VANCOUVER, BC - Maritime Resources Corp. (MAE-TSX Venture) (the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Company has entered into a nonbinding Letter of Intent with Rambler Metals and Mining Canada Limited, a subsidiary of Rambler Metals and Mining plc (AIM:RMM, RAB-TSX Venture) ("Rambler") for a Toll Milling Agreement ("Agreement") to process ore from the past producing Hammerdown gold mine at Rambler's idle Nugget Pond carbon in pulp (CIP) circuit.
Maritime and Rambler will work closely together to determine the most effective way to optimize the Nugget Pond grinding circuit to process Rambler's Ming mine copper ore through their copper floatation circuit and Maritime's Hammerdown gold ore through the CIP gold circuit separately. Engineering studies and a review of capital cost are scheduled to support finalizing a binding Agreement.
Maritime has had a close working relationship with Rambler for the past several years. In November 2014 the company's signed a letter of intent (see news release MAE-NR14-08, dated November 17th, 2014) to evaluate the potential of reopening the Hammerdown mine. As well in May 2016 signed an Engineering, Evaluation and Services Agreement (see news release MAE-NR16-06, dated May 9th, 2016) where the companies worked together and appointed an independent qualified third-party consultant to prepare and complete a pre-feasibility study which was completed in April 2017.
During this optimization and engineering studies, Maritime will continue to advance the Hammerdown project with dewatering the mine, drilling the inferred resource near the existing mine plan that contains approximately 400,000 oz of gold and evaluating open pit opportunities to include the J, K and L veins where drilling was completed last winter.
Exploration potential at Green Bay is also substantial in three areas; the Rumbullion vein system which extends for 800 metres to the northeast of the current mine plan, the Hammerdown offset fault extension which is projected at approximately 500 metre depth on the southwest side of the historic mining operations and under ground workings and the open Orion vein system/resources which lies approximately 1,500 meters to the southwest of Hammerdown and has only been drilled to 300m depth.
Doug Fulcher, President and CEO of Maritime commented:
"We are very pleased to have entered into this LOI with Rambler. The toll milling option at the permitted Nugget Pond gold mill, where Hammerdown ore was previously processed averaging over 97% recoveries, would allow for the project to be fast-tracked to production following a positive production decision by Maritime. Rambler's presence and operational expertise in Newfoundland is a huge asset to Maritime as we move the Hammerdown project forward."
Norman Williams, President and CEO of Rambler Metals and Mining commented:
"As we continue to ramp up the Ming Mine ore production to a sustained production of 1,250 dry metric tonnes per day at the Nugget Pond copper floatation plant we remain supportive of possible toll milling opportunities with Maritime through our idle gold plant at Nugget Pond. This LOI is a step forward and supports Maritime in its further engineering studies as it targets a move towards production."
About Maritime Resources Corp.
Maritime Resources holds 100% of the Green Bay Property, located near Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador. The property hosts the past producing Hammerdown gold mine and the Orion gold deposit separated by a 1.5 km distance that sits within an overall strike length of 4000 metres. As well the Lochinvar base metals/precious metals deposit sits to the north end of the Rumbullion.
The Company announced a PFS (March 2, 2017) that successfully demonstrated a viable mining operation with low upfront capital and short time line to the start of gold production. The engineering design optimizes a small foot print within the historical mine area as well as utilizing some of the existing underground infrastructure where possible. The operation is scheduled to run at a capacity of approximately 400 metric tons per day ('mtpd') over a five-year mine life.
The results show positive economics, strong internal rate of return, short payback period and significant cash flow under reasonable commodity price assumptions. The pre-tax operating cash cost to produce an ounce of gold is $558 CDN with an all-in pre-tax-cost (including capital, sustaining capital and operating cost) of $955 CDN per ounce of gold.
In addition, there remain numerous opportunities for improvement to reduce the planned development and capital costs. Maritime will continue to evaluate these opportunities with a goal to fully optimize the returns from the mining operation.
The Hammerdown gold deposit was successfully mined by Richmont Mines between 2000 and 2004 while gold prices averaged $325/oz. During its operation, a total of 290,180 tonnes of ore were mined and milled, at an average grade of 15.74 g/t Au, recovering a total of 143,000 ounces of gold at an 8 g/t cut-off. The ore was processed at the Nugget Pond mill, now owned and operated by Rambler Metals and Mining Canada Limited, with an average gold recovery of 97.4%.
Further information on the Green Bay Gold Property can be found on our website along with the NI43-101 Technical Report filed on SEDAR on July 11, 2013 at www.maritimeresourcescorp.com.
Bernard H. Kahlert, P.Eng. is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical disclosure contained in this release.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
President & CEO
For further information, please call:
Doug Fulcher Telephone: (604) 336-7322
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