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Satellite imagery helps Belmont Resources home in on Nevada lithium targets

December 14th, 2017

by Greg Klein | December 14, 2017

Thanks to NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, archived satellite data sharpens the focus on Belmont Resources’ (TSXV:BEA) Kibby Basin lithium project in Nevada. The company now has geophysics and other work planned for a busy new year.

Satellite imagery helps Belmont Resources home in on Nevada lithium targets

The satellite info shows hydrothermal indicator minerals over about one square kilometre of the 2,760-hectare property, CEO/president Vojtech Agyagos stated. “This area hosted the highest lithium surface samples as well and is the site of our proposed third drill hole. Our 2017 drill program discovered both water (fresh) and up to 200 ppm lithium in the core in the eastern side of the property about two kilometres from these thermal alterations.”

Drill results released last June showed clay-rich core samples grading between 70 ppm and 200 ppm lithium, “with 13 of 25 core samples assaying over 100 ppm lithium, indicating that the sediments could be a potential source of lithium for the underlying aquifers,” Belmont announced at the time.

Agyagos added that the satellite-revealed geothermal alteration “sits above the deepest gravity-indicated area from Belmont’s 2016 Wright geophysical ground gravity survey.”

Results from that survey suggest a basin model about 4,000 metres deep with similarities to Clayton Valley, host to Albemarle Corp’s (NYSE:ALB) Silver Peak lithium mine.

Belmont’s next plans call for a number of surveys including magnetotelluric, vertical electrical sounding, geothermal probe, electromagnetic resistivity and possibly seismic to help identify lithium brine drill targets. The company expects to finish EM work in early January.

Along with International Montoro Resources TSXV:IMT, Belmont holds a 50/50 stake in two northern Saskatchewan uranium properties, Crackingstone and Orbit Lake, for which the companies seek JV partners.

In New Brunswick last month, Belmont acquired the Mid Corner-Johnson Croft zinc-copper property, which shows promising historic sampling results but has yet to undergo modern geophysics.

Last week the company closed an oversubscribed private placement of $312,200.

Read Isabel Belger’s interview with Belmont Resources CFO/director Gary Musil.

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.

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.

Belmont Resources adds New Brunswick zinc-copper to Nevada lithium

November 23rd, 2017

by Greg Klein | November 23, 2017

Today’s geophysics can “see” what older technology missed, opening up new opportunities in exploration. That’s partly what attracted Belmont Resources TSXV:BEA to its new acquisition, the Mid Corner-Johnson Croft zinc-copper prospect in New Brunswick. While powerlines interfered with 1960s-era geophysics, the company expects accurate results from modern ground electromagnetic and/or gravity surveys.

Belmont Resources adds New Brunswick zinc-copper to Nevada lithium

A single sample of breccia taken in 1970 brought historic, non-43-101 assays of 0.96% cobalt and 16.04% zinc, along with silver, cadmium, copper and lead. A few 1990s samples included non-43-101 results of 1.66% zinc, 2% zinc and 1.04% zinc, with some gold, silver, copper, lead and cadmium.

The 700-hectare property has paved road access as well as the transmission line.

Belmont plans to review all historic data prior to field work that would begin next year. Meanwhile the company remains focused on its Kibby Basin lithium project in Nevada, 65 kilometres north of Clayton Valley. Belmont plans EM, vertical electrical sounding and/or geothermal probe surveys to identify targets for the flagship’s next phase of drilling.

The New Brunswick acquisition costs Belmont two million shares and $10,000 over one year. The company may buy back a 1% NSR out of an existing 2.5% NSR.

Belmont also announced its intention to apply for a TSXV price waiver for a proposed private placement of up to $300,000.

Read Isabel Belger’s interview with Belmont Resources CFO/director Gary Musil.

Visual Capitalist: The rise of Tesla, part 1 of 3

November 16th, 2017

by Jeff Desjardins | posted with permission of Visual Capitalist | November 16, 2017

Priced at $17 per share just seven years ago, the Tesla IPO ended up being a total bargain for anyone lucky enough to get in.

However, this view comes with the benefit of plenty of hindsight—and even Elon Musk would tell you that it wasn’t always obvious that the company would be around in 2017. There were periods of time when layoffs were rampant, the company’s payroll was covered by credit cards and Tesla was on the brink of bankruptcy.

