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Cash ban hits India’s diamond capital, threatens lower-priced trade

December 2nd, 2016

by Greg Klein | December 2, 2016

India’s sudden ban on 500- and 1,000-rupee notes early last month has suspended at least some operations in the northwestern city of Surat, the world capital of diamond cutting and polishing. Various sources credit the city with transforming approximately 80% of the globe’s rough into jewelry. India is also the world’s third-largest consumer of diamond-ensconced bling.

Cash ban hits India’s diamond capital, threatens lower-priced trade

NDTV reports businesses closing as the lack of cash prevents them from buying rough and paying employees. The government ordered citizens to deposit the notes, worth about $9.77 and $19.54 Canadian, and conduct transactions electronically.

Governments that have limited the use of cash have cited the need to combat terrorism, money laundering, corruption, counterfeiting, tax evasion and the underground economy. Rapaport News stated India’s underground economy constituted 23.2% of GDP, according to 2007 data in the latest World Bank survey.

Only about 30% of Surat’s diamond cutters have bank accounts, NDTV added.

“This industry has been working on an illegal mode of payment in cash until now and to shift to a cashless system will take at least four to six months,” one business owner told the news outlet. But he stated the government decree will eventually benefit merchants and workers. Another source said he expects the suspension to last at least one and a half months.

The two denominations reportedly accounted for 85% or 86% of Indian money in circulation. “The liquidity freeze could influence a global slowdown in demand for lower colour and clarity polished, and in very small melee stones,” Rapaport stated.

Following the first tender of Quebec diamonds in Antwerp last month, Stornoway Diamond TSX:SWY president/CEO Matt Manson attributed India’s demonetization to reduced prices and demand for smaller and lower-quality stones. He said some were removed from the event, to be sold later.

India’s government plans to issue new denominations of 500 and 2,000 rupees. But, NDTV reported December 2, an enormous hoard of contraband seized from a group of low-paid government employees included 57 million rupees (in Canuck terms, over $1.11 million) in so-far uncirculated 2,000-rupee notes.

92 Resources reports NWT lithium of 1.58% Li2O over 8.78 metres with 31 ppm Ta2O5

November 28th, 2016

by Greg Klein | November 28, 2016

92 Resources reports NWT lithium

Six known pegmatites with impressive strike lengths
offer considerable potential, the company states.

A second and final batch of lithium assays from Hidden Lake’s summer program once again “exceeded our expectations,” 92 Resources TSXV:NTY stated November 28. The company now reports that 101 out of 223 channel samples from three pegmatites on the Northwest Territories project graded over 1% Li2O, with 59 surpassing 1.5%. Tantalum was found too, with some highlights from this batch showing:

HL3 pegmatite

  • 1.58% Li2O and 31 ppm Ta2O5 over 8.78 metres
  • (including 1.78% Li2O and 31 ppm Ta2O5 over 6.93 metres)

HL1

  • 1.26% Li2O and 27 ppm Ta2O5 over 8.72 metres

HL4

  • 1.71% Li2O and 33 ppm Ta2O5 over 5.78 metres

Of 10 grab samples taken during regional prospecting, one graded 1.86% Li2O. As reported earlier this month, two more pegmatites have been found on the property, bringing the total to six so far. “With exposed strike lengths of 350 to 800 metres, the potential for significant concentrations of spodumene pegmatites remains very high,” said president/CEO Adrian Lamoureux.

Located along Highway 4, 40 kilometres east of Yellowknife, the 1,567-hectare property lies within the Yellowknife lithium pegmatite belt.

In September the company closed its acquisition of the Pontax lithium property in northern Quebec, where historic satellite imagery and government mapping have shown pegmatite outcrops.

Stornoway Diamond completes first sale

November 23rd, 2016

by Greg Klein | November 23, 2016

Diamantaires in Antwerp got their first look at Quebecois gems over the last nine days, spending $10.2 million on 38,913 carats from Stornoway Diamond’s (TSX:SWY) Renard mine. The average price came to US$195 per carat.

