Abcourt Mines Inc.

Abcourt Mines Inc.

April 18, 2013 13:37 ET

Abcourt Receives the Certificate of Authorization to Proceed With the Development of the Elder Gold Mine

MONT-ST-HILAIRE, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - April 18, 2013) - Mr. Renaud Hinse, President and C.E.O. of Abcourt Mines Inc. (TSX VENTURE:ABI)(BERLIN:AML)(FRANKFURT:AML) (the "Company"), is pleased to report that a Certificate of Authorization was received from the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs, which will allow Abcourt to proceed with the development of its 100% owned Elder Gold Mine. More specifically, Abcourt will excavate new drifts, rehabilitate some old drifts and prepare stopes to extract ore with the objective of producing 25,000 ounces of gold annually as further explained below.

In addition, Abcourt is pleased to announce that permits have been received to store explosives underground.

Mr. Renaud Hinse, stated, "These permits are important milestones and will enable Abcourt to reach commercial production at the Elder mine at the end of calendar 2013.It should also increase our ability to raise additional funds to complete the development program." Abcourt now has about $2.5 million in working capital.

A NI 43-101 resources estimate, completed by Mr. Jean-Pierre Bérubé, P. Eng., was filed on SEDAR in May 2012. It indicates 1,361,000 tonnes with a grade of 6.60 grams of gold per tonne in the measured and indicated categories for a total of 289,000 ounces of gold and 638,000 tonnes with a grade of 5.70 grams of gold per tonne in the inferred category for a total of 117,000 ounces of gold. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.

A positive Preliminary Economic Assessment report (PEA) completed by Roche Limited, Consulting Group, indicates a net present value before taxes (8%) of $81.8 million.

During the development period, pre-commercial production will be increased gradually with the goal to achieve commercial production, at a rate of 150,000 tonnes per year with an estimated production of 25,000 ounces of gold. During the development period in 2013, 75,000 tonnes for 12,500 ounces of gold will be produced.

About Abcourt Mines Inc.

Abcourt Mines Inc. is an exploration and development company with strategically located properties in northwestern Quebec, Canada. The Elder Mine with 43-101 gold resources, the Abcourt-Barvue Project with 43-101 silver-zinc ore reserves and resources and the Aldermac property with historical copper-zinc resources are all former producers. Abcourt is now focused on bringing the Elder and Abcourt-Barvue projects back into production with Elder as the first priority. At the same time the company is working on other projects (Aldermac, Vezza, Jonpol and Vendome) to increase its mineral resources inventory. A 43-101 resource calculation was completed in July, 2012, for the Elder Mine. A positive PEA report was prepared on Elder mine in the Fall of 2012 by Roche Limited, Consulting Group. A positive 43-101 feasibility study was completed by GENIVAR in 2007 on the Abcourt-Barvue Project. In addition, mill equipment was purchased. To know more about Abcourt, please visit our web site at and SEDAR.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Certain of the information contained in this news release may contain "forward-looking information". Forward-looking information and statements may include, among others, statements regarding the future plans, costs, objectives or performance of Abcourt Mines Inc. (the "Company"), or the assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. In this news release, words such as "may", "would", "could", "will", "likely", "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "intend", "plan", "estimate" and similar words and the negative form thereof are used to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether, or the times at or by which, such future performance will be achieved. Forward-looking statements and information are based on information available at the time and/or management's good-faith belief with respect to future events and are subject to known or unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other unpredictable factors, many of which are beyond the Company's control. These risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, but are not limited to, those described under "Risk Factors" in the Company's amended and restated annual information form dated November 26, 2010 and could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements. The Company does not intend, nor does the Company undertake any obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking information or statements contained in this news release to reflect subsequent information, events or circumstances or otherwise, except if required by applicable laws.

This press release was prepared by Mr. Renaud Hinse, a qualified person, President of Abcourt Mines Inc.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contact Information

  • Renaud Hinse
    President and CEO
    819 768-2857 or 450 446-5511
    819 768-5475 or 450 446-3550 (FAX)