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Tawana Resources Project Update
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”)
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Tawana Resources Project Update
Iron ore developer Tawana Resources NL (ASX: TAW) (“the Company” or “Tawana”) would like to
further advise its shareholders and stakeholders that the Company is diligently continuing to progress
the development of its Mofe Creek project (“the Project”) in Liberia, in accordance with our original
intent. The Project economics are still very real, robust and sustainable, independent of the recent fall
in the global seaborne price of iron ore, and the immediate challenge associated with the Ebola virus.
As a potential low-cost producer with forecast bottom quartile operating costs (US$41/t FOB), and
finite start-up capital (US $53M), for a 1.2 Mtpa iron ore production rate (refer ASX release 3rd July
2014), the Project is still poised to generate strong, sustainable profit margins, even at current iron ore
pricing of US$82/t (CFR to Tianjin).
Tawana is well positioned to “ride-out” the current iron-ore pricing and supply/demand rationalisation
occurring within the global iron ore market and has strategically advanced the Project from an
engineering and design basis, an Approvals and Application perspective and from a Community/
Environmental consultative perspective.
The Company has assisted, where practical (both financially and physically) to support the eradication
of the Ebola virus within the wider Liberian community. With the help of international health
organisations, and the advancement of improved preventative transmittal procedures/programs and
improved health management facilities, this virus should be effectively managed.
In the interim, the Company has adopted a tight fiscal regime to manage the Project’s financial affairs,
with all value-accretion tasks and opportunities during this period being advanced to ensure the
Project continues to progress at the most optimal pace, in preparation for a potential iron ore price
recovery and the recommencement of full site-based activities.
Work is ongoing in the collection and dissemination of the weather data within the Project area, along
with community meetings outlining the Project’s development intention and timeline, as highlighted in
the Company’s ASX release dated 14th August 2014.
Tenders and “Expressions of Interest” for the development of a transhipment and/or a direct ship
loading wharf at our preferred coastal port location (within 30km of the Project area) are nearing
Drilling results from the 1000+ metres of diamond core drilling conducted on the Gofolo Main Deposit
in July and early August, are also being progressed, with results pending this late month.
All staff and personnel with outstanding annual leave have been placed on leave or temporary
redundancy during this period, to minimize cash-burn, but with the intent of maintaining their skills and
intellectual property for the future development program.
A recent Company roadshow to Singapore, Hong Kong and China also demonstrated that there is
opportune interest in the “right” projects around the world, providing they are of low capital intensity
and lower quartile operating costs. The Mofe Creek Project “ticks” both these boxes. Product off-take
discussions have been initiated with potential strategic investors and/or end-users, with strong interest
in the superior grade product of 64-68% Fe forecast to be produced by the Project.
The Company is also making several organisational changes in the coming months to ensure the
Company is effectively resourced with the optimal skills and officers to advance the Project from a
Pre-Feasibility Studies (“PFS”) PFS level, into operation.
The Company is also advancing the development of its pilot plant design, in preparation for receipt of
the Liberian approval of our pilot mining and extraction licence.
The necessary components for the pilot plant are currently being assessed, with the processing test
work planned to commence in the new calendar year. Representative ore from several of the deposits
will be processed through the pilot plant, to re-affirm the physical properties of the ore, future pit
designs and battering angles, equipment selection (for mining and processing) and geotechnical data
for the mining and transport of the ore. The pilot plant will confirm the final processing route for the
optimal OPEX and CAPEX parameters of the Project, and generate sufficient ore to market the
product throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It is planned that a portion of the final product
produced from the pilot plant will be used for sinter characterisation test work, and “value in use”
The pilot-scale plant will also ensure a vocational training and development opportunity for the local
employees, as a pre-cursor to future operations and maintenance of the plant and equipment. The
Company is also looking at the potential of co-developing a laboratory and training facility at the
University of Liberia Straz - Sinje Technical and Vocational College campus, located directly behind
our Project “village” in Sinje.
Pending results from the recently completed diamond drilling and re-logging exercise of previous RC
drilling utilising improved geological understanding have the potential to expand the current maiden
resource and improve the Company’s understanding of the ore bodies.
The acquisition of high resolution satellite imagery of sufficient quality and resolution to allow PFS
mining and engineering studies to be completed is currently being assessed at a significant cost
reduction as compared with traditional aerial surveys.
Following a positive review of the Environmental Impact Assessment permit application submission, a
Notice of Intent to formally commence the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (“ESIA”)
studies was published and broadcast in Monrovia and throughout the Grand Cape Mount County.
Detailed imagery evaluation, mapping and analysis of existing information and resources for the ESIA
studies have now commenced. The Project is well placed to make notable advances on these studies
based on preliminary information collected by Earth Systems and their local partner Earth
Environmental Consultancy in early 2014. Planning for the first formal field work component is
currently being undertaken starting with a scoping exercise and stakeholder consultation.
