14 Aug 2019, 22:05 GMT+10
LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / August 14, 2019 / Condor Gold plc ("Condor Gold", "Condor", the "Group" or the "Company"), (AIM:CNR) (TSX:COG) presents its unaudited interim financial report together with Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three- and six-month periods to 30 June 2019. Both of the above have been posted on the Company's website www.condorgold.com and are also available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Highlights for six months to 30 June 2019
Post Period Highlights
Mark Child, Chairman and Chief Executive of Condor Gold, commented:
"Condor Gold has made good progress in the 6-month period and continues to de-risk the Project by fulfilling conditions of the Environmental Permit to construct and operate a new mine at La India, while continuing with an exploration program to demonstrate a major gold district. Potential gold production at the Project is being materially expanded by applying for Environmental Permits to extract gold from 2 high grade satellite feeder pits, which in aggregate have circa 232,000 oz gold at 5.5 g/t gold. Once granted the Company will have permits for extraction of approximately 1M oz gold from Mineral Resources. The Company is targeting production of 120,000 oz gold per annum from open pit material for 7 years, which compares to the PFS of 79,300 oz gold p.a. for 7 years. The significant underground Mineral Resource of 1.2M oz gold will be analysed and potentially converted to Mineral Reserves after production from the open pits has started."
For further information please visit www.condorgold.com or contact:
Condor Gold plc
Mark Child, Executive Chairman and CEO
+44 (0) 20 74932734
Beaumont Cornish Limited
Roland Cornish and James Biddle
+44 (0) 20 7628 3396
Numis Securities Limited
John Prior and James Black
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Tim Blythe and Camilla Horsfall
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Condor Gold plc:
Condor Gold plc was admitted to AIM in May 2006 and dual listed on the TSX in January 2018. The Company is a gold exploration and development company with a focus on Nicaragua.
In August 2018, the Company announced that the Ministry of the Environment in Nicaragua had granted the Company the Environmental Permit ("EP") for the development, construction and operation of a processing plant with capacity to process up to 2,800 tonnes per day at its wholly-owned La India gold project ("La India Project"). The EP is considered to be the master permit for mining operations in Nicaragua. Condor Gold published a Pre-Feasibility Study ("PFS") on La India Project in December 2014, as summarised in the Technical Report (as defined below). The PFS details an open pit gold Mineral Reserve in the Probable category of 6.9 Mt at 3.0 g/t gold for 675,000 oz gold, producing 80,000 oz gold per annum for seven years. La India Project contains a Mineral Resource of 9,850Kt at 3.6 g/t gold for 1,140 Koz gold in the Indicated category and 8,479Kt at 4.3g/t gold for 1,179 Koz gold in the Inferred category. The Indicated Mineral Resource is inclusive of the Mineral Reserve.
Neither the contents of the Company's website nor the contents of any website accessible from hyperlinks on the Company's website (or any other website) is incorporated into, or forms part of, this announcement.
The Mineral Resource Estimate has been completed by Ben Parsons, a Principal Consultant (Resource Geology) with SRK Consulting (U.S.), Inc, who is a Member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, MAusIMM(CP). Ben Parsons has some eighteen years' experience in the exploration, definition and mining of precious and base metal Mineral Resources. Ben Parsons is a full-time employee of SRK Consulting (U.S.), Inc, an independent Consultancy, and has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration, and to the type of activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a "qualified person" as defined by NI 43-101 and as required by the June 2009 Edition of the AIM Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies. Ben Parsons consents to the inclusion in the announcement of the matters based on their information in the form and context in which it appears and confirms that this information is accurate and not false or misleading.
The technical and scientific information in this press release has been reviewed, verified and approved by Andrew Cheatle, P.Geo., who is a "qualified person" as defined by NI 43-101.
Certain disclosure contained in this news release of a scientific or technical nature has been summarised or extracted from the technical report entitled "Technical Report on the La India Gold Project, Nicaragua, December 2014", dated November 13, 2017 with an effective date of December 21, 2014 (the "Technical Report"), prepared in accordance with NI 43-101. The Technical Report was prepared by or under the supervision of Tim Lucks, Principal Consultant (Geology & Project Management), Gabor Bacsfalusi, Principal Consultant (Mining), Benjamin Parsons, Principal Consultant (Resource Geology), each of SRK Consulting (UK) Limited, and Neil Lincoln of Lycopodium Minerals Canada Ltd., each of whom is an independent "qualified person" as defined by NI 43-101.
