The Toliara Project being developed by Base Toliara has the makings of a wold-class mineral sands operation, producing ilmenite, zircon and rutile finished products
The large, high grade Ranobe deposit underpins the Toliara Project and has an estimated Mineral Resource of 1,293 million tonnes which is sufficient to support a 33-year mine life.
The project is located about 50km north of the town of Toliara in south west Madagascar and will involve the construction of processing facilities at the mine site, a dedicated 55km haulage road, bridge across the Fihirana River and specialised port facilities. A feasibility study is underway to determine project design, execution planning and financing ahead of a decision to commence construction in 2020.
The project was granted a mining licence (PDE 37242) on 21 March 2012 which is valid for 40 years with a 40-year extension.
Further information will be provided on the project as it develops.
About Mineral Sands
Ilmenite and rutile are primarily used as primary inputs in the production of white pigment for paints, plastics and paper because of their brightness and very high refractive index (how effectively they reflect light). It is used widely in these products as it very stable and non-toxic. A small percentage of rutile is also used in the production of titanium metal used in various applications including the aerospace industry and medical equipment.
Zircon has a range of uses, the most common being in the production of ceramic tiles. Zircon enables ceramic tiles to achieve brilliant whiteness and brightness in their products. Zircon is also non-toxic and is highly heat and wear resistant.
Base Resources acquired the project from the Toliara Sands Company in January 2018 and renamed the company Base Toliara. The project had been under development by the Toliara Sands Company for some time.
Occupational health and safety
Base Toliara is committed to the highest standards in occupational health and safety and this forms a cornerstone on which our culture and systems are built. We operate in accordance with all relevant Madagascan legislation and strive to adopt international best practice as we believe that safety comes before business.