CALGARY, AB, Oct. 4, 2022 /CNW/ - E3 LITHIUM LTD. (TSXV: ETL) (FSE: OW3) (OTCQX: EEMMF), Alberta's leading lithium developer and Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) technology innovator is pleased to announce it has acquired the Clearwater Project Gross Overriding Royalty (the "Royalty").
The Royalty was negotiated in 2016 during the original amalgamation of E3 Lithium's (E3) permits in the Clearwater Project Area within the Bashaw District. As part of the original agreement, E3 had the option to purchase the Royalty by September 30, 2022. The Royalty would have provided the original owner with 2.25% of gross revenue from any metallic and industrial mineral production.
Based on E3's Preliminary Economic Assessment released in 2020, the value of the Royalty would have been approximately $8.5M CAD per year. Using recent lithium prices, the Royalty would be significantly higher, outlining the clear economics behind deciding to acquire the Royalty for $0.8M CAD.
"The purchase of this royalty outlines the confidence we have in the value and timeframe of our project," said Chris Doornbos, President and CEO of E3 Lithium. "The royalty burden using today's prices that E3 has now eliminated provides improved economics in the Clearwater Project and significant shareholder value."
About E3 Lithium
E3 Lithium is a development company with total of 24.3 million tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) inferred mineral resources1 in Alberta. As outlined in E3's Preliminary Economic Assessment, the Clearwater Lithium Project has an NPV8% of USD 1.1 Billion with a 32% IRR pre-tax and USD 820 Million with a 27% IRR after-tax1. Through the successful scale up its DLE technology towards commercialization, E3 Lithium's goal is to produce high purity, battery grade lithium products. With a significant lithium resource and innovative technology solutions, E3 Lithium has the potential to deliver lithium to market from one of the best jurisdictions in the world.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chris Doornbos, President & CEO
E3 Lithium Ltd.
1: The Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) for the Clearwater Lithium Project NI 43-101 technical report is effective Sept 17, 2021. The mineral resource NI 43-101 Technical Report for the North Rocky Property, effective October 27, 2017, identified 0.9Mt LCE (inferred). The mineral resource NI 43-101 Technical Report for the Bashaw District Project, effective July 11, 2022, identified 23.4Mt LCE (inferred). All reports are available on the E3 Lithium's website (e3lithium.ca/technical-reports) and SEDAR (www.sedar.com).
Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements
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SOURCE E3 Lithium Ltd.
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