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    • Fortuna Starts 20,000m Drill Program At Caylloma

      2005-08-30 09:58 ET - News Release

      Mr. Peter Thiersch reports

      FORTUNA STARTS 20,000M DRILL PROGRAM AT CAYLLOMA

      Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. has commenced an extensive definition drilling program at the company's 100-per-cent-owned Caylloma silver mine in southern Peru.

      The drill program will focus initially on the silver-lead-zinc Animas vein, which is known to be 3,800 metres long and up to 20 metres wide. At least 70 holes will be drilled from existing underground workings to test the extent of a wider mineralized envelope, indicated by previous work, which surrounds a higher grade core.

      Previous resource modeling focused solely on a 1.2-metre-wide high-grade silver band, within a wider silver-lead-zinc envelope that was not considered in the existing National Instrument 43-101 compliant resource estimate (seven million ounces silver in reserves plus 14 million ounces silver in resources). Historical data indicates that this wider mineralized envelope could be three metres to seven metres wide, with values in the range of two to seven ounces per ton silver, 3 per cent to 8 per cent, and 7 per cent to 12 per cent zinc.

      Fortuna president Peter Thiersch said: "The plan is to drill holes of no more than 20 to 25 metres, from the centre of the vein outward, to test the extent of mineralization across the entire vein width. We are very excited about the potential of the Animas vein, and this style of short hole underground drilling will be a highly effective and relatively low-cost method of building ounces on the project."

      The infill drilling program is designed to increase economic tonnage on the Animas vein and determine optimum production rates. Exploration drilling from surface is also planned to test other high priority targets on the property. A budget of up to $2-million (U.S.) has been approved for 2005-2006.

      Fortuna management is convinced that significant additional silver-lead-zinc resources exist across much greater widths on the Animas vein than previously considered, and that this could allow for mechanization of underground operations which would lead to both increased production rates and reduced costs.

      Corporate update

      Fortuna has appointed Jorge R. Ganoza Aicardi, BSc Eng, as vice-president, operations, of the company. Mr. Ganoza Aicardi is a mining engineer with 30 years of experience in exploration and mine development in Latin America, including managing the start-up of three mid-size underground mines in Peru and Panama.

      Qualified person

      Mr. Thiersch, MSc, PGeo, president of Fortuna, is the qualified person for the company, as defined by NI 43-101, and is responsible for the accuracy of this press release. The historical data mentioned above have not been verified by a qualified person and are therefore not NI 43-101 compliant.
    • Thanks Goodluck, eine Fortuna brauchen wir alle ! :D

      Anyway, Good luck ! ;)

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      Wir sind nicht nur verantwortlich für das , was wir tun, sondern auch für das ,was wir nicht tun.
      Ich bin verantwortlich was ich sage, aber nicht wie du es verstehst.
      :hae: ...Domenico Cavalca

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    • Fortuna der Silberbugs ?

      Fortuna glaenzt heute.... :)), nur schade das sie nicht in meinen Depo rechtzeitig reinkam, danach Report von Bob Moriarty, die glaenzt noch weiter so wie es sehe. Wenn nicht dann wird sie eben poliert. :D

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      Wir sind nicht nur verantwortlich für das , was wir tun, sondern auch für das ,was wir nicht tun.
      Ich bin verantwortlich was ich sage, aber nicht wie du es verstehst.
      :hae: ...Domenico Cavalca

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    • RE: Fortuna der Silberbugs ?

      Fortuna Silver (WKN: A0ETVA) ist ein aussichtsreicher kanadischer Explorer, der sich im attraktiven Silberumfeld bewegt und so als Neueinsteiger vom derzeitigen Seitwärtstrend beim Silberpreis enorm profitiert. Das Unternehmen konnte erst vor 10 Wochen den Kauf einer Silbermine in Peru vermelden. Sage und schreibe 21 Millionen Unzen Silber schlummern dort, die nur darauf warten, aus der Erde geholt zu werden! Die Mine wurde erst im Jahr 2003 nach mehr als 400 Jahren Produktion stillgelegt. Der Grund dafür waren die niedrigen Silberpreise. Im Jahr 2002 wurden dort noch 2,6 Millionen Unzen Silber produziert!

      Vor diesem Hintergrund verwundert es nicht, wenn die Nachfrage nach Aktien von Fortuna Silver gerade bei institutionellen Anlegern groß ist. In der aktuellen Finanzierungsrunde werden 12 Millionen Aktien zu 0,75 CA$ platziert. Damit ergibt sich eine winzig anmutende Bewertung von rund 0,80 US$ pro Unze Silber pro Aktie. Im Vergleich dazu erscheinen andere Junior Silberproduzenten schamhaft teuer. Mitbewerber werden zwischen 2,20 US$ und 3,80 US$ pro Unze Silber bewertet. Vergleicht man dies mit der aktuellen Bewertung von Fortuna Silver, ergibt sich ein konservatives Kurspotenzial zwischen 200 und 350%!

