Energy metal companies received another boost earlier this month when the UK government announced up to £1bn in additional funding to develop and embed the next generation of electric vehicles (EVs). The money will be used to develop UK supply chains for the large-scale production of EVs, and will also fund further research and development into the technology supporting the vehicles.

‘[The funding] will accelerate mass production of key technologies in the UK through major investments in the manufacturing of batteries, electric motors, power electronics, and hydrogen fuel cells, along with their component and materials supply chains,’ the government said in a statement.

The news marks yet another sign of growing global support for the move away from conventional vehicles and towards EVs, which require significant amounts of energy metals like cobalt, nickel, and copper.

For example, earlier this year, US Senator Lisa Murkowski proposed the introduction of a Minerals Security Act at a Washington-based conference. This would aim to streamline domestic regulation and permitting requirements in the energy metals sector and forms part of growing efforts to curb China’s increasing dominance in the EV space.

Also in attendance at the conference was Tesla, which highlighted its concerns around a global shortage of nickel, copper, and other EV battery minerals in the future due to underinvestment. Likewise, France and Germany both asked the European Commission to support a €1.7bn battery cell consortium earlier this year.

Elsewhere, more than a dozen countries and around 20 cities globally have proposed banning the future sale of passenger vehicles powered by fossil fuels. For example, a ban on the cars will commence in 2040 across much of the UK, and France, 2030 in the Netherlands, Israel, and Sweden, and as soon as 2025 in Norway.

The positive demand outlook this creates for metals used in the EV industry is also reflected in the latest global commodity demand figures from CRU. The research group expects demand for cobalt, lithium, and nickel to grow by 14.3pc, 12pc, and 5pc, respectively, from 2019 to 2023 in China. Likewise, demand for the three metals is expected to grow by 9.5pc, 10.9pc, and 5.4pc, respectively, across the rest of the world over the same period. On both accounts, they are the three metals expected to enjoy the highest growth rate.

Many energy metals are still sourced heavily from politically unstable countries – creating potential supply volatility. For example, more than 50pc of cobalt demand current stems from the DRC, an area known for human rights issues and political disruption. With this in mind, the figures and government initiatives mentioned above create a bright picture for firms in the sector with projects in more stable countries.

A potential beneficiary that we have previously covered on Mining Maven is Global Energy Metals (TSX.V: GEMC). The firm owns 100pc of the Millennium Cobalt Project and two neighbouring discovery stage exploration-stage cobalt assets in the famed Mount Isa region of Australia. The company is also developing two battery mineral assets in Nevada, US, called the Lovelock Cobalt Mine and Treasure Box Project. These neighbour the world’s largest lithium-ion battery production plant – Tesla and Panasonic’s Gigafactory One. Finally, it has also teamed with Australian business Marquee Resources to advance the past-producing Werner Lake mine in Canada.

Another potential beneficiary is Forum Energy Metals (TSX.V: FMC), which is developing the Janice Lake sedimentary copper project in the Saskatchewan region of Canada alongside Rio Tinto. The business also recently staked ownership of the nearby Love Lake project, which is prospective for copper as well as nickel, palladium, and platinum, and owns a portfolio of uranium assets.

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Shefa Gems (LSE:SEFA) is currently moving towards trial mining and revenue generation at its Kishon Mid-Reach project in the Mount Carmel region of Northern Israel. Alongside regulatory and operational efforts to reach production, the firm is developing a clear marketing strategy – notably launching a jewellery collection alongside an internationally acclaimed designer.

Investor Andy Morrison visited Shefa’s project to discuss, among other areas, the firm’s marketing efforts and its progress towards securing a mining licence. Here, he updates us on what he learned from the precious stones business.

Practical project

To recap, Shefa – formerly known as Shefa Yamim - is a multi-commodity explorer of precious stones that operates in Israel. The Kishon Mid-Reach, Shefa’s primary asset, contains a 4.5km-long and 150m-wide strike with gravel layers of variable thickness. The organisation has delineated this area into three zones, each at different stages of exploration and development.

The most advanced of these is currently Zone 1, where enough geological and sampling work has been completed to allow progress to trial mining. Following a successful sampling campaign last year, Shefa completed an independent technical economic evaluation on Zone 1 in February 2019. This is the basis of the company’s trial mining programme.  The work found that the first mine in the zone should be able to process 1.5Mts of gravel over 11 years. This processing capacity can potentially be doubled, halving unit operating costs to $10.15/t and life of mine to four years.

More recently, Shefa completed a bulk sampling programme from target gravel horizons at Zone 2, with early analysis showing strong prospectivity. The samples are currently undergoing treatment and examination at the firm’s operational site. Once this has completed, Shefa plans to apply for a prospecting licence at Zone 2, effectively bringing it to the same development level as Zone 1.

Speaking to MiningMaven, Morrison says he was impressed by the progress Shefa is making at both of the zones in development at the Kishon Mid-Reach during his recent trip.

‘We went into the exploration areas where Shefa has been doing bulk sampling, and we could see that it is an efficient project. All that needs to be done, generally speaking, is the removal, sifting, and sorting of gravel so that gems can be extracted. The gravel can then be returned. This can be done without any chemicals and with the equipment that is currently on-site, so the Kishon Mid-Reach is very environmentally sound,’ he said. ‘This is the first gemstone project in Israel, and there is a lot of exciting opportunity to be had here. As it stands, there is every indication to suggest that Shefa will be able to make the most of this opportunity. Indeed, we visited the processing plant, where the incidence of gems is concentrated into smaller quantities and picked through. The business believes that it will be able to recover 90pc of the gems through this process.’

Marketing efforts

Alongside its mining efforts, Shefa’s time – and part of the proceeds of a £1m placing completed in May - are being focused towards its marketing efforts. In March, the firm received an independent valuation of its ‘Gem Box’ from Dr Gavrielov Gila, a gemmologist with decades of expertise in the appraisal and purchase of precious stones for use in jewellery. The full results of this work, which included valuations of $10,000 and $7,000 per carat for Moissanite and Carmel Sapphire respectively, can be seen in the table below.

With this in mind, the company is working to increase the global reach of its brand by promoting jewellery collections made up of stones from its ‘Gem Box’ worldwide. Collections will be marketed online, through franchises with large marketing chains, and local showrooms with a licenced brand name of gemstones from the soil of the Holy Land. Ultimately, Shefa intends to create a fully-integrated ‘Mine to Market’ model, which will see it control every aspect of the jewellery development chain. This will ensure that the full value of its gems is captured.

