Empire Mining Corporation

Empire Mining Corporation

November 10, 2009 09:02 ET

Empire Mining Provides Progress Update; Files Technical Report on Its Bulqiza, Chromite Project, Albania

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2009) - Empire Mining Corporation (TSX VENTURE:EPC) ("Empire") is pleased to provide the following progress update and to announce the completion and submission of an independent National Instrument 43-101 compliant Technical Report on its Bulqiza chromite project in Albania which was completed by EC Terra, a European-based independent consultancy.

Empire's Bulqiza Project consists of Exploration Licences covering 64.5 km2, in four distinct project areas containing numerous chromite showings, prospects and past-producing mines. One of these licences, the Bulqiza-Batra Licence, surrounds and extends from the producing Batra Mine at the southern end of the Bulqiza Mine orebody* (the "Bulqiza-Batra Orebody"). The Bulqiza-Batra Orebody was responsible for the bulk of Albania's chromite output when it was the third largest producer in the world before the collapse of the communism regime. Albania has always been noted as a producer of high quality chromite characterized by high grades (+38% Cr2O3) and metallurgical quality (CrFe ratios of up to 3:1), the majority of which was produced from the Bulqiza-Batra Orebody.

Empire has completed the acquisition, review, compilation and transfer to electronic format of an extensive database of exploration and production data generated by the state of Albania over a 45 year period. The work involved the location of old reports, maps, drill logs and geological sections and included the capture and cross-checking of drill logs relating to more than 500km of drill core. To ensure the integrity of the database, Empire commissioned EC Terra to audit the review.

The long held view is that the Bulqiza-Batra Orebody forms an anticline (an arch-like structure) with thickening and improved grade at its crest. Albanian state geologists were unable to locate the eastern limb of the Bulqiza-Batra Orebody and the cusp of the anticline which was missing down the fold plunge. State geologists drilled thousands of metres of holes over several decades with little success in search of the eastern limb. The data review by Empire and EC Terra provided the opportunity to go back to the basic informational building blocks and a revised interpretation resulted whereby thrusting tectonics appears to have displaced the eastern limb of the Bulqiza-Batra Orebody, resulting in a complete reinterpretation of the structural setting of the entire ore field. This reinterpretation is supported by field observations and detailed review of cross sections and drill-hole data. The latter includes shallow drill intersections near the subcrop of the interpreted limb, as well as an old adit crosscut with chromite in the dumps. It has also been possible to map the thrusts in the field from piecing together the evidence from the sections.

A second limb, termed the western limb, of the Bulqiza-Batra Orebody, was also identified from drilling reports and a mining plan. Although important for the potential of the resource base, it is deeper than the eastern limb but amenable to underground drilling.

Empire's interpretation of the structural setting is illustrated in a generalized schematic viewable at the following link:


Recent field work by Empire based on the conclusions of the reinterpretation, have revealed additional outcropping and shallow bodies of high grade chromite. Empire plans to diamond drill these targets in the coming months in a surface and underground program that is aimed at confirming the presence of the eastern limb of the Bulqiza-Batra Orebody. The interpretation opens up the potential for the repetition of the Batra Mine and the southern sector of Bulqiza Mine over a strike length of more than 2km and 250-750 metres across. This includes 'missing' portions of the anticlinal arch which implies greater thicknesses locally. The eastern limb can be explored by a mix of surface and underground drilling as well as underground development from a disused ventilation adit.

Additional information is available at Empire's website. The Technical Report can be viewed at the following link:


* The term "Orebody" in this press release is used in the historical sense and is not meant to imply current economic viability.

Empire's Qualified Person, David C. Cliff, BSc (Hons), MIMMM, C Eng, FGS, also Empire's President & CEO, has reviewed and approved the content of this news release.


Robert F. Giustra, Director

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