Osisko Metals Inc. (TSX-V: OM; FRANKFURT: OB5): Developing Canada’s Two Premier Zinc Mining Camps, Interview with Jeff Hussey, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Osisko Metals Inc. (TSX-V: OM; FRANKFURT: OB5) controls Canada’s two premier zinc mining camps, the Pine Point Mining Camp (PPMC), located in the Northwest Territories and the Bathurst Mining Camp (BMC), located in northern New Brunswick. Both projects are past producers, with access to excellent infrastructure. We learned from Jeff Hussey, President and CEO of Osisko Metals, that their third project is a joint venture with Osisko Mining (TSX: OSK), where they are going to start drilling 12 high-priority drill ready base metal targets in June. Other plans for 2018 include exploration drill programs for Pine Point and Bathurst (50,000 meters each) totaling 100,000 meters of drilling, which is the largest base metal exploration program, occurring at this moment, in Canada. According to Mr. Hussey, there's been a steady decline in zinc supply during the last five years and the zinc prices are rising significantly. We also learned that the main uses of zinc are galvanization, in the infrastructure, construction and transportation industries; as nutrient in fertilizers in the agriculture industry, and in renewable power storage, within the batteries market.
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Rick Rule Rates Your Natural Resource Portfolio and Shows How US Tax Payers Save with Sprott Trusts
by Allen Alper Jr., President, Metals News


Rick Rule, who is President and CEO at Sprott US Holdings Inc., is one of my favorite people to interview, as his wit and intellect are only exceeded by his experience and knowledge of natural resource investment strategies. Rick is a highly experienced investor and speculator, focusing on public and private issuers in natural resource industries. He has personally structured, led and participated in hundreds of privately placed debt and equity issuances for resource companies operating globally, and domiciled in Australia, Canada, Chile, Great Britain, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. Rick has over thirty years of experience in metals, mining and the natural resource sector in general, and is a presenter at hundreds of resource and investment conferences.
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Interview with Steve Mallyon, Managing Director of Riversdale Resources Limited: Well-Positioned in the Capital-Intensive Bulk Commodities Major Coking Coal Business.
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


We learned from Steve Mallyon, Managing Director of Riversdale Resources Limited, that Riversdale is an Australian-incorporated company, with a major coking coal set of assets in southern Alberta, Canada. The company's flagship project is the large, highly competitive, low-cost Grassy Mountain hard-coking coal project, with a resource of about 200 million tons. We learned from Mr. Mallyon that they have developed a large-scale, open pit, mine plan for a 4.5 million product tons a year operation, with very efficient infrastructure. Riversdale has done a massive test program, involving eight steelmakers to make sure that this product produces an excellent coke and are working with off-takers at the moment. The company expects to complete the permitting process in 12 months. The construction period is going to be about 20 months long. With its fantastic board and solid operating team, Riversdale Resources is well-positioned in the capital-intensive bulk commodities business.
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Avesoro Resources Inc. (TSX: ASO, AIM: ASO): A Growing Low Cost West African Gold Producer, Interview with Nick Smith, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Avesoro Resources Inc. (TSX: ASO, AIM: ASO) is engaged in the exploration and development of gold deposits in highly prospective and under-explored areas of Liberia, Burkina Faso and Cameroon. The company’s vision is to become a premier, mid-tier, West African gold producer and developer. It plans to achieve this in two ways. First, by focusing on resource definition and conversion to expand Mineral Reserves and extend the mine lives at New Liberty, Youga and Balogo, whilst increasing production and significantly improving free cash flow. Further growth will be achieved through maximizing upside potential at their operating mines and through opportunistic and accretive M&A activity. We learned from Nick Smith, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations Manager for Avesoro Resources, that the company's current market cap is just over 300 million dollars and they have three mines, two in the Burkina Faso, and one in Liberia. This year's gold production forecast is 220,000-240,000 ounces. We learned from Mr. Smith that Avesoro is delivering operational improvements and optimized the processing plant to reduce cost and increase production, at the New Liberty Gold Mine, acquired back in July 2016, as well as at the Youga mine. Plans for 2018 include a significant 171,000 meter diamond drilling program to increase their reserve bases and the lives of the mines.
