Feasibility study contract awarded to Wood plc for Vermelho nickel-cobalt project, Brazil
Horizonte Minerals Plc (AIM: HZM) (TSX: HZM), a nickel company developing two Tier 1 assets in Brazil, is pleased to announce that it has awarded Wood Plc (“Wood”) a major design contract for a feasibility study (” FS”) for Horizonte’s 100%-owned Vermelho nickel-cobalt project (the “Vermelho” or “Project
Vermelho is a large, high-quality, long-life, scalable resource designed for the low-cost production of nickel and cobalt for the battery industry. The Vermelho FS contract is another major milestone for Horizonte as the company moves towards its long-term goal of becoming a 60,000tpa nickel producer following the start of construction of Araguaia, its ferronickel project, earlier this year. it is planned to produce the first nickel in the first quarter of 2024.
The main points
- Vermelho is estimated to produce 25,000 tonnes of nickel and 1,250 tonnes of cobalt per year over the mine’s 38-year life;
- A preliminary feasibility study (as of October 2019) estimated an NPV₈ of US$3.4 billion and an after-tax internal rate of return of 38.6% with net cash flows of US$12.9 billion at a nickel price of US$23,000 US per ton;
- Wood is a global leader in project execution, engineering and technical services with experience in a number of major high-pressure nickel leaching operations worldwide;
- The FS cost estimate will be performed in accordance with the AACEI Class 3 standard;
- Additional contracts in the final stages of awarding include pilot testing, mining, hydrogeology, hydrology, infrastructure and logistics packages; and,
- Environmental licensing for Vermelho is well advanced, and the key regulatory documents that form the basis for a building license are expected to be in place by the end of the year.
Jeremy Martin, CEO of Horizonte Minerals, commented:
“We are delighted to be working with Wood plc to carry out the feasibility study for the Vermelho project. The launch of FS is an important step forward in unlocking the significant value of Vermelho. Nickel resources of this scale and quality at an advanced level are very few. stage of development, leaving Vermelho well positioned to benefit from the growing demand for sustainable essential metals.
“Vermelho is located in the mining area of Carajas, a region with well-developed infrastructure and hydroelectric plants. The project is designed to produce nickel in intermediate or refined form and will be a globally significant, conflict-free, ethical source of cobalt. .
“Araguaia and Vermelho have combined reserves of more than four million tons of nickel. Leveraging the synergy of these two world-class projects, located within truckload distance of each other in a stable and professional mining jurisdiction, Horizonte is well positioned to realize its growth target of producing 60,000 tonnes of nickel per year, making the company one of the world’s leading producers of primary nickel. nickel outside of Indonesia.
Wood is a global leader in project implementation, engineering and technical services, providing effective, integrated solutions throughout the asset lifecycle across multiple sectors. They have extensive experience in the nickel industry, having worked on a number of key high-pressure nickel leach operations around the world. The company is recognized in the industry as a leading hydrometallurgical group that delivers smart and superior results for its customers worldwide.
Wood (formerly GRD Minproc), who carried out the successful FS Vermelho for Vale between 2003 and 2006, already has a detailed understanding of the project, allowing them to use this existing knowledge in the process of creating this updated FS for Horizonte.
Wood will provide the necessary level of engineering to support the cost estimate with the expected accuracy of +/-15% for the final FS phase in accordance with AACEI Class 3 estimating guidelines.
Environmental licensing for Vermelho is well developed. Horizonte has received an operating license that allows for exploration and drilling activities in the area and is nearing completion of the Environmental and Socio-Economic Impact Assessment (“ESIA”, also known as “RIMA” in Brazil) for the project. The ESIA/RIMA will be supplemented by further detailed environmental engineering studies to support the FS. Tenders for these activities have been completed and contracts to support these feasibility studies are expected to be awarded shortly.
About the Vermelho Nickel-Cobalt Project
The Group owns 100% of Vermelho, a high-grade, long-life and scalable resource located in the Carajas mining district in the state of Pará in northeastern Brazil. The area has a well-developed infrastructure, including roads, railways and hydroelectric power plants, as a result of the continuous mining of minerals in Carajas.
The Vermelho Pre-FS includes a planned opencast nickel laterite mining operation spanning a number of different pits. The hydrometallurgical process includes a concentrator where the ore is upgraded before being fed to a centralized high-pressure acid leach (HPAL) plant. The project envisages mining probable mineral reserves of 141.3 million tonnes (“Mt”) for 924,000 tonnes of nickel, 36,000 tonnes of cobalt and 4.48 million tonnes of marketable by-product, kieserite (a type of fertilizer) at of the originally planned 38-year-old mine. of life. At full production capacity, the project is expected to produce an average of 25,000 tonnes of nickel and 1,250 tonnes of cobalt per year using a high-pressure acid leach process.
Vermelho is set to provide significant socio-economic benefits to communities in the state of Pará, including more than 1,800 jobs during the construction phase and more than 600 jobs during operation, as well as additional economic and social development programs.
For more information visit www.horizonteminerals.com or contact:
|Horizonte Minerals plc
Jeremy Martin (CEO)
Simon Rather (CFO)
Patrick Chambers (Head of IR)
+44 (0) 203 356 2901
|Peel Hunt LLP (Nominated Adviser and Joint Broker)
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|BMO (Broker Mutual)
Pascal Lucier Duquet
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ABOUT HORIZONTE MINERALS
Horizonte Minerals plc (AIM & TSX: HZM) is developing two 100% owned Tier 1 projects in the state of Pará, Brazil – the Araguaia Nickel Project and the Vermelho Nickel-Cobalt Project. Both projects are large-scale, comprehensive, low-cost, low-carbon and scalable. Araguaia will produce 29,000 tons of nickel per year to supply the stainless steel market. Vermelho is in the feasibility study stage and will produce 25,000 tonnes of nickel and 1,250 tonnes of cobalt to supply the electric vehicle battery market. Horizonte’s combined near-term production profile of more than 60,000 tonnes of nickel per year makes the company a significant global nickel producer. Horizonte is developing a new nickel district in Brazil that will benefit from established infrastructure, including the hydroelectric power available in the Carajas mining district.
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