Quarterly Activities Report For Period Ended 31 March 2020
Orion Minerals Limited
Incorporated in the Commonwealth of Australia
Australian Company Number 098 939 274
ASX share code: ORN
JSE share code: ORN
(“Orion” or “the Company”)
Quarterly Activities Report For Period Ended 31 March 2020
• Revised business priorities in response to COVID-19 pandemic-related uncertainties around global macro-
o COVID-19-related lockdown and work protocols have been implemented, requiring staff to work from
home. All non-essential field work has been deferred, with resumption to be re-assessed post the statutory
o Following Quarter end, all Directors and Executives of the Company have agreed to significantly reduce
the cash component of their remuneration or fee packages;
o Significant reduction in the number of employees and contractors;
o Curtailment of all activities not essential for Prieska Project development and implementation of a range
of prudent cost reduction initiatives;
o Deferment of all activities related to debt finance sourcing until market conditions stabilise; and
o Continued emphasis on completion of the Prieska Project bankable feasibility study update.
• Prieska Project optimisation studies concluded for incorporation into an updated mine feasibility study due for
completion by mid-May 2020:
o Water treatment and mine dewatering field trials completed, with the results demonstrating the potential
to improve and de-risk the plan for re-accessing the Prieska Mine.
o Option agreement to purchase two SAG mills secured following confirmation, through plant value
engineering works, that SAG milling can further simplify the ore processing flowsheet and reduce plant
capital and operating costs.
• Prieska Project 2nd Environmental Authorisation granted:
o Vardocube granted Environmental Authorisation for mining over the south eastern strike extension of the
Prieska orebody. This follows the grant of the Mining Right to Repli in August 2019.
• Prieska near-mine exploration:
o Regional soil sampling over the Vardocube Prospecting Right completed.
• Marydale Gold-Copper Project:
o Mining Right application lodged for Marydale Project, located 60km north of the Prieska Project.
• Australia - Fraser Range, Western Australia drilling in progress:
o IGO Limited (ASX: IGO) plans to continue drilling on nickel-copper targets on the IGO-Orion Fraser Range
Joint Venture tenements.
o Noted reports of further success on the nearby Mawson Prospect with massive sulphide intersections
reported by neighbouring company, Legend Mining Limited (ASX: LEG). Mawson, previously called Area
D, is located just 16km south west of the IGO-Orion Pike prospect which forms part of the ongoing drill
programs being undertaken by IGO (refer ASX release 23 April 2020).
Orion Minerals Limited (Company or Orion) strives to achieve a sustainable balance between intense operational
effort and a strong focus on safety, health, environment and community.
On 24 March 2020, Orion provided an update on the Company’s actions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The actions taken by Orion in consideration of the current volatile and uncertain global economic and investment
outlook included a re-evaluation of the process and timing of its project finance activities in relation to the
development of the Prieska Project. The re-evaluation process resulted in the postponement of debt financing
activities until global macro-economic and market conditions stabilise.
Following Quarter end, on 29 April 2020, the Company announced that a revised interim remuneration structure
was agreed with all Directors and Executives, including Orion’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr
Errol Smart, effective from 1 May 2020. All Directors and Executives of the Company have agreed to significantly
reduce the cash component of their remuneration or fee packages. Non-Executive Directors have agreed to
reduce Director fees to zero, Mr Smart has agreed to a significant reduction in the cash component of his package
and Executives’ have agreed to reduce the cash component of their remuneration or fee packages by 20%.
The Company has also significantly reduced the number of employees and contractors and undertaken a range
of prudent cost reduction initiatives, with remaining expenditure focussed on the development of the Company’s
Prieska Copper-Zinc Project in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province (Prieska Project). The Company also
curtailed all exploration work and activities not essential for the Prieska Project development.
With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, work from home protocols were pre-emptively implemented on 13
March 2020 across all workplaces, followed by full lockdown for all South African projects and operations as of 26
March 2020, in line with statutory directives. Only works essential to safeguard Company property and workforce
health and safety may be undertaken at offices and work sites during the statutory lockdown period, which is
scheduled to be partially lifted in a phased approach from 1 May 2020. The Company has not had any employee
reported incident of COVID-19 infection.
