OUR NEW PROFILE IS: 🇺🇸 NILIF
🇨🇦 TSXV: NILI
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NILIF is well funded for operations and is sitting on $4.3M CAD in the treasury from financings in 2021.
The company is developing copper and nickel projects in BC & lithium projects in Nevada
“Nickel is the biggest challenge for high-volume, long-range batteries.” – Elon Musk
Battery technology has been a frequent flyer in our national headlines with the cult like popularity of Elon Musk and Tesla. Players like him have made minerals necessary for the production of batteries popular among investors. Musk has signal handedly brought massive international attention to the necessity of battery metals to keep up our way of life moving forward and to produce new technologies and innovations. He has brought light to the shortage of these powerful minerals. Batteries have come such a long way in the past 20 years. Think back to what the first cell phones looked like.
In the past few months we have been hearing a lot about China and their eagerness to get into Afghanistan and potentially exploit battery producing elements located in the rough terrains inside the country, once again bringing attention to the need for America to develop more resources to explore and mine these essential elements. At this point we cannot function as a society without these elements. As a whole we are dependent on them and the demand will only continue to grow.
EV sector companies are the easiest and most mindless way to get involved in the future of clean mobility and transportation. And yes, there are several battery metal players out there but we want to focus on this one in particular because of several key catalysts.
NILIF is a Canada-based mineral exploration company focused on exploring battery metals required for the EV market- both for near-term and long-term demand.
It also has tailor-made its operations to create shareholder value by developing copper and nickel projects in British Columbia (BC) and developing a lithium project in Nevada. Surge targets battery metals that have rapid demand growth forecasts and are positioned to outperform in the market.
Together, copper, nickel, and lithium are the backbone of leading-edge battery technologies. These metals represent the best opportunities to create secure, domestic supply solutions for North American automakers and battery manufacturers.
Surge Battery Metals is an ESG-mandated company. ESG-mandated assets are projected to grow almost 3x as fast as non-ESG-mandated assets to hit 50% by 2025.
In the last 10 years, we’ve seen a roughly 600x increase in electric vehicles (EVs). In 2020 alone, we also saw a record-setting 40% year-over-year increase in EV sales.The E.U. additionally has set a goal of completely phasing out gasoline-powered car sales as soon as 2035 which could mean tremendous expansion sector wide. There are 20+additional countries that plan to entirely phase out fossil fuel cars.
This domino effect has caused 18 of the 20 world’s top automakers to scramble and rapidly scale up EV production.
Surge Battery Metals Provides an Update on its Proposed Nickel Properties In British Columbia
VANCOUVER, BC, Oct. 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Surge Battery Metals Inc. (the “Company” or “Surge”) (TSXV: NILI) (OTCQB: NILIF) (FRA: DJ5C) is pleased to announce the confirmation of a significant new nickel discovery from the maiden drilling program at the Van Target at nearby FPX Nickel Corp. (TSXV: FPX) Baptiste Deposit in the Decar Nickel District as announced by FPX Nickel Corp. on October 19, 2021
As reported on July 8, 2021, Surge has entered into an option agreement with Nickel Rock Resources Inc. (“Nickel Rock”) (TSXV: NICL) dated July 7, 2021 (the “Agreement”), whereby the Company may earn an undivided 80% interest in the Hard Nickel and Nickel 100 group of claims, located in Northern British Columbia (the “Transaction”). The Transaction is deemed to be a “related party” transaction and is subject to final TSX Venture Exchange (“Exchange”) acceptance. These Nickel Group Claims are directly adjacent and nearby to the FPX Nickel Corp. (TSXV: FPX) Baptiste Nickel Deposit.
On September 3, 2021, the Company announced its proposed 2021 Nickel Exploration Work Program which consists of trenching, surface exploration, drone magnetic surveys, back pack drilling and exploration activities to support drilling and trenching such as soil sampling, rock sampling, prospecting, and geological mapping.
The Company estimates that this proposed work program will include CAD$125,000 in exploration expenditures spent over the fall and early winter of 2021, and is subject to the successfully obtaining the aforementioned Exchange approval.
Mr. Greg Reimer, Surge President & CEO states: “The Company has decided to partner with Nickel Rock Resources on these properties because we believe that these mineral claims are of a high value to our shareholders. To joint venture these two mineral claims with a credible exploration partner in the region is extremely valuable and we can take advantage of not only Nickel Rock Resources current $600,000 flow-through exploration program, but also the work being done by nearby FPX Nickel Corp (TSXV: FPX) on the world-renown Baptiste Nickel Deposit. Currently, Surge has over CAD$4 million in working capital, which is sufficient to fund this 2021 work program and our other exploration property commitments in both British Columbia and Nevada.”
