Iron Mountain eyes bauxite on Solomon Islands

30th March 2016 By: Esmarie Swanepoel - Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor: Australasia

Iron Mountain eyes bauxite on Solomon Islands

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PERTH (miningweekly.com) – Junior explorer Iron Mountain Mining has secured an option over two bauxite projects in the Solomon Islands.

The company reported on Wednesday that it had signed an option agreement to acquire a 50% stake in privately-held Au Capital Mining, which held two prospecting licences in the Solomon Islands.

Under the terms of the agreement, Iron Mountain would pay a nonrefundable option fee of A$100 000, and if the company elected to proceed with the transaction, Iron Mountain would issue 20-million of its own shares to Au Capital Mining.

A further 20-million fully paid shares would be issued to Au Capital Mining on either the first commercial bauxite shipment, or within 12 months of completion of the transaction.

The Au Capital Mining tenements include the Nendo project and the Choiseul project.

Iron Mountain MD Robert Sebek said the projects provided the company with the opportunity to explore for, and potentially develop a low-cost mining operation in a region beneficially situated close to end-users in Asia.

“Our dealings with the people of Nendo and officials in Honiara have so far been extremely encouraging and initial support for proposed exploration and subsequent mining operations in this region have been overwhelming. The Solomon Islands are ideally located close to Asian markets and potentially offer low-cost development of new discoveries,” Sebek added.

The acquisition was subject to a satisfactory due diligence and the completion of initial exploration activities to ensure that Iron Mountain was satisfied that the Nendo project had the capacity to host a resource of at least eight-million tonnes of bauxite, at greater than 45% alumina and less than 5% total silica.