TORONTO, Jan. 13, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (TSX:WM) (FWB:WC7) ("Wallbridge") is pleased to announce that its Broken Hammer open pit operation in Sudbury, Ontario, is progressing well. Ongoing mining has produced significant additional tonnes and contained metals compared to the 2013 Mineral Reserve Estimate which was used in the 2013 Prefeasibility Study (See Wallbridge press releases November 29, 2012 and July 15, 2014).
Production at Broken Hammer commenced in July 2014. During 2014, approximately 120,000 tonnes of ore were mined at Broken Hammer and processed at the Redstone Mill operated by Northern Sun Mining Corp.
Approximately 40% of the original mine plan has been completed and Wallbridge has realized a 75% increase in tonnes of ore relative to the 2013 Mineral Reserve Estimate. Increased tonnage is a result of the copper-PGM veins on every bench to date being thicker and more continuous than estimated in the 2013 Mineral Reserve Estimate as well as mining dilution. Wallbridge will continue to mine the balance of the deposit during fiscal 2015 and the deposit is still open at depth and to the west.
Since the commencement of production in July 2014, approximately 4,600 tonnes of copper concentrates have been delivered to a nearby copper smelter with average grade of 23.5% copper and 60 grams per tonne PGM (19 g/t platinum, 33 g/t palladium and 9 g/t gold).
In addition, more than 60 tonnes of high grade gravity concentrates have been produced and shipped to a PGM smelter in Europe with average PGM grade of 1,600 grams per tonne (1,300 g/t platinum, 90 g/t palladium and 210 g/t gold).
The Broken Hammer open pit project is currently expected to continue to June, 2015, and provide Wallbridge with more than $6 million in net cash flow amid the current low metal prices.
The Broken Hammer deposit is open to depth beneath the open pit, and mineralised trends have been identified extending to the west, the east and the northeast. Exploration is ongoing on the adjacent Wisner joint venture with Lonmin Plc to test these mineralised trends (see Wallbridge press release September 30, 2014).
Table 1 below compares the mined tonnes and contained metals against the 2013 mineral reserve estimate used in the PFS:
|Table 1: Delivered Tonnes, and Contained Metal (to bench 379 as at December 31, 2014)|
|Tonnes|| Copper |
| Platinum |
| Palladium |
| Gold |
|2013 Mineral Reserve to bench 379||68,841||1,481,428||5,157||4,268||1,169|
|Mined in 2014 to bench 379||120,656||2,566,358||7,303||5,995||2,055|
|Remaining 2013 Mineral Reserve (below bench 379)||126,927||2,516,557||8,082||7,728||2,850|
Wallbridge discovered Broken Hammer as a result of an ongoing grass roots exploration program on the North Range of the Sudbury Basin. Based on the positive results from a Bulk Sample program carried out in 2011, Wallbridge completed a Pre-Feasibility Study ("PFS") of Broken Hammer in 2013 and commenced construction of an open pit mine in April 2014.
Wallbridge currently holds a 98.5% interest in the Broken Hammer Property while Glencore retains a 1.5% carried interest.
The Qualified Person responsible for the technical content of this press release is Marz Kord, P. Eng., President & CEO for Wallbridge Mining Company Limited.
About Wallbridge Mining
Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (TSX:WM) is currently operating its first polymetallic mine, producing copper, platinum, palladium, and gold from the Broken Hammer open pit mine in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada's premier mining district.
Wallbridge is also actively exploring a large package of properties in Sudbury, including operating several significant exploration joint ventures with partners Lonmin Plc, Impala Platinum Holdings Limited and Glencore in Sudbury.
Wallbridge has a record of successfully generating high potential mineral projects and structuring partnerships and new companies to create value for its shareholders and its partners. As such, Wallbridge currently retains its stake in its first spin-out company, Duluth Metals Limited (TSX:DM), at 5.05 million shares as well as 28.4 million shares (40.5%) in its second spin-out company, Miocene Metals Limited (TSX-V:MII), which is currently in the process of completing a Reverse Takeover transaction with Carube Resources Inc.
For Further Information
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Vice President, Corporate Communications
Tel: (705) 682-9297 ext. 263
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