New resource model increases confidence and better defines leachable material for Bankable Feasibility Study
VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / August 31, 2020 / Golden Predator Mining Corp. (TSX.V:GPY)(OTCQX:NTGSF) (the “Company”) today released the results of a NI 43-101-compliant Mineral Resource Estimate for its licensed 100%-owned Brewery Creek mine project located approximately 55 km by road from Dawson City, Yukon(1). A supporting NI 43-101 Technical Report will be filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com within 45 days of this release.
As of August 26, 2020, Gustavson & Associates LLC. estimates an Indicated leachable resource of 22,200,000 tonnes at 1.11 g/t gold containing 789,000 ounces, plus an Inferred leachable resource of 16,800,000 tonnes at 0.92 g/t gold containing 497,000 ounces. The estimate utilizes an average cutoff grade of 0.37 g/t gold at a gold price of $1,500/oz USD within a pit shell calculated at $2,000/oz USD. The report also estimates an additional 30,600,000 tonnes of Inferred sulphide resource at 0.84 g/t gold containing 828,000 ounces. The updated estimate does not include material on the heap leach pad which will be reported separately within the Restart Study being prepared by Kappes, Cassiday, LLC.
The 2020 Mineral Resource Estimate highlights include:
3D Video of the resource area.
Brewery Creek maps be viewed at http://www.goldenpredator.com/_resources/news/BC-Property-Maps-2020.pdf
“The updated Mineral Resource Estimate better establishes leachability on a block by block basis for inclusion in the ongoing Feasibility Study. We can now proceed with confidence to prepare detailed mine plans based on leachable material. We are optimistic that we can add further leachable resources in the near term from the drilling that will begin next month. Additionally, Gustavson’s confirmation of the combined larger pits should mean improved mining efficiencies and reduced operating costs which will be reflected in the upcoming Feasibility Study.”
Janet Lee Sheriff, Ceo of Golden Predator Mining Corp
2020 Drill Program
Golden Predator also announces it will commence an approximate 3,000m of reverse circulation drilling in September 2020, in addition to a 1,000m metallurgical PQ core program, to ensure the priority recommendations from the Gustavson Report are completed and incorporated into the Bankable Feasibility Study. The drill program includes:
Brewery Creek Mine: Resources1
|2020 Brewery Creek Mineral Resource Estimate(1)|
Materials on the heap leach pad were not included in the resource update.
Mineral Resources estimates conducted within a pit shell developed at $2000/oz gold with an internal cut-off grade calculated at $1500/oz gold was used to report mineral resource inventories
The resource estimate is based on a recovery model created from assay data, bottle and column leach test work and historic recovery analysis instead of a less accurate visual oxide-sulfide boundary developed from geologist drill logs. Sedimentary and intrusive rocks, which have distinct metallurgical characteristics, were estimated separately based on gold-grade distribution analysis.
The current 2020 Mineral Resources Estimate supersedes the 2019 Mineral Resource Estimate. A supporting NI 43-101 Technical Report will be filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com within 45 days of this release. The Company intends to host a conference call with a Q&A session upon public filing of the Report.
Brewery Creek Work Program
Work is underway to develop an updated multi-year mine plan for the advancement of the Brewery Creek project. The first component focuses on the potential reprocessing of the approximately 9.5 million tonnes of material remaining on the heap leach pad to provide production revenue in the early stages of a restart while also providing a sound environmental foundation for future phases and the eventual closure of the mine. The second component is focused on completing the original Viceroy mining plan as currently assessed and licensed. The third component is an expansion beyond the current license which would extend the mine plan and require additional licensing; planning is underway.
The Heap Leach Reprocessing Study is being conducted by Kappes Cassiday & Associates of Reno, Nevada, (“Kappes”) to determine the feasibility of reprocessing the approximately 9.5 million tonnes of run of mine material left by the previous operator on the project’s heap leach pad to extract additional gold. The study includes an inventory of the mineralized material remaining on the heap followed by detailed analysis of all the key parameters involved in reconstructing or adding necessary infrastructure including a crushing plant, the Adsorption-Desorption-Recovery (“ADR”) plant and assay lab. The study now is 90 % complete. The study will include a project implementation schedule, sourcing, and economic cash flow model sufficiently detailed to move directly into procurement, development and construction if economically warranted.
Due to the positive progress realized during the work to restart the Brewery Creek Mine from reprocessing of existing heap leach material, the Company has decided to accelerate work on the Hard Rock Mining and Feasibility Study plan to be completed by Tetra tech, Inc of Golden, Colorado (“Tetra Tech”). The study will include feasibility level mine planning for the resumption of the mining of material from leachable resources contained within the licensed area and reported in the Company’s Mineral Resource Estimate.
The results of all studies will integrate into a single comprehensive Feasibility Study for the Company’s Brewery Creek gold project in Canada’s Yukon to be completed by Kappes Cassiday. This definitive comprehensive Bankable Feasibility Study is expected to be complete by year-end 2020. Any production decisions would be dependent on the outcome of a study demonstrating positive technical and economic viability.
Brewery Creek Mine: Production History
The Brewery Creek Mine is a licensed brownfields heap leach gold mine that was operated by Viceroy Minerals Corporation from 1996 to 2002. Brewery Creek is authorized to restart mining activities as defined within the Quartz Mining License and Water License. The Company intends to resume mining and processing of licensed deposits when supported by an independent study that outlines technical and economic viability.The 180 km2 property is located 55 km east of Dawson City and is accessible year-round by paved and improved gravel roads. Significant infrastructure remains in place, allowing for a timely restart schedule under existing licenses.
The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Michael Maslowski, CPG, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and is employed by the Company as its Chief Operating Officer.
About Golden Predator Mining Corp.
Golden Predator is advancing the past-producing Brewery Creek Mine towards a timely resumption of mining activities, under its Quartz Mining and Water Licenses, in Canada’s Yukon. With established resources grading over 1.0 g/t Gold and a Bankable Feasibility Study considering the restart of heap leach operations at the Brewery Creek Mine underway, 2020 proves to be a pivotal year for the Company.
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Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein. This press release contains forward-looking information that involve various risks and uncertainties regarding future events. Such forward-looking information can include without limitation statements based on current expectations that the Brewery Creek will advance to an early production decision, or the extent of any additional mineral resource that could result from incorporating 2019 exploration drilling. Actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. These and all subsequent written and oral forward-looking information are based on estimates and opinions of management on the dates they are made and are expressly qualified in their entirety by this notice. Except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking information should circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions change.
SOURCE: Golden Predator Mining Corp.