Montreal, February 09, 2022 – Geomega Resources Inc. (“Geomega” or the “Corporation”) (TSX.V: GMA) (OTC: GOMRF), a developer of clean technologies for the mining, refining and recycling of rare earths, is pleased to announce the continuation of hydrometallurgical test work on its Montviel rare earths deposit. The work will be done by Innord, the 100% owned subsidiary of Geomega, with a $400,000 funding contribution from the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources Naturelles (MERN) of Quebec. To complement the working budget for this project, Geomega closed a non-brokered private placement (the “Offering”) of 1,408,055 units (the “Units”), at a price of $0.27 per Unit, for aggregate gross proceeds in the amount of $380,175 with Quebec based institutional investors, including the Société de développement de la Baie James (SDBJ), and insiders of the Corporation. This will allow the Corporation to have a dedicated budget for this project, independent of the budget allocated for the construction of the rare earth magnets recycling plant in St-Bruno, which is progressing towards equipment ordering, and other R&D projects.
“The Montviel project is one of the most promising rare earth projects in North America. It’s got the size and the infrastructure required for an economic project however, we wanted to confirm that the project would have robust full cycle economics in all commodity price environments. As our technology has continued to evolve and improve over the last 7 years, we are now in a position to be able to start applying our technology and IP developments to the Montviel flow sheet. Our main goal is to deliver an economically and environmentally robust rare earths project in the province of Quebec that can sustain the price swings that we have seen over the last 10+ years in the rare earths market. We believe that the proposed hydrometallurgical improvements will make Montviel a rare earths project that could operate profitably even at the lowest REE prices that we saw as recently as 2019, and on the contrary, make it an extremely profitable and valuable project at the current REE prices, which have seen an increase of 300% in the last 24 months.” commented Kiril Mugerman, President & CEO of Geomega.
Montviel Hydrometallurgy Project
The project will be conducted under the “Program to support the exploration of critical and strategic minerals in Quebec” offered by the MERN. The 12 to 24-months project has a budget of $865,324 out of which the government grant program will contribute $400,000 of non-dilutive funding to the Corporation. The objective of the project is to improve on the technology that was developed and patented in 2015 (see news releases from April 29, 2015, May 20, 2015 and June 11, 2020) by incorporating the knowledge and experience gained from developing the rare earth recycling project and the bauxite residues project since then.
The main technical objectives to be investigated in this project are:
• Eliminating the flotation circuit
• Valorization of the iron by-product
• Recycling of the main leaching reagents
The successful implementation of these objectives would simplify the process of extracting rare earths and niobium and could significantly reduce its operating costs. The economic benefits of this project include:
• Cost reduction of the chemical reagents
• Energy savings by avoiding very fine grinding that is required for flotation, solid heat recovery and other adjustments
• Improving total REE recovery through whole ore leaching
• Reduction of mining waste and tailings management costs
• Increase of potential revenues through various by-products
Furthermore, the social and environmental impacts of the project are similarly important and will help obtain the required permits in the future and support of the local communities and the Waswanipi CREE First Nation. The environmental benefits of this project include:
• Reduction of water consumption
• Reduction of liquid effluents
• Reduction of solid mining waste volumes
• Reduction of overall energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for REE production compared to previous flowsheet
• Further evaluation of the possibility of paste-backfill
The results of the project will be used to complete a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) on the Montviel deposit.
“The PEA that will follow once this hydrometallurgical test work is completed successfully, should confirm our technological advancements and their economical benefits and set the stage for the next steps in Montviel rare earth project development.” continued Mugerman. “The potential enhanced economics from the metallurgical improvements at Montviel coupled with a much stronger and sustainable demand for neodymium and praseodymium, which together account for 21% of the Total REO at the deposit, position Geomega well for a potentially robust economic proposition at Montviel going forward. Furthermore, being able to leverage revenues from the rare earth magnets recycling plant in St-Bruno and our technical expertise will help avoid unnecessary dilution for our shareholders.”
The Offering of Units consists of one common share (each a “Share”) and one-half of one share purchase
warrant (each whole warrant, a “Warrant”). Each Warrant entitles the holder thereof to acquire one additional
Share at a price of $0.40 per Share until the date that is 24 months from their issue. The securities issued under the Offering have a hold period of four months and one day from their issue. The Offering is subject to final
acceptance of the TSX Venture Exchange.
