Vancouver, B.C. - May 12, 2015 - Westhaven Ventures Inc. (TSX-V:WHN) is pleased to report it has received the results of a preliminary level metallurgical test from its wholly owned 15,322 hectare Ben nickel project, located approximately 50km north of Williams Lake, B.C.
Westhaven initiated preliminary level metallurgy testing to determine mineralogical characteristics, liberation and nickel deportment from its newly discovered nickel project. Nickel deportment tests were encouraging indicating that 90% of the contained nickel is in the form of the nickel sulphide minerals Heazlewoodite (48%) and pentlandite (42%), whereas the remaining 10% is mainly found in serpentine minerals. Of the sulphide minerals, 44.5% of the nickel was recovered to a rougher concentrate with open circuit recoveries of 16.6% nickel. From this rougher concentrate, a marketable concentrate containing 12% nickel was produced. These results mimic similar responses to other nickel bearing serpentinized bodies. Recoveries are expected to increase as the flotation system is optimized. The metallurgical study was completed on a 50 kg composite sample from the Southern Lobe area of the Ben property. The composite sample was collected from drill hole BN14-19, which intersected 153.7 metres grading 0.18% nickel starting at bedrock surface.
“The purpose of this test was to determine if the sulphide nickel we have discovered thus far can be recovered through traditional flotation methods. We achieved our goal in making a marketable nickel concentrate. Though this is still an early stage exploration project, we wanted to confirm that the nickel could be liberated before carrying out further work.”said Shaun Pollard, CFO of Westhaven. “The Company is encouraged by these initial test results, and further test work is planned to evaluate methods that will improve the metallurgical process. We look forward to an active year at the Ben and Ben South nickel projects."
Westhaven has completed 3 drill programs for a total of 2,610 metres of diamond drilling. In the most recent phase of widely spaced drilling, every drill hole intersected shallow dipping bodies of serpentinized ultramafics containing nickel-sulphide mineralization. Management believes that very large tonnages of low grade sulphide nickel exist on the property, which is well located and road accessible. This season’s focus will be on finding higher grade nickel as seen at the Skelton Zone in drill hole BN13-03, which assayed up to 0.41% nickel.
2015 Ben Program Objectives
The Company’s focus is to continue exploring the nickel-cobalt mineralization and determine the size potential of the numerous mineralized areas. Program will include:
The metallurgical test work was conducted by SGS Canada Inc., Burnaby, British Columbia under the supervision of Jake Lang, B.E.Sc., Manager Metallurgy, Metallurgical Operations. Work was completed on a 50 kg composite core sample from the Southern Lobe area of the Ben property. The sample was collected from drill hole BN14-19, which intersected 153.7 metres grading 0.18% nickel starting at bedrock surface. The program included sample preparation, head sample mineralogical characterization, grind calibration, and a series of batch rougher and cleaner tests followed by flotation tests.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
WESTHAVEN VENTURES INC.
Gareth Thomas, Director
About Westhaven Ventures Inc.
Westhaven Ventures Inc. is a Canadian based exploration company focused on the acquisition and exploration of prospective resource properties. Westhaven is focused on advancing its Shovelnose, BEN and BEN South projects in British Columbia. Westhaven trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker symbol WHN. For further information, please call 604-681-5558 or visit Westhaven’s website at www.westhavenventures.com
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