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ORO CRUZ GOLD PROJECT

Following in the Footsteps of the Great Gold Explorers of the American Southwest

ORO CRUZ

Imperial County, California

A Formerly Producing Gold Mine Having A Significant Exploration Potential

Southern Empire, Oro Cruz, California

In the Cargo Muchacho mountains of Imperial County, southeast California, Southern Empire owns the American Girl Mine Property and holds options to acquire a 100% interest in the 2,160 hectares (5,338 acre) Oro Cruz Property located approximately 22.5 kilometres (km; 14 miles) southeast of the operating Mesquite gold mine of Equinox Gold Corp.

With a history that includes extensive drilling and large-scale open pit and underground mining by the American Girl Mining Joint Venture (53 per cent owned by MK Gold Co., a subsidiary of Morrison Knudsen Corporation, and 47 per cent owned by Hecla Mining Company), which was suspended during the gold market downturn in 1996, the Oro Cruz Gold Project hosts many exploration targets in addition to a high-grade oxide gold zone that, based on the historical mine operation records, is amenable to conventional heap leach extractive methods.

WHY DO WE LIKE IT? 

NEAR EQUINOX GOLD’S OPERATING MESQUITE MINE

  • Equinox Gold’s operating Mesquite Mine is 22.5km/14 miles to the northwest
  • Estimated 2020 production of 120-130,000 oz. of gold
  • Mesquite’s mine life estimated to 2025, with the newly annouced resources extended to 2027 or further

EXELLENT PROPERTY ACCESS AND INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Local skilled workforce available
  • Yuma, Arizona (population 98,000) is 25km/15.5 miles to the southeast
  • Existing paved highway and hard-packed secondary roads
  • 92 kV power transmission line crosses the property

HISTORIC PRODUCTION & EXISTING RESOURCE DATA 

  • Located in Caborca-Mojave Gold trend that sees lot of current production
  • Formerly producing gold mine; as recent as 1995-1996
  • Past gold production was from oxide ores
  • Historic resource of 341,000 oz. at 2.2 g/t Au

LOCATED IN THE CABORCA-MOJAVE GOLD TREND

HISTORICAL HIGH-GRADE OXIDE GOLD

Historical resource of 341,800 ounces gold at 2.2 g Au/t*, based in part on:
10.7 meters of 20.9 g Au/t
11.4 meters of 10.1 g Au/t
12.2 meters of 13.4 g Au/t
6.9 meters of 23.1 g Au/t
8.4 meters of 17.9 g Au/t
7.6 meters of 15.9 g Au/t
7.0 meters of 16.3 g Au/t

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This website is owned and operated Southern Empire Resources Corp. Where we say “we”, “us”, “our”, the “Company”, or “Southern Empire”, we mean Southern Empire Resources Corp. and/or one or more or all of its affiliates, as may be applicable. By using this website, you agree to the following terms and conditions.

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This website contains “forward-looking information” which may include, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the future financial or operating performance of the Company and its projects, the future price of gold, silver or other metal prices, exploration expenditures, costs and timing of future exploration, requirements for additional capital, government regulation of mining operations, environmental risks, reclamation expenses, title disputes or claims, limitations of insurance coverage and regulatory matters.

Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates”, or “believes” or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases, or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved.

Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.  Such factors include, among others, general business, economic, and competitive uncertainties; lack of production; limited operating history of the Company; the actual results of current exploration activities; ability to obtain exploration and drilling licenses or permits; the Company may lose or abandon its interest in the properties; ability to retain qualified personnel; the ability to obtain adequate financing for exploration and development; volatility of commodity prices; environmental risks of mining operations; accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry, including but not limited to environmental hazards, cave-ins, pit-wall failures, flooding, rock bursts and other acts of God or unfavourable operating conditions and losses.

Forward-looking statements are based on a number of material factors and assumptions, including the determination of mineral reserves or resources, if any, the results of exploration and drilling activities, the availability and final receipt of required approvals, licenses and permits, that sufficient working capital is available to complete proposed exploration and drilling activities, that contracted parties provide goods and/or services on the agreed time frames, the equipment necessary for exploration is available as scheduled and does not incur unforeseen break downs, that no labour shortages or delays are incurred and that no unusual geological or technical problems occur.  While the Company considers these assumptions may be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect.  Actual results may vary from such forward-looking information for a variety of reasons.

These forward-looking statements are based upon management’s beliefs, estimates and opinions.  Following listing on the Exchange, the Company intends to discuss in its quarterly and annual reports referred to as the Company’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis documents any events and circumstances that occurred during the period to which such document relates that are reasonably likely to cause actual events or circumstances to differ materially from those disclosed in this website.  New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management to predict all of such factors and to assess in advance the impact of each such factor on the Company’s business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Other than as required by law, the Company does not intend and undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking information to reflect, among other things, new information or future events.

