Nautilus Minerals Inc. (the "Company" or "Nautilus") announces that the mechanical and hydraulic assembly of its second of three Seafloor Production Tools ("SPTs"), the Collecting Machine, has been completed at Soil Machine Dynamics' facility at Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and the commissioning of the Collecting Machine systems has now commenced.
Nautilus' CEO, Mike Johnston said, "Having already completed the assembly of the Bulk Cutter, we are delighted that the assembly of the Collecting Machine has now been completed and commissioning has begun. This is an exciting time for the Company as we continue with the build of the seafloor production equipment while work has also started toward the build of our production support vessel. We look forward to finalizing the assembly of the third and final SPT, the Auxiliary Cutter."
The Collecting Machine is the lightest of the three SPTs, weighing 200 tonnes when fully assembled. It is designed to collect material cut from the seafloor by drawing it in as seawater slurry with internal pumps and pushing it through a flexible pipe to the Riser and Lifting System and onto the vessel.
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 Auxiliary Cutter is designed as the pioneering tool which prepares the rugged sea bed for the more powerful Bulk Cutter. These two tools gather the excavated material; the third, 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 vessel via the Riser and Lifting 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
Nautilus enters into Vessel Charter: http://www.nautilusminerals.com/s/Media-NewsReleases.asp?ReportID=682236
For more information please refer to www.nautilusminerals.com.