EnviroLeach Technologies Inc. (CSE:ETI) (OTCQB:EVLLF) (FSE:7N2) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Letter of Intent with enCore Energy Corp (TSX-V:EU) and Golden Predator Mining Corp. (TSX-V:GPR) to form a new jointly owned company for the purpose of utilizing EnviroLeach’s patented technology for the in-situ recovery of gold from underground deposits.
ISR refers to the recovery of valuable metals by circulating a fluid containing a leaching agent through an underground mineral deposit and recovering the valuable metals from the fluid after it is pumped to the surface for further processing. ISR has the potential to become a low-impact and selective mining option that could unlock the value of many mineral deposits globally.
Duane Nelson, President, and CEO commented “I am very excited that we continue to advance the application of our formulas with the potential addition of the in-situ recovery of gold. It may unlock the value of deposits in environmentally sensitive areas and may offer a viable solution for thousands of smaller deposits that don’t justify the CAPEX of current conventional mining techniques.”
William Sheriff, Executive Chairman of EnCore Energy, commented: “We intend to be disruptors in our industry. Mining needs to become less invasive and more sustainable. Group 11 is our response, using a unique combination of proven, proprietary knowledge to lessen the industry’s footprint without any sacrifice of efficiency. Dennis Stover, our CEO, is clearly one of the world’s leading experts in the field of ISR. I first had the pleasure of working with Dennis Stover as our COO at Energy Metals where we rebuilt an ISR plant to enable using non-invasive in-situ extraction successfully in the uranium sector. ISR for other metals has enormous potential for ESG benefits if cyanide is not required. Combining our team’s expertise in ISR with EnviroLeach’s environmentally-friendly solutions free of toxic chemicals and cyanide is the key to a very exciting opportunity.”
Under the terms of the LOI, EnviroLeach will maintain all intellectual property rights to its existing technology and hold preferred rights on all new technologies developed under the agreement for license to other operators worldwide.
The completion of the transactions proposed under the LOI is subject to several conditions, including negotiation of final terms, execution of definitive agreements including licensing and regulatory approval.
About In-Situ Recovery
ISR provides an opportunity to develop new mining operations by reducing barriers to entry such as high capital costs. For some deposits, ISR combined with a mobile or temporary plant utilizing renewable or intermittent energy sources such as solar power could be established to exploit mineral deposits which may be difficult to permit or uneconomic using traditional mining and processing methods. ISR using a mobile processing plant could potentially be used in remote locations and be moved to high-grade or high-recovery zones in the deposit for processing and rapid recovery of valuable metal to ensure early positive cash flow and to maximize the initial return on investment on new mines.
Compared to traditional mining methods, the economic advantages of ISR include: the reduction or elimination of costs associated with removing overburden and transporting ore; the elimination of surface dumps and most surface disturbances; elimination of comminution costs; elimination of costs associated with waste rock and tailings storage or disposal; the potential to reduce and streamline mine permitting; and potentially reduced mine remediation and closure costs. These advantages could allow for thousands of currently sub-economic deposits to become viable.
About EnviroLeach Technologies Inc.
EnviroLeach Technologies is engaged in the development and commercialization of environmentally-friendly formulas and technologies for the treatment of materials in the mining and recycling sectors. Using its proprietary non-cyanide, water-based, neutral pH treatment process EnviroLeach extracts precious metals from ores, concentrates, and E-Waste using only FDA approved additives and ambient temperature water.
Backed by the momentum of a first-class staff of scientists and engineers, tens of thousands individual assays, independent validations, and strategic partners and over $20 million in research and development, EnviroLeach’s technology is emerging as a potential new standard for the provision of eco-friendly methods for the hydrometallurgical extraction of precious metals in both the conventional mining and E-Waste sectors.
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