Almonty Announces an Updated Reserve and Resource Estimate for the Panasqueira Tungsten Mine

The updated reserve estimate of 1,951,000 tonnes at a grade of 0.20% WO3 represents an increase in the reserve base of over 14% and inferred resources have increased by approximately 125%.

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TORONTO--()--Almonty Industries Inc. (“Almonty” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: AII) today announced the filing of an updated National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report for the Panasqueira Mine, Portugal.

The Technical Report was filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) under Almonty’s company profile and will also be available on the Company's website at www.almonty.com.

The original and updated reserve and resource estimates are as follows:

  Panasqueira June 30, 2015
Tonnes   Avg Grade   Contained WO3
 
Reserves WO3 Tonnes   MTU
Proven 691,000 0.22% 1,544 154,439
Probable 970,000 0.19% 1,887 188,665
     
Total Reserves 1,661,000 0.21% 3,431 343,104
 

Resources ( inclusive of
reserves)

Measured 1,661,000 0.21% 3,431 343,104
Indicated 7,877,000 0.24% 18,692 1,869,212
Total Resources 9,538,000 0.23% 22,123 2,212,316
 
Inferred Mineral resources
 
 
Inferred 4,910,000 0.22% 10,802 1,080,200
 
Cut-off
Reserves 0.12% WO3
Measured Resources 0.12% WO3
Indicated Resources 0.13% WO3
Inferred Resources 0.13% WO3
    Panasqueira December 31, 2016    
Tonnes   Avg Grade   Contained WO3 % Increase
 
Reserves WO3 Tonnes   MTU
Proven 775,000 0.22% 1,694 169,400 9.69%
Probable 1,176,000 0.19% 2,234 223,400 18.41%
     
Total Reserves 1,951,000 0.20% 3,928 392,800 14.48%
 

Resources ( inclusive of
reserves)

Measured 1,951,000 0.20% 3,928 392,800 14.48%
Indicated 8,076,000 0.24% 19,199 1,919,900 2.71%
Total Resources 10,027,000 0.23% 23,127 2,312,700 4.54%
 
Inferred Mineral resources
Inferred mine material 5,158,000 0.22% 11,100 1,110,000 2.76%
Inferred tailings 5,164,000 0.26% 13,230 1,323,000
Total Infered 10,322,000 0.24% 24,330 2,433,000 125.24%
 
 
Cut-off
Reserves 0.12% WO3
Measured Resources 0.12% WO3
Indicated Resources 0.13% WO3
Inferred Resources 0.13% WO3
 
Minimum Thickness = 2.2 m
Mining Recovery = 84%

Numbers may not add absolutely due to rounding.

Lewis Black, President & CEO of Almonty commented, “The significant increase in mineral reserves has enabled Almonty to extend the life of mine at Panasqueira and validates our belief in the longevity of the mine. In addition, we are continuing our testing work on the tailings stock piles at the mine. X-ray sorting test work carried out to date has been very promising and has the potential to significantly enhance the long-term viability of the mine. We anticipate further evaluation and pilot plant testing on the tailings will enable us to expand the tailings resources and finalize the milling circuit design that will allow us to recovery the contained tungsten in the tailings.”

Qualified Persons

The updated reserve and resource estimate of the Sangdong Mine Project included in this release was prepared by Adam Wheeler. Mr. Wheeler is an independent Qualified Person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 and has prepared and approved the scientific and technical disclosure contained in this news release.

About Almonty Industries Inc.

The principal business of Toronto, Canada-based Almonty Industries Inc. is the mining, processing and shipping of tungsten concentrate from its Los Santos Mine in western Spain, its Wolfram Camp Mine in north Queensland, Australia and its Panasqueira mine in Portugal as well as the development of the Sangdong tungsten mine in Gangwon Province, Korea and the Valtreixal tin/tungsten project in north western Spain. The Los Santos Mine was acquired by Almonty in September 2011 and is located approximately 50 kilometres from Salamanca in western Spain and produces tungsten concentrate. The Wolfram Camp Mine was acquired by Almonty in September 2014 and is located approximately 130 kilometres west of Cairns in northern Queensland, Australia and has produced tungsten and molybdenum concentrate, although the Wolfram Camp Mine is not currently producing due to ongoing refurbishment of the processing plant. The Panasqueira mine, which has been in production since 1896, is located approximately 260 kilometres northeast of Lisbon, Portugal, was acquired in January 2016 and produces tungsten concentrate. The Sangdong mine, which was historically one of the largest tungsten mines in the world and one of the few long-life, high-grade tungsten deposits outside of China, was acquired in September 2015 through the acquisition of a 100% interest in Woulfe Mining Corp. Almonty also owns 100% of the Valtreixal tin-tungsten project in north-western Spain. Further information about Almonty’s activities may be found at www.almonty.com and under Almonty’s profile at www.sedar.com.

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Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the updated reserve and resource estimate for the Panasqueira Mine, Portugal and material improvements therein, significantly enhance the long-term viability of the mine, further evaluation and pilot plant testing on the tailings will enable us to expand the tailings resources and finalize the milling circuit design that will allow us to recovery the contained tungsten in the tailings. The forward-looking statements and information in this press release include expectations and information relating to the intentions of management. Such statements and information reflect the current view of Almonty with respect to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in those forward-looking statements and information. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors and assumptions which may cause actual results, performance or achievements, or other future events, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

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Contacts

For further information, please contact:
Almonty
Lewis Black, 647-438-9766
President and CEO

Release Summary

Updated NI 43-101 Panasqueira

Contacts

For further information, please contact:
Almonty
Lewis Black, 647-438-9766
President and CEO