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In 2011, Lincoln Mining Corporation reported a historical inferred resource estimate totaling 341,800 ounces gold based on 4,386,000 tonnes averaging 2.20 grams gold per tonne (“g Au/t”) at a cutoff grade of 0.68 g Au/t (4,835,000 tons at 0.07 ounces gold per ton; “oz Au/ton”).  This historical inferred resource estimate is disclosed in a technical report dated April 29, 2011 prepared for Lincoln Mining Corporation by Tetra Tech Inc. and is available on SEDAR. The historical mineral resource estimate, termed “inferred mineral resource”, which is a category set out in NI 43-101, was based on previous drill hole, underground channel samples and blasthole assays, and calculated using ordinary kriging to estimate gold grades in 10 foot x 10 foot x 5 foot blocks.  Accordingly, Southern Empire considers this historical estimate reliable as well as relevant as it represents key targets for exploration work by Southern Empire. The Qualified Person of the Oro Cruz Technical Report has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimate as a current mineral resource and Owl Capital is not treating this historical estimate as current mineral resources.

HIGH-GRADE HISTORIC DRILL INTERCEPTS

HISTORICAL RESOURCE ESTIMATE – ALL ZONES

Including Oro Cruz Deposit
Resource Category
Tonnage (tonnes)
Average Gold Grade (g/t)
Cutoff Gold Grade (g/t)
Contained Gold (oz)
Inferred
3,978,000
2.2
0.68
341,800

Historical 2010 Resource: 341,800 ounces gold at 2.2 g Au/t

  • Down dip extensions remain untested
  • 431 surface RC holes, 60 underground core holes
  • 13,628 blast holes, 2,960 underground channel samples
  • 17,586 assay data points
  • Over 2 km of underground declines, crosscuts, drawpoints and manways in place, requiring minimal rehabilitation
  • Stripping for open pit expansion partially complete
  • Existing historical heap leach pads
  • Adjacent active third-party aggregate/asphalt batch plant operation

Southern Empire Legal Disclaimer

This website is owned and operated Southern Empire Resources Corp. Where we say “we”, “us”, “our”, the “Company”, or “Southern Empire”, we mean Southern Empire Resources Corp. and/or one or more or all of its affiliates, as may be applicable. By using this website, you agree to the following terms and conditions.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This website contains “forward-looking information” which may include, but is not limited to, statements with respect to the future financial or operating performance of the Company and its projects, the future price of gold, silver or other metal prices, exploration expenditures, costs and timing of future exploration, requirements for additional capital, government regulation of mining operations, environmental risks, reclamation expenses, title disputes or claims, limitations of insurance coverage and regulatory matters.

Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates”, or “believes” or variations (including negative variations) of such words and phrases, or statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved.

Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.  Such factors include, among others, general business, economic, and competitive uncertainties; lack of production; limited operating history of the Company; the actual results of current exploration activities; ability to obtain exploration and drilling licenses or permits; the Company may lose or abandon its interest in the properties; ability to retain qualified personnel; the ability to obtain adequate financing for exploration and development; volatility of commodity prices; environmental risks of mining operations; accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry, including but not limited to environmental hazards, cave-ins, pit-wall failures, flooding, rock bursts and other acts of God or unfavourable operating conditions and losses.

Forward-looking statements are based on a number of material factors and assumptions, including the determination of mineral reserves or resources, if any, the results of exploration and drilling activities, the availability and final receipt of required approvals, licenses and permits, that sufficient working capital is available to complete proposed exploration and drilling activities, that contracted parties provide goods and/or services on the agreed time frames, the equipment necessary for exploration is available as scheduled and does not incur unforeseen break downs, that no labour shortages or delays are incurred and that no unusual geological or technical problems occur.  While the Company considers these assumptions may be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect.  Actual results may vary from such forward-looking information for a variety of reasons.

These forward-looking statements are based upon management’s beliefs, estimates and opinions.  Following listing on the Exchange, the Company intends to discuss in its quarterly and annual reports referred to as the Company’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis documents any events and circumstances that occurred during the period to which such document relates that are reasonably likely to cause actual events or circumstances to differ materially from those disclosed in this website.  New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management to predict all of such factors and to assess in advance the impact of each such factor on the Company’s business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Other than as required by law, the Company does not intend and undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking information to reflect, among other things, new information or future events.

Investors are cautioned against placing undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

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The Company provides links to third party websites for your convenience only and the inclusion of these links does not imply that the Company monitors or endorses these websites. Accordingly, the Company accepts no responsibility for such websites.

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In general, you may visit this website (the “Site”) without providing any personal information. However, in order to benefit from certain features of this Site, you may need to provide personal information. For example, if you sign up for our email list, we will ask you for your email address so that we can send you email notices when we post news releases or new content on this Site. You may unsubscribe from these messages at any time by using the unsubscribe feature in the message (if provided) or by contacting us as described below. In some cases, we may offer you the option of sending a link to one of our news releases or other content to a friend or family member by email. These messages are sent to your friend or family member from your email account and the Company does not collect, use or retain any personal information in connection with this feature.

