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ISSUE 5 - January 2019  
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Highlights - Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project

Sheffield has made steady and significant progress towards construction of the Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project.
  • Delivery of final major milestones marks Thunderbird being fully permitted and construction ready
  • Native Title Co-existence Agreement signed by Traditional Owners
  • Execution of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) agreement with GR Engineering Services Limited
  • Execution of US$175 million debt facility agreement with Taurus Mining Finance
  • Completion of planned Early Works and Project Infrastructure activities enabling rapid start of construction activities
  • Execution of LNG gas supply agreement
In the new year we have announced the appointment UBS to assist Sheffield with strategic partner interest for funding and development of Thunderbird; and the execution of an agreement with Woodside Energy and  EDL to supply and deliver LNG to Thunderbird.

Please click here to read more.

In our first newsletter for the new year, I would like to thank everyone who has supported Sheffield on our journey to develop Thunderbird. 

The Sheffield team, local businesses and residents recognise the benefits that Thunderbird will bring to the Kimberley, from local employment to regional development and business opportunities.

Thunderbird is a multi-decade project. We’re going to be here for a long time and our social licence, and ability to construct and operate the project in your community, comes down to your support and participation, for which we are grateful.

A number of local initiatives have captured my imagination over the past year, and highlights include the graduation of the inaugural group of Thunderbird trainees, the opening of a Thunderbird project office in Derby and the gifting of works by Kimberley Aboriginal artists to 15 of our global customers at a special marketing event in Singapore.

With Thunderbird virtually construction ready, and the Kimberley wet upon us, we have derisked wet season expenditure and works by refining our activities and schedule.  Corporately the Sheffield Board intends to use this window to conduct a formal and structured process to evaluate and progress potential strategic partnerships to bring Thunderbird into construction.

On behalf of Sheffield, I wish you a safe and happy new year. As we continue to enjoy the summer season, we are pleased to make a contribution to the Kimberley community.

Sheffield is honoured to support the Bungarun Reflection Courtyard project at the Sisters of St John of God Heritage Centre Broome, which involves the installation of a memorial and audio station, enhancing recognition and understanding of the Derby leprosarium story, which touches people throughout the Kimberley.

It is being officially opened on February 5 and we hope that it will provide a place for reflection and a sense of peace for many.

Bruce McFadzean

Managing Director
Sheffield Resources  
(L to R) Sheffield Senior Advisor External Affairs Kim Pervan, Heritage Centre Manager Sr Pat Rhatigan, Managing Director Bruce McFadzean and Helen Mary Martin at the SSJG Heritage Centre in Broome. Sheffield is supporting the construction of the Bungarun Reflection Courtyard. 
Thunderbird Project Status

Sheffield’s achievements in the past months support the successful delivery of Thunderbird. Some of these have taken longer than we initially expected. We thank the community for your support and patience.
  • Federal environmental approval was granted in September 2018, on the back of State approval in August, delivering the final key environmental approval for Thunderbird.
  • The Mining Lease was granted for Thunderbird in September 2018 by the WA Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety following a favourable National Native Title Tribunal decision.
  • Contracts have been executed with GR Engineering Services (GRES) to design and construct the mineral processing plant and facilities, and with ISS to provide mine site services including catering and cleaning requirements.
  • A Native Title agreement has been signed by Traditional Owners, providing for royalty payments, local and Aboriginal employment and business commitments and protection for Aboriginal heritage and for environment.
  • Funding agreements have been executed including a US$175m (A$240m) facility with Taurus Mining Finance Fund and A$95 million in loan facilities from the Federal Government's Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF).
  • Successful completion of equity raising for A$16 million.
  • UBS appointment in January 2019 - UBS, a leading global investment bank, to act as corporate adviser to Sheffield.  UBS will assist in considering strategic third party interest for funding and development of Thunderbird.
  • Woodside - EDL agreement signed in January 2019 - 15 year agreement with Woodside Energy and EDL for supply and delivery of over 1500 terajoules per year of LNG to the Thunderbird project,
Sheffield was proud to reach a Native Title agreement with Traditional Owners.  


