Vancouver, BC – Los Andes Copper Ltd. (“Los Andes” or the “Company”, TSX Venture Exchange: LA) has been informed that the Court of Appeals of Valparaiso - the Region where the Company’s Vizcachitas Project (“Vizcachitas” or the “Project”) is located - has granted a motion against the Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental (Environmental Evaluation Service, “SEA”), in which the Court instructs the SEA to conduct a public consultation process before finalizing the evaluation process of the environmental permit, which was announced on April 27, 2020, for the upcoming drilling in the Project.
While the Company is not a party to this dispute, this ruling affects the timing of the upcoming drilling as the SEA may move to conduct the public consultation process as instructed by the Court of Appeals and/or may appeal the ruling before the Supreme Court.
The Company estimates that the timing for the drilling campaign will depend on the actions that the SEA takes and their outcome, which could delay the planned drilling at Vizcachitas by an estimated six to eight months and ultimately, the completion of the Pre-Feasibility Study (“PFS”).
At this point the Company does not anticipate that the expected delay in the upcoming drilling will impact the overall timing for the development of the Project.
For more information please contact:
Fernando Porcile, Executive Chairman
Tel: +56 2 2954-0450
Antony J. Amberg, President & CEO
Tel: +56 2 2954-0450
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About Los Andes Copper Ltd.
Los Andes Copper Ltd. is an exploration and development company with an 100% interest in the Vizcachitas Project in Chile. The Company is focused on progressing the Project, which is located along Chile’s most prolific copper belt, into production.
The Project is a copper-molybdenum porphyry deposit, located 120 km north of Santiago, in an area of very good infrastructure. The Company’s Preliminary Economic Assessment (the “PEA”), delivered in June 2019, highlights that the Project has a post tax NPV of $1.8 billion and an IRR of 20.77%, based on a $3 per pound copper price. It also has a Measured Resources of 254.4 million tonnes having a grade of 0.439% copper and Indicated Resource of approximately 1.03 billion tonnes having a grade of 0.385% copper. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. Please refer to the technical report dated June 13, 2019, with an effective date of May 10, 2019 and titled “Preliminary Economic Assessment of the Vizcachitas Project”, prepared by Tetra Tech.
The PEA is preliminary in nature, it includes inferred mineral resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves, and there is no certainty that the PEA will be realized.
Additionally, there is significant exploration upside at Vizcachitas with potential to increase the resource base beyond the initial 45-year mine life modeled in the PEA.
Los Andes Copper Ltd. is listed on the TSX-V under the ticker: LA.
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