Date: Nov 5, 2018

Special report: Vanadium frontrunner Technology Metals Australia is making rapid progress on its Gabanintha definitive feasibility study which it aims to complete in the June quarter next year.

Of the 40 or so ASX listed stocks that offer exposure to vanadium – the hottest metal of the year – Technology Metals is one the closest to production.

With vanadium supply failing to cater for increasing demand — pushing vanadium prices to record highs — Technology Metals (ASX:TMT) wants to have the Gabanintha mine up and running by 2021.

This base case estimates that the Gabanintha operation, near Meekatharra in Western Australia, would generate $3.1 billion of total earnings before interest tax, depreciation and amortisation.

It would only take 2.5 years to pay back its initial construction costs $380 million.

This is all based on a long term V025 price of about $US13/ lb – currently, the vanadium spot price is above $35/lb, and rising.

And TMT is confident it’s DFS can improve on this already excellent base case pre-feasibility study completed in June.

Miners undertake up to four different types of studies to determine whether a resource can be mined economically.

These are scoping, preliminary feasibility (PFS), definitive feasibility (DFS) and bankable feasibility (BFS).

During the September quarter the company and a team of experienced industry expert consultants made significant progress on all facets of the DFS.

A high purity 99.5% product sets TMT apart

In September, Technology Metals confirmed it could produce a final high purity vanadium product from its Gabanintha project for end users, with samples now on the way to potential customers in the steel and and vanadium redox flow battery (VRB) industry sectors.

Test work produced a +99.5 per cent vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) product from a 60kg sample of high-grade magnetite mineralisation using low-cost conventional processing methods.

High purity +99% vanadium pentoxide product from Gabanintha
High purity +99% vanadium pentoxide product from Gabanintha

Benchmark vanadium pentoxide pricing is based on a 98 per cent purity product.

With a high purity product, Technology Metals can target the speciality chemical and aeronautical industries and receive premium pricing.

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