|Fri Apr 11, 2014|
Retention Licence Granted at Helio's SMP Gold Project, Tanzania
Helio Resource Corp. (TSX-V:HRC), ("Helio" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that licence PL2580, which covers the Kenge Resource Area on the SMP Gold Project, has been converted into a Retention Licence (see map below). The Company was notified of the conversion by way of a letter from the Ministry of Energy and Minerals of the United Republic of Tanzania dated March 21, 2014.
A Retention Licence ("RL") is the stepping stone between a Prospecting Licence and a Mining Licence. The RL is valid for a period of 5 years and allows the Company to advance the project to a production decision.
Richard Williams, CEO of Helio, confirmed that this is a major milestone for the Company as it provides security of tenure through the pre-feasibility / feasibility state for the project. "It allows the Company to commit resources to the development of the SMP Project, knowing that the Tanzanian government is fully supportive of our activities to date. Shareholders can feel confident the licence process works", he said.
This is a positive development for the region, which currently has one gold mine in production. Shanta Gold, a UK listed gold miner, commissioned the New Luika Mine in 2012, and produced 64,000 ounces of gold in 2013. Guidance for 2014 is for production of 80,000 ounces of gold at a cash cost of $750 / ounce. The New Luika mine is located 5km west of the Kenge Resource Area (see map below).
Chris MacKenzie, M.Sc., C.Geol., Helio's COO and a Qualified Person as designated by NI 43-101, has reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.
About the SMP Gold Project
The SMP Gold Project covers a 238km2 area in the Lupa Goldfield, SW Tanzania.
On February 3, 2014 the Company released a new resource calculation from the Kenge and Porcupine Resource Areas, which focused on the higher grade aspect of the project. At a 1g/t cut off, the Resource reported 9.45Mt grading 2.1g/t gold (627,000 ounces) in the Indicated category and a further 3.62Mt grading 1.5g/t gold Inferred (180,000 ounces). The resource work also looked at the potential for higher grade ounces with potential for underground mining -- at a 3g/t cut-off the Indicated Resource reported 2.05Mt grading 5g/t gold (332,000 ounces) and 0.09Mt grading 5.21g/t Au Inferred (16,000 ounces).
Metallurgical testwork indicated recoveries of up to 96% using a gravity and cyanidation process -- see http://www.helioresource.com/s/TechnicalReports.asp for all technical reports.
About Helio Resource Corp.
Helio Resource Corp. is a resource company focused on advancing the 100% owned SMP Gold Project in Tanzania to a production decision, and outlining the resource potential at the DGP Gold and Tin Project in Namibia.
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