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St-Georges Eco-Mining $SX $SXOOF Reports on Initial Battery Recovery Test Results $NNX.ca $OM.ca $ICM.ca $ATAO

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 9:14 AM on Monday, February 22nd, 2021
  • Initial tests on lithium-ion batteries successful in the recovery of lithium, nickel and cobalt found as a coating on aluminium foil in the core of the batteries.
  • Leached more than 99% of the cobalt and of the nickel contained in the batteries.

St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp. (CSE:SX) (OTC:SXOOF) (FSE: 85G1) (CNSX:SX.CN) is pleased to disclose that its initial tests conducted on an array of lithium-ion batteries have been successful in confirming that the selective leach, conducted with its proprietary blend of acids, allows for the recovery of the lithium, nickel and cobalt that are found as a coating on aluminium foil in the core of the batteries.

The Company’s metallurgical team was able to leach more than 99% of the cobalt and of the nickel contained in the batteries. Furthermore, the aluminium foil used to hold the different metals in the batteries’ core remains intact and can be recycled.  

Company scientists are comfortable that the results obtained on these metals are repeatable and should scale. Initial lithium test results have been in line with expectations and require additional tests at scale prior to disclosure. These additional tests are ongoing, and results are expected sometime in March.

Fig. 1 The metals in solution, to the left the lithium / cobalt circuit, to the right the nickel copper circuit.

For testing, batteries were dismantled at the Company’s contracted pilot plant facility, CIMMS, under the supervision of qualified chemists and metallurgists. Enrico Di Cesare, St-Georges VP Research & Development, established the protocol and supervised the process. The batteries were dismantled manually, and the cores were immersed in St-Georges’ proprietary leach solution for 30 minutes. The Company expects to optimize and reduce this exposure duration with the aim of bringing it closer to the 5 min leach time required by the Nevada clays. Aluminium was taken out of the solution in its solid form and set aside. No test for residues was conducted on the aluminium in the preliminary tests. Metals were then targeted for recuperation in solution. The powders obtained were tested on-site and sent for independent testing by CIMMS

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St-Georges $SX $SXOOF Receives a Letter of Intent & Feasibility Study Partnership Proposal from Regional Industrial Development Agency $NNX.ca $OM.ca $ICM.ca $ATAO

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 8:51 AM on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021
  • Received formal offer to enter into a partnership to complete a feasibility study on a proposed site and plant to start EV battery recycling operations in 2021
  • Initiative to recover and recycle key materials from EV batteries in an ecologically sound manner

St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp. (CSE:SX) (CNSX:SX.CN) (OTC:SXOOF) (FSE:85G1) has received a formal offer to enter into a partnership to complete a feasibility study on a proposed site and plant in Baie-Comeau, Québec, where the company could start its EV battery recycling operations in 2021.

The Letter of Intent received on February 16, 2021, from Innovation & Dévelopment Manicouagan underlines the local community’s support for the installing of St-George’s first battery plant. St-Georges has identified a specific site for the recycling battery plant, which is already permitted for similar types of operations. Innovation & Dévelopment Manicouagan proposes defining the parameters of the study to encompass all the financial, strategic, technical, and environmental aspects of the project. The partners expect to initiate work on the study by mid-March. Furthermore, they will assist the company in all of its negotiations and permitting process with the provincial and local governments.

Paul Pelosi Jr., President of St-Georges wholly owned EV battery recycling subsidiary, EVSX Corp, commented: “ Innovation & Dévelopment Manicouagan’s intent to partner with St-Georges to complete this feasibility study, validates our initiative to recover and recycle key materials from EV batteries in an ecologically sound manner. The team at St-Georges has done an outstanding job of pulling everything together expeditiously … we are purposefully setting a fast pace, now and in the future, for the development of our battery recycling technology.”

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St-Georges $SX $SXOOF Inks Definitive Agreement with Altair $NNX.ca $OM.ca $ICM.ca $ATAO

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 9:21 AM on Friday, February 12th, 2021
  • License and Royalty Agreement for Altair to license St-Georges Metallurgy’s patent-pending extraction methods
  • Altair exclusive master agent to promote the licensing and deployment of the EV Battery Recycling Technology.

