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News Article | May 29, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

ENDEAVOUR DISCOVERS AN AREA WITH MULTIPLE HIGH-GRADE TRENDS AT ITY MINE Several targets identified at the Le Plaque area · Maiden resource expected by Q4-2017 -  The 100%-owned Le Plaque area, covering 4km2, is located 5km south of the Ity mining complex and has a similar footprint -  Several high-grade mineralized trends were identified at the Le Plaque area, with the largest being a 2km long anomaly -  Mineralization at the Le Plaque trends occurs from surface for the main lense and all trends are open along strike and at depth -  A maiden inferred resource estimate, for some of the targets identified in the Le Plaque area, is expected in Q4-2017 -  In addition to Le Plaque, exploration activities are on-going at several other targets in proximity to the current Ity mining complex Abidjan, May 29, 2017 - Endeavour Mining (TSX:EDV)(OTCQX:EDVMF) is pleased to announce the discovery of several high-grade mineralized trends at its Ity gold mine in Côte d'Ivoire, at the 100% owned Le Plaque area, situated 5 kilometers south of the Ity mining complex. Patrick Bouisset, Executive Vice-President Exploration and Growth at Endeavour, said: "The Le Plaque discovery continues to demonstrate the highly prospective nature of the Ity area. The complexity of the geology requires more drilling and interpretation, but we are very encouraged by the multiple trends discovered which exhibit the potential to host significant resources. Our follow up drilling will focus on the multiple identified targets in the La Plaque area and we look forward to publishing a maiden inferred resource by year-end." "We are equally excited about both the ongoing exploration on the other targets located in proximity to the Ity mining complex and on conducting interpretative work to generate new greenfield targets in the wider 80km Ity corridor that was secured last year," added Mr. Bouisset. To date the Le Plaque area has been covered by 3,450 meters of Auger drilling totaling 228 holes, by 1,756 meters of Reverse Circulation ("RC") drilling totaling 22 holes, and by 6,559 meters of Diamond Drilling ("DD") totaling 53 holes. Some of the selected best DD and RC drill intercepts to date from mineralized zones include (estimated true widths): As shown in Figures 1 and 2 below, the Le Plaque area covers 4 square km, is of similar size as the multiple-deposit Ity mining complex to the north, and hosts several large high gold-in-soil anomalies. Several high-grade mineralized trends stretching over 400 meters were identified, with the largest being a 2km long geochemical anomaly with best values >1,000ppb. The trends are all open along strike and at depth. In addition to exploring the Le Plaque area, exploration is also on-going on several other targets (as per the blue circles in Figure 1) located within 5km from the current Ity mining complex, which represents a small portion of the 80km corridor controlled by Endeavour. As shown in the Figure 3 below, the main mineralization starts from surface with secondary shear structures occurring below the surface. The gold mineralization at La Plaque is intersected by drilling and is associated with arsenopyrite and to a lesser extent with pyrite. Gangue mineral phases include galena and sphalerite. The mineralization has a strong structural control, and may have developed where secondary shear structures have exploited the contact between contrasting lithologic units (See Figure 3). Due to sparse outcrops and high vegetative cover, data from airborne and ground geophysical surveys contributed strongly to structural interpretations. The prospect area has recently been covered by a detailed ground IP survey conducted by Sagax Afrique SA (Burkina Faso) and is currently part of a high-resolution helicopter borne combination Magnetic/Radiometric/VTEM survey being flown by Geotech Ltd (Canada) over the Grand Ity project permit areas. GEOLOGICAL SETTING As shown in Figure 4, the Ity district is located within the preserved Toulepleu-Ity klippe, a northeast trending belt of Lower Proterozoic aged B1 Birimian terrane thrusted and floating on an older portion of migmatitic gneissic Archean basement of the West African Craton. The core of the klippe is the granitic/gneissic Guiamapleu intrusive suite. The B1 units are affected by a strong polyphase tectonic regime and sealed by the younger B2 Toulepleu conglomerate that lies unconformably on the rocks of the B1 unit. All formations have been subjected to greenschist to lower amphibolite facies regional metamorphism. The B1 Birimian formations within the Ity area are characterized by a series of volcano-sediments interlayered with carbonate bands. These sedimentary sequences are largely crosscut by granodiorite and diorite intrusions of variable thickness. The Le Plaque Prospect is mostly underlain by felsic and mafic units of the central granitic/gneissic Guiamapleu intrusive suite, with subordinate carbonate, skarn and volcanosedimentary units. Regional scale structures transect the area in northeast, north and northwest orientations, and some of these are interpreted as being associated with mineralization. -  A RC and DD campaign is expected to start in Q3-2017 on Le Plaque to delineate the extent of mineralized potential. -  A maiden inferred resource estimate for some of the targets identified in the Le Plaque area is expected in Q4-2017. -  Exploration is on-going on other exploration targets in vicinity to the Ity mining complex. -  