The company will use the proceeds from the placement to fund early works and long lead items for its Sunrise Nickel-Cobalt-Scandium Project located 350 kilometres west of Sydney.
The Sunrise Project is uniquely positioned as one of the largest and highest-grade sources of cobalt outside Africa.
The project has a proven ore reserve of 55 million tonnes at 0.71% nickel and 0.10% cobalt, sufficient for a 20+ year mine life.
Clean TeQ has already obtained key permits and is targeting the release of definitive feasibility study in Q2 2018.
Fast-tracking first production by 12 months
Clean TeQ’s new expedited development timetable will allow the company to commence production of cobalt and nickel sulphate circa 12 months earlier than previously contemplated.
This will enable the company to take advantage of the rapidly growing markets for these critical inputs into the lithium ion battery industry.
Final investment decision expected in late 2018
The estimated total construction timeframe for the Sunrise Project is circa two years from the point of a final investment decision (FID).
Between now and FID targeting late 2018, proceeds from the placement will help Clean TeQ fund:
• Detailed engineering and design work for the process plant and associated infrastructure;
• Long lead item procurement including deposits for the acid plant, generators and fabrication of special material equipment;
• An infill drilling program to better define areas of higher cobalt grade material, targeting the ability to increase cobalt production over the first 10 years of the mine life; and
• Early site works including earth works, infrastructure, construction camp and utilities.
Opportunity for retail shareholders to participate
Clean TeQ will offer eligible shareholders in Australia and New Zealand the ability to subscribe for up to $15,000 of new shares at $1.15 each, via a share purchase plan (SPP).
The SPP and institutional placement price represents a 6.1% discount to the last closing price of $1.225 on the ASX as at 7 March 2018.
Key raw materials to produce cathodes for lithium-ion batteries
High-purity nickel and cobalt sulphate are key raw materials in the production of cathodes for lithium-ion batteries.
Clean TeQ is planning to directly supply products from the Sunrise Project to the lithium-ion battery industry.
Cobalt has been one of the best performing metals with prices increasing by more than 200% since the beginning of 2016.
Major end customers have declared cobalt a ‘conflict’ mineral, for which supply must come from auditable sources.