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Cerro Resources NL

April 12, 2011 08:30 ET

Cerro Resources NL: Cerro del Gallo Gold/Silver Project

- Positive Feasibility on First Stage - Heap Leach Years 1-8

- Positive Preliminary Assessment on Potential Second Stage - CIL and Heap Leach Years 5-15

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 12, 2011) -Cerro Resources NL (ASX:CJO)(TSX VENTURE:CJO) has undertaken:

  • a Feasibility Study on the first stage (years 1 - 8) development of the Cerro del Gallo Gold / Silver heap leach project; and
  • a Preliminary Assessment study on the second stage of the Cerro del Gallo heap leach & carbon-in-leach (CIL) processing facility (years 5 – 15)

HIGHLIGHTS:

FIRST STAGE FEASIBILITY ON PROVEN AND PROBABLE RESERVES – HEAP LEACH

  • Total proven & probable reserves: 32.2Mt*
    (initial 8 years of heap leaching producing 0.446 Moz gold and 5.32 Moz silver)
  • Operation consisting of 4.5Mtpa heap leach with 3-stage crushing

SECOND STAGE PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT ON MEASURED AND INDICATED RESOURCES - HEAP LEACH / CIL PROCESSING

  • Additional in-pit measured & indicated resources: 45.0Mt+
    (inside the optimised pit producing 0.682 Moz gold and 4.73 Moz silver from heap leaching and carbon-in-leach processing - pit optimised using US$1,020/oz gold and US$16.40/oz silver)
  • Expanded facilities for additional 3.0 Mtpa CIL processing, increasing annual processing rate to up to 7.5Mtpa

OTHER

  • Projected mine life of 14.3 years^ and average annual production over mine life 90,800 AuEq (at Gold price of US$1,157/oz and silver price of US$19.81/oz with gold:silver price ratio of 58.4 and on assumption mineral resources will convert to mineral reserves)
  • Project 66% owned by Cerro Resources (Goldcorp 34%)
  • Potential cash flow model outputs are shown in the following table:
Potential Net Cash Flow undiscounted and before tax3 Year Average Metal Prices1
2 Year Average Metal Prices1

1 Year Average Metal Prices1

March 2011
Average
Metal
Prices
2
First Phase Feasibility on Proven and Probable – Heap Leach (US$M)
(Est Years 1-8)
162214292409
Second Stage3Dual Heap Leach/CIL Processing on Measured and Indicated resources (US$M)
(Est Years 5-15)
229302410549
Gold Selling Price (US$/oz)1,0601,1571,2931,424
Silver Selling Price (US$/oz)17.7719.8123.8735.81
1Historic average prices up to 31st March, 2011
2Average spot prices for March, 2011
3Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability
*The strip ratio for the reserves is 0.91 and included 9Mt of fresh rock material for later CIL processing.
+The strip ratio for the additional in-pit resources is 1.23.
^The mine life beyond the feasibility study does not have demonstrated economic viability.

General Project, Description of Work and Responsibilities

The component parts of the works were undertaken in order to conclude the Feasibility Study and the PA. The works were undertaken generally at the same time and run in tandem so as to avoid inconsistencies. The results of the Feasibility Study and of the PA are reported separately in this announcement given the differences in the standards prescribed by the Canadian National Instrument NI 43-101. The Second Stage addition of a carbon-in-leach (CIL) process facility will not require commitment to capital expenditure for that Second Stage until year 4 or later by which time the financial parameters will most likely have changed and so this report satisfies only PA standard.

Background and Discussion

Both the Feasibility Study and the PA commenced mid-year 2010. This followed completion of a scoping study in first half 2010 (Technical Report Preliminary Assessment Cerro del Gallo Project, Guanajuato, Mexico dated 16th April 2010 and available on the Company website and on SEDAR – in this press release referred to as 'the 2010 Scoping Study') undertaken by San Anton Resource Corporation before the merger which formed Cerro Resources.

The Feasibility Study is over the heap leach (first stage years 1-8) relatively higher-grade gold/silver part of the much larger gold/ silver/ copper resource at Cerro del Gallo.

The PA study relates to the addition of a carbon-in-leach (CIL) processing facility to run in parallel with heap leach processing (second stage years 5–15) on the additional resource of the higher grade gold/silver rich part of the Cerro del Gallo project constrained within the US$1020/oz gold optimized pit shell.

