Flinders Mines has welcomed the Western Australian government’s approval for negotiations to commence that could pave the way for a State Agreement allowing construction of a new railway to the company’s 100 per cent-owned Pilbara Iron Ore Project (PIOP).

“This milestone approval from WA Premier, The Honourable Colin Barnett, has injected new confidence into our ongoing efforts to complete a bankable feasibility study (BFS) this year for the development of the PIOP”, Flinders Mines Managing Director Ian Gordon said.

“Worley Parsons is heading up work on the PIOP BFS and is currently on target to have the results of the study delivered to Flinders Mines by the end of June 2015," he said.

“With a clearer path to market via a State Agreement and a positive result from the BFS, we will be able to determine the returns to our company’s shareholders and be in a position to make an informed decision on whether to proceed with the project.

“Once a positive final investment decision is achieved and financing is available, PIOP production is expected to commence late in 2017/early in 2018.”

Flinders Mines last year signed an agreement with the Balla Balla Joint Venture for the provision of rail and port services for the company’s PIOP.

The Balla Balla JV consists of Sydney-based Rutila Resources and Todd Corporation of New Zealand which also is the largest single shareholder in Flinders Mines with a 19.9 per cent stake.

Rutila, as manager of the Balla Balla JV, has been invited by the WA government to negotiate a State Agreement for construction of the new railway linking the proposed Balla Balla port to Flinders Mines’ 25 million tonnes per annum PIOP.

Flinders Mines is one of the last independent iron ore juniors operating in the Pilbara with its wholly-owned PIOP seen as one of the few remaining independent, high-quality hematite iron ore projects of scale left in Australia.

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