Friday 24th March 2017

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Emerita Resources signs LOI for Spanish zinc project

March 20th, 2017

by Greg Klein | March 20, 2017

Set to resume trading on March 22, Emerita Resources TSXV:EMO has due diligence planned for a VMS property in an infrastructure-rich region of southern Spain. The non-binding letter of intent concerns the 1,400-hectare Masa Valverde zinc project in Andalusia’s Iberian pyrite belt.

Emerita Resources signs LOI for Spanish zinc project

The property “hosts a classic, polymetallic, volcanogenic massive sulphide deposit that is locally enriched in gold and contains zinc-rich massive sulphide zones and a copper-rich zone as is characteristic for VMS deposits,” Emerita stated. “Drilling to date has outlined a sulphide body that is greater than 1,200 metres long and greater than 200 metres wide.” Mineralization remains open, the company added.

Subject to approvals and a 60-day due diligence period, the property would cost Emerita €4.5 million over two years plus a 2.5% NSR. The vendor also retains an offtake option.

Located in a region active in base metals mining, local infrastructure includes paved roads, rail, power, water and ports.

Following a March 10 halt, Emerita resumes trading on March 22.

The company also reiterated its commitment to another Andalusian project, the Aznalcollar zinc-lead-copper project. Emerita’s acquisition of the asset was confirmed in an October court ruling.

Additionally, the company holds the Sierra Alta gold project in northwestern Spain, Las Morras gold project in western Spain and the Falcon Litio MG lithium project in Brazil.

Golden Dawn Minerals reports May Mac assays as underground drilling continues

March 6th, 2017

by Greg Klein | March 6, 2017

Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM released the last of 19 holes drilled so far this winter at its May Mac mine in southern British Columbia’s historic Greenwood camp. Following assays reported last month, the results show silver-polymetallic mineralization on the Skomac vein system beyond, above and below the former mine’s #7 adit.

Some highlights from hole MU17-10 include:

  • 81.1 g/t silver, 0.06 g/t gold, 2.1% lead and 0.6% zinc over 5.25 metres, starting at 188.82 metres in downhole depth
  • (including 121.4 g/t silver, 0.07 g/t gold, 3.5% lead and 1% zinc over 2.7 metres)

  • 86 g/t silver, 0.01 g/t gold, 5.3% lead and 1.6% zinc over 1 metre, starting at 195.78 metres

  • 174.3 g/t silver, 8.2 g/t gold, 3.7% lead, 2.6% zinc and 0.01% copper over 1.2 metres, starting at 211.6 metres
  • (including 228 g/t silver, 19.65 g/t gold, 8.8% lead, 6.2% zinc and 0.2% copper over 0.5 metres)

  • 98 g/t silver, 0.01 g/t gold, 0.5% lead, 0.9% zinc and 0.1% copper over 1.5 metres, starting at 218.37 metres

  • 18.33 g/t silver, 3.11 g/t gold, 1.2% lead, 3.5% zinc and 0.1% copper over 1.97 metres, starting at 221.89 metres

  • 37.5 g/t silver, 6.76 g/t gold, 1.4% lead, 2.2% zinc and 0.1% copper over 1.32 metres, starting at 226.4 metres
Golden Dawn Minerals reports May Mac assays as underground drilling continues

True widths weren’t available.

The program found veining concentrated in four zones ranging from 1.2 metres to 19.43 metres in extent, with significant mineralization in the first three zones.

Drilling continues at the underground drill station, prior to moving the rig to two other stations. Golden Dawn also has permitting underway to extend the #7 drift for a bulk sample of up to 10,000 tonnes. Samples have already been taken for metallurgical tests at the company’s Greenwood mill, 15 kilometres southeast. Golden Dawn holds an extensive portfolio of former mines proximal to the 200-tpd mill, which the company hopes to restart this year.

Last month the company announced a US$4-million advance on a streaming agreement for its past-producing Lexington and Golden Crown gold mines. Lexington has trial mining anticipated for Q3, while Golden Crown has a permit application for infill drilling. Trial mining at Golden Crown could begin in Q2 2018, following successful permitting, adit refurbishment and underground exploration.

