.379 gpt Au, 18 gpt Ag; 3.96 m @ 1.12%) in a second hole. Highlighted intervals from other areas comprise 1.2 m @ 0.43% Cu, 1.52 gpt Au; 0.90 m @ 0.14% Cu, 1.73 gpt Au; 0.60 m @ >10% Cu, 2.11 gpt Au, 52 gpt Ag).
Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd. announced results from the three first holes of its drilling program at La Tigra project, Nayarit. Highlighted core length intervals (interpreted as 90% of the core interval) comprise 9.0 m @ 0.46 gpt Au, 9 gpt Ag; 6.60 m @ 0.49 gpt Au, 6 gpt Ag; 5.10 m @ 2.21 gpt Au, 24 gpt Ag; 32.0 m @ 1.00 gpt Au, 4 gpt Ag (including 4.0 m @ 3.03 gpt Au and 4.45 m @ 2.72 gpt Au, 7 gpt Ag). An application was filed for a new 1,653 ha claim to the west of La Tigra, named Sabra.
Ranchero Gold Corp. provided an update on exploration at its Santa Daniela concessions in Sonora. Machine-learning technology has been applied in the 2,220 hectares land package to identify 47 exploration targets, of which nine are high priority. Follow-up field visits are ongoing to Rincon, San Francisco and Yaqui Sur.
Silver Spruce Resources Inc. is preparing access trails and pads for its incoming 2,000 m reverse circulation drilling campaign at its 1,057 hectares Diamante project in Sonora. The drilling company it to mobilize to site next week.
Azucar Minerals Ltd. announced the completion of the first hole (1,280 m of depth) in a large lithocap target at El Cobre, in Veracurz. This area has been targeted for drilling based on a mineral vectoring study utilizing chlorite and epidote that indicates a fertile medium to large sized porphyry system, a coinciding deep IP geophysical anomaly, surface pyrophyllite, spectral mineral mapping and high crystallinity illite over the entire target. Drill hole results are pending. “The closest hole to this deep core IP anomaly, which did not test the anomaly, intersected intense quartz pyrite sericite (QSP) phyllic alteration which provides further support to this new target representing a possible porphyry centre”.
Tocvan Ventures Corp. released diamond drill results from its Pilar property in Sonora. An infill hole in the Main zone intercepted a core-length interval of 108.6 m @ 0.8 gpt Au, 3 gpt Ag (including 31.9 m @ 2.4 gpt Au, 2 gpt Ag and 9.4 m @ 7.6 gpt Au, 5 gpt Ag). As part of the Phase III program, nine drill holes totaling 1,562 m have been completed.
SilverCrest Metals Inc. announced that Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc. has completed the construction of the processing plant at Las Chispas in Sonora. The processing plant commissioning is now underway, and expected to reach commercial production in Q4, 2022.
Magna Gold Corp. released operating and financial results for the first quarter of 2022. At San Francisco, in Sonora, 7.3 M tonnes were mined with a strip ratio of 6.7:1, processing 1.4 M tonnes to produce 11,874 Oz Au at cash cost $1,675 per Oz Au and AISC at $2,467 per Oz Au. The San Francisco deposit has measured and indicated resources of 99.7 M tonnes @ 0.446 gpt Au, containing 1,430 K OZ Au and inferred resources of 11.4 M tonnes @ 0.446 gpt Au, containing 171 K Oz Au.
Sailfish Royalty Corp. has received a lead order commitment from Barnwell Investments LLC. in connection to the private placement contemplated as part of a combination transaction with Swordfish Silver. The proposed transaction includes a private placement of Swordfish shares for US$5 M. The goal of the proposed transaction is to create a silver focused exploration and development company, resulting in the transfer of Sailfish’s Gavilanes property in Durango.
Ontario Ltd., a company Eric Sprott owns, announced the exercise of warrants on Discovery Silver Corp. for an aggregate consideration of $7 M. As a result of the warrant exercise Mr. Sprott owns 26.2% of the outstanding Shares on a non-diluted basis and approximately 27.3% on a partially diluted basis.
Gatos Silver Inc. is providing a by-weekly default status report in accordance with National Policy 12-203 – Management Cease Trade Orders. “The Company believes that it will be able to file its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, and its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 in the second half of 2022. The Company is also evaluating the material weaknesses in its internal controls over financial reporting related to the mineral reserve reporting errors”.
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. released results from 17 short holes drilled on its Oxide Tailings project at Avino, in Durango. “The 2022 drill program included 17 drill holes for a total of 209 metres of drilling”. The average of 90 m drilled on the sulphide zone of the tailings returned 0.34 gpt Au, 30 gpt Ag, whereas those from the oxide zone averaged 0.49 gpt Au, 41 gpt Ag on a total of 90 m.
GR Silver Mining Ltd. announced results from underground infill drilling at the Plomosas Project in Sinaloa. Highlighted apparent width intervals comprise 2.9 m @ 190 gpt Ag, 0.1% Pb, 0.1% Zn; 14.0 m @ 146 gpt Ag; 6.5 m @ 1,458 gpt Ag, 0.2% Pb, 0.2% Zn.
Sonoro Gold Corp. reported results from 10 holes completed at its Cerro Caliche project in Sonora. The highlighted core length results from the El Colorado and Buena Suerte zones comprise 21.34 m @ 0.557 gpt Au (including 3.04 m @ 1.52 gpt Au); 1.52 m @ 2.19 gpt Au; 7.62 m @ 0.72 gpt Au; 10.67 m @ 1.183 gpt Au; 4.57 m @ 1.09 gpt Au; 1.52 m @ 9.57 gpt Au; 28.95 m @ 1.021 gpt Au (including 3.05 m @ 2.706 gpt Au). Results from further seven drill holes at Las Abejas are pending.
Barksdale Resources Corp. engaged Independent Mining Consultants Inc. (IMC) to prepare a resource estimate and NI 43-101 Technical Report for the Cerro Verde copper zone on the San Javier project in Sonora. Approximately 30,000 m of drilling data will be utilized in the process to create the report. The resource estimate is expected to be delivered to Barksdale within the next 30 days.
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd. signed an arm’s length definitive agreement with First Majestic Silver Corp. to acquire the 39,714 hectare La Guitarra property in Estado de Mexico. La Guitarra is a past-producing underground mine with an on-site process facility that operated until 2018. Historical measured and indicated resources in the property amount to 7.45 M Oz AgEq and inferred resources to 10 M Oz AgEq. Sierra Madre will issue to First Majestic 69.06 M of its common shares, for an aggregate value of $35 M. Upon completion of the transaction First Majestic will become the largest shareholder of Sierra Madre.
Bear Creek Mining Corp. has been placed on the default list by the British Columbia Securities Commission. This as a result of the BCSC’s concerns regarding the credentials of certain independent third-party consultants to act as qualified persons under National Instrument 43-101 in respect of certain chapters of the Aprill 22 technical report on the Mercede mine, in Sonora. “Bear Creek estimates that the Amended Mercedes Report will be filed within approximately 30 days”.
Discovery Silver Corp.released its financial results for the first quarter 2022 and an update on activities. The Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) work for the Cordero project in Chihuahua is to be delivered on the fourth quarter 2022, the metallurgical test work on sulfides is 60% complete, the reserve definition drilling is now complete, and the first of three open pit geotechnical drill holes is underway. More than 30,000 m of drilling are planned this year on resource expansion targets and the first ever drilling of five targets within 10 km of Cordero. Cash and cash equivalents by the end of the period was at $61.2 M
ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
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On the image below: Sampling of quartz-barite vein in the Sonora Desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.
During the 5th week of the year (January 31st to February 6th, 2022), at least 16 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, three companies posted exploration advances on their properties, three released Q4 and full year 2021 reports, one granted share options and two completed private placements, six reported on project development and one on a property deal. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Mexico’s president said that a state controlled company is to be the sole lithium miner in the country. Fortuna Silver is demanding from the government to respect and confirm an already issued environmental permit for the San Jose mine in Oaxaca. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Benjamin Hill Mining commenced a maiden drill program at its Sonora Gold property; Tocvan Ventures released surface sample results. In Durango, Southern Empire Resources updated on drilling at the Pedro project. ON MINING, Consolidated Zinc and Santacruz Silver Mining presented operating results for Q4 and full year 2021. Guanajuato Silver Company presented results for November and December 2021. ON FINANCING, Defiance Silver granted options to directors and officers. Benjamin Hill Mining and Barksdale Resources closed their private placements for $2.1 M and US$1.75 M respectively. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Defiance Silver continues drilling at its Zacatecas project. GR Silver Mining released drill results from San Marcial, on its Plomosas project in Sinaloa. Discovery Silver is to drill 55,000 m during 2022 at its Cordero project in Chihuahua. GoGold Resources released drill results from El Favor East at Los Ricos North in Jalisco. Candelaria Mining received the drilling permit for Pinos, Zacatecas, and submitted the dilling permit for Caballo Blanco, in Veracruz. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Commander Resources presented the deal on which its Pedro property in Durango was optioned to Southern Empire Resources. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, on his daily conference while speaking on the proposed energy bill that includes the nationalization of the (non-existent) lithium industry, said that the Mexican government is to create a company for lithium extraction. With an anti-neoliberalist overtone and speaking of sovereignty, he affirmed lithium is owned by the Mexican people, and that no foreign countries are to have it.
Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. received in December 17, 2021, a 12 year extension on its environmental impact authorization for the San Jose Mine in Oaxaca. On January 28, 2022 received a notice form SEMARNAT stating a typographical mistake, by which the term of the permit would be reduced from twelve to two years. Minera Cuzcatan (Fortuna’s subsidiary) “has initiated legal proceedings in the Federal Court to challenge and revoke said typographical error and to reconfirm the 12 year extension period granted by SEMARNAT in December 2021”.
Benjamin Hill Mining Corp. announced the commencement of the maiden drill program at its Sonora Gold property in Sonora. The drill rig is currently working on the fourth of 34 planned holes on the Sonora Copper, Caracahui, El Fierro and La Salada areas. A 10,000 m induced polarization and resistivity geophysical survey covers the Sonora Copper, El Fierro, Caracahui, El Crestado, El Tanque, Las Antenas and La Salada areas. Benjamin Hill Mining paid a posthumous tribute to its Special Advisor David Jones: “He shared his knowledge and experience freely to the profession and to society, with honest exuberance to advance the development of economic projects, boosting local economies in the Americas and the around the world. Some of his projects have become mines that have positively impacted our world, socially and economically, proving himself one of the best economic geologists of modern times”.
Tocvan Ventures Corp. released surface sample results from its Pilar project in Sonora. Of 59 samples, 21 returned over 0.5 gpt Au, defining several new areas to be drilled. The Main Zone was expanded with up to 9.2 gpt Au, 279 gpt Ag in a silicified quartz vein breccia, the 4-T Trend was extended to the southeast with values of up to 6.6 gpt Au, 433 gpt Ag and a new vein corridor over 200 m long is highlighted by samples of up to 523 gpt Ag, 1.3 gpt Au and additional mineralization 300 m to the south returned up to 3.1 gpt Au, 27 gpt Ag.
Southern Empire Resources Corp. updated on drilling of the Pedro project in Durango. Three holes have been completed totaling 421 m, and a fourth is in progress. Core review “suggests zones of up to 70 m of moderately silicified, limestone dominated conglomerate with zones of up to 20 m (core length) exhibiting disseminated and vein controlled arsenical minerals including orpiment and realgar”. Historical drilling by Newmont produced intervals of up to 5.55 m @ 0.59 gpt Au.
Consolidated Zinc Ltd. presented its Q4 2021 report. At its Plomosas mine in Chihuahua, 3,140 tonnes were mined, 5,099 tonnes brought to the surface and 4,592 tonnes processed, grading 13.4% Zn, 7.1% Pb, 41 gpt Ag, recovering 77.1 % Zn, 37.8% Pb, to produce 377 tonnes Zn, 112 tonnes Pb in concentrate. The mining rate was affected by the flooding of stopes related to failures on pumping and generator equipments. “Access to the under-water stopes should be re-established during February 2022”. The company continues with the exploration of the Mina Mexico and the Juarez mine prospects within the project area.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. presented production numbers on the last two months of 2021 and exploration highlights at El Cubo and Pinguico properties in Guanajuato. During November and December 2021, 238 K Oz AgEq were produced, resulting from the mining of 76 K tonnes from El Cubo and the El Pinguico above ground stockpile, of which 33 K tonnes were milled in December. Metallurgical recoveries for material from Pinguico averaged 74% Au, 72% Ag. The company completed 6,800 m of drilling at El Pinguico and El Cubo, and plans to complete over 22,000 m in 2022.
Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. reported operating results for Q4, 2021. At Zimapan, in Hidalgo, 192.9 K tonnes were processed @ 76 gpt Ag, 0.6% Pb, 2.26% Zn, 0.35% Cu (or 184 gpt AgEq), recovering 67.2% Ag, to produce 318.4 K Oz Ag, 1,012 tonnes Pb, 3,442 tonnes Zn, 488 tonnes Cu (or 842 K Oz AgEq), to reach 691.4 K Oz Ag, 3,659 tonnes Pb, 12,101 tonnes Zn, 1,820 tonnes Cu (or 3.11 M Oz AgEq) in the year. At the Rosario mine in San Luis Potosi, operations were suspended in Q3, 2021, resulting on an annual processing of 39 K tonnes @ 53 gpt Ag, 0.17 gpt Au, 0.29% Pb, 1.46% Zn, recovering 79% Ag, to produce 52.3 K Oz Ag, 132 Oz Au, 88 tonnes Pb, 417 tonnes Zn (or 107.7 K Oz AgEq).
Defiance Silver Corp. granted incentive stock options to certain directors and officers covering 1.76 M common shares (Zacatecas project, Zacatecas).
Benjamin Hill Mining Corp. completed the over-subscribed private placement announced on December 17, 2021, for gross proceeds of $2.1 M (Sonora Gold project, Sonora).
Barksdale Resources Corp. closed the previously announced non-brokered private placement of US$1.75 M.
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
Defiance Silver Corp. has recommenced drilling at the Zacatecas project in Zacatecas. The general exploration program in 2022 will focus on testing prospective regional targets at Lucita, Tahuares, and Veta Grande. Over 3,000 m of drilling have been completed on the Lucita land package, and 4,500 m of drilling are planned on Tahuares and the central Lucita land package. “Results from the 2020-2021 phase of drilling in the Veta Grande resource area successfully demonstrated the down-dip and lateral continuity of the mineralized Veta Grande vein system below the current resource estimate”.
GR Silver Mining Ltd. released good drilling results from the San Marcial area of the Plomosas project in Sinaloa. Highlighted true width intercepts comprise 29.1 m @ 299 gpt Ag, 0.04 gpt Ag, 0.2% Pb, 0.4% Zn (including 5.0 m @ 614 gpt Ag, 0.02 gpt Au, 0.2% Pb, 0.2% Zn); 1.6 m @ 1,091 gpt Ag, 0.06 gpt Au, 1.4% Pb, 1.8% Zn; 13.0 m @ 58 gpt Ag, 0.08 gpt Au, 0.1% Pb, 0.3% Zn. “Large sections of the mineralized body are hosted by brecciated rock units above the main San Marcial Breccia body …….. related to late-stage quartz-calcite-sulphide veining which post-dates the San Marcial Breccia”. These intercepts are 420 m below the surface and 170 m down dip from the current resource.
