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Pre-commissioning Underway at TVI Pacific's 30.66% owned TVIRD Balabag Gold and Silver

April 23, 2021

CALGARY, AB, April 23, 2021 /CNW/ - TVI Pacific Inc. (TSXV: TVI) (OTC Pink: TVIPF) ("TVI" or "the Company") is pleased to provide a construction update with respect to the Balabag gold and silver project ("Balabag").  Balabag is owned 100% by TVI Resource Development Phils., Inc. ("TVIRD"), a Philippines corporation in which TVI holds a 30.66% interest, and is located in Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines.  

Highlights :

  • All remaining major equipment, including the elution/strip solution heater and heat exchanger as well as the carbon regeneration kiln for the elution circuit and gold room, has arrived to site;

  • All components of the plant are now undergoing pre-commissioning;

  • Ore is now being fed from low grade run of mine ore stockpile on a test basis in preparation for the commencement of continuous milling operations;

  • Tailings deposition is expected to occur by June 2021 through Stage 1 of the tailings storage facility. 

Balabag Gold-Silver Project:

Pre-commissioning, including debugging of the Mill, is well underway and includes:

  • Pre-commissioning of the grinding circuit with ore;

  • Pre-commissioning of the flotation concentrate leach and carbon-in-leach ("CIL") circuits.

Installation of the grinding circuit mill motors and liners of the SAG and ball mills has been completed in addition to hydrotesting of the Merrill Crowe.  Ore is now being fed from low grade run of mine ("ROM") ore stockpile on a test basis in preparation for the commencement of continuous milling operations.

The last remaining major equipment, including the elution/strip solution heater and heat exchanger as well as the carbon regeneration kiln for the elution circuit and gold room, has arrived to site and pre-commissioning of the elution circuit and the acid wash column for the gold room has begun.  Other infrastructure such as the power plant, water supply, the assay and metallurgical laboratory, explosives magazine, helipad, warehouse and shops, offices, accommodation facilities, mine roads and other access roads has been constructed.  

Construction of the earth-filled tailings storage facility ("TSF") is proceeding. The TSF is being constructed in stages to accommodate progressively increasing resources as they are defined.  It is expected that tailings deposition in the first phase, Stage 1, will commence by June 2021 with the commissioning and operation of the processing plant.

Mining operations are proceeding and there are now approximately 45,000 tonnes of ore on the ROM ore stockpile, in-pit stockpile, and crushed ore stockpile.  Much of the ore is low to marginal grade which was mined to expose the higher-grade mineralized resource during waste stripping and bench forming and is being used as test ore for commissioning the plant.   The stockpiles have an average grade of 1.05 g/t gold and 27.63 g/t silver.

Current Balabag project development photos can be found on the Company website at TVIPacific.com.

"We have entered a most exciting phase of the Balabag project with the commencement of pre-commissioning works in preparation for continuous milling operations.  Completion of Stage 1 of the TSF continues to be the critical path and a key focus at this time.  We remain confident of the ability of our team to bring this vision to life after many years of planning and considerable effort.", said Mr. Cliff James, Chairman and CEO of TVI and Chairman of TVIRD. 

Qualified Persons

The Qualified Person responsible for the scientific and technical content of this press release is Mr. Michael James Bue, Bsc. Eng, M.Eng, P.Eng.  Mr. Bue has acted as the Qualified Person in compliance with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") reporting requirements by virtue of his membership in the Professional Engineers of Ontario and Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and has confirmed compliance of this press release with NI 43-101 requirements.  

About TVI Resource Development Phils., Inc.

TVIRD, a Philippine corporation in which TVI holds a 30.66% interest, is a diversified mining company that focuses on the acquisition, exploration, development and production of resource projects in the Philippines.  It operates under the highest standards of health and safety practices for its workers and its host community; and is uncompromising in its best-practices approach to environmental protection as well as community development.  TVIRD has a pool of highly competent managers, technical personnel and skilled workers with previous experience in gold-silver operation and owns 100% of the Balabag gold/silver project in addition to 60% interest in AMVI, a direct shipping Nickel/Iron operation that commenced in October 2014 and in which TVIRD is operator.  AMVI has shipped a total of 16.73 million wet metric tonnes of nickel laterite ore through 307 shipments through to March 31, 2021.