St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp. (CNSX:SX.CN)(OTC:SXOOF) (FSE:85G1) is pleased to announce that St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp., St-Georges Metallurgy Corp., and Altair International Corp. have entered into a License and Royalty Agreement dated February 11, 2021, for Altair to license St-Georges Metallurgy’s patent-pending extraction methods and technology in separation, recovery, and purification of lithium and to act as an agent of St-Georges’ developing technology in battery recycling.

Pursuant to the License and Royalty Agreement, St-Georges Metallurgy Corp. will grant Altair a non-exclusive license to use the Lithium Extraction Technology for any of Altair’s lithium-bearing prospects in the United States. In exchange for the license, Altair has agreed to grant SX a 5% net revenue royalty on all metals and minerals extracted and processed using any of St. Georges methods or technologies.  This royalty will apply to all  current and future properties in the United States in which Altair has claims. 

In addition, SX will provide Altair with full access to the EV Battery Recycling Technology for the purpose of Altair acting as exclusive master agent to promote the licensing and deployment of the EV Battery Recycling Technology. Altair has the right to appoint sub-agents, each of which will enter into an agency agreement with SX and Altair. In exchange for acting as master agent, SX has agreed to grant Altair a 1% trailer fee on any royalty received by SX from the licensing of the EV Battery Recycling Technology to licensees brought by Altair or its sub-agents. SX has also agreed that it will not solicit any third party with which Altair has initiated discussions to license the EV Battery Recycling Technology or act as a sub-agent for a period of three years from the date that such party initially entered discussions with Altair. Pursuant to the License and Royalty Agreement, SX and SXM retain all ownership rights to the EV Battery Technology and the Lithium Extraction Technology, respectively. In addition, SX retains the right to market, promote, license, and sell the EV Battery Recycling Technology to third parties. The License and Royalty Agreement may be terminated by mutual written consent of the parties. This agreement replaces the parties’ previous agreement, and no additional payments or additional share issuance is to be expected.

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St-Georges Eco-Mining $SX.ca $SXOOF Announces $10 Million Financing $NNX.ca $OM.ca $ICM.ca $ATAO

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 4:18 PM on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp. (CSE:SX)(OTC:SXOOF) (FSE:85G1) (CNSX:SX.CN)is pleased to announce a non-brokered private placement offering of units at a price of $0.50 and “flow-through” units at a price of $0.60 as well for total gross proceeds of up to $10,000,000.

Each Unit is comprised of one (1) common share (each, a “Share”) in the capital of the Corporation and one (1) Share purchase warrant (each, a “Unit Warrant”), entitling the holder to purchase one (1) Share at an exercise price of $0.65 until first 18 months from the issuance and $1.05 for the 18 months thereafter, together 36 months expiry period (the “Unit Warrant Expiry Date”).

Each FT Unit is comprised of one (1) common share in the capital of the Company on a “flow-through” basis (each, a “FTShare”) and one (1) FT Share purchase warrant (each, a “FT Warrant”). Each FT Warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one (1) Share at an exercise price of $0.75 until first 18 months from the issue and $1.25 for the 18 months thereafter, together 36 months expiry period (the “FT Warrant Expiry Date”, together with the Unite Warrant Expiry Date, the “Warrant Expiry Date”).

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St. Georges Eco $SX.ca $SXOOF Altair Provides Update on Lithium Extraction and Battery Recycling Technology $NNX.ca $OM.ca $ICM.ca $ATAO

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 8:43 AM on Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
  • The two companies to jointly develop a patentable industrial scale process for Electric Vehicle Lithium-ion battery (LIB) recycling.

Altair International Corp. (the “Company” or “Altair”) (OTC: ATAO) is pleased to provide an update on its previously announced partnership with St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp. (CSE: SX) (OTC: SXOOF) (FSE: 85G1) (“St-Georges”) a Canadian public company engaged in the development of new Lithium extraction technologies.

On December 1, 2020 the two companies entered into a Binding agreement that would allow Altair access to St-Georges’ patent-pending Lithium processing technology for Altair’s Nevada based Stonewall project and most importantly bring together the two companies to jointly develop a patentable industrial scale process for Electric Vehicle Lithium-ion battery (LIB) recycling.

