Danakali Commences Pre-construction Geotechnical Work for Colluli Infrastructure
Danakali Ltd. (ASX:DNK; OTC:DNKLY) is pleased to advise that pre-construction geotechnical work has commenced at the future Colluli mine site. Cone penetrometer testing, excavator test pits, and Shelby tube testing is underway to refine the geotechnical engineering properties of the soils and the delineating soil stratigraphy to support the refined brine recovery pond foundation design and locations as part of the front-end engineering design (“FEED”) process which is being overseen by Fluor. Significant characterisation work was completed during both the pre-feasibility and definitive feasibility studies.
The FEED work will refine the recovery pond sizes, locations and construction volumes following the completion of the optimisation process which is well progressed. Knight Piésold (“KP”) are providing technical support and have geotechnical engineers on site working with the Colluli technical team. KP have a degree of knowledge of, and technical familiarity with the project from their involvement in the pre-feasibility study and definitive feasibility study phases where they focussed on the infrastructure foundation, pond and tailings components of the project. The current program serves as the final extension of geotechnical understanding before construction commences.
In addition to the work progressing on the refinement of the pond sizes and locations, Fluor logistics and construction teams have completed site visits during March 2017 to optimise the construction equipment transportation routes and delivery methods and engage with in country service providers and other key stakeholders. The work completed to date will tighten the construction schedule accuracy.
Colluli is fully permitted and is the most advanced stage greenfield primary sulphate of potash (SOP) project in the world. The Mining Agreement was signed and Mining Licenses for the project were granted in February 20171 . The project, which is 100% owned by the Colluli Mining Share Company (“CMSC”) is advancing funding, offtake and pre-construction activities.
Pre-construction activities including the front-end engineering design process and advancement of major operational contracts are progressing well, in conjunction with funding and offtake discussions. Power generation bids are currently under evaluation and the expressions of interest process for the mining contract has been completed. Danakali Limited, in conjunction with the Eritrean National Mining Corporation (ENAMCO), is developing the World Class Colluli Potash Project located in the Danakil region of Eritrea, East Africa. Colluli is the largest and shallowest known evaporite deposit in the world with a solid form ore reserve estimate of over 1.1bn tonnes2 .
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Danakali Limited, Level1, 234 Churchill Avenue, Churchill Court, Subiaco, Perth, WA 6008 Page 2 of 4 ABN 56 097 904 302 Tel: +61 8 6315 1444 Globally recognised, and highly reputable engineering and construction firm, Fluor has been appointed as the lead for the FEED process for the project3 . Fluor is a highly reputable, globally recognised engineering and construction firm with extensive experience in potash and Africa. The FEED team is also supported by Global Potash Solutions, Knight Piésold and Elemental Engineering.
About Danakali Ltd
Danakali is an ASX listed company and 50% owner of the Colluli Potash Project in Eritrea, East Africa. The company is currently developing the Colluli Project in partnership with the Eritrean National Mining Corporation (ENAMCO).
The project is located in the Danakil Depression region of Eritrea, and is ~75km from the Red Sea coast, making it one of the most accessible potash deposits globally. Mineralisation within the Colluli resource commences at just 16m, making it the world’s shallowest potash deposit. The resource is amenable to open pit mining, which allows higher overall resource recovery to be achieved, is generally safer than underground mining and is highly advantageous for modular growth.
The company has completed a definitive feasibility study for the production of potassium sulphate, otherwise known as SOP. SOP is a chloride free, specialty fertiliser which carries a substantial price premium relative to the more common potash type; potassium chloride. Economic resources for production of SOP are geologically scarce. The unique composition of the Colluli resource favours low energy input, high potassium yield conversion to SOP using commercially proven technology. One of the key advantages of the resource is that the salts are present in solid form (in contrast with production of SOP from brines) with which reduces infrastructure costs and substantially reduces the time required to achieve full production capacity.
The resource is favourably positioned to supply the world’s fastest growing markets. Our vision is to bring the Colluli project into production using the principles of risk management, resource utilisation and modularity, using the starting module as a growth platform to develop the resource to its full potential.
Competent Persons Statement (Rock Salt Resource)
Colluli has a JORC 2012 compliant Measured, Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resource estimate of 347Mt @97% NaCl. The resource contains 28Mt @ 97% NaCl of Measured Resources, 180Mt @ 97% NaCl of Indicated Resources and 139Mt @ 97% NaCl of Inferred Resources.
The information relating to the Colluli Rock Salt Mineral Resource estimate was compiled by Mr. John Tyrrell. Mr. Tyrrell is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and a full-time employee of AMC. Mr. Tyrrell has more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Mineral Resource estimation. He has sufficient experience relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of the deposit under consideration, and in resource model development, to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the JORC Code.
Mr Tyrrell consents to the inclusion of the information relating to the rock salt Mineral Resource in the form and context in which it appears.
