TORONTO – (BUSINESS WIRE) – May 27, 2020 – Almonty Industries Inc. (TSX:AII) (“Almonty”) announces the finalization of the plant layout and configuration upon the fixing of the location of the backfill plant at the site of the Sangdong Mine, Almonty’s wholly-owned mine in South Korea.
- The location of the backfill plant of approximately 1,300 m2 is determined at a 730-meter altitude near the Baegun adit, sitting atop of Taebaek Level (680-meter altitude) and Sangdong Level (656-meter altitude), where mining activities for initial years will be focused. The higher altitude will enable reduced operational expenses through gravity pumping of tailings and a simplified and cost-effective backfilling reticulation system.
- This location is also closer to the additional deposit identified as upside potential by ex-Korea Tungsten and the Korea Resource Corporation, ensuring the effectiveness of backfilling not only the targeted stopes of the Company’s NI43-101 indicated and inferred resources already defined, but also the future stopes of the continued deposit in the western direction which was identified through drilling campaigns in 1980s.
- The Sangdong backfill plant has been prepared and designed by Upgrade Mining Solutions (Europe), a specialist engineering firm in tailings paste fill.
Almonty’s Chairman, President and CEO Lewis Black commented:
“We are pleased to announce the completion of the plant layout of the Sangdong Mine with the finishing touch of fixing the location of the backfill plant. The paste fill plant at the Sangdong Mine will ensure the smallest possible footprint meeting the national and international environmental standards. It is also intended to stabilize the new and existing stopes enabling the mining safety which is the foremost and uncompromised objective of Almonty.
Together with the completion of basic engineering works on the critical equipment and process flowsheet by Metso (Europe), the Sangdong Mine is now moving towards the development phase.”
The principal business of Toronto, Canada-based Almonty Industries Inc. is the mining, processing and shipping of tungsten concentrate from its Los Santos Mine in western Spain and its Panasqueira mine in Portugal as well as the development of its Sangdong tungsten mine in Gangwon Province, South Korea and the development of the Valtreixal tin/tungsten project in north western Spain.
The Los Santos Mine was acquired by Almonty in September 2011 and is located approximately 50 kilometres from Salamanca in western Spain and produces tungsten concentrate. The Panasqueira mine, which has been in production since 1896, is located approximately 260 kilometres northeast of Lisbon, Portugal, was acquired in January 2016 and produces tungsten concentrate.
The Sangdong mine, which was historically one of the largest tungsten mines in the world and one of the few long-life, high-grade tungsten deposits outside of China, was acquired in September 2015 through the acquisition of a 100% interest in Woulfe Mining Corp.
Almonty owns 100% of the Valtreixal tin-tungsten project in north-western Spain.
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Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions management believes to be reasonable, including but not limited to, no material adverse change in the market price of ammonium para tungstate, the continuing ability to fund or obtain funding for outstanding commitments, expectations regarding the resolution of legal and tax matters, no negative change to applicable laws, the ability to secure local contractors, employees and assistance as and when required and on reasonable terms, and such other assumptions and factors as are set out herein. Although Almonty has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results, level of activity, performance or achievements not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate and even if events or results described in the forward-looking statements are realized or substantially realized, there can be no assurance that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, Almonty. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and are cautioned that actual outcomes may vary.
Investors are cautioned against attributing undue certainty to forward-looking statements. Almonty cautions that the foregoing list of material factors is not exhaustive. When relying on Almonty’s forward-looking statements and information to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events.
Almonty has also assumed that material factors will not cause any forward-looking statements and information to differ materially from actual results or events. However, the list of these factors is not exhaustive and is subject to change and there can be no assurance that such assumptions will reflect the actual outcome of such items or factors.
The realization of the benefits of the Amended Off-Take Agreement are subject to risk factors typical of a supply agreement of this nature including if the Company is unable to meet its obligations to deliver tungsten concentrate in accordance with the terms of the Amended Off-Take Agreement, variable costs of shipping and production over the term of the contract, the Customer’s ability to purchase the tungsten concentrate produced by Almonty at the mine and the continued economic viability of the Customer or its successors for the life of the Amended Off-Take Agreement. Finally, given these risks, there is no guarantee that the Company will realize the revenues contemplated under the terms of the Amended Off-Take Agreement.
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