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Platina Resources – A once in a Blue Moon opportunity

Proactive's mining analyst, Dr Ryan Long, catches up with Platina Resources MD, Corey Nolan. Nolan takes us through the company’s portfolio of projects and highlights what can be expected in 2020.

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Platina Resources Limited (ASX:PGM) has a portfolio of projects in Australia, Greenland and the USA (Figure 1). These projects cover a variety of metals including scandium, gold, platinum group metals (PGM), zinc and copper.

Corey Nolan is the managing director of the company. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the acquisition, funding, exploration and development of natural resources projects. He was previously the chief executive officer of Sayona Mining Ltd (ASX:SYA) and managing director of Leyshon Resources Limited and Elementos Limited (ASX:ELT). He is currently also a non-executive director of Elementos.

Figure 1: Location of Platina Resources’ projects

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The 100%-owned Owendale Scandium Project is located in New South Wales, Australia (Figure 2). The company completed a definitive feasibility study (DFS) at the project in 2018, which defined a post-tax net present value (using an 8% discount rate) of US$166mln and a post-tax internal rate of return of 29%.

Since completing the DFS, Platina has been seeking an offtake partner and lodging the mining lease application. During 2020, the company is continuing to work on a scandium offtake marketing programme, which is targeting potential customers in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Figure 2: The Owendale Scandium Project

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The Skaergaard Gold-PGM Project is located on the east coast of Greenland. The project is considered by Platina to be one of the world’s largest undeveloped gold deposits and one of the largest palladium resources outside of South Africa and Russia.

Skaergaard has a JORC 2012 compliant mineral resources estimate of 5.7 million ounces (moz) of gold and 8.7moz of palladium, which at current metal prices is 20moz of gold equivalent at a grade of 3 grams per tonne (g/t) gold equivalent. Platina is currently working to find a financial and technical partner to help develop the project.

At the Blue Moon Project, Platina is earning up to a 70% interest in the project by spending C$7m over 36 months. The Blue Moon Project is located in California, USA, around 150 kilometres (km) from the Oakland export port by sealed roads. The project also benefits from being 1km away from a low-cost hydro-electric power source.

The project has a NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate of 7.8mln tonnes at a grade of 4.95% zinc, 0.46% copper, 1.33 g/t gold with a zinc equivalent grade of 8.07%. Platina believes it can build on this initial resource estimate and is currently undertaking a 10,000 metre (m) diamond drilling programme.

Around 2,000m of the 10,000m have been drilled to date and the balance is expected to be drilled during the first three months of this year. Initial results from the first hole in this drilling programme have just been announced today. These results demonstrate the continuation of multiple zones of mineralisation with results including: 7.47m at a grade of 25.55% zinc, 0.87% copper, 0.68 g/t gold and 17 g/t silver from 412.81m; and 10.96m at 3.11% zinc, 0.47% copper and 0.27% lead from 450.37m (BMZ79).

If successful the drilling programme is expected to lead to the publication of a JORC compliant mineral resource and a pre-feasibility study in the second half of 2020.

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