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Québec Supports the implementation of a Tata Steel Minerals Canada (TSMC) investment project in Schefferville

Sept-Iles, July 26, 2016

The Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Small and Medium Enterprises, Regulatory Streamlining and Regional Economic Development, Mrs. Lise Thériault and the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Plan Nord and Minister responsible for the North Shore Region, Mr. Pierre Arcand, announced, on behalf of the Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy, Mrs. Dominique Anglade, the award of a government financial contribution of C $ 175 million to Tata Steel Minerals Canada to support the achievement at Schefferville of a direct shipping iron ore project (DSO project) in which Tata Steel Group has invested an amount in excess of C $1 billion.

 

The financial contribution includes equity stake of $ 125 million through the Capital Mining Hydrocarbons Fund and a loan of $ 50 million from Investissement Québec, acting as an agent of the Government.

 

"The support for this important project confirms our commitment to stimulate the growth of the Quebec mining industry, particularly in the Northern parts of Quebec, and encourage the responsible exploitation of our resources. In addition, this project will have significant benefits for our economy, creating up to 550 quality jobs in Quebec", said Deputy Premier Lise Thériault.

 

TSMC, founded in 2010, is an indirect subsidiary of Tata Steel Ltd, with equity participation from New Millennium Iron Corp. (NML), a TSX listed company headquartered in Montreal, to develop the DSO deposits located in Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador. TSMC forecasts annual production of over 6 million tonnes of iron ore.

 

"Tata Steel has demonstrated its willingness to do business in Quebec by committing up to $ 1 billion in the development of the DSO Project, which stands out for the innovative process it uses. Our Government is proud to support such initiatives, which will have positive spinoffs for Québec and could eventually lead to new mining projects", said the Minister for Mines, Luc Blanchette.



"Our Government is proud to support this project which will help the Plan Nord succeed by promoting, amongst others, transshipment activities in the Port of Sept-Îles. Through this initiative, Tata Steel Minerals Canada is also the first mining company in the North Shore to use the rail and port assets of the Pointe Noire area, recently acquired by the Societe du Plan Nord", added Minister Pierre Arcand.

 

"By giving the opportunity to workers in the region, including those from the Innu and Naskapi communities, to specialize in the mining sector, we put value in this workforce and we contribute to the local economy on top of paving the way for establishing a profitable partnership for economic growth in all of Quebec", said the Minister responsible for Native Affairs, Geoffrey Kelley.

 

"In January, our government signed an agreement-in-principle with Tata Steel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to establish a sustainable and mutually beneficial economic partnership. Today we are happy to reap the fruit of our efforts and promote the development of this important project for the Quebec mining industry", explained Minister Dominique Anglade.

 

Mr. Koushik Chatterjee, Group Executive Director, Finance & Corporate, Tata Steel Limited said, “We are pleased that our collaboration with the Government of Quebec has progressed significantly and are thankful to the Government for partnering with Tata Steel in the Joint Venture. This is a challenging time in the global iron ore industry due to soft underlying steel demand, over capacity in the steel industry and volatile foreign exchange fluctuations. We will continue to work closely with the Government of Quebec and other stakeholders to do all that we can do to improve the competitiveness of the Canadian iron ore business and make it more sustainable for the future.”



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Sources :

Karl W. Sasseville

Press Officer

Cabinet of the Deputy-Premier, Minister responsible for Small and Medium Enterprises, Regulatory Streamlining and Regional Economic Development,

Minister responsible for the Status of Women

Tél. : 418 691-5650


Véronique Normandin

Press Officer,

Cabinet of the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Minister responsible for the Plan Nord, and Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord Region

Tél. : 418 643-7295


Chantal Gauvin

Press Officer

Cabinet of Minister responsible for Native Affairs

Tél. : 418 643-3166


Jolyane Pronovost
Press Officer Cabinet of the Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy

Tél. : 418 691-5650


Information :

Jean-Pierre D’Auteuil

Direction of communications

Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation

Tél. : 418 691-5698, ext. 4868

Cell. : 418 559-0710

 

Gabrielle Fallu

Press Officer

Cabinet of the Minister for Mines,

Minister responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Région

And for the Nord-du-Québec Region

Téléphone : 418 643-7295

 

Armand MacKenzie

Vice President

Governmental and Stakeholder Relations

Tata Steel Minerals Canada

Tel: 514-764-6700, ext. 752