TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Nautilus Minerals Inc. (TSX:NUS, OTCQX: NUSMF) (the "Company" or "Nautilus") announces that the arbitrator, the
Honourable Murray Gleeson AC QC has issued an award in Nautilus' favour
in respect of the issues that were the subject of the Notice of
Arbitration initiated by the Independent State of Papua New Guinea (the
"State") (see links section for further information on the arbitration
The arbitrator's award includes:
a declaration that the State was in breach of the State Equity Option
Agreement signed by the parties in March 2011 in failing to complete
the purchase of a 30% interest in the Solwara 1 Project on 7 November
an order that the State is required to comply with its obligations under
the agreement to complete the purchase of the 30% interest in the
Solwara 1 Project and pay 30% of all project expenditure incurred to
date within a reasonable time after the award.
Nautilus has today issued the State with a notice requiring completion
to occur on 23 October 2013. Nautilus estimates the total amount
payable by the State at completion to be approximately US$118 million
Under the applicable arbitration rules the arbitrator's decision is
final and binding.
Nautilus looks forward to bringing the Solwara 1 Project into production
and will work with the State in order to move the Project forward in
light of the arbitrator's award.
The Company will hold a conference call and audio/webcast on Thursday,
October 10, 2013 at 10.00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Conference Call Details
Webcast link: http://www.media-server.com/m/p/x676qyiy
International Dial In: +61 2 8524 5042
United Kingdom: 0800-0150-9725
United States of America: 1855-298-3404
Attendee Passcode: 6326079
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A presentation to support the conference call will be posted on www.nautilusminerals.com for download by 9:30 a.m. EDT (Toronto) on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
Neither the TSX nor the OTCQX accepts responsibility for the adequacy or
accuracy of this press release.
About Nautilus Minerals Inc.
Nautilus is the first company to explore the ocean floor for
polymetallic seafloor massive sulphide deposits. Nautilus was granted
the first mining lease for such deposits at the prospect known as
Solwara 1, in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea, where it is
aiming to produce copper, gold and silver. The company has also been
granted its environmental permit for this site.
Nautilus also holds approximately 500,000 km2 of highly prospective exploration acreage in the western Pacific; in
PNG, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga, as well as in
international waters in the eastern Pacific.
A Canadian registered company, Nautilus is listed on the TSX:NUS stock
exchange and OTCQX:NUSMF. Its corporate office is in Brisbane,
Australia. Its major shareholders include MB Holding Company LLC, an
Oman based group with interests in mining, oil & gas, which holds a
28.00% interest, Metalloinvest, the largest iron ore producer in Europe
and the CIS, which has a 20.75% holding and global mining group Anglo
American, which holds a 5.95% interest.
SOURCE: Nautilus Minerals Inc.
For further information:
For more information please refer to www.nautilusminerals.com or contact:
Nautilus Minerals Inc. (Toronto)
Tel: +1 (416) 551 1100
Principal American Liaison
Cowen and Company
599 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022