Energizer Resources Inc. (formerly Uranium Star Corp.) (TSX.V: EGZ) (OTCBB:ENZR) (FRANKFURT:YE5) (“Energizer” or “the Company”) announces that it has retained The Balloch Group, based in Beijing, China, to provide the Company with advisory and consulting services in connection with the Company’s Green Giant vanadium project in Madagascar. The Balloch Group has been retained to assist the Company in identifying potential strategic partners from China to participate in the development of the Green Giant vanadium project and to provide necessary services and support to negotiate and finalize a strategic alliance with a Chinese partner.
The Balloch Group is a leading independent financial advisory and merchant banking firm based in China serving domestic and international clients. The Balloch Group has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, New York, Vancouver and San Diego. Having advised on more than $6 billion in cross-border transactions over the last few years, The Balloch Group was ranked as the number one boutique investment in China in 2008 and 2009 by ChinaVenture.
The Balloch Group was the exclusive financial advisor to one of China’s major steel producers in connection with its $240 million strategic investment in Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Limited (TSX: CLM).
The Balloch Group was founded in 2001 by Howard Balloch, Canada’s ambassador to China from 1996 to 2001.
Julie Lee Harrs, President and COO of the Company, said, “With his decades of experience in China, his deep knowledge of China, and his business contacts and relationships, Howard Balloch and his team at The Balloch Group will provide valuable insight into China and will be able to introduce Energizer Resources to strategic partners, be it in the steel or battery industries, who are interested in securing vanadium off-take from our Green Giant project. We look forward to working with The Balloch Group as we advance our project."
About the Green Giant Vanadium Project
The Green Giant Vanadium Project, located in Madagascar, is 100% owned by Energizer. The Company previously reported a National Instrument 43-101 compliant indicated resource estimate of 21.74 million tonnes of V2O5 at an average grade of 0.759% and an inferred resource estimate of 4.15 million tonnes of V2O5 at a grade of 0.655%. Assay results from the drilling program completed earlier this year are expected to increase the resource estimate by an additional 25 to 30 million tonnes, to make the Green Giant Vanadium Project one of the largest vanadium deposits in the world.
An updated National Instrument 43-101 compliant resource estimate is expected shortly.
Vanadium is well-established as a strategic metal that strengthens and hardens alloys like steel and is positioned to play a significant role in emerging battery technologies such as batteries for electric cars and for large-scale energy storage.
Today, more than 95% of existing vanadium demand is from the global steel industry, driven by increased steel production primarily in China, India and the developing world. At the same time, various economic and legislative factors are increasing the use of vanadium in the steel industry (i.e. stronger rebar in construction) where production of higher strength steels to meet the growing demand for infrastructure is accelerating on a global basis. As a result, the demand for vanadium is expected to grow at 7% year-over-year from 2010 to 2025 based on the steel industry alone.
In addition, new demand channels for vanadium from battery manufacturers of both mobile applications (electric vehicles) and large-scale energy storage systems is expected to result in additional demand for vanadium, especially high purity vanadium which is not readily available in today’s market.
Energizer’s Green Giant Vanadium Property is expected to produce high purity vanadium pentoxide and uniquely positions the Company to meet the increasing demand of vanadium from both the steel and battery industries.
About Energizer Resources
Energizer Resources Inc. is a mineral exploration and development company based in Toronto, Canada. The Company’s common shares are traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol EGZ, on the Over-The-Counter Bulletin Board under the symbol ENZR, and on the Frankfurt Exchange under the symbol YE5.
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Cautionary Statement: The above resource estimates were calculated in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 as required by Canadian securities regulatory authorities. For United States reporting purposes, Industry Guide 7 (under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934), as interpreted by the Staff of the SEC, applies different standards in order to classify mineralization as a reserve. Among other things, the terms “measured”, “indicated” and “inferred” mineral resources are required pursuant to National Instrument 43-101, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission does not recognize such terms. Canadian standards differ significantly from the requirements of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and mineral resource information contained herein is not comparable to similar information regarding mineral reserves disclosed in accordance with the requirements of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. This mineral resource estimate includes inferred resources that are normally considered too speculative geologically to have economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves. There is also no certainty that the inferred mineral resource will be converted to the measured and indicated mineral resource categories through further drilling, or into a mineral reserve once economic considerations are applied.
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