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Boss Set to Ship First U308 from Honeymoon

Ramp-up running ahead of Feasibility Study schedule, with more than 57,000lbs of uranium produced to date; Construction of NIMCIX columns 2 and 3 almost complete, paving way for ongoing production increases

Boss Energy Limited (ASX: BOE; OTCQX: BQSSF) is pleased to report strong progress in the commissioning and ramp up at its Honeymoon uranium mine in South Australia, with a total of 57,364lbs of U308 produced by June 30, 2024.


Highlights

  • Startup production exceeding ramp-up schedule per the feasibility study (FS) estimates
  • NIMCIX columns 2 and 3 on target for commissioning in Q3 and Q4, respectively in 2024
  • Commissioning continues to advance, with key metrics remaining ahead of FS estimates:
    • oWellfields continue to average 80 - 100mg/L vs FS estimate of 47mg/L (~100% uplift)
    • oIon Exchange loaded resin recoverability remains at 100%
    • oResin loading normalising at FS estimate of 27 g/L
    • oElution performance exceeding FS estimate at 7 – 9 g/L
  • First uranium sale to occur with revenue being received this quarter
  • Boss remains highly leveraged to rising uranium price

Boss will now make its first delivery to European nuclear utilities under its existing sales contracts, with revenue to be received in the current quarter.

With NIMCIX Column 1 performing to expectations and construction of Columns 2 and 3 on track for completion in the September and December quarters, 2024 respectively, Boss expects production to total at least ~850,000lbs of U308 by June 30, 2025, in line with its Feasibility Study schedule1.

Boss Managing Director Duncan Craib said:“The start-up phase at Honeymoon is proceeding comfortably to plan, with all the key metrics running in line with, or exceeding, the forecasts contained in the Feasibility Study schedule.

“Construction of the second and third columns is also advancing well, ensuring we are on track to continue increasing our production rates. Total production in FY26 is set to meet or exceed our feasibility study forecasts at 1.63Mlb. The addition of columns 4, 5 and 6 are forecast to further increase the production rate to nameplate capacity of 2.45Mlb/annum by year three.”

Figure 1: Drummed uranium ready for first shipment

Figure 2: Construction of columns 2 and 3 nearing completion to increase Honeymoon's production profile

Production update

Operational focus over the coming months remains on optimisation of the ion exchange, elution, precipitation and drying and packing processes.

Wellfield performance continues to impress, with tenors from individual wellfields into the PLS averaging 80 - 100 mg/L. Honeymoon’s feasibility study assumed PLS grade of 47 mg/L based on results from the project’s previous operation. Boss is managing the grade of uranium being leached to maximise wellfield recoveries.

Consumption of reagents in the wellfields of sulphuric acid and ferric (pH and Eh) are normalising as per FS expectations. The lixiviant chemistry, as proved during the field leach trial, continues to demonstrate superior performance at commercial throughput rates. The increased leach efficiency leads to a more efficient loading on the ion exchange resin, effectively lowering operating costs as less reagents and power are required per drum of uranium.

Stripping of uranium from the loaded resin continues to be virtually 100%, also demonstrating that the ion exchange process is working as designed, resulting in a high-grade concentrated eluate greater than 7-9 g/L.


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