Development and drilling demonstrates potential for an additional amount of high volume, bulk tonnage of readily available silver stockwork not incorporated in the previous resource update, allowing for an innovative and highly productive operational design mining plan.
TORONTO, June 29, 2018 /CNW/ - Sierra Metals Inc. (TSX: SMT) (BVL: SMT) (NYSE American: SMTS) ("Sierra Metals" or "the Company") today announced that the development program at the Cusi Mine has confirmed a wide, high-grade silver stockwork zone located within the Santa Rosa de Lima ("SRL") vein complex. The SRL Vein is a regional structure which extends on the Company's property for a length of 12 kilometers. This stockwork zone is open at depth, and in width, current known dimensions are noted below. The current development program at Cusi is focused on the inclusion of the mineral resources from the SRL vein into the current mine plan. This mineralized zone extends to over 100 meters in length, 40 meters in width and 70 meters in height (see Fig 9.- Schematic View of the Sublevel Caving). The Cusi Mine lies within the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountain Range and located within the municipality of Cusihuiriachi in the central portion of Chihuahua State, Mexico.
Highlights of the newly defined area include the following:
Size of Area: 100 meters long x 40 meters wide x 70 meters high and open to depth and width. Note that this area is within the SRL complex and the SRL veins are open on strike. The typical mineralized zone density is 2.7 tonnes/cubic meter.
Size of area and ground conditions lend stockwork zone to be favourable for low-cost bulk mining methods.
Mine production plan to utilize the same equipment as the Cusi mine is using for sub level long hole stoping including long hold drilling equipment and remote-control equipment.
Ground conditions review by Geotech staff identified ground conditions which only require conventional ground support techniques, screen and bolting.
Development program to date has resulted in following mill feed grade:
Mine production will incorporate fill into mined out areas, and the andesite cap will be allowed to cave, with fill placement coming on top of the caved area.
All development is supplying mill feed. A definition drilling program is currently in progress, and moving forward, it will provide information necessary for resource category re-classification from current potential status.
All development production was processed at the Malpaso plant, and assays obtained from Malpaso laboratory.
Alonso Lujan, Vice President Exploration at Sierra Metals commented: "Today's press release demonstrates the existence of increased high-grade silver mineralization at Cusi with the potential for further resource development, as this area remains open at depth and along strike. The increased potential resources defined today will allow the Company to utilize the highly productive exploitation method of sublevel caving and help achieve its economic objectives at the Cusi Mine. This will be made possible given the morphological characteristics of the mineralized area, as well as the quality of the rock mass (RMR>40). The mine design will utilize sublevel caving which is highly productive, as it substantially reduces the needs for special rock support techniques, such as steel sets and allows for greater flexibility in the usage of current existing mining equipment."
He continued, "based on today's results management believes there is further potential to expand the SRL area but also the potential to expand resources in other areas such as the San Rafael Vein and the San Nicolas Vein. Management is very optimistic about the increased potential at the Cusi Mine and looks forward to further exploration there."
Igor Gonzales, President, and CEO of Sierra Metals stated: "These results are exceptional and are key to increasing development of the Cusi operations. With the information obtained from these recent results, management believes further development will benefit from our better understanding of the ore body at the Cusi Mine." He continued, "the significance of this discovery is that it occurred as a result of mine development work at one of the first areas to be mined at SRL structure. Our plans were to mine the typical four-meter-wide veins at SRL and we encountered a 40-meter-wide stockwork associated with that zone. Our development plan is now incorporating the much wider dimensions of this zone, which has positive implications on volume and economics beyond what was previously anticipated. Mine feed from this zone should increase in the next three months and provide stability of feed to our ore processing facilities at Mal Paso. Overall, I am very pleased with these results as they increase the value of the asset and are important to our growth strategy."
Work programs are now underway developing the primary level in this zone. With the draw points in place, work can commence on definition drilling at the zone to develop a resource. With our mining plan, the resource can be turned into a reserve in this area. As noted, all drift development provides mill feed for future metallurgical studies. This area along with SRL sublevel long hole stoping will provide long-term consistent mill feed and aid in the production ramp up for the Cusi mine.
All technical data contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by:
Gordon Babcock, P.Eng., Chief Operating Officer and a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
Americo Zuzunaga, MAusIMM CP (Mining Engineer) and Vice President of Corporate Planning is a Qualified Person and chartered professional qualifying as a Competent Person under the Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC) Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves.
Augusto Chung, FAusIMM CP (Metallurgist) and Consultant to Sierra Metals is a Qualified Person and chartered professional qualifying as a Competent Person on metallurgical processes.
About Sierra Metals
Sierra Metals Inc. is Canadian based growing polymetallic mining company with production from its Yauricocha Mine in Peru, and its Bolivar and Cusi Mines in Mexico. The Company is focused on increasing production volume and growing mineral resources. Sierra Metals has recently had several new key discoveries and still has many more exciting brownfield exploration opportunities at all three Mines in Peru and Mexico that are within close proximity to the existing mines. Additionally, the Company also has large land packages at all three mines with several prospective regional targets providing longer-term exploration upside and mineral resource growth potential.
The Company's Common Shares trade on the Bolsa de Valores de Lima and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "SMT" and on the NYSE American Exchange under the symbol "SMTS."
This press release contains "forward-looking information" and "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Canadian and U.S. securities laws related to the Company (collectively, "forward-looking information"). Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the Company's operations, including the anticipated developments in the Company's operations in future periods, the Company's planned exploration activities, the adequacy of the Company's financial resources, and other events or conditions that may occur in the future. Statements concerning mineral reserve and resource estimates may also be considered to constitute forward-looking statements to the extent that they involve estimates of the mineralization that will be encountered if and when the properties are developed or further developed. These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as "expects", "anticipates", "plans", "projects", "estimates", "assumes", "intends", "strategy", "goals", "objectives", "potential" or variations thereof, or stating that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved, or the negative of any of these terms and similar expressions) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information.
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Note Regarding Reserve and Resource Estimates
All reserve and resource estimates reported by the Company are calculated in accordance with the Canadian National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects and the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Classification system. These standards differ significantly from the requirements of the SEC. The differences between these standards are discussed in our SEC filings. Mineral resources which are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
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