TORONTO, Feb. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - ROMARCO MINERALS INC. (TSX: R) (the "Company") wishes to provide an update with respect to the
Environmental Impact Statement ("EIS") for its 100% owned Haile Gold
Mine project in South Carolina, USA. All dollar amounts in this news
release are expressed in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise stated.
Since the news release dated October 25, 2012, the Company has been
meeting regularly with the US Army Corps of Engineers ("Corps"), the
contractor, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the South Carolina
Department of Health and Environmental Control, as well as consulting
parties for continued review of the submitted hydrology model. As a
result of those meetings all parties agree, and the Corps has requested
the Company perform, the following hydrological tasks to gather
additional data to supplement existing data previously submitted in the
Twin three vibrating wire piezometer holes (six new holes).
Complete an aquifer test and pump for approximately one week with a new
production well and seven monitoring wells. The new aquifer test will
provide additional data for an area where bedrock characteristics are
anticipated to be different from previous testing.
The Company has already received the authorizations to drill and has
begun to twin the vibrating wire piezometer holes and to drill the
aquifer well. The data collection and associated modeling should be
completed in the second quarter 2013.
The Corps has indicated work is continuing on the writing of the EIS
chapters. Additional information is available on the Corps' www.hailegoldmineeis.com website.
The Company is pleased to announce it has amended its agreement with
Blanchard Machinery Company ("BMC") for the delivery and final payment
for its Caterpillar ("CAT") mobile mine equipment for its Haile Gold
Mine project in South Carolina. If needed, the amendment extends the
delivery schedule and final payment of approximately $29 million,
originally scheduled for September 30, 2013 by six months, with an
option to extend a further six months. The Company will incur a modest
fee for the amendment and the extension option and it will continue to
incur a monthly holding cost of approximately $230,000. The agreement
maintains previously agreed pricing, ensures timely delivery of new
equipment with tires, keeps a full warranty in place until delivery,
and allows the Company to defer the majority of the payment in order to
conserve cash, should the need arise. BMC worked with the Company in
evaluating other alternatives and the amended agreement provides the
lowest cost alternative with continued flexibility.
The local dealer for the Company's Hitachi shovel, Flint Equipment
Company ("Flint"), is storing the shovel in Savannah, GA. In the
current agreement with Flint, the Company will take delivery of the
shovel not later than February 2014 and the final payment will be
approximately $2 million. Flint recently advised that it would work
with the Company to adjust the current agreement for delivery of the
shovel, if needed.
The SAG and Ball mill shells were delivered to South Carolina in late
December 2012 and arrived at Haile on January 18, 2013. Progress
payments of approximately $3 million on these are being made in the
first quarter of 2013. Payment of approximately $1.3 million for both
mill motors and girth gears is anticipated in the third quarter of 2013
with final payments of approximately $1.3 million for other ancillary
components delayed until after the start of construction.
The Company is continuing with its cash conservation actions and ended
2012 with $64.8 million of cash and cash equivalents, which was $9.4
million lower than September 30, 2012. At February 20, 2013, cash was
approximately $54 million. The first quarter cash spend is higher than
the previous two quarters of 2012 primarily due to payments for the
Ball and SAG mills mentioned above and annual payments customarily paid
in the first quarter of each year.
The Company will hold a conference call on February 21, 2013 at 8:30 am
ET where senior management will provide an update on the EIS and Haile
Gold Mine project. Senior management will also respond to questions
from analysts and investors.
To join the call:
In Canada and the United States - 1-888-231-8191
International - 647-427-7450
The conference call will be recorded and playback will be available
approximately two hours after the event's completion by dialing toll
free in Canada and the United States 1-855-859-2056 or locally
416-849-0833, passcode 13997766# (available up to February 28, 2013).
About Romarco Minerals Inc.
Romarco Minerals Inc. is a gold development company focused on
production primarily in the US. The Company has completed a positive
Feasibility study and is continuing exploration drilling and permitting
for its flagship project, the Haile Gold Mine in South Carolina.
SOURCE: ROMARCO MINERALS INC.
For further information:
Romarco Minerals Inc.
Dan Symons, Vice President, Investor Relations
Renmark Financial Communications Inc.
Maurice Dagenais 514-939-3989 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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