Sydney, Australia, Jan. 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- January 30, 2018 – Sydney, Australia – Heron Resources Ltd. (TSX: HER; ASX: HRR) ("Heron" or the "Company") announces its quarterly activities for the three months ended December 31, 2017. Details of the Company's results are contained in the filing “Heron Resources Limited Quarterly Report December 2017” which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and the Company's website www.heronresources.com.au
December Quarter 2017 Highlights
Woodlawn Zinc-Copper Project
- Earthworks – significant works completed over the process plant area, ROM pad, site access road and administration areas. Works commenced on Tailings Storage Facility 4, box-cut and haul road construction
- EPC – engineering design is 50% completed and procurement 30%. Civil works are scheduled to start in the current quarter
- Project Schedule – the project critical path schedule remains on track and on budget
- Underground Mining Contract – discussion are well advanced with award expected in the current quarter
- Port Contract – discussions are well advance and award is expected in the current quarter
- Operational Readiness – recruitment continues with a focus on the operational superintendents with a number of appointments expected in the current quarter
- Mineral Resource Increase:
- Shallow G2 Mineral Resource was calculated with majority categorised as higher-confidence Indicated Mineral Resource for incorporation into the mining schedule
- Global underground Mineral Resource revised with a 12% increase in total Measured & Indicated tonnes
- Woodlawn Regional Exploration:
- Currawang - Down-hole electromagnetic (DHEM) surveys identified a number of significant off-hole conductors
- Peelwood - base-metal camp was acquired through tenement applications, which includes the area covering the previously reported JORC 2004 Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves
- Kangiara - RAB drilling program (41 holes for 639 m) completed with assays pending
- Board of Directors – Dr Ian Pattison was appointed to the Heron Board as a Non-Executive Director
- Cash – A$109M unrestricted cash as at 31 December 2018
- A$1.9M received for Heron’s Ardea Resources Loyalty options
- A$1.8M received as Heron’s 2017 R&D concession
- Debt – US$60M senior secured facility and US$16M silver prepayment facility remain undrawn
- Consolidation – the Company consolidated its listed and unlisted securities on a 1 for 10 basis
Woodlawn Zinc-Copper Project
Heron’s primary development project is the high-grade Woodlawn Zinc-Copper Project located 250km southwest of Sydney, New South Wales. The project consists of both a high-grade underground and a large medium grade tailings resource. The development approach envisages the construction of a single 1.5Mtpa processing plant capable of treating material from both sources. Planned production will see the generation of three separate base metal concentrates (zinc, copper and lead) with associated precious metal credits. In addition, the project is very well supported by excellent infrastructure, an existing mining lease and state government development approvals.
Woodlawn is expected to become an important Australian near-term zinc producer delivering concentrates into a market with strong supply and demand fundamentals underpinning a strong commodity price.
About Heron Resources
Heron’s primary focus is the development of its 100% owned, high grade Woodlawn Zinc-Copper Project located 250km southwest of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. In addition, the Company has a significant high quality, gold and base metal tenement holding in New South Wales and Western Australia.
Zinc equivalent calculation – Woodlawn
The zinc equivalent ZnEq calculation takes into account, mining costs, milling costs, recoveries, payability (including transport and refining charges) and metal prices in generating a Zinc equivalent value for Au, Ag, Cu, Pb and Zn. ZnEq = Zn%+Cu%*3.12+Pb%*0.81+*Au g/t*0.86+Ag g/t*0.03. Metal prices used in the calculation are: Zn US$2,300/t, Pb US$ 2,050/t, Cu US$6,600/t, Au US$1,250/oz and Ag US$18/oz. These metal prices are based on Heron’s long-term view on average metal prices. It is Heron’s view that all the metals within this formula are expected to be recovered and sold. Metallurgical metal recoveries used for the formula are: 88% Zn, 70% Pb, 70% Cu, 33% Au and 82% Ag; these are based on historical recoveries at Woodlawn and supported by metallurgical testwork undertaken during the 2015-16 feasibility study. Commodity prices and metallurgical recoveries are factored into the zinc equivalent calculation using a standard metal equivalent formula.
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