Discovery Silver Corp. outlined the 2022 work program and budget for its Cordero project in Chihuahua. The company plans to drill 55,000 meters in 2022, of which 25,000 m are to be in the reserve-resource definition and engineering of the prefeasibility study, 14,000 m on resource growth and 16,000 m in the initial drill testing of five new targets within the property: Sanson, Dos Mil Diez, Molina del Viento, Porfido Norte and La Perla.
GoGold Resources Corp. released results from six holes sunk at El Favor East within the Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 10.5 m @ 0.05 gpt Au, 72.3 gpt Ag; 3.4 m @ 0.68 gpt Au, 101 gpt Ag; 26.3 m @ 0.43 gpt Au, 107 gpt Ag (including 12.4 m @ 0.79 gpt Au, 184 gpt Ag); 25.7 m @ 1.55 gpt Au, 776 gpt Ag (including 4.3 m @ 8.65 gpt Au, 4,164 gpt Ag); 5.1 m @ 0.17 gpt Au, 69 gpt Ag; 8.1 m @ 0.46 gpt Au, 90 gpt Ag; 3.7 m @ 0.34 gpt Au, 158 gpt Ag; 63.6 m @ 0.23 gpt Au, 109 gpt Ag (including 2.9 m @ 2.36 gpt Au, 1,109 gpt Ag.
Candelaria Mining Corp. received the permit for its infill drilling program at Pinos, Zacatecas. “The drilling will seek to validate recently updated structural interpretations of the distribution of higher-grade mineralization, together with some additional holes in other high-grade veins in different parts of the mineralized system”.
Candelaria Mining Corp. submitted in late December 2021 a drill permit application for its Caballo Blanco project in Veracruz. “This initial Phase 1 drilling program will comprise approximately 7,000m and provide the first tests of each of the high priority targets within the highly prospective gold-copper epithermal / porphyry district. A second phase will then build upon these results, and also include resource expansion drilling at the most advanced PEA-level project within the region, La Paila”. Candelaria expects to drill between 14,000 and 15,000 m during 2022.
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Commander Resources Ltd. provided an update on drilling (above, on the exploration bullets) of the Pedro project which is being explored by partner Southern Empire Resources Corp. in Durango. Southern Empire is earning a 100% interest for $700 K staged over four payments in three years and 100 K shares, with work expenditures of $1.5 M. Commander is to retain a 2% NSR royalty with no buy-back clause.
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On the image below: Quartz veining in deformed intrusive rocks in the Sonoran desert. Picture by Jorge Cirett.
During the 44th week of the year (November 1st to November 7th, 2021), at least 29 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico, with nine reporting resources and developments, seven informing on exploration results, six communicating production and financial results, three announcing financial issues, three disclosing deals and corporate issues, and one discussing social issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, no relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Aztec Minerals and its JV Kootenay approved a 5,000m RC drill program at its Cervantes project, Canuc added two new mining concessions to its San Javier project, and Ranchero Gold provided an update on its Phase 1 drill program at its Santa Daniela project. In Chihuahua, Kootenay released results from three drill holes collared at its Columba project. In Durango, Silver Wolf engaged Terraquest to conduct a high resolution aeromagnetic, radiometric and matrix electro- magnetic geophysical survey on its Ana Maria property. In Zacatecas, Almadex completed a field program implemented to refine targets at its Las Lajas project. In Jalisco, Almadex reported that it has conducted IP geophysics at its San Pedro project. In Guerrero, Pantera Silver informed that it has completed all the reports and requirements needed to apply for a drill permit for its Nuevo Taxco project. ON MINING, Americas Gold and Silver announced that its Cosalá operation in Sinaloa has been re-started and all workers have been re-called. First Majestic announced Q3, 2021 production and financial results from their Mexican operations. Golden Minerals presented Q3, 2021 production and financial results from its Rodeo mine in Durango. Mexus announced revenue of $128K for the month of October from its Santa Elena mine in Sonora. Minera Alamos reported that it has made an initial delivery of gold doré from its Santana mine in Sonora. Torex reported Q3, 2021 production and financial results from its El Limon-Guajes Mine Complex in Guerrero, and provided full year 2021 production guidance. ON FINANCING, Aztec Minerals closed the first tranche of a private placement for gross proceeds of CAD $1M (Cervantes project, Sonora). One World Lithium closed a first tranche of a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $765,221 (Salar del Diablo project, Baja California). Southern Empire announced its intention to undertake a non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to $1M (Pedro Gold project, Durango). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Altaley announced that it has hired MGA Contratista Minera at its underground mining contractor for its Tahuehueto mine in Durango. Azucar Minerals reported that a mineral chemistry porphyry vectoring study has identified a new target area for a possible central porphyry system to its the El Cobre project, Veracruz. In Baja California, Comet released results from eight drill holes collared at its Santa Teresa project. Fabled reported results from one hole collared at its Santa Maria project in Chihuahua. Mithril announced drill results from its Copalquin project in Durango. Silvertone commenced a 2,200m drilling program at its Peñasco Quemado project in Sonora. Tarachi reported positive metallurgical results from its Magistral Tailings project in Durango. Vizsla released results from its ongoing resource focused drilling program from its Panuco project in Sinaloa. GR Silver provided an update on its 2021 drilling program at its Plomosas project in Sinaloa. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Candelaria Mining announced that it will commence trading on the OTCQX Best Market (Caballo Blanco project, Veracruz). Kootenay Silver and Kootenay Resources announced completion of spin-out transaction (Columba project, Chihuahua). Monumental Gold received approval from TSX to acquire from Discovery Silver the Jemi rare earth elements project in Coahuila. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Discovery Silver produced its first Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report (Cordero project, Chihuahua).
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Aztec Minerals Corp., and its JV Kootenay Silver Inc., approved a 5,000m RC drill program, consisting of 22 holes, at its Cervantes project in Sonora. This Phase 2 drill program is expected to commence in this month and plans to test the main four targets: California, California Norte, Jasper, and Purisima East. “The primary objectives of the two phase 2021 exploration program are to better define the open pit, heap leach gold potential of the porphyry gold oxide cap at California, evaluate the potential for deeper copper-gold porphyry sulfide mineralization underlying the oxide cap, test for north and west extensions of the California mineralization at California North and Jasper, and assess the breccia potential of Purisima East”.
Canuc Resources Corporation added two new mining concessions to its San Javier project in Sonora. The new concessions acquired by staking are contiguous and cover extensions of one of the Company’s principal exploration targets.
Ranchero Gold Corp., provided an update on its 13 holes, 3,000m Phase 1 drill program, at its Santa Daniela project in Sonora. The current drill program is planned to test three low-sulphidation epithermal targets: La Colmena, La Cascada, and X-Structure. To date, only 360m have been completed in two holes.
Kootenay Silver Inc., released results from three drill holes collared at its Columba project in Chihuahua. Significant drill intercepts were encountered in holes CDH-21-110 with 269 g/t Ag, 0.3% Pb, and 0.8% Zn over 55m, including 453 g/t Ag, 0.6% Pb, and 1.4% Zn over 29.9m, including 650 g/t Ag, 0.9% Pb, and 2.3% Zn over 17.8m, and including multiple mineralized intervals varying from 100-1,915 g/t Ag, 0.1-5.4% Pb, and 0.1-9% Zn in widths from 0.3-2.5m; hole CDH-21-109 with 100 g/t Ag, 0.05% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over 31m, including 193 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, and 0.2% Zn over 14.56m, including 294 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, and 0.4% Zn over 7.11m, and including multiple mineralized intervals varying from 167-592 g/t Ag, 0.1-0.2% Pb, and 0.1-1% Zn over widths of 0.7-2.31m; and hole CDH-21-108 with 57 g/t Ag, 0.02% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over 166m, including 98 g/t Ag, 0.03% Pb, and 0.1% Zn over 77m, including 328 g/t Ag, 0.1% Pb, and 0.5% Zn over 11m, including 504 g/t Ag, 0.2% Pb, and 0.7% Zn over 5.9m, including 1,100 g/t Ag, 0.5% Pb, and 2% Zn over 1m, and including additional mineralized intervals varying from 124-331 g/t Ag, 0.1-0.2% Pb, and 0.2-0.6% Zn over widths of 0.5-1.5m.
Silver Wolf Exploration Ltd., engaged Terraquest to conduct a high resolution aeromagnetic, radiometric and matrix electro- magnetic geophysical survey on its Ana Maria property, Durango. A total of 1,800 line kilometers will be flown over the entire property which consists of 9 mining concessions encompassing 2,549 hectares.
Almadex Minerals Ltd., completed a field program implemented to refine targets at its Las Lajas project in Zacatecas, prior to a first pass diamond drill program planned for later this year. Las Lajas consists of a banded epithermal vein system and was staked by the company during a regional exploration program.
Almadex Minerals Ltd, reported that it conducted IP geophysics at its San Pedro project in Jalisco, and has identified high chargeability responses that were not tested by the past drilling efforts. A drill program is currently underway at this project. Almadex and previous operators carried out surface sampling, geophysics, and drilling at the project. Historical reports include results of 55 sample reconnaissance rock chip sampling program which returned gold values from below detection to 12.4 g/t Au (averaging 0.44 g/t Au) and 0.07 to 2,490 g/t Ag (averaging 71.0 g/t Ag), and one RC hole including 1.65 g/t Au and 19 g/t Ag over a length of 6.08m.
Pantera Silver Corp., informed that it has completed all the reports and requirements needed to apply for a drill permit for its Nuevo Taxco project. The company filed a Manifiesto de Impacto Ambiental (MIA) and an Estudio Técnico Justificativo (ETJ) with SEMARNAT. The Company is completing final preparations for drilling in anticipation of receiving a drill permit before the end of November.
Americas Gold and Silver Corporation announced that its Cosalá operation in Sinaloa has been re-started and all workers have been re-called. The milling rate is expected to ramp out in tandem with mine production with a goal of processing 1,800 tonnes per day. Cosalá has over 20K tonnes of ore ready to be processed and approximately 20 loads of existing concentrate were shipped in late October. “Initial production will be focused on the main Zone consisting of high-grade Zn areas fully developed before the illegal blockade to maximize near-term free cash flow”.
First Majestic Silver Corporation announced Q3, 2021 production and financial results from their Mexican operations. Figures by mine are shown in the table below:
During the 34th week of the year (August 30th to September 5th, 2021), at least 21 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, four companies posted exploration advances on their properties, four posted on mining or quarterly reports, seven on financing or shares and four more on project development or resource definition. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Camimex informed on direct and indirect employment generated by the mining industry. In 2020, Mexico was the top silver producer in the world. Sixty percent of foreign held mining projects are idle. Mexico is the ninth top producer of gold in the world, with 41.3 tonnes produced in 2020. ON EXPLORATION, in Chihuahua, Monarca Minerals completed the first two RC holes at San Jose. In Sinaloa, Vizsla Silver released results from 19 holes on the Naploleon area of the Panuco project. Durango, Canasil Resources released results from two diamond holes at Nora. In Guanajuato, Guanajuato Silver informed drilling continues at Pinguico. ON MINING, Altaley Mining and Santacruz Silver reported second quarter 2021 results. Torex Gold released its multi-year production outlook for el Limon Guajes complex, aiming to produce 1.59 to 1.75 M Oz Au in 2021-2024. Guanajuato Silver commenced infill drilling at El Cubo. ON FINANCING, Prime Mining reported the exercise of warrants for C$9.5 M; Silver Spruce announced a financing round for up to $1 M; Mithril plans to raise up to A$3.3 M. Silver Wolf shares are now eligible for electronic clearing in the USA. SilverCrest completed the second scheduled drawdown of US$30 M. Candelaria Mining announced a non-brokered private placement for $7.8 M, on which Agnico Eagle subscribed for a $6 M consideration. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Cheasapeake Gold filed a NI43-101 report on the Metates heap leach project. Zacatecas Silver is to commence drilling at Panuco. Sonora Gold reported surface assay results from Cerro Caliche. GR Silver Mining commenced 1,500 m of underground resource expansion drilling at San Marcial. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, No relevant news. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Torex Gold, Autlán, Industrias Peñoles, Fortuna Silver and Almaden Minerals informed on social responsibility actions by the companies on communities and society.
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Camimex (Cámara Minera de México) informed that during the first half of 2021 the mining industry generated 40,895 new direct jobs and more than 2 million new indirect jobs, boasting salaries 36% higher than the national average. Also, during 2020 the industry invested US$3,532 M (US$3.5 billion, in American notation) and is posed to invest further US$5,034 M (US$5 billion in American notation) in 2021 and a total of more than US$24,000 M (US$24 billion in American notation) in the next six years.
Mexico was the top producer of silver in the world in 2020, with 5,541 tonnes, China and Peru stand in the second and third place producing 3,443 tonnes and 2,991 tonnes respectively.
There are 1,190 mining projects funded by foreign capital in Mexico, but 6 of each 10 are idle, regardless of the increase in metal prices. Of the 1,190 projects, 754 are idle, 307 in exploration, 78 in production, 43 in development and 8 have closed. One of the issues affecting the mining industry in Mexico is the fiscal load, with taxes on profit of 52.7%, same tax burden that in other countries is lower: USA 30.2%, Canada 34.6%, Chile 35.7%, Peru 39.9%.
Mexico is the ninth producer of gold in the world, tied with Uzbekistan. Gold production during the first half of 2021 was 41,325 kg, which is 30% higher than a year before. This is the first yearly increase in gold production since the historic high of 2015, when 60,325 kg were produced. Sonora produced 29.8% of the total amount, Zacatecas 18.8% and Chihuahua 16.1%. Five companies produced almost 60% of the total, Fresnillo PLC, Newmont (Peñasquito), Torex Gold, Agnico Eagle and Alamos Gold.
Monarca Minerals Inc. informed on the completion of the first two drill holes at the San Jose project in Chihuahua. Both RC holes intersected endoskarn and exoskarn mineralization with pyrite and fine grained sulfides (probably galena and sphalerite) and local chalcopyrite. Both holes targeted geophysical anomalies.
Canasil Resources Inc. released results from the second and third holes of the 2021 drill program at Nora, in Durango. Highlighted true-width intervals comprise 7.18 m @ 2.05 gpt Au, 344 gpt Ag, 0.4% Pb, 0.8% Zn (including 1.87 m @ 4.42 gpt Au, 541 gpt Ag, 0.9% Pb, 1.9% Zn and 0.94 m @ 2.92 gpt Au, 766 gpt Ag, 1.0% Pb, 2.1% Zn); 0.94 m @ 5.91 gpt Au, 316 gpt Ag, 0.8% Pb, 1.7% Zn; 0.94 m @ 7.0 gpt Au, 279 gpt Ag; 0.94 m @ 2.13 gpt, 203 gpt Ag; 5.33 m @ 1.14 gpt Au, 157 gpt Ag (including 1.85 m @ 2.45 gpt Au, 284 gpt Ag); 1.36 m @ 1.30 gpt Au, 302 gpt Ag; 3.29 m @ 6.44 gpt Au, 884 gpt Ag, 0.2% Zn; 0.90 m @ 1.65 gpt Au, 431 gpt Ag, 0.1% Zn; 1.53 m @ 20.59 gpt Au, 1,290 gpt Ag, 0.1% Pb, 0.3% Zn; 2.71 m @ 2.76 gpt Au, 250 gpt Ag, 0.1% Zn. “Gold-silver mineralization is hosted within two structurally-controlled epithermal veins, Candy and Nora… The fault structure hosting the Candy vein has been traced for a distance of over 3 km…. The second vein, Nora, is found 600 metres northeast of the Candy vein and can be traced for 230 metres with widths of over 9.0 metres”.
