MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Jan 22, 2014) - Stornoway Diamond Corporation (SWY.TO) is pleased to provide an update on the planned 2014 resource expansion drill program at the Renard Diamond Project in Québec. This program will test the resource potential of the Renard 2 kimberlite below the base of the currently defined Indicated Mineral Resource at 600 meters below surface, at which level Renard 2 is at its maximum size. The program will be fully funded from the proceeds of the $10m private placement of flow-through shares announced by Stornoway on November 13, 2013 and which closed on December 3, 2013. Drilling will commence early in the second quarter and continue into the summer.
The 2014 drill program will comprise tightly constrained, deep directional drilling from within the Renard 2 kimberlite body. This work will provide information on diamond content, geology, dilution, density and kimberlite geometry necessary for resource conversion. The objectives of the program are:
- The conversion of the estimated 6.2 mCarats of Inferred Mineral Resources between 600m and 700m below surface at Renard 2 (5.2 mTonnes at 119 carats per hundred tonnes, or "cpht") to an Indicated Mineral Resource;
- The addition of additional Inferred Mineral Resources at Renard 2 from 700m to at least 800m depth, an interval within which Stornoway has previously estimated resource upside in the form of a "Target for Further Exploration" of between 4.2 and 7.3 mCarats; and
- The aggressive exploration of Renard 2 below 800m to a depth of 1000m or greater through deep, wild-cat drilling. In addition, Stornoway will review, and drill if warranted, four additional kimberlites at Renard, which are not contained within the current Mineral Resource at Renard and which have had limited previous assessment.
The reader is cautioned that mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. In addition, the potential quantity and grade of any exploration target is conceptual in nature, and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in it being delineated as a mineral resource.
Matt Manson, Stornoway's President and CEO, commented: "Stornoway's principal focus is the timely completion of mine project financing, for which discussions are active and ongoing. Project construction is expected to commence upon the completion of this financing process. As a separate and on-going priority, the 2014 drill program allows us to continue the process of resource growth at Renard through the period of project construction. This project represents one of the most important new sources of large, high value diamonds in the world, with extensive resource upside outside of the current Mineral Reserve. Between 25.7 to 47.8 mCarats have been designated a "Target for Further Exploration" at Renard on top of the existing 27.1 mCarats of Indicated Resource and 16.5 mCarats of Inferred Resource. Our January 2013 Optimization Study describes an 11 year mining project based on a 17.9 mCarat Mineral Reserve drawn solely from the Indicated Resource in Renards 2, 3 and 4. In 2013 we were successful in converting a large portion of the Renard 65 kimberlite into an Indicated Resource for its inclusion in the mine plan, following a bulk sample program in 2012. Now, the opening of the Renard Mine Road allows us to transport to site the larger drill rigs required to test the resource potential of the Renard 2 kimberlite at depth, which at the current drilling is twice as large than at surface, with a higher diamond content than at surface, and open to depth."
About the Renard Diamond Project
The Renard Diamond Project is located approximately 250 km north of the Cree community of Mistissini and 350 km north of Chibougamau in the James Bay region of north-central Québec. In November 2011, Stornoway released the results of a Feasibility Study at Renard, followed by an Optimization Study in January 2013, which highlighted the potential of the project to become a significant producer of high value rough diamonds over a long mine life. Probable Mineral Reserves as defined under National Instrument ("NI") 43-101 stand at 17.9 million carats. Total Indicated Mineral Resources, inclusive of the Mineral Reserve, stand at 27.1 million carats, with a further 16.5 million carats classified as Inferred Mineral Resources, and 25.7 to 47.8 million carats classified as non-resource exploration upside. All kimberlites remain open at depth. Readers are referred to the technical report dated December 29th, 2011 in respect of the November 2011 Feasibility Study for the Renard Diamond Project, the technical report dated February 28th, 2013 in respect of the January 2013 Optimization Study and the Stornoway press release dated July 23, 2013, for further details and assumptions relating to the project.
About Stornoway Diamond Corporation
Stornoway is a leading Canadian diamond exploration and development company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY and headquartered in Montreal. Our flagship asset is the 100% owned Renard Diamond Project, on track to becoming Québec's first diamond mine. Stornoway is a growth oriented company with a world class asset, in one of the world's best mining jurisdictions, in one of the world's great mining businesses.
|On behalf of the Board|
|STORNOWAY DIAMOND CORPORATION|
|President and Chief Executive|
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