2019 production: 7.9 million ounces of silver and 48,880 ounces of gold
The San Jose mine was commissioned in July 2011 and began commercial production in September 2011 at a rate of 1,000 tpd. In September of 2013, the mill was expanded from 1,150 tpd to 1,800 tpd and in April 2014, the mill was further expanded to 2,000 tpd without incurring in additional capital investments. Expansion of the mill from 2,000 tpd to 3,000 tpd was initiated in the first quarter of 2015 and successfully commissioned on time and under budget in July 2016.
San Jose is located in the Taviche Mining District (Latitude 16° 41' 40" N, Longitude: 96° 42' 00" W) in the southern portion of the state of Oaxaca, approximately 47 road kilometers (one hour drive) south of the city of Oaxaca. Access to the property is excellent and local infrastructure is good.
Geology and Mineralization
The San Jose deposit is a low sulfidation epithermal vein system characterized by mineralized multiphase quartz-carbonate-sulfide veins, hydrothermal breccias and stockwork veining. The mineralized system is hosted within a sequence of Tertiary andesitic volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks.
The Brownfields exploration program budget for 2020 at the San Jose Mine is US$4.9 million, which includes 17,600 meters of diamond drilling and 500 meters of underground development for drilling access, platforms and services. Underground exploration drilling will focus on the shallow, north extension of the Trinidad vein and the sub-parallel Victoria mineralized zone, while surface drilling will test two new targets to the south of the mine.
Mineral Reserves - Proven and Probable
San Jose, Mexico
Proven + Probable
Mineral Resources - Measured and Indicated
San Jose, Mexico
Measured + Indicated
Mineral Resources - Inferred
San Jose, Mexico
Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources are as defined by the 2014 CIM Definition Standards for Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves
Mineral Resources are exclusive of Mineral Reserves
Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability
Factors that could materially affect the reported Mineral Resources or Mineral Reserves include; changes in metal price and exchange rate assumptions; changes in local interpretations of mineralization; changes to assumed metallurgical recoveries, mining dilution and recovery; and assumptions as to the continued ability to access the site, retain mineral and surface rights titles, maintain environmental and other regulatory permits, and maintain the social license to operate
Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves are estimated as of September 25, 2019 and reported as of December 31, 2019 taking into account production-related depletion for the period through December 31, 2019
Mineral Reserves for the San Jose Mine are based on underground mining within optimized stope designs using an estimated NSR break-even cut-off grade of US$64.54/t, equivalent to 138 g/t Ag Eq based on assumed metal prices of US$17/oz Ag and US$1,380/oz Au; estimated metallurgical recovery rates of 91 % for Ag and 90 % for Au and mining costs of US$33.24/t; processing costs of US$17.12/t; and other costs including distribution, management, community support and general service costs of US$15.18/t based on actual operating costs. Mining recovery is estimated to average 91% and mining dilution 11%. Mineral Resources are reported at a 110 g/t Ag Eq cut-off grade based on the same parameters used for Mineral Reserves and a 15% upside in metal prices. Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves include 2.36 Mt containing 20.4 Moz of silver and 124 koz of gold reported at a 142 g/t Ag Eq cut-off grade, in addition to Inferred Resources totaling 2.71 Mt containing 10.9 Moz of silver and 78 koz of gold reported at a 110 g/t Ag Eq cut-off grade, located in the Taviche Oeste concession and subject to a 2.5 % royalty
Eric Chapman, P. Geo. (APEGBC #36328) is the Qualified Person for Mineral Resources and Amri Sinuhaji (APEGBC #48305) is the Qualified Person for Mineral Reserves, both being employees of Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.