Location: Surat Basin
Nearest Port: Gladstone
Coal Type: Thermal
Mining Method: Open Cut
The tenements cover a combined area of 1,371km2, and are located adjacent to Xstrata’s 4.5 billion tonne Wandoan coal project and near the Elimatta, Collingwood and Taroom deposits. EPC 1276 is located 15 kilometres from the proposed Surat Basin Rail (SBR) line and approximately 35 kilometres from Stanmore Coal’s The Range project.
Stanmore Coal believes these tenements to be highly prospective with over 5,600Mt of JORC resources defined by others in adjacent areas. A total of 1,242 boreholes have been drilled within a 10km radius of the tenements which has allowed the identification of a number of priority target areas within the tenements.
Under the terms of a Joint Exploration Agreement (“JEA”) announced in December 2013 between Stanmore Coal Limited (“Stanmore Coal”) and the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (“JOGMEC”), a Japanese Government owned corporation. JOGMEC will earn up to a 40% economic interest in the Clifford Project and has the right to assign that interest to a Japanese nominee company in the future, in order to progress the project to development.
Stanmore Coal is the first Queensland based company to benefit from the recent Japanese national interest in Queensland resources since JOGMEC and the Queensland State Government signed a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) on 30 September 2013. MOU sets out a framework for strong bilateral cooperation on natural resources exploration and development in Queensland including coal, gas and other mineral resources, as Japan considers Queensland one of the most strategically important partners for its resources trade.
Through this joint exploration initiative with Stanmore Coal, JOGMEC will establish rights to an ownership interest in the Surat Basin through which it will have an enhanced role in the development of a new, long term source of high quality thermal coal highly suitable for Japanese electricity generators.
The JEA provides Stanmore Coal with funding for all of the planned exploration expenditure over three years including drilling, associated coal quality analysis and feasibility studies within the Clifford Project area. Funding provided under the JEA will also allow Stanmore to build a comprehensive geological model of the area utilising historical data within and immediately surrounding the tenement area.