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Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Kore Potash PLC

Review of Operations for Q3 2020

RNS Number : 3165D
Kore Potash PLC
27 October 2020
 

27 October 2020

 

Kore Potash Plc

("Kore Potash" or the "Company")

Review of Operations for the Quarter ended 30 September 2020

 

Kore Potash plc ("the Company"), the potash development company with 97%-ownership of the Kola and DX Potash Projects in the Sintoukola Basin, located within the Republic of Congo ("RoC"), provides the following quarterly update, for the period to 30 September 2020 (the "Quarter").

 

Quarterly Highlights:

· On 30 September 2020 the Company announced that following the recent equity fundraise, work has commenced on the Definitive Feasibility Study ("DFS") for the Company's DX Project ("DX"). The work to complete Phase One of the DFS on Kore's DX Project has commenced and includes:

A drilling programme consisting of the drilling and analysis of up to 5 new diamond drill holes is planned to begin during October 2020 - these will improve confidence in the value of DX

A number of local and international consultants have been engaged to support the environmental and technical aspects of the DFS

SQM, a global scale lithium and potassium producer and one of Kore's major shareholders, is providing technical support for key aspects of the DX DFS

Phase One of the DFS is planned for completion in May 2021

· Subsequent to the Quarter, on 22 October, the Company reported that drilling of the first hole of the DFS programme at DX has commenced.

 

Corporate Highlights

· At 30 September 2020, the Company held USD 7.8 3 million cash at bank.

· The Company held the General Meeting on 18 September 2020 to approve the $8m equity fundraise and the issue of 946,106,375 new ordinary shares in the Company at £0.0065 per share. The net proceeds of the fundraise will allow the Company to complete the first phase of the DFS for the DX project.

 

Brad Sampson, Chief Executive Officer of Kore Potash, commented:

"We have taken the DX Project from discovery to commencement of DFS within a 2-year period which is rapid in any context.

"The high grade of the DX Deposit, and its strategic location help create a compelling investment case and we are excited to be commencing the Definitive Feasibility Study and moving DX closer towards production.

"The Sintoukola Potash Basin has the potential to be a globally significant potash region, and DX will be the catalyst for that development."

 

 

Operational activities

Dougou Extension Sylvinite Definitive Feasibility Study

· During the Quarter, o n 30 September 2020, the Company announced that following the recent equity fundraise, work has commenced on the Definitive Feasibility Study ("DFS") for the Company's DX Project ("DX"). The work to complete Phase One of the DFS on Kore's DX Project has commenced and include:

A drilling programme consisting of the drilling and analysis of up to 5 new diamond drill holes is planned to begin in October 2020 - these will improve confidence in the value of DX. This program is on track to commence in October which is aligned with the DFS schedule. Key drilling personnel have been mobilised to the Congo ahead of the planned commencement of drilling.

The Drilling will be undertaken with Kore's own mud rotary and diamond drill rigs that are currently on site.  

On 14 October 2020 the Company announced that the Government of the Congo had granted approval for the environmental management plan for the planned DX drilling programme.

Agapito Inc were appointed as the mining and geology consultants and to be the Competent Person for both the Mineral Resources estimate and statement of Ore Reserves. They have commenced with dissolution test work and rock mechanics testing of DX core samples.

SQM, a global scale lithium and potassium producer and one of Kore's major shareholders, is providing technical support for key aspects of the DX DFS.

Phase One of the DX DFS is planned for completion in May 2021

· Subsequent to the end of the Quarter on 22 October 2020, the Company announced that drilling of the first drill hole planned for the DX DFS had commenced.

 

There were no mining production or construction activities during the Quarter.

 

Next steps

DFS work planned for the next Quarter includes the following:

· Restatement of the DX Pre-Feasibility Production Target to incorporate updated scheduling of the production caverns

· Completion of the dissolution test work programme planned for phase 1 of the DX DFS.

· Completion of the geo-mechanical test work planned for phase 1 of the DX DFS.

 

Quarterly cashflow report

In accordance with the ASX Listing Rules, the Company will also today lodge its cashflow report for the quarter ended 30 September 2020.  Included in those cashflows is CEO salary of approximately USD151k settled in cash. No non-executive director fees were paid during the quarter as the directors waived their entitlements pending the successful completion of the September 2020 fundraise.

The Company invested USD368k in exploration in the Quarter which comprising USD42k related to DX DFS design work, USD270K in sourcing DX DFS related drilling consumables, USD25k DX DFS management related costs and USD31k related to DX PFS equipment transportation costs. The Company ended the Quarter with USD 7.83 million of cash at bank.

This announcement has been approved for release by the Board.

