Richmont Mines Inc. (TSX:RIC,NYSEMKT:RIC) signed a land and mining rights agreement with Argonaut Gold Inc.. The agreement enables Richmont to extend the western boundary of its Island Gold Deep Project by a distance of 585 metres thus increasing the project’s exploration potential towards the west.
As quoted in the press release:
Mining rights below a depth of 400 meters were also secured on several claims to the south of the Island Gold Deep project, thus adding to the project’s exploration potential at depth. As part of the Agreement, Richmont will acquire Claim SSM 722481 in its entirety, which immediately abuts Island Gold’s Localsh Zone, where reserves and resources currently exist and where mining is currently taking place. In exchange, Argonaut will receive exploration and mining rights from surface to a maximum depth of 400 metres on certain Richmont claims that border the Magino Gold Project, providing it with greater flexibility in its project development. The rights that Richmont will be transferring to Argonaut in no way affect the current operation at the Island Gold Mine or the Island Gold Deep Project. Under the terms of the Agreement, Richmont will receive a net payment of CAN$2.0 million in cash from Argonaut upon completion of the land transactions.