The publication of our Maiden Mineral Resource Estimate on January 3rd sets the tone for what we anticipate to be a very productive year at Cascabel, and our regional projects. The 1.08Bt @ 0.68% CuEq Maiden Mineral Resource Estimate, with a 120Mt @1.8% CuEq high grade core, is a tremendous start for Alpala but, it is just the beginning. There is already 10,000m of drilling still to be assayed and included in the model, and drilling continues. With 12 rigs working across the site and 120km of drilling planned for 2018 updates to the resource will be reported regularly. The Maiden Mineral Resource Estimate in our view by no means represents a final size or grade because the deposit is still growing. That the Maiden Mineral Resource Estimate is so big, achieved with so few drill holes and that such a large percentage is in the indicated category is testimony to the size of the system at Alpala. With regular updates to the resource estimate and a Preliminary Economic Assessment in sight at Cascabel, exciting regional developments from your projects across Ecuador, and US$100m in the bank, SolGold is firing on all cylinders.
GENERAL MANAGER PROCESS AND METALLURGY
Dr. Greg Harbort has 33 years of in-depth experience in copper and precious metals extraction and mineral processing, including heap leaching, gravity concentration, flotation, leaching and purification, roasting, and fuming. He has authored 47 technical publications, contributed to seven books on mineral processing technology, flotation development and flotation optimization and is the co-author of “History of Flotation” and contributing author of SME “Mineral Processing & Extractive Metallurgy Handbook”.
Greg brings a wealth of porphyry copper experience to SolGold Plc, including five years working for Philex Mining Corp Padcal site, recognised as one of the world’s most efficient block cave operations. He also brings to this project, two year’s involvement with design, construction, commission and operation of the Minera Alumbrera concentrator in Argentina. Greg also spent five years working with the CMOC (China Molybdenum Co. Ltd) Northparkes operation on process optimisation, refurbishment and life of mine geo-metallurgical planning. In the two years prior to joining SolGold he was involved with design and life of mine geo-metallurgical planning for the Oyu Tolgoi concentrator expansion to allow treatment of the Hugo North block cave ore.
Greg holds a Ph.D. from University of Queensland, Australia, 2005 and holds a bachelor’s degree of Engineering Metallurgy, University of Queensland, 1990.