Under the terms of the MOU, the parties intend to enter into a contractual agreement whereby SNC will first undertake a study (the “Scaling Study”) for the development of Blawn Mountain at a more modest scale than was contemplated in the 2013 Blawn Mountain Project 43-101 Prefeasibility Study Technical Report (the “Prefeasibility Study”). The Prefeasibility Study contemplated an average production rate of 645,000 tons per annum of sulphate of potash (“SOP”) over a 40-year mine life. It is anticipated that the Scaling Study will assess a likely initial production rate of around one third of this originally contemplated rate. The Scaling Study is contemplated to take four months to complete.
In parallel with the Scaling Study, the Corporation will oversee the production of a 43-101 compliant technical report, to be completed by others.
Also, under the terms of the MOU, SNC will have the exclusive option to execute the development of Blawn Mountain and will confer and negotiate in good faith the terms of a lump sum, fixed price Engineering, Procurement and Construction (“EPC”) contract immediately upon completion of the Scaling Study.
Guy Bentinck, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are very pleased to have SNC as our engineering partner on both our Blawn Mountain and Valleyfield projects. We believe that the involvement of SNC and the reduction in the initial production rate will expedite development of Blawn Mountain, allowing us to take advantage of robust markets for SOP.”
About Potash Ridge
Potash Ridge’s strategy is to become a premier producer of sulphate of potash or SOP in North America. The Corporation owns two SOP projects: the Valleyfield Project that plans to produce SOP through the Mannheim Process; and the Blawn Mountain Project in Utah that plans to produce SOP by processing an alunite material. Potash Ridge has a highly qualified and proven management team in place with significant financial, project management and operational experience and the ability to take projects into production.
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