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Mark your calendar

September 18th, 2020

Mining and investor-related events are coming to your computer

by Greg Klein | September 18, 2020

The technology isn’t new but its utility has been emphasized to a physically distant and networked society. Online conferences and seminars, many of them free, have made attendance more accessible than ever. Here’s a tentative list of some upcoming presentations of interest to mining professionals and investors. Mark Your Calendar will be an ongoing Resource Clips feature, so check back for future updates.


Mining and investor-related events are coming to your computer

Hard Rock Lithium Special

September 22, 8 a.m. London time


Presented by Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Benchmark analysts and company reps discuss recent developments regarding lithium-ion batteries and the electric vehicle supply chain.

Register here.


Tesla Battery Day

September 22, following the AGM that begins at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time


Presented by Tesla Inc.

Entrepreneur, visionary and showman Elon Musk returns to the stage to flaunt his technology and charisma. Viewers can decide for themselves whether he satisfies the anticipation.

Watch the livestream here.


Benchmark Battery Day

September 23, 8 a.m. London time


Presented by Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

A day-long series of webinars responds to Tesla Battery Day. Benchmark analysts and company reps discuss nickel, lithium, sustainable investing, battery recycling and their reactions to the Musk event.

More info and registration.


Golden Triangle Public Data

September 29, 10 to 11 a.m. Pacific time


Presented by Geoscience BC

Of special interest to companies working in British Columbia’s most active mineral exploration area, this webinar will discuss how explorers can collaborate on a new public info bank, the Golden Triangle Geophysics Data Compilation Project. Currently available data will also be presented.

Register here.


Ares Strategic Mining

October 1, 8 a.m. Pacific time

Presented by Zoom with Zimtu

In episode #5 of the Zoom with Zimtu series, this investor-oriented event looks at a company planning to open a Utah fluorspar mine that would be America’s only producer of this critical mineral.

Register here.


AME MinEx Talks

Begins October 1, runs Tuesdays and Thursdays to October 29. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Pacific time

Presented by the Association for Mineral Exploration

Members $50, non-members $100

The series begins with First Steps Towards Social License presented by consultant Lana Eagle and Richard Truman of Geoscience BC. Subsequent dates feature other speakers, some TBA. The final event wraps up with an hour of Q&A and “a virtual networking mixer.”

More info here.

Register here.


Cordilleran Geoscience: A 2020 Perspective

October 5, 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Pacific time


Presented by the Pacific Section of the Geological Association of Canada, the Geological Survey of Canada, the British Columbia Geological Survey and the Yukon Geological Survey

Several speakers from these groups discuss the latest research about the geology, geophysics, metallogeny and mineral deposits of the Cordillera. A Q&A session also takes place.

More info here.

Register here by September 30.


2020 NWT & Nunavut Geoscience Symposium

November 23. Presentations remain online after that date


Presented by the Northwest Territories Geological Survey and the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines

Pre-recorded YouTube presentations and downloadable posters go online. Topics include mineral exploration, geoscience, energy geoscience, permafrost science, environmental science, engagement and education, regulatory updates and resource development.

More info here.

No registration required but to contribute a poster or pre‐recorded presentation, submit an Expression of Interest by October 2. More details here.


Vancouver Resource Investment Conference

January 17 to 18

Presented by Cambridge House International

Dates have been set but info’s pending. If past experience is any guide, however, the agenda might include standup comedy masquerading as stock picks.

Registration info to come.


AME Remote Roundup 2021

January 18 to 22

Presented by the Association for Mineral Exploration

Early bird tickets now on sale.

It looks like everything from the Core Shack to the Prospectors’ Tent goes online for an annual event that last year attracted over 6,100 people from 38 countries. Recognizing the exceptional circumstances of our time, the 2021 theme will be Leading Through Change.

Here’s the tentative schedule.

Register here.


PDAC 2021

Tentatively scheduled for March 7 to 10. Exact dates TBA

Fees TBA

Presented by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada

Details are pending, but PDAC intends to present all its traditional programming at the online event.

More info here.

Saville Resources, Commerce Resources find more fluorspar in re-assayed core from Quebec niobium-tantalum project

September 10th, 2020

by Greg Klein | September 10, 2020

Saville Resources, Commerce Resources find increased fluorspar mineralization in re-assayed core from Quebec niobium-tantalum project

A map approximates the fluorspar mineralized
trend found within the property’s wider niobium trend.