The Company’s key focus is the progression of BFS optimisation studies for the development of the Prieska Project
and preparations for mine construction. The outcomes of these studies are currently being incorporated into
updated operating plans which will support the updated Feasibility Study Report and determine the final finance
and business case. Orion is targeting the completion of all technical and engineering work by mid-May 2020 in
order to present and demonstrate the positive impact of the optimisation work.
In parallel with the completion of BFS optimisation studies, the Company is also having exploratory discussions with
parties who have the potential to enhance project value through the introduction of a project-level strategic
equity partner/investor in the Prieska Project.
Health and Safety, Environmental Management and Community Engagement
Health and Safety
No injuries were recorded during the Quarter. The hours worked for the Quarter and financial year to date are
Table 1: Hours worked at the Areachap Projects (South Africa).
Category of Work
Quarter Financial Year to Date
Exploration 12,077 39,331
Mine Re-Entry 4,187 10,497
Contractors 1,464 3,222
Total 17,728 53,050
The Lost-Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) per 200,000 hours worked is 0 for the 2020 calendar year.
Work continued during the Quarter to secure the approvals required before the Prieska Project can undertake
mining operations within the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope Project (SKA) area, in which the Mining Right
areas are located.
Under the guidance of the Electromagnetic Capability (EMC) Committee, the permit application for unintentional
emitters for the existing on-site equipment (generators and transformers) has been submitted. The permit
application for intentional emitters (radios, wi-fi) will be submitted before the end of June 2020 in line with the
regulatory stipulations. A plan for emission mitigation, which was a supplementary requirement by the SKA, will be
developed in due course.
Further to the submissions above, work to obtain permitting for the equipment planned for use during the Prieska
Project operations will be undertaken so that the permits are granted before the commencement of construction.
Community and Stakeholder Engagement
The third meeting of the Orion Siyathemba Stakeholder Engagement Forum (OSSEF) was held in Prieska on 23
Public meetings were held from 17 to 20 February 2020 in each of the towns of Prieska, Marydale, Niekerkshoop,
Vanwyksvlei and Copperton. Errol Smart (Orion’s CEO and Managing Director) provided an update on the
progress of the Prieska Project and answered questions from community members.
The meetings were also used to introduce the 10 community representatives from the OSSEF to the broader
community, as well as for the presentation of certificates to the participants who successfully completed the Orion
introductory mining familiarisation short courses during 2019. Presentations were also given by Errol Smart to
students at two Siyathemba high schools, to encourage an interest in the mining industry as a future career option.
The appointment of a Community Social Development (CSD) Trainee has been deferred until site activity for mine
construction recommences. Beulah Africa, an established community development consultancy with significant
mining industry experience, is fulfilling the CSD role in the interim.
The end of the Quarter coincided with the introduction of COVID-19 pandemic related lockdown restrictions in
South Africa. Plans were initiated to facilitate ongoing communication and meetings with the community (through
the OSSEF) and other key stakeholders by remote means during the lockdown period.
During the Quarter, Bicycles for Humanity Western Australia, donated 420 used bicycles to Orion with the shared
objective of establishing a Bicycle Empowerment Centre (BEC) in Siyathemba. The BEC will provide a micro
enterprise opportunity through the provision of bicycle mobility for targeted sections of the community (e.g. school
learners, health providers). Discussions with relevant stakeholders to develop a sustainable implementation plan
have been initiated, and the project will be progressed post COVID-19 lockdown. Orion acknowledges and thanks
David Tucker from Bicycles for Humanity Western Australia, for his generous work in achieving delivery of the
bicycles to Orion’s local community, which is very thankful for the bicycles.
The Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act application process for the proposed residential
development in Prieska continued during the Quarter with the drilling of a 100m geotechnical drill hole and the
completion of a bulk services engineering study.
Following the receipt of a letter of no objection from the Department of Agriculture in February 2020, the
application process for the Prieska Project land use change from Unspecified Zone to Special Zone (Extractive
Industry) continued, with approval received from the Siyathemba Local Municipality and invitation for public
comment published. Submission to the District Municipal Planning Tribunal for final approval is anticipated in the
June 2020 Quarter.
During the Quarter, Orion continued work on its highly prospective South African projects, including focusing on
optimisation studies, following the completion of the Prieska Project Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) in June 2019.
