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Zimtu’s advantages

January 20th, 2018

Opportunities come calling as Zimtu Capital builds junior companies’ potential

by Greg Klein

With equity holdings in a wide range of juniors, Zimtu Capital TSXV:ZC goes well beyond the prospect generator model to help nurture and grow the companies that comprise its assets. Looking at just a few examples, they can be exploring early-stage minerals projects, progressing an advanced-stage rare earths deposit or generating revenue through disruptive technology. Zimtu helps build the companies with administrative, promotional, technical, legal and financial expertise that ranges from prospectors in the bush to market insiders in Europe and Asia.

Opportunities come calling as Zimtu Capital builds junior companies’ potential

The ZimtuADVANTAGE program additionally offers companies a number of other marketing strategies, including extensive social media coverage and the ZimtuADVANTAGE app. The result is wider exposure and therefore greater investor awareness about each participant.

The breadth of Zimtu’s support brings each company a level of expertise, sophistication and prominence not easily obtained by smaller companies. To further understand the approach, take a look at some Zimtu equity holdings.

 

Meet the ZimtuADVANTAGE companies

 

92 Resources TSXV:NTY—Lithium in the NWT and Quebec, frac sand in B.C.

Metallurgy as well as field work make 92 Resources’ (TSXV:NTY) Hidden Lake hard rock lithium property a standout among early-stage projects. Grab samples from the highway-accessible location 40 kilometres east of Yellowknife have graded as high as 1.86% Li2O, while channel samples on pegmatite outcrops have reached up to 1.58% over 8.78 metres and 2.57% over 0.75 metres. There’s tantalum too, including a sample of 233 ppm Ta2O5 over 1 metre.

Phase I metallurgical tests, meanwhile, produced a high-grade concentrate of 6% to 6.5% Li2O, with recovery rates of 80% to 85% using conventional methods.

In eastern British Columbia, the company holds the Golden frac sand project next door to Northern Silica’s Moberly silica operation. 92 Resources also picked up three Quebec lithium properties. One of them yielded a 7.32% Li2O grab sample on an initial visit.

92 Resources began the new year by closing an oversubscribed private placement of $1.14 million.

Read an interview with 92 Resources CEO Adrian Lamoureux.

 

Arctic Star Exploration TSXV:ADD—Diamonds in Finland, critical minerals in B.C.

The Timantti project attracted Arctic Star Exploration’s (TSXV:ADD) experienced team of diamond explorers to a mining-friendly Finnish region with enviable infrastructure and a geological shield hosting two world-class Russian mines. Previous work showed 111 microdiamonds from 52.7 metres of historically extracted core and another 58 from an 18.9-kilogram sample. In November the company began an ambitious program of geophysics, till sampling and drilling to extract a 500-kilogram core sample from each of two especially promising kimberlites.

Arctic Star’s other diamond interests include its drill-ready Stein project in Nunavut and the Diagras JV in the NWT’s Lac de Gras region. An intriguing departure from gemstones, however, is the company’s Cap property in B.C., home to an exceptionally rare carbonatite-syenite complex that offers potential for several commodities. Assays released last fall from sampling and a single drill hole showed “highly anomalous” niobium, rare earths and phosphate grades.

In late November the company closed oversubscribed private placements totalling $1.69 million.

Read an interview with Arctic Star chairperson Patrick Power.

 

Belmont Resources TSXV:BEA—Lithium in Nevada

Opportunities come calling as Zimtu Capital builds junior companies’ potential

Deep-sensing geophysics will follow
Belmont Resources’ 2017 drill campaign.

Sixty-five kilometres from Clayton Valley, Belmont Resources TSXV:BEA sees encouraging signs of similar geology at its Kibby Basin lithium project. Beginning imminently will be an especially deep-sensing electromagnetics survey to help identify Phase II drill targets.

Last year’s two-hole program extracted core samples grading between 70 ppm and 200 ppm Li2O. Thirteen of 25 samples surpassed 100 ppm, “indicating that the sediments could be a potential source of lithium for the underlying aquifers.”

The company interprets gravity survey data to suggest a closed basin covering 400 hectares and reaching at least 1.5 kilometres in depth, sufficiently large to develop layers that could act as aquifers.

