Thor Mining

  • ‘There is a lot of upside to be had here’: Mick Billing on Thor Mining’s recent trip to Bonya and ongoing Molyhil deal discussions (THR)

    Earlier this month, Mick Billing, chief executive of Thor Mining (LSE:THR), carried out a site visit to the firm’s tungsten and copper-prospective Bonya tenements. The trip was carried out as part of planning for a drilling programme at Bonya, which is adjacent to Thor’s flagship Molyhil and tungsten and molybdenum project following promising intersection earlier this year.

    Against the exciting backdrop of an initial 114,000t copper resource at the Moonta project held within Thor’s EnviroCopper subsidiary, we caught up with Billing to discuss his findings from the trip. The chief executive also provides us with an update on Thor’s ongoing efforts to secure project finance and offtake agreements at Molyhil.

    Bonya opportunity

    To recap, Thor purchased a 40pc stake in Bonya from Rox Resources last year and is now in a JV with Arafura Resources. The two firms now share development costs proportionally to the size of their holdings. Bonya hosts 13 outcropping tungsten deposits that currently carry an exploration target of 3-4.9MMts at 0.3-05pc tungsten trioxide.  The area also hosts an inferred copper resources of 230,000ts for 4,600ts of copper.  Thor plans to extract and process this copper at Molyhil for a ‘minimal additional cost’.

    Location of the Bonya tenements relative to Molyhil (Source: Company)

    Despite the licence area being part of a known tungsten province, no tungsten drilling had taken place since the 1970s.  Regardless, in April, Billing said he hoped that Bonya could add ‘considerably’ to Molyhil’s life, scale, and economic outcomes. True to its word, Thor - alongside Arafura - completed an initial 2,500m reverse circulation drilling programme across Bonya earlier this year.

    The work confirmed strong tungsten and copper mineralisation across several deposits, with particularly strong results coming from two areas called White Violet and Samarkand. Highlights from White Violet included 27m at 0.29pc tungsten trioxide from 35m, 12m at 0.67pc tungsten trioxide from 46m and 29m at 0.7pc tungsten trioxide from 81m, including 13m at 1.13pc tungsten trioxide.  Meanwhile, top copper intersections at Samarkand included 5m at 0.36pc copper, 12m at 0.77pc copper, and 7m at 1.23pc copper. To read the results in more detail, please click here.

    Recent trip

    To build on these strong initial results, Thor and Arafura will now target near-term drilling to test the extent of the two deposits and create reportable mineral resource estimates. To support this, Billing says he and his colleagues searched White Violet and Samarkand for surface scheelite – a tungsten compound that shines blue when a UV light is shined on it in the dark – on their recent trip. Billing says the work was high encouraging, further informing and extending the imminent drilling programme and leaving him with the impression that there is a lot of upside to be had in the area.

    ‘At White Violet we have identified a couple of holes where we drilled last time that we would like to take deeper and another one we would like to move the hole a bit to connect better up with some trenching,’he said. ‘We are also going to do some infill work because we are really keen on getting a resource estimate out of this deposit in the next drilling programme, which we expect will start in September.’

    ‘Things were even more encouraging at Samarkand as we have found a couple of quite promising scheelite occurances extending past the area drilled out. We won’t just be going a bit deeper to do resource-type infill work, we will also be extending to the north-west and hopefully also to the south-east. We think there is a good chance we can not only get a resource at Samarkand but also extend the area where the mineralisation is currently known. There is a lot of upside to be had here.’

    Outcropping copper just south of Marrakech deposit at Bonya

    Funding discussions

    Bonya and Molyhil’s prospectivity appears to increase with every related RNS release. Indeed, earlier this week Thor announced that a second metallurgical bulk sample drill hole has further boosted its flagship Molyhil project’s prospectivity for copper alongside tungsten and molybdenum.

    Speaking to MiningMaven, Billing told us that he remains confident Thor will be able to lock in project finance and off-take agreements for both tungsten and molybdenum concentrates mined at Molyhil. As previously discussed, the company has been approached by, and advanced discussions with, several players whose interests include offtake agreements, joint venture arrangement, or debt instruments. Billing says such talks are still proceeding, with the business taking great care to ensure it picks the arrangement that works best for both itself and shareholders.

    ‘There is now quite a large group of companies who would like to offtake from the output at Molyhil. There is a smaller group who are interested in funding and there is another group that have said there is interest in a joint venture,’ he said.  ‘One of the things these potential JV partners will want out of that type of structure is almost certainly an offtake. With this in mine, we are not locking in with any of the others until we have exhausted the opportunity for a JV. These are people that are working at their own pace so I cannot underwrite the success or a timeline. However, we are still confident there is a deal to be done with a couple of the people with which we are in discussions.’

    Author: Daniel Flynn

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  • Could a copper resource at Molyhil help Thor Mining push project forward? (THR)

    Thor Mining’s (LSE:THR) Molyhil project is known for being one of the Western world’s higher-grade open tungsten and molybdenum projects. However, a prospectus released back in August 2006 suggests that the asset also boasts copper mineralisation that could boost its attractive economics further.

    Wholly owned by Thor, Molyhil is based in Australia’s Northern Territory and consists of two adjacent magnetite skarn bodies with economic mineralisation of scheelite, molybdenite, and magnetite. Thor has carried out large amounts of work on the project including resource extension drilling, metallurgical test work, technical, environmental and social studies, and environmental permitting.

    An upgraded feasibility study published last year gave the project a A$239m (c.£130m) EBITDA and a post-tax payback period of within 18 months of first production. Meanwhile, the work also gave the asset an all equity NPV(5) of A$101m (c.£55m), a 59pc IRR, and a seven-year mine life with potential for underground extension. More recently, drilling at the nearby Bonya tenements has strongly suggested several additional years of mine-life at Molyhil.

    These figures were derived from an updated open-cut ore reserve statement published in January last year. This gave Molyhil probably reserves of 3.5MMts at 0.29pc tungsten trioxide and 0.12pc molybdenum – equivalent to 10,200t and 4,300ts of each metal respectively.

    There is no question that these figures paint a promising picture for Molyhil’s prospectivity. However, a quick look back at a project resource estimate contained within a Thor prospectus released more than a decade ago suggests that the project’s tungsten and molybdenum resources could be complemented by the presence of copper. Indeed, the work, which was carried out to a 150m depth, gives Molyhil a total resource of 2.4MMt at 0.072pc copper – split between 0.088pc measured, 0.06pc indicated, and 0.1pc inferred.

    Now, this resource estimate is clearly dated – indeed, the total resource estimate of 2.4MMts sits well below the figures used in the asset’s most up-to-date feasibility study. Likewise, a copper resource of 1,728ts (2.4MMt * 0.072pc) is hardly going to set the world alight on its own. However, with current prices valuing this stock of the red metal at around £10.5m, its inclusion in Molyhil’s overall economics could be significant.

    Indeed, this figure would underpin a large portion of Molyhil’s current $43m (£33.8m) project finance estimate. As such, it could help to cut Thor’s project payback period from 18 months to an even shorter timeframe. What’s more, all of Molyhil ore must be processed comprehensively to produce tungsten – the site’s most valuable metal. Part of this process involves floating off any associated Molybdenum and sulphides. With this in mind, it seems likely that floating off any copper would come at very little additional cost.

    These points could provide Thor with some additional support as it continues to finalise offtake agreements at Molyhil. At the end of last month, the business’s executive chairman Mick Billing said his confidence in securing agreements ‘remains firm’, adding that the business has seen positive engagements from numerous players. Could an additional copper resource help to push a deal over the line?

    Finally, the presence of copper at Molyhil would complement the potential offered by Thor’s 40pc-owned, adjacent Bonya tenements. Last November, an initial estimate gave the historic Bonya Copper Mine deposit an inferred resource of 230,000ts grading 2pc copper. Following this, drilling earlier this month at Bonya’s Samarkand prospect encountered 5m at 0.5pc copper from 9m, 12m at 0.69pc copper from 22m, and 6m at 0.97pc copper from 38m.

    All-in-all, the historic copper on offer at Molyhil is unlikely to be a game-changer for Thor on its own. However, if the company decides to re-visit the resource, it could prove to be a deal-maker for any potential financier.

