Lion Copper and Gold Announces Agreement for Stage Two Work Program with Nuton, a Rio Tinto Venture, and an Advance on Stage 3 Work Program Funding

January 05, 2023 5:10 PM EST | Source: Lion Copper and Gold Corp.

Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - January 5, 2023) - Lion Copper and Gold Corp. (TSXV: LEO) (OTCQB: LCGMF) ("Lion CG" or the "Company") is pleased to announce it has completed the Stage 1 Program of Work and has reached an agreement with Rio Tinto America Inc. ("Rio Tinto") on the scope of the Stage 2 Program of Work with Nuton, a Rio Tinto venture, referenced in the Parties' March 18, 2022 Option Agreement. See news release dated March 21, 2022 for details. Additionally, the Parties have also agreed to an early advance of the Stage 3 Program of Work for exploration activities.

With this key milestone achieved, Rio Tinto will provide Stage 2 funding of US$5,000,000 and an immediate advance of US$2,500,000 on part of the Stage 3 funding, for a total amount of US$7,500,000 to the Company for Mason Valley project development, exploration efforts and other agreed-upon corporate purposes, including without limitation:

Project Permit Applications and Baseline Studies

  • Exploration Plan of Operations
  • Surface and Ground Water Characterization
  • Geochemical Characterization
  • Wildlife Surveys
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Permitting/Strategy Development
  • Mine Plan of Operations

Yerington Site Engineering Studies

  • Application of NutonTM technologies
  • Yerington Pit Dewatering Study
  • Water Rights Permitting
  • Preliminary Economic Assessment
  • Front-end Design, Permitting

17,000 ft Drill Program to Evaluate High Priority Exploration Targets

  • Mason Pass Prospect. Following up on Stage 1 trenching results (see news release dated December 13, 2022)
  • Reno Prospect. Following up on Stage 1 exploration results (previously referred to as the Montana-Yerington prospect in the news release dated November 10, 2022)
  • Singatse Target. Located approximately one mile north of the Ann Mason deposit
  • MacArthur Deposit
  • Bear Deposit

An important aspect of the Stage 2 Program of Work is proactive and frequent engagement with the stakeholders that have an interest in the Company's Yerington mining projects. This outreach is expected to commence in early 2023 and continue through the project development and permitting cycles.

Travis Naugle, Lion CG's Co-Chairman and CEO, states, "We appreciate having attained Stage 2 agreement with Rio Tinto's NutonTM team and look forward to further advancing the Yerington projects. Our emphasis this year will be a proactive approach in stakeholder engagement including our local Native American Tribes and other local communities, and the rational and sustainable use of water resources by using NutonTM technologies. We value Rio Tinto's support of our goal to advance our projects with the use of NutonTM technologies toward the domestic production of copper with low carbon impact."

The Company is further pleased to report that it has completed the Stage 1 Program of Work which included the following outcomes:

Exploration Achievements

  • Identification of nearly 1,600 ft of continuous copper mineralization beneath the Yerington Pit
  • Discovery of two new high-grade copper-bearing veins at the Reno Prospect (previously referred to as the Montana-Yerington prospect), including deep sulphide mineralization which may be related to Ann Mason
  • Identified new ore-grade copper oxide mineralization through surface trenching at the Mason Pass Prospect
  • Further confirmation of ore-grade surface oxide mineralization at the MacArthur Deposit

Engineering Achievements

  • Completed Concept Level study for the Yerington Project to include NutonTM technologies
  • Completed Scoping Level study for the MacArthur Project to include NutonTM technologies

Permitting and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Pre-Application, Pre-Plan of Operations submitted to Agencies
  • MacArthur Exploration Plan of Operations Update
  • Draft stakeholder engagement plan
  • Risk and opportunity register
  • Wildlife surveys
  • Surface water inventory

About Lion CG

Lion Copper and Gold Corp. is a Canadian-based company advancing its flagship copper projects at Yerington, Nevada through an Option to Earn-in Agreement with Rio Tinto.

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a mining and metals company operating in 35 countries around the world that produces the materials essential to human progress. It aims to help pioneer a more sustainable future, from partnering in the development of technology that can make the aluminum smelting process entirely free of direct GHG emissions, to providing the world with the materials it needs - such as copper and titanium - to build a new low-carbon economy and products like electric vehicles and smartphones.

About Nuton

Nuton is an innovative new venture that aims to help grow Rio Tinto's copper business. At the core of NutonTM is a portfolio of proprietary copper leach related technologies and capability - a product of almost 30 years of research and development. The NutonTM technologies offer the potential to economically unlock known low-grade copper sulphide resources, copper bearing waste and tailings, and achieve higher copper recoveries on oxide and transitional material, allowing for a significantly increased copper production outcome. One of the key differentiators of NutonTM is the potential to deliver leading environmental performance, including more efficient water usage, lower carbon emissions, and the ability to reclaim mine sites by reprocessing mine waste.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,
Stephen Goodman

For more information please contact:
Karen Robertson
Corporate Communications

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The technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by C. Travis Naugle, QP MMSA, Co-Chairman & CEO of Lion Copper and Gold Corp. and a qualified person as defined in NI 43-101.

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