EDITOR: | January 22nd, 2013

Central Iron Ore Ltd.: South Darlot Gold Project-Emperor Structure Exploration Target of 270,000 to 1,500,000 Oz of Au

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January 22, 2013 (Source: Marketwire) — THIS NEWS RELEASE IS NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES.

Central Iron Ore Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:CIO) (“CIO” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce an exploration target of 1.7 to 4.1 million tonnes at 5.0g/t to 11.5g/t Au (270,000 to 1,500,000 Oz of Au) on the Emperor structure at its South Darlot Gold Project. The exploration target was interpreted as a linear structure from historical gold workings, gold occurrences within historical drill holes, aeromagnetic and gravity geophysics as well as results from the company’s recent drilling program.

Mr. Brett Hodgins, President and CEO, said, “We are delighted with the results from the recent drilling program and exploration target at our South Darlot Gold Project. The Emperor structure is shaping up as a very important prospect for CIO. The high grade gold results, combined with the prospect being on a granted mining lease, allow CIO to rapidly add value to this asset through commencing an investigation of production scenarios. I believe this to be an important moment for CIO with high grade gold discovered close to surface, the identification of a structure which can be extended along strike and the first stage of the Barrick farm-in and joint venture (‘JV’) completed. The recent drilling program focused only on the two of 31 gold targets identified within the South Darlot Gold Project area. These two targets are located within the Barrick JV area. 22 untested targets remain within the Barrick JV area and 7 untested targets remain on the 320km2 of 100-per-cent-CIO-owned tenements. This provides CIO with the platform to grow our gold resources rapidly.”

The estimates of exploration target sizes mentioned in this announcement should not be misunderstood or misconstrued as estimates of mineral resources as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”). The potential quantity and grade of the exploration targets are conceptual in nature and there has been insufficient exploration to define a mineral resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in the determination of a mineral resource.

HIGHLIGHTS

South Darlot Gold Project

  • Initial exploration target on the Emperor structure has been estimated to be between 270,000 to 1,500,000 oz of Au by 1.7 to 4.1 million tonnes at an expected grade of 5.0g/t Au to 11.5g/t Au.
  • The Company has completed the stage 1 farm-in spend to earn a 51% interest in the Barrick JV tenements. CIO can earn an additional 19% interest (equal to a total interest of 70%) by spending an additional AUD$250,000.
  • Completed Stage 1 Drilling Program with significant gold intercepts being:
    • 4m at 50.3 g/t Au including 1m at 158 g/t Au from 43m.
    • 7m at 27.1g/t Au including 1m at 159 g/t Au from 46m.
    • 4m at 23.2 g/t Au including 1m at 81.8 g/t Au from 28m.

Emperor Structure

The Company’s recent drilling program confirmed a west-north-west (WNW) trending shear zone named the Emperor Structure. It has been interpreted from a linear trend of historical gold workings, gold occurrences within drill holes, as well as observations of the diamond drill core and RC chips from the recent drilling at the Endeavour Prospect. The interpretation generated from aeromagnetic and gravity geophysics supports the view that the structure extends further to the WNW ultimately causing a >100m displacement of stratigraphy. This gives the Structure a 2.5km strike length, a direct association with gold endowment and a favourable geological setting to host significant gold accumulation.

To view Figure 1 – South Darlot Gold Prospects, please follow the link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/cio122-F1.pdf.

Currently, vein-hosted gold mineralisation has been modelled at the A1 Prospect, Mermaid Prospect and the Endeavour Prospect. Potential exists to explore for extensions of this structure to the ESE as well as across strike.

The Endeavour Prospect is on the southern extent of the Emperor structure and will be the focus on future drilling programs.

Emperor Structure Exploration Target

An initial exploration target on the Emperor Structure has been estimated to be between 270,000 and 1,500,000 oz of Au by 1.7 to 4.1 million tonnes at an expected grade of 5.0g/t Au to 11.5g/t Au (270,000 to 1,500,000 Oz of Au).

The exploration target for the Emperor Structure has been estimated based on a number of assumptions and limitations which include, among other things:

  • The strike length of the structure is 1,400m.
  • The geometry of the Structure remains constant over their entire length.
  • The model depth extent has been fixed to 150 metres (200m down dip extent).
  • The average true width is 3.9 metres.
  • 100% recovery and no dilution.
  • The specific gravity of the material is 2.51t/m3.
  • The grade range reflects the average gold concentrations utilising suitable gold top cuts.
  • Tonnage range is +20% and -50%.
  • It does not take into account the depth to top or effect of dip of the models and how this may impact potential mining viability.

