Electric Royalties Ltd. (TSXV:ELEC)(OTCQB:ELECF) ("Electric Royalties" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the signature of the definitive purchase agreement of the previously announced Rana Nickel Royalty acquisition (see news release dated October 19, 2021) with Scandinavian Resource Holdings ("SRH") and Global Energy Metals Corp. (GEMC) to acquire a 1% net smelter revenue royalty on four exploration licenses totaling 25 square kilometers in the Råna mafic-ultramafic intrusion in Northern Norway, including the past producing Bruvann Nickel mine (the "Rana Nickel Project" or "Rana"). The Company will issue a total consideration of 2,000,000 common shares of the Company ("Consideration Shares") and $100,000 cash. The Consideration Shares will be subject to a voluntary escrow lock-up agreement which provides that 50% of the common shares will be subject to a hold period of 4 months and one day, 25% for 8 months and the remaining 25% for 12 months. The transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions including TSX-V approval
Rana Nickel Royalty Acquisition Highlights
- The Rana Nickel Project is located on the Ofoten Fjord in Northern Norway which is ice-free year-round. The area is well serviced by the country's main highway and benefits from nearby international airport facilities.
- The project includes the past producing Bruvann Ni-Cu-Co mine which was in production from 1989 until 2002 and processed 8.2 million tonnes of ore at an average grade of 0.52% Ni, 0.1% Cu and 0.02% Co1.
- A historical estimate of the remaining resource is 9.15 million tonnes at grades of 0.36% Ni, 0.09% Cu and 0.01% Co above a cut-off of 0.3% Ni1. No classification of the estimate was reported. The estimate is historical in nature and does not qualify as mineral resources under CIM Definition standards and NI 43-101. A qualified person under has not done sufficient work to classify the estimate as current mineral resources and the Company is not treating it as current.
- Available maintained mine infrastructure includes power, roads, and conveyor from mine site to existing port facilities.
- Large historical drill database of 3,845 holes which demonstrates compelling near mine exploration potential.
- Underexplored property with demonstrated exploration potential and near mine exploration potential with the mineralization reported to be open in several directions.
Rana Nickel Royalty Development Update
Electric Royalties is also pleased to announce that Metals One plc has signed a definitive term sheet to acquire 90% of the Rana Nickel Project through the acquisition of SRH with plans to complete an AIM listing in Q1 2022. As part of the agreement, Metals One plc will be committing to a work program within the first 12 months with plans to release an updated resource within the next 12 to 24 months.
Metals One plc is an exciting new battery minerals exploration company focused on assets in the Scandinavian region and on the doorstep of the burgeoning European EV market. More detail on Metals One plc can be found at https://metals-one.com.
Rana Nickel Project Exploration Upside
All of the mineral occurrences within the 4 mining licenses at Råna are hosted in the 70km2 Råna mafic-ultramafic intrusion. The most significant of these occurrences is the formerly producing Bruvann Nickel Mine which was operated from 1989 to 2002 by Nickel og Olivin AS in association with Outokumpu OY.
Significant underground resources remain at Bruvann and it is the most important asset on the property. A report tabled by the NGU in 2007 stated that "…it is unlikely that the Bruvann mineralization is the richest in the complex." Recent exploration work guided primarily by geophysics elsewhere within the licenses has shown good potential to discover additional nickel-copper deposits.
Rana Nickel Project licenses, Bruvann Mine Location and mine access
Near Mine Exploration Potential
Several areas adjacent to mine workings offer good potential to discover additional resources. The most prospective of which are shown in the figures as Areas 1, 2, 3.
Plan view of the Bruvann mine showing stopes (red), ug development (grey), drilling, and areas of near mine exploration potential
Area 1 occurs below existing workings in the central part of the deposit.
Showing Area 1 exploration potential
Area 2 is in the northern part of the deposit, where the mineralization is very poorly defined but where there are several drill holes which indicate the potential for a continuation of the mineralization. As in Area 1, this part of the deposit is well accessed by multiple mine levels facilitating access.
Showing Area 2 exploration potential
Area 3 lies on the west side of the deposit. As in Area 2, mining has occurred to a point, but drilling strongly indicates a continuation of the mineralization, and the area is accessible from several existing levels.
Showing Area 3 exploration potential
Brendan Yurik, CEO of Electric Royalties commented, "Underexplored historically producing nickel mines like Rana in tier 1 jurisdictions are an excellent place to search for future nickel supply to fill the looming supply / demand gap in an ESG friendly way and with less risk than greenfield projects.
More than $150 million has been raised in 2021 by operators of our royalty assets to advance the projects. With Metals One plc committing to advance the Rana Project in 2022, we're looking forward to the results of modern exploration work as we believe there is lots of upside and value remaining to be unlocked at the Rana Nickel Project."
David Gaunt, P.Geo., a Qualified Person who is not independent of Electric Royalties, has reviewed and approved the technical information in this release.
About Electric Royalties Ltd.
Electric Royalties is a royalty company established to take advantage of the demand for a wide range of commodities (lithium, vanadium, manganese, tin, graphite, cobalt, nickel, zinc & copper) that will benefit from the drive toward electrification of a variety of consumer products: cars, rechargeable batteries, large scale energy storage, renewable energy generation and other applications.
Electric vehicle sales, battery production capacity and renewable energy generation are slated to increase significantly over the next several years and with it, the demand for these targeted commodities. This creates a unique opportunity to invest in and acquire royalties over the mines and projects that will supply the materials needed to feed the electric revolution.
Electric Royalties has a growing portfolio of 18 royalties, including one royalty that currently generates revenue. The Company is focused predominantly on acquiring royalties on advanced stage and operating projects to build a diversified portfolio located in jurisdictions with low geopolitical risk, which offers investors exposure to the clean energy transition via the underlying commodities required to rebuild the global infrastructure over the next several decades towards a decarbonized global economy.
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1 The past production and historical estimate for the Rana Project and the figures below are derived from the government report: Carl Olaf Mathiesen and Rognvald Boyd, 2017: History of exploration of the nickel resources of the Råna Intrusion, Nordland, Norway, NGU Report 2017.31, available at https://www.ngu.no/upload/Publikasjoner/Rapporter/2017/2017_031.pdf .
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