Egypt is looking to unlock its vast untapped mineral potential, as the country currently only has one commercial gold mine in operation, Centamin’s (LON:CEY) () Sukari. Egypt holds a rich mining history that ultimately led to Pharaonic gold jewellery, and one of the biggest gold markets in the world. However, mining has languished in the country as legislative blocks have been in place for years.
The country opened up new tender rounds in a bid to bring in $1 billion of investment every year. While gold is the focus, copper also holds high potential, and would be a good catalyst for an economy that has been hit hard by COVID-19. Five firms signed gold exploration contracts in Egypt, one of them being Barrick Gold () (NYSE:GOLD).
Big Canadian Ambitions
The company signed four gold exploration deals in Egypt’s Eastern Desert, according to the ministry of petroleum and mineral resources. Barrick will explore in 19 new blocks in the Eastern Desert after it won the international tender launched last year. While far short of the $1 billion target, initial exploration investment will total $8.8 million.
This is the first time Barrick will operate in Egypt, in a bid to tap under-explore and undeveloped reserves that have largely sat dormant.
Untapped and Under-Developed
A long period of dormant mining activity was primarily due to Egypt’s past system of royalties and profit-sharing agreements. By increasing rates on miners, companies found it difficult and unprofitable to explore for and mine minerals in the country. In 2020, the country finally streamlined regulations and made it easier for mining companies to form joint ventures with the Egyptian government. To increase investment and interest in the country as a mining jurisdiction, the state also limited royalties to a maximum of 20%.
While still high among many other industry standards, this improved outlook for the mining industry in the country has Barrick exploring in a region that is largely untapped.
A Line Forms to Get in the Door
Other companies that won concessions include B2Gold, Centamin, AKH Gold, Lotus Gold, and Red Sea Resources, and . Another Canadian company, ( ) secured a license in early 2020 and launched its exploration drilling and development program shortly after.
The company aims to build Egypt’s second operating gold mine on the 600 square-kilometre Abu Marawat concession, located 200 km north of Centamin’s Sukari gold mine. The site has inferred resources of 2.9 million tonnes grading 1.75 grams gold per tonne, 29.3 grams silver per tonnes, 0.77% copper, and 1.15% zinc.
While a small start, the first companies entering Egypt’ industry now are some of the biggest players from around the world. Canada is well-represented in the group, as Barrick and Aton begin their activities with ambitions to bring projects on line and into production as quickly as possible.
Egypt’s New, Better, Mining Framework
The new framework for the sector with the elimination of a requirement to form joint ventures and the capping of state royalties at 20% is a welcome change for miners who aim to explore and mine in the country. One major barrier that remains is the tendering process itself.
Sami El Raghy, Chairman of Australia-based Nordana Pty Ltd. said, “No other successful mining countries use this process. They all have a clear transparent mining laws stipulating the qualification, obligations and the right of investors. (They) work on the principle first come, first served.”
The $1 billion investment target is a big one, and the millions being poured into Egypt’s mining and energy industries now are a drop in the bucket. However, the government has set a target date of 2030 for this goal for this key geographical and trading partner that links Africa with the Middle East. To meet it, more open laws and structures may be necessary before the country begins to see the kind of investments that could feasibly get it to its target by 2030.
The above references an opinion and is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a licensed professional for investment advice. The author is not an insider or shareholder of any of the companies mentioned above.
Pegasus Resources Expands Its Uranium Assets In Saskatchewan
Pegasus Resources Inc. (TSXV:PEGA) continues to make its presence in the prolific Athabasca Basin uranium camp with the recently announced
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( ) continues to make its presence in the prolific Athabasca Basin uranium camp with the recently announced acquisition of three uranium properties at the northwest edge of the Basin. The 54,026 hectare properties comprising 13 mineral claims contain a cumulative total of 535,718 lbs of uranium, and significantly, includes a historic resource estimate of 202,200 tons at 0.119% U308 at an average width of 4.8 metres.
These new properties add to the previously announced Pine Channel uranium property which consists of six mineral claims covering 6,028 hectares and is located at the northern edge of the Athabasca basin, roughly 40 km west of the town of Stony Rapids. The Athabasca Basin in Northern Saskatchewan is host to several of the world’s largest and highest-grade uranium mines, including Cameco’s () McArthur River Mine and Cigar Lake Mine.
