August 8, 2023

Orogen Royalties Announces Six to Eight Million Ounce Exploration Target on the Silicon-Merlin Royalty

Vancouver, B.C. August 8, 2023 (TSX.V:OGN) (OTCQX:OGNRF) Orogen Royalties Inc. (“Orogen”) or the (“Company”) is pleased to provide a drilling and resource development update on AngloGold Ashanti NA’s (“AngloGold”) Silicon-Merlin gold project (Figure 1) in Nevada, USA where Orogen holds a 1% net smelter return (“NSR”) royalty.

Merlin Update Highlights

  • The Exploration Target at Merlin ranges from 230 to 250 million tonnes grading 0.8 to 1.0 grams per tonne (“g/t”) gold for a total of 6.0 to 8.0 million ounces of gold (see cautionary note)1,2,3
  • The Exploration Target at Merlin is exclusive of the 3.4 million ounces gold Indicated and 800,000 ounces gold Inferred resources at Central Silicon4
  • Impressive drill hole intercepts include drill hole MER-23-0105-RD grading 3.27 g/t gold over 285 metres and drill hole MDT-21 grading 2.61 g/t gold over 214.8 metres3
  • Over 261 drill holes totalling over 120 kilometres of drilling at Merlin completed as of July 20233
  • The Merlin zone remains open to the west, south-west, and north

“This is an excellent start for the resource development program at Merlin”, commented Orogen CEO, Paddy Nicol. “AngloGold anticipates completion of the resource delineation drilling program by the end of the third quarter of 2023. By year end, AngloGold plans to release a concept study on the combined Silicon-Merlin project including an initial Mineral Resource declaration at Merlin.  Drilling is also continuing at both Silicon Central and Merlin for resource conversion and expansion. In combination with the previously announced resources at Central Silicon, the new announcement clearly indicates that a world-class deposit is developing within Orogen’s royalty AOI.”

Figure 1 — AngloGold's Beatty District Projects displaying mineralized zones and Orogen's royalty AOI.

Figure 2 — Merlin long section looking northwest showing drill results.
Adapted from Interim 2023 Merlin Exploration Target

Figure 3 — Plan map displaying drill collar locations (red dots) at the Silicon and Merlin targets.1

About the Silicon Merlin Project

Orogen holds a 94 square-kilometre 1% NSR royalty area of interest covering the Central Silicon deposit and Merlin Exploration Target on AngloGold’s Expanded Silicon project, part of the broader Beatty District Projects. AngloGold have completed over 200 kilometres of drilling on the Expanded Silicon project with a conceptual study designed to integrate the two mineral bodies (Central Silicon and Merlin) to be completed by the end of 2023. The mineralization at Central Silicon and Merlin consists of epithermal gold mineralization. At Central Silicon, where a pit constrained 3.4 million ounces gold Indicated and 0.8 million ounces gold Inferred resources were previously announced4, mineralization is focused around a structural corridor with a small high grade core expanding at depth that has not been captured in the current resource. At Merlin, mineralization appears to be dominantly hosted in the Bullfrog and Tram tuffs with the currently defined Exploration Target open to the west, south-west and north. AngloGold is currently working on an integrated concept study for the Expanded Silicon project to be completed in H2 2023. AngloGold predicts first production in the Beatty District by the end of 2025 with the region forming a greater than 300,000-ounce gold per year multi-decade mine1,2.

Table 1 — Drill hole intercept results shown in Figure 21

(1) Results reported at 0.1g/t cut-off. Reported intervals are drilled core lengths, true widths are not yet established. Assay values are uncut.

A full report and transcript are available at:

Qualified Person Statement

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

Certain technical disclosure in this release is a summary of previously released information and the Company is relying on the interpretation provided by the relevant referenced partner.  Additional information can be found on the links in the footnotes or on SEDAR ( or EDGAR ( 

Cautionary Note:  The ranges of tonnage and grade of the Exploration Target are conceptual in nature and could change as the proposed exploration activities are completed. There has been insufficient exploration of the relevant property or properties to estimate a Mineral Resource at this point in time. It is uncertain if further exploration will result in the estimation of a Mineral Resource and the Exploration Target therefore does not represent, and should not be construed to be, an estimate of a Mineral Resource or Mineral Reserve. Given the conceptual stage of the project, a number of risks, uncertainties and opportunities, are evident in the confidence of the known orebody and the potential for upside at Silicon, Merlin and in the surrounding area. The Merlin Exploration Target grade and tonnage ranges have been determined by a preliminary review of the location and weighted average grade of the mineralised intercepts. The geology of the deposit contains a significant number of faulted offsets, which require detailed geological modelling to fully define the extent and continuity of the mineralisation. A bulk density value of 2.4 t/m3 was used. No economic constraint has been applied to the deposit to determine the extent of what material may ultimately be extracted.

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 mine in Sonora, Mexico (2% NSR royalty) being mined by First Majestic Silver Corp. and the Silicon-Merlin gold project (1% NSR royalty) in Nevada, USA, being advanced by AngloGold Ashanti NA. The Company is well financed with several projects actively being explored under joint ventures.

On Behalf of the Board
OROGEN ROYALTIES INC.                                                                                 

Paddy Nicol
President & CEO                                                                                                                

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

Orogen Royalties Inc.
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