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Ariana Resources PLC - Q4 2019 PRELIMINARY PRODUCTION RESULTS

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Ariana Resources PLC
16 January 2020
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 January 2020

AIM: AAU

 

Q4 2019 PRELIMINARY PRODUCTION RESULTS

 

Ariana Resources plc ("Ariana" or "the Company"), the AIM-listed exploration and development company operating in Europe, is pleased to announce its preliminary production results for the quarter ended 31 December 2019 for the Kiziltepe Mine ("Kiziltepe" or "the Project") in Turkey.  Kiziltepe is part of the Red Rabbit Joint Venture ("JV") with Proccea Construction Co. and is 50% owned by Ariana through its shareholding in Zenit Madencilik San. ve Tic. A.S. ("Zenit").

 

Fourth Quarter Preliminary Production Results*:

 

·      The Company produced a total of 27,985 ounces of gold during the year, exceeding its full year production guidance of 25,000 ounces of gold by 2,985 ounces; representing an increase of c. 12%.

 

·      Gold production for the quarter was 7,318 ounces (Q3: 6,933 ounces#).

 

·    Total ore processed for the quarter was 54,735 tonnes (Q3: 55,174 tonnes) at an average head grade to the plant of 4.42 g/t gold.

 

·    Quarterly open pit ore mined was 74,034 tonnes, at an average mined grade of 3.59 g/t gold, and total material movement for the quarter was 1,082,303 tonnes.

 

·    Average metallurgical plant recovery of gold for the quarter remains high at 92.2%.

 

* All figures are given gross with respect to the JV.

 

Dr. Kerim Sener, Managing Director, commented:

 

"The last quarter of 2019 has again set another record for the Company, exceeding our forecast production for the year by a significant margin and beating last year's record.

 

"As at the end of the year, the JV development capital loan of US$33 million is 88% repaid, with the balance to be repaid by April 2020.  Looking ahead to 2020, the JV remains in a strong position as we pursue our future project development plans at Kiziltepe and Tavsan.  Once more, I would like to take this opportunity to thank both our dedicated JV team and our partners, Proccea Construction Co., for delivering another successful year of production and we look forward to working together in the years ahead. 

 

"We are pleased with the strong start to the year and expect to publish our 2020 production guidance during Q1 2020, once the latest resource estimation for Kiziltepe has been completed."

 

 

 

Q4 2019 Preliminary Production Results

 

 

Unit

Q4 2019

Q3 2019#

Q4 2018#

Open Pit - material moved (wet)

Tonnes

1,082,303

1,068,404

719,369

Open Pit - ore mined (wet)

Tonnes

74,034

47,933

63,349

Open Pit - mined grade

g/t Au

3.59

4.99

4.55

Process plant throughput

Tonnes

54,735

55,174

49,717

Plant feed grade

g/t Au

4.42

4.47

5.23

Metallurgical recovery

%

92.2

93.6

91.6

Gold produced

Troy Ounces

7,318

6,933

7,517

Silver produced

Troy Ounces

107,074

89,478

90,881

 

  

#Re-stated following year-end mine and mill reconciliation.

 

 

 

Contacts:

 

Ariana Resources plc

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7407 3616

Michael de Villiers, Chairman

 

Kerim Sener, Managing Director

 

 

 

Beaumont Cornish Limited

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7628 3396

Roland Cornish / Felicity Geidt

 

 

 

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7886 2500

James Stearns / Atholl Tweedie

 

 

 

Yellow Jersey PR Limited

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3004 9512

Dom Barretto / Harriet Jackson

/ Henry Wilkinson

[email protected]

 

 

 

Editors' Note:

 

About Ariana Resources:

 

Ariana is an AIM-listed mineral exploration and development company operating in Europe.  It has interests in gold production in Turkey and copper-gold assets in Cyprus.  The Company is developing a portfolio of prospective licences in Turkey, which contain a total of 1.6 million ounces of gold and other metals (as at end-2017). 

 

The Red Rabbit Project is comprised of the Company's flagship assets, the Kiziltepe and Tavsan gold projects, and is part of a 50:50 Joint Venture with Proccea Construction Co.  Both assets are located in western Turkey, which hosts some of the largest operating gold mines in the country and remains highly prospective for new porphyry and epithermal deposits.  The Kiziltepe Sector of the Red Rabbit Project is fully permitted and is currently in production.  The total resource inventory at the Project and its wider area is c. 605,000 ounces of gold equivalent (as at end-2017).  At Kiziltepe a Net Smelter Return ("NSR") royalty of up to 2.5% on production is payable to Franco-Nevada Corporation. At Tavsan an NSR royalty of up to 2% on future production is payable to Sandstorm Gold.

 

The 100% owned Salinbas Gold Project is located in north-eastern Turkey and has a total resource inventory of c. 1 million ounces of gold equivalent.  The project comprises three notable licence areas: Salinbas, Ardala and Hizarliyayla, all of which are located within a multi-million ounce Artvin Goldfield.  The "Hot Gold Corridor" contains several significant gold-copper projects including the 4Moz Hot Maden project, which lies 16km to the south of Salinbas and 7km south of Hizarliyayla.  A NSR royalty of up to 2% on future production is payable to Eldorado Gold Corporation on the Salinbas Gold Project.

 

Ariana is also earning-in to 50% of UK-registered Venus Minerals Ltd ("Venus").  Venus is focused on the exploration and development of copper-gold assets in Cyprus.

 

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited are broker to the Company and Beaumont Cornish Limited is the Company's Nominated Adviser.

 

For further information on Ariana you are invited to visit the Company's website at www.arianaresources.com.

 

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