Vizsla Silver Corp. released the results from 19 new holes targeting the Napoleon vein resource area at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. Highlighted true-width results comprise 1.46 m @ 10.74 gpt Au, 188 gpt Ag, 1.3% Pb, 3.5% Zn; 3.01 m @ 3.62 gpt Au, 40 gpt Ag, 0.8% Pb, 4.0% Zn; 3.40 m @ 3.10 gpt Au, 110 gpt Ag, 1.2% Pb, 1.1% Zn; 1.40 m @ 6.49 gpt Au, 114 gpt Ag, 0.8% Pb, 8.0% Zn; 5.93 m @ 11.35 gpt Au, 185 gpt Ag, 0.5% Pb, 2.2% Zn; 6.33 m @ 1.79 gpt Au, 52 gpt Ag, 0.2% Pb, 1.1% Zn. To date 105 holes on the Napoleon resource area define an average vein width of 3.5 m @ 3.11 gpt Au, 161 gpt Ag, 0.45% Pb, 1.3% Zn. A maiden resource estimate is planned for Q1 2022.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. informed that drilling continues at El Pinguico project in Guanajuato.
Altaley Mining Corp. released its financial and operating results for Q2 2021. At Campo Morado, Guerrero, the company processed 164 K tonnes at 1,803 tonnes per day, grading 4.5% Zn, 0.34% Cu, 129 gpt Ag, 1.16 gpt Au, recovering 74% Zn, 31% Pb, at cash cost $0.48per Lb Zn and an AISC of $0.77 per Lb Zn.
Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. reported its financial and operating results for the second quarter 2021. The company operating the Zimapan and Rosario mines in Hidalgo and San Lusi Potosi respectively, processed 172.3 K tonnes to produce 799 K Oz Ag at cash cost $55.48 per tonne, cash cost $19.87 per Oz Ag, an AISC of $23.74 per Oz Ag. Revenue increased to $13.7 M and gross profits to $3.8 M.
Torex Gold Resources Inc. informed on the multi-year outlook for production at its El Limon Guajes mining complex in Guerrero. Torex plans to produce at El Limon Guajes 430-470 K Oz Au in 2021, 430-470 K Oz Au in 2021, 400-450 K Oz Au in 2023 and 330-350 K Oz Au in 2024 (1.59-1.74 M Oz Au, total). “The current production outlook assumes production from the ELG open pits through mid-2024, and stable production from the ELG Underground through to at least the end of 2024 and likely longer based on exploration results”.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. announced that infill and expansion drilling has commenced at its El Cubo mine in Guanajuato.
Prime Mining Corp. reports the exercising of warrants for gross proceeds of C$9.52 M, resulting in a cash position of C$31.9 M. “From the 15,000 metre (“m”) Phase 1 diamond drill program at Los Reyes completed in June 2021, 29 unreported holes are expected to be released in the coming weeks” (Los Reyes, Sinaloa).
Silver Wolf Exploration Ltd. announced its shares are now eligible for electronic clearing and settlement in the United States (Ana Maria, Durango).
SilverCrest Metals Inc. announced the completion of the second scheduled drawdown of US$30 M on its previously announced US$120 Million project financing facility with an affiliate of RK Mine Finance (Las Chispas, Sonora).
Silver Spruce Resources Inc. announced a private placement to gather up to $1 M (El Mezquite, Sonora).
Candelaria Mining Corp. announced a non-brokered private placement geared to raise up to $7.8 M in gross proceeds (Caballo Blanco, Veracruz).
Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. is subscribing 13.333 M units of Candelaria Mining Corp., for a total consideration of $6 M. On closing of the private placement, Agnico is to own 15.94% of the issued and outstanding shares of Candelaria (Pinos Altos, Chihuahua).
Mithril Resources Ltd. Is planning to raise up to A$3.3 M through a share placement (Coplaquin, Durango).
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Chesapeake Gold Corp. filed a NI-43-101 technical report on the Metates sulfide heap leach project in Durango. The company has shipped selected drill core samples for metallurgical testing in Vancouver. “The Company will prioritize the intrusive and intrusive breccia portions of the Metates orebody with results of the testwork to be released on an ongoing basis. First results are expected in earlyQ1 2022”.
Zacatecas Silver Corp. informed drilling to commence at the Panuco deposit and San Gill breccia zone on its Zacatecas Silver project. The Phase One program is to include 10,000 m of drilling. “A total of three veins will be drilled — Panuco NW, Panuco Central and Tres Cruces — which remain open at depth and along strike. These are high-priority drill targets”.
Sonoro Gold Corp. reported assay results from surface sampling at its Cerro Caliche project in Sonora. “Surface rock samples were collected from several well-defined vein and gold mineralized structures by channel sampling perpendicular across measured veins and wall rocks with sample lengths ranging from 0.4 to 2.0 meters. Assay results from 17 samples returned grades between 2.5 and 14.3 grams of gold per tonne”. These assays are from extensions to significant structural corridors at the Buena Suerte and El Colorado zones.
GR Silver Mining Ltd. commenced the initial 1,500 m underground resource expansion diamond drill program at San Marcial, in Sinaloa. The program will test down-dip and along strike extensions to the existing NI-43-101 resource and new targets defined by a recent geophysical program.
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Minera Media Luna (Torex Gold) informed on medical supplies to some communities in Guerrero.
Autlán received for second consecutive year the Ethics and Values award granted by CONCAMIN (Confederación de Cámaras Industriales).
Peñolesreceived the Ethics and Values, and the Health and Wellbeing awards granted by CONCAMIN (Confederación de Cámaras Industriales).
Minera Cuzcatlán (Fortuna Silver) informed on aid to local communities near its San José mine in Oaxaca.
Fresnillo and Industrias Peñolesinformed on aid to communities and organizations thorough the country.
Minera Gorrión (Alamaden Minerals informed on the way it is letting the communities know about its current drilling program in Puebla.
On the image below: Low sulfidation epithermal quartz veining from a project in northern Sonora. Picture by Jorge Cirett.
During the 31st week of the year (August 2nd to August 8th, 2021), at least 34 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, seven companies posted exploration advances on their properties, twelve posted on mining/quarterly reports and eight more on project development or resource definition. ON MEXICO ISSUES, No relevant news. ON EXPLORATION, in Sonora, Aztec Minerals informed on soil sampling results at Cervantes; Canuc released information on current drilling at San Javier; Silver Spruce completed a 2,485 m RC drill program at El Mezquite. In Chihuahua, Monarca Minerals obtained the drill permit for San José. In Sinaloa, Brigadier Gold discovered silver rich copper mineralization associated to a porphyritic intrusive. In Durango, Silver Wolf Exploration informed on mapping and sampling at Ana Maria. In Oaxaca, Madoro Metals informed on skarn mineralization sampling at Yautepec. ON MINING, Excellon Resources, Starcore International, Consolidated Zinc, McEwen Mining, Equinox Gold, Torex Gold, Golden Minerals and Great Panther Mining presented quarterly reports. Equinox Gold reported the end of the illegal blockade at Los Filos. Altaley initiated a metallurgical testing program at Campo Morado. Avino Silver announced the re-start of mining operations at Avino. Guanajuato Silver is stockpiling material from El Cubo mine. ON FINANCING, Altaley Mining informed there is no reason for the decline in its stock price. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Fabled Silver released drilling results from Santa Maria. Orla Mining provided high-grade drill results from the Camino Rojo sulfide deposit. Orex Minerals informed on metallurgical results from Coneto. Prime Mining reported drilling results from Los Reyes. Defiance Silver released drill results from its Zacatecas project. Mexican Gold Mining announced a positive PEA on Las Minas. Discovery Silver released drill results from Cordero. Mag Silver reported results from 2020 drilling at Juanicipio. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, No relevant news. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, No relevant news.
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Silver Wolf Exploration Ltd. informed on exploration at its 2,549 hectares Ana Maria project in Durango. Four field geologists and a consulting senior geologist are working in the property, mapping and collecting 290 rock chip samples to date. Hyperspectral and lidar drone surveys have been carried out, and an IP geophysical program is being planned.
Madoro Metals Corp. provided an update on exploration on the southern portion of the Yautepec property in Oaxaca. Skarn mineralization has returned up to 1,200 gpt Ag, 4.0% Cu, 20.0% Pb, 5.0% Zn, 45 ppm Mo, 2.74% As, 1,620 ppm Ba, 1.4 ppm Hg, 285 ppm Sb. “The skarn-hornfels complex lies just outside of the recently mapped southwestern margin of the Yautepec caldera …….. The area lies 13 kilometers distant from similar polymetallic Ag-base metal mineralization found along the eastern caldera margin at the historically identified Las Minas area”.
Aztec Minerals Corp. updated on exploration at its 3,649 hectares Cervantes property in Sonora. A 477-soil sample program was completed in a 100 by 100 meters grid covering 518 ha; additionally 110 rock chip samples were collected. The soil sampling returned up to 3,605 ppb Au, 1,380 ppm Cu and 52 ppm Mo, whereas the rock chip samples returned up to 21.3 ppm Au, 2,300 ppm Cu, 625 ppm Mo. The soil sampling completed in this program elevates the total covered by such a survey to 1,200 ha, or 35% of the project area.
Brigadier Gold Ltd. informed on a silver-rich copper discovery at its Picachos project in Sinaloa. A 110 m trench dug in the Las Colinas prospect returned results of 9.0 m @ 135 gpt Ag, 0.05 gpt Au, 0.2% Cu, 0.3% Pb, 0.1% Bi, 47 ppm W (including 2 m @ 478 gpt Ag, 0.08 gpt Au, 0.2% Cu, 0.5% Pb, 0.3% Bi). “The significance of this geological finding is that these mineralized porphyritic apophyses with associated copper and other metals may expand at depth and intensify”.
Canuc Resources Corp. informed on exploration advances at its San Javier project in Sonora. A drill hole targeting a magnetic high encountered massive magnetite at 343 m of depth, and is still on it at 380 m. Sphalerite, marmatite and chalcopyrite have been identified in stringers during preliminary logging, and are to be sampled. Six high-grade silver samples were sent for mineralogical studies, with most of the silver minerals consisting of halides (AgCl, AgBr, AgI, AgF) and acanthite.
Silver Spruce Resources Inc. announced the completion of the phase 1 reverse circulation drilling at El Mezquite in Sonora. A total of 2,485 m were drilled in twenty holes on a 400 by 600 m area. “Collars were defined by several northeast-trending veins, structural lineaments and oxide/sulphide transitions interpreted from geological mapping, precious metal assays, multi-element geochemistry, epithermal alteration assemblages and coincident 3D IP chargeability anomalies”.
Monarca Minerals Inc. obtained the environmental permit (Informe Preventivo) to complete its planned 5,000 m drill program at its San José project in Chihuahua. Drilling is expected to commence within the next four weeks.
Excellon Resources Inc. reported second quarter 2012 financial results. During the period 21.8 K tonnes were mined, 21.6 K tonnes milled at La Platosa, Durango, averaging 489 gpt Ag, 5.14% Pb, 6.48% Zn, recovering 87.0% Ag, 78.6% Pb, 79.4% Zn, to produce 296 K Oz Ag, 1.93 M Lb Pb, 2.46 M Lb Zn, or 489 K Oz AgEq. Cash cost was $11.96 per Ag Oz and AISC $26.69 per Ag Oz.
Starcore International Mines Ltd. filed the results for the year ended April 30, 2021. During the year the San Martin mine in Queretaro milled 225.5 K tonnes @ 1.63 gpt Au, 24.7 gpt Ag, recovering 87.3% Au, 57.5% Ag, to produce 10.5 K Oz Au, 103.4 K Oz Ag, or 11.8 K Oz AuEq. The mine operating cash cost per AuEq Oz was US$1,056.
Consolidated Zinc Ltd. presented its quarterly activities report. Commercial production commenced at the refurbished Plomosas plant in Chihuahua, with 8,655 tonnes mined, 9,079 tonnes processed @ 15.1% Zn, 7.4% Pb, 54 gpt Ag, with recoveries of 52.5% Zn, 41.2% Pb.
Equinox Gold Corp. reported that the illegal community blockade at its Los Filos mine in Guerrero has been removed, and regular operations resumed on all areas.
Altaley Mining Corp. initiated a metallurgical testing program to increase base and precious metals recoveries at its Campo Morado mine in Guerrero. Testing by the previous operator in 2013 achieved 45-65% Au and 75-81% Ag, while current recoveries are 20% Au, 40% Ag. “The Leachox process is a partial sulphide oxidation process for the recovery of gold and silver from sulphide minerals….. but central to the Leachox process is the Aachen shear reactor. In the leach process, it enhances the kinetics and reduces reagent consumptions (oxygen, cyanide, and lime) which otherwise can be prohibitive”.
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. announced mining operations restarted at its Avino mine in Durango. “Management expects throughput at the mill will ramp-up quickly to levels prior to shut down. In addition, we are infill-drilling the oxide tailings resource that sits within our tailings storage facility, as well as continuing the previously reported exploration drill program”.
McEwen Mining Inc. reported its second quarter 2021 results, including figures from its operations in Mexico. At El Gallo, in Sinaloa, residual leaching produced 1,300 AuEq Oz from the leach pad. “The residual leaching activities at El Gallo are expected to wind down in early 2022”.
Equinox Gold Corp. delivered its second quarter 2021 financial and operating results, including information from its Mexican operations. During the period the acquisition of Premier Gold Mines Ltd. taking 100% control of the Mercedes mine in Sonora. Its updated production guidance for 2021 includes 120-140 K Oz Au from Los Filos and 30-35 K Oz Au from Mercedes, at cash cost of $1,590-$1,660 and $750-$800 respectively. “The primary change to gold production guidance is from Los Filos, where illegal blockades during the quarter disrupted mining activities and delayed access to higher-grade ore”. Production guidance was reduced by 50 K Oz Au due to these illegal blockades.
Torex Gold Resources Inc. reported financial and operational results for the second quarter 2021. During the period 118,054 Oz Au were produced, generating free cash flow of $21.9 M, taking the net cash to $191.5 M. The new mineral resource update of 3.54 M Oz AuEq at 5.27 gpt Au on indicated resources for Media Luna was released past June. The expansion of the open pit at El Limón was approved and is expected to result in the increase of 150 K Oz Au in additional production, providing a smoother transition to the Media Luna deposit mining. The Media Luna feasibility study is to contemplate a conventional mining basis, although a smaller satellite deposit could be developed with the proprietary Muckahi mining system.
Golden Minerals Co. provided financial results for the second quarter 2021. The company obtained a $2.5 M net operating margin related to the Rodeo mine operations in Durango., where 3,634 Oz Au were produced. The mill in Velardeña processed the Rodeo ore at a rate of greater than 500 tpd during May and June. Cash and cash equivalents were $6.9 M by the end of the quarter.
Great Panther Mining Ltd. announced consolidated financial results for the second quarter 2021, including figures from its Mexican operations. A total of 56 K tonnes were milled in Mexico averaging 327 gpt AgEq.
Guanajuato Silver Company Ltd. is stockpiling ore from El Cubo mine in Guanajuato in advance of the recommencement of operations at El Cubo mill. The mineralized material is coming from the 2175, 1850 and Cebolletas stopes, which are summarized as the Villalpando stopes, same that will provide most of the material for the operation of the plant in the immediate future.
Altaley Mining Corp. advised there is no operational or financial reason for the decline in its stock price (Campo Morado, Guerrero).
