Huge Chinese Steel Producer Signs Hawsons Supergrade LOI
Huge Chinese Steel Producer Signs Hawsons Supergrade LOI
Brisbane, May 31, 2017 AEST (ABN Newswire) - International demand for Hawsons Supergrade(R) product now exceeds planned initial supply, with Carpentaria Exploration Ltd (ASX:CAP) as managers and majority owners (64%) of the Hawsons Iron Project JV announcing the signing of a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) for sale and purchase of Hawsons Supergrade(R) with China's largest privately-owned steel producer, Shagang Group.

Highlights s

- LOI with major Chinese steel maker Shagang International for purchase of 2.5 million tonnes per annum of Hawsons Supergrade(R) pellet feed

- Hawsons initial planned production now oversubscribed, with LOIs totalling 11.4 Mtpa agreed with blue-chip buyers from Asia and Middle East

- Global steel industry showing increasing demand for high quality ore amid growing price differentials between high and low grade products

- Potential to investigate more than 10mtpa production at Hawsons based on strong buyer support

The LOI comprises 2.5 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of Hawsons Supergrade(R) pellet feed from Carpentaria's flagship Hawsons Iron Project to supply Shagang's steel making complex based at the port city of Zhangjiagang near Shanghai.

One of the world's largest producers of high quality steel, with annual production capacity of 39 million tonnes, Shagang also has one of the world's largest blast furnaces and extensive port and pelletising facilities.

Significantly for Carpentaria's plans for a major new magnetite mine near Broken Hill, LOIs for Hawsons Supergrade(R) product now comprise 11.4 Mtpa, more than the rate that is being studied for the purposes of the current Hawsons prefeasibility study (PFS), which is due for release by the end of this quarter.

Carpentaria's Managing Director, Quentin Hill, welcomed Shagang's intent as demonstrating the strength of blue-chip international interest in the Hawsons project.

"Shagang is a major, established integrated steel producer, which is already a significant investor in Australia's magnetite industry. The company is known for its preference for high quality ore, and this LOI recognises the unique properties of Hawsons Supergrade(R) product and its benefits for major steel makers. We are delighted to have Shagang as a future customer," Mr Hill said.

The LOI with Shagang follows recent agreements with a range of blue-chip international buyers from across Asia and the Middle East, comprising Bahrain Steel, Emirates Steel, Kuwait Steel, Formosa Plastics, Gunvor Group and Mitsubishi Corporation RtM.

"The offtake oversubscription for Hawsons Supergrade(R) product clearly demonstrates the increasing demand for high-grade pellet feed and is recognition by international steel makers of the need for new supply sources in a concentrated global market. We look forward to continuing our engagement with our international partners, with a view to converting these LOIs into binding offtake agreements which can support project financing during the bankable feasibility stage," Mr Hill added.

Recent iron ore pricing has shown growing market segmentation, favouring high quality iron ore products, with 65% Fe products attracting double the price of 58% Fe products on the back of increasing demand.

The Hawsons project has demonstrated its capacity to produce a product that is the highest-grade seaborne quality at 70% Fe, with excellent physical and iron making properties. The Hawsons Supergrade(R) product is expected to attract a premium price across a number of sophisticated markets, as reflected by the range of LOIs already agreed prior to the anticipated start of production around the end of the decade.

Carpentaria also plans in later studies to investigate an increased scale of production at Hawsons, with the current PFS on track for completion before the end of June 2017.

"Hawsons continues to build momentum, with this latest LOI yet again verifying the international demand for our Hawsons Supergrade(R) product. With the PFS set to demonstrate the project's economic potential, we are confident of building a long-term, low cost premium iron business near the birthplace of Australia's mining industry, for the benefit of all stakeholders," Mr Hill said.

Hawsons LOIs

The below table provides an update concerning the current range of LOIs for Hawsons Supergrade(R) product, from blue-chip international companies across Asia and the Middle East:

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Company                       Volume              Market 
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Shagang                      2.5 Mtpa    Pellet feed 
Bahrain Steel                3.0 Mtpa    Direct reduction (DR) pellet feed 
Formosa Plastics             2.0 Mtpa    Supergrade concentrate 
Mitsubishi Corporation RtM   1.0 Mtpa    Supergrade pellet feed 
Gunvor                       1.0 Mtpa    Supergrade concentrate 
Kuwait Steel                 1.0 Mtpa    DR pellet feed 
Emirates Steel               0.9 Mtpa    DR pellets 
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Total                       11.4 Mtpa
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About Shagang International

Shagang International is part of the Jiangsu Shagang Group, is one of China's National Industrial Enterprises, the largest private steel maker in China, with its headquarters in Zhangjiagang City, Jiangsu Province. The Group currently has more than 30,000 employees, with annual production capacity of 31.9 million tons of iron, 39.2 million tons of steel and 37.2 million tons of rolled products. For more information, please see: http://www.sha-steel.com/eng/


About Carpentaria Resources Ltd

Carpentaria Resources Ltd (ASX:CAP) is focussed on delivering the best quality iron concentrates into the growing premium end of the iron ore market.

The Company aims to build a long term, low cost premium quality iron ore business from the development of its flagship asset, the Hawsons Iron Project, utilising existing infrastructure.

     


Contact

Quentin Hill
Managing Director
T: +61-7-3220-2022
E: info@capex.net.au



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