Nevada Copper (TSX: NCU): Commence Production of Copper in USA Q4, 2019; Interview with Matthew Gili, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Nevada Copper (TSX: NCU) owns Pumpkin Hollow, a copper project that aims to commence production by the end of 2019. Located in Yerington, Nevada (USA), Pumpkin Hollow is host to an underground development and an open pit development. We learned from Matthew Gili, who is President and CEO of Nevada Copper, that the underground mine construction remains on track to enter production in Q4, 2019 and that the new open pit pre-feasibility study that was posted on April 17th, shows the ability to start operating the North pit at a low capital intensity, relative to peers, and use the cash flow generated to expand to the South pit. Together, the underground and open pit could achieve a peak annual Cu-eq production of 150,000 tons of copper.
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Interview with Steve Zuker, President & CEO of Pucara Resources; Multi-Million-Ounce Gold Targets in Peru
by Allen Alper Jr., President, Metals News Inc.


Pucara Resources is a privately held Canadian grassroots gold explorer and project generator company focused on Peru. At PDAC 2019, we learned from Steve Zuker, President & CEO of Pucara Resources, that they are primarily focused on the underexplored Ayacucho area of South-Central Peru, where they have 14 projects, of which 3 are ventured to tier-one mining companies. Two other properties are multi-million-ounce, gold-type targets that Pucara is advancing to drill stage, with the goal to make discoveries and bring in partners. Near term plans include getting drill permits and conducting exploration drilling on all five major properties. According to Mr. Zuker, Pucara plans to go public in Toronto on the TSX, and they have some pretty significant shareholders, like Resource Capital Funds, Sandstorm Gold Ltd, and Alamos Gold Inc.
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Monument Mining Limited (TSX-V: MMY, FSE: D7Q1): Objective of Becoming a Mid-Tier Multiple Mines Gold Producer; Interview with Cathy Zhai, President and CEO
by Allen Alper Jr., President, Metals News Inc.


Monument Mining Limited (TSX-V: MMY, FSE: D7Q1) is an established Canadian gold producer that owns and operates the Selinsing Gold Mine in Malaysia. The team of proven mine-builders is advancing a portfolio of exploration and development projects, including the Mengapur Copper-Iron Project, in Pahang State of Malaysia, and the Murchison Gold Projects in Western Australia, towards becoming a mid-tier multiple mines gold producer. At PDAC2019, we learned from Cathy Zhai, President and CEO of Monument Mining, that the Selinsing Gold Mine has been producing for 10 years, for a total of about 280,000 ounces for gross revenue of more than $390 million, with an average cost of $476 per ounce. After Monument completes the 53 million plant extension and mine development work, the mine will have an additional 6 years of mine life on sulfide materials, which is going to generate another $100 million cashflow.
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Interview with Rob McEwen, Chief Mining Owner and Chairman of McEwen Mining Inc. (NYSE: MUX, TSX: MUX)
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


McEwen Mining Inc. (NYSE: MUX, TSX: MUX) is a gold and silver producer, with principal assets in the Americas: the San José mine in Santa Cruz, Argentina (49% interest); the Black Fox mine in Timmins, Canada; the Fenix Project in Mexico; the Gold Bar mine in Nevada; and the large Los Azules copper project in Argentina, advancing towards development. We learned from Mr. Rob McEwen, who is Chief Owner and Chairman of McEwen Mining, that while they went through some deferral of revenue in the first quarter of 2019 and had to do a financing, the Company is still looking at 16% increase of production over the last year and a very good exploration upside. Mr. McEwen believes that gold is under-owned and has a substantial growth potential.
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Aurania Resources Ltd. (TSXV: ARU, OTCQB: AUIAF, Frankfurt: 20Q): Exploring Entire Mineralized Systems Containing Gold, Copper, Silver, Lead, and Zinc in Ecuador; Interview with Dr. Richard Spencer, President
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Aurania Resources Ltd. (TSXV: ARU, OTCQB: AUIAF, Frankfurt: 20Q) is a junior exploration company with a focus on precious metals and copper. Its flagship asset, The Lost Cities – Cutucu Project, is a large contiguous land package, located in the Jurassic Metallogenic Belt, in southeastern Ecuador. At PDAC2019, we learned from Dr. Richard Spencer, President and Director of Aurania, that they are starting to see entire mineralized systems in their exploration results, containing copper, silver, lead, zinc, and gold. The Company currently identified 11 gold-silver drill targets, 1 lead-zinc drill target, and four copper drill targets. Plans for 2019 include scout-drilling some of these targets to determine which of them should be joint-ventured to majors.
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Avrupa Minerals Ltd. (AVU: TSXV): Aggressive Project Generator Focused on Politically Stable and Prospective Regions of Europe: Interview with Paul Kuhn, CEO and President
by Allen Alper Jr., President, Metals News Inc.