Tesla’s rise: The history (part 1 of 3)

Today’s massive infographic comes to us from Global Energy Metals TSXV:GEMC and it is the first part of our three-part Rise of Tesla series, which will soon be a definitive source for everything you ever wanted to know about the company.

Part 1 deals with the origin of the company, challenges faced by the first EVs, the company’s strategy and initial execution, and the Tesla Roadster’s development.

 

Infographic The rise of Tesla, part 1 of 3

 

Tesla was initially conceived in 2003 out of the vision of two Silicon Valley engineers, Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning. The partners had just sold their eReader company for $187 million and were looking for their next big idea.

The infamous “death” of GM’s EV1 electric car that year ended up being a source of inspiration, and the two engineers started looking into ways to reduce the world’s reliance on Middle Eastern oil and to combat climate change.

The electric car pathway was not just better than the other choices that were out there—it was dramatically better.
—Martin Eberhard,
Tesla co-founder

The company was bootstrapped until Elon Musk led the $7.5-million Series A round in February 2004 and became the controlling investor. He joined the board of directors as its chairperson and took on operational roles as well.

At this time, JB Straubel—who famously rebuilt an electric golf cart when he was only 14 years old—also joined the company as CTO.

Initial strategy

Tesla’s initial strategy was to build a high-performance sports car first, for a few reasons:

  • It would shed the existing stigma around EVs

  • Sports cars have higher margins

  • Fewer cars would need to be produced

  • High-end buyers are less price-sensitive

Instead of building the Tesla Roadster from scratch, the company aimed to combine an existing chassis with an AC induction motor and battery. And so the company signed a contract with British sports car maker Lotus to use its Elise chassis as a base.

The Roadster debut

The Roadster made its debut at a star-studded launch party in Santa Monica. The 350-strong guest list of Hollywood celebrities and the press were wowed by the two-seater sports car with a $100,000 price tag.

This is not your father’s electric car.—The Washington Post

What the audience didn’t notice?

The Roadsters had many issues that needed to be fixed—these and others would delay Tesla well beyond the planned summer 2007 delivery date.

The dark years

Tesla’s original business plan was built on the idea that the auto industry had changed drastically. Automakers now focused on core competencies like financing, engine design, sales and marketing, and final assembly—getting the hundreds of individual car parts, like windshield wiper blades or door handles, was actually outsourced.

This was supposed to make it easy for Tesla to get its foot in the door—to focus on the EV aspect and let Lotus do the rest. Instead, the company experienced an “elegance creep” phenomenon that meant customizing individual parts.

Costs spiralled out of control, things got delayed and the car began to take a very different shape than the Elise. By the time it was said and done, the Tesla Roadster was nothing like its Lotus cousin, sharing only 7% parts by count.

The revolving door

During this process, there was a revolving door of CEOs.

  • 2007: Eberhard was forced to resign as CEO in August

  • 2007: Early Tesla investor Michael Marks took the reins temporarily

  • 2007: In November, Ze’ev Drori took over as CEO and president

  • 2008: After less than a year of Drori’s run, Musk stepped in to take over the role in October

At this point, Musk had already invested $55 million in the company and it was teetering towards bankruptcy.

I’ve got so many chips on the table with Tesla. It just made sense for me to have both hands on the wheel.—Elon Musk

Some of Musk’s first moves:

  • He ended up cutting 25% of the workforce

  • He leaned on friends to help cover payroll, week to week

  • He raised a $40-million debt financing round to escape bankruptcy

  • He formed a strategic partnership with Daimler AG, which acquired a 10% stake of Tesla for $50 million

  • He took a $465-million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy. (He repaid it ahead of the deadline)

  • He recalled 75% of the Roadsters produced between March 2008 and April 2009

Despite revamping the entire production process—and the company itself—Tesla made it through its most trying time.

The Roadster’s run

The Roadster wasn’t perfect, but it helped Tesla learn what it meant to be a car company.

It is not just a car, but one of the strongest automotive statements on the road.—Car and Driver

A total of 2,450 units were produced and the specs were impressive for an EV. With a top speed of 125 mph and a zero-to-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds, the Roadster helped dispel many of the myths surrounding electric cars.

