LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM and TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 22, 2013) - Minera IRL Limited ("Minera IRL" or the "Company") (IRL.TO) (MIRL.L) (MIRL.L), the Latin America gold mining company, is pleased to announce that the final community workshop directed toward approving the Ollachea Environmental and Social Impact Assessment ("ESIA") has been successfully completed. This follows an unprecedented 30-year development and operations agreement signed with the Ollachea community in 2012.
"Once again, we have received outstanding support from the Ollachea community with unanimous endorsement of the ESIA at the final workshop," said Courtney Chamberlain, Executive Chairman of Minera IRL.
Dr Diego Benavides, President of Minera IRL SA, added "This strongly attests to the alignment of interests of the community and the Company in developing a modern gold mine. Minera IRL greatly appreciates the high level of local participation as well as the support and assistance of the government authorities in facilitating and overseeing this process."
As part of the ESIA approval process, the final public audience was held on May 14, 2013. The meeting was presided over by representatives of the Presidency of the Region of Puno and by the Federal Ministry of Energy and Mines ("MINEM"). All stakeholders were invited to participate in the consultation process, and the Company is pleased to report that there was strong community participation with approximately 600 people in attendance.
The Ollachea ESIA was the result of over three years of technical studies, including a definitive feasibility study, social baseline studies, comprehensive water management plan, archaeological studies, flora and fauna studies, mine closure plan, and numerous public consultations with the Ollachea community, often facilitated by the DREM (Regional Direction of Energy and mines, Puno) on behalf of the MINEM.
Based upon the success of the final community consultation for the ESIA approval process, the Company continues to expect to receive final approval for the Ollachea ESIA during the second half of 2013.
In parallel with permitting activities at Ollachea, the Company is progressing project financing negotiations with the goal of starting project development in late 2013, in line with the Company's objective of commencing gold production at Ollachea in 2015.
Minera IRL Limited is the AIM traded, TSX and BVL listed holding company of precious metals mining and exploration companies focused in Latin America. Minera IRL is led by an experienced senior management team with extensive industry experience, particularly operating in South America. The Group operates the Corihuarmi Gold Mine and the advanced gold projects Ollachea in Peru and Don Nicolas in Argentina. For more information, please visit www.minera-irl.com.
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