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Otjikoto Mine – Namibia (1)

The Otjikoto Mine is located in the north-central part of Namibia, approximately 300km north of the country’s capital, Windhoek. Otjikoto is the largest gold producer in the country.

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B2Gold acquired the Company’s first African gold development project, the Otjikoto Gold Project, through a merger with Auryx Gold Corp. in December 2011. The Company received the Otjikoto Mining Licence in December 2012, and construction of the Otjikoto Mine commenced in April 2013. Within approximately 19 months, the first gold pour occurred on December 11, 2014, ahead of schedule. 

Development of the Wolfshag underground mine continues to progress on schedule. In the fourth quarter of 2020, development of the portal was completed, and development of the primary underground ramp commenced. Development continued during the first quarter of 2021, and stope ore production is expected to commence in early 2022, in-line with original estimates. The initial underground Mineral Reserve estimate for the down-plunge extension of the Wolfshag orebody included 210,000 ounces of gold in 1.2 million tonnes of ore at 5.57 g/t gold.

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Mine Snapshot:

First Quarter ("Q1") 2020:

  • Gold production(2): 23,042 oz
  • Cash operating costs(3):  $940 /oz produced
  • All-in sustaining costs ("AISC")(3):  $1,475 /oz sold

2021 Guidance:

  • Gold production:  190 Koz - 200 Koz
  • Cash operating costs: $480 - $520 /oz 
  • All-in sustaining costs ("AISC"): $830 - $870 /oz 

Click here for B2Gold’s Q1 2021 Financial Results news release (dated May 4, 2021)

Health & Safety:

  • The Otjikoto Mine has a remarkable safety record, with no loss-time-injuries (LTI's) for the period from March 27, 2018 until October 29, 2020, when an LTI for a fractured ankle occurred
  • As at March 31, 2021, the Otjikoto Mine had achieved 154 days without an LTI

Mine/Project Location Map:

Otjikoto Project Location Map

Mine Overview (as at March 31, 2021):

FY 2021 Guidance Production & Costs:
Gold production 190 Koz - 200 Koz
Cash operating costs $480 - $520 /oz
AISC $830 - $870 /oz
FY 2020 Production, Costs, Revenue & Sales:
Gold production 168,041 oz
Cash operating costs

$453 /oz produced

AISC

$920 /oz sold 

Gold revenue: $307 M (approx.)
Gold sales: 173,475 oz
Average realized gold price:  $1,771 /oz
FY 2021 Guidance Processing:
Tonnes of ore milled (budget) 3.4 M 
Grade (budget) 1.77 g/t
Recovery (budget) 98%
FY 2020 Processing:
Tonnes of ore milled 3.51 M (approx.)
Grade 1.52 g/t
Recovery 98.4%
General Information:
Location Namibia
Mine type Open pit
Ownership(4) 90%
Metals mined Gold
Processing plant Cyanide leach/Carbon-in-pulp process, Gravity circuit
Power Heavy fuel oil power plant with diesel powered back-up/Photovoltaic solar power plant (100% self-generated)
Total number of employees(5) 900
Local employee workforce(5) 98.6%
Mineral Reserve & Resource Estimates (Contained Gold) –100% Project Basis:
Indicated Mineral Resources(6) 1.40 Moz
Inferred Mineral Resources(6) 0.54 Moz
Probable Mineral Reserves(6) 0.79 Moz
2021 Exploration Budget
Namibia (Otjikoto/Ondundu JV) $4.8 M

Supporting Documents:

or the latest details and news releases pertaining to the Otjikoto Mine:

  • Click here for B2Gold’s Q1 2021 Earnings Results news release (dated May 4, 2021)
  • Click here for B2Gold’s Q4 & FY 2020 Financial Results news release (dated February 23, 2021)
  • Click here for B2Gold Completes Sale of Rhino Gold Bars to Support Community-Backed Black Rhino Conservation in Namibia (dated December 18, 2020)

