VANCOUVER, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ - Amarc Resources Ltd. ("Amarc" or the "Company") (TSX-V: AHR; OTCBB: AXREF) is pleased to announce that field work has commenced at its 464 km2 JOY porphyry copper-gold project which covers the northern extension to the prolific Kemess porphyry gold-copper district in north-central, BC. In 2017, Centerra Gold purchased the southern Kemess district located directly adjacent to the south of the JOY project for $310 million. The $2 million, 2018 JOY program is being funded by Hudbay Minerals Inc. (Hudbay), which has partnered with Amarc to explore and develop the JOY project. Hudbay will also pay $1.15 million this year to Amarc for property acquisition costs.
Amarc has identified a new, 20 km long by 4 km wide northeast trending structural corridor crossing the JOY property. This favourable structural trend - named the Finlay Magnetic Corridor ("FMC") - hosts the PINE and TREE gold-copper porphyry deposits and, based on extensive historical geochemical, geophysical and drilling programs by past operators, numerous other compelling deposit targets. This year's field work includes the completion of property-wide heliborne magnetic surveys, followed by exploration surveys over prioritized targets within and adjacent to the FMC. These surveys include 80-100 km of Induced Polarization ("IP") surveys, 850 sample soil surveys and extensive geological mapping. Drilling is expected to follow to test sulphide systems that are delineated by the surveys for major gold-copper deposits.
The detailed heliborne magnetic survey over most of the project area was recently completed. Results indicate that the PINE and TREE gold-copper deposits on the property are represented by northeast trending magnetic highs within the northeast trending FMC. There are a number of similar magnetic features located along and adjacent to this major structural corridor which are now being explored by the other field surveys. For Maps and Figures of the survey area, see http://www.amarcresources.com/ahr/MapsFigures.asp?ReportID=831536 .
About Amarc Resources Ltd.
Amarc is a mineral exploration and development company with an experienced and successful management team focused on developing a new generation of BC porphyry copper mines. By combining strong projects and funding with successful management, Amarc has created a solid platform to create value from its exploration and development-stage programs.
Amarc is advancing its 100% owned IKE, DUKE and JOY porphyry copper deposit districts, located in southern, central and northern BC, respectively, each with proximity to industrial infrastructure, power, highways and rail. These projects represent significant potential for the discovery of multiple and important-scale, porphyry gold-copper and copper-molybdenum deposits. Hudbay Minerals Inc. is funding development of the IKE and JOY projects in partnership with Amarc, which is operating these exploration and development programs. Amarc is sole funding its DUKE Project. Please see corporate presentation available on Amarc's website at www.amarcresources.com.
Amarc is associated with Hunter Dickinson Inc. ("HDI"), a diversified, global mining company with a 29-year history of porphyry discovery and development success. Previous and current HDI porphyry projects included some of BC's and the world's most important mineral resources – such as Pebble, Mount Milligan, Kemess South, Kemess North, Gibraltar, Prosperity, Xietongmen, Newtongmen, Florence, Sisson, Maggie and IKE. From its head office in Vancouver, Canada, HDI applies its unique strengths and capabilities to acquire, develop, operate and monetize mineral projects to provide superior returns to shareholders.
Amarc is working with government, stakeholders and First Nations toward the responsible development of its projects, and manages an ongoing program of community and regional outreach for each of its projects. These efforts include the provision of jobs, training programs, contract opportunities, capacity funding and sponsorship of community events. The Company also seeks to establish comprehensive partnership discussions with local First Nations at the earliest stages of project development with the goal of establishing progressive agreements. All work programs are carefully planned to achieve high levels of environmental and social performance.
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Mark Rebagliati, P. Eng., a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical content of this release.
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Ronald W. Thiessen
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Forward Looking and other Cautionary Information
This news release includes certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All such statements, other than statements of historical facts that address exploration drilling, exploitation activities and other related events or developments are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Assumptions used by the Company to develop forward-looking statements include the following: Amarc's projects will obtain all required environmental and other permits and all land use and other licenses, studies and exploration of Amarc's projects will continue to be positive, and no geological or technical problems will occur. The Company cannot guarantee that the Consolidated Loan and issuance of securities contemplated by this release will complete. There is no certainty that the Company will be able to repay the Consolidated Loan or any other outstanding debt or liability of the Company in a timely manner or at all. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include market prices, potential environmental issues or liabilities associated with exploration, development and mining activities, exploitation and exploration successes, continuity of mineralization, uncertainties related to the ability to obtain necessary permits, licenses and tenure and delays due to third party opposition, changes in and the effect of government policies regarding mining and natural resource exploration and exploitation, exploration and development of properties located within Aboriginal groups asserted territories may affect or be perceived to affect asserted aboriginal rights and title, which may cause permitting delays or opposition by Aboriginal groups, continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. For more information on Amarc Resources Ltd., investors should review the Company's annual Form 20-F filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov and its home jurisdiction filings that are available at www.sedar.com.
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