Santa Cruz Graphite Project

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Fully Licensed, Construction Ready Mine with Commercial Production in 2022

The Santa Cruz Graphite Project, located in Southern Bahia, is the first of a series of battery metals projects that will be put into production. Brazil is the second-largest graphite-producing region in the world with more than 80 years of continuous mining. The Project has at-surface mineralization in friable materials, and successful large-scale pilot-plant testing (>30t) has been completed. The results of the testing show that approximately 65% of Cg concentrate is +80 mesh with good recoveries and 95-99% Cg. With excellent infrastructure and logistics, South Star is carrying its development plan towards Phase 1 production projected in Q4 2022.

The Santa Cruz Project is being developed in a phased approach.  Phase 1 operations for the 5,000 tpy pilot plant operations are fully licensed, and the Company is preparing to start construction in September 2021 with commercial production targeted for Q4 2022. Phase 2 operations will represent a larger-scale concentration plant currently planned to produce between 25,000 to 30,000 tpy of concentrate. The sizing of the Phase 2 plant could be increased depending on the successes of the Phase 1 operations, ongoing development of commercial relationships, and market conditions.

Key Parameters

Mining Method: Open Pit

Process/Metallurgy: Milling & Flotation

Life of Mine: 12 years

Annual Production (years 1-2): 5,000 t p.a.

Annual Production (year 4-11): 25,000 t p.a.

Capital Costs – Phase 1: US$ 8,000,000

Capital Costs – Phase 2: US$ 27,000,000

Avg. Operating Costs(LOM): US$ 396 per tonne of conc.

Avg. Weighted Price: US$ 1287/t

Key Financial Results

Post-tax NPV5%: US$ 81,200,000

Post-tax all Equity IRR: 35% p.a.

Post-tax Free Cash Flow (LOM): US$ 129,000,000

Payback Period: 4 years (Start of Construction)

Excellent Infrastructure

Mining-Friendly District

Fully Permitted & Licensed

Low CAPEX and OPEX

Aerial Drone Footage of the Santa Cruz Graphite Project

Santa Cruz Graphite Mineral Reserves

Mineral Reserve EstimateTonnageCgIn-situ Graphite
(t)(%)(t)
Proven3,989,6352.4999,340
Probable8,318,7952.35195,490
Total P&P12,308,5002.40295,400

Infrastructure Competitive Advantages

Power, gas, water, all within a few km
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The Project has excellent infrastructure and logistics. The mine is located 1.3 km off paved federal highway. There is a graded gravel road maintained by the Municipality straight to the mine and plant.  The electric substation is within 6 km of the plant site, along with a major natural gas line within 5 km.  Water will be provided onsite from wells. 

International airport is located 90 km away in Porto Seguro.  The major ports of Ilheus (270 km) and Vitoria (510 km) are nearby and accessible via paved federal highways. It is an easy day’s drive to the major industrial centers in Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

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