Corporate Update - European Metals Holdings
Cadence Minerals Plc
("Cadence Minerals", "Cadence", or "the Company")
European Metals Holdings #EMH Announces Successful Battery-Grade pilot programme for Cinovec Lithium Project
Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to note the announcement by European Metals Holdings Limited (ASX & AIM: EMH, OTCQX: EMHXY, ERPNF and EMHLF) detailing the results of the Lithium Chemical Plant (LCP) pilot programme at Cinovec. The results confirm the robustness of the LCP process flowsheet and provide a strong foundation for the execution of the Cinovec Project.
· Pilot programme has confirmed industrial viability of the LCP process flowsheet.
· Exceptionally clean battery grade lithium carbonate (>99.9%) produced with single-stage purification (bicarbonation) of crude lithium carbonate.
· Pilot programme crude lithium carbonate confirmed at 99.7% purity, greater than battery grade (99.5%) in the carbonate precipitation step without any additional processing.
· Work to produce battery grade lithium hydroxide monohydrate is underway.
· The pilot programme processed ore fully-representative in all respects of the run-of-mine for the first seven years of mining planned at Cinovec, including average grade and expected rock-type mix from the bulk mining.
Next Stage of Development of Cinovec
The DFS for battery-grade Lithium Carbonate remains on-track for completion in 4Q 2023. Subject to confirmation of the pilot programme work for battery grade Lithium Hydroxide, a decision on the battery grade end-product (carbonate vs hydroxide) for the Cinovec Project is expected to be made in early 2024. This will in turn lead to design engineering that will enable the Project to move to production in the shortest possible time frame, and includes engagement with long lead equipment OEMs to ensure that the timeline is expedited.
European Metals Executive Chairman Keith Coughlan said: "The confirmation of the exceptionally clean nature of the Cinovec Lithium Carbonate resulting from the pilot programme is further proof of the tremendous importance of the Cinovec Lithium Project for the whole of the EU. The Lithium Carbonate produced by the simplified flowsheet has the ability to be a major contributor to the EU's lithium security. The Cinovec Project is well positioned to be a major supplier of battery grade lithium products to the strategically important European car industry to ensure that they are able to compete on the global stage. The pilot programme data is now being used to confirm design and engineering for the ongoing Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) being completed by DRA Global and which remains on-track for completion in the current quarter, and also for the post-DFS detailed design. European Metals, in developing the Cinovec Lithium Project, is well positioned for the rising demand in battery materials in the EU. The Cinovec project is the largest hard rock lithium project in the EU and Europe as a whole and is centrally located on the Czech Republic's border with Germany."
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Cinovec Lithium/Tin Project
Geomet s.r.o. controls the mineral exploration licenses awarded by the Czech State over the Cinovec Lithium/Tin Project. Geomet has been granted a preliminary mining permit by the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Industry. The company is owned 49% by EMH and 51% by CEZ a.s. through its wholly owned subsidiary, SDAS. Cinovec hosts a globally significant hard rock lithium deposit with a total Measured Mineral Resource of 53.3Mt at 0.48% Li2O and 0.08% Sn, Indicated Mineral Resource of 360.2Mt at 0.44% Li2O and 0.05% Sn and an Inferred Mineral Resource of 294.7Mt at 0.39% Li2O and 0.05% Sn containing a combined 7.39 million tonnes Lithium Carbonate Equivalent and 335.1kt of tin.
Cadence Minerals holds approximately 5.6% percent of the equity in European Metals Holdings.
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Kiran Morzaria B.Eng. (ACSM), MBA, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this announcement. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Geology) from the Camborne School of Mines and an MBA (Finance) from CASS Business School.
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