Preliminary Economic Assessment filed on SEDAR for Colt’s 100% Boa Fe and Montemor Projects, Southern Portugal
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MONTREAL, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Colt Resources Inc. (“Colt” or the
“Company”) (TSXV: GTP) (FRA: P01) (OTCQX: COLTF) is pleased to announce
the filing on SEDAR today of a positive Preliminary Economic Assessment
(“PEA”) prepared by SRK Consulting (UK) Ltd (“SRK”) for the Boa
Fe/Montemor gold projects, located in Portugal. The full report will
also be available on Colt’s website. The PEA covers the Chamine, Casas
Novas, Banhos, Bracos and Ligeiro gold deposits located within the
Company’s 100% owned (47km(2)) Boa Fe Experimental Mining License (“EML”) and the Monfurado gold
deposit located within the Company’s 100% owned (728km(2)) Montemor exploration license that completely surrounds the Boa Fe EML.
Nikolas Perrault, CEO and President of Colt stated; “We are very pleased
with the results of this first PEA prepared by SRK that reflects the
work performed on our 100% owned Boa Fe and Montemor gold projects that
we acquired in November 2011. Our strategy of focusing on areas that
were drill tested primarily during the 1990′s has resulted in the rapid
development of these assets. Our aggressive drilling campaign that
commenced shortly after being awarded the EML has significantly
increased our confidence in the potential of these assets while our
regional exploration work has indicated the potential to expand upon
the previously announced NI43-101 compliant mineral resources (March 4,
2013). Our decision to prepare the PEA on what we believe to be a
portion of a potentially larger deposit is based on our resolve to move
the project to production and to ultimately aim towards financing the
exploration of this very prospective area from revenue. We therefore
remain focused on completing our feasibility study by year end which
will support a production decision shortly thereafter. In parallel, as
part of our ongoing Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), a scheduled
public review took place during April paving the way for final
approval. The EIA will be used as a blueprint designed to mitigate the
impact of mining while generating value in an economically depressed
region of Portugal.”
Preliminary Economic Assessment Summary
A Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) was prepared by SRK Consulting
(UK) Limited for the Boa Fe – Montemor gold project in Portugal owned
by Colt Resources Inc. The PEA relied on Indicated and Inferred
classified resources as announced by Colt on March 4, 2013. The PEA
evaluated four processing options for the open pit mining of six
separate deposits at a total annual ore production rate of 720 ktpa.
The four options are reported in Table 1.
Table 1: Boa Fe/Montemor Processing Options
Scenarios Description Option A Conventional Off-Site Option B Conventional On-Site Option C Drinkard Heap Leach Option D Drinkard Halogen
The main conclusions from the PEA are shown in Table 2. All values are
in USD and the study assumes a USD 1.30/EUR exchange rate. A flat gold
price of USD 1,425/oz was used in the economic assessment. Capital and
operating costs were derived from a combination of first principles and
experience based on similar projects.
The conclusions and recommendations of the PEA are that the Project may
be economically viable and that further studies and field work for this
project are justified.
SRK notes that the economic assessment is preliminary in nature and the
production schedules are inclusive of Inferred classified Mineral
Resources that are considered too geologically speculative to have
economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be
classified as Mineral Reserves. There is no certainty that the
preliminary economic assessment will be realized.
Table 2: Summary of Preliminary Economic Assessment results for Boa
Alentejo Region, Portugal: SRK Consulting (UK) Ltd.
