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Update: Pistol Bay Mining announces 43-101 resource, JV discussions and—again—newly staked land

September 20th, 2017

by Greg Klein | Updated September 20, 2017

Update: With staking announced on September 14 and 20, Pistol Bay Mining has added more than 5,860 hectares to its property package, bringing the total to about 17,000 hectares.

Results from Confederation Lake’s first regional state-of-the-art geophysics have prompted Pistol Bay Mining TSXV:PST to expand its presence in the VMS-rich northwestern Ontario greenstone belt. Two acquisition announcements came within eight days after the company reported initial findings from the 2,100-line-kilometre VTEM-Plus survey. Those results accompanied announcements of a new resource estimate for one of the portfolio’s projects as well as potential joint venture interest.

Pistol Bay Mining announces VTEM-inspired acquisition, resource update and JV discussions

“We are seeing lots of new anomalies in the survey data, not just conductors but the IP effect anomalies as well, and Pistol Bay is going to have a busy few years exploring them all,” said CEO Charles Desjardins.

The new claims cover multiple conductors and IP-effect anomalies, some of which have had previous drilling with results showing zinc or copper, the company stated. The new data also shows parallel conductors or extensions of known conductors.

New claims between Pistol Bay’s Fredart and Joy claim groups host four conductors of 400, 850, 900 and 950 metres that appear not to have undergone drilling. Fredart A holds an historic, non-43-101 copper estimate. Like the four newly found anomalies, the Joy North anomaly hasn’t been drilled.

The airborne survey confirmed conductivity at all of the portfolio’s historic showings, zones and mineralized drill intercepts, Pistol Bay added. While analysis continues, data so far shows conductivity extending beyond known zones, along strike and in new clusters apart from known mineralization.

Once we’ve got our targets finalized, we will be entertaining proposals for joint ventures to advance this highly prospective property.—Charles Desjardins,
CEO of Pistol Bay Mining

“Because of the large number of potential targets generated by the VTEM survey, we are considering inviting joint venture partners for all or parts of the Confederation Lake project,” Desjardins noted. “We have had early-stage discussions with potential joint venture partners. Once we’ve got our targets finalized, we will be entertaining proposals for joint ventures to advance this highly prospective property.”

Pistol Bay also filed a technical report for Garnet Lake, a Confederation Lake property that hosts the Fredart A zone. Updating an historic 2007 estimate for the Arrow zone, the 43-101 incorporates 20 additional holes. Using a base case 3% zinc-equivalent cutoff, an inferred category shows:

  • 2.1 million tonnes averaging 0.72% copper, 5.78% zinc, 19.5 g/t silver and 0.6 g/t gold, for a zinc-equivalent grade of 8.5%

Contained amounts come to:

  • 34.3 million pounds copper, 274 million pounds zinc, 1.33 million ounces silver and 41,000 ounces gold

Contingent on favourable geophysical and other data, the 43-101 recommends two 1,000-metre holes at Arrow to test for possible down-plunge extensions of the resource. The report also calls for another 3,000 metres on targets to be identified elsewhere on the Garnet property.

Last May the company signed an LOI to acquire the 496-hectare Copperlode property, about four kilometres along strike from Arrow.

Visual Capitalist: One chart shows EVs’ potential impact on commodities

September 15th, 2017

by Jeff Desjardins | posted with permission of Visual Capitalist | September 15, 2017

 

One chart shows EVs’ potential impact on commodities

The Chart of the Week is a Friday feature from Visual Capitalist.

 

How demand could change in a 100% EV world

What would happen if you flipped a switch and suddenly every new car that came off assembly lines was electric?

It’s obviously a thought experiment, since right now EVs have close to just 1% market share worldwide. We’re still years away from EVs even hitting double-digit demand on a global basis, and the entire supply chain is built around the internal combustion engine, anyways.

At the same time, however, the scenario is interesting to consider. One recent projection, for example, put EVs at a 16% penetration by 2030 and then 51% by 2040. This could be conservative depending on the changing regulatory environment for manufacturers—after all, big markets like China, France and the UK have recently announced that they plan on banning gas-powered vehicles in the near future.

