by Greg Klein | October 26, 2016
It’s neither the land of cotton nor of traditional jazz, but of zinc with additional metals. And that’s why Pistol Bay Mining TSXV:PST has a November drill program planned for three of its western Ontario Dixie properties. Totalling about 1,900 hectares, Dixies 17, 18 and 19 host lenses of volcanogenic massive sulphides with zinc, copper, silver and minor gold in the Confederation Lake greenstone belt southeast of Red Lake.
All three have historic zinc-copper assays.
A review of previous geophysics will help determine drill targets for the three zones. Additionally, Pistol Bay proposes confirmation holes for Dixie 17 and 18.
Also on October 25, the company announced a private placement of up to $820,000. Pistol Bay closed a $563,450 placement in August.
Earlier this month the company announced a letter of intent to acquire regional properties from AurCrest Gold TSXV:AGO, which would make Pistol Bay the greenstone belt’s largest claimholder. The 5,136-hectare package includes a zinc-copper-silver resource and an historic, non-43-101 estimate.
In Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin, the company has a joint venture with a Rio Tinto NYSE:RIO subsidiary on the C-5 uranium property. Having earned 75% of its option so far, Rio intends to acquire the full 100%.
See an infographic: Eleven things every metal investor should know about zinc.
Certain commodities tend to fly under the radar for periods of time.
For example, it was only in the last couple of years that markets have been able to digest the potential impact of the electric vehicle boom and what it may mean for raw materials. The lithium, graphite and cobalt prices reacted accordingly, and suddenly these essential ingredients for lithium-ion batteries were hot commodities.
Another of those metals that comes and goes is zinc—and after shooting up in price over 35% this year, it definitely has the attention of many investors and speculators again.
Today’s infographic comes to us from Pistol Bay Mining, a company that also focuses on zinc, and it highlights 11 things that investors need to know about a metal that is gaining substantial momentum.
Here’s why the metal is back in fashion:
1. Zinc is a $34-billion-per-year market.
It’s bigger than the silver ($18 billion), platinum ($8 billion) and molybdenum ($5 billion) markets combined. In fact, it is the fourth-most used metal worldwide.
2. Smelting and production technology came much later for zinc than for other metals.
The ancients were able to smelt copper, lead and iron, but it wasn’t until much later that people were able to work with zinc in any isolated state.
3. Even despite this, it was a crucial metal for ancient peoples.
They would smelt zinc-rich copper ores to make brass, which was used for many different purposes including weaponry, ornaments, coins and armour.
4. Zinc is also crucial to produce many alloys today.
For example, brass is used for musical instruments and hardware applications that must resist corrosion. Solder and nickel-silver are other important alloys.
5. The world’s first-ever battery used zinc as an anode.
The voltaic pile, made in 1799 by Alessandro Volta, used zinc and copper for electrodes with brine-soaked paper as an electrolyte.
6. The metal remains crucial for batteries today.
Zinc-air, silver-zinc, zinc-bromine and alkaline batteries all use zinc, and they enable everything from hearing aids to military applications to be possible.
7. Galvanizing is still the most important use.
About 50% of the metal is used in galvanizing, which is essentially a way to coat steel or iron so it doesn’t rust.
8. China is both a major producer and end-user.
China mined 37% of the world’s 13.4 million tonnes of zinc production in 2015. The country consumed 47% of the world’s supply that same year.
9. Major mines have been shutting down.
In 2016, China ordered the shutdown of 26 lead and zinc mines in parts of Hunan province for environmental reasons. Meanwhile, Ireland’s Lisheen mine and Australia’s Century mine both shut down last year after being depleted of resources. That takes 630,000 tonnes of annual production off the table.
10. Stockpiles are dwindling.
Warehouse levels are less than half of where they were in 2013.
11. Zinc has been one of the best performing metals in 2016 in terms of price.
It started the year around $0.70 a pound, but now trades for $1.04 a pound.
