VANCOUVER, BC, Anacortes Mining Corp. (“Anacortes” or the “Company”) (TSXV:XYZ, OTCQB:XYZFF) is pleased to provide an update on the upcoming drilling program at its Tres Cruces gold project in the prolific Quiruvilca Mining District in northern Perú.
The Company previously reported that its wholly owned Peruvian subsidiary, Aurifera Tres Cruces S.A. (“ATC”) received approval on March 11, 2022, of the Ficha Technical Ambiental (FTA), the environmental instrument utilized for permitting the exploration drilling program at Tres Cruces.
Subsequent to the approval of the FTA, ATC submitted an application to begin drilling activities, an authorization that includes a further review by the Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mines (MINEM). As part of this review process, MINEM requested further information from the Company. ATC has submitted this information and final approval of the drilling program is now expected by mid to late May.
In the meantime, drilling contractor Remicsa Drilling S.A. (“Redrilsa”) is ready to mobilize, and ATC has selected ALS Global’s Peruvian subsidiary, ALS Perú S.A., to carry out the assay services for the drilling campaign. ALS has committed to providing a quick turnaround on assays once drilling commences.
Jim Currie, CEO of Anacortes, commented: “While we are obviously disappointed by this slight delay, we are committed to working with the Peruvian regulators and following all applicable rules and regulations related to exploring and developing Tres Cruces. The gold is still there in the ground and awaits the arrival of the drills. We are looking forward to testing holes that Barrick drilled that ended in mineralization, particularly Hole RTC-255, where the bottom 173.0 m from 92.0 m to 265.0 m had a grade of 3.118 g/t Au.”
The Company will provide further updates as it gets closer to the start of the drilling program.
Anacortes is a new growth-oriented gold company in the Americas, which owns a 100-per-cent interest in the Tres Cruces gold project located in Peru. 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, inclusive of 630,000 oz of high-grade leachable gold at 1.28 g/t gold and inferred resources of 104,000 oz at 1.26 g/t gold. The recently released PEA on the leachable resource at Tres Cruces indicates a robust open-pit, heap leach project. Anacortes is well capitalized and intends to aggressively advance the Tres Cruces Oxide Project through feasibility, permitting and to production as quickly as possible. Additionally, Anacortes will continue to seek further growth opportunities in the Americas, with the goal of creating the next mid-tier multi-asset gold producer.
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The Forward-looking Statements in this news release may include, without limitation, statements about the Company’s belief that Tres Cruces has exceptional exploration potential at depth, date at which drilling is expected to commence, its intent to aggressively advance the development of the oxide resource, its expectation that its proposed drill program can test the extent of the deposit and increase confidence in the resource, the design of the project as contemplated in the PEA and this press release, the Company’s plans to conduct an extensive metallurgical program during 2022 and its expectation that such a program would confirm recovery and, finally, the Company’s intent to aggressively advance Tres Cruces through feasibility and to production under a heap leach open-pit scenario. Often, but not always, these Forward-looking Statements can be identified by the use of words such as “anticipated”, “estimated”, “potential”, “open”, “future”, “assumed”, “projected”, “used”, “detailed”, “has been”, “gain”, “planned”, “reflecting”, “will”, “anticipated”, “estimated” “containing”, “remaining”, “to be”, or statements that events, “could” or “should” occur or be achieved and similar expressions, including negative variations.
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