|September 10, 2015|
Indico Signs Final Shareholders Agreement with Aruntani on the Irmin Project
|Vancouver, British Columbia – Indico Resources Ltd. ("Indico" or the "Company") (TSX-V: IDI) is pleased to announce that it has signed the final shareholders agreement with Aruntani ("Aruntani") with respect to the development of the Irmin Copper Project (formerly Acana), located in the Arequipa region of Peru.|
Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, it is expected that Aruntani will own 70% of the Irmin Project after completion of expenditures totaling US$18.7 million, with Indico owning the remaining 30%. The partnership will continue work to develop the leachable copper resource at Irmin with the aim of constructing a 25 Mtpa SXEW plant. Immediate plans will include additional drilling to expand the leachable copper resources and conduct metallurgical testing to complete a PEA on the leachable copper project and form a new company to be named IRMIN S.A.C for the purpose of the project development.
The shareholders agreement allows for the expenditures of US$18.7 million to be spent on the following activities:
Robert Baxter, Indico's CEO and President, comments: "We are extremely pleased to have finalized the partnership with Aruntani to develop the Irmin Cu-Au-Mo project. Aruntani is owned by Peruvian mining identity Mr. Guido Del Castillo.
Aruntani have spent in excess of US$800,000 so far on project access and community related activities, camp relocation and project assessment. A metallurgical test program is about to be initiated on the project site.
Mr. Del Castillo has more than 35 years of experience in open pit and underground mining operations and is a prominent and highly respected personality in Peruvian mining. He began his long and illustrious career in mineral engineering having graduated from the Escuela Nacional Ingenieros in Lima followed by graduate studies at the Colorado School of Mines. Mr. Del Castillo is currently President and CEO of Aruntani and 3 other mining companies in operation.
The Irmin Property consists of 23 concessions covering 123 km2 and is located on the northwest extension of the Southern Peru Porphyry Copper Belt, a trend defined in part by the Toquepala, Quellaveco, Cuajone, and Cerro Verde Mines to the southeast. Most recent exploration of the belt has resulted in discovery of the Zafranal copper-porphyry deposit, located approximately 75 km to the southeast of the Irmin Property. Indico has diamond-drilled a total of 9903 metres in 57 holes at Irmin.
In July 2014, Indico announced the maiden independent resource estimate for the supergene portion of Irmin. The Technical Report is available for review on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com under "Company Profiles - Indico Resources Ltd." and on the Company's website at www.indicoresources.com. Table 1 lists the estimated resources following Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum ("CIM") classification definitions at the cut-off grade of 0.1% recoverable (acid and cyanide soluble) copper. The recoverable copper cut-off, using sequential copper leach analysis, is used because it reflects a more conservative estimate of economically extractable material.
Table 1. Irmin Supergene Resources at 0.1% Recoverable Copper Cut-off
Highlights of the mineral resource estimate are:
As the mineralization remains open to the east, four additional long holes (400 metres each) and eleven additional short (100-150 metres) holes are currently planned to test the eastern limits of the hypogene and supergene mineralization, respectively; these will total about 3000 metres. One of the best supergene intercepts from the last drill programme is from this area: hole OCA13-27 with 31.5 metres of 0.70% total copper, and 0.63% recoverable copper.
Once the above drilling is complete, Indico intends to complete an updated supergene resource estimate and Preliminary Economic Assessment for a 15,000 - 25,000 tpd, heap-leach, SX/EW operation, producing copper cathode at site.
About Indico Resources Ltd.
Indico is a mineral resource exploration company focused in the discovery and exploration of porphyry copper-gold deposits in South America. The Irmin Porphyry Project, located in the Arequipa Region of Peru, is the Company's primary exploration project and is currently the main focus of exploration activities.
John Drobe, P.Geo., Indico's Chief Operating Officer and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed the scientific and technical information that forms the basis for this news release. Mr. Drobe is not independent of the Company, as he is an officer.
On behalf of Indico Resources Ltd.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Robert Baxter - President & Chief Executive Officer
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