Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to note that Macarthur Minerals (TSX-V: MMS) (“Macarthur”) has received a Proposal that provides an agreed pathway to develop a Commercial Track Access Agreement (“Proposal”) from Arc Infrastructure (“Arc”) for below rail capacity from its Lake Giles Iron Project in the Yilgarn Region of south-western Western Australia to the Port of Esperance.
Macarthur and Arc have worked collaboratively on the development of Arc’s Proposal, which is a material step forward in bringing Macarthur closer to securing a fully contracted route to market. The Proposal will provide sufficient certainty to support Macarthur’s Feasibility Study for its Lake Giles Iron Project, as outlined in the Preliminary Economic Assessment Report which was prepared and released in June 2019.
Under the Proposal, the parties have agreed to work together in good faith to negotiate and agree the terms of a Commercial Track Access Agreement (“CTAA”) under which Arc would provide sufficient capacity on its Network to support the Macarthur task. The Proposal also includes indicative track access pricing based on an agreed set of operational parameters that would be incorporated into the CTAA.
The successful development of the Lake Giles Iron Project and the export of its high grade magnetite through the Port of Esperance is fully supported by the Western Australian Branch of the Australian Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) and the Western Australian Branch of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA).
In addition, the Company is continuing to progress discussions:
- to secure an above rail haulage agreement;
- to finalise arrangements for the design, development and funding of unloading infrastructure that will avoid current unloading infrastructure constraints at the Port of Esperance;
- to secure rights to develop a 300kt iron ore storage shed and access ship-loader capacity at the Port.
Macarthur President and Executive Chairman Cameron McCall commented: “Today’s announcement is an important one for the Company. The Board considers that the Proposal received from Arc Infrastructure delivers the most substantial step forward for Macarthur in the last decade towards securing fully contracted train paths on the Kalgoorlie to Esperance rail line.
The Company’s shareholders have been patient and loyal, investing in the vicinity of AUD80 million in the Lake Giles Iron Project to date. With a substantial body of exploration work undertaken, and analysis nearing completion to upgrade the magnetite resource to a measured and indicated category, it is pleasing to see that critical pieces of the infrastructure puzzle are also now finally starting to come together for Macarthur.
Following the recent announcement of the lodgement of applications to develop a haul road and rail siding near Lakes Giles, and with above rail discussions well progressed, Management will now turn its focus to furthering the Company’s engagement with Southern Ports to progress unloading infrastructure and ship-loader capacity options at the Port of Esperance.
This is another positive step forward for Macarthur in what has been a prolific 12 months of important milestones for the Company. We look forward to continuing our productive relationship with Arc as we move forward to delivering this important project for our shareholders and for Western Australia.”
The full release, along with comments from the RTBU and MUA can be found at: https://web.tmxmoney.com/article.php?newsid=7886775262297494&qm_symbol=MMS
Cadence Minerals Holding in Macarthur
Cadence holds approximately 3% 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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