Plans to Break Ground for the Mine Portal On Schedule for Q1 2022
Global Atomic Corporation ("Global Atomic" or the "Company"), (TSX: GLO) (OTCQX: GLATF) (FRANKFURT: G12) today provided an update on critical aspects of the Dasa Uranium Project in the Republic of Niger .
Internal Review of the Feasibility Study ("FS")
- the Company is currently engaged in an internal review of key elements of the FS
- the review provides the Company with the opportunity to audit key FS assumptions, ensure Dasa is an efficient and modern operation, and attain the highest level of project cost certainty
- results of the Company's pilot test program and successful testing of Dasa Ore at Orano Mining's nearby Somaïr Mill confirm the process flow sheet and higher metal recoveries than carried in our April 2020 , Preliminary Economic Assessment for Dasa
- the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted supply chains around the world and management are sourcing solutions to mitigate delivery issues and lower logistics costs
- the review has identified opportunities to increase the participation of Niger national contractors, reduce costs and ensure quotations for certain major equipment components will meet standards for a bankable Feasibility Study
Mining Plans on Schedule
- Global Atomic's local team in Niger has been moving forward with quotations for contractors to begin the initial work to open the mine
- plans to break ground to excavate the Box Cut for Dasa's mine Portal are on schedule for Q1 2022
- negotiations continue with Orano Mining to finalize an agreement for direct shipment of ore (DSO) to their Somaïr Mine in Arlit, Niger
Stephen G. Roman , President and CEO commented, "Our review of the draft Feasibility Study has identified a number of opportunities to enhance the economics and operating cost profile of the Dasa Project. We expect our internal review, as well as further negotiations on pricing with suppliers of goods and services, to result in significant cost savings. This will translate into a Feasibility Study we can present to our current shortlist of interested project finance banks. We now anticipate a report filing in late Q4 2021, however, we remain on schedule to break gound in Q1 2022 to excavate the Box Cut and collar the Portal in early Q2 2022 and then begin the development of the Dasa underground mine."
"Significant activity is underway at the Dasa Project site to make that happen, including a selection process to hire a mining contractor and begin development work. As a result of the closure of the Cominak Mine in March 2021 , we look forward to hiring skilled personnel from this well trained work force to form the foundation of our own mining team. The benefits to Niger from the long life Dasa Project will go a long way towards replacing the social and economic benefits lost due to the shutdown of the Cominak Mine."
About Global Atomic
Global Atomic Corporation ( www.globalatomiccorp.com ) is a publicly listed company that provides a unique combination of high-grade uranium mine development and cash-flowing zinc concentrate production.
The Company's Uranium Division includes four deposits with the flagship project being the large, highgrade Dasa Project, discovered in 2010 by Global Atomic geologists through grassroots field exploration. With the issuance of the Dasa Mining Permit and an Environmental Compliance Certificate by the Republic of Niger , the Dasa Project is fully permitted for commercial production. Final design in support of the Company's Feasibility Study is ongoing.
Global Atomics' Base Metals Division holds a 49% interest in the Befesa Silvermet Turkey, S.L. ("BST") Joint Venture, which operates a new, state of the art zinc production plant, located in Iskenderun, Turkey . The plant recovers zinc from Electric Arc Furnace Dust ("EAFD") to produce a high-grade zinc oxide concentrate which is sold to zinc smelters around the world. The Company's joint venture partner, Befesa Zinc S.A.U. ("Befesa") listed on the Frankfurt exchange under 'BFSA', holds a 51% interest in and is the operator of the BST Joint Venture. Befesa is the world leader in EAFD recycling, with approximately 50% of the European EAFD market and facilities located throughout Europe , Asia and the United States of America .
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