TORONTO, July 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Vena Resources Inc. ("Vena" or the "Company") (TSX: VEM), (LIMA: VEM) (Frankfurt: V1R) (OTCBB: VNARF) (Xetra®: V1R.DE), a Company with strong partnerships with some of the world's largest mining companies, is pleased to announce that it has received all required permits from the Peruvian government to begin formal milling operations at Azulcocha (70/30 JV with Trafigura Beheer B.V. a privately-held international commodity trader). The permit, allows for the treatment of 500 tonnes per day of throughput.
Juan Vegarra, Chairman and CEO of Vena stated: "This is a significant milestone for the Company. Many years of effort have resulted in obtaining the approvals, which we believe marks a new beginning for Vena. A highly energized team is in place to begin the operational phase at Azulcocha and work to allow us to meet our goals of generating a revenue stream in the near term. The Company wants to thank its Peruvian employees, the nearby communities, third party vendors and the Ministry of Energy and Mines for their support."
Vena intends to begin reprocessing high grade tailings at Azulcocha in the near term and is currently negotiating ore supply contracts with several nearby mine operators as part of its planned toll milling efforts. These activities are intended to generate valuable revenue for the Company as well as providing feedstock for the Azulcocha mill in advance of its intended ramp-up to full scale production. The operation will quickly shift from processing tailings to toll milling at full capacity to eventually milling its own ore. Cash flows will be reinvested to grow the operation and to pay current liabilities with stakeholders over time. Vena is working with stakeholders to structure a payment plan that includes a swap of debt for common shares of Vena to minimize cash outlays and provide upside as stock markets rebound eventually.
While operations continue, Azulcocha will continue to review available strategies to improve operational efficiencies to improve project valuation intended to maximize shareholder value.
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