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Teako Minerals announces strategic pivot to focus on Norway

TEAKO MINERALS CORP. (the “Company” or “Teako“) announces that following a recent Norwegian parliament meeting and the various developments in mineral exploration in Fennoscandia in recent years, the Company has decided to pause exploration efforts in British Columbia, to primarily concentrate on Norway, while also maintaining a minor focus on Finland. The majority of the Company’s projects in British Columbia are in good standing for 2-3 years, allowing the Company the strategic flexibility to explore various alternatives, including the potential of partnering with other parties or selling the projects, as part of its ongoing commitment to maximizing shareholder value. Investors will be regularly informed of developments, ensuring transparency and continuous engagement with our valued stakeholders.

The primary targeted metals in Norway will be copper, cobalt, and base metals, as well as gold and rare earth minerals (or “REE”), while in Finland, the focus will be on gold.

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The Rationale Behind the Pivot

Access to critical and battery metals is crucial to establishing a robust value chain in Europe and carrying out the green shift. Today, most of the battery metals, such as nickel, cobalt, and lithium, are produced outside Europe, often in countries with low ESG standards. The EU has introduced a goal that 10% of all critical minerals consumed in the EU in 2030 will need to be produced in the EU by 2030. This means that the production of battery metals within the EU must be dramatically increased to attain this goal.

Oil and gas have been the primary contributors to Norway’s recent sovereign wealth. However, in alignment with the green shift and rising commodity prices, the mineral exploration industry and Government are keen on reviving the mining and exploration sector, which became dormant in the 1970s due to low commodity prices and the discovery of oil and gas.

The bedrock in Norway is promising for discoveries of new occurrences of battery and critical metals with its rich history of mining copper, nickel, and cobalt. Only a handful of exploration companies have carried out systematic exploration since the late 1980s; however, multiple major mines are about to open/reopen very shortly, namely the REE mines of Engebø and Fensfelt, as well as the copper mine in Finnmark by Nussir.

Norway is currently also a world leader in renewable energy production, with an estimated 92% of the country’s energy supply being derived from hydroelectric plants and a further 6% from wind energy and other renewable sources.

More recently, the Company was invited to attend and contribute to an event at the Norwegian Parliament held on January 16, 2024. The event focussed on sustainable exploration and extraction of critical metals, bringing together a diverse group of experts and industry leaders to discuss establishing Norway’s pivotal role in the European battery and critical minerals supply chain.

The event surrounded a cross-political specialist seminar with representatives and advisors in the energy and environment committee, the finance committee, the industry committee, mining companies, politicians, and various organizations. The event was followed by a networking gathering where Teako and another Service Alliance partner, Kuniko Limited, and Norsk Bergindustri, met.

The Company would like to express its profound gratitude to the Norwegian Parliament for the opportunity to contribute to the discussions on the development of Norway’s critical mineral infrastructure. We also sincerely thank Norsk Bergindustri and our Service Alliance partner, Kuniko Limited, for hosting the networking gathering.

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