WEST PERTH, AUSTRALIA - October 16, 2012 (Investorideas.com Mining stocks newswire) Peak Resources Limited (Peak) (ASX: PEK) (OTCQX: PKRLY), the developer of a potentially low cost, long term rare earth project in Tanzania, today announced the appointment of Mr. Jeff Dawkins as its Chief Financial Officer. This appointment is effective as of 15 October 2012.
Mr. Dawkins will join Peak at a crucial stage in the development of its Ngualla Rare Earth Project in southern Tanzania following the completion of metallurgical work that demonstrated 'Proof of Concept' with a simple sulphuric acid leaching process as announced on 23 August 2012.
"The capacity and acumen of Mr. Dawkins is exactly what Peak needs as the project nears the completion of the Ngualla Scoping Study, with the engagement of strategic partners and off take customers and the development of the business for production in early 2016," stated managing director Richard Beazley.
Mr. Dawkins is an Australian Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years' experience in professional and corporate roles in Perth , London and Singapore . Mr. Dawkins holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from Curtin University and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.
He has a strong background in mining and has worked with various mining Companies involved with gold, copper, rare earth and iron ore.
His previous appointment was as Chief Financial Officer of Archipelago Resources Plc ("Archipelago"), from November 2006 until February 2012, during which time Archipelago successfully developed and put into production the Company's flagship asset being the 150koz per annum Toka Tindung Gold Project ("Toka Project") in Indonesia.
Whilst at Archipelago, Mr. Dawkins was responsible for all financial, corporate and administrative matters and in particular was responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with Archipelago's bankers and secured US$80m in debt funding required to complete the construction of Toka Project.
Mr. Dawkins also instigated and managed a review of Archipelago's corporate and tax structure which resulted in implementing a redesign of the corporate structure and the relocation of the Group's head office from Perth to Singapore which delivered significant financial and operational benefits.
Mr. Dawkins has also worked for Deloitte and has held senior finance roles with listed resource companies including Marengo Mining Ltd, Lynas Corporation, Schlumberger and Weatherford.
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About Peak Resources
Peak is developing the Ngualla Project, a potentially low cost, long term rare earth project located in southwest Tanzania . Ngualla has been ranked as the fifth largest deposit in the world outside China , and the highest grade of the top seven.
Ngualla has a Mineral Resource of 170 million tonnes grading 2.24% of rare earth oxides (REO). Within the resource there is a highly weathered and near-surface zone estimated at 40 million tonnes at 4.07% REO, equivalent to 1.6 million tonnes of contained REO (see Table 1 below for resource classifications). Ngualla is also a bulk deposit which is largely outcropping. These attributes place the project among the world's most notable rare earth discoveries of recent years.
Ngualla is a potential low cost open pit mine due to its shallow outcropping high grade mineralisation. The initial sighter metallurgical test work to date has been completed using a sulphuric acid leach process route suggesting a relatively less complex, potentially cheaper capital outlay and shorter time to production.
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