GoldMining To Acquire The Crucero Gold Project In Peru From Lupaka Gold
September 19, 2017
- Acquisition of a 100% interest in the Crucero Gold Project in Southeastern Peru;
- Lupaka previously reported a pit constrained indicated resource of 1.00 million ounces grading 1.01 g/t gold and an inferred resource of 1.03 million ounces grading 1.03 g/t gold at a 0.4 g/t gold cut-off at the Project (see Table 1 below). GoldMining will treat this as a historic estimate and plans to engage a qualified person to complete the necessary work to verify the estimate and complete an independent technical report;
- Approximately 23,000 m of diamond drilling over 72 holes have been completed;
- 10 additional geophysical and geochemical targets identified on the Project to date;
- Total consideration at closing will be 3,500,000 common shares and $750,000 in cash representing approximately 3% dilution to GoldMining shareholders; and
- Represents GoldMiningꞌs first acquisition in Peru, which is among the worldꞌs largest producers of gold, copper and silver, and ranks as one of the most attractive jurisdictions for mining investment in Latin America (Fraser Institute, 2016).
Vancouver, British Columbia- September 19, 2017 - GoldMining Inc. (the "Company" or "GoldMining") (TSX-V: GOLD; OTCQX: GLDLF) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement (the "Agreement") with Lupaka Gold Corp. ("Lupaka"), to acquire a 100% interest in the Crucero Gold Project (the "Project") located in Southeastern Peru.
Amir Adnani, Chairman of GoldMining, commented: "We are pleased to announce another milestone acquisition in furtherance of our long-term growth and value-building strategy. With this acquisition, we continue to realize our vision of consolidating multi-million ounce gold assets and maximizing gold leverage for our shareholders. The transaction also represents our first acquisition in the country of Peru, which is among the most prolific mining nations in the world."
Garnet Dawson, CEO of GoldMining, commented: "With this acquisition, we will be acquiring not only a project in a favourable mining jurisdiction with a historic pit-constrained resource, but also one that has had significant historical investment and exploration, including 23,000 m of drilling over 72 holes, and numerous targets identified for future exploration. Upon completion, we plan to commission a current resource estimate for the Project as well as identify opportunities for follow-up exploration and expansion."
Pursuant to the Agreement, GoldMining will acquire all of the shares of a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lupaka, which will hold a 100% interest in the Project. Total consideration payable by GoldMining to Lupaka under the transaction is 3,500,000 common shares of GoldMining (the "GoldMining Shares") and $750,000 in cash.
The GoldMining Shares to be issued under the transaction are subject to certain resale restrictions pursuant to the terms of the Agreement.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of requisite third party and regulatory consents and approvals. The parties currently expect closing to occur by the end of September 2017.
The Project is located 150 km northeast of the city of Juliaca in the Department of Puno, in southeastern Peru. The Project is road accessible by paved road from Juliaca to the town of Crucero, with the remaining 50 km to site by gravel road. High-power electrical lines pass within 8 km of the property.
The Project is comprised of three mining and five exploration concessions with an aggregate area of 4,600 hectares. The exploration concessions are renewable on an indefinite basis through payment of annual fees to the Peruvian government. The three mining concessions are held indirectly by Lupaka through a 30 year assignment from a third party running until 2038 and are subject to certain royalty obligations.
Historic exploration programs have focused on the A1 deposit, however geophysical and geochemical surveys have identified 10 additional targets (A2 to A11) for follow-up exploration. The A1 deposit, as currently defined by trenching and drilling, strikes northwest and dips vertically to steeply to the northeast. The deposit is approximately 750 m long by 100 m in width and has been traced to a vertical depth of 400 m, but most of the drilling is confined to within 250 m of surface. The deposit is open at depth and along strike to the northwest and southeast. The orogenic gold mineralization is associated with sulphide veins hosted within strongly deformed metasedimentary rocks.
The A1 deposit was the subject of a resource estimate published by Lupaka in 2013 (Table 1), which will be treated as a historic estimate by GoldMining. The conceptual pit delineated resource was based on 72 diamond drill holes (approximately 23,000 m) and is reported within a conceptual pit shell. High-grade gold values were capped at 17 g/t gold with 5 assays falling above this value. Average bulk density of 2.85 g/cm3 was used to convert block model volumes to tonnages.
