Lumina Copper Corp.

Lumina Copper Corp.

October 09, 2008 08:30 ET

Lumina Copper Reports a New Sulphide Inferred Mineral Resource Estimate for the Taca Taca Copper/Molybdenum/Gold Deposit-841 Million Tonnes Grading 0.64% Copper Equivalent

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2008) - Lumina Copper Corp. (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:LCC) is pleased to announce that it has received an independent, NI 43-101 compliant, sulphide mineral resource estimate for its 100% owned Taca Taca copper/molybdenum/gold deposit located in Salta province, Argentina. At a 0.4% copper equivalent cut-off, the Inferred Mineral Resources estimated at Taca Taca is 841 million tonnes grading 0.64% copper equivalent, containing 8.71 billion pounds of copper, 2.97 million ounces of gold and 333.7 million pounds of molybdenum.

David Strang, President & CEO, said: "We are extremely pleased with this new mineral resource estimate for Taca Taca which highlights the project as one of the largest undeveloped copper/molybdenum/gold deposits in South America. Of particular interest are the deeper zone of higher grade copper mineralization and central area of enriched copper mineralization that is open to the north and at depth. We intend to initiate a comprehensive drill program during the first quarter of 2009 to further evaluate these areas for resource expansion."

Grades and tonnages from the new inferred resource estimate at various copper equivalent cut-off grades are presented in the table below:

Size Grade Contained Metal
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CuEq(1) Tonnes CuEq(1) Cu Au Mo Cu Au Mo
Cut-Off (Million) (%) (%) (g/t) (%) (B lb) (M oz) (M lb)
0.3 1,303 0.54 0.39 0.09 0.016 11.20 3.77 459.6
0.4 841 0.64 0.47 0.11 0.018 8.71 2.97 333.7
0.5 517 0.76 0.56 0.14 0.020 6.38 2.33 228.0
0.6 346 0.87 0.65 0.15 0.021 4.96 1.67 160.2
0.7 249 0.96 0.73 0.16 0.022 4.01 1.28 120.8
(1) Copper equivalent calculated using US$1.50/lb Cu, US$600/oz Au and
US$9.00/lb Mo and is not adjusted for metallurgical recoveries as these
remain uncertain. The formula used is as follows: CuEQ equals Cu% + (Au
g/t x 0.583) + (Mo% x 6).

The new mineral resource estimate was based upon a total of 29,503 metres in 167 drill holes drilled by previous operators and includes eight holes (six platforms) drilled by Rio Tinto earlier this year. Model grade estimates are generated with ordinary kriging using a nominal block size measuring 25 meters x 25 meters x 15 meters (vertical). An updated NI 43-101 technical report detailing the new mineral resource estimate will be completed and filed within 45 days.

A drill plan map showing the general location of the Taca Taca deposit and drill holes is provided below.

To view the Taca Taca Drill Hole Location Map please click on the following link:

Additional information on Taca Taca can be found on the Company's website ( and on SEDAR (, including the 43-101 report "Amended and Re-stated Taca Taca Technical Report" by Steven Blower, P.Geo. and Robert Sim, P.Geo; dated July 21, 2008.

Robert Sim, P.Geo., from Norwest Corporation and a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101, is responsible for the mineral resource estimate. Mr. Leo Hathaway, P.Geo., the Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101 for the Taca Taca project, has reviewed and approved the content of this press release.


David Strang, President & CEO

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