Centrex (ASX:CXM) starts shipping with phosphate rock prices booming

Stuart Roberts Stuart Roberts, August 9, 2022

Centrex (ASX: CXM), developer of the Ardmore Phosphate Rock Project in northwestern Queensland, released a project update this morning.

The company is now shipping rock from Ardmore to Townsville at a rate of 10,000 tonnes per month and it intends to get this to 30,000 tonnes a month during the course of calendar 2023. It also expects that its first phosphate rock exports will be made next month.

 

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Phosphate rock price keeps on rising

Encouragingly, the price of phosphate rock as per the benchmark price, which is rock FOB North Africa as measured by the World Bank, has now reached US$320 a tonne, as against the mere US$125 a tonne at which Centrex did its Definitive Feasibility Study for what it is now calling ‘Ardmore 2.0’ where 800,000 tonnes per annum are produced .

That study placed a pre-tax NPV of $166m on Ardmore on a 10% discount rate. Centrex is currently doing Front End Engineering and Design on Ardmore 2.0 ahead of a Final Investment Decision (FID). In the meantime, the company is also contemplating an expansion of the original pilot plant, which it calls Ardmore Stage 1.5 and expects to be able to give an update on this in the near future.

 

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Centrex (ASX:CXM) price chart, log scale (Source: Tradingview)

 

 

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