“The new range of resource estimates has dramatically improved the scale and viability of the project. As part of the ongoing Scoping Study, we are evaluating suitability of the different lower cost underground bulk mining methods and the implication on the project’s economics. With more robust numbers and potential, along with its’ great infrastructure Victorio remains our flagship property,” cites Robert Hinchcliffe, CEO of Galway Resources.
The highlights of the new resource estimate include:
- Potential for significantly larger mineable resource: The size range now lies between 30 million and 100 million tons, each scenario is enhanced by a 21 million ton high grade core. The deposit remains open in certain directions to add additional tonnage.
- Larger Resulting Tonnages: Previous resources were calculated using a $40 cut off, based on a US$14/lb molybdenum price. Using the same cutoff but a US$15/lb molybdenum price the tonnage for the new resource estimate has increased by over 33% increase and a 48% increase in tonnage for Inferred Category.
- Quality of resource (using a $40/ton cutoff) remains intact with 67% being in the Indicated Category, and the continuity of the mineralization remains intact.
- The current molybdenum price remains strong at $32 per pound.
|Victorio: New Resource Estimate
($15/lb moly, 8$/lb tungsten)
|Contained Metal in Pounds|
|Category||Cutoff (US$/Ton)||Tons (Millions)||% Mo Equivalent|
“We are very excited about the potential of the Victorio Project as we continue to examine various economic and mining parameters under the direction of Galway’s professional staff. Our current program utilizing angle, directional, oriented core drilling, combined with our on-going metallurgical and engineering studies, continues to give us a great deal of optimism of moving the project along toward development. There is still potential to expand the ore-body as is still open in some directions,” cites Marshall Himes, COO of Galway Resources.
New Resource Estimate Boosts Tonnage
Below we have provided a table that shows the new resource estimate using a cut-off value of $40 per ton and also of $50 per ton. The percent increase in tonnages and contained metal value reflect the impact of using a higher longer term molybdenum price. The current numbers below are calculated using a long-term molybdenum price of $15 per pound versus the prior number of $12 per pound. The long-term price of $8 per pound for tungsten remains intact for resource estimation, the current price is $12.50/lb.
|New Resource Estimate Comparison with Prior Estimates||Contained Metal in Pounds|
The table below reflects the full sensitivity analysis of expanding the range of our analysis of the impact on changing cut-off grades and the resulting tonnages and grades. Moreover, the figures unlike the prior two tables has the respective grades and contained metal value for tungsten for the varying cut-offs.
|Victorio 2007 Resource Model Run with $15 Mo and $8 WO3|
|Geologic Resource||Contained Metal in Pounds|
|Tons(M)||Mo %||WO3 %||Molybdenum||Tungsten (WO3)|
Geological Modeling Discussion
The new resource estimates incorporated the results from the Company’s first 10,000 foot (6 core holes) drilling campaign which was completed in the Spring of 2007. The prior estimate that was announced earlier this year (January 29, 2007) was derived using just the data from the 165,000 feet of drilling conducted by Gulf Minerals in the early eighties.
For all the resources estimates, the resource model was constructed utilizing Vulcan software, and using an inverse distance weighting to the third power grade estimation technique. The model required a minimum of 3 and maximum of 8 composites from at least two drill holes to assign grade to each 30′ by 30′ by 15′ block for the Indicated resource classification. The molybdenum and tungsten grade estimations were limited by individual hard boundary grade shells using only composite data from within the grade shells, by rock type.
SRK has completed independent resource estimations according to CIM resource categories in compliance with NI 43-101 guidelines for the Victorio project. The resource modeling parameters used are minor modifications to the parameters used in the January 2007 initial resource estimate, which is provided in Galway’s NI 43-101 technical report dated February 28, 2007. Bart Stryhas and Allan V. Moran of SRK Consulting (U.S.), are “Qualified Persons” as defined by NI 43-101, are the Qualified Persons responsible for the resource estimations contained in this news release, and have reviewed the content of this press release.
Current Molybdenum and Tungsten Pricing Remain Strong
After remaining below US$10.00 per pound for the past 25 years, molybdenum prices began to rise in January 2004. Over the past 2 years or so, prices for molybdenum have traded around US$25.00 per pound, and within the past months prices have moved to US$32.00 per pound. Higher levels of global molybdenum demand are cited by experts as the primary reasons that molybdenum prices have performed so well as of late.
A similar story holds true for tungsten, with pricing remaining between US$2.50 per pound and US$5.00 per pound for over 20 years. Tungsten pricing surged in January 2005 to just over US$15.00 per pound and has remained resilient ever since. Over the past sixteen months tungsten prices have remained around US$12.50 per pound. Continued steady global tungsten demand coupled with lower exports from China are cited as two primary drivers for sustained strong tungsten pricing
About the Company
Management is well capitalized with over US$12 million in the treasury and is focused on developing three U.S. based exploration projects that are favorably located and have over 300,000 feet of historical drilling. We have established a solid technical team that is compiling all the historical data and are now advancing these projects in an aggressive but cost effective manner. Management believes that its strategic portfolio of properties offers investors an interesting exposure to a unique blend of commodities.
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Galway Resources Ltd.
President and Director
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