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Legend grows on Cameroon project news

05/02/2010 - 08:51

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Shares in mineral exploration outfit Legend Mining have climbed more than 10 per cent in morning trade after announcing it would exercise its right to acquire a 90 per cent interest in a Cameroon iron ore project following a positive aeromagnetic survey.

Shares in mineral exploration outfit Legend Mining have climbed more than 10 per cent in morning trade after announcing it would exercise its right to acquire a 90 per cent interest in a Cameroon iron ore project following a positive aeromagnetic survey.

The results identified the occurrence of itabirite (magnetite-bearing metasediments) on a larger scale than previously known information indicated, confirming the iron ore prospectivity of the Ngovayang Project.

Legend managing director, Mark Wilson said the results of the aeromagnetic survey when combined with the topographical information from the project area and the rockchip assays known to date led the board to an early decision to exercise Legend's right to acquire 90 per cent of shares in Camina and thereby a 90 per cent equity in the project.

Legend signed a binding Heads of Agreement (HOA) with Camina SA in September 2009 to explore for iron ore in Cameroon, West Africa.

The HOA gave Legend the right to acquire a 90 per cent interest in Camina, with Legend committed to a minimum exploration expenditure of $1 million over 12 months to assess the iron ore potential of the project.

Legend shares were up almost 0.5 cents, or 11.34 per cent, to 3.9 cents per share at 1140AEST.

 

Full announcement below:

LEGEND EXERCISES ITS RIGHT TO ACQUIRE 90% INTEREST IN CAMEROON PROJECT
- Preliminary aeromagnetic data identifies itabirite units on a scale not recognised in previous mapping.
- Substantial infill aeromagnetic programme to follow immediately.
- Exercise of right to acquire 90% of Camina SA
- New Ngovayang tenement granted.

Legend is pleased to release preliminary data from its aeromagnetic survey over the Ngovayang area at its Cameroon Project, West Africa, see Figure 1.

The results have identified the occurrence of itabirite (magnetite-bearing metasediments) on a larger scale than previously known information indicated, confirming the iron ore prospectivity of the Ngovayang Project. Numerous structural targets for direct shipping ore (DSO) are also evident throughout the Project Area.

Based on the results of this aeromagnetic survey, Legend has decided to exercise its right to acquire 90% of Camina SA, as approved by shareholders in December 2009. Settlement took place on 4 February 2010.

Legend Managing Director Mark Wilson said "The results of this aeromagnetic survey when combined with the topographical information from the Project Area and the rockchip assays known to date, has led the Board of Legend to an early decision to exercise Legend's right to acquire 90% of shares in Camina and thereby a 90% equity in the Project".

The aeromagnetic contractor has been instructed to fly an infill programme of 1,656km2 (65% of original area), which will give data at 200m flight line spacing.
"It is pleasing that the survey has highlighted the prospectivity for both itabirite and DSO around Eseka, which is proximal to the key rail infrastructure leading direct to the port of Douala", Mr Wilson said.

Technical Discussion
The aeromagnetic survey covering 2,566km2 over the Ngovayang Project has been completed at a flight line spacing of 400m and an image of the analytical signal of total magnetic intensity is presented in Figure 2. Based on these preliminary results, Legend has committed to a major infill programme comprising 4,515 line km which will bring the line spacing in the more prospective areas to 200m. This infill will provide a better resolution and definition of the magnetic features and will assist identification of potential higher grade hematite pods. Following the infill programme at Ngovayang, the helicopter will mobilise to the Mayo Binka Project area and complete a 960km2 aeromagnetic/ radiometric survey covering the entire tenement.

Settlement
The settlement of the transaction, pursuant to the Share Sale Agreement of 22 October 2009 and Resolutions passed at the General Meeting on 4 December 2009, occurred on 4 February 2010, with the issue of:
a) 350M Legend shares,
b) 200M Legend 5 year options exercisable at 4 cents per option,
c) 400M performance options (a), exercisable for nil consideration, once a JORC compliant resource of 250Mt of iron ore containing a minimum of 50Mt of DSO is identified on the permits,
d) 400M performance options (b), exercisable for nil consideration, once a JORC compliant resource of 2Bt of iron ore containing a minimum of 200Mt of DSO is identified on the permits OR the first US$60M from sales of ore from the permits is achieved,
to the Camina Vendors and Vendor nominee parties.

Ngovayang Project Background
Legend announced in September 2009 the signing of a legally binding Heads of Agreement (HOA) with Camina SA to explore for iron ore in Cameroon, West Africa. The HOA gives Legend the right to acquire a 90% interest in Camina, with Legend committed to a minimum exploration expenditure of $1M over 12 months to assess the iron ore potential of the project. The terms of the HOA were ratified by Legend shareholders passing all resolutions at a General Meeting on 4 December 2009.

The Ngovayang Project comprises two granted exploration permits with iron ore potential and an exploration permit application adjacent to Ngovayang which has potential for gold mineralisation, see Figure 1.
Regional mapping undertaken by BRGM in 1986 identified a NE-SW trending package of Archaean to Proterozoic age quartzitic metasediment, gneiss and amphibolite, as well as numerous itabirite units containing millimetre to centimetre thick bands of magnetite.
Within the Ngovayang Project, 115 strike km of itabirite has been identified in 24 separate zones. These itabirite zones, which can contain 20-45% Fe, are considered possible precursors for the formation of higher grade DSO mineralisation by supergene and/or alteration processes.

The Ngovayang Project in particular is well served by access infrastructure including rail and road networks to and from the port city of Douala (see Figure 1), which will greatly assist the exploration phases of work and potentially facilitate a start-up production transport system to port.

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