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Okvau gold project, Cambodia – update

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24th June 2022

By: Sheila Barradas

Creamer Media Research Coordinator & Senior Deputy Editor

     

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Name of the Project
Okvau gold project.

Location
Mondulkiri province, eastern Cambodia.

Project Owner/s
Renaissance Minerals, a wholly owned subsidiary of ASX-listed Emerald Resources.

Project Description
Okvau has an independent Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant initial ore reserve of 14.3-million tonnes at 2 g/t gold for 907 000 oz at an average all-in sustaining cost of $754/oz over an initial seven-year life-of-mine.

The project involves the development of an openpit and a two-million-tonne-a-year processing plant to produce 106 000 oz/y of gold on average.

The deposit will be mined using conventional openpit mining methods from one pit at a relatively constant mining rate. Mining will be undertaken by drilling and blasting ore and waste, with loading and hauling undertaken by a mining contractor.

The proposed processing plant will use a single-stage crushing circuit and semiautogenous grinding milling circuit, sulphide flotation and regrind mill, followed by conventional cyanide leaching.

Tailings from the process plant will be disposed of in a dedicated tailings storage facility.

Potential Job Creation
Not stated.

Net Present Value/Internal Rate of Return
The project has a pretax net present value, at a 5% discount rate, of $337-million and an internal rate of return of 69%, with a payback of 1.4 years.

Capital Expenditure
Total development costs have been estimated at $98-million.

Planned Start/End Date
Commercial production started in September 2021.

Latest Developments
Emerald Resources has poured more than 3 000 kg of gold bullion from its Okvau gold mine since commercial production started in September 2021.

Key Contracts, Suppliers and Consultants
None stated.

Contact Details for Project Information
Emerald Resources, tel +61 8 9286 6300, fax +61 8 9286 6333 or email info@emeraldresources.com.au.

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