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$AAO.ca FOX-TEK’s Electric Field Mapping (EFM) technology monitors pipe walls for internal corrosion

Posted by Er at 10:52 AM on Thursday, September 7th, 2017

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It’s highly accurate, it’s non-intrusive, it’s continuous and it goes with the flow.

Electrically speaking, that is.

For the past decade, Electric Field Mapping (EFM) technology—developed by Toronto-based FOX-TEK Canada Inc.—has been helping to keep Enbridge’s pipeline network healthy and fit for purpose by staying “current,” in a manner of speaking.

“If you put your finger in a stream, the water goes around your fingers. And that’s essentially how our EFM technology works,” says Allen Lone, President and CEO at FOX-TEK Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Augusta Industries Inc.

“Based on a continuous EFM monitoring system, we’re measuring the minute changes in electrical current density through a segment of the pipe where our sensor array is mounted,” adds Lone. “If there are any localized changes in the pipe wall—such as metal loss due to corrosion—our EFM system will detect a change in the current density.”

FOX-TEK’s EFM technology, as well as the company’s fiber optic-based optical strain gauges and sensor cable-based leak detection systems, are used all over the world—on anything from tanks and vessels to overpasses and bridges to refineries and electrical towers.

For energy pipelines in particular, EFM is a complementary technology that can be used to supplement a pipeline operator’s inspection and maintenance tactics.

Where a high-tech in-line inspection (ILI) tool has detected a localized area of minor internal corrosion that warrants monitoring, FOX-TEK will install an array of up to 200 wired metal pins, reflecting the size and the shape of the affected area, to monitor changes in the pipe wall’s electrical field.

Significantly, EFM systems are:

  • Built for remote applications, with each pin sensor array fully autonomous through solar-powered battery packs;
  • Continuous, as opposed to monitoring systems that must be manually checked;
  • Non-intrusive, allowing operators to monitor the effectiveness of their pipe cleaning regimens; and
  • Accessible, with wireless data transmission and cloud-based data storage that’s available 24/7 via web-based portals.

Enbridge is continuously looking for opportunities to employ existing technologies, and advance new ones, in the areas of design, construction, operations and maintenance, to keep our pipelines safe.

“Crude oil transmission pipelines are typically at low risk of internal corrosion due to the cleanliness of the transported products, as well as their high flow rates,” says Trevor Place, a senior engineering specialist with Enbridge’s liquids pipelines division. “Nevertheless, over the very long term, there may be periods when accumulated sediment and water have caused corrosion. These locations are easily detected through our in-line inspection programs, and some of these may become suitable for supplemental monitoring using EFM technology.

“Because they’re real-time and continuous,” adds Place, “FOX-TEK monitoring systems are capable of a high level of precision—and they provide validation for our ongoing mitigation activities, like interior cleaning or chemical additives that minimize bacteria and prevent corrosion.”

FOX-TEK’s EFM technology is currently providing continuous monitoring at several locations along Enbridge’s 17,511-mile (28,181-km) North American crude oil and liquids network.

“Because the EFM system is monitoring the actual pipe wall, there really is no better representation of what’s happening inside the pipe,” says Place. “FOX-TEK has been a solid performer for Enbridge for years.”

$AAO.ca Augusta Subsidiary, Marcon Announces New Contracts

Posted by Er at 10:10 AM on Thursday, September 7th, 2017

 

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  • Contract Awarded to Augusta subsidiary Marcon International
  • Valued at $782,703, future orders total $1,842,098.00 as of August 31, 2017
  • Contracts are with United States Governement

Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – September 7, 2017) – Augusta Industries Inc. (TSXV: AAO) (the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Marcon International Inc. (“Marcon”), has been awarded contracts with various departments of the United States government for the supply of instrumentation and equipment. The aggregate value of the new contracts entered into in August is $782,703.00. The current pipeline of orders, including these new contracts, is $1,842,098.00 as of August 31, 2017.

“The Corporation is pleased that it continues to enter into new agreements with various entities of the United States government,” stated Allen Lone, President of the Corporation. ” We are still focusing on adding more contracts to our Sales pipeline and continue to develop our relationship with our clients for future opportunities.”

About the Corporation:

Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Marcon International Inc. (“Marcon”) and Fox-Tek, the Corporation provides a variety of services and products to a number of clients.