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Interview with Anthony Milewski, Chairman and CEO, Cobalt 27 Capital Corp. (TSXV: $KBLT, FRA: $27O): An Opportunity for Investors to be Involved in the Voisey’s Bay Cobalt Stream and the producing Ramu Nickel-Cobalt Stream
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Cobalt 27 Capital Corp. (TSXV: $KBLT, FRA: $27O). We learned from Anthony Milewski, Chairman and CEO of Cobalt 27, that the company has recently completed two large acquisitions that have transformed Cobalt 27 into the leading electric metals streaming and royalty company. First, they acquired the world’s first producing nickel-cobalt stream on the low-cost, long-life Ramu Nickel-Cobalt Mine for US$113 million, which will bring immediate free cash flow into the company, over the estimated 30 year life of mine. The second transaction is the US$300 million acquisition of a 32.6% cobalt stream on Vale's world-class, Voisey's Bay mine, located in a conflict-free, first-world jurisdiction of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The Voisey’s Bay Cobalt Stream is expected to deliver approximately 1.9 million pounds of cobalt per year to the company beginning in 2021, to be settled in physical delivery for the life of the mine. We also learned from Mr. Milewski, that Cobalt 27 owns approximately 3,000 tonnes of cobalt, making them the second largest holder of physical cobalt in the world, after the Chinese government’s strategic stockpile. According to Mr. Milewski, the heart of the power of the electric vehicle is the nickel-manganese-cobalt chemistry that drives rechargeability, speed, and range in EVs.
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Neometals Ltd (ASX: NMT, OTC: RDRUY): Aim to Create the Most Sustainable Highest-Margin Lithium Business, Interview with Mike Tamlin, COO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


We learned from Mike Tamlin, COO of Neometals, that they have two strong operating partners in the Mt Marion Mine: Mineral Resources Ltd., which is Australia's largest contract minerals processor, and Ganfeng Lithium, China's largest and most diverse lithium producer, who entered a life-of-mine off-take agreement with Mt Marion. According to Mr. Tamlin, Mt Marion mine has reached maximum production capacity, at a time when the lithium prices are at an all-time high. From the third quarter of this year, Mt Marion Mine is planning to start paying the mine JV shareholders their share of profits. Revenues are very strong and looking to go stronger when the concentrator production is upgraded, later in 2018. The Kalgoorlie Lithium Refinery, which will produce 10,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide equivalent per annum, is in the middle of its front-end engineering and design phase. The site is well-located and well-serviced. Neometals is in the middle of the approvals process, expecting to commission the plant in mid-2020-2021.
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Interview with Trevor Benson, Executive Chairman, Walkabout Resources Ltd (ASX: WKT): Fast-Tracking the Development of the High-Grade Lindi Jumbo Graphite Project
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Walkabout Resources Ltd (ASX: WKT) is fast-tracking the development of the high-grade Lindi Jumbo Graphite Project, situated in south-eastern Tanzania, to take advantage of forecast market conditions for Flake Graphite demand, with high ratios of Large and Jumbo flakes. We learned from Trevor Benson, Executive Chairman of Walkabout Resources, that they expect to get the mining license in the near term, and the project will be in production within 12 months, supplying high-grade graphite to China and to Germany. We learned from Mr. Benson that the Lindi Jumbo Graphite Project has the highest reserve grade in Tanzania of 16.1 % TGC and a 20 year mine life. They we will be producing 40,000 tonnes per annum of concentrate grade, between 95 to 97 % TGC, with very low capex and operating cost. Additionally, Walkabout Resources has very exciting early stage exploration programs, in Namibia, for lithium and in Northern Ireland for copper, cobalt, gold and silver.
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Interview with Dr. Andrew Tunks, Managing Director, Meteoric Resources (ASX: MEI): Exploring Canadian Cobalt and Polymetallic Deposits
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


We learned from Dr. Andrew Tunks, Managing Director of the Australian cobalt exploration company, Meteoric Resources (ASX: MEI), with projects in Canada. Meteoric Resources has engaged leading Canadian geology firm, Orix Geoscience, to re-analyze historical exploration to identify targets for an aggressive drilling program. We learned from Dr. Tunks that their main focus will be on Meteoric’s extensive Cobalt Exploration portfolio, including the Iron Mask & Mulligan Cobalt projects in Ontario. Meteoric is focused on expanding upon the extensive existing data and research to build a regional polymetallic and primary cobalt exploration profile.
