Calgary, Alberta – Graphite One Resources Inc. (GPH: TSX-V) ("Graphite One" or the "Company") announces that it has relinquished its option to acquire a 100% interest in the Kelly Creek property consisting of 105,280 acres (42,605 hectares) located on the Seward Peninsula, Alaska, 145 kilometres north of Nome effective as of May 24, 2012. The Company has decided to focus its efforts and capital on graphite and specifically the Graphite Creek Property.
Pursuant to an Option Agreement dated March 26, 2010 with a third party vendor (the “Optionor”) (please see the Company’s press release dated March 26, 2010) the Company acquired the option to purchase 100% of the Kelly Creek project at any time for a period of six years. Total consideration consisted of payments of US$1,500,000 million (of which US$100,000 has been paid) and expenditures of $2,150,000 (of which approximately $4,300,000 has been incurred) in exploration expenditures with the Optionor retaining a 5% net smelter return royalty. In conjunction with the relinquishment of the Kelly Creek Property Option the Company intends to write-off all capitalized balances of approximately $4,900,000 related to this project on its March 2012 interim financial statements.
The Company is now focused primarily on its Graphite Creek Property located at the Seward Peninsula of Alaska, 65 kilometres north of Nome. The 2012 exploration program has commenced at Graphite Creek with an airborne geophysical survey. The helicopter borne survey will be conducted by SkyTEM Canada Inc. (“SkyTEM”) and will comprise both magnetics and electromagnetics (SkyTEMs’ Dual-Moment, Time-Domain Electromagnetic (“TDEM”) System). The survey will be flown at 50 metre spaced lines and will total approximately 690 total line kilometres. The survey is part of an aggressive $4.5 million dollar exploration program at the Graphite Creek Property. The program will consist of prospecting, geological mapping, sampling and drilling along conductors delineated from the airborne survey and previously defined graphite-bearing schist. The goal of the 2012 exploration program is to move the Graphite Creek Project towards a National Instrument 43-101 compliant resource.
About Graphite Creek
The Graphite Creek Property comprises 72 claims totaling 3,108 hectares on the Seward Peninsula of Alaska, 65 kilometres north of Nome. Mineralization at the Graphite Creek Property is characterized by coarse crystalline (large-flake) graphite (>80mesh) within graphite-bearing schist(s). Graphite mineralization is exposed at surface. The large-flake graphite occurs as disseminations and high-grade segregations and lenses in distinctive garnet-bearing quartz biotite schist(s). The host schist(s) is continuous over 5 kilometres of strike length, based on mapping, and has an approximate thickness of 100 metres, and is exposed down dip 100 to 200 metres, thus indicating the potential for 150 to 250 million tonnes of graphite-bearing rock. The estimate of potential tonnage is based on the Company’s geological mapping in 2011. Two samples were collected during 2011 of the graphite-bearing schist contain 9.1 to 21.8% graphite, respectively. A sample collected within a high-grade lense within the schist contained 56.9% graphite. A historical composite chip sample across a 16 metre outcrop of graphite-bearing schist contained 8.36% graphite. Other schists in the area contain 2 to 6% graphite. The potential size and grade of the mineralization at the Graphite Creek Property is conceptual in nature as there has been insufficient exploration to define a mineral resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in discovery of a mineral resource. The Property is 3 kilometres away from intertidal waters at Windy Cove, approximately 20 kilometres away from road systems, and 3 kilometres from an airstrip to the southeast.
About Graphite One Resources Inc.
GRAPHITE ONE RESOURCES INC. (GPH: TSX-V) is a mineral exploration company with extensive experience in the State of Alaska and a business strategy to identify, acquire, and explore high potential projects ready for rapid advancement. The Graphite Creek Property on the Seward Peninsula of Alaska fits with the Graphite One business strategy offering significant potential for the discovery and development of a large-flake, graphite deposit exposed at surface. Graphite One has an option to earn a 100% interest in the Graphite Creek Property and plans to rapidly advance the Property to a NI 43-101 compliant resource.
The graphite market is only beginning to open up as green technology takes more precedence in the world today. Graphite is vital for lithium-ion batteries, pebble bed nuclear reactors, and fuel cells amongst other uses. Graphite has been named a "supply critical mineral" and a "strategic mineral" by the USA and European Union as more demand is being created that surpasses the supply threshold. This has allowed for the price of graphite to rise, as over the past 7 years the price has nearly tripled.
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This release includes certain statements that may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts that address access to capital, regulatory approvals, exploration drilling, exploitation activities and events or developments that the Company expects are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, continuity of mineralization, uncertainties related to the ability to obtain necessary permits, licenses and title and delays due to third party opposition, changes in government policies regarding mining and natural resource exploration and exploitation, and continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is given as of the date it is expressed in this press release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws. For more information on the Company, investors should review the Company's continuous disclosure filings that are available at www.sedar.com