Avrupa Minerals Ltd. (AVU: TSXV) is a project generator, focused on politically stable and prospective regions of Europe, including Portugal, Kosovo, and Germany. At PDAC2019, we learned from Paul Kuhn, CEO and President of Avrupa Minerals, that their flagship Alvalade VMS Project is a 100%-owned self-funded project, located in the Pyrite Belt of south Portugal, where they recently had a successful drilling campaign that resulted in good grades of copper, zinc, and some gold. Near term plans include getting a joint venture partner for Alvalade, as well as working on their Slivovo gold project in Kosovo. We learned from Mr. Kuhn that Avrupa is also looking for new projects to refill the pipeline.
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Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. (TSXV: BGM): Accomplished Team Exploring and Developing One of the Most Well-Endowed Gold Land Packages in British Columbia; Interview with Jason Kosec, VP of Corporate Development
by Allen Alper Jr., President, Metals News Inc.


Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. (TSXV: BGM) is focused on developing its extensive mineral rights package, located in the historical Cariboo Mining District of central British Columbia. Barkerville’s Cariboo Gold Project mineral tenures cover 2,039 square kilometres; along a strike length of 67 kilometres, which includes several past producing placer and hard rock mines, making it one of the most well-endowed land packages in British Columbia. At the 2019 Vancouver Resource Investment Conference, we learned from Jason Kosec, VP of Corporate Development of Barkerville Gold Mines, that after about 30,000 meters of drilling, they have successfully unlocked the fundamental structural controls of the gold mineralization and have come up with a genetic model that increased their hit rate from 10% to about 95%. This allows the Company to allocate capital in a very productive fashion and maximize return for shareholders. According to Mr. Kosec, their cost per discoverable ounce is one of the lowest in the industry. Plans for 2019 include a fully funded $23.7 million drilling program, with monthly drill results.
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Interview with Claude Lemasson, President and CEO of Eastmain Resources Inc. (TSX:ER, OTCQX: EANRF): Three High-Grade Gold Assets in the James Bay Gold Camp in Quebec
by Allen Alper Jr., President, Metals News Inc.


Eastmain Resources Inc. (TSX:ER, OTCQX: EANRF) is a junior Canadian exploration company, advancing three high-grade gold assets, in the emerging James Bay gold camp, in Quebec. At PDAC2019, we learned from Claude Lemasson, who is President and CEO of Eastmain Resources, that their main project is called Clearwater Property, where they have two assets, the 1.35 million-ounce Eau Claire Project, with a very robust PEA and the brand-new Percival Discovery, made in November 2018. Near term plans include exploration drilling, permitting, and completing the feasibility study by the end of 2021, to get to the development decision point.
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Condor Gold (AIM: CNR; TSX: COG): Developing 2.4 million Oz. of Gold at Four Grams in Nicaragua: Interview with Mark Child, CEO and Dave Crawford, Chief Technical Director
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Condor Gold (AIM: CNR; TSX: COG) is focused on developing and further proving a large commercial reserve on its 100% owned, La India Gold Project in Nicaragua. In August 2018, Condor received an Environmental Permit for the development, construction and operation of a processing plant, with a capacity of up to 2,800 tonnes per day and associated mine site infrastructure at La India. At PDAC2019, we learned from Mark Child, who is the CEO, and Dave Crawford, who's the Chief Technical Director of Condor Gold, that they have 2.4 million ounce of gold at four grams, and they are looking for initial production of about 120 thousand ounce of gold, from open pit for seven years.
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EXPLOR Resources Inc. (TSX-V: EXS, OTC PK: EXSFF, FSE & BE: E1H1): GOLD Miner Exploring and Developing in the Historically Prolific Timmins Mining Camp in Ontario, Canada; Interview with Chris Dupont, President & CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Explor Resources Inc. (TSX-V: EXS, OTC PK: EXSFF, FSE & BE: E1H1) is a Junior GOLD and Base Metals Exploration Company, based in Quebec, Canada. The Company is currently focused on developing their Timmins Porcupine West (TPW) GOLD Resource flagship project, located in the Timmins Mining Camp of the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, in the Province of Ontario. We learned from Chris Dupont, President, CEO, and Director of EXPLOR Resources, that the TPW has at least a million ounces of GOLD (NI 43-101), and is preparing to go into production, starting with an Open Pit. The Company’s plan calls for actual GOLD production, within roughly 18 months, extracting anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 tons of ore a day from the Open Pit, producing about 62,500 ounces of GOLD per year. Further, the proposed underground operations will increase production to some 140,000 ounces of GOLD per year from both underground and open pit, by year seven.
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Kincora Copper Ltd. (TSXV: KCC): Drilling for Discovery in the Emerging World-Class Southern Gobi Copper-Gold Belt of Mongolia. Interview with Sam Spring, President and CEO.
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Kincora Copper Ltd. (TSXV: KCC) has consolidated the dominant land position in the emerging Southern Gobi copper-gold belt of Mongolia, along strike and in between two large-scale, world-class porphyry projects - the Oyu Tolgoi mine, operated by Rio Tinto, and the Tsagaan Suvarga Serven Sukhait, open pit, development project. We learned from Sam Spring, President and CEO of Kincora Copper, that they are about to start testing multiple drill-ready copper porphyry targets on their two projects: Bronze Fox and East Tsagaan Suvarga, with five large independent priorities. With one of the best technical teams in the industry, Kincora with anyone of these five targets is looking to make the first globally significant discovery in the industry since 2014.
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Newmont Goldcorp Corporation (NYSE: NEM, TSX: NGT): World’s Leading Gold Company; Interview April 24, 2019 with Omar Jabara, Group Executive, Corporate Communications
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Newmont Goldcorp Corporation (NYSE: NEM, TSX: NGT) is the world’s leading gold company and a producer of copper, silver, zinc and lead. The Company’s unmatched portfolio of world-class assets, prospects and talent is anchored in favorable mining jurisdictions in North America, South America, Australia and Africa. Newmont Goldcorp is the only gold producer listed in the S&P 500 Index and is widely recognized for its principled environmental, social and governance practices. We learned from Omar Jabara, who is in charge of communications for Newmont Goldcorp, that the Company is targeting stable and profitable production of 6-7 million ounces, over at least the next two decades. It will also be offering shareholders the highest dividend amongst senior gold producers. We learned from Mr. Jabara that since the closing of the transaction between Newmont and Goldcorp, the combined Company is in full swing working on a safe and effective integration of the two businesses, which is expected to be substantially completed in the fourth quarter of 2019. Newmont Goldcorp has the largest gold reserves and resources in the gold sector and not just overall but also on a per share basis.
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Argonaut Gold Inc. (TSX: AR): A Gold Producer in Mexico with Three Operating Mines; Interview with Pete Dougherty, CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


