Ms. Luisa Moreno reports
LAC AUX BOULEAUX GRAPHITE PROJECT PHASE-1 EXPLORATION WORK COMPLETED
Graphano Energy Ltd. has completed phase 1 exploration work at its 100-per-cent-owned Lac Aux Bouleaux graphite (LAB) property. The work was carried out during July to September, 2021, and included prospecting, mapping, trenching, ground geophysical surveying and sampling.
Exploration work highlights:
- Large-flake graphite showings located on the property were confirmed with flake size in the range of 0.5 to five millimetres, typically present in shear zones at the contact of gneisses and marbles, where the graphite content usually ranges from 2 per cent to 20 per cent, based on historical information. Graphite mineralization and rock outcrops were also exposed by digging trenches over a geophysical survey conductor identified during airborne and ground geophysical surveys conducted in 2015 to 2019 by previous operators.
- Eighty-three grab and channel samples were collected during the program, which identified three target areas in the eastern part of the property. Target area LAB-1 has graphite mineralization associated with quartz feldspar gneisses with carbonaceous bands. Target area LAB-2 has association of extralarge flake up to 0.5 centimetre in marble, and LAB-3 has graphite mineralization associated with gneissic banding and folds. Some of the samples were taken from the country rock to see the background concentration of graphitic carbon (Cg).
- The sample assays are in the range of less than 0.05 per cent to 23.2 per cent graphitic carbon (Cg) with 12 samples over 10 per cent Cg, three samples between 5 per cent and 10 per cent Cg, and the remaining samples with lower values.
Each channel sample from this work was 15 cm to 100 cm long, five cm wide and three to five cm deep cut in bedrock. The samples were bagged and tagged using best practices, and were delivered to Activation Laboratories (Actlabs), Ancaster, Ont., for sample preparation and analyses using laboratory test codes 4F-C graphitic (1) to measure graphitic carbon, and 4F-C total (2) to measure total carbon.
All sampling was completed by and under the supervision of Martin Ethier, Geo (No. 1520), who is a member of the Order of Geologists of Quebec and a qualified person under NI 43-101, and Afzaal Pirzada, who is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia with licence No. 28657. Senior management also attended the site visit.
The phase 2 exploration program started Oct. 12, 2021, and will last for about 10 weeks. The new program will concentrate on the promising targets in phase 1 and expand prospecting work toward the west of the property to explore new areas identified by the geophysics survey.
The LAB graphite property lies adjacent to the south of Timcal's Lac des Iles graphite mine in Quebec, which is a world-class deposit. There are also several graphite showings and past-producing mines in its vicinity. Graphite is commonly found in the Grenville province rocks throughout this region, and has been commercially mined from a number of deposits located between Mount Laurier in the north and the Ottawa River in the south.
Luisa Moreno, chief executive officer, commented: "We are pleased with the initial results of our exploration. It provides a good foundation for more targeted activity. Our LAB property is located in an area where graphite is prolific. We will update the market on our phase 2 exploration program results."
Cautionary statement: Investors are cautioned that the immediately above information has been taken from websites. The information is not necessarily indicative of the mineralization on the Lac Aux Bouleaux graphite property. The preparation of this news release was supervised by and approved by Mr. Pirzada.
Natural graphite is one of the key materials for electric vehicle batteries, and demand is expected to increase significantly in the near term. In fact, according to a benchmark analyst, there will be a monumental demand for natural graphite.
About Graphano Energy Ltd.
Graphano is an exploration and development company that is focused on evaluating, acquiring and developing energy metal resources from exploration to production.
Graphite is one of the most in-demand technology minerals that is required for a green and sustainable world. Its property, located in Quebec, Canada, has historically been an active area for natural graphite. With the demand for graphite growing in some of the most prominent and cutting-edge industries, such as lithium batteries in electric cars and other energy storage technologies, the company is developing its project to meet the demands of the future.
(1) Samples are subjected to a multistage furnace treatment to remove all forms of carbon with the exception of graphitic carbon, and infrared absorption is used to measure Cg.
(2) Using an induction furnace and infrared absorption.
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