By focusing on some critical minerals another was neglected, these companies realized. Already aware of niobium, tantalum and phosphate, Saville Resources TSXV:SRE re-assayed core extracted last year and in 2008 on northern Quebec’s Niobium Claim Group project. The area in focus was the property’s Mallard prospect.

Located two kilometres from Commerce Resources’ (TSXV:CCE) advanced-stage Ashram rare earths-fluorspar deposit, Saville operates the earlier-stage, 1,223-hectare Niobium Claim Group on a 75% earn-in from Commerce.

Originally, only the highest-grade intervals were assayed for fluorine. But a review of two programs of historic drilling and Saville’s own 2019 Phase I campaign outlined a previously under-rated fluorspar trend within the project’s niobium trend. 

Saville Resources, Commerce Resources find increased fluorspar mineralization in re-assayed core from Quebec niobium-tantalum project

Fluorspar shows its true colours in this 2008 core.

A second look at selected intervals supports that analysis. The re-assayed intervals confirm “a broad and extensive fluorspar mineralized trend at Mallard, which extends for at least 600 metres along strike and is open to the northwest, southeast, down-dip, and is interpreted to continue to surface,” the companies stated. “The trend remains to be delineated significantly outside of the core Mallard area.”

One 2008 intercept originally graded 30.7% CaF2 over 22.3 metres. New assays show that interval to be part of a wider zone grading 21.5% over 38.6 metres. Additionally, the intercept shows niobium, tantalum and phosphate at moderate grades of 0.36% Nb2O5, 103 ppm Ta2O5 and 5.3% P2O5.

Another 2008 hole hadn’t previously been assayed for fluorspar. It now shows 8% CaF2 over 47.2 metres, including 23.6% over five metres.

A 2019 hole reached 8.4% CaF2, 0.36% Nb2O5, 122 ppm Ta2O5 and 5.4% P2O5 over 22.5 metres, including 11.9% CaF2 over six metres. This interval extends at depth a 2010 hole that assayed 14.8% CaF2 over 6.2 metres. These results suggest continuation northwest along strike.

Another 2019 hole now shows 8.5% CaF2 over six metres.

True widths were unavailable.

Saville plans a 3D model of the trend to locate targets where high-grade fluorspar-bearing carbonatite might overlap with high-grade niobium-bearing carbonatite.

Fluorspar, niobium, tantalum and rare earths all appear on the U.S. list of 35 critical minerals. Along with phosphate rock, they also make the recently released EU list of 30 critical raw materials. In June Canada and the U.S. reaffirmed their commitment to the Joint Action Plan on Critical Minerals Collaboration announced in January, which would encourage investment and development for North American mining projects and supply chains.

As part of the EU plan to secure critical materials, this week the European Commission stated that “pilot partnerships with Canada, interested countries in Africa and the EU’s neighbourhood will start as of 2021.”

Ares Strategic Mining launches this summer’s second drill program at its Utah fluorspar project

September 9th, 2020

by Greg Klein | September 9, 2020

With Phase I drilling completed in June and assays released just last week, Phase II has already begun at a former mine that this company plans to put back into production. Ares Strategic Mining TSXV:ARS now has an RC rig testing new targets on a program of 10 to 15 holes totalling up to 1,500 metres at its Lost Sheep fluorspar project in Utah.

Ares Strategic Mining launches this summer’s second drill program at its Utah fluorspar project

An example of fluorite-bearing volcanic
breccia found at surface on Lost Sheep.

The company has near-term plans to resume Lost Sheep production without de-risking through successive PEA and feasibility studies. The Mujim Group bought a 9% stake in Ares earlier this year after the multinational fluorspar mining and distribution company visited Lost Sheep. Should all go to plan, the mine would be America’s sole producer of fluorspar, ranked on both the U.S. list of 35 critical minerals and the EU list of 30 critical raw materials.

The current work follows delineation results released August 31 from 12 RC holes totalling 900 metres that brought high grades over wide intervals.

Two or three new holes totalling 200 to 300 metres will test for possible continuity between the recently drilled LGP pipe and the property’s former Purple Pit underground operation. Former miners at the latter area have told the company mineralization continues towards LGP.

At least five more holes totalling 500 to 700 metres will target nearby breccia pipes that show exposed fluorspar at surface. Success in this area would lead to additional holes to delineate near-surface mineralization.

