KWG Mission Statement

RING OF FIRE RAILWAY – CHINA FSDI VISITS RAIL CORRIDOR TO ROF


UPDATE: KWG RESOURCES & CHINA FIRST SURVEY & DESIGN INK STRATEGIC COOPERATION AGREEMENT


KWG Resources and China Railway First Survey & Design Institute (FSDI) have signed a Framework Strategic Cooperation Agreement and FSDI is engaged to complete a Conditional Bankable Feasibility Study Consultation Service Agreement (“BFSCS”).

The full BFSCS study is scheduled to be completed on the railway from the Ring of Fire to the CN rail line at Exton, Ontario before the end of 2016.

As the various studies and plans are completed, they will be shared with the Chiefs of the Marten Falls and Webequie First Nations for dissemination within their communities to facilitate consideration of KWG’s proposal to create an equal partnership with them in the integrated mining and transportation operations.

FSDI information videos are being used with it’s permission. 中铁第一勘察设计院集团有限公司(中铁一院)和KWG资源公司(KWG) 签署了“关于共同对火之环地区鉄路设计及融资的可行性研究”的整体框架合作备忘录。此有关中铁一院的宣传短片由中铁一院提供并授权KWG使用。

CHINA FSDI TOUR POTENTIAL RAIL CORRIDOR

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Zhu Lizheng“I think this is a really good project. It has a lot of potential,” said China Rail’s First Survey & Design Institute vice president Zhu Lizheng – April 2016

Senior engineers from China Railway First Survey and Design Institute (FSDI), along with officials from KWG Resources, flew by helicopter from Thunder Bay to the Ring of Fire region in northern Ontario on both Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 and Thursday, April 14th, 2016.

Mark Wiskemann, president of Wisk Air, with a Bell 412 helicopter in the background, added that to have the railroad project, “re-visited and re-opening is huge for the area, the development of the Ring of Fire — to the state that it is in today — is largely due to helicopters.”

A senior management FSDI engineer team flew over the KWG Ring of Fire rail corridor area, first surveyed in 2010, interested in seeing the ice conditions, which have a potential harmful impact on bridges but can be mitigated through proper structural engineering design.

KWG Resources owns 100% of Canada Chrome Corporation which has staked claims and conducted a surveying and soil testing program, originally for the engineering and construction of a railroad to the Ring of Fire from Aroland, Ontario.

The future development of the Ring of Fire is of great interest in China, as the country consumes approximately 60% of the world’s ferrochrome. Ring of Fire chromite may enable the development of a new, more environmental friendly method of refining ferrochrome at lower temperatures, using less energy; low-cost natural gas – abundant in Canada – rather than expensive electricity.

Processing more ferrochrome in Ontario using Canada’s wealth in natural gas enables a greater percentage of value-added finished product into a long term globally competitive export market.

In the interest of developing the Ring of Fire through provision of a railway corridor, KWG Resources Ltd. and FSDI turned to each other for assistance in creating a bankable feasibility study for Ring of Fire railway. KWG Resources and FSDI signed a standstill and confidentiality agreement in November of 2015. This allowed the data that KWG’s Canada Chrome Corporation had assembled for constructing a railroad into the Ring of Fire to be studied by FSDI.

Then, late in December of 2015, KWG announced that FSDI had determined that the data was adequate for the preparation by FSDI of a bankable feasibility study.

In January 2016, KWG Resources and FSDI announced the signing of a MOU to proceed. Under that agreement, FSDI sent a delegation of eight professional railroad engineers to visit the field and commence their work with a reconnaissance tour. This senior management team arrived in Toronto on Monday, April 11th, 2016, from Xi’an, China to begin consultations.

KWG & CHINA FSDI VISITS ONTARIO DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Moe Lavigne, vice president of KWG Resources, said the latest round of engineering work ‘is very important to our Chinese partner, because that becomes the foundation for the feasibility study.’


China Railway First Design Survey Institute’s vice president Zhu Lizheng and KWG Resources CEO, Frank Smeenk, discussed the plan for a feasibility study for the design and financing of a north south route for the Ring of Fire railway with Rob Dowler and Ehren Cory, directors of the Ring of Fire Infrastructure Development Corporation of Ontario.

FSDI engineers stayed for three days in Toronto, and were welcomed by Minister of International Trade Michael Chan in his office at 09:30 on Monday. They then were recognized in the Ontario Legislature by Finance Minister Charles Sousa and visited with the PRC Consul General before departing for Thunder Bay.

On the Wednesday and Thursday, KWG Resources conducted, by helicopter, with FSDI, a number of crucial site inspections along KWG’s ‘railroad route’ claims. The City of Thunder Bay then hosted a reception for the delegation on Friday April 15th, with a luncheon, at the Valhalla Inn.