Competent Persons Statement (Sulphate of Potash Resource)
Colluli has a JORC 2012 compliant Measured, Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resource estimate of 1,289Mt @11% K20. The resource contains 303Mt @ 11% K20 of Measured Resources, 951Mt @ 11% K20 of Indicated Resources and 35Mt @ 10% K20 of Inferred Resources.
The information relating to the 2015 Colluli Mineral Resource estimate was compiled by Mr. John Tyrrell, under the supervision of Mr. Stephen Halabura M. Sc. P. Geo. Fellow of Engineers Canada (Hon), Fellow of Geoscientists Canada, and as a geologist with over 25 years’ experience in the potash mining industry. Mr. Tyrrell is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a full-time employee of AMC. Mr. Tyrrell has more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Mineral Resource estimation.
Mr. Halabura is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan, a Recognised Professional Organisation (RPO) under the JORC Code and has sufficient experience relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 Edition of the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves (the JORC Code).
Mr. Tyrrell & Mr. Halabura consent to the inclusion of information relating to the 2015 Resource Statement in the form and context in which it appears.
Competent Persons Statement (Sulphate of Potash Reserve)
The November 2015 Colluli Ore Reserve is reported according to the JORC Code and estimated at 1,113Mt @10% K2O Equiv. The Ore Reserve is classed as 286Mt @ 11% K2O Equiv Proved and 827Mt @ 10% K2O Equiv Probable. The Competent Person for the estimate is Mr Mark Chesher, a mining engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the mining industry. Mr. Chesher is a Fellow of the AusIMM, a Chartered Professional, a full-time employee of AMC Consultants Pty Ltd, and has sufficient open pit mining activity experience relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the JORC Code. Mr Chesher consents to the inclusion of information relating to the Ore Reserve in the form and context in which it appears.
In reporting the Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves referred to in this public release, AMC Consultants Pty Ltd acted as an independent party, has no interest in the outcome of the Colluli Project and has no business relationship with Danakali Ltd other than undertaking those individual technical consulting assignments as engaged, and being paid according to standard per diem rates with reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses. Therefore, AMC Consultants Pty Ltd and the Competent Persons believe that there is no conflict of interest in undertaking the assignments which are the subject of the statements.
Quality Control and Quality Assurance
Danakali Exploration programs follow standard operating and quality assurance procedures to ensure that all sampling techniques and sample results meet international reporting standards. Drill holes are located using GPS coordinates using WGS84 Datum, all mineralisation intervals are downhole and are true width intervals.
The samples are derived from HQ diamond drill core, which in the case of carnallite ores, are sealed in heat sealed plastic tubing immediately as it is drilled to preserve the sample. Significant sample intervals are dry quarter cut using a diamond saw and then resealed and double bagged for transport to the laboratory.
Halite blanks and duplicate samples are submitted with each hole. Chemical analyses were conducted by Kali-UmwelttechnikGmBHSondershausen, Germany utilising flame emission spectrometry, atomic absorption spectroscopy and ionchromatography. Kali- Umwelttechnik (KUTEC) Sondershausen1 have extensive experience in analysis of salt rock and brine samples and is certified according by DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 by the Deutsche AkkreditierungssystemPrüfwesen GmbH (DAR). The laboratory follows standard procedures for the analysis of potash salt rocks chemical analysis (K+ , Na+ , Mg2+, Ca2+, Cl- , SO4 2- , H2O) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis of the same samples as for chemical analysis to determine a qualitative mineral composition, which combined with the chemical analysis gives a quantitative mineral composition.
Forward Looking Statements and Disclaimer
The information in this document is published to inform you about Danakali Limited (the “Company” or “DNK”) and its activities. DNK has endeavoured to ensure that the information enclosed is accurate at the time of release, and that it accurately reflects the Company’s intentions. All statements in this document, other than statements of historical facts, that address future production, project development, reserve or resource potential, exploration drilling, exploitation activities, corporate transactions and events or developments that the Company expects to occur, are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements.
Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include market prices of potash and, exploitation and exploration successes, capital and operating costs, changes in project parameters as plans continue to be evaluated, continued availability of capital and financing and general economic, market or business conditions, as well as those factors disclosed in the Company’s filed documents.
There can be no assurance that the development of the Colluli Project will proceed as planned. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward looking information. Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves have been reported according to the JORC Code, 2012 Edition. To the extent permitted by law, the Company accepts no responsibility or liability for any losses or damages of any kind arising out of the use of any information contained in this document. Recipients should make their own enquiries in relation to any investment decisions.
Mineral Resource, Ore Reserve and financial assumptions made in this presentation are consistent with assumptions detailed in the Company’s ASX announcements dated 25 February 2015, 4 March 2015, 19 May 2015, 23 September 2015, 30 November 2015, 15 August 2016 and 1 February 2017 which continue to apply and have not materially changed. The Company is not aware of any new information or data that materially affects assumptions made.
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