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Spanish Mountain Gold Activates Programs for Project Optimization and Environmental Assessment

Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – September 9, 2021) – Spanish Mountain Gold Ltd. (TSXV: SPA) (the "Company") is pleased to announce the…

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Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - September 9, 2021) - Spanish Mountain Gold Ltd. (TSXV: SPA) (the "Company") is pleased to announce the commencement of a number of value-added initiatives for the Spanish Mountain Gold Project (the "Project") located in British Columbia, Canada. The work programs underway build on the successful completion of the Project's Pre-feasibility study (June 2021) in which a multi-million ounce Mineral Reserve has been delineated along with robust economics and a 14-year mine plan.

Project Optimization

Gold Recovery

The Company has engaged Ausenco as an independent expert consultant to conduct a targeted metallurgical program to further optimize the milling process incorporated in the PFS. The current flowsheet is characterized by low input costs for reagents and power as well as an average gold recovery of 90%. The new test program is expected to potentially reduce the capital and operating costs associated with the milling process. Any improvement will be quantified and captured in the Project's definitive feasibility study in due course.

The targeted areas of process improvement and the potential benefits are as follows:

  • Piloting for Direct Flotation Reactor—DFR has been described as a paradigm shift in flotation technology and has been successfully adopted by mining operations around the world to achieve savings in costs and to improve recovery. The test program is designed to demonstrate DFR ability to reject organic carbon and achieve high gold recovery to a low mass of concentrate.

  • Process simplification—tests will be conducted to determine the potential to remove the second cleaner stage and scavenger gravity concentrate circuit in the current flowsheet without affecting the overall gold recovery.

  • Improved gold recovery—potential recovery improvement will be investigated through a finer primary grind and the inclusion of the primary gravity circuit.

Water Management & Treatment

The Company has engaged Linkan Engineering to develop preliminary designs for the passive treatment systems concept presented in the PFS and to conduct a study of measures to potentially inhibit neutral sulphide oxidation and any associated metal leaching. This work will further optimize the Project's water management and treatment systems to provide effective protection for local surface waters, which represents a high priority in the Company's sustainability strategy.

Power Line

As detailed in the PFS, the Project's location is supported by excellent infrastructures including an abundance of connectivity to the provincial power grids supplied with low-cost, renewable hydro power. Furthermore, there is well established right-of-way between various substations and the proposed mine site.

The Company's technical team has identified an opportunity for an alternate route for a power line that will make maximum use of existing linear right-of-way. An assessment will investigate a power line route that traverses more accommodating terrains over a shorter distance than what has been currently proposed under the PFS. The alternate power line configuration has the potential to reduce permitting risks and the construction cost.

Environmental Assessment Initiatives

The Company has initiated environmental baseline studies and data gathering since 2007. In addition to the ongoing terrestrial and aquatic field surveys to further expand the Project's environmental database, the Company will take tangible steps to advance the EA process as follows:

  • Indigenous Nations Engagement—the Company has a long record of engaging with the three Indigenous Nations whose traditional territories include the project area. Memoranda for engagement were executed with all three Nations a decade ago and the engagement with Nations will continue to be an integral part of the Project.

  • Initial Project Description (IPD)—The Company, along with its consultants, is in the final stages of completing the Initial Project Description for the Project. The next step is to provide the IPD to each of the three Indigenous Nations for their initial review, and to meet with leadership of each Nation to discuss the project and their interests and concerns. These meetings will be followed with community meetings, subject to COVID limitations and community wishes. Following these initial discussions with the Indigenous Nations, the Company will submit the IPD to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office and Impact Assessment Agency of Canada to formalize the first stage of both the provincial and the federal EA processes.

  • Site-wide Water Balance—a field program to study groundwater flows in the area of the planned open pit and Tailings Storage Facility will commence in the fall. This is the last remaining piece of ground water data needed for development of the site wide water balance for the Project. The water balance is a critical tool for formulating effective water management strategy and cost optimization.

