$49 Million Authorities Grant Settlement Executed

Vanadium would not get fairly as a lot consideration as different crucial and battery metals, however it ought to.

Proof against breakdown from each acid and salt, it provides appreciable energy, warmth resistance and toughness to metal when alloyed. Unsurprisingly, these traits have made vanadium a crucial mineral for protection purposes, notably as vanadium want solely be current in small quantities to impart its advantages. For the previous twenty years, demand for the metallic within the metal sector has steadily elevated. With the latest push for clear power and net-zero emissions, that demand is about to rise exponentially.

Australian Vanadium (ASX:AVL, FRA:JT71, OTC:ATVVF), which holds one of the vital superior high-grade vanadium deposits on the planet, has positioned vital give attention to creating its Australian Vanadium Challenge, a high-grade vanadium, titanium and iron useful resource located roughly 43 kilometers south of the mining city of Meekatharra in Western Australia.

Australian Vanadium

Vanadium’s potential goes nicely past building metal. The metallic can be used extensively in a number of industries, together with aerospace, protection and as a chemical catalyst. What’s most notable, nevertheless, is vanadium’s standing as a battery metallic, particularly one suited to long-term, large-scale power storage.

Not at all a brand new expertise, the vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) was first invented in 1984 on the College of New South Wales in Australia. Early VRFBs needed to be the scale of roughly one to 2 basketball courts to adequately carry out, however the expertise has been refined over time since and immediately’s VRFBs are solely a 3rd of the scale of their colossal predecessors, with a considerably increased power capability.

As companies and governments search battery storage for large-scale use circumstances, demand is predicted to extend additional, with the VRFB market accounting for greater than ten % of all vanadium manufacturing by the tip of 2023. Demand for vanadium is predicted to double by 2032, with 90 % of this demand pushed by VRFBs.

VSUN Energy

Australian Vanadium can be working to domesticate Australia’s burgeoning VRFB market, by way of its wholly owned subsidiary VSUN Energy. VSUN Vitality’s present initiatives embody the set up of a VRFB to energy an industrial chlorinator, as a standalone energy system for a bore pump at a serious nickel mission, and to energy the methods at an orchard in Victoria. VSUN Vitality can be consulting with a number of main mining shoppers.

The key part of a VRFB is vanadium electrolyte. This answer of vanadium combined with acid and water might be manufactured by AVL at a facility being constructed within the Perth area.

Each VSUN Vitality and the AVL are a part of Australian Vanadium’s vertically built-in technique, by way of which it intends to help each stage of VRFB manufacturing. This may, the corporate maintains, give it the flexibility to not solely produce the world’s highest-quality vanadium, but additionally tailor that vanadium to its prospects’ wants.

AVL Project

Situated in Western Australia’s Murchison Province, the Australian Vanadium Challenge (AVL) consists of 15 tenements overlaying roughly 200 sq. kilometers. Upon completion, the mission will encompass an open lower mine and a processing plant close to the port metropolis of Geraldton. Australian Vanadium can be establishing an electrolyte manufacturing facility which is slated to start manufacturing within the latter a part of 2023.

Located in Perth, the 33MWh every year plant will leverage confirmed expertise sourced from US Vanadium LLC. Australian Vanadium has accomplished an in depth design schematic and ordered lengthy lead tools for the plant.

As one of many world’s most superior in-development vanadium initiatives, the AVL Challenge has nationwide strategic significance to Australia’s crucial mineral provide chains. To that finish, the mission has been acknowledged by each the Australian federal authorities and the Western Australian authorities, receiving a number of grants for a mixed whole of roughly $49 million.

Why Vanadium and why AVL?

The AVL deposit consists of a basal large magnetite zone overlaid by 5 lower-grade mineralized magnetite-banded gabbro items, every of which is between 5 and 30 meters thick. Vanadium mineralization may be present in each the large magnetite horizon and the lower-grade gabbro horizons. The deposit is additional divided into kilometer-scale blocks by a collection of regional scale faults; the blocks present little signal of inner deformation and powerful consistency in layering.

