BlueBird Battery Metals Inc (CVE:BATT) said Tuesday it has hired George Karageorge, a proven expert in Western Australian battery metal mining, as the company's president effective immediately, sending shares higher.
"BlueBird has pursued a deliberate strategy of selecting and acquiring specific projects in Western Australia -- a highly-stable jurisdiction that hosts a trillion-dollar hard rock battery metal exploration and production industry," said Nav Dhaliwal, CEO of BlueBird. "We are now entering a highly-active phase of development and are thrilled that we've attracted George Karageorge to the role of president."
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Karageorge is considered a leading expert in Australian lithium and tantalum exploration and project development and recently completed five years at the world-class Pilbara Minerals' Pilgangoora lithium and tantalum project in Western Australia.
He played a critical role in developing the project from the first drill hole through to the first concentrate and shipment in less than four years. Production there began in 2018. He also project managed the 30-million-tonne Lady Gladys heap leach laterite gold project between Anglo Australian Resources and Pan Continental Mining Ltd, building the pilot plant and successful recovery of gold between 1992 and 1993.
Karageorge also played a key role with Anglo Gold Ashanti preparing the Mongalu gold mine and Nevhub gold mine for sale by tender.
"I'm delighted to have joined BlueBird, and I'm looking forward to advancing the company's assets. With a superb Western Australian portfolio that includes lithium, vanadium, cobalt, copper and nickel projects, BlueBird aims to conduct a comprehensive, multi-project work program this year, and I'm excited about the opportunities ahead."
Shares in Toronto added over 6% to $0.325.
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