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VRX Silica saves best for last with BFS revealing “outstanding” Muchea project financials

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VRX Silica Ltd (ASX:VRX) has saved the best for last with the third of its bankable feasibility studies (BFS), for the Muchea Silica Sand Project in WA, demonstrating “outstanding” financial metrics.

The BFS, which outlines an ungeared NPV10 of $338 million based on 25 years of a potential mine life of 100-plus years, indicates that Muchea is capable of producing very high-grade silica sand products.

“Most impressive” of three

Managing director Bruce Maluish said the outstanding BFS demonstrated the potential for Muchea to be a world-class high-grade silica sand deposit.

As such, he said, it was the most impressive of the three bankable feasibility studies completed for the companys silica sand projects north of Perth with the project also set to benefit from the rail connection to Kwinana port for export.

The study incorporates a maiden probable ore reserve of 18.7 million tonnes at 99.9% SiO2 with 14.6 million tonnes at 99.9% SiO2 in the Mining Lease application area.

Key BFS outcomes.

Three high-grade products

Three high-grade high-value silica sand products have been identified, all of which are in high demand in international markets.

Shares have been up almost 22% in early trade to 17 cents, up from 11.5 cents in mid-August.

Maluish said: “This reserve estimate is only a small portion of the silica sand inferred resource estimate for the project but produces a very high-grade product which is in high demand in specialist Asian markets.

“We have already had significant interest in the Muchea product that will command higher prices than products from our Arrowsmith North and Central silica sand projects.”

High-quality silica sand

Tests on the final product from Muchea demonstrate plus-99.9% SiO2 and less than 100ppm Fe2O3.

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Quality such as this was very important for specialist glassmakers, the MD said, including those manufacturing the increasingly significant solar panel glass.

This BFS is based on only 25 years of production from a project that potentially has a 100-plus year mine life.

The maiden probable 14.6-million-tonne reserve contained within the companys Mining Lease application will support a 9-10-year project.

This is estimated from the indicated mineral resource only and constitutes around 39% of the estimated total production target, in terms of processed tonnes of silica sand, over the 25-year mine life.

New long-term industry

VRX Silica intends to mine solely from probable reserves during the initial 9-10 years of the project.

The balance is from inferred mineral resource in the proposed mining area which is 61.4 million tonnes at 99.6% SiO2, which the company intends to mine from year 10 onwards.

The Muchea project is 50 kilometres north of Perth.

Muchea will be a potentially new long-term industry for Western Australia with substantial economic benefits, including long-term employment and royalties with a significant economic contribution to the Muchea-Gingin district.

Maluish said, “Muchea is a world-class high-grade silica sand project which can support a substantial export industry for WA providing benefits to the State and the Muchea-Gingin district.

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