London AIM: MIO
TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Minco plc (AIM - "MIO") (the "Company"), which in July 2013 acquired Buchans Minerals Corp.
(formerly TSX.V - "BMC") is pleased to announce the start of a 2014
winter exploration drilling programme on the Clementine West base metal
sulphide prospect in Buchans, central Newfoundland, Canada.
The Clementine West is located six (6) kilometres west of the former
Buchans mines where the American Smelting and Refining Company
("Asarco") mined 16.2 million tonnes averaging 14.51% Zn, 1.33% Cu,
7.56% Pb, 126 g/t Ag & 1.37 g/t Au between 1928 and 1984 from the
insitu massive sulphide and transported breccia sulphide ores.
The last round of drilling in 2010 undertaken by Buchans Minerals
Corporation, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Minco, returned
particularly favorable results including broad zones of mineralization
over intervals measuring 121 metres and 100 metres (core length),
including drill core intercepts of 19.5 metres averaging 1.10% Zn,
0.83% Pb, 0.02% Cu, and 1.5 metres grading 3.80% Zn, 1.07% Pb and 0.01%
The historic Buchans mine was one of Canada's richest base metal mines
having produced from five main orebodies including the Lucky Strike
orebody that consisted of a massive sulphide cap underlain by a lower
grade, un-mined, mineralized breccia stockwork that is host to Minco's
Lundberg deposit. During 2012, Minco conducted a diamond drill
programme at Lundberg which resulted in an updated Indicated Resource
calculation in March 2013 of 23.44 million tonnes grading 1.41% Zn,
0.60% Pb, 0.35% Cu, 5.31 g/t Ag and 0.07 g/t Au in the Lundberg deposit
that underlies the former Lucky Strike deposit.
Under a Plan of Arrangement effective July 16, 2013, Minco acquired
beneficial ownership of all the issued shares of Buchans Minerals Corp.
("Buchans Minerals"), which it did not previously own. As a result of
the Arrangement, Minco consolidated its ownership of Buchans Minerals'
advanced exploration assets, being the Lundberg Project in central
Newfoundland and the Woodstock Manganese Project in New Brunswick.
2014 WINTER DRILL PROGRAMME
The programme is planned to include 2,200 metres of drilling in four to
five drill holes and is designed to test a large zone of
stringer-stockwork mineralization to depths of 300 metres or more.
Drilling is anticipated to take four to six weeks to complete.
Mineralization at Clementine West is associated with a 1.5 km long
induced polarization ("IP") geophysical chargeability anomaly where
shallow drilling by Buchans Minerals in 2010 intersected stockwork
sulphide mineralization similar to the mineralization encountered
beneath high-grade massive sulphide deposits like the previously mined
Lucky Strike orebody.
Minco believes the Clementine West area is highly prospective for
discovery of high-grade Buchans-style massive sulphides and has
identified several priority target areas down dip of previous drilling
where mineralization remains open and may be gaining in intensity, and
may lead to discovery of new high-grade massive sulphides deposits.
BUCHANS BACKGROUND - LUNDBERG DEPOSIT AND THE BUCHANS EXPLORATION
The Buchans project represents one of Minco's several advanced
volcanogenic massive sulphide ("VMS") base metal projects located
within the Buchans area of central Newfoundland, where Minco has
interests in several base metal deposits including its 100%-owned
Lundberg deposit, its 100%-owned Daniels Pond deposit, 75%-owned Bobbys
Pond deposit (option to earn 100%), and 49%-owned Tulks Hill deposit.
The Lundberg deposit is the most advanced and represents a large lower
grade deposit being evaluated for open pit mine development. Drilling
by Minco in 2013, resulted in the Company upgrading the Lundberg
resource to include a NI 43-101 compliant Indicated resources totaling
23.4 million tonnes grading 1.41% Zn, 0.60% Pb, 0.35% Cu, 5.31 g/t Ag
and 0.07 g/t Au, and Inferred resources of 4.3 million tonnes grading
1.29% Zn, 0.54% Pb, 0.27% Cu, 4.47 g/t Ag and 0.08 g/t Au using a NSR
cut-off of $US15 per tonne (see Minco press release dated March 4, 2013
for more complete disclosure).
Minco continues to work towards bringing the project to pre-feasibility
while also continuing to explore for new high-value discoveries within
its properties in the Buchans area of central Newfoundland.
Paul Moore, M.Sc., P.Geo., (NL), Vice President of Exploration of
Buchans Minerals, a Qualified Person within the meaning of National
Instrument 43-101, is supervising the 2014 drill program and has
reviewed the technical contents of this release for accuracy.
ABOUT MINCO PLC
Minco Plc is registered in the Republic of Ireland and listed on the AIM
Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange ("MIO").
The Company is focused on exploration and development of zinc-lead
projects in the United Kingdom, Canada and Ireland; and is also
evaluating a manganese project in New Brunswick, Canada.
In the UK, Minco is continuing an ongoing drilling programme on its
Northern Pennines zinc-lead exploration project where the Company has
intersected base metal results from an area which was once the centre
of base metal production for the whole of Europe in the 17 and 18th centuries.
Minco also has interests in zinc-silver projects in Mexico through its
holding of 30 million shares (approximately 29%) in Xtierra Inc. listed
on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX.V-"XAG").
Minco also holds a 2% NSR royalty on the Curraghinalt gold property in
Northern Ireland which is being explored by Dalradian Resources Inc.
SOURCE: Minco plc
For further information:
refer to Minco's website at www.minco.com or contact:
John Kearney: Chairman and Chief Executive +1 416 362 6686
Danesh Varma: CFO & Company Secretary +44 (0) 8452 606 034
Peter McParland: Director - Ireland +353 (0) 46 907 3709
Warren MacLeod: Director and President Buchans Minerals +1 902 472 3520
John Frain/Fergal Meegan: (NOMAD) Davy +353 (0)1 6796363
Chris Rourke/ Guy Wheatley: Beaufort Securities, London (Corporate Advisor| Broker) +44 (0) 20 7382 8387