Horizonte Minerals flags price hike at Brazil nickel venture

“The corporate has additionally opted to spend money on further EPCM [engineering, procurement and construction management] and sources to additional de-risk the venture schedule and search to make sure supply of first nickel in 1Q24, according to the unique plan,” it mentioned within the operational replace.

Horizonte famous that greater rates of interest throughout the globe, as central banks search to manage inflation, additionally influenced its capex plans.

The corporate, which as soon as thought of the nickel venture to be fully-funded, raised £70.5 million ($80m) this week by an fairness fundraise.

“Following important institutional demand within the bookbuild from present and new traders, the board determined to upsize the lacing, rising the gross proceeds from roughly £61.7mn to £70.5mn”, the corporate mentioned.

Building of the Araguaia nickel mine, which might take about two years, contains an open pit and a processing plant, which can produce ferronickel over an estimated 28-year interval.

The operation in Brazil’s Pará state is anticipated to initially generate 14,500 tonnes of nickel a 12 months, principally destined to produce the chrome steel market. Output is anticipated to leap as much as 29,000 tonnes of the battery metallic a 12 months after a second manufacturing line comes on-line in 2027.

Araguaia is taken into account a key venture to diversify the nation’s mining sector, which is centred on iron ore.

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