VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/09/13 -- Orsa Ventures Corp. (TSX VENTURE: ORN) ("Orsa" or the "Company") is pleased to announce significant progress for Company growth in 2012 and solid development plans for 2013. During the year, Orsa added additional expertise to its already accomplished management team, added a large gold resource to its Western United States portfolio, announced a new gold discovery in central Nevada and completed a significant financing supported by Haywood Securities, Canaccord Wealth Management and Pacific International Securities. With an experienced team of mine development professionals, Orsa added Mr. Bruno Barde, P.Geo., Mr. Micheal Attaway, P.E., and Mr. William Rohtert, as consultant to the team. Mr. Attaway has built six major mines in the Western United States.
The Quartz Mountain Property located in southern Oregon is host to a large epithermal, gold bearing system located on the northern extension of the Basin and Range Geologic Province located largely in Nevada. The property contains a 2.85 million ounce Inferred gold Resource (110,448,000 tonnes grading 0.80 grams per tonne gold) with excellent exploration upside.
In 2012, the Orsa team conducted technical and legal diligence, exercising its option to acquire the Quartz Mountain property from Seabridge Gold and its US subsidiary, and releasing an updated NI 43-101 Technical Report on the property. In addition Orsa retained the law firm of Perkins Coie to complete a land title search and permitting opinion. A comprehensive overview of the permitting process and framework led to the conclusion that the potential for successful permitting of the project is high. Subsequent to this opinion, the Department of Oregon Geology and Mining (DOGAMI) has publicly released a detailed flow chart for the permitting of a "Chemical Process Mine".
Data Compilation - In the six months following the closing the private placement and completion of the option agreement, Orsa has added significant value to the project. With an estimated $55-60 million spent on historic exploration, Orsa has reviewed and completed extensive checks on the data base, reconfirmed the geologic model and regenerated sections to more accurately reflect mineralization. In the absence of a comprehensive data package, the team has compiled an extensive library of reports related to development of the project including but not limited to, three feasibility studies dated 1989, 1990 and 1991; plans of operations dating back to 1985 including a 1987 Plan of Operation for a Pilot Test Heap Leach Project; environmental opinions and reports including a comprehensive baseline study completed in 1989 as well as regional geochemical and geophysical survey data. In addition, drill core has been located from 2004 and 2009 drill programs.
Infrastructure - Orsa has built out the infrastructure to support ongoing development of the project with the opening of an office and core storage facility in Lakeview Oregon.
Metallurgy - A JDS Engineering consultant recently completed a review of metallurgical test work completed to date on the mineralization and will be making recommendations for future work.
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