Vancouver, BC – Baru Gold Corp (the “Company” or “Baru”) is pleased to announce it has substantially completed clearing of the land and commenced earthworks on the heap leach pad for the Sangihe gold project.
Initial capacity of the heap operation has been set at 100,000 tonnes. The heap leach pad measures 127 by 64 meters. There are currently more than 60 labourers working on the construction project and 90% are local hires from Sangihe Island. This number will significantly increase once production commences. All equipment required for construction will be contracted on the island. Materials that are not available locally will be sourced from Manado which is in the same province as Sangihe. The construction of the heap leach facility does not require the removal or relocation of any residences.
Baru Gold, along with its contractors, have cleared the principal production area, including grubbing and are in the process of rough grading to plan. The next focus will be to construct pond berms and compacting to engineering specifications in preparation for installation of the leach pad liner and processing facility installation.
Heap leaching is an industrial mining process used to extract precious metals and other compounds from ore using a series of chemical reactions that absorb specific minerals and re-separate them after their division from other earth materials. A form of lower cost methods of mining, heap leach mining differs in that it places ore on a liner, then adds the chemicals via drip systems to the ore, whereas in situ mining lacks these liners and pulls pregnant solution up to obtain the minerals. Heap leaching is widely used in modern large-scale mining operations as it produces the desired concentrates at a lower cost compared to conventional processing methods such as flotation, agitation, and vat leaching.
Terry Filbert, President, CEO and Director, commented, “The start of construction of the pads and pond facilities is another milestone for our project at Sangihe. For many years, I have envisioned the goal of gold production being realized and I could not be more thrilled. Once operations are running smoothly and reliable cashflow is being generated at Sangihe, we can parlay that success to the next phase of growth at Baru Gold. With land acquisition on-going and preparations for the drilling program approved and ready to begin, we foresee a very busy and exciting year.”
ABOUT SANGIHE GOLD PROJECT
The Sangihe Gold Project (“Sangihe”) is located on the Indonesian island of Sangihe, off the northern coast of Sulawesi. Sangihe has an existing National Instrument 43-101 inferred mineral resource of 114,700 indicated and 105,000 inferred ounces of gold, as reported in the Company's "Independent Technical Report on the Mineral Resource Estimates of the Binebase and Bawone Deposits, Sangihe Project, North Sulawesi, Indonesia" (May 30, 2017). Readers are cautioned that mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. The Company intends to proceed to production without the benefit of first establishing mineral reserves supported by a feasibility study.
The Company's 70-percent interest in the Sangihe-mineral-tenement Contract of Work ("CoW") is held through PT. Tambang Mas Sangihe (“TMS”). The remaining 30-percent interest in TMS is held by three Indonesian corporations. The term of the Sangihe CoW agreement is 30 years upon commencement of the production phase of the project.
BARU has met all the requirements of the Indonesian government and has been granted its environmental permit. The Company has received approval for the upgrade of its licence to advance the Sangihe project to construction and production in 2022.
The Company intends to proceed to production without the benefit of first establishing mineral reserves supported by a feasibility study. The Company cautions readers that the any production decision made by the Company will not be based on a NI 43-101 feasibility study of mineral reserves that demonstrates economic and technical viability and as such, there may be involved increased uncertainty and various technological and economic risks such as the interpretation of drill results; the geology, grade and continuity of mineral deposits; the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with our expectations; commodity and currency price fluctuation; failure to obtain adequate financing; regulatory, recovery rates, refinery costs, and other relevant conversion factors, permitting and licensing risks; general market and mining exploration risks and production and economic risks related to design and engineering, manufacturing, technological processes and test procedures and the risk that the project's output will not be salable at a price that will cover the project's operating and maintenance costs.
ABOUT BARU GOLD CORPORATION
Baru Gold Corporation is a dynamic junior gold developer with NI 43-101 gold resources in Indonesia, one of the top ten gold producing countries in the world. Based in Indonesia and North America, Baru’s team of mining and finance professionals boasts extensive experience in starting and operating small-scale gold and coal assets. With strong retail and institutional shareholder support, Baru is positioned to become Indonesia’s next gold producer.
Frank Rocca, BAppSc.(Geology), MAusIMM, MAIG, CPI-KCMI, Chief Geologist of Baru Gold Corp. is the Qualified Person as defined under NI 43-101 who has reviewed and approves the content of this release.
BARU GOLD CORPORATION
Per: “Terry Filbert”
Terry Filbert, Director
President & CEO
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