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INV to relocate processing, tailings facilities for Loma Larga after referendum

INV Metals Inc. said March 25 that it will relocate the proposed processing and tailings facilities for the Loma Larga gold-copper-silver property outside the Girón Canton subdivision of Ecuador's Azuay province.

This comes after a referendum at Girón Canton resulted in a vote against mining activity in the region. Resource and reserves at Loma Larga are not contained within Girón Canton, but the area was planned to host the tailings facility for the operation.

The Canada-listed miner will seek further legal clarification of the referendum's result and its potential implications. It will also continue engineering work required to locate facilities within the same region that hosts the mine's resources and reserves.

A feasibility study for Loma Larga, released in November 2018, defined an after-tax net present value of US$356 million, at a 5% discount rate, an internal rate of return of 24.7% and a payback period of 2.6 years.