Oman to set up major antimony processing plant
Muscat, April 23, 2014
A new Oman joint venture has been established to construct the world's largest antimony processing plant outside of China in the sultanate.
Tri-Star Resources has entered into a shareholders agreement with the Oman Investment Fund (OIF) and Castell Investments to establish the joint venture company, Strategic & Precious Metals Processing (SPMP).
SPMP will construct and operate a 20,000 tonne per annum nameplate capacity antimony metal and tri-oxide manufacturing roasting facility in Oman.
Greenstone Equity Partners, a Dubai-based investment and advisory firm, has advised Tri-Star Resources on the establishment of the joint venture. Greenstone was successful in sourcing the equity capital and is also advising SPMP on the debt financing required for the Roaster Project, the statement said.
Commenting on the agreement, Alex Gemici, chief executive officer of Greenstone said: "We are proud to have aided the closing of a transaction which is not only positioned to provide attractive returns for its shareholders but also to contribute significantly to local job creation and economic output in Oman. Greenstone shares the vision of investors such as the Oman Investment Fund of promoting the local economies of the GCC and establishing profitable companies and joint-ventures to foster the long-term development of local industries."
SPMP will be incorporated in the Sohar Free Trade Zone in Oman.
The Roaster Project remains subject to certain conditions including securing banking finance and obtaining the necessary permits to operate the Roaster including environmental approvals, the statement said.
Under the Shareholders Agreement, the shareholders will own and control SPMP in the ratio 40 per cent by Tri-Star Resources, 40 per cent by OIF and 20 per cent by Castell. The funding structure is expected to include at least $30 million of project finance to be raised by Greenstone from local and regional banks. Greenstone has already engaged with a number of banks in Oman and indicative loan financing terms have been received which are currently under review, it said.
The balance of the capital cost of $30 million to $40 million is expected to include a mezzanine loan of $10 million from OIF with the balance to be provided as equity by the joint venture Parties over the construction phase of the project.
The Joint Venture Parties are progressing towards completing the final approvals and financing package so that site preparation work and construction can commence during 2014, the statement said. Construction is expected to take up to 18 months, including commissioning. Operations are expected to commence in 2016. - TradeArabia News Service