Orea Mining Reports on a Ruling by the French Constitutional Court of Third-Party Proceedings, Potentially Impacting the Montagne d’Or Gold Project

2022-02-18 13:50:23

VANCOUVER, BC, Feb. 18, 2022 /CNW/ – Orea Mining Corp. (“Orea”) (TSX: OREA) (OTCQX: OREAF) (FSE: 3CG) reports that today the French Constitutional Court (Conseil Constitutionnel) deliberated on a section of the French Mining Code relating to the renewal of historical mining titles and ruled that the “automatic” renewal provision associated with these mining titles does not comply with the French Constitution.

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This ruling was issued in response to a constitutional law question raised in unrelated proceedings, brought before the Constitutional Court by NGO France Nature Environnement (“FNE”), in relation to another mining company, and is NOT related to the current proceeding before the French courts concerning the renewal of the Montagne d’Or gold project mining titles owned 44.99% by Orea and 55.01% by Nord Gold plc (the “JV”).

Four companies currently hold 16 historical mining titles in French Guiana, including the JV controlling the Montagne d’Or gold project, and are therefore potentially impacted by the Constitutional Court decision; however, in its ruling the Constitutional Court also indicated that its ruling will only apply to pending judicial proceedings where a definitive decision has not been issued. 

It is therefore possible that the above noted ruling does not invalidate previous judicial decisions in favour of Orea and the JV, concerning the Montagne d’Or gold project, specifically the decision of the Court of Appeal in Bordeaux rejecting the French Government’s appeal and request for a stay of execution of the court rulings of December 24, 2020, which ordered the renewal of the Montagne d’Or gold project mining titles (see new release dated July 22, 2021). 

Orea and the JV’s case concerning the Montagne d’Or mining titles is presently at the French Supreme Court. There is no certainty that the Supreme Court will not consider the Constitutional Court’s ruling, when deciding if it should hear the final attempt for an appeal that was requested by the French Government against the decision of the Court of Appeal in Bordeaux (see new release dated October 7, 2021), concerning the Montagne d’Or gold project; however, the Supreme Court has already denied a petition by FNE to join the French Government’s appeal (see new release dated January 10, 2022).

Additional updates will be provided by Orea when available.

About Montagne d’Or

Montagne d’Or is a permitting-stage open pit gold deposit that hosts Measured Mineral Resources of 10.3 Mt at 1.804 g/t gold (600,000 oz), Indicated Mineral Resources of 74.8 Mt at 1.350 g/t gold (3.25 Moz) and additional Inferred Mineral Resources of 20.2 Mt at 1.48 g/t gold (960,000 oz), prepared in accordance with the requirements of National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”). The Mineral Resources are confined within a pit shell defined by a gold price of US$1,300/oz and a cut-off grade of 0.4 g/t gold. Mineral Reserves have also been defined with Proven Mineral Reserves of 8.25 Mt at 1.99 g/t gold (530,000 oz) and Probable Mineral Reserves of 45.87 Mt at 1.50 g/t gold (2.2 Moz). The Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves were estimated using a gold price of US$1,200 per ounce at varied cut-off grades from 0.552 to 0.665 g/t gold, dependent on lithological rock types, economics and estimated metallurgical recovery. Montagne d’Or ore can be readily processed to recover the contained gold and silver values using unit operations considered standard to the industry. For more information, see Orea’s news release titled “Columbus Gold Announces Positive Bankable Feasibility Study for Montagne d’Or Gold Project, French Guiana” dated March 20, 2017 and filed on SEDAR and the technical report prepared in accordance with the requirements of NI 43-101 titled “NI 43-101 Technical Report, Bankable Feasibility Study – Montagne d’Or Project, French Guiana” by SRK Consulting for Columbus Gold (now Orea Mining) and Nordgold with an Effective Date of March 6, 2017, and a report date of April 28, 2017, which was filed on SEDAR on April 28, 2017.

Qualified Person

Rock Lefrançois, President & Chief Executive Officer of Orea and Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed this news release and is responsible for the technical information reported herein, including verification of the data disclosed.

About Orea Mining Corp.

Orea is a leading gold exploration and development company operating in a prospective and underexplored segment of the Guiana Shield, South America. Its mission is to develop gold deposits with a reduced environmental footprint using innovative technologies, upholding the highest international standards for responsible mining. In French Guiana, Orea holds a major interest in the world-class Montagne d’Or mine development project and is also advancing the Maripa gold exploration project.

For more about Orea visit the company’s website at www.oreamining.com

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD:

Rock Lefrançois
President & CEO

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Certain important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among others, political and economic risks in France, political and economic risks in French Guiana, risks related to the renewal applications for the Concessions and the possible outcomes thereof; possible negative outcomes of any appeals from the decision of the Administrative Court of Cayenne in French Guiana; possible negative impacts from rulings by the French Constitutional Court regarding the French Mining Code; regulatory risk including but not limited to unforeseen changes in regulatory requirements, the Company’s ability to enforce its contractual and other legal rights to explore and exploit its properties, risks related to exploration and development, permitting and licensing risk, the estimation of mineral resources and mineral reserves and related interpretations and assumptions, future profitability of the Company, the ability to obtain additional financing on a timely basis, the price of gold and marketability thereof, government regulations including with respect to taxes, royalties, land tenure and land use, title to the Company’s properties, currency exchange rates and fluctuations, environmental risks, dilution resulting from the issuance of additional securities of the Company, joint venture risks, reliance on Nord Gold plc as operator of the Montagne d’Or project, the availability of equipment, conflicts of interest, competition in the mining industry, uninsured risks, market fluctuations, global financial conditions, credit risk and risks arising from pandemics and epidemics such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. These statements, however, are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

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