Saltworks Developed and Commercialized Technology for Lithium Mining and Processing Companies, Interview with Ben Sparrow, CEO of Saltworks Technologies Incorporated
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


We interviewed Ben Sparrow, CEO of Saltworks Technologies Incorporated, a Canadian industrial desalination and advanced water-treatment Company. Saltworks developed and commercialized a technology that can help lithium mining and processing companies extract lithium from brine more economically. We learned from Mr. Sparrow that they developed a chemical softening robot that is much more compact, much more precise, easier to use and automated, compared to standard reverse osmosis systems. At the membrane treatment step, Saltworks developed the ability to remove and manipulate ions in water selectively and they created special membranes that can selectively pull lithium away from calcium or magnesium. Saltworks also created membranes tolerant to oil and gas, where they can desalt oil and gas produced water. At the thermal treatment step, Saltworks built a more reliable evaporative crystallizer made out of fiberglass so it doesn't rust. It cleans itself, doesn't stick, and has a built-in solids management system. Saltworks has two factories in Canada, about 40 patents, and its shareholders include British Petroleum, ConocoPhillips and Teck Resources.
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Transition Metals Corp (XTM -TSX.V): A Canadian-Based, Multi-Commodity Project Generator, Interview with Scott McLean, President and CEO
by Allen Alper Jr., President, Metals News


Transition Metals Corp (XTM -TSX.V) is a Canadian-based, multi-commodity project generator that specializes in converting new exploration ideas into discoveries. Transition uses the project generator business model to acquire and advance multiple exploration projects simultaneously, thereby maximizing shareholder exposure to discovery and capital gain. Joint venture partners earn an interest in the projects by funding a portion of higher-risk drilling and exploration, allowing Transition to conserve capital and minimize shareholder’s equity dilution. The company has an expanding portfolio that currently includes more than 25 gold, copper, nickel and platinum projects, primarily in Ontario, Nunavut, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the maritime provinces. While at the Sprott Natural Resource Symposium, in Vancouver, Canada, we learned from Scott McLean, President and CEO of Transition Metals that Rick Rule is their biggest shareholder, holding about 15% of the stock. The company's main project is the Sunday Lake PGM joint venture with North American Palladium where they have several intersections of about 40 meters of approximately four grams per tonne platinum and palladium. Transition also owns 40% of the Canadian Gold Miner that is exploring the South Kirkland project in the heart of the Abitibi, and 29% of SPC Metals that is exploring the Aer-Kidd project and Lockerby East nickel cobalt PGM projects in Sudbury.
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Golden Arrow Resources Corporation (TSX-V: GRG, FSE: GAC, OTCQB: GARWF), the Next Massive Silver Producer in Argentina
by Allen Alper, Jr., President, Metals News


