Galena Mining has released a feasibility study for its Abra base metals project in Australia, which is docketed to see a 16 year mine life.
Located in WA’s Gascoyne region, the lead-silver property is set to run up a pre-production bill of AU$170 million. However, the project’s post-tax net present value (NPV) keeps it all in check at AU$381 million with an accompanying 32 percent post-tax internal rate of return.
While the pre-production spending estimate is higher than the number given a prefeasibility study (PFS) released by the company in September 2018, production expectations grew as well.
The fresh study estimates that total life-of-mine lead production will hit 1.24 million tonnes (Mt), with silver production coming to 10.6 million ounces (Moz) for the same period.
This is in contrast to the PFS estimates of 1.1 Mt for lead and 9.6 Moz for silver. Also having grown is Abra’s expected mine life, which before had been set at 14 years.
C1 production costs have been reduced to US$0.44 per pound, down from the PFS estimate of US$0.48 per pound; according to Galena, this cost is amongst the lowest for global primary lead producers.
“I’m very pleased that Abra has now completed FS-level technical and engineering work, with the project continuing to demonstrate sector-leading financial returns with a pre-tax NPV of AU$553 (million),” Galena Managing Director Alex Molyneux said in a statement.
“It’s also important to have completed the study on time given that it is a milestone to moving through the final phase of the project financing debt process, which is well underway.”
Going forward, work on the project is set to be primarily focused on moving ahead to the construction phase. This is set to entail finalizing offtake agreements, initial project development works and preparing an updated mineral resource estimate and ore reserve statement.
The company still holds a 2021 target for Abra’s initial production, with the first full year of steady state commercial production set for 2022.
As of July 19, lead was trading at US$2,071 per tonne on the London Metal Exchange.
Galena’s share price was down 1.27 percent on the ASX on Monday (July 22), ending the day at AU$0.39.
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Securities Disclosure: I, Olivia Da Silva, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.