Strandline Resources Limited has signed the final binding offtake agreement for its Coburn Heavy Mineral Sands (HMS) Project in Western Australia.
Coburn, positioned 240 kilometres north of the Port of Geraldton, is one of the largest mineral sands projects in the world.
According to Coburn’s Updated Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS), the project has the potential to have an average annual production of 34 kilotonnes (kt) of premium zircon, 54kt of zircon concentrate, 110kt of chloride ilmenite and 24kt of rutile.
The new agreement is with Venator Materials, a global chemical company dedicated to the development and manufacture of titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments.
The agreement covers 100 per cent of the rutile to be produced at Coburn and is expected to generate approximately 17-20 per cent of Coburn’s forecast revenue over five years.
With the previously announced offtake contracts (see ASX releases dated 20 April 2020 and 02 July 2020), Strandline now has over 90 per cent of Coburn’s forecast revenue secured via long-term binding offtake contracts.
Together, the offtake contracts have a forecast combined value of approximately A$850 million over five years, based on the pricing structures contained in the agreements and commodity price forecast assumptions contained in the Coburn Updated DFS (see ASX release dated 4 June 2020).
Coburn’s rutile specification has been confirmed as suitable for the production of TiO2 pigment (the largest market for high-grade titanium feedstocks), commonly used in the formulation of paints, coatings, inks, ceramics, paper and plastic production and other industrial applications.
The rutile agreement follows the investment decision by the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to provide a A$150 million loan facility, as well as the appointment of a series of major execution contracts for the development of the Coburn project.
The NAIF facility accounts for a major share of Coburn’s capital requirement of A$260 million (excluding financing costs). The company is now moving to finalise the balance of Coburn’s funding requirement.
Strandline’s Managing Director, Luke Graham, said the signing of another long-term offtake agreement with an industry leader provides further endorsement of Coburn and the high quality of its mineral sands products.
“With over 90 per cent of the project’s revenue now underwritten by binding sales contracts with major customers and a significant portion of the development funding secured via the NAIF loan, Strandline is on track to become Australia’s next world-scale mineral sands producer,” Mr Graham said.