Australian Vanadium values Gabanintha at up to US$2.37 billion, shares rise

Date: Sep 27, 2018

Initial findings highlight AVL’s potential to become a new low-cost vanadium producer.

Infrastructure Location Diagram (Initial Proposed) Gabanintha Project

The complete PFS is on schedule for delivery in December 2018

Australian Vanadium Ltd (ASX:AVL) has received positive results from its ongoing pre-feasibility study (PFS) on its Gabanintha Vanadium Project in Western Australia.

Significantly, the study estimates a net present value (NPV) range for the project that has a top end of US$2.37 billion when assuming a vanadium price of US$20 per pound.

The base case PFS scenario considers a 17-year initial open-pit mine life with a vanadium pentoxide refinery on site producing 22.5 million pounds of vanadium pentoxide per annum.

The base case life-of-mine (LoM) price estimate is US$13 per pound meaning the base case NPV is US$1.1 billion.

Capital costs are estimated at US$362 million ±35% which includes owner’s costs, contingencies and gas pipeline investment.

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AVL’s managing director Vincent Algar said: “Our intention with the ongoing feasibility study work is to understand and design a long-life, low-cost vanadium pentoxide and cobalt concentrate production facility.

“It is essential that all technical aspects are understood and the capital and operating costs minimised, given the cyclical nature of the vanadium markets.

“Achievement of this objective will contribute greatly to a robust business case which will allow continuity of operation across a range of business conditions.”

PFS proceeding on schedule

The PFS is proceeding on schedule which will allow AVL to move quickly into piloting and definitive feasibility study (DFS) upon completion.

This base case demonstrates robust project fundamentals featuring competitive product costs and financials.

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