Skyharbour Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: SYH) (OTCQB: SYHBF) (Frankfurt:SC1P) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce the initial set of diamond drill results from its 2021 summer diamond drilling program at its 100% owned, 35,705 hectare Moore Uranium Project, located approximately 15 kilometres east of Denison Mine’s Wheeler River project and proximal to regional infrastructure for Cameco’s Key Lake and McArthur River operations in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan. Drillhole ML21-03 intersected additional high grade, basement hosted uranium mineralization at the Maverick East Zone. This hole returned 2.54% U3O8 over 6.0 metres including 6.80% U3O8 over 2.0 metres. Furthermore, drilling on the regional Grid 19 target identified several prospective geological features that are indicative of uranium mineralizing systems.
Moore Uranium Project Claims Map:
- Hole ML21-03 was drilled within the eastern half of the Maverick East Zone. This hole intersected predominantly basement-hosted uranium mineralization and returned 2.54% U3O8 over 6.0 metres from 276.0 to 282.0 metres, including 6.8.0% U3O8 over 2.0 metres from 278.5 to 280.5 metres. The uranium mineralization is accompanied by intense clay alteration of pelitic assemblages below the unconformity as well as up to 0.83% Cu and 0.73% Ni in half metre sample intervals.
- The mineralized intercept in hole ML21-02 occurs in a broad zone that returned 0.19% U3O8 over an 11.7 metre interval from 271.8 to 283.5 metres downhole. This mineralization straddles the unconformity, with most of the interval within basement rocks comprised of sheared, clay-altered to -replaced felsic intrusives. The intercept confirms continuity within the central portion of the Maverick East Zone.
- Substantial portions of the 4.7 kilometre long Maverick corridor remain to be systematically drill tested leaving robust discovery potential along strike as well as at depth in the basement rocks.
- Drill holes ML21-07, -08 and -09 were the first holes drilled within the regional Grid 19 target area, where two prospective EM conductors were identified by this winter’s SML-EM geophysical program. All three holes intersected highly prospective altered, graphitic and sulphide bearing basement lithologies. The pending geochemical results will further define the prospectivity of this area for winter follow-up when frozen conditions will facilitate additional drilling.
- Final assay results are pending for seven more drill holes.
- Additional drilling of 1,500 to 2,000 metres in four to five holes has commenced at Moore.
Jordan Trimble, President and CEO of Skyharbour Resources, stated: “We are thrilled with the first batch of drill results announced herein highlighted by drill hole ML21-03 which returned the best intercept to date in the basement rocks at the Maverick East Zone. Our geological team is continuing to explore for higher grade uranium mineralization along strike and down plunge at this zone with an expanded drill program. We are successfully increasing the size of the high grade zones at the Maverick corridor and these results illustrate the notable discovery upside potential at the Project especially in the basement rock feeder-zones which have had limited drill-testing historically. Furthermore, there is good progress being made at regional targets at Moore and we intend to follow up on other high-priority targets throughout the Project. The remaining assay results from the drill program are pending which will provide additional news flow in the months to come amidst a significant resurgence in the uranium market.”
Summary of 2021 Drilling Program to Date:
Drilling to date in 2021 on the Moore Project has totalled 4,578 metres in thirteen holes. Seven holes (ML21-01 to -05 and ML21-12 and -13) were drilled on the Maverick East Zone, three on the Esker Target (ML21-06, -10, -11) and three on the Grid 19 Target conductors (ML21-07 to -09). Complete results for holes ML21-01 to -05 have been received and reported herein, while samples for the latter seven holes have been delivered to the SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories in Saskatoon. After a short break in the drill program, field crews have remobilized to Moore and an anticipated 1,500 to 2,000 metres in four to five holes are yet to be drilled. This expanded drill program will test targets identified by prior modelling down plunge of the Maverick East zone, an untested gap between the Main Maverick and the Maverick East Zones as well as targets at the west end of the Main Maverick Zone where the geochemistry (pathfinders) and geology are strongly indicative of a potentially uraniferous mineralizing system.
