23/04/2013 - 14:30

Encounter signs $20m farm-in deal with Chilean miner

23/04/2013 - 14:30


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Encounter Resources has signed a $20 millon farm-in agreement with global copper miner Antofagasta Minerals for its Yeneena project near Telfer.

The Perth-based explorer said the agreement related to two of its tenements in the Paterson province of the state, covering 433 square kilometres of land.

Under the agreement, Chile-headquartered Antofagasta can earn a 51 per cent stake in the project by spending $US20 million on exploration over the next five years.

Antofagasta will also invest $US2 million in Encounter through a private placement, priced at 21 cents per share.

“We are delighted to welcome Antofagasta onto our share register and into an earn-in agreement over two tenements within the Yeneena project,” Encounter managing director Will Robinson said.

“The transaction is a significant endorsement of the large-scale copper potential at Yeneena.”

The total Yeneena project covers 1,400 square kilometres in the Paterson province and is located around 40km south east of the Nifty copper mine.

At 1:45PM, WST, Encounter’s stock was up 4.5 cents, trading at 20 cents. 


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