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Centrex provides update on Ardmore project

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Centrex Metals Ltd has announced that it has visited CDE Global’s construction facilities as part of its client review for detailed design on the startup 70 tph wet processing plant for its Ardmore Phosphate Rock Project.

The startup plant will be a 70 tph circuit and will be used to produce premium grade phosphate rock concentrate to deliver large scale trial shipments in 2019 to potential customers requesting them, in order to secure long-term offtake contracts for the projects. The 70 tph modular startup wet processing plant will designed as an oversized module capable of being upgraded to an eventual 140 tph circuit for the proposed full scale 800 000 tpy premium grade ultra-low cadmium phosphate rock concentrate operation in Ardmore.

According to the statement, Optima Consulting has completed feasibility level mine designs and associated studies for Ardmore and is preparing maiden Ore Reserve Statements for the project. GR Engineering Services (GRES) has reportedly completed engineering design for the mine and processing operations, with WSP Global completing engineering design for associated offsite infrastructure. Cost estimations from the mining studies along with those from the engineering designs are now being compiled by GRES and are expected to be completed at the end of August once some outstanding quotations have been received from vendors.

In addition to this, Centrex claims that Integer Research has completed a phosphate rock market review and pricing feasibility study for Ardmore to feed into revenue forecasts for the overall feasibility study. Write up of the feasibility study report has begun, and the study’s results are now expected to be announced to market in September 2018 once complete.

Centrex will visit a customer’s single superphosphate plant in the local region next week to oversee the second of two 4000 t paid trials of run of mine ore from the project. Centrex claims that it observed the first trial a number of weeks ago at another customer’s plant, and received positive feedback.

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