Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to note that Macarthur Minerals (TSX-V: MMS) (ASX: MIO) (the “Company” or “Macarthur”) has announced that it has entered into a term sheet with rail haulage service provider Pacific National, regarding the transport by rail of up to 400,000 tonnes per annum of iron ore between Kalgoorlie and Esperance. The deal will support a potential direct shipment ore (DSO) export pathway.
The Company’s plans to pursue commencement of mining, production and export of a DSO product at Ularring Lake Giles Iron Project at the earliest available opportunity are being advanced. With suitable rolling stock anticipated to be available from Q1 2022, the Company aims to complete the balance of its transport solution as quickly as possible.
The Term Sheet with Pacific National provides for an exclusive negotiation period within which the parties will negotiate a rail haulage agreement, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions precedent (which include Macarthur securing matching port access and materials handling arrangements on commercially acceptable terms) and agreement of the terms and conditions by both parties. Any such rail haulage agreement will be for an initial term of 24 months with options to extend for up to a further 2 years.
The potential deal will deliver an innovative solution for access to above and below rail haulage capacity for Macarthur by enabling the Company to leverage off existing rail paths along the Kalgoorlie to Esperance rail line. This places Macarthur in a unique position to access rail transport in the current market.
Paul Scurrah, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Pacific National commented: “We are delighted to be progressing discussions with Macarthur Minerals to commence direct shipment of ore from their Lake Giles project for export out of Esperance.
The proposed service will utilise available capacity on our existing services operating between Esperance and Kalgoorlie and presents an opportunity to support a greenfield mining operation and create capacity on the network without requiring additional paths. We look forward to supporting Macarthur Minerals in this initial phase of the Lake Giles project and building a sustaining partnership for the future.”
Andrew Bruton, CEO of Macarthur Minerals commented: “At the top of the current strong iron ore market, securing new export pathways for bulk iron ore products in Western Australia remains challenging. Despite these challenges, Macarthur has worked hard to achieve an innovative transport solution in collaboration with the team at Pacific National – placing us in a unique position to access the rail network to Esperance.
The Company intends to continue to target commencement of commercial DSO mining operations at Ularring, and this deal with Pacific National will help lay the foundation for Macarthur’s ambitions to commence iron ore exports at the earliest available opportunity.
Macarthur is very pleased to be partnering with Pacific National. We look forward to updating the market on further developments shortly.”
Link here to view the announcement: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/macarthur-step-closer-dso-export-120000259.html
Cadence Minerals Holding in Macarthur
Cadence holds approximately 1% of the issued equity interest in Macarthur, which is an Australian mining exploration company focused primarily on iron ore, nickel, lithium and gold in Western Australia. It also has a lithium project in Nevada, USA.
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Kiran Morzaria B.Eng. (ACSM), MBA, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this announcement. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Geology) from the Camborne School of Mines and an MBA (Finance) from CASS Business School.
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