Tjate resource statement

 

4 June 2009
AIM: JLP
JSE: JBL
Registration number: 4459850
ISIN: GB0031852162

Jubilee Platinum Plc
(“Jubilee” or “the Company”)

Jubilee Announces Completion Of An Independent SAMREC Compliant Mineral Resource Statement On Its Flagship Tjate Project In South Africa.

 

Jubilee is pleased to announce the results of a recently completed independent SAMREC compliant mineral resource statement by The Mineral Corporation Ltd for the ‘First mine’ area on its 63% owned flagship Tjate project in the eastern Bushveld of South Africa.

Highlights

  • ‘First mine’ Mineral Resource estimate area shows a combined Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resource of 132.5 million tonnes (after geological losses) of the Merensky and UG2 Reefs at a combined Indicated and Inferred grade of 5.24g/t 3PGE+Au (platinum palladium rhodium and gold) containing 22 million oz 3PGE+Au  and at an inferred grade of  5.94 g/t 6PGE*+Au (platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium, osmium and goldthis area contains 25 million oz 6PGE+Au. This is based on the completion of 42 boreholes containing 154 reef intersections over the ‘First mine’ target area. 
  • This area contains two coherent widely mineralised Merensky Reef sub-areas that have on average a 3PGE+Au grade of 5.39g/t over an average width of 1.46m. The block widths vary from 1.16 m to 1.71m and have grades in excess of 5.0g/t 3PGE+Au. These widely mineralised Merensky reef areas represent 18% of the Merensky reef tonnage and 21% of the 3PGE+Au.

  • Based on the boreholes drilled and the First mine resource data, the company believes an exploration target of some 368 million tonnes (before geological losses) containing 70 million oz 6PGE+Au is possible for the three farms of the Tjate project.

  • The company calculates an attributable value at prevailing market prices of US$30 billion to the aforementioned possible metal, for which the viability of its recovery has yet to be established in future studies as the project develops,

  • The company is progressing the bankable feasibility study of the First mine and the above mentioned resource estimate is a key step in this process.

* All figures that include ruthenium, iridium and osmium (in addition to 3PGE+AU) are in Inferred Mineral Resource category

 

The Mineral Resource Statement completed by The Mineral Corporation for the Merensky and UG2 Reefs is SAMREC compliant and is provided appended to this announcement.

Colin Bird, CEO of Jubilee and Tjate said: ‘This is a major advance for the Tjate project and confirms the statements made by management and the board over the last four years that Tjate represents a major PGE resource that as yet has not been developed. These results give Jubilee the confidence to proceed to feasibility study and if appropriate development.’

Chris Molefe, Chairman of Tjate said: ‘I am delighted with the results, which highlight this large eastern Bushveld resource. I compliment the project team on their diligence and focus in bringing this resource together’

The results of the resource statement indicate that the Merensky reef resource is of a size and grade that could possibly provide a stand alone resource to sustain a projected 20-year life of mine treating 200,000 tonnes per month and producing approximately 320,000 oz 3PGE+Au annually.

Geo-Consult International (Pty) Ltd, geological advisers and exploration manager for the Tjate project commented that on the basis of the aforementioned compliant mineral resource statement, estimated over some 40-45% of the project area and their overall understanding of the geology of the Merensky and UG2 Reefs, that it is reasonable to assume that these reefs are possibly developed across the full extent of the project area, albeit with the balance being down-dip of the current resource estimate area.

On this assumption, the company believes that the three farms, which measure some 51 square kilometres, could potentially represent an exploration target of up to 52 million oz 3PGE+Au (59 million oz 6PGE+Au) – after geological losses – (before geological losses approximately 62 Moz 3PGE+Au or 70 Moz 6PGE+Au), for which the viability of recovery the company has yet to establish in future studies as the project develops.

Accordingly, the company believes the total three farms could possibly contain an attributable 44 million oz 6PGE+Au (before geological losses), the gross metal value of which the company calculates at approximately US$30 billion, using current market prices of around US$1,200/oz Pt, US$200/oz Pd, US$1,450/oz Rh, US$400/oz Ir, US$90/oz Ru and US$900/oz Au.

Andrew Sarosi, Technical Director of Jubilee Platinum, who holds a B.Sc Metallurgy and M.Sc Engineering, University of Witwatersrand and is a member of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, has approved this release.

 

Notes to editors

The Tjate Project comprises three contiguous farms, totalling 5,143 hectares in the eastern Bushveld: Dsjate, Fernkloof and Quartz Hill. The farms are downdip of Impala Platinum’s operating Marula platinum mine and Anglo Platinum’s developing Twickenham platinum mine. Jubilee is advancing the Project to feasibility study.