A more recent acquisition, the Mid Corner-Johnson Croft property in New Brunswick comes with historic, non-43-101 sample results for zinc, copper and cobalt. But it hasn’t seen modern geophysics. Belmont’s portfolio also includes a 50% interest in two Saskatchewan uranium properties.

The company closed an oversubscribed private placement of $312,200 In December.

Read an interview with Belmont Resources CFO/director Gary Musil.

 

Castle Silver Resources TSXV:CSR/Canada Cobalt Works—Cobalt in Ontario

Update: Effective February 23, 2018, Castle Silver Resources begins trading as Canada Cobalt Works TSXV:CCW.

Historically, high-grade silver was the attraction but the northern Ontario region of Cobalt got that name for a reason. It’s in and around that area that Castle Silver Resources TSXV:CSR—soon to be renamed Canada Cobalt Works—seeks one of the essential energy metals. Underground mini-bulk sampling at the company’s Castle flagship brought assays up to 3.1% cobalt. More assays are pending from last year’s sampling and 22-hole, 2,405-metre drill campaign at the former mine.

Eighty kilometres southeast, an initial program at the company’s Beaver project collected three hand-cobbed samples, all exceeding 4% cobalt with impressive nickel grades, silver and some gold.

In November Castle Silver signed a provisional milling agreement to locate a plant on its property to process material from Granada Gold Mine’s (TSXV:GGM) project about 200 kilometres away. Additionally Castle Silver sees potential in its Re-2OX proprietary metallurgical process to produce cobalt concentrate.

The company closed a private placement of $1.03 million in mid-January.

 

Commerce Resources TSXV:CCE—Rare earths in Quebec, tantalum-niobium in B.C.

Opportunities come calling as Zimtu Capital builds junior companies’ potential

Amid increasing concern about critical minerals supply,
Commerce Resources’ Ashram rare earths deposit
benefits from geology, metallurgy and location.

An advanced-stage rare earths project endowed with magnet feed elements, amenable to conventional processing and moving towards pre-feasibility in a mining-friendly province—that begins to describe Commerce Resources’ (TSXV:CCE) Ashram deposit in northern Quebec.

Obviously waiting for an update is the 2012 resource, which used a 1.25% cutoff for this near-surface deposit:

  • measured: 1.6 million tonnes averaging 1.77% total rare earth oxides and 7.7% CaF2

  • indicated: 28 million tonnes averaging 1.9% TREO and 5.9% CaF2

  • inferred: 220 million tonnes averaging 1.88% TREO and 4.5% CaF2

The company has sunk about 9,200 metres since then, hitting high grades within carbonatite host rocks containing minerals amenable to well-known processing methods. Showing a superior distribution of magnet feed REOs, Ashram’s metallurgical studies continue to streamline the flowsheet for a high-grade concentrate, also finding potential for a fluorspar byproduct. The REE-hungry world has noticed, with companies like Solvay, Mitsubishi, Treibacher, BASF, DKK, Albemarle, Blue Line and others requesting samples.

Turning to other critical minerals, Commerce’s Blue River/Upper Fir tantalum-niobium deposit in southeastern B.C. reached PEA in 2011 and a resource update in 2013.

Read more about Commerce Resources.

 

Emerita Resources TSXV:EMO—Zinc in Spain, zinc and lithium in Brazil

An acquisitive nature could position this company to take part in zinc’s ascendency. In October Emerita Resources TSXV:EMO joined a 50/50 JV on the Plaza Norte property in northern Spain. The new turf hosts extensions of the past-producing Reocin mine, which gave up 62 million tonnes averaging 11% zinc and 1.4% lead up to 2003. Plaza Norte’s historic, non-43-101 drill results include 9.72% zinc over 18.96 metres and 7.05% over 8.2 metres. As project operator, Emerita has a review underway of the property’s extensive previous data. The company’s JV partner, the Aldesa Group, is a specialized construction and infrastructure firm operating globally.