The company also has field work planned for its Phoenix and Tam O’Shanter properties, part of a 11,000-hectare, 29-property acquisition that closed in January.

Golden Dawn’s Greenwood portfolio sits about 500 kilometres east of Vancouver.

Golden Dawn Minerals releases silver-gold-polymetallic assays from historic Greenwood camp

February 24th, 2017

by Greg Klein | February 24, 2017

Underground drilling delivered the highest silver and gold assays so far from the Skomac vein system at the former May Mac mine, Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM reported February 23. With noteworthy lead and zinc numbers as well, the results come from one of the past-producers the company intends to revive at its Greenwood portfolio in southern British Columbia. The assays reflect nine of this year’s 10 May Mac holes totalling 1,320 metres, while results are pending for the tenth hole. Along with nine holes sunk late last year and released in mid-January, the work currently totals 2,125 metres.

All 19 holes hit the Skomac vein system, showing mineralization continues along the principal vein from the #6 level, passing the #7 level. Parallel veins also revealed mineralization. Some highlights include:

Hole MU17-01

  • 235 g/t silver, 2.07 g/t gold, 0.8% lead, 1.4% zinc and 0.2% copper over 1.56 metres, starting at 32.05 metres in downhole depth


  • 231.2 g/t silver, 0.51 g/t gold, 5.9% lead, 6.4% zinc and 0.3% copper over 1.92 metres, starting at 59.44 metres
Golden Dawn Minerals releases silver-gold-polymetallic assays from historic Greenwood camp

Golden Dawn plans additional underground
drilling and a bulk sample at the former May Mac mine.


  • 177 g/t silver, 7.91 g/t gold, 0.5% lead, 0.4% zinc and 0.1% copper over 1.05 metres, starting at 32.67 metres


  • 35.1 g/t silver, 6.32 g/t gold, 0.3% lead, 0.6% zinc and 0.1% copper over 1.36 metres, starting at 224.82 metres
  • (including 79.5 g/t silver, 14.55 g/t gold, 0.6% lead, 0.3% zinc and 0.1% copper over 0.46 metres)


  • 371 g/t silver, 8.86 g/t gold, 0.7% lead and 0.2% copper over 0.5 metres, starting at 62.7 metres


  • 559.4 g/t silver, 1.27 g/t gold, 0.2% lead, 2.1% zinc and 0.1% copper over 2.06 metres, starting at 52.8 metres
  • (including 1,935 g/t silver, 4.21 g/t gold, 0.7% lead, 7.1% zinc and 0.2% copper over 0.54 metres)

True widths weren’t available.

With more holes scheduled for this drill station, Golden Dawn plans additional underground work at two other drill stations. The company also has permitting underway to extend the #7 drift for drilling and bulk sampling up to 10,000 tonnes. Processing would take place at Golden Dawn’s Greenwood mill, 15 kilometres southeast.

Looking at another of the company’s Greenwood properties, Golden Dawn has applied for a surface drilling permit for its Golden Crown property, which has a 2016 resource estimating 62,500 gold-equivalent ounces indicated and 13,100 ounces inferred.

Other plans include field work on an acquisition of 29 former Greenwood mines that closed last week. Golden Dawn filed a 43-101 on the 11,354-hectare package in January.

On February 24 the company announced closing of a US$1-million convertible security increase with Lind Asset Management VI. Earlier this month Golden Dawn reported receiving an initial US$3 million of a US$4-million streaming deal from RIVI Capital.

With an extensive portfolio of former mines proximal to its 200-tpd mill, Golden Dawn hopes to revive the historic Greenwood camp, about six hours’ drive east of Vancouver.

Mountain Boy Minerals reports barite-polymetallic results from NW B.C.

February 2nd, 2017

by Greg Klein | February 2, 2017

An explorer with extensive assets in northwestern British Columbia’s Golden Triangle, Mountain Boy Minerals TSXV:MTB announced a “major base metal-silver-barite zone” at the Surprise Creek property. The company acts as project operator on the 50/50 JV with Great Bear Resources TSXV:GBR.

