Orea Receives Government Approvals and Signs Definitive Agreement to Close Acquisition of 100% of 5 million Ounce Montagne d'Or Gold Deposit
Vancouver, BC, Canada, January 4, 2023, Orea Mining Corp. (“Orea”) (OREA: TSX) (OREAF: OTCQB) (3CG: FSE) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Definitive Agreement to acquire Nordgold’s 55.01% interest (for a total of 100%) in the Montagne d’Or joint-venture company (“HoldingCo”) in French Guiana, France. HoldingCo holds 100% of the Montagne d’Or permitting stage, 5-million-ounce open pit gold mine development project*. Montagne d’Or has good grade, excellent metallurgy, and there is considerable potential to increase ounces by infill and expansion drilling.*
Orea has appointed its own President to operate HoldingCo, and has dissolved HoldingCo’s board of directors which previously included representatives from Nordgold. The final regulatory and administrative steps to close by transferring Nordgold’s shares of HoldingCo to Orea are underway, and must be completed by February 28, 2023.
Under the Definitive Agreement, HoldingCo has settled 24.6 million Euro (~CAN$35.6 million) that was owed to Nordgold with no cash outlays by Orea. In addition, consideration is entirely at the back-end, whereby Orea will only be obligated to pay Nordgold CAN$100 million when Orea receives all permits and authorizations necessary for the construction, operation, production and related sales of a mine that produces a minimum of 100,000 ounces of gold per year. If Nordgold’s shareholders are still under sanctions at the time of the CAN$100 million payment, then the funds will only be processed in compliance with applicable sanction regulations, including being paid to a blocked bank account.
The Definitive Agreement was signed with the approval of the French treasury (DG Trésor) which is responsible for overseeing matters related to Russian sanctions. Comfort related to sanctions was also obtained from the UK treasury (OFSI), and the US Treasury (OFAC) has been kept informed of all developments, following the signing of the initial letter agreement with Nordgold which was executed under a General Licence that was granted by OFAC in June 2022.
In addition, further to the press release of December 6, 2022, announcing the bolstering of its management team to focus on permitting of the Montagne d’Or Project, Orea announces that Andrew Yau has agreed to resign as Executive Vice President & CFO, but will remain with Orea until March 15, 2023, so that Orea may locate a native French speaker to succeed him. Orea is committed to assembling a strong permitting team and believes that a French speaking CFO is essential to the permitting process. Orea would like to thank Mr. Yau for his vital contributions and exceptional commitment to Orea over the past ten years and wishes him great success in his future endeavours.
*About Montagne d’Or
Orea is awaiting a decision by the Supreme Court of France regarding the renewal of the Montagne d’Or mining titles (see press release of May 10, 2022). Montagne d’Or is an open pit gold mine development project that hosts Measured Mineral Resources of 10.3 Mt at 1.804 g/t gold (600,000 oz), Indicated Mineral Resources of 74.8 Mt at 1.350 g/t gold (3.25 Moz) and additional Inferred Mineral Resources of 20.2 Mt at 1.48 g/t gold (960,000 oz), prepared in accordance with the requirements of National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”). The Mineral Resources are confined within a pit shell defined by a gold price of US$1,300/oz and a cut-off grade of 0.4 g/t gold. Mineral Reserves have also been defined with Proven Mineral Reserves of 8.25 Mt at 1.99 g/t gold (530,000 oz) and Probable Mineral Reserves of 45.87 Mt at 1.50 g/t gold (2.2 M oz). The Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves were estimated using a gold price of US$1,200 per ounce at varied cut-off grades from 0.552 to 0.665 g/t gold, dependent on lithological rock types, economics and estimated metallurgical recovery. Montagne d’Or ore can be readily processed to recover the contained gold and silver values using unit operations considered standard to the industry.
Rock Lefrançois, a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed this news release and is responsible for the technical information reported herein, including verification of the data disclosed.
About Orea Mining Corp.
Orea is a leading gold exploration and development company operating in a prospective and underexplored segment of the Guiana Shield, South America. Its mission is to develop gold deposits with a reduced environmental footprint using innovative technologies, upholding the highest international standards for responsible mining. In French Guiana, Orea holds a 100% interest in the world-class Montagne d’Or mine development project.
For more about Orea visit the company’s website at www.oreamining.com
Robert F. Giustra
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