July 11, 2018 / TheNewswire / Vancouver, B.C. - South Star Mining Corp. ("South Star" or the "Company") (TSXV: STS) is pleased to announce that further to the Company's recent closing of the 100% acquisition of Brazil Graphite S.A., and raising a total of $4.94 million, the Company is proceeding with building on the information contained in the previously released NI 43-101 Preliminary Economic Assessment. The Company's main objective, over the next 12 months, will be completion of the requirements for a Guia de Utilizacao, or trial mining license, for the Santa Cruz graphite project.
Under the Brazilian Mining Code, a trial mining license may be granted for the extraction of up to 5000 tons of graphite per year per exploration license. The purpose of the trial mining license is to evaluate the technical and economic viability of each exploration license. The Company currently owns 100% of 13 exploration licenses totaling 13,316 hectares, of which 11 are contiguous. The 43-101 report dated Feb 6, 2018, defined indicated resources of 14.99 million tons at 2.70% Cg and inferred resources of 3.57 million tons at 2.90% Cg (defined on approximately 1% of its acreage). As per the PEA, projected operating costs were between US$316 and US$413 per ton with a weighted average sales price of US$1354 per ton. The Company will conduct further infill drilling, environmental studies, independent metallurgical studies, mine planning, process plant engineering, equipment sourcing, etc., which, together with ongoing concentrate marketing, will be submitted to Brazil's National Mining Agency (ANM) in support of the trial mining license application. Additional planned test work is designed to increase the Company's confidence in the suitability of Santa Cruz concentrates for the lithium ion battery market and other newly emerging graphite technologies.
The Company has the financial resources to complete the above as well as continue to progress the project towards a bankable feasibility study with the objective of obtaining the necessary installation and operating licenses which will allow the Company to proceed to large scale mining.
Company CEO Eric Allison stated "We are excited to begin the next phase of work at our Santa Cruz project. The very positive results of our PEA provide a strong foundation for the Company to undertake activities that will build excellent value for our shareholders. The granting of a trial mining license will move STS closer to a positive cash flow position while simultaneously advancing the project toward achievement of its longer term goals."
Richard L. Pearce is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and is responsible for the preparation and approval of the technical information disclosed in this news release.
ABOUT SOUTH STAR MINING CORP.
South Star Mining Corp. is focused on the acquisition and development of near-term mine production projects in Brazil to maximize shareholder value. To learn more, please visit the Company website at www.southstarmining.com.
On behalf of the Board,
Mr. Eric Allison
Chief Executive Officer
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Mr. Dave McMillan
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Mr. Kris Kottmeier
VP Corp Development
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This news release and the PEA contain references to inferred resources. The PEA is preliminary in nature and includes inferred mineral resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves. There is no certainty that the PEA will be realized.
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