Of two holes sunk late last year, one missed a polymetallic VMS-related occurrence called the Ataman zone. But DDH-SC-2 returned the following intercepts, announced February 2:

  • 0.12 g/t gold, 28 g/t silver, 1.21% zinc, 0.03% lead, 0.31% copper and 46.73% barite over 18.94 metres, starting at 58.26 metres in downhole depth

  • (including 0.11 g/t gold, 44.75 g/t silver, 4.31% zinc, 0.05% lead, 0.33% copper and 67% BaSo4 over 4.58 metres)

  • (which includes 0.09 g/t gold, 70.7 g/t silver, 6.49% zinc, 0.09% lead, 0.56% copper and 60.48% BaSo4 over 2.14 metres)
Mountain Boy Minerals reports barite-polymetallic results from NW B.C.

A helicopter lands at the BA project,
part of the same JV with Surprise Creek.

True widths weren’t available. The hole appeared to end in mineralization but drilling stopped due to weather.

Further work this year “will target this extensive barite horizon,” Mountain Boy stated. The Ataman zone has been traced across approximately 1.2 kilometres of strike. The 7,472-hectare Surprise Creek property sits immediately north of a highway.

Barite is used as a drilling mud in the oil and gas industry. Imports to Canada and the U.S. come to about 400,000 tonnes of industrial-grade barite and 3.6 million tonnes of oilfield barite, the company stated.

The JV also covers the nearby BA VMS project. Some highlights from samples reported last month from a three-by-two-kilometre area of the Big Red target showed:

  • 14.3% lead and 1,080 g/t silver
  • 32.4% lead and 417 g/t silver
  • 20.3% zinc, 6.73% lead, 255 g/t silver and 100 ppb gold
  • 33.1% zinc, 1.57% lead and 192 g/t silver
  • 4.41% copper and 142 ppb gold

Big Red has additional exploration planned this year, but the BA property’s eponymous BA zone remains the project’s primary focus. In December Mountain Boy released channel sample results from the zone, with some highlights showing:

  • 3.84% zinc, 1.25% lead and 107.65 g/t silver over 15 metres
  • (including 5.31% zinc, 1.97% lead and 132.44 g/t silver over 7.5 metres)

  • 2.42% zinc, 0.55% lead and 99.41 g/t silver over 12 metres
  • (including 3.2% zinc, 0.72% lead and 119.68 g/t silver over 6 metres)
  • (which includes 5.12% zinc, 0.83% lead and 102.85 g/t silver over 3 metres)
Mountain Boy Minerals reports barite-polymetallic results from NW B.C.

An aerial view of the MB project.

Another Mountain Boy asset in B.C.’s Golden Triangle is the MB project. Grab samples taken last year from the property’s High Grade zone assayed as high as 31,192 g/t silver, with averages of 4,795.16 g/t silver, 3.35% zinc, 0.837% lead and 1.38% copper.

Sampling from MB’s Mann zone averaged 750.48 g/t silver, 9.02% zinc, 2.61% lead and 0.303% copper.

MB has an historic, non-43-101 indicated estimate for three veins totalling 105,555 tonnes averaging 0.064% copper, 0.69% lead, 2.01% zinc, 208.9 g/t silver and 13.59% barite.

The company’s portfolio includes a 20% interest in the Silver Coin project, in which Jayden Resources TSXV:JDN holds the remainder. A 2011 resource gave the project a measured and indicated total of 842,416 ounces gold, 4.46 million ounces silver and 91.17 million pounds zinc. The inferred category came to 813,273 ounces gold, 6.69 million ounces silver and 128 million pounds zinc. Further drilling is planned this year.

Mountain Boy also holds a 35% interest in Decade Resources’ (TSXV:DEC) Red Cliff project, which has modelling and additional drilling slated for 2017.

Just west of the BA project, Mountain Boy’s 50%-held George property has historic, non-43-101 estimates for copper, silver and gold.