Moore Uranium Project Regional Grid Targets Map:
Maverick East Zone Drilling:
Drill hole ML21-01 was drilled just west of hole ML20-12 which had intersected 0.28% U3O8 over 17.9 metres in the winter of 2020. Hole ML21-01 intersected a broad interval of uranium mineralization returning 0.07% U3O8, beginning at 268.8 metres and extending 18.2 metres to encompass both sandstone and basement lithologies. This hole migrated well into the footwall and intersected structurally disrupted and clay altered to replaced sandstone and granite, along with uranium mineralization. The hole did return a typical footwall geochemical signature, with intense boron enrichment (up to 8,060 ppm) in the sandstone as well as elevated uranium, nickel and other pathfinders in the sandstone and basement.
Moore Uranium Project – Maverick East Zone Drilling Map:
Hole ML20-02 was drilled to test for continuity of the uranium mineralization within the central portion of the Maverick East Zone. The mineralized intercept in ML21-02 occurs in a broad zone that returned 0.19% U3O8 over an 11.7 metre interval from 271.8 to 283.5 metres downhole. This mineralization straddles the unconformity with approximately two thirds of the interval within basement rocks comprised of sheared, clay-altered to -replaced felsic intrusives. This hole once again intersected the main Maverick Fault towards the footwall side and the geochemistry is indicative of that with highly anomalous boron within the basement and the sandstone. The intercept confirms continuity within the central portion of the Maverick East Zone.
Drill hole ML21-03 was drilled to test for continuity of the mineralization within the eastern half of the Maverick East Zone, ten metres northeast of hole ML20-09 which returned 0.72% U3O8 over 17.5m. Hole ML21-03 intersected one of the highest grade intercepts to date on the Maverick East Zone including the highest grades discovered to date in the basement rocks at the zone. The hole returned 2.54% U3O8 over 6.0 metres from 276.0 to 282.0 metres including 6.80% U3O8 over 2.0 metres from 278.5 to 280.5 metres. This mineralization is predominantly basement-hosted and accompanied by intense clay alteration of pelitic assemblages below the unconformity as well as up to 0.83% Cu and 0.73% Ni in half metre sample intervals. This high grade zone of mineralization is open down plunge.
Drill holes ML21-04 and ML21-05 were collared to test for continuity between holes ML20-04 and -13. Hole ML21-04 was lost just above the target and the unconformity in the Maverick Fault at 238 metres. ML21-05 successfully tested the unconformity, but did not intersect significant uranium mineralization. The basement lithologies in this hole are typically intrusive in character within clay-altered to -replaced granites throughout. The sandstone is enriched in pathfinder elements, primarily boron, as is typical of footwall holes along the Maverick Fault.
Holes ML21-12 and -13 were drilled as follow up holes within the eastern end of the Maverick East Zone. Both holes were completed to depth and intersected the expected prospective faulting and geology that has been identified in the Maverick East to date. Final geochemical assay results are pending and will be reported on once received and correlated with the noted geological features.
Grid 19 Zone Drilling:
Three holes ML21-07 to -09 were drilled on the newly emplaced Grid 19 Target area located approx. ten kilometres NE of Main Maverick Zone, where two sub-parallel north trending conductors were identified by the winter SML-EM program. Holes ML21-07 and -09 were drilled along strike, 400 metres apart on the westernmost of these conductors. These holes intersected significant graphitic conductors and sulphides, basement faults, and in the case of hole ML21-07, anomalous radioactivity. Hole ML21-08 also intersected prospective basement geology. The unconformity in the Grid 19 Target area occurs at a shallow depth of approximately 190 metres. The final geochemical assay results are pending for these holes and will be reported once received and fully evaluated.
Moore Uranium Project – Grid 19 Zone and Esker Zone Drilling:
Esker Zone Drilling:
Three holes ML21-06, -10 and -11 were drilled as a follow up to historic drilling in the Esker Target area located approx. five kilometres NE of the Main Maverick Zone where anomalous uranium geochemistry was intersected in historical holes MT-04 and MT-10 drilled in the 1980’s. Hole ML21-06 was lost prior to intersecting the target and the unconformity. Hole ML21-10 and -11 intersected significant graphitic conductors associated with faulting and pelitic rocks. The final geochemical assay results will be reported once received and fully evaluated.
