Toronto, ON - Victoria Gold Corp. (VIT.TSX-V) ("Victoria" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the results from a National Instrument 43-101 compliant pre-feasibility study (the "Study") for its 100% owned Eagle gold project in the Yukon Territory. The pre-feasibility study was prepared by Scott Wilson Roscoe Postle Associates Inc. in association with Kappes, Cassidy & Associates and BGC Engineering Inc.
"By completing this successful independent study and adding ounces of gold through a short 2009 exploration campaign, the Company has already added considerable value to this project which we acquired less than one year ago", said Chad Williams, President and CEO of Victoria Gold. "Upon receiving the Study, the Company noted the following:
- the project has robust economics even at a much lower gold price;
- capital costs are low on a per ounce of production basis and the Company believes within our ability to secure;
- total cash operating costs are below what the Company views as current world average costs;
- the project's Internal Rate of Return ("IRR") and Net Present Value ("NPV") have substantial leverage to the price of gold; and
- the reserve is only a portion of the known unconstrained gold resource and at a higher gold price additional resources may convert to reserves, extending the mine life and/or permit a higher production rate."
The project economics on a pre-tax basis are summarized below:
|Gold Price (US$/oz)||900||1,100|
|NPV @ 5% discount rate (million)||115||323|
|NPV @ 10% discount rate (million)||47||210|
|Capital Payback (years)||3.4||2.1|
The initial years of production are summarized below:
|Total Cash Cost||US$/oz||-||947||464||427||481||489|
(1) Partial year of production.
(2) Includes contingency of $26 million.
(3) Includes contingency of $12 million.
The Mineral Reserve(4) used in the study is summarized below:
|Reserve Category||Tonnes||Grade (g/t Au)||Gold Ounces|
(4) CIM definitions were followed for estimation of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves. They are based on a resource block model; with grade interpolation conducted using Ordinary Kriging. Unlike previous resource estimates on the Eagle Zone, current Mineral Resources were constrained within an economic open pit shell, generated using a gold price of US$1050 per ounce gold. At a cut-off grade of 0.20 g/t Au, Mineral Resources total 154,294,000 tonnes, at a grade of 0.65 g/t Au, totaling 3.2 million ounces. Mineral Resources are inclusive of Mineral Reserves. The Mineral Resource was calculated January 2010.
Mineral Reserves as noted above are estimated using a cut-off grade of 0.35 g/t Au, based on US$900/oz gold price, C$1.00 = US$0.90 exchange rate, average metallurgical recovery of 72%, and operating costs averaging C$10.38 per tonne ore. The grade interpolation was conducted using Ordinary Kriging.
"Upgrading from an indicated resource to a probable reserve is a huge step in the project's development and shows the quality of the Eagle asset", said Mr. John McConnell, Executive Vice President. "The near-term next steps for Victoria in the Yukon are:
- submission of a Project Proposal to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board initiating the formal process;
- initiation of a feasibility study;
- commence a $5 million exploration program to assess the gold potential of areas within trucking distance of Eagle on the large Dublin Gulch property including the Shamrock, Olive, and Steiner Zones;
- condemnation drilling of the proposed waste rock and heap process sites; and
- advancement of discussions with the Na-Cho Nyak Dun First Nation on a benefits agreement."
The Study will be filed on SEDAR within 45 days. Victoria would like to thank the Yukon Government for their support during the completion of the Study.
A conference call to discuss the study will be announced shortly.
The Dublin Gulch property which includes the Eagle Gold Project, is road accessible year-round, and is situated in the Mayo Mining District of Central Yukon Territory, Canada, approximately 85 km north-northeast of the village of Mayo. Dublin Gulch is 100% owned by Victoria Gold and covers an area of 34,576 hectares.
Jason Cox, P.Eng., and David Rennie, P.Eng., of Scott Wilson Roscoe Postle Associates Inc., and Dan Kappes, P.E., of Kappes, Cassiday & Associates, are the Qualified Persons responsible for the preparation of the Study, and they have reviewed and approved the technical information within this news release.
On Behalf of Victoria Gold Corp.
Chad Williams, P. Eng, CEO, President & Director
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For Further Information Contact:
President & CEO
Victoria Gold Corp
Tel: 416-866-8800 Ext. 230