Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Dubbo Project - The High-k mine in Dubbo, NSW Australia

Unknowingly I´ve been camping and going through in Dubbo two times, literally our tent was on top of a high-k mine without me knowing it! They have got it all there Down Under: zirconium, hafnium, niobium, tantalum and all of the rare earths. Just take a moment to check out the videos below and stay tuned for more on the Dubbo project.

The Dubbo Project (DP) is a new and strategically significant source of high demand critical metals, which are independent of traditional supply sources. The Dubbo resource is a long life polymetallic ore body that is readily processed and separated into valuable products including zirconium, hafnium, niobium and rare earths.

A large scale Demonstration Pilot Plant at ANSTO in Sydney has been operating since 2008 to provide robust qualification and optimisation of the DZP process and the necessary information for scale up to a full scale operating plant. The plant has proven the process flowsheet from a chemical and engineering sense as well as providing capital and operating costs for scale-up.

Over 100 tonnes of ore has been processed in the Demonstration Pilot Plant to produce zirconium, hafnium, niobium and rare earth products.

At a processing rate of 1 m tpa of ore for the full scale plant, annual revenue for the four product groups ranges from US$430m - US$470m pa with an EBITDA of $235m - $275m pa.

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