Buchans Resources Limited (the “Company” or “Buchans”), announces an extension to the Collaboration Agreement with Boliden under which Boliden is evaluating the Company’s Buchans VMS base metals property in Newfoundland for future investment and participation (the “Project”).
In an Amending Agreement signed today, Boliden and Buchans confirmed their intention to enter into an Earn in and Option Agreement (the “Option Agreement “) under which Boliden will be granted an option to earn an interest in the Project.
The parties require additional time to finalize the terms of the Earn-In and Option Agreement and to complete certain due diligence investigations and have agreed to an extension of the Exclusivity granted to Boliden from December 31, 2021, until March 31, 2022.
In the Amending Agreement the parties acknowledge that the Technical Committee has finalized the 2022 Budget and Funding Schedule and Boliden has agreed to a 2022 budget of $2,000,000.
Boliden has committed to make a payment of $320,000 to Buchans on or before January 31, 2022 (based on the projected spend set out in the 2022 Funding Schedule to the end of April 2022) and to pay for certain other specific costs and expenses to maintain the properties during the extended Exclusivity Period. Any amounts paid by Boliden will be credited for the purposes of earning an interest in the Project if the Option Agreement is signed. Boliden’s agreement to the 2022 Budget and Funding Schedule does not commit Boliden to fund the remainder of the 2022 Budget if the Option Agreement is not signed.
Background to Collaboration Agreement with Boliden
On January 5, 2021, Buchans entered into a Collaboration Agreement on its Buchans Project with Boliden, a leading European mining and metals producer of zinc, copper, lead, and nickel. Under this Collaboration Agreement Boliden has been granted rights to evaluate the project for possible future investment and participation and retains exclusivity on the project until December 31, 2021, now extended to March 31,2022 (the “Exclusivity Period”).
Since entering into the Collaboration Agreement, Boliden, working with Buchans, has invested C$600,000 in undertaking a variety of programs to further assess and advance the Project, Including a compilation of past work into a new, digital 3D geological model. In addition, Boliden has reviewed past geophysical survey data to evaluate optimal geophysical exploration strategies for future exploration. As part of this evaluation, Boliden and Buchans have developed specific exploration recommendations for future participation and investment by Boliden. These activities are ongoing and are expected to culminate in the confirmation of priority exploration targets for buried high-grade Buchans VMS deposits.