Date: Oct 23, 2018

NEW Energy Minerals is looking to initially spend about A$10 million and build a small scale vanadium-graphite mining and processing operation at the “truly remarkable” Caula project in northern Mozambique.New Energy, which used to be a ruby hunter called Mustang Resources, said it had been told a successful pilot plant operation would have greater benefit to it when it comes to seeking the funding for a full-scale operation than a bankable feasibility study “given its ultimate ‘proof of concept nature’ and its capacity to create saleable graphite concentrate and saleable vanadium concentrate”.

The pilot plant will produce 10,000-15,000t per annum of graphite concentrate and 14,000-18,000tpa of vanadium concentrates from 120,000tpa of mine ore for two years and is expected to generate total earnings of $22 million over that period (EBITDA).

A full scale operation will cost nearly US$160 million and will process 1.5 million tonnes pa for annual output of 120,000t of graphite concentrates and 204,000t of vanadium concentrates.

Earnings over the duration of the 24-year project are put at $3.4 billion.

New Energy is capitalised at a little over A$10 million.

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