- Environmental approval secured to refurbish the Plomosas on-site processing plant.
- Environmental approval secured for constructions and operation of tailings storage facility.
- CZL finalising the studies to cost the refurbishment and tailings dam build.
Consolidated Zinc Limited (ASX: CZL or “the Company”) is pleased to advise that, after 2 years of assessment, the environmental authority in Mexico has issued their approval for refurbishment of the Plomosas plant and construction and operation of the tailings storage facility (TSF).
These are the final government permits required to allow CZL to commence refurbishment of the processing plant at the Plomosas mine site, to operate the plant and to store tails in the designated site adjacent to the plant.
The 2-year assessment was driven by the Environmental authority of Mexico reviewing the safety standards around tailings storage and revising the compliance requirements to reflect best practice in the 21st century.
CZL is finalising the costing for the plant refit and TSF build and expect to advise the findings of the study this quarter.
CZL anticipate a positive outcome from the cost assessments and consider taking direct control of processing the Plomosas ore as a significant step in improving the operational performance at Plomosas in terms of metallurgical recoveries and costs.
This announcement was authorised for issue to the ASX by the Directors of the Company. For further information please contact:
Brad Marwood Managing Director 08 9322 3406
ABOUT CONSOLIDATED ZINC
Consolidated Zinc Limited (ASX: CZL) owns 100% of the historic Plomosas Mine, located 120km from Chihuahua City, Chihuahua State, Mexico. Chihuahua State has a strong mining sector with other large base and precious metal projects in operation within the state. Historical mining at Plomosas between 1945 and 1974 extracted over 2 million tonnes of ore grading 22% Zn+Pb and over 80g/t Ag. Only small-scale mining continued to the present day and the mineralised zones remain open at depth and along strike.
The company has commenced mining at Plomosas and is committed to exploit the potential of the high-grade Zinc, Lead and Silver Mineral Resource through the identification, exploration and exploitation of new zones of mineralisation within and adjacent to the known mineralisation with a view to identify new mineral resources that are exploitable.
Caution Regarding Forward Looking Statements and Forward-Looking Information:
This report contains forward looking statements and forward-looking information, which are based on assumptions and judgments of management regarding future events and results. Such forward-looking statements and forward-looking information involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any anticipated future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward- looking statements. Such factors include, among others, the actual market prices of zinc and lead, the actual results of current exploration, the availability of debt and equity financing, the volatility in global financial markets, the actual results of future mining, processing and development activities, receipt of regulatory approvals as and when required and changes in project parameters as plans continue to be evaluated.
Except as required by law or regulation (including the ASX Listing Rules), Consolidated Zinc undertakes no obligation to provide any additional or updated information whether as a result of new information, future events, or results or otherwise. Indications of, and guidance or outlook on, future earnings or financial position or performance are also forward-looking statements.
Production targets referred to in this report are underpinned by estimated Mineral Resources which have been prepared by competent persons in accordance with the requirements of the JORC Code. The production targets in this report are sourced from both Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resources and it should be noted that there is a low geological confidence associated with Inferred Mineral Resources and there is no certainty that further exploration work will result in the determination of Indicated Mineral Resources or that the production target will be realised.
There is a low level of geological confidence associated with Inferred Mineral Resources and there is no certainty that further exploration work will result in the determination of indicated mineral resources or that the production target itself will be realised. The stated production target is based on the Company’s current expectations of future results or events and should not be solely relied upon by investors when making investment decisions. Further evaluation work and appropriate studies are required to establish sufficient confidence that this target will be met.