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Toliara Sands Project 2017-11-17T14:48:35+00:00

The project is located between Toliara and Morombe, in the south-west of Madagascar

Toliara Sands Project

World Titane Holdings is developing the Tier 1 Toliara Sands Project north of the port of Toliara in south-west Madagascar. The Ranobe Mine is projected to produce 600,000tpa of ilmenite and 65,000tpa of zircon rich concentrate per annum over an initial 20 year mine life. This first phase of development utilises around 27% of the 884 million tonne of Mineral Resource defined at Ranobe.

The overall THM grade of 6.2% for the Ranobe Mineral Resource is high by minerals sands industry standards and the initial Ranobe mine plan focuses on an Ore Reserve averaging 8.2% THM, one of the highest in-situ ore values in the sector. With no overburden and very low slimes (<5%) simple dry mining can be utilised.

The heavy mineral at Ranobe consists predominantly of ilmenite making up approximately 90% of the final products. The project also benefits significantly from the presence of much higher value zircon and rutile which, as a zircon rich concentrate, contribute about 10% of the product volume and around 30% of the projected revenue. The ilmenite and zircon rich concentrate can be easily separated from the ore utilising standard equipment and existing infrastructure can be leveraged to minimise the initial development capital.

A Definitive Engineering Study (DES) was completed in August 2012 confirmed that a low capital investment, low technical risk and simple mineral sands operation can be built using proven technology. A Definitive Feasibility Study was completed in June 2017 to evaluate the increased project scale at 12 Mtpa, and provide updated capital and operating costs.

The Mineral Resource at Ranobe could potentially sustain a life of more than 60 years at the planned production rate for the Ranobe Mine demonstrating the very long life of the Tier 1 Toliara Sands Project.

Ranobe Mine

The Ranobe Mine is projected to produce 600,000tpa of ilmenite and 65,000tpa of zircon rich concentrate per annum over an initial 20 year mine life. This first phase of development utilises around 27% of the 884 million tonnes of Mineral Resource defined at Ranobe.

The overall THM grade of 6.2% at Ranobe is high by minerals sands industry standards and the initial Ranobe mine plan focuses on a Ore Reserve averaging 8.2% THM, resulting in one of the highest in-situ ore values in the sector. With no overburden and very low slimes (<5%) simple dry mining can be utilised.

The heavy mineral at Ranobe consists predominantly of ilmenite making up approximately 70% of the concentrate produced. The project also benefits significantly from the presence of much higher value zircon and rutile which together contribute about 10% of the heavy mineral, but around 30% of the value of the ore mined.

The ilmenite and zircon rich concentrate can be easily separated utilising standard equipment and existing infrastructure can be leveraged to minimise the initial development capital.

A Definitive Engineering Study (DES) completed in August 2012 confirmed that a low capex, low technical risk and simple mineral sands operation can be built using proven technology. The original concept envisaged utilising a simple mining and processing route at 8Mt of ore per annum, and this has now been increased to 12 Mtpa.

Front End Loaders (FEL) will mine the ore zone in the deposit. FEL mining provides a high degree of flexibility and will be able to selectively sequence and mine the higher-grade parts of the deposit to maximise the project cash flow. Ore mined by the FELs will be fed to mining units and pumped to the Primary Concentrator Plant (PCP), the Ranobe ore has low slimes content, less than 5%, which should assist the concentration of the ore feed. The concentrator has four stages of spirals and a hydrosizer to produce a heavy mineral concentrate (HMC).

The final HMC, which will have a grade of 92% heavy mineral, will be stockpiled before being fed into the Mineral Separation Plant (MSP).The MSP will use conventional mineral sands separation equipment to produce final products consisting of primary ilmenite, secondary ilmenite and a valuable non-magnetic concentrate containing rutile and zircon.

The ilmenite circuit is a combination of magnetic separators and high tension rolls to produce 480,000 tpa of saleable sulphate Ilmenite and 120,000 tpa of saleable chloride Ilmenite. The non-magnetic circuit will utilise gravity separation (spirals) and magnetic separation to produce 65,000 tpa of saleable zircon and rutile rich concentrate. All products will be transported, via a planned dedicated 55-kilometre long haul road, to a bulk loading facility, located north of the existing town and port of Toliara.

The Ilmenite products will be bulk loaded via a dedicated bulk-export jetty, which will be established as part of this development. The zircon/rutile concentrate will be loaded into containers for export from the existing Port of Toliara. The proposed dedicated jetty is sufficiently deep for larger vessels up to Handymax and Supramax size.

The Ranobe Mine is a robust project with projected high operating margins revenue and relatively low development capital compared to similar scale mineral sands projects.