Joe Grosso, with Golden Arrow, the Next Massive Silver Producer in Argentina, advises, “Buy your Straw Hat in the fall.” I am taking a position in Golden Arrow Resources Corporation (TSX-V: GRG, FSE: GAC, OTCQB: GARWF). 2018 Guidance 1.4-to 2.8 Moz. Ag, plus 7.0-12.5 Mlbs Pb, 5.50 – 7.5 Mlbs Zn
Joe Grosso has spent the last 25 years doing the nearly impossible - de-risking a mining operation in Argentina. Before the end of the year, as early as September, Golden Arrow will be in production. Because of current market conditions, this stock is currently around 45 cents a share. This is the fall, for buying a straw hat.
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Novo Resources Corp. (TSX-V: NVO; OTCQX: NSRPF): Exploring and Developing Conglomerate Gold in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia. Interview with Dr. Quinton Hennigh, Chairman and President
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Novo Resources Corp. (TSX-V: NVO; OTCQX: NSRPF) is focused on exploration and development of gold projects in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. We learned from Dr. Quinton Hennigh, Chairman and President of Novo Resources, that it was established in 2010, specifically to explore for conglomerate-hosted gold deposits in Australia and since then has built up a significant land package, covering approximately 12,000 sq. km, with varying ownership interests. According to Dr. Hennigh, rocks of the Pilbara Craton are very similar or related to those of the Kaapvaal Craton in South Africa, host to one of the largest single gold fields on Earth. Today Novo is focused mainly on its very large Karratha gold project in western Pilbara, where it is aggressively bulk sampling and diamond drilling a new conglomerate discovery at Comet Well and Purdy’s Reward. Novo's other gold project, called Beaton’s Creek, has a resource of around 600,000 ounces. In the long term, Novo Resources plans to take its projects to production and has a very good cash balance to support this goal.
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Dajin Resources Corp. (TSX-V: DJI, OTCQB: DJIFF): Lithium Exploration Company, Large 100% Owned Brine-Based Lithium Projects, in Argentina and Nevada, Interview with Mr. Brian Findlay, President and CEO, and Dr. Catherine Hickson, Director and COO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Dajin Resources Corp. (TSX-V: DJI, OTCQB: DJIFF) is an early stage lithium exploration company, with large 100% owned brine-based fully permitted drill ready lithium exploration projects, located in the salar basins of northwest Argentina and Nevada. On August 8, 2016, Dajin's wholly owned Argentinian subsidiary, Dajin Resources S. A., signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU"), with LSC Lithium Corporation ("LSC Lithium"), whereby LSC Lithium was granted an option to earn a 51% interest in Dajin's lithium properties in Argentina by spending $2 million in exploration expenses. We learned from Mr. Brian Findlay, President and CEO of Dajin Resources, and Dr. Catherine Hickson, Director and Chief Operating Officer, that their project in Nevada is one of the few untested areas in all of North America for lithium brines, and Dajin has now built all the necessary infrastructure and is ready to start drilling. We also learned from Dr. Hickson, that the company just started this year's drilling campaign in Argentina.
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Aurania Resources Ltd. (TSXV: ARU): Potential for World Class Gold Discoveries with a Proven Team, Interview with Richard Spencer, President
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Aurania Resources Ltd. (TSXV: ARU) is a junior exploration mining company engaged in the identification, evaluation, acquisition and exploration of mineral property interests, with a focus on precious metals and copper. Its flagship asset, The Lost Cities – Cutucu Project, is located in the Jurassic Metallogenic Belt in the eastern foothills of the Andes mountain range of southeastern Ecuador. We learned from Dr. Richard Spencer, President and Director of Aurania, that the Cordillera de Cutucu is the northern extension of a very prolific gold-copper belt and possibly the location of two ancient "gold cities" mentioned in Spanish records in the Vatican and other libraries. According to Dr. Spencer, Aurania is looking for the lost cities from the historical records, while at the same time, doing standard exploration, which is very likely to identify, not only the lost cities, but also new areas that actually weren't found by the Spanish, potentially new deposits.
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Interview with Bob Felder, President and CEO, Renaissance Gold: A Nevada-Based, Gold/Silver-Focused, Prospect Generator, Utilizing a Joint Venture Business Model
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Renaissance Gold Inc. (TSX.V: REN) is a Nevada-based, gold/silver-focused, prospect generator, utilizing a joint venture business model. RenGold maintains a large portfolio of gold and silver exploration properties and has entered into over 65 exploration agreements, with the objective of testing as many drill targets as possible and providing maximum exposure to success through discovery. We learned from Bob Felder, President and CEO of Renaissance Gold, that they acquire properties mostly through staking, then do initial work of mapping, sampling, geochemistry, geophysics, developing targets and marketing to companies, who will come in and spend a certain amount of money to earn an equity interest in the project. RenGold's most significant projects to drill this year are: the Silicon project in Nevada under option agreement with Anglo Gold Ashanti, the South Roberts gold project, located on Battle Mountain/Eureka Trend, which is under an earn-in agreement with S2 Resources, the Spruce East, Carlin-type sediment-hosted gold deposit, located in the Spruce Mountain mining district, in Elko County, Nevada, under an earn-in agreement, with Kinross Gold, and the Ecru Project in Cortez area of the Battle Mountain/Eureka Trend under an agreement with S2 Resources. Another joint venture is the Cine Mountain gold project, with Coeur Exploration, to be drilled this fall.
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Giga Metals Corp. (TSX.V: GIGA, FSE: BRR2): Becoming a Premier Supplier of the Key Battery Metals for Electric Vehicles: Nickel and Cobalt, Mark Jarvis, President and CEO Interviewed
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Giga Metals Corporation (TSX.V: GIGA, FSE: BRR2) aims to be a premier supplier of the key battery metals for electric vehicles: Nickel and Cobalt. The Company's Turnagain Project, located in north central British Columbia, is among the largest undeveloped nickel-cobalt sulfide deposits in the world in terms of total contained nickel. The NI 43-101 compliant resource contains 4.1 billion pounds of nickel and 252 million pounds of cobalt in the measured and indicated categories, plus a further 4.3 billion pounds of nickel and 279 million pounds of cobalt in the inferred resource category. We learned from Mark Jarvis, President and CEO of Giga Metals, that they have recently closed a NSR transaction with Cobalt 27, in which Cobalt 27 bought a 2% net smelter return in Turnagain Project for a million dollars U.S. in cash, plus 1.125 million shares of Cobalt 27. We learned from Mr. Jarvis that while currently the Turnagain is a huge low-grade open-pitable nickel and cobalt sulphide project, Giga Metals has identified high-impact exploration targets that could be the roots of the system where they hope to find the massive high-grade sulphides. The drilling of the targets is underway as part of the 2018 drill campaign. Near term plans include getting the project ready to pre-feasibility by the third quarter of next year.
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GoviEx Uranium Inc. (TSX-V: GXU; OTCQB: GVXXF): Focused on the Exploration and Development of Uranium Properties in Africa, Interview with Daniel Major, CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


