Sydney, Australia, April 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heron Resources Ltd. (TSX: HER; ASX: HRR) ("Heron" or the "Company") announces its quarterly activities for the three months ended March 31, 2016. Details of the Company's results are contained in the filing “Heron Resources Limited Quarterly Report March 2016” which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and the Company's website www.heronresources.com.au
March Quarter 2016 Highlights
· Cash and Cash Equivalents – At March 31, 2016 Heron held A$25.2M in cash (an increase of A$1.4M over the previous quarter) and A$2.3M in investments.
· Golden Cross Resources (“ASX:GCR”) – Heron received A$1.6M for the sale of its GCR shares.
· R&D – The Company received A$2.3M for R&D related expenditure over FY14/15.
· Commodity market fundamentals continue to strengthen for zinc.
· Woodlawn Zinc-Copper Project
· Excellent progress with the Feasibility Study and completion is targeted for the later part of the second quarter (Q2):-
o The updated Mineral Resource and new Ore Reserve estimation for the underground are well advanced and being reviewed by SRK.
o Geotechnical studies (Beck Engineering) have been completed covering mine design, deformation modelling and ground support designs.
o New Outotec paste test work on de-slimed process tailings resulted in improved paste strengths.
o A 300mm diameter dewatering bore has been drilled into the underground workings.
o Metallurgical test work continues including optimisation studies. Consolidation and interpretation of results is currently with GR Engineering Services along with the process plant design.
o Offsite logistical options have been reviewed for the transport of zinc, copper and lead concentrates to receiving smelters.
o A concentrate off-take expression of interest (EOI) has been provided to a number of smelters and trading companies.
o Independent Feasibility Study auditing functions are now in place.
o Company has appointed legal and corporate advisors for the project financing schedule.
o Following the completion of drilling activities last quarter, the Company has established a prioritised list of on-mine targets with the potential to expand the Woodlawn resource base.
Woodlawn Zinc-Copper Project
Heron’s primary development project is the high grade Woodlawn Zinc-Copper Project located 250km southwest of Sydney, New South Wales. The project consists of both a high grade underground and a large medium grade tailings resource. The development approach envisages the construction of a single 1.5Mtpa processing plant capable of treating material from both sources. Planned production will see the generation of three separate base metal concentrates (zinc, copper and lead) with associated precious metal credits. In addition, the project is very well supported by excellent infrastructure, an existing mining lease and state government development approvals.
The Company completed and lodged on www.sedar.com a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) in June 2015 with the aim of demonstrating the technical and commercial viability of the Woodlawn Project under this development approach. The PEA delivered a compelling business case resulting in an immediate start to an A$11M definitive Feasibility Study to provide the basis for seeking project funding. The initial step with the Feasibility Study was to undertake a further round of in-fill drilling, again returning numerous very high grade massive sulphide intercepts particularly in the new discoveries, Kate Lens and Lisa Lens.
Completion of the Feasibility Study at the end of Q2 2016 will see a transition to sourcing project development funding and then project construction.
Woodlawn is expected to become an important Australian near term zinc producer delivering concentrates into a market with strong supply and demand fundamentals underpinning a strong commodity price.
About Heron Resources
Heron is engaged in the exploration and development of base and precious metal deposits in Australia. In addition to the high grade Woodlawn Zinc-Copper Project, the Company holds a significant property holding in the Lachlan Fold Belt of New South Wales and the Kalgoorlie Nickel Project in Western Australia.
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Source: Heron Resources Limited