      Fortuna will nun seine solide finanzielle Basis nutzen, um weitere Silberadern zu entdecken. Diese Silberadern sind bekannt und an der Oberfläche auch zu sehen. Nur etwa die Hälfte der bekannten Adern wurde bisher getestet. Fachleute sprechen daher von der Möglichkeit, die Reserven zu verfünffachen oder gar zu verzehnfachen. Dafür wird Fortuna Silver in wenigen Wochen ein 2 Millionen kanadische Dollar teures Bohrprogramm beginnen. Wenn man bedenkt, dass Fortuna Silver gegenüber seinen Wettbewerbern nur mit einem Drittel deren Bewertung vom Markt belohnt wird und zudem noch die Chance hat, seinen Wert zu verzehnfachen, dann stellt sich diese Kaufchance als ein wahres Schnäppchen dar. Wir empfehlen Ihnen daher, Fortuna Silver noch heute mit einem Limit von 0,90 ¤ in Frankfurt zu kaufen.

      Fortuna Silver
      Frankfurt: WKN A0ETVA
      Toronto: FVI

      Quelle: trading-insider.com


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    • Lawrence Roulston zu FVI

      Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
      (FVI-TSXV)

      Fortuna has recently acquired a past producing silver mine and is on track to re-start production at a level that would make the company a leading silver producer. The project has a complete processing facility in place that previously produced 2.6 million ounces per year. It has reserves adequate for several years of production. Most importantly, it has enormous exploration potential.

      Fortuna has a strong management and technical team with considerable geological and mine operating experience.

      The Caylloma mine is located in a rich silver belt in southern Peru. The property presently held by Fortuna has a 400 year production history and has yielded an estimated 250 million ounces of silver from the 30 veins that have so far been identified.

      I have just returned from a tour of the property in the company of senior management and technical personnel. My observations from that tour lead me to concur with management that the project can readily be brought back into production and that there is potential to greatly expand upon the present reserve and resource position.

      Fortuna is presently conducting the first comprehensive modern exploration of the property. In fact, little exploration has been conducted in the area, which is one of the major silver producing districts in Peru. The company is presently working toward expanding its already vast holdings to encompass additional prospective ground.

      Fortuna plans to conduct a first phase exploration program over the next few months, that will focus on the potential within easy reach of the present workings and the mill. The initial assessment is that the operation could readily be boosted from the present production level of 600 tonnes per day to 1,000 tonnes per day with modest capital cost. At that level, the mine would produce a projected three million ounces per year of silver along with considerable amounts of lead and zinc. The project has potential to go well beyond that level, and the further upside potential will be assessed over the coming year.

      Fortuna acquired the Caylloma mine from the Hochschild group, a privately-owned Peru-based mining and industrial company. During the period of low silver prices, the mine operated with little effort devoted to exploration or development.

      The mine was closed in late-1982, with the silver price at a low level. The owners spent the next two years assessing the project. They focused on the Animas vein, which is located close to the mill. A rich band of silver, about one meter wide, is contained within a 20-meter wide zone that contains silver, zinc and lead mineralization.

      The exploration effort consisted primarily of developing a drift (a tunnel that follows a vein) for 1.8 kilometers along the Animas vein. The drift tracked the high-grade silver band. Two other shorter drifts were developed on higher levels.

      From my trek along the drift, it was evident that the high grade silver band is not continuous, as it pinches and swells and splits off into a number of splays within the broader mineralized zone.

      Hochschild had cut a number of crosscuts (tunnels perpendicular to the vein) that extended through the broader mineralized zone. Samples were taken from the crosscuts, but the emphasis of their program was on silver even though the broader zone contains substantial zinc values.

      Hochschild had a modern milling complex that recovered a lead concentrate that contained the silver. The mill does not have the capability to handle zinc and therefore the zinc values were not included in the reserve and resource calculations. Only the narrow silver band was considered.

      The Hochschild data was used to prepare a 43-101 compliant reserve and resource estimate, as follows:


      Proven and probable reserves: 776,000 tonnes containing 7.1 million ounces of silver (9.2 oz/ton, with 0.55 g/t gold, 1.8% lead, 2.9% zinc).
      Inferred resource: 1.1 tonnes containing 14.2 million ounces of silver (12.4 oz/ton, with 0.52 g/t gold, 2.3% lead, 3.6% zinc).
      A re-assessment of the Hochschild data and further sampling suggests that the entire 20-meter-wide mineralized zone carries potentially ore grade values. While the silver grade is lower in the broader zone, higher base metal credits provide a comparable value per ton.