KWG & CHINA FSDI VISITS ONTARIO NORTHLAND RAILWAY


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On Saturday, FSDI and KWG traveled by charter, for an introductory visit with the Ontario Northland Railroad executive and then onward to Montreal for an introductory meeting on Monday at CN’s head office.

Corina Moore, the president and CEO of Ontario Northland said her company is ready and more than able to provide a world class rail freight service to help the success of the Ring Of Fire mining development.“Our capabilities were highlighted that we can provide and support and operate a railway. We can provide the rail traffic control because that’s what we do out of our Englehart station for our railway. We can maintain the fleet, because that’s what we do in Cochrane,” Moore explained.

“Our meeting [with China Railway First Survey and Design Institute (FSDI)] was about our capabilities should that be the way to the Ring Of Fire at some point in the future,” said Moore. – Railway eager to have ties in Ring of Fire – By: Len Gillis, Wednesday, May 25, 2016

On Tuesday, April 19th, they traveled by train to Ottawa for a visit to the House of Commons and returned by air to Toronto for a departure on Wednesday for Vancouver and finally on to Beijing, China from Vancouver on the Friday.

KWG AND CHINA RAILWAY FIRST SURVEY & DESIGN INSTITUTE GROUP CO., LTD. SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

In January of 2016, China Railway First Survey & Design Institute Group Co., Ltd. (FSDI) signed a (Click here for) Memorandum of Understanding with KWG Resources setting out the terms for mutually proceeding with a feasibility study for the design and financing of a railroad to the Ring of Fire. This information video is being used with the permission of FSDI.

 

中铁第一勘察设计院集团有限公司(中铁一院)和KWG资源公司(KWG) 签署了“关于共同对火之环地区鉄路设计及融资的可行性研究”的整体框架合作备忘录。此有关中铁一院的宣传短片由中铁一院提供并授权KWG使用。





Economics Documentation Library


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  • Ontario Chamber of Commerce Report | WHERE ARE WE NOW? A Report Card on the Ring of Fire| 2014
  • Ontario Chamber of Commerce Report | Beneath the Surface: Uncovering the Economic Potential of Ontario’s Ring of Fire
  • Thunder Bay, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, & Sudbury Chamber of Commerce Policy Resolution To Federal Government | Make The Ring of Fire A Priority Of National Significance| Visit Chamber Website –> Sept 22, 2016| Chamber Passes Ring of Fire Policy Resolution at CCC AGM
  • Outokumpu Integrated ferrochrome business in Kemi-Tornio | Investor Visit to Kemi Mine | Jyrki Salmi Vice President – Kemi Mine Outokumpu Ferrochrome, Kemi | October 7th, 2015
  • Background Paper, Economics, Resources Internal Affairs Library Of Parliament | Resource Development In Canada: A Case Study On The Ring Of Fire | Jed Chong | March 31, 2014
  • Mining in Northwestern Ontario | Opportunities and Challenges | Dr. Dadgostar Bahram, Professor Sam Garofalo, Dr. Nikola Gradojevic, Dr. Camillo Lento, Dr. Karen Peterson | September 27, 2012
  • MiningWatch Canada Report | Economic analysis of the Ring of Fire chromite mining play | Joan Kuyek, D.S.W. | January 25, 2011
  • Macquarie Commodities Research | The medium-term nickel market outlook | Jim Lennon –Consultant to Macquarie | May 2015
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    First Nations Documentation Library


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    First Nation Treaty Map Ontario

  • Nishnawbe Aski Nation – DISCUSSION PAPERS | KEY CONSIDERATIONS FOR RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT IN NAN TERRITORY FOCUSING ON MINING | Les Louttit, Deputy Grand Chief
  • Nishnawbe Aski Nation – DISCUSSION PAPERS | The Future of Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s Economy | Les Louttit, Deputy Grand Chief
  • KWG – The Ring of Fire Partnership Presentation – Nishnawbe Aski Development (NADF) Event October 20th, 2016, Days Inn, Timmins, Ontario | pdf-icon-smallKWG – The Ring of Fire Partnership Presentation – Nishnawbe Aski Development (NADF) Event, October 20th, 2016, Days Inn, Timmins, Ontario
  • Ontario First Nation Treaties – NEED TO KNOW | Treaties
    What you need to know about treaties in Ontario | The Government of Ontario
  • Chiefs of Ontario Annual Report 2014 – 2015 | Strengthening Relations
  • With or Without You: First Nations Law (in Canada) McGill Law Journal 1996 | Strengthening Relations | John Borrows
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    Environment Documentation Library


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    Ring of Fire Area, Ontario Canada

