COLORADO – In May this year London, ON-based Fortune Minerals made its first foray into the United States with the purchase of the operating Revenue silver-gold-lead-zinc mine 490 km southwest of Denver. Now the company has completed a preliminary economic assessment giving the property a pre-tax net present value (6% discounted) of US$69.6 million and a pre-tax internal rate of return of 76.4%.
Over the eight-year life of the Revenue mine, Fortune expects to produce 1.86 million oz of silver annually at a cash cost of US$6.62 per oz net of by-product credits. The C1 Cash cost including freight, treatment and refining charges (TC/RC) is expected to be US$10.18 per oz.
The Revenue mine is a fully permitted, underground silver producer that is ramping up to supply a 400-t/d mill. The mining plan is based on a diluted resource of approximately 805,675 tonnes with an average grade of 500.5 g/t Ag, 0.69 g/t Au, 2.26% Pb and 0.90% Zn. Fortune believes the project has significant potential for expansion thanks to the discovery of several more vein systems on the property and the presence of other historic silver mines nearby.
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