TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2012) - Seafield Resources Ltd. ("Seafield" or "the Company") (TSX VENTURE:SFF) is pleased to report the completion of an extensive scoping-level metallurgical testing program for its Miraflores Deposit, Quinchia District, Colombia. This program was designed and supervised by SRK Consulting in Denver (SRK) on behalf of Seafield. Test work was conducted by Inspectorate Exploration & Mining Services, Ltd. (Inspectorate) in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.
- All test composites treated were highly amenable to gold recovery by conventional process flow sheets;
- All test composite samples contained significant amounts of coarse gold amenable to gravity concentration. Gold recoveries of 40 to 75% into gravity cleaner concentrates containing over 2000 g/t were obtained;
- Three flow sheets were evaluated in Miraflores' metallurgical testing program:
- Gravity concentration followed by cyanide leaching of gravity tailings resulted in overall gold recoveries ranging from 86 to 89%;
- Gravity concentration followed by gold flotation from the gravity tailing resulted in gold recoveries ranging from 95 to 97.5%;
- Gravity concentration followed by gold flotation from the gravity tailing and cyanide leaching of the flotation concentrate resulted in gold recoveries ranging from 89 to 93 %;
- Gold recovery was found to be fairly independent of grind size in the nominal P80 range of 150μm, 100μm, 74μm, and 53μm.
"We are delighted to achieve over 90% gold recovery rates in the metallurgical testing program," stated Seafield's President and CEO, César Lopez. "Additional studies are underway to advance the project to prefeasibility stage and we look forward to continue validating the viability of our Miraflores Deposit."
Test work was performed on 77 samples selected from fifteen quarter-core drill holes from the Miraflores Deposit and 13 channel-samples from argillaceous vein structures taken from the existing underground workings. Due to the presence of significant quantities of coarse gold, the sample intervals were selected to approximate the average grade of each rock type (geological unit) in the deposit. Three representative rock type composites were prepared for testing: White breccia, Green breccia, and Basalt. An additional composite sample of argillaceous rock type was prepared to represent the central part of the high-grade veins.
The breccias and basalt samples were selected to represent the bulk of the mineralization with the high-grade intervals removed. In addition, three composite samples of white breccia, combined with varying amounts of the argillaceous ore composite, were prepared to represent areas within the breccia pipe containing argillaceous structures of varying widths.
Table 1. Characterization of Mineralized Composite Samples
Source: Inspectorate Report
(1) Average of triplicate splits and metallics assays
(2) Average of calculated heads from metallurgical tests
A sample from each of the four composites was examined by Process Mineralogical Consulting Ltd. to characterize the minerals present, along with estimated mineral abundance, grain size, association and liberation data. The non-opaque minerals contained in these composites included: quartz, chlorite, actinolite, feldspar, montmorillonite, calcite, almandine andpyroxene. The white breccia, green breccia and basalt composites contained only trace amounts of fine grained chalcopyrite, sphalerite and galena. The argillized composite contained chalcopyrite, sphalerite and galena occurring as ternary particles with each other, or with non-opaque minerals and pyrite. Visible gold was observed in the argillized composite.
Initial metallurgical test work was conducted to evaluate the effect of grind size, ranging from P80 150 - 53 microns, on gravity separation, gold flotation and cyanide leaching of Miraflores ores. Once optimum process parameters were established for the different unit operations, the three flow sheet options were evaluated.
Gold recovery results for the different flow sheets studied are presented in Table 2. As indicated above, the Miraflores samples are highly amenable to all three process options evaluated: i) gravity plus cyanidation option, the average gold recovery is 88.2%; ii) gravity plus flotation option, the average recovery is 96.4%; and iii) gravity plus flotation and cyanidation of the flotation rougher concentrate option, the average gold recovery is 91.4%.
Bond grindability testwork demonstrated that the green and white breccias have a Bond Ball Mill Work Index of 19.5 kWh/mt.
Acid-Base Accounting (ABA) testing conducted on green and white breccia flotation tailings revealed a net neutralization potential of 50-71 kg CaCO3 equivalent per tonne of sample, indicating that these breccia materials will not be potential acid producers.