The Surge BC Nickel Exploration Project (the “Project”) consists of two non-contiguous mineral claims groups. The exploration stage project is in the Trembleur Lake area of central British Columbia, partially adjacent to FPX Nickel Corp.’s Decar Nickel Project, which is an advanced project targeting awaruite, a nickel-iron alloy mineral, hosted by serpentinized ultramafic intrusive rocks of the Trembleur Ultramafic Unit.
About the Hard Nickel Project
The subject claims are partially underlain by rocks like those hosting the Decar project of FPX Nickel where mineralization includes nickel, cobalt, and chromium. Previous exploration suggests that at least some of the nickel mineralization occurs as awaruite which is a naturally occurring nickel-iron alloy important in the manufacture of environmentally efficient batteries for the electric vehicle markets globally. The mineral awaruite is both highly magnetic and very dense and is therefore amenable to concentration by mechanical processes including magnetic and gravity separation. This style of deposit is unique and presents considerable metallurgical and processing cost saving advantages.
Significantly, the awaruite found is found in a serpentinized ultramafic rock. In 2018, G. Dipple at the University of British Columbia began the Geoscience BC funded research project “Carbon Mineralization Potential Assessment for BC” scheduled for completion in early 2021. In late 2020 a preliminary assessment report was published. One of the key items from the report was “The use of reactive serpentinite tailings from nickel mining as a carbon sink has the potential to make nickel mining carbon neutral or a net carbon sink.” The presence of serpentinized ultramafic rocks has been repeatedly documented in the areas covered by the claims of the Nickel Rock Projects, as well as at FPX Nickel Corp.’s Decar Project (Dipple, G. et.al., Geoscience BC Report 2020-15).
The Company has seen the commodity spot price for nickel to be in a steady uptrend while world stockpiles have been on the decline and EV manufacturers are calling for more supply of nickel because nickel quantities are increasing in batteries as they increase the amount of charge a battery can hold, thus allowing the EV’s to travel greater distances. One such company is Tesla Inc., the world’s leading EV manufacturer. Tesla’s Founder, Elon Musk, stated that a large contract would be signed if a company could produce nickel with a lowered carbon footprint by using more environmentally friendly ways of mining (Reuters: September 11, 2020).
Greg Reimer, Company President and CEO states “We are very pleased with the results from our neighbour FPX Nickel, and we are looking forward to continue the exploration in the region in conjunction with our proposed exploration partner, Nickel Rock Resources.”
Jacques Houle, P.Eng., a qualified person as defined by NI 43 – 101, is responsible for the technical information contained in this release. Readers are cautioned that the information in this press release regarding the property of FPX Nickel Corp is not necessarily indicative of the mineralization on the property of interest.
It is my great pleasure to welcome you as investors in Surge Battery Metals as we successfully list on not only the TSX Venture Exchange Market, but also on OTCQB Markets. These listings serve to facilitate a broad trading platform for our North American investors.
While we are at an early stage in developing our assets, I am, along with the board and wider team of geological experts at Surge Battery Metals, determined to grow our business into a leading Western Hemisphere energy metals explorer. Here, we are capitalising on the opportunity to look for important metal deposits and operate in several of the world’s most productive mining jurisdictions. We currently have several promising mineral exploration properties in some of the world’s most favourable mining jurisdictions, namely a lithium exploration project in Nevada (USA) and nickel and copper exploration projects in British Columbia (Canada).
Our strategy is clear: we are well-placed with our existing balance sheet and world-class locations for our exploration properties. This positioning will support the continued development of our current projects. We are also in a strong position to look to acquire further quality assets, such as strategically placed copper, nickel and lithium exploration projects, as well as additional exploration acreage and brownfield development projects to support our future growth.
While the strength of our asset base is a differentiator, our core strength is in the quality of our team. With the oversight of best in class explorers, operators, and industry partners we will have a sharp focus on effectively delivering our growth projects, to build long-term value for all of you that have made the decision to invest in Surge Battery Metals. We have recently added some key international banking and geological experts to our team, so we believe we are uniquely poised for growth within our industry.
We believe emphatically in accountability and transparency in the way that we conduct our business and this includes an active dialogue with you, our shareholders. I look forward to meeting with many of you in the future and updating you on our future progress.
The journey ahead for Surge Battery Metals is an exciting one and I look forward to sharing it with you.
COPPER PROJECT: CALEDONIA
The Property is located in the Nanaimo Mining District of northern Vancouver Island, south of the town of Port Hardy B.C., and adjacent to the joint venture partnership between Freeport-McMoRan and Northisle Copper and Gold Inc.
The Caledonia, Cascade and Bluebell claims are 7 km north-west of BHP’s past producing Island Copper mine which was responsible for extracting 345 million metric tonnes @ 0.41% Cu, 0.017% Mo, 0.19 g/t Au, and 1.4 g/t Ag. During its prime operating period the Island Copper mine was Canada’s third-largest copper producer. The Caledonia, Cascade and Bluebell claims area lies within a 50-kilometer-long copper belt northwest of the Island Copper mine.
