November 9, 2018 / Vancouver, BC / NRG Metals Inc. (“NRG” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: NGZ) (OTCQB: NRGMF) (Frankfurt: OGPN). The Company is providing a corporate update on progress at the Hombre Muerto North Lithium Project (HMN).
NRG recently announced a National Instrument 43-101 lithium resource defined as a 571,000 tonne combined Measured and Indicated resource (509,000 measured and 62,000 indicated) with an average grade of 756 mg/liter lithium, and a low lithium to magnesium ratio of 2.6:1. (See press release dated October 2, 2018). Details are provided in the table below.
Based upon these encouraging results, management has decided to advance the project by undertaking a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) to determine the economic potential of the project. The Company has contacted leading engineering companies with relevant lithium experience to work in conjunction with Montgomery and Associates to prepare the PEA. The Company awaits further details from prospective candidates in regards to current information, and information that may be required to produce the report. Management expects to select the engineering company by mid to late-November.
The HMN Project is strategically located in the Hombre Muerto Salar, an area of lithium production by FMC at the Fenix lithium mine, some 12 kilometers south of the project area. The project is surrounded by ground now owned by POSCO, a Korean-based lithium producer, as a result of its US$ 280 million purchase of the area from Galaxy Resources Ltd, an Australian based producer. Galaxy is also reportedly moving their portion of the Hombre Muerto Salar, the Sal de Vida Project, to lithium production.
The Company is pleased to announce the following management appointments:
Dr. José Luis Martín, Country Manager / Dr. Martin has more than 35 years of experience in the mining industry, including exploration and community / governmental relations. From 2010 to 2013 he served as Catamarca representative for Galaxy Lithium S.A., where he participated in the development of the Sal De Vida Project in the Salar Hombre Muerto. Dr. Martin has extensive knowledge of the Salar Hombre Muerto, which is the location of NRG’s flagship Hombre Muerto North Lithium Project.
Fernando E. Villarroel, Vice President Business Development / Mr. Villarroel has served as a director of the Company for two years and is an industrial engineer well experienced in the processing and development of lithium brines in Argentina. Head-quartered in Salta, Argentina, his private consulting company has facilitated the preparation of technical studies for Lithium Americas Corp., Neo Lithium, Dajin Resources and International Lithium, Inc. He holds a degree in industrial engineering from Universidad Tecnica de Oruro, Bolivia.
The Company reports that Jose de Castro has resigned from the board of directors, as Chief Operating Officer of NRG Metals Inc., and from the board of NRG Metals Argentina, to pursue other business interests. Mr. de Castro was instrumental in guiding NRG Metals Inc. to the completion of its maiden resource at the Hombre Muerto North Lithium Project, and the Company wishes him well in his new business direction.
The resource evaluation work was completed by Mr. Michael Rosko, M.Sc., C.P.G. of E. L. Montgomery and Associates of Santiago, Chile (M&A). Mr. Rosko is a Registered Geologist (C.P.G.) in Arizona, California, and Texas, a Registered Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, and is a qualified person (QP) as defined by NI 43-101. Mr. Rosko and hydrogeologists from M&A have been on site multiple times during the various phases of drilling and sampling operations; Mr. Rosko has extensive experience in salar environments and has been a QP on many lithium brine projects. Mr. Rosko and M&A are completely independent of NRG. Mr. Rosko has reviewed and approved the content of this news release.
On behalf of the board of directors of NRG Metals Inc.:
Adrian F. C. Hobkirk
President and C.E.O.
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