VANCOUVER, B.C., August 11, 2021 – Panoro Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: PML, Lima: PML, Frankfurt: PZM, OTCQB: POROF) ("Panoro" or the "Company") announces that it has agreed with its JV partner, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), to terminate the interim Agreement for the joint venture of the Humamantata Project. The agreement was completed in 2018 providing for JOGMEC to earn up to a 60% project interest. Exploration at the project has identified four porphyry, hydrothermal breccia and skarn targets with anomalous grades of copper, silver and gold extending for more than 1.5 km along strike. Permitting completed at the project includes approval of the environmental permit, water permit and archeological permit. Access agreements with private land owners are also complete.
"We are pleased that Panoro and JOGMEC worked together to identify very prospective mineralized targets while substantially completing the permitting required to start drilling. Unfortunately, budget constraints and schedule delays, resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, do not permit JOGMEC to continue funding the next phase of exploration. Approximately USD 2.4 million has been invested in the exploration work to date and we look forward to advancing the project in the near future.", stated Luquman Shaheen, President & CEO.
The Humamantata Project is strategically located in Southern Peru, in the vicinity of the Las Bambas Copper Mine (MMG), the Constancia Copper Mine (Hudbay) and other important copper projects such as Haquira (First Quantum), Antilla (Panoro) and Cotabambas (Panoro).
The Company retains a 100% interest in the Humamantata Project and will be assessing other joint venture or partnership agreements to continue advancing the exploration programs.
To date the Company has completed the following field activities:
- Geologic mapping at 1:1,000 scale over an area covering 1,200 hectares of the total 3,600 hectares of concessions comprising the Humamantata Project;
- 647 samples from surface outcrops have been collected over the target areas for geochemical analysis;
- 68 fresh and mineralized rock samples for Mineragraphy and Petrography studies;
- 130 fresh and mineralized rock samples for a Lithogeochemistry study;
- 496 rock samples by PIMA Spectrometry for a mineral alterations study;
- 53.2 km of ground Induced Polarization geophysical surveys; and
- 80 km of ground Magnetic Resonance surveys.
The exploration program has identify four targets:
- Target 1, Cu/Au/Ag porphyry mineralization located to the north of the property;
- With grades up to 2.69% Cu, 69.5 g/t Ag, 0.82 g/t Au, 374 ppm Mo
- Target 2, Ag Hydrothermal Breccia Mineralization located to the south of Target 1;
- With grades up to 332 g/t Ag, 0.42 g/t Au, 1,151 ppm Mo
- Target 3, Ag Hydrothermal Breccia and Ag-Cu Stockwork Mineralization in the south property; and
- With grades up to 0.57% Cu, 210 g/t Ag, 0.091 g/t Au, 240 ppm Mo
- Target 4. Ag Hydrothermal Breccia and Cu-Au Skarn Mineralization located to the north of Target 2.
- With grades up to 1.19% Cu, 501 g/t Ag, 0.12 g/t Au, 160 ppm Mo
Panoro is a uniquely positioned Peru focused copper exploration and development company. The Company is advancing its flagship project, Cotabambas Copper-Gold-Silver Project and its Antilla Copper-Molybdenum Projects located in the strategically important area of southern Peru.
Panoro has completed strategic partnerships at three of its projects:
- Wheaton Precious Metals - Precious Metals Purchase Agreement, Cotabambas Project;
- Hudbay Minerals – NSR Royalty and Cash sale, Kusiorcco Project; and
- Mintania – NSR Royalty and Cash sale, Cochasayhuas Project.
At the Cotabambas Project, the Company is focused on delineating the growth potential while optimizing the project economics. Exploration and step-out drilling from 2017, 2018 and 2019 have identified the potential for both oxide and sulphide resource growth.
Summary of Cotabambas and Antilla Project Resources
@ 0.20% CuEq cutoff, effective October 2013, Tetratech
@ 0.175% CuEq cutoff, effective May 2016, Tetratech
Preliminary Economic Assessments (PEA) have been completed for both the Cotabambas and Antilla Projects, the key results are summarized below.
Summary of Cotabambas and Antilla Project PEA Results
Key Project Parameters
Process Feed, life of mine
Process Feed, daily
Strip Ratio, life of mine
1.25 : 1
1.38 : 1
Initial Capital Cost
The PEAs are considered preliminary in nature and include Inferred Mineral Resources that are considered too speculative to have the economic considerations applied that would enable classification as Mineral Reserves. There is no certainty that the conclusions within the updated PEA will be realized. Mineral Resources are not Mineral Reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.
Luis Vela, a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information in this press release.
On behalf of the Board of Panoro Minerals Ltd.
Luquman Shaheen. M.B.A., P.Eng, P.E.
President & CEO
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- acceleration of payments by Wheaton Metals to match third party financing by Panoro targeted for exploration at the Cotabambas Project;
- payment by Wheaton Metals of US$140 million in installments;
- Panoro weathering the current depressed equity and commodity markets, minimizing dilution to existing shareholders and making targeted investments into exploration at the Cotabambas Project;
- mineral resource estimates and assumptions;
- the PEA, including, but not limited to, base case parameters and assumptions, forecasts of net present value, internal rate of return and payback; and
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