CALGARY, Oct. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - TVI Pacific Inc. (TSX:TVI) (OTCQX:TVIPF) ("TVI") and TVI's Philippine affiliate, TVI Resource Development (Phils.), Inc. ("TVIRD") are pleased to announce that loading has commenced on the first shipment of high-iron/low nickel direct shipping ore ("DSO") produced from the Agata project located in northern Mindanao, the Philippines. The launch of the Agata DSO operation is the culmination of two years of mine development and permitting and confirms receipt by Agata Mining Ventures Inc. ("AMVI"), TVIRD's operating subsidiary, of all required environmental, construction, operating and export permits for the project.
TVI is also pleased to announce that TVIRD has fulfilled its earn-in obligations under the Agata Mining Joint Venture agreement and has acquired a 60% interest in the Agata DSO project.
"This is a momentous occasion as the Agata DSO operation marks TVIRD's third successful mine launch in the Philippines in the past ten years," stated Mr. Cliff James, Chairman and CEO of TVI Pacific Inc. and Chairman of TVIRD. "The achievement of this critical milestone marks TVIRD's return to revenue and cash flow generation – a rare feat amongst junior resource companies in today's commodities market – and positions the company for continued growth."
Loading of approximately 55,000 wet metric tonnes ("wmt") of mineralized material, grading a minimum of 48% iron and 0.6% nickel, began on October 12, 2014 and is expected to take approximately 10 to 12 days to complete. It is anticipated that future shipments of 55,000 wmt high-iron/low nickel DSO will continue approximately every three to four weeks with shipping rates expected to accelerate to 2.5 million wmt per year in 2015.
Photos of the loading process are available at www.tvipacific.com.
About the Agata Project
The Agata project is held by AMVI, a joint venture company whose shares are owned by TVIRD and Mindoro Resources Ltd. ("Mindoro"), in which TVIRD holds a 60% interest and is operator. TVI has a 30.66% direct interest in TVIRD and thereby a 24.2% indirect ownership interest in AMVI through its ownership in TVIRD and its 14.4% direct interest in Mindoro, which holds a 15% interest and option to acquire a further 25% in AMVI.
An initial Offtake Agreement ("Agreement") was signed by AMVI in June 2014 with Tewoo Hoperay (Singapore) Pte. Ltd, a subsidiary of Tianjjn Hoperay Mineral Limited Company, a major Chinese State Owned Enterprise, to sell one million wet metric tonnes of high-iron/low nickel DSO, and a second Agreement was signed in August 2014 to sell five hundred thousand wet metric tonnes. Advance payments of US$2 million have been received by AMVI against the initial Agreement to fund initial operating costs, and a further US $1 million advance is expected with respect to the second Agreement.
The Agata Project is located in Agusan del Norte province, within the Surigao mining region on the island of Mindanao, Philippines. The Surigao region is a major lateritic nickel producing region providing ore to processing plants in Australia, China, Korea and Japan. The Agata Project is well located and is expected to benefit from its deep protected seaport, the opportunity for year-round shipping and its proximity to main markets in Asia.
Based on the National Instrument ("NI") 43-101 compliant Feasibility Study completed by TVIRD on September 10, 2013, robust economics were indicated for a DSO operation of the high-iron laterite resources at the Agata Project. The Feasibility Study concluded:
- Low initial start-up capital of US$10.1 million, high Internal Rate of Return of 187% and payback within the first year of operation;
- Post-tax Net Present Value (10% discount) of US$37.9 million; and,
- DSO product to grade 48% Fe and 0.9% Ni - a product in consistent demand.
An NI 43-101 Compliant Mineral Resource estimate released on April 10, 2013 shows the Agata DSO project to have reported Proven and Probable Reserves of 9.70 million wmt with a grade of 48% Fe with 0.9% Ni. The report is available for viewing on http://www.sedar.comand www.tvipacific.com.
About TVI Pacific Inc.
TVI Pacific Inc. is a Canadian resource company focused on the production, development, exploration and acquisition of resource projects in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. TVI's affiliate, TVIRD, has to date produced copper and zinc concentrates as well as gold and silver from its Canatuan mine and has now commenced loading high-iron/low nickel ore with its Agata DSO project. TVIRD also continues to advance its Balabag Gold-Silver project. TVI is a direct or indirect participant/operator in several joint venture projects in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea and also has an interest in an offshore Philippine oil property.
In addition to retaining a 30.66% indirect interest in TVIRD and other Philippine subsidiaries, TVI continues to directly hold (i) 23.01% equity interest in Foyson Resources Limited ("Foyson") (ii) a 14.4% equity interest in Mindoro; (iii) its 10% interest in the Amazon Bay Iron Sands project (for which the exploration license is held by Titan Mines Limited, a company in which Foyson holds 50% shareholding and has an option to acquire the remaining 50%); and (iv) its 100% investment in shares of TG World Energy Corp. ("TG World").
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Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance upon the forward-looking statements contained in this News Release and such forward-looking statements should not be interpreted or regarded as guarantees of future outcomes. Forward-looking information respecting cash flows anticipated from future production of high-iron/low nickel DSO at the Agata Mining Project, is based upon high-iron/low nickel DSO prices in effect as at the date of this News Release, management's forecasts of trends in prices of high-iron/low nickel DSO, current mining rates of high-iron/low nickel DSO from the Agata Mining Project, estimates of the size of the high-iron/low nickel DSO reserves at Agata Mining Project, the current development plan for Agata Mining Project, TVIRD's current budget and overall strategy for Agata Mining Project, which plans, budget and strategy are all subject to change. Forward-looking information respecting the anticipated timing of future shipments of high-iron/low nickel DSO from the Agata Mining Project, is based upon current mining rates of high-iron/low nickel DSO from the Agata Mining Project, the terms of the third party offtake agreement for the purchase of high-iron/low nickel DSO produced at the Agata Mining Project, estimates of the size of the high-iron/low nickel DSO reserves at the Agata Mining Project, the current development plan for the Agata Mining Project, TVIRD's current budget and overall strategy for the Agata Mining Project, which plans, budget and strategy are all subject to change. The forward-looking statements of the Company contained in this News Release are expressly qualified, in their entirety, by this cautionary statement. Various risks to which the Company is exposed in the conduct of its business (including mining activities) are described in detail in the Company's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2013, which was filed on SEDAR on March 19, 2014 and is available under the Company's profile at www.SEDAR.com. Subject to applicable securities laws, the Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly revise the forward-looking statements included in this News Release to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
SOURCE: TVI Pacific Inc.
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