In December Mountain Boy announced the purchase of the 1,062-hectare Manuel Creek zeolite and pozzolan property in southern B.C.’s Okanagan region, where work on a resource estimate should start in early spring. The company noted that zeolite is used in applications such as soil amendments and hydroponics, water filtration, livestock feed enhancement and waste management.

The company offered a private placement of up to $1.2 million in December.

Golden Dawn Minerals advances southern B.C.’s Greenwood renaissance

January 18th, 2017

by Greg Klein | January 18, 2017

With a fresh batch of assays from underground drilling, Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM progresses towards its goal of reviving southern British Columbia’s Greenwood mining camp. Results from nine holes (one released previously) totalling 805 metres show the May Mac project’s Skomac vein mineralization continues past the former mine’s #7 level.

Some highlights show:

Hole MU16-01 (previously released)

  • 131.3 g/t silver, 2.34 g/t gold, 0.6% lead, 0.4% zinc and 0.1% copper over 2.33 metres, starting at 17.45 metres in downhole depth
  • (including 250 g/t silver, 4.96 g/t gold, 1.2% lead, 0.9% zinc and 0.2% copper over 1.1 metres)


  • 132 g/t silver, 0.14 g/t gold, 1.9% lead, 1.6% zinc and 0.5% copper over 0.5 metres, starting at 24.09 metres
Golden Dawn Minerals advances Greenwood renaissance in southern B.C.

Located about 500 kilometres east of Vancouver,
Golden Dawn’s Greenwood assets include a 200-tpd mill.


  • 21.1 g/t silver, 0.55 g/t gold and 0.1% zinc over 0.49 metres, starting at 18.38 metres


  • 57.5 g/t silver, 0.32 g/t gold, 0.7% lead, 1.1% zinc and 0.1% copper over 0.5 metres, starting at 17 metres


  • 176.5 g/t silver, 1.06 g/t gold, 3.2% lead, 1.1% zinc and 0.3% copper over 1.5 metres, starting at 32.92 metres


  • 173 g/t silver, 0.22 g/t gold, 2.7% lead, 2.5% zinc and 0.1% copper over 0.76 metres, starting at 69.28 metres


  • 105 g/t silver, 0.15 g/t gold, 3.7% lead and 0.3% zinc over 0.44 metres, starting at 23.4 metres


  • 84.8 g/t silver, 0.2 g/t gold, 0.6% lead and 0.1% zinc over 0.43 metres, starting at 34.57 metres


  • 151 g/t silver, 2.97 g/t gold, 0.9% lead, 0.7% zinc and 0.1% copper over 0.48 metres, starting at 53.3 metres

  • 152 g/t silver, 0.4 g/t gold, 4.5% lead, 1.7% zinc and 0.1% copper over 0.4 metres, starting at 58.54 metres

True widths weren’t available.

These results follow assays released in December from May Mac as well as the 16,000-hectare Greenwood project’s Amigo, Glory Hole and Sylvester K former mines. But the January 17 announcement revised one December hole, a surface stepout labelled BF16-26. The hole “not only demonstrates the northwest strike extension, but also extends the vein to 13 metres below the #7 adit level,” the company stated. “It indicates that mineralization similar to that historically mined from the upper levels of the mine is present down to the #7 level, and that the mineralization continues along strike and is open to the northwest. Further surface drill testing will test the extent of the mineralized zone.”

Meanwhile May Mac has underground drilling scheduled to resume by January 21. The company also has permitting underway to extend the #7 drift northwest and extract a bulk sample of up to 10,000 tonnes. The material would be processed at Golden Dawn’s Greenwood mill, 15 kilometres southeast of May Mac.

Pending a dewatering permit and the dewatering process, production would resume at Greenwood’s Lexington gold-copper mine, which has been on care and maintenance since 2008. The project has measured and indicated resources calculated last year that total 96,300 gold-equivalent ounces. Golden Dawn has also submitted a work application to drill its Golden Crown property, which has a 2016 resource showing 62,500 gold-equivalent ounces indicated and 13,100 ounces inferred.