Likewise, the Mineral Development Agreement process continues to be accelerated with the selection
of legal representatives currently being finalised. A report from the Inter-Ministerial Technical
Committee is forecast to be issued later this month.
The further refinement of the financial model for the Project will be undertaken once the processing
plant PFS design details are finalised and the refined capital and operating costs are determined. This
model and the technical data will form the basis for negotiating strategic off-take agreements, and the
appropriate structuring of Project financing reflective of market conditions.
Tawana recently participated in the annual Africa Downunder Conference held in Perth, Western
Australia. Executive Chairman Wayne Richards gave a well-received presentation entitled ‘Tawana
Resources - Africa’s most exciting new iron ore project’ and also capitalised on the opportunity to
meet with strategic investors, international funds and infrastructure designers/developers during the
Mr Richards said “I look forward to our shareholders remaining true to course and supporting the
Project and market capitalisation of the Company, as we balance the current macro-environmental
and local challenges. With the sustainable development of our Project, both the community and
shareholders alike will benefit from our perseverance.”
About Tawana (ASX & JSE: TAW)
Tawana Resources NL is an iron ore focused ASX and JSE-listed company with its principal project in
Liberia, West Africa. Tawana’s 100%-owned Mofe Creek Project is a new discovery in the heart of
Liberia’s historic iron ore district, located 20km from the coast and 85km from the country’s capital city
and major port, Monrovia.
Tawana is committed to becoming a mid-tier iron ore producer through the development of its 100%
owned Mofe Creek Project, which covers 285km2 of highly prospective tenements in Grand Cape
Mount County. The Project hosts high-grade friable itabirite mineralisation, which can be easily
upgraded to a premium quality iron ore product of +64-68% Fe grade, via simple, low capital intensity
Detailed information on all aspects of Tawana’s projects can be found on the Company’s website
For further information, contact:
Tel +61 8 9287 4344
Full details of the Scoping Study referred to in this announcement were initially released to the ASX in
an announcement dated 3 July 2014, and should be read in conjunction with this announcement. All
material assumptions underpinning the Scoping Study, production targets and forecast financial
information derived from the production targets as well as any cautionary statements and disclosures
as required under the ASX Listing Rules and 2012 JORC Code are set out in the announcement
dated 3 July 2014 and continue to apply and have not materially changed.
The Scoping Study referred to in this announcement is preliminary in nature as its conclusions are
drawn on inferred (74%) and indicated mineral resources (26%). The Scoping Study is based on
lower-level technical and economic assessments, and are insufficient to support estimation of Ore
Reserves or to provide assurance of an economic development case at this stage, or to provide
certainty that the conclusions of the Scoping Study will be realised.
There is a low level of geological confidence associated with inferred mineral resources and there is
no certainty that further exploration work will result in the determination of indicated mineral resources
or that the production target itself will be realised. There is also no certainty that the forecast financial
information derived from the production targets will be realised.
Competent Persons Statement
The information in this report that relates to Mineral Resources or Ore Reserves is based on
information compiled by Len Kolff and Iain Macfarlane, who are members of the Australian Institute of
Geoscientists. Len Kolff is a full-time employee of the Company and has sufficient experience which
is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity
which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 Edition of the
‘Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves’. Iain
Macfarlane is a full-time employee of Coffey Mining Pty Ltd and has sufficient experience which is
relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which
he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 Edition of the ‘Australasian
Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves’ Len Kolff and Iain
Macfarlane consent to the inclusion in the report of the matters based on his information in the form
and context in which it appears.
Forward Looking Statement
This announcement contains certain forward looking statements. These forward-looking statements
are not historical facts but rather are based on the Company’s current expectations, estimates and
projections about the industry in which Tawana Resources NL operates, and beliefs and assumptions
regarding the Company’s future performance. Words such as “anticipates”, “expects”, “intends”,
“plans”, “believes”, “seeks”, “estimates” “potential” and similar expressions are intended to identify
forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are
subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond the
control of the Company, are difficult to predict and could cause actual results to differ materially from
those expressed or forecasted in the forward-looking statements. Tawana Resources NL cautions
shareholders and prospective shareholders not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking
statements, which reflect the view of Tawana Resources NL only as of the date of this presentation.
The forward-looking statements made in this release relate only to events as of the date on which the
statements are made. Tawana Resources NL will not undertake any obligation to release publicly any
revisions or updates to these forward-looking statements to reflect events, circumstances or
unanticipated events occurring after the date of this presentation except as required by law or by any
appropriate regulatory authority.
The Company confirms that it is not aware of any new information or data that materially affects the
information included in the ASX announcements referred to in this letter. All material assumptions and
technical parameters underpinning the estimates in those announcements continue to apply and have
not materially changed.
16 September 2014
PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance (Pty) Ltd
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