Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – February 19, 2019) – Minera Alamos Inc. (TSXV: MAI) (“Minera Alamos” or the “Company”) is pleased to report a further gold sale from residual leaching of its 50,000 t bulk leach test at the Santana gold project in Sonora, Mexico.
A gold/silver sale for the 162 oz of contained gold and 54 oz of contained silver was made resulting in net proceeds of US$213,000 received by the Company.
Although the majority of the recoverable gold has now been extracted from the bulk test material, limited residual leaching continues. The cumulative gold recovered from the bulk test activities to date is as follows:
Total Gold Recovered – 1,060 oz Au
Calculated Recovered Gold – 0.66 g/t Au (based on total mineralized material loaded to the heap leach test area)
As previously stated by the Company (see news release July 26th, 2018) the results achieved from the bulk sample leaching testwork met or exceeded expectations across the range of crush sizes that were tested. The positive results led to the filing in 2018 of permit amendments to allow for the development of a commercial scale operation at the Santana project site. The Company awaits notice of final approval for these permits.
Phase 2 Exploration Planning Complete
Following the successful Phase 1 results achieved in late 2018, the Company has also completed its exploration plans for a Phase 2 exploration and development drilling program at the Santana project. The program is currently planned to total in excess of 10,000 m and is expected to run throughout the year. Phase 2 work will include expansion drilling at the Nicho and Nicho Norte deposits and exploration drilling at a number of high priority targets:
- Nicho/Nicho Norte – 20-30 infill and step out holes (~4,000m) – Drilling will seek to further expand on the step-out drill holes from Phase 1 drilling that included: 127m grading 0.81 g/t Au and 80m grading 1.05 g/t Au (see news releases dated October 11th, 2018, October 17th, 2018 and November 1st, 2018)
- Divisadero – 20 holes (3,000m) to follow up on a Phase 1 discovery hole containing 95.7m at 0.85 g/t Au and 0.33% Cu (see news release dated October 25th, 2018) and the subsequent mapping of over 400m of the related porphyry style outcrop and float (announced in the news release dated November 15th, 2018).
- Zata – 5-10 holes (~1,500m) which will be the first holes in this new breccia pipe discovery (see news release dated October 1st, 2018)
- Benjamin – 5-10 holes (~1,500m) to further understand historical drilling which yielded results including 2.3 g/t Au & 444.0 g/t Ag over 19.8 m and 0.70 g/t Au over 93.0 m yet has remained undrilled since 2011.
- Ubaldo – 5-10 holes (~1,500m) to follow up on a historic target with utilizing the new geological models for the project area
All target areas are located within 3km of the currently proposed commercial leach pad area for which the Company awaits notice of approval for permits submitted last year.
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About Minera Alamos
Minera Alamos is an advanced-stage exploration and development company with a growing portfolio of high-quality Mexican assets, including the La Fortuna open-pit gold project in Durango with positive PEA completed, the Santana open-pit heap-leach development project in Sonora with test mining and processing completed and the Guadalupe de Los Reyes open-pit gold-silver project in Sinaloa with mine planning in progress. The Company is awaiting the pending approval of permit applications related to the commercial production of gold at both the Santana and Fortuna projects.
The Company’s strategy is to develop low capex assets while expanding the project resources and pursue complementary strategic acquisitions.
Mr. Darren Koningen, P. Eng., Minera Alamos’ CEO, is the Qualified Person responsible for the technical content of this press release under National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Koningen has supervised the preparation of, and approved the scientific and technical disclosures in this news release.
Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release may contain forward-looking information and Minera Alamos cautions readers that forward-looking information is based on certain assumptions and risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations of Minera Alamos included in this news release. This news release includes certain “forward-looking statements”, which often, but not always, can be identified by the use of words such as “believes”, “anticipates”, “expects”, “estimates”, “may”, “could”, “would”, “will”, or “plan”. These statements are based on information currently available to Minera Alamos and Minera Alamos provides no assurance that actual results will meet management’s expectations. Forward-looking statements include estimates and statements with respect to Minera Alamos’ future plans with respect to the Projects, objectives or goals, to the effect that Minera Alamos or management expects a stated condition or result to occur and the expected timing for release of a resource and reserve estimate on the Projects. Since forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results relating to, among other things, results of exploration, the economics of processing methods, project development, reclamation and capital costs of Minera Alamos’ mineral properties, the ability to complete a preliminary economic assessment which supports the technical and economic viability of mineral production could differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements for many reasons. Minera Alamos’ financial condition and prospects could differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements for many reasons such as: an inability to finance and/or complete an updated resource and reserve estimate and a preliminary economic assessment which supports the technical and economic viability of mineral production; changes in general economic conditions and conditions in the financial markets; changes in demand and prices for minerals; litigation, legislative, environmental and other judicial, regulatory, political and competitive developments; technological and operational difficulties encountered in connection with Minera Alamos’ activities; and other matters discussed in this news release and in filings made with securities regulators. This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of Minera Alamos’ forward-looking statements. These and other factors should be considered carefully and readers should not place undue reliance on Minera Alamos’ forward-looking statements. Minera Alamos does not undertake to update any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time by Minera Alamos or on its behalf, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.
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