Sundance Resources

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Sundance Resources Limited
Traded as ASXSDL
Industry Resources
Headquarters Perth, Australia
Products Iron ore

Sundance Resources Limited (SDL) is an Australian mining company, based in Perth, Western Australia, whose main assets are iron ore leases in Cameroon near Mbalam, and across the border in the Republic of Congo.

To exploit these leases, a 500 km railway (or perhaps a slurry pipeline) is required to a new multi-user port at Lolabé[1] on the Atlantic coast. Sundance hopes to start production at the project in [needs update].[2]

It made headlines in June 2010 when all of the company's directors and some other officers were killed in an airplane crash in the Republic of Congo.[3][4]

Company history[edit]

Sundance Resources was listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, the ASX, in 1993,[3] then under the name of St Francis Mining NL (SFM). It changed this name to St Francis Mining Limited in October 1999.[5] It traded under this name for only a short time before becoming the St Francis Group Limited (SFG) in June 2000.[6] In December 2003, the St Francis Group Limited became Sundance Resources Limited (SDL), the company's current name.[7][8]

Apart from being listed on the ASX, the company is also traded on over-the-counter markets in Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg and Stuttgart, Germany.[3]

Mbalam project[edit]

Sundance announced the acquisition of a 100% interest, since reduced to 90%,[9] in Cam Iron SA, a company incorporated in Cameroon, in March 2006. Cam was the owner of exploration permit No 92 which covered an area of 875 square kilometres over the Mbalam iron ore province. Mbalam is located about 300 km east-southeast of the capital city of Yaoundé in the southern part of Cameroon. The deposit was identified in 1982 by the United Nations Development Fund. [10]

Republic of Congo[edit]

Sundance also holds an 85% interest in iron ore deposits across the border in the Republic of Congo, which would be served by a branch off the main railway.


On 19 June 2010, an airplane crash in the Republic of Congo killed many of the company's executives including the entire board of directors, consisting of the following people:[3][11]

Additionally, a further five people were killed in the accident: two pilots, a consultant for Sundance and a British and a French citizen.[3]

The company halted its African operations and ordered staff to help find the plane. Trading of its shares was also halted and Peter Canterbury was named acting chief executive.[4] Former chairman George Jones said that the disappearance of the entire board would not spell the end for the company.[12]


Strictly speaking, if there are no surviving board members, then there is no-one to appoint new members to a new board. However, ASIC, the corporate regulator, has approved the co-option of a former chairman to co-opt other members to a new board, which will be put before a shareholder's meeting at the earliest practical opportunity.



  • a deal was struck with Legend Resources, also of Australia, to share railway and port infrastructure.


  • September - deal to build railway [13]

Hanlong takeover attempt[edit]

In October 2011, the Chinese Hanlong Group launched a takeover attempt for Sundance. Although an agreement was reached to purchase the company, the deal fell through in April 2013 when Hanlong was unable to meet its funding obligations.[14][15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Chinese company to build West African port for Sundance project". Mineweb. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  2. ^ Welcome to Sundance Resources Sundance website, accessed: 24 June 2010
  3. ^ a b c d e Missing Aircraft Update Sundance ASX announcement, published: 21 June 2010, accessed: 24 June 2010
  4. ^ a b No survivors in plane crash: Sundance Resources The Australian, published: 22 June 2010, accessed: 24 June 2010
  5. ^ ST FRANCIS MINING NL (SFM), accessed: 25 June 2010
  6. ^ ST FRANCIS MINING LIMITED (SFM), accessed: 25 June 2010
  7. ^ ST FRANCIS GROUP LIMITED (SFG), accessed: 25 June 2010
  8. ^ SUNDANCE RESOURCES LIMITED (SDL), accessed: 25 June 2010
  9. ^ Mbalam Iron Ore Project Sundance website, accessed: 26 June 2010
  10. ^ STOCK EXCHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT ACQUISITION OF CAM IRON (SA) AND $3.6 MILLION CAPITAL RAISING Sundance ASX announcement, published: 3 March 206, accessed: 24 June 2010
  11. ^ Board of directors Sundance website, accessed: 24 June 2010
  12. ^ Mining magnate Ken Talbot, 10 others feared killed in plane crash, published: 21 June 2010, accessed: 24 June 2010
  13. ^
  14. ^ Sundance accepts lower takeover bid
  15. ^ Peter Ker (2013-04-09). "Sundance slumps after Hanlong bid fails". The Sydney Morning Herald. 

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