2017 Annual Report
REVIEW OF OPERATIONS
This Review of Operations covers the 12 month period to 31 December 2017.
Australian Bauxite Limited (ABx or the Company) is an emerging bauxite producer and exploration company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) on 24 December 2009. Its ASX code is ABX.
ABx currently holds 18 bauxite tenements in New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania covering 1,390 km2 and operates its first mining operations at the Bald Hill bauxite project in Tasmania - see maps on cover. ABx's bauxite is high quality gibbsite trihydrate (THA) bauxite that can be processed into alumina at low temperature- the type in short supply globally. It is a bauxite free of quartz, alkalis and base metals, making it also ideal for cement-making. Some zones of grey-white bauxite may be suitable for manufacture of refractories, abrasives and chemicals.
ABx's bauxite is ideal for upgrading into high value products and ABx has been carrying out research and development of two new technologies, namely TasTech physical upgrading and ALCORE chemical upgrading.
ABx has declared JORC compliant Mineral Resources totalling 124.8 million tonnes (inferred 59.2 Mt, indicated 65.6 Mt - see resource statement in ASX release 25 August 2016) in New South Wales mainly around Taralga-Goulburn-Penrose inland from Port Kembla, a major deposit at Binjour in central Queensland inland from Bundaberg Port and in northern Tasmania extending from Campbell Town to Bell Bay in northern Tasmania. All tenements are 100% owned, unencumbered and free of third party royalties.
During 2017, ABx made sales in excess of 38,000 tonnes of bauxite from the Bald Hill operations in Tasmania, which commenced in December 2014 as Australia's first new bauxite production project for more than 35 years.
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About Australian Bauxite Ltd
Australian Bauxite Limited (ABx) (ASX:ABX) has started its first bauxite mine in Tasmania and holds the core of the Eastern Australian Bauxite Province. ABx's 37 bauxite tenements in Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania exceed 5,000 km2 and were rigorously selected for (1) good quality bauxite; (2) near infrastructure connected to export ports; and (3) free of socio-environmental constraints. All tenements are 100% owned, unencumbered & free of third-party royalties.
ABx's discovery rate is increasing as knowledge, technology and expertise grows.
The Company's bauxite is high quality gibbsite trihydrate (THA) bauxite and can be processed into alumina at low temperature.
ABx has declared large Mineral Resources at Inverell and Guyra in northern NSW, Taralga in southern NSW, Binjour in central QLD and in Tasmania confirming that ABx has discovered significant bauxite deposits including some of outstandingly high quality.
In Tasmania, at Bald Hill, the Company's first bauxite mine commenced operations on schedule on 9 December 2014 – the first new Australian bauxite mine for more than 35 years.
ABx aspires to identify large bauxite resources in the Eastern Australian Bauxite Province, which is emerging as a globally significant bauxite province. ABx has created significant bauxite developments in 3 states - Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania. Its bauxite deposits are favourably located for direct shipping of bauxite to both local and export customers.
ABx endorses best practices on agricultural land, strives to leave land and environment better than we find it. We only operate where welcomed.
Australian Bauxite Ltd