February 6, 2023 – Montréal, Québec – Critical Elements Lithium Corporation (TSX-V: CRE) (US OTCQX: CRECF) (FSE: F12) (“Critical Elements” or the “Corporation“) is pleased to announce that the Environmental and Social Impact Review Committee (the “COMEX”) ”), an independent body composed of members appointed by the governments of Québec and the Cree Nation, has completed its review of Hydro-Québec’s connection of the Rose Lithium-Tantalum mine and 315-kV Eastmain-1-Nemiscau powerline relocation project, and recommends that the Québec Minister of the Environment, the Fight against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks (the “Minister”) authorize the connection and powerline relocation project, subject to certain conditions.
The recommendation was adopted at the 408th meeting of the COMEX held on November 2, 2022, however it was just recently made public with the release of the minutes of the meeting on the COMEX website.
This is another significant step for the Rose Lithium-Tantalum Project (“Rose” or the “Project”). For the Project to go forward, Hydro-Québec will have to relocate a segment of the Eastmain-1-Nemiscau line (which currently crosses the future mine site on a distance of 4.1 km), construct a 315/25-kV transformer substation, and connect the mine to the Eastmain-1-Nemiscau powerline.
With the favourable decision of the Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change rendered in August 2021, the approval by the Québec Minister of Natural Resources and Forests of the rehabilitation and restoration plan concerning the Project in May 2022, the receipt of the Certificate of Authorization pursuant to section 164 of Québec’s Environment Quality Act from the Minister in November 2022, and the COMEX recommending that the Minister authorize Hydro-Québec’s connection and power line relocation project, the Corporation is getting a step closer to moving forward with the Project.
“With the COMEX recommending the authorization of Hydro-Québec’s connection and power line relocation project, we hope that Hydro-Québec will soon get the required authorization from the Minister of the Environment, the Fight against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks. We are excited about the prospect of moving forward with the Rose Lithium-Tantalum Project in the James Bay Eeyou Istchee region,” stated Jean-Sébastien Lavallée, CEO of Critical Elements.
About Critical Elements Lithium Corporation
Critical Elements aspires to become a large, responsible supplier of lithium to the flourishing electric vehicle and energy storage system industries. To this end, Critical Elements is advancing the wholly owned, high purity Rose lithium project in Québec, the Corporation’s first lithium project to be advanced within a land portfolio of over 1,050 square kilometers. On June 13th, 2022, the Corporation announced results of a feasibility study on Rose for the production of spodumene concentrate. The after-tax internal rate of return for the Project is estimated at 82.4%, with an estimated after-tax net present value of US$1.9 B at an 8% discount rate. In the Corporation’s view, Québec is strategically well-positioned for US and EU markets and boasts good infrastructure including a low-cost, low-carbon power grid featuring 93% hydroelectricity. The project has received approval from the Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change on the recommendation of the Joint Assessment Committee, comprised of representatives from the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada and the Cree Nation Government and also received the Certificate of Authorization pursuant to section 164 of Québec’s Environment Quality Act from the Québec Minister of the Environment, the Fight against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks.
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