TVI Pacific Inc. and Mindoro Resources Ltd. Announce Robust Economics for the Agata High-Iron DSO Project
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CALGARY, Sept. 10, 2013 /CNW/ – TVI Pacific Inc. (TSX:TVI) (OTCQX:TVIPF) (TVI) and Mindoro Resources Ltd. (TSXV:MIO) (ASX: MDO) (FFT:OLM) (Mindoro) announced today a National Instrument 43-101 compliant
Feasibility Study indicating robust economics for a direct shipping ore
operation (“DSO”) of the high iron laterite resources at the Agata
Project, located in Agusan del Norte, Mindanao, the Philippines.
-- Low initial start-up capital of US$10.1 million, high Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 187% and payback within first year of operation; -- Post-tax Net Present Value (10% discount) of US$37.9 million; -- DSO product to grade 48% Fe and 0.9% Ni. - a consistently in demand product; -- Remaining infrastructure development planned for Q4, 2013; -- DSO to China planned to commence in Q1, 2014. -- Shipping rates to accelerate to 2.5M wet metric tonnes per annum in 2015.
“Completion of the Feasibility Study is a major milestone in developing
new cash-flow opportunities beyond TVI’s producing Canatuan copper-zinc
mine,” said Cliff James, Chairman and President of TVI Pacific. “The
study demonstrates robust economics that provide a path towards further
development at Agata and advancing our goal of eventually building a
nickel processing plant.”
“We are extremely pleased with the robust results of the Agata DSO
Feasibility Study and the progress achieved by the operator, TVI, to
date. The Agata DSO project provides a unique opportunity to generate
revenue in early 2014 and to start rebuilding value in our company. We
also look forward with keen anticipation to the results of the Agata
Processing Feasibility Study expected in early 2014″, said Tony Climie,
CEO of Mindoro.
TVI and Mindoro Joint Ventures
TVI and Mindoro have signed four joint venture agreements, previously
announced on October 1, 2012, relating to the Agata and Pan de Azucar
mining projects located in the Philippines. The joint ventures present
TVI and Mindoro with multiple growth opportunities for near and
medium-term cash flow. Mindoro has 75% interest in the projects and an
option to acquire the remaining 25% interest from a private Philippine
company. TVI may earn up to a 60% interest from Mindoro and is
operator of the projects.
Mining opportunities at Agata include:
-- near-term high-iron laterite direct shipping ore operation (DSO); -- near-term limestone DSO; -- medium-term lime production facility; -- medium-term nickel-processing plant.
Below is a summary of the Agata DSO feasibility study economic
Table 1: Summary of Economic Results
_____________________________________________________ |High Iron Limonite DSO sale price (FOB)|USD/wmt| $22 | |_______________________________________|_______|_____| |NPV (10% discount rate) post-tax |USD (M)|$37.9| |_______________________________________|_______|_____| |Payback Period | Years | 1.0 | |_______________________________________|_______|_____| |IRR post-tax | % |187% | |_______________________________________|_______|_____|
The High Iron limonite DSO sale price of US$22 per wet metric tonne (wmt
FOB) is 10% lower than the average sale price realized by off-takers
shipping similar ore over the past 18 months.
Capital and operating cost estimates have been developed to ±15%
precision. The inputs to the Feasibility Study were developed by Dallas
Cox, MAusIMM (CP), of Crystal Sun Consulting Limited, based on
estimates from local Philippine contractors, TVI’s current suppliers
and service providers.
Installed capital cost estimates include the Port Loading Facility,
general infrastructure, mining-related capital costs, duties and taxes
for equipment, sustaining capital and an estimate of working capital. A
10% contingency has been allowed within the capital cost estimate.
Operating cost estimates include mining, infrastructure, government
charges, royalties, administration, security, community relations and
environmental costs. Cash flows are calculated on an after-tax basis
applying the current Philippine taxation regime.