      After their exploration program, the private company faced the dilemma of whether to continue spending money exploring and developing primary silver veins, or to invest further capital in order to adapt the mill to handle the Animas ore with the higher zinc grade.

      The situation was ideal for Fortuna, which had spent a couple of years looking for producing or advanced-stage silver projects in Peru. Fortuna is headed by Simon Ridgway, an explorationist with an impressive track record, having headed two companies that were sold to larger companies after important discoveries.

      The geological team includes two people who played important roles in earlier discoveries while working with Simon. One of those geologists is from Peru and returned to that mineral-rich country after the political situation improved.

      When the Fortuna team approached Hochschild the private company was faced with spending further money at Caylloma before it could bring the mine back to production. Since they were also developing a mining operation in Argentina, the alternative of receiving cash for Caylloma was appealing. The deal requires Fortuna to pay $2.95 million before year-end and a further $4.5 million in mid-2006. Hochschild will also receive shares providing them 10.8% of the equity of the company.

      Fortuna has already begun an extensive drilling program. The initial focus will be drilling within the Animas vein. A small core rig is presently drilling from within the tunnel to collect samples across the full width of the mineralized zone. That will be a very efficient drilling program as nearly the entire length of the hole will be within the mineralized zone.

      If the infill drilling program produces results in line with the values from the crosscuts, Fortuna anticipates expanding the mill to 1,000 tonnes per day and upgrading it to recover the zinc.

      They would mine the full extent of the Animas vein using mechanized underground mining techniques. There are already three levels established within Animas and therefore the company expects to be able to produce 800 tonnes per day from that vein.

      The mechanized mining and the higher mill throughput would substantially lower the unit operating cost. Mill feed would be supplemented with higher grade silver ore from the smaller high-grade silver veins on the property.

      A long tunnel was developed that crosses several of the principal veins. Ore near the crosscuts has been mined out, but there remains kilometers of untested potential along those veins. Some of that material has been quantified by underground development and by drilling, but the bulk of the known extent of the veins remains untested.

      I examined some of those veins on surface and from underground. Typically, the veins carry only low values at surface, due to leaching of the metals by surface weathering. Drilling has established the presence of silver-lead-zinc mineralization on the veins, but further drilling and underground development is necessary to quantify the extent of the mineralization.

      In addition to the known vein system near the mill, there is enormous exploration potential in the immediate area. For example, all of the previous mining and exploration has been conducted along the eastern side of the valley. Geological evidence demonstrates that the veins continue across the valley, although little work has been done to sample the veins below surface.

      There are other silver mining operations and past producers in the district. The company is presently evaluating the potential of other prospects.

      In summary, Fortuna will spend the next few months conducting a first pass exploration effort. As that program unfolds, they anticipate beginning work on expanding and refurbishing the mill. Within 12 months, the company anticipates being in operation, and then ramping up to full production over the following several months.

      Simultaneously, the company will be evaluating other prospects within the district. That effort could lead to a further expansion of the present milling facility or the establishment of a second operation. The company has very strong connections in the Peruvian mining community, putting them in an excellent position to acquire additional projects in the country.

      The company is in the process of raising C$10 million, which would fund the next payment due to the vendors and finance the exploration and mill refurbishment.

      The Fortuna story is very new and so far is largely unknown. I expect the share price to advance over the coming months as the company becomes better known. Favorable exploration results and progress toward the start of production should add considerable value.

      Price August 31, 2005: C$0.95
      Shares Outstanding: 8.9 million*
      Shares Fully Diluted: 13.3 million*
      Market Cap: 8.5 million
      Contact: Investor Relations
      604-484-4085
      fortunasilver.com

      * Before the private placement now underway.
    • Moriarty - Da isser ja schon

      321gold.com/editorials/moriarty/moriarty090905.html

      400 Years of Silver from Peru
      Bob Moriarty
      Archives
      September 9, 2005

      I've just returned to the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in Miami after two weeks of solid travel and visits to two of the most incredible junior mining stories I have come across. I have recounted my visit to Greenland and Baffin Island in a piece posted on Sept 6 and now it's time to tell the tale of a 400-year old silver mine which may require investors to accept an entirely new business model.

      Seeing opportunity, Simon Ridgway, President of Radius Gold, wanted to get into the silver business. He assigned Jorge Ganoza, a Peruvian mining engineer, the task of finding a suitable silver mining project in Peru, well known for massive silver deposits. Based on my trip to the property, the year-long search for silver has paid off in spades.

