Castle Resources Inc.

August 31, 2010 08:58 ET

Castle Resources to Acquire 100% Interest in the Granduc Copper Mine, Stewart, B.C.

- Over 420 million pounds of copper produced by Newmont and Esso Minerals from 1971 until 1984

- Significant historical resource remains in place (Non NI 43-101 compliant)

- Drill program underway to twin historical mineralized holes

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2010) - Castle Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:CRI) ("Castle" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has signed a binding letter agreement ("Letter Agreement") with Bell Copper Corporation ("Bell") to acquire a 100% interest in the past producing Granduc Copper Mine located near Stewart, B.C.

The acquisition of 100% of the Granduc Property from Bell under the Letter Agreement is a continuation of negotiations that led to the previously announced option agreement ("Option") between Bell and Castle (see press release dated July 19, 2010). Upon closing of the formal agreement ("Formal Agreement") to acquire a 100% interest in the Granduc Property, to be completed on or before December 1, 2010, the prior option agreement will be considered null and void. To complete the purchase of the Granduc, Castle agrees to pay Bell $2 million and issue 2,750,000 shares. The acquisition is conditional upon receipt of TXS Venture approval.

"We are very excited that Castle will, following the acquisition, own a 100% undivided interest in the Granduc Property," commented Mr. Mike Sylvestre, President & COO of Castle Resources. "The Granduc is a significant copper asset with excellent infrastructure in place. It is our intent to commission a NI 43-101 resource estimation by drill testing the down dip extent of the historical deposit, then determine the economic feasibility of the project with the aim of ultimately redeveloping the mine."

Granduc Highlights
  • Newmont and Esso Minerals operated the Granduc Mine between 1971-1984; processed over 15 million tonnes of ore grading 1.71% Cu; produced 420 million pounds of copper (plus gold and silver credits); the mine was closed in 1984 due to low copper prices
  • Operators of the Granduc Mine invested over $115 million from Oct 1965 until start-up operations began in 1971
  • 16 km haulage tunnel remains in good condition today
  • Mining operations at the Granduc Mine consisted of crushing underground then processing of up to 9000 tpd. The concentrate was trucked 32 miles on an all weather road to the year-round deep sea port facility in Stewart which remains in operation today
  • Bell Copper's exploration activities between 2004 and 2007 have confirmed mineralization within 4 kms to the north and south of the main Granduc orebody

About Castle Resources

Castle Resources Inc. is a Toronto-based junior mineral exploration company focusing on high-quality, advanced exploration projects. Management's goal is to begin the redevelopment of the past producing Granduc Copper Mine and begin new exploration activities; as well, management is quickly advancing the Elmtree Gold Project in New Brunswick toward feasibility in 2010. For more information please visit the Castle Resources' website at


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