Cerro Colorado Power
The Casita project is located in northwest Nicaragua in the Department of Chinandega. In 2008, through an international bid, Cerro Colorado Power, S.A. (“CCPSA”), a 95% owned subsidiary of Polaris Infrastructure, was awarded the Casita Project Exploration Concession with an area of 100 km2. The contract for the Casita Project Exploration Concession was signed on March 6, 2009.
In July 2011, the Company commenced drilling of the first slim hole well as a step towards proving the Casita resource viability; the slim hole was drilled to a depth of 842 meters with a total loss of circulation of the drilling fluid. The temperature results obtained, and the permeability found to date indicate that the location has the characteristics of a commercial resource, and this information was used in converting the exploration concession to an exploitation concession from the Nicaraguan Ministry of Energy and Mines.
In February 2013, the Company was awarded the exploitation concession for a period of 25 years (extended by law in 2014 to 30 years) and was provided a timetable to sign the formal contract, which the Company is currently in the process of negotiating.