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Fabled Silver Gold Corp. released drilling results from its Santa María Project in Chihuahua. Highlighted core length results comprise 9.0 m @ 0.10 gpt Au, 50 gpt Ag; 1.50 m @ 0.06 gpt Au, 144 gpt Ag; 5.40 m @ 0.41 gpt Au, 29 gpt Ag; 2.20 m @ 0.11 gpt Au, 122 gpt Ag; 3.70 m @ 0.18 gpt Au, 26 gpt Ag; 2.90 m @ 0.06 gpt Au, 93 gpt Ag (including 1.15 m @ 0.07 gpt Au, 191 gpt Ag). New underground drilling stations are being planned to better define the structures.
Orla Mining Ltd. provided results of oriented in-fill core drilling at its Camino Rojo sulfide deposit in Zacatecas. Highlighted core length intervals in the press release comprise 108.0 m @ 2.38 gpt Au; 111.0 m @ 2.63 gpt Au; 58.5 m @ 2.51 gpt Au; 115.5 m @ 2.11 gpt Au; 64.6 m @ 3.04 gpt Au; 55.5 m @ 4.47 gpt Au; 55.5 m @ 4.95 gpt Au; 58.5 m @ 2.10 gpt Au; 87.0 m @ 2.27 gpt Au; 44.7 m @ 3.26 gpt Au. “The drill results confirm the presence of wide, higher-grade gold zones within the sulphide mineral resource, and the Company intends to further explore the potential for open pit or underground bulk mining methods”.
Orex Minerals Inc. informed its joint venture partner (55%) Fresnillo PLC has received metallurgical testing results for the Coneto project in Durango. Recoveries in seven zones with head grades of 0.80-3.00 gpt Au, 9-229 gpt Ag averaged 66.1 to 98.5% Au and 72.9 to 92.3% Ag.
Prime Mining Corp. reported drill results from six holes collared on San Miguel East, at its Los Reyes project in Sinaloa. Highlighted true width (tw) intervals comprise 7.5 m @ 2.50 gpt Au, 118 gpt Ag (including 3.4 m @ 4.57 gpt Au, 140 gpt Ag); 15.0 m @ 1.02 gpt Au, 51 gpt Ag (including 3.0 m @ 4.11 gpt Au, 13 gpt Ag); 1.4 m @ 1.59 gpt Au, 5 gpt Ag; 5.6 m @ 0.82 gpt Au, 7 gpt Ag; 0.7 m @ 1.55 gpt Au; 3.8 m @ 1.58 gpt Au, 14 gpt Ag, 1.4 m @ 1.18 gpt Au, 42 gpt Ag. “Discovery of the Fresnillo structure within San Miguel East’s current and expanding open-pit boundary is favorable and will reduce the stripping ratio of waste rock. Results from our initial drilling at Las Primas are early stage and very promising with the potential to add another deposit within the area of our existing eight deposits”.
Defiance Silver Corp. released drill results from its Zacatecas project in Zacatecas. Highlighted core-length results comprise 3.15 m @ 0.09 gpt Au, 118 gpt Ag, 0.2% Zn (including 1.25 m @ 0.20 gpt Au, 254 gpt Ag); 2.22 m @ 0.01 gpt Au, 138 gpt Ag; 16.47 m @ 0.17 gpt Au, 106 gpt Ag, 0.3% Zn (including 8.28 m @ 0.17 gpt Au, 166 gpt Ag, which in turn includes 4.55 m @ 0.12 gpt Au, 241 gpt Ag, 0.2% Zn).
Mexican Gold Mining Corp. announced a positive preliminary economic assessment (PEA) study for its Las Minas project in Veracruz. A new mineral resource estimate of 4.13 M tonnes @ 1.96 gpt Au, 4.6 gpt Ag, 1.08% Cu, 14.8% Magnetite in indicated resources and 5.20 M tonnes @ 1. 44 gpt Au, 6.0 gpt Ag, 0.95% Cu, 17.5% Magnetite in inferred resources, containing 443 K AuEq Oz and 361 K AuEq Oz respectively, with the estimated recoveries of 80% Au, 70% Ag, 90% Cu, 90% Magnetite. The PEA envisages an 8.5-year mine life with cash cost of $786 per AuEq Oz and an AISC of US$928 per AuEq Oz.
Discovery Silver Corp. released results from 21 diamond drill holes at its Cordero project in Chihuahua. Highlighted core length intercepts comprise 132.6 m @ 78 gpt Ag, 0.11 gpt Au, 1.7% Pb, 2.8% Zn, or 260 gpt AgEq (including 46.3 m @ 110 gpt Ag, 0.10 gpt Au, 2.4% Pb, 5.9% Zn; 77.1 m @ 55 gpt Ag, 0.12 gpt Au, 1.4% Pb, 1.8% Zn, or 190 gpt AgEq (including 19.6 m @ 137 gpt Ag, 0.25 gpt Au, 3.7% Pb, 3.2% Zn); 86.2 m @ 51 gpt Ag, 0.09 gpt Au, 1.2% Pb, 2.2% Zn or 192 gpt AgEq (including 36.5 m @ 97 gpt Ag, 0.16 gpt Au, 2.3% Pb, 4.3% Zn); 81.4 m @ 43 gpt Ag, 0.05 gpt Au, 0.9% Pb, 2.5% Zn, or 184 gpt AgEq (including 44.6 m @ 60 gpt Ag, 0.07 gpt Au, 1.3% Pb, 3.4% Zn). The upcoming resource estimate is to be released later this quarter.
Mag Silver Corp. reported results from 2020 drilling on the Juanicipio project (56%/44% Joint Venture between Fresnillo PLC and Mag Silver) in Zacatecas. Highlighted true width intercepts comprise 21.0 m @ 357 gpt Ag, 0.9 gpt Au, 1.6% Pb, 3.1% Zn, 0.2% Cu (including 6.1 m @ 1,023 gpt Ag, 1.6 gpt Au, 2.2% Pb, 1.7% Zn, 0.3% Cu); 18.1 m @ 198 gpt Ag, 3.9 gpt Au, 4.2% Pb, 10.0% Zn, 0.4% Cu in the Valdecañas Vein Deep Zone; 3.1 m @ 3,584 gpt Ag, 5.7 gpt Au, 0.5% Pb, 0.6% Zn; 5.2 m @ 1,356 gpt Ag, 3.3 gpt Au, 0.2% Pb, 0.2% Zn in the Valdecañas Vein Bonanza Zone; 10.3 m @ 112 gpt Ag, 0.6 gpt Au, 3.2% Pb, 6.2% Zn, 0.1% Cu; 7.6 m @ 101 gpt Ag, 2.4 gpt Au, 2.9% Pb, 3.5% Zn, 0.2% Cu in the Anticipada vein; 0.90 m @ 580 gpt Ag, 2.7 gpt Au in the Venadas vein; 1.9 m @ 607 gpt Ag, 9.8 gpt Au in the Valentina vein. A core length interval of 278.9 m @ 31 gpt Ag, 1.3% Zn, 0.1% Cu was obtained in the Skarn zone surrounding the Valdecañas Vein at depth.
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On the image below: Low sulfidation epithermal quartz vein from a project in northern Sonora. Picture by Jorge Cirett.
During the 24th week of the year (June 14th to June 20th, 2021), at least 15 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico and 6 news published by the media, with seven reporting on resources and developments, five informing on exploration results, four commenting on Mexican issues, two announcing financial rounds, two discussing social issues, and one disclosing deals and corporate issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Dhipna Yanssen Weichselbaum, head of the Federal Programs in Baja California explained that 12,000 people will be consulted in Mulegé to carry out the consultation of El Boleo. The Argentine Embassy in Mexico along with the Ministry of Mining of that country carried out a working seminar with the Mexican company Baluarte Minero (Industrias Peñoles and Fresnillo PLC). The consultation for the nationalization of lithium, proposed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is not necessary, since, it is already owned by Mexico. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Tocvan and its JV partner Colibri reported drill results from its the El Pilar project, and Tarachi started a second drilling program on its San Javier mining concession at La Colorada gold bearing breccia pipe. In Chihuahua, Mammoth reported results from an additional 1.7km of 3D geophysical modeling conducted at its Tenoriba project. In Nayarit, Sierra Madre provided an update on the activities developed at its Tepic project. ON MINING, no relevant news. ON FINANCING, Azucar granted stock options to certain directors and officers of the company (El Cobre project, Veracruz). Advance Gold closed a private placement financing for gross proceeds of $200K (Tabasqueña project, Zacatecas). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Almaden completed a surface induced polarization geophysical (IP) program at its Ixtaca project in Puebla. GoGold released results from eight drill holes collared at its Los Ricos project in Jalisco. Silver Viper filed on SEDAR a NI 43-101 technical report supporting the maiden mineral resource estimate for its La Virginia project in Sonora. Torex released an updated mineral resource estimate for its media Luna project in Guerrero. Zacatecas Silver announced positive preliminary metallurgical test results from its Zacatecas Silver property. Excellon filed on SEDAR an independent NI 43-101 technical report for its La Platosa mine in Durango. Ridgestone announced that it filed on SEDAR a NI 43-101 technical report for its Guadalupe y Calvo project in Chihuahua. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, SilverCrest presented results of its annual general meeting of shareholders (Las Chispas project, Sonora). ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Peñoles community center received population from 40 to 49 years for anticovid vaccine in Torreón. Peñoles and Fresnillo plc announced that they are training young Mexicans in seven states.
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Dhipna Yanssen Weichselbaum, head of the Federal Programs in Baja California explained that 12,000 people will be consulted in Mulegé to carry out the consultation of El Boleo. the procedure will consist of 2 phases: one is the publication of the call to know the expansion of the MIA project and then the citizen consultation that will take place in the communities of Santa Rosalía and San Ignacio, among others, which are related to the El Boleo mining company.
The Argentine Embassy in Mexico along with the Ministry of Mining of that country carried out a working seminar with the Mexican company Baluarte Minero (Industrias Peñoles and Fresnillo PLC). The group’s interest was particularly focused on the provinces of Neuquén, Rio Negro, Salta, Mendoza and San Juan, where Mexican businessmen expressed their intention to evaluate the possibility of investing in mining projects in the region. Technical experts and professionals from Baluarte Minero were informed about prospects for gold, silver, copper, potassium and lithium in Argentina.
According to experts of the Association of Mining Engineers, Metallurgists and Geologists of Mexico (AIMMGM), the consultation for the nationalization of lithium, proposed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is not necessary, since, it is already owned by Mexico. Article 27 of the constitution clearly states that all mineral deposits that are in Mexican territory are property of the Nation, so it would not be necessary to nationalize lithium.
Tocvan Ventures Corp., and its JV partner Colibri Resource Corporation reported drill results from four RC holes collared at its the El Pilar project in Sonora. Highlights includes a drill intersection of 0.66 g/t Au over a length of 35.1m in hole JES-21-43 drilled at the Main Zone. This drill intercept includes 1.7 g/t Au over 13.7m, including 6.8 g/t Au and 7 g/t Ag over 3.1m. Tocvan is currently completing 3,500m of RC drilling in 20 holes comprising its Phase II program at Pilar. Thirteen RC holes are still pending of assay results.
Tarachi Gold Corp., started a second drilling program on its San Javier mining concession at La Colorada gold bearing breccia pipe. The plan is to drill four holes down-dip of the breccia pipe to test the continuity of the positive results encountered from the 2020 drill program performed at the property, which returned high grade intersections.
Mammoth Resources Corp., reported results from an additional 1.7km of 3D geophysical modeling conducted at its Tenoriba project in Chihuahua. “This additional 3D modelling shows similar strong correlation between IP/Mag geophysical features and anomalous surface gold-in-soil, chips and channel samples together with numerous gold intervals in diamond drilling and extends these coincident features over this additional 1.7Km of a total of 4km of IP/Mag coverage over a larger 6km east-west trend of surface gold-silver mineralization at Tenoriba”.
Sierra Madre Gold and Silver Ltd., provided an update on the activities developed at its Tepic project in Nayarit. The company has already drilled over 80% of the 2,000m and is expected to be completed soon. This is part of the 20 RC holes panned for its phase 1 drilling program. RC drill results will be released once assaying is completed. Sierra Madre is preparing new drill permits to conduct a Phase 2 drill program for additional 100-200 holes. The company also has commenced a 2,700m Phase 1 trenching program for the central project area. It will help to provide information to consider designing the Phase 2 drill program. The company also announced that, mapping and sampling continue in the northern and eastern project areas with an emphasis on prospecting arroyos and creek beds for signs of mineralization.
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Azucar Minerals Ltd., granted stock options to certain directors and officers of the company to purchase an aggregate of 413K common shares at an exercise price of $0.13 per share which expire on June 14, 2023 (El Cobre project, Veracruz).
Advance Gold Corp., closed a private placement financing for gross proceeds of $200K. The company plans to use the proceeds to advance their lithium-potassium boron prospective salars in central Mexico and for general corporate purposes.
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Almaden Minerals Ltd., completed a surface induced polarization geophysical (IP) program at its Ixtaca project in Puebla. The IP results are being processed and combined with geological, geochemical and geophysical data collected in the past to outline drill targets beneath the Southeast Alteration Zone and at depth beneath the Ixtaca deposit.
GoGold Resources Inc., released results from eight drill holes collared at the Casados deposit at its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. The most significant drill intersection was encountered in hole LRGCS-21-043 with 0.12 g/t Au and 270 g/t Ag (3.72 g/t AuEq or 279 g/t AgEq) over 0.9m, plus 0.46 g/t Au and 135 g/t Ag (2.25 g/t AuEq or 169 g/t AgEq) over 0.46m, plus 0.43 g/t Au and 132 g/t Ag (2.19 g/t AuEq or 164 g/t AgEq) over 33.6m, including 0.88 g/t Au and 270 g/t Ag (4.48 g/t AuEq or 336 g/t AgEq) over 15.3m, including 1.78 g/t Au and 539 g/t Ag (8.97 g/t AuEq or 673 g/t AgEq) over 6.7m, including 3.77 g/t Au and 930 g/t Ag (16.17 g/t AuEq or 1,213 g/t AgEq) over 1.9m.
Silver Viper Minerals Corp., filed on SEDAR a NI 43-101 technical report supporting the maiden mineral resource estimate for its La Virginia project in Sonora. El Rubi Zone contains an indicated resource of 6,179,000 tonnes of 0.78 g/t Au and 35 g/t Ag for 154.3K Oz Au and 6.93M Oz Ag, and inferred resources of 3,255,000 tonnes of 0.9 g/t Au and 36 g/t Ag for 94.1K Oz Au and 3.75M Oz Ag in open pit category. Virginia, El Oriental, Las Huatas and Las Huatas South add and inferred resource of 6,622,000 tonnes of 0.71 g/t Au and 41 g/t Ag for 152.2K Oz Au and 8.74M Oz Ag in open pit category, and 277K tonnes of 1.92 g/t Au and 62 g/t Ag for an additional 14K Oz Au and 451.5K Oz Ag in the underground category. Gold and Silver Equivalents for Indicated resource equal 253,286 Oz AuEq or 17,730,000 Oz AgEq. Gold and Silver Equivalents for Inferred resource equal 445,176 Oz AuEq or 31,162,300 Oz AgEq.
Torex Gold Resources Inc., released an updated mineral resource estimate for its media Luna project in Guerrero. Torex reported indicated resources for 20.9M tonnes of 3.21 g/t Au, 32 g/t Ag, and 1.07% Cu (5.27 g/t AuEq) to contain 2.15M Oz Au, 21.3M Oz Ag, and 492M Lb Cu (3.54M Oz AuEq), and inferred resources for 18.9M tonnes of 2.11 g/t Au, 28 g/t Ag, and 1.04% Cu (4.08 g/t AuEq) to contain 1.28M Oz Au, 17.1M Oz Ag, and 431M Lb Cu (2.48M Oz AuEq).
