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TORONTO, Jan. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Ecuador Gold & Copper Corp. (TSX-V: EGX),
(the "Company" or "EGX") wishes to announce that it intends to announce a new resource
estimate for its flagship Santa Barbara Au-Cu porphyry deposit located
within the Company's 8,300 hectare Condor Gold and Copper Project in
the Zamora Gold and Copper Belt, Southeast Ecuador, in mid-February,
Anticipated New Resource Estimate
The anticipated new resource estimate for the Santa Barbara AU-Cu
porphyry deposit will include the drill results from the current 3,850
meter resource expansion drill program. Final assays from drill holes
are expected to be received by the Company in February 2014 and the
current Santa Barbara deposit resource estimates will be updated to
include these results. The majority of the resource expansion program
was focused on the Santa Barbara North Zone about 1,000 meters
northeast of the Santa Barbara South deposit where resources currently
stand at 236.1 million tonnes at 0.57 g/t gold and 0.1% copper (4.33
million ounces gold and 520.0 million lbs. copper) in the Indicated
category and 102 million tonnes at 0.50 g/t gold and 0.1% copper (1.6
million ounces gold and 225 million lbs. copper) in the Inferred
category. For details of previously reported resources at the Condor
Gold and Copper Project, see the Company's technical report (the "Technical Report") prepared pursuant to National Instrument 43-101 Standards for
Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") dated effective October 16, 2013, signed November 28, 2013 and filed
on SEDAR, and the Company's news releases dated October 16, 2013
announcing the increased resources at Santa Barbara South Zone which
are all available for viewing under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and at www.ecuadorgoldandcopper.com.
Preliminary Economic Assessment
The new resource estimates will be incorporated in the Preliminary
Economic Assessment that is currently being prepared for the Santa
Barbara Au-Cu deposit.
It is expected that the Preliminary Economic Assessment will be
completed in Q1, 2014.
The Condor Gold and Copper Project contains an Indicated mineral
resource of 6.365 million ounces gold (within 318.9 Mt grading 0.62 g/t
gold). Additional Inferred mineral resources contain 2.06 million
ounces gold (within 127.0 Mt grading 0.52 g/t gold). In addition the El
Hito Cu-Mo porphyry deposit hosts an Inferred copper resource of 161
million tonnes grading 0.31% copper (1.1 billion pounds of Cu). For
more information, please see the Company's resource table at www.ecuadorgoldandcopper.com or its Technical Report dated effective October 16, 2013 which is
available under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
These resources were calculated and updated by Al Maynard and Associates
Pty Ltd. of Perth, Australia effective as of October 16, 2013 and are
described in the Technical Report. Recent updates to the Santa Barbara
resources were also announced in the Company's October 16, 2013 news
Mit Tilkov, P.Geo., Vice-President Exploration of Ecuador Gold and
Copper Corp. is a qualified person, as defined by NI 43-101, supervised
the project field work, and is responsible for the preparation of the
technical information in this news release.
The Company has not completed a preliminary economic assessment or
feasibility study of the Condor Gold and Copper Project under NI
43-101, and there is no assurance that the exploration and subsequent
development operations of the Condor Gold and Copper Project will be
economically or technically viable.
Neither the 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: Ecuador Gold and Copper Corp.
For further information:
Vice-President Corporate Development
Telephone (604) 657 5871
President and CEO
Telephone: (647) 865-3101