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GALENA MINING LTD. (ASX:G1A) announces that Abra Mining Pty Limited ("AMPL"), the joint-venture company for the Abra Base Metals Project ("Abra" or the "Project") has made the final investment decision ("FID") to complete the full development of Abra, with first production of its high-value, high-grade lead-silver concentrate scheduled for the first quarter of 2023 calendar year. The FID decision has been made following the satisfaction of key conditions to draw in excess of US$30 million under the Taurus Debt Facilities.
- Final investment decision (FID) made to complete full development of Abra Base Metals Project, with first production scheduled for Q1 CY2023
- Underground decline development and on-site plant construction expected to commence Q3 CY2021 and Q4 CY2021 respectively
- Remaining project works funded by US$110M Taurus Debt Facilities, final A$40M Toho equity tranche to be received, and existing cash
- A$40M Toho equity plus US$30M initial drawdown under Taurus Debt Facilities expected to be received within 3-4 weeks
- Continued strong support from Project partner and 40% off-taker, Toho Zinc of Japan
- Managing Director role to transition to Tony James, a Mining Engineer with considerable senior underground development and operational experience
Galena is also pleased to announce that with Abra's accelerated progress towards production, its transitioning the Managing Director role to Anthony (Tony) James. Mr James is a Mining Engineer with considerable senior underground operational and development experience. The Company's current Managing Director, Alex Molyneux will remain a Director with responsibility for key corporate development initiatives and strategic relationships.
Managing Director, Alex Molyneux commented, "I'm ecstatic that everything is now in place and we've been able to make the final investment decision for Abra. Galena is now poised to join the ranks of high margin Australian producers, benefitting from buoyant base metals markets. I'd particularly like to thank our hard-working team who have achieved so many project milestones to get to this point and will soon be joined by approximately 260 more colleagues over the construction phase."
Commenting on the management transition, Chairman, Adrian Byass said, "As a board we've worked as a team to prioritise the needs of our flagship Abra Base Metals Project. Alex and Tony have worked hand-in-hand to date to achieve significant technical and corporate milestones, and with Abra moving to production I'm pleased we can make a transition that moves our senior mining engineering capability to the fore. We thank Alex for his significant contributions thus far and wish Tony every success going forward."
Abra Base Metals Project and schedule
Abra is poised to join the ranks of high margin Australian base metals producers. The Project is 17% complete as at 31 May 2021, based on A$27.4 million of Project works which were pulled forward and executed ahead of FID. Completed Project works include: construction and commissioning of a 280-unit mine site village; mining of the box-cut; box-cut ground support works; installation of production water infrastructure (bores, pumps and water reticulation); installation of site communications; and various site clearing, roadworks and civil works. As a result, Abra is largely prepared for the deployment of key contractors for the construction of the plant and ancillary infrastructure, and deployment of the underground mining contractor.
In addition, 90% of contracts (by value) covering the Project's remaining full development works are executed or awarded, further advancing on the completion of permitting, native title arrangements and offtake achieved in 2019. Among the key contracts, an engineering, procurement and construction contract has been executed with GR Engineering Services Limited for the supply of Abra's 1.2 million tonne per annum lead sulphide flotation process plant and ancillary infrastructure under a guaranteed maximum price arrangement to the value of approximately A$75 million. The underground mining services contract has been awarded to a tier one Australian mining contractor.
Under the current Project schedule, procurement of certain long-lead time items will take place immediately. The underground mining contractor is expected to initiate the portal and decline development in the 3rd quarter of 2021 calendar year and physical on-site plant construction is expected to commence in the 4th quarter of 2021 calendar year. First production of Abra's high- value, high-grade lead-silver concentrate is scheduled for the first quarter of 2023 calendar year.
The FID decision has been made following the satisfaction of certain key conditions to draw in excess of US$30 million under the Taurus Debt Facilities (see Galena ASX announcement of 12 November 2020 for more information on the terms of the Taurus Debt Facilities).
Remaining project development works are funded by more than A$200 million of funds, sourced from:
- US$110 million of Taurus Debt Facilities (equivalent to A$142 million at current exchange rates), made up of:
- US$100 million Project Finance Facility; and
- US$10 million Cost Overrun Facility;
- A$40 million final equity investment tranche from Galena's project partner, Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. ("Toho"); and
- the Company's existing cash resources (A$20.0 million as at 31 May 2021).
