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Metallurgy brings high grades, impressive recovery for 92 Resources’ NWT lithium project

December 5th, 2017

by Greg Klein | December 5, 2017

Further metallurgical tests for 92 Resources’ (TSXV:NTY) Hidden Lake hardrock lithium project brought “very encouraging results,” the company reported December 5. Heavy liquid separation and bench scale flotation work produced a concentrate with high grades of 6.2% to 6.5% Li2O, with recovery ranging from an impressive 82% to 85% for pegmatite from the Northwest Territories property.

Metallurgy brings high grades, impressive recovery for 92 Resources’ NWT lithium project

The highway-accessible Hidden Lake property
sits about 40 kilometres east of Yellowknife.

The tests were conducted on material screened above 0.85 mm, but indicated the rest of the material would “respond well to flotation, and that a high overall recovery with a combined concentrate grade above 6% Li2O is achievable” using dense media separation and flotation.

“The metallurgical program has advanced significantly further than we had initially anticipated at this stage,” said president/CEO Adrian Lamoureux. “We have now demonstrated the spodumene has low iron, is coarse-grained and well-liberated, and responds strongly to cost-effective beneficiation techniques to produce high-grade concentrate at high recoveries.”

Tests reported in September showed concentrates had lithium extraction rates up to 97%, he added. “We look forward to completing the remaining Phase II [dense media separation] work and evaluating the next steps in flowsheet development.”

92 Resources filed a 43-101 technical report on the project in January.

The company also holds the Pontax lithium property in Quebec’s James Bay region and the Golden frac sand project in eastern British Columbia.

Read Isabel Belger’s interview with 92 Resources CEO Adrian Lamoureux.

Mountain Boy/Jayden hit 8.63 g/t over 7.72 metres in new Golden Triangle gold zone

November 28th, 2017

by Greg Klein | November 28, 2017

Strong assays from a previously unexplored area 550 metres northeast of the Silver Coin deposit indicate a new gold zone on the northwestern British Columbia property, according to the JV partners. With 80% and 20% interests respectively, Jayden Resources TSXV:JDN and Mountain Boy Minerals TSXV:MTB announced the discovery from a recently completed 14-hole, 2,226-metre program.

Highlights from five holes released November 28 include:

Mountain Boy/Jayden hit 8.63 g/t over 7.72 metres in new Golden Triangle gold zone

Magnificent scenery doesn’t distract attention
from high-grade gold at Silver Coin.

Hole SC17-444

  • 8.08 g/t gold and 4.7 g/t silver over 2 metres, starting at 94.03 metres in downhole depth
  • (including 13.7 g/t gold and 5.91 g/t silver over 1 metre)

SC17-445

  • 5.12 g/t gold and 91.3 g/t silver over 3 metres, starting at 35 metres

  • 5.38 g/t gold and 17.07 g/t silver over 7.3 metres, starting at 146.2 metres
  • (including 6.21 g/t gold and 12.06 g/t silver over 5.37 metres)
  • (and including 15.5 g/t gold and 17.1 g/t silver over 1 metre)
  • (and including 10.7 g/t gold and 18 g/t silver over 0.5 metres)

SC17-446

  • 5.9 g/t gold and 45.32 g/t silver over 1.8 metres, starting at 103.6 metres
  • (including 8.62 g/t gold and 42.6 g/t silver over 0.8 metres)

  • 14.6 g/t gold and 52.5 g/t silver over 1 metre, starting at 131.2 metres

SC17-452

  • 8.63 g/t gold and 11.99 g/t silver over 7.72 metres, starting at 16.46 metres
  • (including 17.69 g/t gold and 23 g/t silver over 3.2 metres)

  • 4.86 g/t gold and 5.68 g/t silver over 2.5 metres, starting at 77.82 metres
  • (including 6.46 g/t gold and 6.22 g/t silver over 1.5 metres)

  • 8.25 g/t gold over 1 metre, starting at 88.97 metres

True widths were estimated between 60% and 80%. More assays are pending.

