A start-up processing plant is on its way to Australia for Centrex Metals’ Ardmore rock phosphate project, south of Mount Isa.
CDE Global has completed the fabrication and trial assembly of the 70-tonne-per hour modular plant, which is expected to arrive on site in June from the United Kingdom.
Concentrate produced from the start-up phase will go to potential offtake customers.
“This is an exciting development for Centrex and we look forward to receiving the first module of the start-up plant on site,”
Centrex chief executive officer Simon Slesarewich said.
“Trial mining and production will enable the company to demonstrate the quality of the Ardmore product and further advance the project with offtake partners in the Asia-Pacific region that is forecast to see increased growth with this quality of material.”
The start-up plant has been designed to be readily upgraded to a 140tph circuit for the proposed full-scale concentrate production of 800,000-tonnes-per-annum.
It is expected to cost about $70 million to get the full operation up and running.
Centrex recently completed a definitive feasibility study optimisation that reduced the start-up costs and life-of-mine operating costs for Ardmore.