Project Overview

  • Project Highlights

    LocationLos Santos, Panama
    StatusPre-Feasibility Study Completed July 2021
    Type of MineOpen pit heap leach
    Exploration15,000 Ha land package, copper-gold zone discovery, oxide expansion



  • Oxide Heap Leach Project with Significant Copper-Gold Sulphide Potential

    • 100% owned oxide heap-leach gold project + copper sulphide deposit
    • 15,000 Ha concession
    • Located on the Azuero Peninsula in the Los Santos Province of Southwestern Panama, about 45 km southwest of the city of Chitre
    • Excellent infrastructure: paved road, power, water, year-round access, airport and major highway
    • Prospective geology for discovery of additional oxide and sulphide mineralization
    • Sparsely populated area
    • No rare ecosystems or endangered species
  • Permitting

    On October 27, 2023, Panama’s President, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, signed Executive Decree No. 23/2023 (“Decree 23-2023”). Decree 23-2023 (i) banned the granting of new concessions for the exploration, extraction, transportation and exploitation of metal mining in Panama, (ii) rejected all pending requests for the granting of new concessions for the exploration, extraction, transport and exploitation of metal mining, and (iii) ordered MICI to dispose of the files within three months of the passing of the Executive Decree. On November 3, 2023, the National Assembly of Panama passed Law 407, which instituted a moratorium on granting, renewing, or extending concessions for the exploration, extraction, transportation or exploitation of metal mining in Panama. On December 15, 2023, Minera Cerro Quema, S.A. (“MCQSA”), the Company’s subsidiary that holds the Cerro Quema Project, received three resolutions from the Panamanian Ministry of Commerce and Industry (“MICI”). The resolutions rejected the request for extension for the three mining concessions comprising the Cerro Quema Project, retroactively declared the concessions canceled, and declared the area comprising the concessions to be a reserve area under the Panamanian mining code. Under the Panamanian mining code, MICI is prohibited from granting mining concessions for exploration or extraction on a reserve area. On December 26, 2023, MCQSA filed requests for reconsideration of MICI’s decisions. On March 11, 2024, MICI rejected the requests for reconsideration. 

    The Company does not expect to expend additional funds on developing the Cerro Quema Project until it has greater certainty with respect to its mining concessions, as well as the fiscal and legal stability in Panama. The Company is exploring all legal remedies available to protect its historical investments and potentially unlock additional value for its stakeholders. The Company intends to file a Notice of Intent to Arbitrate under the Canada-Panama Free Trade Agreement (the “FTA”). The Notice of Intent facilitates consultations between the Government of Panama and the Company. In the event that such consultations are unsuccessful, the Company expects to proceed to file a Request for Arbitration. 

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