VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MGX Minerals Inc. (“MGX” or the “Company”) (CSE:XMG) (OTCQB:MGXMF) (FSE:1MG) is pleased to announce it has acquired an additional 10,331.32 acres of Oil and Gas Leases (“Leases”) located within the Company’s unitized 80,380-acre Blueberry Unit (“Blueberry Unit”). The newly acquired leases are located within the proposed 3D seismic geophysical survey area, which is scheduled to commence in August and will include approximately 9,000 data points. To date the Company has conducted a paleontology survey and is nearing completion of the archeological survey.

Under terms of the Purchase and Sale Agreement (the “Agreement”), MGX has the option to earn a Net Revenue Interest (“NRI”) on 9,158.4 gross/net acres within the Company’s area of mutual interest. Details of the Agreement are as follows:

  • Purchase Price of US$145,000. An initial installment of $50,000 has been paid with the remaining installments due on September 5, 2018 ($50,000) and March 5, 2019 ($45,000).
  • Seller delivered 83.0% NRI on 8,481.53 acres, and 82.5% on remaining 677.31 acres.
  • On or before December 15, 2021, MGX will drill a well on the largest of the acquired leases to a TVD of 8,000' or to a depth sufficient to test the Cane Creek Shale (Cycle 21) of the Paradox Formation. MGX has the option to extend the drilling obligation for an additional three years in exchange for payment of an additional $100,000.
  • MGX also has an option to acquire an additional lease covering 1,172.48 acres if and when that lease is issued by the BLM.

The Blueberry Unit (oil, gas and lithium) and Lisbon Valley Claims (lithium) now consists of approximately 115,000 acres of oil and gas leases and 118,000 acres of largely overlying and contiguous mineral claims. Brine content within the Lisbon Valley oilfield have been historically reported as high as 730 ppm lithium (Superior Oil 88-21P).

The Project is being simultaneously explored for oil, gas, lithium and other brine minerals to determine locations for deployment of the Company’s lithium and mineral extraction technology.

Blueberry Unit
MGX is currently earning a 75% working interest in the Project, with the remaining interest primarily controlled by the Paradox Partner. The Paradox Partner has been engaged by MGX as subcontracted operator of the Project. The Project is host to National Instrument (N.I) 51-101 estimated prospective resources (the “Estimate”) consisting of leasehold and royalty interests in San Juan County, Utah and Miguel County. Colorado. The estimate was prepared by the Ryder Scott Company, L.P. (“Ryder Scott”), an independent qualified reserves evaluator within the meaning of N.I. 51-101 -  Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities (“NI 51-101”), with an effective date of June 30, 2017. The Estimate was prepared in accordance with N.I. 51-101 and the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation.

 
Estimated Gross Volumes
Unrisked Prospective (Recoverable) Hydrocarbon Resources
Leasehold Interest in San Juan County, Utah and San Miguel County, Colorado of
MGX MINERALS INC.
As of June 30,2017
FormationULTIMATE RECOVERY OIL – MMBOULTIMATE RECOVERY GAS – BCFCOC*
LOWBESTHIGHLOWBESTHIGH 
Paradox Clastics
CB241.79959.49885.32433.44147.60268.2660.075
CB341.91560.64185.83333.53648.51768.6710.075
CB412.76618.74526.69210.21314.78121.3550.075
CB533.18548.06568.84126.54838.45355.0740.075
CB66.6039.60713.8745.2837.68611.1000.045
CB71.8922.7353.9481.5142.1883.1580.032
CB819.10827.52539.07915.28722.02231.2640.068
CB911.45216.67123.7119.16213.33718.9700.068
CB1014.56521.16930.08811.65216.93624.0730.068
CB112.0212.9294.2441.6172.3443.3960.032
CB129.35213.60919.5257.48210.88715.6200.045
CB139.33313.15819.2977.46810.81515.4380.045
CB143.1954.6216.6342.5563.6975.3080.045
CB156.4559.43213.6335.1647.54610.9080.045
CB162.7523.9875.7682.2023.1904.6150.045
CB173.7705.3907.8353.0164.3136.2690.040
CB184.6736.7289.5723.7395.3837.6580.045
CB1916.69024.22634.54213.35819.38127.6360.068
CB202.9314.2536.1182.4353.4024.8950.040
CB21
(Cane Creek)
35.33651.33873.97128.27241.07359.1770.097
CB225.6358.26111.9574.5086.6099.5660.045
Leadville1.0002.1004.000153.000231.700341.6000.066

*COC – Chance of Commerciality = Chance of Discovery * Chance of Development

Lisbon Valley and Paradox Basin Geology
The Project is proximate to Lisbon Valley oilfield which has approximately 140 wells. According to production statistics, as reported by the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Oil, Gas and Mining Division, cumulative lifetime production within the Lisbon Valley oilfield has totaled 51.4 million barrels of oil as of June 2017 (“Oil Production by Field, Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil, Gas and Mining”; June 2017; Click Here). The Paradox Basin has been noted by the USGS as having one of the largest undeveloped oil and gas fields in the United States (“Assessment of Oil and Gas Resources in the Paradox Basin Province…”; USGS; 2011; Click Here).

Grant of Options
The Company also announces it has granted 4,100,000 incentive stock options (the “Options”), vesting immediately, in accordance with the terms of the Company’s stock option plan. The Options can be exercised into common shares of the Company at a price of $0.89 per share for a period of three years from the date of grant. Directors and officers of the Company received 2,300,000 of the Options granted.

About MGX Minerals
MGX Minerals is a diversified Canadian resource company with interests in advanced material and energy assets throughout North America. Learn more at www.mgxminerals.com.

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

Forward-Looking Statements
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Contact Information
Jared Lazerson
President and CEO
Telephone: 1.604.681.7735
Web: www.mgxminerals.com