Kore Potash PLC - Review of Operations for Q3 2019
("Kore Potash" or the "Company")
Review of Operations for the Quarter ended
Kore Potash, the potash exploration and development company whose flagship asset is the 97%-owned
· Dougou Extension ("DX") Pre-feasibility Study
o Pre-feasibility study (PFS) on track to be completed in
o Dissolution test work outcomes indicate improvements to scoping study assumptions on brine grades with potential to reduce the capital cost of the project.
o 2D seismic survey campaign completed ahead of schedule with analysis of the data to date strengthening scoping study assumptions regarding location of potash mineralisation.
o Drill rigs assembled on site ahead of expected commencement of 4-hole diamond drilling programme in early November
· Optimisation of Kola project
o 5 engineering and construction companies, including European companies, provided pricing proposals against the Kola Bill of Quantities
o Analysis of the pricing proposals continues, and initial assessment indicates capital cost savings compared to the previous EPC pricing proposal.
o Discussions continued with the consortium of French engineering companies ("FC") in relation to their proposal to reduce capital cost. Kore now awaits a new pricing proposal from the FC.
Dougou Extension Sylvinite Pre-feasibility Study
During the quarter, the Company commenced a Pre-feasibility Study (PFS) on the Dougou Extension (DX) project. The Company reports the following progress:
· The DX PFS is on track for completion in
· Subject matter expert consultants have been engaged for plant engineering, solution mining and drilling, natural gas virtual pipeline, and marine studies. These include
· Dissolution test work to estimate the KCl dissolution rate was completed in August at Agapito's laboratories in
· The Scoping Study brine concentration was 151 g/l and the dissolution testing completed on the DX core indicates brine concentrations will exceed 160 g/l. There is potential for further increases in brine grades. This creates potential to reduce the capital cost of the pumping and processing facilities. Further work will be undertaken during the PFS to improve understanding of this opportunity.
· Geotechnical modelling of the planned caverns formed in recovering the potash from underground is progressing. The results of this modelling will inform decision making on optimum cavern sizes and overall extraction ratio that can be safely achieved. Initial indications are that the extraction ratio and cave dimensions can be increased over those assumed in the scoping study. This may result in an improvement in the life of the project.
· The 2D Seismic survey program was completed on 30 September, 2 weeks ahead of schedule and within the budgeted costs. The seismic survey was completed over 61 km on 15 different lines. The seismic survey was performed by
· Processing of the seismic data is expected to be completed in November. This work is being undertaken by
· Preliminary observation of the data from 4 important lines of the seismic survey 1919, 1909, 1908 and 1915 (Figure 1) indicates continuity of the evaporite stratigraphy in the area of the Mineral Resource consistent with the existing Mineral Resources model.
· The processed seismic survey information will be used to determine positioning of the planned in-fill diamond drill-holes.
Figure 1. Map showing the layout of the seismic lines at DX and the positions of existing drill-holes (available at korepotash.com)
· 2 drill rigs were reassembled on site during
· An on-site vehicle has been modified into a specialised wire-line logging unit and all instruments have been tested prior to commencement of the drilling campaign
· Work continues to optimise the capital cost and construction schedule for the Kola project
· The planned first phase of capital cost optimisation was to seek pricing proposals from multiple companies against the Kola Bill of Quantities covering the same scope as the EPC proposal received from the
· 5 construction groups, including European companies, participated in a process to provide pricing against the Kola DFS Bill of Quantities. Initial analysis of the proposals indicates capital cost reductions in comparison to previous pricing. Detailed analysis of the proposals is scheduled for completion by the end of
· The Company additionally received pricing proposals from 6 companies for the construction camp development, equipping and management. These proposals currently being reviewed to determine the potential for capital cost savings against the existing cost estimate.
· The Company continued discussions with the FC to clarify their earlier proposal to reduce capital costs. The FC proposal includes some changes in scope and insufficient information was presented to Kore to completely assess the financial impacts of the FC's proposal. Kore now awaits a comprehensive proposal from the FC.
Environmental and social impact assessment for Kola ("ESIA")
· Amendments to the Kola ESIA are planned to be submitted to the regulator in Q4 2019 for their consideration for approval.
Mining Convention and Research Convention
· The Company continues to engage with the RoC Government on the implementation of specific commitments contained within the
· The Company further progressed discussion with the Government on terms and conditions for a
· No field-work exploration activities were undertaken during the period.
For further information, please visit www.korepotash.com or contact:
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Tel: +27 11 469 9140
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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7920 3150
Canaccord Genuity - Nomad and Broker
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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7523 4600
Shore Capital - Joint Broker
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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7408 4050
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