In addition, ongoing low-key exploration activities including soil sampling on the near-mine prospects were
undertaken and a Mining Right Application over the Marydale Gold-Copper Project was submitted.
In the Fraser Range (Western Australia), Orion’s joint venture partner, IGO Limited (ASX: IGO) is currently resolving
logistical challenges in preparation for the next phase of diamond drilling on highly prospective nickel-copper
sulphide targets identified from geophysical surveys, mapping and geochemical sampling programs.
Exploration and Mine Development
Areachap Belt Projects (South Africa)
Prieska Copper-Zinc Project
The Prieska Project Feasibility Study update continues to be the focus of the Company’s activities and is now at
an advanced stage following the maiden Ore Reserve estimate and completion of a BFS (refer ASX release 26
June 2019). Post-BFS activities undertaken during the Quarter included completing select optimisation studies to
refine the BFS and undertaking some preparatory early works in anticipation of mine construction. The requisite
licences to construct and operate the mine are expected to be in place by Q3 2020, so that the project is ready
for construction late 2020, subject to project funding availability. An updated BFS is due to be completed by mid-
Prieska Project Updated Bankable Feasibility Study
Value engineering and optimisation studies being undertaken since the completion of the BFS are delivering
positive results, with key studies now being concluded for inclusion in an updated BFS due for completion by mid-
May 2020. These include:
• Value Engineering on the process plant – as reported during the Quarter, the Company secured two
refurbished 3,600kw mills via an option agreement for purchase (refer ASX release 4 February 2020). Use of
semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) milling is expected to reduce both capital expenditure and operating
costs, whilst also resulting in plant layout optimisation and a reduced plant footprint area. SAG milling will
allow significant operational flexibility and facilitate processing of Prieska Project ore at a rate of up to 20%
above design throughput, therefore allowing capacity for future expansion.
• Follow-up pilot scale trials were completed on the use of water treatment as a supplementary method to
forced evaporation, for handling water to be pumped from the underground workings. Use of a
supplementary method of water treatment will enable dewatering of underground workings to be
accelerated. Results from the trials have been evaluated and have assisted with refining and quantifying
the chemical reagents suites, as well as specific equipment specifications to be used for the dewatering
process. Outcomes will be incorporated in the updated BFS.
• Whittle Enterprise Optimisation – as outlined in the September 2019 Quarterly report, this process examined
the Prieska Project’s entire value chain, with special focus on underground mining and the ore processing
plant throughput schedules. The enterprise optimisation workstream has required the evaluation and
comparison of numerous business development scenarios, using a number of alternative mine schedules
and mine stope layouts. The Whittle Enterprise findings are now being evaluated for incorporation in
updated operating plans.
The updated BFS Report, incorporating all of the optimisations, is due for completion by mid-May 2020.
Process Plant Operations
During the last Quarter, a Memorandum of Understanding was concluded with Minerals Operations Executive
(Pty) Ltd (Minopex), a process plant contract operating company based in South Africa, which has operated 46
plants globally. If appointed as the process plant contractor, Minopex has the ability to introduce skilled staff and
management, with the required operating experience and procedures, to the Prieska Project, enabling a rapid
Minopex will then continue running the plant, leveraging off its group level technical skills and utilising its bulk
purchasing power to source the most competitive pricing for the plant’s operating consumables. Details of the
engagement agreement are being negotiated and once completed, the financial terms will be included in the
updated operating plan.
Underground Mining Contract
In September 2019, Orion and Byrnecut Offshore (Proprietary) Limited (BOPL) concluded a Memorandum of
Agreement for an alliance agreement for underground mine development and production at the Prieska Project.
BOPL is involved in mining contracting work internationally and has previously operated in South Africa. It is
envisaged that BOPL will operate underground mining operations, including the supply and maintenance of the
mining fleet, bringing its experience in mining training and upskilling of local employees as part of its operating
model. An alliance agreement is yet to be concluded.
BOPL’s associated entity, global mining engineering consulting firm, Mining Plus Pty Ltd, is assisting with evaluating
the Prieska Project mine design, while also investigating alternative mine production scenarios. Appropriate
elements of the findings of the Mining Plus evaluation will be incorporated in the updated BFS.