Stornoway Diamond completes first sale

Renard came in ahead of schedule
for construction, processing and sales.

“Pricing met or was close to our expectations on most items,” president/CEO Matt Manson said. “Recent events in India surrounding demonetization have impacted pricing and demand for certain smaller and lower-quality items and, as a result, a quantity of these were withdrawn from the sale. These will be sold at a later date. Because of this, and because of a higher than expected proportion of small diamonds recovered during the ramp-up period, the result of this first sale cannot be taken as representative of the longer-term pricing profile of the project.”

The sale took place two months earlier than anticipated. Three more sales have been scheduled for Q1 2017.

Having begun ore processing in July, Renard has already surpassed the fiscal year’s guidance of 220,000 carats at an average grade of 97 carats per hundred tonnes. As of November 15 the mine gave up 261,353 carats, averaging 107 cpht. Stornoway credited “a better than expected mix of ore available within the open pit for processing.”

The company expects to reach commercial production, 60% of capacity, by year-end. Stornoway estimates average production will reach 1.8 million carats annually for the mine’s first 10 years, selling at an average $155 per carat in March 2016 terms.

Renard has a 14-year life expectancy.

About 100 kilometres south, Stornoway holds the Adamantin exploration project, where 11 kimberlites drilled so far failed to reveal diamonds.

NRG Metals completes due diligence on Argentinian lithium properties

November 21st, 2016

by Greg Klein | November 21, 2016

Among the companies active in South America’s Lithium Triangle, NRG Metals TSXV:NGZ has finished due diligence on two properties that would comprise the Carachi Pampa project in northwestern Argentina. Totalling 6,387 hectares, the contiguous properties sit in an area hosting geological features common to other lithium-rich salars in the region, the company stated on November 18. “The lithium target is a paleo salar (basin) at depth that has the potential to host lithium-enriched brines.”

NRG Metals completes due diligence on Argentinian lithium properties

NRG sees potential for lithium-enriched brines
in the Lithium Triangle’s Carachi Pampa project.

Located 40 kilometres from the town of Antofagasta de la Sierra at about 3,000 metres in elevation, the properties have winter access, a paved road 10 kilometres away and nearby services.

NRG has retained experienced lithium explorers Rojas and Associates and Sergio Lopez and Associates to review the project, with Rojas to complete a 43-101 technical report.

The properties are subject to different four-year purchase agreements, according to an LOI announced September 21. With all dollar figures in U.S. currency, one property calls for $120,000 on signing a definitive agreement, $200,000 in each of three annual payments and $600,000 at the end of the fourth year. A 1% NSR applies, which NRG may buy back for $1 million.

The other project would cost $160,000 on signing, $100,000 in two annual payments, $250,000 in year three and $625,000 in year four. Again, the company may buy back the 1% NSR for $1 million.

NRG offered a private placement up to C$1 million. Additionally, the company has negotiations underway on other properties.

In October NRG announced a management team for its Argentinian subsidiary, NRG Metals Argentina S.A. Executive director James Duff has written several 43-101 reports for Argentinian projects and served as COO of McEwen Mining TSX:MUX acquisition Minera Andes and president of South American operations for Coeur Mining NYSE:CDE.

Non-executive director José Gustavo de Castro is a chemical engineer with extensive experience in the evaluation and development of Argentinian lithium projects including the continent’s largest lithium producer, FMC Corp’s Hombre Muerto operation.

Manager of business development and corporate relations José Luis Martin’s 35-year career includes senior positions with Galaxy Lithium S.A. and Rio Tinto’s (NYSE:RIO) Argentinian projects.

Director Jorge Vargas specializes in property, mining and business law in Argentina.

Also last month NRG announced plans to spin out other assets to concentrate on lithium. The portfolio currently includes the LAB graphite project in Quebec and the Groete gold-copper resource in Guyana.

