|Mon Feb 3, 2014|
Helio Reports Updated Higher-Grade Resource for the Kenge and Porcupine Targets, SMP Gold Project, Tanzania
Results Support the Strategy to Focus on Higher-Grade Production Opportunities
Helio Resource Corp (TSX-V: HRC), ("Helio" or the "Company") is pleased to report that it has received an updated NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource estimate for its SMP Gold Project, Tanzania. The previous resource estimate (see Company news release dated February 14, 2012) was based on a 0.5g/t cut-off grade at a $1,450 gold price. The purpose of the work reported here is to identify the potential for higher-grade open pit and underground resources that are potentially economically minable in today's lower gold price environment.
This resource estimate is from the Kenge and Porcupine areas only (Figure 1 below). The Kenge Resource Area is located 6 km east of Shanta Gold's New Luika Mine, which reported production of 64,000 ounces of gold in 2013 and is projected to produce 80,000 ounces of gold in 2014 (see Shanta releases dated January 20, 2014). The Porcupine Resource Area is located a further 12 kilometres to the east.
Mr. Richard Williams, CEO of the Company commented: "This mineral resource estimate validates the work the Company conducted last year, and places the SMP Gold Project into a position where we can advance the project to a production decision. The current market is focussed on projects that can deliver low cost, higher-grade production opportunities, coupled with lower up-front capital expenditures, and we believe the Company can meet these requirements at SMP. Coupled to these resources, which are both open to depth, is a pipeline of seven additional, near surface, high-grade targets that are not currently included in the resource base. These targets represent future opportunities to significantly grow our resource base."
In 2013 the Company identified the orientation of high-grade shoots within the Kenge and Porcupine Resource Areas. These shoots were successfully drill tested in October and November, 2013 (see Company news release dated November 29, 2013). The new interpretation and additional drill hole data provides the basis for the updated resource.
Figure 1. Map showing the location of the Kenge and Porcupine Resource Areas and proximity to Shanta Gold's Bauhinia Creek Pit, New Luika Gold Mine.
The increase in grade compared to the previous resource estimate can be attributed to the following:
Mr. Desmond Subramani of CCIC MinRes (Pty) Ltd. of Johannesburg, South Africa compiled the resource estimate. Mr. Subramani is the Principal Geologist - Mineral Estimation for CCIC (Caracle Creek International Consulting), South Africa and is based in Johannesburg. He is a professional member of the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions, the Geological Society of South Africa and the Geostatistical Association of South Africa. Mr. Subramani has expert knowledge in Geostatistical Resource Estimation, due diligence, audits, risk assessment, feasibility studies and Competent Person's Reports and training, and meets the requirements of a Qualified Person under NI43-101 guidelines. Mr Subramani has reviewed and approved the contents of this press release.
Chris MacKenzie, M.Sc., C.Geol., Helio's COO and a Qualified Person as designated by NI 43-101, is based in Africa and supervises the exploration at Helio's projects, including the sampling and quality assurance / quality control (QA-QC) programmes, and has reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.
About Helio Resource Corp.
Helio Resource Corp. is a resource company focused on advancing the 100% owned SMP Gold Project in Tanzania to a production decision, and outlining the resource potential at the DGP Gold Project in Namibia.
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