Energy Fuels Restarts Vanadium Production at White Mesa Mill

Date: Jan 9, 2019

US-focused Energy Fuels (TSX:EFR,NYSEMKT:UUUU) has successfully produced the first batch of vanadium concentrate at its White Mesa mill in Utah.

The milestone marks first time the company has produced vanadium at the site since restarting operations there in December 2018.

Energy Fuels stopped vanadium output at the White Mesa mill in 2013, when the price of vanadium fell. However, the price of vanadium has grown by as much as 400 percent in the last two years, prompting the company to begin planning the restart early last year.

The decision to produce vanadium again has solidified Energy Fuels’ spot as one of the only North American producers, an advantageous position as the metal becomes popular in energy storage.

The material is being produced from existing tailings pond solutions at White Mesa, the result of past mineral-processing operations. The company has not recovered vanadium from tailings pond solutions at the mill before.

“We are extremely pleased with the quality and purity of our initial batches of finished vanadium product. Energy Fuels is the newest vanadium producer in the world to respond to today’s relative market strength, and we are now one of the only vanadium producers in North America,” Mark Chalmers, president and CEO of Energy Fuels, said in an announcement.

The company plans to steadily ramp up vanadium production during Q1 2019, and expects to achieve a full production rate of 200,000 to 225,000 pounds of vanadium pentoxide per month by the end of the quarter.

According to Energy Fuels, there is an estimated 4 million pounds of recoverable vanadium dissolved in the mill pond solutions.

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