Feb 27, 2018
Monument Announces Bioleaching Test Work Results on the Selinsing Sulphide Gold Project
Vancouver, B.C., February 27, 2018, Monument Mining Limited (TSX-V: MMY and FSE: D7Q1) "Monument" or the "Company" is pleased to announce the successful completion of a third programme of bioleaching testwork on flotation concentrate produced from the Buffalo Reef deposit in Malaysia.
Highlight of Bioleaching Testwork Result
The testwork was conducted at the SGS laboratory in Johannesburg under the management of Outotec BIOX(r) specialists. The batch testwork programme results showed that over 90% sulphide oxidation occurred after 9 days, 98% after 15 days and 99% after the full 24 days. The sulphide oxidation levels proved that representative samples of Selinsing/Buffalo Reef concentrates are amenable to the BIOX(r) process. No deleterious elements were found in the concentrate analysis and the batch tests confirmed that the sulphide to carbonate ratio was sufficient to be net acid generating. Cyanide leach tests on the 24-day BIOX(r) residues achieved between 88% and 92% gold dissolution within 24 hours.
To date, extensive flotation testwork has been conducted by the Selinsing R&D team on all of the ore types at Selinsing and Buffalo Reef to determine the optimum suite of gangue depressants and has culminated in the design of the flotation plant featuring conditioning and rougher scavenger flotation followed by further conditioning and cleaner flotation. The flotation testwork employed industry-standard sulphide flotation collectors, auxiliary collectors, specialist gold recovery promoters and conventional frothing agents. Concentrate grades ranging from 5.9% to 14.2% sulphur have been produced in the flotation testwork with gold recoveries for the major ore types in the range of 87-95 %. Mass pull to cleaner concentrate varied from 6.5% to 15.8% and an overall 10% yield containing 6.1% sulphur has been used for downstream plant design.
The laboratory flotation testwork results have determined the required conditioning and flotation residence times for the rougher scavenger and cleaner flotation stages, enabling equipment sizing to be completed using industry standard scale up factors. The flotation plant will feature six rougher scavenger cells each of 50 cubic metres capacity and four cleaner flotation cells of 20 cubic metres. Cleaner tailings will be recycled to rougher feed. The flotation circuit will be designed to handle the varied response of the different ore types especially where the desired sulphur grade is achieved though rougher flotation only and the cleaner stage may be bypassed.
Progress of the Basic Processing Design and FEED
The internal Definitive Feasibility Study ("DFS") for the Sulphide Project commenced in the middle of last year. This study is based on the 2016 PFS and is focused on delivery of a detailed front end engineering design ("FEED") by applying BIOX(r) processing technology and an execution plan for construction of additional flotation and BIOX(r) processing circuits and appropriate upgrade of the existing processing plant. It includes a basic processing design package, further mine optimization and an economic analysis at a higher confidence level.
The BIOX(r) process design and flotation design packages have been sent to Orway Mineral Consultants Pty Ltd ("Orway") for review. Orway has been engaged to produce an overall plant design package. Contromation Energy Services ("CES") has commenced preparing the FEED for the new process plant using their experience from the successful design of the Runruno BIOX(r) plant in the Philippines.
A number of specialized contractors have also been engaged in the DFS for the Selinsing Sulphide Project: Geomapping Technology Sdn Bhd ("GTSB) for a study on slope stability in the Selinsing and Buffalo Reef open pits and geotechnical studies on the proposed plant site; SRK Consulting (Australia) Pty Ltd ("SRK") on the existing tailings storage facility expansion; Afrima Consulting Pty Ltd on the power draw study. Internal studies were initiated to address the additional clean water demand for the BIOX(r)plant and to gauge the requirements for expanded site water storage facilities. The FEED and a construction execution plan are scheduled to be completed during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, deferred from September 2017. The delay was caused by additional amenability testwork which is now being completed.
Michael John Kitney, Ass. Met, M.Sc., MAusIMM has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical disclosure in the news release as a Qualified Person under NI43-101 standards.
Monument Mining Limited (TSX-V: MMY, FSE: D7Q1) is an established Canadian gold producer that owns and operates the Selinsing Gold Mine in Malaysia. Its experienced management team is committed to growth and is advancing several exploration and development projects including the Mengapur Polymetallic Project, in Pahang State of Malaysia, and the Murchison Gold Projects comprising Burnakura, Gabanintha and Tuckanarra in the Murchison area of Western Australia. The Company employs approximately 190 people in both regions and is committed to the highest standards of environmental management, social responsibility, and health and safety for its employees and neighboring communities.
Cathy Zhai, President and CEO
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