ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focused on Australia, is pleased to announce that its 25% shareholding in Philippines based company Cordillera Tiger Gold Resources, Inc. (“Cordillera Tiger”, “Cordillera”) has been formalised and the Company is now in receipt of the share certificate.
In July 2021, Cordillera Tiger successfully renewed Exploration License EP-006 at the Danglay gold project, which is located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines.
Most recently, through Cordillera Tiger, ECR has been engaged in a Community Development Programme in the Danglay area. Cordillera has provided foodpack assistance, helping to get rice, canned meat & fish delivered to families affected by COVID19 in the Danglay region.
As reported in the Annual Report on March 23rd 2021, ECR is entitled to a 25% interest in the Danglay gold project in the Philippines, which is held by Philippines corporation Cordillera Tiger Gold Resources, Inc. under an Exploration Permit. The issuance of a 25% shareholding in Cordillera Tiger to the Company has been delayed since 2016, largely due to a court case filed by an individual who is a minority shareholder and former director of Cordillera Tiger. This matter was successfully resolved, and ECR’s shareholding has now been formalised.
The ECR Board believes the political climate for the minerals industry in the Philippines is improving and considers that the Danglay gold project has potential for further exploration to build upon the existing inferred mineral resource estimate of 63,500 ounces of gold at 1.55 g/t gold. This resource was reported by ECR in 2015 to the Canadian NI43-101 standard, based on exploration carried out at Danglay by ECR during 2014 and 2015. In addition to the resource, an NI43-101 target for further exploration (conceptual potential quantity and grade of mineralisation expressed as ranges) of 95,000 to 170,000 ounces of gold at 5 to 7.5 g/t was reported.
ECR Chairman David Tang commented: “I am pleased to report that after a lengthy delay, our 25% shareholding in Cordillera Tiger has now been formalised and we are now in possession of the documentation and share certificate. Shareholders will of course know that ECR’s priority and focus is on developing its Australian assets, but with our commitment to helping the Danglay community and our £1.2 million investment in the Danglay gold project to date, we believe the resolution of this longstanding issue and the improving political climate adds material value to the ECR asset portfolio.”
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ABOUT ECR MINERALS PLC
ECR Minerals is a mineral exploration and development company. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”) has 100% ownership of the Bailieston and Creswick gold projects in central Victoria, Australia, has eight licence applications outstanding including two licence applications lodged in eastern Victoria. (Tambo gold project). MGA is currently drilling at both the Bailieston and Creswick projects and has an experienced exploration team with significant local knowledge in the Victoria Goldfields and wider region.
ECR also owns 100% of an Australian subsidiary LUX Exploration Pty Ltd (“LUX”) which has three licence applications covering 900 km2 covering a relatively unexplored area in Queesnland, Australia.
Following the sale of the Avoca, Moormbool and Timor gold projects in Victoria, Australia to Fosterville South Exploration Ltd (TSX-V: FSX) and the subsequent spin-out of the Avoca and Timor projects to Leviathan Gold Ltd (TSX-V: LVX), Mercator Gold Australia Pty Limited has the right to receive up to A$2 million in payments subject to future resource estimation or production from projects sold to Fosterville South Exploration Limited.
ECR holds a 25% interest in the Danglay gold project; an advanced exploration project located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines, which has a 43-101 compliant resource. ECR also holds a royalty on the SLM gold project in La Rioja Province, Argentina and can potentially receive up to US$2.7 million in aggregate across all licences.