TVI PACIFIC’S Philippine operating affiliate TVI Resource Development Philippines (TVIRD) has stopped milling operations at the Canatuan Copper-Zinc Project after exhausting its remaining stockpile. The company may consider re-starting the mill pending results of assessing various mine life extension and expansion opportunities.

Milling operations at TVI Pacific’s Canatuan Copper-Zinc Project have been wound up.
Milling operations at TVI Pacific’s Canatuan Copper-Zinc Project have been wound up.

TVI has made its final shipment of zinc concentrate and it is expected at least one more shipment of copper concentrate will be scheduled. TVIRD completed its seventh shipment of zinc concentrate on January 7 with 5069 dmt of concentrate shipped containing 42.25% zinc. Gross revenue of US$3.3 million was expected to be received for the shipment.

Since completing construction in November 2008 of a sulphide production plant at Canatuan to process the underlying sulphide ore body containing copper and zinc, the company has completed 38 shipments of copper concentrate for a total volume of 195,660 dry metric tonnes (dmt) and 7 shipments of zinc concentrate for a total volume of 30,548 dmt, as compared to an initially anticipated 119,800 dmt of copper concentrate and 6100 dmt of zinc concentrate.

Reserves mined significantly exceeded initial reserves as a result of additional material found and mined. This material was used in ore blending to optimize mill recoveries and was located both inside and outside the pit shell and not included in the original ore reserves.

The copper and zinc operations at Canatuan have provided a 5.9 year mine life as compared to an initially anticipated 5 to 6 year mine life but actual mill throughput has been much higher than planned. Actual daily throughput in recent months was increased to approximately 3500 tonnes.

The processing plant will be cleaned but equipment will not be dismantled while the company continues to assess mine life extension and expansion opportunities, including possible processing of mineralized waste dump material, possible new discoveries from exploration drill targets outside the pit area, possible production of pyrite concentrates, re-processing of tails and exploitation of possible economic deposits from outside the current MPSA. TVIRD is continuing to seek regulatory approval for expansion of the current MPSA to include these deposits.

Meanwhile, TVIRD is advancing its Balabag Gold-Silver Project with an independent NI 43-101 technical report having been completed. Based on drilling completed to the end of June 2011, the independent qualified person estimates an indicated mineral resource of 1.78 million tonnes averaging 2.34 grams/tonne of gold and 72.3 grams/tonne of silver containing 134,262 ounces of gold and 4,148,196 ounces of silver.

TVI also has an option to earn a 60% interest in the Agata Mining Joint Venture covering the Agata nickel deposits.