Marcon is an industrial supply contractor servicing the energy sector and a number of US Government entities. Marcon’s principal business is the sale and distribution of industrial parts and equipment.

FOX-TEK provides world leading solutions to various sectors including the oil and gas industry. With non- intrusive technologies including: fiber optic sensors and electric field mapping systems; we are able to accurately measure changes that could negatively impact our client’s operations.

Augusta Industries Inc.
Allen Lone
President, CEO (905) 275-8111 Ext 226 atlone@fox-tek.com

Lithium: The Fuel of the Green Revolution $DGO.ca $FMR.ca $SX.ca $BFF.ca $NAM.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:26 PM on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Tesla to begin lithium-ion battery production at US megafactory – bodes well for $DGO.ca $BFF.ca $PFN.ca $SX.ca $FMR.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:39 AM on Thursday, January 5th, 2017
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Image: Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk jumps out of one of his electric vehicles. Picture: NEWZULU.

Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors says it has started producing lithium-ion battery cells at its $5 billion factory in Nevada.

The company says it began making high-performance cells in December and production started overnight for cells used in Powerwall energy-storage products.

Tesla plans to start making batteries for its Model 3 sedans later this year.

The massive Gigafactory outside Sparks is coming online in phases, with a goal of full operation in 2018.

Officials say it could almost double the world’s production of lithium-ion batteries, making them more affordable as the company looks beyond the luxury niche market.

The electric carmaker says it has more than 850 full-time employees, plus more than 1700 construction workers.

Nevada has promised Tesla $1.3 billion in state tax incentives based on projections that it’ll employ 6500 people at full production.

Source: https://thewest.com.au/business/startup/tesla-begins-lithium-ion-battery-production-at-us-megafactory-ng-b88347284z

The World of EV’s Need Massive Supply of High Grade Lithium $FMR.ca $DGO.ca $BFF.ca $PFN.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 2:45 PM on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

  • The World of EV’s Need Massive Supply of High Grade Lithium
  • Experts say that the amount of lithium being produced in North America will not be enough to meet the growing demand for EVs (electrical vehicles) but that some of problem might/might not be alleviated via recycling,

According to a report from the US EPA: “lithium-ion batteries “safe” for disposal in contrast to nickel-cadmium and lead-based battery products.”

Here is the reason recycling is not happening: the scrap value of lithium is 1/10 the of the value of lead, hence low to no economic gains from lithium battery recycling.

Another article by Waste Management World acknowledges that electrical vehicle-makers would like to re-use lithium from recycled batteries, but that: It does not make any economic sense to recycle the batteries.

Lithium-ion batteries contain a very small fraction of lithium carbonate as a percent of weight and are inexpensive compared to cobalt or nickel.

The average lithium cost associated with Li-ion battery production is less than 3% of the production cost.

Intrinsic value for the Li-ion recycling business currently comes from the valuable metals such as cobalt and nickel that are more highly priced than lithium.

Due to less demand for lithium and low prices, none of the lithium used in consumer batteries is completely recycled.

There is a growing North America shortage of lithium for EVs (electric vehicles): There are at least 20 or 25 direct-electrically powered and hybrids coming onto the market in the next 5 or 6 years. They will come from auto manufactures in the US, Europe, Japan, China and Korea.

Many in the industry are aware, talking about and working on the problem of providing the high high grade lithium. The investment opportunities abound.

About 70% of the world’s lithium deposits are concentrated in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. The US imports over 80% of the lithium it uses.

Japan and South Korea (LG is the world’s largest producer) have both marked record high numbers of lithium-ion battery exports in H-1 in Y 2016, as auto companies ramp up battery consumption to power new all-electric offerings,

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence said a month ago. Lithium-ion battery shipments from Japan topped 33,500 tonnes in 2-H, up 17% from 2-H of of 2015 and over 31% Y-Y.

Have a terrific week

Source: http://www.livetradingnews.com/world-evs-need-massive-supply-high-grade-lithium-16753.html#.WCN4zcn5GNo

AGORACOM Welcomes Back Pacific North West Capital (PFN: TSX-V) A Leader in Both PGM and Lithium Exploration $PFN.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 2:54 PM on Friday, September 16th, 2016

PACIFIC NORTH WEST CAPITAL CORP.

