|August 25, 2006|
Imperial Set to Drill Giant Copper Property
|Vancouver (August 25, 2006) -- Imperial Metals Corporation (III-TSX) announces that drilling will begin shortly on a 1,500 metre diamond drillhole at its wholly owned Giant Copper property.|
The AM Zone, a breccia pipe with a horizontal dimension of 300 metres by 200 metres, is the most explored zone on the Giant Copper property. The breccia pipe has been explored since the 1930's by drifting, raising and diamond drilling over a vertical interval of 460 metres, and remains open for expansion to depth. The planned 1,500 metre drillhole will test the depth extent of this zone, with emphasis on the extension of the higher grade mineralization which is focused on the northern nose of the breccia pipe.
Drilling in 1995 and 1996 by Imperial continued to expand the known mineralization in both the AM Zone and Invermay Zone. AM Zone hole GSC95-5 located in the southern part of the breccia intercepted 0.64 metres grading 8.12 g/t gold and 7.0 g/t silver, and 26 metres grading 0.417% copper, 0.313 g/t gold, 16.0 g/t silver and 0.012% molybdenum. Invermay Zone hole GCS96-4 intercepted 3.0 metres grading 0.658% copper, 9.859 g/t gold and 26.7 g/t silver, not included in a longer interval of 92.4 metres grading 0.198% copper, 0.23 g/t gold and 7.8 g/t silver. Both of these holes are located outside the north nose of the AM breccia, which was the focus of historic exploration.
The 2,880 hectare property, located 220 kilometres east of Vancouver near Hope, hosts a copper-gold-silver-molybdenum system with an associated breccia pipe and base metal veins. All of the showings appear to be related to a central hydrothermal system driven by a multiphase porphyritic intrusive. Numerous widespread showings attest to the strength of the system, and all of the showings appear to be related to the central hydrothermal system.
Recent world wide exploration for high grade deposits at the root of porphyry systems and the buoyant commodity market encourages deep exploration at Giant Copper.
Steve Robertson, P.Geo. is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 for the exploration program. The Company has filed a 43-101 Technical Report for the Giant Copper property which can be viewed on the Sedar website www.sedar.com or on Imperial's website www.imperialmetals.com.
Imperial is a mine development and operating company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Company's key properties are the Mount Polley open pit copper/gold producing mine (100% interest) in central British Columbia, the Huckleberry open pit copper/molybdenum producing mine (50% interest) in northern British Columbia, and the development stage Sterling gold mine (100% interest) in southwest Nevada.
Contact Information: Brian Kynoch, President 604.669.8959; Steve Robertson, Senior Geologist 604.488.2669; or Sabine Goetz, Investor Relations 604.488.2657 // website: www.imperialmetals.com // email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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