Zacatecas Silver Corp., announced positive preliminary metallurgical test results from its Zacatecas Silver property, for both bulk flotation and sequential flotation recovery options, with the bulk floatation flow-path producing a single gold, silver, lead and zinc rougher concentrate (15 minutes of floatation and 23% mass pull) with 697 g/t silver, 0.97 g/t gold, 1.67% zinc and 0.58% lead and recovering 96.2 % of the silver, 93.6% of the gold, 96.5% of the zinc and 92.1 % of the lead.
Excellon Resources Inc., filed on SEDAR an independent NI 43-101 technical report. This technical report documents a mineral resource statement for the Platosa Mine in Durango. The company reported measured + indicated resources for 317K tonnes of 485 g/t Ag, 5.3% Pb, and 5.5% Zn to contain 4.9M Oz Ag, 36.79M Lb Pb, and 38.78M Lb Zn, and inferred resources for 42K tonnes of 749 g/t Ag, 4.3% Pb, and 5.4% Zn to contain 1M Oz Ag, 4M Lb Pb, and 5M Lb Zn.
Ridgestone Mining Inc., announced that it filed on SEDAR a NI 43-101 technical report to support the maiden mineral resource estimate for its Guadalupe y Calvo project in Chihuahua. Ridgestone reported indicated resources for 6,427,444 tonnes of 50 g/t Ag and 1.05 g/t Au (1.72 g/t AuEq) to contain 10.43M Oz Ag and 217K Oz Au (356K Oz AuEq), and inferred resources for 3,074,146 tonnes of 94 g/t Ag and 3.4 g/t Au (4.65 g/t AuEq) to contain 9.3M Oz Ag and 335.6K Oz Au (460K Oz AuEq).
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SilverCrest Metals Inc., presented results of its annual general meeting of shareholders held in Vancouver, BC, Canada (Las Chispas project, Sonora).
ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Industrias Peñoles S.A.B. de C.V., community center received population from 40 to 49 years and pregnant women of more than nine weeks of gestation for anticovid vaccine in Torreón. The inoculation is carried out by personnel of the General Hospital of the Zone from the Mexican Social Security Institute # 18 (IMSS) as well as nurses from said mining company.
Industrias Peñoles S.A.B. de C.V., and Fresnillo plc announced that they are training young Mexicans in seven states. Both companies recognize that education plays an important role in people’s lives, because it provides them with new tools that contribute to improve their quality of life. In this sense, they teach specialized courses for girls, children and young people in various areas such as science, technology, engineering, human development, health, entrepreneurship and children’s literacy, among others.
During the 20th week of the year (May 17th to May 23th, 2021), at least 28 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico and 7 news published by the media, with nine reporting on resources and development, six informing on exploration results, five disclosing deals and corporate issues, five commenting on Mexican issues, five announcing financial rounds, three communicating production results, and two discussing social issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Minera Penmont (Fresnillo plc) thanked the President of Mexico for his comments on the insecurity registered in Sonora. Maria Luisa Albores, Head of the Ministry of Environmental and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), travel to Santa Rosalia to meets with businessmen and workers from El Boleo mining company. Plenary of the Guerrero State Congress approved recently the creation of the Mining Commission. Maria Luisa Albores, Head of the Ministry of Environmental and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) made a series of unfortunate statements against the Mexican mining industry. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Tocvan received permit for trenching and drilling at its the El Pilar project, Silver Spruce, JV partner of Colibri Resources on Jackie project, discovered a new high-grade exploration target in the property, Ridgestone completed another phase of exploration at its Rebeico project, and Minaurum provided an exploration update on their Alamos and Aurifero projects. In Sinaloa, Vizsla presented results from ten holes drilled on Tajitos Vein at its Panuco project. In Oaxaca, Minaurum provided an update on their Santa Marta and Aurena projects. ON MINING, Consolidated Zinc provided an update of its Plomosas plant in Chihuahua. Minera Alamos announced that it has successfully executed the first planned production blasts at its Santana project in Sonora. Mag Silver presented Q1, 2021 production and financial results from its Juanicipio project in Zacatecas. ON FINANCING, Canasil closed an oversubscribed non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $790K (La Esperanza project, Zacatecas). Defiance announced a brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to CAD $7.2M (San Acacio project, Zacatecas). Sonoro granted, under its share option plan, incentive stock options to certain directors, officers and consultants to purchase an aggregate of 2M (Cerro Caliche, Sonora). Telson granted incentive stock options to newly appointed directors totaling 2M (Campo Morado, Guerrero). Southern Silver announced that its common shares have commenced to trade on the OTCQX (Cerro Las Minitas, Durango). ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Silvertone announced the appointment of a mining contractor and commences to access underground workings at its La Frazada mining property in Nayarit. Azucar Minerals recommenced drilling at its El Cobre property in Veracruz. Capitan Mining released results from eight RC drill holes from its 2021 program on the Capitan gold zone in Durango. Endeavour announced drill results from its Bolañitos property in Guanajuato. GoGold presented results from eight drill holes collared at its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Orex contracted SRK Consulting to conduct a resource estimation study on its Coneto property in Durango. Tarachi Gold completed a tailings drilling program at its Magistral project in Durango. Silver Tiger released drill results from its El Tigre project in Sonora. Sailfish presented an updated mineral resource estimate on its Gavilanes property in Durango. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES; Fabled announced proposed spinout of its copper assets into Fabled Copper Corp (Santa Maria property, Chihuahua). Chesapeake announced results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (Metates property, Durango). Comet Resources executed a binding agreement to acquire 100% interest in the La Sorpresa III tenement (Santa Teresa property, Baja California). Xali signed a new exploration and production agreement on El Dorado property in Nayarit. Riverside announced that it has recovered from Hochschild the Los Cuarentas project in Sonora. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Minera San Xavier (New Gold) and the Archdiocese of San Luis Potosí, announced the reopening of the temple of San Pedro Apóstol in Cerro San Pedro, San Luis Potosi. The Mining Cluster of Sonora AC announced that it will promote a comprehensive safety and work-family balance in mining.
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Minera Penmont (Fresnillo plc) thanked the President of Mexico for his comments on the insecurity registered in Sonora. Two years ago, Minera Penmont denounced before state authorities the commission of various crimes, including the invasion of their property, perpetrated by a criminal group that claims to be part of the ejido. This group has absolutely no legal arguments and intends to take over the private property of the company to carry out mining exploitation actions outside the law, without the concession required for it, nor the corresponding environmental permits, using dangerous and controlled materials, directly affecting the Mexican State, the environment, the company and maintaining its criminal acts in the region.
Maria Luisa Albores, Head of the Ministry of Environmental and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), traveled to Santa Rosalia to meets with businessmen and workers from El Boleo mining company. She was entrusted with a consultation to find out the opinion of the population about the expansion of the environmental impact statement (MIA). Minera Boleo requested to expand the area of extraction, processing and shipment of copper minerals.
Plenary of the Guerrero State Congress approved recently the creation of the Mining Commission. The president of the Political Coordination Board (Jucopo) of the local Congress, Alfredo Sánchez Esquivel pointed out that there is a real problem in the case of mining companies and the environment, for which the creation of this Commission was necessary. For his part, the state secretary of Promotion and Economic Development, Álvaro Burgos Barrera, considered the incorporation of a legislative commission to monitor the mining sector as highly relevant. He reported that in the current state administration headed by Héctor Astudillo Flores, governance allowed mining companies to invest approximately USD $2B in Guerrero.
Maria Luisa Albores, Head of the Ministry of Environmental and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) made a series of unfortunate statements against the Mexican mining industry. She assured that the country’s mining activity has caused strong environmental effects, monopolizing water and causing social inequality. Her statements are full of biased and wrong information and caused immediately the strong reaction of different actors of the mining sector. Specialists of the sector declared that the view of the federal government has on mining is wrong. CAMIMEX has indicated that of the total water consumption in Mexico, 77% is used by agriculture; 14% is for public use; 5% to generate energy and 4% for industrial use and of the latter only 0.9% corresponds to milling. CAMIMEX also stated that 74% of the water used by this industry is recycled and, of that amount, 55% is continuously reused. In addition, the mining sector has 70 sewage treatment plants in the communities where it operates. There are dams that capture rainwater, which is given to the municipality, piped and sent to homes, when it is necessary. A large percentage of companies carry out social and human rights proceedings. They generate social and environmental programs. In 2019, mining companies allocated MXP $7,450M to actions in favor of the environment and MXP $1,756M to community development, in addition to the MXP $3,496M that were paid to the Mining Fund. Many companies have the largest plant nurseries in the country and have large animal rescue zoos that are delivered to the State. Mining is one of the industries that produces and plants the most trees, 6.6M million trees produced in the nurseries of mining companies; 2.93 million trees planted reforesting an area of more than 3,000 hectares in 2019. The Mexican mining industry is over-regulated and has to comply with seven environmental permits in the stage of exploration and nineteen environmental permits throughout the life of a mine. For the reasons stated above, the mining sector rejects the indications that point to that its activity does not respect the norms of protection of the environment and that it does not generate social welfare for the neighboring communities. That is why the sector unlocks the doors to the authorities with an open invitation to visit the operations and verify for themselves these realities of the mining sector and reliably inform the population.
Tocvan Ventures Corp., received permit for additional seven trenches and forty four drill pads at its the El Pilar project in Sonora. The additional drill pads will be used during the current program and during a phase III program planned for the fall of 2021.
Silver Spruce Resources Inc., JV partner of Colibri Resources Corp on Jackie project, discovered a new high-grade exploration target in the property. Silver Spruce discovered a high quality, broadly-zoned geochemical anomaly with multiple mineralized surface rock samples with >0.1 g/t Au and anomalous to highly anomalous base metal and pathfinders element values, ranging up to 9.65 g/t Au and 515 g/t Ag. The target is characterized by an extensive and intense oxide and silicate alteration, which consists of bleached and oxidized argillic zones with anomalous clay minerals and muscovite. Silver Spruce plans to conduct a grid sampling and mapping around this exploration target.
Ridgestone Mining Inc., completed another phase of exploration at its Rebeico project, which consisted of geologic mapping, prospecting and sampling around the past producing El Cobre mine. A total of 93 samples were collected and assays are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.
Minaurum Gold Inc., provided an exploration update on their Alamos and Aurifero projects in Sonora, and Santa Marta and Aurena projects in Oaxaca. At Alamos project, the company is planning to resume the phase II of its drilling program shortly, has completed a total of 30,000 m of drilling and discovered 26 separate vein zones. Minaurum is focused on systematically expanding silver shoots discovered in Phase I as well as continuing with aggressive exploration drilling focusing on new discoveries at unmined veins. At Aurifero project, the company has completed compilation of historical exploration data at Aurifero and has re-logged some of the available drill core from the project. Minaurum will design a drill program and apply for necessary permits in the second half of 2021.
Vizsla Silver Corp., presented results from ten holes drilled on Tajitos Vein at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. The most significant drill intersection was encountered in hole NP-21-29 with 1.56 g/t Au and 391 g/t Ag (513 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 7.76m, including 3.60 g/t Au and 1,157 g/t Ag (1,423 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 1.22m. Vizsla has drilled 32 holes at Tajitos Vein, showing an average weighted grade of 2.1 g/t Au and 329 g/t Ag (505 g/t AgEq) over an average vein TW of 3.08m. Mineralization extends over 575 metres in length, 250 metres deep and remains open to the northeast, southwest and at depth.
Minaurum Gold Inc., provided an update on their Santa Marta and Aurena projects in Oaxaca. At Santa Marta project, the company has acquired regional mapping and sampling data indicate the likely presence of additional nearby VMS exploration targets that lie within Minaurum’s property holdings. Minaurum has designed an initial drill program and submitted a drill permit for environmental approval. At Aurena project, it intends to continue holding and ultimately conducting a Phase II drill program, most efficiently in conjunction with an initial drill program at the nearby Santa Marta project.
Consolidated Zinc Limited provided an update of its Plomosas plant in Chihuahua. The Plomosas pant had its first continuous run performing at or better than designed operating capacity. The company also announced that the expansion of Plomosas plant from 100tpd to 200tpd is expected to be completed in Q4, 2021.
Minera Alamos Inc., announced that it has successfully executed the first planned production blasts at its Santana project in Sonora. After this, Minera Alamos has already begun on subsequent blasting as the Nicho Norte pit is opened up. This first material will be used to test the leaching circuit and commission the carbon plant prior to continuous loading of the heap leach pad as the Company takes a prudent approach to ramping up operations at Santana throughout the remainder of 2021 ahead of more steady state operation in 2022 and beyond.
Mag Silver Corp., presented Q1, 2021 production and financial results from its Juanicipio project in Zacatecas. The company processed 36,395 tonnes through the Fresnillo plant with 458 g/t Ag to produce 431.2K Oz Ag, 631 Oz Au, 306.9K Lb Pb, and 445.8K Lb Zn. Mag reported net sales of USD $10.1M, gross profit of USD $8.2M, net income before tax of USD $6.75M, net income after tax of USD $1.44M, resulting in a MAG equity pick up (44%) of USD $632K. The company also reported a CAPEX of USD $440K, and a cash and cash equivalent of USD $92.8K.
Canasil Resources Inc., closed an oversubscribed non-brokered private placement for gross proceeds of $790K. Gross proceeds will be used to fund continued drill programs on their projects in Durango and Zacatecas, and for working capital purposes (La Esperanza project, Zacatecas).
Defiance Silver Corp., announced a brokered private placement for gross proceeds of up to CAD $7.2M. Net proceeds will be used for exploration of their projects as well as for general working capital purposes (San Acacio project, Zacatecas).
Sonoro Gold Corp., granted, under its share option plan, incentive stock options to certain directors, officers and consultants to purchase an aggregate of 2M at a price of $0.3 per common share (Cerro Caliche, Sonora).
Telson Mining Corporation granted incentive stock options to newly appointed directors totaling 2M. The options will be exercisable at a price of $0.45 per share for a period of five years (Campo Morado, Guerrero).
Southern Silver Exploration Corp., announced that its common shares have commenced to trade on the OTCQX under the ticker symbol SSVFF (Cerro Las Minitas, Durango).
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
Silvertone Metals Corp., announced the appointment of a mining contractor and commences to access underground workings at its La Frazada mining property in Nayarit. Over 3km of underground workings has been identified as being potentially accessible, work has commenced to clean and making safe adits and drifts which will be geologically mapped and systematically channel sampled. “Gaining access to the underground working, will give valuable geological information and help to confirm historical measured & indicated resource of 4.7M Oz Ag and Inferred resource of 3.86M Oz Ag. The information gained from underground will also assist in targeting diamond drilling to test for extensions of the mineralization.”
Azucar Minerals Ltd., recommenced drilling at its El Cobre property in Veracruz. The focus for the current drill program in 2021 will be in the Pedregal, Villa Rica, and Encinal Zones of the property. Initially one hole is planned for each area.
Capitan Mining Inc., released results from eight RC drill holes from its 2021 program on the Capitan gold zone in Durango. The most significant drill interception was encountered in hole 21-CARC-24 which returned 0.34 g/t Au over 42.7m, including 0.56 g(/t Au over 10.7m. These last eight holes drilled at the property, completed the previously announced 6,000m drilling program, which consisted of 28 RC holes. All of the RC holes encountered dominantly oxide gold mineralization. “To date, the Capitan gold zone has been traced for over 1.2km long and up to 450m down-dip and remains open in all directions except to the north.
