Drilling high-grade feeder zones to build ounces in prolific mining camp, while advancing PEA and FS on high-grade heap-leachable oxide resource in 2022
Vancouver, BC – Anacortes Mining Corp. (“Anacortes” or the “Company”) (TSXV: XYZ) is pleased to provide a corporate update, including guidance on its 2022 objectives, as the Company advances towards its ambitious goal of becoming a low cost, mid-tier gold producer.
In 2021, Anacortes was formed through a transformational merger between the CPC company, First Light Capital, and New Oroperu Resources, which owned 100% of the highly-prospective Tres Cruces gold deposit in Northern Peru, 10 km southwest of the past-producing Lagunas Norte mine. As part of the transaction, the Company completed a $22M financing, led by institutional investors and industry executives, built its management team and commenced trading as Anacortes Mining Corp. on the TSX Venture Exchange on October 12, 2021.
Tres Cruces is located within a highly prolific belt of rocks extending for more than 600 km in Northern Peru, where ~100M ounces of gold has been discovered (~50M ounces produced) from long standing operations, including Newmont/Buenaventura’s Yanacocha mine (South America’s largest and most profitable gold mine), the ~14M ounce past-producing Lagunas Norte operation, and the past-producing ~6M ounce high-grade Pierana gold and silver mine, amongst others.
Tres Cruces is one of the highest-grade oxide deposits globally and hosts oxide plus sulphide indicated resources of 2,474,000 oz at 1.65 g/t gold and inferred resources of 104,000 oz at 1.26 g/t gold, inclusive of 630,000 oz of high-grade leachable gold at 1.28 g/t gold. (The current mineral resource estimate was prepared by Jeffrey D. Rowe, James N. Gray, and Ruperto Castro Ocampo with an effective date of March 16, 2021). Surrounding infrastructure includes the national highway from Trujillo, electricity from the national grid, airstrip, a deep-water port, nearby mining infrastructure from past producing operations and a very skilled workforce in the region.
The Property was under option to Barrick Gold from 2003 to 2020 and the bulk of the exploration work on the Property was performed by Barrick, operating from the nearby Lagunas Norte operation. Barrick’s option expired on December 31, 2020 and the property was returned to New Oroperu as Barrick was in the process of selling Lagunas Norte.
Jim Currie, CEO of Anacortes Mining, states, “2022 will prove to be a very exciting year for Anacortes as we advance the Tres Cruces project. The PEA is well underway and will demonstrate the economics of the high-grade heap-leachable oxide resource. We are in the process of preparing an expedited drill permit application to test the depth extension of Tres Cruces, where a number of drill holes ended in mineralization. It’s hard to believe that an asset such as Tres Cruces, with 371 drill holes, has never been properly tested below 250 meters from surface when so many holes ended in excellent mineralization. We strongly believe these wide zones of gold mineralization suggest an exceptional exploration opportunity for our shareholders to prove that Tres Cruces can be a world class asset in an excellent mining jurisdiction as we embark on our journey to become a mid-tier gold producer.”
2022 Corporate Objectives:
- Complete a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) on Tres Cruces to demonstrate the robustness of the high-grade, leachable oxide resource (Late Q1);
- Permit and commence the first drill program in 14 years at Tres Cruces, which will include infill drilling, provide further samples for metallurgical testing and test the depth extension of the high grade feeder zones (early Q2);
- Conduct ongoing regional exploration with mapping, surface sampling, as geological interpretation suggests potential for further oxide resources within the 3,000 hectare project;
- Report on first phase drilling results;
- Permit and commence a second phase exploration, infill, metallurgical, and condemnation drilling program to support a feasibility study (FS);
- Initiate a FS on its ~630,000 ounce, near surface, leachable resource (Q4); Continue engaging with the government and community to establish strong working relationships with local and regional stakeholders;
- Apply for a listing in the United States to help broaden its shareholder base Continue to review additional projects to compliment the Tres Cruces asset and work towards its objectives of becoming a low-cost mid tier gold producer
For reference, some of the more exciting drill-hole intercepts from previous drilling programs are listed in the tables below.
Select Holes Ending in Mineralization:
Select Drill Holes with High Grade-Thickness Intervals:
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On Behalf of the Board:
James A. (Jim) Currie
President & CEO
Investor Relations Contact:
Kin Communications Inc.
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