VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 6, 2012) - Sandstorm Gold Ltd. ("Sandstorm" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:SSL) is pleased to announce that Metanor Resources Inc. ("Metanor") (TSX VENTURE:MTO) has obtained the environment certificate of approval for commercial production at the Bachelor Lake Mine ("Bachelor Lake"). The certificate allows Metanor to process an initial 900,000 tonnes of gold ore from the Bachelor Lake underground mine site. The Government authorization is accompanied by certain conditions, particularly with respect to the management of water as well as the creation of an Advisory Committee involving the Cree community of Waswanipi and Jamesian municipalities.
In accordance with Sandstorm's gold purchase agreement with Metanor, Sandstorm is entitled to purchase 20% of the life of mine gold produced from Bachelor Lake, at a per ounce price of US$500.
Sandstorm is also pleased to provide an update on the expansion at the Santa Elena Mine ("Santa Elena"), operated by SilverCrest Mines Inc. ("SilverCrest") (TSX VENTURE:SVL). The Santa Elena expansion is on schedule, targeting a 100% increase in metal production commencing in 2014. The construction of a 3,000 tonne per day CCD processing plant is expected to begin in Q4, 2012 and long lead time equipment for the processing plant is currently being sourced. SilverCrest has driven a decline 470 metres underground with its main ramp and has budgeted for underground development to reach 1,500 metres by the end of 2012. On the exploration front, a shallow 13 hole in pit drill program was completed in June which confirmed the high grade nature of mineralization at Santa Elena. Results show up to 6.2 grams per tonne ("gpt") gold and 102.7 gpt Silver over 16 metres. A new Gemcom block model is being constructed to augment the Santa Elena Life-of-Mine-Plan. Surface drilling of the Santa Elena Mine Zone is also underway to further delineate underground Resources for conversion to Reserves, based on the Expansion Plans Pre-Feasibility Study which is anticipated by year end. Eighteen proposed holes are currently being drilled.
In accordance with Sandstorm's gold purchase agreement with SilverCrest, Sandstorm is entitled to purchase 20% of the life of mine gold produced from the open-pit at Santa Elena, at a per ounce price of US$350. Sandstorm has the right, but not the obligation, to purchase 20% of the gold produced from underground at Santa Elena, for an upfront payment that is equal to 20% of the upfront capital expenditures made by SilverCrest, plus ongoing per ounce payments equal to US$450.
Sandstorm President & CEO commented, "With Metanor continuing towards production and SilverCrest well on their way to a significant expansion, Sandstorm shareholders can look forward to increases in gold production in the coming years. I want to congratulate both teams on their excellent progress to date."
Pascal Hamelin, P. Eng, Vice-President of Operations, is the Qualified Person under NI 43-101 responsible for reviewing and approving the technical information contained in this news release in regards to Metanor and Bachelor Lake.
N. Eric Fier, CPG, P. Eng, and Chief Operating Officer for SilverCrest Mines Inc., is the Qualified Person under NI 43-101 responsible for reviewing and approving the technical information contained in this news release with regards to SilverCrest and Santa Elena.
ABOUT SANDSTORM GOLD
Sandstorm Gold Ltd. is a growth focused resource based company that seeks to complete gold purchase agreements with companies that have advanced stage development projects or operating mines. A gold purchase agreement involves Sandstorm making an upfront cash payment to its partners and in exchange, Sandstorm receives the right to purchase a percentage of the gold produced for the life of the mine, at a fixed price per ounce. Sandstorm helps other companies in the resource industry grow their business, while acquiring attractive assets in the process.
Sandstorm is focused on low cost operations with excellent exploration potential and strong management teams. Sandstorm has completed gold purchase or royalty agreements with Luna Gold Corp., SilverCrest Mines Inc., Santa Fe Gold Corp., Rambler Metals and Mining plc, Brigus Gold Corp., Metanor Resources Inc., Donner Metals Ltd., Magellan Minerals Ltd., Solitario Exploration & Royalty Corp. and Ely Gold & Minerals Inc.
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