TAWANA RESOURCES NL - Tawana completes diligence on Bald Hill MineRelease Date: 20/12/2016 08:42:00 Code(s): TAW PDF(s):
Tawana completes diligence on Bald Hill Mine
Tawana Resources NL
(Incorporated in Australia)
(Registration number ACN 085 166 721)
Share code on the JSE Limited: TAW
JSE ISIN: AU0000TAWDA9
Share code on the Australian Securities Exchange Limited: TAW
ASX ISIN: AU000000TAW7
(“the Company” or “Tawana”)
TAWANA COMPLETES DILIGENCE ON BALD HILL MINE
Tawana Resources NL (“Tawana” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has completed due
diligence on Lithco No 2 Pty Ltd (“Lithco”) and, subject to approval by Tawana shareholders at a General
Meeting to be held on 23 December 2016, the Board of Directors has unanimously decided to exercise the
option to acquire Lithco. This will result in Tawana becoming the Joint Venture partner of Alliance Mineral
Assets Limited (“AMAL”) in the Bald Hill Lithium and Tantalum Project.
Lithco entered into a Farm-In and Joint Venture arrangement with SGX-Listed AMAL for the purpose of
exploration and joint exploitation of lithium and other minerals at the Bald Hill Mine, which includes a
processing plant, existing infrastructure and permitted mining licences. The acquisition of Lithco
potentially allows Tawana to become an Australian spodumene producer in the second half of 2017.
Due Diligence Highlights
- Extensive spodumene pegmatites intercepted in wide-spaced drilling indicating significant tonnage
potential, over and above existing tantalum reserves.
- High spodumene recoveries and high concentrate grades from initial metallurgical test-work.
- Early indications of a highly profitable operation and rapid payback period at the Bald Hill Mine outlined
in a conceptual engineering study including a low capital cost by retrofitting a spodumene circuit.
- Existing mine licences and permits considered to significantly reduce timeline to recommence
- Tawana in an enviable position to take advantage of the strong market demand for spodumene and
indications of high market pricing in 2017.
Tawana moving towards being construction-ready with the following being completed by the end of the first
i. Maiden Lithium Resource estimate;
ii. Completion of metallurgy test-work with optimised flow sheet;
iii. PFS including detailed design and placing orders for key capital components;
iv. Award EPC contract; and
v. Narrow down potential off-takers, reviewing prepayment and other financing opportunities.
Managing Director Mark Calderwood stated: “The Bald Hill Mine represents a unique opportunity for the
company to quickly enter the spodumene supply chain with modest capital expenditure at a time when
demand is strongly outpacing uncommitted supply. Engineering in the new year will focus on fast-tracking
completion of the feasibility focused on installation of a DMS circuit and rescheduling of the mine plan
after a revised reserve estimate covering both lithium and tantalum.”
Bald Hill Project
The Bald Hill Project (“Project”) area is located 50km south east of Kambalda in the Eastern
Goldfields of Western Australia. It is located approximately 75km south east of the Mt Marion
lithium project and is adjacent to and surrounds the Company’s Cowan Lithium Project. The
Project, owned by AMAL, includes a permitted tantalum (pegmatite) mine, processing
facility and associated infrastructure.
Lithco No 2 Pty Ltd has entered into a Farm-In and Joint Venture arrangement with AMAL
for the purpose of joint exploration and exploitation of lithium and other minerals. Subject
to approval by Tawana Shareholders at a General Meeting to be held on 23 December 2016,
the Board of Directors has unanimously decided to exercise the option to acquire Lithco.
This will result in Tawana becoming the Joint Venture partner of AMAL in the Bald Hill
Lithium and Tantalum Project.
Approximately 60 RC and Core holes totalling 6,800m have been completed to date,
resulting in pegmatite intercepts over a strike length of 2km at depths from 30m to 200m.
The area returning the most significant visual spodumene covers an area 900m by 500m and
is open to the west and south. Assay results have only been received for a limited number
of holes within this zone and a comprehensive update should be available in January. Drilling
is expected to recommence in late December with continued infill resource drilling the
As previously announced, metallurgical test results to date have been highly favourable at
a primary 6.3mm crush size. Test work is currently underway at a 10mm crush size and 5
drill core sample intervals are being prepared for variability test work and an additional 3
drill core sample intervals are en route to Perth.
The Company has received a draft conceptual study report and has been provided estimates
for detailed engineering and construction management. It is expected that in late December
2016 the Company will have awarded key components of the detailed (+/- 15%) engineering
study which is expected to start in early January 2017.
It is likely that a staged approached will be adopted to reduce time and cost to initial
production, the first stage is the installation of the simple coarse fraction DMS circuit with
fines (representing 20-30% of the feed) either temporarily stockpiled or passed through the
existing spiral circuit to remove tantalum and potentially produce a rougher spodumene
concentrate. Fines material or rougher spiral concentrates will be treated through a
retrofitted gravity and/or flotation circuit.
The Company has continued to hold discussions with off-take parties. Market demand is
high for spodumene and the Company will advance negotiations during the March Quarter
of 2017 with the aim of linking directly or indirectly off-take agreements with potential
project finance or prepayments.
Competent Persons Statement
The information in this news release that relates to Exploration Results is based on and fairly
represents information and supporting documentation compiled by Mr Mark Calderwood, an
employee of the Company. Mr Calderwood is a member of The Australasian Institute of
Mining and Metallurgy. Mr Calderwood has sufficient experience relevant to the style of
mineralisation under consideration and to the activity which they are 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”. Mr Calderwood consents to the
inclusion in this report of the matters based on their information in the form and context in
which it appears.
Forward Looking Statement
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estimated, resources and reserves; planned production and operating costs profiles; planned
capital requirements; and planned strategies and corporate objectives. Such forward
looking statements/projections are estimates for discussion purposes only and should not
be relied upon. They are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and
unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors many of which are beyond the control of
Tawana Resources NL. The forward looking statements/projections are inherently uncertain
and may therefore differ materially from results ultimately achieved.
Tawana Resources NL does not make any representations and provides no warranties
concerning the accuracy of the projections, and disclaims any obligation to update or revise
any forward looking statements/projects based on new information, future events or
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