On February 14, 2017, Northern Empire entered into a letter of intent with Imperial Metals Corporation to acquire a 100% interest in the Sterling Gold Property.
Historically 3 separate open pits and 2 underground mines were mined on the property. Total gold production from the Sterling Gold Mine between 1980 and 2000 was 194,996 ounces of gold from 853,984 tonnes of ore, with an average gold grade of 7.44 g/t. Production at the Sterling Gold Mine has shown, through historical operations, that the ore body is amenable to heap leaching. Ore was mined from open pit and underground sources and was placed run of mine on heap leach pads where gold recoveries averaged 88%.
Northern Empire has the four major permits required to restart and operate the Sterling Gold Mine. The amended Plan of Operations, the Water Pollution Control Permit, the Nevada Reclamation Permit and the Air Quality Operating Permit.
Exploration at Sterling will focus on newly recognized structures pointing at high grade drill holes on the pit shell edge. The Burro Fault feeder structure to the southeast is largely underexplored in addition to the Sterling Thrust and Sterling/Burro intersection.