Uranium Market Commentary and Update:
The uranium market has recently shown notable signs of recovery with increasing uranium prices and improving sentiment, and this recovery appears to be accelerating amid recent news and several sector-specific developments. Analysts that cover the sector have stated that this could be a sustained upswing as they are currently seeing some of the best fundamentals since pre-Fukushima which should be supportive of higher uranium prices as a major supply-side response is playing out while the sticky demand-side continues to improve. Primary mine supply has been declining and amounted to approx. 125 million lbs U3O8 in 2020 while demand continues to rise and amounted to over 180 million lbs in 2020. The spot uranium price has risen to approx. $40 / lb U3O8 but it is still below the price needed to incentivize new development to ensure sustainable and secure supply to meet growing global demand. More recently, financial entities like the Sprott Physical Uranium Trust have been purchasing millions of pounds of uranium providing upward pressure on the price.
There are 443 operable nuclear reactors and 51 new reactors under construction globally with hundreds more planned in the pipeline. China and India continue to be at the forefront of demand growth and have the largest reactor pipelines making up a significant portion of the global growth. More recently, an important emerging market for nuclear and uranium demand in small modular reactors has gained notable positive press and momentum. As the global push for decreasing carbon emissions continues, nuclear energy will play a vital role in providing base-load, carbon emissions-free, low-cost electricity generation.
On the supply-side, mine closures and production curtailment continue to dominate headlines which was exacerbated by the pandemic clearly illustrating the risks to global primary mine supply. Major production cuts and depleting mine reserves appear to be working their way into the uranium market and driving prices higher. The two largest producers, Cameco and Kazatomprom, have announced large supply cuts over the last several years and have been actively buying uranium directly in the spot market to fulfill their contract deliveries as their production profiles have decreased.
Moore Uranium Project Overview:
In June 2016, Skyharbour secured an option to acquire Denison Mine’s Moore Uranium Project, on the southeastern side of the Athabasca Basin, in northern Saskatchewan and has fulfilled its earn in. The project consists of 12 contiguous claims totalling 35,705 hectares located 42 kilometres northeast of the Key Lake mill, approx. 15 kilometres east of Denison’s Wheeler River project, and 39 kilometres south of Cameco’s McArthur River uranium mine. Unconformity style uranium mineralization was discovered on the Moore Project at the Maverick Zone in April 2001. Historical drill highlights include 4.03% eU3O8 over 10 metres including 20% eU3O8over 1.4 metres, and in 2017, Skyharbour announced drill results including 6.0% U3O8 over 5.9 metres including 20.8% U3O8 over 1.5 metres at a vertical depth of 265 metres. In addition to the Maverick Zone, the project hosts other mineralized targets with strong discovery potential which the Company plans to test with future drill programs. The project is fully accessible via winter and ice roads which simplifies logistics and lowers costs. Large proportions of the property are accessible in the summer as well.
Moore Lake Uranium Project Geophysics Map:
The technical information in this news release has been prepared in accordance with the Canadian regulatory requirements set out in National Instrument 43-101 and reviewed and approved by Richard Kusmirski, P.Geo., M.Sc., Skyharbour’s Head Technical Advisor and a Director, as well as a Qualified Person.
About Skyharbour Resources Ltd.:
Skyharbour holds an extensive portfolio of uranium exploration projects in Canada’s Athabasca Basin and is well positioned to benefit from improving uranium market fundamentals with six drill-ready projects covering over 240,000 hectares of land. Skyharbour has acquired from Denison Mines, a large strategic shareholder of the Company, a 100% interest in the Moore Uranium Project which is located 15 kilometres east of Denison’s Wheeler River project and 39 kilometres south of Cameco’s McArthur River uranium mine. Moore is an advanced stage uranium exploration property with high grade uranium mineralization at the Maverick Zone that returned drill results of up to 6.0% U3O8 over 5.9 metres including 20.8% U3O8 over 1.5 metres at a vertical depth of 265 metres. The Company is actively advancing the project through drill programs.
Skyharbour has a joint-venture with industry-leader Orano Canada Inc. at the Preston Project whereby Orano has earned a 51% interest in the project through exploration expenditures and cash payments. Skyharbour now owns a 24.5% interest in the Project. Skyharbour also has a joint-venture with Azincourt Energy at the East Preston Project whereby Azincourt has earned a 70% interest in the project through exploration expenditures, cash payments and share issuance. Skyharbour now owns a 15% interest in the Project. Preston and East Preston are large, geologically prospective properties proximal to Fission Uranium’s Triple R deposit as well as NexGen Energy’s Arrow deposit.
