TVI Pacific Inc. Receives Environmental Compliance Certificate for Balabag Gold-Silver Property
TSX: TVI OTCQX: TVIPF
CALGARY, Oct. 16, 2013 /CNW/ – TVI Pacific Inc. (TSX:TVI) (OTCQX:TVIPF)
(TVI or the Company) announced today that its Philippine affiliate, TVI
Resource Development (Phils.), Inc. (TVIRD), has received the
Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for the proposed Balabag
Gold-Silver Project to be located at Sitio Balabag, Brgy.Depore, Bayog,
Zamboanga del Sur.
Receipt of the ECC confirms the Company has satisfied the requirements
of Presidential Decree 1586, and its issue comes upon recommendation of
the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB). This marks a critical
milestone towards starting development of the Balabag Gold-Silver
Project, which will commence once approval is received of the
Declaration of Mining Project Feasibility (DMPF) by the Philippines
Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of the Environment
and Natural Resources (DENR).
Based on results of drilling completed to the end of June 2011 and as
included in the Balabag NI 43-101 technical report dated June 23, 2012,
the current indicated mineral resource is estimated to be 1.78 million
tonnes averaging 2.34 grams per tonne of gold and 72.3 grams per tonne
of silver, containing 134,262 ounces of gold and 4,148,196 ounces of
silver. The resource is currently being updated following a
reconnaissance geological survey, soil grid sampling, and underground
sampling from the mining area once occupied by illegal miners. This is
expected to improve the accuracy of the resource model. The Balabag NI
43-101 technical report, entitled “NI 43-101 Technical Report on the
Balabag Gold Project, Zamboanga Province, Philippines” is available on
SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on TVI’s website at www.tvipacific.com.
Pilot plant test work has been continuing, as previously announced by
the Company on June 26,( )2013, to confirm the results obtained in previous laboratory leaching
test, optimize the metallurgical processing under an environment that
more closely resembles actual operations, provide design parameters for
engineering, and to train personnel in operations and metallurgical
process control. Lower grade ore containing 2.7 g/t Au and 98 g/t Ag,
which more closely represents the initial mining schedule, was fed into
the pilot plant. The results confirm high extraction rates of 94% Au
and 92% Ag after 36 hours in CIL.
The Company has announced earlier also that a nonbinding term sheet was
signed with Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company to provide financing in
the form of a US $20 million term loan facility (the “Facility”) and a
US $3 million Letter of Credit (“LOC”). The purpose of the Facility is
to support the development of the proposed Balabag Mine by providing
additional working capital funding for construction and commissioning
activities and to support mining and processing activities.
TVIRD continues to progress with success the critical elements to
advance the development of the Balabag project which the Company has
previously reported to include:
a. The removal of all remaining illegal miners from the property in October 2012 through enforcement of the Cease and Desist Order (CDO) issued by the DENR and the inter-agency efforts of the Provincial Government, MGB, EMB, the Philippine National Police, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the clean-up of mine waste and tailings left behind by the illegal miners. b. Completion of an all-weather 16km access road to the mine as part of the pre-development work. This road will serve as the main access for equipment and product transport. c. On-going design work on the revision of the leach circuit from CIP-Merrill-Crowe to CIL based on the favorable test results. Completion of plant design and equipment sizing. This was part of an update of the internal feasibility study that was previously submitted to the MGB. d. Confirmation of community and Local Government Units' (LGU) acceptance and support through the continuing establishment of Community Relations and Development Programs.
Enrico C. Nera, President and Chief Operating Officer of Minercon
International Inc., Member AusIMM, is the qualified person under NI
43-101 who has approved the scientific and technical information in
this news release.
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.
ENRICO C. NERA
ASEAN Eng, APEC Eng., MSMEP, MSME-AIME
MAusIMM, CP for Metallurgy PMRC
QP for Metallurgy
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SOURCE TVI Pacific Inc.