Mining Right Applications
The first of two required Mining Rights for the Prieska Project was granted on 23 August 2019 to Repli Trading No. 27
(Pty) Ltd (Repli), for an initial term of 24 years. Repli’s Water Use Licence was expected to be approved at the end
of March 2020 by the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation. This approval has been delayed
due to the temporary suspension of some of the department’s activities as a result of COVID-19 lockdown
The second required Mining Right for the Prieska Project has been submitted by Vardocube (Pty) Ltd (Vardocube).
The associated Vardocube Environmental Authorisation was granted during the Quarter, making way for the
assessment and granting of the Mining Right, which is now expected during Q3 CY2020.
Power Supply – The national power utility company, Eskom, has approved the Company’s applications to obtain
15MVA of construction power and undertake a self-build upgrade to the Cuprum sub-station to avail the project
of 40MVA of power required for the operational phase. It now remains for the Company to formally accept the
Eskom proposal and make the deposit payments required for the works to be formally registered as a committed
Water Supply – The Water Supply Agreement Term Sheet between Repli and the Siyathemba Municipality was
formally accepted at a Council Meeting on 10 March 2020. This secures the water tariff applicable for the Prieska
Project and will form the basis of a definitive water supply agreement.
Extension of juwi Renewable Energy Collaboration
The Memorandum of Understanding entered into by the Company with juwi Renewable Energies Pty Ltd (juwi)
was extended to June 2020. The Company and juwi intend to collaborate on establishing a hybrid wind and solar
renewable energy facility that will supply 52% of the Prieska Project’s power requirements. The extension provides
the parties the opportunity to explore additional funding options currently under consideration.
Deep Sulphide Resource
Following the previous Quarter’s work, re-assessment of the Inferred Mineral Resources, estimated to be 10.2Mt at
1.14% Cu and 4.08% Zn (and making up 36% of the estimated combined Indicated and Inferred Deep Sulphide
Resource of 28.7Mt at 1.16%Cu and 3.77%Zn)1, continued.
The Company’s focus remains to determine the most efficient way to upgrade these resources to an Indicated
Mineral Resource level of confidence. The Indicated Mineral Resource (18.5Mt at 1.17% Cu and 3.60% Zn) makes
up 64% of the total resource in the current mine plan (Figure 1).
1 Mineral Resources reported in ASX release of 15 January 2019: “Prieska Total Resource Exceeds 30Mt @ 3.7% Zn and 1.2% Cu.
Following Updated Open Pit Resource” available to the public on www.orionminerals.com.au/investors/market-news. Competent Person:
Orion’s Mineral Resource: Mr. Sean Duggan. Orion confirms it is not aware of any new information or data that materially affects the
information included above. For the Mineral Resources, the company confirms that all material assumptions and technical parameters
underpinning the estimates in the ASX release of 15 January 2019 continue to apply and have not materially changed. Orion confirms that
the form and context in which the Competent Person’s findings are presented here have not materially changed.
Figure 1: Plan of the Deep Sulphide Mineral Resource showing the Inferred Resources included in the current mine plan.
The underground drill plan designed to convert the Inferred Deep Sulphide Mineral Resources included in the
mine plan to Indicated Mineral Resources was revised during this Quarter to include the North West Section of the
Mine. Resource drilling of the North West Section was previously included in the Grade Control Drill Program.
The underground drilling program will consist of 120 drill holes to upgrade all Inferred Mineral Resources in the
current mine plan to Indicated status (Figure 2). A total of 22,406m has been planned with a minimum planned
hole depth of 65m and a maximum hole depth of 360m. Drilling will be scheduled in accordance with the mine
schedule. The final mine schedule is expected to be completed by early May 2020.
Figure 2: Oblique view of the Deep Sulphide Resource showing the planned drill layout on the preliminary mine schedule.
The near-mine projects are those projects within prospecting rights held by Repli (Doonies Pan area), Vardocube
and Bartotrax (Pty) Limited (Bartotrax).
Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide (VMS) deposits worldwide tend to occur in clusters and, apart from the giant
Prieska Deposit, five smaller deposits have previously been discovered on the near-mine project areas. These
include Annex, explored by Anglovaal between 1969 and 1981; three deposits on Doonies Pan (Kielder Prospects)
explored by Newmont South Africa between 1976 and 1979 and referred to as the PK1, PK3 and PK6 Deposits and
the Ayoba mineralisation recently discovered by Orion (Figure 3).
