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To: LoneClone who wrote (18153)4/8/2021 12:04:26 PM
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Piedmont increases lithium resource

8th April 2021

By: Esmarie Iannucci
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor: Australasia

PERTH ( – Lithium miner Piedmont Lithium has reported a 40% increase in its lithium resource at its namesake project in North Carolina.

The ASX-listed company on Thursday announced that the total mineral resource estimate for the Piedmont project now stood at 39.2-million tonnes, at 1.09% lithium oxide, for an estimated 422 000 t of lithium oxide and 1.04-million tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent.

Piedmont noted that some 55% of the mineral resource estimate is classified as indicated.

“Increasing the scale of our North Carolina mineral resource establishes our asset as one of the largest spodumene resources in North America, and the only one in the US,” said Piedmont president and CEO Keith Phillips.

“The expanded resource offers the potential for increased annual lithium production, something we will evaluate as we prepare our updated scoping study for release next month.

“All this is coming together at an ideal time, as the public and private sectors dramatically increase their investment in the electrification of America. Given the scope and strategic location of our Piedmont lithium project, we believe we are ideally positioned to play a critical role in helping the US build a clean energy economy and a US-based electric vehicle supply chain,” said Phillips.

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To: LoneClone who wrote (18154)4/8/2021 12:11:59 PM
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Rio Tinto produces battery-grade lithium from waste rock at US mine

7th April 2021

By: Mariaan Webb
Creamer Media Deputy Editor Online

Diversified major Rio Tinto has started production of battery-grade lithium from waste rock at a lithium demonstration plant at the Boron mine in California.

The demonstration plant is the next step in scaling up what the company states is a breakthrough lithium production process developed at Boron – to recover the critical mineral and extract additional value out of waste piles from more than 90 years of mining at the operation.

“This is a valuable next step in scaling up our production of lithium at the Boron site, all from using waste material without the need for further mining,” Rio Tinto Minerals CE Sinead Kaufman says in a statement.

An initial small-scale trial in 2019 successfully proved the process of roasting and leaching waste rock to recover high grades of lithium.

The demonstration plant has a design capacity of 10 t/y of battery grade lithium. The plant will be run throughout 2021 to optimise the process and to inform the miner’s feasibility assessment for progressing to a production scale plant of at least 5 000 t/y.

Best known for its iron-ore, aluminium and copper offerings, Rio Tinto is keen to expand more into battery metals. The company’s lithium pipeline also includes the Jadar lithium/borate project, in Serbia, for which a feasibility study is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

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Greenland Mining halts trading as Kvanefjeld rare earth future questioned

8th April 2021

By: Esmarie Iannucci
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor: Australasia

PERTH ( – ASX-listed Greenland Minerals went into a trading halt on Thursday after reports emerged that its Kvanefjeld rare earths project would be halted.

Reuters earlier reported that the leader of the Inuit Ataqatigiit party, which won a snap election earlier this week, had told State broadcaster DR that the project would be halted.

The miner in February announced plans to extend the consultation period for its proposed rare earths project until June 1, as logistical constraints brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic had created increased logistical challenges in holding public meetings and information forums, while the government has also closed its borders between February 1 and February 28, imposing further limitations for specialist advisers and independent experts to participate in the consultation.

The company at the time also warned that looming municipal elections could affect the consultation process.

The Kvanefjeld project is expected to cost some $505-million to develop and is expected to produce 32 000 t/y of rare earth oxide over an initial mine life of 37 years, based on a 108-million-tonne ore reserve

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To: LoneClone who wrote (18156)4/8/2021 5:28:59 PM
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Cornish Metals: Drill Programme Underway at United Downs Copper-Tin Project

Cornish Metals Inc
Thu., April 8, 2021, 12:00 a.m.·5 min read

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (“Cornish Metals” or the “Company”), is pleased to report that it has commenced diamond drilling at its United Downs copper-tin project in Cornwall UK. As stated previously, the objective of the drilling programme is to follow-up the high-grade copper-tin mineralisation in drill hole GWDD-002 that intersected 14.69 metres (“m”) at 8.45% copper (“Cu”) and 1.19% tin (“Sn”) (see news release dated April 6, 2020).

Richard Williams, CEO of Cornish Metals, stated, “We are all very excited to start this drill programme, following on from our successful AIM listing. The first phase of the programme will focus on tracing the high-grade copper-tin structure along strike to determine its full extent.”