    Author: Daniel Flynn

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  • EnviroCopper – Harnessing the vast opportunity presented by low-cost copper production

    EnviroCopper is a copper exploration, development, and production business formed in March 2019 to focus on stranded copper projects previously considered too low-grade for development. Thor Mining (LSE:THR) has the right to earn in to up to 30% of the company, while the remainder is held by two businesses called Environmental Copper Recovery and Environmental Metals Recovery.

    With copper prices at multi-year lows, EnviroCopper’s innovative, low-cost, and low-impact approach to copper extraction has never looked more relevant. As the firm’s work to build up production and expand its portfolio continues, Thor’s exposure could provide shareholders with a highly-significant opportunity for returns.

    Low-impact recovery

    EnviroCopper plans to approach assets using a low-environmental impact style of metal production called in-situ recovery (ISR). Unlike conventional mining operations, ISR centres around a chemical process called ‘leaching’, that – in layman’s terms – involves dissolving minerals underground in a solution before extracting them at the surface. As ISR is much cheaper and quicker than actually building a copper mine, EnviroCopper believes that the technique can bring lower-grade projects into economic territory.

    A video from Excelsior Mining explaining the ISR process in detail

    Although it is well established in phosphate and uranium mining, ISR’s introduction to the copper sector has been relatively recent. Indeed, as it stands, two of the only examples of the method’s application in this way are the Gunnison and Florence copper projects in Arizona, operated by Excelsior Mining and Taseko respectively. However, EnviroCopper sees a bright future for the technique and plans to spearhead its growth.

    Proof of concept

    EnviroCopper’s initial focus will be its 75pc-owned Kapunda project, which is found around 90km north-west of Adelaide in Australia. By achieving production at the asset, the firm hopes to demonstrate ISR’s operational viability in the copper market and take the technology to other projects.

    Aided by historical mining data and environmental and hydrogeological work, EnviroCopper has estimated Kapunda contains an ISR-amenable inferred copper resource of 119,000ts. As announced in April, the company has also been able to recover gold from samples taken from the project and work to ascertain whether it can establish a resource for the precious metal is ongoing.

    Before commercialisation, EnviroCopper must complete a pre-feasibility study and a definitive feasibility study at Kapunda.  It will also have to meet any necessary environmental, social, and regulatory requirements and secure financing.  Handily, it will a $2.8m government-issued research grant will support it in these efforts- indeed, the firm expects these funds to take the project through to demonstration of feasibility.

    Bigger picture

    Once progress has been made at Kapunda, EnviroCopper will move on to Moonta - its second 75pc-held project. Moonta is located around 160km north-east of Adelaide within the historical copper triangle of South Australia, where around 300,000ts of copper were mined and processed between the 1860s and 1920s.

    Although it is an earlier-stage project than Kapunda, Moonta is also thought to be a much larger opportunity. In August 2019, EnviroCopper announced an initial inferred resource estimate for the asset of 66.1MMts grading 0.17pc copper. This translates to 114,000ts of contained copper considered amenable to ISR, taking EnviroCopper’s business-wide managed resource inventory 233,000ts. However, this initial figure was formed from the analysis of just 164 drill holes at Moonta. This lead to the identification of three copper deposits, called Wombat, Bruce, and Larwood. A further 308 holes already drilled over these deposits will feature in future resource modelling once quality assurance has been completed, providing an obvious opportunity for upside. What’s more, all three deposits remain open along strike or at depth – providing EnviroCopper with a chance to identify mineralisation beyond that already discovered.

    Location of EnviroCopper’s ISR-amenable copper projects (Source: Thor Mining)

    Perfect conditions

    If EnviroCopper can prove ISR’s operational viability in the copper arena, then it hopes to introduce the technique at projects far beyond Kapunda and Moonta. Indeed, the firm has said that it aims to develop an expanded portfolio of opportunities, initially focusing solely on South Australia but potentially moving into other territories in the future.

    The company has also said it plans to list on a recognised exchange, potential providing interested market participants with a way of getting exposure beyond a Thor investment in the future.

    With copper prices currently sitting at two-year lows, the need for low-cost supply is particularly stark – especially given the forecast explosion in demand over coming years thanks to the rise of electric vehicles.  ISR potentially provides an ideal solution to this scenario – for context, all-in production costs per pound of cathode copper at Gunnison and Florence come in at just $1.23 and $1.10 respectively.

    The potential presented by EnviroCopper and its assets, then, is clear – especially if the business can use its first-mover advantage in Australia to drive the sector’s growth. Importantly, Thor’s considerable stake in the company both diversifies its potential revenue streams and provides shareholders with yet another, significant upside opportunity. Indeed, in June 2019, executive chairman Mick Billing told MiningMaven, that the value of the firm’s copper exposure could even surpass that of its more established tungsten and molybdenum operations.

    Author: Daniel Flynn

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  • LISTEN: MiningMaven Podcast 118 - with Mick Billing of Thor Mining (THR)

    Today’s guest on the MiningMaven podcast is Mick Billing, Executive Chairman and CEO of Thor Mining, which is listed on AIM and ASX (LSE:THR). Thor has had a very busy month since we last spoke with Mick on the podcast, with newsflow coming from all of its projects over the past few weeks. Mick starts by discussing recent news about the vanadium opportunity from Thor’s joint venture, Jervois project.

    Also in Australia, and not too far away from Jervois, is the Molyhil Tungsten Project and its satellite Bonya desposit. Mick talks about the next stages in the development of Molyhil and touches on its copper business investments, including the Kapunda Project. Finally, Mick talks about the need to re-assay samples from previous drilling programmes at Pilot Mountain, its tungsten project in Nevada USA.

    This interview was recorded on 15th July 2019.

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  • MiningMaven Podcast 101 - with Thor Mining (THR) Mick Billing

    In this episode of the podcast, executive chairman of Thor Mining (LSE:THR), Mick Billing discusses the company’s recent gold recovery at Kapunda. Mick also gives an update on the acquisition of two gold and uranium assets, Pilbara Goldfields and Hammersley Metals and reports on drilling activities at the firms Bonya Tungsten project.

    This interview was recorded on 3rd April 2019.

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  • MiningMaven Podcast 104 - with Mick Billing, executive chairman of Thor Mining (THR)

    In this episode of the podcast, executive chairman of Thor Mining (LSE:THR), Mick Billing explains why he is ‘very excited’ by the interim drilling results from the Bonya tungsten deposits in Australia.

    Mick says the average grade of open pit tungsten mines around the globe is around 0.2pc tungsten trioxide (WO3). Molyhill has grades a little higher than that but testing by portable x-ray fluorescence (XRF) at Bonya indicate grades well above average.

    ‘When we see results of 20-30 metres at around 0.7-0.75pc WO3 at Bonya we get pretty excited’ explains Mick during the interview.

    ‘Tungsten’s about four times the price of copper, so this is equivalent to copper grades of nearly 3pc. Anybody intersecting copper mineralisation around 3pc copper is going to be pretty happy, so that puts it into context’ Mick added.

    Thor holds a 40pc interest in Bonya which lies around 30km east of its 100pc owned Molyhil tungsten project. The drilling campaign consisted of around 2,500 metres of Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling at a number of targets including the Samarkand, Jericho, White Violet, and Tashkent deposits.  Interim results for three of the four targets are now available following portable XRF determination. The White Violet deposit stole the show with very strong results, including 27 metres of 0.32pc tungsten oxide from 71 metres. Copper was also found from a number of holes, particularly on the White Violet deposit including 16 metres at 0.43pc copper from 43 metres.

    This interview was recorded on 1st May 2019.

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  • MiningMaven Podcast 109 - Mick Billing of Thor Mining discusses progress at Molyhil (THR)

    In today's podcast, we speak with Mick Billing, Executive Chairman and CEO of Thor Mining which is listed on AIM and ASX (LSE:THR). Recent months have been very busy for Thor with drilling at Molyhil and the nearby Bonya deposit, a gold discovery being made at the Kapunda Copper project and the commissioning of a resource estimate for the Moonta Copper project. Mick primarily discusses the recently announced bulk sample assay results from Molyhil, the potential to bring copper back into the resource, and highlights what shareholders should look forward to over the coming months.

