MGX Minerals Inc. (CSE: XMG / FKT: 1MG / OTC: MGXMF) is pleased to report the Company has engaged Dawson Geophysical Company (“Dawson”) of Houston, Texas to conduct a detailed seismic geophysical survey over the Blueberry Unit within the Company’s Paradox Basin Petrolithium project in Utah (“Paradox Basin” or the “Project”). Preparations are underway and Dawson expects to commence the survey shortly. The goal of the survey is to identify subsurface geological formations and structures favorable to the accumulation of oil, gas and mineral brine deposits.
The Blueberry Unit consists of 80,380 acres of unitized Federal, State and Private lands. MGX controls the overwhelming majority of mineral claims within the Blueberry Unit inclusive of lithium and other industrial minerals. The Blueberry Unit is part of the Company’s large landholding within the Paradox Basin and Lisbon Valley, which consists of over 110,000 acres of oil and gas leases and approximately 118,000 acres of largely overlying mineral claims. Brine content within the Lisbon oilfield have been historically reported as high as 730 ppm lithium (Superior Oil 88-21P).
The Project is also host to a National Instrument (N.I) 51-101 estimated prospective resources (the “Estimate”) consisting of leasehold and royalty interests in San Juan County, Utah and Miguel County. Colorado. The estimate was prepared by the Ryder Scott Company, L.P. (“Ryder Scott”), an independent qualified reserves evaluator within the meaning of N.I. 51-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities (“NI 51-101”), with an effective date of June 30, 2017. The Estimate was prepared in accordance with N.I. 51-101 and the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation Handbook.
Estimated Gross Volumes
Unrisked Prospective (Recoverable) Hydrocarbon Resources
Leasehold Interest in San Juan County, Utah and San Miguel County, Colorado of
MGX holds a 75% working interest in the Project with the remaining interest primarily controlled by a private Utah corporation (the “Paradox Partner”). The Paradox Partner has been engaged by MGX as subcontracted operator of the Project.
The Paradox Basin has been noted by the USGS as having one of the largest undeveloped oil and gas fields in the United States (“Assessment of Oil and Gas Resources in the Paradox Basin Province…”; USGS; 2011; Click Here). According to production statistics, as reported by the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Oil, Gas and Mining Division, cumulative lifetime production within Lisbon Valley oilfield, contiguous with the Blueberry Unit, has totaled 51.4 million barrels of oil as of April 2017 (“Oil Production by Field, Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil, Gas and Mining”; February 2017; Click Here).
MGX may decide to advance its petrolithium projects into production without first establishing mineral resources supported by an independent technical report or completing a feasibility study. A production decision without the benefit of a technical report independently establishing mineral resources or reserves and any feasibility study demonstrating economic and technical viability creates increased uncertainty and heightens economic and technical risks of failure. Historically, such projects have a much higher risk of economic or technical failure.
The technical portions of this press release were prepared and reviewed by Andris Kikauka (P. Geo.), Vice President of Exploration for MGX Minerals. Mr. Kikauka is a non-independent Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument (N.I.) 43-101 Standards.
About MGX Minerals
MGX Minerals is a diversified Canadian resource company with interests in petrolithium, magnesium and silicon assets throughout North America. Learn more at www.mgxminerals.com.
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