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:: Shipment of World’s First Commercial Rapid Petrolithium Recovery System to Pennsylvania


MGX Minerals Inc. and Eureka Resources, LLC are pleased to announce shipment of the world’s first commercial rapid lithium recovery system. The containerized system containing primary components, ready for extraction operation, left Engineering Partner PurLucid Treatment Solutions (“PTS”) Calgary, Alberta facility at 9am September 18, 2019 and is expected to arrive in Towanda, Pennsylvania on September 23rd, 2019 at 1pm.

The newly formed Joint Venture will initially focus on fast tracking deployment of the world’s first commercial rapid lithium recovery system at Eureka’s state-of-the-art Standing Stone advanced wastewater Treatment Facility (“Standing Stone”) near Towanda, Pennsylvania. The JV is now working to commission the system, which is expected to begin commercial extraction in the fourth quarter.

Eureka’s Standing Stone facility, which originally opened in 2013, provides regional energy producers with advanced wastewater treatment services for raw oil and gas brines. Post-concentration lithium values in the range of 1,000ppm have been reported by Eureka and verified by MGX from produced water from within the Marcellus Shale.

In addition to the initial system installation at Standing Stone, the JV has also outlined a growth strategy that focuses on growing lithium output and deploying additional rapid recovery systems throughout the Marcellus and Utica shale formations. This includes scaling up lithium output at Standing Stone, deploying additional systems to other Eureka facilities, and identifying new installation sites at third-party treatment facilities. Eureka shall retain exclusive rights to develop all JV relationships with third-party facilities within the Marcellus and Utica shall formations for an initial period of five years. Both Parties will have mutual discretion to further extend the JV for up to four additional years thereafter.

The technology eliminates or greatly reduces the physical footprint and investment needed for large, multi-phase, lake-sized, and lined evaporation ponds. The technology enhances the quality of lithium extraction and recovery across a complex range of brines as compared with traditional solar evaporation and is applicable to oil and gas produced water, natural brine, lithium-rich mine brine and industrial plant wastewater. MGX’s petrolithium technology was recognized with a Base & Specialty Metals Industry Leadership Award at the 2018 Platts Global Metals Awards.




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