The Lobo-Marte project contains two potential open-pit gold resources located in the Maricunga Gold District of Chile. The resources are seven kilometers apart, and are located 60 km south of Kinross’s La Coipa mine, and 60 km north of Kinross’s Refugio mine, 100 kilometres east of Copiapó.
Kinross completed a prefeasibility study at Lobo-Marte that contemplated a heap-leach operation and submitted an environmental and social impact study to Chilean authorities. Kinross has since withdrawn its permit application due to changes in the plan of operations, project economics, and other factors. As a result of the permit withdrawal, much of the historic 7.0 million ounces of measured and indicated gold resources, contained in 185.4 Mt @ 1.2 g/t gold, were reclassified from historic mineral reserves. Future development and operations at Lobo-Marte will require the re-initiation of the permitting process.
Sandstorm has a 1.75% net smelter return royalty on 60% of future production at Lobo-Marte, up to a maximum of US$40 million. Sandstorm acquired the royalty as part of a transaction with Teck Resources Ltd. in January 2016.