April 22, 2020 – Toronto, Ontario: Royal Road Minerals Limited (TSXV:RYR) (“Royal Road” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its 100% owned Colombian subsidiary, Exploraciones Northern Colombia SAS (“ENC”), has entered into a formalization agreement (the “Formalization Agreement”) and a related earn-in option and royalty agreement (collectively, the “Agreements”) with the proprietors of the La Esmeralda Gold Mine (“La Esmeralda”), an informal gold mine located in the municipality of Los Andes-Sotomayor, Nariño district, Colombia. La Esmeralda is located within concession contract HH2-12001X (“the Concession”), held by AngloGold Ashanti (AGA), pending assignment to ENC pursuant to a Stock Purchase Agreement dated March 4, 2019 (see press release March 5, 2019).
The Agreements were negotiated and entered into by the Company with La Esmeralda under the framework of the Colombian government’s National Policy for Mining Formalization adopted by the Ministry of Mines and Energy. Under the terms of the Formalization Agreement, a specific portion of the area under the Concession will be returned by the Company so that a new concession contract (the “La Esmeralda Concession”) over such returned area may be granted to La Esmeralda, enabling legal and responsible mining operations to resume at the La Esmeralda gold mine. In exchange, ENC will receive a quarterly royalty equivalent to 3% of the doré extracted from the La Esmeralda Concession and has been granted the sole and exclusive right to carry out all exploration activities on the La Esmeralda Concession and the right to acquire 70% of the La Esmeralda Concession, subject to the completion of certain exploration milestones as summarized below. In-case the Company assists in further optimizing mine operations and increasing production at La Esmeralda, ENC may increase the royalty to be received by a further 1%.
About the La Esmeralda Gold Mine
The La Esmeralda gold mine is a shallow-dipping, quartz-carbonate vein and vein-stockwork system located and hosted in the “roof-zone” and adjacent contact zone of a tonalite intrusion and overlying and adjacent carbonaceous shale sequences. The mine is one of many similar-style gold occurrences (see for example the Company’s El Gualtal formalization project, press release October 2, 2019) located in the Company’s “Southern Block” and in the prolific La Llanada goldfield. The mine operation comprises approximately 41 tunnels extending vertically over some 50 meters from the base of a steep hillside (see Figure 1). Ore is hand-selected, gold is coarse and free and recovered by gravity separation. Mining at La Esmeralda was suspended by regulatory authorities in 2016. There are no reliable records of previous production. In 2010 and 2011, AGA conducted geological mapping, grab and channel rock-chip sampling and ground geophysics at La Esmeralda. AGA collected 138 combined grab and rock-chip channel samples which returned a maximum of 133.5 grams per tonne gold (average of 4.5 grams per tonne gold; lowest results at below laboratory detection limit). AGA’s best underground rock-chip channel sample results from La Esmeralda are as follows:
2.0 Meters at 48.1 grams per tonne gold
2.0 Meters at 23.0 grams per tonne gold
2.0 Meters at 12.8 grams per tonne gold
2.0 Meters at 12.7 grams per tonne gold
1.2 Meters at 21.6 grams per tonne gold
1.0 Meters at 39.4 grams per tonne gold
1.0 Meters at 17.0 grams per tonne gold
0.2 Meters at 65.1 grams per tonne gold
Induced polarization (IP) data collected across La Esmeralda has revealed a clearly-defined continuous chargeability anomaly of more than 50 mV/V, extending for more than 400 meters along-strike, over a vertical distance of approximately 150 meters and with an average section width of 50 meters. The chargeability anomaly is located in carbonaceous sediments, which hosts sulphide-rich, vein-stockwork style gold mineralization and is always located on the southern side of a very high-resistive zone, which correlates spatially with the majority of underground mines and gold mineralized veins hosted in tonalite (see Figure 2). The Company considers both the chargeable vein-stockwork zone and the resistive tonalite-hosted vein-zone to be promising initial drill targets.
“This formalization initiative follows in style and substance the Company’s El Gualtal agreement which was executed in October of last year and is the second such agreement the Company has signed in Nariño and in the impressive La Llanada gold district.” Said Tim Coughlin, Royal Road’s President and CEO. “Once again, we are immensely proud to be executing quality agreements with local stakeholders which are designed to benefit the Company, the informal miners, the community, the environment and the Colombian government”.
Highlights of the Agreements
The following is a brief summary of some of the key aspects of the Agreements:
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The information in this news release was compiled, reviewed and verified by Dr. Tim Coughlin, BSc (Geology), MSc (Exploration and Mining), PhD (Structural Geology), FAusIMM, President and CEO of Royal Road Minerals Ltd and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Royal Road Minerals employees are instructed to follow standard operating and quality assurance procedures intended to ensure that all sampling techniques and sample results meet international reporting standards. More information can be found on Royal Road Minerals web site at www.royalroadminerals.com
Quality Assurance and Quality Control:
The following information was made available to the Company by AngloGold Ashanti.
Sample preparation and analyses are conducted according to standard industry procedures. Rock samples are crushed, split and pulverized prior to analysis of Gold by fire assay and Atomic Absorption and multi-elements by ICP-AES and ICP-MS after four acid digestion. Stream sediment samples are sieved to -200 mesh and analyzed for Gold by fire assay and ICP AES and multi-elements by ICP-AES and ICP-MS after aqua regia digestion. Analytical performance is monitored by means of certified reference materials (CRMs), coarse blanks, coarse and pulp duplicate samples. Surface samples have been prepared, for the most part, in ALS Chemex preparation lab in Colombia and analyses have been completed in ALS Chemex Lima.
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