Figure 3: Surface plan showing the prospecting rights over and adjacent to the Prieska Project, and the location of the Annex, Kielder (PK1, PK3 and
PK6) deposits and Ayoba Prospect.
Several Airborne Electro Magnetic or SkyTEMTM (AEM) anomalies were identified for follow-up work (refer ASX
release 25 February 2019).
With soil sampling over known AEM anomalies completed in the latter half of 2019, soil sampling for the Quarter
focussed on regional coverage of the Vardocube Prospecting license. During the Quarter, 2,640 soil samples were
collected, bringing the total number of samples taken on the Near Mine Project to 8705. The samples were
screened to -80 micron and analysed using a handheld XRF analyser. Based on the XRF results, samples over
selected areas will be submitted to ALS Laboratory in Johannesburg, and results will be reported once received
from the lab and reviewed by Orion. The results will be incorporated in the prioritisation of the AEM anomalies prior
to ground time domain electromagnetic surveys and diamond drilling.
Regional Exploration (South Africa)
Overview of Regional Activity
The Company maintains a substantial and prospective land holding in the Areachap Belt (Figure 4). The Areachap
Belt is analogous to other Proterozoic mobile belts hosting major VMS and magmatic Ni-Cu-Co-PGE deposits.
VMS deposits almost always occur in clusters or “districts” associated with volcanic spreading centres, with four
such centres having been identified in the Areachap Belt. In addition to the Near Mine Project, the Company is
also prospecting for VMS deposits on the Masiqhame Prospecting Right (Figure 4). The Kantienpan and Boksputs
Zinc-Copper Deposits are the two most prominent known VMS deposits on the Masiqhame Prospecting Right.
Similarly, world-class intrusive nickel deposits also tend to also occur in clusters both on prospect and regional scale
in orogenic belts along geological plate margins similar to the Areachap setting. Within these intrusive centres, a
small number of the intrusions tend to host the best mineralisation depending upon the intrusion magma-flow
dynamics and timing of magmatic sulphide immiscibility and transport. Several mafic intrusive bodies with nickel
and associated metals are located on the Namaqua Disawell Prospecting Rights (Figure 4).
The setting of mineralisation has been confirmed to be analogous to other orogenic-hosted, deep-seated magma
conduit complexes such as Kabanga (Tanzania), Nova (Australia), Ntaka Hill (Tanzania), Akelikongo (Uganda),
and Limoeiro (Brazil). Conduit style mineralisation is currently the top priority global target for magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE
Figure 4: Regional geology map of the Areachap Belt showing prospecting rights held by, or currently under option to, the Company, and noted
mineral occurrences as per published data from South African Council for Geoscience.
Namaqua Disawell Project Area
The Jacomynspan Deposit (Figure 4) was discovered by Anglo American Prospecting Services (AAPS) in 1971.
Resource-definition drilling was carried out to a depth of 900m over 1.3km strike distance by AAPS, with
disseminated nickel-sulphide mineralisation having been intersected with widths varying between 30 to 70m (refer
ASX release 14 July 2016). Within the disseminated Ni-sulphide mineralisation, zones of semi massive sulphide
mineralisation with higher grades do occur as reflected in drill hole PC24, drilled by Anglo American Prospecting
Services in 1971.
This hole intersected 18m at 1.01% Ni, 0.41% Cu, 0.06% Co from 570.33m down hole depth 2. Two other Ni-Cu
deposits, Area 4 and Rok Optel, were investigated during the 1970s by AAPS, Newmont, Phelps Dodge and Hoch
Metals. Subsequent and prior to the Company obtaining the prospecting and mining rights, various companies
including Anglovaal, Glencor, Gold Fields and Namaqua Nickel explored the area. The Company conducted
AEM surveys over the Prospecting Right (refer ASX release 1 February 2018), ground electromagnetic surveys (refer
ASX release 3 July 2018) and drilled four diamond drill holes at Rok Optel (refer ASX release 24 October 2018).
2 Originally reported in ASX release of 14 July 2016: “Orion Expands South African Portfolio after Securing Advanced and Highly Prospective
Nickel-Copper Project” available to the public on www.orionminerals.com.au/investors/market-news. Competent Person: Mr. Errol Smart. Orion
confirms it is not aware of any new information or data that materially affects the information included above. Orion confirms that the form
and context in which the Competent Person’s findings are presented here have not been materially modified.