Supporting local businesses

Local goods and service providers are supporting the development of Thunderbird with almost 100 West Kimberley businesses utilised in the past eight months.

Services provided include transport, rental, catering, water boring, building, earth-moving, training and storage.

In August 2018, we reported a $700,000 local spend for the previous six months. This rose significantly last year, with $7.2 million in local spend for the six months to mid-November.

Consultation in the community

More than 200 West Kimberley community members attended 26 consultation events in Derby, Broome and the Dampier Peninsula during recent past months.

They confirmed the importance of local jobs, contracts and training; safety on Loch Street Derby; environmental performance; and Aboriginal opportunity, as they relate to the development of Thunderbird.

The community asked for Sheffield to share more details when they become available. Of particular interest was their engagement with construction contractor GRES and village services contractor ISS, the Thunderbird training and work force plan and how Sheffield will create a workplace that reflects lifestyle values of the Kimberley.

A summary of the consultation and the next steps in the Thunderbird community impacts management process will be shared with the community in coming months.

Consultation event at Broome Circle with Thunderbird Environmental Consultant, Gayle Keys.
Health and Safety
We continue to develop our essential Safety Management System with a range of policies, standards, procedures and forms coming online, utilising various software packages to assist in managing our safety culture.

Drone survey

A drone survey of the Thunderbird Village under construction as part of planned Early Works has been undertaken, providing a snapshot of works in progress. The aerial imagery forms a benchmark for monitoring and managing changes to the village site and surrounding area over time. (Thanks to Broome’s Boab UAS)

Bilby expert

Sheffield has been working with respected bilby expert Rick Southgate of Envisage, who is also working with Main Roads on the Cape Leveque road. Rick is helping to train the Thunderbird Rangers and environment team, so they are well equipped to meet bilby protocol requirements in the terrestrial fauna environmental management plan.

Additional approvals

Sheffield has received State and Federal environmental approval for the development of Thunderbird, whilst a number of other approvals have also been granted in recent months, including:
  1. Licences for the construction of the Thunderbird groundwater borefield and the right to take water
  2. Approval of the Village and Mine Access Road Mining Proposal and of the Mine Closure Plan
  3. Approval of a Terrestrial Fauna Environmental Management Plan and of an Offset Strategy 
The Operations Mining Proposal and the Mine Closure Plan have been drafted, submitted to the Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety and are undergoing assessment. Approval is expected in the first quarter of 2019.
Waste water treatment plant at Thunderbird Village
Thunderbird Village taking shape - rooms and office
Thunderbird team members participate in onsite training with bilby expert Rick Southgate.
Our People

Thunderbird Trainees graduate

Sheffield was proud to recognise the graduates of the inaugural Thunderbird Group Training Program at a dinner in Broome.
Having successfully completed the Thunderbird four-month construction Work Ready Program in 2017, the graduating trainees, Jonathan Sesar, Mark Taylor, Bayden Rivers and Kassam Bin Rashid, were offered positions in the Thunderbird Group Training Program.
After a total of 14 months, Jonathan, Mark, Bayden and Kassam graduated in late 2018 with a Certificate 3 in Civil Construction and the opportunity for positions on the construction of Thunderbird.

The team has been working on the installation of the Thunderbird Village and the construction of the Mine Access Road, as a part of planned Early Works, becoming familiar with the routine and rosters.

Jonathan said the training program had led to the development of many worthwhile skills that he would put to good use as Thunderbird moves into construction.

“I am very grateful to be part of Sheffield and I intend to work with them for a long time. I will stick around,” Jonathan said.

“The skills I have learnt doing a Certificate 3 in Civil Construction mean I am handy on the tools and can drive machinery, a loader, water cart or roller.

“Challenges have related to the routine of long days, early starts and being away from family during rosters, but when we moved to live on site, I loved being on-country with a great team of people.”
Graduating Thunderbird Trainees, (L to R) Bayden Rivers, Jonathan Sesar, Mark Taylor and Kassam Bin Rashid.
Jonathan Sesar with family members.