Cornish Metals completed the acquisition of the South Crofty tin and United Downs copper / tin projects, plus additional mineral rights located in Cornwall, UK, in July 2016 (see Company news release dated July 12, 2016). The additional mineral rights cover an area of approximately 15,000 hectares and are distributed throughout Cornwall. Some of these mineral rights cover old mines that were historically worked for copper, tin, zinc, and tungsten.

The United Downs copper-tin project is located in the historic Gwennap mining district, which was an area of high grade copper mining in the 1700s and 1800s (United and Consolidated Mines). More recently, the Wheal Jane mine (immediately east of the United Downs project) and Mount Wellington mine (within the United Downs project area) were in production up until 1991 and 1978, respectively. All of the mines in the vicinity were underground operations, extending up to approximately 500m below surface. Mineralisation remains open to depth beneath these mines, as evidenced by drilling results from GWDD-002 in 2020, which intersected 4.04m grading 4.4% Cu and 2.06% Sn at a downhole depth of 638.85m – 642.89m beneath the United Mine (see news release dated November 18, 2020).

The South Crofty project covers the former producing South Crofty tin mine located beneath the towns of Pool and Camborne, Cornwall. South Crofty mine closed in 1998 following over 400 years of continuous production. Since acquiring the project in 2016, Cornish Metals has completed and published maiden NI 43-101 mineral resources for South Crofty using the vast archive of historical production data and more recent drilling completed between 2007 and 2013. In 2017, Cornish Metals completed a Preliminary Economic Assessment that demonstrated the economic viability of re-opening the mine. Additionally, Cornish Metals has undertaken extensive pilot-scale water treatment trials and successfully applied for and received the necessary environmental permits to abstract, treat and discharge mine water in order to dewater the mine. Planning permissions for the operation of the mine and re-development of the surface facilities have been secured and construction of the water treatment plant foundations commenced. The dewatering pumps, variable speed drives and new high-voltage power supply have been delivered to site.


The technical information in this news release has been compiled by Mr. Owen Mihalop. Mr. Mihalop has reviewed and takes responsibility for the data and geological interpretation. Mr. Owen Mihalop (MCSM, BSc (Hons), MSc, FGS, MIMMM, CEng) is Chief Operating Officer for Cornish Metals Inc. and has sufficient experience relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined under the JORC Code (2012) and as a Qualified Person under NI 43-101. Mr. Mihalop consents to the inclusion in this announcement of the matters based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.


“Richard D. Williams”
Richard D. Williams, P.Geo

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Caution regarding forward looking statements

This news release contains “forward-looking statements”. Forward-looking statements, while based on management’s best estimates and assumptions at the time such statements are made, are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: risks related to receipt of regulatory approvals, risks related to general economic and market conditions; risks related to the COVID-19 global pandemic and any variants of COVID-19 which may arise; risks related to the availability of financing; the timing and content of upcoming work programs; actual results of proposed exploration activities; possible variations in Mineral Resources or grade; failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; accidents, labour disputes, title disputes, claims and limitations on insurance coverage and other risks of the mining industry; changes in national and local government regulation of mining operations, tax rules and regulations.

Although Cornish Metals has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Cornish Metals undertakes no obligation or responsibility to update forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

  • The drilling programme has been contracted to Priority Drilling Ltd., under the supervision of Cornish Metals’ geological team; and

  • The drill programme will be run with full COVID safe guidelines, policies and procedures in place.

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    To: LoneClone who wrote (18157)4/8/2021 5:38:31 PM
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    Piedmont Increases Lithium Resources By 40%

    Thu., April 8, 2021, 3:00 a.m.·2 min read

  • Piedmont Lithium Project’s Global Mineral Resources increased to 39.2 Mt @ 1.09% Li2O

  • Exploration and infill drilling continues with five rigs operating on the Core property

  • The updated resource base will underpin the Scoping Study update targeted for May 2021

  • A further resource update will precede the DFS scheduled for September 2021 release

  • Piedmont Lithium Limited ("Piedmont" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:PLL; ASX:PLL) is pleased to announce an updated Global Mineral Resource estimate ("MRE") (Table 1) for the Company’s flagship Piedmont Lithium Project in North Carolina, USA which includes updated Mineral Resource estimates from the Core and Central properties and an initial Mineral Resource estimate from the Huffstetler property (Table 2). The total MRE for the project is 39.2 Mt at 1.09% Li2O (Figure 1), with 55% of the MRE currently classified in the Indicated category. The Mineral Resource estimate is reported in accordance with JORC Code (2012 Edition).

