Mexico's oil regulator will likely add another auction in 2018 featuring conventional onshore oil and gas blocks, the head of the National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) said on Thursday, potentially teeing up a third tender in an election year.
Bacanora CEO Peter Secker said, "Government approval for the Environmental Impact Statement is the latest key requirement that is now in place at Sonora. One-by-one we are ticking off our checklist ahead of our goal of developing Sonora into a world class lithium operation. Our work to date has already established Sonora as a large and scalable project; while our pilot plant at Sonora has been producing battery grade lithium carbonate on a continuous basis for the past eighteen months. This has served to prove the detailed flow sheet and metallurgical process that will be deployed at the Project, and has also helped to secure Hanwa as both a strategic and off-take partner for up to 100% of production."
N. Eric Fier, CPG, P.Eng, President and CEO, remarked, “Our continued step-out drilling along the strike of the Babicanora Vein has added another 100 metres to the previously announced high-grade footprint. Our first holes in the Granaditas and Amatista veins, which intersected high-grade mineralization, continue to show further untested potential in the district. Drilling in all nine veins drilled to date has intercepted areas of high-grade mineralization that warrant further drilling to better define continuity and volume. Our Phase II exploration program at Las Chispas continues with six drills actively working from the surface and underground. The objective of this program is to drill-test the Babicanora Vein over 1.5 kilometres of its known 3.2 kilometres strike length. With our continued success, we are aiming to further expand high-grade mineralization along multiple veins in both the Las Chispas and Babicanora areas in preparation for a maiden resource in early 2018.”
El senador Luis Sánchez Jiménez solicitó a la Secretaría del Trabajo y Previsión Social asumir la defensa de los derechos de los trabajadores mineros que demandan el pago del 5% de las acciones de la Compañía Minera de Cananea, comprometidos en el Convenio firmado desde el 20 de agosto de 1990.
Commenting on the drilling, Azure Managing Director, Mr Tony Rovira, said, “This is a very exciting time for Azure. With drilling underway at Oposura, the Company now has six rigs turning on three different projects, delivering a continual news flow over the next few months. Programs range from first-pass drilling on the exciting Sara Alicia gold-cobalt prospect to the resource drill-out program at Oposura, as well as deep exploration drilling being undertaken at Alacrán by our partner Teck Resources.”
El Gallo Mine, Mexico – Overcoming Challenges Production in Q3 was 7,213 gold equivalent ounces, compared to 11,849 gold equivalent ounces during the same period in 2016. Production in Q3 continued to be below our expectations as a result of a serious mechanical failure at the end of July that removed the crushing circuit from operation. As a result we were unable to crush and place fresh ore to leach on the leach pad for a period of time. We currently have almost twice our normal crushing capacity available for the remainder of the year. Production is improving on account of the increased throughput, and access to better grades of ore in the pit that was predicted in the second half of the year. Increased production in Q4 will partially compensate for the shortfall experienced to date.