希尼爾翻譯公司（www.kea-cares.com）2015年12月27日了解到：Sirius Minerals has secured
a supply deal with a Chinese fertiliser importer, underpinning the UK
mining explorer’s plan to open a potash mine underneath a national park
in Yorkshire. 天狼星礦業(Sirius
On Thursday, Sirius announced a seven year “take or pay” deal
with Huaken International that will run for seven years and involve the
miner supplying up to 500,000 tonnes of polyhalite annually in the final
year of that term. 周四，天狼星宣布與華墾國際(Huaken
News of the deal caps a year in which Sirius won a lengthy battle
to secure planning permission to build its York Potash project near
Whitby, under the North York Moors.
Whether the project goes ahead now hinges on financing for the
mine, which Sirius is looking to develop amid a deep mining downturn as
the prices of commodities have tumbled. A detailed feasibility study
with proposed construction costs is due to be announced by Sirius in
Sirius’ deal with Huaken is the latest in a string of supply
deals that the Aim-quoted developer has announced as it has tried to
build the investor case for the mine.
Demonstrating demand for its product is particularly important
because polyhalite, the type of mineral to be produced in Yorkshire, has
previously been little used globally compared with a known range of
other potash products.
Sirius abandoned early plans to process the polyhalite into other
forms and its business plan entails shipping it direct to customers —
which it claims will bring “disruptive innovation” to the fertiliser
In announcing the deal with Huaken, Sirius said polyhalite would
be used as a soil conditioner in China. “It can assist in helping
countries like China restore agricultural productivity and maintain food
security for future generations,” explained Chris Fraser, chief
executive of Sirius.
Analysts at Liberum, one of Sirius’ corporate brokers, said the
would-be miner had now signed binding offtake agreements for 3.6mt
annually of its product, which is in line with the company’s target
ahead of securing finance. Its largest offtake deal is for 1.5mt
annually with an unnamed US agribusiness. 天狼星公司的經紀人之一Liberum的分析師表示，這家潛在礦商迄今簽署的有約束力采購協議的年度總量已達到360萬噸，與該公司的融資前目標相符。其最大的采購協議來自美國一家農業綜合企業（名稱不詳），規模達每年150萬噸。
In the project’s proposed first phase, Sirius will aim to build a
mine capable of supplying 10mt of polyhalite annually, which it says
would give it about 3 per cent of the global potash market in 2020.
“As with Sirius’s other offtake agreements, pricing is based on a
formula linked to polyhalite’s constituent nutrients. This is another
major step forward for Sirius, further de-risking the project from a
marketing perspective,” Liberum said.
Sirius’s project involves sinking 1,500 metre shafts into the
mineral seam to be mined, then sending the product 36km through a tunnel
250 metres below the moors to a port at Teesside for export. It would be
among the largest mining projects ever built in the UK, comparable to
the development of the now defunct Selby coalfields in Yorkshire in the