Artemis Provides Update on EPC Contract on Blackwater Process Plant
December 30, 2021
(Vancouver, December 30, 2021) – Artemis Gold Inc. (TSX-V: ARTG) (“Artemis” or the “Company”) announces that its memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) with Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc. (“Ausenco”) has been terminated due to the expiry of an agreed period to enter into an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (“EPC”) contract to construct a processing facility and associated infrastructure (the “Facilities”) for the Company’s Blackwater Gold Project (“Blackwater” or the “Project”) in Central British Columbia.
The MOU was executed in March 2021 as part of a multi-party competitive bid process and was awarded to Ausenco at that time.
Negotiations are expected to continue with various parties to finalize an EPC contract for the construction of the Facilities. The Company also expects to enter into agreements in the next several weeks with suppliers of long-lead equipment to support timelines for construction.
The Company continues to expect initial capital costs to be in the range outlined in the Company’s Feasibility Study for the Project (see the Company’s National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report entitled “Blackwater Gold Project NI 43-101 Technical Report on Updated Feasibility Study” with an effective date of September 10, 2021, along with the related announcement dated September 13, 2021, both available on the Company’s website and on www.sedar.com), and do not expect the termination of the MOU to impact the timing of commencement of early works construction at Blackwater (targeted for late Q1 or early Q2 2022, depending on seasonal factors), or major works construction, which is dependent upon receipt of Mines Act and Environmental Management Act permits and other authorizations as required for major works, scheduled for receipt approximately mid-2022.
Further updates will be provided in due course.
Jeremy Langford, FAUSIMM, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information in this news release.
ARTEMIS GOLD INC.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
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This news release contains certain "forward looking statements" and certain "forward-looking information" as defined under applicable Canadian and U.S. securities laws (together, “forward-looking statements”). Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may", "will", "expect", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "continue", "plans", "potential" or similar terminology. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, statements and information related to the plans of the Company regarding the Project and other statements regarding future plans, expectations, guidance, projections, objectives, estimates and forecasts, as well as statements as to management's expectations with respect to such matters.
Forward-looking statements and information are not historical facts and are made as of the date of this news release. These forward-looking statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties and actual results may vary. Important factors that may cause actual results to vary include without limitation, risks related to the ability of the Company to accomplish its plans and objectives with respect to the Project within the expected timing or at all; the timing and receipt of certain approvals, changes in commodity and power prices, changes in interest and currency exchange rates, risks inherent in exploration estimates and results, timing and success, inaccurate geological and metallurgical assumptions (including with respect to the size, grade and recoverability of mineral reserves and resources), changes in development or mining plans due to changes in logistical, technical or other factors, unanticipated operational difficulties (including failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate in accordance with specifications, cost escalation, unavailability of materials, equipment and third party contractors, delays in the receipt of government approvals, industrial disturbances or other job action, and unanticipated events related to health, safety and environmental matters), political risk, social unrest, and changes in general economic conditions or conditions in the financial markets. In making the forward-looking statements in this news release, the Company has applied several material assumptions, including without limitation, the assumptions that: (1) market fundamentals will result in sustained mineral demand and prices; (2) the receipt of any necessary approvals and consents in connection with the development of any properties; (3) the availability of financing on suitable terms for the development, construction and continued operation of any mineral properties; and (4) sustained commodity prices such that any properties put into operation remain economically viable. The actual results or performance by the Company could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, any forward-looking statements relating to those matters. Accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what impact they will have on the results of operations or financial condition of the Company. Except as required by law, the Company is under no obligation, and expressly disclaims any obligation, to update, alter or otherwise revise any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.