Overview

In March 2019, the Corporation acquired the Los Ricos property which is located in Jalisco state, Mexico. The property is comprised of 42 concessions, covers over 22,000 hectares, and is home to several historical mining operations. The property is located roughly 100 km northwest of the city of Gaudalajara and is easily accessible by paved road.

The property is split into two projects, the Los Ricos South project and the Los Ricos North project, which are approximately 25km apart.  An initial 43-101 compliant mineral resource estimate on the Los Ricos South project was announced on July 29, 2020, and an Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") was announced on January 20, 2021.

The Los Ricos South project was launched in March 2019 and includes the ‘Main’ area, which is focused on drilling around a number of historical mines including El Abra, El Troce, San Juan, and Rascadero.  The Los Ricos South project also includes the Cerro Colorado, Las Lamas and East Vein targets. 

The Los Ricos North project was launched in March 2020 and includes over 100 targets identified by GoGold's exploration team.   A 100,000m drilling program for 2021 is underway, currently drilling at the El Favor, La Trini, Casados and El Orito targets.  

Mineral Resource Estimate - Los Ricos South

See press release dated July 29, 2020 for details regarding Mineral Resource Estimate.  The corresponding 43-101 compliant technical report is available for download on SEDAR and below.

Table 1: Los Ricos South Mineral Resource Estimate – Pit Constrained and Out-of-Pit(Note1-8)

Mining Method Category Tonnes Average Grade Contained Metal
Au Ag AuEq AgEq Au Ag AuEq AgEq
(Mt) (g/t) (g/t) (g/t) (g/t) (koz) (koz) (koz) (koz)

Pit Constrained5

Measured 1.1 1.10 152 2.84 249 39 5,464 102 8,917
Indicated 8.7 0.89 113 2.18 191 247 31,681 610 53,330
Measured & Indicated 9.8 0.91 118 2.26 197 287 37,146 711 62,243
Inferred 2.3 0.75 73 1.58 138 56 5,421 118 10,296
Out-of-Pit6,7 Indicated 0.2 1.23 185 3.35 293 6 907 16 1,434
Inferred 0.9 1.21 209 3.60 315 37 6,360 110 9,588
Total Measured 1.1 1.10 152 2.84 249 39 5,464 102 8,917
Indicated 8.8 0.89 115 2.20 193 253 32,588 626 54,765
Measured & Indicated 10.0 0.91 119 2.27 199 293 38,053 728 63,677
Inferred 3.3 0.88 112 2.17 190 93 11,781 227 19,884
  1. Mineral Resources which are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. The estimate of Mineral Resources may be materially affected by environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio-political, marketing, or other relevant issues.
  2. The Inferred Mineral Resource in this estimate has a lower level of confidence than that applied to an Indicated Mineral Resource and must not be converted to a Mineral Reserve. It is reasonably expected that the majority of the Inferred Mineral Resource could be upgraded to an Indicated Mineral Resource with continued exploration.
  3. The Mineral Resources in this news release were estimated in accordance with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), CIM Standards on Mineral Resources and Reserves, Definitions and Guidelines prepared by the CIM Standing Committee on Reserve Definitions and adopted by the CIM Council.
  4. Historically mined areas were depleted from the Mineral Resource model.
  5. The pit constrained AuEq cut-off grade of 0.43 g/t Au was derived from US$1,400/oz Au price, US$16/oz Ag price, 93% process recovery, US$18/tonne process and G&A cost. The constraining pit optimization parameters were $2.00/t mineralized mining cost, 1.50/t waste mining cost and 50-degree pit slopes.
  6. The out-of-pit AuEq cut-off grade of 1.4 g/t Au was derived from US$1,400/oz Au price, US$16/oz Ag price, 93% process recovery, $40/t mining cost, US$18/tonne process and G&A cost. The out-of-pit Mineral Resource grade blocks were quantified above the 1.4 g/t AuEq cut-off, below the constraining pit shell and within the constraining mineralized wireframes. Out–of-Pit Mineral Resources are restricted to the Los Ricos and Rascadero Veins, which exhibit historical continuity and reasonable potential for extraction by cut and fill and longhole mining methods.
  7. No out-of-pit Mineral Resources are categorized as Measured.
  8. AgEq and AuEq calculated at an Ag/Au ratio of 87.5:1.