At PDAC2019, we learned from Pete Dougherty, CEO of Argonaut Gold Inc. (TSX: AR), that they are a producer in Mexico, with three operating mines: the El Castillo mine and San Agustin mine in Durango, and the La Colorada mine in Sonora. The company is advancing and growing its production profile. Last quarter they hit 50,000 ounces of production and are on track for producing 200,000 ounces a year. Additionally, Argonaut has three development projects: two in Mexico and one in Canada. With nearly 8 million gold ounces in resources, an extremely experienced management team and simple open pit mines, Argonaut Gold is able to extract a greater value out of its assets.
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Interview with Irwin Olian, President and CEO of Desert Mountain Energy Corp. (TSX.V:DME)(U.S. OTC: DMEHF) (Frankfurt: QM01): Exploration and Development of Helium, Oil & Gas and Mineral Properties in Arizona
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Desert Mountain Energy Corp. (TSX.V: DME) is engaged in exploration and development of helium, oil & gas and mineral properties, in the Southwestern United States. At PDAC2019, we learned, from Irwin Olian, President and CEO of Desert Mountain Energy, the Company's current focus is on helium, which is in surging demand in the high-tech world. There is currently a worldwide shortage of helium, its price has gone up 135%, in the last 12 months at public auction, to the equivalent of $279 per thousand cubic feet of crude helium gas. Desert Mountain's flagship Heliopolis Project comprises 39,742 acres of key helium prospects, located in prolific Holbrook Basin, in East Central Arizona, widely considered to be the world’s best address for helium. Near term plans include a drilling program, late in the second quarter this year.
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Interview with Robert Carrington, President and Chairman of Newrange Gold Corp., (TSXV: NRG, OTCQB: NRGOF, Frankfurt: X6C): Exploring and Developing the Pamlico Gold Project in Nevada
by Allen Alper Jr., President, Metals News Inc.


