Mohamed Assalmi, Chief Geologist at Zgounder stated: "The mineralisation observed at the face shows native silver, sphalerite, pyrite and disseminated chalcopyrite as well as in fractures, this matches what was observed in the core description 2.5 years ago. The next step is to carry definition drilling to better define the exact geometry of this mineralized body."
The technical content of this news release has been prepared and reviewed by Claude Duplessis Eng. GoldMinds Geoservices Inc. independent Qualified Persons under NI 43-101 standards based on information received from ZMSM.
About Zgounder (Previously announced on February 22nd 2018)
Highlights of the Zgounder Silver Mine PEA Study:
-- A project life of 10 years with the current resources up to 2027; -- ZMSM Internal Rate of Return of 134% and 118% after taxes; -- ZMSM pre-tax Net Present Value of US$215.1M (discounted at 6.5%) at variable silver price from US$17.50 to US$21.50 per ounce with yearly average of US$20.50 per ounce; -- ZMSM after-tax Net Present Value of US$200.2M (discounted at 6.5%) at variable silver price from USD$17.50 to USD21.5 USD per ounce with average of US$20.5 per ounce; -- The extraction of 3.974Mt at 292 g/t Ag for silver production of 33.682M ounces; -- Milling to increase to 500 tpd in 2018 then up to 2020 followed by a 2000 tpd in 2021; -- Production increase to 1.354M ounces per year up to 4.762M ounces of silver per year; -- Total operating cost of US $63.64 per tonne (averaged over the expected mine's life); -- Capex and sustaining capital requirements of US $46.9M -- MAYA Internal Rate of Return of 121% with an NPV of US$209.86M; -- The Zgounder PEA was prepared as combination of underground extraction, open pit extraction of mineralized material as well as reprocessing of old tailings based on the mineral resources reported on January 8, 2018.
The PEA is preliminary in nature and includes the use of inferred mineral resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves. Thus, there is no certainty that the results stated in the PEA will be realized. Actual results may vary, perhaps materially. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Additional exploration work is required to increase the quality of the mineral resources.
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