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Burundi’s first grid-connected solar farm reaches commercial operation

A pioneering 7.5MW solar PV plant has reached commercial operation in Burundi, increasing the country’s generation capacity by over 10%.
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A pioneering 7.5MW solar PV plant has reached commercial operation in Burundi, increasing the country’s generation capacity by over 10%.

It’s the country’s first substantial energy generation project to go online in over three decades, supplying clean power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses.

The plant near the village of Mubuga supports international efforts to increase renewables and climate finance, especially for the world’s most vulnerable communities.

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UK Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change, Greg Hands, said: “Today’s launch of Burundi’s first grid-connected solar farm will light up the nation’s energy system. It will strengthen the national grid supply and propel forward a promising future for the country in clean, green energy.

“Set to increase Burundi’s power generation capacity by 10%, this pioneering project, backed by UK government funding, is a fantastic example of countries working together ahead of COP26. Investing in a green future benefits the economy and the planet.”

The six-year process of building the solar plant was led by energy developer and independent power producer Gigawatt Global.

Financing for the construction of the project was provided via a consortium including pan-African private equity investor Inspired Evolution, the UK government-funded Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP – managed by Camco Clean Energy), and Gigawatt Global.

The construction loans are being refinanced by the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC).

Additional support for the project was provided directly and indirectly from the Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP – a fund set up by Finland, the UK and Austria), the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO), Trinity International has advised the Gigawatt Global and Inspired Evolution equity teams since 2017. Engineering, procurement and construction services were provided by French firm Voltalia, and political risk re-insurance is provided by DFC.

Gigawatt and Voltalia Teams. Image credit: Gigawatt Global

Gigawatt Global CEO Josef Abramowitz said: “We thank our impact investors and strategic partners, as well as the Burundi government, for joining forces to accomplish this historic milestone on the road to climate justice and fulfilling many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”

Abramowitz, who was nominated by 12 African countries for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for his pioneering commitment to green energy access, continued: “Green energy projects that serve the most vulnerable communities should be prioritized by the international community.”

The Burundi field recently received the award for “Project of the Year” from EEP.

Gigawatt Global is also building a community centre powered by solar energy that will offer local access to productive use of electricity.

The centre will focus on community development through women’s empowerment and youth and employment programs, along with various educational components being developed with local and international NGOs.

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New Age Metals Completes Maiden Drill Program at its Lithium Two Project in Manitoba, Canada


December 9, 2021 – TheNewswire – Rockport, Ontario – New Age Metals Inc. (TSXV:NAM); (OTC:NMTLF); (FSE:P7J2) (“NAM” or “Company”) is pleased…


December 9, 2021 – TheNewswire – Rockport, Ontario – New Age Metals Inc. (TSXV:NAM); (OTC:NMTLF); (FSE:P7J2) (“NAM” or “Company”) is pleased to announce the completion of its maiden 1,630 metre drill program at its Lithium Two Project in Manitoba, Canada. To date, 678 drill core samples have been submitted to the Saskatchewan Resource Council Geoanalytical Laboratories (“SRC”) for assay. This drill program was the first work program funded by the Company’s partner, Mineral Resources Limited (“MRL”), see press release dated (September 28, 2021).


Harry Barr, Chairman & CEO commented: “We would like to thank our exploration team from Axiom Exploration Group Ltd. (“Axiom”) for the successful completion of the maiden drill program at Lithium Two. We are eager to share initial results from this highly prospective project. While we patiently await assay results from SRC, management has asked our exploration team to develop a follow up exploration program that would include a second phase of drilling at the Project, maiden drilling at Lithium One and a 2022 field program to follow up on prospective targets from the 2021 geophysical surveys completed on five of the Company’s projects.”


The maiden drill program at the Lithium Two Project consisted of 15 drill holes totalling 1,630 metres. The purpose of the maiden drill program was to confirm historical drill results from the 1940’s drill campaign at the Eagle Pegmatite on the Lithium Two Property. Additionally, the program was designed to test nearby targets generated from field reconnaissance programs and UAV-borne drone magnetic geophysical surveys completed between 2016 and 2021.


