|Thu Mar 29, 2012|
Aurcana to Commission Plant at Shafter Mine and Completes Mine Expansion at La Negra
|Aurcana Corporation ("Aurcana" or the "Company") is pleased to report:|
Shafter Mine, Texas
The Shafter silver mine has entered the final phase of construction two months ahead of schedule and under budget with the commissioning of the processing plant expected April 1, 2012. Aurcana anticipates ramp up will take up to 90 days to reach its 1,500 tonnes per day capacity. Power will be supplied initially by generators and power station completion is expected by May 2012.
La Negra Mine, Mexico
The La Negra Mine has successfully completed its second consecutive mine expansion from 1,500 tonnes per day (tpd) to 2,000 tpd capacity on time and on budget for a cost of $4.5M. Production is anticipated to increase from 130,500 tons at 1500 tpd from Q1 2012 to 176,000 tons at 2,000 tpd for Q2 2012.
"We are pleased to be two months ahead of schedule and an estimated $1M below budget at Shafter Mine. With the completion of the expansion at La Negra to 2,000 tpd, Aurcana is on target to become a mid-tier silver producer and anticipates 12 month production of 3.8M oz Ag from Shafter and 1.3M oz Ag (2.3M oz Ag equiv) from La Negra," reported Lenic Rodriguez, President and CEO of Aurcana Corporation.
The reader should be cautioned that the Company has not completed a feasibility study to confirm the projected production capacity for La Negra and there is no certainty the Company's plans will be economically viable.
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About Aurcana Corporation:
The Shafter Silver Mine is scheduled to produce 3.8 million ounces of silver in the first full 12 months of operation. It has an NI 43-101 Measured and Indicated Resource of 24.6 million ounces of silver and an Inferred Resource of 22.8 million ounces of silver using a 4.0 ounce per ton cut off. The 99.9% owned La Negra silver-lead-zinc-copper mine produced over 1 million ounces of contained silver in 2011.
The scientific and technical information contained in this news release regarding the Shafter Silver Mine has been reviewed by Ken Collison, P.Eng. Director of the Company, and a Qualified Person ("QP") and scientific and technical information contained in this news release regarding the La Negra Mine has been reviewed by Baltazar Solano, P.Eng. and a QP). as defined by National Instrument 43-101 (Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Project)
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
Lenic Rodriguez, President & CEO
Phone: (604) 331-9333
Toll Free: (866) 532-9333
Fax: (604) 633-9179
Gary Lindsey, Corporate Relations
This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including statements regarding forecast silver production, silver grades, recoveries, potential mineralization, exploration result, future plans and objectives of the Company and the business and anticipated financial performance of the Company. These statements are forward- looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to mining and processing of mined ore, achieving projected recovery rates, anticipated production rates and mine life, operating efficiencies, costs and expenditures, changes in mineral resources and conversion of mineral resources to proven and probable reserves, and other information that is based on forecasts of future operational or financial results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management.
Exploration results that include geophysics, sampling and drill results on wide spacings may not be indicative of the occurrence of a mineral deposit. Such results do not provide assurance that further work will establish sufficient grade, continuity, metallurgical characteristics and economic potential to be classified as a category of mineral resource. A mineral resource which is classified as "inferred" or indicated" has a great amount of uncertainty as to its existence and economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that any or part of an "indicated mineral resource" or "inferred mineral resource" will ever be upgraded to a higher category of resource. Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of mineral deposits in these categories will ever be converted into proven and probable reserves.
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Actual results may differ materially from results contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could differ materially from the Company's expectations include, among others, isks related to international operations, unsuccessful exploration results, conclusions of economic evaluations and changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined as well as changes in metal prices, changes in the availability of funding for mineral exploration and development, unanticipated changes in key management personnel and general economic conditions. When relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, oral or written, made by itself or on its behalf. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
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