VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 20, 2016) - WestKam Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:WKG) (the "Company" or "WestKam") announced today that discussions with Kinross Gold for processing Bonaparte Property ore continue to move forward. A representative from the Kinross Kettle River-Buckhorn operation recently visited the site to review mine plans and project scheduling and also tour the underground workings.
"Working with Kinross, and their input, represents a key step forward in our bulk sample program," said Matt Wayrynen, WestKam's President and CEO. "We're pleased to have them on board, and I'm confident their contributions will be invaluable as we move towards the processing phase of the program."
A representative sample of the Bonaparte ore left over from the 2010 bulk sample program was collected during the tour for geochemical and metallurgical test work. Although technically not derived from the current underground program, the sampled material was deemed reasonably representative of the overall nature of the planned bulk sample. Gold recovery, as determined from bottle-roll leach tests using parameters that mimic conditions at the Kettle River Mill facilities in Washington State, averaged 98.7%. The subsample prepared for the leach tests had an average grade of 0.57 opt Au. Additional ore grade material from the current bulk sample program will be submitted to determine its geochemical and metallurgical characteristics.
The company is currently in discussions with Kinross regarding the processing of the Bonaparte bulk sample ore at their Kettle River Mill facility. The 2010 bulk sample, totaling 364.6 dry short tons averaging 0.475oz/ton gold, was processed at the Kettle River Mill facility returning 161.95 troy ounces of gold at a recovery rate of 93.51%.
Technical information in this news release has been reviewed by R. Kemp P.Geo., a Qualified Person as that term is defined in NI 43-101.
About WestKam Gold Corp.
WestKam is a Canadian gold exploration company focused on developing the Bonaparte Gold Project near Kamloops, British Columbia. Additional information can be found on the Company's website at www.westkamgold.com.
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Matt Wayrynen, President
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