By providing the email address of your friend or family member, you represent to us that you have a personal or family relationship with the individual and have consent from the individual to provide his or her email address to us for this purpose. We may also collect and use personal information for other purposes with your consent or as permitted or required by law.

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Personal information may also be used and disclosed to parties connected with the proposed or actual financing, securitization, insuring, sale, assignment or other disposal of all or part of our business or assets, for the purposes of evaluating and/or performing the proposed transaction. Our assignees or successors may use and disclose your personal information for similar purposes as those described in this statement.

We may disclose personal information for other purposes with your consent or as permitted or required by law.

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The file containing your personal information will be maintained on our servers or those of our service providers and will be accessible at our offices. You may request access to or correction of your personal information, or make other inquires about our personal information handling practices, by writing to lubica@smp.gold. Your right to access or correct your personal information is subject to applicable legal restrictions. We may take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

We may revise this privacy statement from time to time. If we intend to use or disclose personal information for purposes materially different than those described in this statement, we will make reasonable efforts to notify affected individuals, if necessary, including by revising this statement. We encourage you to visit our Site frequently to obtain the current version. By continuing to access this Site or provide personal information following any changes to this statement you agree to accept any such changes.

All units metric. Reported tonnage and grade figures are rounded from raw estimates to reflect the order of accuracy of the estimate..
Table derived from the NI 43-101 Independent Technical Summary Report, September 30, 2019 – Qualified Person, Frank Hrdy, P.Geo. CanMine Consultants.

In 2011, Lincoln Mining Corporation reported an inferred resource estimate totaling 341,800 ounces gold based on 4,386,000 tonnes averaging 2.20 grams gold per tonne (“g Au/t”) at a cutoff grade of 0.68 g Au/t (4,835,000 tons at 0.07 ounces gold per ton; “oz Au/ton”). 

This historical inferred resource estimate, prepared for Lincoln Mining Corporation by Tetra Tech, Inc., is disclosed in a technical report dated April 29, 2011that was filed on SEDAR on May 6, 2011 where it is available for review. This historical mineral resource estimate, termed “inferred mineral resource”, which is a category set out in NI 43-101, was based on previous drill holes, underground channel samples and blasthole assays, and calculated using ordinary kriging to estimate gold grades in 10 foot x 10 foot x 5 foot blocks. 

Accordingly, Southern Empire considers this historical estimate reliable as well as relevant as it presents key targets for exploration work by Southern Empire. Frank Hrdy, the Qualified Person of Southern Empire’s current Oro Cruz Technical Report,  has not done sufficient work to classify the historical resource estimate as a current mineral resource and Southern Empire is not treating this historical estimate as current mineral resources.

WHAT ARE WE AIMING TO ACCOMPLISH ?

“We firmly believe that Oro Cruz has exploration potential for more than a million ounces. We’ll explore the property using modern geological theory and high tech methods of exploration, and see what we can do.

In addition, a sweetener at Oro Cruz is that there are existing heap leach pads from the historical American Girl Mining Joint Venture operations. We’ve just recently taken some surface grab samples from those leach pads and the results were very encouraging. The samples averaged greater than half a gram gold.

And as you know, in that part of the world, for instance over at Equinox’s Mesquite operations, their cut-off grades are substantially less than half a gram. Despite that, Mesquite produces between 115 – 130,000 ounces of gold annually. They have profitable operations even with those low grades.

So, at Oro Cruz, we’re going to go in and look at the existing heap leach pads and do some sonic drilling there to see whether or not we can establish a resource for those. If successful, this would be the “cherry on top” for us.” Dale Wallster, CEO

PHASE ONE OBJECTIVES

Reverse Circulation (RC), Core and Sonic Drilling of the Oro Cruz Property

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES
  • Confirm gold grades of historical drill intercepts by twinning drill holes
  • Submit drill samples for metallurgical testing of high-grade, oxide gold mineralized material 
  • Complete detailed geological mapping of the Oro Cruz open pit and underground workings
  • Establish a better understanding of ore forming processes, timing and structural controls
  • Develop new property-scale drill targets using advanced geophysical and geochemical techniques

Investigation of Existing Heap Leach Pads on the Oro Cruz Property

The historical heap leach pads offer an opportunity for low-cost future gold production 

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES
  • Determine the grade and tonnage of unrecovered gold hosted in the historical heap leach pads 
  • Determine extractive metallurgy for the gold remaining in the existing heaps
  • Continue the permitting process for potential re-processing of the heap material

Photos of the Oro Cruz Property are available in our Photo Gallery

CONTACT SMP

Lubica Keighery

lubica@smp.gold
+1 778-889-5476

Southern Empire Resources Corp.

Suite 420 – 789 West Pender Street
Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6C 1H2

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