The company stands to gain a $5.2-million advance payment from a purchase agreement announced earlier this month for gold that would be produced at Lexington and Golden Crown. The money would be used to repay a bridge loan, for working capital and to complete the acquisition of Kettle River Resources and its 12,000 hectares hosting 30 former mines. Golden Dawn expects to complete a 43-101 technical report on the property this month.

Read more about Golden Dawn Minerals.

A 2016 retrospect

December 20th, 2016

Was it the comeback year for commodities—or just a tease?

by Greg Klein

Some say optimism was evident early in the year, as the trade shows and investor conferences began. Certainly as 2016 progressed, so did much of the market. Commodities, some of them anyway, picked up. In a lot of cases, so did valuations. The crystal ball of the industry’s predictionariat often seemed to shine a rosier tint. It must have been the first time in years that people actually stopped saying, “I think we’ve hit bottom.”

But it would have been a full-out bull market if every commodity emulated lithium.

By February Benchmark Mineral Intelligence reported the chemical’s greatest-ever price jump as both hydroxide and carbonate surpassed $10,000 a tonne, a 47% increase for the latter’s 2015 average. The Macquarie Group later cautioned that the Big Four of Albermarle NYSE:ALB, FMC Corp NYSE:FMC, SQM NYSE:SQM and Talison Lithium had been mining significantly below capacity and would ramp up production to protect market share.

Was this the comeback year for commodities—or just a tease?

That they did, as new supply was about to come online from sources like Galaxy Resources’ Mount Cattlin mine in Western Australia, which began commissioning in November. The following month Orocobre TSX:ORL announced plans to double output from its Salar de Olaroz project in Argentina. Even Bolivia sent a token 9.3 tonnes to China, suggesting the mining world’s outlaw finally intends to develop its lithium deposits, estimated to be the world’s largest at 22% of global potential.

Disagreeing with naysayers like Macquarie and tracking at least 12 Li-ion megafactories being planned, built or expanded to gigawatt-hour capacity by 2020, Benchmark in December predicted further price increases for 2017.

Obviously there was no keeping the juniors out of this. Whether or not it’s a bubble destined to burst, explorers snapped up prospects, issuing news releases at an almost frantic flow that peaked in mid-summer. Acquisitions and early-stage activity often focused on the western U.S., South America’s Lithium Triangle and several Canadian locations too.

In Quebec’s James Bay region, Whabouchi was subject of a feasibility update released in April. Calling the development project “one of the richest spodumene hard rock lithium deposits in the world, both in volume and grade,” Nemaska Lithium TSX:NMX plans to ship samples from its mine and plant in Q2 2017.

A much more despairing topic was cobalt, considered by some observers to be the energy metal to watch. At press time instability menaced the Democratic Republic of Congo, which produces an estimated 60% of global output. Far overshadowing supply-side concerns, however, was the threat of a humanitarian crisis triggered by president Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down at the end of his mandate on December 20.

Was this the comeback year for commodities—or just a tease?

But the overall buoyant market mood had a practical basis in base metals, led by zinc. In June prices bounced back from the six-year lows of late last year to become “by far the best-performing LME metal,” according to Reuters. Two months later a UBS spokesperson told the news agency refiners were becoming “panicky.”

Mine closures in the face of increasing demand for galvanized steel and, later in the year, post-U.S. election expectations of massive infrastructure programs, pushed prices 80% above the previous year. They then fell closer to 70%, but remained well within levels unprecedented over the last five years. By mid-December one steelmaker told the Wall Street Journal to expect “a demand explosion.”

Lead lagged, but just for the first half of 2016. Spot prices had sunk to about 74 cents a pound in early June, when the H2 ascension began. Reaching an early December peak of about $1.08, the highest since 2013, the metal then slipped beneath the dollar mark.

