Donald Mineral Sands (DMS)


Project and Mineral Separation Plant, Murray Basin

The deposit Donald Project is one of the largest known zircon and titanium resources in the world with a current updated total mineral resource estimate of 5,710 Mt, of mineral sand at an average grade of 3.2% HM. Measured Mineral Resource estimate for the Donald Deposit doubled to 715Mt @ 4.3% HM compared to 2014 estimate of 340Mt @ 4.3% HM, both at 1% HM cut-off.
This mineral resource estimate was prepared by AMC Consultants who were engaged in October 2015 and incorporated drilling results from the 2015 drilling campaign. The Mineral Resource estimate is reported in accordance to JORC Code 2012.

AMC Reports:
  • Resource Estimate for RL2002 Donald Mineral Sands Deposit – March 2016
  • Resource Estimate for RL2003 and 2006 Donald Mineral Sands Deposit – March 2016
  • Resource Estimate for MIN5532 Donald Mineral Sands Deposit – March 2016
 
Mineral resource at 1% HM Cut-off
Report Classification Tonnes  (MT) % HM
AMC resource estimate for MIN5532 DMS deposits Measured 372 4.5
Indicated 75 4.0
Inferred 7 3.5
Total  454 4.4
AMC resource estimate for RL2002 DMS deposits Measured 343 3.9
Indicated 833 3.3
Inferred 1,595 3.4
Total  2,771 3.4
AMC resource estimate for RL2003 & 2006 DMS deposits (now RL2003) Measured    
Indicated 1,903 2.8
Inferred 584 2.9
Total  2,487 2.8
  Total  5,712 3.2
 
Mineral resource where VHM data is available at 1% HM Cut-off
Report Classification Tonnes  (MT) % HM
AMC resource estimate for MIN5532 DMS deposits Measured 264 5.4
Indicated 49 4.9
Inferred 5 4.2
Total  317 5.3
AMC resource estimate for RL2002 DMS deposits Measured 185 5.5
Indicated 454 4.2
Inferred 647 4.9
Total  1,286 4.8
AMC resource estimate for RL2003 & 2006 DMS deposits (now RL2003) Measured    
Indicated 668 4.9
Inferred 155 4.0
Total  823 4.8


Project Status and Approvals

DMS completed the basic design works for mining, metallurgy and tailings in January 2015, providing DMS with the information required to transition into the final stages of feasibility designs prior to detailed phases of execution.

In 2016 and 2017 focus shifted to increasing efficiency and effectiveness of processing methodologies, refining engineering design, mine planning and scheduling, defining infrastructure requirements, and native vegetation studies and assessments.

In March 2018 1,000t run of mine (RoM) material was excavated for the purpose of geotechnical and metallurgical testing to determine pit wall stability of material in dry and wet zones, overburden and ore.  In addition to this testwork, assessments of material placement, rehabilitation and the post backfill environment condition monitoring will all form an important step in progressing the DMS Project Work Plan.  The RoM material will be processed into final products for the development of marketing samples and long term global off take agreements.  

The Donald project completed the Environmental Effect Statement (EES) process and was granted approval in November 2008.  The project subsequently went on to be granted a Mining Licence (ML5532) in 2012.  Other approvals obtained include the Cultural & Heritage Management Plan (CHMP) in 2014 and Export Licence in 2016.  A draft Work Plan has been submitted to the relevant Victorian Gevernment Department and a final draft will be submitted when all details of the final stages of the project development are completed.

MEDIA

Astron’s project definition statements are advancing with both the Senegal and Donald projects. Project and Engineering teams are currently advancing the Definitive Feasibility study for the Donald project in the Murray Basin Victoria.

Project milestones are continuing with Environmental, Engineering design, Infrastructure and operational preparedness activities.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Milestones achieved in the 3rd Quarter of 2016 continue to return cost effective outcomes for the business’s future. Achieved and planned milestones for 2016 include:

  • Submission of the Donald Site Work Plan Q4 2016
  • Donald Mineral Sands – Definitive Feasibility Study Q4 2016
  • Pre-Feasibility Engineering design of the Mineral Separation Plant commenced Q3 2016
  • Procurement and Engineering Technical reviews in both China and Australia commenced Q3 2016
  • Feasibility Design of the Donald Site Wet Concentrator Plant (WCP) completed Q3 2016
  • Logistics, Infrastructure and Civil designs completed Q3 2016
  • Project Execution and Packaging Plans completed Q3 2016

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