Newmont Corporation (NYSE: NEM, TSX: NGT): World’s Leading Gold Company and Producer of Copper, Silver, Zinc and Lead; Interview with Omar Jabara, Group Executive for Communications
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Newmont 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, that the Company was ranked top miner in Newsweek's list of America's Most Responsible Companies, which together with robust financial performance and effective risk management is an indication of a well-run and well-managed business. We learned from Mr. Jabara that 2019 was a pivotal year for the Company because of the successful acquisition of Goldcorp, which was the largest acquisition in gold mining history, as well as the successful joint venture in Nevada with Barrick Gold called Nevada Gold Mines, also a very significant transaction, within gold mining space. Newmont's new five year guidance released in December indicated to the market that they are in a very strong position to deliver the highest production profile of any gold producer, while also leading in safety as well as in sustainability performance.
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GoviEx Uranium Inc. (TSX-V: GXU; OTCQB: GVXXF): Africa’s Emerging Uranium Producer, Backed by Very Strong Strategic Shareholders; 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)
https://www.goviex.com/ is a mineral resource company, focused on the exploration and development of uranium properties in Africa. GoviEx’s principal objective is to become a significant uranium producer, through the continued exploration and development of its flagship mine-permitted Madaouela Project in Niger, its mine-permitted Mutanga Project in Zambia, and its other uranium properties in Africa. We learned from Daniel Major, CEO of GoviEx Uranium that, with the uranium market improving, they believe they can bring their Madaouela project, currently at the stage of bankable feasibility study, to production. Mr. Major foresees rising uranium prices as the result of the imminent uranium supply deficit.
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Cornish Lithium in Cornwall UK Exploring Almost Untapped, Mining Province to Produce a Lithium Supply for the UK and Europe: Interview with Jeremy Wrathall, Founder and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Jeremy Wrathall, Founder and CEO of Cornish Lithium www.cornishlithium.com tells us more about the first crowd-funded mining company in the UK. Lithium in brine was first identified in Cornwall in 1864 and even then was identified as a source that could have great commercial significance. Demand for lithium in Europe is rapidly rising and the region is expected to become the second largest source of demand in the world. The fact that there is currently no commercial source of battery grade lithium is of great concern to European automakers, making the region totally dependent on imports. Given that lithium has been identified in both brine and hardrock in Cornwall, Jeremy is very excited about the potential that his projects have to supply the UK and Europe. He believes that “Cornish Lithium has a unique opportunity, here in the UK, to explore in one of the best, almost untapped, mining provinces of the world and to produce a lithium supply for the UK and possibly for Europe as well.” Cornish Lithium has a large role to play in the UK lithium market and is a Company to watch.
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GT Gold Corp. (TSX-V: GTT): Exploring for Precious and Base Metals in Canada's Golden Triangle, Backed by Newmont Goldcorp and Ross Beatty, Sucessful Team, Interview with Paul Harbidge, President & CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


GT Gold Corp. (TSX-V: GTT), https://www.gtgoldcorp.ca/
is focused on exploring for base and precious metals in Canada's Golden Triangle. The Company’s flagship asset is the wholly-owned, 46,827 hectare, Tatogga property, located near Iskut, BC, upon which it achieved two significant discoveries in 2017 and 2018, at its Saddle prospect: a near surface bulk-tonnage and potential deep high-grade, underground-style, epithermal gold-silver vein system, at Saddle South and, close by at Saddle North, a large-scale, richly mineralized porphyry gold-copper-silver intrusion. We learned from Paul Harbidge, President, CEO and Director of GT Gold, that their discoveries are brand new greenfield exploration discoveries, near the road and a hydro power line, with the cheapest electricity in Canada. Near-term plans include building geological model in Q1 of 2020 that will form the foundation for an initial NI 43101 compliant resource estimate in Q2 2020, and that will lead onto a PEA by approximately Q4 in 2020.
