Asian Mineral Resources Limited (TSX VENTURE: ASN) announced today that its 70% owned joint venture company, Ban Phuc Nickel Mines Limited ("BPNM") is purchasing a second-hand crushing circuit for its Ban Phuc Nickel Project ("Ban Phuc") in Vietnam. The equipment being acquired is located in northern Vietnam and with minimum refurbishment will meet the technical requirements of the Company's Feasibility Study for treating the Project's massive sulfide material.
The purchase will reduce total Project capital by an estimated US$450,000 from US$33.6 million to US$33.15 million (inclusive of contingency). BPNM has identified further potential capital cost savings of up to US$3,150,000 through the localising of equipment suppliers and fabrication activities within Vietnam and neighbouring China. Additional cost savings are being actively reviewed and pursued as more detailed engineering and planning work is undertaken by the Company's staff and consultants.
"The purchase of the crusher equipment is the first step in the Company's strategy to reduce capital costs where possible and lessen the delivery risk associated with the purchase of new equipment", said Mr David Woodhouse, President and CEO of ASN. "We've taken the view that it is not a question of whether we will or won't get our mining license, it's only a matter of when. We are therefore favourably positioning ourselves in relation to equipment purchases, detailed planning and design works, and other permissible pre-capital expenditures to best achieve our late 2007 target date for Project commissioning."
The Company continues the mining license application process having recently submitting its Ban Phuc resources and reserves dossier to the Vietnamese Mineral Resource Evaluation Council ("Council") under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment ("MNRE") for their approval.
Asian Mineral Resources Limited is currently engaged in the exploration and development of the Vietnamese located Ban Phuc Nickel Project in which it currently has a 70% interest. The Project is part of a granted Foreign Investment License covering 150 square kilometres of highly prospective ultramafic hosted nickel occurrences.
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