|February 24, 2010|
Crowflight Provides 2010 Outlook
|CROWFLIGHT MINERALS INC. ("Crowflight" or the "Company") (TSX: CML) announced today its 2010 outlook for production from the Bucko Lake Nickel Mine ("Bucko Mine") located in the Thompson Nickel Belt near Wabowden, Manitoba.|
Crowflight's production targets for 2010 from Bucko are approximately 8.6 million pounds of payable nickel based on projections of 342,000 tonnes at a 1.63% nickel grade and assuming a 78% recovery. The average operating cash costs1 for the entire year are projected to be between US$5.70 - $5.90 per pound of payable nickel (using a US:CAD exchange rate of 0.94) as a result of lower tonnages in the first half of 2010 as the mine resumes production. The average operating cash cost1 projected for the second half of the year is expected to average US$5.15 - $5.35 per pound of payable nickel when the mine is expected to be in full production.
Crowflight currently estimates capital requirements for 2010 to be approximately CAD$14 million for continued mine development, upgrading of the backfill plant and increasing the tailings pond capacity.
Further to the Bucko operational update that Crowflight provided earlier this month (see press release dated February 1, 2010), the ramp connecting surface to the 1,000' Level has been completed. The ramp connection has been designed to develop access to new areas for mining and allow for the use of large 40-tonne class trucks to haul ore directly from the stoping levels to surface. The trucking via ramp is important to allow for efficient mining cycle time as well as the continuous transport of ore to surface from a number of operating mining levels.
Crowflight's President and CEO Mark Trevisiol stated, "We are pleased to announce that production mining activities have resumed at Bucko and we are ramping up to achieve our second quarter target of 1,000 tonnes per day of ore. We anticipate that milling operations and shipments of concentrate will restart in early March as planned."
1 Non-GAAP Measure
This press release refers to cash cost per pound, which is net of by-product credits, and is not a recognized measure under Canadian GAAP. This non-GAAP financial measure does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by Canadian GAAP and is therefore unlikely to be comparable to a similar measure presented by other issuers. Management uses this measure internally. The use of this measure enables management to better assess performance trends. Management understands that a number of investors and others who follow the Company's performance assess performance in this way. This data is intended to provide additional information and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with Canadian GAAP.
Qualified Person/Quality Control Procedures
This press release has been prepared and reviewed by Mr. Greg Collins, P.Geo. (APGO/APEGM) and VP Exploration of Crowflight and Stephen Davies, P.Eng., both of whom are Qualified Persons under the National Instrument 43-101 guidelines.
About Crowflight Minerals
Crowflight Minerals Inc. (TSX: CML) is a Canadian junior mining company that owns the Bucko Lake Nickel Mine near Wabowden, Manitoba. The Company is also focused on nickel, copper and Platinum Group Mineral (PGM) projects in the Thompson Nickel Belt and Sudbury Basin.
Cautionary Note on Forward-Looking Information
This press release contains forward-looking statements under Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to production targets, payable nickel projections, realized grade estimates, operating cash costs for 2010 and the second half of 2010, estimated capital requirements, timing for restarting milling operations and shipments. Generally, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "occur" or "be achieved". Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management as of the date such statements are made. Estimates regarding the anticipated timing, amount and cost of mining at the Bucko Lake Project are based on assumptions underlying mineral reserve and mineral resource estimates and the probability of realizing such estimates that are set out herein. Production estimates are based on mine plans and production schedules, which have been developed by the Company's personnel and independent consultants. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to risks related to: unexpected events and delays during production; timing and availability of external financing on acceptable terms; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; future prices of minerals, particularly nickel; failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry. Although management of the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.
Further information is available on the Company's website at www.crowflight.com or contact:
President and CEO
Tel: (416) 861-5893
Manager, Investor and Public Relations
Tel: (416) 861-5803
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