VANCOUVER, B.C., September 12, 2022 – Panoro Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: PML, Lima: PML, Frankfurt: PZM, OTCQB: POROF) (“Panoro” or the “Company”) is pleased to inform that it has reached an access agreement with the Cochapata Agrarian Community, the Convenio, to allow for continued surficial exploration and drilling at the Cotabambas Project in Peru. The agreement covers the period of 16 months from September 2022 to December 2023 and allows the company to expand the drilling program into the proposed North Pit Area where both infill and step-out drilling is planned.
This is the third Convenio completed with the Cochapata Community in the 10 years since the Company began exploration at the Cotabambas Project and the seventh Convenio overall, in addition to agreements with more than 30 private landowners. The completion of the Convenio demonstrates the commitment of the Cochapata Community with the development of the Cotabambas project, where the proposed North Pit is located principally within the surface rights boundary of the community. In addition, other prospective satellite targets such as Maria Jose and Petra y David are also located within the surface rights boundary of the community.
Panoro Minerals is currently drilling within the proposed area of the South Pit. To date a single drill has completed 7 drillholes for an estimated total of 3,170 m of drilling at the area of the South Pit. An additional 4 drill holes are planned for this area, with potential to be increased.
Drilling at the North Pit areas includes a planned 34 drillholes for an estimated 9,570 metres. Of this drilling approximately 78% is allotted for infill objectives and 22% for step-out objectives. The step-out drilling is focused primarily to the north side of the proposed North Pit along the previously identified corridor of high-grade mineralization. The company is planning to mobilize an additional 2 drill rigs in September for the drilling in the North Pit area.
Luquman Shaheen, President & CEO, states, “This is an important social agreement for both partners; Panoro Minerals and the Cochapata Community, demonstrating once again the continued joint vision for the future development of the project. The Convenio with the Community of Cochapata includes local employment and an expansion of the land package near the city of Cusco, previously purchased and transferred to the Community. We are working together to reach our next project milestones; completing the drilling program, updating the project resource estimate and completing a prefeasibility study.”
Panoro is a uniquely positioned Peru-focused copper development company. The Company is advancing its flagship Cotabambas Copper-Gold-Silver Project located in the strategically important area of southern Peru.
The Company’s objective is to complete a Prefeasibility study in 2023 with work programs commencing in Q1 2022.
At the Cotabambas Project, the Company will first focus on delineating resource growth potential and optimizing metallurgical recoveries. These objectives are expected to further enhance the project economics as part of the Prefeasibility studies during 2022 and 2023. Exploration and step-out drilling from 2017, 2018 and 2019 have already identified the potential for both oxide and sulphide resource growth.
Summary of Cotabambas Project Resources
|Project||Resource Classification||Million Tonnes||Cu (%)||Au (g/t)||Ag (g/t)||Mo (%)||CuEq %|
|@ 0.20% CuEq cutoff, effective October 2013, Tetratech|
A PEA has been completed for the Cotabambas Project, the key results are summarized below:
Summary of Cotabambas Project PEA Results
|Key Project Parameters||Cotabambas Cu/Au/Ag Project1|
|Process Feed, life of mine||million tonnes||483.1|
|Process Feed, daily||tonnes||80,000|
|Strip Ratio, life of mine||1.25 : 1|
|Before Tax1||NPV7.5%||million US$||1,053|
|After Tax1||NPV7.5%||million US$||684|
|Annual Average Payable Metals||Cu||thousand tonnes||70.5|
|Initial Capital Cost||million US$||1,530|
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 PEAs 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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Panoro Minerals Ltd.
Renmark Financial Communications Inc.
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- Panoro delineating growth potential at the Cotabambas Project, while optimizing project economics;
- mineral resource estimates and assumptions; and
- the PEAs, including, but not limited to, base case parameters and assumptions, forecasts of net present value, internal rate of return and payback.
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