ECR Minerals plc (the “Company”) is a mineral exploration and development company incorporated in England & Wales. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd has 100% ownership of the Avoca, Bailieston, Moormbool and Timor gold exploration licences in Central Victoria, Australia.

Exploration for gold in Victoria is ECR’s current focus. A map of the Victorian licences can be viewed here. For the latest updates, please see our regulatory announcements.

ECR has earned a 25% interest in the Danglay epithermal gold project, an advanced exploration project located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines. An NI43-101 technical report was completed in respect of the Danglay project in December 2015.

ECR’s wholly owned Argentine subsidiary Ochre Mining has 100% ownership of the SLM gold project in La Rioja, Argentina. Exploration at SLM has focused on identifying small tonnage mesothermal gold deposits which may be suitable for relatively near-term production.

ECR shares are listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange with the symbol ECR.

MERCATOR GOLD plc
(“Mercator Gold”, “Mercator” or “the Company”)

AIM: MCR

US OTC: MTGDY

 

LONDON: 2 MAY 2008

  • Gold produced 10,852 ounces, up 37.5% on previous quarter.
  • Revenue A$9,506,858, up 48% on previous quarter.
  • Average gold price realised A$975 (approximately US$888) per ounce.
  • Higher grade material from Surprise pit now being processed.
  • Pre-stripping of Bluebird pit and de-watering of Consols pit underway.

Mercator Gold plc, the growing gold producer with operations in the historic Meekatharra Goldfield in Western Australia, is pleased to provide an update on its activities during the quarter ended 31 March 2008.

 

Production

The Company produced 10,852 ounces during the last quarter, an increase of 37.5% on the previous quarter’s gold production which was 7,889 ounces. This figure includes metal in circuit that had been produced but was not sold in the quarter. Gold sold was 9,746 ounces, up 39% on the previous quarter.

Revenue for the quarter was A$9,506,858 (approximately US$8,656,748), reflecting an average price realised of A$975 (approximately US$888) per ounce, up 48% from previous quarter.

A total of 315,619 tonnes of ore was processed, with a better than expected recovery rate of 95% gold recovered versus a target of 93%. The average head grade processed was 1.11g/t, 5% above the target of 1.06g/t.

 

Development

The pre-strip of the Bluebird pit commenced in March. This will allow Bluebird to supply some initial feed to the processing plant during the second quarter.

De-watering of the Consols pit also commenced in March, in preparation for the construction of the proposed Prohibition-Vivian-Consols (PVC) decline.

The Company is in the process of finalising the Project Management Plan (PMP) for the decline at PVC, which is planned to facilitate underground mining and exploration during 2009. Once the PMP is finalised, it will be submitted for approval to the relevant authorities.

Patrick Harford, Managing Director of Mercator Gold plc, comments:

“Gold production from the Surprise pit is increasing in line with expectations as higher grade material is mined from the pit’s deeper levels.

Costs of production during the first quarter were within the targeted range and the Company made good progress with regard to its development activities.”

 

For further information please contact:

Mercator Gold plc    
Patrick Harford, Managing Director Tel: +44 (0) 20 7929 1010
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Ocean Equities Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 20 7786 4370
Will Slack    
Guy Wilkes  
   
   
   
Bankside Consultants Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 20 7367 8888
Simon Rothschild    
Keith Irons    
Oliver Winters    

 

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