The DFS has confirmed the economic and technical viability of the project which has a pre tax Net Present Value (NPV) of A$128 million (8% discount rate), a life of mine (LOM) average pre tax cash flow of A$26 million per annum and a capital cost of A$68 million.
The DFS has identified a phased start up for the project, which includes the establishment of a mine and minerals plant first as part of a lower capital cost, lower technical and financial risk strategy that will bring earlier cash flow. From the minerals plant, the company can produce spodumene concentrate to sell to current lithium carbonate producers as a feed or establish toll treating partnerships. An important by-product of the proposed operation is production of a high quality tantalite concentrate.
Galaxy Managing Director Iggy Tan said the Company committed to the completion of the DFS at the end of 2008 and this was achieved on time. The DFS results indicated that Mt Cattlin is a robust project with the potential to begin production during Quarter 3, 2010.
"We are delighted with the outcome of the DFS, which supports plans for a 1 million tonne mine and concentrator at Mt Cattlin," said Mr Tan.
"Two key factors in the positive results were the favourable characteristics of Galaxy's flat lying pegmatite resource and the attractive economics of processing a simple concentrate for the lithium carbonate producers," he said.
About Galaxy Resources Limited
Galaxy Resources Limited (ASX:GXY) is an Australian-based global lithium company with lithium production facilities, hard rock mines and brine assets in Australia, China, Canada and Argentina. The Company is an integrated lithium mining, chemicals and battery company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (Code: GXY) and is a member of the S&P/ASX 300 Index.
Galaxy wholly owns the Mt Cattlin project near Ravensthorpe in Western Australia where it mines lithium pegmatite ore and processes it on site to produce a spodumene concentrate and tantalum by-product. At full capacity, Galaxy will process 137,000 tpa of spodumene concentrate which will feed the Company's wholly-owned Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate Plant in China's Jiangsu province. The Jiangsu Plant has commenced production and will produce 17,000 tpa of battery grade lithium carbonate, the largest producer in the Asia Pacific region and the fourth largest in the world.
Galaxy is also advancing plans to develop the Sal de Vida (70%) lithium and potash brine project in Argentina situated in the lithium triangle (where Chile, Argentina and Bolivia meet) which is currently the source of 60% of global lithium production. Sal de Vida has excellent promise as a future low cost brine mine and lithium carbonate processing facility.
The Company completed a feasibility study for a proposed lithium-ion battery plant, to produce 620,000 battery packs per annum for the electric bike (ebike) market. The Company also owns the James Bay (100%) Lithium Pegmatite Project in Quebec, Canada.
Lithium compounds are used in the manufacture of ceramics, glass, electronics and are an essential cathode material for long life lithium-ion batteries used to power e-bikes and hybrid and electric vehicles. Galaxy is bullish about the global lithium demand outlook and is positioning itself to achieve its goal of being involved in every step of the lithium supply chain.
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