Forward Looking Statements
All statements in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, are 'forward-looking information' with respect to the Company within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements with respect to: the Mineral Resources, Mineral Reserves and future production rates and plans at the La India Project. Forward-looking information is often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as: 'seek', 'anticipate', 'plan', 'continue', "strategies", "estimate", 'expect', 'project', 'predict', 'potential', 'targeting', 'intends', 'believe', 'potential', "could", "might", "will" and similar expressions. Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and is based upon a number of estimates and assumptions of management at the date the statements are made including, among others, assumptions regarding: future commodity prices and royalty regimes; availability of skilled labour; timing and amount of capital expenditures; future currency exchange and interest rates; the impact of increasing competition; general conditions in economic and financial markets; availability of drilling and related equipment; effects of regulation by governmental agencies; the receipt of required permits; royalty rates; future tax rates; future operating costs; availability of future sources of funding; ability to obtain financing and assumptions underlying estimates related to adjusted funds from operations. Many assumptions are based on factors and events that are not within the control of the Company and there is no assurance they will prove to be correct.
Such forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks, which may cause the actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including, risks related to: mineral exploration, development and operating risks; estimation of mineralisation, resources and reserves; environmental, health and safety regulations of the resource industry; competitive conditions; operational risks; liquidity and financing risks; funding risk; exploration costs; uninsurable risks; conflicts of interest; risks of operating in Nicaragua; government policy changes; ownership risks; permitting and licencing risks; artisanal miners and community relations; difficulty in enforcement of judgments; market conditions; stress in the global economy; current global financial condition; exchange rate and currency risks; commodity prices; reliance on key personnel; dilution risk; payment of dividends; as well as those factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's annual information form for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 dated March 22, 2019, available under the Company's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.
Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise unless required by law.
Mineral Resources are sub-divided, in order of increasing geological confidence, into Inferred, Indicated and Measured categories. An Inferred Mineral Resource has a lower level of confidence than that applied to an Indicated Mineral Resource. An Indicated Mineral Resource has a higher level of confidence than an Inferred Mineral Resource but has a lower level of confidence than a Measured Mineral Resource.
A Mineral Resource is a concentration or occurrence of solid material of economic interest in or on the Earth's crust in such form, grade or quality and quantity that there are reasonable prospects for eventual economic extraction.
The location, quantity, grade or quality, continuity and other geological characteristics of a Mineral Resource are known, estimated or interpreted from specific geological evidence and knowledge, including sampling.
Material of economic interest refers to diamonds, natural solid inorganic material, or natural solid fossilized organic material including base and precious metals, coal, and industrial minerals.
The term Mineral Resource covers mineralization and natural material of intrinsic economic interest which has been identified and estimated through exploration and sampling and within which Mineral Reserves may subsequently be defined by the consideration and application of Modifying Factors. The phrase 'reasonable prospects for eventual economic extraction' implies a judgment by the Qualified Person in respect of the technical and economic factors likely to influence the prospect of economic extraction. The Qualified Person should consider and clearly state the basis for determining that the material has reasonable prospects for eventual economic extraction. Assumptions should include estimates of cutoff grade and geological continuity at the selected cut-off, metallurgical recovery, smelter payments, commodity price or product value, mining and processing method and mining, processing and general and administrative costs. The Qualified Person should state if the assessment is based on any direct evidence and testing.
Interpretation of the word 'eventual' in this context may vary depending on the commodity or mineral involved. For example, for some coal, iron, potash deposits and other bulk minerals or commodities, it may be reasonable to envisage 'eventual economic extraction' as covering time periods in excess of 50 years. However, for many gold deposits, application of the concept would normally be restricted to perhaps 10 to 15 years, and frequently to much shorter periods of time.
Inferred Mineral Resource
An Inferred Mineral Resource is that part of a Mineral Resource for which quantity and grade or quality are estimated on the basis of limited geological evidence and sampling. Geological evidence is sufficient to imply but not verify geological and grade or quality continuity.
An Inferred Mineral Resource has a lower level of confidence than that applying to an Indicated Mineral Resource and must not be converted to a Mineral Reserve. It is reasonably expected that the majority of Inferred Mineral Resources could be upgraded to Indicated Mineral Resources with continued exploration.