The thought experiment

We discovered this “100% EV world” thought experiment in a UBS report that everyone should read. As a part of their UBS Evidence Lab initiative, they tore down a Chevy Bolt to see exactly what is inside, and then had 39 of the bank’s analysts weigh in on the results.

After breaking down the metals and other materials used in the vehicle, they noticed a considerable amount of variance from what gets used in a standard gas-powered car. It wasn’t just the battery pack that made a difference—it was also the body and the permanent-magnet synchronous motor that had big implications.

As a part of their analysis, they extrapolated the data for a potential scenario where 100% of the world’s auto demand came from Chevy Bolts, instead of the current auto mix.

The implications

If global demand suddenly flipped in this fashion, here’s what would happen:

Material Demand increase Notes
Lithium 2,898% Needed in all lithium-ion batteries
Cobalt 1,928% Used in the Bolt’s NMC cathode
Rare Earths 655% Bolt uses neodymium in permanent magnet motor
Graphite 524% Used in the anode of lithium-ion batteries
Nickel 105% Used in the Bolt’s NMC cathode
Copper 22% Used in permanent magnet motor and wiring
Manganese 14% Used in the Bolt’s NMC cathode
Aluminum 13% Used to reduce weight of vehicle
Silicon 0% Bolt uses six to 10 times more semiconductors
Steel -1% Uses 7% less steel, but fairly minimal impact on market
PGMs -53% Catalytic converters not needed in EVs

Some caveats we think are worth noting:

The Bolt is not a Tesla

The Bolt uses an NMC cathode formulation (nickel, manganese and cobalt in a 1:1:1 ratio), versus Tesla vehicles which use NCA cathodes (nickel, cobalt and aluminum, in an estimated 16:3:1 ratio). Further, the Bolt uses a permanent-magnet synchronous motor, which is different from Tesla’s AC induction motor—the key difference being rare earth usage.

Big markets, small markets

Lithium, cobalt and graphite have tiny markets, and they will explode in size with any notable increase in EV demand. The nickel market, which is more than $20 billion per year, will also more than double in this scenario. It’s also worth noting that the Bolt uses low amounts of nickel in comparison to Tesla cathodes, which are 80% nickel.

Meanwhile, the 100% EV scenario barely impacts the steel market, which is monstrous to begin with. The same can be said for silicon, even though the Bolt uses six to 10 times more semiconductors than a regular car. The market for PGMs like platinum and palladium, however, gets decimated in this hypothetical scenario—that’s because their use as catalysts in combustion engines are a primary source of demand.

Posted with permission of Visual Capitalist.

Update: Pistol Bay Mining announces VTEM-inspired acquisition, new resource and JV discussions

September 14th, 2017

This story has been updated and moved here.

Drilling, sampling, optioning: Mountain Boy Minerals updates B.C. activities

September 13th, 2017

by Greg Klein | September 13, 2017

Demonstrating that a diverse portfolio doesn’t necessarily mean idle properties, Mountain Boy Minerals TSXV:MTB updated several projects in northwestern British Columbia’s Golden Triangle.

Drilling has just resumed at Silver Coin, held 20% by Mountain Boy and 80% by joint venture partner Jayden Resources TSXV:JDN. Acting as operator is Sprott Mining Inc on a campaign of about 6,000 metres mostly focusing on stepouts. The agenda also calls for regional exploration on the 1,470-hectare property.

Silver Coin hosts a 2013 43-101 resource that uses a 2 g/t gold cutoff to show a total for four zones:

  • indicated: 702,000 tonnes averaging 4.46 g/t gold, 17.89 g/t silver, 0.88% zinc, 0.33% lead and 0.07% copper

  • inferred: 967,000 tonnes averaging 4.39 g/t gold, 18.98 g/t silver, 0.64% zinc, 0.25% lead and 0.04% copper
Drilling, sampling, optioning: Mountain Boy Minerals updates B.C. activities

Mountain Boy awaits assays from Red Cliff,
where core from five holes has revealed visible gold.

