Polymetal International plc (POLY)
Polymetal International plc
Ore Reserves increase at Veduga
Polymetal more than doubles Ore Reserves at the Veduga gold deposit to 2.8 Moz of gold following an extensive exploration campaign.
"The new reserve numbers confirm that Veduga is large, high-grade, and is likely to be larger still", said Vitaly Nesis, Group CEO of Polymetal. "The updated estimate and fresh exploration results should be helpful for potential acquirers of the asset".
Ore Reserves reconciliation
Notes: Ore Reserves are reported on a 100% ownership basis in accordance with the JORC Code (2012) and are estimated using a gold price of US$ 1,200/oz. Discrepancies in calculations are due to rounding. Cut-off grades for open-pit and underground are 1.0 g/t and 2.5 g/t of gold equivalent, respectively.
The attributable Ore Reserves, based on 74.3% Polymetal's ownership, comprise 14.0 Mt of ore with an average grade of 4.6 g/t containing 2.1 Moz of gold
Veduga is a high-grade refractory gold deposit located in a prolific Northern Yenisey gold belt in the Krasnoyarsk Region, the top gold producing region of Russia. Polymetal has been a partial owner of the property since 2006 with the original 50% stake acquired through the JV with AngloGold Ashanti and subsequently diluted by external equity financing.
In October 2018, the Company increased its ownership in Veduga to 74.3%.
Veduga comprises 4 licence plots with the total area of 18 sq.km. The property is accessible by an all-year road and has direct access to the federal power grid. It Is located 60 km from the largest producing gold mine in Russia, Olimpiada (owned by Polyus).
Currently, mining at Veduga focuses on high-grade open pit which supplies ore for processing at Polymetal's Varvara mill with concentrate subsequently treated at the Amursk POX.
2019-2020 exploration program consists of 254 diamond drill holes totaling 68 703 m and 24 000 m3 of trenches. First results include:
The Ore Reserve estimate is reported in accordance with the JORC Code (2012) as at 1 March 2019 using a gold price of US$ 1,200/oz and was prepared by Polymetal. A cut-off grade of 1.0 g/t of gold equivalent has been applied for the open pit and 2.5 g/t for the underground.
Veduga Ore Reserves estimate as at 1 March 2019
Notes: Ore Reserves are reported on a 100% ownership basis in accordance with the JORC Code (2012). Discrepancies in calculations are due to rounding.
ADDITIONAL MINERAL RESOURCES
Additional Mineral Resources for Veduga are reported in accordance with the JORC Code (2012) as at 1 March 2019 using a gold price of US$ 1,200/oz. Mineral Resources for the open pit were estimated up to a depth of 230 m from the surface.
Veduga additional Mineral Resources estimate as at 1 March 2019
Notes: Mineral Resources are reported on a 100% ownership basis in accordance with the JORC Code (2012). Discrepancies in calculations are due to rounding. Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources are additional to Ore Reserves. Inferred Mineral Resources are by definition always additional to Ore Reserves.
This estimate was prepared by employees of JSC Polymetal Management Company and JSC Polymetal Engineering, subsidiaries of the Company, led by Mr. Valery Tsyplakov.
Mr. Tsyplakov is the employed full-time as the Managing Director of JSC Polymetal Engineering and has more than 18 years' experience in gold, silver and polymetallic mining. He is a Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (MIMMM), London, and a Competent Person under the JORC Code.
Listed below are other Competent Persons employed by the Company that are responsible for relevant research on which the Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves estimate is based:
All the above-mentioned Competent Persons have sufficient experience that is relevant to the style of mineralisation and types of deposits under consideration and to the activity being undertaken to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 Edition of the 'Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves' (JORC Code).
All Competent Persons have given their consent to the inclusion in the report of the matters based on their information in the form and context in which it appears.
Polymetal International plc (LSE, MOEX, AIX: POLY, ADR: AUCOY) (together with its subsidiaries - "Polymetal", the "Company", or the "Group") is a top-20 global gold producer and top-5 global silver producer with assets in Russia and Kazakhstan. The Company combines strong growth with a robust dividend yield.
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