Carbon Energy Limited (ASX:CNX) Successfully Completes A$20 Million Capital Raising
Strong interest both domestically and internationally from institutional and sophisticated investors has resulted in the issue being oversubscribed.
Major shareholder Pacific Road Resources Fund 1 (PRRF) has corner-stoned the issue by agreeing to take approximately A$10 million of the placement (30,303,030 shares), elevating its shareholding in the Company to approximately 9%. Major shareholder Incitec Pivot Limited (ASX:IPL) (PINK:ICPVY) also participated in the placement to maintain its shareholding in the Company above 10%.
The placement has been conducted by Southern Cross Equities and will be progressed under the 15% placement capacity of the Company. Placement shares will rank pari passu with existing fully paid ordinary shares. It is anticipated that Funds raised by the placement to institutional and sophisticated shareholders will be received within 7 days and placement shares will be issued at that time. Funds from PRRF are on a deferred settlement basis and will be received within 30 days, with shares to be issued following receipt of those funds.
Funds to Advance Australian and Chilean Projects
The funds raised will be utilised to complete the Company's 5MW Power Station and associated facilities at Bloodwood Creek near Dalby in Queensland, and commence ignition of UCG Panel 2, with electricity generation expected to commence in the first quarter of 2011, subject to State Government approvals being received.
Additionally, these funds will enable the completion of surface facilities for Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) Panel 3. When commissioned in 2011 Panel 3 will enable Carbon Energy to demonstrate the operation of a multiple panel production facility required for future large scale power generation developments.
The Company will also undertake several other activities to advance its Queensland projects, these being; a prefeasibility study into the production of high value products such as Ammonia and Synthetic Natural Gas, applications and approvals required for Carbon Energy's Blue Gum Energy Park and exploration activities.
In addition to the activities the Company is progressing in Queensland, funds will be allocated to Carbon Energy's project in Mulpun Chile which is being undertaken in conjunction with the Company's partner, Antofagasta Minerals. Drilling and construction of the first UCG Panel in Chile is due to commence early 2011, as is the contract for Front End Engineering & Design (FEED) for the above ground operational facilities.
Chile is recognised as providing an ideal market opportunity for Carbon Energy given that Chile's energy demand is forecast to grow at 6% to 7% annually over the next decade further aggravating the current under-supply of domestic energy. Chile is highly exposed to increases in the already high price of imported supplies of diesel, natural gas, LNG and coal.
Funds will also be allocated for market development initiatives in North America and Europe.
About Carbon Energy Limited
Carbon Energy (ASX:CNX) (OTCMKTS:CNXAY) is building a gas business, utilising its unique keyseam technology.
The Company is committed to providing industrial gas users with an affordable and secure source of high quality feedstock, as gas prices remain strong, through increased demand across our key markets.
Carbon Energy is the only company to complete a full-lifecycle, commercial scalable underground gasification trial. The Company's keyseam technology has successfully accomplished all the recommendations outlined by the Queensland government's Independent Scientific Panel (ISP) which included intense, independent environmental scrutiny.
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