As for the main Silver Coin deposit, using a 2 g/t gold cutoff its 2013 resource shows an inferred category of 967,000 tonnes averaging 4.39 g/t gold, 18.98 g/t silver, 0.64% zinc, 0.25% lead and 0.04% copper.

The 1,470-hectare property hosts a zone of faulting and shearing with mineralization up to 300 metres wide and 2.5 kilometres long, the JV partners stated. They consider Silver Coin to share many characteristics with the former Silbak-Premier mine five kilometres south, which produced an estimated 1.8 million ounces gold, 41 million ounces silver, 4.2 million pounds copper, 62 million pounds lead and 20 million pounds zinc.

Meanwhile Mountain Boy has been reporting high grades and visible gold from another Golden Triangle drill campaign, as the company’s 35%-held Red Cliff project advances towards its maiden resource.

A drill program on two contiguous Golden Triangle properties, Mountain Boy’s 100%-held BA and Surprise Creek silver-base metals projects, awaits analysis of results from an airborne VTEM and magnetic survey.

Having closed a $586,400 private placement in September, the company offered a $300,000 private placement last month.

Read Isabel Belger’s interview with Mountain Boy Minerals chairperson René Bernard.

See an infographic about B.C.’s Golden Triangle.

Quebec acquisition brings Saville Resources precious, base and rare metals prospectivity

November 27th, 2017

by Greg Klein | November 27, 2017

A flurry of updates shows a new project, new faces and new financing for a rejuvenated Saville Resources TSXV:SRE. The company now moves into Quebec’s James Bay region by taking on the 3,370-hectare Covette property. Although it’s seen limited exploration so far, Covette underwent a 1,402-line-kilometre VTEM survey late last year, along with prospecting and sampling this year. The coincidence of EM conductors with magnetic highs suggests prospectivity for base and precious metals, the company reported. This year’s field program included pegmatite sampling for evidence of lithium.

Quebec acquisition brings Saville Resources precious, base and rare metals prospectivity

Of two historic, non-43-101 grab samples, one returned 4.7% molybdenum, 0.73% bismuth, 0.09% lead and 6 g/t silver; while the other showed 1.2 g/t silver and 0.18% copper.

An underlying greenstone belt could offer base and precious metals potential as well as pegmatite-hosted lithium and tantalum. “Komatiites have also been described in the region, with such rock types known to host significant nickel-copper massive sulphide deposits at other localities globally,” the company stated.

Covette lies just 10 kilometres north of the all-weather Trans-Taiga road, which runs parallel to the LG-3 transmission line.

Pending TSXV approval, Saville gets the property by paying Zimtu Capital TSXV:ZC $350,000.

Additionally, Saville announced Michael Hodge’s appointment as president/CEO/director. Having started his career in 1999 on the staking program for Commerce Resources’ (TSXV:CCE) Blue River tantalum-niobium project in British Columbia, Hodge has field experience on over 25 exploration projects as well as success in raising capital for junior miners.

Jody Bellefleur joins Saville as CFO, bringing over 20 years’ experience as a corporate accountant for the sector.

Saville also announced a private placement of up to $270,000. The company closed an $857,300 placement in July. Among other updates, Saville settled $219,000 in debt by issuing shares and warrants that would represent 18.7% of the company’s outstanding shares.

Exploration begins at Arctic Star’s Finnish diamond project

November 23rd, 2017

Update: On November 24 Arctic Star announced the closing of a final tranche of an oversubscribed private placement totalling $1.7 million.

by Greg Klein | November 23, 2017

Having closed the acquisition a week earlier, Arctic Star Exploration TSXV:ADD now has a crew busy at its Timantti diamond project in Finland. Located among favourable regional infrastructure in the Fennoscandian Shield, which hosts the major Russian diamond mines Lomonosov and Grib, the property has geophysics, sampling and drilling planned.

Exploration begins at Arctic Star’s Finnish diamond project

Arctic Star VP of exploration Buddy Doyle
gathers kimberlite float samples at Timantti.