Units Option A Option B Option C Option D Processing Conventional Conventional Drinkard Drinkard Method off-site on-site Heap Leach Halogen Recovery (%) 85.5 85.5 73 95 Production Rock Mined (kt) 18,735 20,923 20,028 24,425 Ore (kt) 3,501 4,437 4,624 5,045 Processed (g/t Au) 2.7 2.4 2.3 2.2 Recovered (koz Au) 262 291 249 339 Metal Mine Life (years) 5.0 6.3 6.5 7.1 Financial Revenue (USDm) 373 415 355 482 Operating (USDm) (175) (180) (156) (206) Expenditure Royalty (USDm) (15) (17) (14) (19) Operating (USDm) 184 219 185 257 Profit Net Profit (USDm) 164 193 159 220 Capital (USDm) (119) (123) (92) (124) Expenditure Cashflow (USDm) 44 69 68 97 Post-Tax Reporting NPV @ 5% (USDm) 24.4 42.4 45.5 64.3 IRR (%) 15.6 21.4 32.7 30.2 Cash Cost Cash Cost (USD/tore) 54.11 44.22 36.82 44.68 (USD/oz) 724 674 683 666
Metal Price Sensitivity Analysis
The impact of a range of gold prices on the NPV(5%) for the project has been studied in the PEA and the results are
reported in Table 3.
Table 3: Gold Price Sensitivity Analysis Results
Units Metal Price USD/oz 1,100 1,200 1,300 1,425 1,500 1,600 1,700 1,800 NPV5% Option A USDm (25) (9) 6 25 37 52 67 82 Option B USDm (10) 7 24 44 56 72 88 105 Option C USDm 1 15 30 47 57 71 85 99 Option D USDm 4 24 43 66 81 99 118 137
Colt is aware that several areas of improvement may be made to capital
and operating costs which will be addressed during the Feasibility
Project Timeline and Optimization Efforts
The completion of this positive PEA is an important milestone in the
continued development of Boa Fe/Montemor.
Colt’s projected timeline to advance the project includes the following
Q4 2013 – Resource Update
Q4 2013 – Completion of Feasibility Study
Q4 2013 – Receipt of Full Mine Permit
Q1 2014 – Detailed engineering and procurement
Q2 2014 – Commence construction activities
Q1 2015 – Commence Production
Colt intends to address several areas during the Feasibility Study so as
to improve results included in the PEA. These will include:
Mineral Resources – Colt will focus on upgrading of Inferred Resources
to Indicated Resources and the identification of additional resources
in close proximity to the known deposits. Colt is also confident that
the potential to increase resources through regional exploration is
good. Exploration work will be directed toward identifying additional
deposits that will benefit the future mining operation.
Processing – Colt will complete ongoing testwork so as to finalize and
optimize process flowsheets leading to final plant design. The several
approaches studied have provided several options that will be further
evaluated and finalized.
Pit Slope – Colt will perform additional geotechnical investigations
designed to optimize pit slope angles.
Environmental – Work will continue to address the need to minimize the
impact of the future mining project.
Mining – Capital and operating costs will be addressed in detail to
identify areas where improvements can be made so as to benefit the
future economics of the project.
About Colt Resources Inc.
Colt Resources Inc. is a Canadian junior exploration and mining company
engaged in acquiring, exploring, and developing mineral properties with
an emphasis on gold and tungsten. It is currently focused on advanced
stage exploration projects in Portugal, where it is the largest lease
holder of mineral concessions.
Jurgen Fuykschot MSc MBA MAusIMM (CP), Principal Consultant (Mining
Engineering), SRK Consulting (UK) Limited, is the independent qualified
person, as defined in NI 43 101, for the Boa Fe/Montemor Preliminary
Economic Assessment. Mr Fuykschot has reviewed the content of this
press release and consents to the information provided in the form and
context in which it appears.
The Company’s shares trade on the TSX V, symbol: GTP; the Frankfurt
Stock Exchange, symbol: P01; and, the OTCQX, symbol: COLTF.
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intend, nor does the Company undertake any obligation, to update or
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news release to reflect subsequent information, events or circumstances
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PEA: ADDITIONAL CAUTIONARY NOTE
This note regarding the preliminary economic assessment (PEA) is in
addition to cautionary language already included within the news
release as required under NI 43-101. The PEA is preliminary in nature
and includes Inferred mineral resources that are considered too
speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to
them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves, and
there is no certainty that the PEA based on these mineral resources
will be realized. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do
not have demonstrated economic viability.
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SOURCE COLT RESOURCES INC.