Jaguar reports substantial reserve increase at Pilar

Jaguar’s Pilar mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Image by Jaguar Mining.

Jaguar Mining (TSX: JAG) on Tuesday reported a significant increase in mineral reserves at the Pilar gold mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

According to the latest mineral resources and reserves estimate, probable reserves at Pilar increased 99% to 133,000 oz gold at a weighted average grade of 4.11 g/t Au, while proven reserves remained constant at 106,000 oz at a weighted average grade of 3.86 g/t Au.

In total, Pilar’s proven and probable reserves stood at 240,000 oz gold contained within 1.86 Mt at a weighted average grade of 4.0 g/t Au, representing a 12% increase in reserve grade. This reflects an ounce increase of 58% year-over-year before mined depletion, and an increase in 2P reserves of 40% year-over-year, net of January-May mined depletion (21,000 ounces).

“While our Pilar mine has steadily increased production to record levels, the Pilar geology team has spent the last 18 months focused on increasing our understanding of the complex structures that incorporate our orebodies,” CEO Vern Baker said in a press release.

“Through the utilization of good basic geologic efforts – mapping, sampling, drilling, and modeling – the team has once again replaced and added to our reserves and have demonstrated that the grade our orebodies can deliver is higher than prior reserves indicated.”

Pilar is one of two underground mines combined to form the company’s Caeté mining complex (CCA). The other mine – Roça Grande – is currently suspended for maintenance.

Earlier this year, the Pilar mine achieved a record production of 11,521 ounces during the first quarter, a 30% improvement over the prior-year quarter.

Shares of Jaguar Mining rose 1.1% by 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday after hitting a 52-week high of C$0.92 earlier in the session. The Toronto-based miner has a market capitalization of C$629.4 million.

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