Medellin, Colombia – December 14, 2021 – Mineros S.A. (TSX:MSA, MINEROS:CB) (“Mineros” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce results from the first three drill holes of a follow-up drilling program undertaken by the Company’s partner at the Guintar-Niverengo Margaritas Exploration Target (the “GNM Exploration Target”) in Colombia.
The GNM Exploration Target is comprised of the contiguous Guintar and Niverengo concessions (the “Guintar Target Area” and “Niverengo Target Area”, respectively) and the neighboring Margaritas concessions (the “Margaritas Target Area”), located in the Middle Cacua Metallogenic belt, within the Anza mining district, approximately 50 kilometers west of Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia. The GNM Exploration Target was acquired by Royal Road Minerals (TSXV:RYR; “Royal Road”) through their purchase of Northern Colombia Holdings Limited, an affiliate of AngloGold Ashanti Limited. The GNM Exploration Target is subject to a strategic alliance agreement (the “Agreement”) between the Company and Royal Road. Under the terms of the Agreement, Royal Road are operators and Mineros has earned a 25% interest in the GNM Exploration Target by funding initial exploration expenditures of US$1 million. Mineros may acquire a further 25% interest, bringing its interest to 50%, by paying a further US$1.5 million o fund exploration expenditures. For further information on the Agreement see the final prospectus of the Company dated November 11, 2021, available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Andrés Restrepo, President and CEO of Mineros, commented “Although the exploration of the GNM Exploration Target is in its early stages, the drill results from the Guintar Target Area announced today are very promising. We look forward to continuing to update the market on the results of our work with partner Royal Road Minerals on this exciting new Colombian copper-gold porphyry target.”
The Company has received results from the first three diamond drill holes at the Guintar Target Area. Significant intercepts are presented in Table 1 and highlights include:
- 17.9 metres1 (“m”) of 0.9 grams per tonne gold (“g/t Au”), starting at a downhole depth of 99.7 m
- 303.7 m1 of 1.1 grams per tonne gold equivalent (“g/t AuEq”), starting at a downhole depth of 17.0 m and continuing to the end of the hole, including 62.0 m of 3.3 g/t AuEq, starting at a downhole depth of 143.0 m
- 126.0 m1 of 1.4 g/t AuEq2 , starting at a downhole depth of 68.0 m, including 55.0 m of 2.6 g/t AuEq, starting at a downhole depth of 120.0 m, and
- 44.0 m1 of 1.1 g/t Au, starting at a downhole depth of 351.0 m
Drill hole GUI-DD-011 intersected gold mineralized basement rocks belonging to the early-Cretaceous Barroso Formation with low-grade gold (entire drill hole returned 0.2 g/t Au over 400.56 m) disseminated through the hornfels-altered sequence and higher grade intervals (9.8 g/t Au over 1.6 m) related to lithological contacts and more porous conglomerate units. No porphyritic intrusive rocks were intercepted in drill hole GUI-DD-011.
Drill hole GUI-DD-012 was collared in lower-grade, gold and copper mineralized mostly chloritic hornfels to 93 m downhole depth, at which point the drill hole passed into a porphyritic intrusive suite, strongly altered with biotite alteration related to quartz-chalcopyrite-pyrrhotite mineralized stockwork veinlets and albite related to chalcopyrite-pyrrhotite mineralized sheeted veinlets (Figure 1). Gold, copper, and silver are related to both stockwork and sheeted veinlet styles of mineralization. Not applying a cut off, the entire drill hole GUI-DD-012 returned 320.7 m at 1.1 g/t AuEq from surface. This intersection is the first indication of significant porphyry-style copper and gold mineralization on the Guintar Target Area.
Drill hole GUI-DD-013 was drilled below GUI-DD-012 (Figure 1) and intersected the biotite-altered intrusive suite with associated mineralization at a down hole depth of 118.0 m. The entire drill hole returned 588.3 m at 0.7 g/t AuEq. Deeper gold-only mineralization (44.0 m at 1.1 g/t Au from 351.0 m)
may be related to a more amphibole-rich intrusive suite.
Table 1. Significant Diamond Drill Results for GUI-DD-011 to GUI-DD-013
The current drill campaign on the Guintar concession is planned to comprise approximately 5,000 m of diamond drilling aimed at testing the deeper parts of the mineralized system. A total of 3,422 m in nine diamond drill holes has been completed as of November 30, 2021.
Figure 1. Geological map and crosssection of diamond drill holes GUI-DD-11 to GUI-DD-13, Guintar Target Area, Colombia (Source: Royal Road).
The scientific and technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Jorge Aceituno, a Registered Member of the Chilean Mining Commission and the Planning Manager, Resources and Reserves for Mineros. Mr. Aceituno is a qualified person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Properties (“NI 43-101”).
QUALITY ASSURANCE AND QUALITY CONTROL
Royal Road employees working on the GNM Exploration Target are instructed to follow standard operating and quality assurance procedures intended to ensure that all sampling techniques and sample results meet international reporting standards.
Sample preparation and analyses are conducted according to standard industry procedures. Soil samples are taken dry, sieved to -180 micron (80 mesh) and analyzed for gold by fire assay and ICP-AES and multi-elements by ICP-MS after aqua regia digestion. Analytical performance is monitored by means of certified reference materials, fine blanks, and laboratory duplicate samples. Soil samples have been prepared in ALS Chemex preparation lab in Colombia and analyses have been completed in ALS Chemex Lima, using the PREP-41, Au-ICP 21 and ME-MS61 package.
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Forward-looking information is necessarily based on a number of opinions, estimates and assumptions that, while considered by the Company to be appropriate and reasonable as of the date of this press release, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, market conditions, the price of gold, currency fluctuations, and the factors discussed under “Risk Factors” in the final prospectus of the Company dated November 11, 2021 (the “Final Prospectus”), available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
If any of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if the opinions, estimates or assumptions underlying forward-looking information prove incorrect, actual results or future events might vary materially from those anticipated in forward-looking information.
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