Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation is pleased to announce that it has entered into a contractual agreement with Consulmet Metals (Pty) Limited of South Africa to complete a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) for a gravity recovery plant on its Kigosi Gold Project in the Lake Victoria Goldfields of Tanzania.
A favorable conclusion to the PEA would see the commencement of a Definitive Feasibility Study that would support the Company’s mining license submission and provide a basis for plant design and related work which would be completed on a “turnkey” basis.
The Consulmet group of companies have supplied in excess of 100 plants within the minerals, metals and chemical processing industries, some to large international mining companies. At the very minimum the Phase 1
plant will consist of the following process circuits: Crushing, Milling, Gravity separation, Calcining, Smelting, Tailings disposal, Reagent make-up, mixing, distribution and dosing; and Utilities including water, air and electricity.
The PEA will focus on a surface rubble deposit that was discovered on Kigosi during the original inclined-hole RC exploration drilling program on the Luhwaika prospect which was conducted on a 30m x 100m grid system.
This rubble deposit is of particular economic interest due to its near surface, tabular extent and unconsolidated nature which lends itself to low cost mining and gold recovery methods. Higher grade areas within the quartz rubble are directly attributable to the erosion of the Luhwaika reefs whose economic potential will also be evaluated in the immediate future.
According to James E. Sinclair, President and CEO, “The existence of this economically significant rubble deposit opens up the possibility of achieving low cost commercial production from Kigosi within the next year. Cash flow from any such operation could be used to facilitate development of our Buckreef Project and perhaps even create an opportunity to generate a meaningful financial return to our shareholders to whom we are greatly indebted.”