Ferrum Americas Mining announces filing of maiden 43-101 mineral resource report for the Cerro Rojo iron ore project

TORONTO, March 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Ferrum Americas Mining Inc., TSXV-FEM ("Ferrum" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has filed its National Instrument ("NI")  43-101 technical report on SEDAR. This report includes the results of the maiden mineral resource estimate for the Company's Cerro Rojo iron ore project in eastern Bolivia.

The In-Pit Mineral Resource Estimate, prepared by P&E Mining Consultants Inc., ("P&E") includes Indicated resources of 111.0 million tonnes at 48.1% Fe and Inferred resources of 175.9 million tonnes at 48.8% Fe utilizing a 15% iron cut-off grade.

At a cut-off grade of 50% Fe, In-Pit Indicated resources are 31.2 million tonnes at 51.5% Fe and Inferred resources are 63.0 million tonnes at 52.0% Fe. For a more complete review of the resource estimate at Cerro Rojo, please see our Press Release dated January 15, 2013 and the NI 43-101 report, both available at: www.ferrumamericas.com

This is the first resource estimate for the Cerro Rojo iron ore deposit, which is located in eastern Bolivia approximately 55 kilometres west of Puerto Suarez and the Hidrovia River system near Corumba, Brazil. The Corumba Iron Ore District hosts a number of world class iron ore deposits including the large El Mutun deposit and Vale's Corumba mining operations.

Resource Estimate Details

The mineral resource estimate is confined within a 2,800-metre strike length, an average true thickness of 68 metres and average down dip length of 450 metres. This mineralized zone remains open to the west and to the east along strike and at depth. The resource model was based on 21 diamond core drill holes completed on 14 cross-sections totalling 2,586 metres of drilling.

In-Pit Mineral Resource Estimate at 15% Fe Cut-Off (1)(2)(3)(4)

Classification Tonnes (M) Fe %
Indicated 111.0 48.1
Inferred 175.9 48.8

In-Pit Mineral Resource Estimate at 50% Fe Cut-Off (1)(2)(3)(4)

Classification Tonnes (M) Fe %
Indicated 32.1 51.5
Inferred 63.0 52.0
  1. Mineral resources which are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. The estimate of mineral resources may be materially affected by environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, sociopolitical, marketing, or other relevant issues.
  2. The quantity and grade of reported Inferred resources in this estimation are uncertain in nature and there has been insufficient exploration to define these Inferred resources as an Indicated or Measured mineral resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in upgrading them to the Indicated or Measured mineral resource category.
  3. The mineral resources in this press release were estimated using the inverse cubed grade interpolation method and the CIM Standards on Mineral Resources and Reserves, Definitions and Guidelines prepared by the CIM Standing Committee on Reserve Definitions adopted by CIM Council.
  4. P&E utilized a mining cost of $2.00/rock tonne and a charge of $15.00/ore tonne for the total processing, G&A, and freight costs. The process recovery, estimated to be 85%, an Iron ore price of $1.50/dmtu and a 45º overall pit-slope, were used to complete the Whittle pit optimization and estimate the portion of in-situ Mineral Resource within the pit shell.

Cerro Rojo Project

Cerro Rojo is a large Neoproterozoic banded iron formation which is part of the regional iron ore trend extending into Bolivia from the world class Corumba-Urucum iron ore fields located 75 kilometres to the east in Brazil. Cerro Rojo strikes for more than 4 kilometres and has been mapped for more than 1,000 metres along its dip slope.

Preliminary metallurgical test work completed by Ferrum on surface samples, generated excellent results suggesting iron ore from Cerro Rojo will liberate well and can be upgraded to produce a product suitable for the steel markets. The test work shows that a good quality iron concentrate can be produced at a relatively coarse grind size and with a high mass yield. (See Press Release date January 19, 2012 for complete details of the metallurgical test work)

About Ferrum Americas Mining

Ferrum Americas is focused on developing low capital expenditure iron ore projects in the Americas which are characterized by access to logistics and transportation to markets and relatively simple beneficiation processing requirements.

The Company is also currently evaluating additional iron ore projects in neighbouring jurisdictions which meet the objectives listed above, including proximity to logistics and markets and requiring relatively small capital expenditure requirements to be brought to production.

Ferrum Americas has rights to acquire a 98% interest in the Cerro Rojo iron ore project in Bolivia. Located 600 kilometres east of Santa Cruz and approximately 55 kilometres from Puerto Suarez and the Hidrovia river system near Corumba, Brazil, Cerro Rojo is a large banded iron formation striking for more than 4 kilometres, according to reports prepared by Rio Tinto in 1999 and verified by Ferrum.

Qualified Persons

Mr. Eugene Puritch, P. Eng and Paul Pitman, P. Geo., both Qualified Persons as defined by National Instrument 43-101, have reviewed and approved the contents of this press release.

Mr. Alain Vachon, P.Geo., the Company's Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has also reviewed and approved the contents of this press release.

Forward Looking Statements

This news release may contain forward-looking statements that are based on Ferrum Americas Mining Inc.'s expectations, estimates and projections regarding its business and the economic environment in which it operates. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to control or predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements and readers should not place undue reliance on such statements. Statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update them publicly to reflect new information or the occurrence of future events or circumstances, unless otherwise required to do so by law.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

SOURCE: Ferrum Americas Mining Inc.

For further information:

Laurence Curtis
Chairman
Telephone: 1 289 242 7422
Email: lwcurtis@cogeco.ca

Nick Tintor
President and CEO
Telephone:
1 416 987 0855
Email: ntintor@rgmi.ca

Leslie Haddow
Corporate Secretary
Telephone: 1 416-637-3523
Email: lhaddow@rgmi.ca

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