Vancouver, British Columbia -- June 2, 2011. Abacus Mining & Exploration Corporation (TSXV: AME "Abacus") reports that KGHM Ajax Mining Inc. ("KGHM Ajax"), the joint venture development company between Abacus and KGHM Polska Miedz S.A., has executed an engagement letter with BNP Paribas ("BNP Paribas"), appointing BNP Paribas as exclusive financial advisor in connection with the project financing for the Ajax copper-gold project near Kamloops, B.C.
Ian MacNeily, Chief Financial Officer of Abacus and KGHM Ajax stated, "We are pleased to engage BNP Paribas, a leading international project financing institution, as advisor to the Ajax project to assist us in structuring the most effective financing arrangement for the development of the Ajax copper-gold project."
The Ajax Project is currently undergoing environmental review and permitting, with a bankable feasibility study ("BFS"), managed by a team of renowned consultants, expected to be completed in the fall of this year. The BFS contemplates construction of an open pit copper and gold mine in the Ajax camp 10 kms southwest of Kamloops, B.C. where its proximity to infrastructure and its significant gold content is expected to have a favourable impact on the project's economics. The BFS follows the NI 43-101 compliant Preliminary Economic Assessment (the "PEA") of June 22, 2009 by Wardrop Engineering Inc., which contemplates a 60,000 tonne per day operation producing an average of approximately 110 million pounds of copper (approx. 50,000 tonnes) and 100,000 ounces of gold in concentrate annually.
On Behalf of the Board,
ABACUS MINING AND EXPLORATION CORPORATION
Ian M. MacNeily
EVP & CFO
Director, Investor Relations
Tim Mikula, Investor Relations, [email protected] 866-834-0301
Abacus is an exploration and mine development company focused on the development of the Ajax copper-gold project located 10 km southwest of Kamloops, B.C. With major copper producer and joint venture partner, KGHM Polska Miedz S.A., Abacus, as operator, is currently completing the feasibility study on the Ajax project, which is expected to be completed in the fall of 2011. The project is in the permitting phase with environmental assessment underway. Please refer to the Company's website for further information at www.amemining.com.
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