VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 28, 2012) - Prophecy Coal Corp. ("Prophecy" or the "Company") (TSX:PCY)(OTCQX:PRPCF)(FRANKFURT:1P2) is pleased to announce that the Energy Authority of Mongolia ("EA") has entered into a Cooperation Covenant (the "Covenant") with Prophecy to bring the 600 MW Chandgana Power Project online by 2016.
The EA is the agency which implements governmental policy in the power and energy sector of Mongolia. The Covenant provides required support for the construction and operation of the Chandgana 600 MW (4 x 150 MW) mine-mouth power plant in central Mongolia and its capacity to supply the necessary electricity to the central and eastern region's power grids by 2016.
The Covenant also covers the basic rights and obligations of the Seller and Purchaser of the electric energy, including the following highlights:
- The Energy Authority shall monitor the Chandgana Power Plant construction process to ensure the power plant is constructed within Mongolian regulations, and approved technical and design specifications.
- Prophecy shall construct and commission the Chandgana Power Plant according to the license issued by the competent government body, and do so within approved design and technical specifications.
- Prophecy shall supply electricity from the Chandgana Power Plant to the Central and Eastern Energy Systems with 100 MW Net Electric Output starting from the 1st quarter of 2016, up to 200 MW from the 3rd quarter of 2016, 300 MW from the 1st quarter of 2017, and 400 MW from the 3rd quarter of 2017.
- Prophecy shall link the Central and Eastern Energy Systems by connecting the Chandgana power plant with the Baganuur 220 kV sub-station by 220 kV two-circuit overhead transmission lines to the west and with the Undurkhaan 110 kV sub-station by 220 kV overhead transmission lines to the east.
- As the Mongolian government's implementation agency, the EA confirms the need to purchase the Net Electric Output described in Clause 3 of the Covenant, to satisfy the electricity energy demands of the central and eastern regions.
- The obligations and liabilities of the Parties provided in the Covenant shall serve as the guidelines, and basic terms and conditions of the "Power Purchase Agreement" (PPA) to be further entered into between the Seller (Prophecy) and Buyer (National Electricity Transmission Grid Company of Mongolia, NETGCO).
John Lee, Chairman and CEO of Prophecy states: "We are very grateful for the support from various Mongolian government agencies to help bring the Chandgana Power Plant project online and on schedule. This landmark agreement forms the basis of our continued discussion regarding a PPA."
After lengthy legal, commercial, and technical consultations with a designated working group of more than 20 government members, the Company has prepared and submitted the power purchase agreement with full schedules to the Mongolian government for its review and comment. The next step will be to reach an agreement on tariff, followed by execution of the PPA.
About Prophecy Coal
Prophecy Coal Corp. is a Canadian listed company engaged in developing energy projects in Mongolia. Prophecy's Ulaan Ovoo mine is in production. Prophecy's proposed 600 MW mine-mouth power plant adjacent to the Chandgana coal deposit has been permitted by the Mongolian government. Negotiations on financing, power purchase agreement and construction management are underway.
*Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Prophecy Coal Corp.
John Lee, CEO/Chairman
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