Elemental Royalties Notes Increased Wahgnion Planned Average Annual Production and Increased 2020 Guidance
August 6, 2020 – Vancouver, BC: Elemental Royalties Corp. (“Elemental” or “the Company”) (TSX-V: ELE) is pleased to note that Teranga Gold Corporation (“Teranga”) (TSX: TGZ) has reported an updated life of mine plan and increased 2020 production guidance at its Wahgnion Gold Operation (“Wahgnion”), located in southwest Burkina Faso, West Africa. Elemental acquired a 1% net smelter royalty over Wahgnion from a third party in January 2020.
- Teranga has increased Wahgnion’s 2020 production guidance to between 150,000 – 165,000 ounces, a 15% – 18% increase from earlier guidance of 130,000 – 140,000 ounces
- Since commissioning, Wahgnion’s processing plant has performed approximately 25% above nameplate capacity for throughput and gold recovered
- Teranga has also updated the Life of Mine plan to accommodate higher throughput capacity, increasing annual expected production by 25% with a corresponding reduction of mine life to 10 years based on the currently-defined Mineral Reserve
- Annual gold production is expected to average 150,000 ounces through 2025
- A multi-year drilling and exploration program has commenced with the goal of extending mine life to 15 years at three existing deposit areas and more than a dozen exploration targets
“Since acquiring the royalty on Wahgnion in January we have been encouraged by the significant outperformance at the mine and Teranga’s announcement of increased guidance has a very positive impact for Elemental” commented Frederick Bell, CEO. “The increase in expected production at a time of record gold prices is excellent news for the Company following our recent listing. We are also pleased that Teranga have announced a substantial drilling and exploration program that has the potential to extend mine life beyond the existing plan.”
For further information please reference Teranga’s August 6, 2020 press release filed to its issuer profile at www.sedar.com.
About the Wahgnion Gold Operation:
The Wahgnion Gold Operation is a conventional carbon-in-leach operation located southwest Burkina Faso, 510 km southwest of the capital city Ouagadougou. The mining licence covers an area of 89 km2 mine license within a 933 km2 exploration land package covering the Paleoproterozoic Birimian Senoufo Belt. Wahgnion will have multiple deposits feeding into a central mill and owner-operated conventional truck and shovel open-pit mining. First gold was poured in August 2019 with commercial production declared on 1st November 2019.
Richard Evans, FAusIMM, is Senior Vice President Technical for Elemental, and a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical disclosure contained in this press release.
Elemental is a gold focused royalty company with a portfolio of five royalties over producing assets spanning Burkina Faso, Chile, Mexico, Kenya and Western Australia. The portfolio is heavily weighted towards precious metals and producing royalties, providing a diversified foundation of revenue from the outset, while minimising shareholder dilution.
On behalf of Elemental Royalties Corp.
CEO and Director
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