Our strategic goal is to achieve success in a "mine cycle" of exploration, development and production in Argentina. Minera Andes explores in high-potential regions in Argentina, makes a discovery, and adds value to the discovery through a methodical and systematic exploration program. Our properties and targets are in two mining friendly provinces of Argentina -- Santa Cruz Province in the south and to the North, in the San Juan Province.
Exploration: Key to Minera Andes' Growth
The mines of tomorrow begin with the discoveries of today. Minera Andes is first and foremost an exploration company, and it is through successful, professional exploration that Minera Andes adds asset value to its books. Skilled, methodical exploration led to Minera Andes' discovery of what is now the operating San Jose mine in Argentina's Santa Cruz province. The same systematic exploration techniques resulted in the discovery of Minera Andes' Los Azules copper discovery in San Juan province and suggest Los Azules is larger than originally estimated.
Exploration: Minera Andes' Professional Strength
The mines of tomorrow begin with skilled exploration today.
That simple fact guides Minera Andes -- an exploration company formed by experienced exploration geologists as a gold, silver and copper exploration company. With proven abilities in mineral exploration, property evaluation and management, Minera Andes emphasizes its professional strengths to add asset value. It then partners with other proven companies with strengths in mine development and operation.
This business strategy is a proven success. It resulted in a discovery that led to the development and operation of the high-grade San Jose silver/gold mine. Now, San Jose is being prepared for a further production increase by the joint venture operator.
To achieve this success, Minera Andes carries out a systematic, methodical exploration plan. Part of this deliberative approach has been to concentrate technical and human resources in Argentina, a country emerging as a new mineral frontier. Minera Andes' strategy has been to focus on properties which can be brought to drill and discovery stage as soon as possible, thus making more efficient use of financial and human resources.
Minera Andes' Four Stages to Success
Large regions are investigated, sometimes through the use of satellite imaging. Once prospective areas have been identified, follow-up exploration is conducted by geologists in the field.
If a project contains sufficient mineralization and may be an economic discovery, further evaluation is planned.
Work continues as long as the property continues to show promise. If a property fails to meet the tests of exploration, it is released and valuable exploration dollars are reassigned to another discovery.
Marketing for Production:
If results warrant, Minera Andes markets its discovery to a partner skilled in mine development and operation via a joint venture or other business agreement.