10 January 2012 – African Eagle Resources plc has appointed Aidan Schoonbee as project manager for the development of its flagship Dutwa Nickel project in Tanzania. Schoonbee will initially be responsible for the timely completion of the Dutwa bankable feasibility study (BFS) and the associated environmental and social impact assessment ("ESIA"), both of which are due for completion towards the end of 2012. Thereafter, he will develop Dutwa through construction and into operation. Aidan is a proven project manager with experience in successful green fields project delivery gained during more than 20 years in the mining industry in Africa.
Aidan Schoonbee is a qualified extractive metallurgist who spent most of his early career engaged in plant operations. Schoonbee advanced his career through the challenges of project commissioning and operations management roles into full time project management. He most recently acted as senior project manager for Debswana Diamond Company on their Morupule Colliery Expansion in Botswana, managing the project from feasibility study through to operation. With a strong focus on cost and schedule control, along with a technical attention to detail, Schoonbee completed the Morupule feasibility study, which then enabled his company to successfully secure debt financing. He then delivered the completed project on plan and within budget. Previously, Schoonbee held management roles within Debswana’s Diamond Division for Wexford Goldfields Ltd., Golden Star Resources and De Beers Centenary.
Prior to commencing his full-time role on 1 February 2012, Schoonbee will be instrumental in the final selection of the engineering company, which will be mandated by African Eagle to complete the Dutwa BFS. Schoonbee will then lead the African Eagle project development team and manage the engineers, consultants and contractors responsible for the BFS and ESIA documents.
CEO of African Eagle Trevor Moss commented: "I am delighted that someone of the quality of Aidan Schoonbee has elected to join African Eagle at a time of fierce competition for high quality management in the minerals market.”