Platinum Group Metals Ltd. (PTM-TSX; PLG-NYSE:AMEX) (“Platinum Group” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has approved a budget for $100m for the construction of the WBJV Project 1 Platinum Mine. The budget has also been unanimously approved by the Board of Maseve Investments 11 Pty Ltd. “Maseve”, the WBJV operating company where Platinum Group holds the right to increase its interest to 74% and Wesizwe Platinum (WEZ-JSE) holds a 26% interest.
Platinum Group Metals as manager of the WBJV Project 1 Platinum Mine, has appointed DRA Mining Pty Ltd. for Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management, (“EPCM”) for the surface infrastructure and underground development planned at the WBJV Project 1 Platinum mine. This work has commenced. Project 1 is located near Rustenburg, South Africa and adjoins the Wesizwe Platinum Mine construction. Project 1 also adjoins the Styldrift mine construction and producing Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine, both owned by Royal Bafokeng Platinum Ltd. (RBP - JSE).
R. Michael Jones, President of Platinum Group Metals Ltd., said “We are pleased that both partners in the WBJV operating company have resolved to move ahead as planned. It is excellent to see such a strong project team, with a successful record working together in the past, being re-assembled so quickly for our WBJV Project 1. We are on track with our implementation plan.”
The EPCM contract with DRA will provide approximately 30 full time professionals to oversee and plan the execution of the development of surface infrastructure, power delivery, water delivery, civil works and excavations and the development of underground tunnels to access ore over the next 18 months. DRA’s scope of work will include engineering, design, construction management, administration and cost and schedule control. This work is now underway.