Gold Exploration To Resume At Beaconsfield Gold Mine
NQ Minerals Plc (**NQMLF**) is pleased to report that permission has been granted to start over 2 kilometers of surface trenching at the Company's Beaconsfield Gold Mine in northern Tasmania, Australia, to identify near surface gold deposits to add to the Beaconsfield's estimated 483,000 ounces of JORC (2012) compliant Mineral Resources (1.454 Mt at 10.3 grams per ton of gold (g/t Au)).
**David Lenigas, NQs Chairman, commented:**
*This approval marks an important milestone in bringing this historic gold-rich property back on stream. Having acquired Beaconsfield in June 2020, we see scope to identify new and significant shallow ounces of gold that will be incremental to the already known JORC compliant reserves of nearly half a million ounces. The resumption of gold exploration kick-starts an exciting new era at Beaconsfield, with the trenching program being a precursor to a follow up RC (Reverse Circulation) drill program , which the Company is aiming to start this quarter.*
Six (6) costeans are to be progressed covering 2,100 meters in total. They will test for the surface expressions of the main Beaconsfield gold lodes - the main Tasmania Reef, the Moonlight-cum-Wonder line (to the northwest of the main Tasmania Reef) and the Olive Branch workings where historically exploration efforts were focused on developing the deeper levels of the mine.
In addition to the exploration undertakings, the Company is completing the final stages of Metallurgical optimization on the surface stockpiles material within the mining lease, which is now estimated to have 120,000 tons grading 3.2 g/t Au. This optimization work has been undertaken to provide specific detail for the Beaconsfield gold plant refurbishment design and engineering. This work is expected to be completed by the end of this quarter. The work has taken longer than expected due to high demand for slots at the Metallurgical test Laboratories.
**Beaconsfield history c.1.9m ounces of gold recovered to 2012**
Prospectors first discovered the Tasmania Reef in 1877 when investigating the source of alluvial gold in nearby Brandy Creek. Mining between 1877 and 1914 yielded 854,600 ounces of gold at an average grade of 24.3 g/t. During this time, mining occurred between surface and 455 metes.
Modern mining re-commenced in 1998 after 84 years of inactivity, with mining depths taken down to 1,200 meters from surface, producing a further 920,000 ounces at an average grade of 10.5 g/t gold when the mine closed again in 2012 due to the low gold price at the time.
It is proposed to ascertain the likelihood of defining additional near-surface gold resources that could be exploited by surface or underground methods to provide ongoing mill feed for the phase whilst the new proposed Beaconsfield mine access decline is developed. The Company will be providing regular updates on its Beaconsfield gold exploration activity.
**About NQ Minerals**
NQ Minerals operations are in Australia. NQ commenced base metal and precious metal production in 2018 at its 100% owned flagship Hellyer Gold Mine in Tasmania. Hellyer has a published JORC compliant Mineral Resource estimated as of the end of August 2020 at 7.57 Mt which is host to Gold at 2.60 g/t Au for 633,600 oz Au, Silver at 94 g/t Ag for 22,873,600 oz Ag, Lead at 3.01% Pb for 228,000 tons and Zinc at 2.33% Zn for 176,700 tons. In addition to these resources, the Hellyer assets include a large mill facility and full supporting infrastructure. The Company is also planning to re-open the historic high-grade Beaconsfield Gold Mine in Tasmania, which has a JORC (2012) compliant Mineral Resource Estimate of 1.454 Mt at 10.3 g/t Au for 483,000 ounces of gold.
Regular updates on the progress of the Hellyer Gold Mine and Beaconsfield can be viewed on NQs website at [www.nqminerals.com](http://www.nqminerals.com/).
**Competent Persons Statement**
The information in this report that relates to the Hellyer project is based on information compiled by Mr. Roger Jackson, an Executive Director of the Company, who is a 25+ year Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (MAusIMM) and a Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr. Jackson has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralization and type of deposits under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 Edition of the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves. Mr. Jackson consents to the inclusion of the data contained in relevant resource reports used for this announcement as well as the matters, form, and context in which the relevant data appears.
***The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014. Upon the publication of this announcement via a Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.***
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