February 23, 2022

AngloGold Announces 3.37 million ounce gold resource on Orogen's Silicon Royalty interest

Vancouver, B.C. February 23 2022 (TSX.V:OGN) (OTCQX:OGNRF)  Orogen Royalties Inc. (“Orogen” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that project owner AngloGold Ashanti NA (“AngloGold”) has announced a maiden 3.37 million ounce inferred gold resource at the Central-Silicon zone on the Silicon gold project in Nevada, USA.  Orogen holds an uncapped and non-buyable 1% net smelter return (“NSR”) royalty on the 58 square kilometre Silicon project.

Highlights from AngloGold’s Annual Report are as follows[1][2]:

  • Maiden resource of 3.37 million ounces of oxide gold from the Central-Silicon zone as of December 31, 2021
  • Resources do not include the Merlin zone, located approximately two kilometres south of Central-Silicon and on the same structural trend (Figure 1).
  • Conceptual plan of 300,000 ounces of annual production from North Bullfrog and Silicon using heap leach and gravity recovery
  • Silicon prefeasibility studies planned in 2022 and 2023 are underway with permitting and mine construction to come in future years
  • Ongoing exploration and infill drilling are planned to continue at the Central-Silicon and Merlin areas
Figure 1 - Claim map showing Orogen's royalty interest at Silicon

“We congratulate AngloGold on delivering a maiden resource of 3.37 million ounces gold at Silicon,” said Orogen CEO Paddy Nicol. “This resource is an important milestone for the value of Orogen’s 1% NSR royalty on the project. Until now there has been little publicly available data to indicate the size of the discovery at Silicon. We look forward to further updates in due course as AngloGold proceeds with exploration and development plans in the district, including the Merlin target.”

Table 1 – Drilled inferred resources for Central-Silicon area as of December 31, 2021.[1]

As stated in their Annual Report, AngloGold looks to consolidate its position in the Beatty district as it envisions its operations in Nevada as “a meaningful, low-cost, long-life production base in a premier mining jurisdiction.” Initial plans focus on open pit mining and heap leach and gravity recovery of gold. AngloGold is planning for 300,000 ounces of production annually for at least 10 years, with a “Tier One cost structure.” Production is anticipated to start at North Bullfrog within three years, followed by Silicon and potentially Merlin thereafter.

As further stated in its report, AngloGold’s plans for 2022 at Silicon include more drilling and a prefeasibility study to upgrade the mineral resources to reserves. A concept study on the Merlin zone will proceed in parallel.  Sulphide processing and underground mining will be evaluated in the longer term.  

Qualified Person Statement

Certain technical disclosure in this release is a summary of previously released third-party information and the Company is relying on the interpretation provided.  Additional information can be found on the links in the footnotes. 

All technical data, as disclosed in this press release, has been verified by Laurence Pryer, Ph.D., P.Geo., Exploration Manager for Orogen. Dr. Pryer is a qualified person as defined under the terms of National Instrument 43-101.

About Orogen Royalties Inc.

Orogen Royalties Inc. is focused on organic royalty creation and royalty acquisitions on precious and base metal discoveries in western North America. The Company’s royalty portfolio includes the Ermitaño gold and silver deposit in Sonora, Mexico (2% NSR royalty) being developed by First Majestic Silver Corp. and the Silicon gold project (1% NSR royalty) in Nevada, USA, being advanced by AngloGold Ashanti NA. The Company is well financed with several projects actively being developed by joint venture partners.

On Behalf of the Board


Paddy Nicol             

President & CEO              


To find out more about Orogen, please contact Paddy Nicol, President & CEO at 604-248-8648, or Marco LoCascio, Vice President of Corporate Development at 604-248-8648.  Visit our website at www.orogenroyalties.com. 

Orogen Royalties Inc.

1201 – 510 West Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC

Canada V6B 1L8

  1. https://thevault.exchange/?get_group_doc=143/1645501304-YearEnd2021Resultsreport.pdf 
  2. https://thevault.exchange/?get_group_doc=143/1645503094-Q42021ResultsPresentationFINAL.pdf

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