    Table 1: Piedmont Lithium Global Mineral Resources Estimate (MRE)

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    Keith D. Phillips, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: "Increasing the scale of our North Carolina mineral resource to 39.2 Mt at 1.09% Li2O establishes our asset as one of the largest spodumene resources in North America – and the only one in the United States. The expanded resource offers the potential for increased annual lithium production, something we will evaluate as we prepare our updated Scoping Study for release next month. All this is coming together at an ideal time, as the public and private sectors dramatically increase their investment in the electrification of America. Given the scope and strategic location of our Piedmont Lithium Project, we believe we are ideally positioned to play a critical role in helping the United States build a clean energy economy and a U.S. based EV supply chain."

    To view the complete ASX Release, click here.

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    Keith D. Phillips
    President & CEO
    T: +1 973 809 0505

    Brian Risinger
    Vice President – Corporate Communications
    T: +1 704 910 9688

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    To: LoneClone who wrote (18158)4/8/2021 5:45:37 PM
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    Nickel Rock Completes Phase One Lithium Drilling at Clayton Valley, Nevada

    Thu., April 8, 2021, 5:00 a.m.·6 min read

    VANCOUVER, BC, April 8, 2021 /CNW/ -- Nickel Rock Resources Inc. ("the Company") (TSXV: NICL) (OTCQB: NIKLF) is pleased to announce the conclusion of an initial exploratory drilling test on their Clayton Valley Project, Esmeralda County, Nevada, USA. This strategic land package, covering approximately 2,300 acres (930 ha), directly adjoins a western portion of lithium producer Albemarle's (NYSE: ALB) evaporation ponds and is nearby Cyprus Development Corp.'s (TSXV: CYP) 5,430-acre Clayton Valley Lithium Clay Project.

    Clayton Valley Lithium Project
    The program consisted of three reverse circulation holes totaling 356 meters (1155 feet). The holes were intended to test the presence of lithium bearing clay members of the lakebed sediments. Drillhole RCV-01, drilled to a depth of 130m (425 feet), was designed to twin a geothermal gradient hole drilled by a previous explorer. Results of this hole correlated with the log of the previous hole including intervals of volcanic ash and dark green clay. Hole RCV-02, located approximately 1260 meters north of RCV-01 was drilled to a depth of 135.6m (445 ft) and penetrated a section consisting primarily of rhyolitic volcanic ash and interbedded sediments. It penetrated a 4.5-meter section of dark green clay before entering the metamorphic alluvium. Poor drilling conditions and high-water flows ended the hole before reaching the target depth but after successfully evaluating the lake sediment section. Hole RCV-03, located 3,890m (12,762 ft) north from Hole RCV-01, was designed to look for a perched section of volcanoclastic sediments beneath an alluvial fan. Previous water well logs indicated a layer of clay, ash, and silt beneath the alluvium and above the bedrock. Apparently, this hole was located too close to the pediment and encountered metamorphosed dolomite at a depth of 56 meters (185 feet) and about the projected elevation of the sedimentary section. The hole lost circulation in an apparent karst horizon at 68.5 meters (225 feet) and was terminated at 79.2 meters (260 ft) without regaining sample return.

    The samples collected from holes RCV-01 and RCV-02 have been shipped for sample preparation and analysis in Sparks, Nevada. Several water samples collected during the drilling program will soon be shipped and analyzed for lithium brine.

    Potential lithium bearing clays, within lake sediments and ash beds, were previously reported in rough drillers logs of historic geothermal exploration wells on file with the Nevada State Engineers office (permit #66034A). Well, GPXM2 (1994) reported "green to olive green siltstone, mudstone and clay" over a thickness of 510 ft (155.4m) from 130 ft (39.6m) to 640 ft (195m). In January of 2006, Western Geothermal partners drilled hole WGP#2 to a depth of 405 feet (123m) in the Goat Island graben. According to their reports, this hole cut interbedded zones of gravel, silt, and hot spring apron material. More importantly, "from 280ft (85.3m) to 305 ft (93m) fine grained green sand and silt logged as volcanic ash was encountered. This unit may be correlative to the Main Ash Aquifer, which is a marker bed in other areas of the Clayton Valley Basin."