(PFN:TSX-V)

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. New Discovery in 2015. Summer Surface Exploration ongoing and a Fall 2016 drill program to follow-up.
  • Lithium Canada: formed April 2016, with a focus on Exploration of Hard Rock Lithium, in Manitoba, Canada and Lithium Brine in Nevada. The company uses the Prospector Generator Model.

The company recently completed 2/3 of its C$1.5 million placement in June 2016 and is currently placing approximately C$500,000 at C5.5 cents with a full two year warrant at C10 cents for the first year and C20 cents for the second year

River Valley PGM Project

Largest Undeveloped Primary PGM Deposit in Canada

River Valley PGM Project is located 100 km east of Sudbury, Ontario

  • Sudbury hosts 1 of the Top 4 Nickel, Copper & PGM Mining & Processing Facilities , in the World
  • Skilled Workforce, Established Mining Culture; Safe, Stable Pro-Mining Jurisdiction
  • Excellent Road Access to River Valley Property; Rail and Power Nearby
  • $30M Invested in Exploration, Large High-Confidence Resource, Favourable Metallurgy
  • High Grade Drill Hole Discovery March 2015

Mineral Resources – Project has had Five, 43-101 Reports

 

  • May 2012 Measured Resources: 26 Mt @ 1.4 g/t Palladium equivalent at cut-off grade ≥0.8 g/t Palladium equivalent for 0.7 Moz PGM plus Gold.
  • May 2012 Indicated Resources: 66 Mt @ 1.4 g/t Palladium equivalent at cut-off grade ≥0.8 g/t Palladium equivalent for 1.7 Moz PGM plus Gold.
  • May 2012 Measured + Indicated Resources: 91 Mt @ 1.4 g/t Palladium equivalent at cut-off grade ≥0.8 g/t Palladium equivalent for 2.4 Moz PGM plus Gold
  • May 2012 Inferred Resources: 36 Mt @ 1.1 g/t Palladium equivalent at cut-off grade of 0.8 g/t Palladium equivalent for 0.6 Moz PGM plus Gold
  • (see www.PFNCapital.com for Details and Notes on the Resource Estimate)
  • Mineral Resources covered by Mining Leases (21-year Renewable Term)
  • Concentrate Grades: 16% Cu, 189 gpt PGM; Recoveries: 84% Cu, 69% PGM;
  • No Deleterious Metals or Minerals

August 2016 PFN Announces Acquisition of the River Valley PGM Extension Project from Mustang MineralsCorp.

  • Strike Length of PFN’s River Valley Deposit Increased from 12 km to 16 km
  • Mustang’s surface grab samples returned Assays of up to 10 g/t PGM
  • Drilling Highlights Include:
  • 1.4 g/t PGM/9.0m in MR02-59 from 35m downhole
  • 4.0 g/t PGM/2.1m in MR02-62 from 153.7m downhole
  • 2.2 g/t PGM/4.5m in MR02-64 from 60.5m downhole
  • PGM mineralization is Open at Depth and footwall potential remains untested
  • T2-like Targets identified from Favourable Geological and Geophysical Surveys
  • Targets under evaluation for drill testing


  • The Tanco Mine was one of North America’s only
  • producers of Tantalum, Cesium and Lithium minerals (Spodumene), with the mine opening in 1969. Owned by the Cabot Corporation as of 1993
  • Presently the Tanco Mine produces Cesium Formate, a completion fluid for the petroleum industry.
  • At the end of 1992 (last published historic mineral inventory) was 1.075 Mt of 0.12% Ta2O5, 3.5 Mt of 2.7% LiO2 and 315,000 t of 23.3% Cs2O

Clayton Valley Forks Lithium Brine Project, Clayton Valley, Nevada
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Nevada Energy Metals Announces Encouraging Lithium Results from Big Smokey Valley, Nevada $BFF.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 7:42 AM on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

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  • Announced encouraging results
  • Of the 170 sample points analyzed 150 reported Lithium values greater than or equal to 100 ppm
  • Highest value being 146 ppm Lithium (the median value being 116 ppm); 20 samples points were in the 53 ppm to 99 ppm range.

August 31, 2016 / Vancouver, British Columbia- Nevada Energy Metals Inc. “the Company” (TSX-V: BFF; OTCQB: SSMLF; Frankfurt: A2AFBV) ) is pleased to announce encouraging results have been received from the latest sampling program at the Company’s 100% owned Big Smokey Valley (North) project. The geochemical sampling program was designed to test for lithium values in surface soils and/or playa evaporates. Samples were obtained on a grid pattern consisting of eleven east/west lines spaced 400 meters apart with stations every 200 meters along the lines. The grid covered an area of approximately 3,000 acres.

