VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AZINCOURT ENERGY CORP. (“Azincourt” or the “Company”) (TSX.V: AAZ, OTC: AZURF), is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with 1177865 B.C. Ltd. (the “Vendor”) to complete the acquisition of all rights to a series of three uranium-lithium exploration projects (collectively, the “Projects”) located in the Picotani volcanic field in Carabaya and San Antanio De Putina provinces, Puno region, in southeastern Peru.
The Projects, collectively known as the Escalera group, cover a combined area of 7,400 hectares of prospective exploration targets for volcanic-hosted supergene/surficial lithium and uranium on the Picotani plateau. The land package consists of the Escalera project comprising six concessions totaling 5,500 hectares, the Lituania concession covering 899.97 hectares and the Condorlit concession covering 999.97 hectares.
The Company currently holds the option to acquire the Projects, which is exercisable by completing a series of cash payments and share issuances to the Vendor and incurring certain exploration expenditures on the Projects. The Company has previously completed cash payments and share issuances to the Vendor to maintain the option in good standing and was required to issue a further 1,000,000 common shares, complete a cash payment of $350,000 and incur exploration expenditures of $2,500,000 in order to exercise the option and acquire the Projects. Under the terms of the agreement reached with the Vendor, the Company has agreed to exercise the option immediately and to issue 10,000,000 common shares (the “Consideration Shares”) to the Vendor. In consideration for the issuance of the Consideration Shares, the Vendor has agreed to waive all further cash payments and expenditures required under the option and to assign ownership of the Projects to the Company.
“We believe acquiring these Projects outright through a non-cash arrangement and completing the acquisition ahead of schedule is a good strategic move for the Company,” said Alex Klenman, President and CEO. “We like the exposure to both the lithium and uranium exploration targets these Projects contain. The acquisition also removes some cash obligations on the horizon. Our early exploration efforts in Peru were positive, particularly at Escalera. We were able to validate some highly prospective ground for both uranium and lithium mineralization. We are going to plan follow up exploration phases now and look to get back on the ground there later this year,” continued Mr. Klenman.
Following issuance of the Consideration Shares, the Company will hold all rights to the Project, subject to a one-and-one-half percent net smelter returns royalty retained by the Vendor. The agreement reached with the Vendor will allow the Company to acquire the Projects, while conserving available capital and avoiding the need to undertake exploration work at the Projects during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The issuance of the Consideration Shares to the Vendor to complete the exercise of the option remains subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. Upon issuance, the Consideration Shares will be subject to a four-month-and-one-day statutory hold period in accordance with applicable securities laws.
The Company will issue a further news release once the Consideration Shares have been issued and the Projects have been acquired.
About the Escalera Group
In Late 2018 Company consultants completed a comprehensive reconnaissance-scale prospecting and geological interpretation program on the three Puno, Peru, concession groups: Escalera, Lituania & Condorlit (collectively, “The Escalera Group”).
Sampling at Escalera identifies two new uranium prospective areas measuring an estimated 4.5 and 2.0 kilometres in length. Highlight samples returned 8,061 ppm, 6,812 ppm, 6,126 ppm, 3,560 ppm and 3,438 ppm uranium (U3O8). 11 rock samples returned above 1,000-ppm uranium (0.12% U3O8). *
The maiden reconnaissance survey focused on the three separate project areas, covering much of the combined 7,400 hectares underlain by the target volcanic debris flow rocks. Field crews successfully identified two areas for prospective uranium mineralization on the large Escalera property, including clusters of prospective uranium mineralization over an area extending more than four kilometers.
Observed surface radioactivity combined with uranium-in-rock laboratory results has shown that the Escalera Property is a priority exploration target. In addition, the southwest part of the Escalera property contains a notable cluster of lithium-in-rock results ranging 290 to 360 ppm lithium.
A total of 113 rock samples were collected during the three-week long reconnaissance sampling and prospecting program; with a total of 94 rock samples collected on the 5,500-hectare Escalera Property. To ascertain the potential for uranium enrichment in the target Paleogene – Neogene aged weathered felsic volcanic flow rocks, field staff used portable scintillometers to identify zones of elevated surface radioactivity to efficiently direct rock sampling. In particular, sampling focused on locations with elevated radioactivity associated with large fractures and faults in the volcanic flows, which likely reflects uranium remobilization due to extensive surface weathering.
At Escalera, the proposed uranium mineralization model is similar to that found at the Macusani Uranium deposit (Plateau Energy Metals) located about 100 kilometers to the northwest, where uranium has dissolved and precipitated from source frothy volcanic debris flow rocks through an intricate interaction between geomorphology, groundwater movement and evaporation.
* Note: Rock grab samples are selective by nature and are unlikely to represent average grades on the property.
Figure 1: 8,061 ppm (.95% U3O8) grab sample from Escalera project, Peru is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/818d2bfe-0653-43d9-b1e6-e363a878a017
Figure 2: Azincourt projects and nearby projects in the Puno District, Southeastern Peru is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/bd3081af-5137-4723-9039-caafe14e044d
The technical information in this news release has been prepared in accordance with the Canadian regulatory requirements set out in National Instrument 43-101 and reviewed on behalf of the company by Ted O’Connor, P.Geo., a director of the Company and a qualified person in accordance with National Instrument 43-101.
About Azincourt Energy Corp.
Azincourt Energy is a Canadian-based resource company specializing in the strategic acquisition, exploration, and development of alternative energy/fuel projects, including uranium, lithium, and other critical clean energy elements. The Company is currently active at its joint venture East Preston uranium project in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, Canada, and the Escalera Group uranium-lithium projects located on the Picotani Plateau in southeastern Peru.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF AZINCOURT ENERGY CORP.
Alex Klenman, President & CEO
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For further information please contact:
Alex Klenman, President & CEO
Azincourt Energy Corp.
1430 – 800 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2V6