Meanwhile, the Roadster’s lithium-ion battery also was the first step forward in a battery revolution. The 992-pound (450-kilogram) battery for the Roadster contained 6,831 lithium-ion cells arranged into 11 “sheets” connected in series, and gave the car a range of 244 miles.

With the Roadster, Tesla would set up not only the future success of the company, but also the transformation of an entire industry.

This was part 1 of the Tesla series. See part 2: Tesla’s journey, from IPO to passing Ford in value in just seven years

Posted with permission of Visual Capitalist.

Emerita Resources JVs on Spanish zinc project next to high-grade former mine

October 26th, 2017

by Greg Klein | October 26, 2017

A successful public tender brings Emerita Resources TSXV:EMO an acquisition hosting extensions of an adjacent past-producer characterized as “among the richest zinc mines in the world.” Through a newly formed JV, the company gets a 50% stake in the Plaza Norte project in northern Spain’s Reocin Basin. The neighbouring Reocin mine produced about 62 million tonnes averaging 11% zinc and 1.4% lead up to 2003.

Emerita Resources JVs on Spanish zinc project next to high-grade former mine

The regional government of Cantabria tendered 13,800 hectares of claims that lapsed when Reocin shut down. “Based on a rigorous review of [historic] drilling data, we are confident that we have selected the claims with the highest potential,” said Emerita president/CEO Joaquin Merino. “We are also extremely pleased with the strong support received from the community and government to date.”

Emerita will act as project operator on behalf of JV partner the Aldesa Group, a specialized construction and infrastructure firm with international operations. The tender granted rights to Plaza Norte for three years with an option to renew.

Emerita has been studying historic data from the property since mid-2016, building a database of over 300 holes totalling approximately 73,000 metres. The Plaza Norte claims cover most of the drilling area, including those with high-grade intervals, the company stated. Some examples include 9.72% zinc over 18.96 metres and 7.05% over 8.2 metres. The core was placed under government storage.

The JV will submit exploration plans to the government within four months.

Cantabria infrastructure includes an industrial port and an excellent rail and road network, Emerita added. Glencore operates a zinc smelter about 180 kilometres by road from Plaza Norte.

Regarding its bid on another Spanish project, last month Emerita reported encouraging news about the Paymogo property in Andalusia. After a competing bid was selected, a court ruled the process invalid, ordering bids to be re-assessed. The company expressed confidence that its bid would prevail if the process “eliminates the illegal criteria and leaves the legal criteria as originally scored.”

Paymogo hosts an historic, non-43-101 estimate of 34 million tonnes averaging 0.42% copper, 1.1% lead, 2.3% zinc, 44 g/t silver and 0.8 g/t gold.

In March the company announced progress on another disputed Andalusian tender, this one for the Aznalcollar zinc project.

Earlier this month the company announced conditional TSXV approval for its acquisition of the Salobro zinc project in Brazil. Salobro comes with an historic, non-43-101 estimate of 8.3 million tonnes averaging 7.12% zinc.

In June Emerita announced an option to acquire the Falcon Litio MG project, adjacent to Brazil’s only lithium mine.

Emerita also holds the Sierra Alta gold property in northwestern Spain.

Far Resources drills wide intercepts of spodumene on Manitoba lithium project

October 11th, 2017

by Greg Klein | October 11, 2017

Having finished field work that included the Zoro lithium project’s first modern drill program, Far Resources CSE:FAT reports wide intervals showing visual evidence of spodumene. Still to come are lab results from the 710-metre program, as well as from rock and soil samples taken from the property in Manitoba’s Snow Lake camp.

Far Resources drills wide intercepts of spodumene on Manitoba lithium project

The first modern drill program follows extensive sampling
and other field work on Far Resources’ Zoro lithium project.

Targeting Zoro’s pegmatite dyke 1, drilling revealed light green spodumene in widths of 40.5 metres, 39.8 metres, 23 metres, 19.8 metres and 7.5 metres. Additionally, the company’s waiting on assays for 60 rock samples taken from dykes 2, 3 and 4. Also pending are lab results for 410 soil samples collected from areas north and south along trend of all known dykes on the property.

