Orla’s exploration work in 2021, during a construction year, will be modest and focused on supporting study work for existing deposits and new target identification. It can be classified in two categories:
- Near-Deposit: Exploration to support study and expansion of existing deposits.
- Regional Exploration: Activities to generate new discoveries.
Program: Camino Rojo Sulphides
Completion of a directional drilling program that commenced in the fourth quarter of 2020. The program consists of close-spaced, 25-metre drilling of the sulphide zone, over the down plunge extension of the Camino Rojo deposit.
Objective: The new information collected will support development scenario planning for the large sulphide resource which hosts 7.3 million ounces of gold in measured and indicated resource categories (259 million tonnes at 0.88 g/t). The drilling will provide additional information about the continuity and geometry of the higher-grade mineralization and provide new material for geotechnical and metallurgical studies.
Program: Camino Rojo Oxides
Completion of a 2,500-metre core drilling program on Fresnillo’s property and integration of Orla’s geological and resource models with Fresnillo’s drill data.
Objective: Enable material on the Fresnillo concession to be included in the measured and indicated mineral resource categories and to be considered in an updated mineral reserve estimate.
Program: Completion of a 7,500-metre rotary (“RAB”) Covered Bedrock Interface (“CBI”) survey.
Objective: The 2021 regional program will seek to define drill targets for the discovery of satellite deposits near the Camino Rojo deposit. A large part of the property has a thin cover of alluvial soil and calcrete or caliche layers (calcium carbonate concretions). The resulting geochemical samples from the survey in combination with geophysical IP surveys planned in 2021 and existing geological information will allow for the definition of new priority drill targets.
 The Camino Rojo Mineral Resource estimate has an effective date of June 7, 2019 and was prepared using the CIM Definition. Additional information can be found in the Camino Rojo Technical Report dated June 25, 2019.
 As announced on December 21, 2020, Orla completed a Layback Agreement with Fresnillo PLC (“Fresnillo”) that will allow Orla to expand the Camino Rojo oxide pit onto part of Fresnillo’s mineral concession located immediately north of Orla’s property.