- Non-binding Heads of Agreement signed with Darwin Port in respect of potential export of lithium products from Core's Finniss Lithium Project
- Agreement contemplates further discussion and negotiation in relation to a binding agreement for the export of up to 1Mtpa of direct shipping ore or up to 250,000 tpa of concentrates
- Darwin Port located in close proximity (70km by sealed road) to the Finniss Lithium Project
- The existing East Arm Wharf facilities at Darwin Port are well suited to handle potential future production from Core's lithium projects
- Core will continue to work closely with Darwin Port to finalise the terms of a binding agreement
The East Arm Wharf is ideally located for Core, being only 70km by sealed road from Core's Finniss Lithium Project, and being Australia's nearest port to Asian lithium markets, making the Finniss Project's potential logistics chain to China arguably better than most spodumene projects being developed in Australia.
The non-binding Heads of Agreement sets out the basis for Core and Darwin Port to undertake further discussions in relation to the key commerical terms required to prepare formal documentation required to allow Core to export through the Darwin Port. It is expected formal documentation may include a Sub-Lease Agreement and Operating Agreement.
The existing Darwin Port facilities potentially available to Core to assist with export of lithium products includes:
- Existing covered storage facility;
- Shuttle conveyers to receive and convey bulk materials;
- Rail dump facilities;
- Truck dump facilities;
- Access roads; and
- Ship loading facilities, including a facility enabling the loading of bulk materials or containers onto ships.
In addition to the existing facilities, the HoA contemplates possible construction of Core's own facilities (if required) on land potentially to be sub-leased by Core.
Under the HoA, Core may export any combination of spodumene based direct shipping ore (DSO) (up to 1mtpa), bulk concentrates (up to 250ktpa) or containerised concentrates (up to 100ktpa).
For a virtual tour of the Darwin Port Facilities East Arm Wharf precinct you may follow view the video available on the Darwin Ports website: http://www.abnnewswire.net/lnk/PSM8W5P3
About the Port of Darwin
Port Darwin is a multiuser port with bulk loading and container shipping facilities with spare capacity and is Australia's closest port to Asia.
East Arm Wharf was opened in the year 2000 and provides 754 metres of wharf line. The facility can accept vessels up to 80,000 tonnes and comprises a bulk liquids berth, a common user facility, a container facility and a bulk loading berth.
East Arm Wharf's bulk materials handling facility can cater for Panamax size vessels and has previously exported iron ore and manganese. To support increases in dry bulk trade the Darwin Port has implemented major infrastructure upgrades including a 1,500 tph rail dump with the capacity to handle 25 ore trains per week and a bulk ship loading facility with a capacity of up to 2,000 tph.
Finniss Lithium Project Background
Core's Finniss Lithium Project covers a large portion of the Bynoe Lithium-Tantalum-Tin Pegmatite field (see Figure 1 in the link below).
Core's drilling at Finniss has intersected high lithium grades and spodumene mineralisation within a number of pegmatites at Finniss.
The Bynoe Field is a 15-20 kilometre wide belt of more than 90 tin and tantalum prospects and mines and lithium rich pegmatites which stretches over a distance of 75 kilometres south from Port Darwin and is one of the most prospective areas for lithium in the NT.
Core's Finniss Lithium Project has substantial infrastructure advantages being close to grid power, gas, and rail and services infrastructure and within easy trucking distance by sealed road to the multi-user port facility at Darwin Port - Australia's nearest port to Asia.
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About Core Exploration Ltd
Core Exploration Ltd (ASX:CXO) is an emerging lithium producer focused on development of its Finniss Project near Darwin in the Northern Territory. Core owns 100% of Finniss, a major developing project that lies close to existing infrastructure such as the Darwin Port, grid power, gas and rail infrastructure.
The Finniss Project covers a 500km2 tenement holding and 25 historic pegmatite mines. The project area is about 80km from Darwin Port. Exploration work has generated a near term development timeline, with feasibility studies to be completed over the course of 2018 ahead of receipt of approvals in early 2019 and planned first production during 2019.
An aggressive exploration program is under way, which has confirmed the high quality prospectivity across much of the Finniss Project area. Core's stated ambition is to upgrade Finniss' resource base to fast-track commercialisation options.
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