VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 24, 2014) - Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation (TNX.TO)(NYSE MKT:TRX) and Allied Gold Corp. ("AGC") of United Arab Emirates are pleased to announce the signing of a letter of intent to develop a commercially producing mine in the area known as Buziba-Busolwa in Tanzania, in a stand-alone development that will encompass the Buziba site within the Company's Buckreef Gold Project.
Buckreef Gold Company Limited ("BGCL"), a project subsidiary of Tanzanian Royalty owned 55% by Tanzanian Royalty and 45% by the State Mining Company of Tanzania ("Stamico"), has signed a letter of intent with ARL Gold Tanzania Limited ("ARL"), a subsidiary of AGC, to conclude a Definitive Joint Venture Agreement in connection with a joint venture to be created for the development of a producing gold mine at Buziba-Busolwa.
Buziba-Busolwa is located in the prolific Lake Victoria Goldfields of northern Tanzanian within the Rwamagaza Greenstone Belt. Major gold producers in the region include AngloGold Ashanti's Geita mine (18M oz), the largest gold producer in Tanzania located 30 kilometres to the northeast of Buckreef, and African Barrick's Bulyanhulu gold mine (12M oz) which is situated 60 kilometres to the southeast.
The Buziba-Busolwa Project will combine the Company's resource at its Buziba site with ARL's adjoining properties, now being reviewed for inclusion in a pre-feasibility study in progress.
The Company's BGCL joint venture with Stamico will hold a 40% interest in the Buziba-Busolwa Project, with AGC holding the remaining 60%. James E. Sinclair, President and CEO of Tanzanian Royalty, stated, "The new joint venture will allow Tanzanian Royalty to accelerate the simultaneous development of large portions of the area known as Buckreef."
A recently announced highly successfully drilling program has confirmed the potential for a standalone mine at Buckreef Main. "Now with the joint venture to expand and develop Buziba-Busolwa, we have the potential to accelerate development of 2 large gold mine deposits," added Mr. Sinclair.
Significantly, and in addition to the synergies and expansion value of this joint venture, Tanzanian Royalty is also relieved of raising additional financing to bring the Buziba-Busolwa Project to production.
The qualified person for Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation is Mr. Phillip Kaniki, General Manager, Exploration and Administration. Mr. Kaniki is registered as a Chartered Professional Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy MAusIMM CP (Geo) (Reg. No 221963/07) and has reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.
James E. Sinclair, President and Chief Executive Officer
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