The business’s efforts in this area took a significant step forward in February when it announced the launch of its ‘Heaven on Earth’ jewellery collection alongside world-renowned designer Yossi Harari. The collection, which features 31 pieces in total – ranging in value from $4,000 to $85,000 - incorporates a wide range of Shefa’s ‘Gem Box’ including Moissanite and Carmel Sapphire. Morrison tells us that the firm is now looking to accelerate these marketing efforts by building several new workstreams:

‘With stones already acquired, the company are looking at accelerating the marketing process sooner rather than later. Getting people to buy gemstones in quantities is not something that happens overnight, so it wants to create awareness and market for its products before it begins mining.’

Critical milestone

Finally, an upcoming critical milestone for Shefa to pass is being awarded a mining licence for Kishon Mid-Reach Zone 1. This will enable the company to begin trial mining next year and, critically, start generating revenues, subject to funding. In its recent H1 results, Shefa said it was making ‘good progress’ towards the completion of a mine planning, engineering, and environmental report, supported by the proceeds of a recent £1m fundraise. The statement forms part of its mining licence submission to the Ministry of Energy Natural Resources Administration Israel for Zone 1.

Shefa received another critical vote of confidence in its licencing arena in August when its prospecting licence was renewed for Zone 1. As well as demonstrating the Israeli government’s confidence in Shefa’s operations, the development allows the firm to apply for a ‘Certificate of Discovery’ in the area.  If granted, this would give it exclusive rights over a mining licence.

Following his recent visit, Morrison said regulatory progress is continuing apace:

‘We were able to discuss plans with management and have a conversation with the consultant company leading the permitting and licencing efforts. Being granted the mining licences will be an important step for Shefa. But, before this happens, there needs to be a certificate of discovery. Alongside all of the environmental processes, management believes this is imminent, and all of the work towards being granted this certificate has been completed. Importantly, this regulatory milestone could provide a trigger point for investors to join us.’

Indeed, if Shefa can obtain its mining licence and advance towards production while continuing to develop its marketing efforts, then the company will likely enter a busy period for newsflow. If this can trigger an increase in trading volumes, then it will be interesting to monitor where Shefa’s share price goes from its current 5.6p.

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Following a £1m placing in May, Shefa Gems (LSE:SEFA) is moving towards beginning trial mining and revenue generation at its Kishon Mid-Reach project in the Mount Carmel region of Northern Israel. Alongside regulatory and operational efforts to reach production, the precious stones firm is developing a clear marketing strategy – notably launching a jewellery collection earlier this year alongside an internationally acclaimed designer. With Shefa’s shares falling from 6p to 4.7p this year, giving the firm a £7.8m market cap, we look at the key milestones that could create value for shareholders over the coming months.

Looking for gems in Israel

Shefa Gems – formerly known as Shefa Yamim - is a multi-commodity explorer of precious stones operating in Israel. Gemstones have enjoyed renewed levels of popularity in recent years, with prices increasing by 100pc in the last decade alone. This valued the global market at nearly $22bn in 2018. Expansion is expected to continue, as well, with the sector’s compound growth rate expected to reach 5pc annually from 2019 to 2026.

The Kishon Mid-Reach, Shefa’s primary asset, contains a 4.5km-long and 150m-wide strike with gravel layers of variable thickness. The organisation has delineated this area into three zones that sit at different stages of exploration and development.

Currently, the most advanced of these areas is Zone 1, where geological and sampling work is sufficient to progress the project to trial mining.  Work in Zone 2 will be concluded early next year and this will be added to the package of ground which will be trial mined. The trial mining will not only generate cash flow, but will also enable the company to define its maiden resource in the Kishon Mid-Reach project. Following a successful sampling campaign last year, Shefa completed an independent technical economic evaluation on Zone 1 in February 2019. This study forms the basis of the trial mining programme.

The technical work found that the first mine in the zone should be able to process 1.5Mts of gravel over 11 years. What’s more, through a small machinery upgrade, this processing capacity can potentially be doubled, halving unit operating costs to $10.15/t and life of mine to four years. This places the mine at the lower end of the global cost curve for comparable projects.

Elsewhere, Shefa is working to progress Zone 2 at the Kishon Mid-Reach to the same stage as Zone 1, while work at Zone 3 will be left until a later date.

In total, nine different types of gemstones have been retrieved by Shefa at the Kishon Mid-Reach, and these form what the company has termed its ‘Gem Box’. Notably, Shefa is currently the only company in the world to find large quantities of natural Moissanite – a hard, deep-blue gem – and recently discovered an entirely new mineral called Carmeltazite which has been found in the trademarked Carmel Sapphire. This mineral, which was previously only thought to exist in outer space, has now been recognised by the International Mineralogical Association.

In March, Shefa received an independent valuation of its ‘Gem Box’ from Dr Gavrielov Gila, a gemmologist with decades of expertise in the appraisal and purchase of precious stones for use in jewellery. The full results of this work, which included valuations of $10,000 and $7,000 per carat for Moissanite and Carmel Sapphire respectively, can be seen in the table below.

Shefa Yamim Gemstone

Cut & Polished price per carat

(US$)

Natural Moissanite™

(crystals till <4mm and rough only)

10,000

Blue Carmel Sapphire™ (Cabochon cut)

7,000

Black Carmel Sapphire™ (Cabochon cut)

5,000

Hibonite

1000

Sapphire

500

Ruby

500

Spinel

150

Ilmenite

105

Garnet

50

Zircon

100

CPX

45

Mix KIM's (Garnet, ilmenite, spinel, CPX)

30

Rutile

25

 

Funding progress

Shefa’s efforts to unlock the full potential of its assets at the Kishon Mid-Reach took a significant step forward in May when it raised £1m in a placing. It issued shares at 4p each to a mixture of specialist institutional investors and high net worths with two-year warrants exercisable at 8p. Since then, the business has been putting this cash injection to use in several key areas.

Firstly, and arguably most importantly, Shefa is completing all of the necessary work towards securing a mining licence for Kishon Mid-Reach Zone 1. This will enable the company to begin trial mining next year and, critically, start generating revenues, subject to funding. Shefa’s non-executive director James Campbell told us that beginning with trial mining is a typical approach when developing a gem deposit:

‘As opposed to going straight to full-scale mining, we are going to trial mining. This is very usual for deposits of this nature. By starting small - on something classified as a deposit rather than a resource- you then begin to start selling production through different channels developed over time in a way that is well-thought-through from a marketing perspective.

