Slam Exploration announces zinc – lead – silver resource at Nash Creekadmin
SLAM Exploration Ltd. announces it has received a draft 43-101 Technical Report and resource estimate from Wardrop Engineering Inc. for its wholly-owned Nash Creek Project in New Brunswick.
Using a 2% Zinc Equivalent cut-off and after mill recoveries are factored in, Wardrop estimates the Nash Creek deposit contains an indicated resource of 7,807,900 tonnes grading 2.72% zinc, 0.55% lead and 18.26 g/t silver plus an inferred resource of 1,211,700 tonnes grading 2.66% zinc, 0.52% lead and 18.00 g/t silver.
Drilling has been audited and validated by Wardrop in accordance with CIM Estimation of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves Best Practice Guidelines and within NI 43-101 guidelines by Bob Jankovic, P. Geo., an independent Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101.
Mineral resources were classified according to the CIM Definition Standards for Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves (December 2005) by Bob Jankovic, P.Geo. of Wardrop Engineering, an independent Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101.
Wardrop is not aware of any known environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio-economic, marketing or other relevant issues that could potentially affect this estimate of mineral resources. There is insufficient information at this early stage of study to assess the extent to which the mineral resources will be affected by these factors.
Zinc and lead recovery rates were based on the results from metallurgical tests reported 8 January 2008 (stated below). Mill recovery used for silver was 50%, based on historical data.
The near-surface deposit is amenable to open pit mining. The deposit remains open to the north where the continuation of a resistivity anomaly shows potential to extend the near-surface mineralization.
The property boasts excellent infrastructure with a power-line, railway and major highway transecting the property. These links provide immediate access to the Belledune seaport and lead smelter located within 25 km as well as Xstrata’s BMS No. 12 mine and mill within 75 km. Blue Note’s Caribou mine and mill, currently on care and maintenance status, is approximately 90 km by road from Nash Creek.
Preliminary metallurgical tests reported 8 January 2008 show projected mill recovery rates of 90.5% for zinc and 81.5% for lead. These tests produced a zinc concentrate grading 54.5% zinc, 0.9% lead, 5.7% iron and 115 grams per tonne silver as well as a lead concentrate grading 48.51% lead, 5.88% zinc, 16.83% iron and 160 grams per tonne silver.