Strategic Minerals Europe Corp. (NEO: SNTA, FRA: 26K0, OTCQB: SNTAF) (“Strategic Minerals” or the “Company”) today announced that it has entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”) for its Penouta Project, located in the northwestern province of Ourense in Spain.
The PPA provides for the supply of seven gigawatts of electricity to the Company for five years. A significant portion of the power will be from renewable energy sources and is expected to generate substantial cost savings.
“With the PPA, we will purchase electricity at a competitive, stable and predictable price, fixing long-term electricity supply costs and mitigating the risk of price volatility. The PPA aligns with our strategy to increase efficiency and reduce costs at Penouta as we continue to work at increasing production,” said Jaime Perez Branger, CEO of Strategic Minerals. “In addition to the cost savings benefits, we will further our position as a leader in sustainability by reducing our carbon footprint through the use of renewable energy.
“To provide a model of the potential savings under the PPA, if the Company had the PPA in place in 2022, it would have achieved savings of approximately 52 percent, equivalent to a reduction in our electricity bill of about 810 thousand euros,” he added.
About Strategic Minerals Europe Corp.
Strategic Minerals’ wholly-owned subsidiary, SMS, produces, identifies, explores, and develops mineral resource properties critical to the green economy, predominantly in Spain. SMS holds permits and a production license for the Penouta Project, and a 30% carried joint venture interest in the Alberta II/Carlota Lithium Project. SMS is the largest producer of cassiterite concentrate and tantalite in the European Union and has been recognized within the EU as an exemplary company of good practices in the circular economy. The Company is well-positioned as a major producer of sustainable and conflict-free tin, tantalum, and niobium and, through the Alberta II/Carlota Joint Venture, is exploring for lithium. Strategic Minerals is a “reporting issuer” under applicable securities legislation in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.
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SOURCE Strategic Minerals Europe Corp.
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