logo-loader
viewMetro Mining Ltd

Metro Mining completes Stage 2 expansion DFS for its Bauxite Hills Mine

The expansion DFS envisages Bauxite Hills as one of the lowest cost and largest independent producers of bauxite in the market.

Metro Mining Ltd - Metro Mining completes Stage 2 expansion DFS for its Bauxite Hills Mine
Significant reduction in unit operating costs by the use of a floating terminal

Metro Mining Ltd (ASX:MMI) has completed the Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) for the Stage 2 expansion of its Bauxite Hills Mine in in Far North Queensland.

The key outcomes of the DFS are:

  • Confirmation of the significant economic benefits of expanding to an annualised rate of 6 million wet metric tonnes (WMT);
  • Reserves of 109.5 million tonnes at Bauxite Hills and a mine life to 2037;
  • Production target of 4 million WMT in 2020, followed by 6 million WMT per annum thereafter;

  • Significant reduction in unit operating costs by the use of a Floating Terminal (FT) that can load larger, ungeared Ocean-Going Vessels (OGVs), including Cape Size vessels;
  • Capital costs of $51.4 Million (including 10% contingency);
  • The FT comprises about 85% of the total expansion capital;

  • Expansion of the accommodation camp, port area modifications and fleet additions (including mobillisation) makes up the remainder of the capital spend;
  • Life of Mine unit operating costs are forecast to reduce by about 18% delivered to China when operating at the 6M WMT per annum rate, which will increase operating margins. This will position Bauxite Hills in the lowest quartile of the global cash cost curve for bauxite producers;
  • Project payback in less than 18 months;
  • Metro has appointed Rocktree Consulting to complete the engineering, design and supplier quotation of the FT - expected to be completed in November;
  • Negotiations with debt providers are well advanced;
  • The final decision to proceed will follow finalisation of the funding package and completion of the detailed engineering and design work from Rocktree.

Metro managing director and chief executive officer Simon Finnis said: “The completion of the feasibility study and selection of the preferred design for the FT is a key step to allow execution of the expansion at Bauxite Hills by 2021.

“It builds on the outstanding production performance and operating experience gained since the mine commenced production in April 2018.

“We have some further work to do on the final design, and we need to finalise the funding package, and then we will present to the board for their approval.

“It is pleasing to see the DFS completed and we thank shareholders for their patience.

“The DFS clearly shows that the expansion confirms Bauxite Hills as one of the lowest cost and largest independent producers of bauxite in the market.”

Quick facts: Metro Mining Ltd

Price: 0.14 AUD

ASX:MMI
Market: ASX
Market Cap: $193.89 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...

In exchange for publishing services rendered by the Company on behalf of Metro Mining Ltd named herein, including the promotion by the Company of Metro Mining Ltd in any Content on the Site, the Company receives from...

FOR OUR FULL DISCLAIMER CLICK HERE

Watch

Metro Mining lifts production guidance for 2019 by 17%, Stage 2 DFS update...

Metro Mining Ltd (ASX:MMI) managing director & CEO Simon Finnis updates Proactive Investors on quarterly results, with a focus on increasing production levels from the Bauxite Hills Mine in northern Queensland, Australia. The company is currently working on an updated definitive...

on 8/2/19

3 min read