|November 07, 2007|
Minco Gold Receives Business Licence and Begins Drilling at Xiaoshan Gold Project
|Minco Gold Corporation (the "Company" or "Minco Gold") (TSX:MMM/AMEX:MGH/FSE:MI5) is pleased to announce that it has received the business licence for Henan Minzhong Mining Co., Ltd., a cooperative joint-venture established between the Company and Henan Nonferrous Geological Mining Co., Ltd. ("HNGM") to jointly explore and develop the Xiaoshan polymetallic project located in Henan Province, China. Under the terms of the agreement, Minco can earn up to 70% equity interests in Xiaoshan with a total contribution of RMB 35 million (approx US$ 4.57 million). |
The Company has started a diamond drill program within the Huluyu exploration permit of the Xiaoshan project area consisting of seven holes for a total of 1,763 metres. The drill program has been designed to trace the dip and strike extensions of the southern portion of the K3 structural zone. High-grade values for gold (Au), silver (Ag), lead (Pb), and zinc (Zn) have been detected in grab samples from the abandoned and active mining tunnels. Previous mining activities were mainly focused on gold mineralization of about 3-5g/t at the near surface portion of the zone at about 1000m above sea level. Some of the mining tunnels have been advanced to the 940m level and high grade polymetallic zones have been detected in these tunnels. Two chip samples collected from an underground tunnel by Minco geologists have returned values of 11.73g/t Au, 231g/t Ag, 9.08% Pb, and 22.46% Zn over a 60 cm width and 13.45g/t Au, 361g/t Ag, 24.07% Pb, and 5.05% Zn over a 30cm width. The target area in the current drilling program is the down dip extension of the K3 zone.
While mining activities for gold and silver can be traced back for hundreds of years, the Xiaoshan project remains largely under-explored by modern techniques. Xiaoshan is located on a structural zone parallel to Silvercorp's Ying Silver Project located 30 kilometres to the south. The Xiaoshan and Ying projects demonstrate very similar geological settings, structures, and mineralization styles. Regionally, both projects sit on the Southern rim of the North China Craton where the Archean metamorphosed rocks of the Taihua Group are the dominant host for the large gold-silver deposits in the East section of the Qinling belt. In this region, the Archean migmatite, schist and gneiss (Taihua Group) have been intruded by Proterozoic diabase dykes and Mesozoic acidic dykes. Vein-alteration zones in the region are dominantly controlled by N-NW (North-Northwest) and NW-W (Northwest-West) trending faults with the mineral deposit type similar to the mesothermal veins of the Coeur d'Alene District in Idaho, U.S.A..
Minco Gold would also like to announce that its Chinese partner has applied for a mining licence for the Huluyu permit area. Once the mining licence is received, it will then be transferred to the joint-venture. The Company has filed a National Instrument 43-101 technical report on the Xiaoshan project prepared by Peter G. Folk, P. Eng., and can be accessed on-line at www.sedar.com.
This news release has been reviewed and approved for release by Mr. Dwayne Melrose, P. Geo, Vice President Exploration for Minco Gold and Qualified Person responsible for verification and quality assurance of the company's exploration data and analytical results.
About Minco Gold
Minco Gold Corporation (TSX:MMM/AMEX:MGH/FSE:MI5) (formerly "Minco Mining & Metals Corporation") is a Canadian mining company involved in the direct acquisition and development of high-grade, advanced stage gold properties in China. The Company owns an exploration property portfolio covering more than 1,500 square kilometres of mineral rights in China including the past producing Gold Bull Mountain mine. For more information on Minco and its properties, please visit the website at www.mincomining.ca or contact Ute Koessler at 1-888-288-8288 or (604)-688-8002 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
"Dr. Ken Z. Cai"
Chairman & CEO
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