Hot Chili Limited (ASX: HCH) (OTCQB: HHLKF) (“Hot Chili” or “Company”) is pleased to announce the early exercise of its option to acquire a 100% interest in the Company’s world-class Cortadera copper-gold discovery in Chile.
The option agreement between Hot Chili and SCM Carola, the owners of the Cortadera landholding, was dually exercised in Santiago, Chile on Tuesday 21st September, following acknowledgement of receipt of the final instalment of US$15 million.
Hot Chili have now satisfied US$32 million in payments since February 2019 to acquire Cortadera, securing the centrepiece of the Company’s 724Mt Costa Fuego copper-gold development.
Since drilling began in April 2019, Cortadera has been transformed from a small private porphyry discovery into one of the world’s leading, large-scale, copper-gold discoveries – elevating Hot Chili into the senior ranks of global copper developers.
Hot Chili’s Managing Director Christian Easterday said the early acquisition of Cortadera was an important milestone for the Company.
“We are extremely pleased to move to full ownership of Cortadera almost one year ahead of schedule, given the success of our exploration to date.
“Cortadera is already one of the lowest-cost acquisitions in the copper sector and we believe it has a long way to grow.
“I would like to thank SCM Carola for their partnership to contribute Cortadera to our plan to build a major coastal copper production hub.
“Costa Fuego is set to provide significant benefit to the region and local township of Vallenar for many decades to come.
“Strong green credentials, including the ability to utilise sea water processing and access power from large nearby solar plants, are matched by its low-altitude setting and location next to existing port facilities and regional infrastructure.
“The project is shaping as a cutting-edge, new generation major copper development in the world’s largest copper producing country.”
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Cortadera Copper Project
Cortadera’s maiden Mineral Resource positions Hot Chili with the largest copper Mineral Resource and one of the largest gold Mineral Resources for an ASX-listed emerging company.
The Cortadera maiden Mineral Resource of 451Mt at 0.46% copper equivalent (CuEq) takes the total Mineral Resource estimate for Costa Fuego (Cortadera, Productora & El Fuego) to 724Mt at 0.48% CuEq for 2.9Mt copper, 2.7Moz gold, 9.9Moz Silver and 64kt molybdenum. Cortadera also contains a higher grade component of 104Mt at 0.74% CuEq, and this has strong potential to continue growing rapidly with further drilling.
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