Today, MGX Minerals Inc. provided an update on the commercial deployment of its petrolithium systems in Alberta, Canada. Most interestingly, it was noted that a second commercial-scale contract for the deployment of a water treatment and lithium extraction system is already in the final stages. Final assembly, site preparation and deployment are underway for the initial site and installation at both sites is expected to be largely complete by June 2018.
MGX takes great care of negotiating agreements with major oil producers in Alberta that are for the full benefit of the company and its shareholders. Under the agreements, MGX remains in control of all lithium and other minerals extracted using the lithium extraction systems:
The contract for the first petrolithium system will generate (1) a limited annual fee for MGX, based on a per cubic meter environmental processing fee for the wastewater treatment, and (2) an undivided profit for MGX on all the lithium and other minerals extracted.
This creates a win-win situation for both MGX and the oil producer as the latter has limited, fixed costs (calculable) which is likely less than its current variable costs for conventional wastewater disposal and/or treatment, whereas MGX gets all the lithium and other extractable minerals.
Progress on Multiple Fronts
Since assembly and deployment of the first petrolithium system in Alberta commenced in late 2017, MGX and its engineering partner PurLucid made some significant progress in due course, such as the cost-cutting breakthrough in February, reducing the reagent use significantly, which on the other hand demonstrates that the system is working better than originally expected and that there are no delays caused by technical difficulties. Developing and deploying new technology is tapping into new, unknown frontiers and I rather have a visionary, optimistic pioneer during such company-making times than a pessimist.
Since January, MGX and Purlucid have been working to further prove the viability of lithium recovery from industrial wastewater sites in the United States while also improving the quality of effluent discharged to a river. Recent testing from an industrial site concentrated lithium to commercial grade as lithium chloride, excluding all magnesium and calcium (0.05% and 0.1% in product, respectively). Sodium and potassium, which comprised 76% of the cations in the feed water, were reduced by 90% in the final product. Additional optimization is ongoing in preparation for commercial deployment to this site.
Purlucid has also processed several bulk samples from sour gas fields and developed an effective, chemical free method for removing H2S and TVOC prior to water treatment and lithium recovery. H2S and TVOC concentrations were reduced from 60 ppm and 80 ppm, respectively, to 2 ppm and 40 ppm in a closed processing system. This system augments the ability to recover lithium from petroleum brines with dangerous levels of H2S and TVOCs, further extending access to brine resources.
Since announcing an acquisition and engineering partnership agreement in September 2016, MGX and PurLucid have invented new technology and filed patent applications related to brine treatment and selective lithium recovery. PurLucid’s exclusively licensed nanoflotation technology, which purifies wastewater brine, has since been integrated with a newly developed lithium recovery process. Combined, this Cleantech process reduces the capital cost of recovery compared to traditional solar evaporation as it does not require the investment in very large, multi-phase, lake sized, lined evaporation ponds, greatly reducing the physical footprint and enhancing the quality of extraction and recovery across a complex range of brines previously considered un-processable due to complexity or geographical location outside of solar evaporation appropriate zones. This includes oil and gas wastewater, natural brine, and other brine sources such as lithium-rich mine and industrial plant wastewater. MGX holds the global rights to the jointly developed lithium extraction technology.
Yesterday, MGX Minerals Inc. announced its intention to reward existing shareholders with a dividend in form of shares from spinning off its 100% owned subsidiary ZincNyx Energy Solutions Inc. This transaction is aimed to monetize the full value of ZincNyx as a separate publicly listed company for the benefit of (1) MGX as a majority owner and (2) all MGX shareholders "of record" (i.e. everybody, no matter if from Canada, USA, Germany, or any other country, will receive shares of the new public company at no cost if being an existing MGX shareholder on the "date of record", which is a day in the "immediate" future). Further details, including the record date, will be announced "shortly". CEO Jared Lazerson explained:
"The scale of the opportunity and the value of the intellectual property, now in excess of 20 issued patents developed by ZincNyx, has setup an ideal scenario for a spinoff transaction and return of value to shareholders through partial dividend of shares. This is an important standalone technology that needs to grow unbridled on the global stage, a public listing creates this platform."
After more than $15 million CAD of investments into the ZincNyx technology (Canadian Government Funds put in $2 million in the last 3 years, Teck spent another $13 million), MGX acquired the Vancouver-based private company from Teck Resources in December 2018 against $250,000 CAD in cash and 4.8 million MGX shares (most of which are "restricted shares" to be vested over 24 months as part of compensation and incentive plan for key employees). Fortunately for MGX, only a month after the acquisition, ZincNyx achieved a major technological breakthrough as a reliability challenge had been mastered successfully. Shortly thereafter, MGX announced its accelerated commercialization plans to make the ZincNyx technology a leader in the energy storage space. According to a GreenTechMedia article, ZincNyx is looking to produce 1,000 units annually by early 2019.
MGX Minerals Inc.
#303 - 1080 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6C 2T1
Phone: +1 604 681 7735
Shares Issued & Outstanding: 101,573,656
Canadian Symbol (CSE): XMG
Current Price: $0.98 CAD (04/03/2018)
Market Capitalization: $100 Million CAD
German Symbol / WKN (Frankfurt): 1MG / A12E3P
Current Price: €0.63 EUR (04/03/2018)
Market Capitalization: €64 Million EUR
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