    Mr. Robert Setter, Company President and CEO comments "Lithium clay exploration is booming again in Clayton Valley. The recently completed reverse circulation drilling program allowed our geological team to identify various clay and ash in each drill hole completed. Now that the current exploration program is done, groundwork for a more significant exploration program will soon get under way. We are excited about this opportunity in Nevada, the reverse circulation drilling program has been helpful in identifying important geological information on the sedimentary layers which will be used assist the geos in planning future exploration on our strategically located project located next to Albemarle Inc. and near Cypress Minerals in Clayton Valley."

    Mr. Alan Morris, Geological Consultant and Project QP, further comments "The clay layers encountered in the 1994 geothermal well are beneath gravel and alluvial cover and do not form obvious outcrops. This current drilling program has helped to define the clay layers, as well as, the determination of concealed faults which the Company believes to be important in the formation of lithium-bearing clays."

    About Clayton Valley Lithium Project

    Clayton Valley is a down-dropped closed basin formed by the Miocene age Great Basin extension and is still active due to movement along the Walker Lane structural zone. As a result, the basin has preserved multiple layers of lithium bearing volcanic ash, resulting from multiple eruptive events over the past 6 million years including eruptions from the 700,000-year-old Long Valley Caldera system and related events. These ash layers are thought to contribute to the lithium brines extracted by Albemarle and are also likely involved in the formation of the exposed lithium rich clay deposits on the east side of Clayton Valley.

    Qualified person

    Alan Morris is a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has approved the technical information contained within this news release.

    About Nickel Rock Resources Inc.

    Nickel Rock Resources is a Canadian-based mineral exploration company with a highly focused effort on exploration for high-value battery metals required for the electric vehicle (EV) market. The company recently announced several acquisitions resulting in a significant property package prospective for awaruite, a naturally occurring nickel-iron alloy important in the manufacture of environmentally efficient batteries for the electric vehicle markets globally.

    Nickel Projects

    The Mount Sidney Williams Group consists of five claim blocks in four groups with a total area of 6,125.32 hectares in the area surrounding Mount Sidney Williams, both adjoining and near the Decar project of FPX Nickel Corp., located 100 kilometres northwest of Fort St. James, B.C., in the Omineca mining division. Metallic mineralization includes nickel, cobalt, and chromium. At least some of the nickel mineralization occurs as awaruite.

    The Mitchell Range Group area claim consist of two contiguous claim blocks covering 3,134.70 hectares with demonstrated metallic mineralization including nickel, cobalt, and chromium. Nickel-cobalt mineralization has not been well explored, but the presence of awaruite has been documented. The company is planning detailed exploration for the upcoming exploration season.

    On Behalf of the Board of Directors
    "Robert Setter"
    Robert Setter, President & CEO

    Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This news release may contain forward-looking statements which include, but are not limited to, comments that involve future events and conditions, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Except for statements of historical facts, comments that address resource potential, upcoming work programs, geological interpretations, receipt and security of mineral property titles, availability of funds, and others are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements are not guaranteeing future performance and actual results may vary materially from those statements. General business conditions are factors that could cause actual results to vary materially from forward-looking statements.

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    To: LoneClone who wrote (18159)4/8/2021 5:48:18 PM
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    Lithium South: Bulk Brine Sample for Direct Lithium Extraction Test Work

    Thu., April 8, 2021, 5:00 a.m.·3 min read

    VANCOUVER, BC, April 8, 2021 /CNW/ -- Lithium South Development Corporation (the "Company") (TSX-V: LIS) (OTCQB: LISMF) (Frankfurt: OGPQ) is pleased to report the initiation of a bulk brine sample program at the Hombre Muerto North Lithium Project (HMN Li Project), located in Salta Province, Argentina. The sample program will be completed under the supervision of William Feyerabend, a Consulting Geologist and Qualified Person to the Company. A 6,000-liter sample will be obtained for shipment to China, and North America for Direct Lithium Extraction test work.

    The project has two pumping wells currently installed on the Tramo Claim, which contains a NI 43-101 lithium carbonate equivalent resource as defined in a Preliminary Economic Assessment filed August 2019, and available at the Company website. The brine will be accessed through well number one, and after a 12-hour pump out, the sample will be taken. A 2,000-liter bulk brine sample will be received in Chengdu China, by Chemphys for further testing of their XFP DLE process. The remainder of the sample will be used for test work in Salta, Argentina and North America, further details to be provided.