Copper lay at or near five-year lows until November, when a Trump-credited surge sent the red metal over 60% higher, to about $2.54 a pound. Some industry observers doubted it would last. But columnist Andy Home dated the rally to October, when the Donald was expected to lose. Home attributed copper’s rise to automated trading: “Think the copper market equivalent of Skynet, the artificial intelligence network that takes over the world in the Terminator films.” While other markets have experienced the same phenomenon, he maintained, it’s probably the first, but not the last time for a base metal.

Was this the comeback year for commodities—or just a tease?

Nickel’s spot price started the year around a piddling $3.70 a pound. But by early December it rose to nearly $5.25. That still compared poorly with 2014 levels well above $9 and almost $10 in 2011. Nickel’s year was characterized by Indonesia’s ban on exports of unprocessed metals and widespread mine suspensions in the Philippines, up to then the world’s biggest supplier of nickel ore.

More controversial for other reasons, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte began ordering suspensions shortly after his June election. His environmental secretary Regina Lopez then exhorted miners to surpass the world’s highest environmental standards, “better than Canada, better than Australia. We must be better and I know it can be done.”

Uranium continued to present humanity with a dual benefit—a carbon-free fuel for emerging middle classes and a cautionary example for those who would predict the future. Still oblivious to optimistic forecasts, the recalcitrant metal scraped a post-Fukushima low of $18 in December before creeping to $20.25 on the 19th. The stuff fetched around $72 a pound just before the 2011 tsunami and hit $136 in 2007.

Golden Dawn Minerals continues revival of B.C.’s historic Greenwood camp

December 13th, 2016

by Greg Klein | December 13, 2016 | updated with revised assays January 17, 2017

A well-financed company working to bring new life to a cluster of past-producers 500 kilometres east of Vancouver, Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM released assays from former mines on December 13. The results come from the Amigo, Glory Hole, May Mac and Sylvester K sites, part of the mostly contiguous 16,000 hectares comprising the Greenwood project.

At May Mac, two of three surface holes from the same collar missed the Skomac vein system. But BF16-26, described as a “very significant 100-metre stepout hole along the northwesterly trend” of the vein system, showed these revised assays, which were released January 17:

  • 133.6 g/t silver, 0.54 g/t gold, 3.6% lead and 1.5% zinc over 6.07 metres, starting at 177.47 metres in downhole depth
  • (including 688 g/t silver, 1.18 g/t gold, 19% lead and 7% zinc over 0.96 metres)
Golden Dawn Minerals continues revival of B.C.’s historic Greenwood camp

Golden Dawn hopes to begin bulk
sampling next year at May Mac’s #7 level.

True widths weren’t provided.

The results show that historically mined mineralization continues another 75 metres vertically, remaining open at depth and along strike to the northeast, Golden Dawn stated. The company plans further drilling in that direction early next year.

An underground percussion hole at May Mac’s #7 drift showed these highlights from two consecutive 1.2-metre samples of cutting sludge:

  • 156 g/t silver, 3.04 g/t gold, 2.91% lead, 1.1% zinc and 0.33% copper

  • 135 g/t silver, 7.95 g/t gold, 0.6% lead, 1.3% zinc and 0.08% copper

Cautioning that accuracy might be affected by material loss, Golden Dawn stated the results show substantial mineralization within five metres of the end of the #7 level.

That level also underwent nine diamond drill holes totalling 805 metres, with assays pending for eight. Hole MU16-01 was drilled horizontally from the end of the adit to determine the distance to the vein. One intercept showed:

  • 131.3 g/t silver, 2.34 g/t gold, 0.59% lead and 0.42% zinc over 2.33 metres, starting at 17.45 metres
  • (including 250 g/t silver, 4.96 g/t gold, 1.2% lead and 0.89% zinc over 1.1 metres)

One kilometre south of May Mac, the former Amigo and Glory Hole mines underwent a surface drill program of 16 holes totalling 904 metres to search out extensions of known veins. Highlights include:

  • Hole BF16-10: 3 g/t silver and 1.04 g/t gold over 1.15 metres, starting at 41.31 metres in downhole depth