In late April 2023, Australian Vanadium’s processing plant was approved by the city of Greater Geraldton, pushing the crushing, milling and beneficiation plant one step nearer to commencing building. As soon as accomplished, the plant together with the mine will present high-purity vanadium oxide and an iron-titanium co-product.

Challenge Highlights:

  • Authorities-recognized: In recognition of its nationwide significance, the AVL Challenge was awarded Federal Main Challenge Standing by the Australian authorities in September 2019. It was additionally awarded State Lead Company Standing by the Western Australian Authorities in April 2020.
  • Promising Feasibility Research Outcomes: In line with a bankable feasibility examine launched on April 6, 2022, the mission contains 239 million tons (Mt) at 0.73 percent vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) consisting of:
    • measured mineral useful resource of 11.3 Mt at 1.14 % V2O5
    • indicated mineral useful resource of 82.4 Mt at 0.70 % V2O5
    • inferred mineral useful resource of 145.3 Mt at 0.71 % V2O5
  • Excessive-grade Magnetite: Australian Vanadium’s preliminary evaluation of the mission additionally signifies the presence of a definite large magnetite high-grade zone of 95.6 Mt at 1.07 % V2O5.
  • Different Minerals: Along with vanadium, the AVL mission additionally incorporates estimated cobalt, nickel and copper sources.
  • Broad Focus: Relatively than solely concentrating on the battery market, Australian Vanadium intends to serve all sectors that require the crucial metallic. This consists of the metal, titanium master-alloy, aerospace and specialty chemical compounds markets.
  • Sustainable Manufacturing: Australian Vanadium intends to function its mine ethically and with a low-carbon footprint by way of the usage of photo voltaic and wind era together with electrical or green-hydrogen-fueled automobiles.
  • Longevity and Scalability: As soon as operational, the mine may have an estimated lifespan of greater than 25 years, whereas the configuration of the processing facility will enable the corporate to rapidly scale manufacturing as needed.

Administration Crew

Cliff Lawrenson – Non-executive Chair

Cliff Lawrenson has greater than 10 years of expertise as a non-executive chair and non-executive director in each private and non-private corporations. He’s at present non-executive chair of Paladin Vitality Ltd (ASX:PDN) and Caspin Assets (ASX:CPN) and non-executive chair of privately owned Pacific Vitality Restricted and Onsite Rental Group.

Lawrenson was managing director of Atlas Iron Ltd from 2017 and led the corporate to its acquisition by Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd. Previous to Atlas Iron, Lawrenson served as managing director of various ASX-listed corporations within the mining and mining companies sectors. Lawrenson was additionally a senior government of CMS Vitality Company in the USA of America and Singapore, preceded by an funding banking profession.

Graham Arvidson – Chief Govt Officer

Graham Arvidson has 18 years of expertise within the minerals sector spanning feasibility, analysis, profitable growth and operation of mineral property globally and throughout a broad vary of commodities together with deep expertise in vanadium, lithium, nickel and different future-focused battery metals.

Arvidson has confirmed mission growth experience, a deep Western Australian mission growth community particular to mining, industrial acumen borne of managing contracts from each the consumer and contractor aspect and intensive mission administration expertise in tendering, negotiation, conforming and managing O&M, EPC, EPCM, EPC-O and BOO types of mission supply.

Todd Richardson – Chief Working Officer

Todd Richardson BSc ChE MBA is an knowledgeable in vanadium course of design, commissioning and operations with over 20 years’ expertise in vanadium. He has an intensive background in operations administration and technical companies each within the USA and Australia in all phases of plant operation – course of design by way of commissioning, ramp up and operation. Richardson leads the event of AVL’s world-class vanadium mission.

Tom Plant – Chief Monetary Officer

Tom Plant is a seasoned chartered accountant and finance government with nearly 30 years of expertise in numerous company and industrial roles. He has a robust background in debt and fairness funding options, funding analysis and company transactions. Plant not too long ago served as interim CFO at Leo Lithium, which developed the Goulamina Lithium Challenge in Mali. Previous to that, he was the CFO at Firefinch and spent 10 years at world mineral sands and uncommon earths producer Iluka Assets. He held numerous positions in funding banking {and professional} companies with Macquarie Group, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and Arthur Andersen.