Of the 170 sample points analyzed 150 reported Lithium values greater than or equal to 100 ppm with the highest value being 146 ppm Lithium (the median value being 116 ppm); 20 samples points were in the 53 ppm to 99 ppm range.


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Rick Wilson, President an CEO stated “Obtaining a statistically large number of anomalous Lithium values across our large 3,200 acre/1,295-hectare property is highly encouraging. We look forward to announcing the next phase of work shortly”.

About the BSV Lithium Project: https://nevadaenergymetals.com/bsv-lithium-project/

The BSV Lithium Project consists of 160 placer claims, with an area of 3,200 acres/1,295 hectares, located in northern Big Smokey Valley, Nye County, Nevada, 12 miles east of the town of Austin and extends approximately 100 miles in a southwesterly direction to reach a southern terminus near Clayton Valley. The northern section, where the claims area is located contains three geothermal resources; the Darrough, the McLeod and the Spencer hot springs.

Gravity survey results indicate the depth of valley fill to be approximately 5,100 feet and that there is subsurface closure of the valley a short distance to the south of the claim block. The basin is fed by anomalous lithium bearing geothermal fluids interpreted to be meteoric waters heated by relatively deep circulation in the earth’s crust.

Historical sediment sampling results for lithium in the basin were reported in the range of 130 to 155 ppm lithium for 4 samples (J.R. Davis, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Co.)

Nevada Energy Metals has acquired a 100% interest in the property, free of royalty payments.

Qualified Person: The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Alan Morris CPG, Elko, Nevada.

About Nevada Energy Metals: http://nevadaenergymetals.com/

Nevada Energy Metals Inc. is a well funded, Canadian based, exploration company who’s primary listing is on the TSX Venture Exchange. The Company’s main exploration focus is directed at lithium brine targets located in the mining friendly state of Nevada. The Company has ownership of 77 claims in Clayton Valley, only 250m from Rockwood Lithium, the only brine based lithium producer in North America (70% optioned-out to American Lithium Corp (TSX-V: Li). Nevada Energy Metals has also acquired: 100 claims (Teels Marsh West) covering 2000 acres (809 hectares) at Teels Marsh, Mineral County, Nevada, a prospective lithium exploration project, 100% owned without any royalties; the San Emidio Desert lithium project, consisting of 155 claims (approximately 3,100 acres/1255 hectares) in Washoe County, Nevada; the Alkali Lake Project in Esmeralda county, is a 60% earn in option agreement from Dajin Resources Corp (TSX-V: DJI), where near surface lithium values have been confirmed; the Dixie Valley Project consisting of 911 claims covering 73.6 square kilometers/28.4 square miles (7,363 hectares/18,194 acres) of salt marsh playa.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors

Rick Wilson, 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 contents of this release.

Nevada Energy Metals Lithium Exploration Program Underway at Black Rock Desert, Nevada $BFF.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:41 AM on Monday, August 29th, 2016

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  • Surface sampling program designed to test for lithium values in playa evaporates has been initiated at the Company’s 100% owned Black Rock Desert Project
  • Geochemical sample points are being arranged on a grid pattern of 11 lines spaced 400 meters apart with stations every 200 meters along the lines

August 29, 2016 / Nevada Energy Metals Inc. “the Company” (TSX-V: BFF; OTCQB: SSMLF; Frankfurt: A2AFBV) is pleased to announce that a surface sampling program designed to test for lithium values in playa evaporates has been initiated at the Company’s 100% owned Black Rock Desert Project. Geochemical sample points are being arranged on a grid pattern of 11 lines spaced 400 meters apart with stations every 200 meters along the lines. It is expected that 170 sample points will be measured. Results should be available in approximately 3 weeks.

The Black Rock Desert Lithium Project consists of 128 placer claims, (2,560 acres/ 1,036 hectares) located in southwest Black Rock Desert, Washoe County, Nevada. The nearest population center is the town of Gerlach, which lies 177 kilometers north of Reno.

