TAW - Tawana Resources NL - Positive Scoping Study for the Meletse Iron Ore Release Date: 17/05/2011 09:31:01 Code(s): TAW
TAW - Tawana Resources NL - Positive Scoping Study for the Meletse Iron Ore
Tawana Resources NL
(Incorporated in Australia)
(Registration number ACN 085 166 721)
Share code on the JSE Limited: TAW
Share code on the Australian Stock Exchange Limited: TAW
("Tawana" or "the Company")
Through Tawana`s 6.76% indirect equity interest in the Meletse Iron Ore project,
the Company highlights the results announced by Aquila Resources Ltd on 13th May
The Scoping Study:
* Confirms the technical and financial viability of a development of the
Meletse Iron Ore Deposit
* Identified two preferred viable options at a production rate of 2
million tonnes per annum with "direct shipped" product sold either
into the export market or domestically
* Confirmed that a larger Resource could support a 4 million tonne per
annum Project with improved economic results
* Recognised that the Meletse ore body remains open along strike and at
* Estimated capital expenditure in the range of USD150 million to USD190
* Estimated operating costs of USD55 per tonne FOB
* Considered export of ore using existing infrastructure from Thabazimbi
to the port of Maputo in Mozambique at benchmark pricing
* Considered domestic ore sold at a rail siding at Thabazimbi at a
benchmark related price
* Tawana Resources NL (ASX: TAW) is pleased to announce that Aquila
Resources Ltd (ASX: AQA) has completed a Scoping Study for the
development of the Meletse Iron Ore Deposit; a project incorporated in
the Thabazimbi Joint Venture (`TJV`).
The Meletse Iron Ore Deposit has a JORC compliant indicated and inferred
resource estimate of 47.6Mt at 62.9% Fe in the Limpopo Province, South Africa.
The Meletse Project is incorporated in the Thabazimbi Joint Venture. Significant
expansion potential exists as the deposit remains open at depth and along
MELETSE IRON ORE RESOURCES
Resources Tonnes Mt Fe % SiO2% AlO3%
Indicated 15.9 63.6 6.22 1.07
Inferred 31.7 62.5 8.89 0.82
Total 47.6 62.9 8 0.91
MELETSE IRON ORE RESOURCES
Resources P% S% MnO% MgO% LOI%
Indicated 0.031 0.05 0.783 0.076 1
Inferred 0.044 0.04 1.078 0.054 1.19
Total 0.04 0.04 0.979 0.061 1.13
Meletse Iron Ore Project Resource Estimate (AQA 30th Nov 2010)
Development (Details below are from Aquila`s ASX Release on 13th May 2011)
The Scoping Study has evaluated an open pit mining operation with options for
both direct shipping product and beneficiation of lower grade ores. Several
modes of transport of ore from the deposit to the crushing and screening plant
have been evaluated. These modes include truck haulage, conveyor and ore passes,
all of which will be analysed in detail in subsequent studies.
Options were considered for the transport of the product from the mine to a
siding located at
Thabazimbi, the nearest point on Transnet Freight Rail`s ("TFR`s") rail network.
These included rail, conveyor and truck haulage solutions, with truck haulage
proving to be the most economic at 2 million tonnes per annum.
Opportunities were identified for both the supply of ore to domestic steel mills
and the export of iron ore from the eastern ports of Maputo and Richards Bay. An
initial production rate of 2 million tonnes per annum has been considered, with
the potential to increase this to 4 million tonnes per annum in the expectation
of a larger final ore body.
TFR is reviewing the infrastructure needs of the Project within the context of
the broader expansion needs of the area, including the Waterberg Coal Field. The
results of this review will provide input for further development studies.
The Scoping Study has also canvassed the opportunity to beneficiate more
marginal ore to increase the saleable product from the ore body. Further
metallurgical test work will be required to establish the viability of such a
beneficiation process and to establish the lump to fines ratio of the "direct
shipped" product. Based on similar Thabazimbi ore bodies, lump ratios in excess
of 60% are expected.
Thabazimbi Joint Venture
The Company holds a 26% equity stake in Rakana Consolidated Mining Pty Ltd
("Rakana") the joint venture partner of Aquila Resources Ltd ("Aquila") in the
Thabazimbi Joint Venture.
The Avontuur Project is also incorporated in the Thabazimbi Joint Venture. The
Avontuur high-grade Managanese Project is located in the Northern Cape Province,
South Africa. Aquila announced a JORC compliant resource upgrade of 108.9Mt at
38.6% Mn on 4th February 2011.
For further information, please contact:
Lennard Kolff van Oosterwijk
Chief Executive Officer
Competent Persons Statements
The information in this release that relates to the Meletse Iron Ore Resource
was prepared under the supervision of Mr Brent E Green who is a member of the
Australian Institute of Geoscientists and Mr Bernhard Siebrits who is a member
of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Mr Green is full-time
employee of Aquila Resources Ltd and Mr Siebrits is a full-time employee of
Golder Associates Africa Ltd. Mr Green and Mr Siebrits have sufficient
experience which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit
under consideration and to the activity which they are undertaking to qualify as
Competent Persons as defined in the 2004 Edition of the `Australasian Code of
Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves`.
Both Mr Green and Mr Siebrits consent to the inclusion in the announcement of
the above matters based on the information in the form and context in which it
17 May 2011
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