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ioneer’s two new agreements substantially complete Asian boric acid distribution and sales network

ioneer Ltd (ASX:INR) has secured two distribution and sales agreements for the supply of boric acid from its Rhyolite Ridge Lithium-Boron Project in Nevada, USA, substantially completing its Asian boric acid distribution and sales network.

The three-year boric acid distribution and sales agreements were signed with Kintamani Resources Pte Limited for the territories of Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines and with Boron Bazar Limited for the territories of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Myanmar.

The signing of these agreements completes the key components of ioneers current Asian boric acid marketing plan to secure direct offtake or distribution and sales agreements with recognised industry participants for most major Asian countries.

“High demand”[hhmc]
ioneers managing director Bernard Rowe said: “Signing these distribution and sales agreements is a significant milestone for ioneer as we look ahead to Rhyolite Ridge becoming operational.

“These a..

ioneer Ltd (ASX:INR) has secured two distribution and sales agreements for the supply of boric acid from its Rhyolite Ridge Lithium-Boron Project in Nevada, USA, substantially completing its Asian boric acid distribution and sales network.

The three-year boric acid distribution and sales agreements were signed with Kintamani Resources Pte Limited for the territories of Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines and with Boron Bazar Limited for the territories of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Myanmar.

The signing of these agreements completes the key components of ioneers current Asian boric acid marketing plan to secure direct offtake or distribution and sales agreements with recognised industry participants for most major Asian countries.

“High demand”


ioneers managing director Bernard Rowe said: “Signing these distribution and sales agreements is a significant milestone for ioneer as we look ahead to Rhyolite Ridge becoming operational.

“These agreements demonstrate the high demand for sustainably produced boric acid and further underpin the projects compelling economics.

“Boric acid sales are key in delivering an all-in sustaining cash cost for lithium from the Rhyolite Ridge project at the bottom of the global lithium cost curve.

“We are delighted that at this early stage, the first three years of production from Rhyolite Ridge are placed.

“These agreements continue to demonstrate our ability to sell boric acid and affirms the quality of our premium quality boric acid by respected boron industry partners.”

The recently released definitive feasibility study (DFS) shows that the first year of the operations production is secured by a binding offtake agreement while in year two 85% of production is secured and in year three 88% is secured.

The company anticipates years four and five of operations will fall to 70% secured as the three-year renewal options are not guaranteed, however, the shortfall in offtake in year two and beyond is expected to be met by North American offtake and sales in other Asian territories.

The territories covered by ioneers boric acid distributors in Asia

Key terms


Under the agreements, the parties have committed to minimum sales volume targets per annum of boric acid by territory.

The supply of boric acid to the distributors will be based on prevailing market prices for similar volumes and quality, and remain fixed for specified periods before being reset for the next period on a revolving basis through the term of the agreement.

The agreements each have a three-year term, with initial supply expected in quarter two 2023 as Rhyolite Ridge commences production and are conditional on ioneer making a positive final investment decision, which is expected in early 2021.

Key information required to make an FID includes advanced engineering, the award of all state and federal environmental and development permits, and an acceptable and executable funding plan for the project.

Asian marketing plan


These agreements are in addition to ioneers announcement on December 18, 2019, of its foundational binding offtake agreement with Dalian Jinma Boron Technology Group Co Ltd for 105,000 tonnes per annum of boric acid which included a distributiRead More – Source

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S&P/ASX 200 flat at lunch but still on track for its sixth straight week of gains

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) is trading 1 point or 0.023% down to 5990 at 12.48 pm but is still up +4% so far this week and is on track for its sixth straight week of gains.

The S&P 200s drop follows the US share markets which were mixed on Thursday ahead of Friday's jobs report. Investors are also awaiting plans for the next round of US economic stimulus.