‘So, on the conclusion of trial mining, you will not only make money, you will also arrive at a point where you can classify a deposit as either an inferred or indicated resource. Once you get to this point, you can compile a feasibility study that even allows you to work towards raising bank finance if you want to expand even further.’

In its recent H1 results, Shefa said it was making ‘good progress’ towards the completion of a mine planning, engineering, and environmental report. The statement forms part of its mining licence submission to the Ministry of Energy Natural Resources Administration Israel for Zone 1.

Shefa received another critical vote of confidence in the licencing arena in August when its prospecting licence was renewed for Zone 1. As well as demonstrating the Israeli government’s confidence in Shefa’s operations, the development allows the firm to apply for a ‘Certificate of Discovery’ in the area. If granted, this would give it exclusive rights over a mining licence.

Beyond Zone 1, Shefa has also been using the proceeds from May’s placing to advance chiefly Zone 2 and Zone 3 at the Kishon Mid-Reach. Notably, the business completed a bulk sampling programme from target gravel horizons at Zone 2 in June, with early analysis showing strong prospectivity for Moissanite. The samples are currently undergoing treatment and examination at Shefa’s operational site. Once this has completed, the company plans to apply for a prospecting licence at Zone 2, effectively bringing it to the same development level as Zone 1. This will enlarge the Kishon Mid-Reach’s overall deposit base.

Mine to Market strategy

Finally, alongside its exploration and permitting activities, Shefa is putting some of May’s proceeds towards its marketing efforts. The company is working to increase the global reach of its brand by promoting jewellery collections made up of stones from its ‘Gem Box’ worldwide.

Collections will be marketed online, through franchises with large marketing chains, and local showrooms with a licenced brand name of gemstones from the soil of the Holy Land. Campbell tells us that emphasising the origin of Shefa’s gems is critical to maximising their value:

‘In today’s world, the origin has been almost essential to jewellery purchasers. For example, Canadian consumers favour Canadian diamonds considerably. This means that if you can ascribe locality and origin back to what you are producing, it does give it extra value. In Shefa’s case, we recognise that the proximity of our gems to the Holy Land in Israel will command a premium among certain areas of the market.’

Ultimately, Shefa intends to create a fully-integrated ‘Mine to Market’ model, which will see it control every aspect of the jewellery development chain. This will ensure that the complete value of Shefa’s gems will be captured by the company.

The business’s efforts in this area took a significant step forward in February when it announced the launch of its ‘Heaven on Earth’ jewellery collection alongside world-renowned designer Yossi Harari. The collection, which features 31 pieces in total – ranging in value from $4,000 to $85,000 - and incorporates a wide range of Shefa’s ‘Gem Box’ suite including Moissanite and Carmel Sapphire.

Campbell adds that Shefa has begun to build on this launch by developing numerous marketing channels: ‘These are embryonic at the moment but will be a major part of our upcoming news flow. We are working to find that balance between rarity – after all the Kishon Mid-Reach and its associated gems are unique in the world – the right kind of designs, the right combinations of minerals, and the right ways of communicating to potential consumers to maximise the value of our products.’

For Shefa the focus over the coming months will be twofold. As the company advances its plans to commence trial mining, it will also dedicate its energy to building its vitally important marketing partnerships. Success in the precious gems business is predicated on securing reliable resale partners, who it is hoped will be able to sell stones at a premium. Given that the company has already secured one marketing partnership with Harari, the firm seems well positioned to secure further deals. When you consider the potential allure of buying gemstones mined from the Holy Land, Shefa’s pitch looks relatively straightforward.

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Kavango Resources (LSE:KAV) was sitting at 1.74p on Monday after revealing ‘mounting evidence’ that its Ditau project in Botswana could host carbonatites – the primary source of rare earth elements (REEs) globally. If the company’s view bears fruit then this could be highly significant for the project. The fact that the firm has entered into non-disclosure agreements with “several major and mid-tier firms” about a possible Joint Venture here suggests this is being taken seriously. The next steps could prove to be extremely revealing.

In its update, Kavango said that further analysis of assay and geochemical results from its core drilling at the 1,386km2 site in February has suggested the presence of ‘fenitization’. This is a type of extensive alteration associated with what are known as carbonatites, geological bodies mined around the world for economic deposits of REEs such as neodymium and praseodymium.

Such elements have become highly sought after in recent years due to the use in the manufacture of the new generation of electric vehicles as well as in magnetics and other types of technology. Historically, carbonatites have also been mined for their phosphate content – primarily used in fertilisers – and their copper and uranium.

About one out of nine carbonatites worldwide have been mined commercially and one of the world's most productive carbonatites, Palabora, has been in production continuously since 1953. It remains to this day South Africa's principal source of copper.

Kavango also revealed that, after releasing drill results in August, it learned that a Canadian miner called Falconbridge previously drilled into three carbonatites fewer than 25km from Ditau in an area hosted by similar rocks. Although the business was looking for kimberlites – the world’s primary source of diamonds – Kavango said that carbonatites possess ‘similar-looking magnetic and gravity signatures’.

The carbonatites that Falconbridge intersected lie just below sand cover, making them amenable to lower-cost open-pit mining. Due to geological similarities between Ditau and the area drilled by Falconbridge, Kavango believes that any carbonatites discovered on its licence area are also likely to be relatively close to the surface.

With these similarities in mind, Kavango now plans to assess the geophysical and geochemical characteristics of the Falconbridge carbonatites to assist its exploration for the formations at Ditau.

Kavango’s analysis of existing airborne magnetic data at Ditau has also identified ten ‘ring structures’ that it claims to be typical of a type of magmatism that is often accompanied by the intrusion of carbonatite. Using existing funds, it will survey ‘some or all’ of these ring structures in a bid to identify carbonatite targets. It added it could then test these targets using relatively shallow and cheap percussion drilling.

‘The objective is to demonstrate over the coming months the existence of carbonatite within Kavango's Ditau licences,’ the business added.

Elsewhere, Kavango said that it had signed non-disclosure agreements with ‘several major and mid-tier companies’ concern possible future joint ventures at Ditau. It expects its work towards identifying carbonatites at the project to support these discussions.