The objective is to mine the higher-grade gold/ silver rich part of the deposit which is amenable to open pit mining and heap leach processing.

Feasibility Study

The Feasibility Study assessed the viability of commercial exploitation of the oxidized portions of the mineral resource and consisted of all matters considered relevant to taking a decision to mine the resource including: geological assessments and modelling, mine method, geotechnical, design and scheduling, metallurgy, engineering and operational issues, economic modelling, social and environmental considerations so as to serve as a reasonable basis for a decision as to the progress to development and to secure a basis upon which a decision to finance could be made.

Preliminary Assessment Study (PA)

The PA into the second stage heap leach & carbon-in-leach (CIL) processing facility has looked into the potential economic viability of that part of the project. The results have significantly improved the levels of confidence but given the addition of the CIL will not be until after year 4 (and up to year 7) the metrics will be revisited closer to the decision to add the plant.

The Feasibility Study and Preliminary Assessment have adopted a reasonably conservative approach to the size of the reserves/resource, the metal recoveries and the costs (both capital and operating) and appropriate contingencies have been included.

Project Tenure

The mining Concessions cover an area of approximately 25,269 hectares and consist of a total of twelve granted, contiguous mining concessions, all of which are owned by San Anton de las Minas S.A. de C.V. ("SAM").

SAM is owned by Cerro Resources and Goldcorp Inc 66% and 34% respectively.

The project which is the subject of the Feasibility Study and the PA is located within the boundaries of the mining Concessions.

The mining Concessions, which are in good standing and valid until 2047, allow a right to mine subject to compliance with the regulatory requirements.

Relevant permits required (and yet to be obtained) for the development and mining will be: change of permitted land use, environmental permit and permit for construction. There will also be a number of compliance notifications and filings with municipal, state and federal governments.

Management

The Company's chief operating officer, Mr John Skeet, has been primarily responsible for all study work and has, where necessary or appropriate, engaged independent consultants to carry out the various identified exercises. The Cerro del Gallo Project Manager, Mr Bill Fleshman has managed all geological and site-specific aspects of the study work.

Mr Thomas Dyer, P.E. of Mine Development Associates (MDA) of Reno, USA has estimated the proven and probable reserves. Measured and indicated resources were estimated by Mr. Tim Carew. P. Geo. of Reserva International LLC in Reno, USA. Mr Stewart Watkins of Sedgman Metals Engineering Services ("Sedgman"), Perth, Australia completed a capital cost estimate for the heap leach facility and has reviewed the operating costs and metallurgical data. Messieurs Thomas Dyer, Tim Carew and Stewart Watkins have consented to act as independent qualified persons for their respective parts of the Feasibility Study and the PA work.

Mr John Skeet and Mr Bill Fleshman are non-independent qualified persons managing the Feasibility Study and the PA.

Mining Study

Mine Development Associates (MDA) of Reno, USA has completed a mining study and has estimated proven and probable reserves for the first stage heap leach project. MDA has also produced a mine schedule for the measured and indicated resources constrained inside a US$1,020 gold and US$16.40 silver optimized pit shell for the second stage of the heap leachable material and for the fresh rock material to be processed by Carbon-in-Leach (CIL).

The Feasibility Study production schedule includes the processing of Proven and Probable reserves consists primarily of weathered and oxidized material for heap leaching and can be mined without mining significant quantities of fresh rock (for CIL processing) during the first 4 years of production.

The Measured and Indicated resources (that are constrained by a US$1020 Au and US$16.40 Ag optimized pit shell) form the basis of assessment of the second stage CIL plant to be scheduled for construction after the first stage capital has been paid back and from potential surplus cash generated from first stage gold and silver sales. The second stage processing facility will potentially enable the remaining heap leach material to be mined and processed while fresh rock processing occurs simultaneously via CIL processing.

