Modern Mining September 2016


Big increase in satellite deposit resource at New Luika

and along strike to the west. The Ilunga drilling programme was conducted between March and July 2016 and comprised 29 new drill holes of which one was diamond from surface, 20 were reverse circulation with diamond tails and eight were reverse circu- lation. Diamond drilling totalled 1 844 m and reverse circulation was 3 672 m for a total of 5 516 m. “We are delighted with the upgraded resource figures from Ilunga,” comments Toby Bradbury, Shanta’s CEO. “The deposit is a good grade, close to the plant and is likely to contrib- ute to a meaningful increase in the mining reserve which in turn

The New Luika property showing the location of the satellite deposits, including Ilunga.

enhances shareholder value. We expect that the majority of the Ilunga ounces will form part of a new high grade under- ground operation that would start as the Luika deposit is depleted in around 2020. “At this stage, the company envisages developing Ilunga using cash generated from operations and to utilise existing equipment and personnel to take the new development in its stride. The potential of this high grade extension creates the option to blend with, among others, the upgraded Elizabeth Hill reserve declared earlier this year and thus extend the mine life by a number of years with a lot more prospective exploration still in play.”  of developing a third mine at Yaouré within several years, Perseus has appointed Chris Woodall to the role of Chief Operating Officer. He is an Australian mining professional who comes to Perseus equipped with a large amount of highly relevant operating experience needed to successfully perform the COO role for Perseus. He most recently held the positions of Senior Vice President Operations (Canada and US) for Goldcorp Inc and immediately prior to that the role of Global Director Mining – Operations Support for Barrick Gold Corporation. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Woodall will be based in Perseus’s corporate office in Perth, Australia but will necessarily spend a significant proportion of his time in West Africa overseeing the growth of Perseus’s gold mining operations. 

Shanta Gold, listed on AIM, has announced an upgraded JORC Code compliant (2012) resource estimate at the Ilunga satel- lite deposit at the New Luika Gold Mine (NLGM) located in the Lupa goldfield of south-west Tanzania. Ilunga is located 2,5 km north-east of the NLGM central processing facility with access already developed as part of the current open-pit mining operation. Indicated resources have increased by 409 % from 40 352 ounces Au to 205 347 oz Au in the upgraded esti- mate while the indicated resource tonnage has increased 336 % from 311 355 tonnes to 1,36 Mt. The indi-

cated resource gold grade has risen 17 % from 4,03 g/t to 4,71 g/t. Total Ilunga resources (indicated and inferred categories) have been upgraded from 73 940 oz at 3,51 g/t to 257 965 oz at 4,55 g/t. The updated resource will be fast- tracked for engineering studies with a view to defining an underground reserve during the first quarter of 2017. The under- ground material from Ilunga was not included within the Base Case Mine Plan, reported by Shanta in September 2015, and the company will work to incorporate these resources into the mine plan in due course. The deposit remains open at depth Sissingué is located in northern Côte d’Ivoire. It is planned to have an aver- age annual production of 75 000 ounces of gold at a LOM All-In Site Cost (AISC) of US$632 per ounce over a mine life of 5,25 years. Payback on the US$100 million capex is estimated within 32 months based on a US$1 200 per ounce gold price. Development work at the Sissingué site, funded from the proceeds of a recent equity offering by Perseus, has advanced and the project is on schedule for the pro- duction of first gold in the December 2017 quarter. In anticipation of the expansion of its operating activities to include both the Edikan gold mine in Ghana and Sissingué by the end of 2017, and with the prospect

Perseus reports two further growth milestones West African gold producer Perseus Mining, listed on the ASX and TSX, reports that two further milestones have been achieved on the path to implementing its strategy of transforming itself into a multi- jurisdictional, multi-mine producer of in excess of 500 000 ounces of gold per year by 2021.

Full credit committee approval of a US$60 million project debt facility has been received by Macquarie Bank Limited and BNP Paribas, the prospective lenders to the Sissingué project. Final doc- umentation and satisfaction of conditions precedent for the facilities are due for completion in the December 2016 quarter, at which time funds should be available for draw down.

8  MODERN MINING  September 2016

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