TORONTO – Voyager Metals Inc. (“Voyager” or the “Company”) (TSXV: VONE), is pleased to announce the results of a new Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) at its wholly-owned Mont Sorcier iron and vanadium project. located nearby Chibougamau, Quebec. The EEP was conducted by Clinton Swemmer P.Eng. (PEO), Vice President of Technical Services for Traveling Metals and a “qualified person” under National Instrument 43-101 – Disclosure Standards for Mining Projects of the Canadian Securities Administrators (“NI 43-101”), with input from an independent advisory group InnovExplo inc. (“InnovExplo”) for the Mineral Resource Estimation and Independent Advisory Group Soutex Inc (“Soutex”) for ore processing and metallurgical testing and recovery methods, Pierre-Jean Lafleur, eng.. (OIQ), VP Exploration at Traveling Metals and a “qualified person” under NI 43-101 who conducted the preliminary mine planning.
The Mont Sorcier PEA was carried out on the basis of the mineral resource estimate carried out by InnovExplo and filed by Voyager on July 22, 2022uses only the resource measured and indicated in the North area described in the latest NI 43-101 technical report published by the Company dated July 22, 2022, and available on SEDAR. The PEA outlines a robust economic assessment for Mount Sorcerer based on a traditional surface mining scenario with magnetic separation processing and a reverse flotation circuit to produce approximately 5.0 million tonnes per year of iron concentrates low in sulfur and rich in vanadium, with low levels of impurities. Based on testing to date, this material can be used in blast furnaces in both China Where Europe. The general development plan for the project described in the PEA is consistent with the potential development scenario envisioned by Voyager’s management as it progresses towards the completion of a Feasibility Study (“FS”) whose completion is expected in the first quarter of 2023.
Cliff Hale-Sanders, President and CEO of Voyager said, “We are very pleased that the results of this PEA will do more than support our ongoing efforts to improve the economy and advance development plans for the Mont Sorcier project, we see the potential of the project as a profitable, long-lived mine. Located in an established mining region, Mont Sorcier has excellent access to existing infrastructure already in place, reducing upfront capital requirements and shortening the development timeline. The production of 65% premium magnetite iron concentrate with valuable vanadium credits in conjunction with the advantageous infrastructure; positions Mont Sorcier as one of the world’s premier iron development projects.
Ongoing project optimization efforts and additional metallurgical testing performed as part of the ongoing FS should further improve product quality and project economics. Going forward, the company will focus on completing the feasibility study in the first quarter of 2023 to bring Mont Sorcier to a formal development decision as quickly as possible. The company continues to proactively engage with local communities to ensure that key ESG issues and other local issues are properly addressed and understood by all parties.
The PEA is preliminary in nature and there is no certainty that the preliminary economic assessment will be completed.
Mount Sorcerer is located about 18 km east of Chibougamau, Quebec, in an area with a long history of mining and solid infrastructure in place to support future development. Mont Sorcier has access to all-weather roads, low-cost provincial hydroelectricity and is less than 50 km from a rail link with two all-weather ocean ports. The railway runs approximately 370 km to the Port of Saguenay which is currently underutilized and can provide sufficient capacity for project needs.
Market research on iron and vanadium prices
In late 2019, the company had commissioned an independent market price study to examine the expected credit obtainable for vanadium in iron concentrates. The study examined a value in use methodology based on a review of the chemistry of Mont Sorcier grade and concentrate compared to other similar iron products and the study concluded that Mont Sorcier concentrate should receive a $15/t premium to the Platts 65 iron price index for contained vanadium credits (based on net attributable value using a long-term V2O5 price of $7.25/kg). Since then, the outlook for premium concentrates has remained strong. Iron experienced a price spike of more than $140/t for Fe62% with an additional premium for Fe65% typically around 20% over this price level. This premium should be maintained in the market due to the significant environmental benefits. Similarly, the price of metals fell with the increase in shipping rates. To fairly assess the potential scenario, a long-term metal price consistent with the 21-year mine life estimate described in the PEA was adopted and, at the same time, this was assessed using long-term shipping costs.
About Voyager Metals Inc.
Voyager Metals Inc is a mining exploration company headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The Company is focused on advancing its Vanadium-rich Mount Sorcerer, Magnetite iron ore projectlocated just outside Chibougamau, Quebec.
At Mont Sorcier, Voyager is rapidly advancing the project towards feasibility and permitting The project currently has indicated resources of 679 million tonnes grading 27.8% magnetite and 0.20% V2O5, with the potential to produce 195 million tonnes of magnetite concentrate grading at least 65% Fe and 0.52% vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) and another estimated inferred resource of 547 million tonnes grading 26.1% magnetite and 0.17% V2O5 , with the potential to produce 148 million tonnes of magnetite concentrate grading at least 65% Fe and 0.52% vanadium pentoxide (V2O5).
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