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#Lithium Market Projected to Grow With Demand for #Eco-friendly Vehicles #EVs $NAM.ca $LIC.ca $LAX.ca #TSLA

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:26 PM on Thursday, January 4th, 2018
  • Global Lithium Ion Battery Market is poised surpass USD 60 billion by 2024
  • batteries are broadly used as a power supply for consumer electronics as well as hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs)
  • Report indicates that the growing adoption of electric vehicles coupled with government initiatives to promote sustainable energy utilization will drive the lithium ion battery market size

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According to Global Market Insights, Inc. the global Lithium Ion Battery Market is poised surpass USD 60 billion by 2024. Li-ion batteries are broadly used as a power supply for consumer electronics as well as hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs). More and more countries advocate for eco-friendly vehicles, increasing lithium ion batteries demand as a result. The report indicates that the growing adoption of electric vehicles coupled with government initiatives to promote sustainable energy utilization will drive the lithium ion battery market size. MGX Minerals Inc. (OTC: MGXMF), Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA), Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. (NYSE: SQM), Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC)

A lead metals and minerals research analyst at Technavio, Mahitha Mallishetty, explained, “The range of EVs can be improved, and the fuel consumption of hybrid EVs can be reduced using lithium-ion batteries. The diverse types of rechargeable batteries, distinguished by the materials used for the electrodes and electrolytes, have a short-range due to lower energy density and have a short operational life when compared with that of lithium-ion batteries. Growth in vehicle fleet leads to a proportionately faster change in the acceptance of EVs, thereby providing growth prospects for the global lithium market.”

MGX Minerals Inc. (OTC: MGXMF) also listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the Ticker ‘XMG’. Just earlier today the company announced breaking news that, “has increased its ownership in engineering partner PurLucid Treatment Solutions (“PurLucid”) from 34% to 46% by investment of C$1.45M. The Company maintains the right to acquire 100% of PurLucid through successive future investments.

Investment Recap – Since announcing an acquisition and engineering partnership agreement in September 2016, MGX and PurLucid have invented new technology and filed patent application related to brine treatment and selective lithium recovery. PurLucid’s exclusively licensed nanoflotation technology, which purifies wastewater brine, has since been integrated with a newly developed lithium recovery process. Combined, this Cleantech process reduces the capital cost of recovery compared with traditional solar evaporation, as it does not require the investment in very large, multi-phase, lake sized, lined evaporation ponds, greatly reducing the physical footprint and enhancing the quality of extraction and recovery across a complex range of brines previously considered unprocessable due to complexity or geographical location outside of solar evaporation appropriate zones. This includes oil and gas wastewater, natural brine, and other brine sources such as lithium-rich mine and industrial plant wastewater.

Nanoflotation and Nanofiltration Technology – PurLucid and MGX system utilizes a highly charged Replaceable Skin Layer (RSL™) membrane related to the nanofiltration and High Intensity Froth Flotation (HiFF) system, known as nanoflotation, which collectively have demonstrated performance superiority over other processes typically used to remove contaminants. The technology allows ultra-high temperature water treatment (up to 700oC) at 10-30 times the efficiency of existing ultrafiltration systems and offers numerous environmental benefits, including contaminant removal, mineral recovery, reduced energy demand, smaller footprints and lower capital costs. The technology was a 2017 finalist for the Most Disruptive Technology in the World award by Katerva (see press release dated February 21, 2017).

Petrolithium Technology – MGX and Purlucid are implementing the lithium recovery process, commissioning of the first 750 barrel per day system is underway, extending the success achieved with the Petrolithium pilot recovery system deployed in August 2017 (see press release dated August 1, 2017). Although combined system development and deployment are cornerstone to the engineering partnership, MGX holds the global rights to the jointly developed lithium extraction technology while PurLucid retains the rights to the pre-treatment water purification and core technology.

Government Grants – PurLucid was recently awarded a non-repayable contribution totaling up to C$8.2 million in government funding to support the commercialization of a low energy water treatment system for the oil and gas industry (see press release dated November 6, 2017). Purlucid will fabricate and deploy a commercial-scale unit within an operating steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) facility in Alberta. The contracted operation will generate upto C$2.0 million a year based on a per cubic meter environmental processing fee that is approximately 50% lower cost than current disposal costs (deep salt cavern). This project will serve as a template for additional contracts currently under negotiation with other oil and gas producers.

Lithium Extraction System Nearing Deployment – Full commissioning of the commercial-scale NFLi5 lithium recovery system, capable of processing 750 barrels (120 cubic meters) of brine per day, is nearing completion. Deployment of this unit is expected to take place within the next 60 days.”

Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. with the opening of the Gigafactory and the acquisition of SolarCity, Tesla now offers a full suite of energy products that incorporates solar, storage, and grid services. As the world’s only fully integrated sustainable energy company, Tesla is at the vanguard of the world’s inevitable shift towards a sustainable energy platform. According to a blog published by The Tesla Team, Tesla was selected to provide a 100 MW/129 MWh Powerpack system to be paired with global renewable energy provider Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, South Australia. Tesla was awarded the entire energy storage system component of the project. Upon completion by December 2017, this system will be the largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the world and will provide enough power for more than 30,000 homes, approximately equal to the amount of homes that lost power during the blackout period.

Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. (NYSE: SQM) is an integrated producer and distributor of lithium, iodine, specialty plant nutrients, potassium-related fertilizers and industrial chemicals. On December 20, 2017, the company announced that it and its subsidiary SQM Australia Pty, have finalized the purchase of 50% of the assets of the Mount Holland Lithium Project in Australia. This purchase is from MH Gold Pty Ltd, Montague Resources Australia Pty Ltd y Kidman Resources Limited, as the result of compliance of the conditions established in the purchase agreement agreed by the Sellers and informed to the Superintendencia de Valores y Seguros on September 11, 2017. SQM Australia and the Sellers have also signed a joint venture agreement describing the development, construction and mining operations, concentration and refining plants for the production of lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide. This joint venture agreement will also allow for the exploration and exploitation of Sellers’s lithium rights which are not included in the Agreement.

Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is a global specialty chemicals company with leading positions in lithium, bromine and refining catalysts. On November 8, 2017, the company reported third quarter 2017 net sales of $754.9 million, earnings of $118.7 million and adjusted EBITDA of $209.4 million. Lithium and Advanced Materials reported net sales of $343.6 million in the third quarter of 2017, an increase of 42.9% from third quarter 2016 net sales of $240.4 million. The $103.1 million increase in net sales as compared to prior year was primarily due to favorable pricing impacts, increased sales volumes and $1.6 million of favorable currency exchange impacts. Adjusted EBITDA for Lithium and Advanced Materials was $130.2 million, an increase of 42.0% from third quarter 2016 results of $91.7 million. The $38.5 million increase in adjusted EBITDA as compared to the prior year was primarily due to favorable pricing impacts and increased sales volumes, partially offset by Lithium growth spending, a $3.9 million negative impact from hurricane Harvey on Performance Catalyst Solutions (“PCS”) and $0.2 million of unfavorable currency exchange impacts.

FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) has served the global agricultural, industrial and consumer markets with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. On November 6, 2017, the comapny reported third quarter revenue of $646 million, which is an increase of 3 percent year-over-year. FMC Lithium reported third quarter segment revenue of $94 million, an increase of 28 percent sequentially and an increase of 35 percent versus the prior-year quarter. Segment earnings increased over 50 percent sequentially and more than doubled year-over-year to $37 million in the quarter. Higher volume from FMC’s new hydroxide operations in China and higher year-over-year prices were the main contributors to growth. The outlook for Lithium segment revenue for the full year of 2017 remains in the range of $340 million to $360 million, an increase of 33 percent at the mid-point compared to 2016, while the outlook for full-year segment earnings has been raised to a range of $124 million to $128 million.

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Preliminary Third Party Report Leads St-George $SX.ca $SXOOF to Accelerate Plans to File for Patents on Extraction for Lithium in Clays $ICM.ca $DST.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

  • Preliminary report provided by the third party contractor hired to execute certain tests in relation to St-Georges’ research initiatives related to the extraction of lithium in clays
  • Extraction techniques evaluated can achieve recoveries between 80% to 99.9% with a purity of 99.9%. St-Georges is focused on total capital and operating costs with a green foot print
  • First stage of the mandate given to Dundee Sustainable Technologies (CSE:DST) was to characterize the material from the Bonnie Claire Lithium Property – provided by Iconic Minerals Ltd (TSX-V: ICM)

Montreal, Quebec / December 27, 2017 – St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp. (CSE: SX)(OTC: SXOOF) (FSE: 85G1) is pleased to release the findings of the preliminary report provided by the third party contractor hired to execute certain tests in relation to St-Georges’ research initiatives related to the extraction of lithium in clays.

