CALGARY, Oct. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - TVI Pacific Inc. (TSX:TVI) (OTCQX:TVIPF) ("TVI" or the "Company") and its Philippine operating affiliate, TVI Resource Development (Phils.), Inc. ("TVIRD") are pleased to provide an update of its Agata high iron direct shipping ore ("DSO") project located in Agusan del Norte, Mindanao, the Philippines.
Port Loading Facility and Infrastructure
Further to development plans and initial pre-development activities announced as being underway February 11th, 2013, 100% of land required for the road network has now been acquired in coordination with the local government unit while 90% of land required under the current design of the Port facility has been acquired. The planning and design of port construction as well as for roads and other infrastructure is proceeding.
Most roads and ramps constructed currently are temporary and predominantly confined to within the pit, where further refinements have also been made in the pit design to consider non-contiguous mining areas, zones less than 1.5 meters thick, and areas on slopes considered too steep to mine.
The Port design, consisting of a causeway, will allow for two barges to be moored and loaded simultaneously. The causeway will also serve as a temporary ramp for the delivery of equipment, construction and heavy lift materials. The current design is under review to decrease capital cost.
The Agata DSO Project is well into the permitting stage with the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program and the Final Mine Rehabilitation and Decommissioning Plan under review by the Mine Rehabilitation Fund Committee. Final approval of the Declaration of Mining Project Feasibility is then expected to follow, which will allow the project to move into development. The Agata high iron DSO project already has an existing Environmental Compliance Certificate.
The region in which the Agata DSO Project is situated, in north-eastern Mindanao, hosts approximately fifteen DSO operations at present that cumulatively exported 17.3 million wmt and 19.2 million wmt in 2011 and 2012, respectively. TVI is currently in discussion with off-takers who have expressed interest in the Agata DSO product.
TVI and Mindoro Joint Ventures
The Agata DSO project is one of four joint venture agreements signed with Mindoro Resources (TSXv:MIO) and previously announced on October 1, 2012. The joint ventures, relating to the Agata and Pan de Azucar mining projects located in the Philippines, present TVI with multiple growth opportunities for near-term and medium-term cash flow. Under the agreements the Company's Philippine affiliate, TVI Resource Developments (Phils.) Inc. ("TVIRD") has the ability to earn up to a 60% interest and is operator of the projects.
In addition to the DSO project, mining opportunities at Agata include:
- near-term limestone DSO;
- medium-term lime production facility;
- medium-term nickel-processing plant.
The National Instrument 43-101 Compliant Mineral Resource estimate for the Agata Nickel Project, released on April 10, 2013 and available on www.sedar.com and www.tvipacific.com, shows the Agata DSO project to have reported Proven and Probable Reserves of 9.70 million wmt grading of 48% Fe with 0.9% Ni.
About TVI Pacific Inc.
TVI Pacific Inc. is a Canadian resource company indirectly engaged in the production, development, exploration and acquisition of resource projects in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. The Company's affiliate, TVI Resource Development (Phils.) Inc., produces copper and zinc concentrates from its Canatuan mine and is advancing 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.
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SOURCE TVI Pacific Inc.