    This interview was recorded on 7th June 2019.

    All opinions expressed are those of MiningMaven and the respective guests, unless otherwise stated and should not be construed as investment advice or a recommendation to buy shares in any featured Company. From time to time MiningMaven principals may take equity positions in companies featured. Listeners are advised to do their own extensive research before buying shares which, as with all small cap exploration stocks, should be viewed as high risk. Investors should also seek the advice of a qualified investment adviser or stockbroker as they deem appropriate. MiningMaven.com is a trading division of Catalyst Information Services Limited. Registered in England no. 06537074 (Registered Office Address 3rd Floor Ivy Mill, Crown Street, Manchester, M35 9BG) #gold #mining #investing

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  • MiningMaven Podcast 96 - Thor Mining’s Mick Billing talks strategy for Kapunda and Moonta copper projects and updates on Molyhil (THR)

    In today’s podcast Mick Billing, Executive Chairman of Thor Mining (LSE:THR), explains why the company is creating a new vehicle called Enviro Copper Limited and gives an overview of its two copper projects, Kapunda and Moonta. Mick also discusses the potential use of In-Situ Recovery (ISR) techniques at the projects, gives his outlook on the copper market, and provides an update on finance and off-take discussions for Thor’s Molyhil Tungsten Project.

    This interview was recorded on 6th March 2019.

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  • MiningMaven Podcast No 33 with Gervaise Heddle covering Greatland Gold, Thor Mining, Ariana Resources, MOD + Metal Tiger

    Gervaise Heddle joins us for todays podcast and we discuss, amongst other topics, Greatland Gold (LON:GGP) news today regarding the commencement of drilling at their Bromus Nickel sulphide project in Australia. Gervaise recently became an Executive Director of the Greatland, having previously performed a Non Executive role with the company.

    https://www.investegate.co.uk/greatland-gold-plc--ggp-/rns/bromus-project---commencement-of-drilling/201607261126142576F/

    Gervaise also recently joined the board of THOR Mining (LON:THR) so we discuss the significance of this as we take a look at the potential value drivers for this Australian tungsten focused explorer/resource developer.

    We then move on to talk about the current gold price drivers and the broader resource market, before covering the latest news and activities from some of the other companies where we are invested, namely Ariana Resources, MOD Resources and Metal Tiger.

    We hope you enjoy listening.

    #gold#silver#copper#nickel#MTR#AAU#THR#GGP#AIM#mining#investing

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  • MiningMaven report: Thor Mining’s Mick Billing on how his firm’s exposure to new copper vehicle EnviroCopper could represent a ‘fascinating opportunity’ for investors (THR)

    Against a backdrop of steady progress in its tungsten and molybdenum interests, this year has seen Thor Mining (LSE:THR) introduce radical changes to its copper strategy. Alongside its partner Environmental Copper Recovery, the company has agreed to transfer its stake in the Kapunda copper project into a business called EnviroCopper.

    The new vehicle will focus on using a non-invasive production technique called in-situ recovery (ISR) to recover copper – an approach currently being utilised by few firms globally. As well as Kapunda, the deal gives Thor exposure to Moonta, a highly-mineralised, large Australian copper project featuring numerous historically-mined deposits alongside more recent discoveries.

    In this report, Thor’s executive chairman Mick Billing explains ISR’s potential benefits before running through progress at Kapunda and Moonta and EnviroCopper’s plans for both assets. Importantly, he also highlights how the terms of the EnviroCopper deal and Thor’s heightened copper exposure could provide a ‘game-changing’ opportunity for the organisation and its investors. Indeed, as he puts it in the report:

    ‘With recent technical advances, ISR can now offer a lower footprint and is likely to find further application in mineral recovery fields because it can coexist with other land use activities. This is a very exciting development in Thor’s copper strategy, potentially adding significant scale to our copper interests by bringing Moonta together with our existing interest in Kapunda within a potentially-large ISR-focussed copper business.’

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    Author: Daniel Flynn

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  • Strong vanadium, uranium results boost Thor Mining (THR)

    A new set of field samples by Thor Mining(LSE:THR) at its US vanadium projects has revealed highly encouraging results, boding well for the next phase of its expansion.

    Thor discovered potentially rich vanadium and uranium samples at its Colorado mineral claims.

    Executive chairman Mick Billing said the company are “very pleased with the calibre of the vanadium samples collected, and in particular the uranium content.”

    Over half of the samples had radioactivity levels too high to be tested on site, and are now on their way to specialist laboratories to examine just how uranium-rich they are.

    The eagerly awaited assay results are expected by the end of July 2020.

    The uranium market surged 40% to four-year highs in April 2020 after Covid-19 disruption hammered global supplies. And prices are holding steady at elevated levels north of $33/lb.

    That puts smaller uranium producers in an extremely strong position to capitalise.

    Uranium ore, once mined and milled, is packaged as powder and shipped to refineries worldwide to prepare it for use as fuel in nuclear reactors.

    Eight initial tests on site also revealed a significant 1% vanadium pentoxide, while two outcrop samples were even higher at 1.8% and 2%. Vanadium pentoxide is the rare metal’s most important compound, the principal precursor to its alloys and is widely-used as an industrial catalyst, in gas processing and as a commercial colourant.

    Rare earth metals are vital for producing components for everyday technologies from smartphones and computers to medical equipment.

    Demand growth

    Chinese markets have shown the largest and most significant vanadium demand growth in the last six months, with markets willing to pay up to 9% more for both vanadium pentoxide and ferrovandium compared to previous half-year. 

    Most vanadium is used in Chinese steel mills, especially in high-strength, low-alloy steel tomke construction rebar.

    New standards introduced by the Chinese government in November 2018 set stricter strength criteria for this rebar and was expected to trigger a vast increase in vanadium demand. As industry analysts Roskill note in their market report to 2029, supply and demand developments “will continue to reshape the vanadium market over the next decade”. While vanadium demand growth in 2019 remained strong, the market looks to have returned to balance in 2020 so far.

    But as post-Covid construction in China ramps up, vanadium demand is expected to grow strongly across the rest of the year.

    Coming next

    Rare earth metals like vanadium appear in such extreme low concentrations worldwide that their mining is highly specialised.

    News of such high concentrations represent a big win for Thor, which on 1 June 2020 announced it had acquired an exclusive option to acquire 100% of the private Australian miner American Vanadium Pty Ltd (AVU), the company that holds significant vanadium and uranium interests across Colorado and Utah.

    AVU has a 100% stake in Colorado’s Standard Minerals Inc and Utah miner Cisco Minerals. Together the two companies hold nearly 300 claims in the Uravan Mineral Belt in Colorado, and the historic uranium mining area of Thompson Yellow Cat in Utah, which in particular is a likely focus of future work for Thor.

    Thor noted that a processing plant which has been used to take ore from the region within close proximity may represent a potential low cost entry into production.

    Over the last 100 years Uravan’s uranium-vanadium districts have produced 85 million lbs of U308 (uranium ore) at 0.25%, with 660 million lbs of vanadium at 1.29%.

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  • Thor aims to add further potential to Molyhil with drilling at Bonya now underway (THR)

    On Tuesday, Thor Mining (LSE:THR) announced it has started drilling at the Bonya tungsten deposits near Molyhil in Australia. Thor holds a 40pc interest in the deposit via a joint venture with ASX-listed Arafura Resources (ASX:ARU).

    The programme will consist of 2,500 metres of Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling of a number of targets including Samarkand, Jericho, White Violet, and Tashkent deposits. Drilling is expected to take around two weeks and Thor expects to update on progress shortly, as well as updating on preliminary on-site XRF analysis. Each of the deposits has outcropping tungsten at surface, and the The Jericho deposit, in particular, has been mined historically, with a surface stockpile estimated at several hundred tonnes of scheelite ore at surface adjacent the deposit. In addition to Tungsten, there are also deposits of copper and vanadium at Bonya.

    30km west of Bonya is the 100pc owned Molyhil tungsten project which Thor is developing towards commercial production. The firm completed an updated Definitive Feasibility Study for the project back in August and is now focused on securing project finance to bring Molyhil into production.