ENDS

For further information, please visit www.korepotash.com or contact:

 

Kore Potash

Brad Sampson - CEO

 

Tel: +27 11 469 9140

Tavistock Communications

Jos Simson

Edward Lee

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7920 3150

Canaccord Genuity - Nomad and Broker

James Asensio

Henry Fitzgerald-O'Connor

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7523 4600

Shore Capital - Joint Broker

Jerry Keen

Toby Gibbs

James Thomas

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7408 4050

 

About Kore Potash's Projects

Kore Potash is an advanced stage mineral exploration and development company whose primary asset is 97%-owned interest in the Sintoukola project, a potash project located in the Republic of Congo. The Sintoukola project comprises the Dougou Extension sylvinite Deposit, the Kola sylvinite and carnallite Deposits, and the Dougou carnallite Deposit. These deposits are within the Dougou and Kola Mining Licenses. The Sintoukola project also includes the Sintoukola 2 Exploration License.

Sintoukola is located approximately 80 km to the north of the city of Pointe Noire which has a major port facility, and within 30 km of the Atlantic coast. Sintoukola has the potential to be among the world's lowest-cost potash producers and its location near the coast offers a transport cost advantage to global fertilizer markets.

The Dougou Extension sylvinite Deposit contains a total sylvinite Mineral Resource Estimate of 145 Mt grading 39.7% KCl, hosted by two seams. The results of a Pre- Feasibility Study ("PFS") were announced on 13 May 2020, which determined Ore Reserves of 17.7 Mt with an average grade of 41.7% KCl. Dougou Extension is located 15 km southwest of Kola. The deposit is open laterally; an Exploration Target for the northward extension of sylvinite was announced on the 21 November 2018.

The Kola sylvinite Deposit has a Measured and Indicated sylvinite Mineral Resource Estimate of 508 million tonnes grading 35.4% KCl. The results of a Definitive Feasibility Study ("DFS") were announced on 29 January 2019, which determined Ore Reserves of 152 Mt with an average grade of 32.5% KCl. The deposit is open laterally; an Exploration Target for the Southward extension of sylvinite was announced on the 21 November 2018.

The Dougou Extension and Kola sylvinite Deposits are considered high grade relative to most potash deposits globally and have the advantage of having very low content of insoluble material, less than 0.3% which provides a further processing advantage.

Tenement Details and Ownership

The Company is incorporated and registered in England and Wales and wholly owns Kore Potash Limited of Australia. Kore Potash Limited has a 97% holding in SPSA in the RoC. SPSA is the 100% owner of Dougou Potash Mining S.A. which will hold the Dougou Mining Lease upon the transfer from SPSA to Dougou Potash Mining S.A. through the issue of a Presidential Decree. In addition, SPSA were recently awarded the Sintoukola 2 Exploration Permit. The Kola Deposit is located within the Kola Mining Lease. The Dougou Mining lease hosts the Dougou Deposit and the Dougou Extension Deposit.

Table 1: Schedule of mining tenements (Republic of Congo) *

 

Project & Type

 

 

Tenement Issued

 

Company Interest

 

Title Registered to

Kola

Mining

 

Decree 2013-412

of 9 August 2013

 

100%

potassium rights only

Kola Potash Mining S.A.

Dougou

Mining

 

Decree 2017-139

of 9 May 2017

 

100%

potassium rights only

Sintoukola Potash S.A.

Sintoukola2

Exploration

 

Decree 2018-34

of 9 February 2018

 

100%

potassium rights only

Sintoukola Potash S.A.

 

* these remain unchanged from the quarter ended 30 July 2020.

 

Kore's Potash Mineral Resource and Ore Reserves - Gross and according to future 90% interest (10% by the RoC government)

 

KOLA SYLVINITE DEPOSIT


Gross

Net Attributable (90% interest)

Mineral Resource Category

Sylvinite Million Tonnes

Average Grade KCl %

Contained KCl million tonnes

Sylvinite Million Tonnes

Average Grade KCl %

Contained KCl million tonnes

Measured

216

34.9

75.4

194

34.9

67.8

Indicated

292

35.7

104.3

263

35.7

93.9

Sub-Total Measured + Indicated

508

35.4

179.7

457

35.4

161.7

Inferred

340

34.0

115.7

306

34.0

104.1

TOTAL

848

34.8

295.4

763

34.8

265.8









Gross

Net Attributable (90% interest)

Ore Reserve Category

Sylvinite Million Tonnes

Average Grade KCl %

Contained KCl million tonnes

Sylvinite Million Tonnes

Average Grade KCl %

Contained KCl million tonnes

Proved

62

32.1

19.8

56

32.1

17.9

Probable

91

32.8

29.7

82

32.8

26.7

TOTAL

152

32.5

49.5

137

32.5

44.6

Ore Reserves are not in addition to Mineral Resources but are derived from them by the application of modifying factors








DOUGOU EXTENSION SYLVINITE DEPOSIT (HWSS and TSS)


Gross

Net Attributable (90% interest)

