- Formal extension requested by Chinese investment group
- Desktop due diligence and audits by investor group now complete
- Senior executives to commence site visit on 10th February
- Technical team comprising a party specialists and container of equipment due in NZ by mid February.
New Talisman Gold Mines announced today that is has received a formal letter of request for an extension to the signed Heads of Agreement (HOA) with St Albans Pty Ltd dated 12th December 2013. The formal request is for a period of 90 days from the date of the signed agreement to allow completion of definitive agreements and technical due diligence.
The Terms of the HOA provide for the full funding requirements set out in the Talisman Mine Pre- Feasibility Study dated 30 March 2013 of NZ $10.9M, in return for 65% of the 32,200 ounces of Gold (20,930 oz Au) catered for in the study.
The letter received confirms that representatives from St Albans and beneficial shareholder Langfan Dashan Geology & Mining Co Ltd, of Hebei China, (“Langfan”) will visit the New Zealand Mine for further on ground due diligence and laboratory testing.
St Albans have advised that due diligence is now complete on the technical data provided and have proceeded with the transportation of a container of equipment and specialist chemicals from China for the completion of test work by their technical team. It is expected that the technical team should have completed their test work by the end of February.
Emerald Resources (Asia) Limited, New Talisman’s advisors in conjunction with St Albans, have set out the timeline for completion of draft definitive agreements by the 31st January and have completed the proposed timing of the site visit.
The visit is scheduled for the 10th – 14th February for the senior executives of the group and will be followed shortly thereafter by the technical team.
The group’s senior management team will complete a site visit to the Talisman mine and meet with NTL board members and senior management to finalise commercial negotiations at that time.
Executive Director Matthew Hill said “We are working hard with our potential partners in finalising the due diligence. The positive progress with our potential partners highlights the quality of the project at Talisman where high grades allow for considerable flexibility as compared to many junior gold mining companies. The company continues to complete the precursor work to our bulk sampling/trial mining phase at Talisman and we are on schedule for commencement of the project during the second half of 2014.”