VANCOUVER, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - EMC Metals Corp. (the "Company" or "EMC") (TSX: EMC) is pleased to announce that Jordan Capital Markets Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia has been appointed as financial advisor and sales agent to assist the Company with the sale of the Springer Mining Company, and its tungsten mine and mill in Imlay, Nevada.
The Springer tungsten asset is a fully permitted, established underground mine and milling facility with a 1,200 tons-per-day throughput capability. The facility is designed to produce a high grade (+65%) scheelite (WO(3)) concentrate product. The facility is supported by a multi-year tungsten resource, with a NI 43-101 resource estimate technical report available on SEDAR. When returned to operation, the estimated facility output represents approximately 2% of world tungsten production and 10% of non-China production.
The mill is also adaptable to processing sulphide gold ores, alone or in a parallel circuit, should either of those applications prove more financially attractive than processing only tungsten ores.
Mr. George Putnam, CEO of EMC commented as follows:
"We are pleased to have Jordan Capital assisting us with the sale of this important tungsten asset in North America. Springer is the only completed, tungsten-specific mine in the USA, and one of only two in North America. As such, it offers a secure supply resource into North American tungsten markets that we believe will have recognized value in today's sale markets.
EMC has invested in refurbishments and process improvements in the Springer asset over the last three years, and we believe these improvements have added considerably to the marketability and value of the asset. Recent pricing strength for tungsten will also be supportive, reflective of tightening supply conditions for the metal. These pricing gains have been further reinforced by recent reductions in tungsten export quotas from China, along with higher internal Chinese demand."
About EMC Metals
EMC Metals is focused on application of its in-house and patented mineral recovery technologies to deliver value in specialty metal and rare earth projects. EMC's high priority development opportunity is the Nyngan Scandium Joint Venture with Jervois Mining Ltd. of Melbourne, Australia. The Company released results of it's first National Instrument ("NI") 43-101 resource estimate for the Nyngan Scandium Project in March 2010, announcing a measured and indicated resource of 12 million tonnes, grading 261ppm Sc, based on a cut-off grade of 100ppm Sc (NI 43-101 Technical Report on Nyngan Scandium, Jervois Mining Limited, Nyngan, New South Wales, Australia, March 25, 2010). The Company is currently doing metallurgical test-work on the Nyngan resource material, to define and refine flow sheet studies, recovery estimates and capital cost estimates for the project.
EMC also holds two tungsten assets; the Springer Tungsten property in Nevada, USA and the Fostung Tungsten project in Ontario, Canada. Both tungsten assets have NI 43-101 compliant resource estimates, and the full reports are available on the Company website and online at www.SEDAR.com. The Company also holds the Carlin Vanadium property, near Carlin, Nevada, with a recently released NI 43-101 inferred resource estimate of 25.4 million tonnes, grading 0.5% V(2)O5, based on a cut-off grade of 0.30%, or 289 million lbs of total contained V(2)O5 (NI 43-101 Technical Report on Resources, EMC Metals Corp., Carlin Vanadium Project, Carlin, Nevada, April 30, 2010).
Technical information in this news release has been reviewed by Gilles R. Dessureau, M.Sc. P.Geo a Qualified Person for the purposes of NI 43-101. Mr Dessureau is a Professional Geologist employed by EMC Metals.
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