    The HMN Li Project is located on the Hombre Muerto Salar, the premier lithium-producing salar in Argentina. The property is adjacent to land under development by the Korean multinational corporation POSCO, which acquired the ground from Galaxy Resources Ltd. For U.S. $ 280 million. The Company completed a Preliminary Economic Assessment of the HMN Li Project in 2019, utilizing conventional evaporation extraction. The Company is focused on evaluating alternative extraction methods for the HMN Li Project and plans to become a leader in the application of Direct Lithium Extraction technology at the project level.

    Mr. William Feyerabend, Consulting Geologist and a Qualified Person under NI 43-101, approves of the scientific content of this press release.

    Investors / Shareholders:

    Toll Free: 855-415-8100

    Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed the content of this news release and therefore does not accept responsibility or liability for the adequacy or accuracy of the contents of this news release.

    The securities referred to in this news release have not been, nor will they be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, U.S. persons absent U.S. registration or an applicable exemption from the U.S. registration requirements.

    This news release does not constitute an offer for sale of securities for sale, nor a solicitation for offers to buy any securities. Any public offering of securities in the United States must be made by means of a prospectus containing detailed information about the company and management, as well as financial statements.

    On behalf of the board of directors of Lithium South Development Corporation

    Adrian F. C. Hobkirk
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Direct line: 954-684-8040


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    To: LoneClone who wrote (18160)4/8/2021 5:49:49 PM
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    Noram Completes Drone Survey of the Zeus Lithium Project Area & Corporate Update

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 1:55 AM

    VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / April 7, 2021 / Noram Ventures Inc. ("Noram" or the "Company") (TSXV:NRM)(Frankfurt:N7R)(OTCQB:NRVTF) is pleased to announce that the Company has completed a drone survey of the Zeus Project area. The survey was conducted by Strix Imaging: Aerial Mapping and Imaging Services. Strix Imaging is a Douglas County, Nevada based aerial imaging and mapping company. Strix uses fixed-wing drones to provide high accuracy topographic maps, orthophotos, full planimetrics, volumetrics and change detection to industry. By utilizing unmanned aerial mapping technology, Strix is often able to significantly discount its aerial mapping deliverables for its customers, as compared to traditional methods of manned aerial mapping. Strix relies on larger fixed-wing systems for drone mapping because they can cover a much broader area much more efficiently than quadcopters.

    "The drone survey has provided Noram Ventures with both detailed aerial photography and detailed topographic coverage of the Zeus property. The survey will allow a much more accurate top surface for the calculation of future resource estimates and for the upcoming Preliminary Economic Assessment. The survey results appear to be of excellent quality and have already proved useful for project planning," commented Brad Peek, CPG and Qualified Person for all 5 phases of drilling conducted on the Zeus Project by Noram.

    Corporate Update

    The Company would also like to update shareholders that Noram is in receipt of a claim filed by former officer and director, Mark Ireton ("Ireton") sole officer and director of Ireton Consulting Inc., both of which are parties to the claim. Ireton makes various claims for financial compensation and damages. These claims are without merit and Noram has filed a response accordingly. The Company will not accept false statements and will proceed with this litigation as aggressively and expeditiously as possible.

    About Noram Ventures Inc.

    Noram Ventures Inc. (TSX - Venture: NRM / Frankfurt: N7R / OTCQB: NRVTF) is a Canadian based junior exploration company, with a goal of developing lithium deposits and becoming a low - cost supplier. The Company's primary business is the Zeus Lithium Project ("Zeus") in Clayton Valley, Nevada. The Zeus Project has a current resource estimate of 124 million tonnes at 1136 ppm lithium as Indicated Resources, and 77 million tonnes lithium at 1045 ppm lithium as Inferred Resources (900 ppm Li cut-off: 1.18 million tonnes lithium carbonate equivalent - "LCE".

    Noram's long term strategy is to build a multi-national lithium minerals company to produce and sell lithium into the markets of Europe, North America and Asia.

