First Phosphate Corp. Welcomes the Addition of Apatite (Phosphate) to the Critical and Strategic Minerals List of Quebec, Canada
Saguenay, Quebec – January 23, 2023 – First Phosphate Corp. (“First Phosphate” or the “Company”) (CSE: PHOS) (OTC: FRSPF) (FSE: KD0) is pleased to announce that the Quebec Minister of Natural Resources and Forests (“MRNF”), Mme Maïté Blanchette Vézina, unveiled today the 2023-2025 Action Plan for the implementation of the Quebec Plan for the Development of Critical and Strategic Minerals 2020-2025 (“PQVMCS”).
The Minister has made use of the unveiling of the 2023-2025 Action Plan to announce the updating of the Quebec list of critical and strategic minerals (“CSM”) to include apatite (phosphate).
Quebec joins the Province of Ontario, the European Union and South Korea as jurisdictions that recognize phosphate as a critical and strategic mineral.
A decision by the Governments of Canada and the United States on the status of phosphate as a critical and strategic mineral is expected in 2024 or beyond. According to Argus Phosphate Rock Analytics (Q2 2023), current North American phosphate production is slated to decline by 61% by 2037.
Moreover, North American phosphate production is currently focused on food and fertilizer and has not yet experienced the demand that lithium iron phosphate (“LFP”) battery production is expected to create. LFP battery production requires copious amounts of high purity purified phosphoric acid (“PPA”).
First Phosphate has been actively involved in the development of Quebec igneous phosphate resources and applauds Quebec’s acknowledgement of the tremendous opportunity that its local phosphate resources represent for the electrification needs of North America.
First Phosphate believes that Quebec igneous anorthosite phosphate rock is an untapped source of high purity phosphate which can potentially be mined and transformed into large quantities of PPA. The Company’s objective is the development of an LFP battery valley in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region of Quebec, one which can help satisfy the large future demand for LFP battery cathode active materials (“CAM”) across North America.
Research studies on Quebec igneous anorthosite can be found at:
Details on First Phosphate’s pilot plant for the purification of Quebec igneous anorthosite can be found at: https://firstphosphate.com/projects/pilot-plant
Details on First Phosphate’s assets in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region of Quebec, can be found at: https://firstphosphate.com/projects/prized-assets
Details on First Phosphate’s strategy for the creation of a fully integrated LFP battery supply chain in North America based on establishing an LFP battery valley in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region of Quebec can be found at: https://firstphosphate.com/lfp-battery-strategy
About First Phosphate Corp.
First Phosphate is a mineral development company fully dedicated to extracting and purifying phosphate for the production of cathode active material for the LFP battery industry. First Phosphate is committed to producing at high purity level, in responsible manner and with low anticipated carbon footprint. First Phosphate plans to vertically integrate from mine source directly into the supply chains of major North American LFP battery producers that require battery grade LFP cathode active material emanating from a consistent and secure supply source. First Phosphate holds over 1,500 sq. km of royalty-free district-scale land claims in the Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean Region of Quebec, Canada that it is actively developing. First Phosphate properties consist of rare anorthosite igneous phosphate rock that generally yields high purity phosphate material devoid of high concentrations of harmful elements.
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