“We are very grateful to the MERN and the Quebec based institutional investors who are helping us fund this
project today. Quebec once again leads by example, setting clear goals for critical and strategic minerals and
then supporting that through funding. Your support and belief in the Montviel deposit is noted and our technical
team will work hard to make rare earth mining in Quebec a reality.” added Mugerman.
Certain members of the board, being Gilles Gingras and Nicholas Nickoletopoulos, as well as Mathieu Bourdeau,
Chief Financial Officer, have participated in the closing of the Offering in the aggregate amount of $26,190 (the
“Insiders’ Participation”). The Insiders’ Participation is considered a “related party transaction” under
Regulation 61-101 respecting Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (Québec)
(“Regulation 61-101”) and the corresponding Policy 5.9 of the TSXV; however, the Insiders’ Participation is
exempt from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements provided under Regulation
61-101 in accordance with sections 5.5(a) and 5.7(1)(a) of said Regulation 61-101. The exemption is based on
the fact that neither the market value of the Insiders’ Participation nor the consideration paid therefor exceeds
25% of the Corporation’s market capitalization. The Corporation did not file a material change report at least 21
days prior to the closing of the Offering since the Insiders’ Participation was not determined at that moment
and the Corporation wished to close the Offering on an expedited basis for sound business reasons.
Geomega announced an updated National Instrument 43-101 compliant mineral resource estimate on its 100%
owned Montviel REE and niobium project on June 17, 2015. The entire report is available here and on the
Corporation website. Highlights of the Resource Estimate are presented below:
• Mineral resources are estimated and reported in compliance with NI 43-101
• Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability
NI 43-101 Disclosure
Alain Cayer, P. Geo., M.Sc., Vice-President Exploration of Geomega, is the Qualified Person under NI 43-101 guidelines who supervised and approved the preparation of the technical information in this news release.
Change of Auditors
The Corporation also announces it has changed its auditors from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“Former
Auditor“) to MNP LLP (“Successor Auditor“) effective January 20, 2022.
There were no reservations in the Former Auditor’s audit reports for any financial period during which the
Former Auditor was the Corporation’s auditor. There are no “reportable events” (as the term is defined in
National Instrument 51-102 – Continuous Disclosure Obligations) between the Corporation and the Former
In accordance with National Instrument 51-102, the Notice of Change of Auditor, together with the required
letters from the Former Auditor and the Successor Auditor, have been reviewed by the Corporation’s Audit
Committee and filed on SEDAR accordingly.
About Geomega (www.geomega.ca)
Geomega develops innovative technologies for extraction and separation of rare earth elements and other critical metals essential for a sustainable future. With a focus on renewable energies, vehicle electrification, automation and reduction in energy usage, rare earth magnets or neo-magnets (NdFeB) are at the center of all these technologies. Geomega’s strategy revolves around gradually de-risking its innovative technology and delivering cashflow and return value to shareholders while working directly with the main players in these industries to recycle the magnets that power all those technologies.
As its technologies are demonstrated on larger scales, Geomega is committed to work with major partners to help extract value from mining feeds, tailings and other industrial residues which contain rare earths and other critical metals. Irrespective of the metal or the source, Geomega adopts a consistent approach to reduce the environmental impact and to contribute to lowering greenhouse gases emissions through recycling the major reagents in the process.
Geomega’s core project is based around the ISR Technology (Innord’s Separation of Rare Earths), a proprietary, low-cost, environmentally friendly way to tap into a C$1.5 billion global market to recycle magnet production waste and end of life magnets profitably and safely.
Geomega also owns the Montviel rare earth carbonatite deposit, the largest 43-101 bastnaesite resource estimate in North America and holds over 16.8M shares, representing approximately 16% of the issued and outstanding shares, of Kintavar Exploration Inc. (KTR.V), a mineral exploration company that is exploring for copper projects in Quebec, Canada.
SDBJ was created under the James Bay Region Development Act adopted by the Québec National Assembly in 1971. Its mission is to promote, from a sustainable development perspective, the economic development, improvement and exploitation of natural resources other than hydroelectric resources falling within Hydro Québec’s mandate in the Baie James territory. SDBJ can also foster, support and participate in the implementation of projects having these objectives.
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