Timantti’s White Wolf kimberlite has already revealed 169 microdiamonds, 111 from 52.7 metres of historically extracted core and another 58 from an 18.9-kilogram sample. The current program will include ground magnetic, gravity and electromagnetic surveys over the Black and White kimberlites to define their sizes and identify other drill-worthy anomalies.

Additionally, 20 backhoe till samples will be taken to search for diamond indicator minerals. Drilling will consist of about eight holes totalling 1,500 metres, with a 500-kilogram core sample from each of the two kimberlites. Results of the program will determine whether to proceed with bulk sampling.

Work will focus on a 243-hectare area covered by an exploration permit. The project also includes a 95,700-hectare exploration reservation.

Among other projects, Arctic Star holds the Cap property in east-central British Columbia, host to an extremely rare carbonatite-syenite complex that’s potentially associated with several commodities. In September the company reported “highly anomalous” assays for niobium, rare earths and phosphate from sampling and a drill hole.

In the Northwest Territories’ diamondiferous Lac de Gras region, Arctic Star also holds a 40% stake in the Diagras JV, where majority partner Margaret Lake Diamonds TSXV:DIA carried out geophysics last summer.

This week Arctic Star appointed Scott Eldridge as president/CEO. From 2008 to 2016 Eldridge led Euroscandic International Group, providing investment banking and advisory services to resource companies. He has been responsible for raising over $500 million in equity and debt financing for mining projects internationally.

Earlier this month the company closed a private placement first tranche of $965,000.

Read Isabel Belger’s interview with Arctic Star’s Patrick Power.

B.C. Securities Commission under fire as half a billion in penalties remains unenforced

November 21st, 2017

by Greg Klein | November 21, 2017

Although some small cap companies seem to consider regulators the bane of their existence, big-time scammers might take a more benign view. A Postmedia investigation has revealed that the British Columbia Securities Commission—with 234 staffers and a $46.6-million budget—has collected less than 2% of $510 million in fines and payback orders issued over the last decade. The collection rate manages to fall even farther, to less than 0.1%, for 29 such orders of $1 million or more that total $458 million.

B.C. Securities Commission under fire as half a billion in penalties remains unenforced

Although the BCSC responds that the con artists may have hidden their assets or disappeared, journalist Gordon Hoekstra reports, “Postmedia tracked down $31 million in potential assets linked to the fraudsters,” including homes in affluent B.C. suburbs, Las Vegas and Hawaii.

Among available enforcement strategies, the BCSC “can file any of its decisions in B.C. Supreme Court, a simple administrative exercise, which automatically makes the penalties an order of the court,” Hoekstra points out. “If a property has been transferred to someone else, for example, a spouse, to escape a penalty, that may also be considered fraud.”

Regulators in other provinces do somewhat better, according to the study. Securities commissions in Ontario and Alberta achieved 18% collection rates over the last decade, while Quebec reached about 20% over the past four years. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission hit nearly 60% during the past five years.

The exposé seems to have taken both of B.C.’s main political parties by surprise. In a written statement NDP Finance Minister Carole James noted the commission operates at arms-length from the government. “We would encourage any proposals from the BCSC on any new mechanisms they may need to collect the fines,” she stated.

“No details were released by James, who ministry officials said was unavailable for an interview, on how the provincial government would follow up or monitor any proposals,” Hoekstra added.

As for the opposition party that had been government during most of the 10-year period, the BC Liberals “said in an e-mail that ‘unfortunately’ no MLAs were available for comment. The Liberals have 41 sitting MLAs, including two finance critics, Shirley Bond and Tracy Redies.”

B.C. government minister Doug Donaldson comments on initial efforts to save the historic Morden Mine structures

November 7th, 2017

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Gold-copper grades complement Golden Dawn Minerals’ revival of B.C. past-producers

October 31st, 2017

by Greg Klein | October 31, 2017

As drilling continues, Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM released assays from Golden Crown, one of the projects included in the company’s plan to revive southern British Columbia’s historic Greenwood mining camp.