Posted with permission of Visual Capitalist.
by Greg Klein | October 19, 2016
A new acquisition would make Pistol Bay Mining TSXV:PST the biggest claimholder in Ontario’s Confederation Lake greenstone belt. The 5,136-hectare package comprises all the regional claims held by AurCrest Gold TSXV:AGO and includes a zinc-copper-silver resource as well as an historic, non-43-101 estimate. Along with Pistol Bay’s optioned Dixie and Dixie 3 properties, the letter of intent announced October 19 would increase the company’s holdings to 7,050 hectares on the volcanogenic massive sulphide-rich belt.
With three cutoff grades, the package’s Arrow zone has resources showing:
3% zinc-equivalent cutoff
5% zinc-equivalent cutoff
10% zinc-equivalent cutoff
Additionally, the Copperlode A or Fredart zone has an historic, non-43-101 estimate of 425,000 tonnes averaging 1.56% copper. Exploration in the 1970s produced samples up to 1.46% molybdenum.
The 100% option would cost $25,000 and one million shares on closing and $25,000 90 days later, as well as $50,000 and one million shares on each of the four anniversaries following closing. In addition to regulatory approvals, the transaction needs the consent of Glencore plc, whose rights to the Confederation Lake property include a 2% NSR.
The companies expect to close within a week.
“Pistol Bay proposes an ambitious exploration program that will not only pursue existing targets and known VMS deposits, but will use the latest airborne geophysical survey technologies to explore the whole area to a greater depth than was possible in the past,” said president Charles Desjardins.
Earlier this month the company announced MPH Consulting will review historic geophysical data on Pistol Bay’s Confederation Lake-region Dixie properties, where field work began in September. Historic drilling has found zinc, copper and silver, while the recently optioned Dixie 3 project comes with an historic, non-43-101 estimate of 82,500 tonnes averaging 1% copper and 10% zinc.
The company has a joint venture with a Rio Tinto NYSE:RIO subsidiary on the C-5 uranium property in Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin. Having already earned 75% of its option, Rio has stated its intention to acquire the full 100%.
Pistol Bay closed a $563,450 private placement last August.
by Greg Klein | October 6, 2016
A company with experience spanning 40 years and 70 countries will apply its expertise to Pistol Bay Mining’s (TSXV:PST) Dixie projects. MPH Consulting has been contracted to review historic geophysical data from the zinc-copper-silver options about 35 kilometres southeast of Red Lake in Ontario’s Confederation Lake greenstone belt, Pistol Bay announced October 5.
“Because of the complexity of the historic data, the company has requested a critical review of all the past geophysical surveys that will lead to prioritizing targets for future exploratory drilling,” Pistol Bay stated.
Historic work found a geophysical anomaly below the Dixie 19 zone. Two holes from 2002 ended before the anomaly, intersecting:
Historic drilling on other zones found:
Noranda calculated an historic, non-43-101 estimate for Dixie 18 of 136,000 tonnes averaging 14% zinc.
Recent field work has located historic drill hole collars on Dixie 18, 19 and 20, Pistol Bay added. Additional field work will focus on Dixie 17. Precise positioning using differential GPS will help model the mineralized zones.
Should all go to plan, a fall drill program will follow the MPH review.
Early last month Pistol Bay announced an option to acquire the 640-hectare Dixie 3 property, about eight kilometres south of the other Dixies. Dixie 3 comes with an historic, non-43-101 estimate of 82,500 tonnes averaging 1% copper and 10% zinc.
In Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin, Pistol Bay JVs with a Rio Tinto NYSE:RIO subsidiary on the C-5 uranium property. Rio has so far earned 75% of its option and has stated its intention to acquire the full 100%.