Resource Expansion

While the field programs in the fall focus on adding near-term tangible benefits to the Project, the Company will continue to advance the objective of resource expansion.

The geological team is identifying drilling targets beyond the boundary of the current resource pit including areas at depth as well as the entire northern end. Areas with the best prospect for adding ounces to the overall Mineral Resource will be prioritized for drilling in due course.

As reported in a news release dated July 6, 2021, the latest drill program returned long intercepts (up to 68 metres) at grades above the economic cut-off in all four test areas. The geological model for the deposit suggests that the Mineral Resource is open at depth and along strike.

Larry Yau, Chief Executive Officer, commented: "Having demonstrated our Project's potential as a robust mining operation with the PFS, we now set our sight on the next project milestones. Our latest program will not only further de-risk our Project on both the technical and environmental/ permitting fronts but also have the potential to deliver tangible economic benefits. As we intensify our efforts in the environmental assessment process, the entire management team is excited to continue our sustainability practice that is based on our firm commitment to high standards in respect of Environmental, Social and Governance issues."

About Spanish Mountain Gold

Spanish Mountain Gold Ltd. is focused on advancing its 100%-owned Spanish Mountain gold project in southern central British Columbia. The Company is simultaneously pursuing the dual objectives of delivering critical project milestones for the multi-million ounce Mineral Reserve and further expanding the overall Mineral Resource. The Pre-Feasibility Study (2021) demonstrates the Project's potential to be a mining operation with a robust production profile (>150,000 oz per year) and profitability (AISC $801 per oz) over a mine life of 14 years. Details on the Project and the Company are available on www.sedar.com and on the Company's website: www.spanishmountaingold.com

On Behalf of the Board,
SPANISH MOUNTAIN GOLD LTD.

Larry Yau
Chief Executive Officer

Inquiries:

Spanish Mountain Gold Ltd.
Phone: (604) 601-3651
E-mail: info@spanishmountaingold.com
Website: www.spanishmountaingold.com

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS: Certain of the statements and information in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" or "forward-looking information" Any statements or information that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as "expects", "anticipates", "believes", "plans", "estimates", "intends", "targets", "goals", "forecasts", "objectives", "potential" or variations thereof or stating that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved, or the negative of any of these terms and similar expressions) are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements or information.

The Company's forward-looking statements and information are based on the assumptions, beliefs, expectations and opinions of management as of the date of this press release, and other than as required by applicable securities laws, the Company does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements and information if circumstances or management's assumptions, beliefs, expectations or opinions should change, or changes in any other events affecting such statements or information. For the reasons set forth above, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and information.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release

To view the source version of this press release, please visit https://www.newsfilecorp.com/release/95964

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West High Yield (W.H.Y.) Resources Ltd. Announces Completion of Private Placement

Calgary, Alberta–(Newsfile Corp. – September 28, 2021) – West High Yield (W.H.Y.) Resources Ltd. (TSXV: WHY) ("West High Yield" or the "Company") is…

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Calgary, Alberta--(Newsfile Corp. - September 28, 2021) - West High Yield (W.H.Y.) Resources Ltd. (TSXV: WHY) ("West High Yield" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the completion of its previously announced placement offering (the "Offering") of units (the "Units"). The Company completed one closing under the Offering for gross proceeds of CAD$116,457.25.

Under the Offering, the Company issued 332,735 Units, comprised of 332,735 common shares in the capital of the Company (the "Common Shares") and 83,183 Common Share purchase warrant (the "Warrants"). One (1) full Warrant, together with CAD$0.45, entitles the holder thereof to acquire one (1) additional Common Share of the Company for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of closing. The Warrants will not be listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.

About West High Yield

West High Yield is a publicly traded junior mining exploration and development company focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of mineral resource properties in Canada with a primary objective to develop its Record Ridge magnesium deposit using green processing techniques to minimize waste and CO2 emissions.

