Nithi Mountain Metallurgical Program

    Trading Symbol: LWC

    CALGARY, March 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Leeward Capital Corp. is pleased to
report the results from preliminary metallurgical test work for the Gamma Zone
within the Nithi Mountain molybdenum project. The testing was conducted by G&T
Metallurgical Services Ltd (GTMS) of Kamloops, B.C. GTMS is a well know
independent laboratory and testing facility where porphyry deposit type test
work makes up a significant portion of it's business and so is well qualified
to complete Leeward's metallurgical work. Management of Leeward believes that
completion of this testing has allowed the company to successfully pass
another milestone on its way to developing an economic resource on the Nithi
Mountain property in the prolific Endako molybdenum camp.
    The Gamma Zone currently has a 43-101 resource of 84,315,900 tonnes of
0.028% Mo and is only one of five zones being actively explored by Leeward in
    Leeward supplied 397 kilograms of material sourced from stored diamond
drill core laboratory rejects. Three separate composite samples assaying
0.032, 0.043, and 0.058 % Mo were tested in the program. The bulk of the
preliminary testing was carried out on the medium grade composite and the best
conditions from these tests applied to the low and high grade composites. The
composites were selected from a representative range of locations within the
deposit. GTMS was requested to complete a Preliminary Metallurgical Assessment
with the goal of identifying the general characteristics of the mineralized
zone and establishing the amenability of the material for separation of the
contained molybdenite. The bench-scale metallurgical tests employed typical
chemical conditions used in porphyry molybdenum recovery circuits at natural
pH. Fuel oil was used as the molybdenite collector. Given the limited number
of the tests the chemical agents were not optimized.
    GTMS reports that at "a primary grind of 150(micro)m K80 about 58% of
molybdenite in the medium grade composite was liberated". They report that
"this level of molybdenite liberation is adequate to ensure good recovery of
molybdenite in the rougher circuit". They go on to report that "open circuit
rougher and cleaner tests revealed that about 95 percent of the molybdenum can
be recovered to the rougher concentrate..... Open circuit cleaning tests
produced molybdenum recoveries of between 83 and 90 percent at final
concentrate grades ranging between 46 to 53 percent molybdenum. Duplicate
locked cycle tests ... produced average molybdenum recoveries of about 94% at
molybdenum grades of about 40 percent in the final concentrate". A
recommendation was made by GTMS to complete larger scale testing in a pilot
plant so that larger quantities of final concentrate are produced. The lower
grade of molybdenum in the final concentrate in the locked cycle tests may be
partially related to the small weight of concentrate produced at the bench
scale. The proposed larger scale process will identify whether or not this was
an issue.
    The testing also quantified the amount of other sulphide mineral species
within the tested material. Only pyrite was identified in addition to
molybdenite and the former species is present in very small quantities of
0.33%. This matches and confirms visual estimations completed by the company's
geologists in the field.
    "With these positive test results we feel that we have taken a
significant step closer to developing a viable mineral resource" said Jim
Davis, President of Leeward. "Even though the testing is preliminary in nature
it gives the company confidence that the Gamma deposit represents a mineral
resource that is likely to be amenable to low cost processing". The testing
indicates that a high recovery of molybdenum can be accomplished at a coarse
grind utilizing uncomplicated processing and relatively inexpensive reagent
materials. In addition the Gamma Zone has a low content of other mineral
species that could potentially impact or lower molybdenite flotation and thus
molybdenum recovery. Management foresees that the completion of additional
testing will allow the determination of optimal chemical conditions with a
reasonable expectation that recoveries can be increased by a process tailored
to Gamma Zone type ore. Considering that this resource is present at surface
and is of large tonnage we feel that the Gamma deposit represents a
significant long term mining opportunity.
    Leeward will follow the recommendation of G&T Metallurgical Services to
acquire additional sample material to run larger and more comprehensive tests
and is currently evaluating the advantages of large diameter core drilling
over surface pit sampling to acquire a suitable sample size in the range of
 2-3 tonnes. It is expected that this work could be completed on the Gamma
Zone in 2008.

    James W. Davis MSc, PGeol, has acted as the QP (qualified person) for the
technical content of this release

    The TSX Venture Exchange Inc. does not accept responsibility for the
    adequacy or accuracy of this release

    All statements, other than statements of historical fact, in this news
release are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and
uncertainties, including, without limitation, statements regarding the
potential extent of mineralization and reserves, exploration results and
future plans and objectives of Leeward Capital Corp. These risks and
uncertainties include, but are not restricted to, the amount of geological
data available, the uncertain reliability of drilling results and geophysical
and geological data and the interpretation thereof and the need for adequate
financing for future exploration and development efforts. There can be no
assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate. Actual results and
future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such
statements. These and all subsequent written and oral forward-looking
statements are based on the estimates and opinions of management on the dates
they are made and are expressly qualified in their entirety by this notice.

For further information:

For further information: James W. Davis, (403) 265-4077, ext.1,,; Renmark Financial
Communications Inc.: James Buchanan,; Julien
Ouimet,, (514) 939-3989, Fax: (514) 939-3717,

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