In August Pistol Bay closed a $563,450 private placement.
by Greg Klein | September 8, 2016
With field work about to begin, Pistol Bay Mining TSXV:PST renews the search for zinc and other base metals on its newly expanded Dixie projects in Ontario’s Red Lake region. Historic geophysics and drilling found multiple occurrences of predominantly zinc-rich, volcanogenic massive sulphide mineralization and two historic, non-43-101 estimates for near-surface deposits, the company stated.
An historic, non-43-101 estimate for the Dixie 3 zone, for example, showed 82,500 tonnes averaging 10% zinc and 1% copper.
Subject to permitting, the company plans line cutting, ground geophysics, stripping and a fall/winter drill program on shallow targets that have yet to be adequately tested. Work could also entail additional deep-penetrating electromagnetic surveys.
A review of previous exploration will include locating drill collars, where possible, to model mineralized zones. Work might also entail downhole EM surveys to search for deeper mineralization. Historic core will be assessed, as well as new rock samples.
Last week Pistol Bay announced an option to add the 640-hectare Dixie 3 property to its other Dixie projects about eight kilometres away. The properties sit within the Confederation Lake greenstone belt, host to numerous VMS occurrences and deposits, the company added.
In a JV with a Rio Tinto NYSE:RIO subsidiary, Pistol Bay holds the C-5 uranium property in Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin. Having so far earned 75% of its option, Rio has stated its intention to acquire the full 100%.
On August 29 Pistol Bay closed a $563,450 private placement.
by Greg Klein | September 1, 2016
An option announced September 1 would add 640 hectares to Pistol Bay Mining’s (TSXV:PST) zinc-copper claims in Ontario’s Red Lake mining district. Formerly known as the Snake Falls property, Dixie 3 sits eight kilometres from the company’s Dixie 17, 18 and 19 properties. All four host mineralized zones and reside within the Confederation Lake greenstone belt, home to several volcanogenic massive sulphide deposits. The four Dixies now total 1,712 hectares, roughly 35 to 45 kilometres southeast of the town of Red Lake.
Past exploration on Dixie 3 included 80 drill holes, finding a number of mineralized zones including the Dixie 3 VMS zone. Some historic intervals from the property include:
A notable intercept from Dixie 17 found 7.34% zinc and 1.4% copper over 9.5 metres. The Dixie 18 mineralized zone has been drilled to 250 metres in length and 150 metres in depth. The Dixie 19 zone has been tested over a length of 500 metres, with intervals up to 6.33% zinc and 1.5% copper over 3.55 metres.
Pistol Bay intends to compile Dixie 3’s historic drilling and geophysical data. Future work could include additional deep-penetration surveys, as well as drilling new targets and possible extensions of mineralized zones. The property can be reached by all-weather forestry access roads.
Dixie 3 comes with a price tag of $56,000 and 2.4 million shares over three years. NSR royalties totalling 1% apply.
In Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin, Pistol Bay holds the C-5 uranium property, a JV with a Rio Tinto NYSE:RIO subsidiary which has so far earned 75% of its 100% option.
Earlier this week Pistol Bay closed a private placement of $563,450.
by Greg Klein | October 21, 2015
Recent land acquisitions place another company in the vicinity of Equitas Resources’ (TSXV:EQT) Garland nickel-copper project in Labrador. Announced October 21, Pistol Bay Mining TSXV:PST signed a 100% option with Zimtu Capital Corp TSXV:ZC on 40 claims totalling 1,000 hectares. The new turf increases Pistol Bay’s Garland Peninsula Group, acquired late last month, to 1,150 hectares.
The new claims feature mafic intrusive rocks including gabbro, norite and anorthosite, the same general suite of intrusives that host the Voisey’s Bay nickel-copper-cobalt deposit about 35 kilometres northwest, the companies stated. Cominco conducted limited historic work in 1995 and 1996, when the claims formed part of its Merrifield project. Geophysics revealed weak conductors apparently unexplained by surface observations. Prospecting on Merrifield found disseminated sulphide mineralization containing up to 0.154% copper and 0.22% nickel.