“Ares is currently considering expanding the proposed production capacity and processing facilities at its mine,” said president/CEO James Walker. “The company anticipates secondary and tertiary mining operations at other sites in the future. By moving our drill program forward, we hope to enable faster expansion of our production capabilities once mining operations have commenced.”

The plan calls for supply of both metspar and the higher-priced acidspar. Metallurgical studies have upgraded Lost Sheep material into 97% CaF2 acidspar. 

Ares’ portfolio also includes northern British Columbia’s Liard fluorspar project, which hosts historic, non-43-101 estimates for seven areas of the highway-accessible property.

Read more about Ares Strategic Mining.

European Union looks to Canada and others for critical minerals supply

September 4th, 2020

by Greg Klein | September 4, 2020

The EU’s newly released 10-point critical raw materials action plan calls for development of European supplies and supply chains, as well as further re-use and recycling. But for those materials not found on the continent, the European Commission says, “pilot partnerships with Canada, interested countries in Africa and the EU’s neighbourhood will start as of 2021. In these and other fora of international co-operation, the commission will promote sustainable and responsible mining practices and transparency.”

European Union looks to Canada and others for critical minerals supply

The commission made the proclamation September 3 as part of its Green Deal, a program to achieve a climate-neutral, digital economy and “stronger Europe.” As has been the case in the U.S. over the last four years, the continent has been expressing increasing concern about security of supply for necessary resources. The EU also released an updated list of critical raw materials, the first since 2017.

Using the same methodology that emphasizes economic importance and supply challenges, the new list numbers 30, compared with 27 in 2017. Added for the first time are lithium, bauxite, titanium and strontium. Helium was dropped due to a decline in economic importance.

Heavy rare earths, light rare earths and scandium rate three separate categories. Also included are critical standbys like niobium, tantalum, fluorspar, cobalt and platinum group metals. Not exclusive to minerals, the list includes natural rubber.

Coking coal, phosphorus and silicon metal ranked among EU choices that didn’t make the most recent (from 2018) U.S. list of 35 critical minerals. Some other American exclusives not listed by the EU are helium, manganese, potash and chromium.

The commission referenced World Bank data showing “demand for metals and minerals increases rapidly with climate ambition. The most significant example of this is electric storage batteries, where the rise in demand for relevant metals aluminium, cobalt, iron, lead, lithium, manganese and nickel would grow by more than 1,000% by 2050 under a 2°C scenario, compared to a business-as-usual scenario.”

The commission’s Maroš Šefčovič added, “For e-car batteries and energy storage alone, Europe will for instance need up to 18 times more lithium by 2030 and up to 60 times more by 2050.”

Supply security can be jeopardized by reliance on a single country or company, the commission warned. “China provides 98% of the EU’s supply of rare earth elements, Turkey provides 98% of the EU’s supply of borate, and South Africa provides 71% of the EU’s needs for platinum and an even higher share of the platinum group metals iridium, rhodium and ruthenium. The EU relies on single EU companies for its supply of hafnium and strontium.”

The commission’s specific mention of Canada as a preferred supply source follows the Joint Action Plan on Critical Minerals Collaboration that the U.S. and Canada announced in January and reaffirmed last June.

Meet the Zimtu teams

September 3rd, 2020

Eight companies offer eight opportunities at one online event

by Greg Klein | September 3, 2020

Eight companies offer eight opportunities at one online event


Their projects span early exploration to advanced development. Their goals include base, precious and critical minerals, but also extend to technology and energy. A wide range of potential comes to the fore on September 10, when Zimtu Capital TSXV:ZC presents a Zoom conference highlighting eight of its colleague companies.

Below we offer an overview of each company. But first here’s how to take part.

To attend, RSVP

The event takes place September 10 at 8 a.m. Vancouver/Pacific time, 11 a.m. Toronto/Eastern time, 5 p.m. Frankfurt/Central European time.

Click this link to connect.

If prompted, enter meeting ID 868 2490 1684 and meeting passcode 679221.

To take part by phone, dial by location:

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855 703 8985     

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888 475 4499       

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+41 44 529 92 72
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Meeting ID: 868 2490 1684

Click here to find your local number.


And here are the companies


Arctic Star Exploration TSXV:ADD

Promising geology and proven methodology will come together at Arctic Star Exploration’s (TSXV:ADD) Diagras project in the Northwest Territories’ diamondiferous Lac de Gras region. Currently holding 40% of a joint venture, the company intends to assume operation and increase its ownership when spring offers optimum work conditions.