Gold-copper grades complement Golden Dawn Minerals’ revival of B.C. past-producers

So far the current Golden Crown program has sunk 1,488 metres in 21 surface holes. Results show significant gold and copper in massive sulphide zones or veins and adjacent wall rock, with mineralization in the host rock diorite and serpentinite, Golden Dawn stated. “This style of mineralization was not previously recognized and was not systematically tested in the historic drill holes,” the company added.

Some highlights from the project’s King and Winnipeg zones show:

Hole GC17-02:

  • 3.53 g/t gold and 0.11% copper over 12.3 metres, starting at 9.24 metres in downhole depth
  • (including 7.66 g/t gold and 0.13% copper over 4.6 metres)

GC17-05

  • 5.14 g/t gold and 1.18% copper over 7 metres, starting at 14.65 metres
  • (including 12.27 g/t gold and 1.96% copper over 2.7 metres)

  • 12.6 g/t gold, 2.9 g/t silver and 0.26% copper over 0.56 metres, starting at 79.96 metres

GC17-08

  • 7.55 g/t gold 2.4 g/t silver and 0.23% copper over 0.7 metres, starting at 80.52 metres

True widths weren’t available.

Golden Dawn stated the initial results remain consistent with previously reported assays for the project. At a 3.5 g/t gold-equivalent cutoff, Golden Crown’s 2016 resource shows:

  • indicated: 163,000 tonnes averaging 11.09 g/t gold, 0.56% copper and 11.93 g/t gold-equivalent for 62,500 gold-equivalent ounces

  • inferred: 42,000 tonnes averaging 9.04 g/t gold, 0.43% copper and 9.68 g/t gold-equivalent for 13,100 gold-equivalent ounces

Plans call for infill drilling to upgrade the inferred category and for rehab of the historic underground workings prior to bulk sampling and trial mining expected for next year. Released in June, Greenwood’s PEA also recommended further mine planning, along with metallurgical, geotechnical and environmental studies for Golden Crown.

Meanwhile de-watering continues at the former Lexington mine, another focal point in Golden Dawn’s Greenwood portfolio. The company plans to begin wet commissioning of its Greenwood plant once trial mining begins. The Greenwood projects all sit within an approximately 15-kilometre radius of the company’s processing facility, with a 212-tpd capacity expandable to 400 tpd.

Two weeks ago Golden Dawn released high gold grades, along with silver and base metals results, from sampling on some more recently acquired properties in its regional portfolio.

The June PEA focused on the Golden Crown, Lexington and Mae Mac past-producers, along with the plant. With existing infrastructure, Golden Dawn hopes to put the projects back into production without de-risking at the feasibility level.

In September the company closed the final tranche of a private placement totalling $2.3 million.

Read more about Golden Dawn Minerals.

Update: Mountain Boy Minerals hits visible gold, high-grade assays up to 14.93 g/t over 8.38 metres in NW B.C.

October 31st, 2017

Update: On October 31, Mountain Boy Minerals announced visible gold had been intersected on Red Cliff’s Waterpump zone, described as a faulted extension of the Montrose zone. Four holes had been completed so far at Waterpump, with at least four to six more to come. The company expects to release more Montrose assays soon.

by Greg Klein | October 26, 2017

With one of three drill campaigns vying for attention this season, Mountain Boy Minerals TSXV:MTB moves the Red Cliff project in British Columbia’s Golden Triangle closer to a maiden resource. The latest assays “continue to indicate a large and extensive mineralized zone that has a length of at least 600 metres, a depth of 600 metres and widths up to 40 metres,” said president Ed Kruchkowski. Highlights included 14.93 g/t gold over 8.38 metres and 9.5 g/t over 10.98 metres.

Mountain Boy holds a 35% interest in the project through a JV that has recently acquired additional claims.