 

For further information please contact:

Colin Bird                                             Suzanne Johnson-Walsh  

Jubilee Platinum plc                                Bishopsgate Communications Ltd

Tel +44 (0) 20 7584 2155                     Tel +44 (0) 20 7562 3350

Andrew Sarosi                                     Brian Chistie/Leonard Eiser

Jubilee Platinum plc                                Sasfin Capital

Tel +44 (0) 1752 221937                     Tel +27 (0) 11 809 7500

Matthew Robinson/Rose Herbert     Dennis Tucker

FinnCap                                                Qinisele Resources

Tel +44 (0) 20 7600 1658                     Tel +27 (0) 82 492 4957

 

 

Table         Tjate First mine mineral resource estimate (after 16% and 20% geological losses for Merensky and UG2 reefs respectively)  

Merensky Reef

Inferred Mineral Resources

Total MR

 

Resource Tonnes 

Width (m)

3PGE+Au (g/t)

3PGE+Au (Mozs)

Ni (%)

Cu (%)

6PGE+Au (g/t)

6PGE+Au (Mozs)

 

 

 56,273,224 

1.10

4.66

8.429

0.17

0.10

4.90

8.858

Mineral Resources by Classification

 

 

 

 

Classification

Resource Tonnes

Width (m)

3PGE+Au (g/t)

3PGE+Au (MOzs)

Ni (%)

Cu (%)

6PGE+Au (g/t)

6PGE+Au (Mozs)

Indicated

 6,759,711 

1.01

4.85

1.055

0.18

0.11

5.10

1.108

Inferred

 49,513,514 

1.11

4.63

7.374

0.17

0.10

4.86

7.750

Mineral Resources by Farm and classification

 

 

 

 

Farm

Classification

Resource Tonnes 

Width (m)

3PGE+Au (g/t)

3PGE+Au (MOzs)

Ni (%)

Cu (%)

6PGE+Au (g/t)

6PGE+Au (Mozs)

Dsjate 

Indicated

 6,759,711 

1.01

4.85

1.055

0.18

0.11

5.10

1.108

Dsjate

Inferred

 43,252,250 

1.12

4.66

6.479

0.12

0.10

4.89

6.809

Fernkloof

Inferred

 6,261,264 

1.02

4.45

0.896

0.10

0.10

4.67

0.941

UG2 Reef

Inferred Mineral Resources

Total UG2

 

Resource Tonnes 

Width (m)

3PGE+Au (g/t)

3PGE+Au (MOzs)

Ni (%)

Cu (%)

6PGE+Au (g/t)

6PGE+Au (Mozs)

 

 

 76,207,268 

1.24

5.67

13.900

0.06

0.03

6.69

16.432

Mineral Resources by Classification

 

 

 

 

Classification

Resource Tonnes 

Width (m)

3PGE+Au (g/t)

3PGE+Au (MOzs)

Ni (%)

Cu (%)

6PGE+Au (g/t)

6PGE+Au (Mozs)

Indicated

 4,801,649 

1.10

5.89

0.910

0.06

0.03

6.95

1.075

Inferred

 71,405,620 

1.25

5.66

12.990

0.06

0.03

6.68

15.357

Mineral Resources by Farm and Classification 

 

 

 

 

Farm

Classification

Resource Tonnes 

Width (m)

3PGE+Au (g/t)

3PGE+Au (MOzs)

Ni (%)

Cu (%)

6PGE+Au (g/t)

6PGE+Au (Mozs)

Dsjate

Indicated

 4,801,649 

1.10

5.89

0.910

0.06

0.03

6.95

1.075

Dsjate

Inferred

 63,706,060 

1.24

5.66

11.586

0.06

0.03

6.67

13.696

Fernkloof

Inferred

 7,699,560 

1.32

5.67

1.405

0.06

0.03

6.70

1.661

Total Merensky and UG2

Inferred Mineral Resources

 

 

Resource Tonnes

Width (m)

3PGE+Au (g/t)

3PGE+Au (MOzs)

Ni (%)

Cu (%)

6PGE+Au (g/t)

6PGE+Au (Mozs)

 

 132,480,493 

1.18

5.24

22.329

0.11

0.00

5.93

25.291

Mineral Resources by Classification

 

 

 

 

Classification

Resource Tonnes

Width (m)

3PGE+Au (g/t)

3PGE+Au (MOzs)

Ni (%)

Cu (%)

6PGE+Au (g/t)

6PGE+Au (Mozs)

Indicated

 11,561,359 

1.05

5.28

1.964

0.13

0.08

5.87

2.184

Inferred

 120,919,133 

1.19

5.24

20.365

0.11

0.06

5.93

23.107