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Friday 22 May, 2020

Great Western Mining

New Mineral Venture in Nevada

RNS Number : 6870N
Great Western Mining Corp. plc
22 May 2020
 

 

 

GREAT WESTERN MINING CORPORATION PLC

("Great Western" or the "Company")

 

New Mineral Venture in Nevada

 

Great Western Mining Corporation PLC (AIM - GWMO, Euronext Growth - 8GW), which is exploring and developing multiple early-stage gold, silver and copper targets in Nevada,  announces the signing of an option agreement with Nevada Select Royalties Inc., a subsidiary of Ely Gold Royalties Inc., to acquire 48 mineral claims in Nevada, the "Olympic Gold Project", which are prospective for gold and silver.   

 

Highlights

· Historic gold and silver mining property with potential for further discoveries

· Surface exploration has identified at least four main gold-silver targets

· Previous production grades of 25 g/t gold and 30 g/t silver

 

Olympic Gold Project

The Olympic Gold Project is located 30km south-east of Gabbs in the Cedar Mountains, Mineral County, Nevada within the Bell Mining District and consists of 48 unpatented lode claims located on federal land and managed by The Bureau of Land Management.  41 of these claims are known as the "Olympic Group" and the remaining 7 as the "NOM Group".  Together the claims cover 825 acres. 

 

Great Western believes that the project represents a highly attractive addition to its existing assets in Nevada and a building block for the future growth of the Company in its hunt for precious metals and other minerals.  The Company is already well established in Mineral County, Nevada, having six existing lode claim groups with established potential for gold, silver and copper, together with a Company-owned base at Marietta and a Company-owned warehouse at Hawthorne.  The Olympic Gold Project can be serviced by Great Western's existing facilities and personnel.

 

The Olympic Gold Project encompasses a large volcanic-hosted epithermal precious metal (gold and silver) system that includes both high-grade veins and lower grade disseminated mineralisation. Between 1917 and 1942 the shallow underground OMCO Mine on the property produced approximately 30,000 ounces of gold and 34,000 ounces of silver from only 35,000 tonnes of material, at grades of 25 grams/tonne gold and 30 grams/tonne silver.

 

The property is favourably located in the central part of the Walker-Lane Mineral Trend of western Nevada and displays similar geologic characteristics to many other major volcanic-hosted gold deposits along the trend.  Surface exploration in the project area has identified at least four main gold-silver, drill-ready targets, some of which have not been drill-tested in the past.  The OMCO mine shaft area itself has only been partially tested and has further potential for gold discovery. 

 

The Company has commissioned and now received an independent geological report on the Olympic Gold Project which supports the acquisition.

 

Option Terms

Great Western's wholly owned US subsidiary, Great Western Mining Corporation Inc., is acquiring the Olympic Gold Project under an 'option to purchase' agreement. The option payments amount to $150,000 over 4 years (the "Option Period") as follow:

 

· $15,000 on closing the option agreement;

· $25,000 on the first anniversary of closing;

· $35,000 on the second anniversary of closing;

· $35,000 on the third anniversary of closing; and

· $40,000 on the fourth anniversary of closing (the "Final Payment").

 

Great Western becomes responsible for lease costs and is entitled to carry out a full exploration programme with right of access to all historic data.  Completion of acquisition may be accelerated by bringing forward annual option payments.  There are no work commitments associated with the Option Agreement or after the Final Payment.  Relinquishment can be effected by Great Western during the Option Period without penalty.  Any subsequent commercial mining project will be subject to aggregate net smelter returns royalties of 3% on all production, based on gross sales less specified costs.

 

Executive Chairman Brian Hall commented: "The Company is now executing its strategy of expanding operations in stable and prolific jurisdictions which have proven mineral deposits and we are very pleased to be adding the Olympic Gold Project to our portfolio.  At the same time, we are actively working to create value from our existing Nevada properties where we have identified numerous precious and base metals targets, having successfully carried out sampling for gold and silver in 2019.  We have a busy programme for 2020, including trenching and drilling as well as leaching historic spoil heaps for gold and silver. "  

 

Qualified Person

Information in this announcement has been reviewed by William Cooper, who is the Chief Geologist and Vice-President Exploration of Great Western Mining.   He holds a MSc in Mining Geology from the Camborne School of Mines.  He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (MAIG) and is a  Qualified Person as defined in the Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies which form part of the AIM Rules for Companies.  Mr Cooper consents to the inclusion of the information in the form and context in which they appear.

 

MARS

 

This press release contains inside information as defined in Article 7(1) of the Market Abuse Regulations.

 

For further information:


Great Western Mining Corporation PLC

Brian Hall, Chairman

Max Williams, Finance Director

 

 

+44 207 933 8795

+44 207 933 8795

 

Davy (Nomad, Euronext Growth Adviser & Joint Broker)

John Frain

 

+353 1 679 6363

 

Novum Securities (Joint Broker)

Jon Belliss

 

 

+44 207 399 9400

ETX Capital (Joint Broker)

Philip Adler

 

 

+44 207 392 1494

 

Walbrook PR

Nick Rome

 

 

+44 207 933 8795

 

 


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