Figure 5: Map showing prospects and AEM anomalies overlain on a total field aeromagnetic image on the Disawell Prospecting Right.
Contiguous to the north of the Namaqua-Disawell Project, this project is defined in terms of the Masiqhame
tenement holding and includes the Kantienpan and Boksputs Zn-Cu VMS deposits (Figure 4).
With its known VMS deposits, numerous Cu-Zn mineral occurrences and regional geological setting, the area offers
potential for new VMS Cu-Zn and magmatic Ni-sulphide discoveries. It is common for VMS districts to have small
Cu-Zn deposits clustering close to a large deposit where on the Masiqhame Prospecting Right, the larger deposit
is still to be discovered.
During the Quarter, the Company did not carry out any exploration activity on the Namaqua Disawell Project.
Marydale Gold-Copper Project (Witkop)
In addition to the Prieska Project, the Company has exploration rights over the Marydale Gold-Copper Project
located 60km north of the Prieska Project.
Preliminary work on evaluating the potential for small scale or exploratory gold mining on the Witkop gold project
was completed during the Quarter and a Mining Right Application over the Prospecting Right was launched. The
work is being undertaken in collaboration with Orion’s BEE Partner Black Star Pty Ltd and its subsidiary Gariep
Mining (Gariep), who has extensive small-scale mining experience and owns an extensive surface and
underground mining fleet of equipment. Orion is evaluating a potential joint venture mining opportunity with
Gariep for the project.
The following work was completed during the Quarter:
• Modelling of mineralisation and resource estimation in the area of best gold mineralisation as defined by
drilling and trenching (refer ASX release 17 August 2016);
• First phase metallurgical test work;
• Preliminary pit design, mining and production schedules;
• Mine Works Program;
• An application for Environmental Authorisation and a Social and Labour Plan were prepared and
submitted to the Department of Mineral Resources; and
• Submission of the Mining Right Application.
Fraser Range – Nickel-Copper Projects (Western Australia)
Orion maintains a sizeable tenement package in the Fraser Range Province of Western Australia in joint venture
with IGO Limited (ASX: IGO) (refer ASX release 10 March 2017). Under the terms of the joint venture, IGO is
responsible for all exploration on the tenements and provides regular updates to Orion on activities and results.
Importantly, Orion maintains an exposure to the ongoing exploration and development of the Fraser Range
Project without additional financial commitment, given that Orion is free carried through to the first pre-feasibility
study on any of the tenements.
Drill results from five diamond drill holes drilled by IGO were reported during the Quarter. Diamond drilling on Ni-
Cu targets intersected mafic-ultramafic bodies intrusive into carbonate graphite bearing metasedimentary
successions on both the North West Passage and tenement E28/2367 (Figures 6 and 7) (refer ASX release 3
Tenement E28/2367 (IGO 70% - Orion 30% free carried) has become the focus of increased attention after the
recent discovery of a Ni-Cu-Co massive Sulphide deposit 16km to the southwest on neighbouring tenement
E28/2189 held by Legend Mining Ltd (ASX: LEG).
IGO is currently resolving logistical challenges regarding infrastructure and drill water access. Once these have
been resolved, drill testing of ground electromagnetic (EM), down-hole EM and gravity targets will resume on this
highly prospective set of targets.
Three holes were drilled at tenement E28/2367 (Figures 7 and 8) (Table 2). Drill hole 19AFDD1008 drilled on Hook 1
intersected gabbronorite zones 6m to 57m thick that are intercalated with locally graphitic metasedimentary
rocks containing sulphide stringers and semi-massive sulphide veins up to 10cm thick3 (Figures 7 and 9). A down-
hole EM survey identified a strong conductive response beyond the end of hole. Hole 19AFDD008 will be
deepened by 180m to test the down hole EM conductor.
3 Originally reported in ASX release of 3 February 2020: “Encouraging drilling results received from the IGO-ORN Joint Venture Tenements –
Fraser Range, Australia” available to the public on www.orionminerals.com.au/investors/market-news. Competent Person: Mr. Errol Smart.
Orion confirms it is not aware of any new information or data that materially affects the information included above. Orion confirms that the
form and context in which the Competent Person’s findings are presented here have not been materially modified.
