Diamcor Mining Inc. (TSX-V.DMI / OTCQX-DMIFF), (the “Company”) announces the installation of a deposit specific crushing circuit, along with Tomra XRT diamond recovery technology, for the processing of material in the +26.0mm size fractions at its Krone-Endora at Venetia project in South Africa (the “Project).
The selection and installation of this equipment is aimed at achieving the effective liberation of oversized materials, while reducing the potential breakage of larger diamonds through a selective crushing system. The Tomra system was chosen based on its demonstrated operational benefits and the exceptional results demonstrated at various other projects testing and using this new diamond recovery system. The Tomra XRT diamond recovery technology provides the added benefit of being a “dry system”, and thus does not require water like many other X-ray final recovery systems. The Company believes this technology may ultimately enhance overall processing capacities, increase efficiencies, and is the optimum solution for the effective treatment of the oversize material at the Project. The initial installation of this equipment will enable it to operate independently from the current processing underway at the Project, thereby providing for an incremental analysis of the benefits of its utilization for a period of approximately 90-days. Following this trial period, the Company expects to incorporate this new technology into the Projects facilities and operations on a long-term basis.
As previously announced, the vast majority of the rough diamonds recovered and sold to date at the Project have been a result of the processing of material in the +1.0mm to -26.0mm size fractions. The deployment of this new technology is aimed at allowing the Company to efficiently and effectively process material from the estimated +/-600,000 tons of +26.0mm material stockpiled at the Project. The combined efforts underway are designed to support the continued advancement of objectives consistent with the recommendations of the updated NI43-101 Technical Report (“Updated Technical Report”) filed by the Company on April 28, 2015, and to aid the Company in arriving at initial production decisions for the Project.
The recovery of all rough diamonds to date are incidental to the ongoing commissioning and testing exercises performed at the Project. The above-noted testing exercises and incidental recoveries do not form part of the Updated Technical Report and therefore no general grade, price, or quality determination is intended by the Company at this time due to the nature and purpose of the processing of this material.
The Company also announces that the directors of the Company, Dean Taylor, Darren Vucurevich, Sheldon Nelson and Dr. Stephen Haggerty were re-elected by the shareholders at the Company’s annual general meeting held on December 18, 2015. The disinterested shareholders of the Company also approved an amendment to the Company’s fixed stock option plan to increase the number of options available under the plan from 7,033,535 options to 8,622,233 options, being 20% of the Company’s issued and outstanding shares as at the record date for the meeting. Meyers Norris Penny LLP, were also re-appointed as the Company’s auditors for the ensuing year.
About Diamcor Mining Inc.
Diamcor Mining Inc. is a fully reporting publically traded junior diamond mining company which is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol V.DMI, and on the OTC QX International under the symbol DMIFF. The Company has a well-established operational and production history in South Africa and extensive prior experience supplying rough diamonds to the world market.
About the Tiffany & Co. Alliance
The Company has established a long-term strategic alliance and first right of refusal with Tiffany & Co. Canada, a subsidiary of world famous New York based Tiffany & Co., to purchase up to 100% of the future production of rough diamonds from the Krone-Endora at Venetia Project at then current prices to be determined by the parties on an ongoing basis. In conjunction with this first right of refusal, Tiffany & Co. Canada also provided the Company with financing to advance the Project. Tiffany & Co. is a publically traded company which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TIF. For additional information on Tiffany & Co., please visit their website at www.tiffany.com.
About Krone-Endora at Venetia
In February 2011, Diamcor acquired the Krone-Endora at Venetia Project from De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited, consisting of the prospecting rights over the farms Krone 104 and Endora 66, which represent a combined surface area of approximately 5,888 hectares directly adjacent to De Beers’ flagship Venetia Diamond Mine in South Africa. On September 11, 2014, the Company announced that the South African Department of Mineral Resources had granted a Mining Right for the Krone-Endora at Venetia Project encompassing 657.71 hectares of the Project’s total area of 5,888 hectares. The Company has also submitted an application for a mining right over the remaining areas of the Project. The deposits which occur on the properties of Krone and Endora have been identified as a higher-grade “Alluvial” basal deposit which is covered by a lower-grade upper “Eluvial” deposit. The deposits are proposed to be the result of the direct-shift (in respect to the “Eluvial” deposit) and erosion (in respect to the “Alluvial” deposit) of material from the higher grounds of the adjacent Venetia Kimberlite areas. The deposits on Krone-Endora occur in two layers with an average total depth of less than 15.0 metres from surface to bedrock, allowing for a very low-cost mining operation to be employed with the potential for near-term diamond production from a known high-quality source. Krone-Endora also benefits from the significant development of infrastructure and services already in place due to its location directly adjacent to the Venetia Mine.
Qualified Person Statement:
Mr. James P. Hawkins (B.Sc., P.Geo.), is Manager of Exploration & Special Projects for Diamcor Mining Inc., and the Qualified Person in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 responsible for overseeing the execution of Diamcor’s exploration programmes and a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (“APEGA”). Mr. Hawkins has reviewed this press release and approved of its contents.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Mr. Dean H. Taylor
President & CEO
Diamcor Mining Inc.
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This press release contains certain forward-looking statements. While these forward-looking statements represent our best current judgement, they are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that are beyond the Company’s ability to control or predict and which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. Further, the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward looking statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
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