To view Figure 2 – Long Section of the Emperor Structure, please follow the link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/cio122-F2.pdf.

The estimates of exploration target sizes mentioned in this announcement should not be misunderstood or misconstrued as estimates of mineral resources as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”). The potential quantity and grade of the exploration targets are conceptual in nature and there has been insufficient exploration to define a mineral resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in the determination of a mineral resource.

SOUTH DARLOT GOLD PROJECT (Western Australia)

The South Darlot Gold Project area is approximately 320km northwest of Kalgoorlie and includes:

  • The British King Mine which is 100% owned by the Company and NI 43-101 compliant. The British King Mine is 5km southwest of Barrick Gold Corporation Limited’s Darlot Mine. The British King Mine is currently under care and maintenance.
  • 100% CIO owned tenement package, covering 324km2.
  • The Barrick JV tenements, in which CIO can earn an interest of up to 70%.

To view Figure 3 – South Darlot Gold Project, please follow the link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/cio122-F3.pdf.

100% CIO Owned South Darlot Gold Tenements

The Company’s current 100% owned South Darlot Gold Project tenement package covers 324km2.

Project Tenement Status Area (km2)
South Darlot E37/882 Granted 141
South Darlot E37/1054 Granted 33
South Darlot E37/1085 Granted 24
South Darlot E37/1086 Granted 3
South Darlot E37/1106 Granted 123
British King M37/30 Granted 0.1
British King P37/7026 Granted 0.1

For the South Darlot Gold Project, the Company’s strategy and objective will be to evaluate the gold prospectivity of the region, generate targets, expand the tenement position and acquire all access approvals. The Company currently has 7 prospective targets identified on its 100% owned tenements.

Barrick Joint Venture Tenements

The Barrick JV tenements are situated southwest of Barrick’s Darlot gold mine and are contiguous with CIO’s current holdings in the area which includes the British King Mine, which is 100% owned by CIO and which is NI 43-101 compliant. The tenements covered by the Barrick JV are detailed below.

Project Tenement Status Area (ha)
Barrick JV M37/421 Granted 381
Barrick JV M37/552 Granted 200
Barrick JV M37/631 Granted 776
Barrick JV M37/632 Granted 595
Barrick JV M37/709 Granted 98
Barrick JV M37/1045 Granted 90
Barrick JV P37/7364 Granted 197
Barrick JV P37/7365 Granted 200
Barrick JV P37/7366 Granted 113
Barrick JV P37/7367 Granted 45

For the Barrick JV tenements, CIO’s strategy and objective will be to evaluate the gold prospectivity and deliver on target generation and access. The Company currently has 24 targets identified on the Barrick JV tenements. CIO has prioritised the exploration on the Emperor Structure with focus on the Endeavour Prospect.

The Company has now earned a 51% interest in the Barrick JV tenements. CIO can earn an additional 19% interest (equal to a total interest of 70%) in those tenements by spending an additional AUD$250,000.

SUMMARY

The Emperor Exploration target is located on a granted mining lease that is the subject of the Barrick JV. The importance of the status of this being a granted mining lease should not be underestimated in a development context as it gives CIO a significant cost and time advantage of the order of 18 to 24 months.

The next stage of exploration is planned to convert the Endeavour Prospect which is on the southern section of the Emperor exploration target into a mineral resource. This drilling is planned for the next drilling season, being Q2 2013. The focus of the drilling is to provide a platform to allow the project to move towards a short term production scenario.

QUALIFIED PERSON

Mr Darryl Mapleson who is a Fellow of Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy has compiled the information within this report relating to mineralisation and the exploration target. Mr Mapleson has sufficient experience relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity currently being undertaken to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).

On behalf of the Board of Directors

CENTRAL IRON ORE LTD.

Brett Hodgins, President/CEO

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. Although the Company believes that such information is reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking information is typically identified by words such as: believe, expect, anticipate, intend, estimate, postulate and similar expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future events. The Company cautions investors that any forward-looking information provided by the Company is not a guarantee of future results or performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those in forward-looking information as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, the state of the financial markets for the Company’s equity securities, the state of the market for gold or iron ore or other minerals that may be produced generally, recent market volatility; variations in the nature, quality and quantity of any mineral deposits that may be located, the Company’s ability to obtain any necessary permits, consents or authorizations required for its activities, to raise the necessary capital or to be fully able to implement its business strategies and other risks associated with the exploration and development of mineral properties. The reader is referred to the Company’s disclosure documents for a more complete discussion of such risk factors and their potential effects, copies of which may be accessed through the Company’s page on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

ABN: 32 072 871 133

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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