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WCB Resources and Kula Gold Sign a Memorandum of Understanding to Explore Joint Development Opportunities

 

 

 

 

 

WCB Resources Ltd (TSX-V:WCB) is pleased to announce that they and Kula Gold Limited (ASX:KGD) have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding in order to explore the possibility of a joint venture between the two companies, bringing together WCB’s Misima Gold Project and Kula Gold’s Woodlark Island Gold Project. Both assets are in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.

 

 

Initially, the two companies will explore the synergies between Misima and WIGP with a view to maximising the value of both projects. The Boards of both companies believe that there is potential for significant upside in a joint development of the two gold projects, given their relatively close proximity and the potential benefit of barging ore from one island to the other for processing in a single larger CIP/CIL plant, providing economies of scale. A joint development along these lines could ultimately increase returns, benefiting shareholders of both WCB and Kula Gold.

 

 

The MOU forms the framework under which the companies will work together to explore the technical and commercial benefits of a joint development. It is a non-binding MOU that expresses the wish of both companies to explore this potential, which may become an exciting opportunity. The MOU is not exclusive and allows the companies to independently progress the development of their projects.

 

 

The CEO of WCB Resources, Cameron Switzer, said, “The potential combination of the Misima Gold Project, which currently contains an indicated gold resource of 1.3 million ounces and an additional 0.4 million ounces in inferred in accordance with NI 43-101, and the Woodlark Island Gold Project, which contains a historical 2.1 million ounces1 of gold in accordance with Australian JORC standards2, could lead to greater commercial returns than would the sum of the individual projects. The concept incorporates the barging of ore from Woodlark approximately 170km south to Misima.”

 

 

The Chairman of Kula Gold, David Frecker, said, “We see the MOU with WCB Resources as a logical and pragmatic step for Kula Gold. It opens up the possibility of combining our two projects into one large operation. The economies of scale may be the catalyst for the development of both projects, particularly in the currently low cost environment where costs have materially reduced for plant, equipment, energy and labour. If this combined development is successful it will deliver a larger gold project with expected economies of scale.”

 

 

WCB Resources is being advised by Curran & Co.

  1. See ASX:KGD announcement 31st July 2012 “Woodlark Island Gold Project Mineral Resource Increases” or www.kulagold.com.au
  2. The work necessary to verify the classification of the mineral resource estimate has not been completed and the resource estimate therefore, cannot be treated as NI 43-101 defined resource verified by a qualified person.

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

 

About WCB Resources Ltd

 

 

WCB is focussed on Misima Island in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea, where the team has defined a Mineral Resource of 1.7 million ounces of gold and 9 million ounces of silver (prepared in accordance with NI 43-101) along with strike and depth extension opportunities. Surface indications and drill hole data further support a porphyry Cu Au system at depth.

 

 

WCB Resources entered into a Sale & Farm-In Agreement with Pan Pacific Copper covering EL1747 located on Misima Island, Papua New Guinea. PPC is the owner of granted EL1747 Misima. Under the Agreement, WCB Resources can obtain up to a 70% interest in EL1747 Misima by spending a total of AUD$9.0 million. WCB has reached a 49% interest in the project and is currently earning towards the 70% interest level.

 

 

The farm-in on Misima Island is the company’s principal focus. Misima Island has unique geological pedigree having already produced 4.0 million ounces of gold along with evidence suggestive of further highly significant geological potential for both copper, gold and gold/silver deposits. The company has identified 1.3 million ounces of gold in an Indicated Resource category and 0.4 million ounces of gold in an Inferred Resource category. Surface indications based on channel sampling along with historic drilling suggest to the company further ongoing success.

 

 

The Misima Mineral Resource was completed independently by AMC Consultants, June 18, 2015, and comprises:

 

Deposit

OXIDE

RECLASS

Cutoff

Tonnes

Gold

Silver

Au

Ag

 

g/t Au

Mt

g/t Au

g/t Ag

Moz

Moz

Umuna

Oxide

Indicated

0.37

4.2

0.71

11

0.10

1.6

 

Inferred

0.37

2.5

0.94

21

0.07

1.6

 

Primary

Indicated

0.45

32

1.1

4.3

1.2

4.4

 

Inferred

0.45

4.9

1.2

8

0.19

1.3

 

Sub-total

Indicated

36

1.1

5.1

1.3

6.0

 

Inferred

7.4

1.1

12

0.27

2.9

Ewatinona

Oxide

Inferred

0.37

0.54

0.78

3.6

0.013

0.063

 

Primary

Inferred

0.45

3.1

1.0

2.9

0.10

0.29

 

Sub-total

Inferred

3.7

0.97

3.0

0.11

0.35

Misima Total

Indicated

36

1.1

5.1

1.3

6.0

 

Inferred

11

1.1

9.2

0.38

3.3

Notes

  1. Rounding may cause apparent computational errors
  2. Reported at USD1200/oz gold price USD20/oz silver price within an optimised pit run at USD1400/oz gold price

USD20/oz silver price and costs provided by WCB.

 

 

Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.

 

 

About Kula Gold

 

 

Kula Gold is developing the 100% owned Woodlark Island Gold Project in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea, located 600 kilometres east of Port Moresby. The Environment Permit and Mining Lease for the Woodlark Island Gold Project have already been issued.

 

Posted February 22, 2016

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