The information presented in this news release is a summary of the report titled, "Metallurgical Testing on Samples From Miraflores Deposit-Quinchia, Colombia", issued by Inspectorate on March 16, 2012.
Table 2. Summary of Results on Miraflores Test Composites
Au Recovery %
|Gravity + Cyanidation||85.9|
|Gravity + Flotation||95.6|
|Gravity + Flotation + Cyanidation (1)||90|
|Gravity + Cyanidation||89.2|
|Gravity + Flotation||96.4|
|Gravity + Flotation + Cyanidation (1)||92.8|
|Gravity + Cyanidation||89.4|
|Gravity + Flotation||95|
|Gravity + Flotation + Cyanidation (1)||89.1|
|95% White Breccia + 5% Argillic Blend|
|Gravity + Flotation||96.7|
|Gravity + Flotation + Cyanidation (1)||91|
|85% White Breccia + 15% Argillic Blend|
|Gravity + Flotation||98.3|
|Gravity + Flotation + Cyanidation (1)||94.1|
(1) Overall gold recoveries for each sample type were estimated based on assuming that the 88% gold cyanidation extraction, obtained for flotation concentrates produced from green and white breccias, also applies to the flotation concentrates produced from basalts and argilleous structures.
Seafield is also pleased to provide an update on its exploration programs for 2012 at its Quinchia Gold Project:
|•||Underground Drifting to Commence at the Miraflores Deposit:|
|The Company plans to extend the existing tunnel at its Miraflores Deposit by 150 metres to facilitate eventual underground drilling targeted at the high-grade structures in the breccia pipe. Underground drilling is expected to commence in Q4 2012.|
|•||Regional Exploration Program to Identify More Targets:|
|Strong geological evidence of a NNW mineralization trend identified in the region supports the speculation that additional anomalies exist in the Company's concession. To date, 80% of Seafield's 6,757-hectare property remains unexplored. Seafield plans to initiate regional exploration efforts north of the Miraflores and Dosquebradas Deposits with an aim to find additional drilling targets (see Map 1).|
|•||Baseline Environmental Studies:|
|In preparation for the development of the Miraflores Deposit, Seafield has initiated baseline environmental studies designed to identify key information pertaining to social demographics, archaeology, surface water and weather conditions in the district. The studies are underway and are expected to be completed by Q4 2012.|
|•||Streamlining Exploration Efforts:|
|In 2012, 1,676 metres of diamond core drilling has been completed at Dosquebradas. The Company plans to focus its ongoing efforts on advancing the Miraflores Deposit and executing its regional exploration program. A further drill program at Dosquebradas will be reassessed in the future.|
To view Map 1. Seafield's Quinchia Property, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/777027_map.pdf
Review by Qualified Person, Quality Control and Reports
The results of the Company's metallurgical testing program presented in this news release have been reviewed, verified and compiled by Eric Olin, MSc, MBA, RM-SME, Principal Process Metallurgist of SRK in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Olin has over 30 years' experience in the minerals industry with extensive consulting, plant operations, process development, project management and research & development experience with base metals, precious metals, ferrous metals and industrial minerals.
About Seafield Resources Ltd.
Seafield Resources Ltd. is a mineral exploration company focused on fast-tracking its advanced-stage gold project towards production in Colombia. Seafield's 100%-owned 6,757-hectare Quinchia Gold Project is located in Department of Risaralda, Colombia. Seafield's Miraflores Deposit currently has a NI 43-101 compliant Measured and Indicated resource of 1,925,542 ounces gold at 0.8 g/t and an Inferred resource estimate of 103,043 ounces gold at 0.6 g/t. Additionally, the Company recently announced an NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate for its Dosquebradas Deposit, also part of the Quinchia Gold Project, with Inferred resource estimate totalling 920,772 ounces gold at 0.5 g/t. Seafield Resources Ltd. trades its shares on the Toronto Venture Exchange (TSX-V) under the symbol SFF and in the United States using CUSIP 81173R101. For more details on the Company, please visit www.sffresources.com.
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