Approximately $2 million of the new capital will be used to improve and increase the Independence Project's resource base, identify drill site placements to increase the size and quality of the gold and silver resource in the initial pit area, make significant progress towards production, demonstrate additional gold and silver mineralization on other areas of the property that are unexplored or underexplored and provide general working capital.
"Because we believe the Independence Project has tremendous upside potential that will significantly enhance the value of the company, the priority is completing additional geological, metallurgical and economic evaluations of the property," said Bryson Goodwin, President and CEO of Open Gold. "By the time we're done, we anticipate the Independence Project will have expanded the resource and be much further down the road to production"
The Independence ProjectThe Independence Project is located in the heart of the prolific Battle Mountain Mining District in Northern Nevada. The 240-acre Independence Project was once the site of an historic Nevada gold mine. The Independence Project is surrounded by a number of large-scale mineral deposits, including Fortitude, Sunshine, Tomboy, Minnie and Phoenix properties. The now depleted Fortitude Deposit lies just 4,000 feet northeast of the Independence Project and is considered to be one of the most lucrative gold mines ever operated in Nevada. Newmont's Phoenix Mine flanks the Independence Project on three sides and contains significant proven and probable reserves.
Since being acquired in 2006 by General Metals, the Independence Project has logged and modeled drilling data from 131 different drill holes. The project contains a NI-43-101 compliant measured, indicated, and inferred resource of approximately 1 million oz. of gold and 4 million oz. of silver.The Independence Project features two main zones of gold and silver mineralization: a shallow near surface epithermal system and a deeper, high-grade underground target. Through its extensive exploration activities, General Metals Corporation has defined the near surface epithermal system over a strike length of more than 3,000 feet and a depth of 400 feet.