QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 04/29/13 -- Robex Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE: RBX)(FRANKFURT: RB4) is pleased to inform its shareholders that, following the funding of $4 million announced last week (see News Release 22-04 -2013), its production target set out after commissioning of its plant are increased by 53%.
In recent months, the Robex team and an engineering firm have worked extensively on optimizing the process of the plant. The flow sheet of the process was optimized and redefined. In addition, the equipment has been sized accordingly by the engineering firm. Furthermore, multiple tests have confirmed that a cyanidation time of 16 hours was adequate to maintain the recovery rate at 88% - 90%. As a result, the production target set for the commissioning of its plant in the third quarter of 2013 is now 2,300 tonnes per day (t / d), compared to the objectives of 1500 t / d initially planned. During the year following the start of the plant, the Company expects to achieve 6000 t / d by the gradual addition of cyanidation tanks.
The construction and planned expansions will be realized in three phases: Phase 1, the current phase of start-up includes the feed system, the cyanidation circuit (CIL) and the gold recovery system. Phase 2 includes the crushing and grinding circuit and phase 3 of a second feed circuit. Each phase includes sub-phases. These sub-phases correspond to the gradual addition of cyanide tanks. The exploration of the Mininko property will continue meanwhile with the objective of increasing the resource to such level that it could possibly increase future level of production at Nampala beyond the 6000 tonnes per day planned. In the event of a significant increase in resources, the second and third phases of expansion could proceed eventually.
Reminder on the Nampala mining project
Recall that in October 2012, the Company announced its desire to launch a gold production with a plant having a capacity of about 1500 t / d and increase quickly and sequentially until the threshold of 6,000 t / d (approximately 45.000 ounces of gold per year), as specified in the feasibility study, is reached. (This feasibility study was made public by a press release on November 8, 2011.) The Company also announced expansions at the mill when the construction of the first phase would be completed.
Andre Gagne, President and CEO, said: "This increase in production and therefore, anticipated revenues, will have a significant impact on the Company. Indeed, they will allow Robex to virtually be able to finance the funds generated for future expansions. Thus, the funds generated by the potential exercise of warrants issued in prior funding, and aimed at addressing said expansions, will be mainly engaged in the advancement of other properties to prepare for other development projects."
To date, construction is well underway. There are nearly a hundred workers on site daily, including a team of 12 Quebec expatriates. The first four cyanidation process tanks and clean water tank have their concrete foundation complete and the assembly of the steel has begun. The "rompad" is at the concreting phase, the buffer pool is finished and work on the tailing dam is advancing very quickly. The housing of the base of life has begun to be occupied by expatriate workers and the refectory is nearing completion. The administrative offices are completed, furnished and operational and the arrival of the satellite internet is due in the coming days. All drilling wells, water supply and dewatering is completed. All access roads to power lines are also completed and ready to receive the posts. Finally, the security perimeter fence of the mine, nearly 10 km, is closed off and the access gate is completed.
You can view pictures of the progress of the work in Nampala on the Robex website at: www.robexgold.com
This press release contains statements that may constitute "forward-looking information" or "forward-looking statements" as set out within the context of security law. This forward-looking information is subject to many risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond Robex Inc.'s ("Robex") control. The actual results or conclusions may differ considerably from those that have been set out, or intimated, in this forward-looking information. There are many factors which may cause such disparity, especially the instability of metal market prices, the results of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates or in interest rates, poorly estimated reserves, environmental risks (stricter regulations), unforeseen geological situations, unfavorable extraction conditions, political risks brought on by mining in developing countries, regulatory and governmental policy changes (laws and policies), failure to obtain the requisite permits and approvals from government bodies, or any other risk relating to mining and development. There is no guarantee that the circumstances anticipated in this forward-looking information will occur, or if they do occur, how they will benefit Robex. The forward-looking information is based on the estimates and opinions of Robex's management at the time of the publication of the information and Robex does not assume any obligation to make public updates or modifications to any of the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or any other cause, except if it is required by securities laws.
The TSX Venture Exchange or its Regulation Services Provider (as defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts no liability for the authenticity or accuracy of this release.
President and CEO
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