TAWANA RESOURCES NL - Tawana commences feasibility study at the Bald Hill MineRelease Date: 16/01/2017 09:25:00 Code(s): TAW PDF(s):
Tawana commences feasibility study at the Bald Hill Mine
Tawana Resources NL
(Incorporated in Australia)
(Registration number ACN 085 166 721)
Share code on the JSE Limited: TAW
JSE ISIN: AU0000TAWDA9
Share code on the Australian Securities Exchange Limited: TAW
ASX ISIN: AU000000TAW7
(“the Company” or “Tawana”)
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TAWANA COMMENCES FEASIBILITY STUDY AT THE BALD HILL MINE
Tawana Resources NL (“Tawana” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that,
based on the outstanding results from the conceptual engineering study, the
Board has approved the commencement of a Feasibility Study (Study) for the Bald
Hill Lithium and Tantalum Project, located 50km from Kambalda, Western
- A conceptual engineering study at the Bald Hill Mine highlighted a potentially highly
profitable operation, rapid payback and a low capital cost by retrofitting a spodumene
- Feasibility Study commenced and expected to be completed by the end of March
- Engaged experienced lithium plant engineering company Primero Group to conduct
the Study. Primero was involved with the later stages of construction and is currently
involved with commissioning of Galaxy Resources Limited’s Mt Cattlin Project.
- A staged flowsheet is anticipated to reduce time and cost to initial production allowing
a fast track approach from the study to detailed design, construction, commissioning
and lithium concentrate production.
- Phase 1 flowsheet will consist of a 1Mtpa (million tonnes per annum) spodumene
concentrator circuit using dense medium separation (DMS).
- A proposal has also been received for the detailed design of the plant to allow a
seamless flow from the Study to detailed design.
- Long lead items to be procured during the early stages of detailed design to meet
target commissioning date of October 2017.
- Tawana continuing to move towards being construction-ready with the following
being completed by the end of the first quarter 2017.
i. Maiden lithium Resource/Reserve estimate;
ii. Completion of metallurgy test-work with optimised flow sheet;
iii. Feasibility Study including detailed design and placing orders for key capital
iv. Award Engineering, Procurement Construction (EPC) contract; and
v. Shortlist potential off-takers, reviewing prepayment and other financing
Managing Director Mark Calderwood stated: “We are extremely pleased with the
outcome of the conceptual study at the Bald Hill Mine. This has allowed us to
move confidently into a Feasibility Study and engage an engineering group with
experience in lithium engineering, construction and commissioning. The Company
continues to be well positioned to become a spodumene producer in 2017. The
Company is also fully funded to complete the Feasibility Study, detailed design,
any deposits required for long lead capital items and the ongoing Resource and
Bald Hill Project
The Bald Hill Project (“Project”) area is located 50km south east of Kambalda in the Eastern
Goldfields of Western Australia. It is located approximately 75km south east of the Mt Marion
lithium project and is adjacent to and surrounds the Company’s Cowan Lithium Project. The
Project, owned by AMAL, includes a permitted tantalum (pegmatite) mine, processing facility
and associated infrastructure.
Tawana has entered into a Farm-In and Joint Venture arrangement (earning 50%) with SGX-
Listed Alliance Mineral Assets Limited (AMAL) for the purpose of exploration and joint
exploitation of lithium and other minerals at the Bald Hill Mine, which includes a processing
plant, existing infrastructure and permitted mining licences.
Bald Hill Project Commissioning
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Conceptual Engineering Study -
Completion of metallurgical test work with
optimised flow sheet
Conditional offtake agreement Q1
Feasibility study Q1
Place orders for long lead items Q1
Place orders for other capital requirements Q2
EPC process plant contract award Q1
Construction commence Q2
Commissioning commence Q4
Tawana Resources has commenced a Feasibility Study for the Bald Hill Lithium
and Tantalum Mine which will include capital costs to an accuracy of +/- 15% and
operating costs to an accuracy of +/-25%.
The study, which is expected to be completed by the end of March 2017 is being conducted
by lithium plant engineering company Primero Group who was the project manager for the
final stages of construction, commissioning and ramp-up of Galaxy Resource Limited’s Mt
Cattlin Lithium Project.
Although Tawana is still undertaking confirmatory metallurgical testwork, it is proposed to
approach the project in two phases to reduce time and cost to initial production. This will
also allow a fast track approach from study to detailed design, construction, commissioning
and lithium concentrate production.
