Trevali announces updated Stratmat Deposit resource estimate
May 20, 2015
Vancouver, British Columbia...Trevali Mining Corporation ("Trevali" or the "Company") (TSX: TV; BVL: TV; OTCQX: TREVF; Frankfurt: 4TI) announces results of an independent mineral resource estimate update for its polymetallic Stratmat Deposit in the Bathurst Mining Camp of New Brunswick, Canada. Using a 5% ZnEq* cutoff, the resource estimate prepared by SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc., returned 4.70 million tonnes grading 5.31% zinc, 2.07% lead, 0.41% copper, 48.52 g/t silver and 0.59 g/t gold in the Indicated category and 2.40 million tonnes grading 4.76% zinc, 2.07% lead, 0.70% copper, 38.82 g/t silver and 0.42 g/t gold in the Inferred category (Table 1 & Figure 1).
The large Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide deposit consists of at least five discrete mineralized zones that span a distance of over 2 kilometres. The multi-lens, multi-zone deposit remains open for expansion at depth and the Company considers the exploration potential good-to-excellent (Figure 1).
"The resource estimate has successfully increased the Companies confidence in the Stratmat deposit and added significant new tonnage, all very important for the next phase as Trevali advances its growth plans for the Bathurst Mining Camp" stated Dr. Mark Cruise, Trevali's President and CEO.
The results from this SRK study will be incorporated into a planned Preliminary Economic Assessment update scheduled for later this year (Figure 2).
Table 1: 2015 Capped Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resources at the Stratmat Project at various Zn-equivalent cut-off grades, after SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc.
|Cutoff||Class||Tonnage||Grade||Contained Metal (M oz Au- Ag -- M lbs Pb-Zn-Cu)|
|ZnEq %||Million Tonnes||Au g/t||Ag
|Zn %||Cu %||ZnEq %||Au||Ag||Pb||Zn||Cu|
*ZnEq= ((Cu Grade*Cu Price*Cu Recovery)+(Pb Grade*Pb Price*Pb Recovery)+(Zn Grade*Zn Price*Zn Recover+(Ag Grade*Ag Price*Ag Recovery))/Zn Price. In calculating ZnEq, SRK utilized the three year rolling average commodity prices. Price for Au is $1300 per ounce, Ag is $21.15 per ounce, Cu is $3.00 per pound, Pb is $1.00 per pound, and Zn is $1.00 per pound. A recovery of 88% was applied to Zn, 72% was applied to Pb, 50% was applied to Cu, 45% was applied to Ag, and 0% was applied to Au. The pounds of metal are in-situ and have not had any mining factors applied to them.
Figure 2: Location of Trevali's projects and former producing mines in the Bathurst Mining Camp of northern New Brunswick.
Mineral resources were estimated by Dr. Gilles Arseneau, P. Geo. of SRK Consulting (Canada), Inc. an appropriate "independent qualified persons" as this term is defined in National Instrument 43-101. Dassault Systemes Geovia Gems(r) version 6.6 (Gems) software was used to review and modify the geological solids provided by Trevali, prepare assay data for geostatistical analysis, construct the block model, estimate metal grades and tabulate mineral resources. The Geostatistical Software SAGE2001was used for geostatistical analysis and variography.
The mineral resource incorporates the results of 339 core boreholes both historical and those drilled by Trevali. The original assay data was composited to 1.5-metre lengths, and then outliers were appropriately capped. Robust variography of the composited and capped data was possible for the Main and S1 Zones, where Ordinary Kriging was used to estimate resources. In the cases of the New, S0, and S5 Zones, variography was inconclusive; and Inverse Distance Squared was used to estimate mineral resources.
A density weighting factor was applied to the S0 and S1 Zones where sufficient data exists to support such weighting. The Main, New, and S5 Zones are not density weighted due to insufficient data.
Mineral resources were estimated into 5-by-5-by-5-metre blocks in multiple passes with successive passes only interpolating a block if it had not been estimated by a previous pass. Blocks were only estimated if at least two drill holes and 3 composites were found during passes one and two. A maximum of 12 composites were used to estimate a block grade. Pass one used a narrow search ellipse based on variography, and pass two used a wider search. During pass three, blocks that had at least two composites within the search ellipse were interpolated. Blocks interpolated during the first pass are categorized as indicated, and blocks interpolated during subsequent passes are categorized as inferred.
A detailed NI43-101 report will be lodged on SEDAR and the Company's website within 45-days.
Qualified Person and Quality Control/Quality Assurance
EurGeol Dr. Mark D. Cruise, Trevali's President and CEO and Daniel Marinov, P.Geo, Trevali's Vice-President of Exploration, are qualified persons as defined by NI 43-101, have supervised the preparation of the scientific and technical information that forms the basis for this news release. Dr. Cruise is not independent of the Company, as he is an officer, director and shareholder. Mr. Marinov is not independent of the Company as he is an officer and shareholder. On-site personnel at the project rigorously collect and track samples which are then security sealed and shipped to Bureau Veritas Minerals Laboratories (BVML) preparation facility in Val D'Or, Quebec for crushing and splitting and coarse rejects were assayed at BVML in Vancouver, BC. BVML quality system complies with the requirements for the International Standards ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 17025: 1999. Analytical accuracy and precision are monitored by the analysis of reagent blanks, reference material and replicate samples. Quality control is further assured by the use of international and in-house standards. Blind certified reference material is inserted at regular intervals into the sample sequence by Trevali personnel in order to independently assess analytical accuracy. Finally, representative blind duplicate samples are routinely forwarded to an ISO compliant third party laboratory for additional quality control.
ABOUT TREVALI MINING CORPORATION
Trevali is a zinc-focused, base metals mining company with one producing operation in Peru and an advanced-stage mine under development in Canada.
In Peru, the Company is actively producing zinc and lead-silver concentrates from its Santander mine and 2,000-tonne-per-day metallurgical plant.
In Canada, Trevali owns the Caribou mine and mill, Halfmile mine and Stratmat deposit all located in the Bathurst Mining Camp of northern New Brunswick. The Company is currently advancing its 3,000-tonne-per-day Caribou Mill Complex and mine towards scheduled Q2-2015 production.
All of the Company's deposits remain open for expansion.
The common shares of Trevali are listed on the TSX (symbol TV), the OTCQX (symbol TREVF) and on the Lima Stock Exchange (symbol TV). For further details on Trevali, readers are referred to the Company's web site (www.trevali.com) and to Canadian regulatory filings on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors of
TREVALI MINING CORPORATION
"Mark D. Cruise" (signed)
Mark D. Cruise, President
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
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Trevali's production plans at Caribou-Halfmile-Stratmat and Santander are based only on Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resources and not Mineral Reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. Inferred Mineral Resources are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as Mineral Reserves, and there is therefore no certainty that the conclusions of the production plans and Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) will be realized. Additionally where Trevali discusses exploration/expansion potential, any potential quantity and grade is conceptual in nature and there has been insufficient exploration to define a mineral resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in the target being delineated as a mineral resource.
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