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Canadian Premium Sand Inc. Announces Decision to Focus on Solar Glass Manufacturing Supported by Market Analysis and Technical Report

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CALGARY, Alberta, Oct. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Canadian Premium Sand Inc. (“CPS” or the “Company”) (TSXV: CPS) is pleased to announce that it has decided to focus its future manufacturing operations on the North American patterned solar glass market. This decision is based on an in-depth analysis of various end market segments for glass manufacturing and is supported by the Company’s NI 43-101 compliant Technical Report (the “Technical Report”) which was completed for the Company’s Wanipigow Sand Deposit (the “Deposit”) by APEX Geoscience Ltd, effective October 14, 2021.

Rationale:

  • The Company’s high-purity, low-iron silica sand deposit is ideally suited for solar glass manufacturing as reflected in the Company's Technical Report;

  • The patterned solar glass market offers exposure to strong solar panel installation growth in North America that is estimated by the Solar Energy Industries Association to increase by 21% on a compound annual basis between now and 2030;

  • The growth rate for North American patterned solar glass demand is further supported by the domestic industry’s effort to onshore the solar panel manufacturing supply chain from Asia Pacific sources which supply 100% of current patterned solar glass requirements;

  • CPS management discussions with domestic solar panel manufacturers have illustrated a need for a reliable local supply of high-quality solar glass to accommodate both current production and future growth plans;

  • The Company’s wholly-owned silica sand deposit offers the opportunity for CPS to be the first integrated manufacturer of patterned solar glass in North America; and

  • CPS believes that its planned facility will be positioned to offer significant manufacturing and logistical cost savings while demonstrating an industry-leading, low-carbon footprint using up to 99% renewable electricity.

“We are extremely excited about the decision to focus our development activities on the solar glass market given its attractive growth profile and its suitability to maximize the value of our high-purity, low-iron sand resource,” stated Glenn Leroux, President and CEO of CPS. “As we finalize the details of our Front End Engineering Design process, we expect to be in a position to announce our plans regarding facility size, configuration and expected economics prior to year-end 2021.”

Highlights of the Technical Report:

  • The Technical Report validates the Company’s previous technical findings that illustrated a large, high-quality sand resource at the Deposit;

  • The Technical Report describes the Company’s recent lithological mapping work and geochemical and beneficiation testing undertaken to identify an initial sweet spot, the (“Main Glass Sand Resource”) that contains high-purity silica sand which can be mechanically beneficiated to high feed sand quality levels of 99.5% SiO2 and 100 ppm Fe2O3 making it well suited for use in specialty glass products such as glass for solar panels;

  • The Technical Report demonstrates a global (in-situ) Inferred Resource of Wanipigow Lower Black Island Formation silica sand (LBI sand) of 7.25 million tonnes in the Main Glass Sand Resource area (mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability); and

  • The Technical Report also identifies a future Exploration Target area containing similar LBI sand as the Main Glass Sand Resource area with an Inferred Resource Estimate of between 19.06 million tonnes and 23.3 million tonnes (the potential quantity of the exploration target is conceptual in nature. There has been insufficient exploration to define a mineral resource and it is uncertain if further test work and/or marketing research will result in the exploration target being delineated as a mineral resource).

Technical Disclosure:

Trial beneficiation test work referenced in the Technical Report conducted by CM.project.Ing showed that separation of the 35-120 mesh sand together with enhanced attrition scrubbing and desliming followed by grain size classification, density separation, and magnetic separations can mechanically beneficiate the Wanipigow LBI sand to high feed sand quality levels of 99.5% SiO2 and 100 ppm Fe2O3 thereby satisfying the specifications for use in specialty glass products including solar panels. With chemical beneficiation, the silica content can be increased to 99.7% SiO2 and the iron content can be further lowered to 60 ppm Fe2O3.

The Technical Report was prepared in accordance with Canadian Institute of Mining and Mineralogy and the disclosure rule, National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”). The Wanipigow glass sand resource estimate is fully contained within the LBI sand sub-member that occurs within a portion (surface area of 3.49 km2) of the overall Deposit. Additional regions within the Deposit that comprise distinct, clean, high silica LBI sand were assessed as a future exploration target.

The 3-D geological model utilized information from 93 vertical drillholes to define the geological units and 744 gradation analyses that form the ‘assay’ file used to calculate the Wanipigow glass sand resource estimate. The 3-D geological model in the Main Glass Sand Resource area is defined by 5 out of 93 vertical drillholes. A total of 230 samples out of the 744-gradation analyses were collected within the LBI sand sub-member, including 48 LBI samples in the Main Glass Sand Resource area. In the 3-D geological model, the thickness of the LBI sand unit varies from 9.1 m to 15.85 m and averaged 7.9 m.

The resource is calculated using a block model with a size of 20 m by 20 m in the horizontal directions and 2 m in the vertical direction. The block model was used to calculate the Wanipigow glass sand resource estimate of the different percentages of silica sand retained on the various screen sizes. Ordinary Kriging (OK) was used to estimate the size fraction values at each parent block that lies within the LBI sand wireframe.

A nominal in-situ sand bulk density of 1.878 g/cm3 was applied to the LBI sand unit. The resource estimation of the individual LBI sand size fractions was completed and reported using a lower cutoff of mesh-sizes that are greater than or equal to 35-mesh (<500 µm) and less than or equal to 120-mesh (<125 µm).

This Inferred Wanipigow Glass Sand Resource Estimate predicts a total (i.e., global) LBI sand Inferred Resource of 7.25 million tonnes (Table 2). Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.

