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Europa Metals Ltd

13 December 2021

13 December 2021

Europa Metals Ltd

("Europa Metals", the "Company" or the "Group") (AIM, AltX: EUZ)

Successful Completion of Hydrogeological Programme

- Toral Pb, Zn & Ag Project, Spain

Europa Metals, the European focused lead, zinc and silver developer, is pleased to announce the successful completion and results of an independent hydrogeological study on its wholly owned Toral lead, zinc and silver project, Castilla y León, Spain ("Toral" or the "Toral Project"). The progression of the requisite hydrogeological assessments and monitoring programmes forms a key part of de-risking the Toral Project for the potential future development of an underground lead, zinc and silver mining operation.


-- Independent hydrogeological study commissioned from CRS Ingenieria now concluded following a 5 month programme

-- Objective was to assess water conditions and drainage relating to the potential future development of the Toral Project

-- Bore hole and piezometer programme involved a series of pumping tests and live monitoring utilising indicator dyes to assess sub-surface water flows and rates

-- Results are in line with the hydrogeological conditions assumed within the Company's existing planned development model for a potential underground lead, zinc and silver mine at Toral (please refer to the Appendix below for Bara Consulting/AMS' previously reported preliminary economic study highlights)

-- Piezometers continue to monitor water levels in line with the Company's ongoing compliance with hydrogeological regulations within the region and Spain

The independent study was commissioned from, and carried out by, CRS Ingenieria ( www.crsingenieria.es ), and has now been concluded following an extensive testing programme undertaken over a 5 month period encompassing a central bore hole and a series of water monitoring piezometers. Data recovery and logging utilised a series of indicator dyes released into the water system at various points with subsequent monitoring their presence across a network of piezometers across the deposit. Using the hydrogeological software module of Rocscience Inc.'s RS2 software, three levels or horizons have been modelled in the karst system, each being assigned a permeability based on the results obtained from the pumping tests (2021) and utilisation of a conceptual model of the system.

The study's findings allow Europa Metals to establish an initial understanding of the approximate underground connectivity, flow and permeability within the head area and central area of the system.

Figure 1: location of bore hole and piezometer monitoring stations


Key Findings

The pumping tests reinforced the current hydrogeological model for the Toral Project in terms of the variation of permeability at depth from previous tests. Accordingly, it has facilitated the evaluation of, and estimation of a range of permeability for, the epiphreatic zone (non-saturated) and the shallow phreatic (saturated) in a central area of the system, almost 1km from the river (discharge) and approximately 0.8km from the headwaters.

The hydraulic connections (established through dyes released at injection wells) between hole TOD-018 and the wells located along the carbonated outcrop (TOP-026, TOP-027, TOD-023 and P-16) and the Sil River have now been assessed, with a clear flow line between the head area (TOD-018) of the system and its discharge into the river. The hydraulic connection of the P-11 well with the Sil River has also been verified.

These connections establish the entire route of the underground flow, from the head areas to the discharge zone, thereby validating the structure and operation of the proposed conceptual underground mining development model as outlined by Bara Consulting in the Company's announcement of 18 November 2020.

Programme detail

The detection of fluorescein in the TOP-027 well enables Europa Metals to evaluate the flow rate between this well, located in the central area of the system, and the Injection Well (at hole TOD-018), a distance of 785m away.

It took 22 days for the first fluorescein to reach the pumping well (TOP-026) and a further 6 days for it to reach peak concentration. Accordingly, the transit speed of the underground flow is approximately 30-36m/day. Such speed is relatively slow compared to other modelled karst systems and suggests extensive development of functional caverns and flows in free circulation. Consequently, the live well results correspond to the characteristic speeds associated with those of a typical low-medium karstification and corresponding flows within the saturated zone. This supports and reinforces the historical data obtained from previous tests and strengthens the Company's proposed hydrogeological model for Toral.

Commenting today, Laurence Read, CEO of Europa Metals, said :

"Following an extensive hydrogeological campaign, I am delighted to report the findings of CRS Ingenieria's independent study, which fall within the parameters of those previously modelled and established for Toral. This represents a step forward for the project with a responsible and appropriate water strategy, accredited by third parties and adhering to best practice regional regulations and federal Spanish law .

"Our work relating to hydrogeology and the local environment is ongoing, but this study supports our decision to press ahead with the planned 2022 drilling campaign. This campaign will commence in the New Year and involve both resource drilling and a series of shallow geotechnical drilling. The geotechnical component will be designed to assess the suitability of ground conditions for plant site infrastructure as well as the suitability of local disused quarry sites, which in turn could form part of a reclamation strategy following consultation with local community groups, by way of filling in areas with inert waste material from crushing during future production activities and then landscaping the areas concerned."