Endeavour Silver Corp., announced drill results from its 2021 drilling program at its Bolañitos property in Guanajuato. The drilling program is focused on expanding the Melladito and Belen orebodies. Significant drill intersections were encountered in hole BN-64 collared on the Melladito HW vein which returned 8.09 g/t Au and 1,044 g/t Ag (1,611 g/t AgEq) over a true width (TW) of 1m, including 14.2 g/t Au and 1,974 g/t Ag (2,966 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.26m; and hole BL1.5S-4 collared on the Belen HW vein which returned 4.43 g/t Au and 148 g/t Ag (458 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 2.34m, including 13.22 g/t Au and 129 g/t Ag (1,054 g/t AgEq) over a TW of 0.19m. The company is currently producing from four orebodies at Bolañitos: Plateros, Lucero, San Miguel and Melladito.
GoGold Resources Inc., presented results from eight drill holes collared at its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. The most significant drill intersections were encountered at El Orito area in holes LRGO-21-020 with 2.02 g/t Au, 168 g/t Ag, 0.02% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.1% Zn (331 g/t AgEq) over 11.8m, including 11.63 g/t Au, 832 g/t Ag, 0.05% Cu, 0.5% Pb, and 0.2% Zn (1,729 g/t AgEq) over 1.8m; and hole LRGO-21-027 with 0.1 g/t Au, 57 g/t Ag, 0.24% Cu, 2.2% Pb, and 0.2% Zn (145 g/t AgEq) over 53.4m, including 0.06g/t Au, 150 g/t Ag, 0.47% Cu, 7.1% Pb, and 0.3% Zn (376 g/t AgEq) over 4.2m, plus another deeper interval of 0.04 g/t Au, 44 g/t Ag, 0.04% Cu, 0.4% Pb, and 0.3% Zn (72 g/t AgEq). The holes that the company has drilled to date at El Orito have shown mineralization averaging 30m in width over 700m in strike length and 200m in vertical depth from surface, and is open in all directions.
Orex Minerals Inc., Gold contracted SRK Consulting to conduct a Resource Estimation Study on its Coneto property in Durango. The database for Coneto includes 106 diamond drill holes totaling 38,516 metres on 12 vein targets. In addition to this study, a separate Metallurgical Study will be performed on each of the mineralized lodes.
Tarachi Gold Corp., completed 37 drill holes at depths ranging from 1.3 to 14.5m using an auger drill and 70cm-long Shelby sample capture tubes at its Magistral Tailings project in Durango. The drilling program was part of the resource estimate and Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) being prepared by Ausenco Engineering. The drill samples will be assayed and representative composites prepared as part of the metallurgical test work being overseen by Ausenco Engineering.
Silver Tiger Metals Inc., released drill results from its El Tigre project in Sonora. Hole ET-21-208A collared on the Benjamin Vein intersected 0.06 g/t Au, 382 g/t Ag, 0.17% Cu, 0.8% Pb, and 1.2% Zn (463 g/t AgEq) over 14.8m, including 0.06 g/t Au, 615 g/t Ag, 0.27% Cu, 1.2% Pb, and 1.9% Zn (735 g/t AgEq) over 8.8m, including 0.13 g/t Au, 2,451 g/t Ag, 1.12% Cu, 4.4% Pb, and 9.5% Zn ( 3,000 g/t AgEq) over 1.3m. Hole ET 21-221 collared on the Sooy Vein intersected 4.22 g/t Au, 466 g/t Ag, 0.07% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.2% Zn (799 g/t AgEq) over 1.5m, plus 0.35 g/t Au, 80 g/t Ag, 0.02% Cu, 0.2% Pb, and 0.5% Zn (129 g/t AgEq) over 0.5m, and plus 0.2 g/t Au, 197 g/t Ag, 0.07% Cu, 0.1% Pb, and 0.02% Zn (222 g/t AgEq) over 1.2m.
Sailfish Royalty Corp., presented an updated mineral resource estimate on its Gavilanes property in Durango. The estimated underground inferred resources using a cutoff of 100 g/t AgEq, are 2,883,000 tonnes of 207 g/t Ag, 0.15 g/t Au, 0.12% Cu, 0.6% Pb, and 0.4% Zn to contain 27.15M Lb Zn. 18.9M Oz Ag, 13.7K Oz Au, 7.77M Lb Cu, 37.9M Lb Pb, and 27.2M Lb Zn.
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
Fabled Silver Gold Corp., announced proposed spinout of its copper assets into Fabled Copper Corp. Fabled will continue to focus on advancing its drill program on the Santa Maria silver property in Chihuahua.
Chesapeake Gold Corp., announced results from its annual general meeting of shareholders (Metates property, Durango).
Comet Resources Limited executed a binding agreement with American International Ventures Inc (AIVN) to acquire 100% interest in the La Sorpresa III tenement to extend its Santa Teresa project in Baja California. La Sorpresa is interpreted as the extension of the existence JORC resource at Santa Teresa. Comet has the right to acquire 51% through acquiring 51% of the shares of a newly established Mexican Company (NewCo) in consideration for Comet paying AIVN a total of AUD $600K to be satisfied by issuing AUD $400K in Comet shares and paying AUD $200K in cash at first completion. To obtain the remainder 49% interest, Comet will have to pay AUD $500K to be satisfied by issuing AUD $300K in Comet shares and paying AUD $200K in cash at second completion. In addition to the above, NewCo has to grant to AIVN a 1.5% NSR.
Xali Gold Corp., signed a new exploration and production agreement with Ingenieros Mineros, S.A. de C.V. (IMSA) on El Dorado property in Nayarit. Xali has the obligation to pay IMSA USD $30K per year until the commencement of commercial production, maximum of five years; USD $60K per year after five years or upon commencement of production. Once in production, Xali will pay a NSR of 3.5% until payments reach an aggregate amount of USD $350K of which USD $200K is payable in cash and USD $150K in Xali shares; 3% NSR to an aggregate of USD $600K; 2.5% NSR to an aggregate of USD $850K; and 1% NSR through the life of mine/operations. All annual payments are to be credited towards NSR payments.
Riverside Resources Inc., announced that it has recovered from Hochschild Mining the Los Cuarentas project in Sonora. Hochschild terminated the earn-in option after spending approximately USD $1.2M, including a 1,500m drilling program in nine holes. Riverside believes there are still untested seven targets with discovery potential.
ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Minera San Xavier (New Gold) and the Archdiocese of San Luis Potosí, announced the reopening of the temple of san Pedro Apóstol in Cerro San Pedro, San Luis Potosi. The conservation of the cultural and historical heritage of the place is one of the priorities of the Comprehensive, Inclusive and Participatory Plan for the Closure of Mina, which is why, from the beginning of the extractive activity, implemented a periodic program of topographic measurements to monitor the structural behavior of the building. All the works were coordinated with the Cerro de San Pedro City Council, the Archdiocese of San Luis Potosí and under the strict supervision of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
The Mining Cluster of Sonora AC announced that it will promote a comprehensive safety and work-family balance in mining. Mining is recognized for working with the highest safety standards and is even below the national average in accident rate according to data from the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) and the Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX). Mining is an industry that is always in constant training and promotes strategies to generate healthy work environments.
During the 15th week of the year (April 12th to April 18th, 2021), as a sign of the strong current activity, at least 43 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, ten companies posted exploration advances on their properties, seven presented mining related news, six posted on financing or share options (including C$2.35 M, $3 M, C$14.1 M, C$5.6 M and $25 M), eight more on project development or resource definition and three posted on corporate issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, Francisco Quiroga, the ex-secretary of Mining has been appointed ambassador in Germany. The Sonora Mining Cluster has two new female counselors. Napoleon Gomez Urrutia and its SNTMMS Union have been condemned to pay US$54 M to some of its affiliates. A new Coordination has been created in the Economy Secretariat to promote mining. The CTM Union opposes the outsourcing reform that would decrease the participation of workers in the profits of mining companies. ON EXPLORATION, In Sonora, Silver Spruce signed a LOI on the Diamante 1 and Diamante 2 projects; Ridgestone announced its exploration plan for the Rebeico property; Tocvan Ventures commenced phase II RC drilling at Pilar; Carlyle Commodities released good drilling results from Cecilia; Orogen informed its Lola and Sarape properties are being drilled by partners; Canuc Resources released information on the first drill hole on the present campaign at its San Javier Au-Ag project. In Chihuahua, Monarca Minerals signed a surface access agreement for its San Jose project; Kootenay Silver updated on drilling of its Columba project. In Sinaloa, Viszla Silver released drilling results from the Napoleon zone at its Panuco project. In San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas Advance Gold released results from auger sampling at several salars. ON MINING, Magna Gold, Fortuna Silver Mines, Sierra Metals, Excellon and First Majestic Silver released Q1 2021 production results. Consolidated Zinc announced the commencement of concentrate production from the recently refurbished plant at Plomosas in Chihuahua. ON FINANCING, Colibri Resources, Sonoro Gold, Santacruz Silver Mining, Heliostar Metals and Candelaria Mining released news on financing (with C$2.35 M, $3 M; $14.1 M, C$4 M and up to $25 M respectively). Defiance Silver completed its uplisting to the OTCQX Best Market ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Equinox Gold commenced the development of the Bermejal underground mine in Guerrero. Xali Gold submitted permit applications for the Mexico Mines Tailings project in El Oro, Estado de Mexico. Gatos Silver presented good drilling results from both extensions of the Cerro Los Gatos deposit in Chihuahua. Fabled Silver Gold released results from drilling at Santa Maria, Chihuahua. SilverCrest Metals released high-grade drilling results from several veins at Las Chispas, Sonora. Almaden Minerals is conducting an induced polarization survey at the Ixtaca deposit in Puebla. GoGold Resources released drilling results from El Favor zone at its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Golden Tag Resources released results from drilling at its San Diego property in Durango. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, VanGold Mining closed with Endeavour Silver the acquisition of the El Cubo mine and mill complex in Guanajuato. Silver Spruce Resources signed a LOI with Colibri Resource on the Diamante 1 and Diamante 2 properties in Sonora. Empress Royalty executed a $5 M Silver Stream agreement with Telson Mining. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, no relevant news.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
Francisco Quiroga Fernández, Mining ex-subsecretary was appointed ambassador of Mexico in Germany. Rare in the present administration, he’s a competent professional with experience in the private industry, and more than capable to develop and strengthen political and economic ties between the two countries.
The Sonora Mining Cluster named Silvia Álvarez and Maria López Rosas as new counselors to the organism.
The Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Mineros, Metalúrgicos y Similares de La República Mexicana (a strong Mining Union) and its leader Napoleón Gómez Urrutia have lost a legal law suit and have been condemned by the Junta Federal de Conciliación y Arbitraje to pay US$54 M. The Union received these funds from the sale of the Cananea mine 15 years ago, and was supposed to deliver that money to the at the time workers of the company in charge. The union failed to deliver the funds to the miners.
The Mexican president ordered by decree the creation of the Coordination of Extractive Activities on the Economy Secretariat. Said unit is to coordinate the mining activities of the State and actions to promote national and foreign investments in mining, among other activities.
The CTM Union (Confederación de Trabajadores de México) opposes the reform on outsourcing that would lower the amount the miners receive as participation on the company’s annual profits.
Silver Spruce Resources Inc. signed a letter of intention (LOI) on two properties in Sonora, Diamante 1 and Diamante 2 covering 1,057 hectares. Historical assays from samples in the Diamante 1 and Diamante 2 properties, which display epithermal intermediate sulfidation mineralization have returned up to 39.8 gpt Au, 3,460 gpt Ag, 7.3% Pb, 5.6% Zn. Diamante 1 has already six main targets, including the La Prieta-El Aguaje vein system, which runs for 2,000 m averaging 1 m in width. At Diamante 2 The Calton area displays two vein 900 m and 1,100 m in length, ranging from 0.30 m to 1.70 m in width. The El Cumbro-Mezquite Raizudo veins follow a structural trend 900 m long, displaying an average width of 1 meter.
Advance Gold Corp. released results from auger drilling sampling at all the salars it recently acquired in Zacatecas and San Luis Potosí. The 0.5 m to 1 m of depth samples returned highlighted results of up to 650 ppm boron (B), 1.91% Potassium (K) and 620 ppm Lithium (Li). The average grade of the samples was 247 ppm B, 1.17% K and 215 ppm Li.
Monarca Minerals Inc. executed and ratified by a Notary Public the surface access agreement with both the Ejido and Colonia on its San Jose silver project in Chihuahua. The company is now to apply for the environmental permit that will allow it to conduct its planned 5,000 m drilling campaign.
Ridgestone Mining Inc. announced an exploration plan for its 3,459 hectares Rebeico project in Sonora. The current phase will comprise geologic mapping, sampling and prospecting, with focus on the New Year zone, the Santa Elena outcrop and El Cobre mine.
Tocvan Ventures Corp. announced the start of phase II of its drilling program at the Pilar project in Sonora. The two-stage 4,000 m reverse circulation (RC) drill program will focus first on the “definition and expansion of the Main Zone, which during Phase I returned 94.6-meters at 1.6 g/t Au including 9.2m at 10.8 g/t Au and 38 g/t Ag”, and then to test the new targets across the property.
Kootenay Silver Inc. reported it has completed 12 core drill holes totalling 1,800 m as part of its 5,000 m campaign at its Columba project in Chihuahua. Kootenay has tested the F vein and is now testing an area east of the J-Z zone.
Carlyle Commodities Corp. released the first batch of drill results from the Cecilia project in Sonora. The program consisted of seven holes, of which results have been received for five. The best intercept was 24.2 m @ 1.51 gpt Au. Other core-length highlighted intervals comprise 1.30 m @ 0.69 gpt Au; 5.95 m @ 0.20 gpt Au, 3.10 m @ 0.52 gpt Au; 9.45 m @ 0.23 gpt Au; 1.00 m @ 0.55 gpt Au; 3.45 m @ 0.35 gpt Au; 4.30 m @ 0.29 gpt Au; 6.10 m @ 0.43 gpt Au; 3.00 m @ 0.87 gpt Au. “The first drill program from Carlyle and Riverside was focused on targeting the hydrothermal system identified at two principal elevations: 2,200 m and 1,900 m, respectively corresponding to the San Jose Target and the North Breccia Target…… to test the continuity of the mineralized structures at shallow depth”.
Orogen Royalties Inc. announced the commencement of drilling programs on two of its properties in Sonora. At La Lola, partner Heliostar Metals Ltd. has initiated a 1,500 m drilling program. At the 57.8 square km Sarape project, Orogen and partner Hochschild PLC commenced a planned 3,000 m program. Eight holes will be drilled on 2.5 km of the Sarape vein. “In 2019, nine holes drilled within a 380-metre-long segment of the vein defined a structural dilation zone at 100-350 metres depth (Figure 2). In this zone the vein thickens to 23.6 metres in width..…. A deeper horizon will also be drilled to identify if the grade of the vein improves with depth”.
Canuc Resources Corp. informed on drilling advance at its San Javier Ag-Au project in Sonora. The first hole of a planned 6,000 m program was ended at 89.5 m in a fault zone. It intersected brecciated sedimentary rocks with stockwork veining and three intervals of massive magnetite breccia. “The 20-hole program is designed to test at least 4 magnetic features that underlie areas where a 2020 mapping and rock sampling program identified silver, gold and copper mineralization. At surface, the host rocks for three of these features are found to be magnetite breccia”. The program is focused on magnetic anomalies identified by a previous survey.
