Vancouver, British Columbia – December 17, 2020 – PPX Mining Corp. (the “Company” or “PPX”) is pleased to announce that over 10,974 tonnes of ore grading 10.36 gpt gold were mined during calendar Q2 and Q3 (April – September) 2020 at Mina Callanquitas. The mine production rate in April through June was severely curtailed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, averaging 40 tonnes per day. Mining operations began ramping up in July and by September, mine production averaged 104 tonnes/day. Preliminary mine production reports for October show mine production of almost 120 tonnes/day, the approximate rate prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, 732 metres of lateral mine development, exploitation, and exploration were also completed during Q2 and Q3 2020. Highlights of ore processing results for calendar Q2 and Q3 2020 are given below:
- The Company’s mining partner Proyectos La Patagonia S.A.C. (“PLP”) provided the Company with a detailed report on operations at Mina Callanquitas and ore processing for calendar Q2 and Q3 2020. PLP reports that 6,595 tonnes of gold mineralized ore were shipped to Planta Las Lomas (“Las Lomas”), located in the Department of Piura, Peru. The tonnage processed was less than the tonnage mined during the period due transportation restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic that curtailed deliveries to Las Lomas. The average gold grade of the ore processed was 9.82 gpt gold, recoveries ranged from 81% to 84%, resulting in production of 1,713 ounces of gold. To date, PPX has mined over 114,000 tonnes from the Measured and Indicated Resource at Mina Callanquitas which includes a portion of the project’s Mineral Reserves as defined in the Igor Pre-Feasibility Study (“PFS”, available on the Company’s website or SEDAR).
- The Company has not announced commercial production, however, Mina Callanquitas did generate revenue for PPX in Q1 and Q3 2020, a significant achievement for the Company. Lower costs achieved by PLP coupled with higher gold prices, combined to produce the positive revenue stream.
Brian J. Maher, President and CEO of PPX Mining Corp commented: “PPX is pleased with the resumption of both mining and processing ore from Mina Callanquitas by our partner PLP. Based on preliminary results from October, we expect calendar Q4 2020 to produce solid production numbers. The Company continues to advance negotiations with multiple parties to complete a comprehensive and wholistic recapitalization of the Company that will allow PPX to complete its processing plant at the Igor Project, allowing for an increase in mine and processing capacity to its fully permitted 350 tonnes/day.”
Currently, all PPX and Sienna Minerals S.A.C. employees are working from home in accordance with their individual government recommendations and mandates. This status will continue for the foreseeable future, again under the guidance of respective local authorities.
About PPX Mining Corp:
PPX Mining Corp. (TSX.V: PPX.V, BVL: PPX) is a Canadian-based mining company with assets in northern Peru. Igor, the Company’s 100%-owned flagship gold and silver project, is located in the prolific Northern Peru gold belt in eastern La Libertad Department. PPX is developing the Callanquitas Mine and heap leach facility to exploit high grade, underground-minable oxidized gold and silver ore. Based on the Company’s Pre-Feasibility Study (“PFS”), PPX expects the Callanquitas Mine to produce up to 26,000 AuEq* ounces per year over a seven-year mine life at cash cost of less than US$610/AuEq* ounce (the Igor PFS is available on the Company’s website and SEDAR). Simultaneously, PPX is accelerating its exploration program at Igor in order to fully evaluate the resource potential of the entire Igor project area. The Callanquitas structure is open along strike and at depth, parallel structures are unexplored. New discoveries at Portachuelos, coupled with the Domo and Tesoros exploration targets, emphasize that the Igor Project is evolving into a district-scale project with multiple deposits and mineralized zones.
*AuEq is calculated as follows: AuEq ounces = Au ounces + Ag ounces/75. Per PFS, inclusive of metallurgical recovery.
All scientific and technical information in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Quentin J. Browne, P.Geo., Independent Consulting Geologist to PPX Mining Corp., who is a qualified person under the definitions established by National Instrument 43-101.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Brian J. Maher
President and Chief Executive Officer
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PPX Mining Corp.
Brian J. Maher, President and Chief Executive Officer
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