An Inferred Mineral Resource is based on limited information and sampling gathered through appropriate sampling techniques from locations such as outcrops, trenches, pits, workings and drill holes. Inferred Mineral Resources must not be included in the economic analysis, production schedules, or estimated mine life in publicly disclosed Pre- Feasibility or Feasibility Studies, or in the Life of Mine plans and cash flow models of developed mines. Inferred Mineral Resources can only be used in economic studies as provided under NI 43-101.
There may be circumstances, where appropriate sampling, testing, and other measurements are sufficient to demonstrate data integrity, geological and grade/quality continuity of a Measured or Indicated Mineral Resource, however, quality assurance and quality control, or other information may not meet all industry norms for the disclosure of an Indicated or Measured Mineral Resource. Under these circumstances, it may be reasonable for the Qualified Person to report an Inferred Mineral Resource if the Qualified Person has taken steps to verify the information meets the requirements of an Inferred Mineral Resource.
Indicated Mineral Resource
An Indicated Mineral Resource is that part of a Mineral Resource for which quantity, grade or quality, densities, shape and physical characteristics are estimated with sufficient confidence to allow the application of Modifying Factors in sufficient detail to support mine planning and evaluation of the economic viability of the deposit.
Geological evidence is derived from adequately detailed and reliable exploration, sampling and testing and is sufficient to assume geological and grade or quality continuity between points of observation.
An Indicated Mineral Resource has a lower level of confidence than that applying to a Measured Mineral Resource and may only be converted to a Probable Mineral Reserve.
Mineralization may be classified as an Indicated Mineral Resource by the Qualified Person when the nature, quality, quantity and distribution of data are such as to allow confident interpretation of the geological framework and to reasonably assume the continuity of mineralization. The Qualified Person must recognize the importance of the Indicated Mineral Resource category to the advancement of the feasibility of the project. An Indicated Mineral Resource estimate is of sufficient quality to support a Pre-Feasibility Study which can serve as the basis for major development decisions.
Mineral Reserves are sub-divided in order of increasing confidence into Probable Mineral Reserves and Proven Mineral Reserves. A Probable Mineral Reserve has a lower level of confidence than a Proven Mineral Reserve.
A Mineral Reserve is the economically mineable part of a Measured and/or Indicated Mineral Resource. It includes diluting materials and allowances for losses, which may occur when the material is mined or extracted and is defined by studies at Pre-Feasibility or Feasibility level as appropriate that include application of Modifying Factors. Such studies demonstrate that, at the time of reporting, extraction could reasonably be justified.
The reference point at which Mineral Reserves are defined, usually the point where the ore is delivered to the processing plant, must be stated. It is important that, in all situations where the reference point is different, such as for a saleable product, a clarifying statement is included to ensure that the reader is fully informed as to what is being reported.
The public disclosure of a Mineral Reserve must be demonstrated by a Pre-Feasibility Study or Feasibility Study.
Mineral Reserves are those parts of Mineral Resources which, after the application of all mining factors, result in an estimated tonnage and grade which, in the opinion of the Qualified Person(s) making the estimates, is the basis of an economically viable project after taking account of all relevant Modifying Factors. Mineral Reserves are inclusive of diluting material that will be mined in conjunction with the Mineral Reserves and delivered to the treatment plant or equivalent facility. The term 'Mineral Reserve' need not necessarily signify that extraction facilities are in place or operative or that all governmental approvals have been received. It does signify that there are reasonable expectations of such approvals.
'Reference point' refers to the mining or process point at which the Qualified Person prepares a Mineral Reserve. For example, most metal deposits disclose mineral reserves with a "mill feed" reference point. In these cases, reserves are reported as mined ore delivered to the plant and do not include reductions attributed to anticipated plant losses. In contrast, coal reserves have traditionally been reported as tonnes of "clean coal". In this coal example, reserves are reported as a "saleable product" reference point and include reductions for plant yield (recovery). The Qualified Person must clearly state the 'reference point' used in the Mineral Reserve estimate.
Probable Mineral Reserve
A Probable Mineral Reserve is the economically mineable part of an Indicated, and in some circumstances, a Measured Mineral Resource. The confidence in the Modifying Factors applying to a Probable Mineral Reserve is lower than that applying to a Proven Mineral Reserve.
The Qualified Person(s) may elect, to convert Measured Mineral Resources to Probable Mineral Reserves if the confidence in the Modifying Factors is lower than that applied to a Proven Mineral Reserve. Probable Mineral Reserve estimates must be demonstrated to be economic, at the time of reporting, by at least a Pre-Feasibility Study.
