TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 19, 2012) - Victory Nickel Inc. ("Victory Nickel" or the "Company") (TSX:NI) (www.victorynickel.ca) today announced its entry into frac sand distribution and sales with the appointment of Ken Murdock, an industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in the frac sand and industrial mineral industries, as Chief Executive Officer of Victory Silica Ltd. ("VSL"), a wholly owned subsidiary.
The Company, through VSL headed up by Mr. Murdock, will establish Victory Nickel as a supplier of premium frac sand prior to commencing frac sand sales from its 100%-owned Minago mine in Manitoba. Sulphide nickel mineralization in the proposed open pit at Minago is overlain by approximately 15 million tonnes of sandstone which must be removed prior to mining the nickel deposit; of this, approximately 11 million tonnes meets API standards for frac sand of various grades. The potential for more than 100 million tonnes of frac sand exists on properties adjacent to the Minago open pit outline.
"I welcome Ken to the team. With his strong technical and marketing background and contacts within the frac sand and oil field services industries, I am confident Ken will very quickly establish Victory Nickel as an important player in the frac sand business and set the stage for full-scale frac sand production at Minago," said René Galipeau, Vice-Chairman and C.E.O. of Victory Nickel.
Mr. Murdock has a degree in Environmental Engineering from McGill University, a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Manitoba, and over 25 years of related experience with Lafarge Cement, United Industrial Services Ltd and Canfrac Sands Ltd. Since 2011 he has managed his own firm, I.M.&M. Consulting, where he was involved in building sand plants for third parties. Victory Nickel first worked with Mr. Murdock when he was hired by Wardrop Engineering (a Tetratech Company) to prepare the frac sand portion of the Minago feasibility study that was completed in December 2009. Since this time, Mr. Murdock has worked as a consultant to Victory Nickel and is very familiar with the significant profit potential from frac sand sales at Minago.
About Victory Nickel
Victory Nickel Inc. is a Canadian company with four sulphide nickel deposits containing significant NI 43-101- compliant nickel resources. Victory Nickel is focused on becoming a mid-tier nickel producer by developing its existing properties, Minago, Mel and Lynn Lake in Manitoba, and Lac Rocher in northwestern Québec, and by evaluating opportunities to expand its nickel asset base.
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