Australian Vanadium highlights Gabanintha potential in study

Date: Dec 20, 2018

Australian Vanadium has moved closer to capitalising on the emerging vanadium market after releasing its pre-feasibility study (PFS) and maiden ore reserve for the Gabanintha project in Western Australia.

The maiden Gabanintha reserve of 18.24 million tonnes at 1.04 per cent V2O5 includes a proved reserve of 9.82 million tonnes at 1.07 per cent V2O5 and a probable reserve of 8.42 million tonnes at 1.01 per cent V2O5.

Australian Vanadium has estimated production of around 900,000 tonnes per year of 1.40 per cent V2O5 magnetite concentrate at an average yield of 60 per cent.

Gabanintha’s proposed vanadium pentoxide refinery will have an annual production rate of around 22.5 millipounds over a 17-year mine life.

The Gabanintha mine life and operations hold significant growth potential with an additional eight kilometre extension along strike.

Gabanintha will attract an ungeared post-tax net present value between $US125 million ($174 million) and $US1.41 billion ($1.96 billion), which is indicative of a robust project, the PFS shows. It will attract a capital cost of around $US354 million.

Australian Vanadium managing director Vincent Algar said the company had taken a major step towards bringing Gabanintha into production by completing the PFS.

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