CALGARY, ALBERTA – (May 3, 2019) – Antioquia Gold Inc. (“Antioquia Gold” or the “Corporation”) (TSX VENTURE:AGD)(OTCQX:AGDXF) is pleased to provide an update on its Cisneros mining operation where significant improvements have been made.
Since its last update, the Corporation continues to achieve process improvements in the commissioning of its Cisneros plant. Some of the achievements are:
- Metallurgical recovery has reached 95%, which exceeds the original design specifications.
- While the Corporation continues to draw down lower grade stockpiles accumulated during construction of the mine, the percentage of contained gold continues to increase. This increase is a result of contributions from higher grade narrow veins. Further improvements are expected as the lower grade stockpile is consumed.
- Plant throughput continues to increase reaching an average of 499 tonnes per day during April.
Since the commencement of production on March 1, 2019 this activity has resulted in sales of 544 tonnes of flotation concentrate and 41 tonnes of gravimetric concentrate.
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Readers are cautioned that the Corporation’s decision to move forward with the construction and production of the Cisneros Mine is not based on the results of any pre-feasibility study or feasibility study of mineral resources demonstrating economic or technical viability. Readers are referred to the Cisneros Report for details on independently verified mineral resources on the Cisneros Project. Since 2013, the Corporation has undertaken exploration and development activities; and after taking into consideration various factors, including but not limited to: the exploration and development results to date, technical information developed internally, the availability of funding, the low starting costs as estimated internally by the Corporation’s management, the Corporation is of the view that the establishment of mineral reserves, the commissioning of a pre-feasibility study or feasibility study at this stage is not necessary, and that the most responsible utilization of the Corporation’s resources is to proceed with the development and construction of the mine. Readers are cautioned that due to the lack of pre-feasibility study or feasibility study, there is increased uncertainty and higher risk of economic and technical failure associated with the Corporation’s decision. In particular, there is additional risk that mineral grades will be lower than expected, the risk that construction or ongoing mining operations will be more difficult or more expensive than management expected. Production and economic variables may vary considerably, due to the absence of a detailed economic and technical analysis in accordance with NI 43-101. Project failure may materially adversely impact the Corporation’s future profitability, its ability to repay existing loans, and its overall ability to continue as a going concern.
In order to maximize operations, the Corporation has taken a series of actions that seek to increase production and improve gold grade by raising the contribution of high-grade narrow veins:
- Preparation of an additional level of production at the Guaico mine at level 1208 (production will start in May).
- Preparation of an additional level of production at the Guayabito mine at level 1401 (production will start in July)
- Increase the treatment capacity of the processing plant from 500 TPD to 1,000 TPD, that is expected to be reached before the end of the year.
Management is committed to continuous improvement in the key operating indicators of the mine in the near term.
Roger Moss, Ph.D., P.Geo., Consultant to Antioquia Gold, is the qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical information provided in this news release.
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