Absolutely Abitibi

November 18th, 2016

BonTerra Resources gets aggressive in Quebec gold country

by Greg Klein

BonTerra Resources gets aggressive in Quebec’s gold country

A diagram shows how far the company has progressed
beyond the 2012 resource area, outlined in blue.

 

With a standout interval of 70 grams per tonne gold over 5.5 metres, BonTerra Resources’ (TSXV:BTR) November 16 batch of assays brought further evidence of a good Abitibi address. As president/CEO Nav Dhaliwal emphasizes, “This is all new drilling, well outside the resource area, and we’re going to continue expanding.” Primed with enthusiasm, financing and a better understanding of the geology, BonTerra now hopes to connect its Gladiator project’s zones across a potential strike length of 1,200 metres.

Some highlights from the most recent seven holes show:

Hole BA-16-26

  • 19.6 g/t gold over 1 metre, starting at 412 metres in downhole depth

BA-16-30

  • 4.7 g/t over 3 metres, starting at 370 metres

BA-16-38

  • 12.4 g/t over 4 metres, starting at 769 metres
  • (including 24.3 g/t over 2 metres)

BA-16-39

  • 1.5 g/t over 10 metres, starting at 723 metres

  • 70 g/t over 5.5 metres, starting at 813.5 metres
  • (including 191.4 g/t over 2 metres)

  • 3.1 g/t over 5 metres, starting at 846 metres

True widths weren’t available.

BonTerra Resources gets aggressive in Quebec’s gold country

A cold climate will complement Bonterra Resources’ drill campaign.

The drill season started on a 600-metre strike reached last May with an intercept of 137.4 g/t over 2.5 metres. This week BA-16-39 revealed its star interval at the eastern extent of the east-plunging structure, below 600 metres in vertical depth. BA-16-38 extended the zone another 50 metres deeper and 100 metres to the east. That outlines Gladiator’s zones to 650 metres in depth and 700 metres in strike. Meanwhile, assays are pending for other completed holes.

But as Dhaliwal says, “We’re not stopping there.” Now with a second rig at work, drilling will sink deeper, as well as farther east and west. Should the program succeed in connecting the eastern zones with the Rivage zone, currently over 300 metres away, the 7,563-hectare property would have the potential 1.2-kilometre strike.

With a 4 g/t cutoff, Gladiator’s 2012 resource estimate shows:

  • inferred: 905,000 tonnes averaging 9.37 g/t for 273,000 ounces gold

A resource update might arrive in late spring or early summer, Dhaliwal says. Well into a 25,000-metre 2016 program, drilling will continue through the winter. “That’s the most efficient time to work,” he points out. “This property is covered in a foot to six feet of water. Right now we’re land-based, so we’re shooting down towards it. So winter gives us an advantage, we’ll be able to get right on top of the structure.”

Describing the crew as “lean and mean,” Dhaliwal adds, “I couldn’t be prouder of our geological team, headed by a very experienced individual, Dale Ginn.” The VP of exploration’s more than 30-year career includes service with Kerr Mines, SGX Resources, San Gold, Harmony Gold Canada, Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting, and Goldcorp TSX:G, among others.

Last winter’s relative warmth limited BonTerra to about 20 holes, but Dhaliwal’s hoping this year’s temperatures favour a more aggressive campaign.

Looking southwest from Gladiator’s position on the Casa Berardi fault zone to the Cadillac-Larder Lake fault zone just inside Ontario, BonTerra holds the 2,165-hectare Larder Lake project. The property came with estimates, which BonTerra treats as historic and non-43-101, for two deposits just over a kilometre apart. Using 2.5 g/t gold cutoffs, they show:

Bear Lake

  • inferred: 3.75 million tonnes averaging 5.7 g/t for 683,000 ounces gold

Cheminis

  • indicated: 335,000 tonnes averaging 4.07 g/t for 43,800 ounces gold

  • inferred: 1.39 million tonnes averaging 5.2 g/t for 233,400 ounces

As a past-producer, Cheminis reportedly turned out 7.6 million gold ounces at an average 3.7 g/t from depths to 315 metres.