GoviEx Uranium Inc. (TSX-V: GXU; OTCQB: GVXXF) is a mineral resource company focused on the exploration and development of its uranium properties in Africa. The company's main assets are the mine-permitted Madaouela Project in Niger and the mine-permitted Mutanga Project in Zambia. We learned from Daniel Major, CEO of GoviEx Uranium, that with the two large, fully-permitted uranium projects and with the uranium market currently on the uptick, GoviEx has positioned itself to be able to make a transition from an exploration/development-stage company to being a producer-rated company, subject to a uranium price that supports the development of new mines. According to Mr. Major, there is currently a long-term trend of increasing demand for nuclear energy, with the construction of the new reactors in China and India, restarts in Japan, and steady retention in developed markets.
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Interview with Carl Dumbrell, Managing Director and Company Secretary, Emperor Energy (ASX: EMP): Significant Amount of Conventional Gas at Vic/P47 in Great Demand Due to an Energy Crisis in Southeast Australia
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Emperor Energy (ASX: EMP) is a diversified energy company, with upstream and downstream assets in Australia. The company’s strategic asset, Vic/P47 oil and gas project, is located in the Gippsland Basin, next to the BHP/ExxonMobil Kipper field. We learned from Carl Dumbrell, Managing Director and Company Secretary of Emperor Energy, that they have a significant amount of conventional gas at Vic/P47 and it is in great demand, due to an energy crisis currently happening in Southeast Australia. The project was renewed in February for five years and the company has completed the 3D seismic work, including processing, mapping, and quantitative analysis. Emperor has plans for a drill program in 2021. Near term plans include a program of engineering work, static modeling and moving toward getting an independent resource statement, expected to be released in August. This will allow Emperor to start discussions around MOU and off-takes, which they hope to finalize by quarter four of 2018.
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SSR Mining Inc. (NASDAQ: SSRM, TSX: SSRM): Growing Canadian-Based, Intermediate, Diversified, Precious Metals Producer, Favorable Jurisdictions, Interview with David Wiens, Director, Corporate Finance
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


SSR Mining Inc. (NASDAQ: SSRM, TSX: SSRM) is a Canadian-based, intermediate, diversified, precious metals producer, with capacity to grow in favorable jurisdictions. The Company has three operations, including the Marigold gold mine in Nevada, U.S., the Seabee Gold Operation in Saskatchewan, Canada and the 75%-owned and operated Puna Operations joint venture in Jujuy, Argentina. We learned from David Wiens, Corporate Finance and Investor Relations at SSR Mining, that the company is looking at over forty percent growth over the next three years, and that's coming from growth at all three of their operations. According to Mr. Wiens, for each of the last six years SSR Mining has met or exceeded its production, as well as cash cost guidance. The company has been successful in growing production, while decreasing costs. In addition, SSR Mining has two feasibility stage projects and a portfolio of exploration properties in North and South America.
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Pacific Empire Minerals Corp. (TSXV: PEMC): Prospect Generator, Focused on Discovery of Gold-Rich Copper Deposits in British Columbia, Interview with Brad Peters, President and CEO
by Allen Alper Jr., President, Metals News


