Aurcana Update on Underground Development and Resource Expansion Plans Progress

NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATESVANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AURCANA CORPORATION ("Aurcana" or the "Company")A (TSXV: AUN) is pleased to provide an update on the progress made at its wholly owned Revenue-Virginius mine located near the town of Ouray, Colorado USA.
Underground Development and Resource Expansion Plans Progress
At the end of the third quarter 2019, all preparatory and rehabilitation work on the 7,600 ft Revenue Tunnel was completed, including the replacement and upgrades of rail sidings, track and switches. A In addition, and consistent with the strategic vision announced June 19, 2019, Aurcana is initiating the planned vertical development to access the 1500 level in the Monagnahela area of the mine. A Once the vertical access is completed, we will be in a position to sample and assay along the 1500 level in conjunction with the planned lateral development. A The goal of this development effort is two-fold:

Aurcana expects its sample and assay program will provide information that may allow resources that are currently classified as inferred to be converted to a minimum category of indicated, thereby also allowing conversion of these resources to reserves after a review of the economics of the mine plan.A  The current mine plan is based on the 2018 feasibility study (the a??FSa??) prepared in accordance with National Instrument NI 43-101 a?? Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (a??NI 43-101a??) demonstrating an economic restart of the RV Mine. A copy of the 2018 FS is posted on the Companya??s website and is also available on the Companya??s profile on SEDAR at The FS mine plan directly passes by the potential stopes on the 1500 level. Ultimately, we believe the resource conversion of the 1500 level - if successful - has the potential to materially increase mine life with a commensurate uplift in net asset value.

The vertical and lateral development is required as part of the FS restart plan and should reduce the time and capital cost to production, which will further prepare the mine as we seek to secure financing for the re-start of operations.

Environmental Programs
The ongoing environmental project relating to earthworks and construction of the expanded passive water treatment system for the mine site continues to progress and will be completed in 2020. The project involves enlargement of the existing retention ponds to handle potential events of increased water flow to ensure long term water treatment and handling performance.Land Package Expansion
In addition to the development program and mineral resource expansion plans as outlined above, Aurcanaa??s wholly owned subsidiary Ouray Silver Mines Inc. (OSMI) has recently applied for a lease on lands acquired by the US Forest Service. This process is well defined in the Mineral Leasing Act for Acquired Lands of 1947 and is expected to take approximately 18 months to complete. A The new leases will materially expand OSMIa??s land package - most importantly including the strike length of vein systems with known Measured and Indicated Resources as well as other vein systems with historic high grade mineralization and production.
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