May 17, 2020

Triple Flag outlines $350 million Peruvian streaming deal

Dale Benton
2 min
Triple Flag outlines $350 million Peruvian streaming deal
Triple Flag, a new mining financing firm backed by U.S. hedge fund Elliott Management Corp, has said that it would pay $250 million to buy future silver...

Triple Flag, a new mining financing firm backed by U.S. hedge fund Elliott Management Corp, has said that it would pay $250 million to buy future silver production from a mine in Peru owned by Peruvian miner Compañía Minera Milpo.

In a report by Reuters, Toronto-based Triple Flag, a 7-month-old company founded by former Barrick Gold chief financial officer Shaun Usmar, said it would buy the silver "stream" from Milpo's Cerro Lindo poly-metallic zinc mine. It is Triple Flag's first deal.

In streaming transactions, mining finance companies such as Triple Flag provide miners with funds upfront in exchange for a portion of the future output - often a byproduct - from a mine at a set discounted price.

This type of financing became especially popular during a mining sector downturn in recent years when debt-laden miners did not want to tap the equity markets for finance at a time when their share prices were weak.

Triple Flag said in a statement it would pay 10 percent of the spot silver price for each ounce of silver it got from the mine. Silver delivery would start next month.

Cerro Lindo, a low-cost, long-life mine that started operations in 2007, is one of the world's 10 largest zinc mines.

Milpo is a unit of VM Holdings S.A., the metals and mining business of Votorantim S.A, a large, private Brazilian conglomerate with interests in a variety of sectors including cement, energy and orange juice.

 

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Jun 16, 2021

DRC selects Fortescue to develop giant hydro project

Fortescue Metals Group
Hydroelectric
Green Energy
Renewable Energy
3 min
Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) government working with Fortescue Metals Group to develop Grand Inga hydroelectric power project

Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) government said on Tuesday Fortescue Metals Group would develop the Grand Inga hydroelectric power project, including a 4,800-megawatt dam that has already been committed to Chinese and Spanish developers.

Fortescue to develop dams for world's largest hydroelectric project

Australia's Fortescue confirmed it was in talks with Congo to develop a series of dams that could become the world's largest hydroelectric project, but it said no formal binding agreement had been concluded.

Fortescue's involvement is the latest twist in Congo's decades-long quest to expand Inga, whose two existing dams - completed in 1972 and 1982 - have a combined installed capacity of nearly 1,800 MW.

The proposed expansion of six more dams would bring capacity to over 40,000 MW, roughly double the size of China's Three Gorges dam, currently the world's largest. Total development costs have been estimated at up to $80bn.

In 2018, a Chinese consortium that includes China Three Gorges Corporation and a Spanish consortium that includes AEE Power signed a deal with Congo's government to develop the third dam, known as Inga 3.

Ground has yet to be broken on Inga 3 because of questions over its financial viability. Alexy Kayembe De Bampende, President Felix Tshisekedi's top infrastructure advisor, said the project would now be led by Fortescue.

"Fortescue will be the sole operator for the entire Grand Inga (3 to 8). Chinese & co are welcome to join Fortescue," he told Reuters."There has been discussion between Chinese (Three Gorges) & AEE and (Fortescue) since last year to work together."

Three Gorges and AEE Power did not respond immediately to requests for comment.

DRC's Grand Inga green energy project will create hundreds of thousands of jobs

In a memorandum of understanding signed between Fortescue and Congo in September 2020, Fortescue "acknowledges the existing potential rights held on Inga 3 by third parties".

"In the event that, for any reason, such rights to develop Inga 3 become available, the government of the DRC undertakes to secure for Fortescue Future Industries an exclusive first option to develop Inga 3," it said.

A senior official at the government's Agency for the Development and Promotion of Grand Inga (ADPI), speaking on condition of anonymity, said the ADPI had not been involved in the talks with Fortescue.

Fortescue chairman Andrew Forrest met Congo President Felix Tshisekedi on Sunday to discuss the project. Forrest said Fortescue would use the energy from Inga to produce hydrogen to export around the world.

"The capital cost of this will be many many tens of billions of dollars and direct and indirect employment will be in the hundreds of thousands," he told reporters.

Fortescue has said it plans to fund the majority of its green energy projects off its balance sheet, investing about $1bn a year of its own money.

Fortescue's statement was made in response to an article in the Australian Financial Review.

Meanwhile, Fortescue has teamed up with Hatch, Anglo American and BHP, to form a Green Hydrogen Consortium focused on ways of using green hydrogen to accelerate decarbonisation within their operations globally.

 

Grand Inga

 

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