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KELOWNA, BC, March 21, 2016 /CNW/ - Diamcor Mining Inc. (TSX-V.DMI / OTCQX-DMIFF), (the "Company") announces it has completed the initial integration of the Tomra XRT system into the in-field screening operations at the Company's Krone-Endora at Venetia Project (the "Project"). The integration of this equipment is aimed at allowing the Company to; test the effects of further concentrating and reducing the size fractions of material being processed at the Project's Main-Treatment Plant; reduce overall water consumption associated with processing of all material, and; reduce the operational costs of heavy equipment through a reduction of double handling of material realized during the initial testing of this equipment as a separate stand-alone item.
The Company further reports that in addition to the previously announced 7.50 and 12.78 carat rough diamonds recovered utilizing the Tomra XRT system and sold at recent tender, two additional rough diamonds in the +10.8 carat "special" category, an 11.64 and a 12.73 carat, were recently recovered from the Project. The recovery of these two gem-quality rough diamonds occurred during initial testing being performed on the above noted integrated in-field screening operations, and are expected to be sold in upcoming tenders next fiscal quarter.
The Company also reports that it has granted incentive stock options ("Options") to purchase an aggregate of 2,800,000 common shares ("Shares") to certain officers, directors, and employees, pursuant to the Company's 20% fixed stock option plan. All Options are exercisable at a price of $1.00 per share, for a period of five years expiring on March 21, 2021. No Shares acquired upon exercise of the Options may be traded prior to July 22, 2016. With the issuance of these Options the Company now has 6,629,211 Options issued to purchase at an average price of $1.11 per share, and were granted in accordance with Policy 4.4 of the TSX Venture Exchange and the terms and conditions of the Company's Stock Option Plan.
Rough diamonds recovered were the result of the continued processing of material from various size fractions during the period. The combined efforts currently underway are designed to support the continued advancement of objectives consistent with the recommendations of the updated NI43-101 Technical Report ("Updated Technical Report") filed by the Company on April 28, 2015, and to aid the Company in arriving at initial production decisions for the Project. The recovery of all rough diamonds to date are incidental to the ongoing commissioning and testing exercises performed at the Project. The above-noted testing exercises and incidental recoveries do not form part of the Updated Technical Report and therefore no general grade, price, or quality determination is intended by the Company at this time due to the nature and purpose of the processing of this material.
About Diamcor Mining Inc.
Diamcor Mining Inc. is a fully reporting publically traded junior diamond mining company which is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol V.DMI, and on the OTC QX International under the symbol DMIFF. The Company has a well-established operational and production history in South Africa and extensive prior experience supplying rough diamonds to the world market.
About the Tiffany & Co. Alliance
The Company has established a long-term strategic alliance and first right of refusal with Tiffany & Co. Canada, a subsidiary of world famous New York based Tiffany & Co., to purchase up to 100% of the future production of rough diamonds from the Krone-Endora at Venetia Project at then current prices to be determined by the parties on an ongoing basis. In conjunction with this first right of refusal, Tiffany & Co. Canada also provided the Company with financing to advance the Project. Tiffany & Co. is a publically traded company which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TIF. For additional information on Tiffany & Co., please visit their website at www.tiffany.com.
About Krone-Endora at Venetia
In February 2011, Diamcor acquired the Krone-Endora at Venetia Project from De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited, consisting of the prospecting rights over the farms Krone 104 and Endora 66, which represent a combined surface area of approximately 5,888 hectares directly adjacent to De Beers' flagship Venetia Diamond Mine in South Africa. On September 11, 2014, the Company announced that the South African Department of Mineral Resources had granted a Mining Right for the Krone-Endora at Venetia Project encompassing 657.71 hectares of the Project's total area of 5,888 hectares. The Company has also submitted an application for a mining right over the remaining areas of the Project. The deposits which occur on the properties of Krone and Endora have been identified as a higher-grade "Alluvial" basal deposit which is covered by a lower-grade upper "Eluvial" deposit. The deposits are proposed to be the result of the direct-shift (in respect to the "Eluvial" deposit) and erosion (in respect to the "Alluvial" deposit) of material from the higher grounds of the adjacent Venetia Kimberlite areas. The deposits on Krone-Endora occur in two layers with an average total depth of less than 15.0 metres from surface to bedrock, allowing for a very low-cost mining operation to be employed with the potential for near-term diamond production from a known high-quality source. Krone-Endora also benefits from the significant development of infrastructure and services already in place due to its location directly adjacent to the Venetia Mine.
Qualified Person Statement:
Mr. James P. Hawkins (B.Sc., P.Geo.), is Manager of Exploration & Special Projects for Diamcor Mining Inc., and the Qualified Person in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 responsible for overseeing the execution of Diamcor's exploration programmes and a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta ("APEGA"). Mr. Hawkins has reviewed this press release and approved of its contents.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements. While these forward-looking statements represent our best current judgement, they are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that are beyond the Company's ability to control or predict and which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. Further, the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward looking statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
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SOURCE Diamcor Mining Inc.
For further information: Mr. Dean H. Taylor, President & CEO, Diamcor Mining Inc., [email protected], Tel (250) 864-3326, www.diamcormining.com