Federal funding for new Tlicho all-season road a boost for Fortune’s Nico project – by Henry Lazenby (MiningWeekly.com – January 13, 2017)

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VANCOUVER (miningweekly.com) – Federal funding for up to 25% of the construction costs for a new 97 km all-season road connecting Highway 3 to the community of Whati, in the Northwest Territories, augers well for project developer Fortune Minerals’ endeavours to secure financing for its nearby Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project.

“With cobalt and gold prices firming, and greater certainty of an all-season road, Fortune is well-positioned to secure the financing needed to begin construction of the Nico mine,” Fortune VP of finance and CFO David Massola commented Thursday.

The Tlicho all-season road (TASR) will be funded in part through the federal administered P3 Canada Fund. Procurement of the TASR – through a government of the Northwest Territories public–private partnership – will start with the release of the ‘request for qualifications’ in February, and will be followed by a ‘request for proposal’ and bids from private industry to provide combined finance and construction.

The TASR will comprise a new two-lane road and include four new bridges and one large arched culvert.

Whati is located 50 km south of Fortune’s proposed Nico project, which has already received its environmental assessment approval and the major mine permits for construction, including a 50-km spur road to Whati.

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