Pinestar declines Option to acquire Australia Graphite Properties
Pinestar Gold Inc TSXV:PNS announced May 18 it will not exercise its option to acquire 11 graphite properties in four Australian states. The option with Zimtu Capital Corp TSXV:ZC and Strategic Resource Management Pty Ltd was announced March 1.
Rainbow stakes BC Graphite Prospects
Rainbow Resources Inc TSXV:RBW announced May 17 acquisition of graphite prospects in southwest BC. The company has staked two claim blocks covering over 40 square kilometres west and southwest of its flagship Big Strike Gold-Silver Project in the Slocan Mining District. The 2,100-hectare Claim Block #1 lies immediately north of Anglo Swiss Resources’ TSXV:ASW Blu Starr Graphite Property and 14 kilometres from Eagle Graphite’s mine, one of North America’s two flake-graphite producers. The 2,100-hectare Claim Block #2 is contiguous to Blu Starr’s southern boundary.
Rainbow holds historic airborne survey information for its graphite claims, which the company has begun prospecting. Rainbow also plans to drill Big Strike’s Gold Viking area.
Arrowhead finds Quebec Graphite Mineralization
Arrowhead Gold Corp TSXV:AWH announced May 17 a graphite find on its Gateau Property in the Chibougamau Mining District of north-central Quebec. A review of drilling completed in 2008 found one hole with 48 metres of coarse-grained graphite mineralization. The graphite horizon is within a basalt unit just below a contact with a quartzite unit, the company stated. A 2011 airborne survey outlined a 7.5-kilometre-long east-west electromagnetic conductor that coincides with and appears to be caused by the graphite horizon. The survey found up to five other conductive horizons that may also be related to graphite mineralization. The 2008 drilling was intended to test a uranium target so carbon content wasn’t measured at the time. The core is still on the property.
Arrowhead plans to have a crew re-examine the graphite horizon and prospect the EM conductors for graphite. The 3,975-hectare Gateau Property is approximately 240 kilometres northeast of the town of Chibougamau.
Uranium North reports Nunavut Graphite Samples up to 4.13% C
Uranium North Resource Corp TSXV:UNR announced May 16 graphite sample results from its Amer Lake Property in Nunavut. Six randomly chosen samples from two drill holes showed assays of 4.13%, 3.2%, 3.84%, 0.6%, 3.22% and 3.77% carbon. The two holes, 3.1 kilometres apart, and a third hole 15 kilometres east, intersected graphitic beds that have been identified in three outcrops spanning an area 22 by 10 kilometres. The samples will undergo mineral liberation analysis to determine the nature and particle size of the graphite. Uranium North has staked additional claims over areas with outcropping graphitic rocks.
The project has an inferred uranium resource estimate of 19.3 million pounds grading 0.04% triuranium octoxide (U3O8) using the industry-standard cutoff of 0.01%. The project is 70 kilometres from an all-season road linking Agnico-Eagle’s TSX:AEM Meadowbank Gold Mine with the town of Baker Lake.
Lomiko expands Quebec Graphite Property
Lomiko Metals Inc TSXV:LMR announced May 14 a letter of agreement to acquire a 100% interest in the Quatre Milles West Property in south Quebec. Under the agreement, Lomiko pays Zimtu Capital Corp TSXV:ZC and two other vendors a total of $3,000 and 1.8 million shares. The vendors retain a 2% NSR, half of which Lomiko may buy for $1 million.
The 2,180-hectare property covers the western extension of the geology that hosts the graphite-bearing structures shown in historic drilling at the company’s Quatre Milles Property. The combined property expands Quatre Milles from approximately 1,600 hectares to 3,780 hectares. Lomiko’s exploration program for the Quatre Milles Property includes mapping, prospecting and drilling to test and confirm historic high-grade graphite found by Graphicor Resources in a 26-hole, 1,625-metre drill program.
Zenyatta updates Ontario Graphite Drilling
Zenyatta Ventures Ltd TSXV:ZEN announced May 14 a drilling update for its Albany Graphite Deposit in north Ontario. A stepout hole 450 metres east of the original discovery hole intersected 94 metres of near-surface graphitic breccia. A second hole collared from the same location but drilled in the opposite direction intersected 14.8 metres of graphitic veining and breccia followed by 108.2 metres of graphitic overprinting. Assays for the first hole are pending. The second hole will be redrilled due to mechanical problems with the rig. The company is currently drilling the first of two additional holes.
The graphite discovery is 30 kilometres from the Trans-Canada Highway, a powerline and a natural gas pipeline, 70 kilometres from rail and about five kilometres from an all-weather road. The deposit is near surface, underneath glacial till overburden.
Northern Graphite announces Agreements for Ontario Spherical Graphite Tests
Northern Graphite Corp TSXV:NGC announced May 14 two agreements for further tests to manufacture spherical graphite from its Bissett Creek Deposit in east Ontario. The company has engaged Hazen Research and the National Research Council Canada to continue testing and optimizing Northern’s process for manufacturing spherical graphite, which is used to make the anodes in lithium-ion batteries. The company has already developed a proprietary manufacturing process. Hazen Research will confirm lab results using bench-scale models of commercial purification equipment for the full-scale process. This program will likely be followed by pilot plant testing, engineering and design work to define the capital and operating costs of a commercial facility.
The NRC will test Northern’s spherical graphite in lithium-graphite batteries to optimize and customize its performance to meet the specifications of potential offtake customers and strategic partners. Bissett Creek is a high-purity, large-flake, scalable deposit close to infrastructure. Northern plans to complete a bankable feasibility study in 2Q 2012, followed by permitting. Subject to feasibility results and financing, mine construction could then begin.
Logan acquires Quebec Graphite Property
Logan Copper Inc TSXV:LC announced May 14 acquisition of the Carheil Graphite Property in northwest Quebec. The 2,185-hectare property was staked on the Gestim website of Ressources naturelles et Faune Québec. During the 1970s Noranda Exploration undertook geophysics and drilling on 145 hectares of the property.
The project is approximately 280 kilometres northwest of Val-d’Or. Other Quebec projects of the same name include Standard Graphite’s TSXV:SGH Carheil Project in the Labrador Trough of northeast Quebec and NQ Exploration’s TSXV:NQE silver-polymetallic project in the northern Abitibi region.
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By Greg Klein