OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 20, 2012) - Northern Graphite Corporation (TSX VENTURE:NGC) (OTCQX:NGPHF) is pleased to announce that effective April 23, 2012 the Company will be added to the Standard & Poor's S&P/TSX Venture Select Index. The S&P/TSX Venture Select Index, launched in August of 2011, "measures the performance of constituents in the S&P/TSX Venture composite index that meet specific market capitalization and liquidity criteria."
About Northern Graphite CorpOoration
Northern Graphite Corporation is a Canadian company that has a 100% interest in the Bissett Creek graphite project, located 17kms from the Trans Canada highway between Ottawa and North Bay, Ontario and close to infrastructure. The Company has successfully completed a full suite of metallurgical testing, including lab and bench scale testing, a bulk sample/pilot plant test and variability testing, and believes that Bissett Creek will produce concentrates with the best flake size distribution and the highest carbon content in the industry. A bankable final Feasibility Study ("FS") and Mine Closure Plan ("MCP") are expected to be completed and filed in May, 2012 which makes Bissett Creek one of the most advanced new graphite projects in the world. On acceptance of the MCP the Company will be in a position to initiate construction, subject to positive results from the FS and the availability of financing.
Graphite prices have increased substantially due to the ongoing modernization of China and other emerging economies which has resulted in strong demand from traditional steel and automotive markets. In addition, new applications such as lithium ion batteries, fuel cells and nuclear power have the potential to create significant incremental demand growth. It takes 20 to 30 times as much graphite as lithium to make a Li ion battery and their use in the growing EV/HEV market is expected to require significant increases in graphite production. However, graphite production and exports from China, which produces 70% of the world's supply, are expected to decline and an export tax and a licensing system have been instituted. Both the European Union and the United States have declared graphite a supply critical mineral.
Northern Graphite is well positioned to benefit from this compelling supply/demand dynamic with a near term development project located in Canada. Additional information on Northern Graphite Corporation can be found under the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Company's website at www.northern graphite.com.
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