In addition, Antonio Adames has been promoted to Vice President of Mexican and South American Operations. In his new role, Mr. Adames is responsible for overseeing the Palmarejo and San Bartolomé mines, the Joaquin project, new projects and business development, directing operational procedures and site management teams. Mr. Adames joined Coeur in 2008 as the Operations Manager for San Bartolomé and was promoted to General Manager of the mine in 2010. He was previously the Commissioning Manager for Pan American's San Vicente project in Bolivia. He has broad mining and processing experience in Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Mr. Adames graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Acquisition of Full Interest in Joaquin Project
In December 2012, Coeur consolidated its ownership of the Joaquin project in the prolific mining province of Santa Cruz, Argentina, in a stock and cash transaction. As noted in the Company's news release of December 11, 2012, the Company believes that Joaquin has substantial exploration upside and potential to become a significant silver producer. Joaquin has measured and indicated resources of 65.2 million ounces of silver and 61,000 ounces of gold, and inferred resources of 3.1 million ounces of silver and 4,000 ounces of gold at year-end 2012. 2 Coeur intends to continue the drilling program at Joaquin and advance feasibility work during 2013. The subsequent development decision will be based on the economics of the project and our assessment of the political and business environment in Argentina at that time.
Mineral Reserves and Resources 2As reported in its news release dated February 15, 2013, Coeur increased its total combined proven and probable reserves and measured and indicated resources of silver and gold by 19% and 12%, respectively, resulting in the addition of 85.2 million silver ounces and 462,000 gold ounces at year-end 2012 over 2011. These gains exclude the 18.0 million ounces of silver and 226,486 ounces of gold produced during 2012.