After the completion of the first phase of drilling, the Company has made drill permit applications to the Manitoba government for an additional 1,500 metres of drilling over 10 holes at Lithium Two. Future drilling at Lithium Two will test the down dip extension of the near-surface lithium bearing pegmatites in this first phase of drilling and additionally, evaluate other areas of interest at Lithium Two.


The drill program focused on the Eagle Pegmatite which was the source of the historical non-NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate of 544,000 tonnes at 1.4% Li20 indicated to a depth of 61 metres. The Eagle pegmatite is exposed at surface along a 533-metre strike length as a series of lenticular spodumene-bearing dykes which occur in (Precambrian) granite and meta-volcanic rock units. The 10 largest of these pegmatite bodies are a series of en echelon lenses that range up to 75 metres in length and 9 metres in width as exposed on surface (Rowe, 1956). Historic drilling results suggest that the dykes dip from 80° to the north to near vertical.


Ten drill holes were completed along strike of the Eagle Pegmatite intending to intersect the pegmatite dykes at 40 to 50 metres vertical depth below surface. Two holes were drilled to test the extension of prospective zones between 80 to 100 metres vertical depth. Additionally, three drill holes tested nearby pegmatites, including the FD 5 Pegmatite and the Unnamed Pegmatite, which exhibit lenses of mineralization at surface. Assay results are expected to be released late December or early January.


In advance of the drilling program, an archaeological assessment was completed by White Spruce Archaeology on the Lithium Two Project that has identified three areas of potential archaeological significance. As such, drilling activity will occur outside of a 25-metre buffer around the identified areas and all drill trails will stay outside of the identified areas. The recommendations for the Lithium Two Project have been reviewed and agreed by the Archaeological Assessment Services Unit, Historic Resources Branch, Ministry of Sport, Culture and Heritage.


The Company is now planning with both its geological consultants at Axiom and MRL for the next steps for exploration on its portfolio of projects. To that end, the Lithium One Project is likely the next drill target for which the Company already holds a drill permit on. Additionally, a work program is being designed for 2022 to mobilize a field crew to specified areas of geophysical interest that were identified from the 2021 geophysical surveys completed on site (see Company press release dated May 19, 2021).


Lithium Two Project


The Lithium Two Project covers 137 hectares and is located approximately 20 kilometres north of the Tanco Mine which is owned and operated by Sinomine Rare Metals Co.


Lithium Two is geologically situated in the Cat Lake portion of the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field and is road accessible. This pegmatite field is hosted in the Archean age Bird River Greenstone Belt and into the surrounding granites. To date, three significant pegmatites have been identified on the Lithium Two Project.


The Eagle pegmatite is exposed at surface as a series of lenticular spodumene-bearing dykes, over approximately 823 metres with widths of up to 30 metres. The Eagle Pegmatite has a general strike of 77° and a near vertical dip. The FD No. 5 Pegmatite is surface exposed over an area of 27 by 15 metres and is poorly exposed away from the main showing. The unit strikes at 80° with a near vertical dip to the north. The FD No. 5 Pegmatite appears to have not been previously drill tested. Surface sampling over the two pegmatites during the 2016 field season yielded assays for the Eagle Pegmatite up to 2.44% Li2O and assays up to 3.04% Li2O for the FD No. 5 Pegmatite.


About NAM

New Age Metals is a junior mineral exploration and development company focused on the discovery, exploration and development of green metal projects in North America. The Company has two divisions; a Platinum Group Metals division and a Lithium/Rare Element division.


