Nautilus Minerals Inc. (the "Company" or "Nautilus") announces that the assembly of its third and final Seafloor Production Tool ("SPT"), the Auxiliary Cutter ("AC"), has this week commenced at Soil Machine Dynamics' ("SMD") facility at Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Nautilus' CEO, Mike Johnston said "we are pleased that the assembly of the AC, the third and final of the three SPTs has now commenced, with the arrival of the chassis at the SMD facility. The next milestone for the SPTs will be the commencement of Factory Acceptance Testing on the already assembled Bulk Cutter ("BC"). We look forward to reporting on this progress next month".
The AC will weigh in at 250 tonnes when fully assembled. The AC is a preparatory machine that deals with rough terrain and creates benches for the other SPTs to work. It will operate on tracks with spud assistance and has a boom mounted cutting head for flexibility.
Subsea vehicle designer and manufacturer, SMD of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, is the company responsible for building the SPTs for Nautilus.
How they will work:
The excavation and collection of mineralised material has been split into three individual tasks, which will each be carried out by a different SPT. The AC is designed as the pioneering tool which prepares the rugged seabed for the more powerful BC. These two tools gather the excavated material; the other, the Collecting Machine, will collect the cut material by drawing it in as seawater slurry with internal pumps and pushing it through a flexible pipe to the subsea pump and on to the Production Support Vessel via the Riser and Lift System.
An animation of the seafloor production system and a video showing the assembly of the Bulk Cutter can be viewed on the Company's website: www.nautilusminerals.com/s/Investors-MediaCoverage.asp
Assembly of Bulk Cutter completed: http://www.nautilusminerals.com/s/Media-NewsReleases.asp?ReportID=647179
Collecting Machine assembly commences: http://www.nautilusminerals.com/s/Media-NewsReleases.asp?ReportID=655649
Auxiliary Cutter assembly picture: http://www.nautilusminerals.com/i/photos/auxiliary_cutter.jpg
For more information please refer to www.nautilusminerals.com.