  • BF16-11: 5.8 g/t silver and 6.12 g/t gold over 0.74 metres, starting at 19.26 metres

  • BF16-15: 28 g/t silver and 0.98 g/t gold over 0.2 metres, starting at 5.5 metres

  • BF16-17: 2.8 g/t silver and 1.3 g/t gold over 1.32 metres, starting at 44.94 metres

  • BF16-18: 0.5 g/t silver and 1.13 g/t gold over 0.5 metres, starting at 14.5 metres

  • BF16-18: 1.8 g/t silver and 1.37 g/t gold over 1.26 metres, starting at 36.57 metres

  • BF16-24: 148 g/t silver over 0.25 metres, starting at 31.35 metres

Due diligence on a proposed property acquisition included seven channel samples at the Sylvester K past-producer, three kilometres from Golden Dawn’s mill. Six in a continuous line averaged 9.92 g/t gold over a true width of 15.2 metres.

Following the Christmas break, a program of 20 to 25 holes begins at the Greenwood project in mid-January. Permitting is in process to extract a 10,000-tonne bulk sample at May Mac adit #7, which would be processed at Golden Dawn’s mill, 15 kilometres from the former mine.

Last month the company closed a $1.18-million private placement, part of $3.97 million in private placements, $2.93 million in exercised warrants and US$2.4 million in long-term debt raised in 2016 that totals about $10.03 million.

Read more about Golden Dawn Minerals.

Diamond explorer Dunnedin Ventures to create gold-copper spinco

November 23rd, 2016

by Greg Klein | November 23, 2016

With a gold-copper asset in British Columbia and a diamond project with gold prospects in Nunavut, Dunnedin Ventures TSXV:DVI proposes to distribute its portfolio between two companies. On November 23 Dunnedin announced plans to spin out the non-diamond assets into a new listing.

Diamond explorer Dunnedin Ventures to create gold-copper spinco

The company currently holds the 60,000-hectare Kahuna diamond project in Nunavut, where an inferred resource for two kimberlites totals 4.02 million carats, using a +0.85 mm cutoff. Till samples collected last year also showed anomalous gold of 50 ppb or more in 84 of 129 samples.

Meanwhile previous drill results from Dunnedin’s 4,000-hectare Trapper porphyry project in northwestern B.C. showed strong gold intercepts, with silver, lead and zinc showings as well.

“We believe that separate corporate vehicles for diamond and metal assets will yield the best long-term value to shareholders,” said CEO Chris Taylor.

Subject to approvals, Trapper and rights to gold at Kahuna would go to a newly created subsidiary with working capital for exploration. The new company’s shares would be distributed to Dunnedin shareholders on a pro rata basis. The new company would apply for a TSXV listing.

Dunnedin shareholders will vote on the proposed spinout early next year.

Dunnedin also plans to accelerate expiration of over six million warrants to December 23. Should all warrants be exercised, proceeds would come to about $632,708.

Read more about Dunnedin Ventures.

See Chris Berry’s report on long-term diamond demand.

Infographic: Countries of origin for raw materials

November 16th, 2016

Graphic by BullionVault | text by Jeff Desjardins | posted with permission of Visual Capitalist | November 16, 2016

Every “thing” comes from somewhere.

Whether we are talking about an iPhone or a battery, even the most complex technological device is made up of raw materials that originate in a mine, farm, well or forest somewhere in the world.

This infographic from BullionVault shows the top three producing countries of various commodities such as oil, gold, coffee and iron.

Infographic Countries of origin for raw materials


The many and the few

The origins of the world’s most important raw materials are interesting to examine because the production of certain commodities is much more concentrated than others.

Oil, for example, is extracted by many countries throughout the world because it forms in fairly universal circumstances. Oil is also a giant market and a strategic resource, so some countries are even willing to produce it at a loss. The largest three crude oil-producing countries are the United States, Saudi Arabia and Russia—but that only makes up 38% of the total market.

