Presentation Outlines Aggressive Drilling Program, New Development Schedule and Decision to Eliminate Gold Hedging Program
Jaguar Mining Inc. ("Jaguar" or the "Company") (JAG: TSX/NYSE Arca, JAG.NT: TSX) announced today that Daniel Titcomb, Jaguar's President and CEO will present at the Denver Gold Forum today, Monday, September 24 at 2:55 PM (MDT). Jaguar invites you to watch the live webcast which may be accessed at the link below.
You can also view the webcast at www.jaguarmining.com under Calendar of Events. Note that the archived webcast will be available until October 24, 2007.
Mr. Titcomb will provide details of several new initiatives underway at the Company's mining operations and expanded exploration program in Brazil. The highlights include:
Down Strike Deep Drill Program
Jaguar is initiating a 'go-deep' drill program where several new holes will be drilled to depths of up to 1,000 meters in selected ore zones at Turmalina, Roça Grande and Pilar. This program aims to prove the extension of mineralization that Jaguar's exploration team now believes exists to depth based on the geological models developed to-date. The Company has acquired a significant amount of geological data from extensive drilling, which continue to indicate that Jaguar's three main projects, where resources have been measured and reported, are open at depth and most of them along strike. Additional details from this initiative will be provided to investors as information becomes available.
Accelerate Expansion of Turmalina
Accelerate the Expansion I of Turmalina to produce over 100,000 oz of gold by 2009. The expansion is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2008 processing additional ore from the nearby Satinoco ore body, which will be accessed from a new cross cut from the existing ramp system and mine entrance. This initiative will require a modest expansion of the leaching circuits at the existing processing facility as sufficient milling and grinding capacity exists to exceed 1,500 tpd. It will also require additional underground development and some new equipment. Total capital costs for the Expansion I are estimated at $8 million, most of which will be invested in mine expansion. The feasibility study, which will convert additional resources to reserves, is underway and scheduled for completion in December 2007.
Expansion Extends Feasibility Period for Caeté Offsetting Delay in Power Supply
New discoveries of deeper mineralized zones at the Roça Grande property, coupled with a revised timing of availability of sufficient power resources required for the new processing plant, allows more time for the Company to develop the Caeté Project feasibility study. Previously, Jaguar expected to complete the feasibility study during the current quarter and commission Caeté in the third quarter of 2008. The new schedule anticipates that the feasibility study will be completed during the first quarter of 2008 and commission the facility during the second quarter of 2009. The Company intends to use the additional time to significantly expand mineral resources through deeper drilling and extend the mine life beyond the present scope detailed in the current findings of the feasibility study. Jaguar has elected not to acquire power generation equipment to internally generate electricity, which would allow the Company to maintain the previous schedule. The power contract and mine/plant implementation licenses (LI) have been secured for the 2009 start-up.
Eliminate Gold Hedge
The Company has made the decision to terminate the existing hedge program and provide 100% of the upside in gold prices to Jaguar's investors.
Commenting on these latest developments, Mr. Titcomb stated, "Given the geological setting in which we operate in Brazil, we continue to believe Jaguar's gold resource base could be expanded, allowing us to sustain an operating target of more than 400,000 oz/yr for ten years. Our exploration team has defined the continuity and geometry of the main projects to a depth of 200-400 meters, confirming resources and that mineralization is open at depth as well as on strike. Our team now has the confidence to drill these structures to a depth of 700-1,000 meters. This program is expected to provide significant upside growth to our resource base faster than previously thought possible."
Concerning expansion and new development of operations, Mr. Titcomb added, "With the operating success we have achieved at Turmalina, coupled with the additional resources now available to us from the Satinoco ore body, we are deploying the resources, both human and financial, to this operation today to expand gold production at Turmalina faster than previously planned. The economic benefits far out-weigh the alternatives and provide a superior return on investment. As a result of strong local demand for power in Brazil, an unexpected delay in available electricity to power our Caeté Project has postponed our development program for this new operation by approximately six months. Investing the capital to produce power internally to maintain our original schedule would be costly and imprudent. We have obtained guarantees from CEMIG, the local power company, that Caeté's power needs will be in-place by the first quarter of 2009, the date we now expect to begin the commissioning of that operation. This delay provides us with additional time to further delineate and measure newly identified mineralization located at depth to Caeté's Roça Grande ore body. Moreover, it allows us to re-position the Caeté Project construction team over to Turmalina to devote their efforts to the expansion, achieving greater capacity from existing infrastructure."
As it concerns the gold hedge, Mr. Titcomb added, "Our decision to eliminate the hedge position that we placed in order to obtain the project financing for Turmalina required us to examine our available capital against our overall capital commitments. By moving the development of the Caeté Project back by two quarters, due to the shortage of electricity and the opportunity to add initial design capacity, we are now better able to settle the hedge and reward our shareholders with 100% of the upside if gold prices continue to rise."
Jaguar Mining will be hosting a tour of its operations in Brazil October 16-19 and is open to qualified investors and analysts. If you have an interest in participating in this upcoming tour, please contact Valéria DioDato or Bob Zwerneman.
About Jaguar Mining
Jaguar is one of the fastest growing gold producers in Brazil with operations in a prolific greenstone belt in the state of Minas Gerais. Jaguar is actively exploring and developing additional mineral resources at its 72,000 acre land base. Additional information is available on the Company's website at www.jaguarmining.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
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Forward Looking Statements
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