December 8, 2006
Abacus Completes Ajax West Zone Drilling - Zone Expands To 650 Metres Highlights Include 114 Metres Of 0.61 % Copper And 0.68 g/t Gold

Abacus Mining and Exploration Corp. (Abacus) has received assay results from the final 17 holes from the 2006 diamond drill program on the Ajax West Pit zone near Kamloops, B.C. All 17 holes intersected the large zone of copper- gold rich mineralization underlying the former producer. 

A continuous zone of copper gold mineralization has now been traced for over 650 metres with depths to more than 400 metres below the historic Ajax West pit. Abacus has now completed 42 diamond drill holes, totaling 20,722 metres, in the Ajax West Zone since it began in November, 2005. The Company has begun the process of completing a NI-43-101 compliant resource on Ajax West which is expected to be completed in early January 2007. The Company has also contracted both Knight Piesold Ltd. and Beacon Hill Consulting Ltd. to begin a preliminary scoping study and an economic evaluation on the Ajax West deposit.

Ajax West Drilling Highlights:

  • Drill hole AW-06-034 was drilled under the West pit on Section 1250E at an azimuth of 30.1o (UTM), dip -- 69.6o for a total length of 614.78 metres. It intersected 0.58 % copper and 0.22g/t gold over 156 metres; and lies within a broader interval of 0.40 % copper and 0.15 g/t gold over 297 metres.
  • Drill hole AW-06-039 was drilled under the West pit on Section 1150E at an azimuth of 30.1o (UTM), dip -- 69.6o for a total length of 666.6 metres. It intersected 492 metres of 0.34 % copper and 0.30g/t gold; and includes a subinterval of 0.61 % and 0.68 g/t gold over 114 metres. • Drill hole AW-06-030 was drilled under the West pit on Section 1300E at an azimuth of 204.5o (UTM), dip -- 86.0 o for a total length of 578.82 metres. It intersected 213 metres of 0.35% copper and 0.44g/t gold; and includes a subinterval of 0.52 % and 0.40 g/t gold over 150 metres

Ajax East Drilling Highlights:

  • Drill hole AE-06-006 was drilled under the East pit on Section 1500N at an azimuth of 123 o (UTM), dip -50.5 o for a total length of 599.5 metres. It intersected 99 metres of 0.59% copper and 0.31g/t gold; and includes a subinterval of 0.82% copper and 0.39g/t gold over 63 metres.
  • Drill hole AE-06-008 was drilled under the East pit on Section 1550N at an azimuth of 115 o (UTM), dip 50.1 o for a total length of 538.5 metres. It intersected 219 metres of 0.30% copper and 0.19g/t gold; and includes a subinterval of 0.44% copper and 0.27g/t gold over 48 metres.
  • Similar to the first five holes previously reported, Holes AE-06-006, 007, and 008 all intersected significant palladium mineralization with copper and gold values near the footwall contact of the Iron Mask hybrid and Sugarloaf diorite.

Doug Fulcher, president of Abacus states: "We are extremely pleased with the results from the Ajax drilling. We have defined a continuous zone of mineralization over a strike length of 650 metres at Ajax West and look forward to the 43-101 compliant resource early in the new year. Abacus has also initiated preliminary economic studies for its Afton holdings and hopes the results of these studies will be available early in 2007. Current drilling is expanding the mineralized zone at Ajax East and the resource at DM/Audra. We believe 2007 will be the year Abacus moves its Afton projects from an advanced exploration stage into the early development stage."

The company's Ajax property comprises eight 100 percent owned Crown grants near Kamloops, B.C., encompassing most of the historic East and West pits that were last mined in 1997 by Afton Operating. The Ajax property lies nine kilometers southeast along an existing haul road from the Afton mill facilities, which Abacus recently agreed to purchase from Teck, along with the shop facilities and tailings area.

The following table lists the most recent results from the Ajax West Pit zone. Intercept lengths are core lengths, which do not necessarily reflect true width. A drill hole plan map and cross sections will be posted on the Abacus website as soon as possible. 

Section

Hole No.

