During 2013, extensive definition drilling and detailed mine planning to integrate the Hinge, 007 and Rice Lakes mines resulted in an increase in proven and probable mineral reserves to 2.7 million tons grading 5.24 grams per tonne containing 405,400 ounces of gold as of December 31, 2013. This is a 60% increase from the proven and probable mineral reserves as of December 31, 2012.
"I am very pleased with the progress made by our technical team over the past year. The increase in reserves has allowed us to complete five years of detailed mine planning, thereby providing improved operational flexibility. Our drilling in 2014 will be primarily from underground locations in closer proximity to known ore bodies. We expect to achieve a further increase in the mineral reserve as the year progresses through the conversion of our large inferred mineral resource," said Ian Berzins, San Gold's President, CEO and Chief Operating Officer.
|Rice Lake Mining Complex Mineral Reserves and Resources, |
as of December 31, 2013
|Mineral Reserves||Mineral Resources|
|Rice Lake Mine||Rice Lake Mine|
|Proven Reserves||345,600||6.05||0.18||61,000||Measured Resource||281,400||8.32||0.24||68,300|
|Probable Reserves||1,114,300||5.85||0.17||190,000||Indicated Resource||927,400||7.87||0.23||212,800|
|Proven and Probable||1,459,900||5.89||0.17||251,000||Measured and Indicated||1,208,800||7.97||0.23||281,100|
|Hinge District||Hinge District|
|Proven Reserves||146,000||4.79||0.14||20,400||Measured Resource||123,900||6.33||0.18||22,900|
|Probable Reserves||320,500||4.16||0.12||38,900||Indicated Resource||270,600||5.51||0.16||43,500|
|Proven and Probable||466,500||4.36||0.13||59,300||Measured and Indicated||394,500||5.77||0.17||66,400|
|007 Deposit||007 Deposit|
|Proven Reserves||133,300||4.76||0.14||18,500||Measured Resource||109,900||6.47||0.19||20,700|
|Probable Reserves||333,900||4.46||0.13||43,400||Indicated Resource||275,400||6.05||0.18||48,600|
|Proven and Probable||467,200||4.54||0.13||61,900||Measured and Indicated||385,300||6.17||0.18||69,300|
|Other Deposits||Other Deposits|
|Proven Reserves||52,200||5.06||0.15||7,700||Measured Resource||42,000||7.55||0.22||9,200|
|Probable Reserves||208,100||4.21||0.12||25,500||Indicated Resource||759,400||5.85||0.17||129,600|
|Proven and Probable||260,300||4.38||0.13||33,200||Measured and Indicated||801,400||5.94||0.17||138,800|
|Total Project||Total Project|
|Proven and Probable||2,653,900||5.24||0.15||405,400||Measured and Indicated||2,790,000||6.83||0.20||555,600|
Notes to Mineral Reserve and Resource Estimate Table
- Mineral reserve and resource estimates are calculated in accordance with the CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves adopted by CIM Council, 2010.
- Tonnage and ounce estimates have been rounded to the nearest hundred.
- Proven and probable mineral reserves are included in the measured and indicated mineral resources.
- The mineral reserve estimate is based on a gold price of US$1,250 per ounce.
- A cut-off grade of 3.65 g/tonne gold was used for estimating mineral reserves. A cut-off grade of between 2.74 and 3.43 g/tonne gold was used for estimating mineral resources.
- Inferred mineral resources are not in the current mine plan and therefore do not have demonstrated economic viability.
The estimate of mineral resources was carried out under the supervision of Michael Michaud, Vice-President of Exploration. The estimate of mineral reserves was carried out under the supervision of Rolando Jeria, Chief Engineer. Mr. Michaud and Mr. Jeria are Qualified Persons as defined by NI 43-101, and have reviewed and approved this news release.
About San Gold
San Gold is an established Canadian gold producer, explorer, and developer that owns and operates the Rice Lake Mining Complex near Bissett, Manitoba. The Company employs more than 420 people and is committed to the highest standards of safety and environmental stewardship. San Gold is on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "SGR" and on the OTCQX under the symbol "SGRCF".
No stock exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein. This news release includes certain "forward-looking statements". All statements, other than statements of historical fact included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding forecast gold production, gold grades, recoveries, cash operating costs, potential mineralization, mineral resources, mineral reserves, exploration results, and future plans and objectives of the Company, are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to mining and processing of mined ore, achieving projected recovery rates, anticipated production rates and mine life, operating efficiencies, costs and expenditures, changes in mineral resources and conversion of mineral resources to proven and probable mineral reserves, and other information that is based on forecasts of future operational or financial results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management.
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There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations include, among others, the actual results of current exploration activities, conclusions of economic evaluations and changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined as well as future prices of precious metals, as well as those factors discussed in the section entitled "Other MD&A Requirements and Additional Disclosure and Risk Factors" in the Company's most recent quarterly Management's Analysis and Discussion ("MD&A"). Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
Exploration results that include geophysics, sampling, and drill results on wide spacings may not be indicative of the occurrence of a mineral deposit. Such results do not provide assurance that further work will establish sufficient grade, continuity, metallurgical characteristics, and economic potential to be classed as a category of mineral resource. A mineral resource that is classified as "inferred" or "indicated" has a great amount of uncertainty as to its existence and economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that any or part of an "indicated mineral resource" or "inferred mineral resource" will ever be upgraded to a higher category of resource. Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of mineral deposits in these categories will ever be converted into proven and probable reserves.