Assays for the project’s Red Cliff and Montrose zones, about 1.2 kilometres apart, were released late last month. The current batch comes from Montrose:

Hole DDH-MON-14

  • 4.95 g/t gold over 3.96 metres, starting at 81.71 metres in downhole depth
Mountain Boy Minerals hits more NW B.C. high grades with 14.93 g/t gold over 8.38 metres

A rig tests the Red Cliff project’s Montrose zone.

DDH-MON-15

  • 3.8 g/t over 2.74 metres, starting at 14.63 metres

  • 3.31 g/t over 2.13 metres, starting at 21.65 metres

  • 6.12 g/t over 2.13 metres, starting at 29.7 metres

DDH-MON-16

  • 6.63 g/t over 9.14 metres, starting at 5.79 metres

DDH-MON-17

  • 6.21 g/t over 9.15 metres, starting at 17.38 metres

  • 7.01 g/t over 2.59 metres, starting at 28.81 metres

DDH-MON-18

  • 4.95 g/t over 7.93 metres, starting at 35.98 metres

  • 14.93 g/t over 8.38 metres, starting at 49.7 metres

DDH-MON-26

  • 4.93 g/t over 3.05 metres, starting at 258.54 metres

DDH-MON-27

  • 9.5 g/t over 10.98 metres, starting at 290.15 metres

True widths weren’t provided.

Still to come are assays for 20 other holes. The program drilled five holes on the Red Cliff zone and 35 on Montrose, with a highlight from the latter zone showing 19.9 g/t gold over 4.12 metres. The company now has a crew building a road to move the rig to the Waterpump zone for another eight to 10 holes.

Earlier this week Mountain Boy announced metallurgical results on two composite core samples from a single Red Cliff hole produced recoveries of 94.8% and 97.6% gold, additionally showing potential for lead and copper byproducts.

Also this week Mountain Boy and 65% JV partner Decade Resources TSXV:DEC stated they would buy the Red Cliff vendor’s 1% NSR on a pro rata basis. Mountain Boy’s share will cost $3,500 and 171,428 shares.

Two weeks ago the company released assays from its 20%-held Silver Coin, another Golden Triangle project that had completed 10 holes totalling 1,616 metres out of a 2,000-metre program. Results came in as high as 22.95 g/t gold and 13.1 g/t silver over 2.5 metres; along with 31.02 g/t gold and 28.5 g/t silver over 1.5 metres.

Assays are also pending from the season’s third drill campaign, which consisted of two holes sunk on a barite-sulphide area of Mountain Boy’s 100%-held Surprise Creek project.

The company closed a $586,400 private placement last month.

Read Isabel Belger’s interview with Mountain Boy Minerals chairperson René Bernard.

See an infographic about B.C.’s Golden Triangle.

Paved with mineralization

October 27th, 2017

Norman B. Keevil’s memoir retraces Teck’s—and his own—rocky road to success

by Greg Klein

Norman B. Keevil’s memoir retraces Teck’s—and his own—rocky road to success

Profitable right from the beginning, Teck’s Elkview mine “would become
the key chip in the consolidation of the Canadian steelmaking coal industry.”
(Photo: Teck Resources)

 

“We were all young and relatively inexperienced in such matters in those days.”

He was referring to copper futures, a peril then unfamiliar to him. But the remark’s a bit rich for someone who was, at the time he’s writing about, 43 years old and president/CEO of a company that opened four mines in the previous six years. Still, the comment helps relate how Norman B. Keevil enjoyed the opportune experience of maturing professionally along with a company that grew into Canada’s largest diversified miner. Now chairperson of Teck Resources, he’s penned a memoir/corporate history/fly-on-the-wall account that’s a valuable contribution to Canadian business history, not to mention the country’s rich mining lore.

Norman B. Keevil’s memoir retraces Teck’s—and his own—road to success

Norman B. Keevil
(Photo: Teck Resources)

Never Rest on Your Ores: Building a Mining Company, One Stone at a Time follows the progress of a group of people determined to avoid getting mined out or taken out. In addition to geoscientific, engineering and financial expertise, luck accompanies them (much of the time, anyway), as does acumen (again, much of the time anyway).