MDA completed the pit optimisation and design incorporating geotechnical recommendations from The Mines Group of Reno in regard to pit slope geometry and measured and indicated resources estimated by Reserva International LLC. The optimisation inputs for the mining study work were based on known test work parameters and metal price historic/futures prices at the time (October 2010). The optimisation input parameters are summarised below in Table 2. Parameters in Table 2 were used to estimate the proven and probable reserves and measured and indicated resources used in the Feasibility Study and the PA, respectively. The larger measured and indicated resources were reported by Mr. Carew using the parameters in Table 2 along with a gold price of US$1,300/oz. The measured and indicated resources in the PA were estimated by MDA as a subset of the US$1300 pit and were constrained using gold and silver prices of US$1,020 and US$16.60 respectively. Cut-off grades of 0.21, 0.29, and 0/35 g/t for weathered, partially oxidized, and fresh material respectively.

Pit optimization and design for the Feasibility Study case was based on US$1,020 per ounce gold and US$16.40 per ounce of silver and oxidized material to be heap leached only. Pit optimization for the PA used the same parameters as the Feasibility Study, but included the processing of CIL material. Mine production schedules for both the Feasibility Study and the PA were based on cut-off grades using the same metal prices. Metal selling price sensitivity in the financial simulations was based on the mine production schedules. MDA estimated the in-pit resources in Table 3 as a subset of those estimated by Reserva International LLC and shown in Table 1.

Table 1
Resources (excluding Proven & Probable Reserves)
from Reserva International LLC Based on US$1,300 gold price
Used for the Second Stage PA
Resource CategoryTonnesAuAgAuAg
(Millions)(g/t)(g/t)(Moz)(Moz)
Measured39.90.6113.80.7817.7
Indicated8.00.55110.142.8
Total47.90.613.30.9220.5

Measured and Indicated resources included in the second stage mining are a subset of the resources in this table and have been constrained using a US$1020 gold and US$16.40 silver optimized pit and used gold equivalent cutoff grades of 0.21, 0.29, and 0.35 g/t for weathered, partially oxidized, and fresh material respectively. This subset was estimated by Reserva.

Table 2
Pit Optimisation Inputs for Mining Study Work
WeatheredPartially
Oxidised
Fresh
(sulphide)
Mining Cost (US$/t mined)1.471.621.62
Processing costs (US$/t)4.484.488.20
G&A Costs (US$/t processed)0.640.640.64
Refining costsGold $1.50/oz, Silver $0.25oz
Gold Recovery (%)755578
Silver Recovery (%)403020
Gold Selling Price (US$/oz)*1,020
Silver Selling Price (US$/oz)*16.40
NSR4%
*The gold and silver prices used for the pit optimisation were determined from the average of the 3 year historic average and the 60:40 weighted average of the 3 year historic average: 2 year futures (COMEX) prices, as at October 2010.

Table 3 shows the proven and probable reserves for the first stage (8 years of heap leaching) plus the PA additional in-pit measured and indicated resources (constrained using a US$1,020 gold and US$16.40 silver price pit optimization).

Table 3
Summary of Proven & Probable Reserves
and In-pit Measured & Indicated Resources
Total
CategoryK Tonnesg Au/tK Ozs Aug Ag/tK Ozs Ag
Feasibility Proven28,2460.7164315.0513,664
Feasibility Probable3,9710.546913.201,685
Feasibility Proven and Probable32,2170.6971214.8215,349
PA Measured39,8880.6685014.3218,358
PA Indicated5,1250.6110010.071,659
PA M&I45,0130.6695113.8320,017
Total Resource and Reserve77,2310.671,66314.2435,366
Proven & Probable reserves and PA measured and indicated resources are reported using gold equivalent cutoff grades of 0.21 and 0.29 g/t for weathered and partially oxidized material respectively. The gold equivalent cut-off grade for the measured and indicated resources fresh rock material is 0.35 g/t.

Table 4 shows the annual mine production and recovered gold and silver schedule for the proven & probable reserves (only).

The first year of gold and silver production allows for time lags of 2 months for gold production to commence and 4 months for silver production to commence, once stacking of material commences.

Table 4
Feasibility Study Annual Production Schedule
for first stage Heap Leaching Proven & Probable Reserves
YearMaterial Processed
K Tonnes
Strip Ratio*Metal Sold
Gold
(koz)
Silver (koz)Gold Eq. (koz)1
14,5120.075553564
24,5000.377578088
34,5000.686676779
44,5000.935377666
54,4731.885470766
64,5001.455979373
74,5001.126174373
87320.282020024
Totals32,2170.914435,300533
1 The gold equivalent ounces is calculated using the 2 year historic gold and silver prices US$1,157/oz gold and US$19.81/oz silver for a price ratio of 58.4. That is, 58.4 oz of silver is equal in value to 1 ounce of gold.
*The strip ratio includes 9Mt of fresh rock material that will be stockpiled for later CIL treatment. In the feasibility study for Stage 1 heap leach, this fresh material has been treated as waste rock.

