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Quadrise Fuels Intnl - Statement re Covid-19 and Morocco Pilot Trial

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Quadrise Fuels International PLC
16 March 2020

16 March 2020



Quadrise Fuels International plc

("Quadrise", "QFI", the "Company" and together with its subsidiaries the "Group")


Statement re Covid-19


Morocco Pilot Trial Schedule


Having implemented a plan to protect the Group's employees and business as a pre-emptive, pragmatic and measured approach to prevailing global events, the Company provides the following update.


The Company confirms that its London office remains open, that the Quadrise Research Facility ("QRF") in Essex remains operational and that the Company continues with its business development activities where permitted to do so, including a team of three QFI personnel visiting South America during week commencing 9 March 2020 alongside Freepoint representatives, for a positive follow-up meeting which included a visit to a refinery and nearby powerplant.


To seek to ensure that this remains the case, no third-party visitors are being accepted at QRF and the Company has put in place appropriate measures to, inter alia, ensure that London based staff will, in the main be working remotely, with little, if any, impact on their normal activities but minimising the potential risk to the Group's employees.


Notwithstanding the above, the Company announces that it has now been informed that the MSAR® pilot  trial in Morocco will be delayed, as the client is now restricting site access for external contractors, as a precaution not dissimilar to the Company's own approach in relation to the QRF.


No revised trial schedule has yet been indicated and further announcements in relation to the situation in Morocco and the revised trial schedule, will be made, as appropriate in due course. All of the equipment required for the trial is now in Morocco including the MSAR® fuel produced at QRF, enabling the trial to commence as soon as the site can again be accessed by QFI.


Mike Kirk, Chairman of QFI, said:


"We have taken a pragmatic approach to the rapidly developing global Covid-19 situation and taken actions to protect our staff and the business which we believe will be effective in the short to medium term.  The decision by our client in Morocco to delay the pilot trial is not surprising and parallels the procedures we have put in place to protect QRF. With all of the equipment and fuel for the trial now in Morocco, we will be in a position to commence the trial very rapidly, once we are able to access the client's site.


In the meantime, we will continue to progress with business development activities in line with any restrictions that may be in place. The visit by our team to South America last week shows that we can still respond positively and actively to opportunities as they arise, and we have the capability to progress discussions and technical and economic analysis via web/videoconferencing with clients if face to face meetings are not possible." 


For additional information, please contact:


Quadrise Fuels International plc                                                                                     +44 (0)20 7031 7321

Mike Kirk, Chairman

Jason Miles, Chief Operating Officer


Cenkos Securities plc                                                                                                        +44 (0)20 7397 8900

Nominated Adviser

Ben Jeynes

Katy Birkin


Peel Hunt LLP                                                                                                                     +44 (0)20 7418 8900

Joint Broker

Richard Crichton 

David McKeown


Shore Capital Stockbrokers Limited                                                                              +44 (0)20 7408 4090

Joint Broker

Toby Gibbs

Fiona Conroy


FTI Consulting                                                                                                                    +44 (0)20 3727 1000

Public and Investor Relations

Ben Brewerton

Ntobeko Chidavaenzi


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