BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/31/13 -- Intrepid Mines Limited (TSX: IAU)(ASX: IAU) (the "Company" or "Intrepid") is pleased to announce the release of its report for the quarter ended 31 December 2012 regarding development and exploration activities, as required under ASX Listing Rules 5.1 and 5.3.
The document is available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and the ASX website (www.asx.com.au), as well as on the Company's website (www.intrepidmines.com).
Intrepid Mines Limited's ('Intrepid' or the 'Company') principal activity is the technical advancement of studies related to the Tujuh Bukit Project in Indonesia ('Tujuh Bukit' or the 'Project'), the pursuit of legal remedies to protect and enforce the Company's rights in the Project, and the pursuit of additional precious metal projects and exploration assets.
-- Concerted efforts ongoing to confirm Intrepid's 80% interest in Tujuh Bukit. -- Criminal complaints against the parties associated with joint venture partner, PT IMN, commence -- Other legal remedies being prepared or actioned.-- Law suit initiated against various parties, including the Company, in the South Jakarta District Court in Indonesia.-- Prominent Indonesian businessman, Surya Paloh, issued with the second and final tranche of 25,604,016 unlisted restricted Performance Rights following Toronto Stock Exchange approval.-- C$1 million Private Placement in New Nadina Explorations Limited completed.-- Notice issued to Cornerstone that Intrepid is exiting the Shyri Project in Ecuador.-- The Company is removed from the S&P/ASX200 Index.-- Directors continue to subscribe for shares from fees receivable.
-- Activity on the Tujuh Bukit Project was suspended on 19 July 2012, when access to the site was denied to the Company.
OXIDE PROJECT STUDY
-- The technical work required for a pre-feasibility study on the oxide project will be completed during the coming quarter. -- Resource upgraded by 76% in Measured and Indicated categories -- Measured and Indicated stands at 70 million tonnes at 0.71g/t gold and 27 g/t silver (1.6 million ounces contained gold and 60 million ounces of contained silver);-- Inferred stands at 19 million tonnes at 0.75 g/t gold and 21 g/t silver (0.5 million ounces contained gold and 13 million ounces contained silver).
PORPHYRY PROJECT STUDY
-- Resource updated -- Inferred Mineral Resource stands at 1.9 billion tonnes at 0.45% copper and 0.45 g/t gold (19 billion pounds of contained copper and 28 million ounces of contained gold) at a 0.2% copper cut-off. -- Contained copper and gold increased by 34% and 23% respectively at the 0.4% copper cut-off.-- The technical work for the Scoping Study for the porphyry deposit is still expected to be completed in the June quarter 2013.
-- Exploration expenditure for the Project for the three and twelve month periods to 31 December 2012 was $3.1 million and $29.5 million respectively (on a 100% basis), for a Project total to $105.8 million.-- Expenditure principally relates to development studies since the 19 July 2012 shutdown. No further payments have been made to PT IMN since that date.-- Treasury cash and term deposits - $108.9 million at 31 December 2012.
This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements, relating to, but not limited to Intrepid's expectations, intentions, plans and beliefs. Forward-looking information can often be identified by forward-looking words such as 'anticipate', 'believe', 'expect', 'goal', 'plan', 'intend', 'estimate', 'may' and 'will' or similar words suggesting future outcomes, or other expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, intentions or statements about future outcomes, or statements about future events or performance. Forward-looking information may include reserve and resource estimates, estimates of future production, unit costs, costs of capital projects, and timing of commencement of operations and is based on current expectations that involve a number of business risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statement include, but are not limited to, failure to establish estimated resources and reserves, the grade and recovery of ore which is mined varying from estimates, capital and operating costs varying significantly from estimates, delays in obtaining or failures to obtain required governmental, environmental or other project approvals, inflation, changes in exchange rates, fluctuations in commodity prices, delays in the development of projects and other factors. Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied.
Shareholders and potential investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. By its nature, forward-looking information involves numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and various future events will not occur. Intrepid undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking information whether as a result of new information, future events or other such factors which affect this information, except as required by law.
Statements relating to gold resource estimates are expressions of judgment, based on knowledge and experience and may require revision based on actual production experience. Such estimates are necessarily imprecise and depend to some extent on statistical inferences and other assumptions, such as gold prices, cut-off grades and operating costs, which may prove to be inaccurate.
Competent Person and Qualified Person
The Mineral Resource Estimates were prepared by Rob Spiers (MAIG) who is a Director and full time employee of H&S Consultants Pty Ltd. Mr Spiers has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2004 Edition of the "Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves" and as an Independent Qualified Person as defined in the Canadian National Instrument 43-101 (standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects). Mr Spiers consents to the inclusion of these estimates in the form and context in which they appear.
The information in this announcement that relates to exploration results is based on information compiled by or under the supervision of Mr Gary Snow, who is a full-time employee of Intrepid Mines Limited. Mr Snow has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2004 Edition of the "Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves" and a Qualified Person as defined in the Canadian National Instrument 43-101 (standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects). Mr Snow consents to the inclusion in the report of the matters based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.
Intrepid exercises a strict chain of sample custody in its drilling program at Tujuh Bukit. Joint Venture personnel remove core from the drill rig and deliver it to a project geologist who logs the core and marks the core into two metre sample intervals. Intrepid and Joint Venture personnel supervise the immediate splitting, sawing and bagging of samples, and packaging of groups of samples for dispatch to the laboratory. The remainder of the split core remains on site.
Samples are securely packaged, batched, and then transported under supervision to Intertek's laboratory facility in Jakarta. At the laboratory, the samples are prepared by crushing and pulverizing and a 30 gram charge is assayed for gold by conventional fire assay and/or atomic absorption methods. Multi-element ICP analysis is carried out using a multi-acid digestion process. All samples that contain silver and/or copper, lead, and zinc values that exceed the upper detection limits for ICP are re-analysed by conventional atomic absorption methods to determine the absolute values of these metals.
DirectorsIan McMaster (Chairman)Colin G. Jackson (Deputy Chairman)Brad A. Gordon (Managing Director)Laurence W. Curtis (Non-executive Director)Robert J. McDonald (Non-executive Director)Alan Roberts (Non-executive Director)Adrianto Machribie (Non-executive Director)Nyla Bacon (Company Secretary)Stock Exchange ListingASX and TSX symbol: IAUSubstantial ShareholdersTaurus Funds Management 9.0%Acorn Capital 7.9%Van Eck Associates 6.5%Surya Paloh 5.0%Issued Capital555,519,374 shares8,910,588 unlisted options3,145,126 unlisted share rights51,208,032 unlisted restricted performance rightsShareholder EnquiriesMatters related to shares held,change of address and tax filenumbers should be directed to:Computershare Investor ServicesGPO Box 2975, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, AustraliaTelephone: 1300 805 505 +61 3 9415 4000
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