New Oroperu Resources Inc. is a Canadian-domiciled junior exploration company headquartered in Vancouver, B.C. owning 100% of the Tres Cruces located in Peru approximately 127 km from the city of Trujillo by paved road.
The Tres Cruces project contains a NI 43-101 Resource Estimate of 2.47 million ounces of gold at 1.65 g/t gold in the indicated category, consisting of 46.5M tonnes of oxide and sulfide material. The deposit is 100% pit-constrained and is amenable for open-pit mining. Included in this resource are 630,000 leachable ounces at 1.28 g/t gold in the indicated category, contained in 15,343,000 tonnes.
The defined leachable resource consists of oxide material and leachable sulphides (link to Resource Table). The current defined oxide leachable ounces and the immediate underlying leachable sulfide ounces demonstrate the potential for an economic standalone heap leach operation with depth expansion into the sulphide part of the deposit. If processed first, the oxide and leachable sulphide ounces would significantly off-set the capital costs of a much larger sulphide operation.
Drilling at Tres Cruces has only been completed to a depth of approximately 320 metres with many holes ending in mineralization. Drilling within and below the optimized pit shell could identify further sulphide mineralization and test the potential at depth. The presence of deep mineralization with strong alteration, positive geochemical signature, and deep seated hydrothermal breccias suggest there is an opportunity for deeper mineralization, possibly feeder zones attached to the current known mineralization. Moreover, there are opportunities for the Company to further identify more leachable (oxide and sulphide) gold resources on the Tres Cruces Project, in areas covered with nearby post mineral volcanics which would enhance project economics.
Currently, recoverable silver determined from the gold metallurgical work has not been included in the Resource Estimate because of insufficient silver assaying. Indications are that silver grades are generally low, ranging between 1.5 and 2.5 g/t Ag, potentially containing 2.5 to 3.5 million ounces of silver. Any silver recovered with the gold would further enhance project economics. There is a moderate correlation between silver and gold on the Tres Cruces project with a ratio of approximately 3:1 based on over 43,200 intervals assayed for both metals.