U.S. Gold Corp Poised to Benefit from U.S. Department of
Energy’s Inclusion for Copper on Critical Materials List
-Company’s CK Gold Project in Wyoming is expected to produce copper concentrate from its
open-pit mine
-December 2021 PFS demonstrates strong economic potential with proven and probable reserve
of 1.01 million ounces of gold and 248 million pounds of copper
CHEYENNE, Wyo., October 4, 2023 /PRNewswire/ U.S. Gold Corp. (“U.S. Gold,” the
“Company,” “we,” “our” or “us”) (Nasdaq: USAU) provided an update on its CK Gold
Project (the “Project”), which is positioned to become a domestic United States
producer of copper concentrate. This aligns with the increasing demand for copper due
to electrification and green technologies amid growing uncertainty about overseas
supply sources.
Additionally, in July 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) adopted copper to its Critical
Materials list which assesses materials vital to global clean energy tech supply chains.
The Project was previously named Copper King but was renamed due to expectations
that approximately 70% of the revenue from the proposed Project will be derived from
the gold within the copper concentrate. The copper concentrate at the Project is
expected to average around 20% copper and may include up to 2 ounces per ton of
gold, making it readily marketable to smelters due to the absence of deleterious
elements. Concentrate production can commence once commissioning and
construction of the Project are completed following the current permitting effort,
anticipated to conclude in 2024.
The Project lies within the Silver Crown Mining District approximately 20-miles west of
Cheyenne in southeast Wyoming. It is situated 3-miles north of another mining operation,
the Granite Canyon Quarry, operated by Martin Marietta Materials. Copper was discovered
in the late 1800s as the railroad was being constructed enabling prospectors to recognize
the green staining on rocks outcropping at the surface, indicating the presence of copper
oxide minerals. Although it has been long abandoned, the mining district once hosted
various underground workings where higher-grade copper, gold and silver values were
mined. The Project’s primary focus is on copper and gold ore recovered from an open pit
mine. The December 2021 prefeasibility study shows robust economic merit for the initial
operation focused on its proven and probable reserve of 1.01 million ounces of gold and
248 million pounds of copper.
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In commenting on the strategic decision by the DOE, George Bee, President and CEO of U.S.
Gold Corp. said, “The CK Gold Project stands to offer much in the form of royalties to the
state from proposed copper and gold production, taxes, and employment. There are further
potential benefits to the Project that we are still assessing concerning the beneficial use of
the rock mined to expose the copper and gold mineralization and the potential for water
storage in the reclaimed open pit at the end of the mine life. Along with the benefits that we
have already identified, we’re grateful for the opportunity to produce copper in the United
States, where we know the rules of the game and have a deep understanding of the political
and logistics landscape, considering the difficult times we are facing in the world. Unlike
many copper prospects in remote or unstable parts of the world that require significantly
larger resources to develop, the CK Gold Project is modest in scale, quick to develop, and
provides an immediate source of copper for the growing needs of society.”
On August 2, 2023, The Copper Development Association Inc. (CDA) released a statement
applauding the DOE, commenting, “The Copper Development Association (CDA)
congratulates DOE on its thoughtful, forward-thinking analysis that resulted in copper’s
inclusion on the Critical Materials list,” said Andrew G. Kireta, Jr., CDA’s president and CEO.
“Copper is a major contributor to U.S. economic and national security, and with copper
demand projections doubling by 2035, primarily due to plans for the clean energy
transition, electrification, and clean water infrastructure. The nation would be defenseless
without electricity and copper’s vital role in its generation, transmission, and distribution. The
U.S. should do all it can to protect and promote our domestic copper industry.”
About U.S. Gold Corp.
U.S. Gold Corp. is a publicly traded, U.S. focused gold exploration and development company.
U.S. Gold Corp. has a portfolio of exploration properties. The CK Gold Project is located in
Southeast Wyoming and has a Prefeasibility Study SK-1300 technical report summary
completed by Gustavson Associates, LLC. In December 2021. The Keystone exploration
property is on the Cortez Trend in Nevada. The Challis Gold Project is located in Idaho. For
more information about U.S. Gold Corp., please https://www.usgoldcorp.gold/
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking within the meaning of the safe
harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These
statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as “proposed,”
“aims,” “forecast,” “estimated,” “believes,” “continues” and “intend,” among others. These
forward-looking statements include statements related to (i) the CK Gold Project, including
the potential for copper concentrate production and the expected increasing demand for
copper; projections concerning the revenue derived from gold and copper production;
expected composition of copper concentrate; projected timeline for initial copper
concentrate production and conclusion of mine permitting efforts; economic feasibility based
on projected reserve of 1.01 million ounces of gold and 248 million pounds of copper;
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potential state royalties, taxes and employment derived from gold and copper production;
benefits resulting from the use of the rock mined to expose the copper and gold
mineralization and the potential for water storage in the reclaimed open pit at the end of the
proposed mine’s life; and the expected scale, speed of mine development and immediate
availability of copper at the Project and (ii) the U.S. copper market including increasing
demand for copper due to electrification, green technologies, the clean energy transition,
electrification and clean water infrastructure; uncertainty of overseas copper supply sources,
predictability and consistency of the United States’ regulatory framework concerning copper
production relative to the perceived political and logistical uncertainty in other countries;
copper’s role as a contributor to U.S. economic and national security due to U.S. dependence
on copper in its generation, transmission and distribution of electricity; and projected
doubling of copper demand by 2035. There are a number of factors that could cause actual
events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. These
factors include, but are not limited to, risks arising from: market and other conditions; the
prevailing market conditions for metal prices and mining industry cost inputs; environmental
and regulatory risks; COVID-19 risks; changes in interpretations of geological, geostatistical,
metallurgical, mining or processing information; risks faced by junior companies generally
engaged in exploration activities; whether U.S. Gold will be able to raise sufficient capital to
develop the CK Gold Project and implement future drilling programs; the success or failure of
future drilling programs; and other factors described in the Company’s most recent Annual
Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed
with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which can be reviewed at www.sec.gov. The
Company has based these forward-looking statements on its current expectations and
assumptions about future events. While management considers these expectations and
assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic,
competitive, regulatory, and other risks, contingencies, and uncertainties, most of which are
difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company’s control. The Company
undertakes no duty to correct or update any information contained herein.
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