CALGARY, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - St. Augustine Gold and Copper Limited (formerly
Ratel Gold Limited) ("St. Augustine" or the "Company") (TSX : SAU) is pleased to announce that Tom Henderson has joined the
team as Chief Operating Officer.
Tom has had an extensive career in both underground and open-pit
operations, managing operations for ASARCO, Freeport McMoRan, Quadra
and most recently Coeur Alaska. He worked thirteen years in Indonesia
building both underground and surface copper and gold mining
operations. He spent eight of those years managing production
operations at the Grasberg open-pit mine on the island of New Guinea.
Most recently, Tom was General Manager and Vice President of Coeur
Alaska's Kensington Gold Mine where he was directly responsible for the
construction, start-up, and operation of the underground mine and
concentrator near Juneau, Alaska. Prior to that, Tom was mine manager
and oversaw the restart and operations of the Robinson open pit mine
near Ely, Nevada.
As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Henderson will be responsible for
over-seeing the day to day operation of the King-king Project,
including preparation of the feasibility study, permitting, and the
construction and operation of mining and processing operations.
ABOUT ST. AUGUSTINE GOLD AND COPPER LIMITED
St. Augustine Gold and Copper Limited is a mining company whose main
focus is bringing the King-king property located in the Philippines
(the "King-king Project") into production. The Company has an exclusive option to earn up to a
60% interest in the King-king Project. It is listed on the TSX and
trades under the symbol "SAU".
ABOUT THE KING-KING PROJECT
The King-king deposit is a gold rich, copper-gold porphyry deposit
located in the south east of the Philippine Island of Mindanao, located
92kms NW of Davao City and 13 kms from the coast. The project is listed
as one of the top priority projects by the Philippine Mines and
Geosciences Bureau and the project has a low strip ratio (0.8:1
compared to an industry average of 2.5:1). The project is advanced
stage with 89,922 meters of drilling composed of 276 core and reverse
circulation holes and has entered the feasibility stage of development
(social, environmental and engineering).
King-king is one of the largest undeveloped copper-gold deposits in the
world, with a measured and indicated equivalent copper-gold resource of
791.5 Mt at 0.815 g/t equivalent gold for 20.7M equivalent gold ounces
(0.279% Cu for 4.9B lbs of Cu and 0.371 g/t Au for 9.4M ounces of
contained Au) and a further 2.75M equivalent gold ounces in inferred
resources (125.5Mt at 0.237% Cu lbs and 0.308 g/t Au). Completion of a
definitive feasibility study is expected in the first quarter of 2012
and centers around a plan to produce up to 100,000 tonnes of ore per
day by open pit methods.
NATIONAL INSTRUMENT 43-101 COMPLIANCE
Mr. James J. Moore, P.E., a qualified person under NI 43-101, has
reviewed the contents of this press release.
A NI 43-101 compliant technical report entitled "King-king Copper-Gold
Project Mindanao, Philippines" dated October 12, 2010 and prepared by
Michael G. Hester, FAusIMM of Independent Mining Consultants, Inc.,
Donald F. Earnest, P.G., of Resource Evaluation, Inc. and John G.
Aronson of AATA International, Inc. has been filed by Ratel on
For further information about the Company, please refer to the Company's
filings on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).
CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
This announcement includes certain "forward-looking statements" within
the meaning of Canadian securities legislation. All statements, other
than statements of historical fact, included herein, without
limitation, the use of net proceeds are forward-looking statements.
Forward-looking statements involve various risks and uncertainties and
are based on certain factors and assumptions. 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 include uncertainties
related to fluctuations in gold and other commodity prices and currency
exchange rates; uncertainties relating to interpretation of drill
results and the geology, continuity and grade of mineral deposits;
uncertainties relating to the completion of a bankable feasibility
study; uncertainty of estimates of capital and operating costs,
recovery rates, production estimates and estimated economic return; the
need for cooperation of government agencies in the development of the
Company's mineral projects; the need to obtain additional financing to
develop the Company's mineral projects; the possibility of delay in
development programs or in construction projects and uncertainty of
meeting anticipated program milestones for the Company's mineral
projects; and other risks and uncertainties disclosed under the heading
"Risk Factors" in the prospectus of the Company dated June 29, 2010 and
the Circular, both filed with the Canadian securities regulatory
authorities on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.
SOURCE St. Augustine Gold and Copper Limited
For further information:
CEO & Director - Andy Russell
Tel: (509) 343-3193
Fax: (509) 343-3194