Bushveld Minerals completes US$11.1mln vanadium deal

Date: Dec 22, 2017
Bushveld Minerals Limited (LON:BMN) has completed the acquisition of 55% of Bushveld Vametco it doesn’t already own for an initial US$11.1mln in cash and shares.

This in turn will give it a 59.1% stake in South Africa’s Vametco vanadium mine and processing operations compared with 26.6% previously.

The deal has completed the miner’s transition into a vanadium producer. The price of vanadium has soared on predictions that the metal will be an electrolyte in batteries used for electricity storage at power stations.

Vametco has 3.5% share of the global vanadium market currently but there is potential to expand production to more than 5,000 metric tonnes of the metal (mtV) per annum over the next three years.

In the three months to September, production at Vametco was running at an annual rate of about 3,000 tonnes per year.

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