Five kilometres northwest, Equitas has drilling underway at its Garland project following the property’s first-ever exposure to modern geophysics. Pistol Bay has its property slated for a magnetic/electromagnetic survey with ground follow-up.
The deal gives Zimtu $2,500 on signing, another $2,500 and 500,000 shares within five days of TSXV approval, $10,000 and 750,000 shares within a year, and a 2% NSR.
Zimtu staked the claims, part of the prospect generator’s model of evaluating and acquiring properties to offer other companies for sale or joint venture.
by Greg Klein
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NexGen assays improve on radiometric results from Rook 1’s Arrow
Where previous radiometric results found uranium mineralization in seven of eight holes, the Arrow zone at NexGen Energy’s (TSXV:NXE) Rook 1 project now shows mineralization in all eight, according to assays released June 2. The company interprets the results to reveal “multiple parallel, steeply dipping, high-grade uranium mineralization zones within broader mineralized zones” and “continuity of uranium mineralization between holes.” The best results include:
True widths weren’t provided.
Some of the intercepts showed “very minor” intervals of elevated copper and lead but “potentially deleterious elements such as arsenic, selenium, cadmium and mercury generally constitute only background levels,” NexGen stated. “Arrow is essentially a mono-mineralic uranium deposit without noticeable deleterious metals or waste.”
Winter drilling at Rook 1 consisted of 17 holes totalling 7,442 metres but February’s Arrow discovery suddenly shifted focus to the new area. Arrow’s potential strike currently reaches about 215 metres, open in all directions and at depth, NexGen has stated. More drilling’s planned for summer on the property adjacently east of Fission Uranium’s (TSXV:FCU) Patterson Lake South.
Denison releases two high-grade Wheeler River assays, outlines summer plans
True widths were estimated at about 75%. The zone remains open in both strike directions and at depth, Denison stated.
In April the company released a batch of high-grade assays from Zone A of Wheeler’s Phoenix deposit, three kilometres southeast of Gryphon. A Phoenix resource is expected this month. But summer drilling will concentrate on Gryphon, which is slated for an 18-hole, 14,000-metre program. “Most of the drilling will consist of 50-metre step-outs along strike and down dip of the new discovery,” Denison stated. “Some of the holes will also complete drill fences 800 metres along strike to the northeast and southwest of Gryphon.” Work begins in mid-June.
Drills will also turn at three other Denison interests this summer. Crawford Lake and Bachman Lake, two more Denison-operated projects, get follow-up work on alteration zones found last year and on anomalies revealed by last winter’s geophysics. Denison holds 100% of Crawford and 80% of Bachman, where International Enexco TSXV:IEC holds the rest.
Exploration drilling at the McClean Lake project will test geophysical anomalies near the McClean South deposit. McClean Lake is held 22.5% by Denison, 70% by project operator AREVA Resources Canada and 7.5% by OURD Canada. In all, the four properties get about 21,000 metres of drilling.
Additionally, Denison has geophysics planned for five properties.
Last month the company announced a $15-million budget for Canadian exploration focusing on the eastern Athabasca Basin.
UEX reports drill results from Laurie and Mirror River JV
UEX Corp TSX:UEX announced drill results from its Laurie and Mirror River projects on June 5. Joint venture partner AREVA Resources Canada acts as operator on both, located about 35 and 55 kilometres respectively east of PLS.
Five holes totalling 1,803 metres at Laurie failed to find significant radioactivity or geochemical values. But they did confirm existence of three conductors at the unconformity and found a large fault zone which will be tested for possible up-dip continuation at the unconformity.
Nor was significant radioactivity encountered in three Mirror River holes totalling 1,579 metres, although one of two conductors was confirmed.
However the projects “remain vastly underexplored and have extensive untested EM conductors that warrant additional drilling,” UEX stated.
Another western Basin project, Erica now undergoes a ground tensor magneto-telluric survey to further examine a conductive trend found by previous geophysics.
