Skye Resources Inc.

Skye Resources Inc.

August 15, 2005 13:05 ET

Skye Continues to Make Rapid Progress at Fenix

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 15, 2005) - Skye Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SKR) ("Skye") is pleased to provide an update on the progress of its Fenix nickel project in Guatemala.


The feasibility study being led by Hatch Ltd. is considering the production of ferronickel using conventional technology. The plan is to refurbish the existing mothballed plant to produce 25 million pounds of nickel annually and then to expand the refurbished plant to produce 50 million pounds a year. The study, which was initiated in May 2005, is currently scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2006. Hatch has already completed the initial project definition studies, and major bid packages for the process plant are in preparation for issue this month.

Skye is continuing to explore its options to obtain the power required to operate the ferronickel smelter, and the feasibility study is considering an on-site coal-fired power plant, as well as power purchased and delivered via the Guatemalan grid.


The drill program commenced in late April, and 6 drills are now on the property. To date over 300 holes have been completed totalling over 8,000 metres. The program, which is expected to total between 35,000 and 45,000 metres, is scheduled for completion in early 2006. The drill program is providing data which will be used by Snowden Engineering Ltd. to prepare the resource definition and mining section of the feasibility study. The Company anticipates that revised resource estimates will be available in the first quarter of 2006.


The Company is carrying out an extensive Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA). The ESIA is being overseen by Klohn Crippen Consultants Limited (with the support of Consultoria y Tecnologia Ambiental, S.A , a Guatemalan environmental consulting company). The assessment is being carried out to comply with the Equator Principles which require that the project meet standards set both by the Government of Guatemala and by the World Bank.


Under Guatemalan law three key permits are required. The first is the conversion of the existing exploration licenses into exploitation licenses, which will allow mining again on the Fenix property. The second key permit will allow the resumption of activities at the smelter which is located adjacent to the existing licenses, and the third permit will be required for expansion of the existing facilities and the construction of any associated power plant.

The Guatemalan authorities have agreed that, upon the filing of the environmental studies required to support the applications for these permits, they will consider them in a thorough but timely manner. If the applications are approved, the necessary permits will be issued in a timeframe which would allow Skye to move forward quickly once the feasibility study is complete in the second quarter of 2006.

The Guatemalan Government, through the appropriate Ministries, will carry out consultations with the local communities concerning any potential environmental impacts and mitigating measures. The Government of Guatemala has also said that it will honor its commitments under Convention 169 of the International Labour organization (ILO 169) regarding consultations with indigenous peoples.

These consultations to be carried out by the Government are in addition to the extensive consultation program that the Company has already initiated.


Since acquiring Fenix, Skye has also focused on understanding and responding to community issues and concerns. We have created and are providing initial funding to a community association which is focused on initiating sustainable community development in the entire region which would be impacted by the Fenix project.

Some of the initial projects have included:

- Commissioning a regional strategic plan to be conducted in partnership with the local and regional governments

- Health and education initiatives, including the possible refurbishment of the hospital and school facilities which were constructed as part of the original project

- Working with Government agencies to resolve outstanding issues relating to property title in the region

- Donating excess land for sub-division to provide housing for local residents

- Supporting reforestation, poultry production and fish farm projects

Cautionary Notices:

This news release may contain forward-looking statements including but not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work programs, geological interpretations, capital and other costs and credits, timing for and results of feasibility study and other programs, receipt of property titles, potential mineral recovery processes, and other related matters. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements. The Fenix Project is at an early stage and all estimates and projections are based on limited, and possibly incomplete, data. More work is required before the mineralization and the Project's economic aspects can be confidently modeled. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in this presentation. No representation or prediction is intended as to the results of future work, nor can there be any promise that the estimates and projections herein will be sustained in future work or that the Project will otherwise prove to be economic.

Inco Limited, the former 70% owner of the facilities and mineral rights that comprise the Fenix project, takes no responsibility for nor makes any representation or warranty of any kind relating to any of the estimates or any other information contained in this news release.

All subsequent written and oral forward looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by this notice.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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