43-101 Technical Report LRS Mineral Resource (PDF)

PEA - Los Ricos South

GoGold announced its initial PEA at Los Ricos South on January 20, 2021.  Highlights of the PEA, with a base case silver price of US$21.00/oz and gold price of US$1,550/oz are as follows (all figures in US dollars unless otherwise stated):

  • GoGold completes PEA at its first target in Los Ricos district – Los Ricos South;
  • After-Tax NPV (using a discount rate of 5%) of $295 Million with an After-Tax IRR of 46% (Base Case);
  • 11-year mine life producing a total of 69.6 million payable silver equivalent ounces (“AgEq”), consisting of 42.9 million silver ounces, 352,000 gold ounces and 4.5 million copper pounds;
  • Initial capital costs of $125 million, including $16 million in contingency costs, over an expected 18 month build, and additional sustaining capital costs of $62 million over the life of mine (“LOM”);
  • Average LOM operating cash costs of $8.65/oz AgEq, and all in sustaining costs (“AISC”) of $11.35/oz AgEq
  • At approximate spot metal prices of $24.40 silver/oz and $1,800 gold/oz, provides an After-Tax NPV (using a discount rate of 5%) of $408 million and an IRR of 58%;
  • Average annual production of 8.7 million AgEq in years two through six;
  • Approximately 2/3 of LOM production is open pit (“OP”), and approximately 1/3 is bulk underground (“UG”) mining;
  • 22 months from project acquisition to PEA, including initial Mineral Resource on first target at Los Ricos South.

The following table shows key economic assumptions and results for the PEA:

Assumption / Result Unit Value

 

Assumption / Result Unit Value

Total OP Plant Feed Mined

Kt

10,228

 

Net Revenue

US$M

1,437.6

Total UG Plant Feed Mined

Kt

4,983

 

Initial Capital Costs

US$M

125.1

Total Plant Feed Mined

Kt

15,211

 

Sustaining Capital Costs

US$M

62.3

Operating Strip Ratio

Ratio

7.7

 

OP Mining Costs

$/t Feed

18.33

Silver Grade (Note 1)

g/t

99.59

 

UG Mining Costs

$/t Feed

30.31

Gold Grade (Note 1)

g/t

0.78

 

LOM Mining Costs

$/t Feed

22.32

AgEq Grade (Note 1)

g/t

157.31

 

Operating Cash Cost

US$/oz AgEq

8.65

Silver Recovery

%

88

 

All in Sustaining Cost

US$/oz AgEq

11.35

Gold Recovery

%

93

 

Mine Life

Yrs

11

Silver Price

US$/oz

21.00

 

Average process rate

t/day

5,000

Gold Price

US$/oz

1,550

 

After-Tax NPV (5% discount)

US$M

295.0

Copper Price

US$/lb

3.00

 

Pre-Tax NPV (5% discount)

US$M

465.9

Payable Silver Metal

Moz

42.9

 

After-Tax IRR

%

45.8

Payable Gold Metal

Koz

352.9

 

Pre-Tax IRR

%

64.1

Payable Copper

Mlb

4.5

 

After-Tax Payback Period

Yrs

2.0

Payable AgEq

Moz

69.6

 

 

 

 

  1. Grades shown are LOM average feed grades including both OP and UG sources.  Dilution of approximately 15% for OP material and 34% for UG material was used.

The Preliminary Economic Assessment Technical Report will be filed on SEDAR and available on this website on or prior to March 5, 2021.  For additional details on the PEA, please see the press release dated January 20, 2021 and available below:

Los Ricos South PEA Press Release (PDF) 

Drilling - Los Ricos North

The Los Ricos North Project was launched in March 2020 with drilling beginning in June 2020. Currently the Company is undergoing a 100,000m drilling program in 2021, and has 9 drill rigs operating at Los Ricos North at multiple targets including El Favor, El Orito, Casados, Mololoa, and La Trini.

