Partner: Yamana Gold Inc.
The Raven projects is a Carlin-type gold target covering windows of prospective lower plate carbonate host rocks and Paleozoic normal faults, including extensions of the Roberts Mountain thrust. The southern claim block covers a mineralized body hosted by an upper-plate Ordovician calcareous siltstone. Thirty-six drill holes have tested this target with intercepts up to 9.96 grams per tonne gold over three metres. The lower plate target below this high-grade gold cell remains largely untested. The northern claim block at Raven has seen limited exploration. Recent mapping by Orogen geologists combined with conodont ages have refined the stratigraphy and identified favorable lower plate horizons in multiple locations. Soil samples taken at Raven display a large arsenic, antimony and mercury anomaly across the area. Multiple shallow drill targets exist below these gold-in-soil anomalies.
On August 11, 2021, Orogen announced two agreements with Meridian Gold Company (“Meridian”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamana Gold Inc., for the option of the Raven and Callaghan gold projects, and a three-year partner-funded generative exploration alliance in Nevada.
Under the terms of the Option Agreement, Meridian can earn up to a 100% interest in the Raven and Callaghan projects by making cash payments totaling US$300,000 and exploration expenditures of US$4.625 million over a five-year period. Orogen will retain a 2.5% NSR royalty on the Raven Project and a 3.0% NSR royalty on the Callaghan project, with a buy-down right up to 1.5% on each NSR for up to US$10 million.