Figure 6: IGO-Orion Fraser Range Joint Venture Tenements showing regional aeromagnetic image and locality of the Hook and Pike Prospects,
relative to nearby Legend Mining Mawson Prospect.
The Hook 1 prospect lies 16 km north east of Legend Mining’s Mawson Prospect, previously known as Area D
(Figure 6). At the end of the Quarter, Legend Mining (ASX: LEG) reported further success at Mawson when hole
RKDD008 intersected three massive sulphide zones (refer LEG ASX release 31 March 2020). Following Quarter end,
Legend Mining confirmed the Mawson Prospect as one of the most significant new discoveries in the Fraser Range
since Nova-Bollinger, with high-grade massive sulphide intercepts of up to 12.8m at 2.76% Ni and 1.36% Cu from
234.9m reported in diamond hole RKDD008 (refer LEG ASX release 21 April 2020). The Mawson intrusive is reported
to be hosted by graphitic sediments similar to those reported at Pike and Hook.
Holes 19AFDD1009 and 19AFDD1010, drilled respectively on Pike 4 and Hook 2, both intersected gabbronorite and
meta-gabbronorite intrusive into metasedimentary rocks with the gabbronorite in 19AFD009 displaying minor
pyrrhotite and chalcopyrite2.
Figure 7: Map showing IGO-Orion Fraser Range JV Tenements, prospects and drill holes.
Figure 8: Plan view of the Pike 1, Hook 1 and 2 prospects with diamond drill holes drilled and targeted conductors plotted on airborne magnetics.
Table 2: Details of diamond drilling carried out by IGO on Tenement E28/2367.
Hole ID Easting Northing Dip Azimuth Target Depth EOH Start Date End Date Prospect
19AFDD1008 653185 6606845 -75 135 280m 465.4m 9/10/2019 21/10/2019 Hook 1
19AFDD1009 657350 6610010 -75 150 330m 334.1m 27/10/2019 5/11/2019 Pike 1
19AFDD1010 653745 6607230 -75 135 200m 238.5m 6/11/2019 10/11/2019 Hook 2
Figure 9: Semi-massive to massive pyrrhotite-pyrite vein at 331m down hole depth in drill hole 19AFDD1008 drilled on the Hook 1 prospect3.
IGO initially plans to drill a further 2,560m in six holes, including extending hole 19AFDD1008 to test a strong off-hole
conductor detected below the current end-of-hole depth. Holes are also planned to test further EM targets at
Hook, Pike Eye and Pike (refer Figure 10). At Garfish, a gravity anomaly will be drilled to test for a mafic – ultramafic
In addition to follow-up diamond drilling, an extensive air-core drilling program is planned to map the surrounding
bedrock geology which lies under a thick cover of unconsolidated surface material.
Figure 10: Planned Diamond and air-core drilling on E28/2367.
North West Passage
Two diamond drill holes were drilled by IGO to test EM plates representing massive sulphide Ni-Cu targets (Figure
11). Details of the holes are summarised in Table 3.
Hole 19AFDD1001 intersected mafic-ultramafic intrusive rocks intercalated with carbonate and graphitic meta-
sediments. Ultramafic rocks intersected from 160m to 215m, returned maximum values of 2350ppm Ni, 2350ppm
Cr and 28% MgO3. The intrusive contains visible sulphides with massive and semi massive pyrrhotite - pyrite stringers
injected into both ultramafic rock and its host rocks (Figure 12). A zone intersected from 267m to 278m, consists of
peridotite and is devoid of sulphides. Maximum values include 2130ppm Ni, 2380 ppm Cr and 34% Cr3. Multiphase
ultramafic assemblages intrusive into carbonatitic and graphitic sub-units are considered to be highly prospective
for magmatic nickel-copper mineralisation within the Fraser Range.
Hole 19AFDD1002 intersected three mafic-ultramafic intrusive bodies between 99.75m and the end of the hole at
409m. A total of 139 core samples were submitted for analysis. Interpretation of the geochemical results is in
Figure 11: Completed collars and drill traces of drill holes 19AFDD1001 and 19AFDD1002 (looking from the south) with targeted EM plate in red on
the left and in plan view over merged tilt derivative and Total Magnetic image (north is up).
Table 3: Details of diamond drilling carried out on the North West Passage.