The first stage of the mandate given to Dundee Sustainable Technologies (CSE:DST) was to characterize the material from the Bonnie Claire Lithium Property – provided by Iconic Minerals Ltd (TSX-V: ICM) – and to test it using currently knowns extraction techniques, commercially deployed or known in the public domain from academic research. St-Georges will work strategically with all the potential suppliers to optimize for total cost of ownership and develop a green foot print. This will include solvent extraction, membranes and electrolysis to make a lithium product that meets or exceeds industry standards.

The extraction techniques evaluated can achieve recoveries between 80% to 99.9% with a purity of 99.9%. St-Georges is focused on total capital and operating costs with a green foot print. The ecological focus is achieved, in part, by converting by products into saleable forms. St-Georges management is encouraged by the recent developments and is now looking to expand the scope of its analysis in regards to what might be patentable in its extraction methods.

The economic nature of St-Georges proposed technology in relation to the Bonnie Claire project cannot be established prior to the definition of a NI 43-101 Resources Estimate and a Preliminary Economical Assessment of the Bonnie Claire Project. However, the characterization of the material provided by Iconic to St-Georges allows for a certain amount of limited hypothesis. The high percentage of silica and alumina characterized in the material processed from Bonnie Claire makes an already interesting concentration of lithium stand out in the remaining segregated material. The report also hint at are other elements that might be worth recovering like potassium and other agricultural focused by products. The next phase of process optimization will be initiated in January. St George is encouraged by the initial characterization results.

Enrico Di Cesare, St-Georges’ director and vice-president research & development commented: “We are looking forward to working closely with the Iconic exploration team and characterizing and testing the results in parallel of their exploration effort on Bonnie Claire. Our technical team is looking forward to optimizing the process for recovery of lithium and salable by-products with a focus on being ecologically green”.

“(…) Our R&D initiative related to lithium bearing clay is progressing well. Shareholders and stakeholders need to keep in mind however that we still have more challenges in the near future. The next 2-3 months will be critical for the development of the lithium-in-clay (LiC) extraction process. It’s important to note when studying the history of science that a significant amount of disruptive technologies never made it outside of a controlled laboratory environment. The demonstration of commercial scalability is still the make or break milestone that we need to secure and we do not have any guarantee of success at this point in time. If that milestone is achieved, we will then have the privilege of embarking into the exciting endeavor of bringing a mine to production. (…) over the months and years period that this task might entails” – said St-Georges’ CEO Frank Dumas.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

“Enrico Di Cesare

ENRICO DI CESARE, DIRECTOR, VICE-PRESIDENT RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

About St-Georges

St-Georges is developing new technologies to solve the some of the most common environmental problems in the mining industry.

The Company controls directly or indirectly, through rights of first refusal, all of the active mineral tenures in Iceland. It also explores for nickel on the Julie Nickel Project & for industrial minerals on Quebec’s North Shore and for lithium and rare metals in Northern Quebec and in the Abitibi region. Headquartered in Montreal, St-Georges’ stock is listed on the CSE under the symbol SX, on the US OTC under the Symbol SXOOF and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol 85G1. For additional information, please visit our website at www.stgeorgesplatinum.com

St Georges $SX.ca Provides #Lithium Processing Update & New Canadian Focused Subsidiary

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 3:49 PM on Thursday, October 5th, 2017

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  • Provides update on the progress of a few of its business initiatives
  • Received in Montreal a first delivery of material from the Bonnie Claire sedimentary lithium project, which is 100% owned by Iconic Minerals (TSX-V: ICM)

Montreal, Quebec / October 5, 2017 – St-Georges Platinum & Base Metals ltd (CSE: SX) (OTC: SXOOF) (FSE: 85G1) is pleased to update its shareholders and stakeholders on the progress of a few of its business initiatives.

Lithium Research Initiative Update

The Company has received in Montreal a first delivery of material from the Bonnie Claire sedimentary lithium project, which is 100% owned by Iconic Minerals (TSX-V: ICM). St-Georges’ metallurgists have devised a protocol to extensively test the material in order to prepare a multi-tonne larger bulk test in a pilot plant environment later this fall in collaboration with St-Georges R&D partners. Please refer to St-Georges’ press release dated August 10, 2017 for details regarding the relationship between St-Georges and Iconic Minerals.

St-Georges’ research team will be working on the optimization of the lithium recovery process specific to the Bonnie Claire project’s mineral composition and will be reviewing the potential economic recovery of secondary commodities such as strontium. The approach can be summed up to a combination of hydrometallurgy and mineral process configured in such a way that it optimizes the liquid separation of the valuable elements. St-Georges has now moved away from the stage of the proof of concept and is currently characterizing and identifying the key performance indicators for each step of the lithium recovery pertinent to Bonnie Claire’s mineral material.

