ST HELIER, Jersey, Nov. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Caledonia Mining Company Plc (“Caledonia” or the “Firm”) (NYSE AMERICAN: CMCL; AIM: CMCL) is happy to announce that the section of totally equipping the Central Shaft from its base to the floor collar is now full and it’s on monitor to be commissioned within the first quarter of 2021. This has been accomplished significantly beneath funds and inside a time-frame to underpin the Firm’s expectation of delivering manufacturing of 80,000 ounces of gold in 2022.
Key options of the Central Shaft venture because the begin on three August 2015 embrace:
- Security: 1,850 fatality free shifts with solely two misplaced time accidents (LTI); 920 shifts since final LTI;
- Prolonged scope: the scope of the Central Shaft venture was prolonged from an preliminary goal depth of 1,089 meters to a closing depth of 1,204 meters;
- Mission is self-funded and is owner-built by Blanket crews with supervision from Sinking Engineering Mining Building;
- Throughout shaft sinking, greater than 1,800 metres of infrastructure improvement was accomplished together with mid-shaft loading;
- Capital price up to now is roughly $60 million, in comparison with preliminary sinking contractor quotes acquired of about $100 million;
- Elevated mine-life: the shaft has prolonged Blanket’s lifetime of mine to the present time horizon of 2034;
- Elevated manufacturing: the Central Shaft is anticipated to extend manufacturing by round 45 per cent from roughly 55,000 ounces of gold in 2019 to the goal fee of 80,000 ounces from 2022;
- Decreased prices: economies of scale and operational efficiencies arising from the Central Shaft are anticipated to scale back the all-in sustaining price per ounce of gold from $8551 in 2019 to between $700 and $800 per ounce;
- Elevated exploration: the Central Shaft will present entry for additional deep-level exploration which, if profitable, may lengthen Blanket mine life past 2034;
- The erecting and fixing of the headgear is because of be accomplished by the tip of 2020 and commissioning is on monitor for first quarter 2021.
Commenting on information of the completion, Steve Curtis, Chief Govt Officer, mentioned
“The completion of the equipping section is a big milestone for the Firm, and no-one ought to underestimate this achievement. The final 5 years have been a large group effort and we commend our workers for their onerous work and their dedication to security. Shaft sinking is extensively thought to be one of the crucial harmful actions in mining and I’m proud to report that over greater than 5 years the crew achieved 1,85Zero fatality free shifts up to now with solely two LTI and attaining greater than one million LTI free man hours worked because the final LTI.
“We’ve invested roughly $60 million on this venture since we first introduced it in 2015 and it has been proprietor–constructed and totally funded by way of inside cash movement and has been accomplished at a price that’s effectively beneath preliminary quotes acquired.
“Central Shaft is among the largest gold mining funding tasks in Zimbabwe and will likely be transformational to our enterprise: our goal manufacturing is set to extend by 45 per cent to 80,000 ounces by 2022 whereas our long-term all-in sustaining prices are anticipated to drop to $700-$800 per ounce. Central Shaft may even place us to step-up our deep stage exploration which, if profitable may lengthen Blanket’s lifetime of mine, which is at the moment to 2034.
“Over the final 5 years we have now constructed a stable basis for the Firm, we have now a wholesome steadiness sheet, a powerful gold price and a extremely cash generative asset with free cash movement anticipated to extend considerably with the rise in manufacturing. It is a very thrilling time for Caledonia, and I want to take this chance to recognise Dana Roets (Chief Working Officer), Caxton Mangezi (Blanket Mine General Supervisor), Wimpy Nel (Design Engineer), Carel Greeff (Initiatives Supervisor), the late Rodney Voight (Civils Design Engineer), the whole group at Blanket, our technical group in Johannesburg particularly Deon Niemand and the contractors for their excellent efficiency as we take the enterprise into its subsequent chapter.”
Mr Dana Roets (B Eng (Min.), M(BA), Pr.Eng., FSAIMM, AMMSA), Chief Working Officer, is the Firm’s certified individual as outlined by Canada’s Nationwide Instrument 43-101 and has accredited any scientific or technical info contained on this information launch.
For additional info please contact:
|Caledonia Mining Company Plc
|Tel: +44 1534 679 802
Tel: +44 7817 841793
Adrian Hadden/James Sinclair-Ford
|Tel: +44 20 7220 1751|
Tim Blythe/Megan Ray
|Tel: +44 207 138 3204|
|Tel: +1 917 991 7701
Tel: +1 203 940 2538
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1 $855 per ounce excludes $1.93 million of revenue which was acquired as a authorities grant by way of the export credit score incentive scheme which has subsequently been discontinued; seek advice from part 10 of the MD&A broadcast on March 18, 2019 for the calculation of all-in sustaining price per ounce. Forecast prices for 2022 take no account of any revenue which may come up if the export credit score incentive scheme (or related preparations) is re-introduced.