HENDERSON, Nev.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ireland Inc. (Pink: IRLD) provided an update on the technical program of its ongoing precious metals extraction process at the Columbus Project, located in Esmeralda County, Nevada.
Technical Program and Extraction Update
Ongoing laboratory extraction optimization work has successfully
eliminated all but the last coating layer entombing the Gold and
Testing over past eight weeks to remove the last coating has been
successful in some instances and has shown some very positive test
results, but the success is inconsistent.
- Work continues to get the consistency required in order to move forward with finalizing the extraction process.
Some of the recent tests have extracted the material from its
coating to a point where it can be analyzed by standard fire assay.
- This is significant because fire assay is the industry standard analytical methodology – and the ability to demonstrate precious metals extraction via fire assay reduces the metallurgical risk for extraction.
- Testing over past eight weeks to remove the last coating has been successful in some instances and has shown some very positive test results, but the success is inconsistent.
Currently in final optimization lab tests for Gold and Palladium
extraction, which are expected to continue for up to four weeks.
After which, work will move to the pilot plant in order to:
- Run larger volumes,
- Prove scalability, and
- Demonstrate extractions rates from materials taken from various areas of the basin.
- After which, work will move to the pilot plant in order to:
Readers are cautioned that the materials sampled for the tests shown above are all from a single area within the Columbus Project site, and may not be indicative of results for the rest of the North Sand Zone or the Columbus Project as a whole. The Company believes that, because the project site is comprised of alluvial soil, mineralization deposits are wide spread throughout the Columbus Project site. Third party chain of custody protocols were not observed during current testing as Ireland personnel are assisting in sample collection and preparation. In addition, in the past, Ireland has encountered difficulties when attempting to translate extraction results achieved under laboratory conditions to the larger scale on-site pilot plant. Ireland believes that this risk is reduced because the current pilot plant was used in its most recent successful test work reported above
About Ireland Inc.
Based in Henderson, Nevada, Ireland Inc. (www.irelandminerals.com) is a minerals exploration and development Company that targets properties containing large-scale deposits of precious metals in the southwestern United States. In early 2008, Ireland completed the acquisition of the Columbus Project located in Esmeralda County, NV, near Tonopah.
This document may include statements that constitute “forward-looking” statements, usually containing the words “believe,” “estimate,” “project,” “expect,” “plans” or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, Ireland’s limited operating history, future trends in mineral prices, the availability of capital, geological or mechanical difficulties affecting Ireland’s planned geological work programs, and uncertainties surrounding estimates of mineralized material. Extraction rates and mineralization grades from test results on individual samples may not be representative of extraction rates or grades that can be obtained from other samples or from commercial scale extraction efforts. Additional exploration work will be required to fully define the extent of the Columbus Project’s mineralized areas and before proved or probable mineral reserves can be established. There is no assurance that the results of Ireland’s exploration of pre-feasibility programs will result in a decision to enter into commercial production. In addition, Ireland’s actual financial and capital requirements may be greater than projected and there is no assurance that Ireland will be able to raise sufficient financing to proceed with its exploration and development plans or finance its ongoing business activities. Ireland undertakes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements in this document.
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