Pre-Feasibility Study (Preliminary Feasibility Study)
The CIM Definition Standards requires the completion of a Pre-Feasibility Study as the minimum prerequisite for the conversion of Mineral Resources to Mineral Reserves.
A Pre-Feasibility Study is a comprehensive study of a range of options for the technical and economic viability of a mineral project that has advanced to a stage where a preferred mining method, in the case of underground mining, or the pit configuration, in the case of an open pit, is established and an effective method of mineral processing is determined. It includes a financial analysis based on reasonable assumptions on the Modifying Factors and the evaluation of any other relevant factors which are sufficient for a Qualified Person, acting reasonably, to determine if all or part of the Mineral Resource may be converted to a Mineral Reserve at the time of reporting. A Pre-Feasibility Study is at a lower confidence level than a Feasibility Study.
Company number: 05587987
CONDOR GOLD PLC
Interim Report and Accounts
For the Three and Six Months Ended 30 June 2019
CONDOR GOLD PLC
FOR THE THREE AND SIX MONTHS TO 30 JUNE 2019
Condor Gold plc ("Condor Gold", "Condor", the "Group" or the "Company"), (AIM:CNR) (TSX:COG) presents its unaudited interim financial report together with Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three and six-month periods to 30 June 2019. Both of the above have been posted on the Company's website www.condorgold.com and are also available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Highlights for six months to 30 June 2019
Post Period Highlights
CONDOR GOLD PLC
FOR THE THREE AND SIX MONTHS TO 30 JUNE 2019
I am pleased to present Condor Gold PLC's ("Condor Gold", "Condor", the "Group" or the "Company" www.condorgold.com) unaudited interim financial report for the three and six months ended 30 June 2019. The Company's main focus during the first 6 months of 2019 has been on fulfilling the conditions of an Environmental Permit granted in August 2018 by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources ("MARENA") for the development, construction and operation of an open pit mine, a 2,800 tpd or 1.0 Mt per annum CIL processing plant and associated infrastructure at the La India Project, Nicaragua. The permitted La India open pit is estimated to produce between 80,000 oz to 100,000 oz gold per annum or a total of 600,000 oz gold over a 6 to 7-year period.
In January 2019 Condor announced an updated Mineral Resource on the La India Project totalling 9.85 Mt at 3.6 g/t gold for 1,140,000 oz gold in the Indicated category and 8.48 Mt at 4.3 g/t gold for 1,179,000 oz gold in the Inferred category. It is a timely reminder of the high-grade nature of this gold deposit. The Mineral Resource update includes 8,222 m of drilling since the Mineral Resource update in September 2014. The new Mineral Resource Estimate was prepared by SRK Consulting (UK) Limited ("SRK") and uses the terminology, definitions and guidelines given in the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum ("CIM") Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves (May 2014). The total open pit Mineral Resource is 8.58 Mt at a grade of 3.3 g/t gold, for 902,000 oz gold in the Indicated category and 3.01 Mt at a grade of 3.0 g/t gold, for 290,000 oz gold in the Inferred category. Total underground Mineral Resources are 1.27 Mt at a grade of 5.8 g/t gold, for 238,000 oz gold in the Indicated category and 5.47 Mt at a grade of 5.1 g/t gold, for 889,000 oz gold in the Inferred category.
Of note is the new open pit Mineral Resource on Mestiza of 92 Kt at a grade of 12.1 g/t for 36,000 oz contained gold in the Indicated category and 341 Kt at a grade of 7.7 g/t gold for 85,000 oz contained gold in the Inferred category. The four satellite open pits outside the main, permitted La India open pit have combined open pit resources of 206 Kt at 9.9 g/t gold for 66,000 oz gold in the Indicated category and 2,127 Kt at 3.23 g/t gold for 221,000 oz gold in the Inferred category.
The Company has made significant progress with the conditions of the Environmental Permit for the La India open pit. The principal conditions of the Environmental Permit are: the design of the Tailings Storage Facility, the design of surface water diversion, further hydrogeological studies for the supply of water to the processing plant and supply of water for the mine offices and accommodation. The Company must purchase or have legal agreements in place for the land required for the mine site infrastructure. MARENA has written to the Company confirming that the final designs for the domestic wastewater treatment system for the offices and accommodation blocks at Mina La India comply with MARENA's technical and environmental requirements and the final designs are approved.
