Approval of Final Exploration Reports of Santa Cruz Mine by Brazilian Mining Authority & 2022 Outlook
South Star Battery Metals Announces Approval of Final Exploration Reports of Santa Cruz Mine by Brazilian Mining Authority & 2022 Outlook
Vancouver, Canada, February 9th, 2021 – South Star Battery Metals Corp. (“South Star” or the “Company”) (TSXV: STS) (OTCQB: STSBF), is pleased to announce that it has received approval from the Brazilian Mining Authority (“ANM”) on February 8th, 2022 for the final exploration reports for 7 of the 13 claims of the Santa Cruz Graphite Mine in Brazil. The other 6 areas are in final analysis by the ANM, and the Company expects they should be published shortly.
“The seven areas that were approved by the ANM include all the main areas we plan on using for Phase 1 & 2 operations and is a huge step forward towards getting our definitive mining license for all future Phases of Santa Cruz,” commented Richard Pearce, President and CEO of South Star. “We are fully licensed and permitted for Phase 1 operations (5,000 tpy). We are in the process of preparing the definitive environmental licensing documentation for Phase 2 (25,000 tpy) and Phase 3 (50,000 tpy). The next step in the process for the definitive mining license is submittal of the Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PAE”) and in parallel approval of the definitive mining license. The PAE documents for the main areas are in final review by our team, and we anticipate submitting to the ANM shortly. Our goals are to have Phases 2 and 3 fully permitted around the time our Phase 1 plant is commissioning in Q1 of 2023. This is another step forward for the mine and real, long-term value creation for shareholders with a large land package and scalable resource in one of the premier graphite producing regions in the world. We have a substantial drilling program planned for 2022 and 2023 with the goal of significantly increasing our reserves and mine life. I’d like to thank our team and the analysts at the ANM for all their hard work and dedication.”
2022 OUTLOOK & CATALYST EVENTS
Santa Cruz Phase 1 (5,000 tpy concentrates) is fully permitted and construction ready with commercial production planned for March or April of 2023;
The on-going testing programs have shown that our purified graphite products made from the fines portion of our production meet or exceed a broad range of applications, including lithium-ion battery production. The Company is also exploring many markets that have shorter qualification periods than EV sector and excellent margins for our final products as well;
The Company is in advanced negotiations and continues to push towards finalizing the project financing of Phase 1 operations. The Company looks forward to providing additional detail at the appropriate time in the near future;
Phase 1 start of construction;
Phase 1 commissioning & start of commercial production;
Exploration and resource/reserves expansion at Santa Cruz;
Exploration and maiden resource estimate at Alabama;
Value-add product optimizations;
Value-add process trade off study with conceptual level CAPEX/OPEX;
Environmental permitting and mining license for Phase 2 (25,000 tpy concentrate) and Phase 3 (50,000 tpy concentrate); &
Commercial off-take agreements.
2021 END OF YEAR SUMMARY
The Company is pleased to announce that a 2021 end of year summary is available on the website. Highlights include:
560% share price return in 2021;
Excellent share liquidity with December 2021 daily average of 825,000 shares traded and a daily trading value of approximately USD171,000;
US buying has increased from basically 0 in January 2021 to account for approximately 20-25% of the daily traded value by December;
Market capitalization has grown 1467% from CAD$2.15M at the close of 2020 to CAD$33.7M at the close of 2021;
Current assets at end of 2021 will be around CAD3.5M including CAD3.4M in cash; &
The earn-in agreement for the Alabama Project was finalized and will potentially provide the next project in the pipeline in a key jurisdiction for diversifying political risks and supply chain requirements.
ABOUT SOUTH STAR BATTERY METALS CORP
South Star Battery Metals Corp. is a Canadian battery metals project developer focused on the selective acquisition and development of near-term production projects in the Americas. South Star’s Santa Cruz Graphite Project, located in Southern Bahia, Brazil is the first of a series of industrial and battery metals projects that will be put into production. Brazil is the second-largest graphite-producing region in the world with more than 80 years of continuous mining. Santa Cruz has at-surface mineralization in friable materials, and successful large-scale pilot-plant testing (>30t) has been completed. The results of the testing show that approximately 65% of Cg concentrate is +80 mesh with good recoveries and 95%-99% Cg. With excellent infrastructure and logistics, South Star is carrying its development plan towards Phase 1 production projected in Q4 2022, pending financing. South Star trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol STS, and on the OTCQB under the symbol STSBF.
South Star is committed to a corporate culture, project execution plan and safe operations that embrace the highest standards of ESG principles based on transparency, stakeholder engagement, ongoing education and stewardship. To learn more, please visit the Company website at https://www.southstarbatterymetals.com.
This news release has been reviewed and approved by Richard Pearce, P.E., a “Qualified Person” under National Instrument 43-101 and President and CEO of South Star Battery Metals.
On behalf of the Board,
Mr. Richard Pearce
Chief Executive Officer
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South Star Investor Relations (Canada IR)
RBMG – RB Milestone Group LLC (Investor Relations USA)
Trevor Brucato, Managing Director
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