Contact Information:

West High Yield (W.H.Y.) Resources Ltd.
Frank Marasco Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (403) 660-3488 Facsimile: (403) 206-7159
Email: frank@whyresources.com

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation. The forward-looking statements and information are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by the Company. Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking statements and information are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements and information because the Company can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is given as of the date hereof, and to not use such forward-looking information for anything other than its intended purpose. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities in the United States. The securities of the Company will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act") and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of U.S. persons except in certain transactions exempt from the registration requirements of the U.S. Securities Act.

NEITHER THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE NOR ITS REGULATION SERVICES PROVIDER (AS THAT TERM IS DEFINED IN THE POLICIES OF THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE) ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OF THIS RELEASE.

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North American Nickel Congratulates PNR on Signing Definitive Asset Purchase Agreement to Acquire Assets in Botswana

Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – September 28, 2021) – North American Nickel Inc. (TSXV: NAN) (OTCQB: WSCRF) (CUSIP: 65704T 108) (the "Company"…

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Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - September 28, 2021) - North American Nickel Inc. (TSXV: NAN) (OTCQB: WSCRF) (CUSIP: 65704T 108) (the "Company" or "NAN") is pleased to announce that Premium Nickel Resources ("PNR") has executed a definitive asset purchase agreement ("APA") with the Liquidator of BCL Limited ("BCL") to acquire the Selebi, and Selebi North (together the "Selebi Assets") nickel-copper-cobalt ("Ni-Cu-Co") assets and related infrastructure formerly operated by BCL. PNR has announced that they are now targeting the closing of this transaction, and transfer of ownership of the assets, within 120 days. PNR is also negotiating a separate asset purchase agreement to finalize terms for any prioritized Tati Nickel Mining Corporation ("TNMC") assets that may be purchased.

PNR submitted an indicative offer to the BCL and TNMC liquidators in June 2020 to acquire the assets of the former producing BCL Mining Complex and separately the TNMC operations located in north-eastern Botswana. On February 10, 2021, PNR was selected as the preferred bidder and on March 22, 2021, PNR entered into a memorandum of understanding providing for a six-month exclusivity period to complete additional work and negotiate the asset purchase agreements (see news release dated March 24, 2021).

NAN CEO, Keith Morrison commented, "During the exclusivity period, NAN's team has continued to support PNR in acquiring new information to support the economic feasibility of redeveloping a combination of the former BCL assets. This agreement will separate the Selebi deposits from the Phikwe mines and processing infrastructure. PNR will advance the redevelopment of the Selebi deposits using an alternative beneficiation process to produce commercial concentrates of Ni-Cu-Co. This business model will reduce the environmental impact of the processing, by using less power and less water, while employing the use of advanced modern technologies to safeguard the environment and minimize the carbon footprint. PNR will now complete additional exploration activities and drilling with the ambition to fully characterize the size and grade of the remaining resource, and redevelop the Selebi deposits as a leading environmental, social and corporate governance mining development project."

The Selebi Assets include two shafts and related infrastructure (rail, power and water). Shaft sinking and plant construction started in 1970. Mining concluded in October 2016 when the operations were placed on care and maintenance due to a failure in the processing facility. The redevelopment plan is based on the re-characterization of the remaining resources and the ability to produce both a Cu concentrate and a separate Ni-Co concentrate.

NAN maintains a 10% equity ownership position in PNR following their pro-rata participation in a recent private placement financing (see news release dated August 26, 2021). NAN also holds a 5-year Warrant effective as of February 26, 2020, to purchase an additional 15% undiluted equity interest in PNR for USD$10M and is providing the corporate management and technical expertise to PNR on a contractual basis.

There can be no assurance that PNR will move from exclusivity to successful completion of the proposed acquisition.

About North American Nickel

North American Nickel is a mineral exploration company with 100% owned properties in Maniitsoq, Greenland and Ontario, Canada. In 2019, the Company became a founding shareholder in Premium Nickel Resources ("PNR") a private Canadian company, to provide direct exposure to Ni-Cu-Co opportunities in the southern African region. PNR completed a Memorandum of Understanding to acquire the assets, in liquidation, formerly operated by BCL Limited in Botswana. In addition, the Company is expanding its area of exploration interest into Morocco and building a relationship with the Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines ("ONHYM"), the leading resource crown corporation and the single largest permit holder in Morocco.