For a more detailed overview of the Otjikoto Mine, please refer to the following most recent company documents:

  • Click here for B2Gold's Q1 2021 Management Discussion & Analysis ("MD&A") (dated March 31, 2021)
  • Click here for B2Gold's Q1 2021 Financial Statements (dated March 31, 2021)
  • Click here for B2Gold's 2021 Annual Information Form ("AIF") (dated March 30, 2020)
  • Click here for B2Gold's Q4 & FY 2020 MD&A  (dated December 31, 2020)
  • Click here for B2Gold's Q4 & FY 2020 Financial Statements (dated December 31, 2020)
Footnotes: (Click to expand)
  1. The disclosure contains forward-looking statements. Refer to the Legal section of the website (click here) for caution regarding forward-looking statements and the basis for presentation of Mineral Reserves, Mineral Resources and other technical disclosures.
  2. B2Gold’s Q32019, YTD2019 amd FY 2019 production results are presented on a 100% basis, unless otherwise stated.
  3. Refer to “Non-IFRS measures” in the Company’s most recently filed MD&A (click here).
  4. B2Gold Namibia, the holder of the ML169 and operator of the Otjikoto Mine, is 90% owned, indirectly, by B2Gold and 10% by EVI. For more details, refer to pages 41-42 in the Company's AIF, dated March 20, 2019- click here.
  5. As at December 31, 2019. Refer to pages 70-71 in the Company's 'Responsible Mining Report 2019 – Raising the Bar' (click here), dated June 12, 2012.
  6. Refer to respective notes in the 'Mineral Resource & Mineral Reserve Estimates' section below.
  7. Also available on SEDAR  at www.sedar.com and on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at www.sec.gov.

Certain portions of the following information are derived from and based on the technical report entitled “Otjikoto Gold Mine Namibia NI 43-101 Technical Report” (click here) with an effective date of December 31, 2018, and was prepared by Mr. Tom Garagan, P.Geo., Mr. Peter Montano, P.E., Mr. Ken Jones, P.E. and Mr. John Rajala, P.E. of B2Gold, and from the Company's most recent AIF, dated March 20, 2019 (click here) and are based on the assumptions, qualifications and procedures set out therein.

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Mineral Resource & Mineral Reserve Estimates:

Otjikoto Indicated Mineral Resources Statement:

  100% Project Basis Attributable Ownership Basis
Area Tonnes

 

(x 1,000)

Gold Grade

 

(g/t Au)

Contained Gold Ounces
(x 1,000)
Ownership

 

Percentage
(%)

Tonnes

 

(x 1,000)

Gold Grade

 

(g/t Au)

Contained Gold Ounces
(x 1,000)
Otjikoto Open Pit 22,600 0.88 640 90 20,400 0.88

580

Wolfshag Open Pit 2,600 2.35 200 90 2,300 2.35

180

Wolfshag Underground 1,100 8.18 290 90 1,000 8.18

260

ROM Stockpiles 3,200 0.78 80 90 2,900 0.78

70

LG Stockpile 14,300 0.43 200 90 12,800 0.43

180

Total Indicated 43,800 1.00 1,400 90  39,400 1.00

1,260

Otjikoto Inferred Mineral Resources Statement:


  100% Project Basis Attributable Ownership Basis
Area Tonnes

 

(x 1,000)

Gold Grade

 

(g/t Au)

Contained Gold Ounces
(x 1,000)
Ownership

 

Percentage
(%)

Tonnes

 

(x 1,000)

Gold Grade

 

(g/t Au)