In addition to drilling, Arctic Star’s plans include gravity and electromagnetic surveys on seven of the property’s 21 known kimberlites. The gravity/EM approach follows that of Kennady Diamonds, which successfully employed the methodology on its Kennady North project two kilometres away. In 2018 Kennady North was acquired by Mountain Province Diamonds TSX:MPVD, De Beers’ JV partner on the adjacent Gahcho Kué mine. Gravity and EM have so far found five drill targets at Diagras.

Arctic Star’s 100%-held Timantti diamond project in Finland hosts nine known diamondiferous kimberlites. With some 150 kilograms of samples ready for processing, ground work is expected to resume once pandemic conditions allow.

Read more about Arctic Star Exploration.


Ares Strategic Mining TSXV:ARS

Eight companies offer eight opportunities at one online event

Once re-opened, Lost Sheep will be
America’s only producing fluorspar mine.

The U.S. currently imports its entire supply of this critical mineral but Ares Strategic Mining TSXV:ARS plans to change that soon by opening the country’s only fluorspar operation. Production at Utah’s Lost Sheep mine could begin this autumn without de-risking through successive PEA and feasibility studies, but with the apparent confidence of the Mujim Group. The multinational fluorspar mining and distribution company visited the property earlier this year prior to buying a 9% stake in Ares.

Three of five exploration holes found visible fluorspar, while assays have just been released from 12 holes totalling 900 metres of delineation drilling. Results show high grades over wide intervals from near-surface and at-surface intercepts. Metallurgical tests have upgraded Lost Sheep material above 97% CaF2, achieving the level of higher-priced acidspar.

Ares also holds the Liard fluorspar project in northern British Columbia. Seven areas of the highway-accessible 476-hectare property host historic, non-43-101 estimates.

Read more about Ares Strategic Mining.

September 9 update: Ares launches this summer’s second drill program at Lost Sheep.


Commerce Resources TSXV:CCE

Eight companies offer eight opportunities at one online event

Well-understood host minerals, distribution of magnet
feed elements and a friendly jurisdiction distinguish
Commerce Resources’ RE-fluorspar project.

Few if any elements dominate concern about critical minerals like rare earths. That places all the more focus on Commerce Resources’ (TSXV:CCE) Ashram deposit, an advanced-stage Quebec project that also hosts one of the world’s largest fluorspar resources. While working towards pre-feasibility, the company has metallurgical studies advancing on a number of levels, benefiting not only Ashram but the creation of supply chains independent of China. The deposit’s carbonatite-hosted mineralization and relatively simple monazite, bastnasite and xenotime mineralogy complement conventional rare earths processing. Metallurgy has also upgraded Ashram’s fluorspar content to higher-priced acidspar.

Ashram also features a strong presence of high-demand magnet feed elements neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium and terbium. Work is underway to upgrade the 2012 resource that used a 1.25% cutoff to show:

  • measured and indicated: 29.27 million tonnes averaging 1.9% total rare earth oxides and 2.94% fluorine

  • inferred: 219.8 million tonnes averaging 1.88% TREO and 2.21% F

The deposit starts at surface.

Looking at other critical minerals, Commerce also holds the advanced-stage Blue River tantalum-niobium deposit in southern British Columbia.

Read more about Commerce Resources.

September 10 update: Saville Resources, Commerce Resources find more fluorspar in re-assayed core from Quebec niobium-tantalum project.


Core Assets Corp CSE:CC

Eight companies offer eight opportunities at one online event

Historic results, more recent sampling and a
greater understanding of regional geology prompted
Core Assets’ major land expansion in B.C.

Determined to become a major explorer in northwestern British Columbia’s Golden Triangle, Core Assets Corp CSE:CC started trading in July, then began September with a nine-fold property expansion. The inspiration for boosting its Blue and Silver Lime holdings to 14,815 hectares comes from continual advancements in the understanding of porphyry, skarn and carbonate replacement-type deposits globally and in the Triangle itself.

The new ground covers the Llewelyn fault zone, which the company believes to be the main transport corridor for high-grade metals found on the property at surface. An historic, non-43-101 drill hole at Blue reached 0.27% copper over 173.2 metres. Grab samples from 2018 graded up to 1.57 g/t gold, 46.5 g/t silver and 8.46% copper.