In Brazil, Emerita holds a 100% option on the Litio project adjacent to the Companhia Brasileira de Litio lithium mine. Emerita’s initial field work has found pegmatite dykes similar to those next door. Other potential acquisitions include the Salobro zinc project in Brazil, along with Paymogo and Aznalcollar, two zinc properties in Spain.

Last month the company closed an oversubscribed private placement totalling $4.24 million, with funds earmarked for Plaza Norte and Salobro.

 

Georox Resources TSXV:GXR—Conventional oil and gas in western Canada

A non-binding LOI signed in December would bring Georox Resources TSXV:GXR a 16,146-hectare Saskatchewan acquisition with 97% oil production and an average working interest of 96.6%. Average daily net production estimates for the first nine months of last year came to 1,415 boe/d. “The oil pools have significant reactivation, waterflood implementation and infill drilling potential,” Georox stated. Subject to due diligence and approvals, the parties expect to consummate by the end of February for a price of $4.5 million.

The company offered a private placement earlier this month of up to $700,000.

 

Glance Technologies CSE:GET—Bringing the newest technology to consumer transactions

Connecting smartphone users with merchants and service providers, Glance Technologies’ (CSE:GET) Glance Pay system goes beyond fast payments to provide marketing, targeted coupons, customer feedback, in-merchant messaging, custom rewards and fraud protection.

At the forefront of blockchain developments, Glance Technologies earlier this month announced a definitive agreement with Cannabis Big Data Holdings to provide technology allowing marijuana retailers and producers to handle cryptocurrency transactions. That’s one example of licensing agreements with the cannabis, fitness and wellness, tourist and foreign student markets.

Late last month Glance Technologies closed a bought deal totalling $11.05 million, boosting the company’s treasury to over $17.4 million.

 

Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM—Q2 gold-copper production in B.C.

Opportunities come calling as Zimtu Capital builds junior companies’ potential

Having finished dewatering, Golden Dawn prepares to
restart underground operations at southern B.C.’s Lexington mine.

With trial mining set to begin within months, Golden Dawn Minerals TSXV:GOM seeks to revive southern B.C.’s historic Greenwood mining camp. The company holds a cluster of past-producers within 20 kilometres of its Greenwood mill, a 212-tpd facility expandable to 400 tpd that was built in 2007 and put on care and maintenance the following year. The local infrastructure’s condition inspires the company to enter production without de-risking at the feasibility level.

Top priority goes to Lexington, which produced 5,486 ounces of gold, 3,247 ounces of silver and 860,259 pounds of copper in 2008. Two other frontrunners are the Golden Crown gold-copper project and May Mac silver-gold-polymetallic project, both nearby former mines that underwent drilling last year. Meanwhile Golden Dawn continues to expand its portfolio, both in the Greenwood area and farther north.

The company’s most recent financing closed this month on $337,500.

Read more about Golden Dawn Minerals.

 

Kapuskasing Gold TSXV:KAP—Newfoundland copper and zinc

The property’s first drill program since the 1960s barely whetted Kapuskasing Gold’s (TSXV:KAP) appetite for copper exploration at its Lady Pond flagship in northern Newfoundland. Now backed by new intel, the company plans to return for another attack this year. An historic, non-43-101 estimate gives the project’s Sterling prospect about one million tonnes averaging 1% copper that’s open in all directions. Grab samples released in October showed up to 9.03% copper for the Twin Pond prospect, 7.19% copper for Sterling and 1.54% copper with cobalt and silver for the Lady Pond prospect.

Located 94 kilometres by road from a Rambler Mining and Metals TSXV:RAB base metals mill, the Lady Pond project can be reached by logging roads and ATV.

On Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, Kapuskasing picked up the Daniel’s Harbour property, host to the former Teck mine that produced around seven million tonnes averaging 7.8% zinc from 1975 to 1990. The past-producer’s Mississippi Valley Type deposit suggests the potential for additional resources appearing in clusters.

While in the Great Northern Peninsula, Kapuskasing staked another 1,625 hectares to move in on the burgeoning Gunners Cove gold area play. The company closed private placements totalling $115,000 in August, following a $201,200 placement that closed in June.

Read an interview with Kapuskasing president/CEO Jon Armes.