Az

Dip

From
(m)

To
(m)

Length
(m)

%
Cu

g/t
Au

Comments

1100E

AW-06-040

29

-46.2

52

79

27

0.35

0.10

West limit of drilling

1100E

AW-06-041

30

-62.3

132

183

51

0.38

0.28

 

1100E

AW-06-042

31

-73.9

123

630

507

0.21

0.15

 

 

Incl

 

 

123

174

51

0.50

0.26

 

 

 

 

 

537

585

48

0.49

0.26

 

1150E

AW-06-037

28

-65.6

138

327

189

0.32

0.34

Hole abandoned--faulting

 

Incl

 

 

165

222

57

0.63

0.38

 

1150E

AW-06-039

28

-69.8

153

645

492

0.34

0.30

 

 

Incl

 

 

276

489

213

0.42

0.45

 

 

 

 

 

351

465

114

0.61

0.68

 

1200E

AW-06-027

212

-84

336

384

48

0.48

0.46

From N. side of pit drilled southwards

 

Incl

 

 

483

597

114

0.51

0.23

 

1250E

AW-06-033

29

-49

132

492

360

0.24

0.20

 

 

Incl

 

 

450

492

42

0.56

0.38

 

1250E

AW-06-034

30

-69.6

259

415

156

0.58

0.22

 

 

Incl

 

 

358

415

57

0.85

0.35

 

1300E

AW-06-030

205

-86

291

312

21

0.52

0.52

From N side of pit drilled southwards

 

And

 

 

354

504

150

0.52

0.40

 

1350E

AW-06-032

28

-44.8

67

319

252

0.23

0.13

 

 

Incl

 

 

70

121

51

0.50

0.20

 

1600E

AW-06-026

26

-46

69

201

132

0.44

0.17

 

1600E

AW-06-028

26

-65.5

70

115

45

0.51

0.18

 

 

Incl

 

 

184

376

192

0.41

0.15

 

1650E

AW-06-029

24

-49.5

162

177

15

0.48

0.22

 

1650E

AW-06-031

24

-70.6

60

285

225

0.37

0.19

 

 

Incl

 

 

195

285

90

0.61

0.29

 

1750E

AW-06-035

28

-50.1

252

300.8

58.8

0.38

0.10

East limit of drilling

1750E

AW-06-036

28

-64.8

71

152

81

0.40

0.13

 

1750E

AW-06-038

208

-59

59

95.4

36.4

0.77

0.25

Drilled S. away from pit; hole abandoned--faulting

 

Incl

 

 

68

95.4

27.4

0.94

0.30

 


Ajax East Drill Hole Intercepts---Arranged by Section (South to North)

Section

Hole No.

Az. 

Dip

From

(m)

To
(m)

Length
(m)

%Cu

g/tAu

Comments

1500N

AE-06-006

123

-50.5

150

168

18

0.48

0.36

 

 

And

 

 

384

483

99

0.59

0.31

 

 

incl

 

 

384

447

63

0.82

0.39

 

1500N

AE-06-007

123

-63.4

122

422

300

0.22

0.17

 

 

Incl

 

 

329

422

93

0.43

0.35

 

1550N

AE-06-008

115

-50.1

88

511

423

0.24

0.16

 

 

 

 

 

292

340

48

0.44

0.27

 


Drilling continues under the Ajax East Pit zone, located approximately 500 metres to the northeast of the West Pit; where a similar zone of copper-gold mineralization was also previously mined by Afton Operating Corp. To date, twelve holes totaling 7202 metres have been completed. Assay results for three more holes (AE-06-006 to AE-06-008) have been received and are reported in this release.

With the completion of the Ajax West Zone program, one drill has now been mobilized to Abacus's DM-Audra-Crescent Zone, located approximately 1.5 kilometres east of the original Afton mine/mill site. The DM-Audra-Crescent Zone was last drilled extensively by Abacus in 2004, and was followed up with a compliant indicated resource estimate totalling 28,500,000 tonnes grading 0.30% copper and 0.15g/t gold and an inferred resource of 15,800,000 tonnes grading 0.28% copper and 0.124 g/t gold (at 0.20% copper cutoff). The drill program at DM-Audra-Crescent is intended to fill-in and expand on this resource. 

Eco Tech Laboratory Ltd. of Kamloops, B.C., has completed all of Abacus's analytical work on the project. A quality-control program, using specific standards and blank samples is in place. Robert G. Friesen, PGeo and Robert J. Darney, PGeo, are the qualified persons responsible for the design and conduct of the work performed.

On Behalf of the Board,
ABACUS MINING & EXPLORATION CORPORATION

"Doug Fulcher"

Doug Fulcher,
President

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