EXPLORATION AND RESERVE UPDATE
A technical services team has been established at the corporate office in Toronto to focus on optimizing strategic growth initiatives and to provide technical support to our operations.
Technical support for the growth initiatives includes resource modelling for existing mine licence (ML) prospects including the Sabodala pit, strategic optimization of the regional land package, engineering support for potential project development, evaluating merger and acquisition (M&A) targets and corporate reporting for resources and reserves.
Technical support for our existing operations includes engineering and geology for the development of the Gora project, continual improvement initiatives at our operations and technical support for site specific projects.
At the Gora deposit, a combination of receipt of final assays, re-modelling and application of geo-statistics resulted in an increase in the Measured and Indicated Resource to 374,000 ounces of gold at 5.0 gpt. Technical and environmental work continued during 2012 and has progressed to initiate the permitting process in the first quarter of 2013.
The Gora site is planned to be operated as a satellite to the Sabodala mine with limited local infrastructure and development. Ore will be hauled to the Sabodala processing plant by a dedicated fleet of trucks and processed on a priority basis, displacing Sabodala feed as required.
Mining by open pit methods will produce approximately 500,000 tonnes of ore per year for four years, averaging a feed grade of 4.22 gpt gold, containing 285,000 ounces of gold.(4) Metallurgical testing has revealed that Gora ore has similar properties to the Sabodala ore body and therefore blending will not impact overall gold recovery.
A series of environmental and pre-development technical studies as well as local consultation have been undertaken to support the development proposal.
The project capital cost is estimated to be $48 million. The primary cost is the purchase of the mobile equipment fleet, which will be utilized as part of Teranga's long term mine plan upon completion of Gora. Additional costs include installation of the required infrastructure and project execution costs.
Total cash costs for Gora are estimated to average $675 to $700 per ounce sold on a life-of-mine basis. The Project economics based on the proposed operating scenario and a discount rate of 5 percent return an after tax net present value (NPV 5 percent) of $105 million and an internal rate return (IRR) of 69 percent.(5)
Mine License (ML) Exploration
The Sabodala Mine License covers 33 km2 and, in addition to the mine related infrastructure, contains the Sabodala, Masato, Niakafiri, Niakafiri West, Soukhoto and Dinkokhono deposits.
Total reserves as of December 31, 2012 on the ML were 33.13 million tonnes at 1.22 gpt totalling 1.30 million ounces, a decrease of 235,000 ounces or 15 percent. Since the updated reserves reflect drill assay results through August 2012, all drill results after August 20, 2012 will be included in an updated reserve in 2013.
As at August 20, 2012, Measured and Indicated Resources at Sabodala increased by approximately 0.7 million ounces to 2.1 million ounces, a 43 percent increase over Measured and Indicated Resources as at December 31, 2011, net of production.
Drilling in 2012 successfully extended the Masato mineralized limits to the south and down dip onto Teranga's ML defining approximately 700,000 ounces Inferred Resource.
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