 

King’s Bay Resources TSXV:KBG—Nickel-cobalt in Labrador, copper-cobalt in Newfoundland

An unexpected benefit of the new Trans-Labrador Highway was recognized by a prospector who sampled roadside copper and cobalt with some nickel and silver. King’s Bay Resources TSXV:KBG moved onto the virgin turf with a more systematic field program, airborne VTEM and last autumn’s initial two-hole program. Although collared over 150 metres apart, each hole found mineralization over wide intercepts, encouraging plans for further drilling following geostatistical and structural analysis.

Meanwhile Phase I field work at the company’s Trump Island project in northern Newfoundland collected 15 grab samples, four of them grading over 1% copper and between 272.3 ppm and 1,213.6 ppm cobalt. One sample underwent an additional ore grade analysis, showing 6.07% copper, 300 ppm cobalt and 14.4 ppm silver. Follow-up exploration is slated for spring.

King’s Bay offered a $250,000 private placement in September that followed financings that closed on $402,000 the previous month.

 

MGX Minerals CSE:XMG—Commodities and technology for energy and industry

As if trying to fuel the energy revolution single-handedly, MGX Minerals CSE:XMG holds a portfolio bursting with nearly three dozen projects. In Alberta and Utah the company counts 20 lithium properties in the exploration state and two more undergoing well-testing. B.C. properties include three silicon projects and eight magnesium projects. Unsated, in November the company opened a satellite office in Chile to evaluate opportunities there.

Some project highlights include the Driftwood Creek magnesium property in B.C., now moving towards a preliminary economic assessment. Paradox Basin in Utah has exploration underway for oil, gas, lithium and other brine minerals. A 2,000-metre drill program has just begun at the company’s 20%-held Case Lake lithium project in Ontario, following a recently completed 5,400-metre campaign.

Among a number of technological developments, MGX claims a breakthrough for zinc-air flow batteries by avoiding dendrite damage, “the single most significant hurdle” in the batteries’ development. With its subsidiary ZincNyx Energy Solutions, the company’s now working on final commercial design for mass production of its scalable 20 kWh zinc-air mass storage battery.

On another technological front, MGX partners with its 46%-held PurLucid Treatment Solutions on a patented process for brine treatment and selective lithium recovery.

Activity like that doesn’t come cheap. In December MGX closed private placements totalling $12.9 million. The previous month MGX and PurLucid won federal/provincial grants totalling up to $8.2 million for their oilpatch water treatment system.

 

Mountain Boy Minerals TSXV:MTB—Exploring the treasures of B.C.’s Golden Triangle

Opportunities come calling as Zimtu Capital builds junior companies’ potential

Rugged but rich terrain attracts Mountain
Boy Minerals to B.C.’s Golden Triangle.

With a stake in several northwestern B.C. properties, Mountain Boy Minerals TSXV:MTB took part in two joint-ventured drill programs last year, along with geophysics on two 100%-held properties. Results so far from the company’s 35%-held Red Cliff gold project show high grades over wide intervals as drilling followed a mineralized system over two kilometres. More assays are pending from the 51-hole program.

Another 14 holes went into Mountain Boy’s 20%-held Silver Coin, hitting high-grade gold and finding a new gold zone. Again, the company’s awaiting further lab results. A 2011 resource gives the project measured and indicated totals of 842,416 ounces gold, 4.46 million ounces silver and 91.2 million pounds zinc. The inferred numbers come to 813,273 ounces gold, 6.7 million ounces silver and 128 million pounds zinc.

Moving closer to the drill stage are two contiguous 100%-held silver-base metals projects, BA and Surprise Creek. Trench assays from late 2016 suggest polymetallic promise with high-grade zinc as well as silver and lead. Following previous drilling, metallurgical tests produced a barite concentrate that exceeds industry standards for this mineral essential to oil and gas exploration.

Mountain Boy offered a private placement of up to $300,000 in October.

Read an interview with Mountain Boy Minerals chairperson René Bernard.

 

ParcelPal Technology CSE:PKG—Online shopping with fast delivery

Opportunities come calling as Zimtu Capital builds junior companies’ potential

ParcelPal’s “Get Anything functionality” adds
fast delivery to shop-by-phone transactions.

