On September 10, 2012 Noble Mineral Exploration Inc. (the "Company") (TSX-V: NOB, FRANKFURT: NB7, OTC.PK: NLPXF) announced that preliminary evaluation of the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) sequestration (Carbon Dioxide Capture & Storage) potential on Project 81 is in excess of 500,000 tonnes CO2 per year for more than 30 years initially, generating a potentially significant revenue stream.
Mikro-Tek of Timmins has been retained by the Company to complete a 2-part full feasibility study on the Carbon Sequestration potential on this 100% privately owned 60,701 hectares (149,000 acres) forested land package known as Project 81. This land package is one of the largest freehold land packages in the province if not the country to which all rights (surface, mineral and timber) have been retained by the company.
Project 81 is located within the Northern Ontario Boreal Biome. Globally, the boreal biome is the world's largest and most important forest carbon storehouse holding almost twice as much carbon per unit area as tropical rain forests. Canada's boreal forest stores about 71.4 billion tonnes of carbon in its forest ecosystems and 136.7 billion tonnes in its peatland ecosystems.
Recent articles in the national media highlight the Shell, Marathon Oil and Chevron $1.35- billion Quest Capture and Storage Project to capture one million tonnes CO2 per year from their Scotford Upgrader and store it 2 km underground, helping to reduce the carbon footprint of their Athabasca Oil Sands project in Alberta. This project puts into focus the cost and importance of Carbon Dioxide capture and storage requirements in Canada, as we all work toward a lower carbon future.
Carbon Credits are being sold on the open markets in Europe at $10 tonne CO2, but recent reports and analysis by independent observers have this price pegged at between $14 and $30 per tonne CO2.
Vance White said that "at the current market price of US$10.00 per tonne of CO2, and a sequestration analysis indicating approximately 500,000 tonnes per year, it is estimated that Noble's gross revenue would be in the order of $5 million per year for the next 30 years with an operating cost of approximately $500,000 per year. In other words, the business model is really a royalty stream – just by managing the trees to optimise the carbon sequestration potential of the forest. The pricing used for Shell's Quest Project is $15 per tonne with a proposed CO2 sequestration of one million tonnes annually. Assuming these prices are attained in Ontario, the sale of carbon credits would have a significant impact on Noble's free cash flow available to build the company. This business model would make Noble a self financing company for years to come and at the same time allow us to aggressively pursue the multiple mineral targets on Project 81."
According to Ecosystem Marketplace, the global market for forest carbon sequestration credits in 2010 was over 30 million tonnes of CO2 representing over $177 million (US) in value. Since governments across the world are moving toward increasingly regulated carbon credit markets, the price and volume of credits transacted both stand to increase over the next several years. Ontario's CO2 emission was approximately 180 million tonnes in 2008, with the transportation sector accounting for approximately 60 million tonnes CO2 equivalent. These numbers are expected to increase substantially with the expansion and development of the Golden Horseshoe Area in Southern Ontario and the mining and smelting sectors in Northern Ontario.
About Mikro-Tek Inc.
Mikro-Tek is a carbon project developer and supplier of registered carbon offset credits generated in forestry projects. The company was incorporated in 1983 and was the first Canadian company to register a forestry carbon project with the United Nations under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol.
About Project 81:
Project 81, the Company's flagship project, is a 72,218 hectare patented and staked land package divided into 2 blocks. The patents include surface, mineral and timber rights, and host a significant timber resource plus a number of zones that have historical exploration identifying nickel and gold mineralization (these sample results are historical and non 43-101 compliant) from work carried out in the 1960's and 1970's, which have been confirmed by recent assay results from the current, ongoing drill program.
Press Release dated September 10, 2012