Vancouver, Canada – April 25th, 2023 – Arbor Metals Corp. (“Arbor” or the “Company”) (TSXV: ABR, FWB: 432) welcomes the news that the Sayona Lithium Mine, located near La Corne in the Abitibi region of Quebec, has started operations as a large-scale lithium mine in North America. Sayona Quebec, a joint venture between Australia’s Sayona Mining Ltd. and North Carolina’s Piedmont Lithium Inc., reopened the North American lithium mine in late March. High-profile end-users such as Tesla Inc. and South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd. are anticipated to purchase lithium from the Sayona operations, representing a significant achievement for Quebec and Canada.
Arbor welcomed the positive announcement by Federal and Provincial leaders on April 20th, 2023, where officials welcomed Volkswagen’s plan to build a large-scale new EV battery plant in St. Thomas, Ontario. Following the news of substantial investment by both Volkswagen and the Canadian government, Arbor plans to expedite its exploration plans for its Jarnet lithium project.
Volkswagen AG commented, “North America plays a key role in our global battery strategy. The region will become PowerCo’s second pillar beside Europe, with battery cells made in North America for North America. Gigafactory St. Thomas opens the door to a key market for e-mobility and battery cell production. We aim to make PowerCo a global player in the battery business and to pave the way for clean, sustainable mobility. Gigafactory St. Thomas is an important milestone in our roadmap,” remarked Thomas Schmall, Volkswagen Group Board Member for Technology.
On April 20th, 2023, the lithium industry was also shaken by the announcement that Chile, the world’s second-largest producer of lithium from brine deposits, intends to nationalize its lithium industry to bolster its economy and safeguard its environment. Arbor expects this move by Chile and Mexico to nationalize their lithium industry will hasten a shift in future investments in lithium projects to other countries recognized as “safe havens” with large lithium resource potential, such as Canada (Quebec and Ontario). Quebec ranks second in Canada and sixth globally in the Fraser Institute’s 2021 top jurisdictions for investment based on the Investment Attractiveness Index.
Arbor believes that the exploration and development of lithium projects in northern Quebec are well-suited to benefit from these recent announcements and eagerly anticipates implementing a strong exploration program for its Jarnet lithium project this summer. Encompassing roughly 3,759 hectares, the Company’s Jarnet lithium project is comprised of 70 map-designated claims. The Jarnet South block is located less than two kilometres northwest of Patriot Battery Metals Inc.’s (“PMET”) CV-5 pegmatite target, where an intensive diamond drill program is currently underway and has led to several noteworthy discoveries.
Note: Company management cautions the discoveries and observations on properties in proximity to the Company’s properties are not necessarily indicative of the presence of similar mineralization or geology on the Company’s properties.
Dr. Peter Born, P.Geo., is the designated qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and is responsible for, and has approved, the technical information contained in this release.
Arbor Metals Corp. is a mining exploration company specializing in developing high-value, geographically significant mineral projects worldwide. As an industry leader, it is paving the way for advanced mineral exploration as it oversees world-class mining projects. Arbor believes quality projects, proven strategies, and a professional team will deliver superior results. The company holds three exceptional mineral projects.
The Jarnet Lithium Project, located in the James Bay region of Quebec, comprises 47 map-designated claims, covering an area of approximately 3,759 hectares. The Jarnet project is contiguous to the Corvette-FCI property, where diamond drilling has confirmed significant lithium mineralization, and represents one of the highest-profile lithium exploration projects in the sector.
For further information, contact Mark Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer, at email@example.com, or visit the Company’s website at www.arbormetalscorp.com.
On behalf of the Board,
Arbor Metals Corp.
Mark Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer
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