VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, JANUARY 14, 2020 -- SALAZAR RESOURCES LIMITED (TSXV: SRL) (Frankfurt: CCG.F) (“Salazar Resources” or the “Company”,) a well-funded Ecuadorian and Colombian focused copper-gold explorer, is pleased to provide the following update on its wholly-owned portfolio:
- Three projects to be drilled across the wholly-owned portfolio in 2020
- Well-funded Company, with strong treasury to be supplemented by income from joint ventures
- Multiple concession applications to be submitted on re-opening of national mining register
Fredy Salazar, CEO of Salazar Resources commented, “We are pleased to announce that the Company remains well-funded and that the Board has approved plans to drill Rumiñahui, Los Osos and Macara this year. Meanwhile, Salazar Resources continues to run a prospecting team field-checking targets generated by our specialists in Ecuadorean geology. We are aiming to grow our portfolio of highly prospective assets through our expertise and our unrivalled grass-roots network, and we eagerly await the reopening of the national mining register. Furthermore, as proud Ecuadoreans we remain committed to developing the natural resource endowment of our Country in partnership with our local communities and with our government.
The Company is focused on its strategy of advancing its 100%-owned projects prior to seeking partnership with major mining companies. In parallel, funded work at the Curipamba, Pijili and Santiago joint venture projects continues to progress well.”
Salazar Resources plans to drill Rumiñahui, Los Osos and Macara on a 100% basis in 2020 and evaluate strategic options as the projects advance. The Company also awaits the re-opening of the national mining register later this year with interest. Salazar Resources has four project applications pending, and it is hoped that at least one of these new projects will be awarded when the register reopens. In addition the Company will submit several further applications for new projects and concession areas when the mining register opens.
Responding to inbound strategic interest Salazar Resources intends to open formal discussion for farm-outs later in the year. The Company will be attending the Project Generators Hub at the Association for Mineral Exploration, Roundup 2020 conference in Vancouver later this month.
Salazar Resources has a funded US $2.6m budget for 2020 that incorporates the option to drill up to 8,500m on its 100% owned portfolio. At September 30, 2019, Salazar Resources had Cdn $4.27m in cash and the Company also receives income in the form of advance payments and management fees from its funded joint ventures. The guaranteed income from Curipamba is a minimum of US $600,000 per annum and Salazar Resources will earn additional management fees for exploration services provided to the Exploration Alliance for work on Pijili and Santiago.
Salazar Resources can generate further income from its wholly-owned subsidiary, Perforaciones Andesdrill S.A that owns three diamond drill rigs.
Drill Plan for 2020
At Rumiñahui and Macara, water-use permits are awaited prior to drilling. The initial plan is to allocate 3,000m of drilling at Rumiñahui and Los Osos, with 2,500m of drilling at Macara. Timing of the drill plans will depend on water permit issuance and the drilling will be carried out by Perforaciones Andesdrill S.A.
An exploration update on Los Osos will be provided shortly.
Salazar Resources runs a prospecting team regularly field-checking targets, with a view to growing the property portfolio in a value-accretive manner. Salazar Resource also continues with community engagement as part of all day-to-day activity in order to work across all of our operations in the most socially and environmentally responsible way possible. The Company recognizes the importance of working safely and respecting the environment and communities we are privileged to work in.
In Colombia, ratification of the Alisales licenses is ongoing, with a view to starting fieldwork in H2 2020. The Company continues to monitor options regarding access to the Ramos and La Verde license areas prior to starting the license ratification process.
Salazar Resources (SRL.V) (CCG.F) is a mineral resource company engaged in the exploration and development of mineral deposits in Ecuador and Colombia. The Company has a proven Ecuadorian discovery team led by ex-head of exploration for Newmont in Ecuador, Fredy Salazar; a team of 40 people including fifteen geologists; three drill rigs and an unrivalled Ecuadorian 'grass roots' network. The Salazar Resources team has been involved with many discoveries in Ecuador, including Curipamba (Adventus Mining and Salazar Resources), Fruta Del Norte (Lundin Gold), the Mozo deposit, Cangrejos (Lumina Gold), Rio Blanco (Junefield Mineral Resources and Hunnan Gold), and Gaby (ENAMI).
Salazar Resources aspires to be Ecuador’s leading project generator with the right partners at the right time making the company self-funding.
Salazar Resources has a joint venture on the Curipamba VMS discovery, whereby its partner can earn 75% of the project by funding exploration and development expenditures of US $25 million before October 2022. A feasibility study is expected to be completed during 2021, after the partner is required to fund 100% of the development and construction expenditures to commercial production. In addition, Salazar Resources has a funded Exploration Alliance with the same partner that has incorporated the Pijili and Santiago projects to date.
Salazar Resources is advancing its 100% owned Rumiñahui, Macara, Los Osos and Alisales projects with the aim of making Ecuador's next significant copper-gold discovery.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF SALAZAR RESOURCES LIMITED
Salazar Resources (Chief Executive Officer)
Tel: +593 (0) 99 733 6152
Salazar Resources (VP Corporate Development)
Tel: +44 20 7389 5023
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