Vancouver, British Columbia, January 15th, 2008. Candente Resource Corp. (DNT:TSX and BVL) ("Candente") is pleased to report that preliminary metallurgical results for copper flotation indicate good recoveries and commercially viable concentrate grades.
Initial locked cycle flotation testing on the Cañariaco Norte copper deposit yield copper recoveries of 81% to 89%. A feasibility level testing program for flotation will now proceed to investigate the significant opportunities for improvement of the metallurgical performance from the initial flotation testing. Results for gold and silver recoveries as by-product metals are pending.
Thomas R. Rinaldi, VP Operations, states, "These initial results are very encouraging and demonstrate that the various styles of copper mineralization at Cañariaco are amenable to conventional flotation techniques."
Results from initial bottle roll leach test work are variable and less conclusive. Leach test work including column leach is ongoing to determine whether leaching is optimal on a stand alone basis or in conjunction with a conventional flotation circuit.
SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc. is now working on a new resource estimate for Cañariaco Norte based on the 57,355 metres (m) drilled in 203 holes as of December 31st 2007. The additional drilling has extended the deposit both to the northeast and to the south and much deeper. Higher grades have also been encountered especially in the northern half of the deposit. SRK will also be re-optimizing a new potential Starter Pit with a view to generating a higher average grade. The Starter Pit previously optimized for a leach scenario was based on both grade and chalcocite content. Given that flotation recoveries are similar for chalcocite and chalcopyrite, a Starter Pit for a flotation scenario will be based on grade alone.
All test work was conducted by SGS Lakefield in Santiago, Chile. Composite samples were designed to be representative of the different types of mineralization within the deposit. Flotation tests were carried out on three selected master composites. (1) Chalcocite; (2) Chalcopyrite and (3) 50% Chalcocite and 50% Chalcopyrite. Leach testing was carried out on 55 composites from various core intervals.
About Cañariaco Norte
On March 4, 2007, an updated independent mineral resource estimate was completed on the Cañariaco Norte Zone based on 26,019 m of drilling in 82 holes. (see News Release 202, March 4th, 2007). The Measured and Indicated resource was estimated as 643 million tonnes (MT) averaging 0.45% Cu at a cut-off grade of 0.3% Cu and containing 6.35 billion (B) pounds (lbs) of copper. The Inferred resource was estimated as 177 MT averaging 0.45% Cu at a cut-off grade of 0.3% Cu and containing 1.75 B lbs of Cu. Within the larger resource, a Starter Pit of 104 MT (Measured and Indicated) grading 0.60% Cu was delineated.
Complete results, maps, cross-sections and all reports can be viewed at:
Sampling and analytical procedures conform to NI 43-101 standards and are detailed in the April 26th, 2007 Minefill report which can be found on the Candente website shown above. All samples were submitted to Actlabs in Lima, Peru. James Currie, P.Eng., Director and Robert van Egmond, P.Geo., Manager Exploration Peru are the Qualified Persons as defined by NI 43-101 for the project discussed above and they have read and approved the contents of this release.
About Candente Resource Corp.
Candente is a diversified exploration company with copper, gold, silver, and zinc projects in Peru and Mexico. Candente subscribes to principles, which ensure that its exploration and development activities are beneficial to the local communities.
For further information please contact Mr. John DeCooman at 1 (917) 402-9416 or Mr. Neil Currie at: 1 (604) 689-1957 or 1 (877) 689-1964 (toll free); or email@example.com. Visit our website at www.candente.com
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of upcoming work programs, geological interpretations, receipt of property titles, potential mineral recovery processes, etc.
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