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Interview with Ross McElroy President, COO and Chief Geologist, Fission Uranium Corp (TSX: FCU, OTCQX: FCUUF): Major Exploration Success by Award Winning Team and Strong Prospects
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Fission Uranium Corp (TSX: FCU, OTCQX: FCUUF) owns the award-winning Patterson Lake South uranium property, host to the near-surface, high-grade Triple R deposit, part of the largest mineralized trend in the Athabasca Basin region. We learned from Ross McElroy, who is President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Geologist of Fission Uranium, that what makes the Triple R deposit unique, within the Athabasca Basin, is that it is very shallow with high-grade mineralization starting at 50 meters, and with the whole bulk of the resource (around 140 million pounds total) located between 50-meter depth to about 350. Large size, shallow depth and high-grade make this prospect an open-pittable deposit. We learned from Mr. McElroy, that the high-grade domain in the deposit averages around 18 to 23% U3O8, with the entire deposit being at average grade of 1.8 to 1.82% U3O8, which is in the order of magnitude of 10 to 20 times the average grade of most uranium deposits around the world. Plans for 2018 include completing pre-feasibility study, followed by full bankable feasibility by 2019, 2020. Beyond those milestones, the company can start looking towards production. The long-term plan is to be in production by 2025.
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Levon Resources Ltd. (TSX: LVN): Exploring One of the World's Largest Silver Resources, Interview with Ron Tremblay, President and CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Levon Resources Ltd. (TSX: LVN) is exploring one of the world's largest silver resources at the company's 100%-owned Cordero Project in northwest Mexico. We learned from Ron Tremblay, President and Chief Executive Officer of Levon Resources, that they recently announced a 30% increase in the resource, which is now one and three-quarter billion silver ounce equivalent and a PEA, which is giving them a net present value just under $400 million. According to Mr. Tremblay, silver prices should go up, following gold’s upward movement. Levon plans to grow the resource even bigger and to improve the grade as well. Mr. Tremblay believes that the company has lots of upside potential and is way undervalued compared to some of their peers.
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Interview with Claude Lemasson, President, CEO Eastmain Resources (TSX:ER, OTCQX: EANRF): Eau Claire High-Grade Low-Cost Gold Project, a Positive and Robust PEA
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Eastmain Resources (TSX:ER, OTCQX:EANRF) is a junior gold exploration company, with three main projects in the region of James Bay, northern Quebec: the Eau Claire Project, located approximately 800 kilometres north of Montréal, the high-grade Eastmain Mine Project, located within the Upper Eastmain River Greenstone Belt of northern Québec, and the Eleonore South Joint Venture with Goldcorp and Azimut, located in the Opinaca geologic sub-province of James Bay, Québec, where they announced a major discovery in October 2017. We learned from Claude Lemasson, President and CEO of Eastmain Resources, that the company recently published a PEA and updated mineral resource estimate for their Eau Claire Project. The results of the PEA are very robust, showing a high-grade low-cost gold mine, combination open pit and underground operation, that will produce just over 950,000 ounces of gold over the 12-year life of the mine with payback of just over 3 years. Going forward, as it approaches a development decision, Eastmain would want to look at opportunities such as potential strategic investments or partnerships with others to advance the project. Also, raising money in the market is an opportunity as well as looking at other different forms of financing.
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Interview with Keith Piggott, CEO, Core Gold Inc. (TSXV: CGLD, OTCQX: CGLDF): Growing Gold Production in Ecuador
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Core Gold Inc. (TSXV: CGLD, OTCQX: CGLDF) is a Canadian based mining company involved in mining, exploration and development of mineral properties in Ecuador. Core Gold is currently focused on gold production at its wholly-owned Dynasty Goldfield project, located in Loja Province in southwestern Ecuador, and on continued development at its Zaruma mine, located in the Zaruma-Portovelo Mining District of southern Ecuador. We learned from Keith Piggott, CEO of Core Gold, that the Dynasty Goldfield open-pit mine is currently producing 1,800 ounces a month and by the end of this year will ramp up to 4,000 a month making a nice cash flow. The company also owns the Portovelo mineral plant, located close to the Zaruma mine operations. The most exciting part of the company, according to Mr. Piggott, is its significant gold exploration projects, including the Linderos and Copper Duke area in southern Ecuador, all of which are on the main Peruvian Andean gold-copper belt, extending into Ecuador.
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Interview with Ben Mossman, President and CEO, Rise Gold Corp. (CSE: RISE, OTCQB: RYES): A Major Past-Producing, High-Grade Gold Mine, Located in California, USA
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Rise Gold Corp. (CSE: RISE, OTCQB: RYES) owns 100% of the major past-producing, high-grade Idaho-Maryland gold mine, located in Nevada County, California, USA. The Idaho-Maryland Gold Mine is one of the United States’ greatest past producing gold mines, with total past production of 2,414,000 oz. of gold at an average mill head grade of 17 gpt gold from 1866-1955. We learned from Ben Mossman, President, Director, and CEO of Rise Gold, that this year they started the first exploration drilling program on the mine and the first hole on the Brunswick #1 Vein Set produced intercept of 12.2 gpt gold over 14.9 m (7.8 m est. true width). Currently they are drilling underneath the level, where the old mining stopped. Plans for 2018 include drilling a number of advanced targets, underneath the very high-grade Idaho mine in mid-June. We learned from Mr. Mossman that Rise Gold team plans to determine the resource and the cost to restore the mine before deciding whether to sell it to a larger company or to put it into production by themselves.
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Interview with Roger Rosmus, Founder and CEO of Goliath Resources Limited a Veteran Investment Banker, Focused in the Prolific Golden Triangle and Surrounding Area of Northwestern British Columbia
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Goliath Resources Limited (TSX-V: GOT, Frankfurt: B4IE) is a project generator of precious metals projects, focused in the prolific Golden Triangle and surrounding area of northwestern British Columbia. It controls 100% of four highly prospective properties that include Bingo, Golddigger, Lucky Strike and Copperhead, covering over 44,000 hectares. All four properties have brand new discoveries, never drilled before, that all have returned anomalous gold, silver and/or copper in soils, grab and channel samples from exposed bedrock at surface over large areas. We learned from Roger Rosmus, Founder and CEO of Goliath Resources Limited, a veteran investment banker, that as project generator, they are looking for projects that are elephant size, that are new and that will tick all the boxes for any senior mining company to do a joint venture, a strategic investment, or a potential takeout. Their new discoveries are the product of glacial recession and permanent snowpack melting due to the recent climate change resulting in widespread hybrid mineralization at surface over large areas seen for the first time; truly a once in a life time event. The main focus, in 2018, includes drilling of brand new discoveries at their Lucky Strike and Copperhead projects.
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Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. (NYSE American: PZG): A U.S. Based Gold and Silver, Advanced Exploration Company, Over 4 Million Ounces of Gold (M&I)
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Paramount Gold Nevada Corp. (NYSE American: PZG) is a U.S based, precious metals exploration company, with a mineral inventory exceeding 6 million ounces of gold equivalent to shares outstanding, providing its shareholders with exceptional leverage to the gold price. Paramount owns 100% of the Grassy Mountain Gold Project, which consists of approximately 9,300 acres located on private and BLM land in Malheur County, Oregon. The Grassy Mountain project contains a gold-silver deposit (100% located on private land) for which a Preliminary Feasibility Study (“PFS”) has been prepared recently and key permitting milestones accomplished. We learned from Glen Van Treek, President, and Christos Theodossiou, Director of Corporate Communications of Paramount Gold Nevada, that during 2017 and early 2018, they focused, on advancing Grassy, completed a 30 hole drill program, initiated and completed a robust and economic pre-feasibility study, as well as advancing the permitting process on the project. They have also done about a $7.4 million financing in that timeframe. Plans for the remainder of 2018 include filing a Consolidated Permit Application to the state of Oregon and they expect to receive the permit within one year from then. In addition, the Company is planning an exploration program on several high priority targets, in close proximity to Grassy Mountain.
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Interview with Heye Daun, CEO, Co-Founder and Director of Osino Resources: Discovering Namibia’s Next Significant Gold Deposit in the Namibian Pan-African Gold Belt
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Osino Resources Corp. is a soon-to-be public Canadian company, developing large and prospective gold concessions, in the emerging Namibian Pan-African gold belt, with the vision of finding Namibia’s next significant gold deposit. Osino expects to start trading on the TSX-V by around 28 June, under the symbol OSI. Osino holds a prospective, 5,700km2 portfolio including the Goldkuppe discovery and a growing pipeline of targets. We learned from Heye Daun, CEO, co-founder and Director of Osino Resources, that their land position, within the Pan-African gold belt, is book-ended by two major low-cost gold deposits, with respectively 8 and 4m ounces in historical gold resources. Plans for 2018 include taking the company public as the first milestone, as well as completing their $6 million exploration program that includes drilling, aero-magnetic surveying and regional geochemistry. According to Mr. Daun, Namibia is a mining-friendly country and one of the continent’s most politically and socially stable jurisdictions, with well-established infrastructure.
