Freeport Advances towards Feasibility at Hutton Garnet Beaches



    
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    VANCOUVER, June 15 /CNW/ - Freeport Resources Inc. is advancing towards
the feasibility study stage at its high grade Hutton Garnet Beaches project in
Labrador, Canada. Permitting is in process for the 2009 bulk sample, and
several governmental meetings were held in Newfoundland and Labrador last
month to explain the proposal. The work is needed to confirm logistics for
commercial-scale production. A sample of about 2000 cubic metres is planned,
to develop pilot plant design and update tonnage estimates. Preliminary
resource estimates of over 1.25 million tonnes garnet in October 2004 included
256,000 tonnes as a probable reserve. Production life is expected to be over
20 years, with more potential offshore. Community meeting(s) will be held
prior to work commencing.
    The Hutton deposits have exceptionally high garnet content: South Beach
-- clearly red on satellite photos -- averages over 60% garnet, exceeding 75%
locally. The sizing of the angular garnet grains is naturally suited to
waterjet cutting. Hutton garnet has performed comparably to higher-end
products in three industry-wide tests in the UK, Canada and the US: The Hutton
is an important Canadian garnet resource, well positioned to supply Europe and
eastern North America.
    A large glacial outwash fan of garnet-rich till below sea level is the
source for heavy minerals collecting between headlands as bayhead beaches and
the adjacent offshore. The proposed mining method works with natural
processes, removing garnetiferous sand from areas of accumulation, to be
subsequently replenished by wave action. The proposed bulk sample would be
skimmed in shallow layers from an unvegetated area over a small part of South
Beach, which measures just under 2000 metres in length. No long term ground
disturbance is expected, given natural processes - wind, waves, winter ice --
will remove all traces of work.
    The current scenario is based on two barges, where a smaller landing
barge acts as a portable dock for a larger loading barge. They will serve as a
self-contained base camp, and to transport the sample to an existing
commercial plant to be separated into garnet products. Information collected
in 2009 will be used in the preparation of a Feasibility Study.
    Zdenek Hora, M.Sc. P.Geo., is the qualified person who has reviewed this
release. Freeport Resources, founded in 1981, is a junior mineral exploration
company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Freeport has landholdings in
Labrador and B.C., with a special focus on industrial minerals, precious and
base metals, and gemstones. For more information, please visit our website at
www.freeportresources.com.

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For further information:

For further information: Freeport Resources Inc.: Brenda Clark, MAIBC,
President & CEO, 1-888-275-7335 (toll free), (604) 275-7335 (tel.), Email:
info@freeportresources.com, Web: www.freeportresources.com

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