8 May 2019
Scoping Studies Confirm Substantial Potential
Returns from Scandinavian Vanadium Projects
•Scoping Studies for the Airijoki (Sweden) and Koitelainen (Finland) Vanadium Projects have confirmed the potential of the projects to deliver significant value for shareholders
•The Scoping Studies assessed the potential for both Airijoki and Koitelainen to be initially developed as mining operations producing
•This project development approach of a Phase One project producing vanadium magnetite concentrate has the advantage of significantly lower initial
•Both Airijoki and Koitelainen have the potential to be financially robust as operations initially producing
•Further upside for Pursuit’s portfolio may come from a second phase of development involving construction of a centralised vanadium magnetite concentrate processing facility to produce V2O5 flake (Phase Two)
•Pursuit will initially focus on the rapid advancement of the Airijoki project by completing metallurgical test work in May, which will then provide sufficient information for Pursuit to initiate discussions with potential offtake partners for the magnetite concentrate
•Pursuit also plans to commence an infill drilling program in September, to upgrade the mineral resource to JORC Indicated and Measured status in order to underpin a Definitive Feasibility Study
•A drilling program is planned for the Koitelainen Project in December 2019 to provide additional samples for metallurgical test work and to explore probable extensions to the Koitelainen Inferred Mineral Resource
•Pursuit is considering potential strategic partners who have the capability to provide technical and financial resources to progress both Airijoki and Koitelainen through their next stages of development
Pursuit Minerals Limited (ASX: PUR) has received very encouraging results from Scoping Studies conducted to assess the economics of the Airijoki (Sweden) and the Koitelainen (Finland) vanadium projects. The Scoping Studies were conducted on the basis of assessing the economics of producing
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Scoping Study – Cautionary Statements
The Scoping Studies referred to in this announcement have been conducted for the purpose of assessing the economics of producing
The Scoping Study is based on the Inferred Mineral Resources for the Airijoki and Koitelainen Projects. There is a low level of geological confidence associated with Inferred Mineral Resources and there is no certainty that further exploration will result in the determination of Indicated or Measured Mineral Resources in accordance with JORC (2012).
To achieve the range of outcomes indicated, there would be a requirement for the Company to raise significant additional funding to support the development of the Airijoki and Koitelainen Projects. Investors should note that there is no certainty that Pursuit will be able to raise that funding when required. It is also possible that such funding may only be available on terms that may be dilutive or otherwise affect the value of Pursuit’s existing shares. It is also possible that Pursuit could pursue other value realisation strategies such as a sale or partial sale of its interests in the Airijoki and/or Koitelainen Projects which could materially reduce Pursuit’s proportionate interests in the Koitelainen and/or Airijoki Projects.
The Scoping Study is based on the material assumptions outlined within this Announcement. While the Company considers that all material assumptions are based upon reasonable grounds, a number of factors could cause actual results or expectations to differ materially from those assumptions.
Commentary on Scoping Studies
Pursuit Managing Director Jeremy Read said the Scoping Studies generated positive results based on a variety of commodity prices and processing scenarios.
“With the Airijoki Project in Sweden we are now confident that we have a project with the potential to generate strong returns based on reasonable assumptions of
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Figure One - Pursuit’s Portfolio of Vanadium Projects
“Airijoki is clearly a project with excellent fundamentals. It is a relatively
“By starting with a project that simply produces vanadium magnetite concentrate for sale, rather than constructing a plant for production of V2O5 flake, we can significantly reduce
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“Once we are in production, we can then look to a second phase development, where we construct downstream processing facilities to process concentrates from Airijoki and Koitelainen to produce V2O5 flake.
“We are delighted with the rapid progress we are making, and the results of the Scoping Studies give us great confidence in the potential for the projects to generate excellent shareholder returns.
“We are now considering potential strategic partners to join with us to undertake a Definitive Feasibility Study on the Airijoki project and move both projects through to their next stages of development,” he said.
Airijoki Scoping Study - Sweden
The Scoping Study determined that the project generates excellent returns from the planned mining project. The conceptual modelling for the Airijoki project assumed four open pits would produce
The Scoping Study was based on the Inferred Mineral Resource announced for the Airijoki project in March 2019. The Resource consists of four Zones (A to D) and totalled 44.3 million tonnes, at
Engineering group SRK was retained to undertake the Airijoki Scoping Study and ALS Metallurgical Services was retained to undertake metallurgical tests with the objective of determining ways to further increase the mass recovery and overall recovery of vanadium into a vanadium magnetite concentrate.
The metallurgical test work increased mass recoveries significantly by simply increasing the crushing size of the ore to 355 microns from 106 microns. For three holes tested from the Airijoki Project, the average mass recovery was increased from 13% to 18.3%. Additional metallurgical test work has since been conducted involving Low Intensity Magnetic Separation (LIMS) which further increased the average mass recovery to 22.2%. The Airijoki metallurgical test work program is ongoing. The results received to date were incorporated into the Scoping Study.
The Scoping Study focussed on mining vanadium mineralisation hosted in a
1See Pursuit Minerals ASX Announcement 8 March 2019. The Company is not aware of any new information or data that materially affects the information included in the referenced ASX announcement and confirms that all material assumptions and technical parameters underpinning the estimates in the relevant market announcement continue to apply and have not materially changed.
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Figure Two – Airijoki Project Inferred Mineral Resources
Lower grade material would be stockpiled. Waste material would be stockpiled adjacent to the planned open pits and tailings would be contained within a tailing management facility.