    Please visit our web site for further information:


    /s/ "Anita Algie"

    Director and CFO
    Office: (604) 553-2279

    Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This news release may contain forward-looking information which is not comprised of historical facts. Forward-looking information involves risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events, results, performance, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Forward-looking information in this news release includes statements regarding, among other things, the completion transactions completed in the Agreement. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking information include, but are not limited to, regulatory approval processes. Although Noram believes that the assumptions used in preparing the forward-looking information in this news release are reasonable, including that all necessary regulatory approvals will be obtained in a timely manner, undue reliance should not be placed on such information, which only applies as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. Noram disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws

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    [Graphite] Lomiko La Loutre Metallurgical Testing Produces Concentrate Grading 97.8% Carbon and 93.5% Graphite Recovery

    Wed., April 7, 2021, 4:55 a.m.·7 min read

    Lomiko Metals Inc. (TSX-V: LMR, OTC: LMRMF, FSE: DH8C) (Lomiko or the "Company") is pleased to provide an update on its La Loutre graphite project ("La Loutre"), located in Quebec, Canada. La Loutre comprises the Graphene-Battery (GB) zone and the Electric Vehicle (EV) Zone. The names of the zones are not reflective of the products each will produce but generally indicate applications of products. The recent testwork program confirmed that each zone will produce similar products.

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    Quebec Crystalline Flake Graphite (Photo: Business Wire)


  • A metallurgical flowsheet development program was carried out on two composite samples of La Loutre graphite project. One composite was generated from mineralized samples from the EV zone yielding 9.70% graphitic carbon, and the second composite from drill core of the GB zone yielding 4.80% graphitic carbon.

  • The process development was carried out on both composites and resulted in a flowsheet and conditions that are suitable to treat both zones of La Loutre mineralization in the same processing plant.

  • The program culminated in a locked cycle test ("LCT") that generated a combined concentrate grading 97.8% total carbon at 93.5% graphite recovery.

  • Although the two mineralized zones produced noticeably different flake size distributions, they responded equally well to the same flowsheet and conditions with combined concentrate grades of over 97% total carbon.

  • "These very encouraging results of initial testing suggest that La Loutre graphite may be suitable for high-end industrial use," stated A. Paul Gill, CEO. "Our next step is to complete a Preliminary Economic Assessment."

    Technical Discussion

    Process Development

    In January 2021, a metallurgical process development program was initiated at SGS Minerals in Lakefield, Ontario. The objective of the program was to develop the flowsheet and conditions suitable to upgrade La Loutre mineralization to at least 95% total carbon.

    Metallurgical development work was carried out on two composites representing the two zones. The process development program produced a flowsheet and conditions that generated concentrates of over 97% total carbon for both mineralized zones. The equipment and reagents selected for the process are well established in the mineral processing field and are consistent with other graphite projects. The flowsheet, which is depicted in Figure 1, comprises rougher/scavenger flotation stage, followed by a primary and secondary cleaning circuit.

    The GB composite produced a final concentrate with a significantly higher mass recovery into the +80 mesh size fraction of approximately 50% compared to 25-30% for the EV composite. However, both composites responded equally well to the same flowsheet and conditions, producing combined concentrate grades that are consistently at least 97% C(t).

    The program culminated in a locked cycle test (LCT) using a 50:50 blend of the two mineralized zones. The overall mass balance is presented in Table 1. The mill feed grading 7.60% carbon was upgraded to a combined concentrate grading 98.5% carbon at an overall graphite recovery of 93.5%.

    Table 1: Mass Balance of Locked Cycle Test LCT-1

    Sample ID


    Assays (%)

    % Distribution




    Combined Concentrate




    +80 Mesh 2nd Clnr Conc




    +80 mesh 1st Clnr Tails




    -80 mesh 3rd Clnr Conc




    -80 mesh 1st Clnr Conc




    1st Clnr Tails




    Scav Tails




    Head (calc)




    The final concentrates of the three cycles that were used to develop the overall mass balance were submitted for a size fraction analysis (SFA), and the average results of the three SFAs are presented in Table 2. The combined concentrate grade of 97.8% total carbon is slightly lower compared to the direct concentrate analysis of the LCT mass balance, which is related to measurement uncertainties associated with assay methods.

    A total of 32.4% of the concentrate mass reported to the +80 mesh size fractions at a combined grade of 97.8% total carbon. Another 10.8% of the mass was recovered into the -80/+100 mesh product at a grade of 98.2% and the balance of 56.8% reported to the -100 mesh size fractions at a combined grade 97.7% total carbon.

    One of the primary applications for the -100 mesh size fraction is the value-add process to produce spherical graphite for batteries. The ability to upgrade the fines size fraction to almost 98% total carbon by flotation only might have a positive impact on downstream purification costs since concentrations of impurities are often proportional to purification cost.

    Table 2: Average Size Fraction Analysis Results of LCT-1






















































    Preliminary comminution tests produced Bond ball mill work indices of 6.9 kWh/t for the EV zone and 11.2 kWh/t for the GB zone, which places La Loutre mineralization into the very soft to soft category, which is favourable for minimizing grinding energy costs.

