logo-loader
viewDiatreme Resources Ltd

Diatreme Resources advances Cyclone Zircon Project with China talks, DFS near completion

The project has been substantially de-risked amid a favourable price environment for high-grade zircon projects.

1537172178_diatreme-map-757.jpg
Cyclone is 25 kilometres from Western Australia’s state border with South Australia

Diatreme Resources Ltd (ASX:DRX) has progressed its flagship Cyclone Zircon Project in WA’s Eucla Basin following talks in China with potential product buyers and joint venture partners.

The company is on track to complete the project’s definitive feasibility study (DFS) in the third quarter of financial year 2018 and will conduct test work on raw ore to show its heavy concentrate characteristics.

Chinese demand for high-grade zircon has boosted development prospects for Cyclone, amid diminishing high-grade supply and rising global demand.

READ: Diatreme Resources’ maiden mineral resource confirms high-grade silica deposit at Cape Bedford

Diatreme chief executive officer Neil McIntyre said the prospects for the largest undeveloped zircon project in the Eucla Basin had further advanced, as the company continues to work towards eventual mine establishment and production.

He said: “Talks in China with our project partner, China ENFI Engineering, have reaffirmed that Cyclone’s DFS is on track for completion by the end of the third quarter.

“These results are expected to reaffirm the project’s sound economic fundamentals and its potential for near-term development as one of a handful of new high-grade zircon projects globally.”

ENFI has large geological, mining engineering and metallurgical teams as well as significant plant design, procurement and construction capabilities.

Under Diatreme’s agreement with ENFI, the mining services company will use its large network within China’s state-owned enterprise and banking sectors to assist in sourcing project investors, off-takers and project debt funding.

Potential joint venture processing arrangement

McIntyre continued: “We also took the opportunity to further advance discussions with potential Chinese buyers of an export heavy mineral concentrate (HMC), either through a ‘pure’ arm’s length sale or via tolling arrangements.

“In pursuing the best commercial outcome for the project, we have identified a party in China suitable for a potential joint venture processing arrangement.

“This could entail, subject to negotiation, Diatreme participating directly through cross-ownership in the plant operations and participation in the end product price realised for its zircon and titanium products.”

To facilitate this potential arrangement, Diatreme is now processing via an independent lab a further raw ore sample taken from the first two years’ proposed mining path into a heavy mineral concentrate.

This sample will then be forwarded for further testing by the processor in China.

Favourable development environment for zircon projects

Diatreme aims to conclude its arrangements with final HMC product offtake buyers or processing partners following the release of its DFS.

Constrained supply and rising prices for zircon provide a favourable environment for the development of high-grade zircon projects such as Cyclone.

Industry forecaster TZMI expects a structural deficit to widen from 2019, amid an estimated 2.1% compound annual growth rate in demand through to 2021.

Quick facts: Diatreme Resources Ltd

Price: 0.0105 AUD

ASX:DRX
Market: ASX
Market Cap: $15.38 m
Follow

Add related topics to MyProactive

Create your account: sign up and get ahead on news and events

NO INVESTMENT ADVICE

The Company is a publisher. You understand and agree that no content published on the Site constitutes a recommendation that any particular security, portfolio of securities, transaction, or investment strategy is...

FOR OUR FULL DISCLAIMER CLICK HERE

Watch

Full interview: Shekel Brainweigh progresses Hitachi Europe R&D and...

Shekel Brainweigh Ltd (ASX:SBW) country manager for Australia Danny Nadri updates Proactive on progress with its signed Hitachi Europe R&D and commercial collaboration agreement.  The automation joint development and marketing agreement is for first-of-its-kind autonomous retail...

3 hours, 41 minutes ago

RNS

Holding(s) in Company

2 days, 19 hours ago

Holding(s) in Company

3 days, 11 hours ago

Director/PDMR Shareholding

6 days, 19 hours ago

Total Voting Rights

2 weeks, 3 days ago

Directorate Change

3 weeks ago

Holding(s) in Company

3 weeks, 3 days ago

3 min read