Vancouver, BC, January 15, 2010 – Cariboo Rose Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: CRB) and Fjordland Exploration Inc. (TSX-V: FEX), the Woodjam Joint Venture (“WJV”) 40%/60% partners, are pleased to report that Gold Fields Horsefly Exploration Corporation (a member of the Gold Fields Limited group of companies (NYSE:GFI)) has provided written notice that it intends to exercise a right of first refusal with respect to the WJV’s Woodjam South copper-gold property. This offer matches one presented by another major international mining company.
Pursuant to the offer, Gold Fields can earn a 51% interest in the Woodjam South Property in consideration for expending US$7 million on exploration over 42 months and the purchase of a total of C$500,000 of common shares of the WJV partners, which will divided relative to their interests. The offer includes the right to increase the earned interest to 70% by financing a bankable feasibility study. The transaction is subject to due diligence and the execution of a definitive agreement. A draft agreement is expected shortly; its terms will be released upon signing.
Gold Fields right of first refusal is contained in the existing Option and Joint Venture Exploration Agreement relating to the adjoining Woodjam North Property. The WJV recently released drill results which is part of a comprehensive exploration program budgeted at $3 million and operated by Gold Fields on this 40,750-hectare property (see January 12, 2010 News Release for details). Drilling is scheduled to resume in early February.
The 13,807-hectare Woodjam South Property includes the Southeast Zone, discovered in late 2007 by the WJV partners. Drilling of 7,700 m in 18 holes during 2007 and 2008 of a large, 1.5 km by 1 km, induced polarization (IP) target tested a length of 1,000 m, a width of 500 m and to a depth of 700 m. Fifteen of these holes were drilled on a grid pattern 600 m by 300 m. Porphyry-style copper-gold-molybdenum mineralization was intersected from the bedrock surface to the end of the hole in all 18 holes. The best intercepts (hole 08-84) included: 359.1 m grading 0.69% Cu, 0.27 g/t Au and 0.006% Mo, including 200.8 m grading 1.01% Cu, 0.44 g/t Au and 0.002% Mo. Less than one quarter of the IP anomaly has been tested. During 2009, no drilling was carried out at Woodjam South. A high resolution, low level airborne magnetometer survey was completed over the property and several prospective new anomalies were identified.
Tom Schroeter, President of Fjordland commented, “The earn-in proposal for the WJV’s Woodjam South Property by a major international mining company and the subsequent notice to exercise its right of first refusal by Gold Fields represents another important step in the WJV’s objective of advancing the entire Woodjam property without significant equity dilution.”
G.L. Garratt, P. Geo., who is a qualified person within the context of National Instrument 43-101, has read and takes responsibility for this news release.
Glen Garratt, P.Geo.
VP Exploration, Director
Cariboo Rose Resources Ltd.
Paul Way, Business Development Manager
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About Cariboo Rose Resources Limited
Cariboo Rose Resources Limited is a Canadian public resource company that trades on the TSX - Venture exchange under the symbol CRB. Cariboo Rose has six gold, copper and molybdenum exploration projects in Western Canada. Cariboo Rose Resources Ltd. (40%) and Fjordland Exploration Inc. (60%) comprise the Woodjam Joint Venture. Gold Fields Horsefly Exploration Corporation, a member of the Gold Fields Limited group of companies, may earn up to a 70% interest in the 40,750-hectare Woodjam North gold-copper property by spending $19 million on exploration over 7 years. The Woodjam Joint Venture also owns the 13,807 hectare Woodjam South property which adjoins the Woodjam North property. For more information please visit the Company’s website at www.cariboorose.com.
About Gold Fields Limited
Gold Fields is one of the world’s largest unhedged producers of gold with attributable production of 3.6 million ounces* per annum from nine operating mines in South Africa, Ghana, Australia and Peru. Gold Fields also has an extensive growth pipeline with both greenfields and near mine exploration projects at various stages of development. Gold Fields has total attributable Mineral Reserves of 81 million ounces and Mineral Resources of 271 million ounces. *Based on the annualized run rate for the first quarter of F2010.
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