    Next Steps

    Variability flotation testing on four composites that made up the two development composites will be performed to complete the scoping level metallurgical study.

    The combined concentrate of the LCT will be subjected to chemical and mineralogical characterization, which will determine the type and association of the remaining impurities in the graphite concentrate. This information will be used to commence marketing initiatives for La Loutre graphite concentrate.

    The current process development program will be completed within the next couple of weeks, and the company commenced work on a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) study.

    During the next phase of metallurgical testing, conditions of the existing flowsheet will be optimized to minimize flake degradation and maximize graphite recovery. Further, the optimization will evaluate potential capital and operating cost savings.

    The robustness of the optimized flowsheet and conditions will be verified with a larger number of variability samples, and a more comprehensive comminution program will be completed.

    Qualified Persons

    Mr. Oliver Peters, a Principal Metallurgist with Metpro Management Inc., is a Qualified Person within the meaning of NI 43-101. Mr. Peters is satisfied that the analytical and testing procedures used are standard industry operating procedures and methodologies, and he has reviewed, approved and verified the technical information disclosed in this news release, including sampling, analytical and test data underlying the technical information.

    Quebec’s Role in The New Green Economy

    In 2020, The Quebec Government released the Quebec Plan for Development of Critical and Strategic Minerals ("The Quebec Plan") which indicates graphite demand would likely increase 300-500% in the coming decades as more is used in the production of spherical graphite for anode portion of Electric Vehicle Lithium-ion batteries. Quebec has an opportunity to play a vital role in reducing carbon emissions and become a key provider of critical battery materials to the North American economy.

    For more information on Lomiko Metals, review the website at, contact A. Paul Gill at 604-729-5312 or email:

    On Behalf of the Board,

    "A. Paul Gill"
    Chief Executive Officer

    We Seek Safe Harbour. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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    Sayona Mining (ASX:SYA) Advances Lithium Exploration Activity in Canada & Australia

    Brisbane, April 6, 2021 AEST (ABN Newswire) - Emerging lithium miner Sayona Mining Limited ( ASX:SYA) ( FRA:DML) ( OTCMKTS:DMNXF) has strengthened its project pipeline, with the Company acquiring further prospective lithium acreage at its Tansim Lithium Project in Quebec, Canada in addition to undertaking an airborne magnetic survey over gold targets in Western Australia.


    - 27% increase in size of Sayona's Tansim Lithium Project in Quebec, Canada following acquisition of 75 additional claims, taking total project area to 20,256 ha of prospective lithium acreage

    - In Western Australia, 3,900 line km airborne magnetic survey completed to advance gold drill targets at Deep Well and Mt Dove projects

    - Increased exploration activity follows strong outlook for both lithium and gold, as Sayona invests in upgrading its Canadian lithium resource base and increasing the value of its West Australian gold and lithium projects.

    In Quebec, Sayona has acquired an additional 75 claims at its emerging Tansim Lithium Project, which is located just 82 kilometres south-west of the Company's flagship Authier Lithium Project. Tansim now encompasses 350 claims spanning 20,256 ha, a 27% increase in prospective lithium acreage following additions earlier in March (refer ASX release 11 March 2021).

    The recently completed Canadian NI 43-101 report (refer ASX release 18 March 2021) determined high exploration potential for lithium pegmatites across the project, with resource drilling planned at Tansim's Viau-Dallaire and Viau prospects.

    In Western Australia, drill targeting at the Deep well and Mt Dove projects has advanced with the commissioning and completion of geophysical surveying, targeting anomalies typical of the nearby Hemi gold discovery of De Grey Mining.

    The moves follow a strong outlook for lithium in North America amid the electric vehicle (EV) and battery storage revolution, with Sayona's Pilbara gold assets adding further potential upside to the Company's international asset base.
    Sayona's Managing Director, Brett Lynch commented: "The additional Tansim claims will further enhance the critical mass of the Tansim project and strengthen Sayona's push to become a world-scale spodumene producer based on our Abitibi lithium hub, with the potential for downstream processing. With investor confidence growing in the future of the North American EV and battery sector, these are quickly becoming highly valuable and strategic assets.

    "We are also keen to advance exploration across our Western Australian portfolio, given favourable gold prices and the success shown by nearby explorers. These gold projects add to the potential of our lithium portfolio in the world-class Pilgangoora lithium district."

