Canarc to Lease Fully Permitted Processing Plant in Zacatecas Mexico
Vancouver, Canada – October 19, 2015 – Canarc Resource Corp. (TSX: CCM, OTC-BB: CRCUF, Frankfurt: CAN) announces that it has been granted the right by the Zacatecas state government to enter into an exclusive agreement to lease their fully permitted 500 tonne per day processing plant “La Plata” in the city of Zacatecas, Mexico.
Canarc plans to use the plant starting in 2016 for processing ore from Canarc’s recently acquired, fully permitted, El Compas Mine, located 20 kilometers away from the plant by road near the southern city limits of Zacatecas and for toll milling up to 100 tonnes per day of ore from local small miners.
The Government of Zacatecas, during a recent formal committee meeting held last week, has unanimously approved to grant Canarc, through is wholly owned Mexican subsidiary, an exclusive right to enter into a lease agreement for operating the plant.
The basic terms of the lease agreement will include an initial 5 year term, with the right to extend for another 5 years, monthly rental payments to start after completion of refurbishing the plant, the obligation to reserve up to 100 tonnes per day for toll milling of local small miners’ ores, and Canarc’s offer to construct a new leach circuit and lined tailings facility.
The plant was constructed by Zacatecas state government in September 2013 for processing ore available from local small miners in the state. The plant last operated in October 2014 and it remains a fully permitted crushing, grinding, flotation and tailings facility.
The plant equipment has been inspected by Canarc technical staff and is in good condition. It requires a relatively small amount of time and money in order to refurbish certain pieces of equipment and recommence operations.
The plant rental lease is a major and critical step for Canarc to achieve its goal to becoming a producer and bringing the El Compas gold-silver mine into production in 2016.
This arrangement offers many advantages to Canarc, including:
- Eliminates the substantial capital cost and time required to construct a plant and tailings facility.
- Eliminates the cost and time to permit construction of a plant and tailings facility at the El Compas mine-site.
- Agreements are already in place for power and water to support plant operations.
- Zacatecas has a ready supply of professionals and workers skilled in plant operations.
- Significantly shortens the project schedule and reduces the completion risks for commencement of production in 2016.
- Will provide Canarc additional revenue from processing of local small miners’ ores.
Achieving the best metallurgical recoveries from El Compas ores will require the facility to be modified with the addition of a leach circuit. The tailings facility will also be modified to accommodate lined storage of the leach tailings. The Zacatecas government, as the plant owner, has agreed to provide Canarc with any support needed to permit these modifications.
The NI 43-101 preliminary economic assessment (“PEA”) report now underway, will outline the time and money required to modify and restart the plant and to bring the El Compas gold-silver mine into production for up to 500 tonnes per day.
Canarc plans to assess its financing alternatives for the development of the mine and modifications to the plant this quarter so that financing can be arranged in Q1, 2016 after the NI 43-101 report is released.
Mr. Catalin Chiloflischi, CEO of Canarc, stated: “Today’s announcement, combined with the recent acquisition of the El Compas mine, represents a major step forward by Canarc to transition into a producing gold-silver mining company in 2016. I would like to thank the Zacatecas government and the local small miners association for their confidence in Canarc and support for this agreement. We plan to do our best to make this project a success for everyone involved.”
About El Compas Gold-Silver Mine Project
The El Compas property is a fully permitted gold-silver mine project located in the heart of one of the world's most prolific silver mining districts, Zacatecas, Mexico, with excellent road access and infrastructure and readily available water, power and skilled labour. Comprised of 23 concessions totalling 2,900 hectares, El Compas is host to a number of gold bearing veins mined underground on a small scale by a private Mexican company in the past. A total of 86 drill holes were completed between 2005-2010 to confirm high-grade gold and silver mineralization within at least two of the vein structures (El Compas and El Orito).
Although exploration efforts to date focused on the gold bearing vein system near surface, significant potential exists for additional mineralization at depth in the El Compas and El Orito veins, and near surface in several other prospective veins hosted within the Mesozoic volcanic rocks typical of the district.
Mining Plus Engineering has been commissioned by Canarc on October 14, 2015 to complete an updated NI 43-101 resource report and a NI 43-101 Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) report for El Compas Project in Mexico, aimed to demonstrate the potential viability of mineral resources.
The PEA work that has now begun will continue during October, November and December 2015 with a goal to complete the PEA for public disclosure and regulatory filing during January 2016.
Qualified Person – Garry Biles, P. Eng., President & COO for Canarc Resource Corp, is the Qualified Person who reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.
Catalin Chiloflischi, CEO
CANARC RESOURCE CORP.
About Canarc Resource Corp. Canarc is a growth-oriented, gold exploration and mining company listed on the TSX (CCM) and the OTC-BB (CRCUF). The Company is currently focused on exploring its gold properties in north and central BC. Canarc is also seeking a partner to advance its high grade, underground, New Polaris gold mine project in British Columbia to the feasibility stage. Canarc is also seeking to acquire an operating or pre-production gold mines in the Americas.
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