Increased Tungsten Reserves by 10%, Contained Tungsten by 20% and extends mine life to 8 years
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TORONTO, Oct. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Almonty Industries Inc. ("Almonty" or the "Company") (TSX-V: AII) today announced the release of an updated mineral reserve and resource estimate and associated filing of a National Instrument 43-101technical report for the Los Santos Project, a tungsten mine located in Western Spain.
The resource estimate includes 3,037,000 tonnes of measured and indicated mineral resources with a WO3 average grade of 0.30%, plus, 1,416,000 tonnes of inferred resources with a WO3 grade of 0.20%. The currently planned open pits and underground mine contain 2,062,000 tonnes of proven and probable mineral reserves with a WO3 average grade of 0.36% The planned pits also contain inferred resources of 447,000 tonnes with a WO3 average grade of 033%. In addition there are 1,461,000 tonnes of reserves with a WO3 average grade of 0.17% coming from the tailings stockpile. The measured and indicated resources are inclusive of reserves. The complete report was filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) under Almonty's company profile and will also be available on the Company's website.
"We are very pleased with the upgraded resource estimate at the Los Santos Project adding over 10% to mineral reserves with an increase of more than 20% of contained tungsten, all from a 9-month, 5,000 metre exploration campaign in fiscal 2012," said Lewis Black, Chairman, President & CEO of Almonty. "If we add to this the mineral reserves from the tailings stockpile we have increased mineral reserves by more than 74% and contained Tungsten by over 53%. This upgrade was part of our plan when Almonty acquired the Los Santos Project in September 2011. At current production rates, we have over 5 years of ore reserves as well as 3 years of tailings processing. In addition the Measured and Indicated Resource provides us with sufficient forward planning visibility to fully optimize the pit design and mine plan for the long-term. We believe that these positive results suggest that the current mine life derived from this reserve base is conservative. We are excited about the new structures that have been discovered which add significant opportunity going forward. We intend to continue exploration drilling in fiscal 2013 at the Los Santos Project with a further 7,000 metres of drilling scheduled to commence in early November 2012 followed by an additional 21,000 metres in subsequent years. We anticipate being able to further delineate our understanding of the potential of the Los Santos Project and will update the market with our ongoing progress." The summarized table of reserves and resources as follows:
|NI 43-101 Mineral Reserves/Resources of the Los Santos Project (as at June 30, 2012)|
|Stockpiles Mineral Reserves||125||0.20||249|
|Tailings Mineral Reserves||1,461||0.17||2,473|
|Proven + Probable Mineral Reserves||2,062||0.36||7,362|
|Total Mineral Reserves||3,648||0.29||10,084|
|Measured + Indicated Mineral Resources||3,037||0.30||9,025|
|Inferred Mineral Resources1||1,416||0.20||2,880|
|Total Mineral Resources (Including Inferred)||8,101||0.27||21,989|
| 1 315,000 tonnes of inferred mineral resources at economic grades contained within the pits and
132,000 tonnes of inferred mineral resources that have been optimised but located outside the current
pits contain resources at economic grades but have been excluded from the total mineral resource.
- Proven + probable and inferred cut-off grades:
- 0.07% WO 3 for open pits
- 0.30% WO 3 for underground workings Los Santos Sur
- Re-processed tailings 0.04% WO3
- Measured, indicated and inferred cut-off grade = 0.05% WO3
- Minimum width = 2.5 m
- Measured + indicated mineral resources are inclusive of mineral reserves
- Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability
- 1 tonne = 100 MTU
The mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates and the updated technical report that form the basis for this press release were prepared by Adam Wheeler, an independent mining consultant. Mr. Wheeler is an independent qualified person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101."
The principal business of Toronto, Canada based Almonty Industries Inc. (TSX-V: AII) is the mining, processing and shipping of tungsten concentrate from its tungsten mine at the Los Santos Project. The Los Santos Project was acquired by Almonty in September 2011. The mine was originally opened in 2008 and commissioned in July 2010 by its former owner. The Los Santos Project is located approximately 50 kilometres from Salamanca in western Spain and produces tungsten concentrate which is currently sold under a long-term supply agreement. In 2011, the Los Santos Project had an annual output of approximately 441,976 tonnes of ore (at 0.27% WO3).
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