    The new Tansim claims (see Figure 1 below*) are situated on the northern and south-east flank of the project. They secure prospective areas marginal to the Reservior Decelles Batholith, a suite of monzogranite intrusions typical of the parent magma associated with spodumene bearing pegmatite systems at a worldwide scale.

    The new claims also cover a similar stratigraphy to the Viau and Viau-Dallaire prospects. It is anticipated new tracks traversing the area will allow rapid and efficient exploration for spodumene pegmatites over the new area.

    A 26 diamond drill drilling program for 4,200m is planned for Tansim, with some 3,400m at the Viau-Dallaire prospect and approximately 800m at the Viau prospect. An Exploration Target (refer note below) for the Viau-Dallaire prospect has been estimated at between 5 million tonnes and 25 million tonnes, at an estimated grade of 1.2-1.3% Li2O (refer ASX release 19 November 2019).

    Note: The potential quantity and grade of the Exploration Target is conceptual in nature and is therefore an approximation. There has been insufficient exploration to estimate a Mineral Resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in an estimation of a Mineral Resource.

    The planned drilling aims to expand the lithium mineralisation at Viau-Dallaire and provide material for mineralogical study and metallurgical testwork to support a Mineral Resource estimate.

    West Australian exploration

    Sayona's Pilbara project includes gold rights to nine tenements covering 824 sq km. These are considered prospective for intrusion-related gold mineralisation, similar to that of De Grey Mining's nearby Hemi discovery. This style of mineralisation is hosted within altered late stage hi-Mg diorites of the Indee Suite.

    Sayona's tenement portfolio remains effectively untested for its gold potential with large areas masked by surficial cover. Interpretation of magnetic data, carried out to identify discrete, high intensity features typical of that displayed by the Hemi discovery, has identified a number of features at the Mt Dove, Deep Well, West Wodgina and Tabba Tabba East projects.

    Sayona has commissioned Magspec Airborne Surveys to complete a high resolution 3,900 line km airborne magnetic survey, with flight lines at 50m spacing. This survey, completed on 4 April 2021, covered the entire area of the Deep Well project and part of the Mt Dove project, where high resolution data is not available. These tenements are in close proximity to De Grey Mining's Mallina gold project which includes Hemi (see Figure 2 below*).

    At Deep Well, interpretation of publicly available broad spaced magnetics data has identified 18 magnetic features. These are located over sand covered sediments of the Mallina Basin and late-stage intrusions of the Portree Suite.

    Past exploration carried out by diamond explorers has investigated three of the magnetic features, recognising their discreet nature and intensity as potential kimberlite intrusions. Limited drill testing failed to identify the source of the magnetic features but identified pyritic Mallina sediments and granite in bedrock. No drill cuttings were sampled for gold and the source of the magnetic anomaly is unresolved.

    It is anticipated Sayona's high resolution survey will help effective planning and drill testing of the current anomalies, as well as potentially identifying further targets.

    Geochemical Orientation

    A total of 96 orientation soil samples have been collected over three magnetic features at the Deep Well and Mt Dove projects. Analysis by LabWest using the CSIRO /MRIWA ultrafine technique has been completed, with results ranging from below the lower detection limit (0.5ppb Au) and 5.6ppb Au.
    The subdued sample results are typical of geochemical results over the transported, largely sand blown sand which covers much of the tenement areas. Further orientation sampling is planned after the northern wet season to advance the use of geochemistry as a low-cost method of prioritising magnetic targets for drill testing.

    Next Steps

    The final data from the airborne magnetic survey is anticipated to be delivered in early April. Analysis of this information will help refine drill targeting of the known anomalies and identify further features of interest. Heritage surveying and statutory requirements to allow drilling to take place can then be advanced.

    The results will also help frame plans for additional geophysical surveying over the remainder of the Pilbara gold projects, including the Tabba Tabba area in the east, so that combined with geological mapping and sampling, work to allow drill testing can proceed in these areas during the 2021 season.

    *To view tables and figures, please visit:

    About Sayona Mining Ltd

    Sayona Mining Limited ( ASX:SYA) ( OTCMKTS:DMNXF) is an Australian, ASX-listed (SYA) company focused on sourcing and developing the raw materials required to construct lithium-ion batteries for use in the rapidly growing new and green technology sectors. The Company has lithium projects in Quebec, Canada and in Western Australia.

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    Brett Lynch
    Managing Director
    Phone: +61 (7) 3369 7058

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