Mineral Resource Category

Sylvinite Million Tonnes

Average Grade KCl %

Contained KCl million tonnes

Sylvinite Million Tonnes

Average Grade KCl %

Contained KCl million tonnes

Measured

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

Indicated

79

39.1

30.8

71

39.1

27.7

Sub-Total Measured + Indicated

79

39.1

30.8

71

39.1

27.7

Inferred

66

40.4

26.7

59

40.4

24.0

TOTAL

145

39.7

57.5

130

39.7

51.8









Gross

Net Attributable (90% interest)

Ore Reserve Category

Sylvinite Million Tonnes

Average Grade KCl %

Contained KCl million tonnes

Sylvinite Million Tonnes

Average Grade KCl %

Contained KCl million tonnes

Proved

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

Probable

17.7

41.7

7.4

16

41.7

6.6

TOTAL

17.7

41.7

7.4

16

41.7

6.6

Ore Reserves are not in addition to Mineral Resources but are derived from them by the application of modifying factors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







 

 

 

 

 








DOUGOU CARNALLITE DEPOSIT


Gross

Net Attributable (90% interest)

Mineral Resource Category

Million Tonnes carnallite

Average Grade KCl %

Contained KCl million tonnes

Million Tonnes carnallite

Average Grade KCl %

Contained KCl million tonnes

Measured

148

20.1

29.7

133

20.1

26.8

Indicated

920

20.7

190.4

828

20.7

171.4

Sub-Total Measured + Indicated

1,068

20.6

220.2

961

20.6

198.2

Inferred

1,988

20.8

413.5

1789

20.8

372.2

TOTAL

3,056

20.7

633.7

2750

20.7

570.3








KOLA CARNALLITE DEPOSIT


Gross

Net Attributable (90% interest)

Mineral Resource Category

Million Tonnes carnallite

Average Grade KCl %

Contained KCl million tonnes

Million Tonnes carnallite

Average Grade KCl %

Contained KCl million tonnes

Measured

341

17.4

59.4

307

17.4

53.5

Indicated

441

18.7

82.6

397

18.7

74.4

Sub-Total Measured + Indicated

783

18.1

142.0

705

18.1

127.8

Inferred

1,266

18.7

236.4

1140

18.7

212.8

TOTAL

2,049

18.5

378.5

1844

18.5

340.6

 

 

Competent Persons Statements

All Mineral Resource and Ore Reserves are reported in accordance with the JORC Code (2012 edition). Numbers are rounded to the appropriate decimal place. Rounding 'errors' may be reflected in the "totals". The Kola Mineral Resource Estimate was reported 6 July 2017 in an announcement titled 'Updated Mineral Resource for the High -Grade Kola Deposit'. It was prepared by Competent Person Mr. Garth Kirkham, P.Geo., of Met-Chem division of DRA Americas Inc., a subsidiary of the DRA Group, and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. The Dougou carnallite Mineral Resource estimate was reported on 9 February 2015 in an announcement titled 'Elemental Minerals Announces Large Mineral Resource Expansion and Upgrade for the Dougou Potash Deposit'. It was prepared by Competent Persons Dr. Sebastiaan van der Klauw and Ms. Jana Neubert, senior geologists and employees of ERCOSPLAN Ingenieurgesellschaft Geotechnik und Bergbau mbH and members of good standing of the European Federation of Geologists. The Dougou Extension sylvinite Mineral Resource Estimate is reported herein. Ms. Vanessa Santos, P.Geo. of Agapito Associates Inc., for the Exploration Results and Mineral Resources.  Ms. Santos is a licensed professional geologist in South Carolina (Member 2403) and Georgia (Member 1664), USA, and is a registered member (RM) of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc. (SME, Member 04058318).  The Company confirms that it is not aware of any new information or data that materially affects the information included in the original market announcements and, in the case of estimates of Mineral Resources or Ore Reserves that all material assumptions and technical parameters underpinning the estimates in the relevant market announcement continue to apply and have not materially changed. The Company confirms that the form and context in which the Competent Person's findings are presented have not been materially modified from the original market announcement.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains certain statements that are "forward-looking" with respect to the financial condition, results of operations, projects and business of the Company and certain plans and objectives of the management of the Company. Forward-looking statements include those containing words such as: "anticipate", "believe", "expect," "forecast", "potential", "intends," "estimate," "will", "plan", "could", "may", "project", "target", "likely" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. By their very nature forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors which are subject to change without notice and may involve significant elements of subjective judgement and assumptions as to future events which may or may not be correct, which may cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements, to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any of our forward-looking statements, which are not guarantees of future performance. Neither the Company, nor any other person, gives any representation, warranty, assurance or guarantee that the occurrence of the events expressed or implied in any forward-looking statement will occur. Except as required by law, and only to the extent so required, none of the Company, its subsidiaries or its or their directors, officers, employees, advisors or agents or any other person shall in any way be liable to any person or body for any loss, claim, demand, damages, costs or expenses of whatever nature arising in any way out of, or in connection with, the information contained in this document.

 

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