THE BOURSE WHISPERER: Matsa Resources (ASX: MAT) has struck a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with AngloGold Ashanti Australia (AGAA).
Matsa Resources said the deal would be of great benefit to the company’s gold mining and exploration activities throughout its Lake Carey gold project which includes the Fortitude, Red Dog and Red October gold mines in Western Australia.
Key aspects of the MoU include:
AGAA to receive first option, and endeavour to treat all gold ore produced by Matsa within the MoU area subject to ore complying with technical requirements;
Both parties to enter a separate technical data sharing agreement under which exploration and other technical information is to be shared and discussed, subject to confidentiality provisions;
Sharing of infrastructure including airport, roads, medical and other facilities where mutually beneficial; and
A model access agreement to be used in all instances of overlapping tenements, especially miscellaneous licences for haul roads etc. which will streamline the grant process within the MoU area.
Matsa explained the non-binding MoU is the outcome of a working relationship established between Matsa and AGAA over the last two years, which included the Fortitude trial mine that ultimately underpinned the economic viability of that recently completed operation.
The MoU covers a large area including Matsa’s Lake Carey and Red October gold projects and AGAA’s Lake Carey and Sunrise Dam operations in the Lake Carey district.
“This agreement represents a massive increase in potential and boost in credibility to Matsa’s Fortitude, Red October and Red Dog mines within the stated area of interest,” Matsa Resources executive chairman Paul Poli said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
“Matsa and AngloGold have developed a strong working relationship with each other and this MoU strengthens that relationship to help identify and develop new gold deposits to both party’s benefit.
“Both companies are winners with this cooperation as it allows Matsa access to facilities and knowledge that has been developed by AngloGold over many years.
“This access will strengthen and increase the ability of Matsa to grow its gold ore resources which in turn may assist AGAA to gain additional ore feed for the Sunrise Dam treatment plant.
“It’s a ‘win-win’ for both companies.”