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Condor raises £4M for La India expansion

AIM and TSX dual-listed Condor Gold has raised £4 million to advanced work related to development of La India in Nicaragua.
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Condor Gold's La India project, Nicaragua

Condor (AIM:CNR/TSX: COG) said proceeds of the equity financing would go towards completion of environmental impact assessments for two proposed satellite feeder pits, Mestiza and America, which could lift La India's production profile to 140,000oz a year.

"The placement proceeds will be used to advance the La India project towards production following the grant of an environmental permit to construct and operate a 2,800 tonne per day processing plant with capacity to produce 100,000 oz gold per annum from La India openpit," said chief executive Mark Child.

"The proceeds will also be used to meet conditions of the environmental permit including the completion of engineering and other technical studies and for the acquisition of some or all of land for the mine site infrastructure. La India openpit is permitted to produce approximately 600,000oz gold over a six-to-seven year period."

New Condor Gold shareholder, Nicaragua Milling Company, now has 10.4% of the company. Nicaragua Milling is controlled by Randy Martin, a mining engineer who runs a toll milling operation in the country.

Condor was granted the Cerro Los Cerritos concession earlier this month, increasing the La India project area by 29%.

However, the company has also warned that it may not be able to complete construction within the 18-month time period stated in its permit, and is seeking an extension.

Condor's share price finished Monday at 19.6p, up from 17.1p this time last month but down from 32.5p in December. Five years ago, the company's shares were trading at 111.5p.