On the greater Ity Area, an interpretation of high resolution helicopter borne geophysical survey (Mag/Spectro/VTEM) will also be reviewed and placed into target ranking and testing. The scientific and technical content of this news release has been reviewed, verified and compiled by Gérard de Hert, EurGeol, Senior VP West Africa Exploration for Endeavour Mining. Gérard de Hert has more than 19 years of mineral exploration and mining experience, and is a "Qualified Person" as defined by National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101"). The Le Plaque drill samples were prepared in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Drill core (HQ and NQ) and Reverse Circulation percussion hammer chip samples were prepared on site at the SMI (Societe des Mines Ity) exploration mechanical preparation facilities. The prep samples were analyzed using a standard 50-gram gold fire assay with an Atomic Absorption finish at Bureau Veritas Laboratories (Abidjan). Core sampling and assay data were monitored through a quality assurance/quality control program designed to follow NI 43-101 and industry best practice. Auger samples were directly collected on site. A composite sample was taken for each lithology (laterite, duricrust and mottled zone) except for saprolite where one or two composites of two meters long were taken at bottom hole. Samples were crushed and pulverized on site at the SMI Ity exploration mechanical preparation facilities. The pulverized samples (pulps) were analyzed using a standard 50-gram gold fire assay with an Atomic Absorption finish at Bureau Veritas Laboratories in Abidjan (independent lab). ICP-ES analysis was completed by ACME Laboratories Ltd. in Vancouver. Core sampling and assay data were monitored through a quality assurance/quality control program designed to follow NI 43-101 and industry best practice. Only results issued from saprolite composites are represented in the Figures. Endeavour Mining is a TSX-listed intermediate gold producer, focused on developing a portfolio of high quality mines in the prolific West-African region, where it has established a solid operational and construction track record. Endeavour is ideally positioned as the major pure West-African multi-operation gold mining company, operating 5 mines in Côte d'Ivoire (Agbaou and Ity), Burkina Faso (Karma), Mali (Tabakoto), and Ghana (Nzema). In 2017, it expects to produce between 600koz and 640koz at an AISC of US$860 to US$905/oz. Endeavour is currently building its Houndé project in Burkina Faso, which is expected to commence production in Q4-2017 and to become its flagship low-cost mine with an average annual production of 190koz at an AISC of US$709/oz over an initial 10-year mine life based on reserves. The development of the Houndé project is expected to lift Endeavour's group production +900kozpa and decrease its average AISC to circa $800/oz by 2018, while exploration aims to extend all mine lives to +10 years. This news release contains "forward-looking statements" including but not limited to, statements with respect to Endeavour's plans and operating performance, the estimation of mineral reserves and resources, the timing and amount of estimated future production, costs of future production, future capital expenditures, and the success of exploration activities. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "expects", "expected", "budgeted", "forecasts", and "anticipates". Forward-looking statements, while based on mana gement's best estimates and assumptions, are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: risks related to the successful integration of acquisitions; risks related to international operations; risks related to general economic conditions and credit availability, actual results of current exploration activities, unanticipated reclamation expenses; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; fluctuations in prices of metals including gold; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, increases in market prices of mining consumables, possible variations in ore reserves, grade or recovery rates; failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; accidents, labour disputes, title disputes, claims and limitations on insurance coverage and other risks of the mining industry; delays in the completion of development or construction activities, changes in national and local government regulation of mining operations, tax rules and regulations, and political and economic developments in countries in which Endeavour operates. Although Endeavour has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Please refer to Endeavour's most recent Annual Information Form filed under its profile at www.sedar.com for further information respecting the risks affecting Endeavour and its business. AISC, all-in sustaining costs at the mine level, cash costs, operating EBITDA, all-in sustaining margin, free cash flow, net free cash flow, free cash flow per share, net debt, and adjusted earnings are non-GAAP financial performance measures with no standard meaning under IFRS, further discussed in the section Non-GAAP Measures in the most recently filed Management Discussion and Analysis. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/fb3c70a5-f7d8-4118-b398-85d9274219ae A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/2f47b6eb-f1c9-47d7-919f-bd8be2326301 A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/bed214b1-21b4-4e62-ac16-b556fffb79df A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/f4e0c1f8-3149-403b-b04e-db1b33b73bab


