|April 17, 2007|
Minco Silver Announces a 15% Increase in the Resource Estimate on its Fuwan Silver Project
|Minco Silver Corporation (the "Company" or "Minco Silver") (TSX: MSV) is pleased to provide an updated resource estimate for the Fuwan Silver Project in Guangdong Province, China. This estimate has increased the overall tonnage of the Fuwan deposit from 19.0 million tonnes to 23.0 million tonnes. This is an increase of approximately 15.3 million ounces of contained silver of which 4.5 million tonnes (29.2 million contained silver ounces) were upgraded from the inferred category to the indicated category at an average grade of 203g/t silver. |
Details of the updated resources on the Changkeng and Fuwan properties are shown in table below:
Resource Estimate @ 50g/t Ag Cut-Off Grade.
The resource updates were defined using the March 2007, 24 month trailing average metal prices of US$10.23/oz Ag, US$553/oz Au, US$0.56/lb Pb and US$1.18/lb Zn. Costs of $10.00/tonne for mining, $8.00/tonne for processing and $3.50/tonne for G&A for a total of $21.50/tonne and a process recovery of 94% for Ag, along with Au, Pb & Zn credits of approximately $6.00/tonne were utilized to derive a cut-off grade of 50 g/t Ag.
The 51% interest in the silver dominant mineralization residing on the Changkeng exploration license (Changkeng Silver Assets) and held by Minco Gold Corporation (formerly "Minco Mining & Metals Corporation"), was assigned to Minco Silver by Minco Gold pursuant to the assignment agreement dated August 20, 2004. This 51% interest is held by Minco Gold pursuant to the Changkeng joint venture agreement being made among Minco Gold Corporation, Guangdong Geological Exploration and Development Corp. ("GGEDC") and two other unrelated Chinese parties. As of the date of this News Release, the Changkeng JV had not yet been established and no contract has been entered into by the parties to the Changkeng JV Agreement with 757 Team to acquire the Changkeng Permit or a permit in respect of the silver mineralization on the Changkeng Property.
The mineral resources in this press release were estimated using the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), CIM Standards on Mineral Resources and Reserves, Definitions and Guidelines prepared by the CIM Standing Committee on Reserve Definitions and adopted by CIM Council December 11, 2005.
The resource update was prepared by independent "Qualified Persons", Eugene Puritch, P.Eng., Antoine Yassa, P.Geo. and Tracy Armstrong, P.Geo. of P & E Mining Consultants Inc. of Brampton, Ontario. The authors of the current resource estimate reviewed original assay certificates from core samples and check samples and collected their own site visit verification samples. It is the report authors' opinion that the data have been adequately verified for the purposes of an NI 43-101 resource estimate and all historic and current data were found to be reliable, with an acceptable level of reproducibility. This news release has been reviewed and approved for release by William Meyer, P.Eng. Chairman of the Board and designated Qualified Person. An NI 43-101 compliant updated resource estimate technical report will be available on SEDAR within 45 days of this press release.
About Minco Silver
Minco Silver Corporation is a TSX company focusing on the acquisition and development of silver dominant projects in China. The Company is the exclusive vehicle for pursuing silver opportunities in China pursuant to a strategic alliance agreement between Minco Gold Corporation (formerly "Minco Mining & Metals Corporation") (TSX:MMM/AMEX:MGH) and Silver Standard Resources (TSX:SSO). For more information on Minco and our properties, please visit the website at www.mincosilver.ca or contact Ute Koessler at 1-888-288-8288 or (604) 688-8002 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
"Ken Z. Cai"
President & CEO
The Toronto Stock Exchange does not accept responsibility for the accuracy of this news release. Certain terms or statements made that are not historical facts, such as anticipated advancement of mineral properties or programs, productions, sales of assets, exploration plans or results, costs, prices, performance are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, anticipated, expected or implied. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to; metals price volatility, volatility of metals production, project development risks and ability to raise financing. The Company undertakes no obligation and has no intention of updating forward-looking statements.
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