The Maniitsoq property in Greenland is a Camp scale permitted exploration project comprising 3,048 square km covering numerous high-grade nickel-copper + cobalt sulphide occurrences associated with norite and other mafic-ultramafic intrusions of the Greenland Norite Belt (GNB). The >75km-long belt is situated along, and near, the southwest coast of Greenland and is accessible from the existing Seqi deep water port with an all-year-round shipping season and hydroelectric power potential from a quantified watershed.

The Post Creek/Halcyon property in Sudbury is strategically located adjacent to the past producing Podolsky copper-nickel-precious metal sulphide deposit of KGHM International Ltd. The property lies along the extension of the Whistle Offset dyke structure. Such geological structures host major Ni-Cu-PGM deposits and producing mines within the Sudbury Camp.

The Company acquired 100% ownership of property near the southern extent of the Lingman Lake Greenstone Belt in northwest Ontario known as Lingman Nickel and in the Quetico region near Thunder Bay Ontario. The acquisition of these properties is part of the Company's strategy to develop a pipeline of new nickel projects. The Company is evaluating direct and indirect nickel asset acquisition opportunities globally.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Keith Morrison
Chief Executive Officer
North American Nickel Inc.

For more information contact:

North American Nickel Inc.
Jaclyn Ruptash
Corporate Communications
+1 (604) 770-4334

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION: This news release includes certain "forward-looking statements" and "forward-looking information" under applicable Canadian securities legislation concerning the business, operations and financial performance and condition of the Company. Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information include, but is not limited to, statements about the future prospects of any assets or properties of the Company, the ability of the Company to successfully complete due diligence, the ability of the Company to access capital, any spending commitments, the success of exploration activities, the future economics of minerals including nickel and copper, the benefits of the development potential of the properties of the Company, the benefits of drilling and advancement of projects. Forward-looking information is necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. All forward-looking information contained in this press release is given as of the date hereof and is based upon the opinions and estimates of management and information available to management as at the date hereof. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be anticipated, estimated or intended. Statements concerning mineral reserve and resource estimates may also be deemed to constitute forward-looking statements to the extent they involve estimates of the mineralization that will be encountered if the property is developed.

To view the source version of this press release, please visit https://www.newsfilecorp.com/release/97938

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Monarch Mining Reports its Results for the Quarter and 232-Day Period Ended June 30, 2021

MONTREAL, Sept. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MONARCH MINING CORPORATION (“Monarch” or the “Corporation”) (TSX: GBAR) (OTCQX: GBARF) reported…

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MONTREAL, Sept. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MONARCH MINING CORPORATION (“Monarch” or the “Corporation”) (TSX: GBAR) (OTCQX: GBARF) reported its results today for the quarter and 232-day period ended June 30, 2021. Amounts are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise indicated.

Summary of financial results

(In dollars, except per share data)

232-DAY PERIOD ENDED
JUNE 30,
2021
 THREE MONTHS ENDED
JUNE 30,
2021
 
Administration1,761,466 1,176,022 
Care and maintenance2,757,758 1,794,899 
Exploration3,471,155 2,229,013 
Income tax recovery deferred mining taxes(1,766,907) (1,790,126) 
Net loss(5,598,402) (2,837,751) 
Net loss per share, basic and diluted(0.12) (0.04) 

“Since being listed on January 26 as the new entity Monarch Mining Corporation, we have made great progress and are now well on our way to restarting operations at the Beaufor Mine, aiming to increase the mine’s previous annual production,” said Jean-Marc Lacoste, President and Chief Executive Officer of Monarch. “At the moment, we are getting the Beaufor Mine and Beacon Mill ready to start the pre-production phase start this fall, and we are continuing to recruit personnel to that we can start commercial production by June 2022. On the exploration side, the 42,500-metre drilling program is ongoing at Beaufor, with four underground drills currently on site, and we are extremely pleased with the results to date.”

