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Introduction Debella V + HPA Project

Vecco Group is developing the world class Debella Vanadium + HPA Project in Queensland, Australia.
The Debella High Purity Vanadium and High Purity Alumina Project is located near Julia Creek in the world class North-West Queensland minerals province.

Vecco is targeting production in 2024, primarily producing a high purity vanadium pentoxide product, vanadium battery electrolyte and high purity alumina for the battery markets.

Project Highlights

Production: 5,500t V2O5 and 2000t HPA
Project timing: Mining Lease Application underway
Low cost operation: Low Life of Mine (LOM) operating costs
Shallow Resource: From only 16.4m, the resource has a very low strip ratio
Mine Life: >50 year LOM
Beneficiation: Low cost, simple beneficiation process
Low cost mineral processing: Atmospheric leaching of the vanadium with a standard vanadium recovery process.

Debella JORC Resources

JULIA CREEK VANADIUM PROJECTS RESOURCES SUMMARY

JORC CLASSIFICATION TONNES (mt) V2O5 (%) HPA (%)
Indicated 45.1 0.47 -
Inferred 130.1 0.43 -

Project Location

Located north of Julia Creek in Queensland, the Debella Project is situated close to existing infrastructure, including roads, rail and power. Positioned north of surrounding vanadium projects, including Multicom Resources, Richmond Vanadium and QEM Limited.

Electrolyte Manufacturing Facility

Vecco is developing the first commercial scale vanadium electrolyte manufacturing plant in Australia. Vanadium electrolyte is expensive to transport making domestic manufacturing the most economical option to support the rollout of vanadium batteries.

Stage 1 of the plant development will produce approximately 30MWh per annum of vanadium electrolyte with stage 2 increasing this capacity to over 100Mwh per annum.

The plant has been specifically designed to produce a range of electrolyte products to meet the specifications of the major global vanadium battery manufacturers.

When combined with a steady, low cost supply from the Debella Mining operation, Vecco can provide a secure source of electrolyte for battery projects throughout Australia.

Research and Development

Vecco Industrial is undertaking world first research and development on behalf of Vecco Group in the areas of vanadium processing and electrolyte production.

Vanadium redox flow batteries function by using an electric charge to alter the oxidation state of the electrolyte when charging and discharging the battery. The precipitation of vanadium is conducted in the V(V) state as this form of the vanadium ion has a low solubility, allowing easier precipitation. However, this is exactly what is not required during operation of the battery where the solubility of vanadium ions needs to be kept high.

Vecco is undertaking research to develop a new process for the extraction of vanadium from shale in the preferred oxidation state and as a vanadium sulphate supply for use as electrolyte in VRBs.

  • Brisbane Met Labs (Nagrom Brisbane) supports Vecco with its R&D activities as a Research Services Provider.
  • Engenium supports Vecco with experiment design and reporting.
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Protecting and preserving the environment Environment and Sustainability

Is an unreserved priority for us and we take this responsibility very seriously. Like all mining activities, some of the biggest questions people have are about the environment. What are the likely impacts? How much energy does it use?

These are all good questions.

Technology deployed for battery metals operations are environmentally sustainable. We are working closely with our process engineers to ensure our processes minimise land and water requirements and reduce carbon emissions. Our products produced also have a significant impact in reducing carbon emissions by supporting energy storage for large scale renewable energy projects and electric vehicles.

We ensure all our employees and contractors operate in an environmentally responsible manner, and adhere to our environmental, Health & Safety and Community Policies.

Vecco is integrating the mining of high purity vanadium and alumina with manufacturing of battery components to support the global decarbonisation transition.

— Tom Northcott, Managing Director