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Interview with MAS Gold Corp. - Collecting Channel Samples on the North Lake Gold Deposit; Ron Netolitzky, President and CEO of MAS Gold Corp. (TXSV-MAS): Focused on Gold Exploration Projects in Saskatchewan, along the La Ronge Greenstone Belt
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


MAS Gold Corp. (TXSV-MAS), https://www.masgoldcorp.com/
is a Canadian mineral exploration company, focused on exploration projects in Saskatchewan, along the La Ronge Greenstone Belt. We learned from Ron Netolitzky, President and CEO of MAS Gold that their goal is to develop over a 1,000, 000 ounces resource from their combined properties in the Belt. At the moment, the most advanced one is their high-grade Greywacke deposit, with 255,500 tonnes @ 9.92 g/t Au of indicated, and 59,130 tonnes @ 7.42 g/t Au of inferred NI 43-101 compliant resource. The bulk sample of 12,000 tonnes of material showed superb metallurgy at 81.3% gravity recovery (94% gravity plus CaCN leaching recovery), with potential of a low-cost operation. MAS Gold's other significant projects include; Preview Lake, North Lake, and Elizabeth Lake also showed high-grade drill results.
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Blackrock Gold (TSX: BRC, OTC: BKRRF, FSE: AHZ): Targeting High-Grade Gold at its Silver Cloud Property in Northern Nevada; Interview with Andrew Pollard, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Blackrock Gold (TSX: BRC, OTC: BKRRF, FSE: AHZ) https://blackrockgold.ca/
is a junior gold exploration company, targeting high grade gold at its Silver Cloud property, a low-sulphidation epithermal gold & silver project, located along the established Northern Nevada Rift gold trend in north-central Nevada, situated next to two prolific, high grade gold mines; Hecla's Hollister and Midas Mines. We learned from Andrew Pollard, President and CEO of Blackrock Gold, that they have just completed a five-hole 2,500-meter drill program, which was the first drilling the project had seen in over 15 years, following up right where Teck and Placer Dome left off, where two separate high-grade discoveries were made. Drilling by Teck between 1999 and 2001 cut multiple high-grade intercepts including 1.5m @ 157.7 g/t Au. With assays from this initial program still pending, near-term plans include identifying follow-up targets for a phase 2 program in Q1. Since a new management team stepped in May, the Company has been among the best performing gold equities on the Venture Exchange for the past six months, going from a low of 3c up to a high of 35c.
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Aston Bay Holdings Ltd. (TSX-V: BAY; OTCQB: ATBHF): Exploring for Gold and Base Metal Deposits in Virginia, USA, and Nunavut, Canada; Interview with Thomas Ullrich, CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Aston Bay Holdings Ltd. (TSX-V: BAY; OTCQB: ATBHF) https://astonbayholdings.com/
is exploring for gold and base metal deposits in Virginia, USA, and Nunavut, Canada. We learned from Thomas Ullrich, CEO of Aston Bay, that their original flagship project is the Aston Bay property, located up in Nunavut, where they are looking to discover some very high-grade copper and zinc deposits. The company’s current focus is on gold in Virginia, where the Company recently acquired a company exploring prospective private lands, located within a copper-lead-zinc-gold-silver mineralized belt at the Blue Ridge Project. The acquired company, belonged to renowned geologist Don Taylor, the founder of Arizona Mining and the discoverer of the Taylor Deposit. Don has now joined Aston Bay as technical advisor to these projects. The land has fantastic gold potential, in the historic Virginia Gold belt, as well as a fantastic base metals potential. The recent drill program at the Company's Buckingham Gold Property, in Virginia, showed very high-grade gold results in the quartz veins as well as disseminated gold. Aston Bay has a very small, but very tight and very experienced technical team and the management owns 9% of the Company.
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Element 25 Ltd (ASX: E25): Australia’s Largest Onshore Manganese Resource, 263 Mt of Manganese, Extremely Low Mining Costs, High Quality: Interview with Justin Brown, Executive Director
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Element 25 Limited (ASX: E25) https://www.element25.com.au/
owns 100% of the Butcherbird Project that hosts Australia’s largest onshore manganese resource. The project is located in a low-risk mining jurisdiction, in Western Australia, near excellent infrastructure. It contains around 263 Mt of manganese ore, with exceedingly simple geology. We learned from Justin Brown, Executive Director of Element 25, that they are finishing the pre-feasibility study at Butcherbird and perfecting a metallurgical flow sheet to make high purity manganese products, including electrolytic manganese metal, and a high purity manganese sulfite for lithium ion battery cathode manufacturers. According to Mr. Brown, their cost per unit of manganese is very low, thanks to extremely low mining costs, very low energy requirement, and use of renewable energy, including up to 50% wind and solar, which will make their high-purity manganese the cleanest, greenest, and possibly lowest cost manganese on the planet.
