VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 17, 2014) - West Melville Metals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:WMM) ("West Melville" or "the Company") has elected to exercise its right under the amendment to the Fraser Bay Option Agreement (the "Agreement") between West Melville and Roche Bay plc ("Project Vendor") executed on May 10, 2013 by issuing 200,000 shares to the Project Vendor (see News Release WMM13-05, May 14, 2013). Under the terms of the Amendment, the dates by which the first and second options must be exercised have been extended from September 30, 2013 to December 1, 2014 for the first option and from December 31, 2015 to April 15, 2017 for the second option.
"We very much appreciate the cooperation of Roche Bay in concluding this arrangement," stated Dr. Rory Moore, President and CEO of West Melville Metals. "Both parties recognised that it would be challenging to finance a significant exploration program at Fraser Bay under current market conditions and concluded that delaying exploration work and preserving the capital structure of West Melville would be in the best interests of all stakeholders in the long term."
The Fraser Bay Project
The Fraser Bay property is located on the west side of the Melville Peninsula, 180 kilometres southwest of the community of Hall Beach in Nunavut, Canada. It consists of a single mineral lease covering 3,228 acres that is favourably located 12 kilometres from tidewater at Committee Bay and 120 kilometres from a proposed deep water port at Roche Bay. The property lies within 16 kilometres of the CAM 5 airstrip at Mackar Inlet (a former defence early warning site) and an all-season road from the airstrip terminates less than 10 kilometres from the property boundary. This infrastructure provides a significant logistical benefit to the project. The lease is currently owned by Roche Bay plc, with West Melville having an exclusive option to earn up to a 70-per-cent interest in the property by meeting a series of work and expenditure commitments, and making certain share payments. For additional details on the Fraser Bay Option Agreement please follow the link to the Company's website: www.westmelville.com/projects/fraser-bay-project/agreement/.
About West Melville Metals Inc.
West Melville is an exploration company focused on identifying low cost opportunities that offer high potential to build shareholder value. It has an experienced management team with a track record of discovery success and a Board of Directors with expertise covering the essential fields of geology, engineering and finance. The Company owns the Isortoq iron-titanium-vanadium project in Greenland, has an option to earn a 70% interest in the Fraser Bay iron ore project in Nunavut and an option to acquire a 100% interest in the Alex copper project in Sonora, Mexico.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Rory O. Moore, Ph.D., President and CEO, West Melville Metals Inc.
For further information about West Melville Metals Inc. or this news release, please visit our website at www.westmelville.com.
West Melville Metals Inc. is a member of the Aurora Mineral Resource Group of companies. For more information please visit www.auroraresource.com.
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Certain disclosures in this release, in particular regarding the economic potential of the Fraser Bay Project and the Company's interest therein, constitute forward-looking statements that are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors relating to West Melville's operations as a mineral exploration company that may cause future results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements, including risks as to the completion of the plans and projects. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Other than as required by applicable securities legislation, West Melville expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.