Batero Gold Corp.

Batero Gold Corp.

July 26, 2012 08:30 ET

Batero Gold Reports Additional Metallurgical Results from La Cumbre Deposit

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 26, 2012) - Batero Gold Corp. ("the Company") (TSX VENTURE:BAT)(PINKSHEETS:BELDF)(FRANKFURT:68B) is pleased to report additional metallurgical test results from the La Cumbre deposit ("La Cumbre"), one of three porphyry deposits at the Company's 100% owned Batero-Quinchia project ("Project") located in Risaralda, Colombia. Positive metallurgical testing yielded gold recoveries of 93% and 94% within 24 hours for mineralization in the oxide zone and recoveries from 82% to 86% within 48-72 hours in the Transitional Zone at La Cumbre. Column leach testing is scheduled to commence in August, 2012.

This initial metallurgical test work is part of the 2012-2013 work program designed to evaluate the most efficient and cost effective leach processing circuit for a potential starter pit of the near and at surface higher-grade oxidized gold mineralization at La Cumbre.

"In addition to confirming the high recovery of 94% reported from our preliminary testing of the oxide zone at La Cumbre, we are pleased to report new recoveries of up to 86% in the Transitional Zone. We had no previous testing of the Transitional Zone and these results are consistently above the 80% average recovery used in our initial resource estimate reported February 2012," stated Brandon Rook, President and CEO of the Company. "The results of these and additional bottle roll tests will be compared and correlated with the results of future column tests in order to estimate recoveries throughout the volume of high grade mineralization at the La Cumbre deposit."

A sample selection and test work schedule is being finalized for additional metallurgical test work on both the oxide and Transitional Zones to support a potential starter pit operational scenario. Drilling from the currently underway 2012-2013 work program will provide sample material for metallurgical column leach testing in order to provide additional recovery estimates and to determine an optimum process flow sheet for the mineralization at La Cumbre.

See Figure 1 for a long-section indicating the gold recoveries within the Oxide and Transitional Zone at:

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The following table summarizes the results of the metallurgical testing (bottle roll):

2012 Cyanide Leach Tests - Summary Results
Batero-Quinchia Project
Drill ID
MQ12COMP-01 LC007 9.0 18.9 OXIDE 0.87 93 1.2 82 1.0 10.3
MQ12COMP-02 LC007 48.0 57.0 Transition 0.67 84 1.1 36 0.7 1.2
MQ12COMP-03 LC002 10.0 25.0 OXIDE 0.58 93 1.3 84 1.0 10.5
MQ12COMP-04 LC023 105.0 119.0 Transition 1.3 86 1.2 75 2.7 2.3
MQ12COMP-05 QAP008 150.8 160.1 Transition 0.66 82 1.2 79 1.4 1.7
MQ12COMP-06 QAP002 22.0 42.0 OXIDE 0.75 94 1.2 89 1.0 3.5
MQ12COMP-07 QAP002 106.0 126.0 Transition 0.49 85 1.2 70 0.9 1.8

Metallurgical Testing

Metallurgical testing undertaken by C.H. PLENGE & CIA. S.A on behalf of the Company was completed on seven drill core composite samples from the 2011 drill program to determine their response to cyanidation via bottle roll tests. The composite samples were selected to represent mineralization in both the oxide and Transitional Zone at La Cumbre and over the current known length of the deposit. These results are consistent with the original tests of the oxide material presented in the Company's NI 43-101 resource estimate technical report (April 19, 2012).

The oxide horizon exists at surface to a depth up to 70 metres. The thicker Transitional Zone (horizon), over a vertical distance of 150 metres to 200 metres, is below the oxide horizon and has a low total sulphur content. The composite head grades were selected to represent an average deposit grade at a 0.5 g/t gold cut-off, or approximately 0.7 g/t gold grade and in cases higher grade material representing central core (1 g/t gold). All samples comprised drill core pulps meeting over 80% passing a 200 mesh size (about 75 microns). Results presented in the table above are the recoveries after 72 hours. For the oxide horizon sample gold recoveries of 90% were achieved in all samples within 24 hours, whereas for the Transitional Zone samples at least 80% gold recovery was achieved within 48 hours.

Preliminary metallurgical testing was completed by G&T Metallurgical Services in 2011 on six drill core composite samples from the 2010-2011 drill program.

La Cumbre Highlights:

  • At and near surface oxidized gold mineralization grading >0.7 g/t
  • Lateral and vertical continuity of gold mineralization
  • Topography and location of gold mineralization support a low strip ratio
  • Negligible deleterious chemical elements associated with the gold mineralization
  • Environmental and social baseline studies are ongoing
  • Permitting process to initiate exploitation activity is ongoing
  • Basic infrastructure in place including road access, power and water
  • 100% ownership of surface rights over La Cumbre deposit

The 2012-2013 work program at La Cumbre will include up to 6,000 metres of diamond drilling (2,000 metres contracted), comprehensive metallurgical testing, geotechnical studies, environmental studies, and social baseline studies and permitting, which will determine the optimum starter pit production scenario.

Darryl Lindsay, Ph.D., P.Geo., Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Batero Gold, is the qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and is responsible for the technical information provided in this release and all future news releases.



Brandon Rook, President & CEO


Batero Gold Corp. is a precious and base metals exploration and development company focused in the emerging and prolific Mid-Cauca porphyry gold and copper belt in the Quinchia district of Colombia. Batero has a 100% interest in the Batero-Quinchia gold project and is currently focused on advancing La Cumbre deposit toward a production decision optimizing the most efficient leach processing circuit. The Company is first targeting the near and at surface higher grade oxidized gold mineralization. Batero has assembled a strong management and technical team that have contributed to significant discoveries and mineral development programs in Colombia and South America. Batero plans to leverage its strategic share structure with strong local and regional relationships, and long-term financial partners, to develop its Batero-Quinchia exploration project into a gold producing operation. Shares of the Vancouver-based company trade on the Toronto Venture Exchange under the symbol BAT.

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