ABN 48 116 296 541EXCHANGE RELEASE
WONARAH PHOSPHATE DEVELOPMENT MOU SIGNED WITH INDIAS NMDC LIMITED1 June 2011
Minemakers Limited (ASX and TSX: MAK; NSX: MMS) has signed a non-binding, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bombay Stock Exchange listed NMDC Limited (BSE Symbol: NMDC; market capitalisation AU$21 Billion) to establish a pathway for the development of the Wonarah Phosphate deposit in the Northern Territory.
Under the MOU relevant NMDC management staff will join the Minemakers team to undertake a joint Feasibility Study into the agreed aspects of the full development of Wonarah, Australias largest known, undeveloped, phosphate deposit.
The proposed Wonarah development will include a mine and downstream processing facilities to produce beneficiated rock phosphate for export; phosphoric acid (an intermediate product); and finished fertiliser products such as DAP and MAP (Diammonium Phosphate and Monoammonium Phosphate).
The Feasibility Study is intended to be sufficiently advanced by early fourth quarter 2011 such that the results will support Minemakers and NMDC signing a full Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) governing the completion of bankable feasibility, financing and development of Wonarah and the downstream fertiliser manufacturing facilities.
The terms of the JVA will be negotiated during the advancement of the Feasibility Study, beginning shortly.
The general terms of the JVA are anticipated to include:
NMDC to acquire a 50% equity in the Wonarah Project.
NMDC will have responsibility for arranging project finance for the full development of
Wonarah, by way of debt finance.
Repayment by NMDC to Minemakers of certain project and other costs already incurred on the Wonarah project to date.MINEMAKERS LIMITED
ABN 48 116 296 541
ASX Code: MAK / NSX: MMS Level 2, 34 Colin Street
West Perth Western Australia 6005 (PO Box 1704 West Perth WA 6872) Phone: +61 8 9264 7000
Facsimile: +61 8 9264 7099
Website: www.minemakers.com.auCONTACTSMr Andrew Drummond Managing Director Minemakers LimitedMr Dean Richardson Corporate Business and Investor Relations Manager Minemakers LimitedMr Ian Howarth Manager (Vic) Collins Street Media
401 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 0407 822 319
Wonarah, which is 100% owned by Minemakers, has JORC and NI43-101 resources currently estimated at:
@ 0% Cut Off
536Mt @ 12.8% P2O5
722Mt @ 11% P2O5
1,258Mt @ 12% P2O5
@ 10% Cut Off
289Mt @ 18.5% P2O5
331Mt @ 17% P2O5
620Mt @ 18% P2O5
Minemakers Managing Director, Andrew Drummond, stated: Minemakers is very pleased with this potential financial pathway to developing Wonarah. Wonarah is Australias largest known phosphate deposit and a partner of the scale of NMDC brings the financial and marketing capacity to allow the project to be developed to its full potential. We look forward to working with Mr Rana Som and the NMDC Group to advance the Wonarah Phosphate Project.
NMDC was incorporated in 1958 as a Government of India fully owned public enterprise. It is Indias single largest iron ore producer and exporter but, since inception, has also been involved in the exploration for, or exploitation of, a wide range of minerals including copper, rock phosphate, diamonds, limestone, tin and tungsten.
NMDC has current turnover in the order of $US1.5 billion, and is a constituent of the Bombay
Stock Exchange National 100 Index.Andrew Drummond
The information in this report that relates to Exploration Results, Mineral Resources or Ore Reserves is based on information compiled by Andrew Drummond, who is Managing Director of the Company and a Fellow of The Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists. Mr Drummond has sufficient experience deemed relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2004
Edition of the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves and a Qualified Person as defined in National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Mr Drummond consents to the inclusion in the report of the matters based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.
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