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West Melville Reports High Grade Mineralization at the Isortoq Iron-Titanium-Vanadium Project, Greenland


September 5, 2012

Vancouver, B.C. - West Melville Metals Inc. (WMM:TSX-V) (“West Melville” or the “Company”) has released assay results from its initial drill campaign at the Isortoq iron-titanium-vanadium project in southern Greenland. The drilling was designed to systematically evaluate one kilometre of strike within a 15 kilometre strike length of mineralised troctolite confirmed by previous drilling completed by the project vendor.

Program Highlights:

  • 2,684 metres of core drilling completed
  • 11 holes to a maximum depth of 344 metres
  • All holes show strong mineralization over long intervals
  • Significant assays include 180 meters of 42.8% FeO; 12.4% TiO2; 0.17% V2O5
  • Drilling delineates 1.0 kilometre strike length

“The Company’s inaugural drill campaign at Isortoq has exceeded our expectations in terms of both grade and consistency of the mineralised body,” stated Rory Moore, West Melville’s President and CEO. “These results demonstrate that the Isortoq Project is comparable in quality to ores currently being processed for iron, titanium and vanadium products in South Africa, Russia, China, New Zealand and Australia”.

A total of 2,684 metres of core was drilled in 11 holes. Holes orientations were a combination of alternating vertical and angled holes along the strike of the mineralized body. Angled holes dipped approximately 45o and were drilled from the edges of the body towards the center. Drill fences were positioned approximately 100 meters apart, evaluating 1.0 kilometre of strike of the troctolite (host rock containing Fe, Ti and V mineralization). To view a drill plan map and sections relating to the drill program together with graphical representations of the assay results please visit the Company’s website at http://www.westmelville.com/projects/isortoq-project/technical/

ISORTOQ ASSAY RESULTS

DDH
 
From
(m)
To
(m)
Interval
(m)
 
FeO
(%)
TiO2
(%)
V2O5
(%)

12DTQ001
Vertical
2.4
101.4
99.0*
 
41.9
12.2
0.15
 
Includes
 
 
65
 
44
12.8
0.16
12DTQ002
Vertical
5.5
95.4
89.9*
 
41.3
11.9
0.16
 
Includes
 
 
40
 
44
12.6
0.18
12DTQ003
Angled
30.5
194.5
164.0*
 
41.2
12
0.16
 
Includes
 
 
94
 
44.1
13
0.18
12DTQ004
Angled
56
236
180.0*
 
42.8
12.4
0.17
 
Includes
 
 
108
 
45
13.1
0.19
12DTQ005
Angled
92
214
122.0*
 
42.2
12.3
0.16
 
Includes
 
 
76
 
45
13.2
0.18
12DTQ006
Angled
191
308
117.0*
 
36.8
10.7
0.14
 
Includes
 
 
40
 
41.6
12.1
0.16
12DTQ007
Angled
62
216
154.0*
 
41.8
11.9
0.16
 
Includes
 
 
74
 
45
13.1
0.18
12DTQ008
Angled
56
212
156.0*
 
42
12.2
0.17
 
Includes
 
 
102
 
44
12.9
0.18
 
Includes
 
 
66
 
45
13.2
0.18
12DTQ009
Angled
50
194
144.0*
 
42.1
12.2
0.17
 
Includes
 
 
86
 
45
13.2
0.19
12DTQ010
Vertical
3
218
215.0*
 
40.4
11.6
0.15
 
Includes
 
 
120
 
45
13.1
0.18
12DTQ011
Vertical
42
170
128
 
45
12.8
0.17
 
Includes
 
 
80
 
47
13.5
0.19

* Weighted average interval based on 30% FeO cut-off

Isortoq Project

The 31,000 hectare Isortoq Project is a large iron-titanium-vanadium prospect in southern Greenland that was discovered by Hunter Minerals Pty.Ltd. of Australia while conducting a regional nickel exploration program. Previous drilling has confirmed a potential strike length of 15 km with the mineralised body being open in both directions. The property is favourably located on a deep, ice-free ocean inlet on the temperate southern coast of Greenland within 60km of Narsuaq and 100 km from Narsarsuaq International Airport. The mineralization at Isortoq is similar to the Mapochs deposit in South Africa, which has been successfully exploited for a number of decades by Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium and its predecessors. Bench scale beneficiation tests completed by the project vendor on Isortoq core samples gave average concentrate grades of 62.6% FeO; 19.1% TiO2 and 0.32% V2O5 with acceptably low levels of penalty elements sulphur, phosphorus, silica and aluminium.  These are positive indications that support the future economic potential of the project. West Melville is in the process of purchasing a 100% interest in the project from Hunter Minerals Pty Ltd.

QA/QC

All core was processed on-site in a secure facility. Core was sawn in half and all troctolite intersections were sampled and sent to an accredited laboratory in Canada via sealed Sea-Can cargo container.  All samples were subject to ICP and XRF analysis. XRF analyses were reported to the Company as Fe2O3 wt.% and converted to FeO wt.% for dissemination purposes. The conversion factor from Fe2O3 wt.% to FeO wt.% is 0.8998%.

West Melville’s quality assurance and quality control procedures include the systematic insertion of blanks and standards into the drill core sample string as well as quarter cutting core for duplicate analysis. Disclosure of a scientific or technical nature contained in this release has been reviewed and approved by Bruce Counts, P.Geoph. (Director of West Melville) who is the Qualified Person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101.

About West Melville Metals Inc.

West Melville is an iron ore and specialty metals exploration company working to advance the Fraser Bay iron ore project in Nunavut and the Isortoq iron-titanium-vanadium project in Greenland. The Company has assembled an experienced management team with a track record of discovery success and a Board of Directors with expertise covering the essential fields of geology, engineering and finance. West Melville’s projects offer a combination of low geological risk with significant upside potential in high demand commodity sectors.

On behalf of the Board of Directors
Rory O. Moore, Ph.D.
President and CEO
West Melville Metals Inc.

For further information about West Melville or this news release, please visit our website at www.westmelville.com or contact Investor Relations toll free at 1.888.331.2269, at 604.646.4527, or by email at info@westmelville.com

West Melville Metals Inc. is a member of the Aurora Mineral Resource Group of companies. For more information please visit www.auroraresource.com

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Certain disclosures in this release, in particular the exploration potential of the Isortoq Project, constitute forward-looking statements that are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors relating to West Melville's operations as a mineral exploration company that may cause future results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements, including risks as to the completion of the plans and projects. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Other than as required by applicable securities legislation, West Melville expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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