In April 2019, the Company announced it had conducted additional metallurgical tests. B2 Gold's personnel took two 23 kg samples from within the La India open pit and conducted metallurgical tests at the El Limon and La Libertad mine laboratories. The high-grade samples, producing an average head grade of 12.1 g/t gold, were taken from the principal La India Vein and produced exceptional gold recoveries of 95.4%. It is invaluable to conduct metallurgical test work at two nearby producing gold mines whose laboratories are set up to replicate the metallurgical recoveries at the mines. It assists Condor in deciding on a final mine design and metallurgical process as the La India Project progresses to the construction phase. Condor is currently conducting additional abrasion tests in order to more accurately define the hardness of the ore at La India. This will be factored into the final plant size and assist with mine optimization techniques such as grind throughput recovery and stockpiling.
The Company is at an advanced stage of completing Environmental Impact Assessments ("EIAs") for the satellite feeder pits of America and Mestiza. The EIAs accompany the application for the Environmental Permit to mine two high grade satellite feeder pits. The Mestiza and America open pits together have 206 Kt at a grade at 9.9 g/t (66,000 oz contained gold) in the Indicated category and 1,018 Kt at 4.6 g/t (152,000 oz contained gold) in the Inferred category. Condor's internal studies indicate that the addition to the mine plan of the contained gold in the Mestiza and America open pits would result in average annual production of 120,000 oz gold for seven years. This compares favourably with the PFS, which showed annual production of 79,300 oz gold over seven years. Adding a higher average open pit grade of 5.5 g/t gold from the satellite feeder pits to the mill feed from the permitted La India open pit of 3.0 g/t gold will enhance the Project NPV, IRRs, reduce the payback period and reduce the already low All In Sustaining Cash Cost (AISC) of US$690 per oz gold as detailed in the PFS.
The intention is to permit the underground Mineral Resource after open pit mining begins. Total underground Mineral Resources are 1.27 Mt at 5.8 g/t gold, for 238,000 oz gold in the Indicated category and 5.47 Mt at 5.1 g/t gold, for 889,000 oz gold in the Inferred category.
The Company continues to enhance its social work and activities in the community, thereby maintaining a social licence to operate. Condor has strengthened its social team and stepped up social activities and engagement. The main local focus is the drinking water programme, implemented in April 2017. A total of 340 families are currently benefiting; they receive five-gallon water dispensers each week. In January 2018 Condor initiated 'Involvement Programmes', which now extend to six groups in the local village to gain support for the mine. Taking the Elderly Group as an example, a committee of six people has been formed. The Company allocates monthly support to the Elderly Group, which decides how this money is spent to benefit the elderly in the Community.
A new mine will create approximately 1,000 jobs during construction and several hundred in the operational phase, with priority given to the local community given appropriate skills, as well as use of local goods and services. The upfront capital cost of approximately US$120 million will have a significant positive impact on the economy. Government and local communities will benefit significantly from royalties and taxes.
In February 2019 the Company announced it had raised Pound 1.75 million by way of a private placement of new ordinary shares. The overwhelming majority of the placement was from existing shareholders; I thank them for their continued support, (See RNS of 1 February for details).
As previously stated, the Company's necessary focus has been on the requirements of the Environmental Permit to build and operate a 2,800tpd mine. Notwithstanding this, exploration activity continued with a focus on proving a major gold district at La India Project via relatively inexpensive geological mapping, rock chip sampling and trenching (see Operational Report). The geological team, led by Dr Warren Pratt, has developed a multi-disciplinary approach combining detailed mapping, soil geochemistry, helicopter-borne geophysics and continued updating of the structural geology model to generate exploration targets. The structural geology model and soil geochemistry concluded that there are two major mineralised basement feeder zones: the La India Corridor and the Andrea Corridor which are parallel to each other, running north-north-west to south-south-east through the La India Project. These are cut by the Highway Fault, which downthrows the south-eastern part of the District. The structural setting is encouraging but also complex; La India Project has approximately 105 km strike length of veins identified so far. Of these, only 55 km have been trenched or mapped in any detail; only 13.2 km have been drill-tested (see RNS dated 1st August 2017). There is no shortage of exploration targets, which are constantly being prioritised as work continues. Once prioritised, exploration targets are initially followed up with trenching and scout drilling.
In June 2019, the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Nicaragua ("MEM") officially notified the Company of the grant to Condor's wholly owned Nicaraguan subsidiary Condor S.A. of a 25 year exploration and mining concession over a 132.1 km2 area to the northwest of La India Project, called the Cerro Los Cerritos concession. The addition of the Cerro Los Cerritos concession expands the La India Project concession package to a total of 587.7 km2. The reason for acquiring this concession is that Condor's geologists interpret that it hosts the strike extension of existing gold mineralisation at La India Project. The grant of this important concession demonstrates the continued pro-mining stance of the Government of Nicaragua.