      Jorge Ganoza found a 400-year-old silver district complete with 21 million ounces of resources, a 700 ton per day mill, 30 distinct silver veins and a whole load of blue sky potential in the Caylloma silver district high in the Andes, 245 KM northeast of Arequipa. Over the past 400 or so years, the district has produced about 250 million ounces of silver. About 100 years ago, a German family named Hochschild began to consolidate the entire district and by 1983 had the district under their sole ownership.

      Here's where silver investors need to begin to think differently. Traditionally in Vancouver mining circles, a mining company starts a mine or takes over a mine, does a complete scientific exploration program and mines out the deposit only to move on to the next deposit. But how do you do that with a 400 year-old district which may well have another 400 years of production? The Romans and Spanish never drilled. They found a vein or two and drifted on those veins until they ran out of ore. They were long term oriented and looked at mining assets as having hundreds of years of mining potential. More importantly, they didn't explore. In 400 years, they hadn't needed to explore. There were silver veins all over the place.

      5,000 year lows for silver finally bit them on the butt and in 2003 the Hochschild Group stopped mining at Caylloma after producing 2.6 million ounces in 2002. They paused to regroup and for the first time in the history of the district began to do a modern job of exploration. Between 2003 and 2005 they spent about $2 million dollars to add 7 million ounces of reserves and 14 million ounces of resources.

      Ridgway's timing couldn't have been any better and months of discussions between the Hochschild Group and Fortuna resulted in the purchase of the Caylloma district for $7.55 million dollars US and issuance of shares totaling 10.8% of the fully diluted shares of Fortuna Silver, the shell Simon rolled the deal into. At the end of the day it means that Fortuna was buying silver for $.35 and ounce and got $10 million dollars worth of mill/equipment and another, perhaps $15 million dollars worth of infrastructure thrown in for free. The Hochschild Group gets a nice cash infusion and retains a substantial piece of the action via the shares.


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      The Caylloma district consists of a valley running roughly north/south at an elevation between about 15,000 and 16,000 feet. The mill and camp are located on the valley floor and all of the mining/exploration to date has taken place on the eastern slopes of the valley. To say the district has been barely scratched is to understate the obvious. All of the exploration has taken back over the past two years and you can trace the vertical silver structures visually on the western slope of the valley. There has been no exploration of the western side of the valley.

      Many years ago, after I got out of the Marine Corps, I worked for Ross Perot at EDS for 18 months. He was a strange duck but he had some good ideas. One of his favorite sayings was that you should burn down your business every year. In other words, you should reinvent your company on a regular basis if you wanted to compete.


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      It took $4 silver for the Hochschild Group to consider reinventing themselves. They did an excellent job of exploration and added ounces for a tiny $.06 an ounce. But they didn't follow through. The Animas vein, source of 60% of the additional reserves and resources consists of a 1.2 meter high grade silver core with 5-10 opt. The Hochschild Group drifted on the narrow high grade silver band at the center of the Animas vein. But surrounding the high grade core is a lower grade silver (2-7 ounce silver) mixed with both lead and zinc ore. Since zinc in the silver/lead concentrate actually reduces the value of the cons, Hochschild didn't count the silver/lead/zinc as part of the resource since they didn't want to make any more investment in the mill.

      By spending about $700,000 Fortuna can add a zinc flotation circuit and mine all of the up to 20 meter width of the Animas vein. They estimate the ore body as being three to seven meters with values of two to seven ounces of silver, 3% to 8% lead and 7% to 12% zinc. They also intend to increase the capacity of the mill from 700 tons to 1000 tons per day. By increasing the width of the vein mined, it's possible they can move to larger equipment and reduce the cost of mining.

      Fortuna has just announced a $2 million dollar 20,000 meter drilling, exploration program with an interesting twist. They are at the center of the Animas vein drilling outward. So while most companies drill more or less blind in the hope of finding ore, Fortuna is in ore and drilling only until they hit the barren hanging wall or footwall. Their exploration expenses and cost of finding an ounce of silver will be a fraction of what Hochschild spent.

      With Jorge Ganoza Jr in firm control of the Peru side of the company, along with his father Jorge Ganoza Sr, another long time mining engineer, Ridgway appointed Peter Thiersch as President of Fortuna Silver Mines. The first task of management was to try to define their business model. Initially they wanted to accelerate getting the mill back into production to get cash flowing. But the financial gnomes of Vancouver told them no one would take a silver company with only 21 million ounces of silver seriously and suggested they add ounces first.

