Vizsla Extends Exploration Period Of Panuco Option Agreements To 2022
The Rio Panuco option forms half of the consolidated Panuco mining district and includes the 500 tonne per day El Coco Mill. The Rio Panuco concessions contain the northern Animas, northern Cordon del Oro and Napoleon veins that are the current focus of exploration and also contains significant underground mine development. Additional infrastructure includes tailings facilities, roads, power, ejido agreements and permits.
At the onset of the quarantine restrictions in Mexico due to COVID-19, the Company began to review its options pertaining to force majeure clauses in the two option agreements to pause the payment anniversaries. The Company ended the force majeure period on the Rio Panuco option by mutual agreement with the amendments announced in this release while force majeure remains in place on the Silverstone option until government agencies in Mexico return to a normal course of business. The later registering of the Silverstone option agreement against the claim titles and the force majeure period to date extends the anniversary dates of the Silverstone option by a projected timeframe of four months from the original agreements and provides added time for exploration ahead of the infrastructure purchase phase of the agreement in 2022, subject to the enforced lockdown by Mexican authorities.
CEO Michael Konnert stated “Vizsla is now in the strongest position yet to execute the option and become a near-term silver and gold producer at the Panuco district. Restructuring the Rio Panuco agreement to extend the option period by one year and the extra runway on the Silverstone agreements is a major success for the Company and shareholders. We now have more time to undertake exploration at the Panuco project ahead of the infrastructure purchase component of the option in 2022. These extensions fortify Vizsla’s business plan of delineating an initial resource to justify the execution of one or both options and enter into production. Building on the recent excellent drilling and sampling results and the lifting of restrictions allowing drilling later this month, the Company is making excellent progress towards its vision at the Panuco silver-gold district.”
About the Panuco project
Vizsla has an option to acquire 100% of the newly consolidated 9,386.5 Ha Panuco district in southern Sinaloa, Mexico, near the city of Mazatlán. The option allows for the acquisition of over 75 km of total vein extent, a 500 tpd mill, 35 kms of underground mines, tailings facilities, roads, power and permits.
The district contains intermediate to low sulfidation epithermal silver and gold deposits related to siliceous volcanism and crustal extension in the Oligocene and Miocene. Host rocks are mainly continental volcanic rocks correlated to the Tarahumara Formation.
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