About TVI Pacific Inc.

TVI Pacific Inc. is a Canadian resource company focused on the acquisition of resource projects in the Asia Pacific region.  TVI currently holds a 30.66% equity interest in TVIRD and a 2.95% equity interest in Integrated Green Energy Solutions Ltd., a publicly listed company incorporated in Australia with shares listed on the ASX (but currently suspended since January 2020).  Integrated Green Energy Solutions Ltd. is engaged in the commercialization of technologies to convert waste plastics to fuel in Australia and internationally.  TVI's other holdings include a 14.4% equity interest in Mindoro Resources Ltd. and a 100% investment in shares of TG World.  As at the date of this announcement, TVI has 656,537,039 outstanding common shares and 696,887,039 fully diluted including the currently issued outstanding options of 40,350,000.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain information set out in this News Release constitutes forward-looking information.  Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "seek", "anticipate", "plan", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "intend", "could", "might", "should", "believe", "scheduled", "to be", "will be" and similar expressions.  Forward-looking statements in this News Release are based upon the opinions and expectations of management of the Company as at the effective date of such statements.  Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that those expectations will prove to have been correct.  Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties (known and unknown) that could cause actual outcomes to differ materially from those anticipated or implied by such forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are based upon the opinions and expectations of management of the Company as at the effective date of such statements and, in certain cases, information supplied by third parties.  Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions and that information received from third parties is reliable, it can give no assurance that those expectations will prove to have been correct. 

Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties (known and unknown) that could cause actual outcomes to differ materially from those anticipated or implied and should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results.   These factors include, but are not limited to, such things as: (i) general economic conditions in Canada, the Philippines and elsewhere; (ii) volatility of prices for precious metals, base metals, and other commodities; (iii) commodity supply and demand; (iv) fluctuations in currency and interest rates; (v) inherent risks associated with the exploration and development of mining properties, including but not limited to geological characteristics, metallurgical characteristics of the mineralization, the availability of equipment and facilities necessary to complete development and the ability to develop adequate processing capacity; (vi) the cost of consumables and mining and processing equipment; (vii) unforeseen technological and engineering problems; (viii) ultimate recoverability of reserves; (ix) production, timing, results and costs of exploration and development activities; * political factors, political stability or civil unrest, including but not limited to acts of sabotage or terrorism; (xi) availability of financial resources or third-party financing; (xii) changes in laws or regulations (domestic or foreign); (xiii) changes in administrative practices; (xiv) changes in exploration plans or budgets; (xv) the availability of skilled labour; (xvi) the failure of parties to contracts with the Company to perform as agreed, including its joint venture partners;  (xvii) the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic or similar public health crises; and (xviii) extreme weather conditions and forces of nature (i.e. typhoons, heavy rains, earthquakes, and the like) that may disrupt operations and explorations.

Forward-looking statements regarding TVIRD's development works at Balabag are based upon, but are not limited to, TVIRD's past construction and project development experience in the region and in such terrain, current and previous exploration activities, discussions with third parties, the availability of financing and TVIRD's overall plans, budget and strategy for Balabag (which are all subject to change).  The forward-looking statements include information relating to opportunities for further exploration and development of the Agata Nickel/Iron project and Agata Limestone project. 

The Company does not have control over TVIRD nor does it have any involvement in the management or decisions of TVIRD or control over financial reporting and internal controls of TVIRD.  The Company relies on the internal controls and financial reporting controls of TVIRD and their failure to maintain effectiveness or comply with applicable standards may adversely affect TVI. 

Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance upon the forward-looking statements contained in this material change report and such forward-looking statements should not be interpreted or regarded as guarantees of future outcomes.

Various risks to which the Company is exposed in the conduct of its business (including mining activities) are described in detail in the Company's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2019, which was filed on SEDAR on July 2, 2020 and is available under the Company's profile at www.SEDAR.com .

The forward-looking statements contained in this News Release are made as of the date hereof and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable securities laws in force in Canada.  The forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

SOURCE TVI Pacific Inc.