The PGM Division includes the 100% owned, multi-million-ounce, district scale River Valley Project, one of North America’s largest undeveloped Platinum Group Metals Projects, situated100 km by road east of Sudbury, Ontario. The Company completed a positive Preliminary Economic Assessment on the Project in 2019 and, is fully financed to complete a Pre-Feasibility Study on the Project in 2022. In addition to River Valley, the Company owns 100% of the Genesis PGM-Cu-Ni Project in Alaska and has plans to complete a surface mapping and sampling program in 2022.


The Lithium Division is one of the largest mineral claim holders in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field, where the Company is exploring for hard rock lithium and various rare elements such as tantalum and rubidium. Plans for 2021 include drone geophysics on at least five of the Company’s seven projects and a maiden drill program on the Company’s Lithium Two Project. On September 28, the Company announced a partnership with Mineral Resource Limited (MRL, ASX: MIN), the world’s fifth largest lithium producer to explore and develop the Company’s lithium project portfolio.


Our philosophy is to be a project generator with the objective of optioning our projects with major and junior mining companies through to production. The Company is actively seeking an option/joint venture partner for its road-accessible Genesis PGM-Cu-Ni project in Alaska.

Investors are invited to visit the New Age Metals website at where they can review the company and its corporate activities. Any questions or comments can be directed to [email protected] or Harry Barr at [email protected] or Cody Hunt at [email protected] or call 613 659 2773.

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This maiden 2021 drilling and exploration program is being conducted under the supervision of Lynde Guillaume, G.I.T. and Matthew Schwab, P.Geo., both of Axiom Exploration Group Ltd.


A thorough chain-of-custody and QA/QC program is being carried out during the 2020 drill program on all half-core split samples. The implemented QA/QC procedures will include the insertion of certified standard control samples, duplicates, and blanks to ensure proper calibration of lab equipment. Sample analyses are being conducted by SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


The technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Matthew Schwab, P.Geo. (Senior Vice President, Axiom), who is a “Qualified Person” for the Company as defined under National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).

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CanAlaska Identifies Uranium Targets in Western Athabasca

15 Kilometre Strongly Conductive Target Corridor IdentifiedCorridor Mirrors Saskatoon Lake Conductor – Host to the Large Shea Creek Uranium Deposits Vancouver,…

15 Kilometre Strongly Conductive Target Corridor Identified

Corridor Mirrors Saskatoon Lake Conductor – Host to the Large Shea Creek Uranium Deposits

Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – December 9, 2021) – CanAlaska Uranium Ltd. (TSXV: CVV) (OTCQB: CVVUF) (FSE: DH7N) (“CanAlaska” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that compilation work on the Company’s newly acquired Carswell project, totalling 13,352 hectares, in the western Athabasca Basin has identified a conductive structural corridor which joins the Beatty River Fault zone to the Carswell structure (Figures 1 & 2). The conductive corridor wraps around a large magnetic-high body, which on the opposite side of the magnetic feature, is mirrored by the Saskatoon Lake conductor. The Saskatoon Lake conductor is host to the high-grade Shea Creek uranium deposits. The Company is completing further compilation of the newly acquired Carswell project and is actively seeking Joint Venture partners.

Carswell Project Location

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CanAlaska’s Carswell project is located 15 km east of the Shea Creek deposits, owned by Orano Canada and UEX Corporation. The Shea Creek deposits are located along the Saskatoon Lake Conductor, which runs perpendicular to the Beatty River Fault zone, connecting it to the Carswell Structure. The apparent connection between the Beatty River Fault zone and the Carswell structure along these perpendicular conductive corridors in the Saskatoon Lake conductor and on the Carswell project presents a compelling exploration target. The Shea Creek deposits consist of four deposits of unconformity- and basement-hosted uranium mineralization, which combined host 95 million lbs of U3O8 at an average grade of 1.47%. The Shea Creek deposits form one of the largest undeveloped uranium resources in the Athabasca Basin.