Vincent Algar – Managing Director

Vincent Algar has greater than 25 years of expertise within the mining trade spanning underground and open-cut mining operations, greenfields exploration, mission growth and mining companies in Western Australia and Southern Africa.

He has vital expertise within the administration of publicly listed corporations which incorporates the complete compliance, advertising and marketing and administration course of and encompasses the event of inner geological and administrative methods, exploration planning and execution, plus mission acquisition and deal completion.

Algar was managing director of Shaw River Manganese from December 2006 to March 2012 and was accountable for profitable capital raisings that raised greater than $40 million for the corporate’s exploration and acquisition applications. He was instrumental within the $20-million acquisition of a 75.5-percent stake within the Otjo Manganese Challenge in Namibia in 2011, which is at present being introduced into manufacturing. He has labored on a variety of commodities most not too long ago in base metals and uranium in Southern Africa as a advisor and analyst. Algar is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Daniel Harris – Technical Director

Daniel Harris is a vanadium trade veteran and has an understanding of the useful resource sector from each a technical and monetary perspective. He’s at present non-executive director of US Vanadium LLC, Queensland Vitality & Minerals (ASX:QEM) and Flinders Mines (ASX:FMS). He’s an advisory board member and vanadium advisor for Blackrock Metals.

Earlier roles embody interim CEO and managing director at Atlas Iron; chief government & working officer at Atlantic; vice-president and head of vanadium property at Evraz Group; managing director at Vametco Alloys; basic supervisor of vanadium operations at Strategic Minerals Corp and appearing as an impartial technical and government advisor to GSA Environmental Restricted in the UK.

Miriam Stanborough – Non-executive Director

Miriam Stanborough is a chemical engineer with over 20 years of expertise within the mineral processing trade throughout a spread of commodities. She has held senior roles at Monadelphous, Iluka Assets, Alcoa and WMC Assets. Her ability base spans innovation and expertise, technical growth, manufacturing administration, mission administration, enterprise enchancment and folks and tradition.

Stanborough is at present a non-executive director of Pilbara Minerals Restricted (ASX:PLS), BCI Minerals Restricted (ASX:BCI), chair of the Minerals Analysis Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA), deputy chair of the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC), and a director of Scouts WA.

Peter Watson – Non-executive Director

Peter Watson is a chemical engineer with 40 years of expertise in senior technical, mission and administration roles along with company expertise operating ASX-listed corporations. He has vital board-level expertise, notably concerning security, governance, monetary reporting, threat administration and technique.

Watson is at present a non-executive director of Paladin Vitality Ltd (ASX:PDN), New Century Assets (ASX:NCZ) and Strandline Assets Restricted (ASX:STA).

Neville Bassett – Firm Secretary

Neville Bassett is a Chartered Accountant working his personal company consulting enterprise, specializing within the space of company, monetary and administration advisory companies. Bassett has been concerned with quite a few public firm listings and capital raisings.

His involvement within the company enviornment has additionally taken in mergers and acquisitions and consists of vital information and publicity to the Australian monetary markets.

Bassett has a wealth of expertise in issues pertaining to the Firms Act, ASX itemizing necessities, company taxation and finance. He’s a director or firm secretary of various private and non-private corporations.

Louis Mostert – Chief Authorized and Compliance Officer, Joint Firm Secretary

Louis Mostert has over 20 years of expertise in mission contracting and finance, company advisory, mergers and acquisitions, insurance coverage administration, dispute decision, work well being and security, employment and industrial relations, mental property, company governance and compliance.

Mostert graduated from the College of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and a Bachelor of Legal guidelines (Hons) and has a Diploma of Utilized Company Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia. He’s admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court docket of Western Australia, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries, a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a member of the Institute of Firm Administrators.

Samantha McGahan – VSUN Vitality Supervisor

Samantha McGahan BEd (Hons) GAICD has over 25 years expertise in a various vary of industries spanning training, legislation and expertise. She has led the event of VSUN Vitality since 2016 and fosters a robust community in each vanadium and power markets. Samantha is skilled in advertising and marketing and leads each AVL and VSUN Vitality’s social media and advertising and marketing methods.