September 20, 2022
Orogen Royalties Options the Astro Gold Project to Rackla Metals
Vancouver, B.C. September 20, 2022 (TSX.V:OGN) (OTCQX:OGNRF) Orogen Royalties Inc. ("Orogen" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has signed an option agreement (the “Agreement”) with Rackla Metals Inc. (TSX.V:RAK) (“Rackla”) for the Astro gold project in Northwest Territories, Canada.
Under the terms of the Agreement, Rackla can earn a 100% interest in Astro by issuing 120,000 common shares of Rackla, incurring $250,000 in exploration expenditures, and making cash payments or issuing common shares totaling $382,000 within twelve-months from Agreement date. Once Rackla has exercised its option to acquire the Astro project, Orogen will retain a 2.5% net smelter return (“NSR”) royalty.
Orogen CEO Paddy Nicol commented, “The Astro project is an exciting early-stage gold property located in the Northwest Territories along the Yukon border. The project was generated from a two-year US$1.8 million regional alliance with Newmont Mining Corporation that identified gold mineralization in a ten-kilometre-long structural corridor. We are pleased to have Rackla continue exploration on this property.”
Orogen recognizes that the Astro project is located within the territories of the Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim and look forward to a continuation of the current positive working relationship under Rackla.
Figure 1: Location of the Astro Project
About the Astro property
The Astro Project is a 288 square-kilometre exploration property located in the Northwest Territories along the Yukon border close to the Canol Road. The property contains outcropping gold mineralization in a ten-kilometre-long structural corridor. Gold mineralization is developed within and flanking the hornfelsed aureole of the Border granodiorite pluton. Identified gold mineralization consists of gold-arsenic-antimony bearing quartz veins, gold- bismuth skarn and gold associated with disseminated sulphides in siltstone. Known gold showings exhibit structural control along a series of northwest-striking faults down dropping hornfels and sedimentary rocks on the east side of the Border pluton.
Surface sampling of gossanous showings at the Radio, Ultraviolet and Microwave prospects (Figure 1) returned chip-channel results including 17.7 grams per tonne (“g/t”) gold over 30.0 metres, 6.1g/t gold over 4.0 metres, and 3.6g/t gold over 18.0 metres. Two additional prospects on the property (Infrared and Gamma) are defined by gold-in-soil anomalies along the range front prospect. Results from the RC scout drilling include 3 metres grading 3.1g/t gold in RAD 19-01, 7.6 metres grading 0.7g/t gold in RAD19-04, and 6 metres grading 1.1 g/t gold in GAM19-01.
Figure 2: Geology map showing drill collar locations
Rackla can acquire a 100% interest in the Astro project from Orogen subject to regulatory acceptance of the TSX Venture Exchange (the “Approval Date”) and the following obligations:
- Issue 120,000 common shares of Rackla within three days following the Approval Date;
- Incur $250,000 in exploration expenditures within twelve-months from the Approval Date; and
- Within twelve-months from Approval Date, make a final payment totaling $382,000 through a combination of a cash payment and/or issuance of common shares at Rackla’s discretion, however, the cash payment may not exceed $191,000.
Once Rackla has exercised its option to acquire the Astro project, Orogen will retain a 2.5% NSR royalty.
Qualified Person Statement
All technical data, as disclosed in this press release, has been verified by Laurence Pryer, Ph.D., P.Geo. VP Exploration for the Company. 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 mine in Sonora, Mexico (2% NSR royalty) being mined 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 explored under joint ventures.
On Behalf of the Board
OROGEN ROYALTIES INC.
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 www.orogenroyalties.com.
Orogen Royalties Inc.
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