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PGE-Bearing Mined Chromite Tailings And Dumps (South Africa)

 
 

The Company has:

  • entered into a Process of Tailings Dam Agreement with Dilokong Chrome Mines (Pty ) Ltd (“DCM”) and its parent ASA Metals (PY) Ltd to process some 1.1 million tonnes of DCM’s PGE-bearing chromite tailings (“DCM Tailings”) for the recovery separately of the chromite and the PGEs;

  • commenced and is in commercial operation of the 1st stage chromite recovery section of the DCM tailings process facility, which in terms of production, chromite quality and market price is operating significantly better than projected with consequential benefit to the quality of the PGE Tailings generated. The enhanced grade (6 to 7 g/t PGE) - PGE tailings produced from the chromite recovery section are being stored pending the outcome of an evaluation of various processing options for the PGE tailings. The options include own processing plant, direct sale or toll treatment using others’ processing plants which have excess capacity or are mothballed;

  • entered into a Co-Operation Agreement with Hernic Ferrochrome (Pty ) Ltd (“Hernic”) to process more than 1.7 million tonnes PGE-bearing chromite tailings (“Hernic Tailings”) which have been independently fully drilled and assayed for chrome and PGE content (2.8g/t PGE) to produce a SAMREC compliant resource statement, and of which approximately 90% is classified within the measured category. In addition to this SAMREC compliant resource, Hernic has identified a further 1.6 million tonnes (Hernic estimate) of at-surface secondary stocks, which through additional drilling could augment the current SAMREC resource to a total 3.3 million tonnes; and

  • secured the funding for the detail design and engineering (completed) for both of its chrome and PGMs surface processing operations and for the construction of the beneficiation processing plants (concentrators) at Hernic and DCM.

The Hernic plant construction and commissioning was completed in H1 2017 on schedule and within budget. Commercial production of chromite and platinum concentrate commenced March 2017, which with the current processing of DCM Tailings will together process 85,000 tonnes tailings per month to produce an estimated 3,000 oz of PGE+ minor Au per month (36,000oz annually) in concentrate. The Hernic plant is achieving grade of 100g/t 4E PGE (platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold in concentrate; being 20% greater than that projected and contracted.

 
 

 

 
 

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