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A particle counter and classification system including an imaging subsystem configured to determine the size and morphology of particles above a predetermined size in a fluid in a sample cell. A first stage magnetometer sensor subsystem is tuned to detect and determine the size of ferrous and/or conducting particles. An optional second stage magnetometer sensor subsystem is tuned to detect the overall ferrous particle content of the fluid. A processor subsystem is configured to calculate and report the number of particles in the fluid in a plurality of size ranges, their morphology, their classification as a particular particle type according to their characteristic morphology, the number of ferrous and/or conducting particles, and the overall ferrous content of the fluid.


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A route based analysis system includes, in one version, an infrared spectrometer subsystem configured to produce a spectrum for oil introduced to an oil sample cell. The system displays a route including assets with oil to be inspected. The type of oil used in each asset is determined. For each asset on the route, one or more oil property methods specific to the oil used in the asset are located. The spectrum of each assets oil is analyzed using specific methods in order to produce oil properties.


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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 147.93K | Year: 2012

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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 749.95K | Year: 2014

ABSTRACT: This Program is concerned with providing Next Generation capability to the AF OAP and JOAP. This takes the form of a portable, 35-lb analysis system called the Q5800A from Spectro, Inc. Such an instrument provides the capability of comprehensive oil and debris monitoring that no technology in the Program or known to be commercially available can provide. These long-standing, 40+ year programs, which have provided so much value to the DoD in terms of identifying aircraft issues and in doing so, saving lives, face the current challenge of needing to provide this analysis with aging, near-obsolete equipment that can no longer provide full aircraft monitoring needs. The objective of this Phase II program is to prove that such a Q5800A system meets AF OAP and JOAP needs via undergoing a detailed testing protocol. BENEFIT: A Q5800A system which can provide quality analysis of neat oil, captured particulate, and can be expanded to provide a comprehensive suite of oil quality results (fluid mixup, viscosity, water content, aciditiy) and which is portable (35 lb.) at the same time simply does not exist on the market today and can provide AF OAP and JOAP with long-sought needs for a next-generation comprehensive analysis device. Its commercial promise is similarly large.


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A sensor and associated methods wherein a bolt or rod stem includes a flow path through and across the stem. A source of radiation within the stem is configured to direct radiation through the flow path and a detector subsystem in the stem is configured to detect radiation passing through the flow path. A head includes electrical conductors for the radiation source and detector subsystem resulting in a compact, inexpensive sensor.


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A spectrometer sample head including a housing, at least one source of radiation in the housing, and a flip top sample cell including first and second hinged plates and a window through the first plate with a pane in the window, the pane for receiving a sample thereon. The housing includes a channel for receiving the plates when coupled together for placing the sample in the optical path of the radiation.


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A particle counter and classification system including an imaging subsystem configured to determine the size and morphology of particles above a predetermined size in a fluid in a sample cell. A first stage magnetometer sensor subsystem is tuned to detect and determine the size of ferrous and/or conducting particles. An optional second stage magnetometer sensor subsystem is tuned to detect the overall ferrous particle content of the fluid. A processor subsystem is configured to calculate and report the number of particles in the fluid in a plurality of size ranges, their morphology, their classification as a particular particle type according to their characteristic morphology, the number of ferrous and/or conducting particles, and the overall ferrous content of the fluid.


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Spectro Inc. | Date: 2014-01-13

A viscometer assembly includes a first plate with a rail configured to constrain fluid thereon between its edges by surface tension. A second opposing plate has a surface spaced from the rail by a predefined gap of constraining fluid to the rail by surface tension when the rail is inclined and gravity pulls the fluid along the rail. The kinematic viscosity of the fluid is determined as a function of the predetermined gap and the time it takes the fluid to flow along the rail.


A method of determining the amount of water in an industrial oil (e.g., turbine oil) includes homogenizing an oil sample, subjecting the homogenized sample to infrared spectroscopy within 30 minutes of homogenization, and determining a baseline absorbance level for the sample within a predetermined wavenumber range. That baseline is compared with spectral template baselines and, based on the comparison, the amount of water in the oil sample is estimated.

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