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Carswell Project Compilation Map

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CanAlaska’s Carswell project covers 15 km of a 24 km long magnetic low, coincident with a conductive corridor, that runs along the eastern edge of a large magnetic-high body. Along the western edge of the same large magnetic-high body, the Saskatoon Lake conductor runs through a similar broad magnetic low. The presence of conductive corridors along the edges of magnetic high features creates a strong competency contrast that is important in the formation of large structural traps host to unconformity-hosted uranium deposits. The mirror analog between Shea Creek on the western edge of the magnetic feature and the Carswell project along the eastern edge of the same magnetic feature provides potential for similar brittle fault re-activation and the development of structural traps on the Carswell project.

CanAlaska CEO, Cory Belyk, comments, “Further compilation work by the CanAlaska team has identified a geological scenario that is very important in the formation of tier 1 uranium deposits in the Athabasca Basin providing an immediate target corridor for future exploration. We look forward to finding a joint venture partner to help advance this project toward discovery.”

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CanAlaska is currently processing summer and fall drill results from its recently completed West McArthur drill program near the McArthur River uranium mine. The Company is also planning its exploration programs for 2022.

About CanAlaska Uranium

CanAlaska Uranium Ltd. (TSXV: CVV) (OTCQB: CVVUF) (FSE: DH7N) holds interests in approximately 300,000 hectares (750,000 acres), in Canada’s Athabasca Basin – the “Saudi Arabia of Uranium.” CanAlaska’s strategic holdings have attracted major international mining companies. CanAlaska is currently working with Cameco and Denison at two of the Company’s properties in the Eastern Athabasca Basin. CanAlaska is a project generator positioned for discovery success in the world’s richest uranium district. The Company also holds properties prospective for nickel, copper, gold and diamonds. For further information visit

The qualified technical person for this news release is Nathan Bridge, MSc., P.Geo., CanAlaska’s Vice President, Exploration.

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Peter Dasler, M.Sc., P.Geo.
CanAlaska Uranium Ltd.


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All statements included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions made by the Company based on its experience, perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. In addition, these statements involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will prove inaccurate, certain of which are beyond the Company’s control. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, the Company does not intend to revise or update these forward-looking statements after the date hereof or revise them to reflect the occurrence of future unanticipated events.

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NEO Lithium’s Closest Neighbor Gets Ready to Drill


When Neo Lithium started early stage exploration they recovered surface lithium grades of 190 mg/L compared to 373 mg/L for Portofino Resources adjacent Yergo property.

If you believe in the old adage, “the best place to find a deposit is near an existing one,” you should consider Portofino Resources (TSX-V: POR). This Vancouver-based company holds an option to acquire a 100% interest in the Yergo lithium brine project located in Argentina, in the heart of the Lithium Triangle, along with the Allison Lake North lithium and rare elements property. Portofino also owns five gold projects in Canada, and is overseen by an exceptional management team with deep experience in the resources industry.

One of the reasons that all eyes are on the Yergo project is the growing demand for lithium to support the green revolution. As one of the world’s lightest metals, lithium is playing one of the largest roles in our green and clean future. The EV global market is already seeing parabolic growth, from $140 billion back in 2019 to a predicted $700 billion in 2026. In turn, analysts have warned that this has put incredible pressure on existing battery metal supplies.

We don’t think that the raw material supply-side is ready for the wave of demand that is coming…the rapid rise in raw material demand sees deficits forming over the next decade even if we assume all known projects come to market,” predicted UBS analysts earlier this year.

By 2025, almost 75% of all the world’s lithium output will be dedicated to just electric vehicles, if not even more. The IEA expects demand for lithium to surge by a staggering 40-fold by 2040. 

This has industry experts asking – where will the supply come from?

Sharing a similar geological history with a world class asset

Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia comprise what is known as the Lithium Triangle, and these countries host a whopping 75% of the world’s lithium resources. Portofino’s Yergo project is a salar located approximately 15 kilometres southeast of Neo Lithium’s 3Q project – one of the largest and highest-grade lithium brine deposits in the world. It was initially discovered in late 2015 and took only five years to advance to the construction phase. In October of this year, Neo Lithium announced it had received an all cash, takeover offer of $960 million for all its outstanding equity from Zijin Mining. 

