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Kaiser Watch August 25, 2022: California's Zero ICE Dream & Lithium Mania 2.0
Jim (0:00:00): Canalaska Uranium reported results for what you called a discovery hole at its West McArthur project. Did it meet expectations?
Canalaska Uranium released assays for its hole #67 on August 22, 2022 confirming a major new huranium discovery in the Athabasca Basin. True width is not yet known though they assume the conductive structure dips to the southeast. The second rig has now completed a pilot hole and has joined the first rig in wedging around the discovery hole. These rigs are fine for drilling deep scout holes, but they are prone to deviation, which is a problem when trying to do small stepouts on a mineralized zone that begins between 800-900 m depth. So Canalaska's focus for now is to learn the structural framework in the vicinity of the discovery hole so that delineation drilling can get seriously underway in 2023 when they are wedging with a directional drill rig.
Examples of key Athabasca Basin deposits with geometry 100 m below unconformity highlighted
Jim (0:05:08): This year's copper price retreat has not helped P2 Gold which is working to demonstrate the feasibility of its Gabbs copper-gold project in Nevada. How are things going for its Bam gold exploration play in the Golden Triangle?
P2 Gold has stopped physical work on the Gabbs copper-gold project while it works on completing a PEA before year end. Copper's sharp drop during the past few months has chilled market interest. My own OV for a combined sulphide milling oxide heap leaching scenario does not clear development hurdles at the current gold and copper prices. Management, however, understands that, and their goal is to develop a mining plan which starts with low CapEx heap leaching of the gold dominant oxides, and use the cash flow to build the more expensive mill needed to process the copper dominant sulphides. Key question will be the base case copper price. Most people think the current spot price is too low if the world avoids a n extended recession, and certainly too low if the energy transition away from fossil fuels is supposed to become reality. The summer excitement was supposed to come from drilling the Monarch gold discovery in the Golden Triangle which began in late June. So far drilling has been limited to shallow holes designed to outline a bulk tonnage gold system in the 1-2 g/t range. The summer bluesky was supposed to come from deeper holes testing a hypothesized feeder zone somewhere beneath the young basalt cap. They were ready to roll with a ZTEM survey in early July but low cloud cover delayed the start of the survey. It was completed early August and is still undergoing interpretation and consolidation with other geophysical data. The next milestone will be confirmation that a meaningful geophysical target has emerged that justifies drilling deeper holes in September-October.
Deep Feeder Target awaiting ZTEM Survey Interpretation
PEA with ore schedule that stages CapEx spending key to making Gabbs work
PGLD priced fair for $500 million Gabbs outcome and $2 billion Bam outcome
Ugly Price Chart for Copper & yet Warehouse Stocks are low!
Jim (0:09:27): How is Lithium Mania 2.0 doing in the current resource sector bear market?
Although lithium enriched pegmatites occur around the world, one region blessed with water, a bounty of pegmatites that have only been cursorily explored due to historically low demand for lithium, a well-trained exploration culture, and provincial governments eager to support downstream processing capacity such as refineries that convert lithium concentrates into the battery grade lithium hydroxide required by battery-makers, is eastern Canada. In my June 12, 2022 MIF presentation, Lithium Dawn or Twilight's Last Gleam, I made the case that Lithium Mania 2.0 will be driven by an exploration boom for lithium enriched pegmatites in eastern Canada that will rival the Canadian diamond exploration boom of the 1990s. This exploration-development boom has to get underway right now in order for sufficient lithium mine supply to be on stream by 2030. This means that 2023-2026 will be an intense period for Lithium Mania 2.0 as advanced projects in Australia and the Lithium Triangle are put into production while new, open-pittable pegmatite deposits grading 1%+ Li2O are discovered and delineated. For KRO members only I have launched the KRO Lithium Resources Center which features publicly listed companies with a primary focus on lithium exploration and mine development. The Lithium Supply Center serves as a gateway for additional information information. The Lithium Conversion Tools report contains a Rock Value Matrix which makes it easy to eyeball the value of a tonne of ore based on the lithium grade when presented as lithium oxide (Li2O) and a range of lithium carbonate prices. I've included a snapshot of the rock value cheat sheet below. The MIF presentation is embedded below but you can also visit KMW Blog June 18, 2022 to access the presentation pdf as well as the presentations and interviews for Brunswick Exploration and Avalon Advanced Materials for excellent coverage of the lithium space by Bob Wares and Don Bubar. The lithium part of this KW episode was inspired by news tha California is banning the sale of new gasoline cars by 2035. If this is to become reality the world needs ten time more lithium production than we currently have.