As the global Electric Vehicle (EV) market heats up over the coming decade, the demand for battery metals is expected to outpace current production. Even with increased energy density and charge cycles, Lithium based batteries for EVs, laptops, phones and other mobile devices will create cumulative waste challenges both in the environmental footprint of production and end-of-life LIB disposal.

Altair and St-Georges recognize that new optimized recycling technologies will offer valuable solutions to both a waste-management and battery metal supply. Selective, economic and responsible metal extraction of spent LIBs will be an integral part of the multi-billion dollar green economy and play a crucial part in the future of EV dominance of the automotive sector.

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St-Georges $SX.ca Inks Licensing & Development Agreement for Lithium Processing Technology $NNX.ca $OM.ca $ICM.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 7:27 AM on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp. (CSE:SX) (CNSX:SX.CN)(OTC:SXOOF) (FSE:85G1) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Binding Letter of Intent with Altair International (US-OTC: ATAO) pursuant to which St-Georges has agreed to provide access to its patent pending lithium processing technology for lithium-in-clay mineral deposits, and also agreed to jointly develop a patentable electric vehicle battery recycling industrial process.

In return for the access to the lithium processing technology and as part of their contribution in the development of patentable intellectual property in regard to EV Battery Recycling, Altair will issue 2,000,000 common shares at signature of this Binding LOI. The company will also commit to 2 subsequent share issuance of 2 million shares each, the first at the filing of a joint patent application in regards to the battery recycling R&D effort and the second at the start of an Industrial Pilot Plant demonstrator of the battery recycling process. If all milestones are completed, a total of 6 million common shares of Altair will be issued in favor of St-Georges.

Altair will also make a total of US $300,000 cash payments to St-Georges. A first payment of US $150,000 on or before April 1st, 2021 and a second payment of US $150,000 on or before August 1st, 2021. Both companies will contribute equally to the battery recycling research & development effort and to the design and construction of a battery recycling industrial pilot-plant circuit in St-Georges contracted installations in Quebec.

Royalties

On Altair Nevada Lithium Project

The Parties will establish a 5% royalty stream on the commercial output of the Nevada Property for the whole mine life period. This royalty will be transferable at the discretion of St-Georges or its successors. It will be opposable to any successors of Altair as a lien on the mining assets. St-Georges and Altair will negotiate a right of first refusal in favor of Altair. The royalty, to be negotiated within the guidelines of the “Royalty Formula”, will take the form of a Net Revenue Interest or Net Revenue Return (NRR).

Based on the location of the lithium-in-clay mineral project of Altair, 20% of the established NRR will be assigned to Iconic Minerals (TSX-V: ICM) based on current active agreements between the two companies.

On the Commercial Recycling of EV Batteries

The parties will establish a mutually beneficial partnership royalty stream on the commercial implementation and output of the battery recycling technology. The proportionate ownership will be transferable at the discretion of St-Georges, Altair or its successors.

The parties agreed to enter into a long form Definitive Agreement on or before February 5, 2021. Definitive agreement will be subject to review by regulatory authorities.

The companies expect to issue additional information in the coming weeks regarding the joint battery recycling technology development effort.

Vilhjalmur Thor Vilhjalmsson, St-Georges’ President & CEO commented: “(…) With the continued work of our research and development team, it is a great pleasure to team up with Altair to take this process further. The SX team has been looking at alternative methods, including using our proprietary technology in recycling EV batteries. We can see this as an opportunity to further broaden the scope of our developments and welcome the partnership. This will also enable us to finetune the Nevada operations already in place with Iconic Minerals over the forthcoming years (…)”

Leonard Lovallo, President of Altair, commented that “We believe that the lithium extraction and purification processes which St-Georges has developed have the potential to reshape the economics of the lithium mining sector, and we are incredibly excited to have partnered with them on this endeavor. As the demand and marketplace for lithium continues to expand with the ever-increasing popularity of EV vehicles across the globe, the scope and applications of the technologies which we are partnering with St-Georges on will only increase.”

Lithium Processing Technology Update

St-Georges technical team is now ready to initiate work aimed at optimizing the purification process of its lithium process and recuperation technology. The objectives are to minimize chemical losses, optimize total process recovery and optimizing the value of the byproducts. The company also intends to validate multiple resources and assure the selectivity of lithium recovery works on different types of resources.