Turning to the financial results for the six months to 30 June 2019, the loss for the six-month period was Pound 652,458. Gross proceeds of Pound 1.75 million were raised during the period: 7,291,667 ordinary shares were issued at a price of 24 pence per share, while the Company issued 3,645,831 warrants to shareholders as part of a placement. All of these warrants have an exercise price of 31 pence per share and are exercisable for two years from grant date. There are currently 94,663,522 ordinary shares in issue. The cash and cash equivalents at 30 June 2019 were Pound 494,929. Post period, in July 2019, the Company raised Pound 4.04M by way of a private placement of new ordinary shares (See RNS for details)
To conclude, the Company has made good progress in the six-month period and continues to de-risk the Project by fulfilling conditions of the permit to construct and operate a new mine at La India. Gold production at the Project is being materially expanded by applying for Environmental Permits to extract gold from two high-grade satellite feeder pits, which, once permitted, will mean the Company has permitted for extraction approximately 1M oz gold Mineral Resource/Reserve.
The Company is targeting production of 120,000 oz gold per annum from open pit material for 7 years, which compares to the PFS of 79,300 oz gold p.a. for 7 years. The significant underground Mineral Resource of 1.2M oz gold will be analysed and potentially converted to Mineral Reserves after production from the open pits has started.
Chairman and CEO
CONDOR GOLD PLC
REVIEW OF OPERATIONS AND PROJECT OVERVIEW
FOR THE THREE AND SIX MONTHS TO 30 JUNE 2019
LA INDIA PROJECT
Mining and technical studies have centered on providing technical support to meet the conditions of the Environmental Permit to construct and operate a 2,800tpd processing plant at la India and the supporting mine site facilities and infrastructure. In addition, several mine scheduling scenarios have been conducted to support corporate decision making on determining the optimum size for the processing plant in the context of the Environmental Permit, additional high-grade feeder pits, market conditions for construction financing and early cashflow via toll refining opportunities.
Condor has been actively investigating opportunities for accelerated production that would include La India open pit and the two satellite feeder pits at America and Mestiza via toll refining at nearby processing plants. These efforts have identified Mineral Resources that could be rapidly put into production subject to permitting, particularly at the America and Mestiza satellite deposits. The four satellite open pits outside the main, permitted La India open pit have combined open pit Mineral Resources of 206Kt at 9.9g/t gold for 66,000 oz gold in the Indicated category and 2,127Kt at 3.23g/t gold for 221,000 oz gold in the Inferred category. Work has commenced to develop geotechnical designs and mining designs, as well as waste dump locations for the America and Mestiza satellite deposits. PEA-level production schedules were developed to support production scenarios up to 1.4Mtpa from open pit only production. The total open pit Mineral Resource is 8.58Mt at a grade of 3.3g/t gold, for 902,000oz gold in the Indicated category and 3.01Mt at a grade of 3.0g/t gold, for 290,000oz gold in the Inferred category.
Support for the La India Environmental Permit continues, with detailed engineering for components of the conditions of the Environmental Permit, including the tailings facility and surface water management systems.
Condor continues efforts to improve project economics through additional studies of potential underground mining scenarios, in support of future studies. Total underground Mineral Resources of 1.27Mt at a grade of 5.8 g/t gold, for 238,000 oz gold in the Indicated category and 5.47Mt at a grade of 5.1 g/t gold, for 889,000 oz gold in the Inferred category.
In other areas, Condor is investigating the potential for improved processing options, and is currently conducting studies on abrasion to minimize crushing and grinding costs. This work was bolstered by test batches of La India ores collected and processed by B2Gold laboratories at the El Limon and La Libertad mines, which demonstrated that the existing B2Gold mills are capable of achieving excellent recoveries from Condor's ores. Two samples of approximately 23kg each produced an average head grade of 12.1 g/t gold and average metallurgical gold recoveries of 95.4%.
Condor has also engaged in the evaluation of potential used-mill equipment in an effort to reduce the capital costs associated with initial construction. The Company notes that there are a number of potential plants that could be re-configured for use at La India.
As a result of the Brumadinho tailings disaster in Brazil, Condor conducted an internal review of tailings options. Condor notes that the La India PFS proposed tailings design is far more robust and differs materially in terms of construction method, lining, total capacity and tailings characteristics than the conditions and design found at the Brumadinho operation.