    Mick Billing, Executive Chairman, commented: "We are very hopeful of positive results from our first drilling and costeaning program on the Bonya tungsten deposits."

    "The 13 outcropping tungsten deposits at Bonya, several of which have historical mine workings, have the potential to add considerably to the life, scale, and economic outcomes of the Company's flagship Molyhil project nearby."

    "We hope to be able to provide regular updates of progress, including provisional XRF analysis, during the program."

    "Despite the licence area being part of a known tungsten "province", it has had no tungsten drilling since the 1970's, and we are very excited at the commencement of this program, and the potential it brings.

    Earlier this month, Mick Billing spoke with MiningMaven to discuss Bonya and Thor Mining’s other assets including Kapunda and the more recently acquired Pilbara Goldfields and Hammersley Metals. You can listen to the interview below.

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  • Thor confirms tungsten mineralisation at first of many expected Bonya deposits (THR)

    Thor Mining (LSE:THR) rose 3.9pc to 1.4p on Monday morning after revealing strong sampling results at what it expects to be the first of a series of satellite tungsten and copper deposits in Australia.

    The first stage of exploration at Samarkand, one of thirteen known tungsten deposits within Thor’s Bonya project, revealed extensive tungsten mineralisation including high-grade zones. The business collected samples via a systematic sampling program carried out in December last year. This focused on trenches excavated across the deposit more than four decades ago.

    Among the strongest intercepts were seven metres at 0.667pc tungsten oxide and three metres at 0.307pc tungsten oxide within trench one on the deposit. Meanwhile, trench two contained a three-metre intercept at 0.271pc tungsten oxide, and trench three offered a three-metre intercept holding 0.203pc of the compound. Thor added that the deposit outcrops at the surface for more than 500m and is open-ended.

    Thor is 40pc owner and operator at Bonya alongside Australian resource firm Arafura Resources (ASX:ARU). A maiden resource estimate in Q4 last year gave Bonya a deposit of 230,000 tonnes containing 4,600 tonnes of copper. In Monday’s update, executive chairman Mick Billing said Samarkand the business now has ‘confirmed tangible evidence’ of additional extensive surface outcropping tungsten mineralisation at the project.

    ‘These initial results demonstrate proof of surface outcropping tungsten mineralisation extending in excess of 500 metres strike length at the Samarkand deposit,’ he added. ‘Current indications are that Bonya tungsten mineralisation is coarse grained and may be amenable to low cost pre-concentration by x-ray ore sorting and treatment at the Molyhil processing plant.’

    Bonya is found within trucking distance of Thor’s flagship Molyhil mine project in the Northern Territory of Australia. With this in mind, Billing said the case for developing Molyhil would become ‘even more compelling’ if the success at Samarkand is replicated at Bonya’s numerous additional prospects.

    Thor is currently completing traditional owner and regulatory clearance for a drill program at Bonya and hopes to be licenced to begin work by the end of this month.  It believes this will enhance its knowledge of the extent of mineralisation in the area.

    Finally, Billing said Thor is continuing to carry out discussions and negotiations with potential offtake and investment partners at Molyhil. Molyhil is now substantially permitted and ready for construction as a result of Thor’s significant drilling and metallurgical testing work.

    As it stands, the site contains a probable reserve of 3.5MMts at 0.29pc tungsten (10,200ts) and 0.12pc molybdenum (4,300ts). Last August, an updated definitive feasibility study for the site gave it an NPV(5) of A$101m, an internal rate of return of 59pc, an EBITDA of A$239m and a payback period of around 18 months.

    In an update last week, Thor said these enhanced figures had attracted the interest of various potential partners. It hopes to finalise an acceptable arrangement over the near term.

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  • Thor establishes proof of concept for In-situ Recovery of copper at Kapunda project (THR)

    Thor Mining (LSE:THR) announced today that proof of concept has been established for In-situ Recovery of copper at the Kapunda Copper Project. The company has the right to earn-in to a 45% effective interest in the project which is located 90km north of Adelaide in South Australia. In February, Thor announced a maiden resource estimate in partnership with Environmental Copper Recovery SA Pty Ltd and Terramin Pty Ltd (ASX: TZN), suggesting the site has an inferred JORC compliant resource of 119,000 tonnes of copper amenable to In-situ Recovery techniques.

    In-situ Recovery (ISR) or solution mining has a lower environmental footprint than conventional mining with little visual impact and minimal infrastructure required.

    The process accelerates what is naturally happening within the bedrock and water table and until recent advances in technology, had limited applications in mineral extraction. It’s now possible to apply the ISR method of extraction to copper and gold resources that were previously un-minable. During the process, a benign solution is pumped into bores drilled into the ore body to dissolve the copper. The copper containing solution is then pumped to a recovery plant to extract the metal from the liquid.

    The In-situ Recovery (ISR) process

    source: www.envirocopper.com.au

    Kapunda is suitable for ISR since it is a shallow resource and the area has a high water table. Thor says it has completed water sampling and the initial hydrogeological assessment is positive. Computer modelling suggests that flow through the ore body is possible and the geology is amenable for ISR. 

    As reported in July, The Australian Government Ministry for Science, Jobs and Innovation has offered Environmental Copper Recovery SA Pty Ltd research funding of A$2,851,303, over a 30 month period to demonstrate the In-Situ Recovery (ISR) process at Kapunda.

     Mick Billing, Executive Chairman, commented:

    "The proof of concept stage has been successful in demonstrating that, from both a technical and social viewpoint, we should proceed to the next stage of work. This next stage (stage 2) will include: relevant approval processes, pump and environmental testing, and will incorporate a field recovery trial to generate solution and test a variety of metal recovery options."  

    "The successful completion of these stages was complemented by the receipt of a (CRC-P) Commonwealth Research Program Grant for A$2.85 million for the Kapunda Copper ISR project, further supporting this exciting initiative of an economically and environmentally sustainable mining future technique."

    "We look forward to providing further information on this exciting project, and each of our other projects at Molyhil (including Bonya), and Pilot Mountain in the coming weeks."

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  • Thor Mining & EnviroCopper – Pioneering the in-situ recovery of copper in Australia (THR)

    EnviroCopper is a privately-run mining company seeking to develop copper projects using an extraction method called “in situ- recovery” (“ISR”). London-listed Thor Mining Plc (LSE:THR) has the right to purchase a 30pc stake in the business, which in turn is earning into a 75pc position in two Australian assets called Kapunda and Moonta.

    According to EnviroCopper, it is the first business to apply the ISR technique – which is more cost-effective and environmentally friendly than traditional mining – on the ground in Australia. With Kapunda and Moonta boasting a combined resource inventory of 233,000ts of copper, the upside opportunity that Thor’s exposure can offer to its shareholders is clear.

    Alongside Thor’s executive chairman Mick Billing, we begin the below report with a detailed analysis of the ISR technique, the Kapunda project, and Envirocopper’s operational activity. In a subsequent update, we take an in-depth look at EnviroCopper’s August release on Moonta, which saw it announce that it is targeting between 428,000ts and 713,000ts of ISR-amenable copper at the project.

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  • Thor Mining acquires gold and uranium assets as key projects reach crystallisation (THR)

    Thor Mining (LSE:THR) was trading at 0.8p on Wednesday after announcing plans to expand its operational portfolio through two acquisitions.

    The business said is looking to acquire Pilbara Goldfields and Hammersley Metals, which collectively hold interests in two granted licences and seven licence applications at various stages of advancement. These assets are prospective for gold and uranium and cover a total of 764km2 in the Pilbara region of Western Australia and the Northern Territory of Australia.

    To purchase the companies, Thor will pay £450,500 through the issue of 53m new shares at 0.85p each. These are subject to a six-month lock-in. Furthermore, following shareholder approval, the vendors will receive 26.5m Thor warrants to subscribe for 26.5m of the company’s shares at 1.3p each. These will have a three-year lifespan. Finally, the vendors will receive an additional 22.5m Thor shares if any of their projects enter commercial production.

