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Message: Loncor Announces Appointment of Peter Cowley as President and MINECON as Geological Consultants to Advance Ngayu Gold Project

Loncor Announces Appointment of Peter Cowley as President and MINECON as Geological Consultants to Advance Ngayu Gold Project

posted on Oct 28, 2019 05:23PM

Loncor Resources Inc. ("Loncor" or the “Company”) (TSX: "LN"; OTCQB: "LONCD"), a Canadian gold exploration company with significant projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”) and which is supported by Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE: "GOLD"; TSX: "ABX") as joint venture partner and a second major gold producer, Resolute Mining Limited (ASX/LSE: "RSG"), as a 27% shareholder, is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Cowley as President of the Company and Minecon Resources and Services Limited as geological consultants.

Peter Cowley History of Success in Africa

Mr. Cowley is a geologist with over 40 years’ experience in the minerals industry and a history of major exploration successes in Africa, including the DRC. Among his major accomplishments, Mr. Cowley was Chief Executive Officer and President of Banro Corporation from 2004 to 2008 where he led the exploration that delineated major gold resources at Twangiza and Namoya in the DRC. Prior to joining Banro, Mr. Cowley was Managing Director of Ashanti Exploration, where he led the exploration team in the discovery and development of the Geita mine in Tanzania. Prior to Ashanti, he was Technical Director of Cluff Resources which discovered and developed mines in Zimbabwe, Ghana and Tanzania. He holds an M.Sc from the Royal School of Mines, an MBA from the Strathclyde Business School and is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Loncor from 2009 to 2015, which will allow him to move rapidly in his new role.

Mr. Cowley commented: “Loncor has a major footprint in the Ngayu greenstone belt in northeastern DRC which has many geological similarities to the Geita and Moto belts which host world class operating gold mines in Tanzania and DRC, respectively, both in terms of size and profitability. Besides the Barrick Joint Venture where the Company has a free carried interest to the pre-feasibility study stage, Loncor has significant gold resources at its KGL-Somituri and Makapela properties where there is significant potential to increase this resource base. I am excited about the opportunity to join up again with Daniel Bansah and his team at MINECON who worked with me previously at Geita and Twangiza/Namoya, to unlock the full potential of the underexplored Ngayu greenstone belt of northeastern DRC.”

Loncor’s Chief Executive Officer, Arnold Kondrat, said: “We are thrilled to have Peter return with a team that has a history of finding gold in Africa, including the DRC. The current NI 43-101 compliant gold resources at our Makapela and KGL-Somituri properties (including Adumbi) at Ngayu, and the potential at our Yindi property, will provide us with an anchor for future development outside of our existing Joint Venture with Barrick Gold on our Ngayu gold project.”

MINECON Appointment

Minecon Resources and Services Limited (“MINECON”) (www.mineconrsl.com) has been appointed by Loncor as geological consultants to manage exploration and development programs at Loncor’s properties within the Ngayu Archean greenstone belt which are outside of Loncor’s Joint Venture with Barrick Gold. MINECON is a full-service mining engineering company headquartered in Ghana, Africa. MINECON works with companies throughout Africa, with a focus on Ghana and DRC mining projects, to support mineral exploration, mining operations, logistics, planning, engineering and geological studies. MINECON’s mining industry professionals have significant DRC-specific experience. The Company believes that the MINECON team, headed by Daniel Bansah (MSc Mineral Exploration) and supported by a team of geological professionals, will provide the needed technical skills and leadership to assist Loncor in advancing its gold properties up the value curve. MINECON will assist Loncor in the continued development of Loncor’s:

  • 100% owned Makapela gold prospect, which has an Indicated Mineral Resource of 614,200 ounces of gold (2.20 million tonnes grading 8.66 g/t Au) and an Inferred Mineral Resource of 549,600 ounces of gold (3.22 million tonnes grading 5.30 g/t Au).
  • 100% owned Yindi gold prospect, which has previously reported drill results including 14.79 metres at 5.11 g/t Au, 19.40 metres at 1.30 g/t Au and 6.20 metres at 4.57 g/t Au.
  • 71.25%-owned KGL-Somituri gold project, which was recently acquired by Loncor (see Loncor’s September 27, 2019 press release) and has an Inferred Mineral Resource of 1.675 million ounces of gold (20.78 million tonnes grading 2.5 g/t Au), with 71.25% of this resource being attributable to Loncor via its 71.25% interest in the KGL-Somituri project.

Makapela, Yindi and KGL-Somituri are all located in the Ngayu gold belt and outside of Loncor’s existing Joint Venture with Barrick Gold on the Ngayu gold belt. Utilizing the expertise and experience of MINECON and under Peter Cowley’s leadership, Loncor seeks to aggressively expand its current gold resources as set out above. 

Audit Committee Clarification
The Company wishes to clarify that as a result of the resignation of a director of the Company, there was a vacancy on the Company’s audit committee from August 17, 2018 to June 17, 2019, such that during this period the audit committee was comprised of only two members and not three as required under National Instrument 52-110. This vacancy was filled on June 17, 2019. The Company’s audit committee is currently comprised of the following three independent directors of the Company: Zhengquan (Philip) Chen, William R. Wilson and Richard J. Lachcik. 

About Loncor Resources Inc.
Loncor is a Canadian gold exploration company focused on two projects in the DRC - the Ngayu and North Kivu projects. Both projects have historic gold production. Exploration at the Ngayu project is currently being undertaken by Loncor’s joint venture partner Barrick Gold (Congo) SARL (“Barrick”). The Ngayu project is 200 kilometres southwest of the Kibali gold mine, which is operated by Barrick and in 2018 produced approximately 800,000 ounces of gold. As per the joint venture agreement signed in January 2016, Barrick manages and funds exploration at the Ngayu project until the completion of a pre-feasibility study on any gold discovery meeting the investment criteria of Barrick. Subject to the DRC’s free carried interest requirements, Barrick would earn 65% of any discovery with Loncor holding the balance of 35%. Loncor will be required, from that point forward, to fund its pro-rata share in respect of the discovery in order to maintain its 35% interest or be diluted. 

Certain parcels of land within the Ngayu project surrounding and including the Makapela and Yindi prospects have been retained by Loncor and do not form part of the joint venture with Barrick. Barrick has certain pre-emptive rights over these two areas. Loncor’s Makapela prospect has an Indicated Mineral Resource of 614,200 ounces of gold (2.20 million tonnes grading 8.66 g/t Au) and an Inferred Mineral Resource of 549,600 ounces of gold (3.22 million tonnes grading 5.30 g/t Au). Loncor also recently acquired a 71.25% interest in the KGL-Somituri gold project in the Ngayu gold belt which has an Inferred Mineral Resource of 1.675 million ounces of gold (20.78 million tonnes grading 2.5 g/t Au), with 71.25% of this resource being attributable to Loncor via its 71.25% interest. 

Resolute Mining Limited owns 27% of the outstanding shares of Loncor and holds a pre-emptive right to maintain its pro rata equity ownership interest in Loncor following the completion by Loncor of any proposed equity offering. Newmont Goldcorp Corporation (NYSE: "NEM"; TSX: "NGT") owns 7.8% of Loncor’s outstanding shares.

Additional information with respect to Loncor and its projects can be found on Loncor's website at www.loncor.com. 

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