Its been wait and see,and with a decision that doesnt have to be made until end of 16 so it looks like we will be waiting longer,Its has been mentioned something else might come along sooner but a few other deals have gone kaput.
Im into this higher than where we are now and have been acumulating over the last 3 years and am holding steady, though it hasnt been easy.
Im betting on Brad and companyto get things done eventually. One thing for sure is im Im drooling at these prices.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Welcome back.As you probably seen this board has gone down hill, all the naysayers with no merit and spammers your welcome read.
PanTerra Gold (ASX:PGI) has signed a binding strategic agreement with Vancouver-based Canarc Resource Corp to acquire a controlling interest in an underground gold mine development in British Columbia, Canada.
The New Polaris Gold Mine has a resource of 1,155,000 ounces at 12.3 grams per tonne gold.
It is a source of low cost, high-grade refractory concentre that could produce 100,000 ounces of gold per annum for 10 years.
There is an offtake agreement for concentrate to extend life of Las Lagunas project to 2028.
The agreement could increase the company’s value to US$200 million with a development decision expected in December 2016.
Mr Brian Johnson, Executive Chairman of PanTerra Gold Limited, said that the ability to control the development of the New Polaris resource should ensure continuation of the Las Lagunas project at substantially increased production.
He added the company had entered into negotiations with several substantial US lenders to the resources sector, interested in refinancing the existing Las Lagunas project loan in order to spread repayments over a longer period.
This will permit early cash flows to support anticipated expenditure on the New Polaris project and avoid shareholder dilution. The same financiers have expressed interest in ultimately providing debt funding for the New Polaris development.
Pre-Development and Earn-In Agreement
The agreement provides for PanTerra to progressively spend C$10 million (A$10.25 million) on three stages of pre-development activities to earn a 50% interest in the mine.
PGI may purchase an additional 1% interest from Canarc for 1% of the Net Present Value established by the project’s Definitive Feasibility Study.
The move to a controlling interest can occur within six months of completion of the DFS in the fourth quarter of 2016.
New Polaris Gold Mine
The aim of the parties is to jointly develop an underground mine based on resources held by Canarc’s wholly-owned subsidiary, New Polaris Gold Mine Limited.
The current resource of arsenopyrite ore contains 1,155,000 ounces of gold at an average grade of 12.3g/t gold with a cut-off at 6g/t gold.
Of this resource, 519,000 ounces is Measured and Indicated, and 636,000 ounces is Inferred.
The relatively small mine should be able to be developed for under US$100 million, including adequate working capital, and be expected to produce high-grade refractory concentrate (90g/t to 100g/t gold) at the rate of 40,000 dry metric tonnes per year.
PanTerra Gold will purchase the concentrate ex-mine site for life of mine, for shipment to the Dominican Republic and production of doré at its Las Lagunas Albion/CIL process plant.
The company will have to provide approximately US$25 million of equity for the development in 2017-18, the majority of which should be able to be generated by the existing Las Lagunas operation.
It is anticipated that gold recovery from the concentrate will be around 85% and yield approximately 100,000 ounces of gold per year for 10 years.
The New Polaris claims, which are adjacent to old underground mine workings, have been held by Canarc for over 20 years during which time they have expended approximately C$30 million on exploration, resource modelling, and metallurgical test work.
Over 73,000 metres of drilling to date has confirmed an ore body of consistent grades and characteristics.
Consultants are confident that with additional drilling, an economically mineable resource will be established that is capable of supporting a 10 year mine life at the targeted production rates.
Pre-Development Expenditure and Earn-In
Stage 1 of the predevelopment expenditure will cost approximately C$500,000 over a five month period and involve production of concentrate from representative ore samples and test work at Xstrata Technology’s Albion pilot plant in Brisbane.
The first Stage will also involve a technical and economic review of the proposed mine development and updating of Canarc’s existing Financial Model to reflect a 900tpd mining rate, and production of approximately 40,000 DMT pa of concentrate.
Field work for seasonal collection of environmental data at the mine site will commence during this Stage.
Following completion of Stage 1, PGBC will have 60 days in which to elect to proceed to Stage 2 of the predevelopment expenditure, at a cost of approximately C$3.5 million.
Approximately 50% of this expenditure will be on a 10,000m drilling program in order to increase the Measured and Indicated Resource.
The ore body is currently open at depth and along strike with the primary vein averaging 3 metres in width with consistently high ore grades varying from 10g/t gold (at a 3g/t cut-off) to 14g/t gold (at an 8g/t cut-off).
Completion of the seasonal collection of field data for environmental permitting will occur during Stage 2, with consultants confirming the application for approval can be submitted by June 2016 and the approval process should be relatively straightforward with the proposed operations being limited to production of concentrate.
Detailed design and construction budgeting for the tailings dam will be also undertaken during this stage.
On completion of the second Stage of predevelopment expenditure, PGBC will have earned a 20% interest in the Joint Venture (“JV”).
The company will then have 60 days in which to commit to proceeding with the third and final Stage of the predevelopment phase of the proposed project.
Stage 3 expenditure of approximately C$6 million will be primarily on the completion of a DFS for the project, which will involve further in-fill drilling, additional metallurgical test work, and preliminary engineering.
On completion, PGI will have earned a 50% interest in the project and be appointed Manager for the JV.
The Agreement allows for the 50% Earn-In to occur over a 30 month period, but the documented aim of the Parties is to finalise the DFS in sufficient time for a development decision to be made by 31 December 2016.
Assuming a decision to proceed with the development is made by the end of 2016, it is intended that engineering be completed and all approvals obtained prior to the summer construction period in mid-2017, with commissioning planned for around Q3 or Q4 2018.
The current mine plan is relatively straightforward and based on stoping from drives developed from a decline through competent ground.
Mining will be undertaken by an experienced Canadian contractor at the planned mine development and production rates.
A relatively small milling circuit involving crushing, grinding, flotation and filtering of the ore will be designed to produce a concentrate with 8% moisture content and grades of approximately 90g/t gold, 14% arsenic, and 25% sulphide sulphur.
The concentrate will be delivered by the JV to a barge load-out wharf on the Taku River, 10 kilometres from the mine site and transferred to 150t capacity self-propelled barges operated by a marine contractor.
PanTerra Gold will purchase all concentrate produced, FOB barge for the life of mine, at a price determined by the average prevailing market price nominated by two selected major, experienced, and reputable traders in refractory concentrates containing precious metals, taking into account penalties for the high arsenic content and other contaminants (which can be handled by the Company’s Las Lagunas plant without physical modification other than an enclosed storage facility).
Sentiment: Strong Buy
If anybody hasnt seen as of yet there seems to be more details on this deal posted on Panterra Golds home page under latest news.
Hopefully they do pikc up a mine along the way because I also read that New Polaris Mine if all goes well wouldnt be commissioned till 3rd or 4th quarter 2018.
Endeavour Silver Infill Drilling Confirms Thick, High Grade, Silver-Gold Mineralization at Terronera Property, Jalisco State, Mexico,more great news! Management continues with good moves and decisions.Only up from here! With a little higher silver prices way up from here!
Sentiment: Strong Buy