Amendment applications to the company’s existing permits and licences are expected to be submitted in early April.
The commissioned low pH feasibility study is due for completion mid-year.
Peninsula’s transition is supported by a long-term uranium concentrate sales contract portfolio of up to 6.6 million pounds of U3O8.
This is to be delivered through to 2030 at a weighted average delivery price of US$51-53 per pound.
Peninsula will release first quarter production results next week and based on operating performance to date, production is expected to be 10 to 12% higher than the previous quarter.
If as expected, this will be the fourth successive quarter of production increases from Lance.
The Lance Projects are in a prolific uranium producing area of the US.
Changes to ETF’s uranium index
The company’s second-largest shareholder Global X Uranium Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) is changing the underlying index it uses, the Solactive Global Uranium Total Return Index.
As part of the changes, the index will be expanded to include large companies involved in the global nuclear fuel cycle industry.
This will reduce the proportional representation of all uranium mining and development companies now included in the index.
Holdings likely to be reduced
As the changes are implemented over several months, it is anticipated that the Global X Uranium ETF will reduce its holdings in all uranium mining and development companies, including Peninsula.
These planned changes are not driven by the specific circumstances of any individual company, nor do they change the value proposition of an individual company.
Peninsula remains well positioned to meet the challenges of the uranium market and to quickly capitalise as uranium market fundamentals improve.
The company has a strong cash position following a US$19 million contract monetisation and is progressing discussions to extend the term of the existing convertible notes.
An update on the status of the intended Karoo divestment process is expected during April.