OZ Minerals is set to gain full control of the West Musgrave nickel-copper asset in Western Australia after announcing a friendly takeover of project partner Cassini Resources.
The deal values Perth-based Cassini at around $76 million, with shareholders to receive one OZ Minerals share for every 68.5 Cassini shares hold.
OZ chief executive Andrew Cole said the acquisition would bring the company's 70 per cent interest in the West Musgrave project to full ownership.
"This is a promising project with strong sustainability credentials both in terms of copper and nickel to be mined being critical inputs for the renewable economy, and also in relation to its low carbon footprint, with some 80 per cent of power generated through renewable sources including solar and wind."
Separately, Cassini will demerge its Yarawindah Brook and Mount Squires assets into a new company, Caspin Resources, which intends to list on the ASX.
Caspin may receive an additional cash payment from OZ Minerals of up to $20 million in the event of any future sale of all or a portion of OZ's interest in West Musgrave.
Cassini chief executive Richard Bevan said by accepting the offer from OZ, shareholders would be able to realise immediate value for their stake in the West Musgrave project, while also maintaining their exposure to the Yarawindah and Mount Squires assets.
Shares in Cassini closed up 24 per cent to trade at 16 cents per share, while OZ Minerals closed up 0.2 per cent to trade at $10.42.