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Vancouver, BC – December 22, 2021 – Aurcana SILVER Corporation (“Aurcana” or the “Company”) (TSXV: AUN) is pleased to announce that it has shipped its first production of concentrate from its wholly owned Ouray Silver Mines Inc., located in Ouray, Colorado, USA.
The Company continues to mine high grade ore during this period of reduced underground capacity. The capability of the processing system has been demonstrated by operating the plant at rated capacity and the ability to produce deliverable concentrate. However, the lack of a consistent supply of ore to the mine has been a bottleneck in optimizing processing performance.
Going forward, the short-term operating plan is to continue to operate the two yards available at the 1800 level and to create a reserve that will help ensure a longer period of sustained processing. It is expected that enough ore will be stored to allow the processing plant to restart again in the first week of January.
Although delays in some underground development projects have caused the mine to take longer to reach full production than initially expected, a number of very important milestones have been taken for the restart of the Revenue-Virginius mine. First, the grade at the 1800 level based on analytical results from samples taken during development progress shows that the grade is as expected or better compared to the geological model. The Company expects to incorporate these assay results into future resource work. Second, the mine has proven that the tailings extraction method works well for this ore body in terms of dilution and geotechnical control characteristics. And third, the processing facility has been shown to be able to operate when it receives a proper ore feed to operate at design rates and produce salable concentrates.
The Company continues to evaluate its development plan and timetable and will inform its shareholders in the new year. # 1 Raise Hoist remains the main bottleneck in achieving target mining productivities and its completion is key to the success of the overall operation. Work on the No. 1 freight elevator continues and is the number one priority in the mine. Completion is now scheduled for May 2022.
Aurcana also announces the resignation of Brian Briggs as Chief Operating Officer of Aurcana Silver Corp and as Chief Executive Officer of Ouray Silver Mining Inc (“OSMI”). The responsibilities and duties of these positions will be shared between the current managers and officers of the Company and OSMI.
ABOUT AURCANA SILVER CORPORATION
Aurcana Corporation owns the Revenue-Virginius Mine in Colorado and the Shafter-Presidio Silver Project in Texas, United States. The main resource at Shafter and Revenue-Virginius is money. Both are fully licensed for production.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF AURCANA SILVER CORPORATION
President and CEO
For more information, visit the website at www.aurcana.com or contact:
Aurcana Silver Corporation
850 – 789 Pender Street West
Vancouver, BC V6C 1H2
Telephone: (604) 331-9333
Gary Lindsey, Corporate Communications
Telephone: (720) -273-6224
Email: [email protected]
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