Trevali Reports 2019 Mineral Reserves and Resources; Increases Reserves at Rosh Pinah Mine and Grows Global Resource Base
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Trevali Mining Corporation (“Trevali” or the “Company”) (TSX: TV, BVL: TV; OTCQX: TREVF, Frankfurt: 4TI) reports its Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources statements as of December 31, 2019.
“Trevali is very encouraged with the continued growth of the Mineral Resources and Reserves base at our flagship Rosh Pinah Mine,” said Ricus Grimbeek, President and CEO. “The strategy of focusing on near-mine exploration and resource conversion drilling continued to deliver growth in respect to Mineral Resources last year. Globally, exploration successfully replaced and increased our Mineral Resources by 9%, with significant increases at Rosh Pinah in particular and at the Santander Pipe advanced target.”HighlightsExploration successfully replaced and increased global Zinc Measured and Indicated Resources at all mine sites aside from Perkoa where the 2019 mining depletion was only partially replaced:
– Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources increased by 9% over the prior year to 8.1 billion pounds (3.7 million tonnes) of contained zinc.
– Inferred Mineral Resources comprise an additional 3.0 billion lbs (1.4 million tonnes) of contained zinc.
Lead and Silver resources also increased:
– Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources increased to 1.9 billion pounds (0.9 million tonnes) of contained lead and 60 million ounces of contained silver.
– Inferred Mineral Resources include an additional 0.8 billion lbs (0.4 million tonnes) of contained lead and 27 million ounces of contained silver.
Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves are:
– 2.6 billion pounds (1.2 million tonnes) of contained zinc.
– 453 million pounds (0.2 million tonnes) of contained lead.
– 14.4 million ounces of contained silver.
Mineral Reserve tonnage increased at the Rosh Pinah operation, but decreased at other operations due to mining depletion and a lower Net Smelter Return (NSR) as a result of higher treatment charges and freight expenses.
Exploration drilling at the Santander Pipe target in Peru successfully increased the Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource by 1.00 million tonnes and now stands at 3.77 million tonnes of Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources with an additional 1.31 million tonnes of Inferred Mineral Resource.Consolidated Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources StatementConsolidated Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources statements are summarized in Tables 1 to 3 while Tables 4 and 5 provide a comparison to the 2018 Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources on a contained metal basis. Detailed breakdowns for each of the mines (Santander, Caribou, Perkoa and Rosh Pinah) and projects (Restigouche, Halfmile, Stratmat and Santander Pipe) are provided by category on a grade-tonnage-contained metal basis by mine regions in the detailed section. Mineral Resources in this document are reported inclusive of Mineral Reserves.Table 1. Total Proven & Probable Mineral Reserves as of December 31, 2019 (1,2)
Table 2. Total Measured & Indicated Mineral Resources as of December 31, 2019 (1,2,3)
Table 3. Total Inferred Mineral Resources as of December 31, 2019 (1,2,3)
Table 4. Total Proven & Probable Mineral Reserves (Contained Metals) as of December 31, 2019 (1,2)
Table 5. Total Measured & Indicated Mineral Resources and Inferred Mineral Resource (Contained Metals) as of December 31, 2019 (1,2,3)
Detailed Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource Disclosure
Perkoa MineThe annual Mineral Reserve statement for the Perkoa mine utilized a net smelter return cut-off-value of US$100 per tonne while the Mineral Resources are disclosed using a 5% ZnEQ cut-off value. The 2019 Resource definition and exploration drilling programs partly replaced the 2019 mining depletion by converting material from Inferred Mineral Resources to Indicated Mineral resources. Reserves replacement occurred primarily in the down-dip extension of the Hanging Wall Lens. Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources tonnages decreased slightly from 4.88 million tonnes to 4.40 million tonnes with grades decreasing modestly from 13.26% Zn to 12.64% Zn.Table 6. Perkoa Mineral Reserves as at December 31, 2019 (1,2)
Table 7. Perkoa Mineral Resources as at December 31, 2019 (1,2)
Rosh Pinah Mine
The conversion drilling program successfully replaced the 2019 mining depletion with tonnages for both Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves and Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources increasing in addition to mining depletion replacement. The Mineral Reserve zinc grade is modestly lower than 2018. The decline occurred primarily due to a combination of mining extracting higher than average Mineral Reserves grade tonnes in 2019, as well as adding lower grade tonnage at depth along the Western flank of the deposit. Exploration in 2019 successfully converted and added Mineral Resources at the Western Orefield along the western flank of the Rosh Pinah fold, which resulted in a significant increase in Mineral Resources and Reserves tonnage. Table 8. Rosh Pinah Mineral Reserves as at December 31, 2019 (1,2)
