西钾公司与里贾纳市政府就供水协议主要商业条款达成一致

英属哥伦比亚省温哥华- 2017117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-西部钾肥公司和里贾纳市政府就修订Milestone钾肥项目供水协议主要商业条款达成一致。该项目位于萨斯喀彻温省里贾纳市东南约35公里处,由里贾纳市污水处理厂提供中水以满足未来大项目的开发。里贾纳市议会于20171031日通过了与西钾公司的供水协议。西钾公司和里贾纳市政府目前正在落实签署修订后的最终供水协议。

里贾纳市政府和西部钾肥公司于201211月就西钾公司采用传统溶采工艺的280万吨钾肥项目使用城市中水签署协议。由于钾肥市场之后出现变化,西钾公司对项目的开发规划进行了调整,采用创新的“水平井建腔+选择性溶采”工艺,这将极大降低单位投资成本,使项目运营更具竞争性。为了获得创新技术的最优参数,西钾公司将采用创新工艺开发一期146,000吨钾肥项目。之后将把过去规划的280万吨项目分两期开发每期146,000吨。一期项目将使用矿区地下水作为水源,二期和三期将使用城市中水作为项目开发的水源。由于选择性溶采技术相较传统溶采极大降低用水量,与里贾纳市政府重新达成一致的供水协议也相应减少了对用水量的要求。

双方团队在过去半年就供水协议的修订进行了不懈的努力,并最终达成了一项双赢的协议,从而使西钾公司可以延长其开始使用中水的权利至2025年,每天可使用的水量为25,000立方米。协议有效期40年,从供水正式启动后计算。

新的供水协议条款包括西钾同意支付$200,000签约承诺费,在实际供水开始之前每年支付$100,000“备用”费。在西钾开始抽水后,已支付给市政府的50%备用费和全部承诺费将以信用方式返还西钾公司作为水费抵扣。

这项协议可为里贾纳市政府在合约规定的40年期限内每年贡献可观的财政收入。如在2025年西钾的项目未能开工用水,市政府则可留用已收取的备用费。另外,使用中水不但可以减少对洁净水的消耗,也可去除当地河流和小溪的废水。这意味着Milestone钾矿项目将成为无洁净水消耗的矿厂(除少量饮用水和工艺需求外)。需要强调的是,这种新工艺除去节约用水外,更具有巨大的环保优势,不会再形成地面尾矿,能耗也有大幅度降低,地面下沉轻微。

西钾公司董事长薛文晔先生说,我们对与里贾纳市政府就新供水协议的主要商业条款达成一致表示高兴,对为此次谈判付出辛勤努力的所有人员表示感谢。新的供水协议对各方都很有益,而且对环境保护贡献巨大。我们将继续致力用创新技术开发Milestone一期项目,并积极推进280万吨项目的开发,期待与市政府的长期友好合作。
 

谨代表公司董事会

 “James Moore

James Moore
董事长

 

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