New Talisman (ASX:NTL) (NZE:NTL) is pleased to announce that progress at the Talisman Project is on schedule and within budget. Water and compressed air reticulation systems have been installed and are providing services for ongoing refurbishment works of the No 8 Level Drive.
- Project progress on schedule and within budget;
- Compressed air system installed and commissioned;
- Water reticulation system in place;
- Revision of mine plan targeting areas identified in Talisman Deeps Project.
- Bonanza module nearing completion
- NZD Gold Price nears $1800 NZD/Oz
With access to the workings secured and the first three timber sets replaced work has now focused on the bridge area some 330m into the mine.
Several generations of timber support in this area have constricted the size of the drive and must be removed to allow access for the small loader to the workings beyond. In order to do this safely temporary support is drilled between the timbers before they can be removed and the condition of the hangingwall and sidewalls inspected before a decision is made on the final support requirements.
Geological conditions have required the installation of 8ft, fully encapsulated rock bolts to address jointing and fractures in the area. This work is progressing well.
Draining of an old ore pass, just beyond the bridge area, is also underway with several tonnes of waste material having been removed to date. Once the ore pass is fully drained the supporting structure will be removed and the pass permanently sealed.
Safety and Health
The safety of our workforce remains of prime importance to your company. Having developed the health and safety modules for our resource consent for bulk sampling lodged and submitted in 2014 the first of any health and safety management plan in this country under the new regulations introduced at that time). We are proud of our focus and aim toward being the leader in underground health and safety. As the Resource consent and activities for bulk sampling have not yet commenced such will be a transition phase currently being finalised. The project has robust health and safety management systems in place and we are pleased to report that no incidents have been reported since commencement of the prospecting activities.
Commencement of the Bulk Sampling project in December will trigger compliance with the full HSWA Mining Regulations. The Company lodged these plan in October 2014 and is in discussion with Worksafe NZ on managing the transition. In the meantime the company is using the highest levels of health and safety in its prospecting phase in order to create a culture which is a best practice case study as we progress towards the extraction phase.
The Prospecting project remains on schedule for completion in late 2017. While there has been activity by a minority group of anti-miners this has had no effect on the Company's ability to execute the scope of works.
Gold Price (see Figure in the link below)
New Talisman is the sole NZX listed Gold developer with exposure to the NZD gold price. The NZ dollar gold price has climbed significantly over the past month. Macro economic conditions and the Korea issue appear to be increasing the momentum toward gold as a storage of wealth and as a safe haven asset as has traditionally been the case.
The Talisman Deeps project has provided the Company with a wealth of information on the areas available for mining below No 8 Level. Of prime importance in potentially increasing the levels of extraction in the bulk sampling project plan is gaining access of deeper levels of the ore body below the 8 level. Considerable effort is being expended on evaluating options to achieve this.
The Bonanza Deeps module is currently undergoing final review which requires a significant amount of complex calculations as modules are checked and rechecked prior to finalising the table one resource model. At this stage it is expected the Bonanza module which is the second last module of Talisman deeps is to be released in the next 2 weeks.
The final module which will also include all of Talismans resources Ie Mystery, Crown, etc are to be upgraded to JORC 2012 will be completed by November. Work will commence on such following Bonanza completion.
We are pleased with the community support for our project and our hard working mine staff. We are continuing with our efforts to eradicate pests such as rats and invasive species such as gourse from our site and we hope to be able to work with DOC with a plan for the entire area as the rats in particular pose a potential disease hazard. We are grateful for the support and hard work by DOC and HDC and the Police who have made keeping the public road to our site open and safe, a priority.
Matthew Hill Said " We are very pleased with the work progress underground by Terra Firma and our NTL Team. With the gold price in NZ at recent highs and investors recognizing the value of the company, the share price has reacted accordingly. We are the best performing junior on the NZX in the last 24 months and continue to go from strength to strength as we progress this world class project towards the extraction phase and beyond. The recent international articles have attracted interest from around the world on our project and we continue to see opportunities in projects where we can focus the unique skills in historical epithermal vein systems we have".
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