Drilling continues at the Red Cliff property, where 25 holes have been completed so far with assays pending. In July Mountain Boy reported visible gold in the program’s first five holes. Red Cliff also has sampling underway at the Lower Montrose and Waterpump zones. The latter has drilling planned, once sampling assays arrive.

Mountain Boy has a 35% interest in Red Cliff, with JV partner Decade Resources TSXV:DEC holding the rest. The ownership gets more complicated, however, now that the two companies have teamed up on additional claims to the southeast. The acquisition gives the JV an earn-in total of up to 80% of the extension, with 28% to be held by Mountain Boy and 52% by Decade. The size of neither the original Red Cliff property nor the additional claims was reported. Mountain Boy and Decade share overlapping management and directors.

TSXV approval came through earlier this month for Mountain Boy’s 100% options on the Surprise Creek and BA properties, both formerly 50/50 JVs with Great Bear Resources TSXV:GBR. Over $12 million of exploration has gone into the nearby projects over the last 10 years, revealing zones of high-grade zinc, lead and silver, as well as zinc, copper and silver.

Prior to a drill program expected later this month, the 7,472-hectare Surprise Creek has sampling underway on a large barite zone and on areas of VMS mineralization revealed by historic sampling. In July the company announced successful production of a barite concentrate that surpassed American Petroleum Institute standards. The mineral is considered essential to oil and gas exploration.

Additional sampling has taken place on the 9,489-hectare BA VMS project, just north of a 2016 channel sample result that returned 3.84% zinc, 1.25% lead and 108 g/t silver over 15 metres. That included a sub-interval of 5.31% zinc, 1.97% lead and 132 g/t silver over 7.5 metres.

Mountain Boy also optioned 60% of West George, a 288-hectare copper property adjacent to the company’s George copper project that the company now holds 100%. The original George has non-43-101 copper-silver-gold estimates. West George has sampling underway.

Meanwhile assays are pending for recent sampling from MB Silver, a project with historic, non-43-101 polymetallic estimates. In southern B.C., Mountain Boy plans to begin PEA studies on its 100%-held Manuel Creek zeolite project.

The company expects to soon close a private placement of up to $1 million.

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

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

Pistol Bay Mining announces VTEM results, resource update, JV discussions

September 12th, 2017

This story has been updated and moved here.

Airborne survey heightens interest in Rockcliff Copper’s former Manitoba gold mine

September 7th, 2017

by Greg Klein | September 7, 2017

Geophysics over the Laguna gold property in northern Manitoba’s Flin Flon-Snow Lake camp have found a structurally complex geological trend at least six kilometres long and 200 metres wide, Rockcliff Copper TSXV:RCU reports. Now the 3,501-hectare property’s exploration priority, the finding comes from an airborne drone magnetometer survey flying 1,120 kilometres of tight 25- to 50-metre spacing. The work was part of a program that includes very low frequency and induced polarization surveys still underway.

Airborne survey heightens interest in Rockcliff Copper’s former Manitoba gold mine

Besides Laguna, Rockcliff’s priorities for its Snow Lake package
include the Talbot copper property and the Bur zinc property.

Rockcliff holds a 100% option on Laguna, one of several properties in the company’s Snow Lake project. During intermittent operation between 1916 and 1939, Laguna produced over 60,000 ounces of gold averaging 18.7 g/t from a single vein. Surface grab samples previously announced by Rockcliff ranged from trace to over 600 g/t.

The newly identified trend “hosts multiple, surface-exposed, high-grade gold-bearing quartz vein stockwork systems which are associated with sub-parallel subsidiary fault splays east of a major regional NE-SW trending thrust fault known as the Crowduck Bay fault,” said president/CEO Ken Lapierre. The trend shows “excellent” potential for finding additional stockworks of a similar nature, he added.

Rockcliff’s Snow Lake project consists of both gold and VMS properties. The approximately 45,000-hectare package includes two gold properties besides Laguna, as well as two copper-polymetallic deposits with resource estimates and four zinc deposits with historic, non-43-101 estimates. The properties all sit within trucking distance of two processing facilities owned by Hudbay Minerals TSX:HBM.

