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Berkeley Energia - Quarterly Report March 2019

RNS Number : 9114W
Berkeley Energia Limited
24 April 2019
 

BERKELEY ENERGIA LIMITED

 

NEWS RELEASE | 24 April 2019 

Quarterly Report March 2019

 

Highlights:

·      Permitting Update:

 

o   During the quarter the Company announced a number of favourable assessments from various regulatory bodies including two from the Nuclear Safety Council relating to the pre-operational Surveillance Plan for Radiological and Environmental Affections and the pre-operational Surveillance Plan for the Control of the Underground Water.

 

o   The Company continues to await the recommendation report from the Nuclear Safety Council. As previously reported, the Company notes the recent media reports regarding the various legal challenges to the recently announced appointments to the Board of the Nuclear Safety Council.

 

The Company will advise shareholders of the decision by the Supreme Court on the legality of these appointments as soon as it is received.

 

In the meantime, the Company continues to progress the approvals for the Salamanca mine and will advise shareholders as soon as any decision is made by the Nuclear Safety Council.

 

o   The Salamanca mine is being developed to the highest international standards and the Company's commitment to the environment remains a priority. It holds certificates in Sustainable Mining and Environmental Excellence which were awarded by AENOR, an independent Spanish government agency. The Company has been re-awarded both certificates following a consultation process with the agency.

 

·     Optimisation Review:

 

o   The Company continues to focus on commencing construction of the Salamanca Mine.

 

o   The Company recently undertook a full strategic review where various potential opportunities were identified, including other business development opportunities. The Company will communicate these to shareholders should anything develop further.

 

·     Uranium market:

 

o   The long-term fundamentals of the uranium market continue to remain strong with a combination of constrained supply, the run-off of long-term contracts and a growing demand outlook.

 

o   The spot uranium price was US$25 per pound at the end of the quarter which was largely due to continued uncertainty surrounding US Department of Commerce's current Section 232 investigation into uranium imports which has temporarily constrained new uranium purchases by US utilities.

 

The Company has 2.75 million pounds of U3O8 under contract for the first six years, with a further 1.25 million pounds of optional volume, at an average price above US$42 per pound.

 

·     Engineering Studies:

 

o   The Company continues to progress with the review of the engineering design of the Salamanca mine.

 

·     Balance Sheet:

 

o   The Company is in a strong financial position with A$97 million in cash.

 

For further information please contact:

Berkeley Energia Limited

+44 203 903 1930

Paul Atherley, Managing Director and CEO

[email protected]

Sean Wade, Chief Commercial Officer




Berenberg (Joint Broker)

+44 203 207 7800

Matthew Armitt


Detlir Elezi




Tamesis Partners (Joint Broker)

+44 203 882 2868

Charles Bendon


Richard Greenfield




Buchanan

+44 207 466 5000

Bobby Morse, Senior Partner

[email protected]

 

Permitting update

During the quarter, the Company announced that a number of favourable assessments from various regulatory bodies including two from the Nuclear Safety Council relating to the pre-operational Surveillance Plan for Radiological and Environmental Affections and the pre-operational Surveillance Plan for the Control of the Underground Water. The Company awaits the recommendation report from the Nuclear Safety Council to the relevant Minister.

 

The Company continues to await the recommendation report from the Nuclear Safety Council. As previously reported, the Company notes the recent media reports regarding the various legal challenges to the recently announced appointments to the Board of the Nuclear Safety Council.

The Company will advise shareholders of the decision by the Supreme Court on the legality of these appointments as soon as it is received.

In the meantime, the Company continues to progress the approvals for the Salamanca mine and will advise shareholders as soon as any decision is made by the Nuclear Safety Council.

 

The Salamanca mine is being developed to the highest international standards and the Company's commitment to the environment remains a priority. It holds certificates in Sustainable Mining and Environmental Excellence which were awarded by AENOR, an independent Spanish government agency. The Company has been re-awarded both certificates following a consultation process with the agency.

 

Optimisation review

The Company continues to focus on commencing construction of the Salamanca mine and bringing it into production.

 

The Company recently undertook a full strategic review where various potential opportunities were identified, including other business development opportunities and a platform for future growth.

 

The Company will communicate these to shareholders should anything develop further.

 

Uranium market

The long-term fundamentals for uranium remain very strong.

 

China is expected to double its nuclear capacity by 2020 and then double again by 2035. In total, 58 reactors are currently under construction globally, a 25 year high in nuclear growth.