The first holes at La Trini were released on August 5, 2020 and confirmed significant widths of high-grade silver and gold mineralization.  The La Trini deposit is a flat-lying zone that outcrops on surface, strikes approximately east-west and dips  gently to the north around 20 degrees.  These characteristics, combined with the gentle topography, will allow GoGold to rapidly develop the Mineral Resource of the deposit by drilling a series of short holes from surface over the next 4 to 6 months.  This is the same exploration strategy and approach used to develop the initial Mineral Resource Estimate at Los Ricos South. To date, results from 96 drill holes have been released at La Trini.

The first holes at El Favor were released on September 23, 2020, and showed four stacked zones of wide mineralization starting from surface.  The program has tested along 1,000m of the historic El Favor vein and workings, intersecting wide zones with some very high grade silver and gold mineralization close to surface.  Drilling to date has confirmed the wide zones of mineralization mapped and sampled on surface continue down dip for close to 600m, and future drilling will aggressively advance the zone towards a mineral resource estimate.

The first holes at El Orito were released on January 27, 2021, and were the first holes ever drilled in the area.  The holes revealed wide intersections of epithermal silver, gold, and base metal sulfide mineralization.  The El Orito deposit is located about 1,200 meters to the west along strike from the El Favor deposit and continues westward for 1,000 meters.  In the fall of 2020, geological mapping teams observed several areas of historical mine workings and found several outcrops of silver and gold bearing quartz veins within a 50m wide by 750m long zone of silicification and epithermal alteration.  A nearby second zone of quartz veining was found within a 35m wide by 700m long zone of silicification which was about 300m to the south of and parallel to the first vein.  The known strike length of the El Orito – El Favor structure is now approaching 2,500 meters and is still open in both directions.  The surface topography at El Orito is 400 to 500m lower compared to El Favor and is allowing the exploration team to see this large mineralized structure over a vertical height of 750 meters when measured from the surface outcrops at El Favor to the intersections in the El Orito drill holes.  The drilling at El Favor has only tested the first 200m down dip to date.

The first holes at Casados were released on February 17, 2021, and were the first holes ever drilled in the area.  Although there was limited historical mining that averaged 1.5m in width on one of the veins (Casados – Vein 1), the discovery is that the Casados Vein 1 is strongly mineralized over widths exceeding 20m. There is an additional discovery of a second fully intact vein (Casados – Vein 2) in the footwall that exceeds 20m in width with grades as good or exceeding Vein 1.  In some instances, these two veins combine into one with widths up to 56.5m of 171 g/t AgEq.

Figure 1 shows the drilling and sampling sites at Los Ricos North, Figure 2 below shows the trend of El Favor, Figure 3 shows the drill plan map for La Trini, Figure 4 shows the drill plan map at El Orito, and Figure 5 shows a long section of both El Orito and El Favor, followed by links to a summary of drilling at Los Ricos North.

Figure 1 - Drill Sites - Los Ricos North

Figure 2 - Plan view - El Favor

Figure 3 - La Trini Drill Plan Map

Figure 4 - El Orito Drill Hole Locations

Figure 5 - El Orito & El Favor Longitudinal Section

Figure 6 - Casados Plan View

Drilling Summary (PDF)

 

Historical Drilling (PDF)

Drilling - Los Ricos South

At Los Ricos South, GoGold completed a diamond drilling program of HQ size core 2020 in conjunction with a field program of geological mapping, sampling and trenching on the property. The core drilling campaign at Los Ricos South was focused on defining the mineralized halo around the historical high grade ore shoots as defined by the underground workings and the 65 historical RC drill holes on the property.  A PEA was released on the project on January 20, 2021.

Figure 1. A longitudinal section diagram showing both historical and GoGold's drilling lengths and intercepts to date at Los Ricos South.

