Cartier Resources (TSXV: ECR) shared the positive preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for its Chimo gold mine project 45 km east of Val d’Or, Que. The project has a post-tax net present value with a 5% discount of $388 million and an internal rate of return of 20.8%. A long-term gold price of US$1,750/oz. was used.
With a capex of $341 million, the project has a mine life of 9.7 years and a payback period of 2.9 years. All-in sustaining costs are expected to be US$755 per ounce.
Chimo is planned as a 4,500-t/d underground mine with average annual production of 116,900 oz. Conventional longitudinal and transverse longhole stoping is planned.
The processing plant will have a capacity of 3,000 t/d and a recovery rate of 93.1%. Ore sorting will be practiced before milling to reduce mill construction costs, material handling, and the environmental footprint of the tailings management facility, thus increasing the social acceptability of the project.
Cartier says the PEA demonstrates economic viability as well as several optimization opportunities. Two drills are turning at the site, and the results point toward increasing the resource.
Resources in the North, Centra and South corridors are 7.1 million indicated tonnes grading 3.14 g/t gold and containing 720,000 oz. The inferred resource is 18.5 million tonnes grading 2.75 g/t and containing over 1.6 million oz. of gold.
More details about the Chimo PEA are posted on www.RessourcesCartier.com.
Georges Jr Bernier
Is Ressources Cartier in tend to open this new project by them self or selling it?
Are they looking for a partner of to go alone?