Table 5 provides the PA ore processing schedule for the second stage combined heap leach-CIL (understanding that mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability) for the operations using the reserves and resources given in Table 3. The current mining schedule, largely determined by the geometry of the pits, shows decreasing availability of the heap leach material as the pit development continues plus fluctuations in total annual processing rate.

Table 5
Annual Production Schedule for Heap Leaching With Additional
In-Pit M&I Resources and CIL Processing assumed to Commence in Year 5
YearMaterial Processed
K Tonnes
Strip RatioMetal Sold
Gold
(koz)
Silver (koz)Gold Eq. (koz)1
14,5120.055553464
24,4420.227679089
34,4660.336775080
44,5000.445474967
57,1881.02100913116
66,8781.761031,001120
76,3251.64961,156116
86,2731.3894992111
95,1810.997765289
104,9020.756847977
114,7120.746941576
125,3120.457950488
135,2940.367645184
146,1380.178753396
151,1070.042412826
Totals77,2310.741,12710,0481,299
1 The gold equivalent ounces is calculated using the 2 year historic gold and silver prices US$1,157/oz gold and US$19.81/oz silver for a price ratio of 58.4. That is, 58.4 oz of silver is equal in value to 1 ounce of gold.

Metallurgy

Metallurgical test work has concentrated on optimising the heap leach recoveries. Column Leach test work has been carried out on seven representative composites, which were reduced by crushing in a manner to better replicate full scale heap leach operations. Each composite underwent two separate reductions to form two separate composite samples. One was laboratory jaw crush (p80 6.7mm) and one with high pressure grinding roll (HPGR) crush (p80 4.9mm).

The results of the Column Leach recoveries are shown in Table 6 and are the averages of the coarser laboratory jaw crushed sample and the finer high-pressure grinding roll crushed sample for each composite. The test work produced higher than expected silver recoveries although the study has conservatively adopted the lower grades.

In addition to the recent and current heap leach column test work, two column leach tests were performed on weathered material at two different crush sizes (80 percent passing 6.3mm and 12.5mm) at SGS in 2009. These are also listed in Table 6 as composite sample CDG1.

Table 6
Column Leach Tests Results
Composite Sample.Material TypeCoarse1CrushFine Crush1Average of Coarse & fine
Au
%
Ag
%
Au
%
Ag
%
Au
%
Ag
%
CDG12Weathered75.032.478.442.176.737.3
1Weathered62.327.6--62.327.6
2Weathered55.955.967.875.561.965.7
3Part Oxidised42.452.567.579.655.066.1
4Part Oxidised51.449.959.376.855.463.4
5Part Oxidised55.250.274.652.464.951.3
6Part Oxidised50.446.260.063.655.254.9
7Part Oxidised39.432.164.874.452.153.3
AverageWeathered64.438.673.158.868.848.7
AveragePart Oxidised47.846.265.269.456.557.8
1Coarse' crush is laboratory jaw crushed material with p80 = 6.7mm and p50 = 4.5mm and 'fine' crush is HPGR crushed material with p80 = 4.9mm and p50= 1.4mm
2CDG1 is a weathered composite column leach tested in 2009.

The recoveries used for the Second Stage carbon-in-leach (CIL) processing of fresh rock material are the same as those used in the 2010 Scoping Study. These recoveries for gold and silver were determined from previous extensive agitated leach tests. The gold recovery levels used in this PA for the CIL component of the Second Stage is 78 percent and the silver recovery 20 percent. The leaching residence time used is 12 hours

Engineering & Development

Sedgman has provided the capital cost estimate for the first stage heap leach processing facilities and is continuing with engineering design work. The Mines Group in Reno, USA has completed pad and pond design, hydrological assessment and pit slope analyses for the first stage.