Table 9. Rosh Pinah Mineral Resource as at December 31, 2019 (1,2)
Caribou Mine – Bathurst Mining Camp Operations
The annual Mineral Reserve statement for the Caribou mine utilized a net smelter return cut-off-value of US$75 per tonne, which is the same cut-off as last year. Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves tonnage decreased from 2018 with mining depletion partially being replaced by conversion of Inferred Mineral Resource at depth as well as the inclusion of remnant mining areas following detailed assessments to determine a safe, cost-effective mining methodology for these areas. The overall Mineral Reserve grade increased due to more selective mining and to the mining of below-average grade material in 2019. The Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources saw an increase in tonnage, but a slight decrease in grade which still led to an increase in contained metal over the 2018 year-end Mineral disclosure.Table 10. Caribou Mineral Reserves as at December 31, 2019 (1,2)
Table 11. Bathurst Mining Camp (New Brunswick) Mineral Resources as at December 31, 2019 (1,2,3)
The annual Mineral Reserve estimate at the Company’s Santander mine utilized a net smelter return cut-off-value of US$50 per tonne which increased from a value of US$45 used to disclose the 2018 year-end Mineral Reserves. The 2019 drill program successfully replaced mined Mineral Resources for the year with Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources increasing in tonnages, grade and contained metal. The 2019 drilling program at Santander mainly focused on replacing mining depletion, but a significant amount of drilling also targeted resource conversion at the Santander Pipe Project. Mineral Reserves decreased with mining depletion as well as an increase in net smelter return cut-off value compared to 2018 partially being offset by the increase in Mineral Resources.The Santander Pipe drilling program successfully converted 0.54 million tonnes of Indicated Mineral Resources to Measured Mineral Resources and increased total Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources by 1.00 million tonnes for a total of 3.77 million tonnes at a grade of 6.67% Zn and a total of 554 million pounds of contained zinc metal.Table 12. Santander Mineral Reserves as at December 31, 2019 (1,2)
Table 13. Santander Mine Mineral Resource as at December 31, 2019 (1,2)
Qualified Persons and Technical Information
The Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource estimates have been estimated and compiled in accordance with definitions and guidelines set out in the Definition Standards for Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves adopted by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum and as required by Canada’s National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101″). Mineral Reserve estimates reflect the Company’s reasonable expectation that all necessary permits and approvals will be obtained and maintained, mining dilution and mining recovery have been applied in estimating the Mineral Reserves.The Mineral Reserves were prepared under the supervision of Nick Espenberg, a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. Nick Espenberg (P.Eng.) is Group Lead Business Planning for the Company and is therefore not considered independent.The Mineral Resource technical contents has been prepared by the Company’s technical personnel under the supervision of Yan Bourassa (M.Sc. P.Geo.), a Qualified Person as defined in NI 43-101. Yan Bourassa is Vice President of Exploration & Mineral Resources of the Company and accordingly, is not independent.About Trevali Mining CorporationTrevali is a global base-metals mining company, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. The bulk of Trevali’s revenue is generated from base-metals mining at its four operational assets: the 90%-owned Perkoa Mine in Burkina Faso, the 90%-owned Rosh Pinah Mine in Namibia, the wholly-owned Caribou Mine in northern New Brunswick, Canada and the wholly-owned Santander Mine in Peru. In addition, Trevali owns the Halfmile and Stratmat Properties and the Restigouche Deposit in New Brunswick, Canada, and the past-producing Ruttan Mine in northern Manitoba, Canada. Trevali also owns an effective 44%- interest in the Gergarub Project in Namibia, as well as an option to acquire a 100% interest in the Heath Steele deposit located in New Brunswick, Canada. The shares of Trevali are listed on the TSX (symbol TV), the OTCQX (symbol TREVF), the Lima Stock Exchange (symbol TV), and the Frankfurt Exchange (symbol 4TI). For further details on Trevali, readers are referred to the Company’s website (www.trevali.com) and to Canadian regulatory filings on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.Investor Relations Contact:
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