Elcora Resources Commences Graphite Refining Mill Construction
January 27, 2015 (Source: Accesswire) — Troy Grant, President and CEO of ELCORA RESOURCES CORP. (TSXV:ERA/Frankfurt:ELM), (the “Company” or “Elcora”), is pleased to announce;
Graphite Refining Mill Construction
The board of directors has approved the construction and fabrication of a graphite processing plant at the Company’s Ragedara (Sakura) mine site in Sri Lanka. Site preparation is well advanced, foundation construction is underway, and essential equipment has been ordered. The estimated timeline for completion of the refining mill is the second quarter of calendar 2015 at which time commissioning and training of personnel will commence.
The processing facility to be constructed at Sakura is intended to be the first phase of a modularly expandable production facility for the purification of graphite powder. The design configuration of the mill has a specified throughput capacity of up to 2,500 tonnes per yearto yield a final refined graphite grade of up to 99% purity. Following completion and commissioning the plant will commence operations using an existing on site stockpile of approximately 250 tonnes of graphite mineralization together with any material which may be extracted from the Ragedera mine. The output from the Ragedera Mine and the throughput from the proposed mill cannot be predicted. (See ‘Cautionary Notes Regarding Ragadera Production’ below.)
The capital cost of the refining mill construction and equipment and the start-up commissioning costs are fully funded from cash on hand.
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“The completion of mill construction in Q2 2015 followed by a successful commissioning start-up will be an important milestone in Elcora’s corporate development plan” said Elcora President Troy Grant. “If successful, Elcora’s future capability to refine graphite to 98% or greater purity and with appropriate flake size would facilitate the development of working relationships with end-users of refined graphite and, ideally, may enable Elcora to seek and hopefully secure, long term offtake partners.”
About Elcora (in process of name change to Graphene Corporation)
The Company is a TSX Venture Exchange listed company which owns an interest in the Ragadera graphite mine in Sri Lanka. The Company is continuing to upgrade the existing infrastructure to increase the production of graphite from the Ragadera mine, and metallurgical testing and laboratory research on that graphite to determine a suitable process for the commercial production of graphene is ongoing.
Cautionary Notes Regarding Ragadera Production
The Sakura graphite project’s Ragadera mine has no established resource and is without a known body of commercial ore. The decision to commence production at the Ragadera mine and Elcora’s plans for small scale mining and milling operations were based on economic models prepared by Elcora in conjunction with management’s knowledge of the property and the prior limited recent operating history of the Sakura/Ragadera mine. The production decision and operating plan for the extraction and sale of graphite were not based on any preliminary economic assessment, a pre-feasibility study or a feasibility study of mineral reserves demonstrating economic and technical viability. Accordingly, there is increased uncertainty and economic and technical risks of failure associated with the production decision and operating plan, in particular the risk that mineral quantities and/or grades will be lower than expected, the risk that construction or ongoing mining operations will be more difficult or more expensive than expected, the risk that the Company will not be able to transport or sell the mineralized material it produces on the terms it expects, or at all, the risk that due to the absence of a detailed economic and technical analysis according to and in accordance with NI 43-101 the production and economic variables associated with mineral extractions and sale may vary considerably. Readers are cautioned that no reliable estimates of future production capability or the economics of any extraction activity can be made.
Ian Flint, Ph.D., P. Geo., is the Qualified Person as defined under NI 43-101 who has reviewed and is responsible for the technical information presented in this news release.
For further information please visit the company’s website at http://www.elcoraresources.com.
The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. No stock Exchange, securities commission or other regulatory authority has approved or disapproved the information contained herein. This News Release includes certain “forward-looking statements”. All statements other than statements of historical fact, included in this release, including, without limitation, statements regarding potential mineralization and reserves, exploration results, and future plans and objectives of Elcora, are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Elcora’s expectations are exploration risks detailed herein and from time to time in the filings made by Elcora with securities regulators.
Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the filing statement prepared in connection with the transaction, any information released or received with respect to the transaction may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon.
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