South Star Battery Metals Corp. ("South Star" or the "Company") (TSXV: STS) (OTCQB: STSBD), is pleased to announce that it has submitted the Planned Economic Analysis ("PAE") and the request for the final mining license ("concessão de lavra") to the Brazilian Mining Authority ("ANM") on September 28 th 2022 for two additional claims (871.0522011 & 872.8742010), which are east and west extensions on strike of where the Phase 2 and 3 facilities are planned. This brings the total to 7 of the 13 mining claims submitted and now encompasses the entirety of the 8-kilometer strike that has been identified (see the August 15 th 2022 press release). The proposed PAE doubles the Santa Cruz production capacity presented in the previously released PFS ( March 2020 ) and incorporates a third phase of project development. The planned production schedule follows:
- 2 years with 5,000 tonnes per year ("tpy") of concentrates (Phase 1);
- 2 years with 25,000 tpy of concentrates (Phase 2); &
- Life of mine ("LOM") with 50,000 tpy of concentrates (Phase 3).
In addition, the Company has selected the environmental consultants for the Phase 2/3 environmental permitting, and they are expected to mobilize for field inventories in October 2022 . The environmental studies and documents are expected to be completed and submitted for review and comment in January 2023 .
The pilot scale metallurgical testing program for the Alabama Graphite Project is underway at North Carolina State University and is on schedule to deliver approximately 15-18 kg of ROM concentrate samples by the end of November 2022 . Once finalized, the concentrate samples will be sent for physical and chemical characterizations as well as testing for a variety of value-add and battery applications.
The maiden drilling campaign is underway and a rubber track mounted drill rig is scheduled to be on site in Alabama this week. The drill pads are prepared and drilling is expected to be completed by November 2022 . The Alabama exploration program includes:
- Drilling 10-15 holes (HQ) along 1.5 km of strike;
- Logging & Assays;
- QA/QC Program with Blanks, Duplicates and Standards;
- Background Water Quality Testing;
- Geotechnical Drilling / Installation of a Piezometer to Monitor Groundwater Levels; &
- Drill Pad Construction and Reclamation.
Richard Pearce , CEO of South Star, said, "At Santa Cruz we have submitted to the ANM all the priority PAEs along the 8 km strike asked for the full mining license for 50,000 tpy of concentrates. We will continue to submit additional PAEs throughout the remainder of 2022. The environmental consultants for the Phase 2/3 permitting effort have been selected and will be in the field in October 2022 . Our goals are to have the Phase 2 & 3 mining and environmental permits and mining licenses in hand around the same time we are commissioning the Phase 1 plant so we can quickly advance financing alternatives to scale the production. In Alabama we are very excited to get the drills turning for our maiden resource estimate in Alabama , and the met pilot testing program is underway and on schedule. We are aiming to get a maiden 43-101 resource estimate for Alabama out early Q1 2023 and a 43-101 PEA delivered end of year 2023. Exciting times as we race to be the first new graphite production in the Americas in over a decade."
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 2023.
South Star's next project in the development pipeline is a project in Alabama located in the middle of a developing electric vehicle, aerospace and defence hub in the southeastern United States . The Project is a historic mine active during World Wars I & II. Trenching, sampling, analysis and preliminary metallurgic testing has been completed. The testing indicated a traditional crush/grind/flotation concentration circuit achieved grades of approximately 96-97% with approximately 86% recoveries. South Star is executing on its plan to create a multi-asset, diversified battery metals company with near-term operations in strategic jurisdictions. 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 http://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 Corp.
On behalf of the Board,
Mr. Richard Pearce
Chief Executive Officer
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