The Company also owns a 100% interest in the South Falcon Uranium Project on the eastern perimeter of the Basin, which contains a NI 43-101 inferred resource totaling 7.0 million pounds of U3O8 at 0.03% and 5.3 million pounds of ThO2 at 0.023%. Skyharbour has signed a Definitive Agreement with ASX-listed Valor Resources on the Hooke Lake (previously North Falcon Point) Uranium Project whereby Valor can earn-in 80% of the project through $3,500,000 in total exploration expenditures, $475,000 in total cash payments over three years and an initial share issuance.
Skyharbour’s goal is to maximize shareholder value through new mineral discoveries, committed long-term partnerships, and the advancement of exploration projects in geopolitically favourable jurisdictions.
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Why This Uranium Junior With Projects in Argentina Deserves Consideration by Investors
Source: Streetwise Reports 09/24/2021
Blue Sky Uranium has "low-cost extraction prospects and local market opportunities in a market with…
Source: Streetwise Reports 09/24/2021Blue Sky Uranium has "low-cost extraction prospects and local market opportunities in a market with high growth potential," a Globe Small Cap Research report noted.
With changing perceptions of nuclear energy in recent years, you could say that uranium is having a bit of a moment.
In keeping with the trend, Globe Small Cap Research concluded that Blue Sky Uranium Corp. (BSK:TSX.V; BKUCF:OTCQB; MAL2:FSE) is "worthy of active consideration and ongoing following for developments," according to a September 2021 research report.
The research firm provided an overview of the Canadian uranium company and the opportunity before it.
Globe Small Cap explained that Blue Sky Uranium is currently "proving the reserves, organizing operations and markets and devising plans to enter production" at its Amarillo Grande project, one of its two major mining areas in Argentina. To date, the company has made three discoveries at Amarillo Grande: Anit, Santa Barbara and, most recently, Ivana.
"Ultimately ... the world will increasingly rely on the uranium market, which means greater opportunity for Blue Sky."
The research firm highlighted that Blue Sky could produce uranium at relatively low costs at Ivana, a deposit the company estimates contains about 23,000,000 pounds (23 Mlb) of uranium and 12 Mlb of vanadium). Thus, Blue Sky intends to develop three prospective targets at Ivana: Ivana West, Ivana North and Ivana Central.
Because the uranium ore in those areas there sits about 25 meters below surface and in loose sand and gravel, drilling or blasting will not be needed to extract it, keeping down costs. Metallurgical testing has shown that initial processing of ore from Ivana is simple, thus, also lower in cost. Also, Ivana is close to a town, airport and seaport, so taking its product to market will not be costly either.
"The geology of the area is very similar to several of the most productive uranium mining operations in the world, located in Kazakhstan," wrote Globe Small Cap. "Mines in particular areas of Kazakhstan are able to extract uranium at below US$30 per pound, placing such operations in the bottom 25% of producers on a cost per pound basis."
During the summer, Globe Small Cap reported, the uranium company finished the first phase of its 4,500 meter drill program at Ivana. Results are pending but expected to expand the Amarillo Grande project. Blue Sky will use the data to identify areas of higher uranium concentration in the current drill area.
Globe Small Cap also pointed out that Blue Sky offers additional upside with its other potentially mineable target areas, including Ivana North and Ivana Central. The company is obtaining permits to drill at Ivana East and Cateo Cuatro. Further, drilling in 2017 showed a significant vanadium deposit present at Anit and potential mineralization as indicated by radiometric anomalies at Santa Barbara.
"The opportunity for Blue Sky in terms of vanadium production is significant in Argentina."
Also, the opportunity for Blue Sky in terms of vanadium production is significant in Argentina, as the country imports 100% of this metal. Vanadium demand by the steel industry, in which the metal is used as a strengthener, is increasing.
Also, Blue Sky has a second main uranium mining area in Argentina. In the Chubut province, it encompasses the Sierra Colonia, Tierras Coloradas, and Cerro Parva projects.