New Canadian Focused Subsidiary

Mr. Mark Billings, chairman of the board of St-Georges, will become the president of a new subsidiary of St-Georges that will be receiving certain assets of the company, including the nickel, copper & cobalt project known as the Isoukustouc Project, which is located on the Quebec North Shore, north of the deep-sea port town of Baie-Comeau and on the territory of the Quebec Government Initiative known as the “Northern Plan”.

About Isoukustouc

Owned 100% by St-Georges, the Isoukustouc Project is located 75 km north of the town of Baie-Comeau on the Quebec North Shore and is composed of 32 claims representing an approximate total of 1,800 hectares or 18 square kilometers. Previously reported historical assay values obtained on selected grab samples yielded grades of 17.00% wt. copper, 3.84% wt. nickel and 0.20% wt. cobalt. The 2012 surface sample program from the B40 section yielded 1.85% nickel and 0.335% copper on average. An exploration program of 2,343 line-km of airborne magnetic geophysical survey with 100m spacing was completed in 2011.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

“Frank Dumas’

FRANK DUMAS, PRESIDENT & CEO

About St-Georges

St-Georges is developing new technologies to solve the biggest environmental problems in the mining industry. If these new technologies are successful, they should improve the financial bottom line of current mining producers. The potential success of these technologies would also involve upgrading certain current known metal resources to economic status while addressing the environmental and social acceptability issues.

The Company controls directly or indirectly all of the active mineral tenures in Iceland. It also explores for nickel on the Julie Nickel Project & for industrial minerals on Quebec’s North Shore and for lithium and rare metals in Northern Quebec and in the Abitibi area. Headquartered in Montreal, St-Georges’ stock is listed on the CSE under the symbol SX, on the US OTC under the Symbol SXOOF and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol 85G1. For additional information, please visit our website at www.stgeorgesplatinum.com

The Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or the accuracy of the contents of this release.

What You Need To Know About #Lithium $NAM.ca $BFF.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 2:07 PM on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

In our July piece, Is This a Turning Point for Lithium Demand?, we discussed our belief that we are in the early stages of a dramatic shift in lithium demand. The main driver: the acceleration of electric vehicle (NYSE:EV) sales. In this piece, we seek to address three key questions relating to electric vehicles, lithium, and batteries:

  • Why Now?
  • What does this Growing Demand Mean for Lithium Prices?
  • Do Rising Lithium Prices Hurt Battery Producers?

Why Now?

While electric vehicles have previously been viewed as a gadget for affluent early adopters, EVs appear to be on the verge of going mainstream. A major driver of this change is a major reduction in battery costs, which has made EVs much more affordable relative to traditional combustion engine-powered vehicles. Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance unit found that lithium-ion battery costs fell by nearly 50% from 2014 to 2016 as battery producers raised output and competition increased.1 Falling battery costs along with simpler engine designs and cheaper ‘fuel’ are making consumers around the world seriously consider EVs. Nowhere is this more apparent than in China, which made up over half of the world’s EV market in 2016, and a quarter of the world’s plug-in hybrid sales.2

Another important catalyst for EV sales is government policy. Some governments have historically helped improve the economics around EVs by providing generous subsidies to car buyers. But now regulations are being taken to a whole new level by setting end-dates for the sale of combustion engines. Here’s a list of countries that have recently implemented these policies and the number of new cars sold in these countries in 2016:3,4

  • Norway (0.2m cars): new passenger cars and vans must have zero emissions by 2025
  • India (3.7m): will ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars by 2030
  • UK (3.1m): will ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars by 2040
  • France (2.5m): will ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars by 2040
  • China (28m): recently announced it will ban the sale of gasoline and diesel cars (official date still pending)

Source: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4109570-need-know-lithium

Invested in Wellgreen Platinum $WG.ca ? Did you know New Age Metals $NAM.ca has Canada’s Largest Undeveloped Primary #PGM Resource

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 12:10 PM on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

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(NAM:TSXV)

Two Divisions: PGM and Lithium

  • PGM Division: focus on Development of the 100% owned River Valley PGM Project. Canada’s Largest Undeveloped Primary PGM Resource, with 2.5 Moz PGM, in Measured plus Indicated mineral resources.