The Company has also made an initial drawdown request under the Project Finance Facility of US$30 million, which is expected to be received by the end of June. The Taurus Debt Facilities are secured against Abra Project assets and over the shares that each of Galena and Toho own in AMPL, and drawdowns remain subject to satisfaction of customary conditions precedent.
With Abra's accelerated progress towards production, Galena is transitioning its Managing Director role to currently serving Non-Executive Director Anthony (Tony) James. Mr James is a Mining Engineer with considerable senior underground operational and development experience. He joined Galena's board in October 2018 and has been actively involved in Abra Project development initiatives, having also served on the board of directors of AMPL since the establishment of the active joint-venture with Toho in 2019.
The Company's current Managing Director, Alex Molyneux will remain a Director with responsibility for corporate development initiatives and strategic relationships. Since commencing as Managing Director in August 2018, Galena made a full transition from exploration to a company capable of building and operating a successful base metals mine. Under his guidance, Abra passed through: outstanding pre-Feasibility and Feasibility Studies; completed permitting, native title arrangements and offtake; executed major project contracts; and completed 17% of construction activities. However, Mr Molyneux's key contribution has been to assemble approximately A$300 million in development funding from a mixture of strategic equity (Toho Investment Agreement and the investment in Galena by Mr Timothy Andrew Roberts' Warburton Portfolio Pty Ltd), debt (Taurus Debt Facilities) and public equity.
Mr James has been actively involved in both technical and corporate initiatives for the Company since the second half of 2018. Prior to Galena, Mr James' experience includes having previously worked as Managing Director of various ASX-listed companies, including: Carbine Resources; Atherton Resources; and Mutiny Gold. At Atherton Resources he achieved a favourable outcome for shareholders which culminated in a cash takeover by Auctus Minerals. At Mutiny Gold he led the implementation of a revised development strategy for the Deflector copper-gold deposit in WA prior to the merger of that company with Doray Minerals. Currently, Mr James serves as a Non- Executive Director of Apollo Consolidated, Wiluna Mining and Medallion Metals. Prior to Mr James' Managing Director and Non-Executive Director roles, he held a number of senior executive positions with international gold producer Alacer Gold, including President of its Australian operations. He also played a key role in Avoca Resources' initial growth and success, leading the feasibility, development and operation of its Higginsville Gold Mine.
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Galena Mining ASX developer - Abra Base Metals Project in Western Australia high-grade lead-silver youtu.be
- Completed a bankable feasibility study (BFS):
- 16 year lifespan producing high-value, high-grade lead-silver concentrate
- Pre-tax NPV of A$553M at spot prices
- C1 direct cash cost to be among the lowest for global primary lead producers at US$0.44/lb
- Estimated pre-production capital expenditure of A$170M
- Higher NPV, longer mine life and lower C1 direct cash cost compared to PFS
- Major partnerships include Toho Zinc, Japan's largest zinc and lead smelter and IXM SA, one of the top three base metals trading firms in the world.
- The Abra project is located in the Gascoyne Region of Western Australia, home to one of the largest undeveloped lead deposits in the world and the highest-grade lead concentrate available globally.
- The Abra project carries a JORC estimate of 16.7 Mt at 8.5 percent lead and 24 g/t silver in the indicated category and 24.4 Mt at 6.5 percent lead and 14 g/t silver in the inferred category.
- The Abra project has been named the world's lowest cost primary lead mine by Wood Mackenzie, a leading mining research and consultancy group.
- Initial construction activities have been commenced, with the project being "shovel ready" to commence the plant construction and deployment of the mining contractor.
- US$110 million of project financing debt facilities have been procured from leading mining-specialist lending fund Taurus Funds Management.
- Galena's management team brings decades of experience in the mining and base metals industry and has a proven track record of success throughout all stages of an exploration, from development to production.
Galena Mining (ASX: G1A) owns the Abra base metals project located in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia — home to one of the largest lead and silver deposits in the world set to produce the highest-grade, cleanest lead concentrate available globally. The company is capitalizing on its low-risk Tier 1 asset in a Tier 1 jurisdiction, strengthened by and leveraging partnerships with Japan's largest zinc and lead smelter, as well as with one of the top base metals trading firms in the world.
