Arc Minerals Ltd / Epic: ARCM / Market: AIM / Sector: Mining & Exploration
8 April 2019
Arc Minerals Ltd
('Arc' or the 'Company')
Arc Minerals is pleased to report that the Kalaba Demonstration Pilot Plant has now been completed and successfully commissioned with the initial production of copper/cobalt sulphide concentrate.
The Company is finalising detailed oxide resource tonnages, grades and mining plans in line with the completion of the block modelling of the overall oxide resource.
The block model assessment of the ore body will provide the basis for a review of operational and mining strategy including the cost benefit potential of upgrading the oxide ore feed into the plant aimed at materially reducing consumption of acid and related input costs.
Initial production will incur no mining cost as the plant feed will be drawn down from the existing stockpile of 10,000 tonnes at 2% copper.
The potential to enhance revenue streams through the production of separate copper and cobalt sulphide precipitates is also being investigated.
Nick von Schirnding, Executive Chairman of Arc Minerals commented: "I am very pleased to report that we delivered on our commitment to complete the construction and commissioning of the small-scale demonstration pilot plant at Kalaba. We have now completed the plant under budget - for less than half a million dollars. It is also an important step regarding Zamsort's previous commitments in terms of its exploration licenses.
"In the meantime, we have made major progress regarding our next phase of exploration and our newly identified targets. A more detailed update on this will be made shortly."
Arc Minerals Ltd
Nick von Schirnding (Chairman)
+44 (0) 20 7917 2942
SP Angel (Nominated Adviser & Broker)
Ewan Leggat / Soltan Tagiev
+44 (0) 20 3470 0470
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Notes to the Editors
Arc Minerals is an AIM listed exploration and mine development company focused on a diversified portfolio of mining projects with interests in Slovakia, Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia.
ARC Minerals current holdings include:
· 100% interest in CASA Mining Limited, a private company that has a 71.25% interest in the 3-million-ounce inferred Resource Akyanga gold deposit in the DRC.
· A 66% equity interest in Zamsort Limited ("Zamsort"), a private company focused on a prospective copper and cobalt licence in the Zambia Copperbelt, together with a convertible loan to Zamsort which converts into approximately a five percent additional equity interest in Zamsort.
· 100% ownership of the Kremnica Mining Licence Area in Slovakia which host the 1.3Moz AuEq Au PFS stage Ṧturec Gold Project.
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