River Valley PGM Project

  • Midway through 16,500ft drill program
  • Abitibi Geophysics has completed the final IP geophysical report
  • Drilling has been focused on follow-up drilling to further test the continuation of the Pine Zone and Dana North Zone
  • Further drilling will test the geophysical targets from the IP Survey

Rising Electric Car Demand Powers #Lithium ETF #Tesla $NAM.ca $BFF.ca $LIT

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:42 PM on Monday, September 11th, 2017
  • Growing popularity of electric-powered vehicles is fueling demand for lithium batteries and supporting the miners-related ETF
  • World is shifting toward electric vehicles and the industry is standardizing on lithium ion batteries, which could mean that we are going to need a lot more lithium than is currently be supplied

The Global X Lithium & Battery Tech ETF (NYSEArca: LIT), which tracks the full lithium cycle from mining and refining through batter production, surged 5.0% Monday on five times its average daily volume, according to Morningstar data. LIT has also been breaking new record highs, surging 40.8% year-to-date.

The world is shifting toward electric vehicles and the industry is standardizing on lithium ion batteries, which could mean that we are going to need a lot more lithium than is currently be supplied, writes Josh Brown, The Reformed Broker.

Over the past two years, fears of a lithium shortage has almost tripled prices for the metal to over $20,000 a ton due to a spike in the market for electric vehicles, and the demand for metals isn’t dissipating as electric car production is estimated to surge more than thirtyfold by 2030, Bloomberg reports.

While there is more thane enough lithium in the ground, the industry and infrastructure needed to extract the metal is still lacking. Battery makers will require more mines to support production and they will have ot build them much more quickly than previously thought.

Related: Rare Earth Metals ETF is Enjoying a Banner Year

According to BNEF, Tianqi Lithium, SQM, Albermarle and FMC, the producers that dominate the space, will need to extract enough lithium to supply the equivalent of 35 Tesla Gigafactories now being built in Nevada. Research Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. projects total investments to supply these new batters will range from $350 billion to $750 billion.

The Global X  Lithium & Battery Tech ETF, tries to reflect the performance of the Solactive Global Lithium Index, which is comprised of a number of global lithium producing companies and lithium battery producers, like FMC 25.1%, Quimica Y Minera 17.1%, Samsung SDI Co. 6.6% and Tesla Motors 5.6%. Top country weights include U.S. 41.2%, Chile 13.8%, South Korea 13.6%, Japan 8.9% and Australia 6.8%.

Source: https://www.etftrends.com/rising-electric-car-demand-powers-lithium-etf/

All Eyes On #Gold – But Its #Platinum That Will Soar Up To 95% – And New Age Metals $NAM.ca Could Win Big

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:19 AM on Friday, September 1st, 2017

Sean Zubick wrote a great article on LinkedIn that concluded with the following powerful statement:

“No other PGM company has the torque New Age Metal has, and that is why the company is one of largest holdings in our portfolio.”

Considering the success of Sean and his Palisade Global Investments, that’s incredible 3rd party credibility for Harry Barr and his team. Harry has been incredible patient with his River Valley PGM Deposit and looks set to finally start reaping the rewards.

Here is the article. Take a few minutes and read this:

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The platinum group metals are composed of six noble, precious metallic elements: iridium, osmium, palladium, platinum, ruthenium, and rhodium. In mining, the most valuable PGMs are platinum and palladium, and rhodium to a lesser degree. Intuitively, the metals are correlated in terms of price movement, and often time track other precious metals, especially gold.

While platinum and gold are correlated (0.85), platinum has historically traded higher than gold, averaging 50% more since 2000. The platinum to gold ratio is currently 0.75, with gold consistently trading higher since the beginning of 2015.

If we shorten the timeframe from 2000 to 2009, the average decreases. However, it still implies that current platinum prices are undervalued relative to gold:

Using the current gold price of $1,300/oz. and the average ratio since 2000, platinum should rebound from its current price of $990/oz. to $1,950. Using the 2009 average of 1.03 still means a significant rebound to $1,360/oz., or a gain of 40% from current levels.

The PGM industry is dominated by the major South African platinum producers, and the largest palladium producer in the world, the Russian-based Norilsk Nickel. Just these two regions account for almost 90% of the World’s platinum and palladium production.

What makes PGM investing even more precarious is that in addition to operating in risky jurisdictions, there are only a handful of public companies. If you filter this to junior companies with a resource, you are down to less than ten.

