We own or control a portfolio of over a dozen precious metals projects located in Mexico, Argentina and Nevada (USA). Projects include the Velardeña Properties (Durango State, Mexico), the Rodeo gold project (Durango State, Mexico), the El Quevar district-scale silver project (Salta Province, Argentina) and the Sand Canyon gold-silver project (northwestern Nevada). We are planning to bring Rodeo into production in early 2021.
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Rodeo is a gold project located 80 km from our Velardeña Properties that is a source of intended open-pit minable ore for Velardeña’s oxide mill (after the Hecla lease ends). We have published a PEA for the project in May 2020 and in June 2020 submitted permitting applications for an open pit mining operation we intend to bring to production in 2021.
Velardeña contains two underground silver and gold mines and two processing mills, one of which is leased to Hecla Mining Company through November 2020. We recently announced successful metallurgical test work on pyrite-arsenopyrite flotation concentrate studies using a bio-oxidation ("BIOX") gold recovery process, and a PEA incorporating the BIOX technology was published in May 2020.
El Quevar is a district-scale, advanced exploration-stage silver project in Salta, Argentina. We have announced a positive PEA (2018) and earn-in agreement with Barrick Gold (2020) for El Quevar.
Santa Maria is an underground silver and gold mine with a positive (Sept. 2018) PEA, low capital cost, and a potential source of near-term production. In July 2020, Golden signed a Letter of Intent with Fabled Copper Corp. to potentially sell its interest in the property for $4M plus a royalty stream.
Yoquivo is a district-scale silver and gold exploration project with historic high-grade silver production. Our claims cover an underexplored epithermal precious metals district with excellent access in the productive part of the Sierra Madre.
We have recently added the Sand Canyon gold-silver project in Nevada to our portfolio of properties. We also own or control additional silver and gold properties located in or near the traditional silver-producing areas of Mexico.