Globe Small Cap purported that global macroenvironmental factors are such that a uranium supply shortage is on the horizon. The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and the International Atomic Energy Agency Project recently wrote in their "Red Book" that the world's need for uranium will increase 75% by 2040.
The impending supply-demand imbalance will be driven, Globe Small Cap Research wrote, by the world's expected increase in the use of nuclear power as more and more policymakers realize the industrial world needs it to deal with climate change. Already there are signs around the world of this shift in thinking, such as in Japan, which restarted several nuclear programs; in France, which is rethinking its nuclear power plant terminations; and in China, which is ramping up its addition of new nuclear power plants.
Ultimately, with this changing mindset, the world will increasingly rely on the uranium market, which means greater opportunity for Blue Sky and other uranium mining companies.
As for Argentina, the location of Blue Sky's projects, it does not have a domestic uranium supply and thus needs local, low-cost producers to supply its growing nuclear market. Blue Sky already is positioned to help meet that need, as it not only has projects in the country but also connections to the Argentine nuclear and steel industries and the South American mining industry.
"Blue Sky’s Amarillo Grande project in Rio Negro appears to be the first low-cost domestic uranium supplier in a position to take advantage of this opportunity," Globe Small Cap wrote.
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The Enduring Relevance of Mises’s and Hayek’s Critique of Socialism
(Don Boudreaux) TweetIn my latest column for AIER I do my best to explain that the argument leveled against socialism by Ludwig von Mises and F.A. Hayek…
In my latest column for AIER I do my best to explain that the argument leveled against socialism by Ludwig von Mises and F.A. Hayek remains relevant even when the government’s goal is not full-on (‘classic’) socialism of the sort that was advocated in the first half of the 20th century. A slice:
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Prices arise whenever prospective buyers offer to purchase inputs (including labor services) from owners who have the right to accept or reject these offers. The resulting pattern of prices reveals the prevailing, relative scarcities of different inputs. If the amount of steel necessary to build 10,000 lawn-mower blades is priced at less than is the amount of aluminum necessary to build 10,000 blades of the same quality, the blade manufacturer is not only informed by prices that steel is in more abundant supply for his purposes, the lower price of steel incents him to act on this information. He uses steel rather than aluminum. As my colleagues Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok succinctly note in their textbook, Modern Principles of Economics, “A price is a signal wrapped up in an incentive.”
Importantly, applicability of the Mises-Hayek argument does not kick in only when the economy becomes fully socialized. While it’s true that the greater the extent of intervention the worse will be the resulting economic damage, the Mises-Hayek argument is the general one that all market prices are rich with information – information that is inaccessible without markets – and that whenever government acts to distort or hide this information the economy suffers.
Consider a government that intervenes only by imposing a protective tariff on steel. The resulting higher price of steel tells a lie to market participants; it tells them that steel is less abundant than it really is. If the tariff pushes the price of steel above that of aluminum, the blade manufacturer will produce the 10,000 blades using scarcer aluminum rather than more-abundant steel. Lawn-mower blades are thus produced using an input – aluminum – that ‘should’ be reserved to produce other outputs. These other outputs will either go unproduced or be produced in lower quality.
Yet in an economy as large as that of today’s global market, this lone inefficient use of resources will obviously not quake society’s foundations. Its impact won’t register on even the most sensitive economic Richter scale. Given the size and dynamism of the modern economy, detecting – not to mention measuring – the negative impact of this tariff on overall economic performance would be practically impossible.
While this lone intervention will not, unlike full-on socialism, cause economic collapse, its negative impact nevertheless is real. If the government adds to this protective tariff on steel a subsidy to aircraft manufacturers, the pattern of market prices is further distorted. More resources are used wastefully. More consumer goods and services that would have been produced go unproduced.
Victory Resources Well-Positioned to Benefit from the Resurgence of Lithium
The global lithium market has seen a resurgence this year as governments worldwide begin to take aim at more stringent environmental targets,…
The global lithium market has seen a resurgence this year as governments worldwide begin to take aim at more stringent environmental targets, driving up interest in electric vehicles.
A vital ingredient in EV batteries, lithium has seen its demand rebound from a sluggish two-year window between 2018 and 2020. In turn, the EV battery boom has given lithium prices a second charge.