All three projects are part of a seven-property, 116,137-hectare western Basin JV package held 49.1%/50.9% by UEX and AREVA Resources Canada. Major UEX projects consist of Shea Creek and Hidden Bay, the former also held 49.1%/50.9% with AREVA, the latter held 100% by UEX. In April the company reported six holes from Black Lake, a JV with Uracan Resources TSXV:URC.
On June 6 UEX announced shareholders re-elected their board and approved management resolutions.
Pistol Bay announces winter drill results from C-5
On June 4 Pistol Bay Mining TSXV:PST released assays for two of six holes from last winter’s 3,344-metre campaign at the C-5 property, where Rio Tinto Canada Uranium Corp acts as operator. Results for hole 14CBK003 showed:
Located 50 metres northeast and along strike, 14CBK005 showed:
True widths weren’t provided. Due to high core loss, assays for 14CBK003 “are not considered truly reflective of the mineralization,” Pistol Bay stated.
The C-4, C-5 and C-6 properties comprise a JV with Rio covering 1,624 hectares adjoining the Denison/Cameco/JCU Wheeler River project. Rio has earned 55% by paying Pistol Bay $147,000 and spending $1 million on exploration so far. The mining giant’s subsidiary may increase its stake to 75% by spending another $1 million by year-end.
Pistol Bay also holds interests in copper-gold properties contiguous with Colorado Resources’ (TSXV:CXO) North ROK discovery and Imperial Metals’ (TSX:III) Red Chris mine in British Columbia, and in a graphite property in Ontario.
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Fission Uranium says lower-grade assays confirm new PLS zone 195 metres east
Fission Uranium TSXV:FCU continues to pick away at its nearly 50-hole backlog of assays from Patterson Lake South. Results released December 30 come from the project’s eastern-most high-grade zone as well as a not-so-high-grade zone farther east.
Highlights from hole PLS13-099 on zone R945E include:
(including 2.49% over 8.5 metres)
True widths were unavailable. With a dip of -88 degrees, downhole depths were close to vertical. Three other holes from R945E were released earlier in December. The zone remains open in all directions.
About 195 metres east, two other holes confirm the existence of the less-spectacular zone R1155E. The single assay released from hole PLS13-090 shows:
Results from PLS13-103 show:
Again, true widths weren’t provided. Both holes were vertical. The results, from a “geologic setting similar to the high-grade zones to the west, [lead to] encouragement that the mineralized system remains open to the east,” the company stated. Winter drilling will continue east of R945E and between the higher-grade zones to the west.
Just before Christmas the company released assays from one hole at zone R585E and seven from R390E. On January 9 Fission Uranium announced that president/COO/chief geologist Ross McElroy had won PDAC’s 2014 Bill Dennis Award for a Canadian discovery or prospecting success. “It takes a team to make a discovery and I’m delighted to have won this award on behalf of Fission,” the statement quoted McElroy.
Recognition also goes to Fission Uranium’s former joint venture partner. In mid-December the father/son team of Ben and Garrett Ainsworth, formerly with Fission acquisition Alpha Minerals and now with spinco Alpha Exploration TSXV:AEX, won the 2013 Colin Spence Award for excellence in global mineral exploration from the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia for their part in the PLS discovery.
Lakeland Resources surveys historic drilling, finds high-grade boulders and some of Athabasca Basin’s highest radon readings
Lakeland Resources’ TSXV:LK Gibbon’s Creek uranium project now shows some of the highest radon gas readings ever found in the Athabasca Basin, the company says. Data collected last year and released January 8 also confirms an historic boulder field, with assays reaching 4.28% U3O8. Additionally, a DC resistivity survey has mapped basement alteration found by historic drilling.
The 12,771-hectare project forms part of the 35,463-hectare Riou Lake property, a joint venture in which Declan Resources TSXV:LAN may earn 70% over four years, with a first-year exploration commitment of $1.25 million.