Galena recently completed a bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the development of a mine and processing facility with a 16 year lifespan producing high-value, high-grade lead-silver concentrate. Lead production is estimated at 95 kilotonnes per year while silver mining is projected to yield 805 kilo ounces annually. According to a pre-development capital expenditure estimate of AU$170 million, the BFS modelled a pre-tax net present value for Abra of AU$553 million, and an internal rate of return of 39 percent. Additionally, the project's excellent location, infrastructure, and low technical risk saw this mine named as the world's lowest cost primary lead mine by Wood Mackenzie, a leading mining research and consultancy group.
Galena's major partnerships include Toho Zinc (TSE: 5707), Japan's largest zinc and lead smelter and IXM SA, one of the world's top three base metals trading firms. Toho is providing AU$90 million project equity and has a long-term agreement to purchase 40 percent of Abra's production, while IXM has entered into a 10 year take-or-pay offtake contract to purchase the remainder.
The CEO of Galena Mining, Alex Molyneux, commented, "We have secured firm offtake arrangements for all of Abra's production with Tier 1 buyers and these arrangements reflect the premium value of Abra's high-grade concentrate product. The IXM arrangement in particular demonstrates a higher value over and above the assumptions used in the feasibility study."
The Abra project carries JORC Mineral Resource estimates of 16.7 million tonnes (Mt) at 8.5 percent lead and 24 g/t silver in the indicated category and 24.4 Mt at 6.5 percent lead and 14 g/t silver in the inferred category. This mineral resource estimate published in December 2019 was substantially upgraded following drilling during 2019. Despite being at the construction phase, Galena continues to actively drill to optimise Abra. As of late 2020, there are three drill rigs operating at Abra drilling 1,400 to 1,800 cumulative metres per week. The lead-silver orebody remains open in multiple directions and there have been exciting copper and gold intersections where mineralisation remains open at depth.
All permits for the Abra project have been obtained from the appropriate Western Australian regulatory bodies. The project is also subject to an existing land use and heritage agreement with the Jidi Jidi Aboriginal Corporation. The Abra property is well-serviced by public roads and highways, and all the necessary infrastructure has been developed to transport lead-sulphide concentrates to the Port of Geraldton, Abra's primary export port.
The first tranches of equity investment from Toho have been used to undertake initial construction activities at Abra. This means the project now has a mined boxcut, production water facilities, the first module of its permanent accommodation village and various completed site infrastructure. It is "shovel ready" for the commencement of plant construction and deployment of the mining contractor.
The company's management team brings decades of experience in the mining and base metals industry and has a proven track record of success throughout all stages of an exploration, from development to production. Both CEO Alexander Molyneux and CFO Craig Barnes previously worked for Paladin Energy (ASX: PDN), a publicly traded uranium production company that operates two mines in Namibia and Malawi.
Taurus Fund Management, one of the world's largest investment management firms, has provided the project with US$110 million in project financing debt. Galena's CEO Molyneux commented, "The US$110 million of debt funding completes an efficient and fulsome funding package to bring the outstanding Abra base and precious metals project to fruition in a way that provides robust shareholder returns."
The Abra Base Metals Project is located in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia, approximately 110 kilometres from the DeGrussa copper mine owned by Sandfire Resources (ASX: SFR).
Bankable Feasibility Study
Galena has recently completed a bankable feasibility study (BFS) for the development of a mine and processing facility with a 16 year lifespan producing high-value, high-grade lead-silver concentrate. Lead production is estimated at 95 kilotons per year while silver mining is projected to yield 805 kilo ounces annually.
According to a pre-development capital expenditure estimate of AU$170 million, the BFS modelled a pre-tax net present value for Abra of AU$553 million, and an internal rate of return of 39 percent.
Ongoing Project Drilling
As of late 2020 there are three drill-rigs operating at Abra drilling 1,400 to 1,800 cumulative metres per week for infill and optimisation drilling.