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Compañia de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A. (NYSE: BVN; Lima Stock Exchange: BUE.LM): Peru’s Largest, Publicly Traded, Precious Metals Company; Interview with Victor Gobitz, CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Compañia de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A. (NYSE: BVN; Lima Stock Exchange: BUE.LM)
is Peru’s largest, publicly traded, precious metals company and a major holder of mining rights in Peru. Buenaventura currently operates several mines in Peru: Tambomayo, Orcopampa, Uchucchacua, Julcani - all wholly owned, as well as joint ventures: El Brocal, La Zanja and Coimolache. Buenaventura owns 43.65% of Minera Yanacocha S.R.L (a partnership with Newmont Mining Corporation), an important precious metals producer, and 19.58% of Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde, an important Peruvian copper producer. We learned from Victor Gobitz, CEO of Buenaventura Mines, that the Company's founders' philosophy, from the beginning, was organic growth and JV partnerships. 66 years later, Buenaventura has become the Company of choice to partner with in Peru. According to Mr. Gobitz, when you invest in Buenaventura you invest in Peru, the mining friendly country, with great mining infrastructure and long standing mining tradition, a leading mining territory in terms of production and reserves of gold and silver, as well as copper, zinc, and lead.
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Peloton Minerals Corporation (CSE: PMC, OTCQB: PMCFF): Exploring Properties with Potential interest to Major Mining Companies, Three Gold Exploration Projects, in Nevada and One in Montana; Interview with Ted Ellwood, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


We learned from Ted Ellwood, President and CEO of Peloton Minerals Corporation (CSE: PMC, OTCQB: PMCFF), that they have made the decision to focus purely on the exploration part of the mine life cycle and to look for properties that have potential to interest a major mining company. Peloton holds three gold exploration projects, located in Elko County, Nevada, one of which is under option to Kinross Gold USA Inc., and one gold exploration project in the Virginia City Mining District, Montana, which is under option to Frederick Private Equity Corporation and African Metals Corporation. We learned from Mr. Ellwood that exploration programs are under way on all of the four projects.
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Aben Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: ABN, OTCQB: ABNAF, Frankfurt: E2L2): Flagship Gold Project 23,397 Hectors in the World-Class B.C. Golden Triangle; Interview with Jim Pettit, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Aben Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: ABN, OTCQB: ABNAF, Frankfurt: E2L2)
is a Canadian gold exploration company, developing gold-focused projects in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. We learned from Jim Pettit, President and CEO of Aben Resource, that they are focused on the high-grade North Boundary Zone, discovered in 2018 at the Forrest Kerr Gold Project, in the Golden Triangle region of British Columbia. Plans for 2020 include compiling and analyzing data from the two years of exploration drilling of 20,000 meters and surveys. Aben is a well-funded junior exploration company, with over $1.5 million in the Company’s treasury.
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Gran Colombia Gold Corp. (TSX: GCM, OTCQX: TPRFF): Leading Underground High-Grade Gold Producer in Colombia, Improved Operations, Cash flow, Balance Sheet and Capital Structure; Interview with Mike Davies, CFO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Gran Colombia Gold Corp. (TSX: GCM, OTCQX: TPRFF)
is an emerging mid-tier gold and silver producer and the leading underground high-grade gold producer in Colombia, with several mines in operation at its Segovia and Marmato Operations. We learned from improving operations, improving cash flow, strengthening our balance sheet and capital structure, Chief Financial Officer of Gran Colombia Gold, that they have been recognized as one of the top 30 companies on the TSX based on their share appreciation over the last three years and included by the TSX in the inaugural TSX30 list of issuers in September of this year. The Company is on track to produce up to 240,000 ounces in 2019, with about 90% of production coming from its high-grade Segovia Operations, where the next 70,000 meter exploration drilling program is about to start. In Marmato, Gran Colombia Gold has completed a PEA in October, giving the Company a path forward to an underground expansion and development of the operations, to take it from its historical 25,000 ounces a year, ultimately to about 160,000 ounces a year by 2024.