The organisation’s chief executive Michael Foster added that there is ‘mounting evidence’ that Ditau is at the centre of a previously unrecognised alkali magmatic complex.

‘The current orientation exercise is designed to confirm the existence of carbonatite associated with the ten ring structures identified to date,’ he said. ‘A number of mining companies have shown interest in this project and we look forward to working with an industry partner to realise fully its potential.’

If Kavango is able to demonstrate more evidence that its Ditau licenses contain carbonatites that potentially host commercial deposits of mineralisation then it is entirely possible the business will secure a Joint Venture with a much larger firm. Even though the company has a portfolio of projects, further advancement alone at Ditau could be transformational.

To read our recent Q&A session about August’s Ditau drill results with Kavango’s director and chief geologist Mike Moles, please click here.

 

 

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Arc Minerals (LSE:ARCM) sat at 3.85p with a £27.5m market cap on Tuesday after revealing an extension to the mineralised zone at its Cheyeza East copper target area in Zambia. This is a positive step forward for the company and the question now is can it build on this development?

In Tuesday's update, the business revealed that its maiden drilling programme at the site has extended the width of its open-ended mineralised zone to more than 300m. Meanwhile, the prospect's strike length in the north has extended to at least 650m and also remains open-ended. Among the intersections encountered by Arc were 19.7m at 0.59pc copper from 15.3m at drill hole six, 11m at 0.75pc copper from 69.40 at drill hole seven and 9m at 0.92pc copper from 14.9m from drill hole nine.

Cheyeza was one of several areas identified by geophysics and geochemistry work completed by Arc at its 66pc-owned Zamsort asset last year. Arc is particularly interested in a 3km by 0.8km area at Cheyeza East where up to 2,792 ppm copper has been identified in soil. This is where it has drilled all of its holes to date.

The company's executive chairman Nick von Schirnding, called Tuesday's results 'encouraging'', adding: 'Drill holes six and seven, which were drilled either side of drill holes four and five, have demonstrated that the width of the mineralised zone along this drill profile is now in excess of 300m and still open ended. Drill holes eight, nine, ten and twelve, drilled along strike and to the north east have confirmed that the strike length to the mineralised zone in the north of this target area is at least 650m long.'

Elsewhere in Tuesday's update, Arc said it has completed infill soil sampling at its Lubeta target area. Lumbeta was also identified by the company last year and stretches for 11km in associated with the crest of a fold. According to Arc, these formations can act as mineralisation traps and form high-grade deposits. The business said that its sampling has further refined the 11km long anomalous feature into three target areas, the longest stretching for 4km. 

Finally, Arc said it has also begun access and initial drill pad preparation at its West Lunga target, where the definition of drill targets and drilling plans are already well advanced. West Lunga is located in the western part of the Zamsort & Zaco licences and targets the same horizon that hosts the world-class Kamoa deposit. 

On the progress at Lumbeta and West Lunga, von Schirnding said the following: 'While we await the results of several new holes at Cheyeza East, investors should also look forward to maiden drilling at Lumbeta and West Lunga - two significant new targets which we are extremely excited by.

'A third drill rig is now mobilising to the Lumbeta target area where over 3,700 infill soil samples have been collected and where soil geochemistry provides encouragement that the target area may be copper bearing. The largest of these zones is the western zone where the soil analysis can be traced for circa 4km and appears to represent the limbs of an interpreted anticline in this part of the license. We look forward to releasing further updates shortly.' 

Elsewhere, Arc is continuing to develop its more advanced Kalaba prospect at Zamsort. Kalaba is a copper-cobalt licence covering nine of 30 high priority targets ranked by a previous JV operated by Anglo American. It is found near First Quantum’s Sentinel and Kansanshi and Barrick’s Lumwana mines. The project has an existing near-surface estimated copper-cobalt oxide resource of 16.59Mt at 0.94pc copper and a historical exploration target of 150Mt. This makes it one of the most significant projects of its type in Zambia.

 

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Last week the market reacted adversely to Kavango Resources’ (LSE:KAV) assay results from the two holes it recently drilled at its Ditau project. As disappointing as the announcement was, there were some indications that perhaps the market might have overreacted. We put questions to the company’s director and chief geologist, Mike Moles, to help clarify some points. His answers are well worth reading.

Before beginning the Q&A, it is worth reminding of the back-story. During H1 Kavango drilled two holes at Ditau. Initial XRF readings were encouraging and the company released preliminary figures, with indications of elevated levels of certain rare earth elements. The company sent the results for assay analysis, but when it received the results decided to seek confirmation of the results from a second firm.

The second set of results confirmed the first and Kavango announced it had “not identified economic mineralisation”.

As is always the case in the hyper-competitive world of public company announcements, as soon as a firm uses such a blunt, negative turn of phrase in an RNS, investors seize on that and sell. Share prices invariably crash.

However, in this instance the results were perhaps not as bad as the market interpreted. Just prior to releasing the final assays, Kavango announced it had significantly increased its footprint at Ditau by securing another 916.4km2 license immediately to the southwest. If Ditau were such a bust, then why would the company have done this?

Over to Mike to tell us more about the results…

Q: In previous public announcements, we were led to believe that the drilling at Ditau contained anomalous values of metals including cobalt and rare earth elements. It would appear from the recent RNS that the assays show no enrichment in these elements. What is your explanation for this?

A: During a drilling campaign it is common practice to use a portable XRF analyser (Niton) to obtain readings from the core to get an idea of what one might expect to find from the laboratory assays. In previous RNSs, the company explained that this instrument was not entirely reliable for evaluating core samples and made it clear that the values generated by the Niton were only indicative. Having said that, Kavango’s geologists were surprised to find that the assays showed only slightly elevated values above what might have been expected from unmineralised intersections of these rock types. This prompted the re-submission of 33 samples for assay checks to the same laboratory and a similar number to an independent (referee) laboratory. The checks and repeats confirmed, within an acceptable margin, that the original (Genalysis) were correct.

In the quest to explain what might have contributed to the poor performance of the Niton, there are a number of factors which need to be considered and noted:

1. Kavango’s geological team have used the Niton on numerous occasions in their careers as a guide to the anomalous values that one might expect in drill core. Whilst there is no doubt that the Niton can often over or under estimate values, our geologists have never before encountered a situation where the values reported by the Niton exaggerate the actual (assayed) values by such a degree.

2. The Niton had recently been serviced and calibrated correctly by the manufacturer’s agent in Johannesburg.

3. The operator of the Niton had been properly trained by our geologists and was supervised during most of the readings.

4. The higher Niton metal values appeared to coincide with the areas of greatest alteration. This appeared to confirm the Niton’s ability to determine metal values.

5. Kavango had not used or tested this exact model of the Niton previously on core samples but it had been tested with the standards supplied by the manufacturer.

6. We have recently become aware that a number of Niton users have reported that the instrument occasionally has difficulty in distinguishing cobalt (Co) from Iron (Fe). See “The Influence of Spectral Interferences on Critical Element Determination with Portable X-Ray Fluorescence (pXRF)” by Gallhoffer & Lottermoser, in Minerals. July 2018.”

7. It does appear that the high values of cobalt identified by the Niton coincided with high values detected for iron. But the very high levels of iron detected by the Niton (up to 39%) were not repeated in the assays.

8. Investigations into why the Niton was consistently over estimating metal values in the core are being conducted both by Kavango’s geologists and technicians from the Niton’s agent in Johannesburg –Spectrometer Technologies.

9. As yet there seems to be no clear explanation as to why the Niton consistently predicted Nd and Pr values at over 0.2 and 0.1% respectively, whilst assay results showed average values of 23.15ppm and 6.27ppm respectively (a difference of several orders of magnitude).

10. However, Kavango believe that one possible explanation is that ions of REEs and other metals dissolved in hydrothermal fluids were precipitated onto the surface of grains within the (permeable) sediments but did not penetrate into the interior of these grains. The Niton is only able to detect the elements that are reflected back to the instrument from the surface of the grains, whilst the full assay method requires the entire sample to be crushed and pulverised into a fine powder and is thus more representative of the “whole rock”.

11. The erroneous Niton values for Nd and Pr together with exaggerated values for a number of other REEs, led Kavango to suggest that Ditau alteration zone might contain economic resources of rare earths.

Naturally, the Company has determined not to use this tool for predicting metal values in core for future drilling campaigns until (and if) a satisfactory explanation for the inconsistencies found in the Ditau drilling can be fully explained and mitigated.

Q. Why did it take Kavango so long to publish the assay results from the Ditau Project?

A. The final batch of assay results were received from Genalysis Laboratories in Australia on the 26th June. It took several days for the company to evaluate the results and to determine why there was considerable inconsistencies between the assays and the values suggested by the Niton. At that stage the company were not able to publish the results because checks and repeats were necessary to determine whether Genalysis might have reported incorrect results. The results of the Genalysis repeats were received on the 19th July but the check assays submitted the referee laboratory (SGS) were not received until the 29th July. The public statement concerning the results of the check assays was issued on the 2nd August.

The company deemed it essential that no public announcement concerning the assays was made until its technical staff were confident that they had been properly checked.

Q. What now for Kavango’s Ditau Project? Given the results from the first two holes, does Kavango intend to continue with the exploration or farm it out (if it can)?

A. Ditau still remains a highly prospective target. The two holes are 1.8km apart. The alteration extends from around 140m to at least 550m in depth. This suggests that a very large volume of rock has undergone alteration, much more than would expected from the intrusion of a normal mafic rock (gabbro) or even a granite. The most likely explanation is that the rocks intersected at Ditau have been altered by large volumes of alkali rich hydrothermal fluids and gases, a process called “fenitization”. Fenitization is the (often extensive) alteration “halo” that is produced by the intrusion of Carbonatite (sometimes extrusive). Carbonatites are an extreme form of alkali magmatism consisting predominantly of calcium/magnesium carbonate and alkali minerals (sodic or potassic).

These carbonatites typically form “ring structures” due to their lithological complexity and their tendency to “dome” the surrounding geology leading to apparent “rings” after erosion has worn down the overlying formations. Ten of these ring structures can be seen from the magnetic maps of the original Ditau prospecting licence (PL).

Fig.1. PL169/2012 showing the “ring structures”

Carbonatites have been mined in many locations around the world for phosphates, magnetite, strontium, niobium, rare earth elements and even copper. See Carbonatites: related ore deposits, resources, footprint, and exploration methods: George J. Simandl & Suzanne Paradis. Applied Earth Science: 2018. The article quotes

“Carbonatites and alkaline-carbonatite complexes are the main sources of rare earth elements (REE) and Nb, and host significant deposits of apatite, vermiculite, Cu, Ti, fluorite, Th, U, natural zirconia, and Fe. Nine per cent of carbonatites and alkaline-carbonatite complexes contain active or historic mines, making them outstanding multicommodity exploration targets”.

It has recently come to the notice of Kavango that the Canadian mining company, Falconbridge discovered 3 carbonatites within 10km of Ditau in 1973. Apparently 2 boreholes were drilled. The company’s geologists are currently trying to track down all the data related to this discovery and if possible locate the original drill core. It is also known that several kimberlites have been discovered close to Ditau. Kimberlites are often found in association with Carbonatites.

Kavango has recently been granted a new Prospecting Licence (965km2) - contiguous with the Ditau PL, which appears to contain another 5 “ring structures”. It would seem therefore that there are at least 10 “ring structures within Kavango’s ground (excluding the Falconbridge discoveries). This would suggest the presence of a, hitherto unrecognised, alkali igneous complex within which mineral deposits may be located.

Importantly, the alteration identified in the recent drilling at Ditau strongly suggests that the carbonatites associated with these “ring structures” are most likely to be of late Karoo age and therefore close to surface. In all probability they would be found just below the Kalahari-Karoo interface (15 -25m from surface) and thus available to open pit mining techniques.

So there is no question of Kavango losing interest in the Ditau prospect. On the contrary, there is a great deal of work to do. Firstly to confirm the presence of carbonatite (or rocks related to carbonatite) in the upper Karoo and then to evaluate as many carbonatites as possible within the ground held by the company. This will certainly require more detailed geophysical surveys and probably fence lines of shallow holes.

This work has already begun.

However, Kavango recognises that given its commitments to the exploration of the Kalahari Suture Zone (KSZ), a major exploration program to search for mineralisation associated with carbonatites at Ditau is currently beyond the financial resources of the company. This is why the company has initiated discussions with potential partners with a view to a JV on the Ditau project.

