EnviroGold Announces Commencement of Pilot Program on Hellyer Tailings with ALS Perth, and Shares for Debt Transaction
TORONTO, Jan. 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EnviroGold Global Limited (CSE: NVRO | OTCQB: ESGLF |FSE: YGK) (“EnviroGold Global” or the “Company”), a Clean Technology Company accelerating the world’s transition to a circular-resource economy, is commencing a pilot program (the “Program”) to optimize its patent-pending process’ application to the Hellyer Tailings Reprocessing Project (the “Process”). Results of Phase 1 are expected in early Q1 2023 and will be a key milestone to deploying a full-scale pilot program as a precursor to plant engineering and construction at Hellyer. More details and economics on the Hellyer Project can be found here: Link to Press Release. More details on the Company’s proprietary process and patent filing can be found here: Link to Press Release.
The Program is intended to optimize the Process’ effectiveness and efficiency through bench scale and larger-scale pilot plant optimization. The Program will establish the maximum metal extraction achievable from tailings, producing precious metals doré, copper and zinc products, and confirm baseline reagent requirements. The Program will also elicit data necessary for economic validation and engineering design, as well as demonstrate the neutralization of the waste product (from acid-forming pyrites to inert goethite and scorodite precipitation), thereby demonstrating the significant environmental benefits.
Separately, the Company’s board of directors has approved the settlement of US$231,835 in debt (the “Debt Settlement”) through the issuance of 1,448,970 common shares (“Shares”) of the Company to Anderson Creagh Lai (the “Creditor”) for general legal fees. The Creditor is a “Non-Arm’s Length Party” of the Company, a legal firm for which Phil Creagh (a director of the Company) is a partner and a shareholder.
The Shares have been issued at a deemed price of $0.21 per Share and the Company has relied upon section 2.24 of National Instrument 45-106 for the Issuance of the Shares without a statutory hold period. The Company agreed to satisfy this outstanding indebtedness with Shares to preserve the Company’s cash. None of the securities issued in connection with the private placement have been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”), and none of them have been offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the 1933 Act. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any state where such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful.
The Debt Settlement is exempt from the valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 (“MI 61-101”) by virtue of the exemptions contained in sections 5.5(a) and 5.7(1)(a) of MI 61-101 in that the fair market value of the consideration for the securities of the Company to be issued to the Creditor does not exceed 25% of its market capitalization.
About EnviroGold Global
EnviroGold Global (CSE: NVRO) (OTCQB: ESGLF) (FSE: YGK), is a CleanTech company dedicated to creating shareholder value while establishing ESG & circular economy leadership by profitably reprocessing & remediating mine waste (tailings) to recover precious, critical & strategic metals – including gold, silver, copper & nickel. Led by CEO Dr. Mark Thorpe, the Company is strategically positioned to earn and maintain social license while capitalizing the estimated US$ 3.4 trillion of in situ metal value in global tailings. Dr. Thorpe is also the Chairman of the Canadian Mining Innovation Council.
EnviroGold Global’s commercial strategy involves applying proprietary and advanced technologies to resolve some of the world’s most challenging waste related issues, while generating profits from the reclamation of resources. EnviroGold Global’s commercial strategy is being developed in three distinct strategic horizons, with the Company’s near-term focus on applying proprietary precious and critical metal liberation technology to the recovery of valuable materials from refractory mine tailings, where the Company has identified an accelerated route to generating high free cash flow beginning with the Company’s Hellyer Tailings Reprocessing Project in 2023. There are over 280 billion metric tonnes of mine tailings on the earth’s surface with a contained metal value that exceeds US$3.4T. Leveraging a detailed, proprietary screening process, the Company’s extensive market analysis has identified potential tailings targets with a contained value exceeding US$10B, and has identified refractory, polymetallic, VMS tailings as a tailings sub-segment representing substantial and scalable economic opportunity. As EnviroGold Global successfully commercializes its metal liberation technology, the Company will expand its commercialization initiatives to include other, high-value waste reclamation and environmental remediation opportunities.
EnviroGold Global acquires the metal recovery rights to tailings sites by leveraging a profit share business model to create an attractive value proposition for site owners. The Company’s business model is designed to generate high free-cash flow & high target IRR while eliminating the risks of traditional exploration and extraction. The Company expects to produce metals with a carbon footprint up to 96% lower than conventional metal producers while reducing the environmental footprint of legacy mining.
As of November 2022, the Company has eight major projects in its global project pipeline including two major projects under definitive contracts and six additional major projects at various stages of commercial negotiation and detailed technical/economic review.
The Company expects to commence production of precious metals (gold and silver), clean energy metals and battery metals (copper, lead, zinc) at its Australia project in 2023.
Dr. Mark B. Thorpe
Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: +1 416 777 6720
Juan Carlos Giron Jr.
Sr. Vice President
Telephone: +1 416 777 6720
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