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Astro Resources NL (ARO) is an Australian-based mineral resources company focused on the commercial development and production of economically and environmentally sustainable mineral sands deposits, diamonds, gold and other minerals.
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ASX Announcement 10 September 2019 

Astro Resources NL (ARO or the Company) advises that the results have now been received for the analytical and mineralogical examination of twelve composite heavy mineral concentrates from the Governor Broome South East Mineralisation. The results confirm the preliminary assessment that the mineralisation is uneconomic.

A breakdown of the heavy mineral assemblages by unit is given in the Table 1 as follows:

Table 1 Valuable Heavy Minerals by Unit 

The numbers in the table are the percentages of valuable heavy mineral (VHM) within the total heavy mineral (THM) content of the wireframed mineralisation in each unit. The wireframes included mineralisation at >2% THM. The mineralogy sequence from the surface down is as follows: 

  • Barren Warren Sands; 
  • Mineralised Warren Sands 
  • Transition Zone; 
  • Beenup Beds; and 
  • Bennup Beds with high slimes.

Although the heavy mineral assemblage within the Warren Sands mineralisation could be economically acceptable, the overall grade of the modelled mineralisation is low, at 2.67% THM and the thickness of barren sand above the mineralised sand is high, with a Waste to Mineralised Sand ratio of >4:1. As such, there is insufficient valuable mineralisation within the Warren Sands in the recently drilled area to be reported as a Mineral Resource. 

The assemblage within the lower units is uneconomic and, overall, the South East area of the Governor Broome Project has been shown to not contain potentially economic heavy mineral mineralisation.

The Company continues to work with its consultant on the economics of the Governor Broome Sands and further details will be made available once available.

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Mr. Jacob Leo Khouri is Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr Khouri is a business person specialising in mechanical engineering businesses. He is currently a Director of Mooter Media Limited and until the 7 May 2015, he was a Director of Esperance Minerals Limited. He has also served on other publically listed company boards. Mr Khouri brings management and strategic advice expertise to the Company.

Company Secretary

Mr. Vincent John Paul Fayad serves as Company Secretary, Director of Astro Resources NL. He was appointed as the Company Secretary on March 25, 2013. Mr Fayad’s extensive experience in the area of accounting and finance with over 35 years of experience.

Non Executive Director

Mr. Michael Povey has served as Non-Executive Director of Astro Resources NL since December 20, 2012. Mr Povey is a mining engineer with over 34 years worldwide experience in the resource sector. This experience has encompassed a wide range of commodities and included senior management positions in mining operations and the explosives industry in Africa, North America and Australia. During this time he has been responsible for general and mine management, mine production, project evaluation, mine feasibility studies and commercial contract negotiations. In the last 15 years he has held executive directorships with several Australian public companies, including positions as the Technical Director and Managing Director. In these roles he has led exploration programs, JV negotiations and a number of capital raisings. Mr Povey is also a director of the entity who sold the shares in MacPhee Resources Pty Limited. Mr. Povey is a Chartered Engineer, and holds several certificates of competency including Western Australian Mine Managers Certificate.


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