Pacific Empire Minerals Corp. (TSXV: PEMC) is a hybrid prospect generator company, focused on the discovery of gold-rich copper deposits in British Columbia. By integrating the project generator business model, with low-cost reverse circulation drilling, the company is able to leverage its portfolio by identifying and focusing on the highest quality projects for partnerships and advancement. While at the Sprott Natural Resource Symposium in Vancouver, Canada, we learned from Brad Peters, President and CEO of Pacific Empire, that they focus on mining-friendly, infrastructure-ready areas, within British Columbia, where there is a lot of public data available, in terms of assessment reports, previous drilling, radiometrics, and magnetics. By analyzing this historical data together with their own initial exploration, Pacific Empire is able to identify targets ideally suited for reverse circulation drilling. We learned from Mr. Peters, that Pacific Empire currently has 14 projects in the portfolio, two of which are currently under option. Plans for this year include testing six to eight of the projects, with the company's own reverse circulation drill. Mr. Peters sees a positive future for copper with renewable energy, with the global infrastructure build-out playing a significant role.
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Aethon Minerals Corp. (TSX-V: AET): A Canadian-Based, Copper-Focused Exploration Company, Positioned for Growth in a Top-Tier Mining Jurisdiction, Interview with Robert Davies, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Aethon Minerals Corp. (TSX-V: AET) is a Canadian-based, copper-focused exploration company, uniquely positioned for growth. The company has consolidated a very large prospective land position in northern Chile, consisting of over 130,000 hectares, along prolific mining belts, located in Chile’s Maricunga and Antofagasta regions. We learned from Robert Davies, who is President and CEO of Aethon Minerals, that their Llanos property, located in Chile's Region IV, with excellent access and existing infrastructure, has potential for a substantial copper-gold-molybdenum porphyry body. We also learned from Mr. Davies that their other flagship property, Arcas, located in the Antofagasta region, is surrounded by a number of major producers, and had an NI 43-101 technical report completed on it earlier this year. Future plans for 2018 include the drilling program at Llanos, with the simultaneous advancement of exploration activities on the existing 130,000 hectare package, particularly the Arcas project, followed by additional exploration on the Maricunga properties. According to Mr. Davies, Aethon has no debt and is very fortunate to have strong strategic relationships with Altius Minerals, as well as Rick Rule and the Sprott Organization.
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Interview with Steve Poulton, CEO Altus Strategies Plc (AIM: ALS & TSXV: ALTS): A Diversified Mineral Exploration Project Generator Focused on Africa
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


We learned from Steve Poulton, who is CEO and co-founder of Altus Strategies (AIM: ALS & TSXV: ALTS), that their projects are located in West Africa and East Africa primarily and specifically in Mali, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Morocco, Liberia, and Ivory Coast. Approximately half of Altus’ assets are gold focused. We also learned from Mr. Poulton that since their August 2017 AIM IPO in London, how they moved rapidly to acquire Legend Gold on the TSXV in January, undertook a C$4.1m financing in April and completed a TSXV dual listing of their shares in June 2018. The Company is currently the only Canadian listed project generator, which is focused exclusively on Africa. The Company has just announced an exciting development from their bauxite discovery in Cameroon.
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Deep Yellow Limited (ASX: DYL): Well-Funded, World Class Leadership, Proven Track Record in Uranium, Significant Resource Expansion, Interview with John Borshoff, Managing Director
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Deep Yellow Limited (ASX: DYL) is a specialist uranium company focused on growing the existing uranium resources, across its portfolio of uranium projects in Namibia, a top-ranked African mining destination. We learned from John Borshoff, Managing Director of Deep Yellow, that when he became involved in the company it had a market cap of about six and now it is about 65 million dollars. They have more than doubled the resource and are about to triple or even quadruple it by the end of this year. The long-term objective of Deep Yellow is to become a sector consolidator, by building an independent, multi-project, geographically diverse uranium platform, which will have production optionality. Mr. Borshoff believes that the uranium market is in for an incredible rise, but not as soon as some may think.
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Interview with Dave Cole, President and CEO, EMX Royalty Corporation (TSX-V: EMX; NYSE: EMX): A Successful, Diversified Portfolio of Royalties, Mineral Properties, and Investment Interests
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