The western arm of the Black Rock Desert covers an area of about 2,000 square kilometers and contains 5 of the 30 currently listed Known Geothermal Resource Areas in Nevada. The property covers an area of playa underlain by a moderately deep basin interpreted from gravity and seismic surveys indicating a maximum thickness of valley-fill deposits of about 1,200 m/ 3,600 ft. A high salt content prevents any significant vegetation from growing on the playa surface. Locally, the basin is being fed in part by boiling springs and siliceous sinter containing strongly anomalous Lithium values (up to 3.5 ppm) that flank the property on the west side. (U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY Open-File Report 81-918.) While these lithium values are well below those of producing lithium bines, they do represent a significant source of metal available for evaporative concentration within the playa basin.

The company plans to carry out additional exploration programs this fall to determine the potential for an economic lithium brine deposit. Future exploration will consist of shallow auger sampling followed by a high resolution geophysical program to define potential drill targets.

Nevada Energy Metals has acquired a 100% interest in the property, free of royalty payments.

Qualified Person: The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Alan Morris CPG, Elko, Nevada

About Nevada Energy Metals: http://nevadaenergymetals.com/

Nevada Energy Metals Inc. is a well funded, Canadian based, exploration company who’s primary listing is on the TSX Venture Exchange. The Company’s main exploration focus is directed at lithium brine targets located in the mining friendly state of Nevada. The Company has ownership of 77 claims in Clayton Valley, only 250m from Rockwood Lithium, the only brine based lithium producer in North America (70% optioned-out to American Lithium Corp (TSX-V: Li). Nevada Energy Metals has also acquired: 100 claims (Teels Marsh West) covering 2000 acres (809 hectares) at Teels Marsh, Mineral County, Nevada, a prospective lithium exploration project, 100% owned without any royalties; the San Emidio Desert lithium project, consisting of 155 claims (approximately 3,100 acres/1255 hectares) in Washoe County, Nevada; the Alkali Lake Project in Esmeralda county, is a 60% earn in option agreement from Dajin Resources Corp (TSX-V: DJI), where near surface lithium values have been confirmed; the Dixie Valley Project consisting of 907 claims covering 73.6 square kilometers/28.4 square miles (7,363 hectares/18,194 acres) of salt marsh playa. The BSV Lithium Project consists of 160 placer claims, 3,200 acres/1,295 hectares, located in northern Big Smokey Valley. The Black Rock Desert Project consists of 128 placer claims (2,560 acres/ 1,036 hectares) located in southwest Black Rock Desert, Washoe County, Nevada.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors:

Rick Wilson, 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 contents of this release.

Disclaimer for Forward-Looking Information:

The information discussed in this press release may include “forward looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”). All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included herein concerning, among other things, planned capital expenditures, future cash flows and borrowings, pursuit of potential acquisition opportunities, our financial position, business strategy and other plans and objectives for future operations, are forward looking statements. These forward looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as “may,” “expect,” “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “intend,” “achievable,” “anticipate,” “will,” “continue,” “potential,” “should,” “could,” and similar terms and phrases. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward looking statements are reasonable, they do involve certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties and are not (and should not be considered to be) guarantees of future performance. It is important that each person reviewing this release understand the significant risks attendant to the operations of the Company. Nevada Energy Metals Inc. disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement made herein.

Durango Exploration Team Arrives at Nemaska Properties $DGO.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:34 AM on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

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  • Durango’s exploration team and Marcy Kiesman are on site in Nemaska, Quebec
  • Exploration program which will include detailed mapping and sampling of the newly identified pegmatite outcrops and outcropping ridges on Durango’s Nemaska Whabouchi area properties

Vancouver, BC / August 3, 2016 – Durango Resources Inc. (TSX.V-DGO), (the “Company” or “Durango”) announces that further to the news release of July 29, 2016, Durango’s exploration team and Marcy Kiesman are on site in Nemaska, Quebec.

As previously announced on June 23, 2016, Mr. Donald Theberge, P.Eng., M.B.A is leading the exploration program which will include detailed mapping and sampling of the newly identified pegmatite outcrops and outcropping ridges on Durango’s Nemaska Whabouchi area properties. Mr. Theberge’s compilation report on Durango’s ground adjacent to and near the proposed Whabouchi Lithium deposit in Quebec, confirmed newly identified outcrops and outcropping ridges. It was also confirmed that these outcrops were not previously evaluated by Tucana or any other company, and as such, these outcrops will be the focus of the current program and are of significant interest.

