Kennecott Exploration Releases Back-in Right
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TORONTO, July 9 /CNW/ - Geoinformatics Exploration Inc. (TSX-V: GXL)
("Geoinformatics" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has
strengthened its ownership position in the La Noria Project ("La Noria") in
Sinaloa, Mexico. Kennecott Exploration Company ("Kennecott", a subsidiary of
Rio Tinto plc) has relinquished its back-in right on La Noria and will retain
a 2% net smelter returns royalty ("NSR") as its only interest in the property.
La Noria hosts a National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101") compliant
Inferred mineral resource of 5.6 million tonnes grading 0.54% copper, 12.2
grams per tonne (g/t) silver, 0.08 g/t gold and 0.04% molybdenum (0.06%
MoS(2)) combining to a copper-equivalent grade of 0.90%. Geoinformatics has
also drilled several potentially economic occurrences of copper, molybdenum,
silver, and gold on the 202 sq. km. La Noria property as well as identified
two high-potential targets through rock chip sampling.
Dr. Nick Archibald, Geoinformatics' Chief Executive Officer, commented,
"We have achieved considerable exploration success on the La Noria property in
a relatively short time period. The property continues to be a strong
candidate to define sufficient resources in multiple polymetallic ore-bodies
to support a profitable small-to-medium scale concentrate-based mining
operation. We are pleased that our strategic partner, Kennecott, has agreed to
release the back-in right on La Noria to allow us to advance this property
The release of the Kennecott back-in right at La Noria gives
Geoinformatics a 100% unencumbered interest in a large project subject only to
an NSR. Geoinformatics will be evaluating a range of strategic alternatives to
advance further exploration and development of this valuable property.
La Noria Project
La Noria lies in low-rolling hills that are transected by numerous roads
and tracks accessible for most of the year and is well-serviced with electric
power. It is situated approximately 60 km. northeast of the port of Mazatlan
and 35 km. from a main rail-line. The La Noria Azulitas resource and other
prospects are all located within 10 km. of each other and are typically
exposed at surface. Geoinformatics recently increased its landholding at La
Noria by staking adjacent claims.
The defined NI 43-101 resource and drill and exploration success to-date
at La Noria include:
- The Azulitas Prospect has an NI 43-101-compliant Inferred mineral
resource of 5.63 million tonnes grading 0.90% copper-equivalent based
on 75% recoveries of gold and silver and 85% recoveries of copper and
molybdenum and mineral prices of US$550 per oz. gold, US$8 per oz.
silver, US$1.50 per lb. copper and US$10 per lb. molybdenum (oxide).
- The Los Laureles Prospect has numerous mineralized drill
intersections including 107 metres grading 0.12% molybdenum
(0.20% MoS(2)), 0.14% copper, 0.08 g/t gold and 11.9 g/t silver
within a breccia zone with mapped extents over 750 metres by up to
180 metres in width.
- The Mozulitas Prospect's two drill holes to-date include 57 metres
grading 0.10% molybdenum (0.17% MoS(2)) and a higher-grade interval
of 12 metres grading 0.32% molybdenum (0.53% MoS(2)).
- The initial drilling on the Amarillito Prospect produced an
intersection of 65 metres grading 0.31% copper and 11.60 g/t silver.
- High-grade rock-chip samples and soil anomalies have been recorded
extensively at early-stage prospects, "El Tiro" and "El Zapote East".
Geoinformatics' ongoing objective at La Noria is to identify sufficient
resources as quickly as possible from several of these prospects that may have
the potential to support an integrated mining operation.
Kennecott - Geoinformatics Strategic Alliance
Prior to the release of the back-in right, La Noria fell under the Master
Strategic Alliance Agreement between Geoinformatics and Kennecott ("Alliance
Agreement"). The Company entered into the Alliance Agreement effective March
2006 under which it has been using its proprietary geo-science and technology
platform (the "Geoinformatics Process") to successfully identify, prioritize
and drill more than 30 exploration drill targets over the initial two years of
the Agreement. The La Noria assets were acquired by Geoinformatics as a
target-of-merit under the Alliance Agreement. Please refer to Geoinformatics'
press-release dated August 14, 2006, for further information.
Under the terms of the Alliance Agreement, Geoinformatics may be required
to deliver an "order-of-magnitude" study on a target or project in order to
obtain a decision by Kennecott on the exercise of its back-in right. In the
case of La Noria, Kennecott based its decision to release the back-in right
without delivery of such a study based on its review of drill and other
The technical content of this release has been compiled by Darren Holden,
MAusIMM, Executive, Vice President - Operations of Geoinformatics. Mr. Holden
is a Qualified Person as defined under NI 43-101 guidelines.
Geoinformatics is a North American-focused minerals exploration company
which has developed a unique approach to exploration applying innovative and
The Company recently announced an independent NI 43-101-compliant mineral
resource estimate with an Indicated Resource of 840,000 ounces of gold and an
Inferred Resource of 2.7 million ounces on the initial discovery zone at the
Whistler Project in southern Alaska. The Indicated category contains 30
million tonnes grading 0.87 g/t gold, 2.46 g/t silver and 0.24% copper and the
Inferred category contains 155 million tonnes grading 0.62 g/t gold, 2.15 g/t
silver and 0.19% copper. Significant copper and silver mineralization
increases the Indicated gold-equivalent mineral resource to 1.3 million ounces
and the Inferred mineral resource to 4.4 million ounces.
Geoinformatics is also actively exploring several advanced projects
located in Sonora (Mexico), Utah, the Cortez Trend region of Nevada, and
British Columbia. Geoinformatics has an extensive portfolio of other direct
and indirect property interests, joint ventures, and royalties covering a wide
range of minerals in Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and North America.
This news release includes certain forward-looking statements concerning
the future performance of Geoinformatics' business, operations and financial
performance and condition, as well as management's objectives, strategies,
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speculative nature of mineral exploration and development, fluctuating
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