Australian Vanadium returns excellent grades from Gabanintha project

Date:Apr 27, 2018

Australian Vanadium returns excellent grades from Gabanintha project

Australian Vanadium is carrying out testwork at its 100 per cent-owned Gabanintha vanadium project near Meekatharra in Western Australia in order to determine potential recovery rates and quality of vanadium concentrate and progress to pre-feasibility study (PFS).

The project contains a massive zone of high-grade magnetite, with an average thickness of 20m extending over 11km of strike.

Optimisation tests on nine transitional samples via a process of wet, intensity, magnetic separation (WLIMS) have resulted in average concentrate grades of 87.8 per cent vanadium in a 1.79 per cent vanadium pentoxide (‎V2O5 ) concentrate, with combined concentrates held an average mass yield of 67 per cent.

The metallurgical testwork utilised 24 massive-titaniferous magnetite samples selected from within 10 diamond drill holes with a 173m depth range from 14m to 187m, representing a significant slice of the current resource area.

The project’s current high-grade measured, indicated and inferred levels currently stand at 10.2 million tonnes (Mt) at 1.06 per cent ‎V2O5, 4.8Mt at 1.04 per cent‎ V2O5  and 77.8Mt at 0.94 per cent ‎V2O5, respectively.

Vincent Algar, managing director of Australian Vanadium, commented that Gabinintha was “rapidly taking its place as a new deposit highly comparable to the few existing global vanadium mining operations”.

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