Top gainers on ASX today include Talisman Mining Ltd (ASX:TLM) (+12.24%), Rimfire Pacific Mining NL (ASX:RIM) (+16.67%), Canyon Resources Ltd (ASX:CAY) (+11.11%), Ironbark Zinc Limited (ASX:IBG) (+33.33%), De Grey Mining Limited (ASX:DEG) (+23.75%) and Brookside Energy Ltd (ASX:BRK) (+14.29%).

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Technology Metals has $2 million raising backed by major Tinci Materials shareholder[hhmc]
Technology Metals Australia Ltd (ASX:TMT) has received commitments for a fully subscribed placement of up to 13.66 million shares at 15 cents per share to raise approximately $2.049 million before costs. The company is plea..

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) is trading 1 point or 0.023% down to 5990 at 12.48 pm but is still up +4% so far this week and is on track for its sixth straight week of gains.

The S&P 200s drop follows the US share markets which were mixed on Thursday ahead of Friday's jobs report. Investors are also awaiting plans for the next round of US economic stimulus.

Top gainers on ASX today include Talisman Mining Ltd (ASX:TLM) (+12.24%), Rimfire Pacific Mining NL (ASX:RIM) (+16.67%), Canyon Resources Ltd (ASX:CAY) (+11.11%), Ironbark Zinc Limited (ASX:IBG) (+33.33%), De Grey Mining Limited (ASX:DEG) (+23.75%) and Brookside Energy Ltd (ASX:BRK) (+14.29%).

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Technology Metals has $2 million raising backed by major Tinci Materials shareholder


Technology Metals Australia Ltd (ASX:TMT) has received commitments for a fully subscribed placement of up to 13.66 million shares at 15 cents per share to raise approximately $2.049 million before costs. The company is pleased with the continued support of strategic domestic and international investors and welcomes an initial investment by Mr Xu Jinfu, chairman and major shareholder of Guangzhou Tinci Materials Technology Co Ltd. Tinci Materials is a leading manufacturer and marketer of battery materials.

Talisman Mining will start diamond drilling this month at Lucknow Gold Project, shares up


Talisman Mining Ltd (ASX:TLM) (OTCMKTS:TLSMF) is higher on news that diamond drilling will begin this month at Lucknow Gold Project in the historic Lucknow Goldfields of Central West NSW. The first diamond drill testing will target an interpreted high-grade gold lode offset position at Lucknow here historic production was in excess of 400,000 ounces at an average estimated mined grade of +100 g/t. Shares have been as much as 17% higher in early trade to 11.5 cents.

De Grey Mining higher again after defining major gold extension at Hemi discovery


De Grey Mining Limited (ASX:DEG) (OTCMKTS:DGMLF) (FRA:DGD) has continued a run of share price gains with drilling defining a major extension of Brolga zone at the Hemi gold discovery in WAs Pilbara region. This extension of the Brolga intrusion defined by initial shallow aircore drilling is approximately 1,000 metres long by 200 metres wide and enhances the potential to expand near-surface open pit resources. Results include 16 metres at 2.4 g/t from 40 metres, 8 metres at 2.2 g/t from 52 metres and 4 metres at 5.0 g/t from 60 metres.

Musgrave Minerals rises on defining large new gold targets at Lake Austin JRead More – Source

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St George Mining steps-up Mt Alexander drilling after identifying large nickel-copper sulphide target

St George Mining Ltd (ASX:SGQ) has stepped up the pace of drilling at Mt Alexander in WA after identifying a large conductive feature at Fish Hook prospect through magnetotelluric (MT) and audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) surveys.

The new conductive feature is below the high-order nickel-copper soil anomaly at Fish Hook and is modelled to dip to the northwest, consistent with the known ultramafic stratigraphy elsewhere in the Cathedrals Belt.

Seven reverse circulation (RC) reconnaissance drill holes have been completed at Fish Hook but were too shallow to intersect the new conductive feature, which commences 250 metres below surface.

Additional drilling is planned to test this compelling target for nickel-copper sulphides.