Contrast this with the market for some base metals such as iron or lead and the difference is clear. China consumes mind-boggling amounts of raw materials to feed its factories, so it tries to get them domestically. That’s why China alone produces 45% of the world’s iron and 52% of all lead. Nearby Australia also finds a way to take advantage of this: It is the second-largest producer for each of those commodities and ships much of its output to Chinese trading partners. A total of two-thirds of the world’s iron and lead comes from these two countries, making production extremely concentrated.

But even that pales in comparison with the market for platinum, which is so heavily concentrated that only a few countries are significant producers. South Africa extracts 71% of all platinum, while Russia and Zimbabwe combine for another 19% of global production. That means only one in every 10 ounces of platinum comes from a country other than those three sources.

Graphic by BullionVault | posted with permission of Visual Capitalist.

Diamond explorer Dunnedin Ventures ponders its B.C. gold-copper porphyry project

October 26th, 2016

by Greg Klein | October 26, 2016

Diamond explorer Dunnedin Ventures ponders its B.C. gold-copper porphyry project

Primarily focused on Nunavut diamond exploration, Dunnedin Ventures TSXV:DVI has launched a technical and strategic review of its Trapper gold project in northwestern British Columbia.

The 40-square-kilometre property lies adjacent to Brixton Metals’ (TSXV:BBB) Thorn project and hosts the Ring zone “with over 10 kilometres of strike surrounding a porphyry centre, with gold-rich polymetallic mineralization drilled across 2.2 kilometres and associated surface copper porphyry showings,” Dunnedin stated.

Over $4 million of exploration included a 42-hole, 8,580-metre program completed in 2011. Some highlights showed:

Hole TG-11-011

  • 1.71 g/t gold, 5.6 g/t silver, 1.01% lead and 0.25% zinc over 34.11 metres, starting at 106.89 metres in downhole depth
  • (including 92.8 g/t gold, 18.8 g/t silver, 0.13% lead and 0.12% zinc over 0.41 metres)
  • (and including 3.9 g/t gold, 27 g/t silver, 9.11% lead and 0.91% zinc over 3.39 metres)

Hole TG-11-038

  • 1.68 g/t gold, 1.8 g/t silver, 0.02% lead and 0.07% zinc over 15 metres, starting at 122.5 metres
  • (including 5.08 g/t gold, 4.4 g/t silver, 0.05% lead and 0.13% zinc over 4.23 metres)
  • (which includes 21.8 g/t gold, 11.9 g/t silver, 0.15% lead and 0.36% zinc over 0.62 metres)

Hole TG-11-039

  • 1.01 g/t gold, 2.3 g/t silver, 0.02% lead and 0.13% zinc over 30 metres, starting at 67.5 metres
  • (including 2.19 g/t gold, 2.7 g/t silver, 0.06% lead and 0.3% zinc over 2.5 metres)
  • (and including 2.98 g/t gold, 4 g/t silver, 0.04% lead and 0.09% zinc over 2.5 metres)
  • (and including 2.64 g/t gold, 2.5 g/t silver and 0.35% zinc over 2.34 metres)

Hole TG-11-040

  • 1.19 g/t gold, 1.8 g/t silver, 0.01% lead and 0.07% zinc over 27.5 metres, starting at 132.5 metres
  • (including 11.15 g/t gold, 5.7 g/t silver, 0.03% lead and 0.17% zinc over 2.5 metres)

True widths weren’t available.

“The property overlies an unusually gold-rich porphyry copper complex including drill-ready copper porphyry and gold-rich semi-massive sulphide stockwork,” commented CEO Chris Taylor. “Dunnedin is conducting a comprehensive review of this 100%-owned project to determine how best to unlock its value for shareholders.”

The company has also been finding gold on its flagship Kahuna diamond project, with evidence from 2015 till sampling—just recently evaluated for gold—and from historic rock samples.

This year’s program collected 10 times as many till samples as 2015, gathering 1,111 samples to be analyzed for diamond indicator minerals and gold. The company also staked another 25,000 hectares, increasing Kahuna to about 60,000 hectares.

Read more about Dunnedin Ventures.

See Chris Berry’s report on long-term diamond demand.