Viszla Silver Corp. released drilling results from step out drilling at the southern extension of the Napoleon prospect at its Panuco project in Sinaloa. The Napoleon vein has been mapped for more than 2.5 km and has four rigs drilling at the time. Highlighted true width intercepts comprise 4.46 m @ 890 gpt Ag, 19.99 gpt Au, 0.7% Pb, 1.8% Zn (including 0.92 m @ 3,804 gpt Ag, 91.91 gpt Au, 1.5% Pb, 3.5% Zn); 1.92 m @ 105.9 gpt Ag, 7.28 gpt Au, 0.7% Pb, 2.9% Zn (including 1.45 m @ 131 gpt Ag, 9.39 gpt Au, 0.8% Pb, 3.1% Zn)
Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. released production results for the first quarter 2021, including figures from its Mexican operations. At San José, in Oaxaca, 259.8 K tonnes @ 217 gpt Ag, 1.36 gpt Au were milled, recovering 90.8% Ag, 90.5% Au to produce 1.65 M Oz Ag, 10,301 Oz Au.
Consolidated Zinc Ltd. announced the 2021 zinc concentrate “benchmark treatment charge (TC) has been agreed between the major miners and smelters at US$159.00/t of concentrate, a reduction of 47% from last year’s benchmark treatment charge of US$299.75/t”. Treatment charges in 2020 represented 33% of total operating costs (before by-product credits) being the single largest operating cost (Plomosas, Chihuahua).
Magna Gold Corp. informed production levels have benefited from the accelerated stripping program, resulting in month to month growth in gold production, with 3,085 ounces in January, 2,670 ounces in February and 4,030 ounces in March. Magna anticipates the mine will return to full scale commercial production by June of this year, with 2021 guidance in the range of 55,000 to 65,000 Oz Au. During the Q1 2021, 619 K tonnes were mined @ 0.34 gpt Au, with 5.2 M tonnes of waste moved (8.40 strip ratio) to produce 9,785 Oz Au, 8.1 K Oz Ag.
Sierra Metals Inc. reported first quarter 2021 production reports, including figures from its Mexican properties. At Bolivar, in Chihuahua, 371.6 K tonnes were processed @ 0.77% Cu, 19.7 gpt Ag, 0.19 gpt Au, recovering 82.8% Cu, 83.6% Ag, 69.6% Au, to produce 5.2 M Lb Cu, 197 K Oz Ag, 1,591 Oz Au (7.3 M Lb CuEq). At Cusi, also in Chihuahua, 76.6 K tonnes were processed @ 15.2 gpt Ag, 0.16 gpt Au, 0.22% Pb, recovering 80.9% Ag, 39.6% Au, 81.5% Pb, to produce 313 K Oz Ag, 155 Oz Au, 298 K Lb Pb (334 K AgEq Oz Ag).
Consolidated Zinc Ltd. announced the first concentrate from the newly refurbished plant at its Plomosas property in Chihuahua has been produced.
Excellon Resources Inc. released Q1 2021 production results from the Platosa mine in Durango. At the site 21,212 tonnes were mined, 21,764 tonnes were milled @ 524 gpt Ag, 5.35% Pb, 6.73% Zn, recovering 89.7% Ag, 81.8% Pb, 74.7% Zn to produce 328.7 K Oz Ag, 2.1 M Lb Pb, 2.4 M Lb Zn, or 516.7 K Oz AgEq.
First Majestic Silver Corp. produced during the Q1 2021 2.9 M Oz Ag, 23,873 Oz Au, or 4.5 M Oz AgEq from its three mines in Mexico: San Dimas in Durango, Santa Elena in Sonora and La Encantada in Coahuila. The company completed 39,552 m in exploration drilling during the quarter, with 10 rigs at San Dimas, seven rigs at Santa Elena and two rigs at La Encantada.
Colibri Resource Corp. has closed a non-brokered private placement for CAD$2.35 M in gross profits. (Evelyn, Sonora).
Sonoro Gold Corp. has increased its non-brokered private placement to raise an aggregate of $3 M thorough the exercise of over allotment options (Cerro Caliche, Sonora).
Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. closed its non-brokered private placement offering, for gross proceeds of CDN$14.1 M (Carrizales, Hidalgo).
Defiance Silver Corp. successfully completed an uplisting to the OTCQX Best Market (San Acacio, Zacatecas).
Heliostar Metals Ltd. is increasing the size of its C$4 M marketed private placement to raise up to C$5.6 M (La Lola, Sonora).
Candelaria Mining Corp. intends to raise up to $25 M to fund exploration activities at the Caballo Blanco district in Veracruz, and the Pinos project in Zacatecas.
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
Equinox Gold Corp. is commencing development of the Bermejal underground mine at its Los Filos project in Guerrero.
Xali Gold Corp. submitted permit applications for the Mexico Mines Tailings project in El Oro, Estado de México. The permits are to allow both the transportation and re-processing of the tailings at a new 25 hectares plant site located 5 Km from the current location. Xali’s is to pay the El Oro municipality an 8% net profit interest (NPI). The project has an inferred resource of 1.27 M Tonnes grading 2.94 Au g/t, 75.12 Ag g/t, containing 119,900 Oz Au and 3.06 M Oz Ag.
Gatos Silver Inc. reported drilling results of delineation drilling at Cerro Los Gatos in Chihuahua. The program has demonstrated continuity in both the southeast and northwest projections of the current reserve. Highlighted true width drill results include: 9.5 m @ 0.11 gpt Au, 51 gpt Ag, 2.1% Pb, 3.1% Zn; 3.4 m @ 0.12 gpt Au, 122 gpt Ag, 5.0% Pb, 9.8% Zn, 0.2% Cu; 5.4 m @ 0.25 gpt Au, 121 gpt Ag, 1.5% Pb, 2.9% Zn; 7.2 m @ 0.14 gpt Au, 106 gpt Ag, 3.5% Pb, 3.4% Zn, 0.1% Cu; 2.6 m @ 0.21 gpt Au, 327 gpt Ag, 9.2% Pb, 3.8% Zn, 0.14% Cu; 12.0 m @ 0.15 gpt Au, 44 gpt Ag, 1.1% Pb, 4.0% Zn, 0.15% Cu; 2.8 m @ 0.20 gpt Au, 111 gpt Ag, 1.6% Pb, 3.9% Zn, 1.3% Cu; 1.9 m @ 0.12 gpt Au, 132 gpt Ag, 3.2% Pb, 9.9% Zn, 0.4% Cu; 7.2 m @ 0.06 gpt Au, 25 gpt Ag, 1.0% Pb, 10.3% Zn, 0.2% Cu; 5.7 m @ 0.17 gpt Au, 152 gpt Ag, 3.0% Pb, 4.4% Zn, 0.30% Cu.
Fabled Silver Gold Corp. released drilling results from its Santa Maria property in Chihuahua. The last sample on the last drill hole returned 75.9 gpt Ag, with 6.4 m of similar material awaiting results. Fabled is making a reinterpretation of previous work and testing the new targets identified. The ongoing 8,000 m drill program has been increased to at least 9,200 m. “This program will be focused underground to delineate the Santa Maria Central Structure with multi underground drill stations being prepared”.
SilverCrest Metals Inc. released additional in-fill and expansion drill results s from the Babi Vista vein splay, Babi Vista vein, Granaditas 1 vein, Granaditas 2 vein, and adjacent hangingwall and footwall veins in the Babicanora Area of its Las Chispas Project in Sonora. The results are from 78 holes totaling 29,308 m completed since the last news release for these veins, in areas with mineral resources or in close proximity. Average results for the Babi Vista vein splay comprise 0.91 true width @ 16.12 gpt Au, 1,351 gpt Ag, with individual intercepts of up to 1.04 m @ 185.65 gpt Au, 13,959 gpt Ag. Babi Vista Footwall and Granaditas 1 average 1.04 m @ 12.89 gpt Au, 1,884 gpt Ag, with the highest intercept running 0.40 m @ 114.0 gpt Au, 78,872 gpt Ag (7.89% Ag). The Babi Vista and Granaditas 2 vein average 0.67 m @ 4.56 gpt Au, 414 gpt Ag, while the Babi Vista Hangingwall averages 0.43 m @ 2.55 gpt Au, 249 gpt Ag.
Almaden Minerals Ltd. is conducting an induced polarization geophysical survey at the Ixtaca deposit in Puebla. “The work is designed to help define drill targets beneath the area of hydrothermal alteration called the Southeast Alteration (SE) zone and at depth beneath the Ixtaca deposit (“Ixtaca Deeps”). It is hoped that this geophysical survey, along with past survey results, will identify potential zones of veining like those in the Ixtaca deposit. The discovery drill hole in the original Ixtaca deposit area was planned in part based on high resistivity and chargeability results obtained in an earlier IP geophysical survey”.
GoGold Resources Inc. released results from six diamond drill holes from El Favor area at its Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Highlighted core-length intervals comprise 69.3 m @ 108 gpt Ag, 0.49 gpt Au (including 15.3 m @ 392 gpt Ag, 1.76 gpt Au); 9.6 m @ 112 gpt Ag, 0.39 gpt Au; 59.0 m @ 119 gpt Ag, 0.32 gpt Au (including 5.0 m @ 361 gpt Ag, 0.90 gpt Au); 2.8 m @ 110 gpt Ag, 0.16 gpt Au; 16.1 m @ 97 gpt Ag, 0.21 gpt Au; 12.0 m @ 86 gpt Ag, 0.09 gpt Au; 3.2 m @ 204 gpt Ag, 0.15 gpt Au; 7.2 m @ 135 gpt Ag, 0.76 gpt Au; 23.3 m @ 92 gpt Ag, 0.22 gpt Au; 12.9 m @ 254 gpt Ag, 0.81 gpt Au (including 8.2 m @ 392 gpt Ag, 1.25 gpt Au).
Golden Tag Resources Ltd. released results from the first three holes of a 4,500 m campaign at its San Diego project in Durango. A hole in the Fernandez zone returned 50.17 m @ 105 gpt AgEq; Another hole intersected 127.3 m of skarn/Fernandez style mineralization, intersecting 35.46 m @ 0.06 gpt Au, 30 gpt Ag, 0.14% Pb, 0.24% Zn, 0.01% Cu (52 gpt AgEq) and 91.84 m @ 0.07 gpt Au, 15 gpt Ag, 0.31% Pb, 0.34% Zn, 0.01% Cu (49 gpt AgEq). Other holes intercepted 1.11 m @ 0.90 gpt Au, 142 gpt Ag, 0.13% Pb, 0.21% Zn, 0.02% Cu; 3.25 m @ 0.02 gpt Au, 237 gpt Ag, 0.41% Pb, 0.82% Zn, 0.08% Cu; 1.10 m @ 0.28 gpt Au, 195 gpt Ag, 1.70% Pb, 1.92% Zn, 0.07% Cu; 2.69 m @ 0.05 gpt Au, 355 gpt Ag, 0.30 % Pb, 0.41% Zn, 0.02% Cu; 8.41 m @ 0.02 gpt Au, 24 gpt Ag, 0.61% Pb, 0.49% Zn, 0.06% Cu.
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
VanGold Mining Corp. closed the acquisition of El Cubo mine and mill complex in Guanajuato with Endeavour Silver Corp.. The deal involved the payment of US$7 M in cash plus VAT and the delivery of 21.33 M shares of VanGold and a promissory note for $2.5 M a year from closing. El Cubo has 508 K tonnes grading 194 gpt Ag, 2.44 gpt Au containing 3.17 M Oz Ag, 39,860 Oz Au as indicated resources and 1.45 M tonnes @ 214 gpt Ag, 2.78 gpt Au containing 10 M Oz Ag, 129,900 Oz Au as inferred resources.
Silver Spruce Resources Inc. signed a letter of intention (LOI) with Colibri Resource Corp. to acquire up to 50% interest in four concessions in Sonora, comprising two properties, Diamante 1 and Diamante 2 covering 1,057 hectares. The projects are separated by 700 meters, and in close proximity to other Colibri properties. The initial cash payment by Silver Spruce is to be of $75 K (Note.- The details of the deal are lengthy and involve a third party, please take a look to the appropriate press release if interested in it).
Empress Royalty Corp. executed the US$5 M silver stream agreement on the Telson Mining Corp. owned Tahuehueto project in Durango. “Empress has now executed the US$5M silver stream agreement on production from Telson’s Tahuehueto project in Mexico. The US$5M Stream is on 100% of the payable silver production from Tahuehueto for the first 1,250,000 payable ounces; thereafter, the percentage will stepdown to 20% of the payable silver production to a maximum of 10 years from first production after which the Stream terminates”.
During the 11h week of the year (March 15th to March 21st, 2021), at least 34 press releases were announced by companies working in Mexico. To note, eight companies posted exploration advances on their properties, four presented quarterly results, five posted on financing or share options (including C$12 M, $10.3 M, C$14.1 M and C$80.4M), eight more on project development and five on corporate issues. ON MEXICO ISSUES, 25 Mining projects in Mexico are in line for 2028. At PDAC, a minister from Canada asked for a stable and predictable business environment in Mexico. The president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, threatened mining companies with voiding their concessions if they break the law. ON EXPLORATION, in Baja California, One World Lithium announced the incoming drilling at its Salar del Diablo project. In Sonora, Kootenay Silver informed of excellent grades in trenching at its Maria Elena project; Tocvan Ventures updated on exploration at Pilar; Prismo Metals filed a technical report for Los Pavitos project. In Durango, Mithril Resources informed on a high-grade gold intercept at Copalquin. In Guerrero, Pantera Silver commenced exploration in Nuevo Taxco. In Zacatecas, Zacatecas Silver is preparing a resource estimate on the Panuco deposit. ON MINING, Comet Resources Excellon Resources, Starcore International and Sierra Metals released quarterly and/or full year 2020 reports. Activities at McEwen’s El Gallo mine in Sinaloa, which is in residual leaching, were suspended by an illegal blockade. ON FINANCING, Empress Royalty, Southern Silver, Almaden Minerals, Santacruz Silver Mining and Premier Gold released news on financing. ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT, Almaden Minerals is resuming exploration at the Ixtaca property in Puebla. Discovery Metals released drilling results from Cordero in Chihuahua. Chesapeake Gold received approval for a bulk drilling program at Metates, Durango. GoGold Resources released drilling results from Los Ricos North in Jalisco. Southern Silver is doubling the size of its drilling program at Cerro Las Minitas in Durango. Consolidated Zinc released the updated mineral resource for the Plomosas mine in Chihuahua. Prime Mining released drilling results for Los Reyes in Sinaloa. Azucar Minerals released results from drilling at El Cobre, Veracruz. ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES, Radius Gold optioned the Maricela property in Sonora. Sailfish is to prepare an updated mineral resource for Gavilanes in Durango. VanGold Mining signed the definitive agreement with Endeavour Silver for the acquiring the El Cubo mine in Guanajuato. Tarachi Gold completed the acquisition of El Magistral tailings project. Prospero Silver is changing name to Keon Capital. ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, Grupo Mexico and Fresnillo PLC informed on actions related to social betterment of communities near its operations.
ON MEXICO ISSUES
25 Mining projects in Mexico are in line for 2028 with a total of US$7.8 B (US$7,800 M in Mexican notation). El Arco in Baja California (US$2,900 M), Media Luna in Guerrero (US$496 M), Expansion Herradura (US$490 M), Orysivo in Chihuahua (US$465 M), Juanicipio in Zacatecas (US$440 M) and Sonora Lithium (US$420 M) are among the largest of these.
At the virtual PDAC (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada) 2021 conference Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade for Canada and Tatiana Clouthier, head of the Economy Secretariat in Mexico met and spoke about the strengthening of commercial ties between the two countries, particularly in the energy and mining sectors. Minister Ng stressed the need to keep a stable and predictable business environment for Canadian companies working in Mexico, especially in mining, and expressed its worries for the recently approved energy law and its possible negative impact.
