TSX Venture Exchange Trading Symbol: CFI
TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ - Canada Fluorspar Inc. (the "Company") is
pleased to announce that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has
re-affirmed its commitment to provide $10 million in funding to support the
Company's plans for designing and building a deep-water wharf as part of the
re-activation of the fluorspar mines and mill at St Lawrence, Newfoundland.
The Provincial Government's commitment is contingent on a series of conditions
including evidence of a third party feasibility assessment that is
satisfactory to the Provincial Government, sufficient financing to establish
the fluorspar mine and confirmed long-term sales contracts. The contribution
is repayable in future years.
The agreement between the Company and the Province of Newfoundland and
Labrador amends an earlier contract signed in 2000. The amending agreement is
conditional upon certain timelines being met by the Company, as well as
comprehensive regular updates being provided to the Provincial Government.
Lindsay Gorrill, President and CEO of the Company commented that, "The
re-affirmation by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is an important
part of the re-start of the operations at St. Lawrence. We have commissioned
SNC Lavelin for the design and environmental work associated with the wharf
and we expect to be able to meet the timetable requirements set out in the
amending agreement with the province."
Richard Carl, Chairman of the Company added, "Signing the Amending
Agreement with the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador is further evidence
of the growing relationship between the Province and the Company, and another
important step in our efforts to see the project through to production."
Canada Fluorspar Inc. was created through the amalgamation of Burin
Fluorspar Ltd. and Rivera Capital Corp. and shall commence trading Wednesday,
April 22, 2009 on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker symbol CFI.
Also, as part of its fluorspar project the Company is designing a
comprehensive occupational and environmental safety plan.
The international fluorspar market consumes approximately 5.6 million
tonnes per annum, with an estimated value of US $1.6 billion. The mineral is
used in the production of hydrofluoric acid which is the primary feedstock for
the manufacture of virtually all organic and inorganic fluorine-containing
compounds including fluoropolymers and fluorocarbons. Some examples are
anesthetics, non-stick coatings and fire retardant clothing. It is also used
in the production of electronic components, aluminum and steel. The Company's
initial targeted production, if successful in reopening the fluorspar mines in
St. Lawrence, is between 120,000 - 180,000 tonnes annually, representing
approximately 2 per cent of world consumption based on historical production
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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information:
This news release may contain forward-looking statements which may
include estimates, plans, expectations, opinions, forecasts, projections,
guidance or other statements that are not statements of fact, in particular
comments relating to expectations relating to the timing and reopening of the
Company's fluorspar mine, the development of the Company's assets and
expansion of the Company's business plan; the timing for the Company's
production of fluorspar; the quantity of fluorspar the Company is able to
produce, the demand for fluorspar and the expectations regarding the Company's
positioning for sales. Although the Company believes that the expectations
reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot give
any assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.
Results of the Company, including its ability to reopen its mine and
produce fluorspar and achieve the expected timelines and sales expectations,
may be affected by a variety of variables and risks associated with the mining
and mineral processing industry, such as, loss of market, competition, ability
to access sufficient debt and equity capital from internal and external
sources, ability to expand in the marketplace, exploration and development
plans and results, anticipated capital expenditures and financing thereof,
timing of applications and approvals as well as risks and variables associated
in general with the Company's industry. As such the future plans and
objectives of the Company are forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties and may be based on assumptions that could cause actual
results to differ materially from those anticipated or implied in such
statements. The Company has, in part, relied on information provided to it by
its potential customers, as well as reports and forecasts provided by third
parties involved in the industry and by the Company's own assessment of the
market for fluorspar in order to develop its forward-looking statements and
there is no assurance that the assumptions, forecasts or information relied
upon by the Company are correct, or will not be affected by events or
circumstances beyond the control of the Company. The Company's forward-looking
statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary
statement. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, the
Company does not intend nor does it undertake any obligation to update or
review any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent information,
events, results or circumstances or otherwise.
For further information:
For further information: Lindsay Gorrill, President and CEO, Canada
Fluorspar Inc., Tel: (208) 667-1278