Avanti Mining Inc.

Avanti Mining Inc.

August 05, 2008 01:55 ET

Avanti Mining Announces the NI 43-101 Compliant Molybdenum Resource Estimate on the Past Producing Kitsault Mine, British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 5, 2008) - Avanti Mining Inc. (CNQ:AVMI) ("Avanti") is pleased to announce a Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) compliant resource estimate for the Kitsault Molybdenum Mine, located in British Columbia. At a 0.04% Mo cut-off grade, this estimate contains an Indicated Mineral Resource of 158 million tonnes grading 0.10% Mo, containing 348 million pounds of molybdenum, and an additional Inferred Mineral Resource of 133 million tonnes grading 0.08% Mo, containing 235 million pounds of molybdenum. This resource estimate is the subject of a National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101) Technical Report dated August 5, 2008 and titled Technical Report Kitsault Molybdenum Property, British Columbia, Canada, which has been filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).


Avanti has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire an undivided, 100% direct interest in the Kitsault molybdenum mine and surrounding mineral tenures from Aluminerie Lauralco, Inc. ("ALI"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Alcoa, Inc. This acquisition is subject to due diligence, regulatory approval, and other customary conditions with a closing expected to occur no later than mid-October 2008. The mine, located within a few kilometers of tidewater on Alice Arm in the Skeena Mining Division of British Columbia, was a producer of molybdenum between 1967 and 1972, processing a total of 9.3 million tonnes of ore grading 0.11% Mo. From 1981 to 1982, under the ownership of Amax, Inc., 4.0 million tonnes of stockpiled and newly mined ore were milled, grading 0.08% Mo. Total production on the property during both periods was approximately 30 million pounds of molybdenum. Kitsault has developed road access to the mine site and is serviced by the BC Hydro transmission grid. The mine ceased operations in 1982 due to low molybdenum prices, but considerable historical reserves remained in place.


The resource estimate was created utilizing drill hole sample assay results generated during three major periods of drilling by Kennco Explorations (Western) Ltd., Climax Molybdenum Corporation of British Columbia Ltd., and Amax of Canada Ltd. The majority of drilling occurred prior to mine production in the late 1960's, from 1974 to 1978, and again in 1981 to 1982. There are a total of 139 drill holes in the Kitsault database, with a cumulative length of 27,651 metres. Individual holes range in length from 3m to 763m in length and average 199m in length. Drill hole spacing averages approximately 60m throughout most of the deposit area.

The Indicated and Inferred Resource categories were limited by an optimized pit shell using a molybdenum price of $20/lb; a metallurgical recovery of 89%; unit mining cost and combined processing and G&A costs of US$2.00 and US$9.50, respectively; and slope angles of 40 degrees in all areas. The mineral resources are reported at a cut-off grade to reflect the "reasonable prospects" for economic extraction. SRK Consulting (U.S.), Inc. ("SRK"), auditor of these Mineral resources, considers that portions of the Kitsault molybdenum deposit are amenable to open pit extraction, and has not considered underground mining methods for deeper portions of the deposit.

The mineral resources statement for the Kitsault molybdenum project is summarized in the table below:

Mineral Resource Statement for the Kitsault Molybdenum Deposit(i),
July 16, 2008

Grade Contained Metal
Quan- Molyb- Sil- Molyb- Sil-
Resource tity denum ver Lead WO3 denum ver Lead WO3
Classification (Mt) (%) (g/t) (%) (%) (Mlbs) (Moz) (Mlbs) (Mlbs)
Indicated(ii) 158 0.100 4.31 0.022 0.008 348 22 78 0.880
Inferred(ii) 133 0.080 3.70 0.018 0.007 235 16 52 0.667

(i) Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have
demonstrated economic viability. All figures have been rounded to
reflect the relative accuracy of the estimates. The cut-off grades are
based on metal price assumptions of US$20.00/lb of molybdenum, and a
metallurgical recovery of eighty-nine percent for molybdenum. Silver,
Lead and WO3 were not used in the pit optimization.
(ii) Reported at a cut-off grade of 0.04% Molybdenum contained within a
potentially economically mineable open pit.

There are no known factors related to environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio-economic, marketing or political issues which could materially affect the mineral resource.

Craig J. Nelsen, Avanti's President and CEO, commented, "We are very pleased to have been able to utilize the data from the previous drilling campaigns conducted by Kennecott, Climax, and Amax and to convert this data into a CIM compliant resource statement in such a short amount of time. We are confident that this statement can be used as the basis for a Preliminary Economic Assessment that will be followed with a full Feasibility Study."

The mineral resources are reported in accordance with Canadian Securities Administrators' NI 43-101 and have been estimated in conformity with generally accepted CIM "Estimation of Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserves Best Practices" guidelines. There is no certainty that all or any part of the mineral resource will be converted into mineral reserves. The mineral resource estimate was prepared by Robert Sim, P.Geo., under the supervision of Bruce Davis, FAusIMM, using the historic drilling. The audit of this resource estimate was completed by Jeffrey Volk, P.Geo., Principal Resource Geologist with SRK., who is considered an independent qualified person ("QP") as this term is defined in NI 43-101. Dr. Davis is the QP for this press release and has prepared or supervised the preparation of the scientific or technical information in this press release. The effective date of this resource estimate is July 16, 2008.

Avanti Mining Inc. is a newly formed company focused on acquiring, exploring, and developing mineral resource projects. With the acquisition of the Kitsault mine, Avanti will be focused on developing this formerly producing molybdenum prospect for the benefit of all stakeholders involved.

For further information, please visit www.avantimining.com.

Forward-Looking Statements: This news release contains certain forward-looking information concerning the business of Avanti Mining Inc. (the "Corporation"). All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein including, without limitation; anticipated dates for receipt of permits and approvals, construction and production, and other milestones; anticipated results of drilling programs, feasibility studies and other analyses; estimated timing and amounts of future expenditures, and the Corporation's future production, operating and capital costs, operating or financial performance, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on the opinions of management at the date the statements are made and are based on assumptions and subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Corporation's expectations include fluctuations in commodity prices and currency exchange rates; uncertainties relating to interpretation of drill results and the geology, continuity and grade of mineral deposits; uncertainty of estimates of capital and operating costs, recovery rates, production estimates and estimated economic return; the need for cooperation of government agencies and native groups in the exploration and development of properties and the issuance of required permits; the need to obtain additional financing to develop properties and uncertainty as to the availability and terms of future financing; the possibility of delay in exploration or development programs or in construction projects and uncertainty of meeting anticipated program milestones; uncertainty as to timely availability of permits and other governmental approvals; and other risks and uncertainties disclosed in the Corporation's prospectus dated July 31, 2007, which is available at www. Sedar.com. The Corporation is under no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's opinions should change, except as required by applicable securities laws. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

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Contact Information

  • Avanti Mining Inc.
    Craig J. Nelsen
    Chief Executive Officer
    (303) 565-5491, extension 13
    Avanti Mining Inc.
    Cheryl A. Martin
    Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
    (303) 565-5491, extension 12
    Website: www.avantimining.com