Coffee with Samso 192 has Andrew Radonjic talking Rare Earths at the Jupiter project.
Venture Minerals Limited (ASX: VMS) is now at the crossroads of emerging as a Rare Earth player in what is a complex and ultimately future-proofing sector. I labeled Venture Minerals as a Targeted Diversified Mineral Explorer in my very first interview with Andrew Radonjic, the Managing Director, way back in October 2020, and this is another prime example of that business approach.
The rare earth sector has had a lot of attention in the last 24 months and like all commodities, it is going through turbulent times. Samso has had the greatest privilege to have interviewed many of these stories over time and I see Venture Minerals as an interesting change to the current scene.
On the back of the recent announcement by Venture Minerals on the 29th of November 2023, entitled Jupiter Delivers over 7,000 ppm TREO assays from Maiden RC Drill Program, the company has raised additional funding to work on the project. In the current market, this is a strong vote of confidence for the potential of the Jupiter REE project.
In this episode, Andrew Radonjic provides us with his perspective on the project and offers valuable insights into the recent drilling results. By considering the project's historical exploration activities, viewers can gain a comprehensive understanding of why Venture Minerals believes in the future potential of this project.
Check out the conversation with Andrew Radonjic below:
As I have mentioned, we have had a good amount of content that is related to the rare earth sector, and my thoughts, which are consistent with most commentators, is that every REE project is unique. The key is what is at the bottom line of the project. Does it make money when the cookie crumbles?
The Jupiter target is a clay-hosted rare earth project. As Andrew mentioned, there has been limited metallurgical research conducted. However, for our purpose of understanding the project, we are now confident in considering it as a standard clay-hosted rare earth system. While it may not be a one-of-a-kind clay-hosted system, what sets it apart is its logistical aspects, as well as the potential grade and tonnage.
Another distinguishing factor is the unique social license. Most of the other projects have to navigate private landowners and existing populations. Although it may not be immediately apparent, I believe that in the long run, this will significantly impact the bottom line.
This does not imply that other projects will not be profitable. As I assess the industry landscape, I anticipate that the companies that endure in the long term will emerge as the ultimate victors. Fresh investors with more money in the bank to take positions in the rare earth sector, need to do your DYOR as it will go a long way to becoming a long-term player.
00:54 What is happening with the Jupiter REE Target?
03:56 Does alkaline intrusion play a part in Jupiter?
06:50 Progress on the drilling at Jupiter.
14:11 What sets VMS apart from the others?
25:17 Comments for existing shareholders.
29:37 Why did the recent new investors buy into the VSM Story?
30:57 News flow
About Andrew Radonjic
Qualifications: BAppSc (Mining Geology), MSc (Mineral Economics), MAusIMM
Mr. Radonjic is a geologist and mineral economist with over 35 years of experience in mining and exploration, with an initial focus on gold and nickel in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. Andrew has fulfilled a variety of senior roles which gave rise to three gold discoveries, totalling in excess of 3 million ounces in resources and resulting in 1.5 million ounces being produced.
Since 2006 Andrew has been an executive director with Venture Minerals, which he co-led during the discovery of the Mount Lindsay Tin-Tungsten deposit in North-West Tasmania. He is also a founding co-director of Blackstone Minerals and the non-executive Chairman of Codrus Minerals.
About Venture Minerals Limited
Venture Minerals Ltd (ASX: VMS) is dedicated to discovering and developing world-class mineral deposits to meet the global demand for critical minerals vital to the green energy transition.
Venture Minerals Ltd (ASX: VMS) has made a recent discovery at the Brothers REE Project including the Jupiter Clay Hosted Rare Earths Prospect. The Brothers Project includes the Iron Duke JV which hosts the Jupiter Prospect and is a potentially significant REE clay hosted discovery near Yalgoo in Western Australia. Brothers is well located to significant infrastructure including the port of Geraldton, Iluka’s Eneabba Rare Earths Refinery and Lynas Rare Earths currently operating Mount Weld Concentrator.
The Mount Lindsay Tin-Tungsten Project in northwest Tasmania, already one of the world’s largest undeveloped Tin-Tungsten deposits. With the recognition of Tin as a fundamental metal to the battery revolution and Tungsten being a critical mineral, Venture has commenced an Underground Feasibility Study on Mount Lindsay that will leverage off the previously completed open-pit feasibility work, and recently included additional, potential large-scale quantities of tin and boron within the current resource base, and extensively throughout the greater Mount Lindsay skarn system. The tin-borates have not previously been assessed in any mining studies. Borate minerals contain a large amount of Boron, a critical mineral in the solar panel industry. At the neighbouring Riley Iron Ore Mine, the mine is prepared for a quick restart should the market conditions become favourable.
In Western Australia, Chalice Mining (ASX: CHN) recently committed to the second stage of the JV which requires a further $2.5 million of expenditure over the next two years to earn a further 19% interest (for a total of 70%) in Venture’s South West Project.
At the Company’s Golden Grove North Project, SensOre (ASX: S3N) is farming in whilst Venture retains the REE rights, the earn-in includes drilling of the Vulcan High Grade REE Target. SensOre’s proprietary AI technology has already highlighted lithium and copper exploration potential at Golden Grove North.
The Company has a significant Nickel-Copper-PGE landholding at Kulin with two highly prospective 20-kilometre-long Ni-Cu-PGE targets within the Kulin Project, whilst recent exploration has identified clay hosted REE targets.
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