Chief Technical Officer
In compliance with Nicaraguan law, Condor presented the Annual Environmental Report and Quarterly Reports per concession to government institutions and accompanied MARENA and MEM on inspections on the Rio Luna, Espinito-Mendoza, La Cuchilla and Tierras Blancas concessions.
In January, in compliance with the Environmental Permit of La India Project, Condor submitted to MARENA the final design of the Domestic Wastewater Treatment System for the plant and camp area and requested from MARENA an extension to present the legal documents for the land acquisition of the La India project.
In February, Condor initiated the application for Environmental Permits for the exploitation of gold from two satellite feeder pits located on the La India and Espinito-Mendoza concessions. In March, the Company received the Terms of Reference for Environmental Impact Assessments ('EIAs') for two open pits at America and Mestiza.
Consultants to conduct the EIA studies were engaged and the studies are underway, with a forestry inventory being completed in the first half of the year.
During the period, Condor applied for a prospecting permit for the 132 Ha Cerro Los Cerritos concession; it was awarded in late June.
Aiser Sarria Sirrias
General Manager Mina La India
La India Project - 2019 Mineral Resource Estimate
An updated Mineral Resource Estimate ("MRE") was completed and announced in January 2019, based on an additional 8,222 m of diamond drilling carried out since September 2014. The updated MRE is 9.85 million tonnes ( "Mt") at 3.6 g/t gold for 1,140,000 oz gold in the Indicated category and 8.48 Mt at 4.3 g/t gold for 1,179,000 oz gold in the Inferred category.
The 8,222 m of additional drilling, and the updated part of the Mineral Resource, are in three areas at the core of the La India Project, all of which now contain open pit Mineral Resources reported within optimized Whittle pit shells.
The MRE does not show a material change in the number of ounces of gold reported, being 1,140 Koz in the Indicated category and 1,179 Koz in the Inferred category. Notwithstanding the above, the MRE reports an increase of 57 Koz in the number of gold ounces in the Indicated category, a 40 Koz increase in the open pit Mineral Resources reported in the Indicated category, and a 56 Koz increase in the open pit Mineral Resources in the Inferred category.
The MRE continues to demonstrate that there is potential to enhance the La India Project with additional discoveries conducive to open pit mining methods. In addition to the main La India open pit there are now four satellite pits that have the potential to act as feeder pits, to provide mineralized material to the permitted plant, and to supplement feed from the main La India open pit. These satellite pits (Mestiza, America, Central Breccia and Cacao) together represent 206 Kt at 9.9 g/t gold for 66,000 oz in the Indicated category and 2,127 Kt at 3.2 g/t gold for 221,000 oz in the Inferred category.
Figure 1 showing La India Project Mineral Resource Estimate at January 2019
Exploration Activity - 6 months to end-June 2019
Condor continued to gather data from active artisanal workings within the three core areas of La India, America and Mestiza to identify new drill targets. This work mainly consisted of hand and channel sampling and exposed workings at different veins in the core areas. A total of 135 channel samples were collected from 9 different veins; 39 rock chip samples were also collected from these veins and other areas (see Figure 2 below).
Figure 2. Map showing channel samples and rock chips taken during the reported period at active artisanal workings.
Of interest are results from Tatiana east, where a new rock chip sample of 8.89 g/t Au is the highest grade sampled in this area up to date, indicating the possibility of a strike extension of the high-grade values to the east of the known Mineral Resource. New channel samples from San Miguel vein, which is currently being worked by small-scale (informal) miners indicate that the vein is generally less than 1 m wide with grades of up to 7.8 g/t Au. At Las Lajitas, a possible extension of Tatiana vein and intersection with Guapinol vein, new workings allowed for collection of channel samples with a maximum width of approximately 1 m and grades up to 26.8 g/t Au.
Reconnaissance mapping and prospecting continued in the western concessions of Tierra Blanca and La Cuchilla. At Tierra Blanca a strong effort has been made to outline the extension of the silica sinter (hot spring) deposit. Abundant sampling of silica sinter and massive chalcedony has identified moderate Arsenic (As) anomalies. Work is ongoing and needs to be extended to the west to try and identify the possible source of the sinter. Sinters are generally indicators of nearby epithermal precious metal veins.
