CONROY GOLD & NATURAL RESOURCES PLC: Further re Metallurgical Test Results

CONROY GOLD & NATURAL RESOURCES PLC: Further re Metallurgical Test Results
18 January 2013 

                     Conroy Gold and Natural Resources plc                     
                          ("Conroy" or "the Company")                          
                       EXCELLENT FLOTATION TEST RESULTS                        

  * Gold Flotation Recovery of 90 Per Cent
      * Sulphur Grade in Concentrate 8 Per Cent
      * Laboratory Flotation Full Locked Cycle Tests Positive

Conroy Gold and Natural Resources plc (AIM:CGNR; ESM:CGNR.I), the gold
exploration and development company developing a gold mine at Clontibret in Co.
Monaghan, Ireland, is pleased to announce further excellent results of the
Metallurgical test work by Goldfields Ltd. These relate to the Flotation test
work and the results, which include gold flotation recovery of 90 per cent, are
highly positive. 
The gold flotation recovery, at 90 per cent, is higher than assumed in the
Scoping Study. This is most encouraging both technically and financially. 
The results also indicate an 8 per cent sulphur grade in concentrate whereas in
the Scoping Study a grade of 12 per cent had been assumed. The lower sulphur
grade in the concentrate is highly advantageous as it will reduce process
operating costs. 
The Company estimates that the effect of these results would increase the IRR
from 49.4 per cent (in the Scoping Study) to over 55 per cent and would
increase the NPV8 from $72.3 million to over $90 million using the base case
gold price of $1,372 per ounce as used by Tetra Tech in their Scoping Study and
thus substantially increase the overall financial attractiveness of the
The concentrate mass recovery at 5 per cent was the same as predicted in the
Scoping Study which is also very satisfactory. 
The laboratory flotation full locked cycle tests were completed and the results
are positive. The importance of these tests is that they simulate what might be
achieved when the processing plant of the mine is in continuous operation.
Steady state conditions were achieved as soon as the fifth and sixth cycles.
This is a very satisfactory outcome as the results suggest an efficient and
smooth running flotation process. 
Commenting today, Chairman, Professor Richard Conroy said: 
"I am extremely pleased with all of these flotation results. Both the 90 per
cent goldflotationrecovery and the sulphur grade results are excellent, both
technically and financially. Combined with the positive results of the previous
metallurgical studies, they are highly encouraging. Further metallurgical test
work is ongoing.The results to date are very positive and fit in with the
Company's plan to bring a mine into production in three years' time." 
For further information please contact: 
Conroy Gold and Natural Resources plc                      Tel: +353-1-661-8958 
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