Multiple initiatives will be run in parallel with the company’s strategic partners and suppliers. This effort should lead to a complete metallurgical simulation to size and price equipment. St-Georges is committed to utilizing multiple laboratories in parallel in order to protect intellectual proprietary processes and to accelerate IP extension.

St-Georges contractors have completed the preparation of a spodumene concentrate sourced from a Quebec based mineral resources and the company is now ready to initial leaching tests in a pilot plant environment. The company is expecting material recently prepared from the Bonnie Claire Project in Nevada from its partner Iconic Minerals. The company expects to run a complete pilot mining processing circuit on reception of the material. This next development effort should establish the recuperation and purification parameters needed specifically for that project as well as the final tweaked chemical recipe for the resin used to coat the lithium balls used in the last recuperation and refining stage.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

“Vilhjalmur T. Vilhjalmsson”

VILHJALMUR THOR VILHJALMSSON
President & CEO

About St-Georges

St-Georges is developing new technologies to solve some of the most common environmental problems in the mining industry. The Company controls all the active mineral tenures in Iceland. It also explores for nickel & PGEs on the Julie Nickel Project and the Manicougan Palladium Project on the Quebec’s North Shore.

CLIENT FEATURE: St. George Eco Mining $SX.ca: Using Hydrothermal Energy to Develop 100% Owned Iceland Gold Targets $NNX.ca $OM.ca $ICM.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 9:32 AM on Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

Planning to Use Hydrothermal Energy to Drill Iceland Gold Targets

St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp. plans on reviving Iceland’s long-dormant gold mining industry by using its vast abundance of renewable energy to drill for gold.  St. George’s emphasis will be on making the most eco-friendly and socially responsible gold in the world.

  • St-Georges, is the only junior exploration company to own all the mineral rights of a western country
  • Controls all the active mineral tenures in Iceland
  • St-Georges plans to mine with robots, while the equipment and processing primarily will use electricity made from geothermal and hydro power by Landsvirkjun, the state-owned power company
  • Iceland is one of the countries with the highest ratio of green energy globally 

Thormodsdalur Project is the most advanced project in Iceland 

  •  Drilled a 124-meter-deep (407-foot-deep) hole in Thormodsdalur, outside Reykjavik, in September
  •  Drilling up to 1,000 meters or up to 25 new shallow holes on the Thor Gold project
  • Opportunity to extract epithermal gold with geothermal power 
  • Total area in excess of 4,600 km2 with 9 prospecting licences 
  • Mineralization bearing outcrops were identified and sampled and brought to St-Georges’ secure facilities in Reykjavik for petrographic analysis in October

Iceland Resources ehf ( 100% St. George Eco-Mining )

  • Controls all the active mineral tenures 
  • Including drill ready Thor Gold Project 
  • One of the countries with the highest ratio of green energy  
  • 100% renewable energy and zero carbon footprint. 

Mining In Iceland

  • St. George’s emphasis will be on making the most eco-friendly and socially responsible gold in the world
  • St. George’s anticipates Iceland’s gold to be sold with a premium.
  • St. George’s ideology is about making minimal disturbances to the ground.
  • Thormodsdalur have minimal visible activity when mining activity starts
  • St-Georges will use all the material extracted from the ground during the mining process
  • After the minerals are separated, the remainder would be used in building material and concrete.

FULL DISCLOSURE: St. George’s Eco-Mining is an advertising client of AGORA Internet Relations Corp.

St-Georges $SX.ca Discovers a New 80 Meters Long Gold Mineralized Zone at Thor Gold Project $NNX.ca $OM.ca $ICM.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 8:48 AM on Monday, November 23rd, 2020
  • Interval contained gold mineralization averaging 0.24 g/t over 80 meters with gold grades ranging from 0.01 g/t up to 6.21 g/t.

Reykjavik – TheNewswire – November 23, 2020 -St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp. (CSE:SX) (CNSX:SX.CN)(OTC:SXOOF) (FSE:85G1) is pleased to disclose the results of the reverse circulation research hole TRC 20-01 authorised prior to the acquisition of Melmis EHF earlier this fall.

The 124m hole intersected a broad zone of low grade disseminated mineralization near surface. At depth of 41.5m the team intersected and confirmed with preliminary assays the existence of a thick interval that contained gold mineralization averaging 0.24 g/t over 80 meters with gold grades ranging from 0.01 g/t up to 6.21 g/t.

