VANCOUVER, July 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Coalspur Mines Limited ("Coalspur" or "Company") (ASX: CPL, TSX: CPT) is pleased to present its quarterly report for the three months ending 30 June 2013.
Highlights of past quarter
During the quarter ended June 30, 2013 Coalspur finalised its Vista development plan, secured the majority of development capital to fund Vista, advanced its regulatory applications, and completed clean coal transportation arrangements.
Coalspur's Board of Directors approved the Vista development plan with capital of C$458 million for a six million tonnes per annum ("Mtpa") capacity facility, resulting in a capital efficiency of $76 per tonne of annual capacity. A competitive process with globally recognised EPC contractors resulted in an optimised project strategy, and confidence around development costs, schedule and project delivery. The terms agreed with the selected EPC contractor, Forge group's Taggart Global, de-risk the capital budget by locking in approximately 50% ( US$221 million) of total development capital and also de-risk the schedule to first production which is anticipated around the middle of calendar year 2015.The Company's financial position remains strong following the closing of a senior secured debt facility of up to US$350 million (the " Facility") with EIG Global Energy Partners (" EIG"), and the associated restructuring of its C$70 million credit facility with Borrowdale Park S.A.(" Borrowdale Park") into a C$30 million subordinated note. These agreements enable Coalspur to maintain the forecast construction schedule for Vista and first production in 2015, and retain all off-take and marketing rights, thereby preserving strategic flexibility. Proceeds from the Facility are expected to fund the majority of development capital for the first phase of Vista. Following shareholder approval on June 27, in July the Company issued 120 million warrants to EIG and 14 million warrants to Borrowdale Park, both with an exercise price of A$0.55, made an initial draw of US$37.0 million under the Facility, paid EIG a US$7.0 million facility fee, and repaid C$10 million of the previous C$40 million owing to Borrowdale Park. Further draws upon the facility are contingent on obtaining regulatory approval for Vista Phase 1, and other conditions typical for a facility of this size. The Company advanced regulatory applications through public and aboriginal consultation, and by responding to formal Supplementary Information Requests (" SIR") from the Alberta Energy Regulator (" AER"). Although progress has been slower than anticipated, Coalspur continues to advance negotiations with aboriginal groups and other stakeholders, and the approval process for Vista Phase 1 is nearing completion. Coalspur finalised its arrangements for transporting clean coal by raiI to tidewater, by reaching a definitive agreement with CN Railway which outlines key terms for a seven year coal transportation agreement, and by bringing total committed port capacity with Ridley Terminals Inc. to 10.7 Mtpa. This capacity commences with 2.5 Mtpa in 2015, and increases to 10.7 Mtpa by 2020 to closely align with the Company's forecast production.