Situated in the Lithium Triangle which accounts for >40% of global production in concentrates and >90% of lithium brine resources, Yergo’s close proximity to the 3Q project is significant because the 3Q deposit hosts some of the lowest sulfate and magnesium impurities, classifying it as a world class asset. Furthermore, the 3Q project has measured and indicated resources of lithium grades of >900 mg/L. Portofino’s Yergo project is potentially an extension of the same salar as this neighbouring project with similar grades and low impurities. David Tafel, Portofino’s President and CEO commented:

“Given the proximity of Neo Lithium’s 3Q project, it is likely that the Aparejos salar has experienced a similar geological history, including lithium and potassium enrichment, due to their common evaporitic climate and local geology. The 3Q and Yergo projects are located within the same volcanic package likely with exposure to the same potential lithium source rocks and mineralizing processes.”

Portofino carried out an initial exploration program at the Yergo property in 2019 which included surface and near-surface brine sampling and geological mapping. The sample results reflected values of up to 373 mg/L lithium with low impurities. Following the initial sampling program, Portofino conducted a geophysical survey and geochemical sampling program in 2021. The project is drill ready with an initial drill program expected to commence shortly which will test the volume and content of the brines. 

Neo Lithium’s early stage exploration at their 3Q project in 2016/2017 recovered initial surface lithium grades of 190 mg/L compared to up to 373 mg/L for Yergo. Subsequently, Neo Lithium discovered surface samples in the northern salar containing an average lithium concentration of 784 mg/L. 

While we’re not implying that Yergo is definitively an extension of 3Q, we believe it’s a high odds possibility, and results from the their drill program will prove out Yergo’s significant potential. 

In April 2021, Portofino reported that it was adding to its lithium portfolio with the acquisition of the Allison Lake North lithium and rare elements property, located 100 kilometres east of Red Lake, Ontario. It is accessible by logging roads while a hydro-electric power line runs through the property. Ontario is home to several well-known lithium and rare element deposits, notably the PAK lithium deposit along the “Electric Avenue,” as well as the Spark deposit. 

Portofino completed a channel sampling and initial exploration program at the Allison Lake project in June, 2021. Initial grab samples returned values up to 398 ppm Li, 90.5 ppm Cs, 1040 ppm Rb, and 135 ppm Ta. Looking forward, this project will be the focus of an expanded geological exploration program. 

This is highly significant when considering that the global quest for electric vehicles and clean energy has caused lithium to emerge to the forefront as one of the most necessary components for lithium-ion batteries. 


Furthermore, the processing of lithium brine to produce battery-grade lithium carbonate is a relatively simple process which has been tested for over 20 years. With the Zijin Mining proposal to acquire Neo Lithium for its 3Q project, it’s not a stretch to assume that other acquisitions and joint ventures will follow. 

Add in a high-grade gold portfolio

In addition to it’s two lithium projects, Portofino also holds the South of Otter and Bruce Lake projects in the Red Lake District, as well as Gold Creek, Sapawe West, and Melema West projects in the Atikokan District of Ontario. Both South of Otter and Bruce Lake projects are proximal to the Dixie Gold project, a high-grade gold deposit currently being explored by Great Bear Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: GBR). In the Atikokan District, the Gold Creek property is located immediately south of the Shebandowan Ni-Cu mine, and the Sapawe West and Melema West properties are located east of Atikokan. 

As noted above, the Red Lake District has been a hotbed of exploration activity as Great Bear Resources, PureGold Mining (TSX-V: PGM), and others have been exploring and developing the area’s prolific mineral potential. Past production and current resources in the Red Lake Gold Camp have been estimated at 41 million ounces of gold. 

With a drill program about to commence we believe smart investors will be quick to pick up on the lithium potential of Portofino’s Yergo project with the added kicker of a strong gold portfolio located in highly prolific geological areas. 




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