“Thanks to strategic financings undertaken during the year, we have managed to increase our cash and balance-of-sale-receivable position to approximately $38 million as at September 15, 2021, while minimizing share dilution for our shareholders. We also continue to move work forward on our other advanced projects, McKenzie Break and Croinor Gold, which both have excellent exploration potential,” concluded Mr. Lacoste.

About Monarch
Monarch Mining Corporation (TSX: GBAR) is a fully integrated mining company that owns four advanced projects, including the fully permitted past-producing Beaufor Mine, which has produced more than 1 million ounces of gold over the last 30 years. Other advanced assets include the Croinor Gold, McKenzie Break and Swanson properties, all located near Monarch’s wholly owned and fully permitted Beacon 750 tpd mill. Monarch owns 28,702 hectares (287 km2) of mining assets in the prolific Abitibi mining camp that host 714,982 ounces of combined measured and indicated gold resources and 421,793 ounces of combined inferred resources.

Forward-Looking Statements
The forward-looking statements in this press release involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Monarch’s actual results, performance and achievements to be materially different from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied therein. Neither TSX nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Jean-Marc Lacoste1-888-994-4465
President and Chief Executive Officerjm.lacoste@monarchmining.com
  
Mathieu Séguin1-888-994-4465
Vice President, Corporate Developmentm.seguin@monarchmining.com
  
Elisabeth Tremblay1-888-994-4465
Senior Geologist – Communications Specialiste.tremblay@monarchmining.com
  
www.monarchmining.com 
 

Table 1: Monarch combined gold resources

 Tonnes
(metric)
Grade
(g/t Au)
Ounces
Beaufor Mine1   
Measured Resources328,5005.759,900
Indicated Resources956,4005.2159,300
Total Measured and Indicated1,284,9005.3219,200
Total Inferred818,9004.7122,500
Croinor Gold2   
Measured Resources80,1008.4421,700
Indicated Resources724,5009.20214,300
Total Measured and Indicated804,6009.12236,000
Total Inferred160,8007.4238,400
McKenzie Break3   
In-pit   
Total Indicated1,441,3771.8083,305
Total Inferred2,243,5621.44104,038
Underground   
Total Indicated387,7205.0362,677
Total Inferred1,083,5034.21146,555
Swanson4   
In-pit   
Total Indicated1,864,0001.76105,400
Total Inferred29,0002.462,300
Underground   
Total Indicated91,0002.868,400
Total Inferred87,0002.878,000
TOTAL COMBINED5
Measured and Indicated Resources
Inferred Resources
  714,982
421,793
 
1 Source: Mineral Resource Estimate of the Beaufor Mine Project, July 23, 2021, Val-d’Or, Québec, Canada, Charlotte Athurion, P. Geo., Clovis Auger, P. Geo. and Dario Evangelista P. Eng., BBA Inc.
2 Source: Monarch Gold prefeasibility study (January 19, 2018) and resource estimate (January 8, 2016). This resource estimate was prepared for Monarch Gold and has not been reviewed by a qualified person for Monarch Mining as required under National Instrument 43-101 and is thus considered as an historical estimate.
3 Source: NI 43-101 Technical Evaluation Report on the McKenzie Break Property, February 1, 2021, Val-d’Or, Québec, Canada, Alain-Jean Beauregard, P.Geo., Daniel Gaudreault, P.Eng., Geologica Groupe-Conseil Inc., and Merouane Rachidi, P.Geo., Claude Duplessis, P.Eng., GoldMinds GeoServices Inc.
4 Source: NI 43-101 Technical Report and Mineral Resource Estimate for the Swanson Project, January 22, 2021, Val-d’Or, Québec, Canada, Christine Beausoleil, P. Geo. and Alain Carrier, P. Geo., InnovExplo Inc.
5 Numbers may not add up due to rounding.

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