Spokane, WA - March 9, 2015 - Goldrich Mining Company (OTCBB: GRMC) (“Goldrich” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that its 50% owned subsidiary, Goldrich NyacAU Placer, LLC ("GNP"), will commence mining this month at the Chandalar gold project in Alaska. GNP is a joint-venture formed between Goldrich and NyacAU, LLC (“NyacAU”) to mine the various placer deposits that occur throughout Goldrich's 23,000 acre Chandalar gold project in Alaska.
To date approximately US$18 million has been invested by GNP to develop the mine with an additional US$5 million budgeted for 2015. All initial capital expenditures are being funded by NyacAU under terms of the joint-venture operating agreement.
"Commercial production at Chandalar in 2015 is the culmination of three years of work by GNP," stated Goldrich President and CEO Mr. William Schara. "GNP completed initial construction and a successful test plant in 2012, acquired a significant mining permit for expanded operations in 2013, and relocated and expanded facilities in 2014. All this was accomplished during one of the most difficult periods in the industry over the last 30 years. We compliment GNP on the progress that has been made."
2015 Mining Season
GNP will recommence removing overburden this month and plans to transport seven additional forty-ton rock trucks to the mine in the next few weeks, increasing the fleet total to thirteen in all. Opening of an initial pit and 1,800 foot haul road has already been completed. Mining of pay gravel is anticipated to start in May and initial gold processing is planned for late June. Subject to weather, the plant is expected to run through mid-September.
Construction of the processing plant is expected to be finished in May. In 2014 GNP relocated the plant to a lower and broader part of the valley, constructed new water ponds, and began build out of the new and expanded plant. GNP also successfully installed a new grizzly feeder on site as well as built support frames for additional gravel screens and recovery tables, which will be mounted this spring.
Full capacity of the feeder is expected to total approximately 600 bank cubic yards per hour and will be realized as additional gravel screens and gold recovery tables are added in stages through 2016.
Goldrich has completed approximately 15,000 feet of drilling to date on the upper half of the Little Squaw Creek placer project and outlined 10.5 million cubic yards of mineralized material, at an average head grade of 0.025 ounces of gold per cubic yard for an estimated total of approximately 250,000 contained ounces. The mineralized material at Chandalar is not a mineral reserve as defined in SEC Industry Guide 7.