VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – (March 21, 2023) – Pan Global Resources Inc. (“Pan Global” or the "Company") (TSX-V: PGZ; OTCQB: PGZFF) is pleased to note the inclusion of copper as one of the key metals in the newly released European Union's Critical Minerals and Metals List. The new list identifies the most critical minerals and metals that are essential to the EU's economic growth and its transition to a low-carbon and digital economy.
The EU's focus on critical metals and minerals could provide significant benefits to Pan Global and other companies exploring and developing mineral resources in Europe. The EU has made a commitment to support the sustainable supply of these critical metals and minerals, including copper, and has identified potential funding opportunities and tax incentives to support companies in this sector.
The inclusion of copper on the Critical Minerals and Metals List is expected to provide direct benefit to Pan Global’s Escacena copper project in Spain’s Iberian Pyrite Belt. The Iberian Pyrite Belt is one of the most important mineral provinces in Europe and arguably the most significant Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide mining district for copper and other metals globally. The EU's recently announced support for copper as a critical metal underscores the importance of Pan Global’s copper project, which has the potential to supply the EU with a reliable source of this essential metal. In a recent study conducted by the European Commission, it was reported that the EU imports 48% of its current copper requirements, the majority of which derives from Chilean exploration and extraction and from Chinese processing facilities.
"The inclusion of copper on the EU's 2023 Critical Minerals and Metals List is a positive development for Pan Global," said Tim Moody, President and CEO of Pan Global Resources. "We are confident in the potential of our copper project in Spain and this development has the potential to support the rapid advancement of our copper discovery at Escacena. We look forward to accessing potential funding opportunities and other incentives that could support our efforts to provide a reliable and sustainable European supply of copper."
“With three drill rigs operating since the beginning of the year at the Escacena Project, Pan Global is nearing the successful completion of a 10-hole program at the La Romana discovery. Drilling is also ongoing at the Romana Deep target where three holes have been completed and at the Zarcita target where drill hole 14 is in-progress. Results are anticipated over the coming weeks.”
The global demand for copper is expected to increase significantly in the coming years, with estimates suggesting that the EU alone will need an additional 2.5 million
tonnes of copper per annum by 2030. Moreover, the EU's emphasis on responsible and sustainable sourcing of critical minerals is expected to drive improvements in environmental, social, and governance practices within the copper industry. This will benefit not only the EU but also the global community by reducing the environmental impact of mining and promoting fair labour practices. This important development could provide for speedier project permitting and access to capital which includes grants, tax incentives, research and regulatory assistance along with other forms of financing and technical assistance.
The Escacena Project comprises a large, contiguous, 5,760-hectare land package controlled 100% by Pan Global in the east of the Iberian Pyrite Belt. The project is located near operating mines at Las Cruces and Riotinto and is immediately adjacent to the former Aznalcóllar and Los Frailes mines where Minera Los Frailes/Grupo Mexico is in the final permitting stage with construction anticipated to restart in 2023. The Escacena Project hosts the La Romana copper-tin discovery and a number of other prospective targets, including Zarcita, Hornitos, La Jarosa, Romana Deep, Bravo, Barbacena, El Pozo, and San Pablo.
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Pan Global Resources Inc. is actively engaged in base and precious metal exploration in southern Spain and is pursuing opportunities from exploration through to mine development. The Company is committed to operating safely and with respect to the communities and environment where we operate.
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