Newrange Gold Corp. (TSXV: NRG, OTCQB: NRGOF, Frankfurt: X6C) is an aggressive exploration and development company, focused on near to intermediate-term production opportunities, in favorable jurisdictions, including Nevada, Colorado and Colombia. With numerous drill intercepts of near surface oxide gold mineralization to 340 grams gold per metric tonne, the Company’s flagship Pamlico Project is poised to become a significant new Nevada discovery. At PDAC2019, we learned from Robert Carrington, President and Chairman of Newrange Gold Corp, that they have recently completed preliminary metallurgy tests, with extremely fast leaching and 97% extraction. Near term plans include more metallurgy tests, and a drilling program to begin work on a maiden resource, during the second half of the year. According to Mr. Carrington, Pamlico Project will be a very simple efficient operation, with low Cap-Ex, very low Op-Ex and a very low cost of production.
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Seabridge Gold (TSX: SEA, NYSE:SA): 45 M Oz of Proven or Probable Gold Reserves, Exceptional Leverage to Rising Gold Price; Interview with Rudi Fronk, Co-Founder, Chairman, & CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Seabridge Gold (TSX: SEA, NYSE:SA) is a gold exploration company, designed to provide its shareholders with exceptional leverage to a rising gold price. The Company holds one of the world's largest resource bases of gold, copper and silver, in keeping with its prime objective of growing resource and reserve ownership per share. We learned from Rudi Fronk, who is Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Seabridge Gold, that they are sitting with 45 million ounces of proven or probable gold reserves, most of which are situated under their KSM asset, located in northern British Columbia. KSM is one of the largest undeveloped gold-copper projects on the planet. With copper and silver credits, the all-in sustaining costs at KSM will be about $350, which would be one of the industry’s lowest all-in cost.
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Interview with Joe Walsh, Managing Director of Lepidico Ltd (ASX: LPD): Objective to Become a Fully Integrated Lithium Business from Mine to Battery-Grade Lithium Chemical
by Allen Alper Jr., President, Metals News Inc.


Lepidico Ltd (ASX: LPD) is a lithium exploration and development company, who's strategic objective is to become a fully integrated lithium business from mine to battery-grade lithium chemical. At PDAC2019, we learned from Joe Walsh, Managing Director of Lepidico, that Lepidico is a unique investment opportunity in the lithium space, as the 100% owner and developer of the L-Max® and LOH-MaxTM technologies, proprietary processes, which have the potential to produce commercially, either lithium hydroxide or lithium carbonate, from unconventional sources. These technologies have the potential to place Lepidico at the forefront of the lithium industry.
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Interview with Daniel Major, President and CEO, GoviEx Uranium Inc. (TSX-V: GXU; OTCQB: GVXXF): Focused on Becoming a Significant Uranium Producer
by Allen Alper Jr., President, Metals News Inc.


GoviEx Uranium Inc. (TSX-V: GXU; OTCQB: GVXXF) is a junior exploration company, focused on becoming a significant uranium producer through the continued exploration and development of its mine, permitted and construction-ready Madaouela Project in Niger, permitted construction-ready Mutanga project in Zambia, and the Falea project in Mali. At PDAC 2019, we learned from Daniel Major, President and CEO of GoviEx Uranium, that in 2018, the company was able to remove an $8.2 million debt, at a big discount, signed up the feasibility study contractors, and have been working on improving the project and reducing the costs. Plans for 2019 include carrying out the feasibility study, incorporating the solar hybrid power supply to reduce risks and costs associated with the project, working on financing and talking with potential off-takers.
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Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. (NYSE American: PZG): Interview with John Seaberg, Executive Chairman
by Allen Alper Jr., President, Metals News Inc.


Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. (NYSE American: PZG) owns 100% of the Grassy Mountain Gold Project, which consists of approximately 11,000 acres, located on private and BLM land in Malheur County, Oregon. The project contains a gold-silver deposit (100% located on private land) for which results of a positive PFS have been released in 2018 and key permitting milestones accomplished. At PDAC2019, we learned from John Seaberg, Executive Chairman of Paramount Gold Nevada, that recently they acquired the Frost Project 12 miles away from the Grassy Mountain. Plans for 2019 include completing the permitting process for the Grassy Mountain, which is going to be a small, but very profitable operation and will have tremendous economic impact on the local communities of Vale and Ontario that are very supportive of the project.
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Interview with David D'Onofrio, CEO, and Shawn Ryan, Chief Technical Advisor, White Gold Corp. (TSX.V: WGO, OTC – Nasdaq Intl: WHGOF, FRA: 29W): Largest Land Position in Yukon’s Prolific White Gold District with Multiple Recent Discoveries and Exciting Exploration Pipeline
by Allen Alper Jr., President, Metals News Inc.


White Gold Corp. (TSX.V: WGO, OTC – Nasdaq Intl: WHGOF, FRA: 29W) owns a portfolio of 22,040 quartz claims across 35 properties, covering over 439,000 hectares, representing over 40% of the Yukon’s White Gold District. White Gold is one of the most active exploration companies in Canada, which last year led to 4 new gold discoveries, including the Vertigo, which intersected 22.47 g/t gold over 30.46m from surface. Their flagship White Gold property has a mineral resource of 960,970 oz Indicated at 2.43 g/t gold and 282,490 oz Inferred at 1.70 g/t gold. At PDAC 2019, we learned from White Gold’s David D'Onofrio, CEO, and Shawn Ryan, Chief Technical Advisor, that in 2019, they are focused on diamond drilling to expand their Vertigo discovery, grow their Golden Saddle deposit, increase their recently acquired 230,000 oz VG resource, as well as identify and test multiple high priority regional targets.
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