Table 7 summarizes the capital costs for the first stage heap leach project development. These costs have been estimated from actual quotes for new equipment, estimates based on other similar operations and general unit costs plus contingencies appropriate for this level of study. The significant changes compared with the 2010 Scoping Study capital estimate are the exclusion of the overland conveyor due to the heap leach pad location now being closer to the pit, inclusion of a third crushing stage at start-up, additional water supply cost estimate and increased initial throughput from 4.0 to 4.5mtpa. The cost estimates for the water supply dam, infrastructure (laboratory, workshops and buildings) and mobile equipment were prepared internally under supervision of John Skeet.

Table 7
Estimated Capital Costs for 4.5mtpa Heap Leach
Cost
(000's US$)
Direct Cost
Crushing18,832
Agglomeration7,500
Heap Leach8,967
Gold/Silver Plant9,081
Reagents130
Services1,903
Infrastructure1,538
Water Supply Dam1,904
Subtotal49,855
Indirect Costs
EPCM9,478
Insurance801
Mobile Equipment628
First fill920
Subtotal11,827
Direct + Indirect Costs61,682
Contingency9,252
Project Cost 4.5mtpa Heap Leach 70,935

Table 8 is the summary of the owner's costs associated with the first stage heap leach development. This cost will be funded as part of development with some of the 'Other Owners Costs' being required prior to construction for environmental permitting and land acquisition. A significant portion of these additional costs (US$7.65M) are in the start-up non-cash flow period and covers full estimated operating costs for three months.

Table 8
Estimated Owners Costs for 4.5mta Heap Leach
Cost
(000's USD)
Owners Costs
Working Capital (3 Months)7,650
Spares1,020
Capital Spares1,000
Other Owners Costs4,915
Contingency (15%)2,188
Total Owners Costs16,722

Table 9 gives the mining capital estimate from MDA for an owner operated fleet at the commencement of operations for the 4.5mtpa heap leach. Additional mining sustaining capital of US$11.9M will be required to complete stage one mining. Potential cash flow modelling presented in this document has assumed the use of an owner operated fleet. No decision has been made on whether to utilise an owner operated fleet or to contract mine. Contract mining will be investigated and if used, will reduce capital requirements by but will likely increase operating costs.

Table 9
Estimated Start-up Mining Capital for 4.5mta Heap Leach
Start-up Mining CapitalCost
(000's USD)
Primary Mining Equipment 9,428
Support Equipment 4,508
Blasting 226
Mine Maintenance 517
Other Mine Capital 3,226
Total Start-up Mining Capital 17,905

A capital cost estimate (to PA standard and tolerances) has been prepared for the inclusion of second stage carbon-in-leach (CIL) processing facility (to commence processing in year 5). The addition of the CIL treatment process and cost estimates will be revisited and refined as the time for the CIL addition approaches. The capital cost estimate is based on a semi-autogenous milling circuit and 12 hour cyanide leach circuit. Test work on the fresh rock material has shown it to be suitable for semi-autogenous milling and that high recovery of gold can be achieved with only 8-12 hour leaching time. The CIL and the heap leach would share the gold room, water supply, workshop and other common infrastructure. Table 10 summarises the CIL facility capital cost estimate. It is anticipated these costs will be incurred towards year 4 and funded out of potential cash flow.

Table 10
Estimated Capital Costs 3.0mtpa CIL
For Processing of the In-Pit Measured & Indicated Resources
Cost
(000's USD)
Direct Cost
Process45,260
Tailings Storage Facility5,000
Infrastructure6,940
Subtotal57,190
Indirect Costs
EPCM8,580
Construction2,860
Subtotal11,440
Direct + Indirect Costs68,630
Owners Costs3,440
Contingency10,810
CIL Addition Cost82,880

Cash Flow Model Analysis

The inputs used for the financial analysis are the same as those used for the mining study given in Table 3, except the gold and silver prices used are the historic 2 year averages at the end of March 2011.

Table 11 shows the potential financial model outputs for the heap leaching of the proven and probable reserves plus model outputs for other metal selling prices.

