Appointment of Avery signals increased focus on development of Paradox Basin assets and step towards commercialization of North American petrolithium operations
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA / June 23, 2017 / MGX Minerals Inc. (“MGX” or the “Company”) (CSE: XMG / FKT: 1MG / OTC: MGXMF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick Avery as Director of Petrolithium Business Development in Utah and Colorado. Mr. Avery will lead the Company’s North American subsidiary, Petrolithium Corporation of America, in developing its assets. The primary focus will be in permitting, infrastructure and logistics.
“We are pleased to have Pat Avery join our growing team,” said Marc Bruner Chairman of MGX Minerals. “His expertise will be a great asset as we continue to build our industry-first petrolithium fields in Utah and focus on operationalizing our water purification and mineral extraction technology with our oil and gas partners.” Additionally, he will be responsible for coordinating communication activities with various government and non-government stakeholder agencies.
Mr. Avery brings nearly 25 years of experience, having served in a wide range of roles and capacities in the mining, oil and gas, and agriculture industries. Mr. Avery has overseen refinery expansions in addition to completing oil and gas midstream work for major oil and gas companies. Mr. Avery also spent time at Intrepid Potash, located in close proximity to MGX's Utah Petrolithium Project, where he oversaw the management of more than $200 million in engineering, environmental and compliance programs. As part of his role, he was responsible for revamping several potash processing facilities and navigating through complex permitting processes with numerous regulatory agencies. Prior to this, Mr. Avery held the role as Vice President of Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines, where he oversaw construction of a large project containing more than 3,300 miles of pipeline and 26 petroleum products terminal systems. He also has vast experience managing environmental affairs, ranging from wastewater management to compliance and safety, with an emphasis on water balance, re-use pollution prevention, air emissions and potable water distribution.