Total Claims: Seven (7) Mineral Claims known as the Caledonia, Cascade and Bluebell
Total Area: 1,741 Hectares
LITHIUM PROJECT: NORTHERN NEVADA
Our very early-stage Northern Nevada Lithium Project’s target is a lithium clay deposit of the type of Lithium America’s Thacker Pass – one of America’s largest lithium deposits – or Nevada’s Clayton Valley, home to America’s only current lithium production.
We will strategically expand our land position through an additional staking program targeting known sedimentary horizons with potential for lithium bearing clay deposits.
Total Claims: 38 mineral claims in 1 group
Total Area: to be disclosed soon hectacres (acres)
NICKEL MAKES UP AS MUCH AS 80% OF EV BATTERIES
Demand for Nickel is Electrifying
The demand for nickel has been gaining steam for some time and shows no signs of slowing. Did you know that even back in 2006 the manufacturing cost of a single five-cent coin exceeded its face value?
Fast-forward to 2017 where nickels cost about seven cents each to manufacture, meaning the US Mint lost $9.5 million on the 5 cent pieces.
Now add in the current and future demand for EV batteries and consumption may even overwhelm production as soon as 2025.
With the electrification of automobiles and the green movement coming on, we will see more demand for metals across the board. The movement in nickel is not a speculative move, it’s a 100% real move based on facts.
As we move to a future global expansion, nickel will be even more valuable as its principal use is in stainless steel. It may even be considered undervalued from a demand standpoint.
British Columbia has the world’s largest concentration of exploration companies and mining professionals for excellent reasons.
Stable Political Environment
Carbon Neutral Hydro Electricity.Close to most mining districts
Top-Ranked Mining Jurisdiction. Ranked 3rd best in the world by The Mining Journal (2017)
Respect For Indigenous People. Harmonious working relationship with & largest private sector employer of Indigenous people in Canada
The world-class mining region of Nevada is home to America’s only current lithium production and one of the country’s largest lithium deposits while being ideally positioned to supply domestic and Asian markets.
Stable Political Environment
Producing Lithium Since 1966
Eco-Friendly Rail Lines: 1,770+ km
Top-Ranked Mining Jurisdiction
Ranked 3rd best in the world by The Fraser Institute (2019)
Effective and Successful Reclamation.
Local Demand Scaling Up
Tesla’s production target is 20M cars by 2030n
Year to date NILIF has been on a steady, triple digit Bull Run with interest starting to come in over the past few sessions.
We are watching for the next leg up.
PRESIDENT & CEO
Mr. Reimer is the former Executive Vice-President (EVP) of BC Hydro’s Transmission & Distribution (T&D) business group, and held the EVP position from June 2010 until 2017 leaving BC Hydro to pursue work in the green energy field. In his senior executive capacity, Greg brings a wealth of operational experience and strong leadership from over 26 years in the public sector. At BC Hydro, Greg was responsible for approximately 2,300 employees who plan, design, build, operate and maintain the systems and assets needed to deliver electricity safely and reliably to BC Hydro’s four million customers. In total, Greg was accountable for $580M in annual capital investments in transmission and distribution infrastructure, and $325M in annual operating and maintenance expenditures. Greg also led a major strategic, multi-year transformation of BC Hydro’s T&D organization that is increasing operational efficiency, improving safety performance, building a more reliable, modern electricity grid to meet growing customer expectations. BC Hydro is Canada’s third largest electric utility with over $5.7 billion in annual revenues and 32 hydroelectric facilities.
Gordon has over 35 years’ experience in business operations, including retail, merchandising, marketing and product development for the Overwaitea Food Group, a major food chain in western Canada. His resume includes positions as regional manager for 10 retail stores, the director of marketing for the Save-On loyalty card program, with over 2 million card holders, and senior category development manager credited with achieving double-digit growth putting together isle international foods from around the world. He specializes in strategic planning, developing new opportunities, driving revenues, improving competitive market position, procurement, and product marketing.
Bob is a professional engineer with over three decades of international project and business experience, predominantly in West Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indian Sub-Continent. He was the president of a Vancouver-based land resource and environmental consulting company and an interior BC ski resort; he was a partner in the acquisition and syndication of a large residential real estate portfolio in western Canada. Over the past decade, he has served as an officer and director of several junior resource exploration and development companies. Bob is also a director of Carlin Gold Corporation.
Mr. Lichtenwald is a co-founder of Zeus Capital Ltd. Mr. Lichtenwald specializes in providing corporate finance, valuation, taxation, financial reporting, consulting and other accounting services to both small businesses as well as public commodity resource companies. He also assists in many aspects of clients’ administration, financing and other activities. Mr. Lichtenwald also worked at Ernst & Young GmbH, Germany, in the assurance department. He earned his bachelor of business administration from Pforzheim University, Germany, and holds the professional designation of chartered professional accountant (CPA, CGA), and he is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and Canada.