Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.

Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.

April 17, 2007 11:01 ET

Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. Nickel-Cobalt Added to Strategic Metal Portfolio

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - April 17, 2007) - Great Western Minerals Group Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:GWG)(PINK SHEETS:GWMGF): The Company is pleased to report that it has acquired, through staking, a 100% interest in an advanced-stage, nickel-cobalt-magnesium project in the western USA. Currently 150 claims cover 3 areas of known nickel-laterite mineralization.

The property was the subject of a "Phase I Feasibility Study" completed by Davy McKee Corporation, a well-known construction and consulting firm, in 1986. The study was based on 124 drill holes completed between 1964 and 1972 and 36 back-hoe test pits dug and sampled in 1981.

The study, which is NOT NI 43-101 compliant, and the results, provided here as historic information only was based on a 2,500 ton per day mining operation and concluded that the project was feasible generating a 20.6% return on investment with a 5-year payback on an initial capital cost of US$258 million.

The study estimated an in-situ tonnage of 27,168,290 tons of lateritic material from the 3 bodies, grading 1.0% nickel, 0.13% cobalt and 8.2% magnesium. Pricing used for the study was US$1.82 per pound nickel, US$11.00 per pound cobalt and US$1.50 per pound magnesium. The study reported that it was metallurgically and economically viable to recover all 3 metals and recommended proceeding to a "Phase II Feasibility Study" which would include a pilot plant and detailed engineering sufficient to produce a "bankable" document suitable for a production decision and financing purposes.

Geologically, the laterite is exposed at surface and ranges between 5 and 95 feet in depth (2-30 metres). The material does not require blasting and can be mined by ripping, bulldozing, screening and crushing.

"This fits in well with our mine-to-market business model involving strategic metals in North America", says Jim Engdahl, President. "Many of the same technologies that use the rare earth elements, like we are developing at our Hoidas Lake project in Saskatchewan, also require nickel and cobalt. And any time you can acquire a potential resource with this much work already completed and documented, situated in North America, is potentially a tremendous asset." Adds Mr. Engdahl, "With nickel prices 10 times what they were when the Davy McKee study was done, and cobalt more than triple in value, we are anxious to bring the project up to speed in terms of current standards and see what the new economics look like."

Now called the Crescent Project, the Company has completed digitizing all the historic data in its possession to facilitate preparation of an initial NI 43-101 compliant report on the project.

Great Western Minerals Group Ltd., is a Canadian based company exploring for, and developing, strategic metal resources in North America. Pursuing a vertically-integrated business model, the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary Great Western Technologies Inc., located in Troy, Michigan, produces a variety of specialty alloys for use in the battery, magnet and aerospace industries. These "designer" alloys include those containing nickel, cobalt and the rare earth elements.

Jim Engdahl, President

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Contact Information

  • Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.
    Gord Dent
    Manager of Investor Relations
    (306) 668-0701
    Great Western Minerals Group Ltd.
    226 Cardinal Crescent, Saskatoon, SK S7L 6H8