Adventus, Salazar safe $235.5M to advance Curipamba copper venture

Adventus Mining (TSXV: ADZN; US-OTC: ADVZF) and Salazar Sources (TSXV: SRL; US-OTC: SRLZF) have secured financing of US$235.5 million with which to advance their Curipamba copper venture in central Ecuador. Wheaton Treasured Metals (TSX: WPM; NYSE: WPM) will present a complete of US$180.5 million underneath phrases of a metals streaming deal, and Trafigura will present US$55 million underneath phrases of an offtake financing settlement.

The Curipamba high-grade copper venture will be the subsequent trendy base and treasured metals producer in Ecuador. Adventus is funding exploration and growth spending of US$25 million over 4 years. It’s also funding capital prices to manufacturing and can obtain 95% of the free money movement till all of its investments since 2017 are repaid. After that, money flows can be shared 75% to Adventus and 25% to Salazar.

The feasibility for Curipamba was accomplished in October final yr. It outlines an open pit mine on the El Domo volcanic huge sulphide (VMS) deposit. The mineralization is basically flat-lying, occurring in a single most important huge sulphide lens.

The useful resource estimate accomplished on the time of the feasibility examine contained 9 million measured and indicated tonnes grading 2.11% copper, 0.24% lead, 2.59% zinc, 2.36 grams gold per tonne, and 45 grams silver per tonne. By way of contained metallic, the deposit has 189,400 tonnes of copper, 21,600 tonnes of lead, 231,700 tonnes of zinc, 680,000 oz. of gold, and 13 million oz. of silver.

There are additionally 1.1 million tonnes at 1.72% copper, 0.41% lead, 2.59% zinc, 1.62 grams gold per tonne, and 32 grams silver per tonne within the inferred complete.

The open pit useful resource contains 7.1 million measured and indicated tonnes at 1.92% copper, 0.3% lead, 2.64% zinc, 2.63 grams gold and 49 grams silver. The inferred portion of the pit useful resource is 300,000 tonnes at 0.34% copper, 0.2% lead, 1.01% zinc, 1.34 grams gold, and 39 grams silver.

Adventus additionally estimated about 1.9 million indicated and 800,000 inferred tonnes that will kind the idea for underground mining.

The venture economics for Curipamba are optimistic. The venture has an after-tax web current worth with an 8% low cost of US$259 million and an after-tax inner charge of return of 32%. The mine would have a 14-year life, throughout which era it might produce a complete of 100,274 tonnes of copper, 17,344 tonnes of lead, 176,166 tonnes of zinc, 335,928 oz. of gold, and eight.6 million oz. of silver.

The entire preliminary capital expenditures can be US$247.6 million, together with US$51.8 for a traditional open pit mine, US$56 million for the processing plant, and US$29.2 million for tailings administration, reclamation and water remedy. The all-in sustaining price is estimated at US$1.26 per lb. copper-equivalent.

Wheaton will present US$175.5 million to be paid upfront in 4 levels for use for pre-construction actions at Curipamba. As a part of the general funding, US$500,000 can be earmarked for area people growth initiatives previous to manufacturing. Wheaton has agreed to buy 50% of the payable gold manufacturing till 150,000 oz. have been delivered and 33% of the gold for the remaining mine life. It should additionally buy 75% of the payable silver till 4.6 million oz. have been delivered and 50% thereafter.

Trafigura is offering US$45 million as a senior debt facility, together with US$5 million for pre-construction actions. The rest can be paid in two instalments throughout development. This facility contains an offtake settlement for sure concentrates over the  lifetime of the mine.


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