Western Potash Corp. Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Regina for Milestone Potash Project Water Supply
Vancouver, February 18, 2011- WESTERN POTASH CORP., (the “Company”) (TSX Venture: WPX) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with the City of Regina (the “City”) for potential water supply options for the Company’s Milestone Potash Project (“Milestone”). As a result of this MoU, the Company will include new water supply options in its feasibility study process, which underscores the substantial environmental, as well as, economic benefits for both the Company and the City of Regina.
The Company recently announced the commissioning of the feasibility study process at Milestone, which will include an assessment of all the facilities required for the development of a new potash solution mining operation. A Scoping Study prepared by AMEC America Limited confirmed that the Milestone resource shows significant positive economics, and that the asset is of sufficient size and grade to support solution mining for more than forty years at a production rate of 2.5Mt/yr. The MoU allows for the Company and the City to assess water supply options with the aim of entering into a definitive agreement whereby the City supplies the required water to the Milestone Project.
The final water volume design for the Milestone Project is currently being determined as part of the Company’s ongoing feasibility and environmental studies. The integrated feasibility study is progressing well and is estimated to be complete in about 18 months.
Patricio Varas, CEO and President commented: “The Company is very pleased with the signing of this MoU, and the cooperation with the City of Regina. We look forward to realizing the economic and environmental benefits inherent in this type of co-operative approach.”
In addition to the supply of water, the City is interested in the operation and maintenance of the water supply system to the Project. The MoU engages the Company and the City to discuss options for upgrading existing facilities and constructing new facilities to the mutual benefit of both the Company and the City.
The 100% owned Milestone property, comprising 500 square kilometers, is located 30 kilometers Southeast of Regina, and Southeast of Mosaic’s Belle Plaine Mine, one of the largest producing potash, solution mines in the world.
Western Potash Corp. is a resource development company engaged in the evaluation and development of potash mineral properties in Western Canada. The Company intends to develop a world-class potash deposit in an ecologically sustainable, economically efficient, and socially responsible manner.
For more information on Western Potash Corp.'s projects, please visit the Company's website at: www.westernpotash.com.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
“J. Patricio Varas”
J. Patricio Varas
President and CEO
Cautions Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding our intentions and plans. Forward looking statements in this press release include that we will enter into an agreement for the City of Regina to supply water for our project, that our feasibility and environmental studies will be completed within 18 months, that water facilities will be upgraded and that we can develop a world-class potash deposit in an ecologically sustainable, economically efficient, and socially responsible manner. The forward-looking statements that are contained in this news release are based on various assumptions and estimates by the Company and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. As a consequence, actual results may differ materially from results forecast or suggested in these forward-looking statements and readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Various factors may prevent or delay our plans, including but not limited to, our ability to reach agreement with the City, environmental impact of our project, access to our project, our ability to finance development, mineral prices, success or failure of the exploration and development carried out at various stages of the program, potash prices and general business, economic, competitive, political and social conditions having an impact not only on whether or not the Company obtains access to a water supply, but also on whether the project is feasible. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable securities laws. Readers should refer to the risks as discussed in the Company's filings with Canadian securities agencies.
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.
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