First Phosphate reports highest phosphate assays to date and provides exploration update on the Bégin-Lamarche project in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec
Saguenay, Quebec – January 24, 2023 – First Phosphate Corp. (“First Phosphate” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has obtained its highest phosphate assay results to date at the Bégin-Lamarche project located in the region of Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Quebec.
These results follow the previously announced initial assay results on the discovery area as communicated in the press release dated September 14, 2022: https://firstphosphate.com/begin-lamarche-sept14-2022
Bégin-Lamarche Project Results
Sampling in the initial discovery area (Sector 1) assayed up 18.53% P2O5 and 11.73% TiO2. In other areas of Sector 1, numerous samples returned assays over 5% P2O5. In Sector 8 of the project, samples returned 19.41% P2O5 and 8.91% TiO2. The analysis of 43 trace elements, including U, Th, REE, As and Cd, indicates very low concentrations of potentially deleterious elements.
“Begin-Lamarche shows promise in that it could become a second important zone of phosphate exploration for the Company,” explained First Phosphate President Peter Kent. “Igneous anorthosite comprises only about 1% of total global phosphate reserves. These deposits are highly desirable for the production of LFP battery material because they are devoid of high concentrations of deleterious elements as shown in these encouraging assay results at Bégin-Lamarche.”
Additional Reconnaissance Conducted at Bégin-Lamarche
During the fall of 2022, Laurentia Exploration Inc conducted a geological reconnaissance and sampling program on behalf of First Phosphate at the Bégin-Lamarche project. The findings were as follows:
- At the northern tip of Sector 1, a new high-grade phosphate discovery was made immediately to the north of the initial discovery. A thick layer of nelsonite (phosphate-bearing rock), potentially up to 130m in thickness, revealed between 7.51% and 14.16% P2O5 and between 2.09% and 18.14% TiO2. Initial analyses were conducted using a portable handheld XRF analyzer.
- A new phosphate mineralized area (Sector 3) was also discovered approximatively 4km south and on strike with the initial discovery. Field investigation showed that the nelsonite ranges from 30m to 60m in thickness.
- Airborne magnetic survey interpretation seems to demonstrate that the nelsonite found in Sectors 1, 2 and 3 could be part of the same nelsonite layer providing a potential strike length of 8km and a thickness of up to 130 m for the high grade phosphate-bearing horizon.
- Lastly, in the Larouche sector (Sector 8), five surface samples returned between 11.89% and 15.16% P2O5. Analyses were conducted using a portable handheld XRF analyzer.
- A total of 140 rock samples have been gathered from this enhanced reconnaissance exploration and have been send to the laboratory for analysis.
Initial Investigations on Select Bluesky Properties
During the summer of 2022, Magnor Exploration Inc also conducted a geological reconnaissance and sampling program for First Phosphate at some of the Bluesky Properties. The findings were as follows:
- The Antoine Property returned high grade phosphate-bearing nelsonite with associated titanium dioxide up to 14.82% P2O5 and 5.84% TiO2. Other samples on the property did not return significant phosphate.
- On the large Fleury Property, oxide-apatite gabbronorite (OAGN) was recognized over kilometric strike lengths and the best assays returned 5% to 7% P2O5 with up to 8.7% TiO2.
- The Mirepoix-Périgny Property, located west of the Flagship Lac à l’Orignal deposit, returned phosphate values ranging from 5.78% to 7.22% P2O5 with up to 9.5% TiO2.
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The scientific and technical disclosure for First Phosphate included in this news release have been reviewed and approved by Gilles Laverdière, P.Geo. Mr. Laverdière is Geologist and a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure of Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”) and has and verified the data disclosed in this news release.
About First Phosphate Corp.
First Phosphate is a mineral exploration and development company fully dedicated to extracting and refining advanced phosphate material for the Lithium Iron Phosphate (“LFP”) Battery industry. First Phosphate is committed to producing at high purity level, at full ESG standard and with low anticipated carbon footprint. First Phosphate plans to integrate directly into the research & development and supply chain functions of major North American LFP Battery producers that require battery grade phosphate material that emanates from a consistent and secure supply source. First Phosphate holds over 1,500 sq. km of total land claims in the Saguenay Region of Quebec, Canada that it is actively developing. First Phosphate properties consist of rare anorthosite igneous rock formation that generally yields high purity phosphate concentrate devoid of high concentrations of deleterious elements.
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Forward-looking information in this press release are based on certain assumptions and expected future events, namely: the Company’s ability to producing high purity phosphate materials at full ESG standard under a low carbon footprint; the Company’s ability to integrate directly into the functions of certain major North American LFP Battery producers; the Company’s ability to develop its land claims in the Saguenay Region; the Company will receive assay results in the first half of February; the Bégin-Lamarche property will become a second and important phosphate exploration property for the Company; and the Bégin-Lamarche deposits will be highly desirable for the production of LFP battery material.
These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including but not limited to: the Company’s inability to produce high purity phosphate materials at full ESG standard under a low carbon footprint; the Company’s inability to integrate directly into the functions of certain major North American LFP Battery producers; the Company’s inability to develop its land claims in the Saguenay Region; the Company will not receive assay results in the first half of February; the Bégin-Lamarche property will not become a second and important phosphate exploration property for the Company; and the Bégin-Lamarche deposits will not be highly desirable for the production of LFP battery material.
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