- All Efforts Focused on Developing Yenipazar Project in Turkey -
TORONTO, July 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Aldridge Minerals Inc. (TSX Venture: AGM)
("Aldridge" or the "Company") announced today that it plans to exit
Papua New Guinea ("PNG") following receipt of a formal notice from the
Registrar of Tenements in PNG that the Company's licence renewal
application for its non-core Kili Teke property was denied.
"Since Aldridge began to implement a change in management in the fall of
2011, our focus has been to advance our Yenipazar project in Turkey
given the significant size of its mineral deposit, access to skilled
labour and modern infrastructure, and support from local stakeholders,"
, President and CEO of Aldridge. "The rejection of our
renewal application supports current management's position that PNG is
too volatile and that our efforts, as evidenced by recent progress,
will deliver greater rewards if concentrated in Turkey."
Aldridge has had a limited presence in PNG since announcing the results
of its first drill campaign at Kili Teke, which was completed in 2011
and affected by technical problems and poor drilling conditions.
As announced on February 24, 2012, Aldridge has been actively seeking
partners or transactions that would allow the Company to realize the
maximum value from its investments in Kili Teke. Given the uncertain
political climate in PNG and the recent volatility of the capital
markets, no discussions with potential partners progressed beyond the
Aldridge submitted its licence renewal application in January 2011 as
required by local mining laws and was operating under such renewal
application. With the receipt of the formal notice, Aldridge has
determined that it will take no further action in PNG, and avoid any
litigation costs to seek redress.
About Aldridge Minerals Inc.
Aldridge is a near development stage mining company focused on advancing
its Yenipazar polymetallic VMS deposit (Au, Ag, Cu, Pb, Zn) in Turkey -
a country that is committed to developing its natural resources and is
rapidly emerging as an economic powerhouse. Aldridge is currently
building on its December 2010 Preliminary Economic Assessment with a
Feasibility Study, which Aldridge expects to complete by the end of
2012. The Yenipazar deposit is subject to an earn-in agreement with
Alacer Gold Corp., wherein Aldridge can earn a 100% working interest
subject to certain conditions, subject to a 6% net profit interest
("NPI", revenues less operational costs) until revenues of US$165
million are generated, and a 10% NPI from there on.
Additional information and corporate documents may be found on www.sedar.com and the Aldridge website, www.aldridgeminerals.ca.
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