Çöpler District – Long-Life Cornerstone Operation Generating Strong Free Cash Flow
The Çöpler Mine (80% SSRM owned) is part of the Çöpler District located in east-central Turkey in the Erzincan Province, approximately 1,100 km southeast from Istanbul and 550 km east from Ankara, Turkey’s capital city. The Çöpler Mine has been operating since 2010 and is currently processing ore through two producing plants – the oxide and sulfide plants. The oxide ore is processed via heap leach and the sulfide ore is processed using pressure oxidation. The current estimated mine life is over 20 years.
Highlights of the Çöpler Mine include:
- Mineral Reserves: Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves of 62.9 million tonnes at an average grade of 2.11 g/t or 4.3 million ounces of contained gold, excluding stockpiles, as at December 31, 2021.
- Potential for mine life extension: Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources of 92.3 million tonnes at an average grade of 1.06 g/t or 3.1 million ounces of contained gold. Inferred Mineral Resources of 103.2 million tonnes at an average grade of 1.17 g/t or 3.9 million ounces of contained gold. Mineral Resources are as at December 31, 20211.
- Delivered strong annual gold production: Produced 329,276 ounces of gold in 2021 at mine site *AISC of $713 per payable ounce of gold sold.
- Çöpler operating outlook: In 1Q 2022, we released the results of the independently prepared Çöpler District Master Plan TRS (“CDMP21”). The CDMP 2021 summarized SSR Mining's current development strategy for Çöpler and included analysis for two production scenarios:
- A Mineral Reserve Case incorporating maiden Mineral Reserves from Çakmaktepe Extension (Ardich), and
- An Initial Assessment Case (“IAC”) which contemplates the construction of a copper concentrator to process Çöpler Copper-Gold (“C2”) sulfide ore.
- Mine-life extension through exploration: In addition to the gold in the known Mineral Reserves, we continue both in-pit and near-mine exploration programs to identify additional potential ore to complement the existing LOM plan. SSR Mining is also continuing drilling regionally to potentially identify additional prospects for future growth.
The Çakmaktepe Mine (50% SSRM owned) is located approximately 5 km from the existing Çöpler Mine infrastructure and the Çakmaktepe ore can be processed through the existing Çöpler facilities. Mining operations commenced in September 2018 and production of Çakmaktepe phase one oxide ore was completed in 2019. As exploration advances and the geological understanding of the Çakmaktepe and Ardich deposits increases, it appears that there is probable structural connectivity between the areas, potentially creating an expanded “Greater Çakmaktepe” development pathway.
Çöpler Copper-Gold (C2)
The Çöpler Copper Gold (C2) project consists of copper gold sulfide mineralization below and adjacent to existing resource pits at the Çöpler Mine (80% SSR Mining owned). A positive Initial Assessment Case (“IAC”) was included in the CDMP21, which showcased ~1Moz of gold production for $218 million of capital expenditures and an IRR of ~60%. SSR Mining will look to advance Copler Copper Gold towards first production in 2025. The IAC development scenario outlined in the CDMP21 expands on the life of mine production plan highlighted in both the CDMP21 Reserve Case and the 2020 Ҫӧpler District Master Plan (“CDMP20”) PEA Case with the construction of a Copper Concentrator to recover copper from the Sulfide Mineral Resource.
The IAC is preliminary in nature, it includes Inferred Mineral Resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have modifying factors applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as Mineral Reserves, and there is no certainty that this economic assessment will be realized.
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1Mineral Resources are reported exclusive of Mineral Reserves. Please refer to our Mineral Reserves and Resources Table.
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* AISC is a non-GAAP metric which is customary in the mining industry, but for which there is no standardized definition or comparable financial measure under U.S. GAAP. As a result, we have not identified a comparable financial measure calculated under U.S. GAAP.