Nautilus Minerals Inc.

Nautilus Minerals Inc.

June 01, 2012 10:03 ET

Nautilus Dispute With the State of PNG

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 1, 2012) - Nautilus Minerals (TSX:NUS)(OTCQX:NUSMF)(AIM:NUS) advises that it is in dispute with the Independent State of Papua New Guinea (the State) as to the parties' obligations to complete the Agreement entered into on 29 March 2011. Nautilus has initiated the dispute resolution process provided for in the Agreement, which may lead to a referral of the dispute to arbitration if it can not be resolved through further discussions amongst senior representatives of the parties over an initial 10 day period.

The State exercised its option under the Agreement to acquire a 30% interest in the Solwara 1 Project through its nominee, a subsidiary of Petromin PNG Holdings Limited. However, the State asserts that Nautilus has not met certain obligations on which completion is dependent, and that Nautilus has breached the Agreement. Nautilus refutes these assertions.

As previously disclosed, under the Agreement the State's nominee (Petromin subsidiary) must pay (among other amounts) its share of costs incurred in the development of the Project up to completion to acquire its Project interest (see links section for full press release). Unless and until the dispute is resolved, completion will be delayed or may not occur and Nautilus must continue to carry these costs. This may lead to Nautilus needing to slow or defer the build program for Project equipment, which would have consequential impacts on the scheduled commencement of operations and overall Project costs.

Nautilus will provide a further update, including as to any slowing or deferral of the build program, in due course following any further developments.

Conference Call

A Conference Call and Webcast will be held next week, details of which will be provided in due course.


About Nautilus Minerals Inc.

Nautilus is the first company to explore the ocean floor for polymetallic seafloor massive sulphide deposits and is developing its first project at Solwara 1, in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea, where it is aiming to produce copper, gold and silver. The company has been granted all necessary environmental and mining permits.

Nautilus also holds approximately 600,000 km2 of highly prospective exploration acreage in the western Pacific; in PNG, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga, as well as in international waters in the eastern Pacific.

A Canadian registered company, Nautilus is listed on the TSX:NUS and AIM:NUS stock exchanges and OTCQX: NUSMF. Its corporate office is in Brisbane, Australia. Its major shareholders include Metalloinvest, the largest iron ore producer in Europe and the CIS, which has a 21% holding, global mining group Anglo American, which holds an 11% interest and MB Holdings, an Oman based group with interests in mining, oil & gas, which holds a 9.98% interest.

Neither the TSX, London Stock Exchange or the OTCQX accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

Contact Information

  • Nautilus Minerals Inc. (Toronto)
    Investor Relations
    +1 (416) 551 1100

    Numis Securities Limited
    Alastair Stratton/Stuart Skinner
    Nominated adviser

    Numis Securities Limited
    James Black
    Corporate broking
    + 44(0) 20 7260 1000

    Dahlman Rose & Co., LLC
    Christopher R. Weekes
    +1 212 372 5766