Iberian Minerals Corp.
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Iberian Minerals Corp.

April 14, 2011 12:42 ET

Iberian Minerals Publishes Preliminary Q1 2011 Production Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 14, 2011) - Iberian Minerals Corp. (TSX VENTURE:IZN) today announced preliminary production results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

Mr. Daniel Vanin, President and CEO, stated "We are pleased with the production and progress at both Iberian operations in Q1 2011. The Aguas Tenidas operation, having completed two quarters at the expanded 6,000 tpd rate and with enhancements to the polymetallic circuit, is now delivering consistent production results while Condestable mine continues to deliver reliable results."

Peruvian Operations – Condestable Mine:
ProductionUnitQ1 2011
Ore processedT578,700
Copper grade%1.12
ConcentrateDMT23,300
Contained copperFMT5,770
Fine goldOz3,400
Fine silverOz77,800
Spanish Operations – Aguas Tenidas Mine:
ProductionUnitQ1 2011
Copper ores
Ore processedT305,750
Copper grade%2.17
ConcentrateDMT25,400
Contained copperFMT5,710
Recovery rate%86
Fine silverOz92,300
Polymetallic ores
Ore processedT208,330
Zinc grade%5.95
Zinc concentrateDMT17,370
Contained zincFMT8,470
Recovery rate%68
Copper grade%1.01
Copper concentrateDMT1,360
Contained copperFMT350
Copper recovery rate%17
Lead grade%1.84
Lead concentrateDMT10,410
Contained leadFMT1,930
Lead recovery rate%51
Fine silverOz206,500
Ores processed (combined copper and polymetallic) was 95% of budget (5,700 tpd).
The copper ore circuit improved its copper recovery to 86% versus budget of 83%.
A better average zinc recovery rate for the polymetallic circuit of 68% was realized versus budget of 66%.
In the month of March, as a result of continuing processing plant improvements primarily due to improved grinding performance and successful pyrite depression, the copper circuit recovery rate achieved 90% while the zinc recovery rate in the polymetallic circuit was 73%.
No lead had been budgeted for Q1, however due to high lead and silver grades in the polymetallic ores, it was advantageous to produce lead concentrates for a total of 10,410DMT.

About Iberian Minerals Corp.

Iberian Minerals Corp. is a Canadian listed global base metals company with interests in Spain and Peru. The Condestable Mine, located in Peru approximately 90 km south of Lima operates at 2.2 million tonnes per year producing copper, and associated silver and gold in a concentrate. The Aguas Tenidas Mine is in the Andalucia region of Spain approximately 110 km north-west of Seville and operates a 2.2 million tonnes per year underground mine and concentrator that produces copper, zinc and lead concentrates that also contain gold and silver.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS:

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Contact Information

  • Iberian Minerals Corp.
    Laura Sandilands
    Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
    416-815-8558