The Ashram Deposit: Rare Earth Elements / Fluorspar
Robust Preliminary Economic Assessment - Conventional Metallurgy - Significant Size - Secure Jurisdiction
- Current Resource Calculation:
- Measured: 1.59 Mt averaging 1.77% TREO
- Indicated: 27.67 Mt averaging 1.90% TREO
- Inferred: 219.8 Mt averaging 1.88% TREO
- 45%+ Total Rare Earth Oxide (TREO) mineral concentrate successfully produced.
- Deposit remains open along strike and at depth..
- Positive PEA economics with benefits of potential fluorspar
by-product not yet incorporated.
- Financial participation of Quebec Government:
- $1M CAD direct equity investment.
- $365K CAD funding of parallel pilot plant program & software modelling (Universite’ Laval).
- $300K CAD funding of tailings optimization program (INRS).
- Federal government supported flowsheet work
underway at NRCan.
- Pre-Feasibility Study ongoing.
- Study results show a strongly positive cash flow from a 4,000
tonne per day open-pit operation at Ashram with a 25-year mine life, a
pre-tax and pre-finance Net Present Value (NPV) at a 10% discount rate
of $2.32 billion, a pre-tax/pre-finance Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of
44% and a pre-tax/pre-finance payback period of 2.25 years. The current Ashram Technical Report (effective date July 5, 2012,
revised January 7, 2015) explains why no after-tax case is included.
- SGS's economic evaluation was based on the March 6,
2012 resource estimate which used a base case geologic cut-off grade of
1.25% TREO and provided 1.59 million tonnes (Mt) averaging 1.77% TREO of measured resource, 27.67 Mt averaging 1.90% TREO of indicated resource, and 219.8 Mt averaging 1.88% TREO of inferred resource. Mineral resources are not mineral reserves as they do not have demonstrated economic viability.
- The rare earth elements at Ashram occur in simple and
well-understood mineralogy, being primarily in the mineral monazite and
to a lesser extent in bastnaesite and xenotime. These minerals dominate
the currently known commercial extraction processes for rare earths.