Toronto, ON - Victoria Gold Corp. (VIT.TSX-V) ("Victoria" or the "Company") announces the results of a Preliminary Assessment ("PA") and National Instrument 43-101 gold resource estimate on the Helen Zone located at the Cove Gold Project in Nevada.
Preliminary Assessment and NI 43-101 Resource Estimate
A Preliminary Assessment ("PA"), dated May 5, 2011, including a Mineral Resource estimate, was prepared by Roscoe Postle Associates Inc. ("RPA"). The Mineral Resource estimate was based on Victoria's exploration program plus a compilation of drill assay data from previous operators of the property. Victoria's exploration drilling program was completed in May 2009 and included 18 diamond drill holes. The historic geological data was derived from 36 reverse circulation drill holes completed by former operators of the project between 1985 and 2005.
All measurements within this press release use the system of imperial units.
|Table1: Helen Zone - Inferred Mineral Resource Estimate - May 2011|
|Ounces of Gold|
|Helen Zone - Upper||48,500||0.66||32,000|
|Helen Zone - Lower||343,100||0.58||199,300|
|Helen Zone - Total||391,600||0.59||231,300|
1. The Mineral Resource estimate follows CIM definitions and conforms to NI 43-101.
2. A minimum mining width of 8 ft and a minimum grade of approximately 0.25 oz/st Au were used to build mineralization wireframes.
3. Gold assays were capped at 2.5 oz Au/st . Assays were capped prior to compositing.
4. Mineral Resources are estimated using a gold price of US$950 per ounce.
5. Block sizes are 10 ft x 10 ft x 10 ft.
6. Inverse distance squared was used to interpolate block grades.
7. The resources were reported at a block grade cut-off of 0.3 oz Au/st.
8. A 0.067 st/ft3 tonnage factor was used.
9. The Qualified Person for this Mineral Resource estimate is Luke Evans, M.Sc., P.Eng.
10. Summation differences are due to rounding.
The Mineral Resource estimate for the Upper and Lower Helen Zone deposits was prepared by RPA using a block model approach, constrained by 3D mineralization wireframes. Zone intersections were based on a minimum of 0.25 oz Au/st over an eight foot true width. High assay values were capped at 2.5 oz/st. Gold grades were estimated into the blocks using inverse distance squared interpolation.
The PA is based on a small-scale mining operation and contract milling of the ore at a processing facility within the region. The PA economic assumptions and results are summarized in Table 2.
|Table 2: Helen Zone Economics|
|Diluted gold head grade:||0.5 oz/st (life-of-mine ("LOM") average)|
|Total operating cost per short ton:||US$248/st|
|Total operating cost per ounce:||US$620/oz (LOM average)|
|Annual gold production:||49,000 ozs (LOM average)|
|Post exploration pre-production capital||US$ 44.1 million|
|Total LOM capital cost:||US$ 53.6 million|
|Capital cost contingency:||25% included above|
|Internal Rate of Return ("IRR"; pre-tax):|
|@ $1,200/oz flat gold price||42%|
|Net Present Value (pre-tax):|
|@ 10% discount rate, $1,200/oz flat Au:||US$ 30.8 million|
1. The NPV and IRR are net of Nevada Net Proceeds Tax.
2. The PA excludes the sunk cost of a planned $40.7 million underground exploration program.
|Table 3: Sensitivity to Gold Price|
|US$/oz||Pre-tax IRR||Pre-tax NPV @ 10% discount (US$ millions)|
Key Observations Regarding the PA and Mineral Resource estimate:
- Since gold mineralization has been defined by a relatively small number of drill holes to date, the Helen Zone is considered by RPA to have good exploration potential.
- Readers are cautioned that the Preliminary Assessment is preliminary in nature. It includes "inferred" Mineral Resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic and physical considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as "measured" or "indicated" mineral resources or as mineral reserves. There is no certainty that the results of the PA will be realized. Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not demonstrate economic viability.
Luke Evans, P.Geo., Principal Geologist, and R. Dennis Bergen, P.Eng., Associate Principal Mining Engineer with RPA, are the Qualified Persons responsible for the preparation of the Mineral Resource estimates and the Preliminary Assessment, and they have reviewed and approved the technical information within this news release. The complete PA will be filed on SEDAR today.
- The environmental assessment process with the Bureau of Land Management is well underway and authorizations which will allow the construction of an underground decline into the Helen deposit and subsequent bulk sampling are expected to be in hand this year. 4
- A Water Pollution Control Permit, valid for five years and allowing an annual extraction rate of 100,000 tons, has been received.
- The required Air Quality Permits are in hand and applications for other minor permits have been submitted.
Cove, Helen Zone Drill Program
The Company has developed a surface drill program to test the extent of the bedding parallel ("BP") mineralized zones of the Helen deposit. The program, scheduled to begin in late May upon receipt of surface drilling permits, will use reverse circulation drilling with core tails to test the lateral extent of the BP zones. The program is expected to include 9,000 metres of drilling over 12 holes.
The technical content of this Press Release was reviewed by Dean T. Wilton; PG, CPG, Vice President of Exploration for Victoria Gold Corporation.
Victoria's strategy is to maximize the reward of share price appreciation while minimizing risk. Victoria is focused on adding value per share by advancing its Eagle Gold Deposit toward production while continuing to explore its key projects in the Yukon and Nevada. Maintaining a low risk profile through project diversification, sound financial management, and operating in secure jurisdictions are key priorities for Victoria's management team.
On Behalf of Victoria Gold Corp.
CEO, President & Director
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