Iron ore increased in price by 74% in 2020 outperforming all other metals by a significant margin as iron ore reached close to US$180/t (62% Fe, CFR China) in December 2020, a level not seen for almost a decade and the price continues today in the range of US$170/t.
2020 may have been the start of a new Super Cycle for iron ore wherein supply is so inadequate to demand growth that prices rise for years, even a decade or more. The fundamentals for iron ore are strong and with this as a background the Company is moving forward with plans to further assess the potential of its Xaudum Iron Formation (XIF) project by undertaking a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) of the project. The primary objective of the PEA is to conduct an economic analysis of the potential viability of the deposit assessing the development options for the XIF resource and generating a road map for progress through feasibility and mine development.
Metallurgical results show that the XIF magnetite product is expected to be a premium product containing around 67% Fe which is preferable over lower grade iron ores (See Press Release of 12/17/2013 on the Company's website). These high-grade ores and products currently command larger price premiums over standard ores (62% Fe) resulting in higher margins for suppliers of high-grade products. Further to this, "cleaner" iron ores with a Fe content equal to or greater than 65% use less coal per unit of steel and as such produce lower emissions. The current global drive for lower emission steel production results in steel producers dramatically increasing their demand for these high-grade "cleaner" ores.
Tsodilo's Chairman and CEO, James M. Bruchs, commented "We are pleased to be progressing the PEA for the Xaudum Iron Project. The iron ore market may be entering a new "Super Cycle" based on improving fundamentals and a healthy market. This coupled with quantitative easing by banks and likely fiscal stimuli are expected to be the key to economic recovery in a post pandemic world. Our objective is to position the XIF magnetite project to participate in these developments."
About the Xaudum Iron Formation Project
For more information, refer to the technical report prepared by SRK Consulting (UK) Ltd. for Gcwihaba Resources (Pty) Ltd. titled "Mineral Resource Estimate for the Xaudum Iron Project (Block 1), Republic of Botswana" with an effective date of August 29, 2014 and filed on SEDAR under the Company's profile at www.sedar.com.
An informational presentation of the project can be found on the Company's website at http://www.tsodiloresources.com/i/pdf/3)-Tsodilo-Iron-Project-Overview_March-2021.pdf .
About Tsodilo Resources Limited
Tsodilo Resources Limited is an international diamond and metals exploration company engaged in the search for economic diamond, metal deposits and industrial stone at its Bosoto (Pty) Limited ("Bosoto"), Gcwihaba Resources (Pty) Limited ("Gcwihaba") and Newdico (Pty) Ltd. ("Newdico) projects in Botswana and its Idada 361 (Pty) Limited ("Idada") project in Barberton, South Africa. The Company has a 100% stake in Bosoto (Pty) Ltd. which holds the BK16 kimberlite project in the Orapa Kimberlite Field (OKF) in Botswana and the PL216/2017 diamond prospection license also in the OKF. The Company has a 100% stake in its Gcwihaba project area consisting of seven metal (base, precious, platinum group, and rare earth) prospecting licenses all located in the North-West district of Botswana. The Company has a 100% interest in its Newdico industrial stone project located in Botswana's Central District. Additionally, Tsodilo has a 70% stake in Idada Trading 361 (Pty) Limited which holds the gold and silver exploration license in the Barberton area of South Africa. Tsodilo manages the exploration of the Newdico, Gcwihaba, Bosoto and Idada projects. Overall supervision of the Company's exploration program is the responsibility of Dr. Alistair Jeffcoate, Project Manager and Chief Geologist of the Company and a "qualified person" as such term is defined in National Instrument 43-101.
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James M. Bruchs
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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