Table 11
Feasibility Study Potential Cash Flow Model Outputs
For Proven & Probable Reserves (only) for Different Metal Selling Prices
3 Year Average Metal Prices1
2 Year Average Metal Prices2

1 Year Average Metal Prices3

March 2011
Average
Metal
Prices
4
Net Cash Flow undiscounted and before tax (US$M)162214292409
Net Present Value (6% discount rate) (US$M)103142200287
Internal Rate of Return (%)34.844.157.575.8
First Stage Capital Payback (years)2.21.91.71.4
Gold Selling Price (US$/oz)1,0601,1571,2931,424
Silver Selling Price (US$/oz)17.7719.8123.8735.81
Gold Sold (koz)444.6
Silver sold (koz)5,317
13 year historic average prices as at 31st March, 2011
22 year historic average prices as at 25th March, 2011
31 year historic average prices as at 25th March, 2011
4Average spot prices for March, 2011

The following Table 12 shows the potential financial analysis results for different gold and silver selling prices for the PA case. Note that mineral resources included in this study that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.

Table 12
PA Potential Cash Flow Model Outputs for Different Metal Selling Prices
For Measured and Indicated In-Pit Resources (only)
3 Year Average Metal Prices1
2 Year Average Metal Prices2

1 Year Average Metal Prices3

March 2011
Average
Metal
Prices
4
Net Cash Flow undiscounted and before tax (US$M)229302410549
Net Present Value (6% discount rate) (US$M)104142199321
Gold Selling Price (US$/oz)1,0601,1571,2931,424
Silver Selling Price (US$/oz)17.7719.8123.8735.81
Gold Sold (koz)1,126
Silver sold (koz)10,048
13 year historic average prices as at 31st March, 2011
22 year historic average prices as at 25th March, 2011
31 year historic average prices as at 25th March, 2011
4Average spot prices for March, 2011

Environmental

Environmental baseline studies have been undertaken since 2005. Heuritica Ambiental of Hermosillo, Sonora in Mexico, has completed site surveys and is in the process of completing the environmental authority application for exploitation at Cerro del Gallo.

Next Steps

The Feasibility Study relates only to the proven and probable reserves. The study and assessment are the basis upon which a decision to mine will be considered by the Board of Cerro Resources in conjunction with Goldcorp as joint owner of SAM. Any such decision will be taken after careful consideration during the next stage of review, assessment and funding progresses. No timelines have been prescribed. There can be no assurance that the Company will decide to bring the project into production. Whilst some matters are outside of the Company's control, the board will move diligently in progressing Cerro del Gallo and the exploration and development of other projects.

Within the next 45 days, Cerro Resources will release an updated National Instrument 43-101 compliant technical report, which will include all of the details of the Feasibility Study and the PA. The updated report will be filed on SEDAR.

Competent / Qualified Person

The information in this release that relates to Exploration Results, Mineral Resources, Ore Reserves or Metallurgy is based on information compiled by Mr John Skeet who is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and Mr Bill Fleshman, who is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Mr Skeet is the Chief Operations Officer of Cerro Resources NL and Mr Bill Fleshman is a consultant to Cerro Resources NL. They have sufficient experience, which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which they are undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2004 edition of the "Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves". Mr Skeet and Mr Fleshman have consented to the inclusion in the release of the matters based on their information in the form and context in which it appears. Mr Skeet and Mr Fleshman are qualified person as defined under Canadian NI 43-101.

Mr. Tim Carew of Reserva International LLC, Mr Thomas Dyer P.E. of Mine Development Associates Inc., both in Reno, USA, and Jon Errey of Sedgman Metals Engineering Services in Perth, Australia, Qualified Persons under National Instrument 43-101, have reviewed and approved the technical information in this release for which they are responsible and which is detailed above in the section entitled "Management of the Study".

Yours sincerely,
CERRO RESOURCES NL
Tony McDonaldJohn Skeet
Managing Director & CEOChief Operating Officer

About Cerro Resources

Cerro Resources is a precious and base metals exploration and development company. The Company is currently focused on Mexico where it is developing the Cerro del Gallo gold/silver project in the central state of Guanajuato, Mexico and commencing exploration on the Namiquipa silver project. It also maintains an active working focus on the Mt Isa, Queensland, region where it is exploring the Mt Philp haematite project and it holds an interest in the Kalman molybdenum, rhenium, copper project.

The Technical Report entitled "Preliminary Assessment Cerro del Gallo Project, Guanajuato, Mexico" dated 16th April 2010 is available on the Company website and on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) under the profile of San Anton Resource Corporation.

Additional information about the Company is available on the Company's website at www.cerroresources.com and on SEDAR.

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