Historic high grade Hallnor Gold Mine consolidated
TSX Venture Exchange:TME, Frankfurt Exchange:TQ1
TORONTO, April 15 /CNW/ - Temex Resources Corp. (TSX Venture: TME, Frankfurt: TQ1) ("Temex" or "the Company") announces that it has entered into a non-binding letter of intent for the acquisition of a 60% interest in the upper portion of the Hallnor Mine claims (the "Property") from Porcupine Gold Mines ("PGM", a joint venture between Goldcorp Inc. and Goldcorp Canada Ltd. "Goldcorp"). The Upper Hallnor Mine Property will become part of the Whitney Township Joint Venture between Temex and Goldcorp with Temex as the Operator with the signing of the Venture Agreement.
The Upper Hallnor Mine and property has not seen any significant exploration since mining operations ceased in 1972 and contains several areas of significant exploration potential with drill intersections that include:
- 15.26 g/t gold over 3.99 metres
- 1173.26 g/t gold over 1.52 metres
- 12.37 g/t gold over 4.88 metres
- 42.10 g/t over 2.44 metres
The Upper Hallnor Mine, together with Temex's 60% ownership of the Lower Hallnor Mine, consolidates the Company's interest in this historic gold producer which was the highest grade mine (of those who produced greater than 1M ounces) in the 65 million ounce Porcupine Gold Camp, having produced more than 1.7 million ounces of gold at an average grade of 0.40 opt (13.71 g/t).
The Lower Hallnor Mine also contains several high grade gold targets defined by drill intersections including:
- 21.10 g/t gold over 6.55 metres (Temex drill hole TW08-075)
- 1270.57 g/t gold over 2.89 metres (Royal Oak Mines)
- 202.17 g/t gold over 2.10 metres (Royal Oak Mines)
Commented Ian Campbell, President and CEO: "The letter of intent with Goldcorp consolidates our position on the highest grade, past producer from which nearly 2 million ounces of high grade gold was produced in the heart of Canada's most prolific gold camp. It is an exciting time for Temex as we prepare to aggressively explore this cornerstone project of our precious metals platform and we are very pleased to have a world class partner in Goldcorp. Our immediate goals are to define high grade gold mineralization on the Upper Hallnor Mine Property and follow-up on our recent discovery of the high grade Q Zone which remains wide open in all directions. We are well-funded to carry out the drill program."
The Company's 2009 drill program discovered the Q Zone which Temex believes is the down plunge extension of the main mineralized structures in the Upper Hallnor Mine which produced 1.2 million ounces of gold grading 0.40 opt gold. Temex drilled two holes into the Q Zone target with the first drill hole TW09-078 intersecting 25 occurrences of visible gold and multiple, high grade gold intersections that include:
- 17.71 g/t gold over 2.90 metres
- 90.35 g/t gold over 0.50 metres
- 52.67 g/t gold over 0.71 metres
Further drilling on the Q Zone was not carried out immediately as Temex had met its requirements under the Option Agreement to earn a 60% interest in the Whitney Township Joint Venture. The parties have subsequently been negotiating various items required under the Agreement to consolidate the Upper and Lower Portions of the Hallnor before commencing the next round of exploration.
The Q Zone discovery demonstrates the potential for the discovery of additional zones of gold mineralization within this horizon along strike and to depth and the importance of the acquisition of the Upper Hallnor for the up-dip potential of the Q Zone.
Temex plans to focus its initial drill program on recently identified high priority exploration targets in the Upper and Lower Hallnor Mine area and to the west along strike toward the past producing Bonetal Mine. Several target areas within the Broulan Reef Mine area 2 kilometres to the west of Hallnor, where historical gold production totalled 490,000 ounces grading 0.23 opt, have also been identified to be drilled.
The Whitney Township Property is located central to a 10 million ounce gold mine trend and is surrounded by Goldcorp to the east, Lake Shore Gold Corp. to the north, and a joint venture between San Gold Corporation, Lexam Explorations Inc., and VG Gold Corp. to the west.
The letter of intent contemplates a minimum joint work program of $8.33 million over a 5 year period. Temex expects that the signing of the formal agreement should be completed within a few weeks. Additionally, the terms of the letter of intent contemplate Temex acquiring a 60% interest in the upper Hallnor Mine by paying Goldcorp two equal installments payable as $625,000 cash or 2 million common shares of Temex at the discretion of Temex. Any election by Temex to pay in shares would be subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. The first payment would be due upon execution of a formal binding joint venture agreement with the second payment due within 12 months of execution of the joint venture agreement. As part of the acquisition and formation of the Joint Venture with Goldcorp, Temex will agree to contribute its 60% share of reclamation, remediation and other costs under the closure plan for previous activities on the Lower and Upper Hallnor Mines to a maximum of $5 million. A portion of these costs will be incurred as part of the above joint venture program.
Ian Campbell, P. Geo., President and CEO of the Company, is the designated "qualified person" (within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101) responsible for the preparation of this news release. Temex is a Canadian exploration company focused on advancing its precious metal projects in Northeastern Ontario.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
President and CEO
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CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This news release contains forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future (including, without limitation, statements relating to the execution of the formal binding joint venture agreement, exploration results, planned exploration of the upper and lower portions of the Hallnor Mine, potential mineralization and plans and objectives with respect to the exploration of the Property) are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect the current expectations or beliefs of the Company based on information currently available to the Company. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements, and even if such actual results are realized or substantially realized, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on the Company. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things, failure to execute the formal binding joint venture agreement, the possibility that future exploration results will not be consistent with expectations, changes in equity markets, changes in gold markets, changes to regulations affecting exploration or development activities, uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future, delays in obtaining or failure to obtain required project approvals, the uncertainties involved in interpreting geological data and the other risks involved in the gold exploration business. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. Although the Company believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein.
SOURCE Temex Resources Corp.
For further information: For further information: Ian Campbell, President and CEO or Bruce Durham, Executive Chairman at (416) 862-2246 or visit www.temexcorp.com