London, England — 18 February 2013 – Premier African Minerals Limited “’ the AIM-quoted multi-commodity natural resource company with mineral projects in West and Southern Africa “’ says its flagship RHA tungsten project in Zimbabwe could be in production before the end of this year.
Releasing a positive exploration update from the project “’ which is located in the prospective Kamativi tin belt in north-west Zimbabwe “’ the company confirmed that it had the potential to be developed into a low capital and operating cost tungsten mine in the near term.
A 1,302m, five-hole diamond drilling programme undertaken at RHA, confirmed significant tungsten oxide values, and also uncovered two, potentially three, previously unknown, well mineralised quartz veins lying in the hanging wall of the existing lode system, the update revealed. Further detailed examination and sampling of the DD drill core had been completed, and the results were due this quarter
The update added that further low-cost surface trenching and sampling would be undertaken in Q1 of 2013 to confirm the surface location and extent of the hanging wall lodes. Release of a SAMREC-compliant resource remained on target for H1 of 2013.
3D Data-mine modelling was underway, and the completed model will be used as the basis for a concept mine technical and economic study targeted to commence at the end of this quarter.
Premier CEO George Roach said: “Given the availability of water and power at our RHA property, and the relative simplicity of the required processing plant, we believe that we will be able to commence development with a view to production potentially before the end of 2013.”
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