Within that zone a section of 9.9 meters averaged 0.7 g/t gold starting at 55 meters depth and included 2.1 meters of 1.67 g/t gold. A separate zone assayed 6.21 g/t over 0.3 meters at a depth of 98 meters.

The company is in the process of renting new facilities that will allow a streamlined sampling process. As soon as the installation is ready, all samples on 30cm intervals will be relogged and certain samples will be reanalyzed for gold and trace elements by independent laboratories in Dublin Ireland. Duplicate samples are a necessary protocol when gold values exceed one g/t gold in a known low sulfidation vein system with historic high-grade gold values. Trace element geochemistry may further assist in vectoring in on the better parts of the system. The company expects to conduct the next hole at an angle of 85? from the same location to confirm its hypothesis.

This initial hole was drilled between two previously known mineralized and drilled areas of the project. The purpose of the hole was to provide continuity of alteration and mineralization between these two zones. Additional holes are planned along strike and at depth as a follow-up of hole TRC 20-01. This RC hole was drilled at -45 degrees and azimuth 110?. Following the acquisition of Melmis, St-Georges is less restricted on the location and depth of future drilling.

Based on geological logging to date, mineralization is disseminated over a thicker interval and not limited to quartz veining which is the preferential host for high-grade gold elsewhere in the Thor system.

Based on the results from this recent hole, St-Georges geological team believes that we are looking at a strong hydrothermal system that is mineralized with gold over apparent broad widths currently more than 700 meters of strike.

Iceland Resources, St-Georges’ Iceland wholly owned subsidiary’s CEO, Thordis Bjork Sigurbjornsdottir, commented: “(…) We are very pleased with the preliminary results from our maiden hole within the project, we feel it supports our theory in regards of the geological settings and that the system could potentially prove to be expanded on a much larger surface than what was previously expected. These results are encouraging on our path to our first maiden resource. The team is evaluating next steps and is anticipating additional positive surprises with further work(…)”.

 Quality Control

Samples were collected in buckets then sealed and transported directly from the site to Iceland Resources’ secured warehouse facilities in Reykjavik by the SX geological team. The geological team sampled each bucket. The samples along with duplicate and Q/C blank samples were added to 2 shipments that traveled by plane to ALS Global Laboratories (ISO/IEC 17025 accredited) in Loughrea, Ireland. All samples were tested using four acid trace analysis (ME-ICP61).

About Thor Gold

The Thormodsdalur Gold Project is located about 20km east of the city center of Reykjavik and south-east of the Lake Hafravatn. The project was discovered in 1908. The property produced a gold concentrate from 1911 to 1925, which shipped to Germany for processing. Over 300 meters of tunnels explored and mined one or more quartz veins and wall rock below open cuts at the surface.

Studies between 1996 and 2013 identified the project mineralization as a low sulfidation system hosted by basic to intermediate flows of Pliocene to Miocene age. The host contains banded chalcedony and ginguro within a fault zone up to 5 meters in width. To date, the identified gold trend has a known strike length of 700 meters determined by drill intercepts. Petrographic analysis of the vein material identified gold occurring in its free form and as part of an assemblage with pyrite and chalcopyrite. Petrographic and XRD studies show an evolution of the vein system from the zeolite assemblage to quartz-adularia and lastly, to minor calcite.

Thirty-two holes have been drilled within the license area, for a total of 2439 meters excluding the 124 meters reverse circulation hole drilled by St-Georges in the Fall of 2020.Gold values vary from less than 0.5 g/t to a maximum of 415 g/t. (These values were obtained from selected random intervals and cannot be construed to be representative of any particular thickness or overall length.) Historically, the best intercepts from the diamond drilling are 33.5m of 8.0 g/t Au (true thickness) and 5.2m of 35.4 g/t Au (true thickness).

Gary McLearn, A professional geoscientist (Ontario APGO #2900) and an Independent Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has prepared, supervised the preparation or approved the scientific and technical disclosure in the news release.

