VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Patagonia Gold Corp. (“Patagonia” or the “Company”) (TSXV: PGDC) is pleased to announce that it has received a preliminary Environmental Permit (“Permit”) for mining and leaching operations at its Lomada de Leiva mine (“Lomada”) in the western part of the Santa Cruz Province of Argentina. Patagonia applied for the Permit in August 2020 (as previously disclosed on August 12, 2020). The definitive Environmental Permit is expected to be received within the next 30 days.
- The Lomada gold deposit is a classic, low-sulfidation epithermal mineral system hosted in an NNE-striking, steeply ESE-dipping structure (the “Main Breccia”) typical of other epithermal precious metal deposits of the Deseado Massif in Santa Cruz.
- Lomada commenced commercial gold production in 2013 via heap leaching of surface-mined material. A total of 1,914,400 tonnes of mined material, grading 1.97 g/t Au, has been placed on the fully lined heap leach facility.
- Approximately 121,100 ounces of gold have been mined and 98,100 ounces recovered by leaching from Lomada since inception. During this period, mining occurred from a portion of the Main Breccia spanning more than 150 m vertically, 20 m wide, and 600 m on strike.
- During peak production, Lomada achieved approximately 3,900 recovered gold ounces per month.
- The Company continues to recover approximately 300 gold ounces a month from the pregnant leach solution at the Lomada processing facility.
- The mineralization that is targeted for new mining and processing occurs on the same mineralized structure that hosted all of Lomada’s past production. Figure: http://patagoniagold.com/projects/lomada-de-leiva/
Christopher van Tienhoven, Chief Executive Officer states; “We are excited with the opportunity of resuming operations at Lomada de Leiva. We continue to evaluate our portfolio of gold/silver projects and properties in Argentina to strategically increase production while maintaining exploration activities. With ownership of processing facilities in Argentina and a recovering mining sector in the country supported by the provincial and federal mining authorities, we are well-positioned to add stakeholder value.”
Qualified Person’s Statement
Donald J. Birak, an independent geologist and Registered Member of SME and Fellow of AusIMM, is the qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 who has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical content of this press release.
The Company has not updated its initial JORC-compliant mineral resource and reserve estimate for Lomada, as prepared by Chlumsky, Ambrust and Meyer (“CAM”) in 2007. Though the recommencement of mining and gold recovery is expected to come from an extension of the mineralized structured modeled by CAM, the Company is not treating the historic estimates as current and notes that there are risks associated with commencing mining without an updated estimate of mineral resources and mineral reserves disclosed in a current NI 43-101 technical report.
About Patagonia Gold
Patagonia Gold Corp. is a mining and development company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. The Company seeks to grow shareholder value through exploration and development of gold and silver projects in the Patagonia region of Argentina. The Company is primarily focused on the Calcatreu project in Rio Negro and the development of the Cap-Oeste underground project. Patagonia, indirectly through its subsidiaries or under option agreements, has mineral rights to over 360 properties in several provinces of Argentina and Chile and is one of the largest landholders in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina.
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Christopher van Tienhoven, Chief Executive Officer
Patagonia Gold Corp
T: +54 11 5278 6950
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This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements with respect to, receipt of the definitive Permit, commencement of mining at Lomada, putting Cap-Oeste underground into production and processing at the Martha flotation plant, anticipated results of production and processing, advancement and development of gold and silver projects in the Patagonia region of Argentina, and anticipated growth in stakeholder value. Wherever possible, words such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “expect”, “plan”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “predict” or “potential” or the negative or other variations of these words, or similar words or phrases, have been used to identify these forward-looking statements. These statements reflect management’s current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management as at the date hereof.
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