Mineral Reserve Estimate and DSO Production Targets
The National Instrument 43-101 Compliant Mineral Resource estimate for
the Agata Nickel Project, released on April 10, 2013 (available on www.sedar.com; www.tvipacific.com; and www.mindoro.com), forms the basis of the Mineral Reserve estimate for the Feasibility
Study and the following DSO production targets:
Table 2: DSO Production Targets
________________________ |YEAR | wmt |Ni%|Fe% | |_____|_________|___|____| |2013 | -| - | - | |_____|_________|___|____| |2014 |2,000,000|0.9|48.0| |_____|_________|___|____| |2015 |2,500,000|0.9|48.0| |_____|_________|___|____| |2016 |1,800,000|0.9|48.0| |_____|_________|___|____| |2017+| 500,000|0.9|48.0| |_____|_________|___|____|
The resource estimation method applied to the Mineral Resources was
ordinary kriging. Cut-off grades applied were 0.5% nickel within the
Limonite zone and 0.8% nickel within the Saprolite zone.
The Mineral Reserve estimate in the table below, based on open-pit
optimization and designs by Dallas Cox, reflects the economic
parameters in the Feasibility Study and is expressed in both dry metric
tonnes (dmt) and wet metric tonnes (wmt).
Table 3: Agata North Mineral Reserve Estimate – as at August 30(th), 2013
____________________________________________________________________ |Classification|Horizon |M (dmt)|M (wmt)|Ni% |Co% |Fe% |Al%|Mg%|SiO2%| |______________|________|_______|_______|____|____|____|___|___|_____| |Proven |Limonite| 0.18 | 0.26 |1.00|0.11|47.1|3.0|1.6| 5.6 | |______________|________|_______|_______|____|____|____|___|___|_____| |Probable |Limonite| 6.61 | 9.44 |0.93|0.11|48.3|3.4|0.5| 3.0 | |______________|________|_______|_______|____|____|____|___|___|_____| |Proven + | TOTAL | 6.79 | 9.70 |0.93|0.11|48.0|3.4|0.5| 3.0 | |Probable | | | | | | | | | | |______________|________|_______|_______|____|____|____|___|___|_____|
Capital and Operating Costs
The project capital and operating costs are presented in Tables 4 and 5:
Table 4: Capital Cost Estimate for Agata Nickel DSO Project
__________________________________________________ | Description |Capital Costs| | |(Million USD)| |____________________________________|_____________| |Mobilisation | 0.15 | |____________________________________|_____________| |Site Preparation | 0.04 | |____________________________________|_____________| |Road Construction/Upgrading/Widening| 1.14 | |____________________________________|_____________| |Causeway Construction | 2.62 | |____________________________________|_____________| |Building Construction | 1.89 | |____________________________________|_____________| |General Services and Transportation | 0.21 | |____________________________________|_____________| |Mechanical/Electrical Equipment | 0.07 | |____________________________________|_____________| |Laboratory and Equipment/Apparatus | 0.24 | |____________________________________|_____________| |Office Equipment | 0.06 | |____________________________________|_____________| |Miscellaneous Services | 0.20 | |____________________________________|_____________| |Subtotal | 6.62 | |____________________________________|_____________| | | | |____________________________________|_____________| |Working Capital | 2.64 | |____________________________________|_____________| |Sustaining Capital | 0.95 | |____________________________________|_____________| |Subtotal | 3.59 | |____________________________________|_____________| | | | |____________________________________|_____________| |Contingency | 0.93 | |____________________________________|_____________| |VAT Payable (@ 12%) | 1.31 | |____________________________________|_____________| | | | |____________________________________|_____________| |Total | 12.45 | |____________________________________|_____________|
Table 5: Operating Cost Estimate
_________________________________________________________ | | LOM Cost |USD /wmt| | |(Million USD)|shipped | |__________________________________|_____________|________| |Mining & Haulage Cost | 33.5| 3.45| |__________________________________|_____________|________| |Ore Drying | 6.5| 0.67| |__________________________________|_____________|________| |Stockpile Load & Haulage Cost | 16.8| 1.73| |__________________________________|_____________|________| |Barging | 21.7| 2.24| |__________________________________|_____________|________| |Roads, Drainage and Rehabilitation| 9.7| 1.00| |__________________________________|_____________|________| |G&A | 17.9| 1.84| |__________________________________|_____________|________| |Fees & Royalties | 7.5| 0.78| |__________________________________|_____________|________| |MPSA Compensation & Rates | 3.0| 0.31| |__________________________________|_____________|________| |VAT Payable (@ 12%) | 10.9| 1.12| |__________________________________|_____________|________| |TOTAL OPERATING COSTS | 127.4| 13.14| |__________________________________|_____________|________|
Port Loading Facility and Infrastructure
The close proximity of the planned Port Loading Facility to the ore
stockpile (3.5km) will provide a significant economic advantage through
low transportation costs. The Port will consist of a causeway
extending approximately 160m offshore and will allow two barges to be
moored and loaded simultaneously.
