Tinka's flagship property is the Ayawilca Zinc-Silver project, located 200 km northeast of Lima, in the Pasco region of central Peru. Ayawilca is a carbonate replacement deposit (CRD), an important style of economic silver-zinc-lead(-copper) mineralization in central Peru (mined deposits include the Cerro de Pasco and Morococha mines – see Figure 1). The Ayawilca Zinc Zone was discovered by Tinka in 2013 and the Company has drilled ~75,000 metres at the property, as of the end of 2019. Ayawilca has now grown into one of the largest zinc-silver resources held by a junior company.
Tinka owns 170 km2 of contiguous mining concessions around Ayawilca, with excellent geological potential for more discoveries and with good access to water and power. The project is located 40 kilometres northwest of the Cerro de Pasco mine (copper-zinc-lead-silver), and 100 km south of the giant Antamina mine (copper-zinc). A 220 KV power line transgresses the Ayawilca property.
Figure 1. Map of central Peru highlighting existing mines and infrastructure.
The Company has identified three separate mineral deposits at the Ayawilca project: