Battery Age Minerals bumps interest in Bleiberg to 51%

Battery Age Minerals (ASX:BM8) has negotiated an addendum to the joint venture earn-in agreement for its Bleiberg Zinc-Germanium Project in Austria, resulting in increasing its interest to 51%. 

Under the revised terms of the agreement, Battery Age will move 51% interest in the Bleiberg project through the issuance of previously agreed shares. 

Both parties have also agreed to extend the phase three earn-in period whereby Battery Age may acquire a further 14% in the joint venture, by expanding the agreed C$3.5 million ($3.84 million) over the next 36 months rather than 24 months. 

The phase four earn-in period will also be extended, whereby Battery Age may acquire an additional 15% interest, totalling 80% in the project, upon completing a Bankable Feasibility Study within the next 6.5 years. 

Battery Age, which has a market capitalisation of $9.64 million, has agreed to issue the joint venture partners an additional 210,000 fully paid ordinary shares. 

CEO Nigel Broomham says the agreement represents a milestone for the company as it solidifies Battery Age’s commitment to advance Bleiberg while immediately consolidating its ownership position. 

“The extension to the phase three and four earn-in gives the opportunity to leverage our development expertise and maximise our involvement in the venture, ensuring that the project continues to move forward in an expeditious manner,” he says. 

“The recent acquisition of over 100 years of data from the Bleiberg Mine — coupled with ongoing desktop work and exploration targeting and now this negotiated addendum to the joint venture agreement — means we are well placed to advance the Blieberg Project.”

Zinc is used in alloys such as brass, nickel silver, and aluminium solder. The mineral is widely used in the manufacture of products such as paint, rubber, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, plastics, inks, sopas, batteries, textiles, and electrical equipment. 

Meanwhile, germanium is used in the semiconductor industry. The element is used to make transistors for use in electrical devices and to create alloys.

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