Mr. Darren Hall reports
CALIBRE MINING RECEIVES ENVIRONMENTAL PERMIT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATION OF THE HIGH-GRADE PAVON CENTRAL OPEN-PIT MINE EXPECTED TO DRIVE PRODUCTION INCREASE IN 2023
Calibre Mining Corp. has been granted the key environmental permit for development and production of the Pavon Central open-pit mine from the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources in Nicaragua.
Darren Hall, chief executive officer of Calibre, stated: "The approval of Pavon Central marks a significant milestone in the company's efforts to organically grow production, utilizing a portion of the installed excess capacity at our Libertad mill. We are excited to introduce Pavon Central into the development profile fueling grade-driven production growth in 2023 and 2024 from the 6.49 g/t gold reserve (see news release dated Feb. 23, 2022, or Libertad technical report available on the company's website or SEDAR). We will continue to work closely with regulatory authorities, local communities and all stakeholders to ensure safe and responsible development and mining at Pavon Central."
During 2021 Calibre initiated mining at Pavon Norte, the first of three known gold deposits hosting mineral resources in the district. Calibre is advancing development of Pavon Central with the objective to commence production in the first quarter of 2023. Combined 2021 end-of-year mineral reserves for the Pavon Norte and Central open-pit mines total 165,000 ounces at an average gold grade of 5.07 grams per tonne. Pavon Central hosts an average reserve grade of 6.49 g/t gold, notably higher than the average 3.28 g/t gold grade at Pavon Norte and is expected to contribute to the company's 2023 and 2024 production growth. See Calibre news release dated March 22, 2022, for details on recent highlight drill results, including:
Highlight Pavon Central drill results
- 5.08 g/t Au over 7.6 metres estimated true width (ETW) from 72.7 metres in hole PVC-21-046;
- 4.21 g/t Au over 6.5 metres ETW from 32.0 metres in hole PVC-21-062;
- 4.46 g/t Au over 9.8 metres ETW from 94.6 metres in hole PVC-21-078;
- 8.58 g/t Au over four metres ETW from 145.3 metres in hole PVC-21-081.
Highlight Pavon South drill results
- 11.56 g/t Au over 12.4 metres ETW from 37.6 metres in hole PVS-21-004;
- 4.08 g/t Au over 2.3 metres ETW from 49.4 metres in hole PVS-21-002;
- 3.04 g/t Au over 28.4 metres ETW from 26.2 metres in hole PVS-21-006;
- 11.75 g/t Au over 3.9 metres ETW from 81.2 metres in hole PVS-21-014.
Calibre has identified the potential for resource expansion along strike and at depth at the Pavon vein system and at new vein targets within the overall 32-square-kilometre land package, where two rigs are currently operating.
Since the beginning of 2021, Calibre has continued to progress development at Pavon Central, working closely with its environmental consultant and the Centre for an Understanding with Nature in Nicaragua, to ensure quality engineering designs with minimal impact to the environment. Calibre has advanced engineering studies, mine plans, road construction designs and socioenvironmental initiatives focusing on community resilience, water conservation, and sustainable forestry and ranching. With road construction to the project under way, Calibre is well-positioned to commence production from Pavon Central in the first quarter of 2023.
Alan Bolt, director general of the Centre for an Understanding with Nature (CEN), stated: "Having been approved by the population through public consultation and confirmed by the Ministry of the Environment, execution of Pavon Central will allow the local communities, CEN and Calibre to continue working together on the strengthening of native bee populations, forest and water restoration, and socioeconomic initiatives such as women's entrepreneurship and healthier homes with smokeless stoves and access to clean water. Calibre's continued presence enables us to improve the local economy, contributing to a life without violence or poverty, and generating the necessary resilience to successfully face climate change."
Mr. Hall, MAusIMM, president and chief executive officer of Calibre Mining has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information in this news release.
About Calibre Mining Corp.
Calibre is a Canadian-listed, Americas-focused, growing mid-tier gold producer with a strong pipeline of development and exploration opportunities across Nevada and Washington in the United States, and Nicaragua. Calibre is focused on delivering sustainable value for shareholders, local communities and all stakeholders through responsible operations and a disciplined approach to growth. With a strong balance sheet, no debt, a proven management team, strong operating cash flow, accretive development projects and district-scale exploration opportunities, Calibre will unlock significant value.
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