Vanguard Mining Corporation announces that PT Mega Kencana Persada (MKP), a company owning a 330-hectare limestone concession in Mandailing Natal, North Sumatra, has confirmed that it has met all the requirements for licensing and permitting, and will be ready to commence production in early 2015.

In the first phase, MKP plans to produce about 25,000 tonnes of crushed limestone each month during the first six months and 50,000 tonnes per month for the following six months, and generate approximately $11.25 million in revenues and more than $2.812 million net income during the first year.

Beginning the second year, it can increase annual production capacity to 1.2 million tonnes for export markets, with projected revenues of $30 million and net income of $7.5 million per year. The estimated limestone deposits of this concession are about 150 million tonnes.

Vanguard and MKP also plan to produce other limestone products from this mine, including quicklime for use especially in the metallurgical industry and environmental remediation, hydrated lime for paper technology, construction, agriculture soil and water treatment, precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) for petrochemical industry, paint, rubber, seafood, among others, nano-precipitated calcium carbonate (NPCC) to process high quality chemical cosmetics and foodstuffs, and coated and uncoated PCC and NPCC for use as additives in industries of asphalt plastic, paper, rubber, paint, cosmetics, foodstuffs and medicines. These products command much higher prices and profit margins than crushed limestone.

On another note, Vanguard believes the new product lines for the silica sand company in Central Vietnam it is acquiring, including fibreglass, silicon dioxide and silica cullet, can generate an additional $100 million in revenues and 15-20% net profits within two years.

Vanguard’s president Jalani Haniffa says, “We are very pleased with the progress at PT Mega Kencana and look forward to going into production early next year. Together with the acquisition of the silica sand company in Central Vietnam, we are confident that Vanguard can reach revenue levels of $130-$150 million by the end of the second year after production begins.”

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