The 2018 grab samples from never-drilled Silver Lime included 1.16 g/t gold, 913 g/t silver, 12.45% zinc and 20% lead. Core’s regionally experienced team plans a regional magnetic survey over the property.

Watch an interview with the Core Assets team.


Dimension Five Technologies CSE:DFT

Creating high-value products, even energy, from waste materials is the goal of Aduro Energy, now subject of an LOI for a reverse takeover by Dimension Five Technologies CSE:DFT. Founded in 2012, Ontario-based Aduro has developed a smart chemistry approach using three water-based technologies to transform diverse feedstocks that include renewable oils as well as waste plastics, foams and rubber. The result can be new plastics, foams, hydrocarbon fuels or specialty chemicals.

Aduro has its three areas of technology—trademarked as Hydrochemolytic Plastics Upgrading, Hydrochemolytic Renewables Upgrading and Hydrochemolytic Bitumen Upgrading—now undergoing demonstration and commercialization stages.

Learn more about Aduro Energy.


Emerita Resources TSXV:EMO

Eight companies offer eight opportunities at one online event

Despite extensive previous mining, Aznalcollar
hosts an impressive historic base metals estimate.

Most of Spain’s bullion came from the New World but Emerita Resources TSXV:EMO believes there’s untapped gold-silver potential on its Paymogo polymetallic project. Located amid former and current operations in southern Spain’s Iberian Pyrite Belt, Paymogo’s Romanera deposit hosts an historic, non-43-101 estimate of 34 million tonnes averaging 0.42% copper, 2.2% lead, 2.3% zinc, 44.4 g/t silver and 0.8 g/t gold.

Eight kilometres away, Paymogo’s Infanta area has historic, non-43-101 reports of high-grade copper-lead-zinc-silver intervals. While preparing an exploration permit application, Emerita is compiling data from 51 holes at Romanera and 48 at Infanta for a digital database to guide another round of drilling.

The company also awaits a court decision regarding a disputed tender for the Aznalcollar zinc-lead past-producer on the same Iberian belt. In May Emerita signed a binding letter agreement to earn a 55% interest in the Sierra Alta gold property in northern Spain. Company assets also include a 50% JV interest in the Plaza Norte zinc project near Spain’s northern coast.

Read more about Emerita Resources.

September 9 update: Emerita releases historic assays prior to drilling Paymogo.


Saville Resources TSXV:SRE

Eight companies offer eight opportunities at one online event

Saville outperformed historic intercepts with its
Phase I drill program on the Niobium Claim Group in Quebec.

Two kilometres from Commerce Resources’ Ashram RE-fluorspar deposit, another company explores for other critical minerals—niobium and tantalum. Working on a 75% earn-in from Commerce, Saville Resources TSXV:SRE has also found fluorspar potential on the early-stage Niobium Claim Group.

Saville sunk five holes last year in a promising Phase I campaign on the property’s Mallard prospect. Along with historic results, three drill programs total 14 holes and 3,537 metres on Mallard. Each program surpassed its predecessor for grades and widths while expanding three zones of mineralization that remain open in all directions. Encouraging historic drill results have also come from the project’s Northwest and Star Trench prospects. Yet to be drilled are other high-priority areas, especially Miranna where high-grade boulder samples have reached an exceptional 5.93% Nb2O5.

The property’s host rock predominates in pyrochlore-group minerals and/or ferrocolumbite, amenable to familiar processing methods as the world’s main source of niobium supply.

September 10 update: Saville Resources, Commerce Resources find more fluorspar in re-assayed core from Quebec niobium-tantalum project.


Zinc8 Energy Solutions CSE:ZAIR

Intermittent green electricity, grid backup and off-grid supply call for long-term electrical storage. Zinc8 Energy Solutions CSE:ZAIR has made inroads into New York by offering a low-cost, reliable approach.

The company’s system stores electricity in zinc particles, avoiding expensive battery minerals like lithium, vanadium and cobalt. When the storage system provides electricity, zinc particles combine with oxygen. When the system recharges, the zinc particles are regenerated and oxygen is returned.

Storage can be scaled from 20 kW to megawatts, making Zinc8’s system suitable for microgrids and utilities. The latter have already shown interest. 

In January the New York Power Authority, America’s largest public power organization, selected the Zinc8 system out of more than 60 contenders for a commercial or industrial demonstration facility. Two months later Digital Energy Corp chose Zinc8 to install a 100 kW/1.5 MWh storage system at a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Brooklyn. Buoyed by New York interest, Zinc8 has since created a U.S. subsidiary.