The survey by RadonEx Exploration Management, whose proprietary technology proved vital to Fission Uranium’s PLS, found Gibbon’s Creek readings peaking at 9.93 picocuries per square metre per second (pCi/m²/s). According to a statement by Lakeland president Jonathan Armes the readings, “to our knowledge, are the highest ever reported for the Athabasca Basin area.”
The highest value coincides with a uranium-in-soil anomaly found in historic work, part of more than $3 million of exploration performed on Riou Lake prior to Lakeland’s acquisition of the northern Basin property. Nine more radon samples reached above 3.2 pCi/m²/s, while the background level showed about 1.3 pCi/m²/s.
Meanwhile assays have confirmed existence of an historically defined radioactive boulder field. Prospecting by Dahrouge Geological Consulting found a 1-by-1.2-kilometre field with eight boulders grading over 1% U3O8, one of them hitting 4.28%. Eleven other samples assayed above 0.2%, with nine more below 0.2%. Also showing were anomalous values for nickel, arsenic, lead and cobalt.
Following up on historic drilling by Cameco Corp TSX:CCO-predecessor Eldorado Nuclear, the DC resistivity survey mapped one trend that ranges from near surface to about 200 metres, roughly coinciding with historic basement alteration and mineralization at 100 metres. A second resistivity trend coincides with strong radon values.
Ranking high on the project’s to-do list is a further radon survey. This year’s field work will also try to track the high-grade boulders to their source. Gibbon’s Creek sits less than three kilometres from the settlement of Stony Rapids, with power lines and highways passing through the property.
NexGen Energy reports three mineralized holes at Rook 1
NexGen Energy TSXV:NXE released assays on January 9 for three mineralized holes found in last summer’s 13-hole, 3,032-metre program on the Rook 1 project. The widely spaced holes tested three parallel conductors along strike of the PLS discovery 2.1 kilometres southwest. Highlights show:
True widths were unavailable. Assays for RK-13-05 indicate “the uranium occurs almost wholly within pitchblende/uraninite and not in complex refractory minerals,” the company added. Winter drilling, scheduled to begin this month, will follow up on RK-13-05 and also target several regional anomalies interpreted from geophysical surveys and historic drilling.
In early December NexGen announced completion of airborne radiometric and magnetic surveys. Later that month the company closed a $3.11-million private placement, with funds destined for Rook 1. Still pending are assays from a nine-hole, 3,473-metre campaign at the eastern Basin Radio project, where NexGen holds a 70% option.
UEX announces winter work for western Athabasca and Black Lake projects
Along with its JV partners, UEX Corp TSX:UEX has 2014 exploration slated for its Laurie, Mirror River and Erica projects in the western Athabasca as well as Black Lake in the northern Basin, the company stated January 7.
The western Athabasca projects consist of seven or eight sites (depending which UEX info you consult) totalling 116,137 hectares and held 49.1% by UEX and 50.9% by project operator AREVA Resources Canada. UEX funds $982,000 of this year’s $2-million budget. A 2,000-metre drill campaign begins at Laurie imminently, to be followed by another 2,000 metres at Mirror. Both projects are located around the Basin’s southwestern rim. Erica, north of the other two and west of the company’s 49.1%-owned Shea Creek project, undergoes a ground tensor magnetotelluric survey starting in March.
UEX acts as operator on the 30,381-hectare Black Lake project in the Basin’s north. This year’s 3,000-metre, $650,000 drill program will be funded by Uracan Resources TSXV:URC, which has an option to earn 60% of UEX’s 89.97% portion of the project. AREVA holds the remainder. The campaign begins in late January.
Previous UEX drilling at Black Lake in 2004, 2006 and 2007 found intervals of 0.69% U3O8 over 4.4 metres, 0.5% over 3.3 metres, 0.79% over 2.82 metres and 0.67% over 3 metres.
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