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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2013) - Majestic Gold Corp. (News - Market indicators)(FRANKFURT:A0BK1D) ("Majestic" or the "Company") is pleased to announce preliminary gold production results from the Song Jiagou gold mine for the first quarter of its 2013 financial year, ended December 31, 2012.
2013 First Quarter Highlights
|Tonnes of ore milled
|Tonnes per day milled
|Effective head grade (g/t)*
|Gold produced in concentrate (oz)
* Effective head grade is the net real grade of the mill throughput and is calculated by taking the sum of gold in concentrate plus gold lost to tails and dividing by tonnes milled.
"We are very pleased with the gold production results in the first quarter," stated Rod Husband, President of Majestic Gold Corp. "The increase in production from October to December reflects our efforts to improve operations and we look forward to continued progress in production through the remainder of the year."
About Majestic Gold Corp.
Currently focused solely in China, Majestic Gold Corp. is a Vancouver, BC based company engaged in commercial gold production at the Song Jiagou gold mine in Yantai, China. Majestic has forecast an average production for the life of mine at a rate in excess of 100,000 ounces of gold per year. (Wardrop Engineering Inc. NI 43-101 Technical Report dated February 2011). Additional information on the Company and its projects is available at www.sedar.com and on the Company's website at www.majesticgold.net.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors
MAJESTIC GOLD CORP.
Rod Husband, P.Geo, President
This news release may contain forward-looking statements including but not limited to comments regarding the timing and content of upcoming work programs, geological interpretations, receipt of property titles, potential mineral recovery processes, etc. Forward-looking statements address future events and conditions and therefore, involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements.
The Company's production decision was not based on a feasibility study of mineral reserves demonstrating economic and technical viability. The Company's production decision was made based on the open pit optimization resource model set out in the Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA"), which takes into account the relatively low mining costs negotiated by the Company. The pit optimization that was conducted in the preliminary assessment generated a production schedule summary at grade cut-off of 0.30 gram per tonne Au.
The PEA includes the inferred mineral resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves. There is no certainty that the preliminary assessment will ever be realized. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
Open pit optimization was carried out using Whittle 4.3 which uses a series of Lerchs Grossman (LG) pit shells at different prices of gold to optimize the size of the pit while maximizing net present value (NVP) of the deposit. The resulting LG shells generated the highest discounted cash flow from the ore body at varying prices of gold. The LG shell used for optimization does not apply practical mining considerations and constraints.
The strategic planning using the generated LG pit resulted in Wardrop identifying the "potentially minable" resources within the proposed preliminary production schedule.
The optimization was based on a gold price of $973 per ounce and an exchange rate of $1.000 (U.S.) to $1.087 (Canadian).
The Song Jiagou resource estimate was carried out using industry-standard procedures and a geological interpretation of the deposit that, to the extent possible, reflected observations of grade distributions. Modeling of the deposit is uncertain, however, because it is difficult to establish with a high level of confidence the area of influence of highergrade gold values. The risk remains, therefore, that the geological model may overstate the distribution of high-grade gold values. If future mining demonstrates that this is in fact the case, then the model may overstate anticipated gold grades. Because the probability of this outcome is unknown, the level of uncertainty must also be unknown.
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