The region in which the Agata DSO Project is situated, in north-eastern
Mindanao, hosts approximately fifteen DSO operations at present that
cumulatively exported 17.3 million wmt and 19.2 million wmt in 2011 and
Over the past 18 months the High Iron DSO sale price has fluctuated
between USD $15/wmt and USD $34/wmt. The recent and historical price of
High Iron Limonite DSO has been a function of supply and demand, but
influenced by seasonal weather patterns in South East Asia. DSO
projects on the sheltered west cost of the Mindanao peninsula, where
Agata is situated, can ship ore 12 months a year and take advantage of
peak season prices.
Technical Report and Independent Qualified Persons
The Agata North DSO Feasibility Study has been prepared under the
direction of Dallas Cox, an independent qualified person, with
contributions from Mark Gifford and Michael Conan-Davies; independent
qualified persons as defined by National Instrument 43-101 (Canada).
Messrs Cox, Gifford and Conan-Davies have authorized the technical
information detailed in this release.
Dallas Cox, MAusIMM(CP), a qualified person as defined by National
Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and verified the disclosure of the
Mineral Reserve Estimate in this news release. Mr. Cox has over thirty
years of experience which is relevant to the activity he has undertaken
and he has consented to the release of the pertinent information in the
form and context in which it appears.
Mark Gifford, FAusIMM, a qualified person as defined by National
Instrument 43-101 has reviewed and verified the disclosure of the
Mineral Resource Estimate in this news release. Mr. Gifford has over
twenty- six years of experience which is relevant to the activity he
has undertaken and he has consented to the release of the pertinent
information in the form and context in which it appears.
Michael Conan-Davies, MAusIMM(CP), a qualified person as defined by
National Instrument 43-101 has reviewed and verified the disclosure of
the Economic Assessment in this news release. Mr. Conan-Davies has
over fifteen years of experience which is relevant to the activity he
has undertaken and he has consented to the release of the pertinent
information in the form and context in which it appears.
About TVI Pacific Inc.
TVI Pacific Inc. is a Canadian resource company focused on the
production, development, exploration and acquisition of resource
projects in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. The Company produces
copper and zinc concentrates from its Canatuan mine and is advancing
its Balabag Gold-Silver project. TVI is a participant/operator in
several joint venture projects in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea
and also has an interest in an offshore Philippine oil property.
About Mindoro Resources Ltd.
Mindoro is a Tier 1 Issuer trading on the TSX Venture Exchange (MIO),
Australian Securities Exchange (MDO) and Frankfurt Stock Exchange (WKN
906167). Mindoro has a 75% interest, and an option to acquire the
remaining 25%, in the Agata Nickel Project, Mindanao, and the Pan de
Azucar Sulphur-Copper-Gold Project, Iloilo. TVI Pacific Inc. has the
option to earn up to a 60% interest in these projects by meeting the
earn-in requirements outlined in the September 27, 2012 release.
Mindoro also holds a 53.3% stake in ASX listed Red Mountain Mining
(ASX: RMX), which has a 100% direct and indirect interest in the
Batangas gold and copper-gold projects.
The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved of the
information contained herein.
Neither 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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Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, commencing
development of the infrastructure for the Agata North DSO Project plans
to commence direct shipping of high iron limonite ore to China in the
first quarter of 2014, and other statements that are not historical
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release and such forward-looking statements should not be interpreted
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April 1, 2013, respectively, and are available at www.SEDAR.com. Subject to applicable securities laws, TVI and Mindoro do not
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SOURCE TVI Pacific Inc.