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Gold Bar

About Gold Bar

Located in Eureka County, Central Nevada

The Gold Bar project and future mine is located within the Battle Mountain-Eureka-Cortez gold trend of Eureka County, Central Nevada. The property has seen historic mining from 1990 to 1994 by Atlas Precious Metals Inc. The nearest mine is Waterton Global’s Ruby Hill Mine at approximately 25 miles to the Southeast. Starting from 50 miles North and Northwest of Gold Bar is the Barrick Nevada operation, with a 2017 cumulative production of  2.3 million ounces of gold from its Cortez and Goldstrike mines.

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629,000 OZ


115,000 OZ


The Gold Bar Project is located on patented lands and public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Battle Mountain Field Office. Since 2013 McEwen Mining has been through an ongoing pursuit to build Gold Bar. During this time, the Company has overcome many challenges involved in bringing a new mining project to fruition. A signed Record of Decision on the Final Environmental Impact Statement, which was published by BLM in November 2017, marked the completion of the National Environmental Protection Act process for the project. Gold Bar is the first new gold mine in Nevada to gain permit approval in several years.

In January 2016 McEwen Mining acquired Gold Bar South, a property consisting of 109 mining claims located approximately 3 miles (5 km) from the Gold Bar Project, hosting a near surface, oxide gold resource and with immediate exploration potential laterally and at depth, based on several historical higher-grade drill intersections. Gold Bar South is to become a satellite resource that will contribute to future Gold Bar production.

During the mine permitting years, exploration at Gold Bar has been limited. After obtaining the permit approval in 2017, a property-wide exploration program was started, with the objective to extend the life of the mine by expanding the mineral inventory surrounding the planned open pits and testing new targets on the property.

Exploration is already delivering encouraging results, through initial drilling focused on three areas: northwest of the planned Gold Pick open pit, northwest of the planned Gold Ridge open pit, and in-between Gold Pick and Gold Ridge. Thirty-seven reverse circulation holes have been completed, and assay results from twenty-nine holes have been received. A new shallow oxide zone of mineralization has been identified in Hole GB257, which returned 0.040 opt (1.4 gpt) gold over 55 ft (16.8 m) starting at a depth of 30 ft (9 m). Seventeen holes encountered significant mineralization, with a weighted average grade and thickness of 0.030 opt (1 gpt) gold over 50 ft (15.2 m), comparable to the average grade of the deposit (click here for a table summarizing the new drilling results).

On February 15, 2018 the Company published a press release announcing an updated feasibility study for Gold Bar (click here for the press release). The study was prepared by M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. of Tucson, Arizona, in accordance with the requirements of Canadian National Instrument 43-101 “Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects”.

Key changes were made to the implementation strategy of the Gold Bar Mine, such as the addition of a crushing, conveying and agglomeration plant and changes in heap leach pad construction, with the primary goal of reducing overall project risk, while maintaining the highest possible capital efficiency. The resulting increase in capital costs over the previous estimate is offset by an increase in total gold production.

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On February 15, 2018 McEwen Mining announced the completion of an updated Feasibility Study for the Gold Bar Mine.

Oxide ore will be mined from three open pits, Gold Pick, Gold Ridge Cabin Creek and transported by haul trucks to be crushed, screened, conveyed and agglomerated. The study assumes the use of a contract mining fleet. Ore will be conveyor-stacked on a conventional heap leach pad. An Adsorption-Desorption Recovery carbon plant will produce a final gold-silver doré product.

Capex $81 million
Pay-Back Period 3 years @ $1,250/oz gold, 2.5 years @ $1,350/oz gold
After-Tax IRR 23% @ $1,250/oz gold, 32% @ $1,350/oz gold
After-Tax NPV-5% $54 million @ $1,250/oz gold, $87 million @ $1,350/oz gold
Mine Life Production 16.5 M tons @ 1.0 gpt for 397,700 oz gold/ 7 years
Production Rate 8,000 tons of ore/ day
Production Profile 62,800 oz gold/ year @ $770/oz Cash Operating Cost
Updated Resource Estimate 629,000 oz M&I and 115,000 oz Inferred
($1,250 / oz gold)
($1,350 / oz gold)
IRR (%) 23 32
NPV @ 5% Discount ($ millions) 54 87
Average Annual Cash Flow ($ millions) 21 27
Average Operating Margin Per Ounce ($) 364 457
Payback Period (years) 3.1 2.5

The Feasibility Study's base case uses a gold price of $1,250 per ounce and generates a Life-of-Mine (LoM) after-tax free cash flow of $150 million, an internal rate of return (IRR) of 23%, an after-tax net present value (NPV-5%) of $54 million, an average annual after-tax cash flow from operations of $21 million per year, an average operating margin per ounce of $364 and a payback period of 3.1 years.

The results of this study are disclosed on an after-tax basis.