In China, the world’s biggest EV market, the price of battery-grade lithium carbonate increased by 68% during the first two months of 2021 on the back of high battery demand, according to Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, a leading data provider for the Li-ion battery supply chain.
As of May 21, Benchmark’s year-to-date lithium index is up 74%, its lithium carbonate index gained 103%, and its lithium hydroxide index posted a 56.7% increase.
Lithium’s Second Rally
A similar trajectory is developing in H2 2021, with lithium prices continuing to climb and surging to their highest in more than three years thanks to an upsurge in EV sales.
Global sales of electric vehicles were up 150% in the seven months to July to just over 3 million units, compared to the same period in 2020, with about 1.3 million sold in China, according to EV battery consultancy Rho Motion. For 2021, Rho Motion expects global EV sales to reach as high as 5.8 million.
The EV boom has depleted stocks of battery materials such as lithium, causing the supply to tighten in major markets.
In China, lithium carbonate output in August rose 19% year-on-year to almost 20,000 tonnes, according to state-backed research house Antaike, but this output would be easily outstripped by demand from the EV sector.
Benchmark estimates that demand for lithium is expected to jump 26.1% or about 100,000 tonnes LCE to a total of 450,000 tonnes this year, flipping the market into a deficit.
A recent report by Roskill stated that competition for the control of EV battery production is also intensifying, with Europe aggressively building its own production capacity to challenge China.
“Right now it’s very simple: the market is so tight that players are fiercely competing for any spot tonnage available,” said Max Deudon, a trader at Transamine in Geneva. More investment in lithium production is needed to meet future needs of the electric vehicle supply chain, analysts say.
“Things are heating up and there is huge anxiety about where lithium supply is going to come from in the near future,” said Benchmark Mineral Intelligence analyst George Miller in a Reuters report.
“If new lithium doesn’t start coming to market, we might start to see electric vehicle production rates hamstrung by a lack of raw material supply,” he added.
One place that holds the key to unlocking the tightening lithium market is the US state of Nevada, which hosts an abundance of lithium-rich claystones that have yet to be fully explored.
Among those that have commenced exploration activities in Nevada is Victory Resources Corporation (CSE: VR) (FWB: VR61) (OTC: VRCFF), which is anticipating further advancement on its Smokey lithium project in the near term to benefit from the EV revolution.
Prolific Lithium Region
Victory’s Smokey lithium project is located about 35 km west of Tonopah, Nevada, within the famous Big Smokey Valley that traverses three counties across the state.
Esmeralda County — where the project is situated — is one of the world’s most prolific regions for lithium clay deposits (Noram, Cypress, American Lithium, Spearmint, Enertopia, Jindalee). These deposits all have proven large tonnages with acceptable lithium grades in excess of 900 ppm.
Albemarle’s Silver Peak, the only producing lithium mine in North America, is also found here, in an area known as Clayton Valley. Named after an early settler and mining engineer, the Clayton Valley has become a focal point of lithium exploration over recent years.
The Smokey lithium property lies approximately 35 km north of Clayton Valley, adjacent to and possibly on trend with the Clayton North project (930 ppm Li) held by Australia’s Jindalee Resources Ltd.
Farther away, Noram’s Zeus lithium project (900 ppm Li) is about 25 km to the southeast, while 35 km to the northeast is American Lithium’s flagship Tonopah Lithium Claims property (1,000 ppm Li).
In this prolific lithium region hosting, Victory’s Smokey project covers a total of 350 claims covering 7,000 acres of land with excellent access and relatively flat ground.
The property shares similar geologic settings to the Clayton Valley and the many exploration projects nearby. It is located in the Walker Lane trans tensional corridor on the western margin of the Basin and Range province.
The property’s geology consists of Miocene – Pliocene tuff deposits, claystones and siliciclastic beds (Esmeralda Formation) with overlying younger alluvium deposits and desert pavement formation. The claystone, which can carry high lithium concentrations, is observed as highly weathered light grey to tan mounds of unconsolidated clay from 0.10-1.50m thick.
The flat-lying nature of the claystones, together with the frequent occurrence of transported cover, requires drilling to fully validate and assess the Smokey project’s lithium potential as indicated by surface sampling.
