EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec 5, 2012) - Firestone Ventures Inc. ("Firestone" or the "Corporation") (TSX VENTURE:FV)(F5V.F) announces a successful site visit has been completed by Minéro Mining International Limited ("Minéro") and independent consulting engineers ProMet Dadi Africa (Pty) Ltd. ("ProMet") of South Africa. The site visit was conducted in order to facilitate the completion of the Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") on Firestone''s 100% owned Torlon zinc-lead-silver Deposit in Western Guatemala.
"Firestone has a clear road map for the next 12-18 months as a result of the recent trip and once this information is input into the PEA we should be on schedule for its completion," says Pamela Strand, President & CEO of Firestone. "We are extremely pleased with our business alliance with Minéro and their independent engineering consultants ProMet. We are moving forward with our fast track to market for the development of the Torlon Deposit and we are specifically aiming at a low cost approach to the project''s development."
Firestone representatives accompanied Minéro and ProMet on a two day Torlon site visit followed by strategic meetings in Guatemala City. During the site visit a full ground assessment of the project area was completed including options for access and for site facility placement. Additional days were filled with meetings in Guatemala City with the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Ministry of the Environment and the Mining Guild of Guatemala. Meetings with potential environmental, social, civil, electrical, mechanical, mining and earthmoving contractors were completed in order to assess the in-country expertise and compile preliminary in-country costs for the development of the Torlon Deposit.
Firestone Ventures Inc.
Firestone is a Canadian-based exploration and development company with zinc-lead-silver and copper projects in Central America and has been working in Guatemala since 2004. Our main project is the Torlon zinc-lead-silver Deposit in Guatemala. The current National Instrument NI 43-101 oxide resource (see news release 18 November 2008 on www.sedar.com) is summarized in the following table and the deposit remains open to expansion. The NI 43-101 resource used a 3% zinc equivalent cut-off grade and a 35.5% zinc top-cut.
|Torlon Deposit Oxide Mineral Resource|
|Measured and Indicated||1,891,636||7.32||304,905,997||2.41||100,294,541||14.25||866,663|
|* The total contained metal assumes 100% metal recovery and does not indicate economic viability|
Smithsonite (ZnCO3) is the prevalent zinc mineral at Torlon, occurring as a replacement to limestone and resulting in high grade mineralization locally exceeding 40% zinc. Other non-sulphide zinc minerals are relatively rare and there is no evidence of deleterious zinc-clay minerals.
In addition to Torlon, Firestone also has a large land position covering a significant portion of the Central Guatemala Zinc District with four drill ready targets and over fifty zinc mineral occurrences. The land position has excellent exploration potential and with systematic exploration could develop as the world''s next major zinc district. The company also owns 100% of the past producing Oxec copper deposit which, based on historic reports, has produced over 1Mt grading 3% copper (according to unverified historical records ). The common shares of the Company are currently listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (symbol FV) and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (symbol F5V).
The technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Pamela Strand, P.Geol., President of Firestone Ventures and a Qualified Person in accordance with NI 43-101.
Trading Symbol: (TSX VENTURE:FV)(F5V.F)
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