Magino

 

Below are updates on the Magino project construction, which includes the latest site photos, highlights and a monthly letter from Argonaut's President & CEO which includes progress updates. You can download the latest newsletter in the link below:

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OCTOBER 2021 Highlights
  • Process plant concrete pouring continues with foundations poured for the Ball and SAG Mill areas.
  • Forms and rebar has commenced for the Reclaim Chamber.
  • Completed downstream and upstream coffer dams for the Water Control Quality Pond (WQCP).
  • Liners placed on all dams.
  • Detailed backfill for Leach Tanks completed.
  • Participated in monthly meetings to provide environmental updates to Michipicoten First Nation and Batchewana First Nation.
  • Pre-production drilling with three drills on site, two in Open Pit and one on WQCP.
  • Drilling commenced on final pattern on new WQCP road.
  • Security and medical trailer completed.
  • Sections of the camp buildings completed including hallways and insulation.
  • For a more detailed overview of all project updates for this month, download the newsletter here >

For Magino Vendor/Supplier Inquiries and General Questions please contact us at:

magino.community@argonautgold.com

Key Facts
Location Ontario, Canada
Ownership 100%
Status Construction
Mine Type Open pit, conventional mill
Metals Gold
Acquisition December 2012

LATEST MAGINO DRILL RESULTS

Magino Gold Reserve At $1,200 Gold1

Reserve Class Diluted Tonnage (Mt) Diluted Grade g/t Au Contained Gold Au (koz)
Proven 24.2 1.03 804
Probable 34.7 1.19 1,332
Total Proven & Probable 58.9 1.13 2,137

(1)Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources have been estimated as at December 31, 2019 in accordance with NI 43-101 as required by Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Mineral Resources are presented inclusive of Mineral Reserves. Numbers may not sum due to rounding.

The Mineral Reserves for Magino set out in the table above were taken from the Magino Technical Report. The Mineral Reserves were estimated at a gold price of $1,200 per ounce. The Mineral Reserves used a gold cutoff grade of 0.41 g/t.

The M&I Mineral Resources and Inferred Mineral Resources for the Magino Project set out in the table above were taken from the Magino Technical Report. The Mineral Resources were estimated at a gold price of $1,300 per ounce. The Mineral Resources used a gold cutoff of 0.25 g/t.

 

Magino Gold Resource Estimate Inclusive of Reserves at $1,300 Gold1

Resource Category Tonnes (Mt) Au (g/t) Contained Au
Ounces (koz)
Measured & Indicated 144.0 0.91 4,197
Inferred 33.2 0.83 886

(1)Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources have been estimated as at December 31, 2019 in accordance with NI 43-101 as required by Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Mineral Resources are presented inclusive of Mineral Reserves. Numbers may not sum due to rounding.

The Mineral Reserves for Magino set out in the table above were taken from the Magino Technical Report. The Mineral Reserves were estimated at a gold price of $1,200 per ounce. The Mineral Reserves used a gold cutoff grade of 0.41 g/t.

The M&I Mineral Resources and Inferred Mineral Resources for the Magino Project set out in the table above were taken from the Magino Technical Report. The Mineral Resources were estimated at a gold price of $1,300 per ounce. The Mineral Resources used a gold cutoff of 0.25 g/t.

Overview

The Magino mine property is a past producing underground gold mine located 40 kilometres northeast of Wawa, Ontario, approximately 14 kilometres southeast of the town of Dubreuilville. The property consists of seven patented mining claims, four leased mining claims and 69 unpatented mining claims totaling 2,204.495 hectares. A positive feasibility study was published December 2017 showcasing open-pit mining opportunity.

Geology

The property is located within the Michipicoten greenstone belt of the Archean Superior Province. The Michipicoten greenstone belt is a structurally and stratigraphically complex assemblage of volcanic, sedimentary and intrusive rocks that were metamorphosed to greenschist and amphibolite facies. Several suites of plutonic rocks ranging in composition from gabbro to monzogranite and syenite occur in and around the Michipicoten greenstone belt. The property is situated in the Goudreau-Lochalsh gold district of the Wawa gold camp.

Supracrustal rocks in the Goudreau-Lochalsh district consist of Cycle 2 felsic to intermediate pyroclastic metavolcanics capped by pyrite-bearing ironstone. To the north are pillowed, massive and schistose, mafic to intermediate metavolcanics and minor intercalations of Cycle 3 mafic pyroclastic rock. Several medium to coarse-grained quartz dioritic to dioritic sills and/or dikes intrude all metavolcanic rocks.

Gold mineralization at the former Magino Mine is primarily hosted by the Webb Lake Stock, which intrudes Cycle 3 mafic volcanic rocks. The Webb Lake Stock is a felsic intrusion that has been interpreted as being a trondhjemite but is referred to as a granodiorite in mine terminology and in this report. The long axis of the Webb Lake Stock is aligned roughly parallel to the regional supracrustal rock stratigraphy. The Webb Lake Stock is east northeast-striking and has a steep northerly dip. The granodiorite contains 5 to 10% veins of quartz with lesser carbonate veins and minor pyrite. The veins - 27 - generally parallel the orientation of the Webb Lake Stock and surrounding metavolcanics.

Argonaut is currently focusing its evaluation on shear related zones of gold-bearing quartz-sericitemineralization that contain narrow higher-grade gold-bearing quartz veins and stockworks which were the focus of former underground mining. Argonaut and the predecessor company that owned the Magino Project, Prodigy Gold Inc., completed surface drilling campaigns in 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2016. These programs were designed to in-fill and expand mineralization identified by earlier drilling, and in some cases, replace older, non-compliant drill sample data.

History

The discovery of iron ore deposits around the turn of the 20th century in the Michipicoten area southwest of Wawa led to prospecting for other minerals. Gold was discovered in 1918 near Goudreau.

Prospecting and mining have been semi-continuous since then, being particularly active from the mid-1920s to the beginning of World War II. Gold production from the area was sporadic. Various companies owned, operated and explored Magino from 1917 to today.

Total drilling, both surface and underground, within the Magino resource area is approximately 371,450 metres in 2,414 holes. The Qualified Person responsible for this section was unable to verify drilling completed before 2006 and excluded that data from being used to estimate Mineral Resources. This resulted in the removal of about 114,000 metres of data associated with 1,273 holes, most of which were short, small diameter underground core holes.

Total historic production from the Magino property is 803,135 tonnes of ore yielding 114,319 ounces Au at 4.43 g/t Au.

"Magino is truly a valuable and strategic asset. By moving Magino forward, we are executing on our vision to transform Argonaut from a junior, relatively high-cost producer with short mine lives to an intermediate, lower-cost producer with long mine lives."

Pete Dougherty, President & CEO

Technical Reports

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT DOCUMENTS

Prodigy Gold Incorporated (Prodigy) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Argonaut Gold Incorporated (Argonaut) and holds 100 percent (%) of the land tenure that comprises the Magino property. Both Argonaut and Prodigy are committed to operating in a safe, environmentally responsible, cost efficient manner, while honouring commitments to the communities where they operate. This commitment is grounded in their corporate culture and is operationalized through their corporate governance activities, community contributions, and their environment, health, and safety practices.

For more information on the Magino Gold project, please contact magino.permitting@argonautgold.com


Environmental Assessment Decision Statement

Minister's Decision Statement - January 24, 2019

Draft Environmental Assessment Report

Environmental Impact Statement

Technical Supporting Documents

Project Description Reports

Fish Habitat Offsetting and Mine Waste Consultation

Impact Assessment Agency of Canada Documents