Alderon Iron Ore Corp. ("Alderon" or the "Company") is pleased to provide an update on the Environmental Assessment process for the Kami Iron Ore Project ("Kami Project") and the placement of orders for the next round of long lead items planned for November of this year.
The environmental assessment process is a dual Federal and Provincial undertaking. The Department of Environment and Conservation of the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador issued a final Ministerial decision on the Environmental Impact Statement for the Kami Project on September 30, 2013. The Environment and Conservation Minister has determined that no further work is required under the Provincial environmental assessment process. The Minister will now make a recommendation to the Provincial Government Cabinet (Lieutenant Governor in Council) for consideration.
The Federal government environmental assessment process has advanced to the final stages. Under the terms of the Federal Project Agreement timelines for the Kami Project, the Federal government will release the Federal Comprehensive Study Report for a thirty day public review period prior to the end of October. The Federal Minister of the Environment is required to post the final Federal environmental assessment decision for the Kami Project no later than 12 weeks from the end of the thirty day review period.
"While it awaits the release of the Kami Project from the Provincial and Federal environmental assessment process, Alderon has been advancing its project financing efforts, detailed engineering, procurement of long-lead items and infrastructure agreements for rail and power," said Tayfun Eldem, President and CEO of Alderon. "As these significant milestones in the development of the Kami Project materialize, they will further strengthen our potential to finance the remainder of the capital for the development of the Kami Project through global financial markets."
Long Lead Items
Alderon has received bids from various suppliers for the primary crusher station for the Kami Project. The primary crusher station is the initial phase of the processing equipment in the proposed flow sheet as described in its independent technical reports.
Bids have also been received for the Pointe-Noire Terminal Ore car dumper and the stacker/reclaimer. The placement of those orders is part of Alderon's strategy to source the long-lead mining, processing and materials handling equipment in sufficient time to begin production by the end of 2015.
The other key processing equipment that will be ordered in the next few months includes pan and drum filters, thickener, apron feeders, pumps, spirals, magnetic separators as well as screens. The procurement schedule for long-lead items is being managed by the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) firm, WorleyParsons.