Local Team Members

Geoff Williams - General Manager, Operations. Broome resident, Geoff is a highly experienced mining executive who has also been appointed Registered Manager for Thunderbird with responsibility for owner works construction, operational readiness and commissioning of the Thunderbird site and infrastructure.

Brad Horsman - Contracts & Commercial Superintendent. Brad is experienced in delivering building, infrastructure, energy and resources construction projects in contract development and management and brings significant expertise to the Thunderbird team. Brad lives in Broome.
Geoff Williams, General Manager, Thunderbird Operations.
News and Views

Senator Patrick Dodson, Thunderbird Trainees Graduate, 8 November 2018, GWN7 

“Clearly employment prospects are hard in the Kimberley at the moment. This is a good news story. It is starting to happen. Hopefullly it will be able to be built upon.” 

Click here to listen to the GWN7 video

Senator Matt Canavan, Canberra Media Conference, 19 September 2018

Senator Matt Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia at a press conference in Canberra announcing the A$95 million loan facility from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) that will support the development of Thunderbird.

"The myth that mining is part of an old economy is completely wrong. The modern economy has never needed the mining sector more than it does today; in mobile phones, in x-rays, and older products like ceramics and paints, they all need minerals to be made and the project we’re announcing today helps unlock these minerals that are essential for a modern economy.

"It’s great to be able to announce today a $95m loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility to open up a new opportunity for Western Australia and for our nation."

Click here to read more. 
Kimberley Shines in Singapore, 12 November 2018

Sheffield Resources shone a light on the Kimberley’s cultural heritage as it presented symbols of the Kimberley to its customers at the TZMI Mineral Sands Conference in Singapore. Works from local Kimberley Aboriginal artists Petrina Bedford, Tanisha Wungundin-Allies and Edna Dale, were very well received.

Each customer can meet their artist when they visit the West Kimberley to see the Thunderbird operation, supply chain and export facilities at Derby and Broome ports.

"An exquisite and unique work of art. It will remain one of my cherished collectibles received with gratitude at the extremely well organised customer appreciation meet by Sheffield and Bruce, Dave, Neil and Stu. Thanks!” Kapil Kumar represents Sheffield foundation customer Sukaso Ceracolors of India. Kamil received Three Wandjinas by Petrina Bedford.

"Tanisha is truly a very gifted artist and we feel honoured to receive this individual artwork. This will have pride of place in Zircon Minerals Malaysia and we look forward to hopefully meeting her when we visit the Thunderbird operation." Simon Brough, Zircon Minerals Malaysia

“As usual a very polished presentation from Sheffield management to a diverse international group of business partners and future customers of Thunderbird mineral sands products. Quite a special event showcasing the ancient and timeless art of the Mowanjum people which has been continued by present day talented young Aboriginal artists. We thank Sheffield for this unique opportunity to learn a little more about the rich cultural history of The Kimberley and its people.” Alex Pellizzoni, a valued business associate of Sheffield. Alex was gifted Wandjina and Lalgardi Boab Tree by Tanisha Wungundin-Allies.
Sheffield Managing Director Bruce McFadzean with Kapil Kumar from Sukaso Ceracolors. Sukaso is an Indian-based company and one of Sheffield's foundation customers. 
Sheffield Managing Director Bruce McFadzean (left) presents Wandjina and Lalgardi Boab Tree by Tanisha Wungundin-Allies to Alex Pellizzoni.  
Sheffield Managing Director Bruce McFadzean with Simon Brough and colleague from ZMM - presented with Wandjinas, by Tanisha Wungundin-Allies.
Sheffield has supported the Bungarun Reflection Courtyard, involving the installation of a memorial and audio station, enhancing recognition and understanding of the Derby leprosarium story. It is being opened on February 5pm at 4.45pm at SSJG Heritage Centre, 9 Barker Street, Broome.
Sheffield Resources is developing the Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project mid-way between Derby and Broome. With a mine life of 42 years, Thunderbird promises intergenerational employment, Aboriginal and regional development prospects. Exports are planned through the ports of Derby and Broome, with construction of the mine expected to commence in 2019.

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