Read an op-ed by Zinc8 president/CEO Ron MacDonald.


The Zoom with Zimtu event takes place September 10 at 8 a.m. Vancouver/Pacific time, 11 a.m. Toronto/Eastern time, 5 p.m. Frankfurt/Central European time. Click here and learn how to attend.


Ares Strategic Mining releases high fluorspar grades from near-term U.S. producer

August 31st, 2020

by Greg Klein | August 31, 2020

Buoyed by encouraging drill results, this company advances plans to open what would be the only fluorspar mine in the U.S. On August 31 Ares Strategic Mining TSXV:ARS released assays from 12 RC holes at its Lost Sheep project in Utah. With some grades high enough for direct shipping to customers, the results validate historic reports from the property, the company stated.

Ares Strategic Mining releases high fluorspar grades from near-term U.S. producer

Reverse circulation drilling confirmed high grades at
America’s only permitted site for fluorspar production.

Among the highest grades were:

  • 56.33% calcium fluoride over 42.67 metres, starting at 7.62 metres
  • (including 72.87% over 21.34 metres)

  • 54.3% over 28.95 metres, starting at 12.19 metres
  • (including 68.47% over 21.34 metres)

  • 69.19% over 9.7 metres, starting at surface

  • 58.91% over 30.48 metres, starting at surface
  • (including 68.15% over 25.91 metres)

True widths weren’t available.

“The results have been a great validation of our project assessment and its potential,” commented president/CEO James Walker. “Not only do we have the only permitted and producing fluorspar mine in the U.S., but we can now confirm high grades of naturally occurring fluorspar at our mine.”

Declared a critical mineral by the U.S., that country currently has no significant domestic supply. Metallurgical tests on Lost Sheep material have reached over 97% CaF2, the higher-priced acidspar grade used in refrigerants, pharmaceuticals, electronics, aluminum production and lithium-ion batteries. Metspar, grading under 97%, finds uses in steel and cement production.

P&E Mining Consultants will use the drilling data to compile a resource estimate, economic models and mine design, Ares stated. With veteran mine-builder Keith Minty acting as VP/project manager, the company plans to begin operations without de-risking at the PEA or feasibility stage. “Ares is advancing with its mine construction plans with the anticipation to supply to U.S. industry in the near future,” Walker said.

Read more about Ares Strategic Mining.

Ares Strategic Mining CEO James Walker discusses near-term production plans for America’s only fluorspar mine

August 27th, 2020

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Update: Commerce Resources gets cash grants to further Canadian rare earths-fluorspar research

August 25th, 2020

by Greg Klein | August 24, 2020

An advanced-stage northern Quebec project continues to attract outside interest as a number of sources contribute metallurgical R&D funds. On August 25 Commerce Resources TSXV:CCE announced grants totalling $160,000 to help develop the company’s Ashram rare earths-fluorspar deposit. The funding follows a number of academic and government-backed research initiatives into the project. This money will back collaborative research by Commerce, l’Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) and the Industrial Waste Technology Centre (CTRI).

“A principal focus of the joint research program involving experts from CTRI, UQAT, and Commerce Resources will be the optimization of the mineral liberation and flotation schemes, used to produce a high-grade rare earth mineral concentrate over 30% REO for hydrometallurgical processing,” said Jean-François Boulanger, professor of hydrometallurgy for the Rare Earth Elements Institute for Research in Mines and Environment. “After the initial lab-scale testing phase, pilot-scale operation will be conducted, increasing confidence when scaling-up the developed process.”

Commerce president Chris Grove added that the work will enhance Ashram’s project efficiency “as well as make a strong contribution to academia and the research and development of strategic minerals in Quebec.”

The news comes four days after the announcement that two research papers featuring Ashram will be presented to the 2020 Conference of Metallurgists on October 14 and 15.


Commerce Resources’ rare earths-fluorspar project featured on two presentations at Conference of Metallurgists

by Greg Klein | August 20, 2020

The lingo might prove daunting to the uninitiated, yet technical studies like these help advance not only a specific project but the Canadian industry in general. Two papers referring to Commerce Resources’ (TSXV:CCE) Ashram rare earths-fluorspar deposit in northern Quebec will be presented at the upcoming 2020 Conference of Metallurgists (COM2020).

Organized by the Metallurgy and Materials Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, COM2020 was originally planned for Toronto this month. The rescheduled event takes place online October 14 and 15.

