西部钾肥公司与LAJORD镇政府签署项目协议

英属哥伦比亚省温哥华- 2017年8月08日消息 – 西部资源股份有限公司(多伦多证交所交易代码:WRX)(法兰克福交易所交易代码:WR0)(下称“西部资源”,“本公司”)欣喜宣布,本公司的全资子公司-西部钾肥公司与Lajord镇政府(简称“RM of Lajord”)已签署“项目开发协议”,用于西钾“Milestone选择性溶解矿项目”(下称“一期项目”)的建设与运营。Milestone一期项目位于Lajord镇辖区,矿区在萨省里贾纳市东南约35公里处。

西钾公司于2013年4月获得萨省政府颁发的280万吨年产能钾肥溶采矿项目(下称“Milestone项目”)“环境影响评估”批文。按规定,西钾需要与项目所在地Lajord镇政府达成一项“开发协议”,由西钾与当地政府就原计划的Milestone项目有关建设和运营所涉及的几个重要事项达成一致意见,主要包括道路使用,垃圾管理及矿区建设管理等。

双方就“Milestone”项目开发达成协议后,包括钾矿在内的全球大宗商品价格却开始出现大幅下滑趋势,从而使得原计划的项目进展面临巨大困难。为了应对市场挑战,西钾公司对“Milestone项目”的规模和技术路线进行了调整,项目规模调整为年产能14.6万吨的“一期矿厂”,采矿方式则使用创新性的水平井建腔和选择性液采技术。这不仅可以大幅降低建矿的单位投资成本和运营成本,而且采矿过程中的绝大部分尾盐都将留在地下,这样地面不再形成盐山,地面的沉降也会大幅改进,从而得以极大保护当地环境。AMEC和AGAPITO公司于去年底已完成了“一期项目”三级标准的最终工程设计报告(正负误差率为10%)。我们相信,“一期项目”的成功开发将会为280万吨年产能矿厂采用创新技术提供可靠的技术参数,为钾肥行业的技术革新带来机遇。

由于技术路线及项目规模的调整,西钾与Lajord镇政府就“开发协议”的修订(“项目协议”)进行了商谈。项目协议的内容包括“一期项目”的建设和运营以及使用Lajord镇的道路等。“项目协议”于2017年8月8日正式签署,这是西钾与Lajord镇政府对现有“开发协议”的修订。西钾公司于6月6日也已收到萨省政府颁发的“一期项目”环境评估更新批文。

除Milestone一期项目取得的成绩,本公司在地产开发领域也已开始获得进展。本公司全资拥有的西部花园公司近期与Formwerks Boutique公司已正式启动在温哥华的一个开发项目。与此同时,西部花园还与Mosaic地产开发集团和Edenshaw管理公司分别签署了合作条款书。Mosaic在大温哥华地区属于知名开发商,他们在过去的15年总计开发了超过4000套高质量单元,Edenshaw则凭借其在大多伦多地区进行中高层住宅公寓的开发赢得了声誉。

西部资源总裁兼CEO薛文晔先生说,“西部资源公司感谢Lajord镇政府给予我们的支持。本公司正在积极拓展一期钾矿项目在北美的市场渠道和项目开发资金缺口的融资渠道,以期西钾一期工程可以按照计划开工建设。与此同时,我对公司在地产领域取得的进展表示兴奋。我相信,通过与这些实力雄厚并拥有良好声誉的本地地产公司进行合作,本公司将会很好地提高公司现金的收益,并最终增加股东价值。”

谨代表公司董事会

James Moore

James Moore
董事长

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