WCB Resources Ltd ("WCB" or the "Company") announces that it has obtained the Misima Island Exploration Database from Barrick Papua New Guinea. The database consists of an extensive array of surface sampling including soil, rock, trench and channel samples as well as drill hole data covering the historic mined areas as well as regional projects.
The data is currently being compiled into a suitable format for use in both GIS and modelling software.
Cameron Switzer, President and CEO said "This historic data is an important step in fast tracking the exploration evaluation of the Misima Island Project Potential. This data will enable the team to avoid duplication of work programs as well as highlighting any areas of potential upside. Even though this data was collected from the late 1970's to the late 1990's, I suggest that the QA/QC being from the Placer group of companies previously listed on the TSX and ASX is of the utmost professional calibre. There has already been 4.0M oz's of Au and 20M oz's of Ag extracted from this data. We will now rigorously analyse and review this data and determine the most appropriate way forward."
Further information pertaining to the database will be released once WCB comprehensively understands this asset.
From a geological and mineral deposits perspective, EL1747 is located in the same terrain and geological region that includes the deposits of Grasberg, Ok Tedi, Hidden Valley, Wafi-Golpu, Lihir, Simberi and Panguna as well as significant projects such as Tolukuma, Kainantu and Woodlark Island. Misima Island has previously demonstrated mineral deposit pedigree through the past production of 4.0M ounces of gold and 20M ounces of silver from various operations but most recently the Misima Mine owned by Placer Dome Asia Pacific. This mine ceased open pit production in 2001 and closed in 2004.
EL1747 Misima consists of 53 sub blocks covering an area of 180km2. The exploration license was targeted due to the presence of a significant high order copper stream sediment anomaly in multiple drainages which has received limited detailed follow up activity. Furthermore, additional high order gold and zinc anomalies have been identified and require follow up detailed work.
WCB is expected to earn up to a 70% interest in EL1747 Misima by spending a total of AUD$9.0M within a 4 year timeframe.