Order via smartphone app and get quick delivery at home, work or elsewhere—that’s the disruption ParcelPal Technology CSE:PKG brings to merchants and courier services. Retail, liquor and especially restaurants are currently the partner businesses as ParcelPal expands throughout the Greater Vancouver region. The company says its “Get Anything functionality” allows consumers to “order virtually anything and have it delivered in an hour or less.”

Just six months in operation, the company sees positive business and consumer response, with 3,000 app downloads in October and November, and repeat clients. Future goals include expansion in other major Canadian cities, and eventually the U.S. and abroad.

ParcelPal closed an oversubscribed private placement of $1.65 million in mid-January.

 

Rockcliff Metals TSXV:RCLF—A gold-VMS camp in Manitoba

It might be said that Rockcliff Metals TSXV:RCLF picks up where Hudbay Minerals TSX:HBM leaves off. Rockcliff assembled its portfolio largely by acquiring non-core Hudbay assets in Manitoba’s Flin Flon-Snow Lake region. As a result Rockcliff holds interests in five gold projects, two copper-polymetallic deposits with resource estimates and three zinc deposits with historic, non-43-101 estimates. All lie within trucking distance of two Hudbay processing facilities.

With three projects active last year, Rockcliff updated its Talbot resource in December, announcing an inferred 150 million pounds copper, 130.4 million pounds zinc, 241,000 ounces gold and 3.8 million ounces silver that’s open in all directions.

Recent stepout drilling brought high-grade zinc results from Bur, moving the project from historic towards 43-101 resource stage. Currently the non-43-101 numbers show an indicated 1.05 million tonnes averaging 8.6% zinc and 1.9% copper, along with an inferred 302,000 tonnes averaging 9% zinc and 1.4% copper, as well as some silver and gold.

Polymetallic VMS isn’t Snow Lake’s only attraction. Among Rockcliff’s gold properties is the former Laguna mine, where induced polarization and resistivity found 17 anomalies over a trend that hasn’t been drilled since 1944.

In August Rockcliff closed an oversubscribed private placement of $1.35 million.

Read more about Rockcliff Metals here and here.

 

Saville Resources TSXV:SRE—Niobium-tantalum in Quebec

Strong sample grades with an outstanding 5.9% niobium pentoxide enticed Saville Resources TSXV:SRE onto Commerce Resources’ Eldor property earlier this month. While the latter company focuses on bringing its rare earths project to pre-feasibility, Saville took on a 75% earn-in on the Eldor niobium claims, enthusiastic about their potential for critical minerals.

Out of 64 samples collected by Commerce, 40 exceeded 0.5% Nb2O5, 16 of them surpassing 1%. Assays also showed significant tantalum, phosphate and rare earths numbers. Among previous drill results were 0.46% Nb2O5 over 46.88 metres and 0.55% over 26.1 metres (including 0.78% over 10.64 metres).

Results also show niobium-tantalum occurring within the mineral pyrochlore, the world’s dominant source for those critical elements. Eldor’s pyrochlore shows a relatively course grain size, a positive prognosis for metallurgy.

At Saville’s other northern Quebec asset, Covette’s sampling and geophysics show potential for base and precious metals.

In December the company offered private placements totalling up to $500,000.

Read more about Saville Resources.

 

Voltaic Minerals TSXV:VLT—Lithium from brine and from wastewater too

Voltaic Minerals TSXV:VLT sees three key distinctions to its Green Energy lithium project in Utah. A review of extensive historic oil and gas exploration data indicates the property’s brine to be over-saturated with 40% minerals in 60% water, suggesting potential for a wide range of minerals. The brine also faces immense pressure and high temperature, two factors that would aid extraction. The 1,683-hectare property has proximity to road, rail and power.

But apart from the Green Energy project, Voltaic takes another approach to sourcing lithium. The company has engaged Whittier Filtration, a division of global leader Veolia Water Technologies, to develop marketable processes for extracting lithium from wastewater taken from commercial and industrial sites. The companies expect to report bench scale tests soon.

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.

