SAGUENAY, QUEBEC – (February 4, 2015) – Arianne Phosphate (the “Company” or “Arianne”) (TSX VENTURE: DAN) (FRANKFURT: JE9N) (OTCBB: DRRSF) today announced that its ongoing cost optimization program has identified an additional cost savings of US$4.26 per ton related to its planned production of phosphate concentrate at the Company’s Lac-à-Paul Project in Quebec.
According to Arianne’s Feasibility Study (“FS”) filed in October 2013, the Company initially projected an FOB Port of Saguenay cost of US$93.60 per ton for its premium quality 39% P2O5 concentrate. The reduction of US$4.26 per ton represents a cost savings of almost 5% and, according to the Company’s FS, should result in annual savings of roughly US$12.75 million, or close to US$330 million over the planned 26 year life of mine.
Arianne generated the cost savings by optimizing its original mine plan and commencing operations on the western part of the deposit, thereby improving the stripping ratio, and allowing the Company to adopt a different schedule on material waste handling.
“This significant reduction in our mining costs strengthens the economics of our project and moves us even lower on the cost-curve, improving our competitive advantage,” said Jean-Sébastien David, Chief Operating Officer of Arianne Phosphate. “Lac-à-Paul is the world’s largest greenfield phosphate rock project and will produce one of the highest purity concentrates commercially available. These cost improvements will save hundreds of millions of dollars over the life of mine, and make our project even more attractive.”
Following the release of its FS, Arianne launched a cost optimization program that was aimed at reducing the Company’s operating costs. In addition to reductions brought about by optimizing the mine plan and previously announced cost savings from reagent consumption, Arianne is currently looking into several other initiatives that it believes may be able to further reduce its operating costs. The Company expects to provide the results of these initiatives in the coming months as it moves its project towards production.
Mr. David added, “Arianne is fully committed to achieving the milestones that it has set out for itself in 2015. Today’s cost savings announcement and the recently disclosed start of the BAPE permitting process, demonstrate the momentum that we’re building.”
Jean-Sébastien David, P.Geo., Qualified Person by NI 43-101, has approved this release.
About Arianne Phosphate
Arianne Phosphate (“Arianne Phosphate Inc.”) (www.arianne-inc.com) is developing the Lac à Paul phosphate deposits located approximately 200 km north of the Saguenay/Lac St. Jean area of Quebec, Canada. These deposits will produce a high quality igneous apatite concentrate grading 39% P2O5 with little or no contaminants. The Company has 95,325,755 million shares outstanding.
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