34,400cts medium and higher quality rubies exported and independent experts appointed to produce a maiden JORC Resource at Montepuez Ruby Project
Montepuez Ruby Project Operational Update
This parcel includes 10,238cts recovered from the processing of 22,180 tonnes at 46 cpht from the recently discovered Block B at Montepuez.
The whole parcel will be graded and is planned to be sold in Thailand as part of ongoing market development and test sales activities.
- Mustang currently exporting a further 34,400cts of medium and higher quality rubies to Thailand from its Montepuez project
- Exported rubies planned to be sold through the Thailand office as part of the Company's ongoing market development and test sales campaign
- Newly discovered "Block B" delivered 10,238cts from the processing of 22,180 tonnes at a grade of 46 carats per hundred tonnes (cpht) since April 2018
- Independent experts Sound Mining Solutions appointed to undertake Resource modelling in preparation for a maiden JORC Resource in the December quarter 2018
- Pitting and exploration activities increased to define further extensions of secondary ruby deposits
- Plant upgrades scheduled to start in June 2018 to double processing capacity through the installation of an additional rotary pan, which is expected to reduce processing costs and total cost per carat
- Subject to a favourable maiden JORC Resource, exploration results and economic evaluation, Mustang aims to start commercial-scale mining operations in the first half of 2019
- Delegation from Thai Department of Commerce inspected the project in Mozambique and gave their full support to Mustang and future auctions in Thailand.
Mustang is also pleased to announce that it has appointed independent consultants Sound Mining Services (SMS) based in South Africa to start geological and resource modelling based on the comprehensive exploration and bulk sampling to date.
SMS will model and interpret the data with the aim of establishing a maiden JORC Resource for the Montepuez Ruby project in the December quarter of 2018.
Mustang has been increasing it exploration and pitting activities to provide additional data for the Resource and geological modelling and to define further extensions of the various ruby-bearing gravels on its licence areas.
Montepuez Ruby Project Development Plan and Milestones
The Company has now scheduled significant capacity upgrades for its ruby processing plant. These will start in June 2018. The upgrades will double the plant's processing capacity and are expected to significantly reduce processing costs (and therefore total costs) per carat through the installation of an additional rotary pan.
Following completion of these upgrades and the successful completion of the current exploration phase and subject to a favourable maiden JORC Resource, further exploration results and economic evaluation, the Company is targeting to commence commercial-scale mining operations in the first half of 2019 in accordance with the terms and conditions of the mining concessions.
Mustang Managing Director Dr. Bernard Olivier said: "We are pleased to report continuing progress on the development of the Montepuez Ruby Project. Our revised exploration and development strategy is now well on track.
"We look forward to completing the maiden JORC Resource and economic viability work later this year which, along with the planned plant capacity increase, we hope will pave the way for commercial-scale production operations to start in the first half of next year."
A delegation of 15 representatives from the Thai Department of Commerce visited Mustang's Montepuez Ruby Project. The Permanent Secretary, the Thai Ambassador to Mozambique and the Vice-President of the Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association were members of the delegation, together with other senior individuals from the gem industry in Thailand.
The Company was very pleased that the delegation was impressed by the ruby project and that it considers the project is run by Mustang on a highly ethical basis and is 'world-class' in all respects. The Thai Permanent Secretary of the Department of Commerce, Mrs Nuntawan Sakuntanaga confirmed that the Thai Government is very supportive of the project and of Mustang seeking relevant official approvals to conduct regular ruby auctions in Thailand in 2019.
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About Mustang Resources Ltd
New Energy Minerals Ltd is an ASX-listed company (ASX:MUS) focused on the development of the Caula Vanadium-Graphite Project in Northern Mozambique, located along strike from the Syrah Resources Ltd (ASX:SYR) Balama Project. In July 2018 New Energy Minerals announced a maiden vanadium mica-hosted JORC Measured Resource for Caula of 22Mt at 0.37% V2O5 for 81,600 tonnes of contained vanadium pentoxide. The Company concurrently announced a 317% increase in its JORC Graphite Resource to 21.9Mt at 13.4% Total Graphitic Carbon ("TGC") (8% cut-off), for a total of 2,933,100 tonnes of contained Graphite, all in the measured category.
The Company has a highly experienced board and management team with a 15-year track record of investment and successful project development in Mozambique and the Africa region. With the aim to become a key provider of vanadium and graphite, both key components used in battery production.
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