    To support the development, Thor has undertaking strategic financing raising £400,000 by issuing more than 47m new shares at 0.85p each. These shares are accompanied by three-year warrants exercisable at 1.3p. ‘With existing cash at bank, the strategic financing provides a valuable addition to Thor’s working capital,’ the firm added.

    Thor will now conduct further work on both Pilbara and Hammersley’s licence application interests before reporting back to the market over the coming weeks.

    In Wednesday’s update, Thor said it pursued the deal because much of its portfolio is beginning to reach the crystallisation stage. Indeed, the business has advanced its 100pc-owned Molyhil tungsten and molybdenum project to mine construction-ready status. It is currently in a commercialisation process to secure project-level finance for the mine construction phase. Meanwhile, the company’s Kapunda project interest (up to 45pc) is being divested into a new company called Enviro Copper, as announced earlier this month.

    Once these two transactions have completed, Thor said its exploration interests will be limited to its 40pc-owned Bonya tungsten, copper, and vanadium project. As such, executive chairman Mick Billing said the new firms will give it access to a new round of exploration opportunities in Australia.

    ‘I am extremely pleased to announce today's Strategic Australian acquisitions which add gold and uranium into the Thor Mining Australian portfolio,’ he added. ‘The company is seeing the maturity of its Molyhil project as we move toward the mine construction and production phases. Likewise, with Kapunda as announced the company is moving its interest into a new vehicle with a listing strategy on a recognised stock exchange.

    ‘In anticipation of the above crystallisation process the Company needs to access new Australian opportunities and the Strategic Acquisitions announced today enable us to take a material step forward in this regard. Alongside this the Strategic Financing further bolsters our working capital and provides a considerable extension to our cash runway. Thor is active in multiple areas and we anticipate further news updates to the market in the near-term. I look forward to updating the market across the above areas over the coming weeks.’

    Elsewhere, Thor announced that it is currently undertaking standard director due diligence before appointing a new external non-executive director. This individual will assist the firm with its transition and development.

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  • Thor Mining announces gold recovery at Kapunda in ‘unexpected bonus’ for project (THR)

    Thor Mining (LSE:THR) inched up 1.8pc to 0.8p on Tuesday morning after announcing the successful recovery of gold from its Kapunda copper project. In what was described as an ‘unexpected bonus’ by executive chairman Mick Billing, Thor said the precious metal was recovered from historical drilling samples at the South Australia-based asset.

    The actual percentage recovery of gold extracted could not be determined accurately in this round of work. However, Thor said the concentrations of the metal in solution indicates that gold extraction does occur at Kapunda. The firm will now carry out further test work to quantify gold recovery, with results for 28 historical surface and drill core samples reportedly boasting grades of between 0.93g/t to 8.58g/t.

    Critically, Thor said the results demonstrate proof of concept at Kapunda using techniques appropriate for in situ recovery (ISR) test work. It added that this enhances its successful recovery of copper using ISR appropriate test work at the project in December.

    ISR or solution mining has a lower environmental footprint than conventional mining with little visual impact and minimal infrastructure required. The process accelerates what is naturally happening within the bedrock and water table and, until recent advances in technology, had limited applications in mineral extraction.  

    It is now possible to apply the ISR method of extraction to copper and gold resources that were previously un-minable. During the process, a benign solution is pumped into bores drilled into the ore body to dissolve the copper. The copper-containing solution is then pumped to a recovery plant to extract the metal from the liquid.

    The In-situ Recovery (ISR) process

    Kapunda, which is based around 90km from Adelaide, is suitable for ISR since it is a shallow resource found in an area with a high water table. The asset is primarily a copper project, with an inferred JORC resource estimate of 47.4MMts grading 0.25pc of the metal. This is equal to 119,000ts of contained copper considered amenable to ISR techniques.

    Thor currently has exposure to the project through its agreement to earn up to 60pc of a private Australian business called Environmental Copper Recovery (ECR). ECR has, in turn, entered a deal with Terramin Australia to earn, in two stages, up to 75pc of the rights over metals that may be recovered at Kapunda. Last month, Thor announced plans to merge ECR with another business called Environmental Metals Recovery to form a new company called EnviroCopper.

    In Tuesday’s update, Billing said there is not yet sufficient drilling assay information to allow a gold resource to be added to Kapunda’s previously-published copper resource. However, he said that its latest results could potentially represent a ‘very significant project enhancement’.

    ‘The information we have suggests the presence of gold relatively evenly across much of the Kapunda deposit,’ he added. ‘The directors of ECR and the directors of Thor are reviewing options in light of this new and potentially strategically critical information, and will provide further updates in the near term.’

    Busy period

    Tuesday’s news comes at a busy time for Thor. Towards the end of last month, the company announced plans to expand its operational portfolio through two acquisitions. The business is looking to acquire Pilbara Goldfields and Hammersley Metals, which collectively hold interests in two granted licences and seven licence applications at various stages of advancement. These assets are prospective for gold and uranium and cover a total of 764km2 in the Pilbara region of Western Australia and the Northern Territory of Australia.

    Thor said it has chosen to pursue the opportunities – which will cost it around £450,000 - because much of its portfolio is beginning to reach the crystallisation stage. Indeed, alongside the divestment of Kapunda, the business has advanced its 100pc-owned Molyhil tungsten and molybdenum project to mine construction-ready status. It is currently in a commercialisation process to secure project-level finance for the mine construction phase.

    Once these two transactions have completed, Thor said its exploration interests will be limited to its 40pc-owned Bonya tungsten, copper, and vanadium project. As such, Billing said the new firms will give Thor access to a new round of exploration opportunities in Australia.

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  • Thor Mining announces strong gold showings at Pilbara Goldfields (THR)

    Thor Mining (LSE:THR) is currently trading at 0.4p after announcing strong initial sampling results from its 100%-owned Pilbara Goldfield tenements in Western Australia.

    On Thursday, the company revealed that three samples from a preliminary geochemistry reconnaissance programme at the projects assayed above 0.3 grams per tonne (“g/t”) gold, while one assayed above 0.9 g/t gold. Thor also encountered anomalous nickel and chromium up to 1,272 parts per million (“ppm”) nickel and 2,074 ppm chromium.

    The work involved collecting stream sediment samples from 44 sites to broad, project-wide coverage and followed a successful programme of panning announced in November last year. These earlier efforts provided strong evidence of gold prospectivity, with visible gold in 13 of the 44 sediment trap sites sampled.

    Thor said that the latest round of work provides “further support” for the Pilbara Goldfields’ gold potential while also indicating that the tenements could be prospective for nickel and chrome. As executive chairman Mick Billing put it:

    “Very encouraging results from our initial reconnaissance survey on this ground, with plenty of follow up targets, focussing on gold, nickel & chrome. The elevated nickel & chrome samples either side of the ultramafic ridge on the western side of the licence area is particularly intriguing.”

    Billing added that the next phase of work is likely to involve further detailed stream sediment sampling along soil sampling and geological mapping to confirm and extend existing results. Thor acquired the Pilbara tenements last year when it purchased two private companies – Pilbara Goldfields and Hamersley Metals.

    Meanwhile, this month has also seen Thor announce a series of high-grade tungsten and copper assays at its Bonya deposits 30 kilometres to the east of its flagship Molyhil project. On this, Billing said:

    "The Bonya tungsten deposits are delivering robust results which we believe can add significantly to the economic life and commercial outcomes of the nearby proposed Molyhil project. The Bonya project hosts additional tungsten and copper deposits, and these will be tested in due course, however our initial focus is likely to remain with the White Violet tungsten deposit, the Samarkand tungsten/copper deposit, and the Bonya copper deposit.  It is hoped that these can extend the Molyhil project life of mine towards 10 years."

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  • Thor Mining boosts US position with uranium and vanadium project purchases (THR)

    Monday saw Thor Mining announce plans to bolster its North American footprint with the acquisition of a portfolio of uranium and vanadium projects.

    The firm will purchase 100% of the shares in American Vanadium, which wholly-owns 199 contiguous claims in the Uravan Mineral Belt in south-west Colorado, and 100 claims in south-east Utah.

    The Utah claims have reported extensive historical drilling, with significant intersections of both uranium and vanadium. Meanwhile, the Colorado claims include the historical Radium Mountain and Wedding Bell groups of mines, where production has been intermittent for more than 100 years.