For further information on the Company, please visit:


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or contact:

Europa Metals Ltd

Dan Smith, Non-Executive Director and Company Secretary (Australia)

T: +61 417 978 955

Laurence Read, CEO (UK)


Strand Hanson Limited (Nominated Adviser)

Rory Murphy/Matthew Chandler

T: +44 (0)20 7409 3494

   WH Ireland Limited   (Joint Broker) 

Harry Ansell/Dan Bristowe/Katy Mitchell/Sarah Mather

T: +44 (0)20 7220 1666

   Turner Pope Investments (TPI) Limited   (Joint Broker) 

Andy Thacker/James Pope

T: +44 (0)20 3657 0050

Questco Corporate Advisory Proprietary Limited

Sharon Owens

T: +27 (11) 011 9212

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014 as it forms part of United Kingdom domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, as amended.

Notes to Editors :

Appendix: Further information on the Toral Project

The pre-existing Inferred and Indicated resource for the Pb-Zn-Ag mineralisation located on the Toral property, licence number 15.199, has been independently estimated at various cut-offs. For the Toral deposit's resource, the economic cut-off was determined by calculation of block revenue factors based on Zn equivalent calculations derived from an historical three-year trailing average for Zn, Pb and Ag prices. Indicative mining and processing costs derived from a 2020 scoping study and typical of the region and deposit type were applied along with typical mining recovery and dilution factors and metallurgical recovery factors identified from laboratory studies and production at comparable third party deposits and accepted by Addison Mining Services Limited ("AMS"). For reporting purposes in compliance with JORC (2012), an economic cut-off grade of 4% Zn equivalent (including Pb and Ag credits) was selected in consideration of the aforementioned factors and allowing for some increase in commodity prices in order to define resources with a reasonable prospect of eventual economic extraction.

The latest Mineral Resource Estimate commissioned from AMS and effective as of 14 September 2021 for the Toral deposit comprised:

-- An Indicated resource of approximately 5.9Mt @ 7.1% Zn Equivalent (including Pb credits)*, 4.2% Zn, 3.3% Pb and 27g/t Ag, including:

o 251,000 tonnes of zinc, 196,000 tonnes of lead and 5.2 million ounces of silver.

-- An Inferred resource of approximately 14Mt @ 6% Zn Equivalent (including Pb credits), 3.8% Zn, 2.5% Pb and 20 g/t Ag, including:

o 540,000 tonnes of zinc, 350,000 tonnes of lead and 9 million ounces of silver.

-- A total resource of approximately 20Mt @ 6.3% Zn Equivalent (including Pb credits), 3.9% Zn, 2.7% Pb and 22 g/t Ag, including:

o 790,000 tonnes of zinc, 550,000 tonnes of lead and 14 million ounces of silver.

* - Zn Eq (PbAg)% is the calculated Zn equivalent incorporating silver credits as well as lead and is the parameter used to define the cut-off grade used for reporting resources (Zn Eq (PbAg)% = Zn + Pb*0.867 + Ag*0.027). Zn Equivalent calculations were based on 3-year trailing average price statistics obtained from the London Metal Exchange and London Bullion Market Association giving an average Zn price of US$2,516/t, Pb price of US$1,961/t and Ag price of US$19.4/oz. Recovery and selling factors were incorporated into the calculation of Zn Eq values. It is the Company's opinion that all the elements included in the metal equivalents calculation (zinc, lead and silver) have a reasonable potential to be recovered and sold.

Highlights from Bara Consulting/AMS' 2020 Independent Preliminary Economic Study

Based on a previous mineral resource estimate, the key findings of an independent preliminary economic study commissioned from Bara Consulting and AMS and announced by the Company on 18 November 2020 were as follows:

-- US$156m NPV at an 8% discount rate

-- 31.3% IRR

-- 17Mt @ 6.7% ZnEq (including Pb credits) resource (JORC 2012) including indicated resource of 3.8Mt @ 8.1% ZnEq (including Pb and Ag credits) - 4% cut off grade

-- Sub-Level Longhole Stoping ("SLOS") mining method selected

-- 700k tonnes per annum operation with a 7.6% ZnEq mined grade:

o SLOS with ramp/raise-bore shaft access;

o 10% dilution;

o 3.5m average mined mineralised widths

-- Processing comprises an ore sorting front-end using X-ray Transmission ("XRT") followed by grinding and flotation

-- Grade/recovery: 3.3% Pb/87%; 4.2% Zn/86%; 26.7g/t Ag/85%

-- US$79m upfront Capex

-- 3-year trailing average metals prices of US$2,668/t for zinc, US$2,099/t for lead and US$16.5/oz for silver

-- US$963m Revenue over Life of Mine ("LOM")

-- US$477m Opex over LOM

-- US$471m EBITDA over LOM

-- 49% Operating Margin (US$63.56/t all-in cost)

-- 12-year LOM scenario

-- Conceptual LOM production schedule incorporates 100% of the existing Indicated resource in the early years, ending with elevated zinc grades in the deep Inferred zones

-- Deposit open to the east and at depth for potential production expansion during the mine's life

-- Project's 3-year Investigation Permit renewed until 15 November 2023

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