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Marquee Resources (ASX:MQR) - Executive Chairman, Charles Thomas
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  • Shares in Marquee Resources (MQR) soar today after the company announces it is buying up two North American exploration projects
  • Marquee will earn an 80 per cent interest in the Kibby Basin Lithium Project in Nevada and the Lone Star Copper-Gold Mine in Washington
  • The company says the purchases are part of its plans to increase its exposure to the future metals sector
  • All up, Marquee will spend C$5.4 million (A$5.86 million) and issue vendor Belmont Resources six million MRQ shares to earn its 80 per cent interest in both projects
  • Shares in Marquee are up 51.9 per cent and trading at 12 cents each at 1:26 pm AEDT

Shares in Marquee Resources (MQR) are soaring today after the company announced it was buying up two North American exploration projects.

Marquee said it would earn an 80 per cent interest in the Kibby Basin Lithium Project in Nevada and the Lone Star Copper-Gold Mine in Washington as part of its plans to increase its exposure to the future metals sector.

All up, Marquee plans to spend C$5.4 million (A$5.86 million) to earn its 80 per cent interest in both projects. The company will also issue six million MRQ shares to vendor Belmont Resources.

Marquee Chair Charles Thomas said the acquisitions were “transformational” for the company while still being complementary to its existing future metals assets.

“There is a strong chance that by the end of the year there will be on-ground exploration being undertaken at four of our future metals projects across the globe,” Mr Thomas said.

“I believe the company has a fantastic suite of future metal projects and our shareholders are poised to significantly benefit from the strong tailwinds that are blowing in our favour, as the world embarks on its decarbonisation phase.”

The Kibby Basin Project

The Kibby Basin lithium asset lies just 50 kilometres from fellow ASX-listed Ioneer’s (INR) Rhyolite Ridge Lithium Boron project, which has recently been joint-ventured by international mining big-cap Sibanye Stillwater.

Importantly, Mr Thomas said the Kibby Basin project was already fully permitted for water extraction for brine processing and the production of lithium compounds.

“The Kibby Basin Lithium Project sits in a well-known lithium producing district and directly compliments our Clayton Valley Lithium Project,” Mr Thomas said.

“We are currently working up the drill campaign for the project and this drill campaign will begin in Q1 of 2022.”

Marquee said as part of its initial exploration plans, it would take on a two-phase 4000-metre drilling program. The first phase of this program will focus on a large conductive anomaly in the area showing potential for large-scale brine and clay lithium deposits.

Marquee will pay C$100,000 (A$108,600) cash upfront for the project and make commitments to spend up to C$2.5 million (A$2.7 million) over 15 months to nab its 80 per cent interest. The company will also issue three million shares to Belmont for the Kibby Basin project.

The Lone Star Copper-Gold Mine

According to Marquee, Lone Star is a former producing mine with an existing high-grade copper-gold resource, making it a “significantly advanced” project.

“With the project permitted to drill, we have already signed a contract with Falcon Drilling,” Mr Thomas said.

“The ~5000m stage-one drill campaign is slated to begin on November 15th, with the aim to not only upgrade the existing historic (2007) resource to JORC 2012 standards but to test for extensions to the deposit which remains open in many directions.”

Looking ahead, Marquee’s immediate plans for the Lone Star mine are to add additional tonnes to the existing resource and move some components of the resource from the ‘inferred’ category to the higher-grade ‘measured’ category.

Marquee will pay C$250,000 (A$271,000) cash upfront for Lone Star and spend up to C$2.55 million (A$2.77 million) over 24 months to secure its 80 per cent interest in the project. The company will issue another three million shares to Belmont for Lone Star.

Shares in Marquee were up 51.9 per cent and trading at 12 cents each at 1:26 pm AEDT. The company has a $17.9 million market cap.

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