    Thor’s executive chairman Mick Billing said: “This is an outstanding opportunity for Thor and its investors. Deposits from the Uravan Mineral Belt have produced large quantities of high-grade uranium and vanadium ore over decades until the early 1980s when the global uranium price collapsed.

    “We have a Colorado-based team ready to commence a sampling program from the historical mines and we look forward to the results of that work, [then moving] on to permitting and drilling as soon as possible.”

    To support its purchase of the assets, Thor has raised A$700,000 by placing shares at A$0.05 each. It has also launched a conditional placing with AIM peer Metal Tiger (LSE:MTR), raising a further A$130,000 by once again issuing shares at A$0.05 each. After the placing, Metal Tiger agreed to invest a further A$120,000 on the same terms.

    Metal Tiger CEO Michael McNeilly highlighted the “highly prospective projects” and told the market:  “We continue to see significant value in Thor Mining and are pleased to support their fundraise. We believe that the outlook for uranium demand in the US is expected to be particularly robust and are pleasedThor now has significant exposure to this commodity.”

    The sellers of American Vanadium also subscribed for A$200,000 of shares in the placing, Thor said.

    Thor Mining shares had climbed 15% to 0.38p in early Monday trading, while Metal Tiger, a £30 million company, was trading 10% higher.

    EnviroCopper opportunity

    Thor also intends to use its placing proceeds to increase its investment in EnviroCopper Ltd with a primary objective of drill testing the gold potential at Kapunda, and for follow-up field work at the Pilbara project where visible gold and anomalous nickel have been encountered in early stage work.

    EnviroCopper is a 25%-owned associate of Thor and is testing gold potential at Kapunda, near Adelaide in south Australia. In November 2019 Thor said visible gold had been discovered at 13 out of 44 sediment trap sites at the Pilbara Goldfield tenements in Western Australia.

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  • Thor Mining confirms extensive high-grade scheelite mineralisation at Molyhil (THR)

    On Thursday, AIM and ASX-listed explorer Thor Mining (LSE:THR) announced encouraging bulk sample assay results from its Molyhil tungsten molybdenum deposit. The firm, which wholly owns Molyhil, drilled two 85mm PQ diamond drill holes, one of which has been assayed. Highlights included 92.6 metres at 1pc Tungsten, 0.16pc Molybdenum, and 0.13pc copper from surface and included 2.2 metres of un-mineralised granite from 11.5 metres.

    Molyhil is located 220 kilometres north-east of Alice Springs as the crow flies within the prospective polymetallic province of the Proterozoic Eastern Arunta Block. The firm completed an updated Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) for the project back in August and is now focused on securing project finance to bring Molyhil into production. Thor has been in advanced discussions with a number of potential partners regarding potential off-take, joint venture and debt financing arrangements. The DFS suggests project capex will be around $51m with a payback period of just 18 months from fiest production.

    Around 30 kms away from Molyhil is Bonya which Thor hopes will be a satellite deposit providing additional resource inventory and extending the life of Molyhil. Thor owns a 40pc equity interest in Bonya which also contains a significant copper resource.

       .                                         A map showing the diamond drill hole location                                                   A portion of the core sample under ultraviolet light (highlighting scheelite mineralisation)

     Mick Billing, Executive Chairman, commented: "This bulk sample assay result is very encouraging for the Molyhil project." 

    "It is rewarding to see confirmation of extensive high-grade scheelite mineralisation along with expected grades of molybdenum.  It is also very pleasing to see the copper mineralisation at potentially economic levels".

    "While the hole design was for the purpose of collecting material most likely to produce sufficient concentrate, rather than for resource purposes, the high-grade nature of the scheelite mineralisation provides further substantial confidence in the Molyhil deposit"

    "Additionally, copper, while part of historic mineral resource estimates at Molyhil, has not been included in the resource estimate for some time, however recent testwork has shown encouraging results for production of a separate saleable concentrate.  While this work has implications for potential production from the nearby Bonya deposits, it is expected to also apply to any copper mineralisation extracted at Molyhil"

    "Since acquiring the Bonya properties, ongoing studies on the combined Molyhil-Bonya project have identified the copper potential of Bonya and its potential suitability for processing at Molyhil (news releases 26 November2018 and 7 May 2019). This has led to the reappraisal of the copper potential at Molyhil itself. Although copper was part of the historical resource estimates at Molyhil, copper has not been included in the recent Thor Mineral Resource and Reserve estimates, and does not form part of the DFS.  At this time, Thor does not plan to amend the resource estimates for Molyhil, or the current DFS on the strength of this new copper perspective, and as such Thor ascribes no additional value for any potential copper revenues at this time."

     

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  • Thor Mining confirms high grade tungsten at Bonya with ‘very good’ assay results (THR)

    On Monday, Thor Mining (LSE:THR) jumped as much as 25pc in early trading, hitting 0.94p, on the news that laboratory assay results confirmed its previously announced interim XRF results at Bonya.
    Highlights from White Violet was 27 metres at 0.29pc tungsten trioxide (WO3) from 35 metres, which included 16 metres at 0.31pc copper from 43 metres and 7 metres at 0.2pc WO3 from 67 metres. Meanwhile, results from Samarkland included 13 metres at 0.48pc WO3from 19 metres and 12 metres at 0.77pc copper from 22 metres.

    The drilling campaign consisted of around 2,500 metres of Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling at a number of targets including the Samarkand, Jericho, White Violet, and Tashkent deposits. Thor released Interim results obtained by portable x-ray fluorescence (XRF) determination at the end of April, heralding them as “substantially better than expectations”. The laboratory assays corroborate the firm’s initial findings with Mick Billing, Executive Chairman of Thor Mining, commenting:

    "It is exciting to have confirmation of very good tungsten results along with exciting copper readings from the White Violet and Samarkand deposits at Bonya."

    "These robust, near surface tungsten and copper mineralisation occurrences have significant growth potential and the joint venture will now target near term drilling to both test the extent of the deposits and facilitate reportable mineral resource estimates.

    "The proposed Molyhil processing facility is designed to extract copper as well as tungsten and molybdenum so any primary copper at Bonya can potentially be extracted at minimal additional cost."

    "In the event that follow up drilling leads to the definition of mineral resource estimates, there is potential to add materially to both the life and financial outcomes at the Company's Molyhil project"

    Thor holds a 40pc interest in Bonya via a joint venture with ASX-listed Arafura Resources (ASX:ARU). The deposits lie around 30km east of Thor’s 100pc owned Molyhil tungsten project which Thor is developing towards commercial production. The firm completed an updated Definitive Feasibility Study for the project back in August and is now focused on securing project finance to bring Molyhil into production. Thor has been in advanced discussions with a number of potential partners regarding potential off-take, joint venture and debt financing arrangements.

    The exciting copper results add further potential for Bonya which is well positioned to be a satellite resource for Molyhil. In an interview with the MiningMaven podcast earlier this month, Mick Billing mentioned the potential to bring copper back into the resource.

    MiningMaven recently compiled a company report detailing how Thor’s exposure to the new copper vehicle EnviroCopper could represent a ‘fascinating opportunity’ for investors.

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  • Thor Mining continues drilling hot streak with further tungsten and copper intersections at Bonya (THR)

    Thor Mining (LSE:THR) sat at 0.7p on Tuesday morning after revealing high-grade tungsten and copper intersections from drilling on the Samarkand deposit at its part-owned Bonya asset in Australia.

    Thor owns a 40pc stake in Bonya, which is adjacent to its 100pc-owned, advanced Molyhil tungsten project in the Northern Territory of Australia. Bonya contains 13 outcropping tungsten deposits plus a copper resource, which Thor expects to add considerably to the life, scale, and economic outcomes of its proposed Molyhil operation.

    Despite being part of a known tungsten province, no drilling has taken place at the Bonya licence area since the seventies. This changed last month when Thor - alongside its 60pc partner Arafura Resources - began a 2,500m RC drilling program after receiving approval in March from the Northern Territory Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority.

    The drilling focuses on five targets called Samarkand, Jericho, White Violet, Tashkent, and Marrakesh, all of which have outcropping tungsten at surface. This ensures that drilling is into, or below, previously-known mineralisation.

