LENEXA, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 30, 2005-- Empire Energy Corporation International (Empire) (OTCBB:EEGC) announced that an independent report commissioned by Zeehan Zinc Ltd (ZZ) has identified a measured, indicated and inferred resource of 6,781,510 metric tons of ore at the old Comstock and Oceana mine sites near Zeehan, Tasmania (Australia). The ore, which averages 5.1 percent lead, 4.8 percent zinc and 52 grams per metric ton of silver, has a gross, in ground potential value at today's metal prices and U.S. currency exchange rate of more than $A1.1 billion (Australian dollars). Zeehan Zinc CEO Mr. David Tanner said, "This is an exciting and potentially very valuable deposit for Tasmanian jobs, the economy and the company." The annual rate of mining and milling is currently approved at 200,000 metric tons, and the gravity separation plant already established on site can handle twice that tonnage. Production of lead and zinc concentrates will require construction of a flotation plant which is currently being designed, together with a tailings disposal facility scheduled for construction this summer, subject to planning and other approvals. The resource that was estimated in the independent report complied with the Australasian Code for Reporting of Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves 1999 and was completed by a competent person as defined under that code. Empire (EEGC) recently acquired 37.5 percent of ZZ through a subsidiary and has entered into an agreement that may increase, subject to certain conditions, Empire's shareholding to 100 percent. Malcolm Bendall, CEO of Empire and Chairman of ZZ, said: "This acquisition and valuation is a huge strategic leap ahead for Empire. It is a significant asset that we believe may be capable of being leveraged to meet the objectives and future financial commitments of ZZ, GSLM and Empire."
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