New Age Metals (CVE:NAM, OTCMKTS:PAWEF)

Current Price: C$0.07

Shares Outstanding: 68.4 million

Market Capitalization: C$4.8 million

Cash: ~C$2.6 million

New Age Metals is one of the few PGM companies that operates in a safe jurisdiction, but is also the cheapest on a per platinum ounce basis. According to our analysis and current market prices, New Age Metal’s River Valley PGM Project hosts a total resource of 3.4 million ounces platinum equivalent. This gives New Age Metals a valuation of C$0.74/oz. Compare this to the average of its comp group, C$40.00/oz.

With platinum poised to return to its median, and New Age Metals trading at a substantial discount to its peers, the optionality in this play is enormous.

New Age Metals is an out of favor companies that has fallen through the cracks because of the decline of platinum. However, the company has raised C$2.6 million and is now more than halfway done its 2017 drilling campaign, focusing on the Dana North (T3) and Pine zone.

In addition, an induced polarization (IP) geophysical survey and borehole geophysics has been completed. The first portion of the drill program was concentrated on follow-up drill testing of the 2015/2016 PGM mineralization at the Pine zone. Drilling will now focus on the geophysical interpretation from the recently completed IP survey.

Six holes were completed at the Pine zone, which is open along strike and at depth. The first batch of assays has been sent to the lab. Results are expected any day now.

The current exploration program will be used to establish the resource base for a preliminary economic assessment (PEA), which the company plans to complete before the end of 2018.

Prior to the current program, the River Valley PGM Project has seen 671 holes drill holes for 152,394 metres and $40 million in total spending. Shares from its last financing became free-trading on August 28, and the stock has sold off in anticipation. In fact, share prices are down more than 50% from its recent high. This bargain price is a nice entry for new investors, especially with an imminent fall commodity rally, and the strong and catalytic news flow on the horizon.

No other PGM company has the torque NAM has, and that is why the company is one of largest holdings in our portfolio.

Cheers,

Sean

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BULLETIN: #LME considers starting #lithium contract to tap electric car boom #Tesla $NAM.ca $BFF.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 5:51 PM on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

  • London Metal Exchange is considering introducing a contract for lithium
  • In heavy demand because of its use in electric cars, as the 140-year old company tries to reverse a fall in volumes.

The exchange, which sets the global price for metals such as copper, aluminium and nickel, has been looking at the feasibility of trading the metal, which is extracted in South America and Australia and mostly sold in a white powder to battery makers. “Lithium is the buzzword within the LME,” one source familiar with the discussions said. Demand for lithium, the world’s lightest metal, is set to soar fourfold by 2025 as ownership of electric cars increases and more batteries are used to store power from renewable energy such as wind and solar, according to consultancy Roskill.

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New Age Metals $NAM.ca Appoints Mr. Alan King for Geophysical Interpretation #Gold #PGM

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:52 AM on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

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  • Appoints Mr. Alan King to assist NAM with a detailed geophysical interpretation of new geophysical information acquired recently from Abitibi Geophysics
  • The Chairman and CEO Harry Barr stated; “The Board of Directors and management are very fortunate to have Alan king assist in the company’s geophysics program. His reputation in the industry speaks for itself”.

August 22nd, 2017 / Vancouver, Canada – New Age Metals Inc. (TSX.V: NAM; OTCQB: PAWEF; FSE: P7J.F). The Company is pleased to appoint Mr. Alan King to assist NAM with a detailed geophysical interpretation of our new geophysical information acquired recently from Abitibi Geophysics, as well as combining all historical geophysical information from its vast historical database and deriving new targets for future drilling.

The Chairman and CEO Harry Barr stated; “The Board of Directors and management are very fortunate to have Alan king assist in the company’s geophysics program. His reputation in the industry speaks for itself”.

Alan received a B.Sc. in geology from the University of Toronto in 1976 and an M.Sc. in geophysics from Macquarie University in 1989. From 1976 to 1990 he worked as a geophysicist in exploration and resource development in Canada and Australasia. From 1990 to 2012 he was employed by Inco /Vale as a senior geophysicist and then as Manager of Geophysics with responsibility for global exploration. As Chief Geophysicist for Vale Global Exploration Alan worked on geophysical applications for base metals, iron, manganese, coal and fertilizers (potash and phosphate) as well as target generation using regional and global data sets.

Alan is currently working as a consultant with his own company Geoscience North.

His professional interests include the use of geophysics, new technology (and ideas) and data integration in exploration, mining, environmental, geotechnical and other applications.

