Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd (TSX:OR) (NYSE:OR) is pleased to announce that it has concluded a transaction with Barrick TZ Limited, a subsidiary of Barrick Gold Corporation, to acquire the following royalties for total cash consideration of US$11,750,000:
Sandeep Singh, President and CEO of Osisko commented, “We are pleased to add, to our portfolio, royalties on prospective projects that are multiple-hundreds of square kilometers in size. West Kenya, the most advanced asset, comprises a district-scale 1,162km2 land package which already contains a robust initial high-grade resource with a potential long life, low cost, high return project. Recent drill results, which rank amongst the best in the sector, highlight the high grade nature of the deposit and its growth potential. The project is an important growth asset for Shanta Gold, a company with an operating mine in the region and the ability to fast-track towards production. This latest suite of royalties underscores Osisko’s ongoing discipline towards acquiring high quality royalties and streams with attractive rates of return.”
About the Royalties
West Kenya is a development-stage, high-grade gold project located in the Lake Victoria gold field. Shanta Gold published a scoping study in October 2020 that outlined a 9-year mine life producing approximately 105,000 ounces of gold per year from an inferred resource base of 2.9 million tonnes grading 12.6 g/t for 1.18 million ounces of gold. The project is currently envisaged as a combined open pit and underground operation focused on the Isulu and Bushiangala deposits in the northwest corner of the 1,162km2 land package. Shanta Gold is currently infill drilling to advance the project to prefeasibility and, subject to a positive investment decision, anticipates initial production in 2025. Recent drilling results have yielded numerous high-grade intervals including 4.0 meters grading 706.3 g/t gold and 6.0 meters grading 219.5 g/t gold. In addition to the existing resource, Shanta Gold has identified multiple drill prospects within the broader district.
The Frontier royalty applies to two exploration permits in southeastern Burkina Faso covering an area of approximately 400km2 within the highly prospective Houndé gold belt, which has a +20Moz endowment along the 200km trend. Metalor is conducting an 18,000-meter air-core drilling exploration program on the property.
The Central Houndé royalty applies over an area of 474km2 in the middle of the Houndé gold belt in Burkina Faso and is located between Sarama Resources’ Santura project to the south and Endeavour Mining’s Houndé mine to the north. To date Thor has identified three priority targets following approximately 23,000 meters of drilling.
The scientific and technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Guy Desharnais, Ph.D., P.Geo., Vice President, Project Evaluation at Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd, who is a “qualified person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
About Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd
Osisko is an intermediate precious metal royalty company focused on the Americas that commenced activities in June 2014. Osisko holds a North American focused portfolio of over 160 royalties, streams and precious metal offtakes. Osisko’s portfolio is anchored by its cornerstone asset, a 5% net smelter return royalty on the Canadian Malartic mine, which is the largest gold mine in Canada.
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