Darryl Jones of Voltaic Minerals discusses the Green Energy lithium brine project in Utah

September 15th, 2017

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Green energy in Utah

August 18th, 2017

Darryl Jones sees distinctive advantages to Voltaic Minerals’ lithium brine project

by Isabel Belger

Isabel Belger

Isabel Belger

Isabel: I would like to introduce the president and CEO of Voltaic Minerals [TSXV:VLT], Darryl Jones. Hello Darryl, it is a pleasure to talk to you again. How are you?

Darryl: I am good, thanks for asking and having me.

Isabel: To get started, could you tell us a bit about your background?

Darryl: I started in investor relations, working for a multitude of junior mining companies. From there I worked my way in with my father, who was a stockbroker. He was in the business for about 28 years. I worked with him for five or six years at Raymond James and moved from there to PI. I was a broker for 12 years. I then moved on to work with an ex-client where I joined the board of Strikepoint Gold [TSXV:SKP] and from there I made my way to Zimtu Capital [TSXV:ZC]. And here we are, almost two years later.

Isabel: Your company is lithium-focused, but not hard rock deposits and not like the classic salars in South America. Where is your project? And what makes it special?

Darryl: We are in Utah roughly 20 kilometres west of a town called Moab. It is a brine project but it is a non-conventional brine. The Green Energy brine project is hosted in what are called clastic units of the Paradox Basin. It is about 6,000 feet [1,830 metres] deep in an old layered bed-type formation. Effectively it is a buried salar, like the South American salars, except much deeper and under immense pressure and very saturated from what we understand. I guess the three things that make it very interesting are that it is super-saturated with a full spectrum of minerals, it is under immense pressure which is phenomenal because we believe it should just flow out of the ground, and being subjected to tremendous pressure leads to a higher temperature as well. Temperature, pressure and saturation are all key factors for a brine project of this nature.

Isabel: What are your highlights on the project so far?

Darryl Jones sees distinctive advantages to Voltaic Minerals’ lithium brine project

Darryl: It is a historic project, where most of the work was done through oil and gas exploration in the ’60s, ’70s, all the way up to current date. We have been compiling existing well logs, existing data and working with some private well owners and oil and gas groups to get a better understanding of the zone we are working in. We have seen multiple wells out of this formation show significant brine flow. We understand that this horizon has the capability to be a very large resource. From that we expect to test it through an existing well. We are working towards our 5,000-gallon sample which will give us a very strong indication of size, I guess you could say, of the potential resource.

Isabel: When will you know that?

Darryl: We are working with a well owner right now to try to get access as soon as possible. We have got two paths going. We have got the project that we really want to get into, then we are also working on developing a process that will help us unlock the super-saturated brine. The closer we get to strong data that gives us the ability to say unlock the brine will push us to that decision to execute to get into the system. We are hoping this year.

Isabel: What are the plans for the rest of the year?

Darryl: In the next couple of weeks, we will have an agreement in place to re-enter that well and alongside that in the next couple of weeks we are hoping to have some really strong process results to show that we can economically extract what we need from it.

Isabel: Do you have already an idea when you could be producing lithium?

We have always had an aggressive timeline. We believe if we have access to this brine, we could then be six to nine months away from producing some small-scale samples, [provided] that we would have the process that can extract lithium from it.—Darryl Jones

Darryl: We have always had an aggressive timeline. We believe if we have access to this brine, we could then be six to nine months away from producing some small-scale samples, [provided] that we would have the process that can extract lithium from it. First, we want to get this initial set of results back in order to really direct the way we want to go with the sampling. In my opinion, we now have all the pieces in place to support our development timeline, once we get some initial feedback on the process and have access to the brine. That nine-months horizon is real.

Isabel: What makes it so difficult to access those wells?

Darryl: Most of the wellheads are either plugged and abandoned or they are owned and operating for oil and gas operations.

Isabel: Oh, so they are still producing oil and gas there?

Darryl: Yes, there is still a lot of oil production in Utah. Accessing a plugged and abandoned well is difficult on the environmental side. It is basically like drilling your own new well, which can be costly and you don’t know what you are going to get when you are re-entering an existing abandoned well. The other avenue would be re-entering a producing well, which is difficult because you might have to tell the oil and gas company to shut their production so that you can test for lithium. It is a matter of building relationships and being able to go down there to show what the potential value could be. I think we have done that. We have the right team and the right people in place so that we could have that within the next week.

