Canasil Signs Formal Agreement with Pan American Silver
to Explore Pan American's Escobar and Canasil's Sandra Silver-Gold Projects
in Durango, Mexico
March 25, 2009
Vancouver – Canasil Resources Inc. (“Canasil” TSX-V: CLZ) is pleased to announce the signature of the formal agreement with Pan American Silver Corp. (Pan American TSX: PAA) providing an option for Canasil to earn a 51% interest in Pan American’s Escobar claims for US$1 million in exploration expenditures over 3 years. As described below, Pan American will then have the option either to back-in to a 51% interest in the combined claims of Pan American’s Escobar project and Canasil’s Sandra project to form a joint venture with the objective of advancing the projects through to feasibility and to production if warranted, or to sell its 49% interest in the Escobar claims to Canasil. The formal agreement follows the initial letter agreement announced on August 18, 2008
Following Canasil’s initial earn-in of a 51% interest in Pan American’s Escobar claims, Pan American may back-in to the combined Canasil and Pan American claims by paying Canasil 3-times exploration expenditures on the combined claims, forming a 51% Pan American and 49% Canasil joint venture. If Canasil elects not to contribute its share of further joint venture expenditures, Pan American may earn an additional 14% interest by completing a feasibility study, thereby taking its interest to 65%. Following this, and upon Canasil’s request, Pan American may earn a further 15% interest for a total 80% interest by financing Canasil’s share of capital costs required to take the project through to production. If Pan American decides not to exercise its back-in right, it may sell its 49% interest in the Escobar claims to Canasil for US$5 million in a combination of cash and shares paid over 3 years, and would retain a 2.5% NSR on future production from the Escobar claims.
Pan American Silver’s Escobar claims cover 635 hectares and Canasil’s Sandra claims cover 5,513 hectares; the claims are contiguous and are located 180 kilometres northwest of the city of Durango, in Durango State, Mexico. The project area is located on an important mineral trend with many past and presently producing silver-gold mines and deposits, such as Silver Standard’s La Pitarrilla deposit, Endeavour Silver’s Guanacevi mine, and Great Panther’s Topia mine. Numerous veins and mineralized structures have been identified within the project claim area by Pan American Silver and Canasil on their respective claims, with surface and trench samples returning high silver, gold, copper, lead and zinc grades. This agreement will create the opportunity for systematic exploration and potential development of this large combined claim area.
About Pan American Silver:
Pan American Silver Corp. was founded in 1994. Pan American's mission is to be the world's largest and lowest cost primary silver mining company and to achieve this by increasing the company's low cost silver production and silver reserves. Pan American has seven operating mines in Mexico, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.
Canasil is a Canadian mineral exploration company with interests in precious and base metal properties in Durango, Sinaloa and Zacatecas States, Mexico, and in British Columbia, Canada. The Company’s directors and management include industry professionals with a consistent track record of identifying and advancing successful mineral exploration projects.
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President and C.E.O.
Canasil Resources Inc.
Tel: (604) 709-0109
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