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Figure 2. A longitudinal section diagram showing both historical and GoGold's drilling to date at Los Ricos South which shows the silver equivalent grade thickness.  This is calculated by multiplying the average grade of the intercept by it's thickness.

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Full details of all drilling intercepts and locations are available as downloadable PDFs below.

Drill Summary - Recent Drill Summary - Historical

Figure 3.  3D view of the Los Ricos South project surrounding the historical underground workings at the Main area, with the location of the other zones shown.

Location and Access

The Los Ricos property is accessible by either a four lane highway west from Guadalajara, the third largest city in Mexico, or via an older two-lane highway that passes through the town of Tequila on to the community of Magdelana, a distance of about 70 km. From Magdalena the property is accessed by another 5 km of paved road and then another 20 km of good gravel road. Access is adequate in a two-wheel-drive vehicle with good tires. The topography on and around the property is fairly rugged and steeply incised. Elevations on the property range from around 1100 m ASL to 1500 m ASL.

History

The Destajos, Famosa and Trinidad zones (levels) of the Cinco Minas vein were exploited as early as Spanish colonial times in the early 1500's (Rivera & Vazquez, 1963). The next documented record of exploitation in the area was in 1824 when a Coronel Schiaffino had the property. Subsequently, the property was worked by a Mr. Luis Martinez of Guadalajara, but after him the mine was significantly enlarged by the Cinco Minas Mining Company (CMMC), owned by Marcus Daly Jr., the son of the founder of the Anaconda Copper Company.

CMMC built the road to the mine and town and also brought in a 220 kV power line that is still standing and functional today (Anon., 1954). CMMC bought the power from the Chapala hydroelectric plant on Lake Chapala, just south of Guadalajara (Lindsay, 1957). The mine operated until 1930 when it was shut down partly due to depleted reserves and the Depression, partly due to civil unrest in Mexico. During its operation, CMMC developed and mined the El Abra zone ore shoot on seventeen levels (see Figures 4 & 5). The shoot was mined over a distance of about 700 metres vertically and horizontally over 450 metres near the top of the vein and over about 100 metres at the lowest levels.

Total production records are not available, but back-calculations done by Zahony (1981), based on production records noted by Wisser (1930) indicate that the deposit produced in the order of 2.1 million tonnes of 0.13 oz/t Au (4.46 g/t) and 18.6 oz/t Ag (637 g/t). A calculation done by Minera Las Cuevas during 1981-1982 produced a mined estimate of 1.3 million tonnes of ore averaging about 1 kg/ton Ag (29 oz/t) and about 3 to 4 g/t Au (~0.1 oz/t) from an ore shoot with dimensions of approximately 200 m x 6 m x 455 m deep (Ausburn, 1997). This is from a smaller and richer block contained within the greater orebody.

Regional Geology

The Hostotipaquillo mining district occurs within the approximate intersection of two extensive calc-alkaline magmatic arcs, the older Sierra Madre Occidental volcanic province and the younger Trans-Mexican volcanic arc (or Neo-Volcanic Belt). The Sierra Madre Occidental volcanic province trends northwest along the Pacific margin of Mexico and parallels the western coastline. It extends for approximately 1,700 kilometres from the USA border to the Mexican state of Guerrero. The later east-west trending Trans-Mexican volcanic arc (Eje Neovolcanico) overlaps and partially obscures the southern portion of the Sierra Madre Occidental volcanic province (Ausburn, 1997).

The geology of the Hostotipaquillo district is characterized by late Oligocene to Pliocene volcanic and subvolcanic intrusive rocks deformed by a set of northwest and approximately east-west trending graben-forming normal faults. Oligocene and Miocene volcanics are primarily andesite flows, rhyolite ash flow and air fall tuffs, and rhyolite and dacite flow-domes that have been partially covered by Pliocene to Recent basalt flows. The northwest trending graben that extends across most of the district is one of several late Miocene to Quaternary tectonic depressions formed in the area of the intersection of the south Sierra Madre Occidental volcanic province and the Trans Mexico volcanic arc, and is part of the larger regional west-northwest trending Zacoalco graben system. The Rio Santiago flows northwest through the district along the northeast margin of the Hostotipaquillo district graben structure, including the Gran Cabrera group of mines, the El Salomon-El Favor group of mines and the Cinco Minas and the Santo Domingo-La Espanola mine group vein systems (Figure 15) These faults form prominent scarps that are the canyon walls on the southwest and south side of Rio Santiago. The mineralized vein systems in these faults form dip slopes in the river canyon walls at several locations, such as Cabrera and Santo Domingo-La Espanola.

