Capella Resources Ltd.

Capella Resources Ltd.

February 19, 2010 09:00 ET

Capella Releases Positive Metallurgical Test Results for Its Lajitas Gold Project

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2010) - CAPELLA RESOURCES LTD. (TSX VENTURE:KPS)(PINK SHEETS:CPSJF) ("Capella" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the results of the first metallurgical test work from core samples taken at its 100% owned Lajitas Gold Project in Chile.

A series of metallurgical tests have been carried out in the United States by McClelland Laboratories, Inc. of Sparks, Nevada on three composite core samples from Drill Hole LJ-08011 with grades ranging from 1.88 to 3.33 g/t gold. Further details of the metallurgical tests are set out in the below table. 

Table . - Overall Metallurgical Results, Bottle Roll Tests  
Capella (Lajitas) Core Intercepts, P80 6.3mm" Feeds  
    Core Intercept, Meters  
  651 652 653
Metallurgical Results 220.5-236.7 166.5-171.0 171.0-178.5
Extraction: pct. total Au Au Au Au
in 2 hours 42.3 35.6 41.3
in 6 hours 54.9 50.3 59
in 24 hours 67.2 56.4 64.4
in 48 hours 72.4 68.2 71.4
in 72 hours 74.6 77.5 77
in 96 hours 76.1 77.7 79
Extracted, g Au/mt ore 1.4300 2.5865 2.4064
Tail Assay, g Au/mt¹) 0.4491 0.7440 0.6411
Calculated Head, g Au/mt ore 1.8791 3.3305 3.0475
Assay Head, g Au/mt ore¹) 1.8857 3.2571 3.1439
1) Average of triplicate assays.      

The objective of the test work was to determine gold recovery for Lajitas gold mineralization using conventional cyanidation processes. For more details on Drill Hole LJ-08011 see the Company's news releases dated April 1, 2009 and June 2, 2009, copies of which are available under the Company's SEDAR profile at

The tests demonstrate that gold extraction in a 96 hour bottle roll leach range between 76.1 and 79% recovered gold from core samples up to 236.7 meters deep (down the hole). This indicates that oxidation of gold mineralization at Lajitas extends to depths of greater than 200 meters below the surface. The tests indicate favorable gold recovery from conventional cyanidation and further suggest that heap leach techniques may be feasible.

Modified Acid/Base Accounting (Mod ABA) tests were performed on the three composite core samples from Drill Hole LJ-08011. These results indicate that two of the three samples tested contained no detectable sulfur. The third sample (00653, 171.0 - 178.5m) contained only 0.07% total sulfur. None of the three samples contained detectable pyritic sulfur. Consequently, all three samples displayed no detectable acid generation potential (<0.3 tons CaCO3 equivalents/1,000 tons solids). Additionally, all three samples displayed greater than 50 tons CaCO3 equivalents/1,000 tons solids of acid neutralization potential.

In summary, all three samples displayed a large net acid neutralization potential with very low acid generation potential and would not be expected to be significant acid generators in a natural weathering environment.

Richard Bachman, President and CEO of the Company commented: "These metallurgical results are encouraging and further testing is planned to more fully characterize the deposit."

Brian Cole, P. Geo., has reviewed the technical disclosure contained in this news release and is a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. The reader is directed to the Company's website at where a presentation on the Lajitas gold project provides additional information regarding this release.

About Capella Resources Ltd.

Capella Resources Ltd. is a publicly traded, junior exploration and mineral development company with a strong portfolio of precious and base metal projects in Chile, USA and Atlantic Canada. The Company has a 100% interest in the Lajitas and Nevada gold-copper properties located in the Maricunga Gold and Copper District and approximately 700 kilometres northwest of Santiago, Chile. The properties comprise ten exploration claims and six exploitation claims totalling a cumulative 3,500 hectares in area. The Company holds a 100% interest in the Tinton Gold Project located 15 kilometres west-northwest of the famous and historic Homestake Mine in the Black Hills at Lead, South Dakota. The Tinton property consists of 1,270 hectares contained in 157 unpatented mining claims.

The Company also holds 3,839 mineral exploration claims covering an aggregate land area of over 71,558 hectares in Atlantic Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador).


Richard Bachman, Chief Executive Officer, President & Chief Geological Officer

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS: This press release contains forward-looking statements, which address future events and conditions, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual results and financial position could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of numerous factors, some of which may be beyond the Company's control. These factors include: results of exploration activities and development of mineral properties, fluctuations in the marketplace for the sale of minerals, the inability to implement corporate strategies, the ability to obtain financing, currency fluctuations, general market and industry conditions and other risks disclosed in the Company's filings with Canadian Securities Regulators.

Forward-looking statements are based on the expectations and opinions of the Company's management on the date the statements are made. The assumptions used in the preparation of such statements, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. The Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise except as required by applicable law.

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