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Ariana Resources provides Venus Minerals IPO update

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Ariana Resources plc, an AIM-listed mineral exploration and development company with gold mining interests in Europe, has provided an update on Venus Minerals Ltd. Venus is focused on the exploration and development of copper and gold assets in Cyprus and is 50% owned by Ariana and its beneficial ownership will remain dominated by Cypriot and British shareholders.


  • Venus has completed definitive and binding agreements with Hellenic Copper Mines Ltd (HCM), and contractor the Iacovou Group in Cyprus for a 50:50 joint venture (JV) for the development of the Apliki Copper Mine; Venus will appoint the CEO of Hellenic Apliki Mines (HAM), as operator.
  • JV will draw upon local mining, engineering and heap-leach expertise gained during many years of successful operation of the nearby Skouriotissa Mine by HCM.
  • The principle conditions of the agreements include the transfer by HCM of the Apliki mine and associated infrastructure including the solvent-extraction electrowinning (SX-EW) processing plant to HAM, the commitment by Venus to fund the development of Apliki and a mining services contract between HAM and the Iacovou Group.
  • Venus is progressing toward an IPO on AIM during 2Q22, principally to advance the development of Apliki and to fund the further exploration of its copper-gold portfolio across Cyprus.
  • Venus is being advised by Beaumont Cornish (Nomad), Tavira Securities Limited (Broker), Fieldfisher (Legal), Coffey Group (Technical Advisor and Competent Person), Moore Kingston Smith LLP (Auditor), among others.

Dr Kerim Sener, Managing Director, commented: “Venus is the pre-eminent copper and gold exploration company operating on the island of Cyprus, with combined mineral resources of 17 million t at 0.45 – 1.1% copper (Cu). This JV agreement with Hellenic Copper Mines and contractor the Iacovou Group for the development of the fully-permitted Apliki Copper Mine, which itself contains mineral resources of 11 million t at 0.25 – 0.69% Cu, ensures Venus can fast-track to the mining stage within 18 months following its proposed stock exchange listing. Additional exploration upside has also been secured across Venus' portfolio of copper-gold bearing volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) systems, which have been selected utilising its in-house proprietary database.

“We are proud to be involved in the development of Venus as it advances the first new copper mine in Cyprus since the establishment of the recently depleted Skouriotissa operation in the early 1990s. We look forward to supporting Venus in its further development and in particular its proposed listing in London.”

Peter van der Borgh, Managing Director, Venus Minerals, added: “The Apliki JV puts Venus in the enviable position of having a granted mining lease in Europe. Once funded, we’ll be producing copper at a time when the metal is undergoing ever increasing demand as the world strives to tackle climate change. Venus is now proceeding to a stock exchange listing after having positioned itself with leading local partners to commence cash flow from production in the short term. This is a very deliberate strategy to allow self-funded follow-up of an exciting set of targets in a pro-mining district that has historically yielded over US$10 billion at today's prices.”

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