Savannah Resources plc, the European lithium development company, acknowledges the recent press coverage in Portugal relating to land acquisition, and a legal action initiated by the Covas do Barroso Baldios in respect of some land packages which Savannah has acquired from private landowners at the Barroso Lithium Project (the “Project”).
The Baldios Management Commission (the “Baldios Commission”) has lodged a civil claim against certain landowners, claiming that they have registered some of their properties in excess, that is, occupying property that is actually Baldios land (community owned and managed land).
As Savannah has acquired some of those properties, the Baldios Commission has included Savannah in those claims, requesting that the acquisition of such properties should be declared null and void.
To the best of Savannah’s knowledge, the purchased properties correspond to what has been declared by the private landowners to the official registration of cadastral information office, BUPI – Balcão Único do Prédio and Savannah has purchased exactly what is registered with the Land Registry Office.
For reference, out of a total area of 593 hectares within the Project’s concession, the areas that are being disputed by the Baldios Commission occupy approximately 8 hectares, or circa 1.4% of the total area of the Project.
Savannah has been asked to submit its defence to the proposed legal action before the end of September 2022 and will be working with its Portuguese counsel on this.
This Announcement contains inside information for the purposes of the UK version of the market abuse regulation (EU No. 596/2014) as it forms part of United Kingdom domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (“UK MAR”).
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Dale Ferguson, CEO
Tel: +44 20 7117 2489
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