“Exciting time”[hhmc]
Executive chairman John Prineas said: “Diamond drilling of the deeper MT conductive targets will start shortly and we are excited to have another high-quality target to drill at the Fish Hook prospect.[hhmc]
“The resource drill-out at Stricklands..

St George Mining Ltd (ASX:SGQ) has stepped up the pace of drilling at Mt Alexander in WA after identifying a large conductive feature at Fish Hook prospect through magnetotelluric (MT) and audio-magnetotelluric (AMT) surveys.

The new conductive feature is below the high-order nickel-copper soil anomaly at Fish Hook and is modelled to dip to the northwest, consistent with the known ultramafic stratigraphy elsewhere in the Cathedrals Belt.

Seven reverse circulation (RC) reconnaissance drill holes have been completed at Fish Hook but were too shallow to intersect the new conductive feature, which commences 250 metres below surface.

Additional drilling is planned to test this compelling target for nickel-copper sulphides.

“Exciting time”

Executive chairman John Prineas said: “Diamond drilling of the deeper MT conductive targets will start shortly and we are excited to have another high-quality target to drill at the Fish Hook prospect.


“The resource drill-out at Stricklands is also underway and we look forward to completing the scoping study for what we believe could be a low-capex, high-margin mining operation at Stricklands.

“This is an exciting time for St George Mining.”

Diamond rigs due on-site


The first of two diamond drill rigs is due to arrive at the site this weekend with the second diamond drill rig also expected shortly.

Diamond drilling will focus on testing the new, deeper conductive features identified by the MT/AMT surveys with targets at Investigators prospect the first of the deeper nickel-copper sulphide targets to be drilled.

Six metallurgical drill holes will also be completed by diamond drilling at the Stricklands prospect as part of the scoping study into a potential mining operation.

Map of the Cathedrals Belt showing areas of planned drilling and overlaying interpreted geology and magnetics.

Additional MT/AMT Survey


Modelling of the remaining MT/AMT survey data is progressing and further results are expected next week.

Drill targets will be designed for West End and FairRead More – Source

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Technology Metals has $2 million raising backed by major Tinci Materials shareholder

Technology Metals Australia Ltd (ASX:TMT) has received commitments for a fully subscribed placement of up to 13.66 million shares at 15 cents per share to raise approximately $2.049 million before costs.

The company is pleased with the continued support of strategic domestic and international investors and welcomes an initial investment by Mr Xu Jinfu, chairman and major shareholder of Guangzhou Tinci Materials Technology Co Ltd.

Tinci Materials is a leading manufacturer and marketer of battery materials.

Funds to progress vanadium project[hhmc]
Funds raised will be used to progress development of the Gabanintha Vanadium Project in WA, including advancing environmental work in support of the preparation of an Environmental Review Document.

Participants in the placement will receive a 1 for 2 free attaching option exercisable at 25 cents per share on or before June 15, 2022.

The strategic investors offer a wealth of experience and contacts in technology metals key customer markets ..

Technology Metals Australia Ltd (ASX:TMT) has received commitments for a fully subscribed placement of up to 13.66 million shares at 15 cents per share to raise approximately $2.049 million before costs.

The company is pleased with the continued support of strategic domestic and international investors and welcomes an initial investment by Mr Xu Jinfu, chairman and major shareholder of Guangzhou Tinci Materials Technology Co Ltd.

Tinci Materials is a leading manufacturer and marketer of battery materials.

Funds to progress vanadium project


Funds raised will be used to progress development of the Gabanintha Vanadium Project in WA, including advancing environmental work in support of the preparation of an Environmental Review Document.

Participants in the placement will receive a 1 for 2 free attaching option exercisable at 25 cents per share on or before June 15, 2022.

The strategic investors offer a wealth of experience and contacts in technology metals key customer markets as well as significant operational experience and investments within the rapidly emerging battery metals markets.

Placement capacity


The placement will be conducted under the companys current placement capacity in line with ASX Listing Rule 7.1 and 7.1A:

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