Loner Property Update
The recent lithium rally isn’t the only positive development the company has to report on its growth prospects.
Earlier this month, Victory announced that extensive mapping, sampling and drilling on its Loner gold property, also in Nevada, have indicated the potential for a larger system than previously understood. As a result, the company has staked 8 additional claims and is re-evaluating the system.
Located 35 km south of Winnemucca in the southern Sonoma Range, the Loner property consists of 16 federal lode claims covering historic workings and exposed low-sulphidation gold mineralization. The project was optioned from Silver Range Resources for exploration purposes.
Bedrock grab sampling to date has returned up to 16.6 g/t Au, and chip sampling in old workings has returned up to 25.7 g/t Au over 1.83m. Prospecting during 2020 identified additional workings on the expanded claim block, with grab samples up to 10.6 g/t Au.
According to Silver Range, the strong gold and arsenic soil geochemical anomalies are coincident with the exposed mineralization and historic workings.
In May, Victory completed a drill program on the property, with the intention to better characterize the mineralization exposed in the known workings, and to evaluate the 200-300m wide zone of anomalous soils previously identified by Silver Range.
Ten holes for 496 metres of core were drilled in granite on the southwestern block of the property in order to find subsurface veins similar to the previously worked areas nearby.
The cores contained trace sulfides and quartz veining, but lab results showed anomalous gold throughout the granite adjacent to workings, with erratic high-grade gold (up to 15.7 g/t over a 50 cm section) in granite-hosted quartz veins. Samples also returned elevated values of arsenic (up 1,640 ppm).
At the time, the lack of silver or any other mineralization supported the company’s original hypothesis that the granite was low of the system.
Then in early July, a mapping project was conducted approximately 1 km to the north of the Loner drill program in Pershing county, Nevada.
Land was staked after two “grab” samples of mineralized rock were shown to contain over 1,000 ppm silver. This most recent project lasted 9 days and resulted in the collection of 18 rock samples, 85 soil samples, and a generalized geologic map of the newly staked property.
Field observations and current data indicate that there could be a larger system at play, should a relationship be established between the silver-bearing sandstone and proximal gold-bearing granite.
The Loner property was previously thought to be only a local epithermal gold deposit, but the size and complexity of hydrothermal activity have now led to a re-evaluation of the system. Assays of the soils and rocks collected throughout the property will reveal more information about the system, Victory said.
“From the time we optioned Loner in late December till now, the Victory team has accomplished a tremendous amount of work and we look forward to the assay results from this drill program, which will guide our next steps,” the company previously stated in a news release.
The fact that the property is in close proximity to an area in Nevada where the likes of Barrick and Kinross have interests bodes well for what’s yet to come.
Recent exploration in the area includes the Goldbanks project, an epithermal gold project, and the Coronado VMS project, which has been exploring for copper. While the Loner property is prospective for both these styles of mineralization, the latest findings suggest that this could be part of a bigger system.
While Victory is encouraged by its work to date on this highly prospective gold property in Nevada, the company is equally excited about the potential of its Smokey project within the lithium-rich part of the state.
Extensive sampling this year on the property has already shown strong results, including high lithium values in the claystones up to 1,500 ppm.
In the years ahead, targets to cut carbon emissions will be heavily dependent on how much rechargeable lithium-ion batteries we can produce for our electric vehicles.
Evidently, deployment of EV metals increased significantly in 2021. Data from Adamas Intelligence showed that the average lithium used per vehicle including hybrids was up 19% year over year during the month of July.
Surging demand for EV metals has already sent the price of lithium to its highest since 2018. Year-to-date, the battery mineral is up 162%, topping $21,000/tonne, according to Benchmark’s latest estimates.
Strong demand for lithium-ion batteries from EVs, consumer electronics and grid electricity storage systems are expected to put a strain on battery raw materials, including lithium, resulting in supply chain issues, Roskill forecasts.
This is where Victory’s Smokey lithium property comes into play. The company is looking to secure drill permits ahead of a drill program this year.
Given that the Clayton Valley region has become a hotbed for lithium clay deposits, a discovery hole at Smokey would be a game-changer for Victory and its recently expanded exploration focus from precious metals to battery metals.
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