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First Cobalt Corp. (TSX-V: FCC; OTCQX: FTSSF): Working with Glencore on Domestic Cobalt from the only Permitted Primary Cobalt Refinery in North America; Interview with Trent Mell, President, CEO & Director
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Near-term North American cobalt refiner, First Cobalt Corp. (TSX-V: FCC; OTCQX: FTSSF) is the owner of the only permitted primary cobalt refinery in North America: the First Cobalt Refinery in Ontario, Canada, could produce more than 5,000 tonnes of cobalt sulfate per year for the battery market. We learned from Trent Mell, President, CEO & Director of First Cobalt Corp., that they have recently announced a long-term partnership with Glencore that, based on the results of a feasibility study, will help fast-track the reactivation of the First Cobalt Refinery. Glencore provided $5 million to complete a feasibility study and is prepared to supply feedstock from their operations, provide the CapEx to finance the recommissioning, and place the offtake with an automotive partner. This partnership will allow First Cobalt Corp. to become a producer and achieve first cash flow, without diluting its shareholders.
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Perseus Mining Limited (ASX/TSX: PRU): Becoming a 500,000-Ounce-Per-Year Gold Producer, with Three Operating Mines in West Africa; Interview with Jeff Quartermaine, Managing Director and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Perseus Mining Limited (ASX/TSX: PRU)
aims to become a 500,000-ounce-per-year gold producer, with three operating mines in West Africa. The Company has developed and brought to production two gold mines; the Edikan Gold Mine in Ghana, which has produced about 200,000 ounces of gold per year since 2012, and the Sissingué Gold Mine in Côte d’Ivoire, that commences production in January 2018. Perseus is currently building its third gold mine, the Yaouré Gold Project in Côte d’Ivoire, which is expected to pour first gold in late 2020. We learned from Jeff Quartermaine, Managing Director and CEO of Perseus Mining, that the Company has had 11 strong successive quarters of outstanding operating performance. With the three mines, Perseus will be generating two hundred million dollars a year, which puts the Company in a very strong position to continue to grow the business, using organic growth potential. According to Mr. Quartermaine, Perseus Mining operates in two of the better West African countries, with less of a political risk.
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Foran Mining Corporation (TSX.V: FOM): Copper-Zinc Exploration and Development Company in the World Class Flin Flon Greenstone Belt, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and the Largest Undeveloped VMS Deposit in the Region; Interview with Patrick Soares, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Foran Mining Corporation (TSX.V: FOM)
is a copper-zinc exploration and development company with flagship McIlvenna Bay project, located within the Hanson Lake District, 65 kilometres from Flin Flon, Manitoba. It is part of the world class Flin Flon Greenstone belt and the largest undeveloped VMS deposit in the region. We learned from Patrick Soares, President and CEO of Foran Mining, that they have outlined a large mineral deposit, with 23 million tons of indicated resources and an additional 11 million tons of inferred resources. The Company's Management owns about 17% of the stock, and friends and colleagues own another 15%, and have participated in all the financings along the way and have stood beside shareholders, with the ultimate goal of becoming a producer.
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U.S. Gold Corp. (NASDAQ: USAU): Three Exciting Projects, Wyoming- Copper King: Au, Cu, Ag, Zn Deposit; and Two Exploration Projects in Nevada on the Cortez and Carlin Trends; Interview with Edward Karr, President, CEO and Director
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


U.S. Gold Corp. (NASDAQ: USAU)
is a U.S. focused, junior gold exploration and development company, with two flagship assets: The Copper King gold-copper-silver-zinc project, located in Southeast Wyoming, with a robust PEA showing $178 million NPV, and IRR of approximately 33%; and Keystone and Maggie Creek - early stage exploration properties on the Cortez and Carlin Trends in Nevada. We learned from Edward Karr, President, CEO and Director of U.S. Gold Corp., that an option on the Maggie Creek project is their recent acquisition, located on the world-famous Carlin trend in Nevada right next to Newmont's 25-million-ounce Gold Quarry mine. Mr. Karr believes multiple world-class deposits potentially exist in the Keystone district, where the Company has been drilling in 2019, with high-grade results over large areas. We learned from Mr. Karr that they will use this winter to go over all the new data and to put together targets for their 2020 Keystone drilling program. Other plans for 2020 include exploration drilling at Maggie Creek and moving Copper King all the way to Pre-Feasibility Study.
