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Tertiary Minerals sets up copper business in Zambia

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9.46am: Mining group gains after expansion news

Tertiary Minerals PLC (LON:TYM) has made another step to expanding its copper interests.

It is forming a subsidiary in Zambia – Luangwa Minerals Limited – to target exploration and development opportunities for the metal in the country..

It has retained geologist Marcel Nally, formerly a director of private Zambian copper producer Moxico Resources, and expects to appoint him exploration manager in due course. It  has also retained Shangwa Chime as Luangwa’s government liaison officer.

Tertiary will hold 96% of Luangwa, with 3% being held by Mr. Nally and 1% held by Mr. Chime.

Executive chairman Patrick Cheetham said: “Given that the Board has many years of experience with Zambian mining projects, we are excited to take this next step in the development of Tertiary’s mineral business. Copper is increasingly a focus for the company and with Zambia one of the world’s top 10 copper producing countries, producing nearly 900,000 tonnes of copper in 2020, we expect Luangwa to be a valuable addition to the Tertiary asset portfolio.”

The company’s shares have jumped 16.92% or 0.06p to 0.38p.

8.55am: Oil company boosted by regulatory approval

Egdon Resources PLC (LON:EDR) has seen its shares bubble higher after a positive update from its Wressle oil field in North Lincolnshire.

It has received the necessary consents to start a proppant squeeze operation – a hydraulic fracturing process – to optimise oil production from the Ashover Grit reservoir, one of three productive reservoirs it has been testing.

Its Wressle-1 well has been on 24 hour test production since late January with the oil produced then being  transported by road tanker to the Phillips 66 Humber refinery and sold under Egdon’s existing oil sales contract. 

The company said production rates had exceeded its expectations, with high quality free flowing oil being produced and no water present. The well will continue operating on test production until the proppant squeeze operation is started.

Egdon managing director Mark Abbott said: “We are delighted to have received all the required regulatory consents for the proppant squeeze operation at Wressle. When successfully completed, this will realise the full potential from the Ashover Grit reservoir and is expected to increase Egdon’s net production to 150 barrels of oil per day at a time of increasingly strong oil prices leading to a step change in our cash flow.”

Egdon is 18.75% or 0.3p higher at 1.9p while Union Jack Oil PLC (LON:UJO), which has a 40% economic interest in the Lincolnshire licences has added 8.14% or 2.85p to 37.85p.

Union Jack executive chairman David Bramhill said: “The proppant squeeze operation is the final phase of achieving our targeted oil production level and generating optimum cash flows from the Ashover Grit reservoir.”

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