Recently announced drilling results included the best high-grade lead-silver drill-hole ever at the project (hole AB147). It revealed that the mineable domain is approximately 30 metres closer to the surface than originally predicted. Significant intersections from AB147 included:
- 5 m at 9.6 percent lead and 34 g/t silver from 266.2 m
- 9 m at 7.3 percent lead and 20 g/t silver from 288.1 m
- 5 m at 15.1 percent lead and 22 g/t silver from 321.8 m
- 9 m at 17.1 percent lead and 26 g/t silver from 366.2 m
"We're astounded at the success of hole AB147 in targeting a potential 'metal rich' combination of grade and thickness on the northern part of the eastern limb of Abra's Indicated Resource area, which is shallow and close to the current plan for early decline infrastructure. We have added a number of follow-up holes around AB147 to the drilling program with the intention to bring this area into the early years of the mine plan as an optimisation," said Galena Mining's CEO and Managing Director Alex Molyneux.
The Abra project has received all major permits and approvals and has begun construction. The company plans to use the conventional underground mining method of long-hole open stoping with paste backfill. Shallow dipping areas will be mined using the room and pillar method. The processing plant will employ single-stage primary crushing and semi-autogenous grind million comminution to produce high-grade lead-silver concentrate.
Next steps for Galena include receiving another AU$60 million in investment tranches from Toho, hitting construction milestones and optimizing drilling results from a comprehensive drill program that was conducted in August. The company is also focused on active exploration of the Abra property to identify additional base and precious metals mineralization in the Edmund Basin.
The Jillawarra properties are located 20 to 80 km west of the Abra Base Metals Project within the Jillawarra sub-basin of Gascoyne, Western Australia. The Jillawarra sub-basin hosts several base metal resources, as well as manganese and gold prospects, which have been explored since the 1970s. The majority of the drilling performed on-site has investigated 100 to 200 meters below surface.
Galena has launched a continued exploration program that aims to identify additional mineralization of both base and precious metals. The primary prospective corridor lies within the fault between the Quartzite Well and the Lyons River, which extends east-west along the entire tenement package and indicates many of the same geological markers associated with the world-class Abra base metals project. Galena continues to target its Jillawarra assets through geophysics and an active drilling and exploration program.
Managing Director and CEO
Alexander Molyneux is an executive and financier with 20 years of experience in the metals and mining industry. Between 2015 and 2018, Molyneux was CEO of Paladin Energy, one of the world's largest uranium companies, where he optimized its operating business and completed a US$700 million successful recapitalisation of the company and a re-listing on the ASX. Well-known for his breadth of experience in the mining industry, Molyneux serves on a number of public company boards, including: Metalla Royalty & Streaming, Argosy Minerals and Tempus Resources.
Abra Project CEO
Troy Flannery offers more than 20 years in the mining industry, including five years in corporate and 16 years in senior mining engineering and project development roles. Flannery has a degree in mining engineering as well as a master's degree in finance. He has achieved the First Class Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency. Flannery has worked at numerous mining companies, mining consultant agencies and contractors (including BHP, Newcrest, Xstrata, St. Barbara Mines and AMC Consultants).
Adrian Byass has more than 20 years of experience in the mining industry both in listed and unlisted entities globally. He has served as non-executive and executive director of various listed and unlisted mining entities, which have successfully transitioned to production in bulk, precious and specialty metals around the world. He currently serves on boards of ASX phosphate, zinc, nickel and lithium companies.
Chief Financial Officer
Craig Barnes has over 20 years of experience in senior finance and financial management within the mining industry and previously the financial services industry. Barnes has considerable experience in project financing, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, treasury and implementation of accounting controls and systems.
Before joining Galena, Barnes held the position of CFO of Paladin Energy for more than five years and was part of the team that successfully completed the company's capital restructuring in 2018. Prior to that, he was the CFO of DRDGOLD and its affiliated subsidiaries for more than seven years, and he played a key role in the successful transformation of the company from an underground miner with two ultra-deep underground operations into a profitable tailings retreatment business.
Tony James offers more than 30 years of mine operating and project development experience predominantly in Washington. James is highly regarded for his work in building and operating base metals and offers expertise in both finance and mine construction. James has previous experience as a managing director of three ASX-listed companies with two of those companies successfully guided through a merger and takeover process to the benefit of the shareholders. He has a strong mine operating background (examples being the Kanowna Belle gold mine and the Black Swan nickel mine) and a strong feasibility study and mine development background (examples being the Pillara zinc and lead mine and the Trident Higginsville gold mine).