Isabel: Talking about cost effectiveness—the price of lithium has been increasing over the past few years, right now about $9,000 per metric tonne. Do you have any idea presently for what price you will be able to produce lithium?

Darryl: From the start our goal was to work always towards a lowest production cost as possible. Most of the major lithium producers in South America are between $3,000 and $4,000 a ton, which is a great number. We are hoping to match those production costs. We enjoy some great efficiencies operating in Utah, which has very good infrastructure.

So that is where we would like to be, anywhere between $3,000 to $5,000 a ton. I think that will make us a very competitive player in the lithium space.

Isabel: What do you think is and will be the key to this new, ongoing demand for lithium for a junior exploration company like Voltaic Minerals?

Grade is usually one of the first things that people will look at. Something that is also important is the speed to market. The faster you can get to market, the more attention you are going to have. —Darryl Jones

Darryl: You want to have a project that has first and foremost the right grade. Grade is usually one of the first things that people will look at. Something that is also important is the speed to market. The faster you can get to market, the more attention you are going to have. In our opinion no one has broken anything open in North America. We believe the window is still open there for somebody to come up with a profitable solution. I think that is going to be the biggest thing. Anyone that comes to market quickly will have a lot of eyes on them and garner lots of attention.

Isabel: You are right and there is almost no lithium being produced in the U.S. right now.

Darryl: No there isn’t!

Isabel: You may have heard about the big Volkswagen diesel scandal. There is a huge discussion going on about the future of diesel technology, and that switching to electric cars is the solution for all our climate problems. But we tend to forget that many lithium projects would have an adverse impact to our planet as well.

In that respect, isn’t your project, with brine situated at a considerable depth and which comes to the surface under its own pressure, the best-case scenario?

Darryl: Yes, environmentally speaking it is great. We are searching for a straight brine zone, which would give us the opportunity to just effectively strip the lithium out, not change anything else associated with the water, not having any hydrocarbons and effectively put the water back into the ground. That would be the ultimate scenario. We feel we could be a very green company or have a green process which doesn’t hurt anything and greatly benefits this revolutionary battery market.

Isabel: How much of Voltaic Minerals does the management hold?

Darryl: About 15%.

Isabel: How much cash do you have right now?

Darryl: About $500,000.

Isabel: It was a pleasure to talk to you. Thank you for the insights.

Darryl: The same. Good talking to you Isabel. Thank you.

 

Darryl Jones sees distinctive advantages to Voltaic Minerals’ lithium brine project

Darryl Jones, president/CEO
of Voltaic Minerals

Bio

Mr. Jones was an investment adviser with PI Financial Corp Canada and Raymond James Ltd Canada and has 15-plus years of capital market experience and an established financial network. He was responsible for raising significant risk capital for growth companies in all sectors, with a particular focus on natural resources. He also serves as director of Strikepoint Gold Corp.

Fun facts

My hobbies: Snowboarding, playing hockey, golf, spending time with my two-year-old daughter
My favourite tradeshow: Mines and Money shows, PDAC
My favourite commodity: Lithium and gold
With this person I would like to have dinner: Timothy Ferriss
If I could have a superpower, it would be: Reading people’s minds
My role model: My father

Read more about Voltaic Minerals.

Chemical engineer and Voltaic Minerals project manager Tom Currin comments on his research into selective extraction from lithium brines

July 21st, 2017

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Voltaic Minerals encouraged by lithium brine extraction tests

June 15th, 2017

by Greg Klein | June 15, 2017

The goal of quicker, cheaper lithium extraction came closer as Voltaic Minerals TSXV:VLT announced progress on a new technique to separate the battery mineral from brines. Conducted by Lithium Selective Technologies at its northern California facility, initial tests produced significant enhancement of lithium concentration and lithium-calcium ratios, LiST stated. The company’s staff have over 85 combined years of related experience.

Voltaic Minerals encouraged by lithium brine extraction tests

Lithium occurs with other minerals in an over-
saturated brine at Voltaic’s Green Energy project in Utah.

