VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- South Star Battery Metals Corp. (“South Star” or the “Company”) (TSXV: STS) (OTCQB: STSBD), is pleased to announce that it has finalized the agreement for the land purchase required for construction of the Phase 1 mine and plant facilities as well as the first two to three years of operations at its Santa Cruz Graphite Project in Bahia, Brazil.
In addition, South Star 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 August 1st, 2022 for the Claim 872.737/2010, which is where the Phase 1 facilities are currently being installed. 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 February of 2022 (See Press Releases from February 9th and 24th) the final exploration reports for all of the Company’s 13 claims were approved by the ANM. The approval of the PAE and mining license is the final step in securing the LOM mining license for each of the exploration claims and converting them to mining concessions. The Company plans to submit the PAE and the request for the final mining license for 4 additional claims in the next 10 days and all the remaining claims by the end of the year. The environmental field work for the 3 phased production schedule is scheduled to begin in Q3 of 2022, and the Company intends to submit all the environmental documents for review and comment by Q1 of 2023.
Phase 1 operations are fully licensed with a trial mining license (“GU”) and associated environmental license. South Star has paid the municipal building permit for construction of the Phase 1 plant, mine and infrastructure, and the Company anticipates the permit should be issued by Itabela shortly.
Richard Pearce, CEO of South Star, said, “The initial land purchase agreement for Phase 1 operations of approximately 325 hectares has been finalized and registered at title office so that all the Phase 1 operations will be on our own property. It is always advantageous to have the mine and facilities under our direct control. We submitted the PAE incorporating a third phase doubling the production to 50,000 tpy and adding future operational flexibility. We plan on submitting all the PAEs by the end of 2022 and will work towards having the mining licenses and environmental permits for the 5-7 priority claims approved around the time we are commissioning our Phase 1 facilities in mid 2023. This will allow us to advance quickly with Phase 2/3 financing alternatives. The municipal building permit is the final approval we need to start the Phase 1 construction. The permit fee was paid, and we anticipate the approval in short order. We continue to execute our business plan in a disciplined, responsible manner on our march to being the first new graphite production in the Americas. Site preparation, grading and earthworks, as well as security installations, roads and other infrastructure will be the first order of business. I’d like to thank the mayor and his team from Itabela for continued support of South Star, and we look forward to beginning Phase 1 commercial production in mid-2023.”
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 Q3 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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South Star Investor Relations (Canada IR)
+1 (604) 706-0212 x3002
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Trevor Brucato, Managing Director
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