    In Tuesday’s update, Thor revealed that drilling on Samarkand had intersected strong grades for both tungsten and copper. On the tungsten side, this includes 15m at 0.44pc tungsten trioxide from 19 metres and 11m at 0.61pc tungsten trioxide from 64m. Elsewhere, drill holes encountered 12m at 0.69pc copper from 22m and 6m at 0.97pc copper from 38m.

    On the results, Thor’s executive chairman Mick Billing said: ‘More very good XRF tungsten results along with exciting copper readings from the Samarkand deposit at Bonya. The proposed Molyhil processing facility is designed to extract copper as well as tungsten and molybdenum so any primary copper at Bonya can be extracted at minimal additional cost. We look forward to the full laboratory assays from this drill program, along with results from the trench sampling from Marrakech and Tashkent, all expected during May.’

    Monday’s results come just a week after Thor released the first set of interim results from its Bonya drilling programme, which it described as ‘substantially better than expectations’. Highlights included 27m at 0.32pc tungsten trioxide from 71m and 16m at 0.43pc copper from 43m at a hole on White Violet. Meanwhile, a hole at Tashkent delivered 2m at 0.43pc tungsten trioxide from 16m.

    Alongside its work at Bonya, Thor has also been busy delivering progress in other areas of its portfolio. For example, in April it announced the commissioning of a resource estimate at its part-held Moonta copper project in South Australia. Moonta stakeholder Enviro Copper has engaged a mining consultancy called Mining Plus to prepare the forecast for several Moonta deposits considered amenable to in-situ recovery (ISR). Numerous drill holes made over several decades will provide the basis for this resource estimation.

    Based in Adelaide, Moonta sits within the historical ‘copper triangle’ of South Australia. Here, around 300,000ts of copper was mined and processed from the 1860s until the 1920s. The site is thought to contain an ISR amenable exploration target of between 238Mt and 310Mt at a grade range of 0.18pc-0.23pc copper.

    Enviro Copper is earning up to a 75pc interest in Moonta from ASX-listed Andromeda Metals. As part of an agreement announced in March, Thor can earn up to a 30pc stake in Enviro Copper before listing activities. These are ‘potentially scheduled’ for later this year, according to last month’s update.

    Last month’s deal also saw Thor transfer its interest into the Adelaide-based Kapunda copper project into Enviro. Kapunda hosts an in-situ recovery (ISR) amenable inferred mineral resource estimate of 119,000ts of contained copper.

    Thor held its interest in the product through a private Australian company called Environmental Copper Recovery (ECR). Thor announced an agreement to earn up to 60pc in ECR last August in exchange for convertible loans worth up to $1.8m.

    ECR holds an agreement to earn, in two stages, up to 75pc of the rights over metals that may be recovered in the Kapunda deposit from ASX-listed miner Terramin. Under the Enviro MOU, Thor relinquished its interest in ECR in exchange for a 25pc, pre-listing, stake in Enviro for A$0.6m. It will also hold the right to acquire a further 5pc seed capital interest in the vehicle for $0.4m.

    Thor said the new combined Enviro entity would provide a strategic opportunity to build a substantial ISR-focused copper exploration, development, and production business with an initial focus on Australia. It said a key strategic target would be the ‘timely development’ of Kapunda into production, which would demonstrate the viability of ISR. This model would then be applied to the larger scale Moonta project. Beyond its two initial interests, Enviro will aim to develop an expanded portfolio of ISR copper opportunities.

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  • Thor Mining due diligence reveals strong uranium and vanadium showing at Colorado assets (THR)

    Thor Mining (LSE:THR) advanced 5.3% to 0.37p on Tuesday morning after revealing strong progress in its uranium and vanadium efforts in the US.

    In an update, the exploration business said it has now completed field sampling on historical mines around the Wedding Bell and Radium Mountain projects in Colorado.

    It entered an option agreement to acquire American Vanadium – the owner of the two assets – earlier this month.

    Thor said that all of the 21 samples it collected appear to host uranium, while the five that were taken from outcrops also present vanadium.

    Elsewhere, Thor said that its research has found no competing interests or issues likely to prevent the future development of mines at the two projects. Meanwhile, investigations have revealed that there are no regulatory or environmental issues to boot.

    Wedding Bell and Radium Mountain sit within the Uravan Mineral Belt. Along with the adjacent Colorado Plateau, this site has produced more than 85 million pounds of triuranium octoxide (a uranium compound) and over 660 million pounds of vanadium pentoxide over the last 100 years.

    Thor’s executive chairman Mick Billing said he was “very pleased” with the results – which appear to be high-grade samples. He added that the firm is now awaiting final assay results later this month and will update on progress as and when it can.

    “Our Colorado based team have moved quickly and completed a sampling program from the historical mines around Wedding Bell and Radium Mountain mines, along with other field due diligence activities.  Additional historical records of mining and drilling activity in each project area are being acquired, and these will be evaluated as a priority."

    As part of its option agreement, Thor would also take on mineral claims owned by American Vanadium in Utah. These have reported extensive historical drilling, with significant intersections of both uranium and vanadium.

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  • Thor Mining due diligence reveals strong uranium and vanadium showings at Colorado assets (THR)

    Thor Mining (LSE:THR) advanced 5.3% to 0.37p on Tuesday morning after revealing strong progress in its uranium and vanadium efforts in the US.

    In an update, the exploration business said it has now completed field sampling on historical mines around the Wedding Bell and Radium Mountain projects in Colorado.

    It entered an option agreement to acquire American Vanadium – the owner of the two assets – earlier this month.

    Thor said that all of the 21 samples it collected appear to host uranium, while the five that were taken from outcrops also present vanadium.

    Elsewhere, Thor said that its research has found no competing interests or issues likely to prevent the future development of mines at the two projects. Meanwhile, investigations have revealed that there are no regulatory or environmental issues to boot.

    Wedding Bell and Radium Mountain sit within the Uravan Mineral Belt. Along with the adjacent Colorado Plateau, this site has produced more than 85 million pounds of triuranium octoxide (a uranium compound) and over 660 million pounds of vanadium pentoxide over the last 100 years.

    Thor’s executive chairman Mick Billing said he was “very pleased” with the results – which appear to be high-grade samples. He added that the firm is now awaiting final assay results later this month and will update on progress as and when it can.

    “Our Colorado based team have moved quickly and completed a sampling program from the historical mines around Wedding Bell and Radium Mountain mines, along with other field due diligence activities.  Additional historical records of mining and drilling activity in each project area are being acquired, and these will be evaluated as a priority."

    As part of its option agreement, Thor would also take on mineral claims owned by American Vanadium in Utah. These have reported extensive historical drilling, with significant intersections of both uranium and vanadium.

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  • Thor Mining flies as Pilbara work continues to show strong visible gold (THR)

    Shares in Thor Mining(LSE:THR) enjoyed a boost of more than a fifth on Friday morning after the company delivered a promising gold update from Australia at a time when the precious metal is trading at record highs.

    Thorwas sitting at 0.47p, its highest value since the beginning of the year, at writing after announcing that sample panning of geochemical samples from its Pilbara Goldfield tenements had unearthed visible gold.

    The £4.6 million firm said that 17 of 32 stream sediment samples had visible gold in panning, while two of the tenements' 2019 sample sites showed the yellow metal in "multiple follow-up stream sediment samples".

    The timing of the news is highly fortunate, with gold currently trading above US$1,900 an ounce as investors around the world rush into safe-haven assets amid unprecedented macro uncertainty.

    Thor'sexecutive chairman Mick Billing said finding visible gold in multiple sites at Pilbara in very close proximity to previous gold samples is "very encouraging".

    "This appears to be a highly successful follow-up, to the previous, very successful, sampling program," he added. "We look forward eagerly to confirmatory gold assays along with assays of the potential nickel site samples".

    The latest round of results come after Thorsuccessful revealed gold, nickel, and chromium assays from preliminary geochemistry reconnaissance at Pilbara back in January. Three of these samples assayed above 0.3g/t gold, while one even reached as high as 0.9g/t gold. Elsewhere, the company located anomalous nickel and chromium at the project of 1,272 parts per million and 2,075 parts per million respectively.

