Huge nickel resource in Russia
One of the world’s last sulphide deposits
Pre-feasibility studies offer two scenarios for economic extraction
Long track record of operating in Russia
What does Amur Minerals do?
Amur Minerals Corporation (LON:AMC) is a junior mining exploration company that holds assets in Russia. The company is run by long-standing chief executive Robin Young, who spends much of his time in Russia. Other directors, including Robert Schafer and Brian Savage also boast long years of experience in the mining industry.
What does Amur Minerals own?
The principle asset is the Kun-Manie nickel deposit in the Amur Oblast of Russia’s Far East. This project is one of the world’s last remaining unexploited nickel sulphide deposits, and also contains significant amounts of copper.
As it stands the JORC resource rings in at 155.1mln tonnes of ore grading 1.02% nickel equivalent for a total nickel equivalent tonnage of 1.58mln tonnes.
Plans for development
A prefeasibility study released in early 2019 showed that production is likely to come from four open pits and one underground operation. It’s envisaged that the overall mine life will be 15 years, although precisely how the ore is mined depends on which of the two options presented in the prefeasibility study is adopted.
Option one, known as the TS option, will cost less to develop but offers lower margins and a lower NPV. Option two, known as the FFS option, will cost more to develop, but will deliver significantly higher returns.
Under the TS option, post-tax free cashflow will amount to just over US$2bn.
Under the FFS option, post-tax free cashflow will amount to just under US$3bn.
Nickel a metal for the future
Chief executive Robin Young is confident that the future of nickel is bright. Nickel is a key component in the manufacture of batteries for electric vehicles. As well as that huge growth market it is also essential in steel manufacturing.
From the chief executive
"The PFS provides a robust review of Kun-Manie's value, scale and viability and it is our intention to explore further the strategic options that will enhance the company's continued development of the project,” says Young.
“We believe that it puts the company in a strong position and provides attractive economics to invite discussions with varied parties to strengthen our team and deliver production at Kun-Manie. Additionally, there is significant potential for further upside to this PFS, following the company's successful drill programme last year, which yielded a number of positive results including expansion of the mineral resource estimate and mine life. As a company, we are encouraged by the PFS and the further step it has created in positioning the project to attractive partners that will support Amur's goal of seeing Kun-Manie being developed further and value delivered to shareholders."