TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 12, 2015) - YAMANA GOLD INC. (TSX:YRI)(NYSE:AUY) ("Yamana" or "the Company") today announced the signing of a Definitive Agreement ("the Agreement") with the provincial Government of Catamarca, Argentina ("the Government"), represented by the provincial mining company Catamarca Mineria y Energetica Sociedad del Estado ("CAMYEN"). The Agreement advances the previously announced Memorandum of Understanding, which set the groundwork for cooperation to consolidate important mining projects and prospective properties in the province, most notably the Agua Rica property and the Cerro Atajo prospect, to create the Catamarca mining district ("the District"). The Agreement is the first of its kind between a provincial company and a private company in the Catamarca Province.
The signing of the Agreement provides the basis for further advancement of exploration and ultimately mining in the District. Yamana expects to use the existing workforce at Agua Rica to begin a planned exploration program in 2015 with a focus on Cerro Atajo. In addition, a plan is being implemented to train the existing workforce in Catamarca to ensure local communities have the opportunity to benefit directly from planned economic activity in the District.
The Company and the Government through CAMYEN will continue to evaluate the potential of Cerro Atajo and as the potential is confirmed a plan will be developed to improve and upgrade infrastructure in the District. Under the Agreement CAMYEN will receive up to a 5% interest in a combined entity, including the Agua Rica project and the Cerro Atajo prospect.
Agua Rica is a low cost, large-scale copper, gold, silver and molybdenum deposit located in the province of Catamarca, Argentina.
The Cerro Atajo prospect lies 10 km east of Alumbrera and 25 km west of Agua Rica, a region in which both Yamana and the Government have interests. The property is prospective for both high grade gold-copper-silver veins and large tonnage copper-gold porphyry mineralization. Cerro Atajo is centred on an intrusive complex within the same host rock as the nearby Alumbrera mine.
Yamana is a Canadian-based gold producer with significant gold production, gold development stage properties, exploration properties, and land positions throughout the Americas including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Canada. Yamana plans to continue to build on this base through existing operating mine expansions, throughput increases, development of new mines, the advancement of its exploration properties and by targeting other gold consolidation opportunities with a primary focus in the Americas.
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changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined, changes in project development, construction, production and commissioning time frames, risk related to joint venture operations, the possibility of project cost overruns or unanticipated costs and expenses, higher prices for fuel, steel, power, labour and other consumables contributing to higher costs and general risks of the mining industry, failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated, unexpected changes in mine life, final pricing for concentrate sales, unanticipated results of future studies, seasonality and unanticipated weather changes, costs and timing of the development of new deposits, success of exploration activities, permitting time lines, government regulation and the risk of government expropriation or nationalization of mining operations, environmental risks, unanticipated reclamation expenses, title disputes or claims, limitations on insurance coverage and timing and possible outcome of pending litigation and labour disputes, as well as those risk factors discussed or referred to in the Company's current and annual Management's Discussion and Analysis and the Annual Information Form filed with the securities regulatory authorities in all provinces of Canada and available at www.sedar.com, and the Company's Annual Report on Form 40-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. 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 anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates, assumptions or opinions should change, except as required by applicable law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The forward-looking information contained herein is presented for the purpose of assisting investors in understanding the Company's expected financial and operational performance and results as at and for the periods ended on the dates presented in the Company's plans and objectives and may not be appropriate for other purposes.