TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Horizonte Minerals plc, (TSX:HZM, AIM:HZM) ("Horizonte" or "the Company") the exploration and development company focused in Brazil, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Phillip Mackey as Senior Metallurgical Advisor. His appointment further strengthens Horizonte's development team as the Company advances its flagship Araguaia Nickel project ('Araguaia') located south of the Carajás mining district of north central Brazil.
Dr. Mackey is a consulting metallurgical engineer with over forty years' experience in non-ferrous metals processing with a particular focus on nickel and copper sulphide smelting and nickel laterite processing. He has worked for leading producers of nickel including Falconbridge and Xstrata and throughout his career he has been involved in a number of nickel sulphide projects and later on nickel laterite projects at various stages of the development cycle from laboratory testing and pilot plant operations to commercial scale processing. Dr. Mackey's extensive experience has seen him take projects from the start-up stage, through the feasibility stages and into the processing and production of non-ferrous metals. During his career, he played a leading role in the development of the Noranda Process, the world's first commercial continuous copper smelting and converting process, having worked at the Horne smelter in Canada in the 1970s and later holding the position of Programme Manager between 1980 and 1990. Dr. Mackey is a Member and Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy as well as the Metals and Minerals Society USA. He has also authored or co-authored over 100 publications regarding metallurgy with a particular focus on nickel and copper.
Commenting, Horizonte CEO, Jeremy Martin said, "I am delighted to welcome Phillip to our growing team. His world class expertise in metallurgical processing, especially in the nickel arena, will be invaluable to us as we progress the Araguaia Nickel Project towards the feasibility stage. It has been an exciting start to the year for Horizonte as we announced our new resource for Araguaia, and with a further strengthened team behind us I look forward to updating shareholders on our progress."
Horizonte Minerals plc is an AIM and TSX listed exploration and development Company with a portfolio of nickel and gold projects in the Carajas District of Brazil. The Company is focussed on creating value by generating and rapidly advancing exploration projects in tandem with joint ventures with major mining companies, providing mid-term cash flow, which is then used to develop the business and pipeline projects.
Horizonte has two committed major mining partners: Teck Resources Limited, a major strategic shareholder in the Company, and AngloGold Ashanti Limited, a JV partner on the gold portfolio.
Horizonte owns 100 per cent of the advanced Araguaia nickel project located to the south of the Carajas mineral district of northern Brazil.; the project has the potential to deliver a resource with size and grades comparable to other world-class projects in northern Brazil.
In addition, Horizonte and AngloGold Ashanti have a US$5.3 million exploration alliance to generate and develop new and existing gold targets within two areas of Brazil and a further JV with the major whereby AngloGold Ashanti can earn into 51% of the Falcao gold project by expending US$4.5 million over three years with the right to earn a further 19% by taking the project to Pre-feasibility Study.
Horizonte is well funded to accelerate the development of its core projects.
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