Zenyatta announces signing of new MOU with Constance Lake First Nation
Thunder Bay, ON
27 September 2018
Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. ("Zenyatta" or the "Company") (TSXV: ZEN) is pleased to announce that it has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Constance Lake First Nation (“CLFN”), under which a project partnership structure will be created in support of the development of the Albany Graphite Project (the “Project”).
This new MOU reflects the transition of the Project from the exploration to the development stage. The original 2011 Exploration Agreement continues to be in effect until a formal agreement on a new project partnership structure is in place. This new agreement provides for more flexibility to accommodate alternative business models for the Project as it progresses toward becoming a graphene nano-materials technology business built on the unique properties of the Albany Graphite product.
Under the agreement the parties have committed to creating a project partnership that will provide for:
- Shared governance, decision-making and support for community engagement for the Project;
- Shared objectives and expectations for the Project and
- Shared economic expectations and benefits for the Project.
Dr. Francis Dube, Head of Business Development for Zenyatta commented “we are delighted to enter this new MOU with the leadership of Constance Lake First Nation and work collaboratively towards creating a new partnership arrangement and maximizing the value of the Albany Graphite asset to the benefit of both our shareholders and the local community. The graphene market offers exceptional growth potential not only to establish a profitable producing mining business but, more importantly, to create a new value-added business in the many emerging high-value downstream applications for graphene.”CLFN Chief Rick Allen commented “We see the potential of the Albany Graphite Project to take advantage of the emerging graphene nano-materials market and become a highly profitable business with excellent growth potential. We are keen to get involved as a business partner at this early stage and share in the value that this unique resource in our traditional territory will ultimately create”.The parties intend to commence discussions immediately toward completing a formal agreement defining the future partnership structure and accelerating the development of the Albany Project.
Dr. Francis Dubé, Co-CEO & Head of Business Development and Technology Email: zenyatta%23ca|fdube
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT: The Company has completed a July 9, 2015 Preliminary Economic Assessment which indicates an open pit mine life of 22 years (excludes underground resource which is open at depth) producing 30,000 tonnes purified graphite per annum (see Zenyatta press release of 1 June 2015). The PEA is preliminary in nature, it includes inferred mineral resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves, and there is no certainty that the preliminary economic assessment will be realized. Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. 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A copy of this press release and all material documents with respect of the Company may be obtained on Zenyatta’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.caTel: +1 (289) 821-282For further information:Zenyatta’s Albany Graphite Project hosts a large and unique quality deposit of highly crystalline graphite. Independent labs in Japan, UK, Israel, USA and Canada have demonstrated that Zenyatta’s Albany GraphiteTM easily converts (exfoliates) to graphene using a variety of simple mechanical and chemical methods. The deposit is located in northern Ontario just 30km north of the Trans-Canada Highway, near the communities of Constance Lake First Nation and Hearst. Important nearby infrastructure include hydro-power, natural gas pipeline, a rail line 50 km away and an all-weather road just 10 km from the deposit.