Teck gains its first foothold as a predecessor company headed by Keevil’s father, Norman Bell Keevil, drills Temagami, a project that came up barren for Anaconda. The new guys hit 28% copper over 17.7 metres. Further drilling leads to the three-sentence feasibility study:

Dr. Keevil: What shall we do about Temagami?

Joe Frantz: Let’s put it into production.

Bill Bergey: Sounds good to me.

They schedule production for two and a half months later.

A few other stories relate a crucial 10 seconds in the Teck-Hughes acquisition, the accidental foray into Saskatchewan oil, the Toronto establishment snubbing Afton because of its VSE listing, an underhanded ultimatum from the British Columbia government, getting out of the oyster business and winning an unheard-of 130% financing for Hemlo.

Readers learn how Murray Pezim out-hustled Robert Friedland. But when it came to Voisey’s, Friedland would play Inco and Falconbridge “as though he were using a Stradivarius.” Keevil describes one guy welching on a deal with the (apparently for him) unarguable excuse that it was only a “gentleman’s agreement.”

Norman B. Keevil’s memoir retraces Teck’s—and his own—rocky road to success

Through it all, Teck gets projects by discovery or acquisition and puts them into production. Crucial to this success was the Teck team, with several people getting honourable mention. The author’s closest accomplice was the late Robert Hallbauer, the former Craigmont pit supervisor whose team “would go on to build more new mines in a shorter time than anyone else had in Canadian history.” Deal-making virtuoso David Thompson also gets frequent mention, with one performance attributed to his “arsenal of patience, knowledge of the opponents, more knowledge of the business than some of them had, and a tad of divide and conquer…”

Partnerships span the spectrum between blessing and curse. International Telephone and Telegraph backs Teck’s first foray into Chile but frustrates its ability to do traditional mining deals. The Elk Valley Coal Partnership puts Teck, a company that reinvests revenue into growth, at odds with the dividend-hungry Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Working with a Cominco subsidiary, Keevil finds the small-cap explorer compromised by the “ephemeral response of the junior stock market.” And smelters rip off miners. But that doesn’t mean a smelter can’t become a valued partner.

Keevil argues the case for an almost cartel-like level of co-operation among miners. Co-ordinated decisions could avoid surplus production, he maintains. Teck’s consolidation of Canada’s major coal mines helped the industry stand up to Japanese steelmakers, who had united to take advantage of disorganized Canadian suppliers. “Anti-trust laws may be antediluvian,” he states.

Keevil admits some regrets, like missing Golden Giant and a Kazakhstan gold project now valued at $2 billion. The 2008 crash forced Teck to give up Cobre Panama, now “expected to be a US$6 billion copper mine.” Teck settled a coal partnership impasse by buying out the Ontario Teachers’ share for $12 billion. Two months later the 2008 crisis struck. Over two years Teck plunged from $3.6 billion in net cash to $12 billion in net debt.

But he wonders if his own biggest mistake was paying far too much for the remaining 50% of Cominco when an outright purchase might not have been necessary. Keevil attributes the initial 50%, on the other hand, to a miracle of deal-making.

For the most part Keevil ends his account in 2005, when he relinquishes the top job to Don Lindsay. By that time the company had 11 operating mines and a smelting/refining facility at Trail. A short chapter on the following 10 years, among the most volatile since the early ’70s, credits Teck with “a classic recovery story which deserves a full chapter in the next edition of Never Rest on Your Ores.” Such a sequel might come in another 10 years, he suggests.

Let’s hope he writes it, although it’ll be a different kind of book. As chairperson he won’t be as closely involved in the person-to-person, deal-to-deal, mine-to-mine developments that comprise the greatest strength of this book—that and the fact that the author grew with the company as it became Canada’s largest diversified miner.

Meanwhile, maybe Lindsay’s been keeping a diary.

The author’s proceeds go to two organizations that promote mining awareness, MineralsEd and Mining Matters.

Teck Resources’ Norman B. Keevil recalls the negotiation style of a 1970s British Columbia cabinet minister

October 25th, 2017

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