Critical Elements Corporation

Published : May 06th, 2016

Lemare Option Exercised

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Lemare Option Exercised


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Perth: 6 May 2016


Lemare Option Exercised

  • Platypus completes Lemare due diligence

  • Platypus directs Lepidico to exercise Lemare option

Platypus Minerals Ltd (ASX:PLP) ("Platypus" or the "Company") advises that following completion of its due diligence over the Lemare lithium project in Quebec, Canada, Platypus has directed Lepidico to proceed with exercise of the Lemare Option.

The Lemare lithium project is located in the James Bay region of Quebec, Canada and is prospective for pegmatite-hosted lithium mineralisation (Figure 1). The project is secured by an option agreement ("Lemare Option") entered into by Lepidico Ltd ("Lepidico") and the owner of Lemare, Critical Elements Corporation (TSX-V:CRE), on 11 February 2016. Full details were reported to the market on 12 February 2016.

Platypus and Lepidico have signed a Share Sale Agreement ("SSA") under which Platypus is to acquire 100% of the issued shares in Lepidico. The transaction is to be voted on by Platypus shareholders in general meeting to be held on 30 May 2016. Under the terms of the SSA, Platypus was to undertake due diligence on Lemare by 11 May 2016 and, if satisfactory, could direct Lepidico to exercise the Lemare Option. Consequent on that direction, Lepidico has accordingly advised Critical Elements.


Figure 1. Location of known lithium deposits and occurrences in the James Bay area of Quebec (after Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources and Fauna, 2011).

The Lemare project covers approximately 70 km2 of tenure in a proven lithium district that hosts several advanced lithium deposits in the vicinity of Lemare (Figure 2). The project contains an undrilled spodumene pegmatite discovered in 2012 (initially labelled as the "Graab Showing") at least 200 m long and grading up to 12 m @ 1.96% Li2O, including 6 m @ 2.68% Li2O, as defined by surface channel sampling. No subsequent work has been conducted at this prospect.

Figure 2. Advanced lithium deposits and location of the Lemare project claims (deep pink) in the James Bay area, Quebec, Canada (after Critical Elements Corporation, 2016).

While a site visit was precluded by unseasonable snow, investigations by Platypus and discussions with independent geological consultants in Montreal support the prospectivity of the Lemare property for lithium mineralisation. The Lemare pegmatite (or, Graab showing) was fortuitously discovered in 2012 during the course of nickel-gold exploration within a metamorphosed greenstone sequence. The identification of a lithium-bearing pegmatite in a district known to host other lithium deposits defined by multiple pegmatite occurrences suggests that there is good reason to expect additional pegmatites to be present in the Lemare area.

In addition, Lemare is located only some 25 km east-northeast of the Whabouchi deposit (Figure 2), held by Nemaska Lithium, within a similar geological setting, namely, on the margin of a belt of metamorphosed greenstones fringing a zone of granulite and migmatite rocks (Figures 3 and 4). This setting bodes well for the potential discovery of additional occurrences of pegmatites in favourable structural locations.

Under agreed terms, on exercise of the Lemare Option, Lepidico is to pay Critical Elements C$35,000 by 10 May 2016 and a further C$35,000 by 9 September 2016. In addition, C$800,000 is to be expended by Lepidico on exploration at Lemare by 31 December 2016.

Under the terms of the SSA with Lepidico, and pending shareholder approval at the general meeting on 30 May 2016, Platypus will issue to Critical Elements C$500,000 worth of Platypus shares at an issue price determined by the 5 day volume-weighted average price following the general meeting.

It is intended that exploration, including drilling of the Lemare pegmatite, will commence in mid-July 2016. Budgeting of an exploration program in consultation with Critical Elements is presently underway, with work to comprise an initial 2-3 week mapping/orientation program, followed by drilling (2,000 m - 3,000 m) with an aim to define an Inferred Resource at Lemare by 31 December 2016.

Figure 3. Summary geology of a portion of the James Bay region, Quebec, Canada, showing similarity of geological setting of Whabouchi and Lemare on the northern edge of a belt of metamorphosed greenstones (green and yellow) wrapping around a zone of high-grade granulite and migmatite (dark grey). (After Quebec Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, 2016).

Platypus Managing Director, Tom Dukovcic, commented, "The exercise of the Lemare Option is another exciting stage in the ongoing development of Platypus and Lepidico as a globally significant and diversified lithium business."

"We are particularly excited at the potential to generate early positive exploration results, as well as the potential of defining a new lithium field in a known lithium district. Most importantly, we are pleased that all the efforts of Lepidico and Platypus to date, with respect to both exploration and the L-Max® technology, have been based on sound scientific facts and commercial sense - an approach that management is confident will lead to strong growth of the Company and therefore shareholder value."

About Lepidico Ltd

Lepidico is a public unlisted lithium company with interests in lithium exploration assets and processing technology. It's current exploration assets include an option over the Lemare project in Canada; ownership of the Euriowie project near Broken Hill in New South Wales; and a memorandum of understanding on a strategic 50:50 joint venture with ASX-listed Crusader Resources (ASX:CAS) to jointly exploit lithium opportunities in Brazil, including Crusader's Manga prospect. Lepidico also owns the L-Max® technology, a metallurgical process that extracts lithium from non-conventional sources, specifically Li-rich mica minerals such as lepidolite and zinnwaldite. Lepidico's largest shareholders are Strategic Metallurgy Pty Ltd and Potash West Ltd (ASX:PWN).

Figure 4. Geophysical image (magnetics) of a portion of the James Bay region, Quebec, Canada, showing position of Whabouchi and Lemare in zones of dilation within a mobile belt fringing a rigid body. (After Quebec Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, 2016).

About Platypus Minerals Ltd

Platypus Minerals Ltd (ASX:PLP) is a Perth-based company that is dedicated to the exploration and development of mineral projects prospective for copper, gold and other strategic metals including lithium in both Australia and in stable jurisdictions overseas. The focus is on projects that exhibit proven mineralisation, are under-explored, and have the potential to generate large economic deposits and deliver returns to shareholders.

In late 2015 Platypus announced its intention to focus on its current assets in the Pearl Bar-Gobbos area whilst also initiating an entry into the lithium sector, and since then has been seeking and screening potential lithium opportunities globally, culminating in an agreement of terms on 15 March 2015 to acquire 100% of Lepidico.

For further Information, please contact Tom Dukovcic

Managing Director

08 9363 7800 (+61 8 9363 7800)

The information in this report that relates to Exploration Results is based on information compiled by Mr Tom Dukovcic, who is an employee of the Company and a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and who has sufficient experience relevant to the styles of mineralisation and the types of deposit under consideration, and to the activity that has been undertaken, to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 edition of the "Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves." Mr Dukovcic consents to the inclusion in this report of information compiled by him in the form and context in which it appears.

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Critical Elements is an exploration gold company based in Canada.

Critical Elements holds various exploration projects in Canada.

Its main exploration properties are MATCHI-MANITOU, ROSE (LAC PIVERT), CROINOR, GATINEAU, LAC SAVIGNY NE and MELASSE in Canada.

Critical Elements is listed in Canada. Its market capitalisation is CA$ 180.6 millions as of today (US$ 149.7 millions, € 123.1 millions).

Its stock quote reached its lowest recent point on August 14, 2009 at CA$ 0.07, and its highest recent level on December 15, 2017 at CA$ 1.86.

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