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Stirling teams up with Indian iron firm

24/02/2009 - 10:42

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Subiaco-based Stirling Resources has teamed up with Indian resources company NMDC to jointly identify, acquire and develop coking coal and iron ore investments in Australia and New Zealand.

Stirling teams up with Indian iron firm

Subiaco-based Stirling Resources has teamed up with Indian resources company NMDC to jointly identify, acquire and develop coking coal and iron ore investments in Australia and New Zealand.

Stirling said that under the agreement, NMDC - India's largest iron ore producer - will have the rights for offtake arrangements for potential projects.

Today's announcement is the latest in a series of steps the company, formerly Alexander Securities, has taken to transform itself into a diversified resources company.

Earlier this month Stirling announced it would buy the assets of collapsed mineral sands miner Matilda Minerals for $4.8 million and has forged a partnership with Austrian resource company DECOmetal GmbH.

 

 

The announcement is below:

 

 


West Australian resources developer, Stirling Resources Limited (ASX : SRE), announced today it has forged a working partnership with major Indian resources enterprise NMDC Limited to jointly develop mineral opportunities in Australia and New Zealand.

The move is another step forward for Stirling as part of its strategy to develop a diversified resources organisation.

It follows Stirling's announcements this week that it had acquired high grade zircon assets in northern Australia, and issued a $2.2 million share placement to global commodity marketing group DCM DECOmetal.

The partnership between NMDC and Stirling Resources has been formed to identify, acquire and develop coking coal and iron ore investments in Australia and New Zealand. NMDC is a Government of India enterprise and India's largest iron ore producer (approximately 30mtpa), with interests in the exploration, production, processing and marketing of a wide range of minerals.

Under the agreement, Stirling and NMDC will jointly evaluate and pursue resource development opportunities, with NMDC also having rights for off-take arrangements for potential projects. Stirling Resources Managing Director, Michael Kiernan, said the two organisations were natural partners.

"For Stirling and our shareholders, this is natural fit in our strategy to grow as a diversified resource developer focussing on copper, zircon, coking coal, gold and iron ore prospects. It also formalises a relationship with a major resources enterprise based in one of the world largest economies, and a key growth market for Australian commodities," Mr Kiernan said.

"For NMDC, the partnership opens the door to Australia's well-known resource potential, and taps into the project experience within Stirling," Mr Kiernan said.

Captain S.P. Singh, CEO of Indian Minerals Pty Ltd a subsidiary of Stirling, said NMDC was interested in iron ore, coking coal and potentially other mineral projects in Australia, and they were pleased to reach an agreement with Stirling to advance this initiative.

"NMDC believes there are significant and long term investment opportunities in Australia, and that Stirling has the resources and expertise through which NMDC can identify, and if agreed, jointly advance these for the benefit of both organisations," he said.

Mr Kiernan said India and Australia had a strong resources trading relationship, particularly with commodities such as gold, coal and copper. He said long term consumer trends in both China and India would continue to support demand for these products, as well as zircon and iron ore.

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