Environmental Clean Technologies Limited (ASX: ECT) (ECT or Company) is pleased to provide the following update on the Company’s India project.
NMDC Board Meeting Announced
The Company is pleased to confirm that its India project partner, NMDC Limited (NMDC) has formally scheduled a board meeting for 31 January 2019, where we expect the board will consider approval of the signing of the Research Collaboration Agreement (RCA).
The approval of the terms of the RCA by the board of NMDC is the final partner approval required to sign the RCA, proceed to financial close and formally commence the Company’s India project.
ECT Chairman Glenn Fozard commented, “We appreciate that NMDC, as the largest iron ore miner in India and the 8th largest iron ore miner in the world, has many important priorities and we are thankful for consideration of our project in the upcoming board meeting.
“We anticipate a positive outcome from the forthcoming board meeting and look forward to organising the subsequent signing of the RCA as soon as possible.
“ECT’s intent is to achieve financial close and disbursement of initial project funding before the conclusion of India’s financial year, being 31 March.”
ECT COO Jim Blackburn added, “We have no doubt we’re pursuing the development of our technologies in the right place and with the right partners.
“India is the growth story of the next decade or so, and a significant element of that growth story is their ambition to add 135 million tonnes of steelmaking capacity.
“Following successful R&D outcomes, we’ll be well placed to support that target through our planned commercial expansion.
“We are partnering with two of the highest performing PSU’s in India, being progressive, commercial, and well-resourced.
“Our partnership is positioned at the ‘right’ end of the energy and resource sectors. By ‘right’, we mean the resource ownership and extraction end where a significant proportion of the resources needed to commercialise our Matmor and Coldry technologies are owned and controlled by these two government organisations.
“Further, following successful R&D outcomes, our partners have the project delivery experience and financial capacity to move to the commercial phase with the collective impetus of the government of India’s highly supportive energy, resource and climate policy settings behind us.
“Importantly, we also have the brand names of NLCIL and NMDC headlining our project, which will assist broader market awareness and acceptance of our new technologies when we embark on the commercial rollout.
“Having government-owned entities as partners also attracts a level of regard from suppliers, which we expect will sharpen quotes and positively focus negotiations.
“In short, India is the place to be thanks to its tremendous growth story and our partners are the perfect fit as they seek to deliver innovative solutions to their nation’s energy and resource challenges.”
The Company looks forward to providing further updates following the formal release of outcomes by NMDC.
For further information, contact:
Glenn Fozard – Chairman firstname.lastname@example.org