NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Standard & Poor’s announced today that it has commenced Factual Stock Report coverage on PolyMet Mining Corp.
PolyMet Mining Corp. (ASE:PLM) engages in the exploration and development of natural resource properties. The company's primary mineral property is the NorthMet Project, a polymetallic project in northeastern Minnesota. The NorthMet Project is located immediately south of the Mesabi Iron Range. Its land position covers a total of 10,560 acres, or 16.5 square miles, comprising two areas: the NorthMet mine and PLM's Erie plant site. The property is located in St. Louis County in the Mesabi Range District approximately 60 miles north of Duluth, MN.
The company was incorporated in 1981 under the name Fleck Resources, Ltd. and changed its name to PolyMet Mining Corp. in 1998. PLM has two wholly owned subsidiaries: Fleck Minerals Inc., incorporated in Ontario, Canada, and Poly Met Mining Inc., incorporated in Minnesota.
Pursuant to an agreement, the company leases certain lands in covering 4,162 acres, or 6.5 square miles, located in St. Louis County, MN, known as the NorthMet Project from RGGS Land & Minerals Ltd., L.P. During FY 05 (Jan.), U.S. Steel assigned the lease to RGGS Land & Minerals Ltd., L.P. The term of the renewable lease is 20 years.
In 2004, PLM obtained an option to acquire certain property, plant, and equipment from Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc. (Cliffs) of Cleveland, OH, located near its NorthMet Project. In November 2005, the company exercised its option to acquire 100% ownership the portions of the former LTV Steel Mining Company ore processing plant in northeastern Minnesota. The property, plant, and equipment assets that the company owns include land, crushing, milling, and flotation capacity, complete spare parts, plant site buildings, real estate, tailings impoundments and mine work shops, as well as access to mining infrastructure. In September 2006 PLM reached agreement with Cliffs to acquire additional land and infrastructure.
In September 2006, PLM also announced that it had received the results of its Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) that confirmed the technical and economic viability of the project. PolyMet has, for the first time, established proven and probable reserve. The DFS also established proven and probable reserves of 181.7 million tons grading 0.31% copper, 0.09% nickel, and 0.01 opt of precious metals. These reserves, which represent only 43% of the measured and indicated mineral resources, are based on copper at $1.25/lb, nickel at $5.60 per pound, and precious metal prices of $210, $800, and $400 per ounce respectively for palladium, platinum and gold.
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