The technical information in this release has been reviewed and approved by Mr. Herb Duerr, P. Geo. St-Georges’ director, a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

“Vilhjalmur T. Vilhjalmsson”

VILHJALMUR THOR VILHJALMSSON
President & CEO

About St-Georges

St-Georges is developing new technologies to solve some of the most common environmental problems in the mining industry. The Company controls all the active mineral tenures in Iceland. It also explores for nickel & PGEs on the Julie Nickel Project and the Manicougan Palladium Project on the Quebec’s North Shore.

Gold Miner $SX.ca Wants to Use Iceland’s Renewable Energy to Drill SPONSOR: St George Eco Mining $NNX.ca $OM.ca $ICM.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 9:05 AM on Thursday, November 12th, 2020

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

  • St-Georges Eco-Mining holds all exploration licenses in nation
  • CEO says the ‘green gold’ should command a premium price

Exploration in Tröllaskagi (Troll’s peninsula) North Iceland. Source: Iceland Resources

Canadian explorer St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp. wants to revive Iceland’s long-dormant gold mining industry by drawing on the Nordic nation’s abundance of renewable energy.

The Montreal-based miner finished drilling a 124-meter-deep (407-foot-deep) hole in Thormodsdalur, outside Reykjavik, in September and may publish the results this month. Previous drilling cores indicated gold quantities of as much as 415 grams per ton there, though more research is needed to determine the size of the deposit, Chief Executive Officer Vilhjalmur Thor Vilhjalmsson said in an interview.

If the veins are big enough, St-Georges plans to mine with robots, while the equipment and processing primarily will use electricity made from geothermal and hydro power by Landsvirkjun, the state-owned power company. The moves come after gold hit a record in August and is up more than 20% this year.

“Our emphasis will be on making the most eco-friendly and socially responsible gold in the world,” Vilhjalmsson said. “We foresee that our gold would be sold with a premium.”

In an environment as pristine as Iceland’s, the potential for gold mines to pop up may trigger alarms among the island’s 364,000 residents, given the industry’s reputation for polluting and scarring the landscape. But Vilhjalmsson says his operation will be different.

“Our ideology is about making minimal disturbances to the ground,” he said. “In Thormodsdalur, you will hardly see it when mining activity starts.”

St-Georges will use all the material extracted from the ground during the mining process, Vilhjalmsson said. After the minerals are separated, the remainder would be used in building material and concrete.

Experimental Mining

The Canadian miner holds all exploration licenses for gold in Iceland after acquiring local corporation Melmi Ehf last month. Melmi owned the majority interest in the Thor Gold Project in Thormodsdalur, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of the capital.

Vilhjalmsson, 45, previously worked on mining projects in Greenland and Africa. He is optimistic that experimental mining in Iceland will start this decade, and he expects to spend almost 500 million Icelandic kronur ($3.6 million) on research during the next few years.

“We anticipate that by using the green energy Iceland offers, our production will be more cost-efficient than if we’d use fossil fuels,” he said. “We are in the process of doing a proof of concept for our model, and we hope it will be applicable to mining sites around the world.”

The company holds exploration permits for gold, silver and copper in three locations in Iceland and has applied for 11 more licenses. The Thormodsdalur endeavor will be funded through debt and private placement on the Canadian Securities Exchange.

The explorer’s shares have declined 25% so far this year, for a market value of C$10.4 million ($8 million).

‘Green Gold’

Grant Sporre, a senior analyst for metals and mining at Bloomberg Intelligence, said he is skeptical about the market opportunity since there’s no universal standard for what qualifies as “green gold.”

“It will be a while before any investors see a return on the Icelandic gold explorations component of their business,” he said.

Gold digging in Iceland started at the beginning of the 20th century. The Thormodsdalur site was discovered in 1905, and four years later the poet and entrepreneur Einar Benediktsson formed a mining company with investors from Norway, Britain and Germany.

The property produced a gold concentrate from 1911 to 1925 that was shipped to Germany for processing, but then the market faded away.

Interested renewed in 1989 after two Icelandic geologists, including Hjalti Franzson, studied the presence of gold in geothermal systems in New Zealand and Japan. That triggered local research funded by the Icelandic government. “There is enough gold in the ground here,” said Thorvaldur Thordarson, a professor in volcanology and petrology at the University of Iceland. “In Iceland, it’s perhaps not as concentrated in one place.

SOURCE: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-11/thor-s-gold-miner-will-use-iceland-s-renewable-energy-to-drill