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AIM and Media Release
3 September 2021
BASE RESOURCES LIMITED
Further supporting information for Bumamani PFS
African mineral sands producer, Base Resources Limited (ASX & AIM: BSE) (Base Resources or the Company) provides the following further supporting information in respect of the outcomes of the Bumamani pre-feasibility study announced earlier today (Bumamani PFS).
The mining method assumed for the Bumamani PFS was hydraulic mining, utilising Kwale Operations’ existing hydraulic mining units (HMUs). This mining method has been successfully used at Kwale Operations since 2017. It is non-selective, with hydraulic mining units using high pressure water jets to sluice the entire ore face, creating an ore slurry which can then be pumped to the wet concentrator plant.
Material mined would be processed through Kwale Operations’ existing wet concentrator plant and mineral separation plant. Recovery factors assumed are the same as those currently experienced at Kwale Operations and are set out in the table below. This is supported by the metallurgical testwork carried out on the Kwale North Dune (which includes the P199 section the subject of the Bumamani PFS).
The metallurgical testwork comprised wet concentrator and mineral separation plant tests on bulk samples collected from two 61cm diameter holes drilled in the Kwale North Mineral Resource, as part of the earlier Kwale North pre-feasibility study1. One of the holes (KN091) was adjacent to the P199 section, which forms part of the Bumamani PFS. Discrete ore zones were sampled (Ore1, Ore4 and Ore5) from each hole. The samples were dried and shipped to Brisbane, Australia for processing through IHC Robbins’ laboratory. Samples of the fine tailings generated by IHC Robbins were sent to Outotec Metso for thickener testwork. The results of the testwork were not materially different to the run of mine results currently being achieved from mining the Kwale South Dune deposit. No metallurgical testwork was completed on the Bumamani deposit, however, it exhibits similar characteristics (including particle size) to ore currently mined at Kwale South Dune and is expected to achieve similar processing results, including mineral recoveries, as those achieved from mining the Kwale South Dune ore. With material from the Bumamani deposit and the P199 section to be mined and processed concurrently with the Kwale South Dune deposit, product recoveries similar to those currently achieved from mining Kwale South Dune ore were assumed for the Bumamani PFS.
HM recovery – wet concentrator plant
Ilmenite recovery – wet concentrator plant
Rutile recovery – wet concentrator plant
Zircon recovery – wet concentrator plant
Ilmenite recovery – mineral separation plant
Rutile recovery – mineral separation plant
Zircon recovery – mineral separation plant
[Note (1): For further information, refer to Base Resources’ market announcement on 1 April 2021 “Kwale North Dune PFS outcomes” available at https://baseresources.com.au/investors/announcements/.]
Pursuant to the Bumamani PFS, four existing HMUs will be utilised instead of three (as is current mining practice at Kwale South Dune), two continuing to mine at Kwale South Dune and two at the pits the subject of the Bumamani PFS. After the transition to four HMUs, in both areas one HMU will operate at 800 tph and one at 400 tph to give a total feed rate of 2400 tph, consistent with the present feed rate at Kwale South Dune. HMUs are capable of mining at either 400 or 800 tph by operating either one or two high pressure monitors, each capable of 400 tph.
A shutdown of mining operations and the wet concentrator plant is scheduled for February 2023 to relocate HMUs and associated pumping infrastructure, after which mining at the Bumamani pit will commence. Following depletion of the Bumamani pit in July 2023, all mining equipment will relocate to P199 while mining continues at Kwale South Dune. A mine move at Kwale South Dune is scheduled for March 2024, during which mining operations will continue at the P199 section. During planned shuts for the relocation of mining operations, the feed rate of mining units that remain operational will be maximised.
For a chart summarising the mining schedule assumed for the Bumamani PFS, compared to the mine plan if the Bumamani Project does not proceed and figures depicting the planned HMU and tailings schedules for the Bumamani PFS, refer to the full PDF version of this announcement available from the Company’s website: https://baseresources.com.au/investors/announcements/.
For further information contact:
James Fuller, Manager Communications and Investor Relations
UK Media Relations
Tel: +61 (8) 9413 7426
Jos Simson and Gareth Tredway
Mobile: +61 (0) 488 093 763
Tel: +44 (0) 207 920 3150
About Base Resources
Base Resources is an Australian based, African focused, mineral sands producer and developer with a track record of project delivery and operational performance. The company operates the established Kwale Operations in Kenya and is developing the Toliara Project in Madagascar. Base Resources is an ASX and AIM listed company. Further details about Base Resources are available at www.baseresources.com.au
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