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Perkoa project underway

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Sydney, Australia — MININGREVIEW.COM — 15 December 2010 – Blackthorn Resources Limited “’ an Australian-based resources company with a diverse portfolio of African assets “’ has revealed that construction of mine and surface works at its Perkoa zinc mine in Burkina Faso is well underway.

A Blackthorn announcement here said that there were approximately 45 personnel currently onsite progressing with the start-up of construction and mining activities, following completion of the Perkoa joint venture with Swiss-based Glencore International AG last month.

Additional personnel were expected to arrive on site during January 2011 to scale up the level of development, and to target raising first ore in early 2011, the statement added. It said that significant progress had been made in repairing haul roads, surface ramps and the underground decline for vehicle access. Work in progress also included servicing and maintenance of dewatering pumps, ventilation and piping.

Glencore “’ which is managing and operating the project “’ has also initiated a mine optimisation study which aims to further explore opportunities to reduce operating and production costs at the mine. This review includes, but is not limited to, a revised mine schedule review of logistics and transport routes, ore handling and treatment processes.

Underground drilling has already commenced using hand-held equipment until the arrival of a mechanised underground drilling ‘Jumbo’. Blasting is scheduled to commence soon, and other site works include construction of offices, workshops, mine store, laundry and recreational facilities. These are expected to be completed by March 2011.

A number of orders have been placed to source other equipment including a scoop loader and drilling Jumbo, and next week orders will be placed for: grid power; an overland pipeline for water supply; underground and surface equipment; and civil and earthworks construction.

Managing director Scott Lowe said: “We are delighted with the way in which Glencore has hit the ground running, and the priority that has been given to getting construction underway. The company intends to keep the market regularly updated as construction continues to progress.”