Yet another giant global mining company poised to make money out of PNG

“Anglo American is a £16 billion (A$31.4 billion) market cap. with mining operations in southern Africa, north and south America and Australia”

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Highlands Pacific, Anglo American in Papua New Guinea copper-gold joint venture

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Highlands Pacific and Anglo American have executed the joint venture and farm-in agreements for the Star Mountains copper gold project in Papua New Guinea.

Anglo American is a £16 billion (A$31.4 billion) market cap. with mining operations in southern Africa, north and south America and Australia.

Preparation for the upcoming exploration and drilling campaign will now ramp-up, with a four hole, 3,000 metre campaign to commence in April 2015.

A helicopter-magnetic survey is currently being completed and a LIDAR survey will commence in the coming weeks.

The joint venture and farm-in agreements consist of the following:

  • US$10 million payment: Anglo American will pay Highlands US$10 million in two tranches of US$5 million each. The first payment of US$5 million is payable on execution of the agreements with the second payment of US$5 million to be made 12 months later;
  • Phase 1 (51% interest): Anglo can earn a 51% interest in the joint venture by spending US$25 million on exploration over four years, and declaring a 43-101/JORC compliant inferred resource of 3 million tonnes of contained copper-equivalent within five years;
  • Phase 2 (80% interest): Anglo American can move to an 80% interest in the Joint Venture by completing and funding a Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) within 15 years of the execution of the Farm‐in and Joint Venture Agreements;
  • Development Free‐Carry: Anglo American will provide Highlands with up to US$150 million in project development funding as a deferred free‐carry following completion of the BFS.

Highlands will continue to manage the project, however, Anglo American will have the right to take over management of the project when it has invested US$25 million in project expenditure.

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