The very coarse spodumene at Bald Hill is noted for its unusually high recovery in DMS test
work and the ability to produce high grade spodumene concentrates.
The Phase 1 flowsheet will consist of a 1Mtpa spodumene concentrator circuit using dense
medium separation (DMS) with fines (representing 20-30% of the feed) either temporarily
stockpiled or passed through the existing spiral circuit to remove tantalum and potentially
produce a rougher spodumene concentrate.
The Phase 2 flowsheet, which may not be required, takes fines, spiral concentrates and the
DMS mid-floats product and re-processes by flotation after milling to produce a high grade
fine lithium product.
A proposal and a scope of work including deliverables has also been received from Primero
which should allow a seamless flow on from the Study to detailed design. This is important
to allow long lead items to be procured during the early stages of detailed design to meet
construction completion in late October 2017.
The Company has continued to hold discussions with off-take parties. Market demand is
high for spodumene and the Company will advance negotiations during the March Quarter of
2017 with the aim of linking off-take agreements directly or indirectly with potential project
finance or prepayments.
About Tawana (ASX & JSE: TAW)
Tawana Resources NL, is focussed on becoming a spodumene producer in 2017
with its high-quality lithium projects in Western Australia and Namibia.
Tawana’s principal projects are the Bald Hill Lithium and Tantalum Mine (earning
a 50% interest) and the surrounding and adjacent Cowan Lithium Project. The
projects have numerous high quality spodumene-rich pegmatites, some of which
have been historically mined and processed for tantalum at the existing Bald Hill
The Company also owns rights to the giant Uis pegmatite tailings stockpile in
Namibia, estimated to be 20 million tonnes. Drilling has been completed and
assays are pending. Metallurgical test work to confirm acceptable recoverable
grades will likely commence in the first quarter of 2017 and if favourable, there is
potential for a low capex/opex operation.
The Company also owns the Mofe Creek Iron Ore Project in coastal Liberia. The
deposits are characterised by exceptionally coarse grained, high-grade free-dig,
itabirite that have the potential to deliver a premium, low cost product. The
Company is completing a Mineral Development Agreement (“MDA”) with the
Government of Liberia and is considering initially collaborating with owners of the
under-utilized port of Monrovia or others with a desire to develop a low capital
cost DSO operation.
Terms of Bald Hill Mine Earn in and Joint Venture
Though Tawana’s 100% owned subsidiary, Tawana has entered into a Farm-In and
Joint Venture arrangement with Alliance Mineral Assets Limited (“AMAL”) with
respect to AMAL’s Bald Hill project in Western Australia for the purpose of joint
exploration and exploitation of lithium and other minerals.
The commercial terms require Tawana:
1. to spend, by 31 December 2017 (or such later date as may be agreed
between the parties), a minimum of $7.5 million on exploration,
evaluation and feasibility (including administrative and other overhead
costs in relation thereto) (“Expenditure Commitment”); and
2. to spend, $12.5 million in capital expenditure required for upgrading and
converting the plant for processing ore derived from the Project,
infrastructure costs, pre-stripping activities and other expenditures
including operating costs (“Capital Expenditure”).
Upon completion of the Expenditure Commitment, Tawana shall be entitled to
50% of all rights to lithium minerals from the tenements comprising the Project (“Tenements”).
Upon completion of the Expenditure Commitment and Capital Expenditure,
Tawana will be entitled to a 50% interest in the Project (being all minerals from
the tenements and the processing plant and infrastructure at Bald Hill).
Competent Persons Statement
The information in this news release that relates to Exploration Results is based on and fairly
represents information and supporting documentation compiled by Mr Mark Calderwood, an
employee of the Company. Mr Calderwood is a member of The Australasian Institute of Mining and
Metallurgy. Mr Calderwood has sufficient experience relevant to the style of mineralisation under
consideration and to the activity which they are undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as
defined in the 2012 edition of the “Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral
Resources and Ore Reserves”. Mr Calderwood consents to the inclusion in this report of the matters
based on their information in the form and context in which it appears.
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resources and reserves; planned production and operating costs profiles; planned capital
requirements; and planned strategies and corporate objectives. Such forward looking
statements/projections are estimates for discussion purposes only and should not be relied upon.
They are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties
and other factors many of which are beyond the control of Tawana Resources NL. The forward
looking statements/projections are inherently uncertain and may therefore differ materially from
results ultimately achieved.
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accuracy of the projections, and disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward looking
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16 January 2017
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