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A Cost model of deep ocean mining and associated regulatory issues

Author: J D Nyhart; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sea Grant Program.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Massachusetts Institute of Technology, [1978]
Series: Report (Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sea Grant Program), no. MITSG 78-4.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J D Nyhart; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sea Grant Program.
OCLC Number: 3917140
Notes: "March 1, 1978."
Grant 04-7-158-44079.
"Index no. 78-304-Emp."
Description: 367 pages in various pagings : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Contents: Introduction to the study --
Long and short term policy interests of the United States in deep ocean mining --
Use of the study model in analyzing domestic and international policy issues bearing on the profitability of ocean mining --
Technological prospects for exploitation --
Informing policy makers on the economic and financial aspects of the institutional decisions --
The model --
Analysis based on the model --
Overview of the technology of deep ocean mining --
Preparation for the mining operation --
Commercial mining --
Processing --
The deep ocean minion model --
Prospecting and exploration --
Mining --
Mining sector capital costs --
The mining platform --
Power plant --
Pipe handling system --
Lift system --
Navigation and control --
Mining sector operating costs --
Multiple mineship mining systems --
Transport --
Transport sector capital costs --
Transport vessels --
Slurry system --
Transport sector operating costs --
Processing --
Capital cost estimation --
Operating cost estimation --
Financial analysis --
Project scheduling --
Escalation --
Annual net cash flow estimation --
Gross revenues --
Annual capital investment --
Debt financing --
Restrictive covenants --
Repayment --
Total costs --
Annual federal income tax payments --
Depreciation --
Interest --
Depletion --
Tax loss credit --
Other tax credits --
Investment credit --
Net income --
Economic return estimation --
Net present valuation --
Internal rate of return method --
Payback period --
Delays --
The initial value of the model's main parameters --
Initial values of input variables in the prospecting and exploration section --
Initial values of input variables int he mining sector --
Initial values of input variables in the transportation section --
Initial values of input variables in the processing sector --
Initial values of input variables in the financial analysis section --
Cost estimation results --
Introduction --
Baseline cost results --
Summary of estimated capital and operating expenses prior to commencing commercial operation and annual operating expenses --
Prospecting and exploration costs --
Capital expenses --
Operating expenses --
Changes in costs due to variation of parameters --
Variations of assumptions of the model --
Multiple mineship system --
Increased transportation distances --
U.S. Construction and crew costs for the transportation sector --
Results of economic return analysis --
Introduction --
Summary of baseline operational results and economic return analysis --
Display of economic return measures --
Changes in economic return due to variation of parameters --
Gross annual revenue and determinants --
Revenue --
Mineral prices --
Production rate --
Ore grade --
Annual operating costs and components --
Total capital costs and components --
Summary --
Variations in assumptions of the model --
Delays --
Skewed capital investment --
Escalation --
Exploration program --
U.S. construction and crews --
Debt structure --
Capitalization of R & D and exploration expenditures --
Depreciation --
Depletion --
Analyzing U.S. legislative proposals --
Desirability of legislation --
Contributions to national income --
Facilitation of debt financing --
Impact of delays --
Policy options --
U.S. bottoms and U.S. crew --
Absence of restriction or incentive --
U.S. construction and crew in the domestic trade --
foreign trade characterization --
Depletion allowance --
Computation of the values of the guaranty --
Effect of guaranty provisions on project net present value --
Effect of political risk on project profitability and cost to the government --
Effect of resale value on project profitability in the event of termination due to political action --
Political risk coverage --
Prospecting and exploration --
Cost estimation of the mining sector --
Transport sector --
Cost estimation of the processing sector --
Financial analysis --
Note on percentage depletion --
Documentation.
Series Title: Report (Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sea Grant Program), no. MITSG 78-4.
Responsibility: J.D. Nyhart [and others].

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