Vancouver, British Columbia - Lumina Gold Corp. (TSXV: LUM) (OTCQX: LMGDF) (the “Company” or “Lumina”) is pleased to announce positive results from its ongoing metallurgical test work that is part of the 2023 Pre-Feasibility Study (“PFS”) for the Company’s Cangrejos Copper-Gold project (the “Cangrejos Project”) planned for Q2 2023.
Marshall Koval, President and CEO commented: “The PFS is on schedule, and several major components of the study have been completed. The metallurgical testwork program is near completion and shows improved gold recoveries over the 2020 PEA; recoveries for copper and silver are pending. The balance of the metallurgy is expected to be completed in the next several weeks. Capital and operating cost estimates and the concentrate marketing study have been initiated and the overall PFS remains on track for completion in Q2 of this year.”
The following PFS work streams have been completed:
Metallurgical Test Work Description
The current test work program is being performed at C. H. Plenge & CIA S.A. (“Plenge”), an independent metallurgical laboratory based in Lima, Peru. The results presented in this news release were generated based on testing of a master composite (the “2022 Master Composite”) and 14 individual variability composites that reflect various anticipated material grades, rock types and time periods. The composites were prepared using approximately 4,900 kilograms of drill core collected during the 2021-2022 in-fill and step-out drilling campaign and are from over 50 different drill holes spanning the Cangrejos and Gran Bestia deposits.
Similar to the preliminary economic assessment for the Cangrejos Project (the “2020 PEA”) included in the Company’s technical report titled “Cangrejos Gold-Copper Project El Oro Province, Ecuador, NI 43-101 Technical Report Preliminary Economic Assessment”, with an effective date of June 8, 2020, the overall process flowsheet envisions flotation combined with cyanidation of the flotation cleaner scavenger tails and concentrate from flotation of coarse particles (“sand”) from rougher flotation tailings. Gravity concentration will also be used in the flowsheet for recovering coarse gold.
The 2022 Master Composite was prepared representing “fresh rock” material from both deposits over the projected mine life and assayed 0.50 g/t gold, 1 g/t silver, 0.087% copper, 24 ppm molybdenum, and 0.33% sulphur. The life-of-mine average plant feed grade is projected to be 0.55 g/t gold and 0.1% copper, a slightly higher grade than the 2022 Master Composite. The 2022 Master Composite has been subjected to comminution testing, whole-ore cyanidation, gravity concentration, bulk rougher and concentrate cleaner flotation, copper-molybdenum separation flotation, and sand flotation. Tests incorporating cyanidation of scavenger cleaner tails and sand concentrates are in progress. Testing of the variability composites is also in progress with comminution and whole-rock cyanidation tests recently completed.
Whole-ore flotation tests, using optimized conditions and reagents, yielded gold, copper and silver recoveries into rougher flotation concentrates of 81%, 88% and 68%, respectively. Flotation of a sand concentrate from the rougher tails recovered an additional 4% of the gold for a combined recovery in rougher flotation of 85%. Once cyanidation of the scavenger cleaner tails and the sand concentrates occurs, the overall gold recovery into concentrates and doré is projected to be 84%. Cleaned copper-gold flotation concentrates assayed 15% copper, 70 g/t gold and 101 g/t silver, compared to the average concentrate grade estimated in the 2020 PEA of 17% copper, 75 g/t gold and 72 g/t silver. Cleaner flotation testing indicates that regrinding to 20 microns, versus 38 microns assumed in the 2020 PEA, is required to achieve the 15% copper concentrate grade. Lock-cycle rougher and cleaner flotation testing is in progress on all composites to determine concentrate grades and metal recoveries in concentrates and doré.
Copper-molybdenum separation flotation testing on copper-gold flotation concentrates yielded a potentially saleable molybdenum concentrate that assayed 48% molybdenum while recovering approximately 50% of the molybdenum. The Company has determined that producing a molybdenum concentrate is not currently economically viable when accounting for operating and capital costs and will therefore eliminate the processing circuit from the PFS flowsheet.
Whole-ore gravity concentration tests on the 2022 Master Composite average gold and silver recoveries of 29% and 5%, respectively, into concentrates that weigh 0.26% of the feed weight and assay 60 g/t gold and 18 g/t silver.
Whole-ore cyanidation can be used to process the mineralized materials and produce a doré, but no copper is expected be recovered using this process. Cyanidation tests on all composites indicate average gold and silver recoveries of 89% and 34%, respectively, which are similar to historic test results. Cyanide consumption for the tests averaged one kilogram per tonne of material processed.
Comminution tests on the 2022 Master Composite indicate that the mineralized materials have average Bond Ball Mill Work Index values of 16 kWh/mt. This would classify the material as medium-hard to hard, which is similar to historic test results. JK-SMC test results of A * b = 24.6 confirmed the 2020 PEA results and classified the material as hard. These results confirm the advantage of using a high-pressure grinding roll as the primary grind in the comminution circuit.
The metallurgical tests detailed above were conducted by independent commercial laboratories and the samples used for testing were selected to be representative of the material that is currently planned for processing. Lumina is not aware of any drilling, sampling, recovery or other factors that could materially affect the accuracy or reliability of the data referred to herein.
Nelson King, SME Registered Member and Metallurgical Consultant to Lumina, is a “Qualified Person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Mr. King has assisted Lumina in the development and direction of the metallurgical testing program for the Cangrejos Project, has visited the Cangrejos Project and Plenge’s laboratory in Lima to observe the testing program, and has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information contained in this news release. Mr. King also verified the data disclosed underlying the scientific and technical information in this news release.
About Lumina Gold
Lumina Gold Corp. (TSXV: LUM) is a Vancouver, Canada based precious and base metals exploration and development company focused on the Cangrejos Gold-Copper Project located in El Oro Province, southwest Ecuador. Cangrejos is being advanced to a Pre-Feasibility Study and is the largest primary gold deposit in Ecuador. Lumina has an experienced management team with a successful track record of advancing and monetizing exploration projects.
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Certain statements and information herein, including all statements that are not historical facts, contain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Such forward-looking statements or information include but are not limited to statements or information with respect to potentially converting mineral resources to mineral reserves, potential recoveries used in future economic studies, the potential economic viability of molybdenum concentrate when accounting for operating and capital costs, and the elimination of the processing circuit from the PFS flowsheet, expected copper recovery from whole-ore cyanidation, and timing for completion of the PFS study. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements or information can be identified by the use of words such as “will” or “projected” or variations of those words or statements that certain actions, events or results “will”, “could”, “are proposed to”, “are planned to”, “are expected to” or “are anticipated to” be taken, occur or be achieved.
With respect to forward-looking statements and information contained herein, the Company has made numerous assumptions including among other things, assumptions about general business and economic conditions, the prices of gold and copper, and anticipated costs and expenditures. The foregoing list of assumptions is not exhaustive.
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