Xanadu Mines’ (ASX:XAM) shares have risen 6.25% in morning trade to 3.4c on the news Chinese mining giant Zijin has been approved to invest in the company as it progresses the Kharmagtai copper-gold play.
Kharmagtai, located in Mongolia, was the subject of much success earlier this month, when Xanadu used a novel downstream separation method to recover 91% of gold in early stage ore tests using technology patented in Western Australia.
Today’s approval from Canberra (to be specific, the FIRB) for Zijin to further invest in Xanadu Mines, picking up a 19.99% shareholding.
In April, the company saw Zijin pick up a 9.98% share in Xanadu through the acquisition of 139m ordinary fully paid shares at 4c for $5.56m.
While a gentle relationship building process remains underway between the relatively new Albanese ALP government, and that of Xi Jinping’s, industrial collaboration between the Australian and Chinese private sectors remains robust as ever through 2022.
Zijin is pouring millions into the copper-gold project, which boasts a strong ESG focus. That focus was what prompted the company to use a novel downstream refining technique that requires less liquid cyanide than usually utilised in gold operations.
Xanadu notes negotiations surrounding the pending acquisition of a 10% stake remain ongoing.
Currently, mineralisation remains open in all directions on-site and ongoing drilling is underway to further define mineral resources.
A four year payback is expected for the mine with initial capital expenditure valued at US$690m for an open pit development and associated processing infrastructure.
The internal rate of return for Kharmagtai is tipped at 20% after tax across a thirty year mine life.
It’s also worth noting that a growing number of Australian-listed companies are operating in Mongolia in recent years.
The Australian website for the Mongolian embassy notes over 50 Australian companies operate in Mongolia across all sectors.
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