Southern Empire is currently focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of gold deposits in the safe jurisdictions of North America.
Southern Empire (“SMP”) is focused on the exploration and development of metal and mineral deposits in the safe jurisdictions of North America.
SMP’s primary focus is its brownfields Oro Cruz Project located in the Cargo Muchacho mountains of Imperial County, California, approximately 14 miles from Equinox Gold Corp.’s Mesquite Mine that produced more than 140,000 oz gold in 2020. Oro Cruz and Mesquite are both hosted by the Caborca Orogenic Gold Trend – a gold-endowed belt of rocks that also includes Fresnillo plc’s La Herradura mine which produced more than 400,000 oz in 2020.
The Oro Cruz Project comprises several formerly-producing, large-scale open pit and underground mines, including the Oro Cruz, American Girl, American Boy and Padre y Madre. These gold mines were last operated by the American Girl Mining Joint Venture in 1996, although their history dates back to when the Spanish first came to California. Given the brownfields nature of the Oro Cruz Project, infrastructure such as roads, electricity and workforce is all close at hand.
SMP intends to significantly add to the historical gold resource at Oro Cruz through the application of modern geological theory and high tech methods of exploration. About 3km existing underground workings, which are in pristine condition, will allow for cost-effective underground exploration and help us achieve our goals.
Southern Empire also holds a significant equity interest in Augusta Gold Corp., a US based gold exploration company with a commanding land package in the Bullfrog Mine area from which Barrick Gold Corp. produced more than 2 million ounces during the 1990’s.