Hole ID Easting Northing RL Dip Azimuth Target (m) Start Date End Date
19AFDD1001 675523 6710882 287 -60 120 300 348.3 27/07/2019 02/08/2019
19AFDD1002 675443 6710697 286 -70 120 320 409.0 03/08/2019 08/08/2019
Figure 12: Semi massive pyrite-pyrrhotite vein intersected in hole 19AFDD1001 from 188.3-188.8m. The yellow circle indicates a chalcopyrite grain3.
Ownership Change in Quarter
Tenement Project Joint Venture Partner
NC30/5/1/1/2/10445PR PCM 70.00% --- ---
NC30/5/1/2/2/10244PR Marydale 70.00% --- ---
NC30/5/1/1/2/11841PR Vardocube 70.00% --- ---
NC30/5/1/1/2/11850PR Bartotrax 70.00% --- ---
NC30/5/1/1/2/10138MR Prieska 70.00% --- ---
NC30/5/1/1/2/11840PR Donnies Pan 70.00% --- ---
NC30/5/1/1/2/10032MR Namaqua-Disawell 18.50% --- Namaqua Nickel Mining (Pty) Ltd
NC30/5/1/1/2/10938PR Namaqua-Disawell 18.50% --- Disawell (Pty) Ltd
NC30/5/1/1/2/11010PR Namaqua-Disawell 18.50% --- Disawell (Pty) Ltd
NC30/5/1/1/2/12292PR Masiqhame 49.00% --- Masiqhame 855 (Pty) Ltd
E28/2367 Fraser Range 30% --- IGO Limited
E28/2378 Fraser Range 30% --- IGO Limited
E28/2462 Fraser Range 30% --- IGO Limited
Tenement Project Ownership Interest Change in Quarter Joint Venture Partner
E28/2596 Fraser Range 30% --- IGO Limited
E39/1653 Fraser Range 35% --- IGO Limited & Geological Resources Pty Ltd
E39/1654 Fraser Range 10% --- IGO Limited & NBX Pty Ltd
E69/2379 Fraser Range 10% --- IGO Limited & Ponton Minerals Pty Ltd
E69/2380 Fraser Range 10% --- IGO Limited & Ponton Minerals Pty Ltd
E69/2707 Fraser Range 10% --- IGO Limited & Ponton Minerals Pty Ltd
Cash and Finance
Cash on hand at the end of the Quarter was $1.2M. Payments made to related parties and their associates during
the Quarter was $0.186M and relates to Director fees and consulting fees, as listed in Section 6 of the Company’s
Quarterly Cash Flow Report (Appendix 5B).
Tembo Capital Convertible Loan Facility
On 24 January 2020, Orion announced that Tembo Capital Mining Fund II LP (Tembo Capital) has continued its
support of Orion through an extension to the term of the $3.6M Loan Facility from 25 January 2020 to 25 June 2020.
In January 2019, Orion announced that a $3.6M unsecured convertible loan facility had been agreed with Tembo
Capital (Loan Facility). Under the terms of the Loan Facility, Tembo Capital may elect for repayment of the
balance of the Loan Facility (including capitalised interest and fees) (Outstanding Amount) to be satisfied by the
issue of fully paid ordinary shares (Shares) by the Company to Tembo Capital at a deemed issue price of $0.026
per Share (subject to receipt of Shareholder approval if applicable). The Outstanding Amount must be repaid by
25 June 2020 (previously 25 January 2020), or if Tembo Capital elects to receive Shares in repayment of the
Outstanding Amount in lieu of payment in cash, the date on which the Shares are to be issued to Tembo Capital
(or such later date as may be agreed between Tembo Capital and Orion) (refer ASX release 25 January 2019). As
at 31 March 2020, the balance of the Loan Facility was $4.45M (including capitalised interest and fees).
Interim Financial Report – December 2019
Orion recorded a loss for the half year ended 31 December 2019 of $5.16M, including exploration expenditure
incurred of $1.06M which, under Orion’s deferred exploration, evaluation and development policy, did not qualify
to be capitalised and was expensed. Orion focused strongly on exploration within its Areachap Belt projects in
South Africa. Expenditure of $3.58M in exploration activities was incurred during the half year.
This Quarterly Report is authorised by the Board.
30 April 2020
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