This article marks the second in a series of quarterly Q&A sessions between MiningMaven and Kavango on the behalf of Kavango’s investors. If you have any questions you would like answered in the next piece then please feel free to contact MiningMaven at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via our Twitter feed @theminingmaven.

Oriole Resources (LSE:ORR) sat at 0.37p with a market cap of £2.6m on Monday morning after revealing positive drilling progress at its 85pc-owned Dalafin gold project in eastern Senegal.

The firm said that significant local player IAMGOLD, which owns an option to earn up to 70pc in Dalafin, has now completed 4,167m of a planned 5,000m drilling programme on a prospect called Madina Bafé. The shallow aircore (AC) drilling identified numerous new gold anomalies at more than 20 parts per billion (ppb). Indeed, highlights include a best grade of 235ppb as well as 157ppb, 138ppb and 104ppb. IAMGOLD’s 869 holes have also identified a 3.5km-long northeast-trending anomaly at the south of Madina Bafé and a 2km-long northeast-trending anomaly in the north of the prospect.

IAMGOLD is earning-in to an initial 51pc interest in Dalafin by spending $4m on exploration over four years. It can increase its stake to 70pc by funding an additional $4m over the subsequent two years. The company is currently in year two of its earn-in and is focusing on exploration in the southernmost Madina Bafé and Saroudia prospects. It is focusing on these two prospects first because they are closest to its 2.49MMoz Boto gold project.  Given that the sites are within trucking distance to Boto, IAMGOLD hopes to use them as feed for its planned mine.

The business has now stopped work for the west season, with plans in place to resume its $1m programme of work in October. This is expected to see it follow-up on best results to date at Madina Bafé with a 4,000m RC drilling programme. The organisation also plans to complete 2,500m of AC drilling at the Saroudia prospect, which it will then follow with 1,600m of RC drilling to chase up highlight results.

Oriole’s chief executive Tim Livesey said the business was ‘very pleased’ with IAMGOLD’s latest drilling progress at Madina Bafé, adding: ‘The identification of yet more gold targets has expanded our area of interest in the south of Madina Bafé to a substantial 16km2. The identification of a further 2km long anomaly several kilometres north of this, leaves us convinced of the more prospective nature of our Dalafin licence within this highly endowed geological terrane. We are confident that follow-on RC Drilling will provide further definition of these targets at Madina Bafé, and that more anomalism will be identified as the programme extends to the Saroudia area.’

Author: Daniel Flynn

The Author does not hold any position in the stock(s) and/or financial instrument(s) mentioned in the piece.

The Author has not been paid to produce this piece by the company or companies mentioned above

Catalyst Information Services Ltd, the owner of MiningMaven.com, has not been paid for the production of this piece by the company or companies mentioned above.

MiningMaven.com and Catalyst Information Services Ltd are not responsible for its content or accuracy and do not share the views of the author.  News and research are not recommendations to deal, and investments may fall in value so that you could lose some or all of your investment. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance

What is a ‘story stock’? For those who don’t know – it’s used by many investors to refer to companies that sell a story and sell shares, rather than create value.

It’s similar to the ‘jam tomorrow’ phrase – whereby someone believes the company is the declarer of a never-fulfilled promise (this originates from Lewis Carroll’s 1871 book Through The Looking Glass and What Alice Found There).

These stocks always have an exciting technology, which is going to revolutionise the world or disrupt an entire industry. While these businesses offer a great story, the harsh reality is that they very often suffer from setback upon setback. This, in turn, creates a cash-call, and shareholders become diluted – often into oblivion.

It’s a proven fact that these stocks generate more bulletin board interest than those companies that are actually generating profit and cash. If you ask a person on the street which company they’d rather invest in – Company A, which makes no money, or Company B, which does make money, they’re always likely to pick Company B (why would you want to lose money?). Yet, the average person on the street says one thing and does another.

This piece was first published on our sister site ValueTheMarkets.com on 30/07/2019. To read it in full, please click here…

Author: Michael Taylor

You can learn more by downloading Michael’s fantastic free book How to Make Six Figures in Stocks. This can be downloaded from his website – https://www.shiftingshares.com/

 

Difficult commodity market conditions have pushed shares in Rockfire Resources (LSE:ROCK) down from 2.1p to their current 0.7p over the past year. However, against this harsh backdrop, the £3.22m explorer has been making stellar progress across its vast portfolio of gold and copper opportunities based near processing plants and refineries in Queensland, Australia. With Rockfire readying the exploration of its Copperhead project, alongside the numerous gold prospects within its Lighthouse tenement, CEO David Price tells us why now would be an excellent time to buy.

Wealth of experience

Rockfire Resources is run as a commercially-minded company, seeking to return an increase on investment capital to shareholders. The means of achieving this is by exploring for and developing economic gold and copper deposits in world-class mineralised areas. The company’s portfolio is currently centred on Queensland Australia, where it is the sole owner of several medium-grade, near-surface gold prospects positioned among multi-million-ounce gold deposits and processing plants. Alongside these more immediate revenue opportunities, the firm controls two large-scale porphyry copper prospects that lie within 250km of Australia’s largest copper refinery.

 

Location of Rockfire Resources’ projects in Australia (Source: Company)

Backing up Rockfire’s strong portfolio is a management team boasting considerable experience in areas such as mining and financing. Indeed, chief executive David Price, who joined in 2017, is a seasoned geologist and senior executive with more than three decades of global mining experience, including 20 years spent securing funding for projects. Notably, he also holds the highest category possible for a geologist as a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Meanwhile, chairman Gordon Hart has more than 35 years of experience in the equity capital advisory markets. He has spent the last 12 years as MD of Venture Group Equities, where he has advised on transactions involving more than $300m of funding.

Rockfire has also gone to great lengths to ensure that its interests are aligned strongly with investors. All-in-all, directors and management own 20.8pc of the company’s issued share capital, with Price and Hart holding 3.15pc and 2.04pc respectively. Notably, the organisation’s largest shareholder is its non-executive director Nicholas Walley, who holds 11.91pc of its shares.

Shining opportunities

Rockfire has delivered considerable news flow across both its near-to-medium-term and longer-term projects so far this year. Across its more immediate prospects, the firm’s most notable area of progress recently has perhaps been its 100pc-held Lighthouse tenement, based within Queensland’s gold mining centre.

