Antipa Minerals has secured its third farm-in deal, with IGO to invest up to $30 million to explore the company’s tenements in the Paterson copper-gold province.
Under the new agreement, IGO will spend a minimum of $4 million within 2.5 years to explore the farm-in area, which is to be called the Paterson project.
A further $26 million in exploration funding within 6.5 years would see IGO earn a 70 per cent joint venture interest, as well as the option to assume project management.
The deal is separate from a similar farm-in signed with Newcrest Mining, with the goldminer also exploring Antipa’s Paterson tenements, but under an agreement known as the Wilki project.
Further, Rio Tinto is exploring Antipa’s Citadel copper-gold project, which is located just five kilometres east of Rio’s Winu discovery in the Paterson.
Antipa chairman Stephen Power said the company was building a strategic landholding in Western Australia's Paterson region.
“We now have three large and highly successful mining companies working to unlock value on our extensive Paterson Province portfolio,” Mr Power said.
“Importantly, with a significant portion of our portfolio being the subject of earn-ins by Rio, Newcrest and now IGO, we are well positioned to focus on our highly prospective remaining 100 per cent-owned ground.”
South Perth-based IGO will also become a 4.9 per cent shareholder in Antipa by way of a $3.27 million placement, with new shares priced at 2.75 cents each.
Newcrest Mining will also increase its shareholding in Antipa to 9.9 per cent, subscribing for around $359,000 worth of shares.
Hartleys is acting as corporate adviser to Antipa, with the explorer trading 11.5 per cent higher at 12:45pm AEST to 2.9 cents per share.