Roxgold Announces Approval of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the Yaramoko Gold Project
Furthers Permitting Goals and Advances Development
TORONTO, Aug. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - Roxgold Inc. (ROG: TSX.V) ("Roxgold" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Burkina Faso Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development has approved the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment ("ESIA") for the Yaramoko Gold Project. This marks a key milestone in the permitting process, for which the Company has already completed public consultations and crop compensation agreements.
"The approval of the ESIA is a major achievement for our Company and brings us to the final stages of the permitting process for Yaramoko," said John Dorward, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We would like to thank the government of Burkina Faso and its permitting bodies as well as our surrounding communities for the strong support they have demonstrated for the project."
The Company's next permitting milestones are the receipt of the Exploitation (Mining) Permit and completion of its Mining Convention, which will enable the commencement of development activities. The commencement of development activities is scheduled for the fourth quarter.
Following the announcement of its $75 million Debt Financing Mandate in June 2014, Roxgold continues to further its financing strategy. The Company expects to finalize its debt financing package within the fourth quarter of 2014.
Roxgold also continues to advance development milestones including ongoing detailed engineering for the project which is progressing on schedule. Sourcing of long lead items has commenced, with costs quoted in line with the expectations outlined in the Feasibility Study published in April 2014. In addition, the Company is progressing with the selection of its EPCM contractor, which is expected to be finalized in the current quarter.
Negotiations with SONABEL, the national electricity provider in Burkina Faso, continue to advance with expected finalization within the fourth quarter. The Company expects to benefit from significant projected cost savings associated with connecting the project's future processing plant to the 90Kv power line currently under construction within four kilometres of the 55 Zone, as outlined in its Feasibility Study.
|Finalization of Underground Mining Contract||Q3 2014|
|Securing Initial Long Lead Items||Q3 2014|
|EPCM Contract Finalization||Q3 2014|
|Power Line Agreement Finalization||Q4 2014|
|Exploitation (Mining) Permit Approval||Q4 2014|
|Finalization of Debt Financing||Q4 2014|
|Commencement of Underground Development||Late Q4 2014|
Roxgold is a gold exploration and development company with its key asset, the high grade, 100% owned Yaramoko Gold Project located in the Houndé greenstone region of Burkina Faso, West Africa. The Company is currently advancing Yaramoko's 55 Zone through permitting and, subject to making a positive construction decision, expects to commence development in Q4 2014. Roxgold trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol ROG.
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This news release contains forward-looking information. Forward looking information contained in this new release includes, but is not limited to, statements with respect to: (i) the estimation of inferred and indicated mineral resources and probable mineral reserves; (ii) the success of exploration activities; (iii) the completion and timing of the environmental assessment process (iv) the results of the Feasibility Study including statements about future production, future operating and capital costs, the projected IRR, NPV, payback period, and production timelines for the 55 Zone on the Yaramoko permit.
These statements are based on information currently available to the Company and the Company provides no assurance that actual results will meet management's expectations. In certain cases, forward-looking information may be identified by such terms as "anticipates", "believes", "could", "estimates", "expects", "may", "shall", "will", or "would". Forward-looking information contained in this news release is based on certain factors and assumptions regarding, among other things, the estimation of mineral resources and mineral reserves, the realization of resource estimates and reserve estimates, gold metal prices, the timing and amount of future exploration and development expenditures, the estimation of initial and sustaining capital requirements, the estimation of labour and operating costs, the availability of necessary financing and materials to continue to explore and develop the Yaramoko project in the short and long-term, the progress of exploration and development activities, the receipt of necessary regulatory approvals, the completion of the environmental assessment process, and assumptions with respect to currency fluctuations, environmental risks, title disputes or claims, and other similar matters. While the Company considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect.
Forward looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. Such factors include risks inherent in the exploration and development of mineral deposits, including risks relating to changes in project parameters as plans continue to be redefined including the possibility that mining operations may not commence at the Yaramoko project, risks relating to variations in mineral resources and mineral reserves, grade or recovery rates resulting from current exploration and development activities, risks relating to changes in gold prices and the worldwide demand for and supply of gold, risks related to increased competition in the mining industry generally, risks related to current global financial conditions, uncertainties inherent in the estimation of mineral resources and mineral reserves, access and supply risks, reliance on key personnel, operational risks inherent in the conduct of mining activities, including the risk of accidents, labour disputes, increases in capital and operating costs and the risk of delays or increased costs that might be encountered during the development process, regulatory risks, including risks relating to the acquisition of the necessary licenses and permits, financing, capitalization and liquidity risks, including the risk that the financing necessary to fund the exploration and development activities at the Yaramoko project may not be available on satisfactory terms, or at all, risks related to disputes concerning property titles and interest, and environmental risks. Please refer to the Company's Short Form Prospectus dated March 17, 2014 filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com for political, environmental or other risks that could materially affect the development of mineral resources and mineral reserves. This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the Company's forward-looking information. These and other factors should be considered carefully and readers should not place undue reliance on the Company's forward-looking information. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information that may be made from time to time by the Company or on its behalf, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.
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