Date: Jun 26, 2018

Australian Vanadium Ltd (ASX:AVL) is in discussions with a private Chinese steel and alloy producer regarding project finance and offtake of vanadium oxides from the Gabanintha project in Western Australia.

The company has signed a non-binding MOU with Win-Win Development Group which could lead to the purchase of vanadium for steel strengthening.

This development resulted in AVL’s shares increasing almost 8% in early trade to 4.4 cents.

Managing director Vincent Algar said, “The Win-Win team are fully in-tune with the needs of the vanadium alloy market in China.”

Win-Win building VCN plant

Win-Win is building a 5,000 tonnes per annum vanadium carbon nitride (VCN) production line which annually requires 7,000-8,000 tonnes of 98% vanadium pentoxide.

The first stage will require 2,000-3,000 tonnes annually and be operational in 2019 and the second stage is planned for 2020.

Win-Win has a shareholding in an operating production line that annually produces 2,400 tonnes of VCN products for existing steel companies.

Synergies with Gabanintha development

The timing of the Win-Win development and full production has strong synergies with the planned development of AVL’s Gabanintha Vanadium Project.

Algar said: “Their development plans will set them up as a significant supplier of VCN to feed the rising demand for this feedstock as the new rebar standards are implemented.

“Win-Win has undertaken due diligence and identified AVL’s Gabanintha project as the one most likely to be able to provide the grade and quantity of product they require for the future.

“The addition of a substantial agreement with a steel and alloy producer creates a firm foundation with which Gabanintha can participate in the most established market for vanadium.

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