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鹦鹉螺公司推迟海底块状硫化物矿床开采日期

(2008-12-26 22:34:12)
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巴布亚新几内亚

海底硫化物矿床

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分类: 矿产勘查开发进展

 

    THE global economic downturn and uncertainty in the financial and commodity markets has forced Nautilus Minerals to delay the construction of equipment for its deepsea mining project Solwara-1 off PNG’s coast.

    全球经济下滑,商品价格剧烈动荡,迫使鹦鹉螺公司推迟建造巴布亚新几内亚索尔瓦拉-1深海采矿设备的日期。
 


    The Toronto and London-listed company said it would continue to move forward with permitting for its Solwara-1 project, as well as with various engineering and testing activities.

    同时在多伦多和伦敦上市的鹦鹉螺公司宣布将继续申请索尔瓦拉-1号项目的采矿权,同时继续进行各种工程和试验活动。

 

    To preserve capital, contracts and purchase orders will be suspended or terminated depending on how critical they are to the revised development program with all supplier agreements containing provisions for termination without penalty.

    为了保留资金,根据其对开发计划修改的影响程度,以及是否需付违约款,将暂停执行或取消合同以及订单。

 

    Meantime, the Mining Support Vessel agreement, announced in June, is being terminated while the company has reduced its workforce by around 30% to a level that will allow it to preserve cash.

    同时,今年6月份签署的采矿船协议被迫中止,公司为了节省资金,将裁员30%。

 

    Nautilus said ongoing consultation activities with its stakeholders, including local communities relating to permitting of Solwara-1, will continue while engineering work on the mining system will continue to enable a prompt restart when conditions allow.

    公司与股东之间正在进行的咨询活动,包括向当地政府申请索尔瓦拉-1的采矿权将继续进行,而采矿工程工作也将继续,以便条件允许,能够迅速启动开发。

 

    The timetable for first ore production at the Solwara-1 is likely to be delayed beyond December 2010.

    索尔瓦拉-1的投产日期可能推迟到2010年12月份以后。


    In addition, the company will continue with its focused exploration program to increase its resource base.

    除此以外,公司将继续投入勘查工作,增加资源基础。

 

    Nautilus chief executive Stephen Rogers said “given market conditions, the board of directors and management have undertaken a thorough review of all operations”.

    鹦鹉螺首席执行官斯蒂芬罗杰说“公司董事和管理层对当前经营的方方面面进行了全面评估”

 

    “Directors and management require greater certainty that all elements needed to progress the project to completion are in place before making major equipment expenditures,” he said.

    他说:“在重要设备购买之前,公司高层必须确信项目启动需要的各项条件具备”。

 

    “Deferring the equipment build for the mining system is a difficult yet appropriate decision to preserve our strong cash position, which stood at $US266.6 million as at September 30, 2008.”

    “推迟制造采矿工程所需的设备是件困难但很正确的决定,就是为了保证充足的现金,2008年9月30日,我们尚有2.666亿美元”。

 

    Rogers said the decision also provided an opportunity to realise cost savings and possible benefits presented by the current market downturn.

    罗杰说,此决定也提供了一个了解当前市场危机条件下如何节省成本,获取利润的机会。

 

    “These may include reduced material and equipment costs, faster manufacturing times and lower logistics costs given a less heated market,” he said.

    他说:“在市场萧条情况下,原材料和设备投资成本减少,生产更快,物流成本下降。”

 

    The company remains committed to its objective of developing the world's first seafloor massive sulphide recovery operation.

    该公司仍致力于成为全球第一个开采海底块状硫化物矿床的公司。
 

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