 

US utilities urgently need to start buying as high priced 2005-2007 contracts run off. EU utilities also need to recontract, at the same time as Japanese utilities come back on line after the disruption to the Japanese nuclear industry from Fukushima.

 

Meanwhile, supply cuts continue and it is estimated that approximately 25% of global production was cut in 2018.

 

The Company has 2.75 million pounds of U3O8 under contract for the first six years, with a further 1.25 million pounds of optional volume, at an average price above US$42.

 

The Company will continue to progressively build its offtake book and has granted the Oman sovereign wealth fund the right to match any future long-term offtake transactions.

 

Engineering Studies

The Company continues to undertake optimisation reviews of the engineering design of the Salamanca mine.

Following the identification of a number of opportunities to reduce the initial capital expenditure required to bring the mine into production, the Company has prepared a desktop study which develops these opportunities and gives an indication of the savings that may be achieved.

 

Committed to the highest environmental standards

The Salamanca mine is being developed to the highest international standards and the Company's commitment to the environment remains a priority. It holds certificates in Sustainable Mining and Environmental Excellence which were awarded by AENOR, an independent Spanish government agency. The Company was re-awarded both certificates following a consultation process with the agency.

The mine has been designed according to the latest thinking on sustainable mining. The extraction and treatment areas will be continuously rehabilitated as operations progress and with minimum disturbance during operations. Once operations are complete, all areas utilised by the Company will be fully restored to an improved agricultural state.

As part of the Environmental Licence and the Environmental Measures Plan over 30,000 young oak trees will be planted over an area of 75 to 100 hectares. The first 20,000 of these will be planted in the nearby municipality of Vitigudino over an area of more than 500 hectares currently used by cattle farmers. 

 

Commitment to the community

 

The Company has invested more than €70 million developing the Salamanca mine over the past decade and plans to invest an additional €250 million over the life of the project.

The Company has signed Cooperation Agreements with the highly supportive local municipalities, demonstrating its commitment to fostering positive relationships with these communities.

To date, through these agreements, the Company has provided Wifi networks for local villages, built play areas for children, repaired sewage water plants, upgraded sports facilities, and sponsored various sporting events and local festivals.

The Company has worked tirelessly over the past decade to develop positive and mutually beneficial relationships with the local communities and will continue to do so as construction ramps up.

 

Forward Looking Statements

Statements regarding plans with respect to Berkeley's mineral properties are forward-looking statements. There can be no assurance that Berkeley's plans for development of its mineral properties will proceed as currently expected. There can also be no assurance that Berkeley will be able to confirm the presence of additional mineral deposits, that any mineralisation will prove to be economic or that a mine will successfully be developed on any of Berkeley mineral properties. These forward-looking statements are based on Berkeley's expectations and beliefs concerning future events.  Forward looking statements are necessarily subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Berkeley, which could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. Berkeley makes no undertaking to subsequently update or revise the forward-looking statements made in this announcement, to reflect the circumstances or events after the date of that announcement.

Appendix 1: Summary of Mining Tenements

As at 31 March 2019, the Company had an interest in the following tenements:

Location

Tenement Name

Percentage Interest

Status

Spain




Salamanca

D.S.R Salamanca 28 (Alameda)

100%

Granted


D.S.R Salamanca 29 (Villar)

100%

Granted


E.C. Retortillo-Santidad

100%

Granted


E.C. Lucero

100%

Pending


I.P. Abedules

100%

Granted


I.P. Abetos

100%

Granted


I.P. Alcornoques

100%

Granted


I.P. Alisos

100%

Granted


I.P. Bardal

100%

Granted


I.P. Barquilla

100%

Granted


I.P. Berzosa

100%

Granted


I.P. Campillo

100%

Granted


I.P. Castaños 2

100%

Granted


I.P. Ciervo

100%

Granted


I.P. Dehesa

100%

Granted


I.P. El Águlia

100%

Granted


I.P. Espinera

100%

Granted


I.P. Halcón

100%

Granted


I.P. Horcajada

100%

Granted


I.P. Mailleras

100%

Granted


I.P. Mimbre

100%

Granted


I.P. Oñoro

100%

Granted


I.P. Pedreras

100%

Granted


E.P. Herradura

100%

Granted


I.P. El Vaqueril                                  

100%

Pending


I.P. Calixto

100%

Pending

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