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Conic Metals Corp. (TSXV: NKL): 8.56% JV Interest in the Ramu Nickel Cobalt Operation in Papua New Guinea and a Portfolio of 11 Nickel and Cobalt Royalties, Interview with Anthony Milewski, Chairman and Justin Cochrane, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


We learned from Anthony Milewski, Chairman, and Justin Cochrane, President and CEO of Conic Metals Corp. (TSXv: NKL) that they were spun out of Cobalt 27 at the end of October, with an 8.56% joint venture interest in the Ramu Nickel Cobalt operation, in Papua New Guinea, as well as a portfolio of 11 nickel and cobalt royalties on some world-class exploration and development projects, in both Canada and Australia. Thirdly, Conic Metals' assets contain US$5 million in cash, along with about a million and a half of equity investments, one of which is a 7% interest in Giga Metals Corporation, another nickel cobalt project in British Columbia. We learned from Mr. Cochrane that Conic Metals Corp. is focused on being a leading investment vehicle for battery metals.
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Novo Resources Corp. (TSX-V: NVO; OTCQX: NSRPF): Well-Funded Canadian Gold Exploration Company, Three Main Projects of Conglomerate Gold, Significant Land Package 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 a Canadian gold exploration company, with a significant land package covering approximately 13,000 sq km, with varying ownership interests in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. We learned from Dr. Quinton Hennigh, Chairman and President of Novo Resources, that they have three main projects that host conglomerate gold. Their fully permitted and shovel ready Beatons Creek project has a resource of about 900,000 ounces indicated and inferred at the grade of about 2.5 g/t. Currently Novo is advancing their Karratha conglomerate gold project, through permitting, towards the production decision. Their third project, called Egina, is a joint venture with Sumitomo Corporation, and is fully financed. According to Dr. Hennigh, the high-grade Egina project can be fast tracked very quickly because the gold is free from rock matrix and therefore easily mineable and easily recoverable.
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Ascot Resources Ltd. (TSX: AOT, OTCQX: AOTVF) Focused on Re-Starting the Past Producing, Premier Gold Mine, located in Northwestern British Columbia in the highly prospective area known as the Golden Triangle. Interview with Derek White, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Ascot Resources Ltd. (TSX: AOT, OTCQX:AOTVF)
, a Vancouver based, junior exploration company, is focused on re-starting the past-producing, historic, Premier gold mine, once North America’s largest gold mine, located in British Columbia’s Golden Triangle. We learned from Derek White, President and CEO of Ascot, that after the acquisition of the Red Mountain and the Silver Coin projects, the Company has about 12 million tons of 50% measured and indicated and 50% inferred high-grade gold resource, around 7.7 to 7.8 grams of gold per ton and about 21 to 22 grams of silver per ton. Near term, Ascot is actively working on upgrading the resources and then converting into either proven or probable reserves. According to Mr. White, what differentiates Ascot is its ability to restart mining, at a very low capital cost, because of the low volume and high-grade nature of the resource and the infrastructure that is already in place. Plans for 2020 include completing feasibility study and permitting, and then financing to restart the mine.
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Wealth Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: WML; OTCQX: WMLLF; SSE: WMLCL; Frankfurt: EJZN): Lithium -Focused, Partnered with Rosatom, Separate Lithium out of Brines, without an Evaporation Process, Interview with Henk van Alphen, CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Wealth Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: WML; OTCQX: WMLLF; SSE: WMLCL; Frankfurt: EJZN)
is a lithium focused, mineral resource company, with interests in Canada, Mexico, Peru and Chile. We learned from Henk van Alphen, CEO of Wealth Minerals, that they have partnered with Rosatom, a Russian state corporation and the largest nuclear power corporation in the world, with the goal to use its resources and its technology (that can separate lithium out of brines, without an evaporation process). We learned from Mr. van Alphen that, as of recently, Wealth Minerals is expanding into the copper business, with two copper projects in Chile that will be operating as an independent company by the name of Wealth Copper, with a large ownership in Wealth Minerals. According to Mr. van Alphen, they have an opportunity, in the near term, to consolidate the lithium space, with the help of Rosatom.
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