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Rick Rule on the Sprott Vancouver Natural Resource Symposium: Great Venue, Vetted Exhibitors and Leading Industry Side, Policy and Resource Expert Speakers.
by Allen Alper Jr., President, Metals News


Today we are talking about the Sprott Natural Resource Symposium which is being held July 17th - 20th in Vancouver. This is a very different conference, in that Sprott has vetted and has an investment in all the exhibiting resource companies. They are vetted investment-worthy companies. Rick points out this year there are “three themes that I see as being most interesting to investors, {they] will be Generative Exploration, Royalty and Takeover Targets. And within those sub-themes, there are probably going to be 35 or 40 exhibitors that fit into one of those three themes.”
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Interview with David Reeves, Managing Director Calidus Resources (ASX:CAI): The Highest Grade (Over Two Grams) Open Pit-Able Gold Resource in Australia
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Calidus Resources (ASX:CAI) controls the entire Warrawoona Gold Project, in the East Pilbara district of the Pilbara Goldfield, in Western Australia. We learned from David Reeves, Managing Director of Calidus Resources, that they have a resource of 712,000 ounces, at 2.1 grams a ton, outcropping over 2.6 kilometers. It is open in all directions, and they have just commenced the resource extension program to exceed the million ounce mark this year. The main Klondyke deposit is a conventional shear-hosted gold deposit, with very good potential for an open pit mine. The metallurgical test work resulted in very high recoveries of 96% at a coarse grind, which promises potentially low operating costs. Plans for 2018 include a lot of drilling to upgrade the resource, and tests for the pre-feasibility study. According to Mr. Reeves, quite a few of the board members have taken projects to production before. Calidus is looking to bring the Klondyke project to production and plans to start development early 2020.
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Interview with Larry W. Reaugh, President and CEO of American Manganese Inc. (TSX.V: AMY; OTC-US: AMYZF; FSE: 2AM): Recycling Cathode Metals in EV and LIB Batteries
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


American Manganese Inc. (TSX.V: AMY; OTC-US: AMYZF; FSE: 2AM) is a diversified specialty and critical metals company, focused on capitalizing on its patented intellectual property, through low cost production and recovery of electrolytic manganese products throughout the world, and recycling of spent electric vehicle lithium ion rechargeable batteries. We learned from Larry W. Reaugh, President and CEO of American Manganese, that they are currently focused on recycling cathode metals from LIB batteries. The technology, the company had developed, to produce manganese metal from extremely low-grade material has been adapted to achieve high recoveries of lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese, and aluminum from spent lithium ion batteries. The patent was recently published by the US Patent Office. Plans for 2018 include working on two other patents, building the pilot plant and using pilot plant data to scale up to a three tonne a day demonstration plant. According to Mr. Reaugh, American Manganese is the most advanced company with a cathode material recycling solution and it is getting attention from China, Japan, South Korea, as well as from North America and Europe.
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Gran Colombia Gold Corp. (TSX: GCM): Currently the Largest Underground Gold and Silver Producer in Colombia, Interview with Mike Davies, CFO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, US


Gran Colombia Gold Corp. (TSX: GCM) is currently the largest underground gold and silver producer in Colombia with several underground mines in operation at its Segovia and Marmato properties. We learned from Mike Davies, who is the CFO of Gran Colombia that their focus is 100% in Colombia with the flagship Segovia project, delivering 86-90% of the company's production. We learned from Mr. Davies that they currently have three high grade mines in operation in Segovia mining, an average of about 16 grams per ton. As of the end of March 2018, the company's 12 months production is 187,000 ounces, with 162,000 coming from Segovia. Plans for 2018 include refinancing of some of their senior convertible debentures in parallel with the optimization mine programs at Segovia, as well as extending the project's resource. Gran Colombia Gold also owns a small Marmato mine where it is currently taking steps to identify ways for expanding, as well as the Zancudo project currently under option to Iamgold.
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