January 24, 2019, North Vancouver, BC – Lion One Metals Limited (TSX-V: LIO) (OTCQX: LOMLF) (ASX:LLO) (“Lion One” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that construction of the new Lion One Geochemical Assay and Metallurgical Laboratory building is nearing completion. The lab is located at the Company’s Fijian headquarters, 1km from the Nadi International Airport on the island of Viti Levu in the Republic of Fiji. Construction of the laboratory building commenced in early 2018 with local contractors and will service the Company’s Tuvatu Gold Project located 17km away in the nearby Sabeto Valley.
The Company plans to start the commissioning process in Q2 2019 as soon as the current installation of the fume collection system is completed. Lion One has hired a highly experienced Laboratory Manager and team of laboratory technicians from Fiji to operate the facility, supporting the creation of five new full time positions.
The new laboratory will be equipped for gold analysis by fire assay with atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS) finish. A large range of other elements will be assayed by Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES). The facility will also be utilized to conduct metallurgical optimization test work including flotation and leaching. Fiji does not currently have any commercial laboratory facilities for geochemical and metallurgical analysis, so the Company plans to have the laboratory internationally certified for commercial operations in the near future to service local industries.
Lion One Managing Director Stephen Mann commented “The new facility will greatly reduce costs and return times on geochemical and metallurgical sampling results. Currently the return times on average take 4 to 6 weeks with samples sent to Australia or Canada at a significant cost that included other logistics such as customs clearance, freight, transport, and analysis. The Company will soon be able to benefit from 24-48 hour turnaround on results, greatly enhancing planning and direction of future exploration, mine planning, and metallurgical work at the Tuvatu Gold Project.”
About Lion One
Lion One Metals Limited is a Canadian exploration and development company focused on advancing its 100% owned and fully permitted Tuvatu Gold Project towards production. Lion One envisions a low-cost high grade underground gold mining operation with district-scale exploration upside, located near the Nadi International Airport on the island of Viti Levu in the South Pacific island nation of Fiji.
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