Tom Clarke: Construction Contract Submitted to DNR

Tom Clarke said they have submitted a construction contract to the DNR. Tom Clarke said they have submitted a construction contract to the DNR. |  Photo: WDIO File

Updated: May 31, 2018 04:15 PM

Another contract is in place to finish the mine in Nashwauk. Tom Clarke confirmed on Thursday that Mesabi Metallics has a contractor in place to finish the massive project.

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Clarke said this in an email: "We have submitted the executed "Construction Contract" to the Minnesota DNR. Our confidentiality agreements will not allow us to announce who it has been awarded to at this time. We are moving forward!"

Thursday was the deadline for this contract, and the deadline to have the off-take agreement for pellets produced in Nashwauk. The DNR set those conditions, as part of an agreement they have with Clarke. He is trying to get the state mineral leases re-instated.

Earlier this week, Clarke confirmed that the off-take agreement is with a Switzerland based trading syndicate, and was secured weeks ago.

On Thursday afternoon, the DNR confirmed they do have the documents related to Thursday's deadline and are beginning to review them. They are not able to share any of them at this time.

Governor Dayton said he has a meeting with the DNR at 2pm on Friday to go over the presentation.

Part of the condition of the construction contract was that it had to be with a contractor acceptable to the DNR and construction lenders. Clarke hopes to begin construction in July.

The final deadline and conditions to make the mineral lease re-instatement happen is June 30th.

Clarke plans on finishing the mine and pellet plant in Nashwauk, and building a value-added iron plant there as well.

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