ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focused on Australia, is pleased to announce that its 100% owned Australian subsidiary, Mercator Gold Holdings Pty Ltd (“MGH”), has purchased a property at 127 Nagambie-Rushworth Road, subject only to payment of the completion monies. The property is located within the Company’s 100% owned Bailieston license area (“Bailieston”).
It is anticipated that monies will be paid, and completion will occur, on or around 8 October 2021 and further updates will be provided at that time.
- The property is adjacent to the Company’s Cherry Tree Project, located within the Bailieston license area in Victoria, Australia.
- Bailieston neighbours Kirkland Lake Gold’s multi-million-ounce Fosterville gold mine. Newmont Mining have also submitted an application for an exploration license immediately to the north of the Black Cat property within the Bailieston license area.
- The property consists of 297 acres of land (no buildings at this time), within the 24 square kilometre Bailieston license area, with ample exploration opportunity and the future potential for the construction of a mine decline, processing plant and tailings dam.
- The purchase price of the property is A$750,000, which will be settled in two tranches consisting of a A$75,000 deposit, which has already been paid, and the remaining balance which is to be paid 30 days from the date of sale. The purchase will be funded by the Company’s existing cash resources. As at the close of business on 9 September 2021 the Group had £3,874.779.94 (USD equivalent $5,362,695.44) in the bank after paying the A$75,000 deposit.
Craig Brown, Chief Executive Officer commented: “Following the recent highly encouraging early results from the maiden drilling programmes at the Bailieston HR3 and HR4 (Cherry Tree Project), on behalf of the board, I am delighted to announce the purchase of a considerable land package located in close proximity to Cherry Tree. Based on the gold mineralisation, geological findings and data acquired from the Bailieston drilling campaigns to date, our board have taken the decision to proceed with ECR’s second land package acquisition.
“The size and scale of this land package ensures that, equipped with our own drilling rigs we can now ramp up our drilling and exploration activities across the territory, and when appropriate can develop our own mine decline, processing plant and tailings dam.”
“This is an exciting period of evolution for ECR as a company as we grow our presence across the Victoria Goldfields. I look forward to reporting the next developments.”
The property was purchased from a private individual.
MARKET ABUSE REGULATIONS (EU) No. 596/2014
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
ECR Minerals plc
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7929 1010
David Tang, Non-Executive Chairman
Craig Brown, Director & CEO
ABOUT ECR MINERALS PLC
ECR Minerals is a mineral exploration and development company. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”) has 100% ownership of the Bailieston and Creswick gold projects in central Victoria, Australia, has eight licence applications outstanding including two licence applications lodged in eastern Victoria. (Tambo gold project). MGA is currently drilling at both the Bailieston and Creswick projects and has an experienced exploration team with significant local knowledge in the Victoria Goldfields and wider region.
ECR also owns 100% of an Australian subsidiary LUX Exploration Pty Ltd (“LUX”) which has three licence applications covering 900 km2 covering a relatively unexplored area in Queensland, Australia.
Following the sale of the Avoca, Moormbool and Timor gold projects in Victoria, Australia to Fosterville South Exploration Ltd (TSX-V: FSX) and the subsequent spin-out of the Avoca and Timor projects to Leviathan Gold Ltd (TSX-V: LVX), Mercator Gold Australia Pty Limited has the right to receive up to A$2 million in payments subject to future resource estimation or production from projects sold to Fosterville South Exploration Limited.
ECR has earned a 25% interest in the Danglay gold project; an advanced exploration project located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines, which has a 43-101 compliant resource. ECR also holds a royalty on the SLM gold project in La Rioja Province, Argentina and can potentially receive up to US$2.7 million in aggregate across all licences.
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