Desert Lion Energy Completes Acquisition of EPL 5718 and Fulfills Mining License Commitments
TSX VENTURE: DLI
TORONTO, Jan. 22, 2019 /CNW/ - Namibian lithium developer Desert Lion Energy Inc. (TSXV: DLI) (OTCQB: DSLEF) ("Desert Lion" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Exclusive Prospecting License ("EPL") 5718 and has fulfilled its commitments in connection with the issuance of the Phase 2 Mining License (ML204).
Closing of EPL 5718
EPL 5718 covers an area of 200km2 and is located immediately adjacent to and south of Desert Lion's existing EPL 5439 and contains several priority structural targets that are considered to host Lithium – Caesium – Tantalum ("LCT") type pegmatites.
As part of the Transfer Agreement, Desert Lion paid approximately C$130,000 cash and 80,906 common shares of the Company, of which C$30,000 was paid in cash on execution of the Transfer Agreement. An additional cash payment of approximately C$100,000 was paid upon completion of the transfer to Desert Lion.
Desert Lion is currently in the process of completing the acquisition of an additional EPL, EPL 5555 that covers an area of 553 km2. EPL 5555 is located adjacent to and immediately west of EPL 5439 and is known to contain several LCT type pegmatite occurrences and workings.
Both EPL's are largely underexplored with respect to LCT type pegmatite mineralization, and contain host Pan African age (500Ma) syn and post tectonic granites that are considered to be sources of LCT type pegmatites. Abundant late stage pegmatites have been mapped intruding both EPLs; these are thought to have been emplaced during the end of phases of granite intrusion and are therefore considered highly prospective.
The acquisition of EPL 5718 and pending acquisition of EPL 5555 will increase the Company's ground holding in this prospective part of the southern pegmatite field in Namibia's Erongo Region. Upon closing of the acquisition of EPL 5555, the Company's ground holdings in Namibia will cover a total of 1,054km2.
"We are excited to have acquired EPL 5718," commented Tim Johnston, CEO of Desert Lion Energy Inc. "This EPL represents significant optionality for our organic growth profile, which we plan on testing as we move forward with our 2019 exploration program."
Mining License Share Issuance
Following the issuance of the Phase 2 Mining License (ML204), announced August 27, 2018, the Company has fulfilled the requirement of issue of 476,190 common shares to Desert Lion's local partner group, Huni Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
In accordance with applicable securities laws, the issuances of common shares described herein are subject to TSXV approval and will be subject to a hold period of four months and one day from the date of completion of settlement.
About Desert Lion Energy
Desert Lion Energy is an emerging lithium development company focused on building Namibia's first large-scale lithium mine to be located approximately 210 km from the nation's capital of Windhoek and 220 km from the Port of Walvis Bay. The Company's Rubicon and Helikon mines are located within a 501 km2 prospective land package, with known lithium bearing pegmatitic mineralization and the Company is currently in Phase 1 of its production plan, producing and exporting lithium concentrate from stockpiled material. The project site is accessible year-round by road and has access to power, water, rail, port, airport and communication infrastructure.
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Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including but not limited to: risks related to changes in lithium prices; sources and cost of power and water for the Project; the estimation of initial capital requirements; the lack of historical operations; the estimation of labour and operating costs; general global markets and economic conditions; risks associated with exploration, development and operations of mineral deposits; the estimation of initial targeted mineral resource tonnage and grade for the Project; risks associated with uninsurable risks arising during the course of exploration, development and production; risks associated with the estimation of targeted production tonnages from Phase 1 operations; risks associated with currency fluctuations; environmental risks; competition faced in securing experienced personnel; access to adequate infrastructure to support exploration activities; risks associated with changes in the mining regulatory regime governing the Company and the Project; completion of the environmental assessment process; risks related to regulatory and permitting delays; risks related to potential conflicts of interest; the reliance on key personnel; financing, capitalization and liquidity risks including the risk that the financing necessary to fund continued exploration and development activities at the Project may not be available on satisfactory terms, or at all; the risk of potential dilution through the issuance of additional common shares of the Company; the risk of litigation.
Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended, there can be no assurance that such forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is made as of the date of this presentation and the Company does not undertake to update or revise any forward-looking information this is included herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.
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