Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - April 22, 2020) - New Oroperu Resources Inc. (TSXV: ORO) (the "Company" or "New Oroperu") is pleased to provide a corporate update on certain activities being undertaken by New Oruperu to advance its Tres Cruces gold project in Peru and expand on its existing 2.6 million ounces of gold in measured and indicated resources and 600,000 ounces of gold in inferred resources.
Tres Cruces is a 100% Company-owned project, subject to 1.5% NSR royalty and subject to a Share Purchase Option and Joint Participation Agreement with Minera Barrick Misquichilca S.A. ("Barrick"), which expires on December 31, 2020 (the "Option Agreement"). Under the terms of the agreement, in order to exercise its option Barrick must make a production decision by December 31, 2020 and pay for all expenditures up to a production decision. To maintain the option Barrick must pay US$250,000.00 to the Company by May 31st each year until a production decision is made. The Company retains a 30% interest and its share of production costs are financed by Barrick. Additionally, under the agreement New Oroperu retains a 2% NSR royalty of which US$1,000,000 is to be paid in advance at the time of a production decision.
K. Wayne Livingstone, President, CEO, and Director, commented, "New Oroperu is committed to delivering superior value to shareholders in this critical year, as the Option Agreement is set to expire on December 31, 2020. We are furthering our understanding of the true potential of Tres Cruces by quantifying the potential oxide mineral resources at Tres Cruces with the view of developing a possible heap leach scenario as a stand-alone operation or in partnership with Barrick. Additionally, New Oroperu is evaluating drilling opportunities on Tres Cruces for follow up on several high priority targets, including drill holes which bottomed in high-grade mineralization and the opportunity to expand near-surface oxide mineralization."
Defining Oxide Mineral Resources at Tres Cruces
New Oroperu has plans to complete a mineral resource update for the Tres Cruces gold project, including the maiden estimation of a standalone oxide resource as a subset of the global Tres Cruces mineral resource estimate. The mineral resource update will make use of historical drillhole data, and exploration data collected by Barrick pursuant to the Option Agreement.
Metallurgical testwork on Tres Cruces mineralization indicates 82% gold recoveries in sulphidic mineralization using a CIL flotation process. There is a component of oxide mineralization in the Tres Cruces deposit which to date has been assumed to be treated with the sulphides. The oxide mineralization could also be processed separately by heap leaching.
The Tres Cruces project is located about 10 km south of Barrick's Lagunas Norte gold deposit, see Figure 1, where production has totaled more than 10M oz. since June 2005. The close proximity of Barrick's Lagunas Norte Project creates potential operating synergies which could enhance the development opportunity for Tres Cruces. This includes considering processing the oxide mineralization of Tres Cruces at the existing heap leach facilities at Lagunas Norte. Mineralization hosted on adjacent and/or nearby properties is not necessarily indicative of mineralization hosted on the Company's property.
Figure 1: Tres Cruces strategic location about 10 km south of Lagunas Norte
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- The Tres Cruces gold project currently hosts a mineral resource containing 2.6 million ounces of gold at a 0.6 g/t Au cut-off in the measured and indicated category, see Table 1. (Refer to the NI 43-101 report entitled "Technical Report on the Tres Cruces Project, North Central Peru" dated September 28, 2012 by Peter A. Lacroix, P.Eng. A complete copy of the report is available at www.sedar.com or through the Company's website at www.oroperu.com). There have been no subsequent drilling or metallurgy since September 28, 2012 which would affect the resource estimate.
Table 1: Tres Cruces Mineral Resource Estimate
(Base Case: 0.6 g/t Au cut-off)
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Table 2: Tres Cruces Mineral Resource Estimate
(Base Case: 0.6 g/t Au cut-off)
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- CIM definitions were followed for Mineral Resources.
- Mineral Resources are reported at a cut-off grade of 0.6 g/t Au.
- Mineral Resources are estimated using an average gold price of US$1,500 per ounce and metallurgical recovery of 82% of the contained gold.
- Excludes Barrick claims.
- Totals may not agree due to rounding.
- The Tres Cruces deposit has several mineralized zones which are not fully defined. The Southwest Extension zone and the Southwest zone display shallow better grade mineralization which also contain oxidized components in their upper part, see Figure 2. Select historic intercepts include DTC 069: 3.37 g/t Au over 42.0 m, and RTC 030: 7.45 g/t Au over 18.0 m.
Figure 2: Resource open pit cross section showing Southwest Zone
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- There is also deep mineralization indicated in several holes, with the potential for high-grade breccia systems and the existence of an undrilled feeder zone at depth, see Figure 3. These deeper higher-grade targets have not been completely drill-tested and some holes have bottomed in mineralization. The current deposit has only been drilled tested to a depth of 200-350 m. Select historic intercepts include DTC 278: 4.88 g/t Au over 60.0 m (EOH) (including, 11.01 g/t Au over 19.5 m (EOH)), and RTC 255: 2.95 g/t Au over 228.0 m (EOH) (including, 5.39 g/t Au over 68.0 m (EOH)).
Figure 3: Resource open pit cross section showing depth potential
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Mineralized breccias with fragments of the underlying sedimentary Cretaceous rocks (host of much of the Lagunas Norte deposit) are found within the broad area of the central part of the deposit. There are several higher grade intercepts associated with this geological setting which require follow up, as well as depth potential.
Mr. Peter A. LaCroix, P. Eng. is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 for the Tres Cruces Project. He has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this news release.
C$1,200,000 Non-Brokered Financing
New Oroperu is pleased to announce that it plans to complete a non-brokered private placement of units at a price of C$0.70 per unit for estimated aggregate gross proceeds of approximately C$1,200,000. Each unit will consist of one common share of the Company and one-half of one share purchase warrant of the Company. Each whole share purchase warrant will entitle the holder to purchase one common share for a period of three years after the closing of the transaction at an exercise price of C$0.85 per common share. The proceeds from the financing will be used for general working capital and corporate purposes. No finder fees are being paid by the Company in connection with the financing. The financing is subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
About the Company
New Oroperu is a junior exploration company based in Vancouver, B.C., which owns the Tres Cruces gold project in Peru. Tres Cruces has a mineral resource that is the subject of a NI 43-101 technical report dated September 28, 2012 (see New Oroperu News Release dated October 16, 2012). The report is available at the Company's website (www.oroperu.com) and is filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).
For further information, please contact Mr. Wayne Livingstone at 604-638-1408.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
"K. Wayne Livingstone"
K. Wayne Livingstone
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