Prophecy provides update on Ulaan Ovoo Mine preparation, Mongolia
Friday, August 27th, 2010
Prophecy Resource Corp. (TSX VENTURE:PCY) (OTCQX: PRPCF) (FRANKFURT:1P2) Referring to the Mine Services Agreement between itself and Leighton Asia Limited, Prophecy announced today that Leighton has established the required infrastructure and deployed all necessary equipment and manpower (on schedule) to execute long term mining operations at Prophecy’s 100% owned Ulaan Ovoo Coal Project, Northern Mongolia.
Ulaan Ovoo site establishment commenced on 13 July 2010 to ensure that the commissioning of the 250,000 tonnes starter pit will take place as planned as of September 2010 with 57,500 tonnes in the first month ramping up to 100,000 tonnes per month by December 2010.
Operation Statistics: To date Leighton has removed and stockpiled approximately 30,696 BCM of topsoil and 209,095 BCM of overburden which is approximately some 28,089 BCM of overburden ahead of schedule in preparation for mining.
Equipment: Operational equipment deployed by Leighton includes three 773C Cat dump trucks, one 385D Cat excavator, one D8R Cat dozer, one 160H Cat grader, one 928G Cat loader, two 10,000lt water tankers, one 3,000lt fuel truck, two CD150 dewatering pumps, three Allmand portable lighting plants and four diesel generators of varying capacity.
Manpower: The current labour force can be categorised as follows:
Prophecy 1 3 Mine Manager, Translator, Driver
Leighton 2 9 Mining Staff & Camp Manager
Wagner 0 11 Machine Operators & Mechanics
Contractors 0 26 Camp Staff, Security, Water Truck Operator
Total 3 49
Bridge Construction: The design of the concrete bridges that will replace all existing wooden bridges along the haul road has been completed and the foundation slabs are currently being poured. Completion of the bridge upgrade by the end of September will enable the trucking of coal from the mine site to Nauski.
Zeltura Border Opening: Prophecy has been informed that Russian and Mongolian governments have agreed to open the Zeltura border crossing on a permanent basis. Zeltura port is 15km by road from Ulaan Ovoo mine site and could present significant reduction on the transportation cost. The exact timing of the border opening is not known at this time.
Infrastructure: The workshop, office complex and mine camp with facilities for 80 people on site have been erected and the area is fenced off for security and safety purposes.
Wardrop Prefeasibility Study: The Company is working with Wardrop to clarify taxation, royalty, and off take pricing. The release of Wardrop’s final report is expected in September of this year.
Off-Take discussions are on-going with parties who have expressed written interests to procure coal directly at the mine site. Prophecy has also formally invited government site inspection, which is required prior to mine-starting.
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