The Dubbo Project is located near the Australian town of Toongi, 25 km south of Dubbo, in central-western New South Wales (NSW).
The project site is approximately 400 km northwest of Sydney and Newcastle. Both these major cities connect to Dubbo via road and rail.
The Toongi Deposit is a polymetallic resource.
It contains light and heavy rare earths, zirconium, niobium and hafnium.
Reserves support an initial project life of 20 years, with potential for a significantly longer mine life.
The Dubbo Project is construction ready, with all major permits approved.
In June 2022, Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd (HEC) were awarded a conditional contract for engineering, procurement and construction definition work (EPCD) for the Dubbo Project. Learn more
In December 2021, an Optimisation Study was completed, confirming strong financial results. The Optimisation Work simplified the Dubbo Project process flow sheet and incorporated new operating strategies that will reduce operating costs and improve ESG performance.
ASM intends to develop the Dubbo Project to produce metal oxides in the form of chemicals, powders and metals at its Dubbo site.
These products will be available in a range of standard and customised specifications, based on market requirements.
ASM has completed significant successful test work to optimise oxide recovery in partnership with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).
Long-term, the materials produced from the Dubbo Project will be used for refining into critical metals at our proposed metals plants, the first of which is in South Korea.