      Presently they are saying the mill will be back in production between 12 and 18 months from now. They could accelerate that if they really wanted to. They are working hard at getting the industry to recognize a new business model, that of a profitable silver/lead/zinc mine with a very large resource base potential.

      Their model resembles that of Endeavour Silver and First Majestic Silver but my belief is that Fortuna will be much larger than either of those Mexican based companies. They pretty much can add ounces at will. They have set out a goal to double or triple the current resource with the current $2 million dollar program and it seems achievable. By producing lead and zinc and applying that cash flow against the cost of production of silver, they believe they can produce 6 million ounces in silver equivalents, per year, for between $3 and $4 an ounce.

      Silver is a strange commodity followed by some of the worst writing and nonsensical logic in the precious metals business. First of all, silver is not a monetary metal, it is a commodity metal. I believe we will one day go back to a gold standard where silver will find a most important role as a monetary metal but for now it's a commodity metal and price is determined by supply and demand, not some mysterious conspiracy. The simple reason the POS got so low was that it used to be a monetary metal and there were uncounted billions of ounces of silver all over the world hitting the melting pots for the last 40 years. You can argue it should be a monetary metal but until it is, silver will be cheap. Silver is too small a market to be worth manipulating, it would make more sense to pump and dump Microsoft.

      One of my favorite urban myths is the "silver is rarer than gold" story. By ignoring the billions of ounces of production of silver between 1500 and 1810 from Peru and Mexico and Bolivia which ended up first in China and then in India, the silver scalliwags use a form of voodoo economics to "prove" there are more ounces of gold above ground than ounces of silver. Right! That's why gold is $444 and silver is $7, because the 25,000 or so people who make their living trading gold and silver don't know which one is most valuable.

      Silver should be a monetary metal and it may be a monetary metal one day but it is not today. It has thousands of valuable uses as a commodity metal and more are being found every day but don't look for silver to hit $100 an ounce while everything else stands still. It ain't gonna happen.

      That said, there are a number of efficient small silver producers coming on line who expect to add an entirely new concept to silver mining, that of producing silver at a profit. I know it's an unusual concept and will be met with considerable resistance but think of it, mining at a profit. What a unique idea.

      Even $7 silver has been a high enough price to start a lot of operations. I can think of Endeavour Silver, First Majestic and Palmarejo, who all have nice deposits in Mexico. Mag Silver has an important JV with Penoles and it's simply fiction to say or believe no one is ever going to produce silver again. We have gone through a 50 year period where there was a surplus of silver and the price reflected it. Silver miners are starting to respond to an increase in the POS. Supply and demand really does work the way the textbooks suggest they should.

      Fortuna is setting itself up to be a leader in the silver business. It will be easy, in silver mining there simply hasn't been much leadership. Management expects to continue an aggressive program of expansion both internally by adding ounces of resources with ounces of production and externally through acquisition.

      One aspect which few onlookers will understand immediately but will become more important over time is in the age of the management. Fortuna's President, Peter Thiersch is only 44 and their head in Peru, Jorge Ganoza Jr is only 35. There is a lost generation in mining. No one has been coming into the mining business for the last 20 years for lack of opportunity. And the current generation of mining leadership is in their 60s and beyond. There are but a handful of mining executives in their 30s and 40s and one day soon the industry will be turned over to them because all of us old farts will have kicked the bucket. The young guys are going to get a lot of opportunity if for no other reason than there aren't that many of them around.

      Fortuna has been an advertiser for a couple of months. Actually they only did the deal with Hochschild in June and hit the ground running. The stock levitated between $.70 and $.80 for a couple of months only to get kicked into gear when Lawrence Roulston released his piece on the company last week. We like the company enough that we participated in the recent $.75 private placement. This piece is not paid for by Fortuna and they played no part in writing it other than simply double checking my facts.

      I really like the concept, I love the project and management. The silver portion of the precious metals business has a big void where leadership should be and in my opinion, Fortuna is in a unique position to fill that void. I'd like to see leadership in silver, it's a commodity worth investing in.

      You are responsible for your own business decisions and investments. Everything I write is only my opinion and as a shareholder of Fortuna Silver, I am biased in favor of the company. The trip was exhausting, going over 15,000 feet was enough to give us all altitude sickness but it was equally exciting. You will be hearing a lot more about Fortuna in the future and I expect the shares to reflect their real potential very soon.

      Fortuna Silver Mines, Inc
      FVI-V $1.04 Canadian 25.7 million shares outstanding fully diluted.
      Fortuna Silver Mines website

      written September 6, 2005
      Bob Moriarty
      President: 321gold Inc

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