The historic estimates predate some 59 holes totalling over 25,000 metres sunk by Gold Fields NYSE:ADR. Dhaliwal says the South African miner worked the property up to 2012, when the company slashed international exploration spending. “They left just under $6 million of work—of clean work, mind you. We’ve seen the logs and core. Dale’s hired a project manager for the Ontario side and we’ll get started on a 43-101.”

The property’s Fernland area adds a third mineralized body, with all three open at depth and within a 3.2-kilometre potential strike.

While talking about either property, Dhaliwal at times can barely contain his enthusiasm. Financing suggests he’s hardly alone in his confidence. Between December 2015 and last June, the company raised over $10.38 million. “We’re fully cashed up and we’re moving forward so stay tuned—we’re going to show you more.”

See an infographic about BonTerra Resources.

Abitibi drilling nears as Aurvista Gold closes $6-million private placement

November 18th, 2016

by Greg Klein | November 18, 2016

Bringing in Primary Capital, PowerOne Capital and their clients as shareholders, Aurvista Gold TSXV:AVA completed a financing of $5.99 million effective November 15.

Abitibi drilling nears as Aurvista Gold closes $6-million private placement

A 3,000-metre program this quarter will
precede another 20,000 metres in H1 2017.

“Their financing also marks a major milestone in our history,” said Aurvista president/CEO Jean Lafleur. “We can now start proving up the full bulk gold potential of Douay. Drilling is slated to begin later in the quarter on a series of priority targets which will be summarized shortly. The initial drilling campaign will total 3,000 metres to be completed before year-end. This will be followed in Q1 to Q2 of 2017 by an additional 20,000 metres of drilling.”

The company has been busy analyzing and relogging previous drill core in efforts to link gold zones to some of the nine shears on the company’s sole asset.

A 2012 resource estimate used a cutoff of 0.3 grams per tonne, with eight zones along a five-kilometre trend totalling:

  • indicated: 2.69 million tonnes averaging 2.76 g/t for 238,435 gold ounces

  • inferred: 114.65 million tonnes averaging 0.75 g/t for 2.75 million ounces

Aurvista holds a 100% interest in 13,310 hectares of the 14,520-hectare property, a 90% interest in 20 hectares and a 75% interest in 1,190 hectares.

Read more about Aurvista Gold.

First Mining Finance drilling two Ontario gold projects

November 16th, 2016

by Greg Klein | November 16, 2016

A well-financed company with an opportunistic approach to low valuations, First Mining Finance TSV:FF has begun another Ontario drill program. Announced November 15, the Pickle Crow gold project gets up to eight holes totalling 1,100 metres. The company began drilling its Springpole gold project last month.

First Mining Finance drilling two Ontario gold projects

Infrastructure remains from over
30 years of mining at Pickle Lake.

The first such program on Pickle Crow since First Mining took over PC Gold a year ago, the rig will target the western extension of the project’s Core mine trend in hopes of finding high-grade, vein-type gold.

Pickle Crow produced 1.45 million ounces of gold and 168,757 ounces of silver between 1935 and 1966.

A 2011 inferred resource used a 2.25 g/t gold cutoff for an underground deposit and a 0.35 g/t cutoff for an open pit deposit:

Underground

  • 6.52 million tonnes averaging 5.4 g/t for 1.14 million ounces gold

Open pit

  • 3.63 million tonnes averaging 1.1 g/t for 126,000 ounces

Total

  • 10.15 million tonnes averaging 3.9 g/t for 1.26 million ounces

The property lies about seven kilometres from a provincial highway, about 400 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.

“With drilling at our Springpole gold project well underway, and with drill programs planned for our other mineral properties in the coming months, this is an exciting time for First Mining as we take the initial steps toward enhancing the value of the assets we have accumulated over the past year and a half,” said president Patrick Donnelly.