Contained Gold Ounces
(x 1,000)
Otjikoto Open Pit 9,000 0.74 220 90 8,100 0.74

190

Wolfshag Open Pit 1,800 0.68 40 90 1,600 0.68

30

Wolfshag Underground 1,400 6.09 280 90 1,300  6.09

250

Total Inferred 12,300 1.36 540 90 11,000 1.36

480

Notes: (Click to expand)
1. Mineral Resources have been classified using the CIM Standards. Mineral Resources are reported inclusive of those Mineral Resources that have been modified to Mineral Reserves. Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
2. All tonnage, grade and contained metal content estimates have been rounded; rounding may result in apparent summation differences between tonnes, grade, and contained metal content.
3. Mineral Resources are reported on a 100% project and a 90% attributable basis; the remaining 10% interest is held by EVI.
4. The Qualified Person for the resource estimate is Tom Garagan, P.Geo., our Senior Vice President, Exploration.
5. The Qualified Person for the stockpile estimates is Peter Montano, P.E., our Project Director.
6. Mineral Resource estimates that are amenable to open pit mining methods assume a gold price of US$1,800/oz, metallurgical recovery of 98%, and operating cost estimates of US$2.27/t mined (mining), US$12.06/t processed (processing) and US$3.07/t processed (general and administrative).
7. Mineral Resources that are potentially amenable to open pit mining are reported at a cut-off of 0.26 g/t Au. Mineral Resources that are potentially amenable to underground mining are reported at cut-off grades of 1.7 or 2.7 g/t Au.

Otjikoto Probable Mineral Reserves Statement:

  100% Project Basis Attributable Ownership Basis
Area Tonnes

 

(x 1,000)

Gold Grade

 

(g/t Au)

Contained Gold Ounces
(x 1,000)
Ownership

 

Percentage
(%)

Tonnes

 

(x 1,000)

Gold Grade

 

(g/t Au)

Contained Gold Ounces
(x 1,000)
Otjikoto Open Pit 7,500 1.28 310 90 6,700 1.28

280

Wolfshag Open Pit 1,900 3.00 180 90 1,700 3.00

160

Wolfshag Underground 1,200 5.57 210 90 1,100 5.57

190

ROM Stockpiles 3,200 0.78 80 90 2,900 0.78

70

Total Probable Reserves 13,800 1.77 790 90 12,400

1.77

710

Footnotes: (Click to expand)
1. Mineral Reserves have been classified using the CIM Standards and have an effective date of December 31, 2020.
2. All tonnage, grade and contained metal content estimates have been rounded; rounding may result in apparent summation differences between tonnes, grade, and contained metal content.
3. Mineral Reserves are reported on a 100% project and a 90% attributable basis; the remaining 10% interest is held by EVI.
4. The Qualified Person for the Mineral Reserve estimate within open pits and stockpiles is Peter Montano, P.E., our Project Director. The Qualified Person for the Mineral Reserve estimate that will be mined using underground methods is Randy Reichert, P. Eng., our Vice President Operations.
5. Mineral Reserves that will be mined by open pit methods or are in stockpiles, are based on a conventional open pit mining method, gold price of US$1,500/oz, metallurgical recovery of 98%, selling costs of US$63.49/oz Au including royalties and levies, average mining cost of US$2.27/t mined, average processing cost of US$12.06/t processed, and site general costs of US$3.07/t processed. Reserve model dilution and ore loss was applied through whole block averaging such that at a 0.45 g/t Au cut-off there is a 2.3% decrease in tonnes, a 2.2% reduction in grade, and a 4.4% reduction in ounces when compared to the Mineral Resource model. Mineral Reserves that will be mined by open pit methods or are in stockpiles are reported above a cut-off grade of 0.45 g/t Au.
6. Mineral Reserves that will be mined by underground methods assume a modified transverse longhole stoping mining method, gold price of US$1,350/oz, metallurgical recovery of 98%, selling costs of US$63.49/oz including royalties and levies, average mining cost of US$84.83/t mined, average processing cost of $12.06/t processed, general costs of $3.07/t processed, 10% dilution, and 90% mining recovery. Mineral Reserves that will be mined by underground methods are reported above a cut-off grade of 2.68 g/t Au.
 

For more information on Otjikoto's Mineral Reserves & Resource Estimates, click here for B2Gold's 2021 AIF (pages 50-51)

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