In the northern part of La Cuchilla concession narrow quartz veins and breccias and argillic alteration zones and quartz float have produced anomalous gold (Au) results but with some samples having silver grades in the range 0.3-5.5 ppm silver (Ag). The new results add to historical samples in northern La Cuchilla concession which indicate the existence of several silver anomalies in the area, with low Au grades. Figure 3 shows the location of rock chips with anomalous Au and Ag grades. At least five areas of silver anomalies are identified, three of which also have anomalous Au.
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Figure 3. Map showing location of rock chip samples with anomalous Au grades. Yellow rectangles identify approximate areas of anomalous Au.
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Figure 4. Map showing location of rock chip samples with Ag assay results. Yellow rectangles identify approximate areas of anomalous silver.
Following the grant of the Las Cruces concession in December 2018, the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Nicaragua (MEM) notified Condor of the grant of a 25-year exploration and mining concession over a 132.1 km2 area to the northwest of La India Project, called the Los Cerritos concession (see Figure 5). The addition of the Cerro Los Cerritos concession expands the La India Project concession package to a total of 587.7 km2. Condor applied for the concession on February 20th, 2017 and it was finally granted on June 24th, 2019.
Figure 5. Location of the Los Cerritos concession on the 100% owned La India Project.
Condor focused on implementing its Environmental and Social Management System in the areas of Environment, Social and Community, Health and Safety, Human Resources and Administration. This includes programmes and procedures for each area. As part of its commitment, Condor develops environmental awareness activities between villagers and Condor´s employees, including inter alia, workshops, reforestation and cleaning campaigns. In compliance with earlier commitments made to the IFC, in March the Company presented an Annual Monitoring Review for 2018 to the IFC, as well as its quarterly reports over the last 2 years.
During the period, Condor continued the implementation of its reforestation plans in Espinito-Mendoza and Real de la Cruz concessions with maintenance and survival inventories completed in both areas. Losses were high due to the dry season and some 900 trees will need to be replanted in Real de la Cruz. In June, 418 trees were planted there as part of a campaign aligned with World Environment Day. Preparation of three new areas for reforestation is underway totalling 5 Ha, including 3 Ha in Real de la Cruz, in line with the terms of the exploration concession held there.
The tree nursery at La India concession holds 5,127 trees and the plants are to be used in future reforestation campaigns. During the period, Condor installed an irrigation system and expanded its tree nursery by 30%, with 519 new seedlings added in May. A total of 680 trees have also been donated to government institutions for reforestation campaigns.
In April, the Participatory Water Monitoring Programme included water sampling at 11 sites. Representatives from seven villages were present, together with officials from the municipalities as well as the Ministries of Environment and Natural Resources ('MARENA') and Ministry of Mines ('MEM'). The topics covered during the associated technical workshop focused on catchment management, hydrogeology, water quality, monitoring and environmental measurements for water usage. In June, the presentations of laboratory results were made in the seven nearby villages and attended by over 400 people.
There were two other activities carried out in conjunction with World Environment Day: 385 plants were exchanged for plastic bottles in seven villages, along with the presentation of water quality results, while over 50 villagers from La India participated in a Cleaning Day campaign. A total of 1740 lb of plastic bottles were collected.
Condor continues monitoring surface water flow at five sites and groundwater levels at 22 sites as part of its hydrology and hydrogeology baseline studies. Two piezometers located in La Mestiza area in Espinito-Mendoza concession were also included.
Chief Environmental Officer
Condor continues working with communities in the area of direct influence, namely the villages of La India, Agua Fria and El Bordo as well as nearby communities, in order to strengthen its social license by explaining both how modern mining operates, together with the economic and social benefits of La India mine project.
In the first half of 2019, the Company continued to conduct involvement programmes through committees representing key parts of the community such as independent artisanal miners, miners co-operatives, the elderly, local business owners, APROSAIC (local association for business initiatives) and water. These communal organisations comprise almost 85% of the population at La India. The Company has been working very closely with these local groups, with planned activities each month aimed at addressing the needs and sensitivities of villagers and improvement to their quality of life.
Condor continues implementing the purified water programme aimed at alleviating water scarcity in the community through weekly distribution of portable water weekly to a total of 355 families from La India and Agua Fria villages who are enrolled in this program.
As established in HSEC policy and international standards, the Company continues promoting communication processes and information spaces for villagers and stakeholders. Quarterly reports of activities carried out by social, environmental and geology teams were presented to community leaders from La India, Agua Fria and El Bordo. The Information Office located in La India village continues to receive visits on a daily basis.
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