anuary 4, 2023, Vancouver, British Columbia - Bear Creek Mining Corporation (TSXV: BCM) (OTCQX: BCEKF) (BVL: BCM) (“Bear Creek” or the “Company”) announces it produced 13,710 ounces of gold and 40,222 ounces of silver from the Mercedes Mine (“Mercedes”) during the three months ended December 31, 2022 (“Q4 2022”) and discovered a new high-grade gold vein at the Marianas zone.
• 13,710 ounces of gold produced during Q4 2022; a 23% increase in Mercedes production compared to Q3 2022 (see Bear Creek news release dated October 6, 2022)
• New high-grade vein discovered by underground drilling in Marianas zone with an intersection of 89.1 grams per tonne (“g/t”) gold and 192 g/t silver over 0.8 meters
• Development work at Rey de Oro and Marianas progressed which will allow higher-grade zones to contribute to production in 2023
Drill Hole UG-MR22-114 intersected 0.8 meters grading 89.1 g/t gold and 192 g/t silver, marking the discovery of a new vein, and a second intercept of 3.0 meters grading 15.8 g/t gold and 151 g/t silver representing the extension, as projected, of a known vein. UG-MR22-114 was drilled from underground drilling station Bay 4 in Marianas. Additional drilling to test these veins will be conducted from Bay 5 in February 2023, with the goal of defining ore for mining in 2024.
Development work is ongoing in the Marianas, Rey de Oro and San Martin zones. There are approximately 80 meters of development required in Marianas to establish underground drilling station, Bay 5, and prepare for ore production from this zone. There are about 50 meters of development required to reach the lower Rey de Oro zone where drill hole R22-215D intersected 0.9 meters grading 26.2 g/t gold and 23 g/t silver. Ore production from lower Rey de Oro is planned for late Q1 or early Q2 2023. San Martin will contribute ore during Q1 2023.
Anthony Hawkshaw, CEO, commented, “I am pleased to report that gold production for Q4 2022 exceeded the 12,500 to 13,500 ounces anticipated and represented a 23% increase from Q3 2022 production of 11,169 ounces. We expect to continue this trend in Q1 2023 and report improved production numbers during 2023 once ore is mined from the higher grade sections of Rey de Oro, San Martin and Marianas. Exploration efforts during Q4 2022 rewarded us with the discovery of a new high-grade vein in Marianas and proved the extension of a known vein. We look forward to providing additional drill information from this zone in the second and third quarters of 2023.”
Andrew Swarthout, a Director of Bear Creek, stated, “The intercept of 89.1 g/t gold and 192 g/t silver over 0.8 meters represents a second blind vein discovered at Marianas in 2022. The first was discovered by hole UG-MR22-107 which intercepted 3.5 meters grading 5.8 g/t gold and 3.6 meters grading 13.1 g/t gold (see Bear Creek news release dated November 29, 2022). Neither of these veins are in the resource model. These new discoveries confirm our thesis that bonanza grades exist within reach of our infrastructure. We expect similar vein sets will be encountered as we advance drilling at Marianas and throughout the Mercedes District increasing both resources and mine life.”
Bear Creek will announce its 2022 fourth quarter financial results on or about April 18, 2023.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Chief Executive Officer