- 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 Amur Minerals does:
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.
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.
How is it doing:
Amur published a pre-feasibility study in early 2019 which 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 pre-feasibility 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.
In January, the baseline environmental assessment (BLEA) was filed and approved by the necessary Russian Federation agencies as part of the TEO, which is a Russian feasibility study ultimately leading to the determination of reserves in accordance with Russian requirements.
In June 2020, Amur revealed that there could be significant economic advantages to adding a copper stream to the nickel production.
In May 2020 the company raised £500,000 to keep the lights on as it moves on to the next stages of development.
What the boss says:
Robin Young, Amur chief executive said: "[The BLEA] confirms mining of our large scale Kun-Manie nickel copper sulphide deposit will not require any extraordinary programmes or procedures beyond those already planned by the company to undertake the implementation of our operation."
“Typical monitoring and mitigation procedures can be implemented to ensure protection of the environment during construction and operations."