VANCOUVER, Aug. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Focus Ventures Ltd. (TSX-V: FCV) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Quebranta phosphate project located in the Ocucaje region approximately 300km south of Lima along the coastal desert some 30km from tidewater.
The project consists of 27,000 hectares acquired by direct staking. An additional 450 hectares were acquired under an option agreement signed with a local company and Agrifos Peru S.A.C (a subsidiary of Focus) where Agrifos can acquire 100% of the property by paying $200,000 over 3 years and granting a 1% Nets Profit Royalty on future production to the vendor.
The phosphate mineralization at Quebranta is of marine sedimentary origin and is hosted within a sequence of Miocene sediments (Pisco Formation) comprising predominately diatomite with tuff and mudstone intercalations. Sampling of phosphatic sandstone units assayed from trace up to 16.5% P2O5. The geological setting and stratigraphy is analogous to the Sechura region, northern Peru that hosts Vale's Bayovar Mine, an operating open pit mine and one of the biggest phosphate rock mines in the Americas with a reserve base of 247 MT and capable of producing 3.9Mt of phosphate concentrate per annum.
The Ocucaje region is poorly explored for phosphates although several old reports from the 1950's and 60's note the presence of phosphate mineralization with assays of up to 31.8% P2O5. The planned work program includes regional and local scale mapping, trenching and drilling.
The Quebranta project is Focus' second Peruvian phosphate acquisition in addition to the Machay project located in central Peru where the company is developing a large district scale land package covering key phosphate bearing units with individual assays from trace up to 11.4 P2O5 (see http://www.focusventuresltd.com/s/Machay.asp).
Phosphate is a key raw material for chemical fertilizers. Given the current global food crisis due to the world's growing population and economic development, demand for worldwide fertilizers is expected to grow. Meeting future demand for phosphates will remain problematic due to the scarcity of resources, particularly in the Americas, and given the small number of producing countries.
Approximately 75% of global phosphate resources are from marine sedimentary phosphate deposits. As these deposits are syngenetic, formed by the accumulation of organic debris on an ancient sea floor, they tend to cover large areas and are relatively consistent in grade and thickness. This type of mineralization is typically amenable to beneficiation with good recoveries to produce marketable concentrate grades.
Mr. David Cass, Focus's President, is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, and a "Qualified Person" in accordance with NI 43-101. Mr. Cass has reviewed and approved the technical information in this release.
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