The first paper results from Ashram project manager Darren Smith’s collaboration with Tesfaye Negeri and Maziar Sauber of Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetMINING division. Entitled Mineral Processing Flowsheet Options for the Ashram Rare Earth and Fluorspar Deposit, the paper details test work that improved flotation through “a combination of distributed reagent additions, reagent synergism and reverse conditioning in a very simple and basic flotation circuit,” Commerce stated.

Commerce Resources’ rare earths-fluorspar project subject of two presentations at 2020 Conference of Metallurgists

In December Université du Québec PhD candidate
Sophie Costis won a scholarship for her work on Ashram
tailings management with le Centre Eau Terre Environnement.
(Photo: Université du Québec)

The findings are “directly applicable to the project’s working flowsheet,” the company added.

The second paper comes from Kang Sun, Christel Bemelmans and Nick Hazen of Hazen Research, operators of Ashram’s primary metallurgical lab in Colorado. Entitled Recovering Rare Earths and Other Metallic Values from Fluorine-Containing Concentrates using Carbochlorination and Aqueous Leaching, it discusses Ashram concentrate as one of two feedstocks tested with a thermal process to produce rare earth chloride that’s soluble in dilute hydrochloride.

Commerce expressed its pleasure to provide “continued support to the academic and institutional rare earth element research and development industry through the supply of Ashram deposit material and geological support. The deposit outcrops at surface and has allowed for cost-effective collection of large amounts of material for test work. As such, the company is actively engaged with various research and academic institutions to support the advancement of the REE industry in Canada, and in Quebec specifically.”

Other Ashram research has included a tailings management study by le Centre Eau Terre Environnement of l’Institut national de la recherche scientifique of l’Université du Québec that was published last May in the international peer-reviewed journal Science of the Total Environment.

The studies have taken place while Commerce advances Ashram to the pre-feasibility level. Rare earths and fluorspar rank among 35 minerals declared critical by the U.S.

In June the company closed an over-subscribed private placement of $1.2 million. Previous placements closed on $300,000 in May and $2.51 million in November.

Read more about Commerce Resources.

Commerce Resources’ rare earths-fluorspar project featured on two presentations at Conference of Metallurgists

August 20th, 2020

This story has been updated and moved here.

Ares Strategic Mining appoints Keith Minty project manager for U.S. fluorspar property

August 19th, 2020

by Greg Klein | August 19, 2020

A shares-for-debt agreement solidifies the participation of a seasoned mine-builder in a near-term production plan. On August 19 Ares Strategic Mining TSXV:ARS announced the appointment of Keith Minty P.Eng. as VP/project manager for its Lost Sheep fluorspar project in Utah. The company hopes to begin production as early as autumn of this year, making the operation the sole fluorspar mine in the U.S.

Under the agreement Minty will settle $14,100 of present invoices and 60% of future invoices through shares. The company “welcomes Mr. Minty to its shareholder base and draws great confidence from the endorsement and assessment he has made of the company’s potential,” Ares stated.

Last June president/CEO James Walker told that Minty “helped put nine mines into production that are way bigger than ours.”

Ares Strategic Mining appoints Keith Minty project manager for U.S. fluorspar property

Ares plans to re-open a permitted former fluorspar operation
as the United States’ sole producer of this critical mineral.

In 2000 Northern Miner named him Mining Man of the Year for turning around the Lac des Iles PGM mine in Ontario now held by Impala Canada. The publication credited Minty with exploration that expanded the operation, as well as corporate housecleaning and a technical review of mining and processing operations.

“His project development experience will be an invaluable asset to the company during the development stages of our Lost Sheep mine,” commented Walker. “We consider his involvement to be a major validation of our plans and future ambitions.”

The company plans to move to production without de-risking at the PEA or feasibility levels. Fluorspar, also known as fluorite and calcium fluoride (CaF2) is considered a critical mineral in the U.S. and EU. The U.S. currently has no significant domestic production. The 586-hectare Lost Sheep property is permitted for mining.

The company has assays pending from last spring’s 12-hole, 900-metre drill campaign and has conducted metallurgical tests to upgrade Lost Sheep material to higher-grade, higher-priced acidspar. Last month Ares contracted P&E Mining Consultants to complete a mine plan for Lost Sheep.

Ares also holds the 476-hectare Liard property in northern British Columbia, an April acquisition that came with historic, non-43-101 fluorspar estimates.

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