ABOUT NAM’S PGM DIVISION

NAM’s flagship project is its 100% owned River Valley PGM Project (NAM Website – River Valley Project) in the Sudbury Mining District of Northern Ontario (100 km east of Sudbury, Ontario). Presently the River Valley Project is Canada’s largest primary undeveloped PGM deposit with Measured + Indicated resources of 91 million tonnes, equating to 2,463,000 ounces PGM plus Gold. The River Valley PGM-Copper-Nickel Sulphide mineralized zones remain open to expansion. Currently the company has completed new ground geophysics and is in the middle of a drill program focused on the Pine and Dana North Zones.

In 2016, the company acquired the River Valley extension property from Mustang Minerals which added approximately 4kms to the project’s mineralized strike length.

ABOUT NAM’S LITHIUM DIVISION

The Company has several hard rock Lithium Projects in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field, located in SE Manitoba. This Pegmatite Field hosts the world class Tanco Pegmatite that has been mined for Tantalum, Cesium and Spodumene (one of the primary Lithium ore minerals) in varying capacities, since 1969. NAM’s Lithium Projects are strategically situated in this prolific Pegmatite Field. Presently, NAM is the largest mineral claim holder in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field and is seeking JV partners to further develop the company’s Li Division.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

“Harry Barr”

Harry G. Barr

Chairman and 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.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements: This release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results and are based on current expectations or beliefs. For this purpose, statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements include statements in which the Company uses words such as “continue”, “efforts”, “expect”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “confident”, “intend”, “strategy”, “plan”, “will”, “estimate”, “project”, “goal”, “target”, “prospects”, “optimistic” or similar expressions. These statements by their nature involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially depending on a variety of important factors, including, among others, the Company’s ability and continuation of efforts to timely and completely make available adequate current public information, additional or different regulatory and legal requirements and restrictions that may be imposed, and other factors as may be discussed in the documents filed by the Company on SEDAR (www.sedar.com), including the most recent reports that identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake any obligation to review or confirm analysts’ expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

Millennials’ use of technology is driving lithium demand $BFF.ca $NAM.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 12:30 PM on Friday, July 28th, 2017

Don Hauka, Special to BNN.ca from Market One Media

Pastos Grandes, Salta Province Argentina
  • According to Goldman Sachs, “Lithium is the new gasoline”.
  • Essential light metal that powers all our hi-tech tools like cell phones, laptops and electric cars.
  • Additionally it is used in grid storage or “powerwalls” that store energy generated by wind turbines and solar cells, allowing energy to be put back into the power grid when consumers need it.

Millennial Lithium is looking to power tomorrow’s generation

According to Goldman Sachs, “Lithium is the new gasoline”. It is the essential light metal that powers all our hi-tech tools like cell phones, laptops and electric cars. Additionally it is used in grid storage or “powerwalls” that store energy generated by wind turbines and solar cells, allowing energy to be put back into the power grid when consumers need it. This 21st century metal is the key driver of clean, renewable energy storage technology. We can’t get enough of it — literally.

Kyle Stevenson, President of Millennial Lithium Corp. (TSX.V: ML), says the world supply of lithium must increase exponentially in order to meet future demand. Fortunately, Millennial Lithium is in a position to help fill the future supply gap predicted my many analysts.

A recent article by The Economist, called the boom The White Gold Rush.

For Stevenson, the White Gold Rush math is pretty simple: the demand for lithium is soaring and so is its price. Demand is being driven by the need to eliminate green house gas-producing internal combustion engines with clean electric vehicle (EV) technology. EVs rely on lithium batteries for power. Lithium prices, are hitting record highs in China, with battery grade lithium jumping to a high of $20,000 per ton in 2017, almost tripling in one year.

Goldman Sachs wrote a report that stated for every one per cent uptake of electric vehicles, you need 70,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate production per year. That’s equivalent to three or four good-sized mines, according to Stevenson.

EVs are growing in popularity in North America, but are even more popular in Europe. In Norway, the penetration of electric vehicles is 37 per cent of the market. Stevenson sees countries like Canada following suit sooner than later.

“That’s where the industry’s going — it’s all going electric,” he says. “In the near future, if you have a two-car family, one will be electric.”

Evidence of that is the demand for the new Tesla Model 3 EV, which is about to go into production. Reasonably priced at about $35,000, Tesla has 400,000 advance orders for this cutting-edge vehicle. But a shortage of lithium for the crucial batteries is putting the brakes on production. Tesla can only produce between 100,000–150,000 vehicles a year due to the lithium shortage.

Couple that with the ever-growing sales of cell phones and other technological products that rely on lithium for their components, and the demand for the new gasoline just keeps going up.

