Environmental Approval forSonora Lithium Project, Mexico and Update

http://ir1.euroinvestor.com/IR/Files/RNSNews/255092/BacanoraMinerals_13711546.pdf

Bacanora, the London and Canadian listed (AIM: BCN, TSXV: BCN) lithium exploration and development company, is pleased to announce that the Environmental Impact Statement, the Manifestacion de Impacto Ambiental (‘MIA’), for its flagship Sonora Project (‘Sonora’ or the ‘Project’) in Mexico has been approved by SEMARNAT, the Environment Ministry of Mexico. The Company is also pleased to provide an update on its ongoing Feasibility Study (‘FS’) for a 35,000 tonnes perannum lithium carbonate operation atSonora, which on course forcompletion in late 2017.
Overview
· MIA approval received for a 35,000tpa lithium carbonate operation at Sonora, following completion of comprehensive environmental and social baseline studies carried out over the site during a two year period
· Approval represents a major milestone for Bacanora and is in line with its strategy to construct an open-pit mine and a large scale beneficiation processing facility at Sonora
· FS expected to confirm Sonora occupies a favourable position in the industry cost curve due to:
o Planned open pit mining operations
o Development of a conventional beneficiation process followed by a standard SO4
roasting process that has been de-risked by the Project’s pilot plant which has continuously produced batery grade lithium since May 2016
o Free digging lithium deposit which removes the need for the lithium ore to be drilled, blasted, crushed and ground prior to processing as is the case with hard rock
o Ability to re-cycle Na2SO4 into the roaster negates the requirement to purchase expensive sulphuric acid as a sulphate SO4 source
· Sonora has an Indicated Mineral Resource (established in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects(“NI-43-101”) of 4.5 million tonnes LCE[1] and 2.7 million tonnes Inferred[2] and Probable Mineral Reserves (based upon the 2016 PFS[3]) of 2.1million tonnes LCE.

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