LEC Subsidiary Lignol Innovations Ltd. Signs Letter of Intent for Cooperation in the China Biorefinery Market
VANCOUVER, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Lignol Energy Corporation (TSXV: LEC) ("LEC" or the "Company"), is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lignol Innovations Ltd. ("LIL"), has signed a Letter of Intent ("LOI") with Sichuan Xilin IM/EX Co. Ltd. of Chengdu, China ("Xilin"). The LOI was signed on December 3rd, 2013 in Guangzhou in the presence of the Honourable Teresa Wat, British Columbia's Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism. The LOI provides for LIL and Xilin to explore options to cooperate in pursuing opportunities to commercialize LIL's proprietary biorefining technology in China, and contemplates possible formation of a Joint Venture company as well as various investment options.
"We are delighted to have signed this LOI with Xilin who are well placed to help us develop the China market for our biorefining technology and its products," said Ross MacLachlan, CEO and Chairman of LEC. "We are hopeful that we can leverage the market knowledge and access to feedstock and financial resources of Xilin for our mutual benefit."
"We are pleased to be working with Lignol to explore ways to bring their technology to the China market," said Zeng Ai Guo, Chairman and General Manager of Xilin. "We believe that there is strong business potential for manufacturing biofuels and biochemicals from wood and agricultural residues in China and we look forward to reaching definitive agreements with Lignol to deploy their technology."
The LOI, which is non-binding on either party, was executed by LIL's Chief Operating Officer, Michael Rushton, at a signing ceremony in Guangzhou, which also involved six other B.C. companies and their Chinese counterparts. Minister Wat stressed the importance of bilateral cooperation in business between B.C. and China in creating jobs and prosperity on both sides of the Pacific.
"As British Columbia continues to diversify our trade and investment partners, we are deepening our relationships with China and other growing economies across the Asia Pacific," Minister Wat said. "British Columbia is a world leader in clean technology solutions, and we congratulate Lignol Energy and Sichuan Xilin on this new agreement and look forward to seeing the positive results of their collaboration in the months and years to come."
About Sichuan Xilin IM/EX Co. Ltd.
Sichuan Xilin IM/EX Co Ltd. is a privately owned forest products production and import/export company based in Chengdu with sawmill assets in Russia and China. Xilin is mainly focused on forest resource development, timber processing and timber trade, and has millions of acres of forest resources in Russia and China. Xilin is keen to promote biorefinery projects in the China market. Further information on Xilin is available at www.scxilin.com.cn.
About Lignol Energy Corporation ("LEC") and Lignol Innovations Ltd.
Lignol Energy Corporation is an emerging producer of biofuels, biochemicals and renewable materials from waste. LEC owns 100% of Lignol Innovations Ltd., 55% of Territory Biofuels Limited, 21% of Australian Renewable Fuels Limited, 51% of Neutral Fuels (Melbourne) Pty Ltd and 20% of Neutral Fuels Parent Company Ltd. The Company intends to invest in, or otherwise obtain, equity interests in energy related projects, which have synergies with the Company and have the potential to generate near term cash flow. The Company's wholly owned subsidiary, LIL is a leading technology company in the advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals sector undertaking the development of biorefining technologies for the production of advanced biofuels, including fuel-grade ethanol, and other renewable chemicals from non-food cellulosic biomass feedstocks. LIL's modified solvent based pre-treatment technology facilitates the rapid, high-yield conversion of cellulose to ethanol and the production of value-added biochemical co-products, including high purity HP-LTM lignin. HP-LTM lignin represents a new class of high purity lignin extractives (and their subsequent derivatives) which can be engineered to meet the chemical properties and functional requirements of a range of industrial applications that until now has not been possible with traditional lignin by-products generated from other processes. LIL is executing on its development plan through strategic partnerships to further develop and integrate its core technologies on a commercial scale. Further information is available on the Company's website at www.lignol.ca.
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