Agata Mining Ventures Inc (AMVI), a joint venture company involving TVI Pacific (60%) and Mindoro Resources (40%), completed three shipments of high-iron/low nickel direct shipping ore (DSO) during March 2015, for expected gross proceeds of US$1.93 million, from the Agata nickel laterite project in northern Mindanao.

AMVI expects to complete four DSO shipments in April, subject to weather conditions, consisting of two shipments of high iron/low nickel limonite and two shipments of higher grade nickel saprolite. The anticipated increase in shipments reflects the completion of production ramp-up activities that included causeway expansion and stockpile area development work.

The shipments of limonite ore completed in March 2015 represent the eighth through 10th shipments completed by AMVI since operations commenced in October 2014. The eighth shipment totalling 54,231 wet metric tonnes (wmt) of ore containing 0.92% nickel and 48.10% iron was completed on March 13 for expected gross revenue of US$678,000.

The ninth shipment totalling 48,961 wmt of ore containing 0.90% nickel and 48.01% iron was completed on March 20 for expected gross revenue of US$612,000, and the 10th shipment totalling 51,250 wmt of ore containing 0.90% nickel and 48.60% iron was completed on March 27 for expected gross revenue of US$641,000.

AMVI has now completed a total of 10 shipments containing 528,757 wmt of limonite DSO for total gross proceeds of US$7.04 million.

“We look forward to the anticipated increase in shipment capacity in April and to potentially realizing higher selling prices from the saprolite DSO, which has higher nickel content than the limonite ore,” said Mindoro’s CEO Penny Gould. “AMVI’s plans to ramp up operations to ship over 2.5 million wet metric tonnes of nickel laterite in 2015 would make the Agata project one of the largest DSO operations in the Philippines and potentially add significant value to Mindoro’s 40% interest in the project.”

The Agata DSO Project is located in Agusan del Norte province, within the Surigao mining region on the island of Mindanao. This is a major lateritic nickel producing region providing ore to processing plants in Australia, China, Korea and Japan. The Agata DSO Project is well located and is expected to benefit from its deep protected seaport, the opportunity for year-round shipping and its proximity to main markets in Asia.