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Jan 04, 2006
Mindoro Reviews Prospects and Plans Aggressive 2006 Drill Programs
EDMONTON, Alberta - Mindoro Resources Ltd. (TSXV: MIO; Frankfurt: OLM) today released an overview of its 2006 drill programs and summary of its 28 prospects in the Philippines. Mindoro's significant land position in the Philippines encompasses 21 porphyry copper-gold prospects, five epithermal gold prospects, one nickel laterite prospect and one massive sulphide prospect. Much of Mindoro's ground remains unexplored, so the potential to find additional prospects is high.
This depth of potential has allowed Mindoro to develop its 2006 objectives on a discovery-driven exploration strategy. The company believes that it can achieve the greatest value for its shareholders in 2006 by confirming several new discoveries through drilling. The company's plans include drilling eight porphyry copper-gold prospects in the first half of 2006. Three of these prospects are located within the company's Batangas Projects and five are within the Surigao Projects. Additionally, BHP Billiton will fund drilling of Mindoro's Agata nickel laterite prospect in the first quarter of 2006.
An overview of the Batangas and Surigao Projects is provided below and all 28 Mindoro prospects are summarized in the accompanying table (also available on Mindoro's website at http://www.mindoro.com). Locations of the prospects are also shown on the Batangas and Surigao Prospects location maps, which accompany this release on Mindoro's website. Additional information is also available in the company's press releases and technical reports posted on Mindoro's website.
BATANGAS PROJECTS OVERVIEW
The Batangas Projects is a 24,500 hectare land package located in southern Luzon and is comprised of the Lobo and Archangel projects and the surrounding regional ground. To date, Mindoro has identified 11 porphyry copper-gold prospects and two epithermal prospects in the Batangas Projects. The 2006 field program includes drilling the Pica, Kay Tanda and El Paso porphyry copper-gold prospects as well as the Kay Tanda epithermal prospect.
Drilling began in the spring of 2005 on the Pica porphyry prospect, located on the Lobo Project. The porphyry copper-gold system was confirmed with the second drill hole, which intersected 213 meters of 0.82 grams per tonne (g/t) gold equivalent (0.18 percent copper, 0.3 g/t gold, and 1.19 g/t silver; see accompanying table). A third hole is currently being drilled.
A few kilometers away, on the Archangel Project, plans are underway to mobilize a rig to the Kay Tanda prospect in anticipation of drilling in January or February. Kay Tanda hosts both epithermal gold and porphyry copper-gold targets. Recent metallurgical tests on the epithermal gold prospect were positive and indicate the potential for low-cost heap-leach processing. Mindoro plans to drill the epithermal prospect with the objective of defining an NI 43-101-compliant gold resource and to continue drilling through the epithermal layer into the underlying porphyry copper-gold prospect.
Of the remaining nine porphyry copper-gold prospects on the Batangas Projects, one of the highest priorities is the El Paso prospect. Trenching samples over wide intervals at El Paso contained more than one percent copper and multiple drill targets have been identified. Drilling is planned for the first half of 2006, subject to receipt of an exploration permit, which is currently in the advanced stages of the approval process with the Philippines Mines Department.
Mindoro may earn up to a 75 percent interest in the Batangas Projects from Egerton Gold Philippines Inc., a private Philippine company.
SURIGAO PROJECTS OVERVIEW
Mindoro's 26,000-hectare land package in the Surigao Gold District of northern Mindanao is second in size only to Anglo American. The Surigao Projects are comprised of the Agata, Tapian San Francisco, Tapian Main, and Mat-I projects. To date, Mindoro has identified 10 porphyry copper-gold prospects and three epithermal gold prospects here. The proposed 2006 Surigao field program includes drilling five of these porphyry prospects: the Agata North, Agata South, Canaga, Cantikoy and Gold Hill prospects, as well as the Agata nickel laterite prospect.
Agata North and Agata South
Drilling is currently underway on the Agata North porphyry copper-gold prospect. Difficult ground conditions slowed initial progress but early complications are normal when drilling a new project. New drilling strategies are being implemented and Mindoro is confident the difficulties will be overcome. Agata South, the second prospect at Agata, is scheduled for drilling in the second quarter of 2006.
Agata Nickel Laterite
An agreement was recently signed with BHP Billiton, who drill test, at their own expense, Mindoro's nickel laterite prospect on the Agata Project. This is a significant achievement for Mindoro, who, upon completion of the drilling and if results warrant development, is under no further obligation to BHP other than to enter into good faith negotiations for the sale of the ore to BHP.
Canaga, Cantikoy and Gold Hill
These prospects on the Taipan San Francisco Project are in an extremely favourable structural location near where the Philippine Fault is cross-cut by the same faults that extend from Anglo American's Boyongan and Boyugo porphyry copper-gold deposits. At Canaga, a trench sample returned 15 meters of one percent copper and a trench at Cantikoy returned 25 meters of one percent copper and 0.5 g/t gold. These are extremely encouraging results and drilling early in 2006 is proposed on both prospects. Extensive historic artisanal gold mining occurred at Gold Hill and drilling is proposed there for the first half of 2006.
Panoro Minerals Ltd. is currently earning a 40 percent interest in the Surigao Projects by funding all exploration. At production, if all options are exercised, Mindoro would hold a 57.5 percent interest and Panoro would hold the remaining 42.5 percent.
Programs are carried out under the supervision of Mindoro's President, Mr. J. A. Climie, P. Geol., who is a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.
Mindoro is a Tier 1 Issuer trading on the TSX Venture Exchange (MIO) and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (OLM). The company has identified 21 porphyry copper-gold prospects and a nickel laterite prospect in the Philippines and has an aggressive strategy of drilling multiple targets in 2006.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Penny Gould, Executive Vice President
Marshall Farris, Ascenta Capital Partners Inc.
Toll Free: 1.866.684.4209
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