The Wollaston Northeast property is located in the 20A zone within the prolific Wollaston Domain, 45 kilometres northeast of the Eagle Point Uranium Mine. The property has at least eight known base metals showings and five previously documented uranium occurrences, and is considered highly prospective for basement hosted uranium mineralization.
Much of the recent renewed interest in uranium in the region is due to recent discoveries within the Wollaston Domain where the Eagle Point deposits are hosted within its basement rocks. In addition to the Eagle Point Mine, the area also hosts the historic Rabbit Lake Mine and Cameco/Orano Key Lake Mine, the world’s largest high-grade uranium mine.
The 12,397 hectare Bentley Lake Uranium Property consisting of three mineral claims, and is located 35 kilometres northeast of the edge of the Athabasca Basin, within a transition zone between the Wollaston and Mudjatic Domains. This trend is host to several major uranium deposits, including Cigar Lake, Roughrider, McArthur River and Midwest. It is located at the transition zone between the Wollaston and Mudjatik geological domains.
The third property is located approximately 40 kilometres northeast of the edge of the Athabasca Basin and within the Charlebois-Higginson Lake Uranium District. The 6,908 hectare Mozzie Lake Uranium Property consists of three mineral claims and has a historical resource estimate of 204,200 tons at 0.119% U308, with an average width of 4.8 metres, and containing 535,718 lbs of uranium. What makes the Mozzie Lake Property particularly compelling, aside from the historical resource estimate that Pegasus’s exploration efforts may be able to increase significantly, are the pegmatite deposits of the Charlebois-Higginson Lake Uranium District.
Since being initially explored from the 1940’s through to the 1960’s, there has been virtually no exploration on the property. Previous work in the region, as well as on the Pinkham Lake property at Mozzie Lake, indicated that the pegmatite deposits may also host mineralization which contains rare-earth-element bearing minerals. Rare earth minerals are in high demand today due to the needs of the various technology, consumer electronics, and electric vehicle manufacturing industries. PEGA plans to examine the property’s rare earth potential as part of its uranium exploration program at Mozzie Lake.
Pegasus will next review the historical data on the properties to determine an exploration strategy and work programs, and will provide shareholders with updates in the near future. The company’s recent announcements of the uranium assets have certainly rekindled interest in PEGA shares, and its market capitalization has increased by almost 50% to $7.98 million in recent weeks, signifying that investors are enthused about the direction management has taken.
PEGA last traded at $0.095 on the TSX Venture exchange.
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Emerita Sees Continued Success In Spain
Emerita Resources Corp (TSXV:EMO) continues to report excellent results from the Infanta drill program at its Iberia Belt West Project
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Corp ( ) continues to report excellent results from the Infanta drill program at its Iberia Belt West Project in Spain, which hosts three previously identified high-grade deposits: La Infanta, Romanera and El Cura. These are all open for expansion along strike and at depth.
On October 22, the company announced assays for the first step-out drill hole from the Infanta drill program and also the final in-fill drill holes. The significance of the in-fill program was to verify the historical drill results. They will now enable a proper 3D modelling of the deposit and will also provide additional data to be used for future metallurgical testing.
At Infanta, the step-out was conducted to expand the outer perimeter of the deposit, and the in-fill drilling was intended to confirm historical drill data within Infanta’s known mineralization zone. Step-out drill hole IN018 was drilled 40 metres to the west of the historical limits of the deposit and intersected 8.2 metres with a grade of 2.5% copper, 8.7% lead, 17.3% zinc, 223.5 g/t silver and 0.5 g/t gold. A second step-out hole was drilled 50 metres to the west of hole IN018 and intersected two zones of massive sulfide but assays have not been returned yet.
In-fill drill hole IN014 intersected 5.7 metres of 2.4% copper, 7.3 %lead, 13.4% zinc, 225 g/t silver and 0.6 g/t gold. The ongoing geophysical survey, which was suspended along with other exploration activities for the region’s hunting season, is expected to resume by the end of October.
Emerita plans to have five drill rigs operating by the end of 2021 and will include the Romanera deposit, El Cura, and other targets identified by previous geophysics work. The two drills currently on site will now focus on step-out drilling to increase the size of the deposit.