EMX Royalty Corporation (TSX-V: EMX; NYSE American: EMX) is well-positioned for growth, with ongoing revenue streams from royalty and pre-production payments, as well as an industry network with global connections. EMX Royalty is constantly searching for new opportunities. EMX's portfolio of royalties, mineral properties and investment interests, spans five continents. The portfolio is focused on gold, copper, and polymetallic assets. We learned from Dave Cole, President and CEO of EMX Royalty Corporation, that the Company utilizes a very powerful kind of project generator model. (a) Whereby they sell prospective mineral rights, which they've acquired and added value to through cost effective, early stage geological work. (b) Then they receive pre-production payments and retain a royalty interest as their partners advance the projects. In addition to these organically generated royalties, EMX also buys royalties and makes strategic investment in unrecognized opportunities. According to Mr. Cole, the Company has a first rate team that is uniquely qualified to execute the Company's diversified business model and build shareholder value.
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Future of Mining Americas Conference, Denver, Oct 29-30
by Kate Garland, Aspermont Media


The Future of Mining Americas has been created to connect C-suite, Heads and Managers of Mine Operations and Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) providers from top enterprises around the globe to debate and define the future mining landscape on a strategic level across the Americas, enabling attendees to discover the latest innovations and technologies which are driving mine productivity, mine efficiency and mine safety.
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Sandstorm Gold Ltd. (NYSE American: SAND, TSX: SSL): A Gold Royalty Company, Portfolio of 188 Royalties, Interview with Nolan Watson, President and CEO
by Allen Alper, Jr., President, Metals News


Sandstorm Gold Ltd. (NYSE American: SAND, TSX: SSL) is a gold royalty company that provides upfront financing to gold mining companies that are looking for capital, and in return, receives the right to a percentage of the gold produced from a mine, for the life of the mine. Sandstorm has acquired a portfolio of 188 royalties, of which 20 of the underlying mines are producing. While at the Sprott Natural Resource Symposium in Vancouver, Canada, we learned from Nolan Watson, President and CEO of Sandstorm Gold, that the company found an incredibly profitable niche for itself in deal sizes that range from 100 thousand up to 200 million dollars. Sandstorm's key focus is finding assets that have absolutely enormous exploration upside, and the company succeeded in building a portfolio that is providing huge amounts of capital, so there is no need to raise equity. According to Mr. Watson, the current market conditions are favorable for royalty acquisitions and Sandstorm plans to grow and diversify its low-cost production profile, through the acquisition of additional gold royalties.
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Mirasol Resources Ltd. (TSXV: MRZ, OTCPK: MRZLF): A Premier Gold/Silver/Copper Project Generator Focused in Chile and Argentina, Interview with Stephen Nano, President and CEO
by Allen Alper, Jr., President, Metals News


Mirasol Resources Ltd. (TSXV: MRZ, OTCPK: MRZLF) is a premier gold/silver/copper project generator focused on the next discovery in Chile and Argentina. We learned from Stephen Nano, Director, President and CEO of Mirasol Resources, that the company's objective is to discover a world-class mineral deposit. Mirasol uses leading edge geoscience to identify and secure a large portfolio of 100% owned mineral properties that haven't been sampled or drill-tested before. In the last 12 months, Mirasol did four new deals, two of them with Newcrest Mining, in Chile, and two of them with OceanaGold in Argentina. The company and its joint venture partners are evaluating, and planning exploration and drilling programs on its joint venture projects and with CAD 25 million in the bank, Mirasol is also planning to drill two very high-grade, gold-silver projects in Argentina, starting in the spring and summer months of this year (in the southern hemisphere). Rick Rule personally owns a significant position in Mirasol. Combined with Sprott, they own about 10% of Mirasol's issued capital. A really important thing about Mirasol, according to Mr. Nano, is that they are one of the few project generators out there that have gone from a grassroots discovery, with a joint venture partner, all the way through to the sale of the project.
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Interview with Patrick Mutz, Managing Director, Image Resources NL (ASX: IMA): Emerging High-Grade, High-Value, Low-Cost Mineral Sands Producer, Positive Cash Flow 1st QTR 2019
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Image Resources NL (ASX: IMA) is an emerging mineral sands producer focused on the rapid construction of its first mining operation at its high-grade, high-value, low-cost Boonanarring Project, in the North Perth Basin, Western Australia. The Boonanarring project is located in an area with advanced infrastructure and skilled workforce. We learned from Patrick Mutz, Managing Director of Image Resources, that the two main minerals the Boonanarring project will produce are ilmenite, used in paint and paper products, and zircon used in ceramics. We learned from Mr. Mutz that the project is now fully funded and on the fast track to be commissioned in October of 2018, with the first production expected before the end of the year. According to Mr. Mutz, the company has already negotiated 100% off-take for all of its production for the life of the mine. First quarter of 2019, they are expecting to see positive cash flow.
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