Previous samples taken from historic trenches and pits on dykes 5 to 7 brought results as high as 3.87% Li2O. Earlier composite rock chip samples graded up to 6.35% for dyke 5.

Late last month the company added another 2,200 hectares to Zoro, extending the property towards Ashburton Ventures’ (TSXV:ABR) Thompson Brothers lithium project.

In December Far Resources shareholders will vote on a proposal to spin out the Winston gold project in New Mexico to a newly created company.

First visit yields surface grades up to 7.32% on 92 Resources’ new Quebec lithium property

October 5th, 2017

by Greg Klein | October 5, 2017

First visit yields surface grades up to 7.32% on 92 Resources’ new Quebec lithium property

A single day of due diligence on a new acquisition brought high lithium values for 92 Resources TSXV:NTY. Selected grab samples from the Corvette property in northern Quebec assayed 0.8%, 3.48% and 7.32% Li2O at surface from one pegmatite outcrop and 1.22% from another, which also showed an anomalous tantalum result of 90 ppm Ta2O5.

The 3,891-hectare property comprises one of three prospective lithium acquisitions in Quebec’s James Bay region announced last month.

The two spodumene-bearing pegmatites, about 75 metres apart and trending sub-parallel, “highlight the prospective nature of the property,” 92 Resources stated. With only a small part of the property explored so far, the company has more prospecting as well as channel sampling planned before winter sets in.

In September the company announced a two-week program of prospecting and channel sampling at its flagship Hidden Lake lithium project in the Northwest Territories. Follow-up metallurgical results released the same month on a concentrate produced from Hidden Lake material showed an overall extraction rate of 97%.

92 Resources also has a 43-101 technical report planned for its Golden frac sand project in eastern British Columbia.

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

Far Resources expands Manitoba lithium property as drilling continues

September 28th, 2017

by Greg Klein | September 28, 2017

Far Resources expands Manitoba lithium property as drilling continues

New ground brings Far Resources a new neighbour.

An additional 2,200 hectares extends Far Resources’ (CSE:FAT) Zoro project towards Thompson Brothers, a lithium project held by Ashburton Ventures TSXV:ABR. Both of the properties in northern Manitoba’s Snow Lake camp have historic, non-43-101 resources and current drill programs. Far Resources has field work planned for its new turf.

The 100% option calls for $25,000 and the same amount in shares on signing. Further commitments would add $225,000 and the same in shares, along with $500,000 in spending over 84 months. A 2% NSR applies, half of which Far Resources may buy for $1 million.

Last week the company began Zoro’s first modern drill campaign with a planned 700 metres focusing on the property’s dyke 1. The program follows soil sampling as well as sampling from historic trenches and pits elsewhere on the property that brought high-grade results.

Far Resources also holds the Winston gold project in New Mexico.

Voltaic Minerals looks to waste water for lithium, continues selective extraction collaboration

September 21st, 2017

by Greg Klein | September 21, 2017

As the world searches for new supplies of energy minerals, waste water could provide another source for lithium. With that in mind, Voltaic Minerals TSXV:VLT has engaged Whittier Filtration, a division of Veolia Water Technologies, to conduct bench scale tests on samples that Voltaic has collected from industrial sites.

Voltaic Minerals looks to waste water for lithium, continues selective extraction collaboration

Calling it “a natural step in the progression of the company,” Voltaic president/CEO Darryl Jones said the program’s goal is to provide “additional solutions in the lithium brine production space for use at multiple locations worldwide. Veolia has the resources to develop the solutions for Voltaic, as well as to implement, operate and manage world class water treatment facilities.”

Veolia credits itself with over 350 types of technology used internationally, including online diagnostics, evaporation and crystallization, energy-producing sludge treatment, state-of-the-art desalination, laboratory-grade water and mobile water services.

Meanwhile Voltaic continues its collaboration with Lithium Selective Technologies, whose California lab works towards a selective extraction process that could be used for non-conventional lithium brines from Voltaic’s Green Energy project in Utah, as well as projects held by other companies.

In July the company closed the sale of its Stonewall lithium project in Nevada through an all-share deal with Macarthur Minerals TSXV:MMS.

Read Isabel Belger’s interview with Voltaic Minerals president/CEO Darryl Jones.