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Aureus welcomes oil price slide

By Robert Tyerman | Monday 19 January 2015

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from ShareProphets). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

West African gold play Aureus Mining (AUE) reckons the latest fall in oil prices could shave some $30 (£20) off estimated all-in cash costs at its flagship New Liberty gold project in Liberia, where the AIM-quoted company expects the first gold pour in May, with fill capacity to be reached in July. That would take costs to $820 an ounce for New Liberty, if oil’s present weakness persists, against a current gold price of $1,276.95c an ounce and would provide a helpful boost to returns from the project, which Aureus expects to produce at a rate of 119,000 oz. a year by open pit mining for the first six years of an anticipated mine life of eight years.

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