The Airijoki Scoping Study was based on following parameters:
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Planning is also under way for an infill drilling program to commence in September 2019, consisting of 68 drill holes for 9,445m, to convert the Inferred Mineral Resource into 70% JORC Indicated and 30% JORC Measured. This drilling program will represent the commencement of a Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) for Airijoki due for completion in the second half of 2020. Prior to the infill drilling program, Pursuit will undertake discussions with potential strategic partners to provide technical and financial capability to assist with the DFS.
The ongoing metallurgical test work is focussed on refining processing parameters to further increase mass and vanadium recovery rates, which will have positive effects on the Airijoki project economics. Final metallurgical test results are due by the end of May. Completing the test work will provide sufficient information to allow Pursuit to initiate discussions with potential offtake partners. In addition, Pursuit will engage with vanadium smelters and steel manufacturers to increase confidence in revenue assumptions for the sale of the vanadium magnetite concentrate.
The Airijoki project is located in an area of northern Sweden that is well serviced by infrastructure, due to the mining industry being active for over 100 years in this region. Power lines run just 2km east of the Airijoki Mineral Resource, and the project is reached by a short 2km drive along an established dirt road. The village of Vittangi lies 10km to the south and it is situated on the main access road to the large mining centre of Kiruna, which is a 74km drive along the E45 and E10 highways to the west. Kiruna is a major mining services hub due to the presence of a large underground iron ore mine which has been in production for approximately 120 years.
Rail services can be accessed at Svappavaara, which is reached via a 40km drive along tarmac roads from Airijoki. The railway runs from Svappavaara through Kiruna and down to the port of Narvik on the Norwegian coast - a distance of approximately 220km.
In order to rapidly progress the Airijoki Project, Pursuit has engaged with the local reindeer herding
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The Airijoki Inferred Mineral Resources are contained within Exploration Licence Airijoki Nr 100 which is valid until 20 June 2021 and can be renewed for a further 3 years.
As part of the economic assessment of the Project, a series of sensitivity analyses were undertaken to assess the effect of fluctuations in mass recoveries, metal pricing, capital costs and operating costs. The results indicated that the Project is most sensitive to metal pricing and mass recoveries.
Taking into consideration the inclusion of Inferred Resources, uncertainty over future pricing environments and the likely variability in material assumptions supporting the Study, the Company has taken a conservative approach with the inputs to the study and the disclosure of results. Considering the above and the guidance provided by ASX Guidance Note 31, the Company is unable to report production targets or financial metrics such as internal rates of return, net present values or net cash flows at this time.
However, the Board of Pursuit is sufficiently confident in the results of the Airijoki Scoping Study to commence discussions with potential strategic partners prior to the DFS commencing with the drilling program planned for September 2019.
Koitelainen Scoping Study - Finland
Pursuit has also received very encouraging results from a Scoping Study of the Koitelainen vanadium project in Finland. The scoping study was based on the Inferred Mineral Resource declared for the Koitelainen project in February 2019. The Resource totals 116.4Mt, at
Engineering group SRK was retained to undertake the Koitelainen Scoping Study and ALS Metallurgical Services was retained to undertake metallurgical tests with the objective of determining ways to further increase the mass recovery and overall recovery of vanadium into a vanadium magnetite concentrate.
Metallurgical test work completed to date showed mass recoveries increased significantly by simply increasing the crushing size of the ore to 355 microns from 106 microns. For three holes tested from the Koitelainen Project, the average mass recovery was increased from 5.3% to 8.8%3.
2See Pursuit Minerals ASX Announcement 6 February 2019.
3See Pursuit Minerals ASX Announcement 9 April 2019.
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date, Pursuit has undertaken its metallurgical test work on samples obtained from historical drilling
and there is now insufficient material to complete further testing. Pursuit must therefore undertake its own drilling to provide samples for the test work program. This drilling program is scheduled to commence in December 2019, subject to the grant of the Koitelainen Exploration Licence which was applied for in October 2018.
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Completing the test work will provide sufficient information to allow Pursuit to initiate discussions with potential offtake partners. In addition, Pursuit will engage with vanadium smelters and steel manufacturers to increase confidence in revenue assumptions for the sale of the vanadium magnetite concentrate.
In addition to providing samples for completion of the metallurgical test work program, the drilling program will test the extensions of the D Zone Mineral Resource at the Koitelainen Vosa Prospect.
The Scoping Study focussed on mining vanadium mineralisation hosted in a magnetite gabbro unit from Zones C and D of the Koitelainen Inferred Mineral Resource (Figure Three). Mining would be based upon bulk mining techniques using standard drill and blast, load, haul and crusher feed, followed by magnetic separation to produce a vanadium magnetite concentrate. Lower grade material would be stockpiled. Waste material would be stockpiled adjacent to the planned open pits and tailings would be contained within a tailing’s management facility.
The Koitelainen Scoping Study was based on following parameters:
The Koitelainen Scoping will be updated following further metallurgical test work to determine optimal processing parameters and maximise recovery rates. Further increases to mass recoveries and overall vanadium recovery may have additional positive effects on the Koitelainen project economics. The data will be delivered in the first quarter of 2020 and the Koitelainen Scoping Study will be updated soon thereafter.
In addition, an updated Mineral Resource for the Koitelainen Vosa Prospect will be completed in the first quarter of 2020, following completion of the first drilling program conducted by Pursuit on the project.
The Koitelainen Project is located in central Finland, approximately 20km to the west of the small village of Lokka. Access to Lokka is via a tarmac road, 85km east and north from the regional centre of Sodankyla. From Lokka the Koitelainen project area is reached along a public formed dirt road. Sodankyla is the major regional town in closest proximity to the Koitelainen project, has well developed geochemical and engineering services, and is easily reached via the E75 highway.
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