Lighthouse, which contains numerous known styles of gold and copper mineralisation, straddles two of the most productive structural corridors on the east coast of Australia. These host projects such as Mt Leyshon, which hosts 4Moz gold and 2.3Moz silver, Pajingo, which hosts 3.7Moz gold, Ravenswood, which contains more than 4Moz gold, and Charters Towers, which comprises more than 7Moz gold. Rockfire is targeting similar multi-million-ounce deposits across its tenements, where 4,500m of drilling has been completed historically by major players like Esso, Newcrest, and Aberfoyle.

Rockfire’s most advanced Lighthouse prospect is currently Plateau, where a successful 2017 drilling campaign returned intersections such as 22m at 1.9g/t gold and 22.3g/t silver (from 39m depth) and 10m at 1.90g/t gold and 9.0g/t silver (from 18m depth). According to the firm, these results suggest the potential for a high-grade gold deposit bearing a geological resemblance to the high-profile, nearby Mt Wright and Mt Leyshon deposits.

Beyond Plateau, this year has seen Rockfire reveal numerous substantial developments at another significant Lighthouse prospect called Double Event. Here, successful historical drilling by major players has mapped quartz veining over a strike length of more than 3km in an east-west direction.

Rockfire’s Lighthouse tenements (Source: Company)

Since taking control of Double Event, Rockfire has been working hard to build upon these early signs of prospectivity. For example, the business completed two drilling campaigns on the prospect last year, encountering high grades such as 3m at 10.04g/t gold (from 27m depth) and 2m at 4g/t gold (from 15m depth). As well as once again confirming that high grades could be achieved at Double Event, Rockfire said the results suggested that the project become a near-surface, medium-grade gold deposit with additional drilling.

To develop its understanding of Double Event, the firm has gone on to complete a great deal of soil sampling at the prospect this year. The results of the first wave of this work, which were released in February, included impressive gold-in-soil results of up to 0.23g/t, with five samples exceeding 0.1g/t gold. As well as enhancing Double Event’s prospectivity for hosting near-surface, high-grade gold, many of the most robust results originated from an unexplored area to the north of Rockfire’s previous drilling. According to the firm, this appears to indicate the presence of a parallel, mineralised vein and, in turn, another target to increase potential gold ounces at the prospect.

In response, Rockfire launched a second wave of soil sampling, targeting areas beyond the limits of the first area surveyed. Among the areas covered by this work, which comprised 424 soil samples and 12 rock samples, was the western extension of Double Event’s mineralised trend, hosted within Rockfire’s adjacent Kookaburra tenement. In May, the business revealed that its additional efforts had recovered gold-in-soil results up to 3.86g/t gold and rock samples up to 58.5g/t gold. This helped to extend Double Event’s total strike length of prospectivity to 4.5km while also identifying well-defined mineralised intervals to assist with future drill targeting. Gold-in-soil values appear to strengthen towards the west and the anomalous gold-in-soil footprint broadens westwards, suggesting a potential source in that direction.

Rockfire is now planning the geophysical surveys needed to take Double Event to its next stage of development. The company expects techniques such as induced polarisation to provide information at depth that will support target generation for future drill holes down to 100m below surface.

‘Whenever we do work at Double Event, we improve our knowledge of the site and are encouraged by what we see- the results are very pleasing,’ he adds. ‘It is an ongoing programme for us. As it stands, we do not know what is present at a depth of more than 25m below surface. Instead of drilling random holes in the hope of finding gold, we want to do geophysics and mapping to find significant accumulations of sulphides at depth that will help to pinpoint our drilling targets.’

It is worth noting that Rockfire’s progress across the Lighthouse and Kookaburra tenements over the last year is not limited to Double Event alone. Indeed, in December, a review of historical data at Kookaburra highlighted outstanding past drilling results at a prospect called Native Bee, six miles northeast of Plateau.

Previous work at Native Bee, which lies on a 500m magnetic anomaly near the Pajingo gold mine processing facility, returned strong intervals such as 8m at 2.18g/t gold, including 3m at 5.13g/t gold from 26m deep. With this in mind, Rockfire believes that the prospect offers considerable exploration potential and future work will target a medium-to-large-scale, near-surface gold resource.

Meanwhile, April saw Rockfire announce that soil sampling at the Cardigan Dam prospect on its Lighthouse tenement had returned two broad gold-in-soil anomalous trends sized at c.400m x c.100m each. With gold appearing to strengthen towards the north of the strike area and beyond the limits of the survey, the firm will extend soil sampling to the north to explore the spread of surface mineralisation.

In July, Rockfire’s progress at Lighthouse prompted its release of a maiden gold resource for the asset. This assigned it an inferred resource 1,349,000ts at 1.18g/t gold for 51,000 ounces of the precious metal. The business’s next expansion resource target at Lighthouse is between 2.7-4.8 million tonnes grading between 1.2g/t and 1.6g/t gold.

In a statement at the time, Price said: ‘Rockfire is on an exciting and rapid growth curve and we are looking forward to further expansion of our copper and gold resources with continued exploration success. This result from our Maiden Resource at Lighthouse demonstrates and measures our exploration success to date and provides a sound platform for continued growth of the company's asset base.

‘The company's prudent strategy of sound science, thorough evaluation and methodical exploration is being rewarded with measurable asset valuation increase. Our ambition to define large-scale mineral resources is beginning to bear fruit and our recent Maiden Resource merely signals the start of our planned resource expansion. This JORC gold resource provides the catalyst for our anticipated growth.’

Long-term view

Moving on to longer-term copper porphyry opportunities, Rockfire plans to grow and expand mineralisation at its two porphyry copper deposits in Queensland; Copperhead and Copper Dome. Copperhead is an undeveloped, large-scale copper target found within a belt of porphyry copper deposits.

To date, five diamond drill holes have been completed at Copperhead, with each recording visible chalcopyrite, molybdenite, pyrite, and bornite throughout their lengths. These holes are thought to indicate the potential for a large copper, molybdenum and silver mineralised system. Indeed, an historical estimate by Carpentaria Exploration in 1972, quoted mineral content for the asset of 35Mt at 0.16% copper for 56,000ts of metal. This early estimate was based on just 5% of Copperhead’s large surface geochemical anomaly.

Rockfire took a significant step forward at Copperhead in June when it announced that it had enhanced Carpentaria’s metal estimate significantly by including the material levels of molybdenum present at the asset. Using the original tonnage and including molybdenum values from drilling, a copper equivalent grade of 0.35% is achieved. The amount of in-situ copper increased from 56,000ts of copper to 122,500ts of copper equivalent value. Based on current prices, this represents an in-ground value of £555m. In comparison, Rockfire’s market cap currently sits at £3.22m.