Their tests apply techniques already used commercially in mineral extraction and water treatment but new to lithium production. The techniques were adapted to an artificial brine based on historic fluid analysis from Voltaic’s Green Energy project in Utah.

Historic data from oil and gas exploration shows lithium-bearing brine originating from clastic units on the 1,683-hectare property, where the company hopes to begin sampling this summer.

“We are extremely optimistic that increased selectivity performance and concentration enhancement can be expected as optimization testing proceeds,” said William Bourcier of LiST.

As research continues, the two companies have extended their exclusivity agreement while a definitive agreement could follow further tests. Meanwhile the initial results will undergo third-party verification. The final outcome could be marketed to other lithium brine projects.

“If successful, this process could create value from known resources in the U.S. and globally,” added Voltaic project manager and 35-year chemical engineer Tom Currin.

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Voltaic Minerals project manager Tom Currin comments on selective extraction tests for the company’s Green Energy lithium brine project in Utah

May 19th, 2017

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Lab work evaluates Voltaic Minerals’ potential for domestic U.S. lithium

April 11th, 2017

by Greg Klein | April 11, 2017

A California lab now has lithium extraction tests underway that could prove productive for Voltaic Minerals’ (TSXV:VLT) Green Energy property in Utah, as well as other lithium brine projects. Lithium Selective Technologies has begun work on an artificial brine similar to that determined by historic fluid analysis at Green Energy. With a team comprising 85 years of related experience, LiST endeavours to find a selection process for non-conventional brines.

Lab work evaluates Voltaic Minerals’ potential for domestic U.S. lithium

Selective extraction could open Utah’s potential
for unconventional sources of lithium brine.

The result could open lithium brine potential closer to Tesla’s Gigafactories, without relying on the huge evaporation ponds and exceedingly dry climate that characterize South American deposits.

“If successful, this process could create value from known resources in the U.S. and globally,” said Tom Currin. A 35-year chemical engineer, the Voltaic project manager and LiST principal has extensive experience in lithium projects and selective extraction. “The company is incorporating selective techniques used commercially in mineral extraction and water treatment in a novel fashion to achieve a result not yet seen in the lithium process sector.”

Phase I would take about 90 days and should provide enough data for the two companies to sign a definitive agreement to further develop and market the process.

Last week Voltaic announced an agreement with Stormcrow Capital to provide strategic, technical and business support. Led by Jon Hykawy, a physicist with an MBA in marketing who’s a recognized expert in critical and energy minerals, Stormcrow will introduce Voltaic to potential investors and partners, as well as offer technical analysis regarding selective extraction.

Historic oil and gas exploration data shows lithium-bearing brine originating from clastic units on the 1,683-hectare Green Energy property. Voltaic’s next steps include re-opening the wellheads to conduct sampling, expected to begin in spring or summer.

Voltaic Minerals project manager Thomas Currin discusses a selective extraction process for lithium

December 15th, 2016

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Voltaic Minerals verifies brine flow, works towards bulk sampling on Utah lithium project

December 12th, 2016

by Greg Klein | December 12, 2016

A thorough review of historic data confirms brine flow on Voltaic Minerals’ (TSXV:VLT) Green Energy lithium project in Utah’s Paradox Basin. Analysis shows that brine flow in five oil and gas exploration wells originated from multiple sources including four of the property’s clastic units.

Voltaic Minerals verifies brine flow, works towards bulk sampling on Utah lithium project

Already figuring prominently in a 3D model created earlier by Voltaic, clastic unit #14 was historically intercepted in three wells at an average depth of about 1,900 metres and measured 6.1 metres thick.

To follow up, Voltaic hopes to re-open historic well heads for bulk sampling, potentially confirming a lithium-bearing zone, as well as verifying brine data including flow rates, temperature and metallurgy.

Historic data reports brine carrying lithium up to 187 milligrams per litre on the 1,683-hectare property and up to 1,700 mg/l 150 metres east.

The company also continues its work with newly appointed director/project manager Thomas Currin and Enertrex Corp to develop a selective lithium extraction process that would cut time and costs, with a plan to market the process to other companies.

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