Vaaldiam Resources Ltd.
TSX : VAA

Vaaldiam Resources Ltd.

December 04, 2006 09:35 ET

Vaaldiam Resources Ltd.: Mini-Bulk Sample Processing Underway at Brauna

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 4, 2006) - Vaaldiam Resources Ltd. (TSX:VAA) (60% interest) and partner Majescor Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MAJ) (40% interest) report that excavation of mini-bulk samples from the 1.7 hectare Brauna 3 pipe and the 1.0 hectare Brauna 7 pipe has been completed, and processing of the kimberlite samples through Vaaldiam's diamond recovery plant is proceeding smoothly.

Vaaldiam, who is the operator of the joint venture, collected approximately 50 tonnes of saprolitic kimberlite from each of the pipes through a series of vertical shafts excavated through the 3 to 5 metres thick calcrete cover which overlies the pipes. The extraction of the kimberlite samples from the 10 to 15 metres deep shafts allowed the partners to maximize the sample coarseness which will help minimize diamond breakage. To provide for an efficient turnaround of the minibulk sample results, Vaaldiam constructed a small dense media plant which is being utilized by the joint venture to process the mini-bulk samples extracted from the Brauna pipes. The diamond recovery plant consists of a crushing and feed circuit, a 300 kilogram per hour dense media module, and a secure diamond recovery circuit. The recovery plant is designed as a "hands-off" unit, to ensure the security of the sample process. The plant is currently processing between 1.5 and 2.0 tonnes of kimberlite per day, with the first mini-bulk sample results expected prior to year end. Photographs of the sample excavation activities and Vaaldiam's diamond recovery plant are available on the Company's website at www.vaaldiam.com/gallery_brauna/.

About Vaaldiam

Vaaldiam is a Canadian-based diamond exploration company primarily involved in the exploration and development of advanced-staged diamond properties in Brazil. On its Pimenta Bueno diamond property in Rondonia state, Brazil, joint venture partner Rio Tinto has committed to the second year of exploration work and is completing a drill program which has recently resulted in the discovery of additional kimberlite pipes. Delineation and sampling of the new discoveries is underway, and is focused on defining targets for bulk sampling early next year. Vaaldiam is also focused on the development of its Duas Barras alluvial diamond mine in Minas Gerais state, Brazil, where an indicated gravel resource of 1.7 million cubic metres and an inferred resource of approximately 1.0 million cubic metres, containing a combined 430,000 carats has been delineated by bulk sampling and drilling. Mine construction is underway, with production scheduled to commence in Q1-2007. Vaaldiam has 81.4 million common shares outstanding and approximately C$13.5 million in cash available for the exploration and development of its diamond properties.

This release has been reviewed by Jose Ricardo Pisani, Vice President, Exploration who is a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101.

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Contact Information

  • Vaaldiam Resources Ltd.
    Ken Johnson
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (416) 363-6927
    or
    Vaaldiam Resources Ltd.
    Janet Reid
    Manager, Investor Relations
    (416) 363-6927
    Website: www.vaaldiam.com