Emerita also recently provided investors with an update on the legal proceedings for the Aznalcóllar Project and the company is expecting a ruling by the Administrative Court of Andalucia in Emerita’s favour in the near future.
The Aznalcóllar Zinc Project is located in the prolific Iberian Pyrite Belt in the Andalusia region of southern Spain and is considered to be one of the world’s largest and most productive volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) structures. It has been mined for over a thousand years and has produced over 2000 million tons of ore.
Aznalcóllar is considered to be one of the world’s top undeveloped zinc deposits, and the project is essentially a world-class pre-production development asset. Here, the main deposit is referred to as Los Frailes, which contains a historical open pit mineral resource. Two other deposits exist on the property as well, which require further development. The Los Frailes mine operated during the 1990s until it closed due to a combination of tailings-related environmental failure and low metal prices.
After the Aznalcóllar site was rehabilitated, the government initiated a public tender process for the rights to the project and it was initially awarded to another major mining company, however Emerita believed that their bid was superior. It subsequently requested an investigation into the tender process for the property and filed a lawsuit in 2015.
In early 2021, the Spanish court concluded that the process was fraught with corruption, fraud and other malfeasance and rescinded the rights that were awarded and criminal charges were sought for the perpetrators and their enablers. In July 2021, a Spanish judge issued additional criminal indictments against the mining company and government officials who participated in undermining the public tender process for the project.
Under Spanish law, if a crime was committed during the tender process, the rights are then awarded to the next best qualified competing bid, which in this case was Emerita. Subsequently, Emerita has been waiting for the Administrative Court to conclude the process to formally award the rights to the Aznalcóllar Project to the company, which brings us to present day.
The company is planning to develop the deposit into an underground mining operation focused on mining the high-grade zones, which are estimated to contain 20 million tonnes at a grade of 6.65% zinc, 3.87% lead, 0.29% copper and 84 ppm silver. As a requirement of the project’s public tender process, Emerita submitted comprehensive. engineering, environmental and water management studies to the government, and now the company is expecting to be given the green light to proceed developing the Aznalcóllar project into an eventual producer.
Emerita is well financed, having completed a $20 million bought deal private placement in July 2021. Emerita has 182.42 million shares outstanding and due to the recent increase in the Company’s share price, a market capitalization now of $556.38 million. Even so, barring any unforeseen negative developments regarding the legal issues,Corp still appears to be potentially undervalued relative to the potential value of the world-class assets it is developing.
Shares ofCorp last traded at $3.05.
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Scorpio Gold – Arranges Short-Term Credit Facility with Board
VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / October 22, 2021 / Scorpio Gold Corporation ("Scorpio Gold" or the "Company") (TSX-V:SGN) reports that certain of the directors…
VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / October 22, 2021 /(“Scorpio Gold” or the “Company”) ( ) reports that certain of the directors of the Company have agreed to provide the Company with a short- term credit facility in order to maintain its operations over the short-term. The proceeds of the advances made under the credit facility will be used to bridge the Company’s activities until all Goldwedge assays have been announced so that an equity placement can be conducted later in the year.
As announced on September 29, 2021, the pending assays from the Goldwedge underground drill program will be announced upon receipt and analysis. The drill program was focused on defining the on-strike and down-dip continuity of mineralization intersected in the 2020 drilling program (July 27, 2020 news release) as well as testing new areas with the potential to define a mineral resource base.
Future drilling will test the Company’s structural interpretation that mineralization at Goldwedge could connect with mineralization in the West Pit area of the Company’s adjacent and proximal Manhattan Mine project. Goldwedge is a fully permitted underground mine and a 400 ton per day mill facility. The Manhattan Property includes 2 former producing mines, the Reliance Mine, which reportedly produced ~59,000 tons grading 0.435 oz/ton from 1932 to 1941, and the Manhattan Mine East and West pits, which produced ~236,000 oz. from 1974-1990. The deposits lie along the northwest-trending Reliance StructuralZone, which is considered the most predominant ore controlling structure in the region. The Reliance trend continues 4 km southeast to Scorpio Gold’s Keystone-Jumbo project area.
The credit facility is unsecured and interest free for US$500,000 to be drawn in advances at a minimum of US$100,000 over the next few months. All advances must be repaid within the earlier of Scorpio Gold closing a private placement more than C$1,000,000 and January 1, 2022.
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