  • SAFETY INFORMATION SHEET FOR STAINLESS STEEL Outokumpu | Outokumpu Safety Information Sheet | Dec 10, 2015
  • Case Study: Chromite mining and processing | Public Heath Ontario: Partners for Health | Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion | April 2015
  • York University’s Institutional Repository, Undergraduate research paper | Ontario Ring of Fire Surface Water Susceptibility Analysis | Adlar Gross & Anatoliy Sirokvash, Professor Podour | April, 2015
  • Cancer incidence among Finnish ferrochromium and stainless steel production workers in 1967–2011:a cohort study | Conclusions: It is not likely that the occupational exposures in the Finnish ferrochromium and stainless steel industry would have increased the risk of cancer. | Markku Huvinen, Eero Pukkala | October 9, 2013
  • Occupational Exposure to Hexavalent Chromium – Center of the Disease Control and Prevention | Criteria for a Recommended Standard Occupational Exposure to Hexavalent Chromium | National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) | September 2013
  • Faculty of Natural Resources Management Lakehead University | CHROMITE MINING | Environmental Assessment, Dr. M.A. (Peggy) Smith | March 14, 2012
  • Priority Substances List Assessment Report: Canadian Environmental Protection Act | Chromium and its Compounds | Government of Canada Environment Canada Health Canada | 1994
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    Rail Documentation Library


    The GreenForest Management Road Study

    The GreenForest Management Road Study

  • Green Forest PDF REPORT | Green Forest Management Inc. | RING OF FIRE & NORTHERN ONTARIO COMMUNITY ALL-WEATHER ROAD ACCESS | Released 2016
  • Northern Policy Institute PDF REPORT | Northern Policy Institute, Roads, Rail, and the Ring of Fire | October 2015
  • Northern Policy Institute Port Authority Model | PDF REPORT | The Airport/Port Transportation Authority Model – Is It Applicable for Ontario’s Ring of Fire Mineral Development? | Northern Policy Institute | Nick Mulde | Friday, June 13, 2014
  • Pope & Company PDF REPORT | A New Technology for a New Chromite District | Pope & Company | July 10, 2013
  • Tetra Tech WEI Inc PDF REPORT | KWG Resources Inc. released a study that it commissioned by the international engineering firm Tetra Tech WEI Inc. to compare the capital and operating costs of both a railroad and an all-weather road to the Ring of Fire. | February 21st, 2013
  • KWG PDF PRESENTATION | KWG hired Minnesota-based consultants Krech-Ojard and Associates and Golder Associates to study the potential for rail access and carry out geotechnical studies. | Dec 20, 2012
  • Krech Ojard & Associates Newsletter DOWNLOAD PDF | KWG hired Minnesota-based consultants Krech-Ojard to study the potential for rail access and carry out geotechnical studies. | Spring 2010
  • CANADA CHROME RAILWAY PROJECT PDF TIMES STAR | CANADA CHROME RAILWAY PROJECT Times Star, Greenstone | Jan 20, 2010
  • OVERVIEW | Early History Overview Rail Corridor Routes
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    Chromium IP Documentation Library


    Scanning Electron Micrograph of Reduced Chromite Ore Using Natural Gas

    Scanning Electron Micrograph of Reduced Chromite Ore Using Natural Gas

  • Winter, Frank – PROVISIONAL PATENT | KWG Resources Inc. (Assignee) Provisional Patent: Production of chrome alloys directly from chromite ores. | US 61/893,400 International 4562PCT, 21 October 2013
  • Glencore XPS – KWG PRESS RELEASE | Black Horse Smelting Test Produces 61.9% Cr In Ferrochrome | August 14, 2013
  • Pope & Company PDF REPORT | A New Technology for a New Chromite District | Pope & Company | July 10, 2013
  • Naicker, O and Riley, T. – ABSTRACT | Xstrata Alloys in profile. South African Pyrometallurgy | Ed R. T Jones, SAIMM March 2006
  • Barnes, A.R and Eric, R.H. – ABSTRACT | The Relative Reducibilities of Chromite Ores and Relative Reactivity of Carbonaceous Reductants. | Infacon 7. Trondheim 1995
  • Ruhmer, W.T – GOOGLE BOOKS | Ruhmer, W.T Handbook on the estimation of metallurgical process costs. | Mintek, 1991
  • Barnes, A.R; Finn, C.W.P and Algie, S.H. – ABSTRACT | The Pre-reduction and smelting of chromite concentrates of low chromium-to-iron ratio. | JSAIMM March 1983
  • Nuttington, R.C. Barcza, N.A. – ABSTRACT | Pre-reduction of Fluxed Chromite Ore Pellets Under Oxidizing Conditions | Mintek, 1989
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