Last week Rockcliff closed an oversubscribed private placement of $1.35 million.

Read more about Rockcliff Copper here and here.

Update: Berkwood Resources continues to drill visible graphite in Quebec

August 31st, 2017

by Greg Klein | updated August 31, 2017

Assays have yet to arrive, but two holes reported last week and another five on August 31 have all produced near-surface core with visible graphite from Berkwood Resources’ (TSXV:BKR) Lac Gueret South project. The Phase I program calls for nine more shallow holes between about 60 and 120 metres in depth.

The company cautioned that visible indications don’t necessarily coincide with significant grades. But the results do justify continuing the program as planned, Berkwood stated.

Lac Gueret South borders the property hosting Mason Graphite’s (TSXV:LLG) high-grade graphite deposit. A 2014 airborne EM survey over Berkwood’s land found several zones of high conductivity.

Last week’s news from the property’s Site #1 reported 3.1 metres and 38.29 metres of visible graphite from BK1-01-17, along with 2.7 metres and 9.9 metres from BK1-02-17. The depths corresponded with electromagnetic conductors.

Berkwood Resources continues to drill visible graphite in Quebec

The first seven holes have brought observable
encouragement to Berkwood Resources’ Lac Gueret South.

Among new findings from Site #2, about 110 metres north, BK1-03-17 displayed the right stuff in seven intervals ranging between 1.46 metres and 28.2 metres in width.

Another Site #2 hole, BK1-04-17 showed graphite “continuously from 26.7 metres to 79.24 metres in variable amounts and styles,” Berkwood stated.

At Site #3, another 65 kilometres north, BK1-05-17 revealed graphite over four intervals with thicknesses between 3.2 metres and 14.12 metres. BK1-06-17 brought intervals of 13.22 metres and 1.14 metres.

About 87 metres east, BK1-07-17 on Site #4 showed 5.94 metres of graphite.

True widths weren’t provided.

The company holds two land parcels adjacent to the Mason property, Berkwood’s 100%-optioned, 5,714-hectare Lac Gueret South and the 100%-held, 2,052-hectare Lac Gueret East. The properties sit about three hours by road from the deep-sea port of Baie-Comeau.

Last month the company announced acquisition of the Delbreuil property in Quebec’s Abitibi, where an historic, non-43-101 sample assayed 1,290 ppm lithium and 126 ppm tantalum. Historic drill results also showed zinc, nickel, copper, silver and cobalt.

In another energy mineral acquisition last June, Berkwood announced an agreement to take on the Cobalt Ford property, located about four hours’ driving time from Baie-Comeau. Historic, non-43-101 work suggests prospectivity for base metals as well as cobalt.

This week the company closed private placements totalling $985,180.

Robert Friedland talks copper, zinc, PGMs and China’s “airpocalypse”

August 28th, 2017

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Kapuskasing expands Newfoundland copper project, plans September drilling

August 23rd, 2017

by Greg Klein | August 23, 2017

Announced in May as an LOI but now ratified, Kapuskasing Gold’s (TSXV:KAP) 100% option adds the Sterling property and its former mines to the company’s Lady Pond project near the north coast of Newfoundland. The 700-hectare addition brings Lady Pond to 2,450 hectares with exploration and mining dating to the late 19th century. The standouts include the former Sterling mine, the Twin Pond prospect about 1.5 kilometres northeast and, three more kilometres northeast, the Lady Pond past-producer.

Sterling comes with an historic, non-43-101 1960s estimate of a million tonnes averaging 1% copper that’s open in all directions. Some historic, non-43-101 intercepts showed:

  • 5.5% copper over 4.42 metres, starting at 38.1 metres in downhole depth
Kapuskasing expands Newfoundland copper project, plans September drilling

  • 2.32% over 6.1 metres, starting at 106.68 metres

  • 1.45% over 4.57 metres, starting at 50.29 metres

Of 32 holes sunk on Twin Pond, some historic, non-43-101 highlights showed:

  • 4.2% copper over 3.35 metres, starting at 82.3 metres

  • 2.16% over 3.05 metres, starting at 33.53 metres

  • 3.2% over 3.05 metres, starting at 70.14 metres

Again with the historic, non-43-101 caveat, a Lady Pond intercept assayed 2.61% copper over 8.1 metres, with no downhole depth provided.

