Updated: Apr 13, 2022
✦ Scott Williamson, Managing Director of Blackstone Minerals Ltd (ASX:BSX) on why he likes Blackstone and how they are positioned for the EV battery market in Vietnam
It is befitting that Scott Williamson is back to round up the Blackstone Story in Samso's Special Series on the company over the past few weeks. He is here to share some feedback about the series of videos and coffee chats.
The Special Series for Blackstone has done a good job in showcasing the most important aspects of the Blackstone Business.
First there is the messaging, which is led by Tessa Kutscher who is the brains behind the branding. Tessa shapes the message of the business so this affects how the company is seen and received by the public. Learn more how Ms. Kutscher handles the branding and social media in the minerals resource sector here. Her part of the job is at the top of the value chain.
After the messaging comes the other equally vital parts of the business, so we are looking at the Social and Environmental compliance, the downstream business that delivers the product and the upstream source of resources.
What Samso has done is to give a comprehensive coverage of the Blackstone Story, and it is clear the audience has been captivated by the insights into the company - how it works, its values, its developments, what is coming in the future.
Mr. Williamson shares the Hows and Whys behind the interaction of the audience with the special series videos. The videos have helped to spread the messaging to potential investors and stakeholders, so Blackstone's Story is being seen and heard.
The main takeaway here is audiences have a clear understanding of Blackstone as successful at what they do mainly because of their People and their Passion for the business. You can't fake authenticity here.
Tune in to find out how Blackstone Minerals positions itself in the EV battery market in Vietnam.
00:59 Feedback on the Special Series.
02:09 What are investors and the Market saying about the Blackstone Story?
04:46 The strength of telling the story.
07:47 What are the markets saying about the confidence of the markets?
11:05 Is Vietnam receptive to the Blackstone Story?
13:28 Hydro-Power in Vietnam.
16:50 Electrifying the mining fleet.
19:10 Was there any pushback when Scott started in social media?
24:14 Why is this sector still not hungry in digital promotions?
26:31 Cost of change, in reality, is not as large as perceived.
28:45 The danger of no sound from electric fleets.
29:24 The electric mining fleet has been around for a long time.
29:50 What is the time frame to the end of DFS?
31:18 What happens after the DFS?
32:24 Must potential partners be doing DD now?
33:59 How bad is the supply issue?
35:28 Reason why I like Blackstone.
36:27 Funding is all about the highest bidder.
37:32 The market sentiment of Blackstone Minerals Limited.
About Scott Williamson
Blackstone Minerals Limited Qualifications: BEng (Mining), BCom, MAusIMM
Scott Williamson is an experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the mining and metals industry. He is skilled in Open Pit and Underground Mining, Corporate Finance, Investor Relations and Project Planning. A strong business development professional with equity capital markets experience, Scott graduated from West Australian School of Mines and Curtin University of Technology. Scott holds a WA First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate and is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
About Blackstone Minerals Limited
Blackstone Minerals Limited (ASX: BSX) is developing the district-scale Ta Khoa Project in Northern Vietnam where the company is drilling out the large-scale Ban Phuc Nickel-PGE deposit. The Ta Khoa Nickel-PGE Project has existing modern mine infrastructures built to International Standards including a 450ktpa processing plant and permitted mine facilities.
Blackstone Minerals also owns a large landholding at the Gold Bridge project within the BC porphyry belt in British Columbia, Canada with large scale drill targets prospective for high-grade gold-cobalt-copper mineralisation. In Australia, Blackstone Minerals is exploring for nickel and gold in the Eastern Goldfields and gold in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Blackstone Minerals has a board and management team with a proven track record of mineral discovery and corporate success.
The Ta Khoa Nickel-Copper-PGE Project
The Ta Khoa Nickel-Copper-PGE Project is located 160 km west of Hanoi in the Son La Province of Vietnam and includes an existing modern nickel mine built to Australian standards, which is currently under care and maintenance. The Ban Phuc nickel mine successfully operated as a mechanised underground nickel mine from 2013 to 2016. In the Ta Khoa Nickel-Copper-PGE Project, previous project owners invested more than US$136m in capital and generated US$213m in revenue during a 3.5-year period of falling nickel prices. The project was placed into care and maintenance in mid-2016 during some of the lowest nickel prices in the past 10 years.
Existing infrastructure associated with the project includes an internationally-designed 450 ktpa processing plant connected to local hydro grid power with a fully-permitted tailings facility and a modern 250-person camp.
Since commencing maiden drilling in August 2019, Blackstone Minerals has made significant progress at Ta Khoa, drilling over 9,000 m of diamond core in more than 47 holes into the Ban Phuc DSS deposit and the highly prospective King Cobra discovery zone. An initial scoping study evaluating mining and processing options is well advanced, including potential in-country downstream processing to deliver high-value nickel sulfate into Asia’s rapidly expanding electric vehicle (EV) industry. The recently announced MOU with Asia’s largest and the world’s second-largest EV battery cathode manufacturer, Ecopro BM Co Limited represents a significant step towards making this a reality.
Contact Blackstone Minerals Limited
a/ Suite 3, Level 3, 24 Outram Street, West Perth, WA, 6005
t/ + 61 8 9425 5217
f/ +61 8 6500 9982
PO Box 1175, West Perth, WA, 6872
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