“Right now the lithium industry is at 220,000 tonnes a year of demand, and there’s estimates that in 2025 that the demand will be anywhere from 500,000 to a million tonnes a year,” says Stevenson.

“It’s going to at least double in the next six years, and I don’t see enough lithium projects out there to meet that demand.”

To help fill the gap, Millennial Lithium has assembled 25,000 hectares of claims in the heart of South America’s famed “Lithium Triangle,” home to the world’s most prolific lithium mines. These expansive salt flats are found where Bolivia, Argentina and Chile meet, and boast the highest concentrations of lithium brines in the world. Grades in the lithium triangle average 500 per cent higher than in Nevada — little wonder the triangle is home to several world-class lithium mines, which are the most profitable in the industry.

“We’re at 4,000 metres in the Andes,” says Stevenson, who has been to the region many times. “It’s high alpine desert — it’s definitely interesting terrain.”

The company’s flagship project covers over 6,000 hectares of the Pastos Grandes Salar, 230km from the city of Salta at an elevation of 3,800 metres. Pastos Grandes is an advanced stage project that contains lithium brines ranging from 400 mg/l to 600 mg/l. Pastos Grandes also has some of the best infrastructure in the Lithium Triangle, with good road access, power, water and natural gas.

“We’re completing a resource estimate on it right now that should come out sometime in the fall, and shortly after that we’ll be doing a Preliminary Economic Assessment,” says Stevenson.

“We’re three years from production and that’s what we’re primarily focused on.”

Typically, lithium is found in salars, which are salt-encrusted depressions that are usually in the basin of an evaporated lake. To extract the lithium, brine contained within the salar is pumped up into solar evaporation ponds. It’s an environmentally friendly, largely solar-powered — and very inexpensive — process. The concept and technology is simple. Finding the right salar is not.

“Fortunately, we’ve hit lithium from surface right down to depth. We’re at about 550 metres, so the entire way we’ve had lithium values. It is getting higher grade as we go deeper, but on average we’re looking over 500 ppm lithium.”

Currently, Millennial Lithium has about 30 staff working in Argentina. Stevenson says when the Pastos Grandes mine is built, it will cost about $200–$250 million. That will go into the local economy for service providers, workers and construction contracts. So the people of the region will also enjoy the benefits of the lithium boom.

Argentina’s resurgence as a lithium supplier is due in large part to the election of President Mauricio Macri in December 2015. His government has greatly improved the legislative landscape for mining companies and created rapid growth in Argentina’s lithium industry.

“Macri has opened up the country to foreign investment. It’s open for business for companies developing mining projects, and you can see it in the local economies,” says Stevenson.

“With the influx of mining, the people are happy, so we’re hoping to continue on along those lines, because for so long in Argentina, it was difficult to do business there.”

Millennial Lithium has a strong technical team lead by Iain Scarr in Argentina. CEO Farhad Abasov (newly added) has over 15 years of experience founding and managing natural resource companies. Most recently he served as President and CEO of Allana Potash Corp., a potash development company that was sold to Israel Chemical Ltd. for $170M in 2015. He was also the Executive Chairman of Rodinia Lithium, a company developing lithium brine assets in Argentina.

Stevenson was raised in Terrace, B.C. and received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria. In addition to extensive experience in the mining space, he has over 15 years experience financing public companies.

Soaring prices and soaring demand are key factors driving Millennial Lithium’s success. And another cause for optimism is the company’s position at the forefront of the mining/energy revolution that’s paving the way for a hi-tech, low-carbon future.

“We position ourselves as a tech company a lot of the time,” says Stevenson. “We provide the raw materials to make all your tech work: your cell phone, your laptop, all those other devices.”

That message resonates with investors.

“Once you start talking about electric cars, they get the concept and they can see where the demand is coming from, and they’re receptive,” says Stevenson.

The high demand and high price has a lot of investors looking at lithium. But Stevenson says investors should be cautious and do their research.

“There’s a lot of lithium companies out there that don’t have a lot of lithium,” he says.

“We’ve got real projects, real technical staff and a full operation in Argentina. We’re one of the real deals. There are a lot of deals out there that can’t say the same.”

So with their flagship project Pastos Grandes gearing up for production, and both the price and demand for lithium hitting record highs, it’s pretty easy to see why Stevenson is excited about the potential for his company to be one of the big winners in the White Gold Rush.

Source: http://www.bnn.ca/millennials-use-of-technology-is-driving-lithium-demand-1.813167