TORONTO, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Sulliden Gold Corporation Ltd. ("Sulliden", or the "Company") (TSX: SUE) (BVL: SUE) (OTCQX: SDDDF) announces that Peru's Ministry of Energy and Mines ("MINEM") has approved the Environmental Impact Assessment ("EIA") for the Shahuindo gold and silver project in northern Peru. The approval of the EIA is the key milestone in the advancement of the project towards the construction phase.
Peter Tagliamonte, Chairman and CEO of Sulliden, commented "We are very pleased about the approval of the Shahuindo Project by the Ministry of Energy and Mines. This completes an extensive regulatory process and represents the most important step in bringing Shahuindo to production. We wish to acknowledge the local communities for their valuable input and support, as well as the Peruvian authorities for their expeditious review and approval."
The EIA was submitted to the MINEM on December 17, 2012. This report was the result of over 18 months of technical studies, including a comprehensive water management plan, the feasibility study, archeological studies, flora and fauna studies, mine closure planning, social baseline studies, and results from several months of public consultations with local communities.
The approval of the EIA will allow Sulliden to further advance the permitting process for the mine construction and other related authorizations from the relevant Peruvian authorities.
About Sulliden Gold Corporation Ltd.
Sulliden is a mineral exploration and development company focused on advancing its 100% owned Shahuindo project to production. Currently in its permitting phase, this low capital and operating cost gold and silver mine project is located in a prolific gold-producing district in northern Peru. A September 2012 Feasibility Study (based on $1,415 Gold and $27 Silver) on the foundation phase of the project estimates an initial CAPEX of $131.8 million that will support an annual mining rate of 3.65 million tonnes producing approximately 90,000 of gold equivalent ounces for 10.4 years at cash operating costs of $552/oz. This initial mine scenario features a pre tax IRR of 52.2% and post-tax IRR of 37.8%. The Feasibility Study considers only approximately 40% of the gold ounces from the total oxide mineral resource and the Company intends to expand its operation once in production. Additional mineral growth from exploration drilling on defined targets adjacent to the current resource is also anticipated. Sulliden is led by a proven management team with hands-on experience developing and operating mines in Latin America.
Sulliden shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol "SUE", on the Bolsa de Valores, Lima (BVL), also under the symbol "SUE", and on the premier tier of the U.S. Over-the-Counter market (OTCQX) under the symbol "SDDDF".
The technical information provided in this news release was reviewed and approved by Joseph C. Milbourne, Sulliden's VP Technical Services and Operations, and a qualified person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101.
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