Thor Explorations Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: THX) (“Thor” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Michael Kelly as General Manager at its 100% owned Segilola Gold Project (“Segilola” or the “Project”) in Nigeria.
Michael Kelly is a mining engineer with over thirty years experience and a proven track record in developing mining projects from feasibility though Engineering Procurement and Construction (“EPC”) to production and also has a proven track record in operations and leadership.
Mr Kelly has achieved success in delivering projects and operating mines in several locations in Africa and Asia with wide ranging industry experience focused on gold, having managed mining operations, in both production and technical roles and having been involved in the planning and optimisation of several open pit mines. More recently as a General Manager, Mine Manager, Project Manager & Chief Engineer for Open Pit Gold operation’s in Ghana, Mongolia, Philippines, Eritrea and Egypt.
Mr Kelly also has significant experience of underground operations, in both production and technical roles, having worked as a lead manager of technical services for AngloGold Ashanti’s Obuasi mine where the mine produced gold from both open pit and underground operations and more than doubled its underground production rate during his time there.
Mr Kelly has worked in key senior mining positions for Zara Mining, Centerra Gold, AngloGold Ashanti and also as a mining contractor.
Segun Lawson, President & CEO, commented:
“We are very pleased to have Michael join the senior managment team at Thor as we enter into the EPC phase at Segilola. He is a seasoned and respected mining professional who has worked across Africa, building projects and teams and has a track record of delivering projects on time and under budget, most recently having delivered the Koka Gold Mine in Eritrea, which was commissioned ahead of time and under the budget of USD150 million.
Michael brings a wealth of gold mining project construction and operational experience to the company, and furthermore he has taken a long term view and will remain with the Company, transitioning to General Manager Operations on commissioning of the plant.”
The Segilola Gold Project
The Segilola Gold Project is considered the most advanced gold project in Nigeria. Thor recently completed a DFS on the Segilola Open Pit Reserve and a Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) on the Segilola Underground Resource.
Preliminary Economic Assessment
Pre-tax NPV5% of $138m
Pre-tax NPV5% of $35m
Post-tax IRR of 50%
Post-tax 1.4 years on initial capital
Pre-production capital of $87.5m
Development capital of $13m
Average of 80,000oz LOM
Average of 33,000oz LOM
LOM All-in sustaining cost of $662/oz
LOM All-in sustaining cost of $756/oz
Probable Mineral Reserves
3.0Mt @ 4.2 g/t Au containing 405,600oz Au at 0.77 g/t cut off
97.0% for 395,400oz
96.0% for 102,000oz
Thor Explorations Ltd. is a Canadian mineral exploration company engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral properties located in Nigeria, Senegal and Burkina Faso. Thor holds a 100% interest in the Segilola Gold Project located in Osun State of Nigeria and a 70% interest in the Douta Gold Project located in south-eastern Senegal. Thor also holds a 49% interest in the Bongui and Legue gold permits located in Houndé greenstone belt, south west Burkina Faso. Thor trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “THX”.
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