Aya Gold & Silver Completes Front-End Engineering Design and Updates on Zgounder Expansion

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MONTREAL, July 7, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ - Aya Gold & Silver Inc. (TSX: AYA) (OTCQX: AYASF) ("Aya" or the "Corporation") is pleased to report that it has completed the Front-End Engineering Design ("FEED") with Lycopodium, and to provide an update on the expansion of the Zgounder Silver Mine in the Kingdom of Morocco.

"We are pleased to announce the timely completion of the FEED, which is an important first milestone in Zgounder's expansion, setting the pace for upcoming deliverables especially the procurement of long-lead items and the finalization of the plant construction contract. Our updated, simplified flowsheet keeps CAPEX and OPEX costs in line with the feasibility study and improves operability," said Benoit La Salle, President & CEO. "As we prepare to break ground, our entire team remains focused on maintaining the highest health and safety standard while advancing Zgounder on budget and on schedule."

Zgounder Expansion Update Highlights

As of June 30, 2022, the following milestones have been achieved:

  • Completion of the FEED, including flowsheet modifications. During the FEED phase, the following was achieved:

  • Quotations for 21 mechanical equipment packages, including all key long-lead items, have been received from a pre-approved list of vendors:

  • Update and optimization of the 3D model of the plant developed during the FS:

  • Award of a contract for the earthworks for the new process plant and the new haulage road to a major Moroccan contractor. Mobilisation to site is planned for the second half of July 2022.

  • The Corporation is currently in discussions with two engineering and project delivery companies regarding construction of the processing plant and expects to receive both offers before month-end. The Corporation expects to select the contractor and award the contract in the coming months.

  • Groupement des Consultants et Ingénieurs du Maroc ("GCIM"), a local Moroccan civil engineering firm, has been awarded the contract for the detailed design of the new Tailings Storage Facility ("TSF"). Additionally, the Corporation has awarded the Engineer of Record ("EoR") mandate to EPOCH Resources Pty, a well-known South African civil engineering company. The companies have begun to collaborate on the detailed design of the first phase of the new TSF.

  • Following successful construction of the first 60,000 m³ water storage basin, the Corporation and GCIM are working together to develop similar water storage facilities to ensure sufficient raw water storage capacity prior to commissioning of the new process plant.

  • Mine underground development on schedule and aligned with the FS:

  • The Corporation's internal construction team is complete.

  • As of June 30, 2022, the Zgounder expansion is on budget and on schedule.

Exhibit 1 – 3D Model of New Zgounder Process Plant (CNW Group/Aya Gold & Silver Inc)
Exhibit 1 – 3D Model of New Zgounder Process Plant (CNW Group/Aya Gold & Silver Inc)
Exhibit 2 - Zgounder Expansion Timeline (CNW Group/Aya Gold & Silver Inc)
Exhibit 2 - Zgounder Expansion Timeline (CNW Group/Aya Gold & Silver Inc)

Video

An animated video of the Corporation's FS including the updated flowsheet can be viewed here.

Qualified Person

The technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Patrick Perez, P.Eng, Director of Technical Services, a Qualified Person as defined under NI 43-101.

About Aya Gold & Silver Inc.

Aya Gold & Silver Inc. is a rapidly growing, Canada-based silver producer with operations in the Kingdom of Morocco.

The only TSX-listed pure silver mining company, Aya operates the high-grade Zgounder Silver Mine and is exploring its properties along the prospective South-Atlas Fault, several of which have hosted past-producing mines and historical resources. Aya's Moroccan mining assets are complemented by its Tijirit Gold Project in Mauritania, which is being advanced to feasibility.

Aya's management team has been focused on maximising shareholder value by anchoring sustainability at the heart of its operations, governance, and financial growth plans.

For additional information, please visit Aya's website at www.ayagoldsilver.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain statements that constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements"), which reflects management's expectations regarding Aya's future growth and business prospects (including the timing and development of new deposits and the success of exploration activities) and other opportunities. Wherever possible, words such as "improves", "advance", "allow", "offer", "confirm", "expect", "potentially", "ensure", "expand", ", "believe", "intend", "ability to" and similar expressions or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might", "will", or are "likely" to be taken, occur or be achieved, have been used to identify such forward-looking information. Specific forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, statements and information with respect to the exploration and development potential of Zgounder and the conversion of Inferred Mineral Resources into Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources, future opportunities for enhancing development at Zgounder, and timing for the release of the Company's disclosure in connection with the foregoing, the capacity of the Company to continue to advance its expansion plan on time and on budget and the capacity of the Company to finance its expansion plans. Although the forward-looking information contained in this press release reflect management's current beliefs based upon information currently available to management and based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, Aya cannot be certain that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking information. Such forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions, opinions and analysis made by management in light of its experience, current conditions, and its expectations of future developments that management believe to be reasonable and relevant but that may prove to be incorrect. These assumptions include, among other things, the closing and timing of equity or debt financing required for the construction of the expansion project, the ability to obtain any requisite governmental approvals and enter into necessary investment agreements to facilitate the investment with certain concessions, obtaining regulatory permits for on site work, importing goods and machinery and employment permits, the accuracy of Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource Estimates (including, but not limited to, ore tonnage and ore grade estimates), the price of silver, the price of gold, exchange rates, fuel and energy costs, future economic conditions, anticipated future estimates of free cash flow, and courses of action. Aya cautions you not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements.

The risks and uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements include, among others: the inherent risks involved in exploration and development of mineral properties, including government approvals and permitting, changes in economic conditions, changes in the worldwide price of silver gold and other key inputs, changes in mine plans (including, but not limited to, throughput and recoveries being affected by metallurgical characteristics) and other factors, such as project execution delays, many of which are beyond the control of Aya, as well as other risks and uncertainties which are more fully described in Aya's 2021 Annual Information Form dated March 31, 2022, and in other filings of Aya with securities and regulatory authorities which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Aya does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements should assumptions related to these plans, estimates, projections, beliefs, and opinions change. Nothing in this document should be construed as either an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy or sell Aya securities. All references to Aya include its subsidiaries unless the context requires otherwise.

Appendix 1 – 3D Image of Zgounder Expanded Processing Plant (CNW Group/Aya Gold & Silver Inc)
Appendix 1 – 3D Image of Zgounder Expanded Processing Plant (CNW Group/Aya Gold & Silver Inc)
Appendix 2 – Revised Flowsheet for Zgounder Expansion (CNW Group/Aya Gold & Silver Inc)
Appendix 2 – Revised Flowsheet for Zgounder Expansion (CNW Group/Aya Gold & Silver Inc)
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Aya Gold & Silver Inc. Logo (CNW Group/Aya Gold & Silver Inc)

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