MONT-ST-HILAIRE, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 05/21/13 -- Mr. Renaud Hinse, President and C.E.O. of Abcourt Mines Inc. (TSX VENTURE: ABI)(BERLIN: AML)(FRANKFURT: AML) (the "Company"), is pleased to report that mine development at Elder gold mine is progressing well following the reception of a Certificate of Authorization from the Ministere du Developpement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs on April 17 last.
We now have three stopes in production, two stopes in preparation and one old access drift being rehabilitated. Ore extraction in May will total 4,000 to 5,000 tonnes. Production will be increased gradually with the objective of reaching commercial production at the end of 2013 (12,500 tonnes per month).
A surface diamond drilling program of 5,000 meters has recently been started. We are planning to drill 2,200 meters on the Elder property to upgrade inferred resources into indicated resources. In addition, a total of 2,800 meters will be drilled on our Aldermac, Abcourt-Barvue, Jonpol and Vezza properties.
A NI 43-101 resources estimate, completed by Mr. Jean-Pierre Berube, P. Eng., was filed on SEDAR in May 2012. It indicates 1,361,000 tonnes with a grade of 6.60 grams of gold per tonne in the measured and indicated categories for a total of 289,000 ounces of gold and 638,000 tonnes with a grade of 5.70 grams of gold per tonne in the inferred category for a total of 117,000 ounces of gold. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.
A positive Preliminary Economic Assessment report (PEA) on the Elder mine, completed by Roche Limited, Consulting Group in November 2012, indicates a net present value before taxes (8%) of $81.8 million.
About Abcourt Mines Inc.
Abcourt Mines Inc. is an exploration and development company with strategically located properties in northwestern Quebec, Canada. The Elder Mine with 43-101 gold resources, the Abcourt-Barvue Project with 43-101 silver-zinc ore reserves and resources and the Aldermac property with historical copper-zinc resources are all former producers. Abcourt is now focused on bringing the Elder and Abcourt-Barvue projects back into production with Elder as the first priority. At the same time the company is working on other projects (Aldermac, Vezza, Jonpol and Vendome) to increase its mineral resources inventory. A 43-101 resource calculation was completed in July, 2012, for the Elder Mine. A positive PEA report was prepared on Elder mine in the Fall of 2012 by Roche Limited, Consulting Group. A positive 43-101 feasibility study was completed by GENIVAR in 2007 on the Abcourt-Barvue Project. In addition, mill equipment was purchased. To know more about Abcourt, please visit our web site at www.abcourt.com and SEDAR.
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This press release was prepared by Mr. Renaud Hinse, a qualified person, President of Abcourt Mines Inc.
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