Asterion Enters into Contractual Agreement with BESIX Watpac
Vancouver, British Columbia: Asterion Cannabis Inc. (“Asterion” or the “Company”) together with its subsidiary Asterion (Australia) Pty Ltd., have entered into a binding Early Contractor Involvement (“ECI”) contract for the construction of its planned facility in Toowoomba (the “Project”), Queensland, Australia, with Watpac Construction Pty Ltd., and Watpac Limited (together, “BESIX Watpac”) on November 13th, 2020.
The contract aligns one of the world’s most successful project management and construction companies with Asterion’s vision to be a global supplier of medicinal cannabinoid and cannabis products. The agreement will rapidly advance facility designs and project plans to the point that Asterion and BESIX Watpac can enter into a Design and Construct (“D&C”) contract for the first phase of Asterion’s Australian medicinal cannabis facility. The first phase includes the first of four 10 Hectare (1.1 million square feet) glasshouse and auxiliary facilities for tissue culture propagation, research and development, processing, and all other associated support functions.
It is anticipated that civil works for the project will commence in the second quarter of 2021.
“This is an important and exciting milestone in the advancement of our company, and we look forward to commencing construction of what will be one of the world’s largest state-of-the-art medicinal cannabis facilities, projected to produce more than 500,000kg of dried cannabis flower annually for the Australian and global markets. Asterion’s focus on meeting the high quality, accountability and consistency expectations of the pharmaceutical industry will also set new benchmarks for the medicinal cannabis sector”, commented Stephen Van Deventer, Asterion’s Chairman and CEO.
About BESIX Watpac
BESIX Watpac is a leading Australian multi-disciplinary construction company backed by a century of global expertise and financial strength. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the award-winning international contractor BESIX Group, they specialize in complex construction across all sectors, including infrastructure and marine works. Combining BESIX Watpac’s four decades of trusted local experience and partnerships, they bring the best of the world’s capability together.
Asterion is a Canadian medicinal cannabis company with a wholly-owned Australian subsidiary, Asterion (Australia) Pty Ltd. With its cultivation to market strategy, the Company’s focus is leading and advancing cannabis agriculture, producing the highest quality, low cost, genetically uniform cannabis strains and cannabinoid products for global supply. The Australian government awarded the Company’s medicinal cannabis project with a Major Project Status. Asterion (Australia) Pty. Ltd. has been granted a medicinal cannabis license, a cannabis research license, and a manufacture license from the Australian Office of Drug Control.
Asterion is led by a highly experienced team with over 200 years of combined relevant credentials spanning North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. Management experience with large scale projects includes medicinal cannabis, renewable energy, and capital markets.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors
“Stephen Van Deventer”
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
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Stephen Van Deventer
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