The Noche Buena Mine is an epithermal underground silver mine located four kilometers southwest from the Guadalupe Production Centre. The mine produces mineral from two silver rich veins (Noche Buena and Abalone) and one gold rich vein (Carlos Pacheco, located 200 meters to the east).
The Noche Buena Mine commenced production in the first quarter of 2010, and contributes a silver-gold feed to the Guadalupe Production Centre. The mine is located within the Valle de Oro subdistrict, an area that has indications of a significant gold and copper mineralization at lower elevations which may be indicative of a gold-copper district underlying the Zacualpan Silver District.
Throughout much of 2007 and 2008, IMPACT's exploration team mapped and sampled the Noche Buena area in preparation for a major drill program, which began in late 2008. On September 24, 2009, after considerable success with its drilling program, IMPACT announced that the Noche Buena would advance into production, and on March 4, 2010, mining officially commenced. This ability to fast track new mines from exploration into production is a cornerstone of IMPACT's ability to rapidly grow silver production in the Zacualpan-Capire Districts.
IMPACT's geologists are currently exploring the Noche Buena and Carlos Pacheco Veins to the north in an area known as the San Juan Project. Drilling at San Juan has met with significant success in intersecting both high grade silver and gold mineralization in separate veins (see IMPACT News Release dated October 30, 2013
for details). The San Juan Project area encompasses a series of large old mine workings (San Juan, Santa Domingo and San Jose, among others) containing multiple working levels located 150 meters to the north of the Noche Buena Mine. These old workings lie along the northern extension of the Carlos Pacheco Vein, where previous drilling by IMPACT intersected high grade gold values including 19.6 g/t gold across 2.9 meters and 3.84 g/t gold across 6.7 meters (see IMPACT News Release dated January 21, 2013
, July 11, 2012
and December 4, 2008
for details). A program of continued drilling to depth and along strike of the San Jose will be initiated in early 2014 where the zone remains open for expansion.
The new San Jose entrance to the Noche Buena Mine
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Related News Releases
Entrance to Carlos Pacheco
October 30, 2013
IMPACT Silver Discovers High-Grade Gold and Silver adjacent to its Noche Bu...
July 11, 2012
IMPACT Silver Intersects 8.47g/t Gold and 1.12% Copper across 2.75m on the ...
December 07, 2009
IMPACT Silver Drills 1,078G/T Silver Over 3.27 Meters at Noche Buena...
July 21, 2009
IMPACT Intersects More Wide Zones Of Silver At Noche Buena...
June 09, 2009
IMPACT Expands Silver Mineralization At Noche Buena...
January 26, 2009
IMPACT Silver intersects 8.55 meters of 204 g/t silver in first drill holes...
December 04, 2008
IMPACT Silver Discovers High Grade Gold Zone; Drills 19.6 g/t Gold Across 2...
November 05, 2008
IMPACT Silver Begins Drilling New Silver and Gold-Copper Targets at Royal M...