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
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)
In-Pit Mineral Resource Estimate at 50% Fe Cut-Off (1)(2)(3)(4)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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SOURCE: Ferrum Americas Mining Inc.
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