Aurox Resources Limited

Published : June 23rd, 2008

(ASX: AXO) Advances with Major Port Agreement

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23 June 2008



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Pilbara iron ore developer Aurox Resources Limited [ASX Code: AXO] (?Aurox?) has taken a further step in the development of its Balla Balla magnetite project, securing an Agreement with the Port Hedland Port Authority (?PHPA?) for a magnetite shipping facility.


The Agreement, which includes dewatering, stockpiling and ship-loading at the Utah Point Multiuser Facility, is another step toward becoming WA?s first magnetite iron ore producer from Balla Balla, which is located near the Pilbara coast.


Aurox has secured an area at Utah Point (see satellite photo) designed to hold a linear stockpile capable of servicing a shipping operation in excess of 10 million tonnes per annum. The company will install and operate its own dewatering, stacking and reclaiming equipment, with the capacity to feed the PHPA out-loading conveyor system at its design rate of 7,500 tonne per hour.  


Aurox Managing Director Charles Schaus said the port agreement was a major milestone for Aurox and its shareholders.


?Access to port facilities is clearly a critical element in the development of a project such as this ? without a port there is no project,? Mr Schaus said.


?The signing of this agreement further de-risks the Balla Balla project, and keeps us on track toward first shipment of magnetite concentrate in the second half of 2010,? Mr Schaus said.


Aurox will transport the Balla Balla magnetite concentrate 110 kilometres from the mine site to Utah Point via a buried slurry pipeline, avoiding the traffic, dust and noise associated with a trucking operation. The slurry product will be dewatered at the port with the majority of process water returned to Balla Balla for reuse. However, a small quantity of water will be retained at the port for dust suppression and wash down purposes.


Aurox will prepay a Port Facility Charge which is refunded by the PHPA through a formulated reduction of port utilisation fees against future Balla Balla tonnage shipped over the Utah Point Berth. The term of the Agreement is 15 years.


?Although Aurox will be the biggest user of the Utah Point facility, our operations will have no adverse impact on the Port Hedland Community,? Mr Schaus said.


PHPA Chief Executive Officer Andre Bush stated ?We would like to welcome Aurox Resources as a cornerstone partner in Utah Point. Securing Port access removes a critical barrier to entry for Aurox and we?re pleased to facilitate the provision of this important piece of infrastructure.?


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Charles Schaus

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About Aurox

Aurox Resources Limited (ASX: AXO) is a Perth based metals developer with its primary asset the 100% owned Balla Balla iron ore concentrate project. The project is located near the coast west of Port Hedland in the renowned Pilbara region of Western Australia. Aurox is well advanced in the development of Balla Balla, having commenced detailed engineering and securing orders for all long lead items such as crusher and mills. The Company has in place two 15 year sales contracts for a total of 6 million tonnes per annum increasing to 10 million tonnes per annum concentrate production in year 5 with major Chinese Steel Companies.


Balla Balla is based on a large homogenous magnetite ore body, which will be developed as one of the lowest cost magnetite operations in Australia. The project also has significant titanium and phosphate potential, and is located near major ports, gas and grid power with main highway access.


The Balla Balla Feasibility Study demonstrates strong project economics with magnetite iron ore shipments to China scheduled to commence in the second half of 2010 making Aurox Western Australia?s first magnetite producer.



Government Media Office

Ministerial Media Statements


Alannah MacTiernan
Minister for Planning and Infrastructure

Mon 23 June, 2008

Aurox agreement highlights vital development role of State?s ports

Portfolio: Planning and Infrastructure

An agreement between the Port Hedland Port Authority and iron ore producer Aurox Resources Limited for use of the new multi-user public berth at Utah Point highlights the vital role of the State?s public ports in developing mineral exports.


Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the agreement also underlined the viability of transparent access regimes for multi-user facilities in supporting new entrants into the resources industry.


?This agreement will see ore exports initially at six million tonnes per annum (mtpa), rising up to 10 mtpa after five years, using about half the capacity of the new berth, which is due for completion in 2010,? Ms MacTiernan said.


?The port has already received commitments for a total 16.5 mtpa of capacity for iron ore, manganese and chromite through Utah Point. 


?Means to increase berth capacity are being investigated, to meet continuing demand of other customers.


?While Aurox will develop its own storage and retrieval facilities, the port will develop storage facilities that smaller operations can lease and all exporters will use the port?s conveyor and shiploader.


?There could be 10, or more, smaller scale exporters using the public facilities to get a foothold in the industry.  Some may grow to the point where it becomes economical for them to develop their own infrastructure.?


The Minister said the $225million public berth at Utah Point  with a potential capacity of about 20 mpta, could increase the port?s current output through the public user facilities by up to 400 per cent and provide many benefits including:


?             capacity to accommodate small Cape class vessels of up to 120,000 DWT;

?             freeing up access on existing public berths and berthside land to facilitate an additional 1.2 million tonnes annually in new bulk, general cargo and container trade;

?             providing access to export facilities for emerging iron ore juniors; and

?             relocating manganese and chromite stockpiles away from the town, reducing health risks and improving amenity at the West end of the town.


?With the inclusion of BHP facilities, Port Hedland Port?s exports are expected to reach 130 mpta this financial year and rise to about 180 mpta in 12 months, maintaining its position as one of the world?s largest bulk export ports,? Ms MacTiernan said.


Minister's office - 9213 6400




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Aurox Res. is a gold and copper development stage company based in Australia.

Aurox Res. develops gold, copper, iron, titanium and vanadium in Australia.

Its main asset in development is BALLA BALLA in Australia and its main exploration properties are INDEE SOUTHWEST and YALGOO WADGINGARRA & CARLAMINDA in Australia.

Aurox Res. is listed in Australia and in Germany. Its market capitalisation is AU$ 143.1 millions as of today (US$ 145.4 millions, € 114.0 millions).

Its stock quote reached its highest recent level on July 20, 2007 at AU$ 1.55, and its lowest recent point on December 19, 2008 at AU$ 0.07.

Aurox Res. has 196 044 413 shares outstanding.

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