Source - LSE Regulatory
RNS Number : 9220L
Europa Metals Ltd
18 January 2021
 

18 January 2021

Europa Metals Ltd

("Europa Metals", the "Company" or the "Group") (AIM, AltX: EUZ)

PFS Update: Commencement of Drilling Campaign at the Toral Pb, Zn & Ag Project, Spain

Europa Metals, the European focused lead-zinc and silver developer, is pleased to announce that, further to the mobilisation of a diamond drill rig to site by Sondeos y Perforaciones Industriales de Bierzo SA ("SPI"),  drilling has now commenced at the Company's wholly owned, Toral lead, zinc and silver project ("Toral" or the "Toral Project") situated in the region of Castilla y León, north-west Spain.

Objectives of the drilling campaign

This latest drilling campaign forms part of the Group's Pre-Feasibility Study ("PFS") workstreams initiated at the Toral Project. The first phase of the drill programme will target areas above the 600m level, concentrating on increasing Europa Metals' understanding of the initial four years of potential future production at Toral and thereby building on the results of the independent preliminary economic study announced in November 2020. Core to be recovered and analysed from the drill campaign is expected to contribute to the following specific workstreams:

-      Increasing resource delineation to JORC standards - looking to 'fill-in' gaps from historical drills holes within the upper siliceous zone.

-      Performing further metallurgical testwork including additional ore sorting analysis within the upper siliceous zone that has demonstrated potential, before utilisation in the mining schedule.

-      Advancing geotechnical studies around areas of potential future mine development.

In addition, further to the Company's announcement of 19 October 2020, the current drill programme forms part of the Innovation Partnership with the University of Salamanca and SPI (the "Partnership"), which helped secure the grant award of €466,801.50 to the Company from the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI).

Data from the drilling campaign will be recovered and processed by the Partnership in order to progress the development of a software package that can correct or reduce deviation within diamond drilling operations. Europa Metals looks forward to updating the market on the results from such work to be conducted by the Partnership as algorithm development progresses.

Drilling operations have commenced to schedule but, in light of the worldwide Coronavirus health emergency and the need to prioritise the health and safety of the Group's employees and consultants, no specific commitments will be made at this time regarding the duration of ongoing and planned additional fieldwork. Europa Metals will announce material work/progress on the achievement of milestones and findings on a timely basis, as appropriate, and looks forward to updating shareholders on other workstreams  during the course of 2021.

Commenting today, Laurence Read, CEO of Europa Metals, said:

"Today's drilling campaign will build on the operational work completed over the last two years that has seen significant advances in the potential production rate and overall estimated economics for Toral. This initial phase will concentrate on the upper zone of Toral in order to focus on refining the planned design and economics for the early years of the project, which have become an attractive feature of the recent preliminary economic study as a result of a comparatively low level of capex, early mining and breakeven within four years."

 

For further information on the Company, please visit www.europametals.com or contact:

 

Europa Metals Ltd

Dan Smith, Non-Executive Director and Company Secretary (Australia)

T: +61 417 978 955

Laurence Read, CEO (UK)

T: +44 (0)20 3289 9923

 

Linkedin: Europa Metals ltd

Twitter: @ltdeuropa

Toral flythrough: https://youtu.be/qLbiyfItXbY

Presentation with commentary: http://www.europametals.com/site/content/

 

Strand Hanson Limited (Nominated Adviser)

Rory Murphy/Matthew Chandler

T: +44 (0)20 7409 3494

 

Tavistock (PR and IR)

Emily Moss /Oliver Lamb

T: +44 (0)20 7920 3150 / EuropaMetals@Tavistock.co.uk

 

Turner Pope Investments (TPI) Limited (Broker)

Andy Thacker

T: +44 (0)20 3657 0050

 

Sasfin Capital Proprietary Limited (a member of the Sasfin group)

Sharon Owens
T (direct): +27 11 809 7762

 

 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.

 

Notes to Editors:

 

Toral flythrough: https://youtu.be/qLbiyfItXbY

 

Toral Pb, Zn & Ag Project, Spain: Comparison of 2020 and 2018 Scoping Study Key Parameters

 

 

 

2020

2018

Resource

Indicated Tonnes

3.8m

-

 

Inferred Tonnes

13m

16m

 

Total Tonnes

17m

16m

 

Av. ZnEq.%

7.3

7.5

 

Av. Zn%

4.2

3.9

 

Av. Pb%

3

3.1

 

Av. Ag g/t 

24

24

Mining

Rate tpa 

700,000

450,000

 

Grade ZnEq%

7.6%

7.5%

 

Method

SLOS

Cut&Fill

 

Approach

Contractor

Owner

 

Cost

US$36/t

US$36/t

 

LOM

12 years

15 years

Metallurgy

Process

Sorting+Flotation

Flotation

 

Recovery (Average)

85% Zn, 87% Pb, 86% Ag

93% Zn, 89% Pb, 80% Ag

 

Cost

US$22/t

US$25/t

Capex

Mine

US$86m

US$46m

 

Plant

US$30m

US$33m

 

Infrastructure

US$4m

US$5m

 

Other

US$11m

-

 

LOM Capex

US$131m (Y1-12)

US$159m (Y1-15)

 

Upfront (to production)

US$79m

US$94m

Financials

NPV

US$156m

US$110m

 

IRR

31.3%

24.4%

 

Payback Year

4

6

 

 

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

RNS may use your IP address to confirm compliance with the terms and conditions, to analyse how you engage with the information contained in this communication, and to share such analysis on an anonymised basis with others as part of our commercial services. For further information about how RNS and the London Stock Exchange use the personal data you provide us, please see our Privacy Policy.
 
END
 
 
DRLDKPBQABKDBDD
Find out how to deal online from £1.50 in a SIPP, ISA or Dealing account.