Calgary, AB (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Titanium Corporation Inc. ("Titanium" or the "Company") (TSXV: TIC) today announced the achievement of Milestone 4 for the front-end engineering design ("FEED") phase of its CVW™ Horizon Project. The FEED project is supported by Emissions Reduction Alberta ("ERA") through the award of grant funding of up to the lesser of $5.0 million or 50% of engineering design project costs. Titanium and Canadian Natural Resources Limited ("Canadian Natural") are funding $1.5 million and up to $3.7 million, respectively.
ERA funding provided under the ERA Methane Challenge is advanced in five stages during the project as the Company meets and reports against predetermined milestones established under the ERA Contribution Agreement. The final ERA Milestone 5 is scheduled for completion by February 28, 2019.
"The FEED phase of the CVW™ Horizon project is proceeding on time and on budget and we expect to complete the final ERA Milestone 5 by February 28, 2019," said Scott Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Titanium. "The joint project team will continue working on optimization of the engineering design, project scope, and cost reduction opportunities to maximize the value of the project. In addition, the team has commenced the acquisition of drill cores and minerals analysis related to a new mining area recently acquired by Canadian Natural."
The project has incurred $8.6 million of costs and in-kind contributions to the end of November 30, 2018 representing about 84% of the total project budget. Project activities during the Milestone 4 period included completion of relevant HAZOP and HAZID studies (hazards and risks reviews), based on the issued piping and instrumentation diagrams. Electrical single line drawings have been issued together with electrical and instrumentation equipment for both the primary concentrator plant and the minerals separation plant. FEED activities for the period December 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019 toward the completion of the final ERA Milestone 5 include final control designs, material take-offs, 3D model completion, development of Class 3 cost estimates and preparation of a final outcomes report.
About Titanium Corporation Inc.
Titanium's CVW™ technology provides sustainable solutions to reduce the environmental footprint of the oil sands industry. The Company is working with Canadian Natural Resources Limited on front end engineering design for potential deployment of CVW™ at Canadian Natural's Horizon oil sands site. The Company's technology reduces the environmental impact of oil sands tailings while economically recovering valuable products that would otherwise be lost. CVW™ recovers bitumen, solvents and minerals from tailings, preventing these commodities from entering tailings ponds and the atmosphere; volatile organic compound and greenhouse gas emissions are materially reduced; hot tailings water is improved in quality for recycling; and residual tailings can be remediated more readily. A new minerals industry will be created commencing with the production and export of zircon, an essential ingredient in ceramics. The Company's shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "TIC". For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.titaniumcorporation.com.
About Emission Reduction Alberta
ERA works with industry, government and the innovation community to invest in and advance the solutions Alberta needs to reduce GHG emissions and build a stronger, more diversified economy. To date, ERA has committed to more than $375 million in funding to over 128 projects with a total value of over $2.6 billion. ERA is on track to deliver cumulative GHG reductions of 28MT of CO2e by 2030. Jobs created in Alberta as a result of these investments will equate to 12,000 person years by 2023. The Province of Alberta provides grants to ERA from the Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund to enable ERA to fulfill its mandate.
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