The Copperhead anomaly (Source: Company)

Rockfire has now developed a staged exploration target for the asset, with planned drilling expected to deliver the next milestone of between 50 – 100Mts, with a grade range of 0.3-0.4% copper equivalent. Price tells us that while both Copperhead and Copper Dome host grades typical of most porphyries, it is their sheer size that makes them such exciting opportunities for Rockfire:

‘The potential at both sites is for substantial tonnages at low grades. Porphyry copper is very much of that nature. If you get a large tonnage, then you can mine those open cuts at a low cost and recover huge amounts of copper. That is the objective for these large prospects. Porphyries take a lot of money and time to drill, but this is because they potentially represent billions of tonnes of low-grade mineralisation. We think these could be game-changing opportunities.’

Meanwhile, in May 2019, Rockfire took the decision to exercise an option to acquire the under-explored Copper Dome project, also in central Queensland and only 50km southwest of Copperhead. The business received the project in exchange for an A$80,000 (£44,000) cash and share payment to previous owner Symbolic Resources after entering an initial option in November last year. Its decision followed months of extended soil sampling, rock sampling, and geological mapping that identified coherent, strong anomalism and mineralisation of up to 23.4% copper and 2.3g/t gold.

This work, which spanned previously untested areas, confirmed that Copper Dome could contain high-grade, vein-hosted mineralisation as well as bolstering its porphyry-hosted mineralisation potential. Indeed, Rockfire said the results ‘exceeded expectations’, with copper grades in the soil hitting multiples of almost 80 times background levels. With copper-in-soil coming in strongest at the margins of mapped porphyries, it also confirmed numerous clear drilling targets for Rockfire as it moves the asset forward. As a bonus, mineralisation at the asset outcrops at surface, providing the opportunity for low-cost, near-surface exploration.

Now that it has acquired Copper Dome, Rockfire will expand its exploration into geophysics including ground magnetics and gradient array IP. These techniques are expected to identify clear targets in and around identified geochemical anomalies, ultimately informing drilling. Price explains that the company chose to carry out extensive fieldwork at Copper Dome before May to ensure it had targets ahead of exercising its option and acquiring the asset.

Time for a re-rate?

Despite boasting a portfolio of active exploration opportunities, Price tells us that Rockfire remains on the lookout for new assets that meet its strategic requirements. Indeed, acquisitions, which Rockfire refers to as ‘inorganic’ growth (as opposed to the ‘organic’ growth of its existing assets), are always on the horizon, with the business regularly reviewing new potential opportunities.

Reviewing new potential opportunities is an ongoing process for us,’ he says. ‘We are looking for sites where we see potential for material growth. We are not interested in taking on an asset solely because it boasts a large number of ounces – we want to be able to build on what it does offer and create value in that way. When looking at an asset, we like to think about how big it could be and how we can help it to get there.’

The company is open to a re-rate potentially triggered by continued exploration success across Lighthouse, Copperhead or any of the assets in its broader portfolio. A strengthening of macro conditions will only serve to further this effect, potentially leaving the company’s currently-depressed share price looking very cheap. With its highly experienced management team and portfolio of substantial exploration opportunities in a stable jurisdiction, it will be very interesting to watch Rockfire’s performance over both the short and long-term.

Author: Daniel Flynn

The Author does not hold any position in the stock(s) and/or financial instrument(s) mentioned in the piece.

The Author has not been paid to produce this piece by the company or companies mentioned above

Catalyst Information Services Ltd, the owner of MiningMaven.com, has not been paid for the production of this piece by the company or companies mentioned above.

MiningMaven.com and Catalyst Information Services Ltd are not responsible for its content or accuracy and do not share the views of the author.  News and research are not recommendations to deal, and investments may fall in value so that you could lose some or all of your investment. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance

 

Shares in Chesterfield Resources (LSE:CHF) enjoyed a significant boost on Thursday after the Cyprus-focused copper exploration company announced that it had identified a new drill target. The £2.63m business, which was up 11.8pc at 4.75p in midday trading, said the prospect is based in its Troodos West group of exploration permits and has been named KinValley.

The target – which is permitted and currently being prepared for drilling - is located at the northern end of a 15km-long fault structure called Kinousa, where multiple historical mines occur along two parallel trends. It is also found in the same trend as a cluster of historically-mined Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide (VMS) deposits. These are small but concentrated high-grade deposits typically surrounded by larger lower-grade mineralised vein systems.

Chesterfield has spent the past year carrying out mapping, sampling, geophysics, and drilling to build a high-quality database on KinValley The organisation’s work so far suggests that the new, previously-untested target will be a shallowly-buried VMS deposit preserved in favourable stratigraphy.

The organisation’s executive chairman Martin French said: ‘This is the second major target of our upcoming drill programme at Troodos West. Each of our targets goes through a rigorous development programme of surveying and testing before we commit to the more expensive stage of drill testing. We will keep the market updated as the programme develops further.’

Chesterfield entered Cyprus in 2017 and controls vast amounts of land around the foothills of the island’s Troodos mountains. As French explained to us in a feature interview earlier this year, Cyprus has a rich mining heritage and previously boasted a very active copper industry. However, this activity came to an abrupt halt in 1974 following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.  Since then, a surprisingly small amount of exploration work has taken place- something that Chesterfield is using to its advantage.

Historical drilling has taken place across much of Chesterfield’s acreage. However, the firm believes that an opportunity exists in approaching the ground with superior geological understanding and modern exploration techniques and drilling technology. By doing this, it hopes to prove up economic mineral resources and open new mines.

To read a Q&A session with French published by MiningMaven in March, please click here.

Author: Daniel Flynn

The Author does not hold any position in the stock(s) and/or financial instrument(s) mentioned in the piece.

The Author has not been paid to produce this piece by the company or companies mentioned above

Catalyst Information Services Ltd, the owner of MiningMaven.com, has not been paid for the production of this piece by the company or companies mentioned above.

MiningMaven.com and Catalyst Information Services Ltd are not responsible for its content or accuracy and do not share the views of the author.  News and research are not recommendations to deal, and investments may fall in value so that you could lose some or all of your investment. Past performance is not an indicator of future performance

 

 

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