Orvana Minerals Corp.
TSX : ORV

Orvana Minerals Corp.

July 10, 2012 08:45 ET

Orvana Announces June Operations Update for the Upper Mineralized Zone ("UMZ") Gold-Silver-Copper Mine, Bolivia

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 10, 2012) - Orvana Minerals Corp. (TSX:ORV) ("Orvana" or the "Company"), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Empresa Minera Paititi ("EMIPA"), is pleased to report June production at its Don Mario Upper Mineralized Zone ("UMZ") mine in Bolivia.

Oxide ore was processed through the leach-precipitation-flotation circuit ("LPF") for 16 days and transition ore was processed through the flotation circuit for 11 days. An oxide cement and precious-metal concentrate is made from the LPF process and a high-lead copper concentrate is made from the flotation-only process. Results are summarized in the table below.

UMZ Mill Production APRIL MAY JUNE Q3 Q2
LPF Flotation Flotation LPF Flotation
(18 days) (10 days) TOTAL (27 days) (16 days) (11 days) TOTAL TOTAL TOTAL
Throughput (tonnes) 25,745 25,272 51,017 72,487 23,813 32,606 56,419 179,923 104,475
Head Grade Cu, % 2.34 1.76 2.05 1.55 2.29 1.77 1.99 1.83 1.87
Au, g/t 1.76 2.06 1.91 2.10 1.65 1.74 1.71 1.92 1.85
Ag, g/t 58.3 97.6 77.8 88.5 80.4 106.1 95.2 87.6 86.4
Recovery Cu, % 62.2 42.5 52.4 45.4 59.9 41.1 50.3 48.9 47.9
Au, % 42.5 41.5 42.0 36.2 40.6 41.4 41.0 39.4 31.1
Ag, % 39.9 49.9 44.9 45.1 27.3 36.6 33.3 41.3 28.1
Concentrate tonnes 751 621 1,372 1,716 730 631 1,360 4,448 2,090
Cu, % 49.8 30.4 41.0 29.8 55.7 37.7 46.4 38.3 44.8
Au, g/t 26.0 35.0 30.1 32.2 21.9 37.3 29.0 30.6 29.7
Ag, g/t 798 1,983 1,334 1,685 717 2,004 1,314 1463 1223
Production Cu, tonnes 374 189 563 511 327 238 564 1,638 938
Cu, pounds 824,664 415,929 1,240,593 1,126,784 720,703 523,768 1,244,470 3,611,847 2,067,510
Au, ounces 620 697 1,317 1,774 513 757 1,270 4,361 1,994
Ag, ounces 19,270 39,600 58,870 92,963 16,821 40,633 57,454 209,287 82,233
*Copper in the LPF precious-metal concentrate is not a payable and is therefore not included in the copper production.

The mine plan going forward will consist of 15 days of leach-precipitation-flotation processing then 45 days of flotation-only processing at 90% availability through May, 2013 in order to meet commitments for concentrate sales.

The information presented herein was compiled by Bill Williams, Ph.D., CPG, President and Chief Executive Officer of Orvana Minerals Corp., who is a qualified person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101.

About Orvana

Orvana Minerals is a gold-copper producer. Orvana's flagship is the El Valle/Boinás-Carlés ("EVBC") gold-copper project in northern Spain. Orvana owns and operates the Don Mario UMZ Mine in Bolivia. In addition, Orvana recently completed an NI 43-101-compliant feasibility study and received a mine permit from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for its Copperwood copper project in Michigan, USA. Additional information is available at Orvana's website (www.orvana.com).

Forward Looking Disclaimer

Certain statements in this press release constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements"). Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, potentials, future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as "believes", "expects" "plans", "estimates" or "intends" or stating that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might", "will" or "are projected to" be taken or achieved) are not statements of historical fact, but are forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, all aspects of the development of the Upper Mineralized Zone ("UMZ") deposit at the Don Mario Mine in Bolivia, the El Valle-Boinás/Carlés project in Spain and the Copperwood project in Michigan and their potential operations and production; the outcome and timing of decisions with respect to whether and how to proceed with such development and production; the timing and outcome of any such development and production; estimates of future capital expenditures; mineral resource estimates; estimates of permitting time lines; statements and information regarding future feasibility studies and their results; production forecasts; future transactions; future metal prices; the ability to achieve additional growth and geographic diversification; future production costs; future financial performance, including the ability to increase cash flow and profits; future financing requirements; and mine development plans.

Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Orvana as of the date of such statements, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. The estimates and assumptions of Orvana contained or incorporated by reference in this news release, which may prove to be incorrect, include, but are not limited to, the various assumptions set forth herein and in the Company's most recently filed Annual Information Form, or as otherwise expressly incorporated herein by reference as well as: there being no significant disruptions affecting operations, whether due to labour disruptions, supply disruptions, power disruptions, damage to equipment or otherwise; permitting, development, operations, expansion and acquisitions at the UMZ deposit, El Valle-Boinás/Carle╠üs and the Copperwood projects being consistent with the Company's current expectations; political developments in any jurisdiction in which the Company operates being consistent with its current expectations; certain price assumptions for gold, copper and silver; prices for key supplies being approximately consistent with current levels; production and cost of sales forecasts meeting expectations; the accuracy of the Company's current mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates; and labour and materials costs increasing on a basis consistent with Orvana's current expectations.

A variety of inherent risks, uncertainties and factors, many of which are beyond the Company's control, affect the operations, performance and results of the Company and its business, and could cause actual events or results to differ materially from estimated or anticipated events or results expressed or implied by forward looking statements. Some of these risks, uncertainties and factors include fluctuations in the price of gold, silver and copper; the need to recalculate estimates of resources based on actual production experience; the failure to achieve production estimates; variations in the grade of ore mined; variations in the cost of operations; the availability of qualified personnel; the Company's ability to obtain and maintain all necessary regulatory approvals and licenses; the Company's ability to use cyanide in its mining operations; risks generally associated with mineral exploration and development, including the Company's ability to develop the UMZ deposit, the Copperwood project or the El Valle-Boinás/Carle╠üs project; the Company's ability to acquire and develop mineral properties and to successfully integrate such acquisitions; the Company's ability to obtain financing when required on terms that are acceptable to the Company; challenges to the Company's interests in its property and mineral rights; current, pending and proposed legislative or regulatory developments or changes in political, social or economic conditions in the countries in which the Company operates; general economic conditions worldwide; and the risks identified in Orvana's latest Management's Discussion and Analysis under the heading "Risks and Uncertainties". This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the Company's forward-looking statements and reference should also be made to the Company's Annual Information Form for a description of additional risk factors.

Forward-looking statements are based on management's current plans, estimates, projections, beliefs and opinions and, except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements should assumptions related to these plans, estimates, projections, beliefs and opinions change. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

Contact Information

  • Orvana Minerals Corp.
    Natalie Frame
    Investor Relations
    (289) 200-7640

    Orvana Minerals Corp.
    Bill Williams
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (416) 369-1629
    ask_us@orvana.com
    www.orvana.com