Roughly 110 kilometres southwest, the company began Springpole’s 1,500-metre program last month for metallurgical tests. First Mining plans an updated PEA for H1 2017. Springpole comes with a 2012 resource that used a 0.4 g/t gold cutoff for an open pit deposit:

  • indicated: 128.2 million tonnes averaging 1.07 g/t gold and 5.7 g/t silver for 4.41 million ounces gold and 23.8 million ounces silver

  • inferred: 25.7 million tonnes averaging 0.83 g/t gold and 3.2 g/t silver for 690,000 ounces gold and 2.7 million ounces silver

First Mining’s portfolio holds 25 North American assets. Five projects in Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland have resource estimates. The company closed a $27-million private placement in August, raising its treasury to $37.3 million at the time.

Stornoway Diamond president/CEO Matt Manson celebrates the beginning of gemstone production in Quebec

November 16th, 2016

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92 Resources reports NWT lithium and tantalum channel samples, plans winter drilling

November 8th, 2016

by Greg Klein | November 8, 2016

The first batch of assays from initial channel sampling on the Hidden Lake lithium project “exceeded our expectations,” 92 Resources TSXV:NTY reported November 8. The summer program focused on the LU D12 pegmatite, as well as three newly discovered pegmatites on the property 40 kilometres east of Yellowknife.

92 Resources reports NWT lithium and tantalum channel samples, plans winter drilling

Of 85 samples from 15 channels, 52 graded more than 1% Li2O, including 34 that surpassed 1.5%. The best result showed 1.53% Li2O and 64 ppm Ta2O5 over 11.58 metres, including 1.9% Li2O and 52 ppm Ta2O5 over 9.02 metres.

Tantalum averaged 88 ppm, peaking at 596 ppm. Tantalum grades will be verified through an additional analytical technique, the company added.

Sampling targeted LU D12 over an intermittent strike of about 275 metres. Still to come are assays for another 223 samples, which include the HL1, HL3 and HL4 pegmatites, “where spodumene has been visually identified,” the company stated. 92 Resources also reported finding at least two new pegmatites south of LU D12.

The company has permitting underway for a winter 2017 drill program. The 1,567-hectare Hidden Lake sits within the Yellowknife lithium pegmatite belt along Highway 4.

Although Hidden Lake remains the company’s flagship, in September 92 Resources closed the acquisition of Quebec’s Pontax lithium property, where historic satellite imagery and government mapping have shown pegmatite outcrops.

NRG Metals to focus on lithium, plans to spin out other assets

October 21st, 2016

by Greg Klein | October 21, 2016

A new company would take on graphite and gold-copper projects as NRG Metals TSXV:NGZ concentrates on lithium. In a proposed plan of arrangement announced October 21, the company would spin out its Groete gold-copper property in Guyana and its LAB graphite project in Quebec into a newly created subsidiary. NRG shareholders would get shares of the spinco on a pro rata basis.

NRG Metals to focus on lithium, plans to spin out other assets

NRG signed an LOI to acquire the Carachi Pampa
properties in South America’s Lithium Triangle.

Subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals, the deal would transfer the two properties and pay approximately $150,000 to an entity referred to as GPRL “as well as certain accounts payable attributable to these projects.” Plans call for the spinco to apply for a public listing.

NRG describes Groete as “one of the most easily accessed large gold-copper resources in Guyana, having both deep water and electrical power/support infrastructure within approximately 30 kilometres.” The project has a 2013 resource using a 0.22 g/t gold-equivalent cutoff for a pit shell showing:

  • inferred: 74.8 million tonnes averaging 0.49 g/t gold and 0.12% copper, or 0.66 g/t gold-equivalent, for 1.59 million gold-equivalent ounces

The LAB project sits adjacent and contiguous to Lac des Iles, the largest of North America’s two flake graphite mines. NRG has conducted sampling, metallurgy, airborne magnetics and TDEM surveys, and a ground PhySpy survey on the project.

Last month the company announced two letters of intent to acquire Argentinian properties within South America’s Lithium Triangle and stated it’s “also negotiating on several other lithium opportunities located elsewhere in Argentina and Chile.”

NRG has offered a private placement of up to $1 million.