Base Resources is progressing the Toliara Project in south-west Madagascar, 45km north of the regional town and port of Toliara.
The Toliara Project is underpinned by the large, high grade, ilmenite rich, Ranobe deposit, and is considered by Base Resources to be one of the best mineral sands development projects in the world.
The project is well advanced with mining license and environmental approvals already in place and is currently progressing through accelerated study phases, building on work previously completed and could be expected to commence production in 2022.
The Ranobe deposit contains a high grade Mineral Resource of 1,293Mt at 5.1% heavy mineral (HM), with 794Mt at 5.8% HM in the Measured and Indicated categories, sufficient to support a 33 year mine life.
The deposit benefits from low slimes, free running sands and no overburden, which should enable a simple mining and tailings methodology. Mining will use conventional dozer trap mining units, similar to that used originally at Kwale Operations.
Ore will be received at the wet concentrator plant from the mining units via a slurry pipeline. The wet concentrator plant will remove slimes and concentrate the valuable heavy minerals with a number of gravity separation steps and reject most of the non-valuable, lighter minerals.
The heavy mineral concentrate will then be processed in the mineral separation plant. The mineral separation plant will clean and separate the rutile, ilmenite and zircon minerals into finished products.
The products will then be transported to a purpose built export facility for shipping to customers.