Northern Graphite Reports Nickel/Copper/Cobalt Assays from South Okak Project
Provides Update on Imerys Transaction and Financing Extension
April 4, 2022: Northern Graphite Corporation (NGC:TSX-V, NGPHF:OTCQB, FRA:ONG, XSTU:ONG) (the “Company” or “Northern”) is pleased to provide assay results from its 2021 field season on the South Okak nickel/copper/cobalt property in Labrador. Rock samples were collected throughout the property, including 15 samples from historical drill core, and over 40 kilometers of high-resolution magnetometer data was acquired over two high priority target areas as part of the program.
A majority of the samples were taken from numerous gossans that are located on structures which cross-cut the main northwest trending suture that traverses through the area and also hosts the Voisey’s Bay deposits. Some of these gossans are over 2km in length and represent multiple exploration targets. One sample returned 1.1% Cu, 0.85% Ni and 0.13% Co and another 1.1% Cu, 0.43% Ni and .085% Co. As per the table below, a number of samples also exceeded 1.0% Ni equivalent. These are significant values given they were collected from highly weathered gossanous material.
Gregory Bowes, CEO commented: “The Voisey’s Bay deposits are contained within large, lower grade mineralized halos and this extensive, widespread mineralization is similar to what we are seeing at South Okak. Voisey’s Bay was discovered by sampling gossans which are generally lower grade than any mineralization lying below due to weathering.”
3D modeling of the ground magnetometer surveys has now been completed for the 1558 Zone and illustrates the value of a detailed reinterpretation of historical results. Reinterpretation of this zone along with newly acquired data from 2021 field work clearly indicates its untested potential (shown below). Modeling of other zones is on-going.
The Company has an option to earn up to an 80% interest in the South Okak project by spending $1.5 million over four years, together with certain cash payments and share issuances, as previously disclosed by the Company.
South Okak consists of 473 claims covering 11,825 hectares that are prospective for magmatic nickel sulphide deposits similar to Vale’s Voisey Bay Mine which is located 80 kilometers to the south. The South Okak area returned some of the best intersections outside of Voisey’s Bay in the 1990s but the area was not thoroughly explored as ownership was very fragmented and nickel prices subsequently declined. The South Okak area has now been consolidated into one land package for the first time. Accordingly, it can now be evaluated using a more complete understanding of the geological and structural controls of the Voisey’s Bay deposits and modern geophysical techniques.
South Okak Property
Selected 2021 Field Sampling Program Assay Results
*Based on a price of US$10/lb for Ni, US$3.50/lb for Cu and US$25/lb for Co.
For a complete table of sample results click here
Rocks samples were collected in a careful and diligent manner. Samples were tagged and sealed prior to being shipped by Contract personnel to Actlabs in Ancaster, Ontario, which is an independent and accredited full-service commercial laboratory accredited to ISO 9001:2015. The samples were analyzed using the 1C-Exp, 1F2 and Code 8 (Ni, Cu, Co) packages.
Update on Imerys Transaction
Northern also announces that it has received another 30 day extension from the TSX Venture Exchange (the "TSXV") to close the final tranche of its private placement of subscription receipts (the “Private Placement”) being conducted in connection with the Company’s previously announced acquisition of the producing Lac des Iles graphite mine in Quebec and the Okanjande graphite deposit/Okorusu processing plant in Namibia (the “Transaction”) from subsidiaries of Imerys Group (“Imerys”). The final date for acceptance by the TSXV of the Private Placement has been extended to April 30, 2022. All parties are working diligently to complete the Transaction, as well as the related debt/royalty/stream financings with Sprott Group, as soon as practicable. Closing has proven to be more time consuming than anticipated due to complexities in structuring debt/royalty/stream financings in multiple jurisdictions and obtaining certain Namibian regulatory approvals for the Transaction and debt/stream financings. It is anticipated that the Transaction, the final tranche of the private placement and the debt/royalty/stream financings will close in the coming weeks.
About Northern Graphite
Northern Graphite is a Canadian company, listed on the TSX Venture Exchange that is focussed on becoming a world leader in producing natural graphite and upgrading it into high value products critical to the green economy including anode material for LiBs/EVs, fuel cells and graphene, as well as advanced industrial technologies.
Completion of the Imerys Transaction will result in Northern becoming the only North American and the world’s third largest non-Chinese graphite producing company with 50,000 tpy of capacity. In addition, Okanjande and the Company’s existing Bissett Creek project are two large scale development projects that have the combined potential to produce over 200,000 tpy of high quality flake graphite. Both are located close to infrastructure in politically stable jurisdictions and will enable the Company to significantly expand future production to meet rapidly growing demand from EV and battery markets.
Gregory Bowes, B.Sc. MBA P.Geo is a “qualified person” as defined under NI 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the content of this news release.
For additional information
Please visit the Company’s website at http://www.northerngraphite.com/investors/presentation/, the Company’s profile on www.sedar.com, our Social Channels or contact Gregory Bowes at (613) 241-9959.
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