La Libertad

Project Phase: 

At the time of writing (October 2018), La Libertad Mine project was in the production phase at two open pit sites, Jabalí Central and Mojón. B2Gold Corp.'s operations at the Jabalí Antena Underground deposit (near the Jabalí neighbourhood in Santo Domingo's city centre) was temporarily suspended due to "the onset of social conflict in Nicaragua" (B2Gold Corp., MD&A, June 2018). Production from this deposit was expected to begin in the third quarter of 2018 (Ibid).

La Libertad Mine has a long history of exploration and exploitation mining concessions, dating back to 1862, along with a history of small scale and artisanal production. The dates provided in this database focus on B2Gold Corp.'s operations, the most recent owner of the mine. For more information regarding the mine's historical ownership and production, see the Technical Report prepared by Gustavson Associates for B2Gold Corp., dated 27 March 2015 (full reference below). Note, La Libertad Mine was known as the Orosi Mine between 2007 and 2009.

Exploration Start Date: 
2009 (B2Gold Corp.)
Exploitation Start Date: 
2012 (Jabali Central, B2Gold Corp.)
Extraction Type: 
Open pit
Subterranean
Country: 
Nicaragua
Natural Resource: 
Gold
Silver
Municipality, Department: 
La Libertad and Santo Domingo, Chontales
Region: 
Central America
References: 

ACAFREMIN, "Habitantes de Santo Domingo-Chontales rechazan nuevo proyecto de minería industrial", dated 16 January 2018, online: https://www.acafremin.org/es/noticias-regionales/nicaragua/196-habitantes-de-santo-domingo-chontales-rechazan-nuevo-proyecto-de-mineria-industrial, accessed 17 December 2020.

B2Gold Corp., "B2Gold Corp. Management's Discussion and Analysis for the quarter ended September 30, 2020", dated 4 December 2020, online: https://fintel.io/doc/sec-b2gold-corp-ex992-2020-november-03-18570-977, accessed 10 December 2020.

Calibre Mining Corp., "Calibre Mining Recommences Blasting and Mining Activities at its Jabali Underground Mine, Part of the Libertad Complex", dated 5 August 2020, online: https://www.calibremining.com/news/calibre-mining-recommences-blasting-and-mining-act-1745/, accessed 10 December 2020.

Environmental Justice Atlas (EJAtlas), "Libertad mining project, Chontales, Nicaragua", online: https://ejatlas.org/conflict/santo-domingo-mining-project-nicaragua, accessed 10 December 2020.

Gustavson Associates, "NI 43-101 Technical Report La Libertad Mine, La Libertad Region, Nicaragua", dated 27 March 2015, online: https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1429937/000106299315001607/exhibit99-1.htm, accessed 10 December 2020.

Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina (OCMAL), "Ficha de Registro Impactos Negativos de la minería en Centroamérica: Mina Orosi", online:  https://www.ocmal.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Impactos_Orosi_Nicaragua.pdf, accessed 10 December 2020.

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