Having finished a preliminary 3D model for Sterling and Twin Pond, Kapuskasing stated it found significant gaps in drilling between high-grade intersections. Further review of historic data will precede drilling planned to begin next month. The company also plans an induced polarization survey between Sterling and Twin Pond.

With logging road and ATV access, the Lady Pond project borders the town of Springdale. Rambler Mining and Metals TSXV:RAB operates a base metals mill at Baie Verte, 94 kilometres by road from Springdale. Rambler also holds the historic Little Deer and Whalesback copper deposits contiguously west of Lady Pond.

Subject to TSXV approval, Kapuskasing gets a 100% interest in Sterling for $25,000, 1.8 million shares and $250,000 in spending over four years. A 3% NSR applies, of which Kapuskasing may buy two-thirds for $2 million.

The property expansion reflects an acquisitive phase as Kapuskasing expands its Newfoundland and Labrador portfolio. In May the company signed an LOI on the former Daniel’s Harbour zinc mine on the island’s north. Lady Pond was one of eight April acquisitions, with other properties showing potential for copper, cobalt and vanadium. Daniel’s Harbour and Lady Pond comprise the portfolio’s dual flagships.

Read Isabel Belger’s interview with Kapuskasing Gold president/CEO Jon Armes.

Golden Dawn Minerals prepares for B.C. underground trial mining this year

August 22nd, 2017

by Greg Klein | August 22, 2017

With a dewatering permit now in place, Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM moves closer to trial mining at Lexington, one of its Greenwood holdings in southern British Columbia. A previous company operated the mine from April to December 2008, extracting 5,486 ounces of gold, 3,247 ounces of silver and 860,259 pounds of copper, all of which was processed about 17 kilometres northeast at the Greenwood mill, now a key Golden Dawn asset.

Golden Dawn Minerals prepares for B.C. underground trial mining this year

The Greenwood flotation plant and gold gravity circuit play a
key role in Golden Dawn’s plans to revive nearby former mines.

As dewatering takes place, the company plans to rehabilitate the mine’s two ramps and surface infrastructure. Further rehab, definition drilling, mapping and sampling would follow completion of dewatering. With new data in hand, the company intends to compile a test mine program for zones between the 1,210-metre and 1,175-metre elevations without the additional derisking of a feasibility study.

Production methods under consideration include longhole open stoping, jumbo mining and jackleg/slusher mining.

Crushing equipment and the mill, with a 200-tonne-per-day capacity expandable to 400 tpd, are slated for minor upgrades and refurbishing to prepare them for run-of-mine gold-copper feed expected from Lexington by about mid-November.

The company estimates costs between $3 million and $3.5 million to rehabilitate the mine, extract 5,000 tonnes of feed and refurbish the mill.

The 2,020-hectare property has a 2016 resource that uses a 3.5 g/t gold-equivalent cutoff to show:

  • measured: 58,000 tonnes averaging 6.98 g/t gold, 1.1% copper and 8.63 g/t gold-equivalent for 16,100 gold-equivalent ounces

  • indicated: 314,000 tonnes averaging 6.38 g/t gold, 1.04% copper and 7.94 g/t gold-equivalent for 80,200 gold-equivalent ounces

  • inferred: 12,000 tonnes averaging 4.42 g/t gold, 1.03% copper and 5.96 g/t gold-equivalent for 2,300 gold-equivalent ounces

Lexington comprises one of several former mines in Golden Dawn’s extensive Greenwood portfolio, all proximal to the company’s mill about 500 kilometres east of Vancouver. Golden Dawn’s other nearby past-producing priorities include Golden Crown, with a 2016 gold-copper resource, and the May Mac silver-gold-polymetallic project.

Read more about Golden Dawn Minerals.