TORONTO, Jan. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - GPM Metals Inc. (TSXV:GPM) ("GPM") through its wholly owned subsidiary DPG Resources Australia Pty Limited ("DPG") announces that it has entered into, an Earn-In/Joint Venture Agreement
with Rio Tinto Exploration Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto
Limited ("Rio Tinto") (NYSE: RIO); covering base metal exploration and development rights, in relation to
certain granted exploration tenements and tenement applications in
McArthur Basin Mining District, Northern Territory, Australia (The
"Walker Gossan project").
Rio Tinto and GPM have entered into a definitive Two Stage Earn-In /
Joint Venture Agreement granting GPM an initial 51% interest under
certain conditions that include;
Payment of A$1,000,000.00 on signing
Minimum expenditure of A$2,000,000 within 3 years of effective date
Combined expenditures of A$20,000,000.00 over a 10 year period
Milestone payments within the combined expenditures as follows:
A$100,000.00 upon the grant of licences to all of the properties;
A$1,000,000.00 upon the completion of the first drill hole on the Walker
A$4,000,000.00 upon the completion of a JORC Code Compliant resource
study that shows an
indicated status for minimum 20 million tons of greater than 8% combined
lead and zinc, or lead,
zinc and silver, within the licenced area or a Decision to Mine being
GPM may increase its interest to 75% by completing a Feasibility Study
within 3 years of completing Stage One.
Rio Tinto may elect to contribute pursuant to its participating share,
not contribute and be diluted or convert its interest into a Net
Smelter Return (2.5%) royalty.
There are rights of first refusal on purchase and sale of interest for
both parties at fair market value.
GPM will be responsible for all negotiations with the Northern Land
Council for consent to issue the exploration licence applications and
work programs to be conducted by GPM under its sole rights or as
DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY
The 166,000 hectare Walker Gossan project is located within the Walker
Trough, a package of Middle Proterozoic carbonate sediments, situated
in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia.
Geographical maps and geological setting illustrations are available on
the company's web site. (www.gpmmetals.ca/projects/australia).
The primary area of interest is the Walker Gossan. Gossanous outcrops
with highly anomalous lead values were discovered by CRA - Conzinc
RioTinto of Australia (predecessor to Rio Tinto Limited) in 1970 and a
tenement application was made to the Government of the Northern
Territory in 1972. An agreement under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act is
required prior to grant of the tenement. To date the area has been held
under tenement application and no exploration has been undertaken
within the 40 years which have followed the discovery of the gossan.
The Walker Trough is part of an extensive Middle Proterozoic carbonate
sequence which occurs from South of Mount Isa through to Darwin over an
area of approximately 600,000 square kilometres which hosts one of the
great metallogenic belts of the world.
The region includes a number of major silver, lead, zinc and copper
deposits. These include the Mount Isa, George Fisher and MacArthur
River mines owned by Xstrata; the Cannington Silver Mine, regarded as
the largest silver mine in the world, owned by BHP; the Century zinc
deposit, one of the largest zinc mines in the world and owned by MMG
Mining of China; and several other deposits.
The Walker Trough region was identified by the Northern Territory
Geological Survey team as being a direct analogy of the Pb-Zn endowed
Batten Fault trough which contains the MacArthur River Zinc mine.
Further, it was considered the "hottest untested exploration play in
The Northern Territory" in a 2004 publication of the Northern Territory
Geological Survey. "http://www.nt.gov.au/d/Minerals_Energy/Geoscience/Content/File/Docs/CORE/NTExplnOpportunities.pdf"
Peter Mullens, President, DPG Resources (Australian subsidiary of GPM
Metals), states "We are excited to have signed this agreement with Rio
Tinto and to partner with them in this project area. The Walker Gossan
project has the potential to be a company maker".
The Qualified Person ("Q.P.") for GPM is Mr. Peter Mullens P.Geo, who is
a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Mr.
Mullens has reviewed and approved the contents of this release.
ABOUT GPM METALS
GPM METALS is a Canadian based mineral exploration and development
Company, with a current portfolio of 5 exploration properties in 3
The Company board of directors, management and exploration personnel
have demonstrable skills in all aspects of mineral development; from
grass roots exploration to capital markets and mine builds globally.
The Company treasury is well funded going forward (approximately $4.6
million as of 20 January 2014); and has a strong shareholder base.
President and CEO J. Patrick Sheridan currently owns approximately 17%
of issued and outstanding shares.
Forward Looking Statements
All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included in
this release are forward-looking statements that involve various risks
and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will
prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ
materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors
that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's
expectations are exploration risks detailed herein and from time to
time in the filings made by the Company with securities regulators.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider
accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
SOURCE: GPM Metals Inc.
For further information:
J. Patrick Sheridan
Toronto, ON. Canada
Peter Mullens P.Geo
18 Teneriffe Drive,
Teneriffe, QLD 4005, Australia