The current program of Durango follows the recommendation made by Mr. Theberge to immediately initiate a sampling and mapping program.

Marcy Kiesman, CEO of Durango, comments, “We are very fortunate to have Donald Theberge direct and organize the work program. I am excited to meet and work with the Cree First Nation of Nemaska and land users to provide partnership opportunities and synergies wherever possible.”

The technical contents of this release were approved by Mr. Donald Theberge P.Eng., M.B.A., a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. The property has not been the subject of a National Instrument 43-101 report.

About Durango

Durango is a natural resources company engaged in the acquisition and exploration of mineral properties. The Company has a 100% interest in the Mayner’s Fortune and Smith Island limestone properties in northwest British Columbia, the Decouverte and Trove gold properties in the Abitibi Region of Quebec, and certain lithium properties near the Whabouchi mine, the Buckshot graphite property near the Miller Mine in Quebec, the Dianna Lake silver project in northern Saskatchewan, the Whitney Northwest property near the Lake Shore Gold and Goldcorp joint venture in Ontario, as well as three sets of claims in the Labrador nickel corridor.

For further information on Durango, please refer to its SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

Marcy Kiesman, Chief Executive Officer

Telephone: 604.428.2900 or 604.339.2243

Facsimile: 888.266.3983

Email: durangoresourcesinc@gmail.com

Website: www.durangoresourcesinc.com

Forward-Looking Statements

This document may contain or refer to forward-looking information based on current expectations, including, but not limited to the purchase, development, completion of the Financing, commencement and completion of future exploration or project development programs and the impact on the Company of these events. Forward-looking information is subject to significant risks and uncertainties, as actual results may differ materially from forecasted results. Forward-looking information is provided as of the date hereof and we assume no responsibility to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances. For a detailed list of risks and uncertainties relating to Durango, please refer to the Company’s prospectus filed on its SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

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.

Why lithium will see another price spike this fall $DGO.ca $BFF.ca $FMR.ca $PFN.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 12:08 PM on Friday, July 22nd, 2016
  • Lithium has been the hottest metal of 2016, beating out gold,
  • Exponential demand expected over the coming years
  • Fundamentals behind the long-term trajectory suggest strong potential for long-term growth

By James Stafford

July 19, 2016 • Reprints

So far, lithium has been the hottest metal of 2016, beating out gold, with exponential demand expected over the coming years. Although the price trajectory of the metal has been subdued in recent months, the fundamentals behind the long-term trajectory suggest strong potential for long-term growth. Price doubling from 2014-2015 was first seen in China and is now being felt worldwide, with lithium hydroxide prices from $16-20 and carbonate prices from $12,000-14,000 per ton.

Automotive thrust

There is no doubt as to the push that Tesla has given the current automotive transition to electric vehicles (EVs). As the company’s mission statement outlines, it hopes “to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport by bringing compelling mass market electric cars to market as soon as possible.”

However, since 2014, when Tesla first announced the Gigafactory with Panasonic, other manufacturers have begun to take notice and take action. Volkswagen AG announced last week that it was considering LG Chem Ltd. or Panasonic Corp. as partners for several $2 billion factories, according to Bloomberg, with confirmation expected later in the year.

Previous announcements of billion-dollar investments in battery factories by Volkswagen were largely brushed off by investors as deflections from their “Dieselgate” scandal. But with LG and Panasonic in the picture, concrete plans appear to be crystalizing.

Combined with Daimler putting $550 million into tripling its battery production capacity in Germany, Nissan’s planned investments in the UK for its third generation Leaf, and GM’s joint venture with LG Chem to produce batteries in Holland, Michigan, for its Volt and Bolt, it is clear that auto manufactures are beginning to shift to electric—and in a very big way.

Given this new investment, plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales are expected to experience 62% year-over-year Growth in 2016, 60% in 2017, and likely 100% in 2018. This translates into over 600,000 in PEV sales expected in 2018, creating a new level of demand for which the market will need two new lithium mines in operation to even begin to satiate.

“Looking at the full picture here, the future demand for lithium is truly staggering,” says Michael Kobler, CEO and director of American Lithium Corp., one of the ambitious new explorers shaking up the lithium mining scene in Nevada.

Read entire article here: http://www.resourceinvestor.com/2016/07/19/why-lithium-will-see-another-price-spike-fall