Table 2 The Inferred Resource Estimate for the Wanipigow Main Glass Sand Resource reported for the LBI sand geo-unit as a total (global) volume and tonnage:

Volume
(m3)

Metric tonnes

Inferred Resource

3,861,000

7,250,000


Note 1:

Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.

Note 2:

The weights are reported in metric tonnes (1,000 kg or 2,204.6 lbs).

Note 3:

The Wanipigow estimation of the individual sieve size fractions was completed and reported using a lower cutoff of mesh-sizes that are greater than or equal to 35-mesh and less than or equal to 120-mesh fraction.

With respect to unequivocal waste rock, the overburden overlying the LBI Main Glass Sand Resource area has an estimated volume of 6,180,900 m3 for a total weight of 11.73 million metric tonnes. The density of the overburden was taken from compacted in-situ material bulk density tests on 13 samples that average 1.897 g/cm3.

In addition to the main glass sand resource area, a future exploration target was evaluated at the Deposit by depicting those clean LBI sand drill intersections in other parts of the Deposit. The exploration target was calculated in the same way the Wanipigow Main Glass Sand Inferred Resource Estimate was, and by applying a plus or minus percentage of 10%, to define an exploration target of between 19.06 million tonnes and 23.30 million tonnes.

The potential quantity of the exploration target is conceptual in nature. There has been insufficient exploration to define a mineral resource and it is uncertain if further test work and/or marketing research will result in the exploration target being delineated as a mineral resource.

The technical information relating to the mineral resource in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Roy Eccles, P. Geol. of APEX Geoscience Ltd. who is independent of CPS and a “qualified person” under NI 43-101. The Technical Report is available for review under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Mineral Reserves and Mineral Resources

The terms "Mineral Reserve", "Proven Mineral Reserve" and "Probable Mineral Reserve" used in this press release are Canadian mining terms as defined in accordance with NI 43-101 under the guidelines set out in the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (the "CIM") Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves, as may be amended from time to time by the CIM. The terms "Mineral Resource", "Measured Mineral Resource", "Indicated Mineral Resource", "Inferred Mineral Resource" used in this press release are Canadian mining terms as defined in accordance with NI 43-101 under the guidelines set out in the CIM Standards. Mineral Resources which are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.

About Canadian Premium Sand Inc.
The Company is evaluating the potential for sustainable manufacturing of high clarity solar glass through a Company-owned facility in the greater Winnipeg area that utilizes the high-quality silica sand from its wholly-owned Wanipigow silica sand deposit. The Company is a reporting issuer in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Its shares trade on the TSXV under the symbol "CPS".

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Canadian Premium Sand Inc.
Glenn Leroux
President and Chief Executive Officer
glenn.leroux@cpsmail.com

Investor Relations
IR@cpsmail.com
587.355.3714
www.cpsglass.com

Forward Looking Information

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking statements relating to, without limitation, expectations, intentions, plans and beliefs, including information as to the future events, results of operations and the Company’s future performance (both operational and financial) and business prospects. In certain cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “expects”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “plans”, “seeks”, “projects” or variations of such words and phrases, or state that certain actions, events or results “may” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company's beliefs, estimates and opinions regarding its future growth, results of operations, future performance (both operational and financial), and business prospects and opportunities at the time such statements are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if these beliefs, estimates and opinions or circumstances should change. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions made by the Company that are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties and contingencies. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. In particular, this press release contains forward-looking statements pertaining, but not limited, to: the characteristics of the Company's sand deposit and it being suited for solar glass manufacturing; the Deposit providing for the Company to be the first integrated manufacturer of solar glass in North America; the benefits of its planned facility and its position to offer significant manufacturing and logistical cost savings and an industry-leading, low-carbon footprint using 99% renewable electricity; the growth profile of the solar glass market and its suitability to maximize the value of the Deposit; the timing for finalizing the details of the Front End Engineering Design process and being in a position to announce plans regarding facility size, configuration and expected economics; projections about the solar glass market; future development plans; industry activity levels; industry conditions pertaining to the solar glass manufacturing industry; the ability of and manner by which the Company expects to meet its capital needs; and the Company's objectives, strategies and competitive strengths.

By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous current assumptions, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to differ materially from those anticipated by the Company and described in the forward-looking statements.

Any financial outlook and future-oriented financial information contained in this press release regarding prospective financial performance or financial position is based on assumptions about future events, including economic conditions and proposed courses of action based on management’s assessment of the relevant information that is currently available. Projected operational information contains forward-looking information and is based on a number of material assumptions and factors, as are set out above. These projections may also be considered to contain future oriented financial information or a financial outlook. The actual results of the Company's operations for any period will likely vary from the amounts set forth in these projections and such variations may be material. Actual results will vary from projected results. Readers are cautioned that any such financial outlook and future-oriented financial information contained herein should not be used for purposes other than those for which it is disclosed herein.

The forward-looking information and statements contained in this document speak only as of the date hereof and the Company does not assume any obligation to publicly update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as may be required pursuant to applicable laws.

Market, Independent Third Party and Industry Data

Certain market, independent third-party and industry data contained in this press release is based upon information from government or other independent industry publications and reports or based on estimates derived from such publications and reports. Government and industry publications and reports generally indicate that they have obtained their information from sources believed to be reliable, but the Company has not conducted its own independent verification of such information. This press release also includes certain data derived from public filings made by independent third parties. While the Company believes this data to be reliable, market and industry data is subject to variations and cannot be verified with complete certainty due to limits on the availability and reliability of raw data, the voluntary nature of the data gathering process and other limitations and uncertainties inherent in any statistical survey. The Company has not independently verified any of the data from independent third-party sources referred to in this press release or ascertained the underlying assumptions relied upon by such sources.


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