UNI - EN REPORT No28/2017
Prairie receives spatial development plan approval for the Jan Karski Mine site
Poland’s Ministry of Agriculture approves rezoning of 56 hectares of agricultural land for industrial
use to allow for construction of a mine site, shafts and associated surface infrastructure
Jan Karski is now one of the most advanced new large scale coking coal projects in the Northern
Prairie notes the current strong coking coal price environment with spot market prices for hard
coking coal remaining at ~US$200/t; semi-soft coking coal prices at ~USD105/t and benchmark for
high volatile semi-soft coking coal at ~USD140/t
Prairie continues to advance its two World Class coking coal projects in Poland alongside partners
and investors including China Coal and CD Capital
Prairie Mining Limited (“Prairie” or “Company”) is pleased to announce the formal approval of the spatial development
plan (rezoning) for its 100% owned high value ultra-low ash semi-soft coking coal (“SSCC”) Jan Karski Mine in the Lublin
Province, south east Poland (“Jan Karski” or “Project”).
Prairie’s Chief Executive Officer Ben Stoikovich commented:
“With approval of the spatial development plan we have taken a major step forward towards applying for a Mining
Concession in order to build the Jan Karski Mine together with our strategic partner China Coal, and ultimately
unlock significant value for all stakeholders. We continue to enjoy strong support from the community, local
Municipalities and the Regional Government.
Jan Karski is now one of the most advanced coking coal projects of significant scale in the Northern Hemisphere
and its development will provide substantial economic and social benefits for Eastern Poland. We now look
forward to submitting the ESIA for formal Environmental Consent and our Mining Concession application in due
SPATIAL PLANNING (REZONING) APPROVAL FOR JAN KARSKI
Following completion of community consultation and submission by Prairie of all applications required to change the
local spatial development plan to effect the rezoning of land for mining use, the Gmina (Municipality) of Siedliszcze has
officially adopted a new spatial development plan that will allow for the construction of the Jan Karski Mine site in the
location of Kulik.
The Resolution of the Town Council of Siedliszcze on “adoption of zoning plan for stage I No. XXIX/250/17” was passed
completing yet another significant milestone towards Prairie obtaining a Mining Concession for Jan Karski.
The spatial planning approval process was conducted in parallel with approval by Poland’s Ministry of Agriculture for
the rezoning of 56 hectares of agricultural land to be designated for industrial (mining) purposes. This 56 hectares is in
the Kulik area where the Jan Karski mine shafts and major surface facilities will be located, as per the approved Jan
Karski Deposit Development Plan and the ongoing China Coal Bankable Feasibility Study.
This follows the achievement by Prairie of another significant permitting milestone following official approval by the
Lublin Regional Mining Authority of the Jan Karski Deposit Development Plan (“DDP”) in May 2017 (refer to ASX
announcement dated 25 May 2017).
Prairie remains on track to have its full application for a Mining Concession submitted for Jan Karski in the coming
months. In Poland, a Mining Concession application comprises the approval of a DDP, a spatial development plan
(rezoning of land for mining use), and an Environmental Social Impact Assessment (“ESIA”) in the form of an
Environmental Consent decision. Jan Karski’s DDP and Spatial Development Plan have now been officially approved.
Furthermore, Prairie has substantially completed the ESIA for Jan Karski and is expecting to make a formal submission
to regional authorities for Environmental Consent in the coming weeks. Granting of the Environmental Consent will fulfil
all of the regulatory prerequisites for the Company to submit a formal Mining Concession application.
STRONG COKING COAL ENVIRONMENT
Prairie notes the current strong coking coal price environment with spot market prices for hard coking coal FOB Australia
remaining at around US$200/t. The strength in coking coal prices has been attributed to strong cash margins of Chinese
steel mills currently well above US$100/t compared to the previous 5-year average of ~US$25/t, production cuts by
some Chinese miners, and production disruptions in Australia which have recently included South32 calling force
majeure at its Illawarra Coal operations and ongoing labour issues at Glencore’s Oaky North mine.
Semi-soft Coking Coal
SSCC prices FOB Australia remain at ~US$105/t and FOB USA benchmark for high volatile SSCC remains at US$140/t.
The ultra-low ash content of Jan Karski’s SSCC increases the coals value-in-use to steel and coke makers, making the
product highly saleable in both the domestic European and international markets. One of the key outcomes of utilising
ultra-low ash coking coal to produce coke is the resulting decreased fuel rate. This has a key environmental benefit for
steel makers that results in a reduction in CO2 emissions per tonne of hot metal produced.
As Prairie announced in May 2017, following a benchmarking exercise by independent specialists, the high value ultralow
ash SSCC product from Jan Karski is expected to achieve a ~10% premium above the FOB Newcastle benchmark
SSCC price. The standardized reference benchmark is Rio Tinto “Hunter Valley” brand SSCC FOB Newcastle, per
figure 3 below.
As China Coal looks to complete a Chinese Bankable Feasibility Study for the Jan Karski Mine in September, Prairie
is further developing a coal marketing strategy by ongoing identification and evaluation of potential offtakers for Jan
Karski’s high value ultra-low ash SSCC product.
To view this announcement in full including all illustrations, figures and maps, please refer www.pdz.com.au.
For further information, please contact:
Prairie Mining Limited Tel: +44 207 478 3900
Ben Stoikovich, Chief Executive Officer Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sapan Ghai, Head of Corporate Development