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Exclusive CEO Interview With Robert Mintak Of Standard Lithium

Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 9:22 PM EDT

CEO Robert Mintak has 2 unconventional lithium projects in the U.S., one of which he believes is de-risked more than most lithium projects around the world due to infrastructure, permitting, jurisdiction and other key factors.  While Robert can’t know for sure until Standard Lithium releases a Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA“), it seems likely that cap-ex will be low compared to conventional brine projects.  For reasons explained below, op-ex is likely to be in the bottom half of the industry cost curve.  The Company’s goal is to be in the bottom quartile.

Standard Lithium is on a clear path to signing a JV with giant German chemical company, LANXESS.  If the JV is consummated, LANXESS will be committed to funding commercial development.  This would be a tremendous de-risking event for the project and for Standard Lithium.  Funding has been a huge challenge for lithium brine projects around the world.  Please continue reading to learn more about this unique U.S. lithium project which could reach initial production in 2 years, 2021.

Please explain Standard Lithium to readers who are unfamiliar with your company.

We are an integrated technology and specialty chemical company. We are listed on the TSX-V as a mining exploration company but we are not exploring, you won’t see any new mineral discovery announcements coming any time soon. Our business model is simple and somewhat unconventional compared to our peers, we believe the fastest way to go into production and to limit investor risk is to form strategic partnerships that allow us to piggyback off the existing infrastructure and investment of massive operating commercial brine assets in the USA.

And, I know your team is incredibly important to you, can you talk about that?

Our team is a small but very effective team of project builders. 

Myself, I have been involved in the lithium sector for the better part of the past decade. My experience and successes in the lithium sector have been in forging strategic relationships and partnerships with large multinational companies and stakeholders. Previous to Standard Lithium at Pure Energy I brought POSCOTenova BatemanSRI and Tesla to the table, at Standard Lithium we have continued that dynamic with the agreements and partnerships executed including NYSE listed Tetra Technologies and of course our announced planned JV with LANXESS.

My business partner and our President & COO is Dr. Andy Robinson. Andy is an experienced geoscientist with 20+ years’ experience, a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the University of Bristol, UK, he has worked on a wide range of projects in the resource, power & energy sectors in Europe, Africa, and North and South America

Our non-executive Chairman is Bob Cross. Bob is a company builder with a great pedigree in finance, mining, oil & gas. Bob is currently the Chairman at B2Gold and was one of the early investors in Standard he joined the board last summer. Andy Robinson has assembled our scientific-technical team which includes several world-renowned professionals from a variety of industries not your typical exploration mining geologists.  

From the pharma and fine chemical world Professor Jason Hein is a recognized global expert on the development and commercial application of AI and robotics on reaction optimization. Prof. Barry Sharpless received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2001 for his work on chirally catalysedoxidation  reactions. Prof. Sharpless will receive the Priestley Medal, the American Chemical Society’s highest honor, in 2019. He discovered several chemical reactions which have transformed asymmetric synthesis from science fiction to the relatively routine.

Craig Brown is a hydrometallurgical expert with over 45 years experience in developing processes for separating a wide range of chemicals from aqueous solutions. He was a central figure in the development and application of ion exchange technology, which is now well established and utilized in over 50 countries in dozens of different applications.

Ross Lewis has over 45 years of experience in process engineering, mechanical engineering, materials handling systems design, project management, procurement and construction in projects around the globe. Ross will manage the procurement and construction of the Pilot Plant.

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