|September 10, 2003|
Imperial Expands Northeast Zone at Mount Polley
|Vancouver (September 10, 2003) -- Imperial Metals Corporation (III:TSX) is pleased to report the results from additional trenching at its 100% owned Mount Polley mine. The trenching completed to date is shown on the accompanying plan, which can be viewed on the Company's website: www.imperialmetals.com. All trenches were chip sampled over one, two or three metre intervals where bedrock was exposed. A diamond drill has been mobilized and drilling of the northeast zone will commence today.|
Chip sampling results from the trenches are as follows:
TRENCH 6 was excavated to bedrock for a distance of 54 metres and was mineralized for its entire length having an average grade of 1.03% copper and 0.42 g/t gold.
TRENCH 7 was excavated to bedrock for a total distance of 68 metres, which yielded three high grade sections which are separated by a two metre break at the intersection point with TRENCH 6, and a two metre section where bedrock was not reached.
i) 15 metres having a grade of 1.39% copper and 0.63 g/t gold
ii) 12 metres having a grade of 1.09% copper and 0.55 g/t gold
iii) 23 metres having a grade of 0.62% copper and 0.18 g/t gold
TRENCH 8, 9 and 10 were excavated to bedrock for a total length of 81 metres. No higher grade sections were encountered but samples of up to 0.27% copper were obtained in TRENCH 8 and in the northern part of TRENCH 9.
Assay results from the southern portion of TRENCH 4 and from TRENCHES 11, 12 and 13 are pending.
High grade copper-gold mineralization has now been traced over an area of approximately 140 metres by 70 metres.
Patrick McAndless, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, supervised the preparation of the technical information in this release. All samples were analyzed by Acme Analytical Labs Ltd. in Vancouver, BC.
The Mount Polley mine, located near Williams Lake in southcentral British Columbia, has been on care and maintenance since September 2001. The mill, built in 1996, operated for five years at the rate of approximately 20,000 tonnes per day. Defined resources available for mining, located in the Bell Pit area and in the unmined Springer Pit area, represent approximately 4.5 years of millfeed.
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Brian Kynoch, President - 604.669.8959
Patrick McAndless, Vice President Exploration - 604.488.2665
Sabine Goetz, Investor Relations - 604.488.2657 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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