Alderon Iron Ore Corp. ("Alderon" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has placed orders for the autogenous (AG) and ball mills for its Kami Project located in Canada's premier iron ore district that is surrounded by four producing iron ore mines.
The AG-mill and ball mill are the key processing equipment in the proposed concentrator as described in its independent technical reports. The placement of this order is part of Alderon's strategy to source the long-lead mining and processing equipment in sufficient time to begin production by the end of 2015.
An order has been placed with Metso Minerals Canada for the supply of AG-milling and ball milling systems, which are due for delivery in Q4 2014, in line with the projected plant commissioning and start-up in Q4 2015. The AG mill, which is 36 ft. in diameter and 23 ft. long, the largest diameter commonly used in pinion driven systems, has a 15 megawatt (MW) power rating. The ball mill is 22 ft. in diameter and 41 ft. long having a 10 MW rating.
The other key processing equipment that will be ordered in time includes the crusher, apron feeders, pumps, as well as screens. The procurement schedule for long-lead items is being managed by the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) firm, WorleyParsons which continues to advance the detailed engineering for the Kami Project with significant progress to date.
"We continue to make significant progress on the development and construction of the Kami Project. The ordering of the AG-mill and ball mill is another critical step in ensuring the timely and successful development of the Kami Project. The placing of the order for the two mills is an exciting step for Alderon as these mills are the cornerstones of our new process plant," said Tayfun Eldem, President and CEO of Alderon. "This next step in the construction planning process further validates and meaningfully de-risks the Kami project and serves as another major milestone on our way to a successful, high quality iron ore operation ."
Alderon is a leading iron ore development company in Canada with offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, St. John's and Labrador City. The Kami Project, owned 75% by Alderon and 25% by Hebei Iron & Steel Group Co. Ltd. ("HBIS"), is located within Canada's premier iron ore district and is surrounded by four producing iron ore mines. The Alderon team is comprised of skilled professionals with significant iron ore expertise to advance Kami towards production. HBIS is Alderon's strategic partner in the development of the Kami Project and China's largest steel producer.
Brian Penney, P. Eng., the Chief Operating Officer for Alderon and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release.