In his press conference the president highlighted the cases of Americas Gold and Silver, with his view that it is trying to evade the law on unionized work, and that of First Majestic which he accused of trying to evade taxes (as in other industries, the president disregards any effect on investment and employment by his rigid stance). He suggested the Canadian government should help make the companies comply as in Canada.
Pantera Silver Corp. has mobilized its field personnel to the Nuevo Taxco Silver project in Guerrero. The 1,100 hectares project displays 21 veins 150-350 meters in length within a 135 hectares portion of the property. Of 395 historical samples, 119 grade over 100 gpt Ag, including 18 between 500-900 gpt Ag and three samples over 1,000 gpt Ag. An initial 1,600 meter program is to test the 21 veins area.
One World Lithium Inc. is to start phase three drilling on April 15, 2021 at is Salar del Diablo project in Baja California. “If the results of DDH-3 warrant, the DDH-4 will be drilled in the same area…. DDH-3 (diamond drill hole) is located approximately 50 kilometers to the south of DDH-2” completed on the previous campaign.
Zacatecas Silver Corp. is to prepare a current resource estimate for the Panuco silver deposit at the Zacatecas Silver project in Zacatecas. The historic inferred mineral resource hosts 3.95 M tonnes @ 136 gpt Ag, 0.14 gpt Au, 0.12% Pb, 0.11% Zn (153.2 gpt AgEq), containing 19.5 M Oz Ag. Re-assaying of 15% of the core intervals used in the historic resource calculation is being performed to assist in the new resource estimation, as well as bench scale metallurgical test of mineralized core material.
Kootenay Silver Inc. informed on the discovery of significant gold at its Maria Elena project in Sonora. Highlighted results from sampling in 8 trenches comprise 33 m @ 2.67 gpt Au (including 9 m @ 5.29 gpt Au, 1 m @ 23.7 gpt Au) in trench 6; 24 m @ 1.81 gpt Au (including 8 m @ 3.98 gpt Au, 1 m @ 17.25 gpt Au) in trench 4; 9 m @ 2.01 gpt Au (including 1 m @ 15.45 gpt Au) in trench 2. “Gold mineralization is hosted by stock works of quartz and quartz carbonate veins formed by conjugate sets of veins …. Numerous conjugate vein sets and associated stock work zones occur within a 1.5 by 1.5-kilometer area hosted within a diorite intrusion and are the source of the placer gold historically mined on the property”.
Canasil Resources Inc. informed on drilling at La Esperanza project in Zacatecas. Three holes in the La Esperanza vein have already intersected the vein as projected, while a fourth is in progress. While the vein outcrops for 150 m, it has now been intersected for 525 m along strike and 350 m to depth.
Tocvan Ventures Corp. updated on exploration at its Pilar project in Sonora. On the Main Zone Extension, a 350 m section presents “altered vein zones” 5 to 20 m in width, strong oxidation and 800 m of anomalous soil samples with up to 106 and 911 ppb Au, and rock grab samples with 9.3 gpt Au. At the 4-Trench there is a 600 m trend that presents veins for 400 m of strike untested by drilling, rock grab samples with up to 24 gpt Au and historical artisanal workings for 350 m of strike.
Mithril Resources Ltd. informed on the drilling at El Refugio target in the Copalquin project in Durango. An exceptional core length interval of 4.17 m @ 62.0 gpt Au, 445 gpt Ag was drilled, and is characterized by abundant black sulfide and kaolinite, as well as by the presence of visible gold.
Prismo Metals Inc. filed a NI 43-101 technical report for its Los Pavitos project in Sonora. The 5,289-hectare concession is west of the Alamos district, displaying epithermal low sulfidation veins and orogenic gold shears. Highlighted rock sample results include 0.30 m @ 40.8 gpt Au, 0.65 m @ 4.86 gpt Au, 0.20 m @ 1.57 gpt Au, 2.5 m @ 1.5 gpt Au, 2.5 m @ 2.41 gpt Au, grab samples of up to greater than 10.0 gpt Au and dump samples with up to 5.26 gpt Au.
Comet Resources Ltd. presented its second half 2020 financial report. In the period the company spent US$2.35 M in mineral exploration and administration, raised US$3 M, acquired the Santa Teresa project in Baja California with 88.6 K Oz Au JORC compliant inferred resources.
McEwen Mining Inc. informed that activities at the El Gallo project in Sinaloa (currently on residual leaching) have been suspended as results of an illegal blockade of the main access to the property by members of nearby communities. “El Gallo has operated harmoniously with the local communities since mining started in 2012, having demonstrated a long-standing track record of supporting local communities. In this context, the current situation is surprising. The site remains minimally staffed to maintain appropriate safety and security, and the environmental systems. McEwen Mining is negotiating for a peaceful resolution to the issues”.
Excellon Resources Inc. reported financial results for the Q4 and full year 2020. During the quarter silver production at the Platosa mine in Durango increased to 355.6 K Oz, the strongest production since 2014, at an all-sustaining cost of $21.19 per Oz Ag. For the year, the revenue of $26.2 M was impacted by the temporary suspension related to the Covid pandemic. On the second half of the year 43.3 K tonnes were mined, producing 1.08 M Oz Ag.
Starcore International Mines Ltd. reported results for the quarter ended in January 2021. At the San Martin mine in Queretaro, 57.3 K tonnes were milled @ 1.66 gpt Au, 23 gpt Ag, recovering 88.8% Au, 57.1% Ag, to produce 2.7 K Oz Au, 23.8 K Oz Ag or 3,063 Oz AuEq at cash cost US$1,042 per Oz AuEq and an AISC of US$1,361 per Oz AuEq.
Mexus Gold US. Informed it has received the necessary explosives permit to mine the high grade Mexus II and Julio vein structures at its Santa Elena mine in Sonora.
Sierra Metals Inc. reported financial results for 2020. At Bolivar in Chihuahua, cash cost per CuEq Lb was $1.35 and AISC per CuEqLb was $1.88. At Cusi in Chihuahua, cash cost per AgEqOz was $15.70 and AISC per AgEqOz was $28.18. The company hold cash and cash equivalents of $71.5 M at the end of the period.
Empress Royalty Corp. entered into an agreement with Red Cloud Securities Inc. and Canaccord Genuity Corp. and a syndicate of underwriters that shall purchase shares of the company for gross proceeds of C$12 M. (Pinos, Zacatecas).
Endeavour Silver Corp. announced its common shares will be added to the S&P/TSX Composite and the NYSE Arca Gold Miners Index (Terronera, Jalisco).
Southern Silver Exploration Corp. raised $14.2 million in Summer of 2020. “Since the closing of the equity raise and the working interest purchase in September 2020, the Company has received a total of $2,428,228 from shareholder exercises of share purchase warrants, inclusive of the recent 6,000,000 share purchase warrant exercise by Electrum Global Holdings LP for proceeds of $480,000. Additionally, the Company has received $477,470 from the exercise of incentive stock options and finders’ warrants”.
Almaden Minerals Ltd. announced a US$10.3 M registered direct offering (Ixtaca, Puebla).
Santacruz Silver Mining Ltd. has increased the size of its previously announced non-brokered private placement offering, intending to raise now up to CDN$14.1 M (Zimapan, Hidalgo).
Premier Gold Mines Ltd. announced its wholly-owned subsidiary i-80 Gold Corp. closed its previously publicized private placement for aggregate gross proceeds of C80.4 M. “Premier remains focused on creating i-80 as a Nevada-focused mining company…” (Mercedes, Sonora).
Minera Alamos Inc. informed the board of directors approved the issuance of 7.25 M options to management, directors, employees and consultants, tied to production milestones (Santana, Sonora).
First Majestic Silver Corp. received regulatory consent to extend its share repurchase program to up to 10 M shares or 4.5% of the outstanding shares of the company (San Dimas, Durango).
ON RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
Almaden Minerals Ltd. has resumed exploration in the area of the Ixtaca project in Puebla. Initial work is to focus in identifying drill targets in the SE Alteration Zone, 1 km SE from the Ixtaca deposit. Argillic alteration with hyperspectral signatures for kaolinite, alunite and buddingtonite is present, along with several areas of veining with anomalous pathfinder elements.
Discovery Metals Corp. announced results from 14 diamond drill holes targeting high-grade veins at its Cordero project in Chihuahua. Highlighted intercepts comprise 1.3 m @ 1,581 gpt Ag, 0.15 gpt Au, 9.9% Pb, 5.4% Zn; 8.9 m @ 267 gpt Ag, 0.91 gpt Au, 0.9% Pb, 0.8% Zn (including 1.0 m @ 1,280 gpt Ag, 4.24 gpt Au, 1.6% Pb, 3.4% Zn); 1.3 m @ 1,607 gpt Ag, 2.06 gpt Au, 5.2% Pb, 8.0% Zn; 10.0 m @ 92 gpt Ag, 0.09 gpt Au, 2.4% Pb, 3.4% Zn in the Josefina vein; 2.9 m @ 992 gpt Ag, 0.73 gpt Au, 12.9% Pb, 2.4% Zn in the South corridor and 4.0m @ 377 gpt Ag, 0.28 gpt Au, 7.1% Pb, 2.7% Zn (including 1.4 m @ 552 gpt Ag, 0.33 gpt Au, 11.0% Pb, 3.4% Zn); 1.2 m @ 241 gpt Ag, 0.52 gpt Au, 4.6% Pb, 10.4% Zn; 2.8 m @ 207 gpt Ag, 0.15 gpt Au, 3.7% Pb, 7.7% Zn on the Todos Santos vein. “The Company has completed 58,600 m (148 holes) as part of its expanded 65,000 m Phase 1 drill program. Assays from 24 holes are pending”.
Chesapeake Gold Corp. has received the final permits to commence a bulk drilling program at the Metates project in Durango. The company plans to drill 2,500 meters to recover 10 tonnes of large diameter (PQ) core for metallurgical testing to support a potential sulfide heap leach mine operation.
GoGold Resources Inc. released results from four more drill holes on the Casados area of the Los Ricos North project in Jalisco. Highlighted core length results comprise 10.3 m @ 0.43 gpt Au, 116 gpt Ag; 21.4 m @ 0.44 gpt Au, 98 gpt Ag; 49.1 m @ 0.54 gpt Au, 250 gpt Ag; 13.3 m @ 0.67 gpt Au, 204 gpt Ag; 5.1 m @ 1.94 gpt Au, 1,270 gpt Ag (including 0.8 m @ 10.31 gpt Au, 6,842 gpt Ag; 52.0 m @ 0.47 gpt Au, 127 gpt Ag; 8.3 m @ 0.94 gpt Au, 279 gpt Ag; 23.6 m @ 0.58 gpt Au, 156 gpt Ag (including 10.9 m @ 1.05 gpt Au, 307 gpt Ag); 33.6 m @ 0.23 gpt Au, 95 gpt Ag. The Casados vein dips 45 degrees, is hosted in andesitic tuffs and is exposed for 400 m in the surface.
Southern Silver Exploration Corp. is doubling the size of the current drilling program from 10,000 m to 20,000 m on the Cerro Las Minitas project in Durango. The current program has completed 28 core holes totaling 12,040 m since September 2020. “Drilling will continue with two drills targeting the east side of the Cerro where to date three near-surface sulphide lenses with Bonanza-grades of silver have been identified”. Assays from 11 drill holes are pending.
Consolidated Zinc Ltd. announced its updated mineral resource for the Plomosas project in Chihuahua. The resource estimate is JORC compliant and contains indicated mineral resources of 152 K tonnes @ 13.3% Zn, 6.0% Pb, 33.6 gpt Ag containing 20.2 K tonnes Zn, 9.1 K tonnes Pb, 164.6 K Oz Ag and inferred resources of 788 K tonnes @ 13.0% Zn, 2.9% Pb, 17.2 gpt Ag containing 102.1 K tonnes Zn, 22.7 K tonnes Pb, 435.5 K Oz Ag.
Prime Mining Corp. reported initial results from its 15,000 m drilling program at Los Reyes, in Sinaloa. The first hole at Guadalupe East intersected 20.1 m @ 3.25 gpt Au, 380 gpt Ag (including 6.5 m @ 6.51 gpt Au, 587 gpt Ag), this intercept is 150 m below any previous drilling; 3.8 m @ 3.69 gpt Au, 305 gpt Ag (including 2.1 m @ 6.18 gpt Au, 507 gpt Ag). Chip sampling of adularia bearing banded quartz veins in a new area returned several mineralized intervals, including 3 m @ 29.8 gpt Au, 1,132 gpt Ag.
Azucar Minerals Ltd. released results from drilling at the Porvenir zone at the El Cobre project in Veracruz. Some of the highlighted results comprise 77.65 m @ 0.26 gpt Au, 0.16% Cu (including 43.55 m @ 0.37 gpt Au, 0.21% Cu and 25.55 m @ 0.45 gpt Au, 0.23% Cu) in one hole and 16.70 m @ 0.10 gpt Au, 0.09% Cu; 37.00 m @ 0.12 gpt Au, 0.08% Cu.
ON DEALS AND CORPORATE ISSUES
Radius Gold Inc. has optioned the Maricela group of properties (155 ha) in Sonora. Radius can earn 100% interest in the property by paying US$1.25 M over three years. A total of US$30 K has been paid to date. The owner retains a 1% NSR which can be bought back for US$1 M. Mineralization is of low sulfidation epithermal style with 1-3 m massive quartz veins and stockworks over 10 meters in width hosted in andesitic volcanic rocks and felsic dykes emplaced sub-parallel to mineralized structures.
Sailfish Royalty Corp. announced on early February “that Mine Development Associates (“MDA”), a division of RESPEC, out of Reno, Nevada, was hired to prepare an updated mineral resource estimate on Gavilanes. The updated mineral resource estimate is a key milestone for the planned spinout of Gavilanes and the Company is pleased to report that MDA is expecting to complete their work in early Q2 2021”.
VanGold Mining Corp. signed a definitive purchase agreement with Endeavour Silver Corp. to acquire El Cubo mine and mill complex located 8 km from its El Pinguico project in Guanajuato. “According to the Company’s recently announced PEA from Behre Dolbear and Company (USA) Inc., (“Behre”) the Combined Project contains total indicated resources of 718,655 tonnes grading 160 gpt Ag and 1.90 gpt Au, or 306 gpt AgEq, which equates to 7.2 M oz AgEq; and total inferred resources of 1,453,000 tonnes grading 214 gpt Ag and 2.78 gpt Au, or 435 gpt AgEq, which equates to 20.4 M oz AgEq”. VanGold will pay $15 M as follows: $500 K (paid), $7 M on closing, anticipated to by the end of March 2021, $5 M on VanGold shares on closing and $2.5 M in promissory notes due 12 months from closing.
Tarachi Gold Corp. completed the acquisition from Manto Resources S.A. de C.V. of the Magistral mill and tailings project in Durango. A PEA is to be conducted to determine if modifications are needed on the mill’s flowsheet prior to commissioning. The tailings basin is to be tested with an auger drill rig, with six confirmation holes and eleven in-fill holes. Underground diamond core drilling has been progressing on the Jabali concession at its Tarachi project in Sonora.
Prospero Silver Corp. board of directors has approved the name change of the company to Keon Capital Inc., subject to the acceptance of the TSX Venture Exchange (Bermudez, Chihuahua).
ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Fundación Grupo México and Granjas Carroll delivered fruit bearing trees to producers in Puebla.
Minera San Julian donated medical equipment in Chihuahua.