Table 1: A1 deposit historical pit constrained resource estimate published by Lupaka in 2013.
|Cut-off||Tonnes & Grade||Contained Metal|
The following parameters were utilized by Lupaka to establish the conceptual pit:
|Mine Operating Cost (Mineralization and Waste)||1.50||US$/t milled|
|Process Operating Cost||13.00||US$/t milled|
|General & Administrative||2.00||US$/milled|
|Overall Pit Slope||47||Degrees|
|Gold Process Recovery||90||%|
The above resource estimate is historical in nature and will not be treated as a current resource estimate by the Company as a qualified person has not done sufficient work on behalf of the Company to classify the historical estimate as a current mineral resource. However, the Company believes the historical estimate is relevant to any future exploration and as an indication of the potential of the property. The historical resource estimate for the Project is based on a technical report completed for Lupaka by Gregory Z. Mosher, M.Sc., P.Geo. of Tetra Tech WEI Inc. and Anoush Ebrahimi, P.Eng. of SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc. titled "Technical Report for the Crucero Property, Carabaya Province, Peru" with an effective date of January 17, 2013 (amended and re-stated October 22, 2013). No new drilling or sampling has been completed on the A1 deposit since the above resource estimate was completed. However, GoldMining intends to engage an independent qualified person to, among other things, examine the cut-off grade with reference to today's metal prices, verify historic sampling and results and complete a technical report, including a current resource estimate on behalf of the Company.
Haywood Securities Inc. has advised GoldMining in connection with the transaction, and Sangra Moller LLP is acting as legal counsel to GoldMining.
Paulo Pereira, President of GoldMining Inc. has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release. Mr. Pereira holds a Bachelors degree in Geology from Universidade do Amazonas in Brazil, is a Qualified Person as defined in National Instrument 43-101 and is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.
About GoldMining Inc.
GoldMining Inc. is a public mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition and development of gold projects in the Americas. GoldMining is advancing its Titiribi and La Mina Gold-Copper Projects located in the Department of Antioquia, Colombia, its São Jorge and Cachoeira Gold Projects located in the State of Pará, northeastern Brazil, its Whistler Gold-Copper Project located in the State of Alaska, United States of America, and its Rea Uranium Project in the western Athabasca Basin in northeast Alberta, Canada.
For additional information, please contact:
Amir Adnani, Chairman
Garnet Dawson, CEO
Telephone: (855) 630-1001
This document contains certain forward-looking statements that reflect the current views and/or expectations of GoldMining with respect to its business and future events, including expectations respecting the Project, the completion of the proposed acquisition of the Project and any future exploration programs and other work on the Project. Forward-looking statements are based on the then-current expectations, beliefs, assumptions, estimates and forecasts about the business and the markets in which GoldMining operates, including that the parties will satisfy or waive all conditions required to complete the transactions under the Agreement, including receipt of all third-party consents and approvals, and that GoldMining will confirm historical exploration results. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including: the inherent risks involved in the exploration and development of mineral properties, the uncertainties involved in interpreting drill results and other exploration data, the potential for delays in exploration or development activities, the geology, grade and continuity of mineral deposits, the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with GoldMiningꞌs expectations, accidents, equipment breakdowns, title and permitting matters, labour disputes or other unanticipated difficulties with or interruptions in operations, fluctuating metal prices, unanticipated costs and expenses, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, including to fund any exploration programs on the Project, that the parties may not receive all consents and approvals or satisfy all conditions required under the Agreement and that GoldMining may not be able to confirm historical exploration results or complete a current resource estimate for the Project. These risks, as well as others, including those set forth in GoldMiningꞌs filings with Canadian securities regulators, could cause actual results and events to vary significantly. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and information. There can be no assurance that forward-looking information, or the material factors or assumptions used to develop such forward looking information, will prove to be accurate. GoldMining does not undertake any obligations to release publicly any revisions for updating any voluntary forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable securities law.
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