West Kirkland Reports on Metallurgy of High-Grade Surface Gold at Gold Mountain Target Hasbrouck Gold Project, Tonopah, Nevada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, August 2, 2018West Kirkland Mining Inc. (WKM:TSXV) (“West Kirkland”, “WKM” or the “Company”) reports the results of preliminary metallurgical tests on representative samples taken from the high-grade surface gold mineralization the Company is currently investigating on Gold Mountain. The samples were taken along a 3,000 ft (900 m) zone defined by surface sampling lines. The Company is currently drilling this area with the objective to add to its gold reserves in the district

These metallurgical results support the premise that the wide-spread surface gold that the Company has located at high elevations on Gold Mountain may be recoverable by heap leaching. Definitive testwork to confirm that this material can be heap-leached will be performed following drilling and successful resource definition. The current test results are encouraging for the potential to add to the Company’s heap leach type reserves in the Tonopah District.

The Tonopah District is located in Southwest Nevada where there is currently increased gold exploration interest.

Metallurgical Test Results

96-hour bottle roll tests performed by Kappes Cassiday & Associates indicate a rapid recovery of over 90% gold and 50% silver at 0.15 mm crush size, with low-to-moderate reagent consumption. Further tests will be performed to understand metallurgical performance at coarser crush sizes and to see if silver recovery further improves with increased cyanide tenor.

Sample No.
Calculated Head,
g Au/tonne
Au Extracted,
Calculated Head,
g Ag/tonne
Ag Extracted,
82111 A 0.464 97% 73.66 62%
82112 A 1.040 96% 302.25 58%
82113 A 2.189 96% 69.33 46%
82114 A 0.481 94% 18.31 30%
82115 A 1.624 94% 41.23 34%
82116 A 2.005 94% 79.42 56%
82117 A 0.288 95% 11.98 32%
82118 A 1.549 95% 74.71 70%
82119 A 2.534 92% 87.64 71%


Composite samples were taken from locations on Gold Mountain shown here:

Composite samples from Gold Mountain

Map of Gold Mountain location


The Company holds a 75% interest in the Hasbrouck Gold Project with a permit to construct and operate the first part of the mine. The Company holds a 100% option interest in the new Gold Mountain area contiguous with the Hasbrouck pit reserves. The Hasbrouck Gold Project contains Proven & Probable Reserves of 784,000 gold equivalent oz, (45,270,000 tons at 0.6 Au g/t for 762,000 contained Au oz; 8.0 Ag g/t for 10,569,000 contained Ag ounces. NPV5 Post Tax estimated at US$120M, IRR 43% (US$1,275/oz Au) (Technical Report and Updated Preliminary Feasibility Study for The Hasbrouck and Three Hills Gold-Silver Project, Esmeralda County, Nevada, USA, Report Date: September 14, 2016).


R. Michael Jones P.Eng., CEO of West Kirkland Mining, is a non-independent Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. He has reviewed the information contained in this news release and has verified the data by hiring qualified geologists and engineers and has completed a review of the detailed technical information. Mineral Reserve information in this news release relating to the Hasbrouck Gold Project has been developed and approved by Thomas L. Dyer, P.E., of MDA following CIM standards.


West Kirkland Mining utilizes a well-documented system of inserting blanks and standards into the assay stream and has a strict chain of custody for samples taken by WKM.  Assays by WKM are completed at independent laboratories which have internal quality assurance and quality control systems and procedures.  Assays were performed by ALS Chemex Labs Ltd., by fire assay and ICP methods. The metallurgical results were completed by Kappes Cassiday & Associates an experienced lab in heap leach recovery.

On behalf of West Kirkland Mining Inc.
R. Michael Jones
Chief Executive Officer

For further information, please see the Company’s website at www.wkmining.com or contact us by email at [email protected].

Disclaimer for Forward-Looking Information

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