Andesite occurs in various colours and textures. Northwest of the El Aguila mine, near the bottom of the vein and in San Miguel Creek and the mouth of La Calera Creek (location unknown), the andesite is greenish-grey in colour and has a very fine texture. It contains abundant quartz phenocrysts, and previous investigators have classified it as a quartz andesite.

At the village of Cinco Minas occur outcroppings of the andesite that form the hanging wall to the Cinco Minas vein. They are reddish-purple, porphyritic and rest atop andesitic tuffs (Rivera & Vazquez). The author observed these andesites in an open pit exposure at the El Abra workings.

Large, post-mineral fault has dragged these volcanics down the dip-slope of the Cinco Minas vein such that they appear to rest conformably on the vein/fault surface.

In the mine, rhyolites are observed overlying andesite in the lower parts of the vein. On surface, the rhyolites are found principally in outcroppings above the vein and underlie most of the higher hills found to the northeast of it. The rhyolites have various shades of pink and light green and often contain quartz phenocrysts. The latter type was observed by the author along crosscuts connected to the La Famosa level haulage located in the footwall of Cinco Minas vein.

Two types of tuffs were observed: andesitic and rhyolitic. The former type outcrop in Cinco Minas creek, are light green, fine grained and locally have purplish inter bands and show some signs of internal folding. The latter type outcrops in the higher parts of the hillside in the extreme northwest part of Cinco Minas vein near the San Juan workings. Here they have a pale pink colour and contain abundant quartz and biotite phenocrysts and phenocrysts of feldspars that are kaolinized.

Breccias occur above the rhyolite northeast of El Pitayo (location not known). They form stratiform layers with a northwesterly strike and dip of 320 to the northeast. They consist of angular fragments of red and green volcanics 1 to 5 mm across. The orientation and distribution of clasts suggests a vent source to the west. The matrix is of a rhyolitic origin.

Younger basalts overlay all the units mentioned above. Two types are distinguished: one group occurs below the Cinco Minas vein. They overlay the rhyolite northeast of El Capizayo (location not known) and have a fine grained texture. Petrographic analysis indicates that it is a porphyritic basalt containing hornblende and enstatite. Their stratigraphic position suggests that they were deposited early in the volcanic succession and possibly are part of a bimodal suite which includes structure.

Faults play an important role in the emplacement of the Cinco Minas vein and others in the area. The fault containing Cinco Minas is part of the large feature described earlier, related to graben development in response to tectonics. The Cinco Minas vein system occupies a major fault that trends 1350 AZ and dips from 600 to 700 to the southwest.

At the start of the major tectonic regime in the early Tertiary, right-lateral movement predominated over a great but unknown distance. The regional geology map sheet for this area shows the faults to have left-lateral movement, but this is unlikely as the relative movement of the two tectonic plates here is right-lateral.

At Cinco Minas shearing occurred over a zone many metres wide. Rhyolite dykes subsequently intruded the fractured zone followed by local quartz barren of sulphides. Later quartz permeated much of the shear zone and adjacent wall rock as small shearing movements continued (Black, 1981). Sulphide emplacement increased and shearing diminished greatly, causing tensional forces to build and subsequent oblique movement of blocks. More sulphides were emplaced during this phase followed by a cessation of shear forces. This was followed by post-mineral normal faulting when a large graben was formed to the southwest. Vertical displacement of 10's to possibly 100's of metres took place; there was some minor late stage quartz veining accompanying this event. This post-mineral faulting is evident as slickensides on the Cinco Minas vein.