    Friday's results come amid a busy period for Thor,which only last week revealed positive test results for its Kapunda copper in-situ-recovery ("ISR") project – also in Australia.

    A hydrogeological testing programme at the project was successful, with a tracer test showing fluid movement from well to well in a "relatively short time period". This is essential for the ISR process, and Thornow believes that cost savings could arise from reducing the number of well at the project to optimise production.

    Some zones within the Kapunda deposit have previously been reported to host highly promising gold values, including 95 metres at 3.06g/t.

    Thor holds a 25% interest in EnviroCopper, which – in turn – holds an agreement to earn, in two stages, up to 75% of the rights over metals that may be recovered via ISR at Kapunda.

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  • Thor Mining jumps as it reveals plans to progress Australian vanadium project (THR)

    Thor Mining (LSE:THR) enjoyed a 6.45pc boost to 0.82p on Wednesday after detailing plans to progress its Jervois vanadium project in the Northern Territory of Australia. The business took a 40pc stake in Jervois last year as part of its joint venture (JV) deal with Arafura Resources for the Bonya tungsten and copper deposits near its flagship Molyhil project.

    Exploration undertaken at Jervois between 2006 and 2008 showed early signs of success, with many holes intersecting extensive and potentially economic grades of vanadium and titanium. Samples assayed for gold and platinum group elements also returned up to 1.59g/t combined gold plus platinum and palladium.

    As it stands, this historical work is not sufficient enough to estimate a mineral resource. However, Thor and Arafura have used 1,296m of assayed mineralisation it to create a substantial exploration target range at Jervois of 90 to 110 million tonnes at 0.3-0.8pc vanadium pentoxide and 4-8pc titanium dioxide.

    To take Jervois forward, Thor said on Wednesday that the JV plans to focus on resource drilling at three prospects called Casper, Coco, and RD. It will also test further candidates for commercial grades of vanadium and titanium and complete follow-up work on the asset’s gold and platinum group element potential.

    Subject to the successful completion of these activities, the JV would go on to completed further metallurgical studies and other technical activities at Jervois. It would also complete environmental and social impact work aimed at progressing feasibility and mine development permitting. Over the longer-term, Thor said that the JV’s goal is to seek project level investors that can advance Jervois through resource development and subsequent feasibility and permitting activities.

    Thor’s executive chairman Mick Billing added that the company is excited to have an interest in Jervois at a time of stimulated global interest in Vanadium, which is currently priced at $34.25/kg.

    ‘Thor acquired an interest in the Jervois vanadium deposits, at no additional cost, with the acquisition of the Bonya tungsten deposits.  This has proved to be an unanticipated bonus to that acquisition,’he said. ‘Vanadium metal has very a robust baseline demand in the construction industry, along with exciting prospects as a potential battery metal where large capacity storage is required.’

    Wednesday’s update comes shortly after Thor jumped by as much 25pc towards the end of June on the news that laboratory assay results had confirmed the business’s previously announced interim XRF results at Bonya. Bonya contains 13 outcropping tungsten deposits plus a copper resource, which Thor expects to add considerably to the life, scale, and economic outcomes of its proposed Molyhil operation. Despite being part of a known tungsten province, no drilling has taken place at the Bonya licence area since the seventies.

    This changed earlier this year when Thor and Arafura embarked on 2,500m RC drilling at several targets including the Samarkand, Jericho, White Violet, and Tashkent deposits. Thor released interim results obtained by portable x-ray fluorescence (XRF) determination at the end of April, heralding them as ‘substantially better than expectations’.

    Following this, the business released assay results towards the end of last month that confirmed the area’s prospectivity. Highlights included 27 metres at 0.29pc tungsten trioxide (WO3) from 35m at White Violet, which included 16m at 0.31pc copper from 43m and 7m at 0.2pc WO3 from 67m. Meanwhile, results from Samarkland included 13m at 0.48pc WO3 from 19m and 12m at 0.77pc copper from 22m.

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  • Thor Mining pushes forward on strong tungsten intercepts at Bonya (THR)

    Thor Mining (LSE:THR) rose 7.7pc to hit its highest level this month on Monday morning after announcing a series of strong tungsten grades from the White Violet deposit at its Bonya project. A second drilling round at the asset, which is adjacent to Thor’s flagship Molyhil project in Australia’s Northern Territory, intersected 20m at 0.24pc tungsten trioxide from 2m, including 8m at 0.38pc copper from 3m. Other highlights included 8m at 0.24pc tungsten trioxide, 14m at 0.23pc tungsten trioxide, and 2pc at 0.71pc tungsten trioxide from 11m.

    The work, which was managed and 40pc funded by Thor alongside 60pc project owner Arafura Resources, has extended tungsten-bearing mineralisation at White Violet by 40m to both the east and the west. Total strike length now comes in at 120m, while vertical depth now hits 110m. Mick Billing, executive chairman of Thor, which was trading at 0.28p as at writing, said it was ‘very exciting’ to confirm both consistencies of mineralisation and extensions to strike at White Violet, adding:

    ‘Tungsten grades continue to be positive, and it is also pleasing to see further evidence of copper mineralisation. The key Thor driver for drilling at Bonya is to add to the Molyhil area mining inventory with an objective of a minimum of ten years total open pit mining and processing.  These results, subject to assay and follow up resource work, should, we expect, go quite some way towards meeting that objective.

    The rig used to drill the holes has now moved on to another Bonya deposit called Samarkand for the second part of the Thor/Arafura JV’s current drilling programme. This work aims to test the extent of the two deposits to help create create reportable mineral resource estimates.

    Bonya hosts 13 outcropping tungsten deposits that currently carry an exploration target of 3-4.9MMts at 0.3-05pc tungsten trioxide. The area also hosts an inferred copper resources of 230,000ts for 4,600ts of copper.  Thor plans to extract and process this copper at Molyhil for a ‘minimal additional cost’. Despite the licence area being part of a known tungsten province, no tungsten drilling had taken place since the 1970s. Until now.

    Thor and Arafura completed an initial 2,500m reverse circulation drilling programme across Bonya earlier this year. The work confirmed strong tungsten and copper mineralisation across several deposits, with particularly strong results coming from two areas called White Violet and Samarkand. Highlights from White Violet included 27m at 0.29pc tungsten trioxide from 35m, 12m at 0.67pc tungsten trioxide from 46m and 29m at 0.7pc tungsten trioxide from 81m, including 13m at 1.13pc tungsten trioxide.   Meanwhile, top copper intersections at Samarkand included 5m at 0.36pc copper, 12m at 0.77pc copper, and 7m at 1.23pc copper.

    Thor hopes that Bonya could add ‘considerably’ to Molyhil’s life, scale, and economic outcomes. To recap, Molyhil is a tungsten and molybdenum asset located around 320km east of Alice Springs. The project is formed from two adjacent magnetite skarn bodies that contain economic amounts of scheelite, molybdenite and magnetite mineralisation.

    Before Thor’s involvement, little work had taken place at Molyhil bar a brief period of mining at its southern ore body during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Thor has built upon these efforts considerably, completing resource extension drilling and metallurgical test work. It has also made a great deal of permitting progress, carrying out technical, environmental and social studies as well as securing environmental approvals and land agreements with traditional owners.

    Thanks to Thor’s work, Molyhil is now one of the higher-grade open-pit tungsten in the western world. A mineral resource estimate in 2014 gave it a complete resource of 4.71Mt for 13,100ts of tungsten trioxide and 6,220ts of molybdenum. To build on this potential, the firm completed a feasibility study in August last year. The work gave Molyhil a post-tax NPV of $101m, an IRR of 59pc, and a seven-year open pit mine life delivering annual production of 120,000mtu tungsten trioxide and 450t of molybdenum – both in concentrate.  Meanwhile, opex came in at just $90/mtu.

    Thor also believes that Molyhil could deliver a great deal of upside, through both operational enhancements and the opportunity to pursue satellite resources and underground production. Indeed, the firm has demonstrated that high molybdenum and tungsten trioxide continue below the pit floor. To read more about Molyhil and Bonya, including details on ongoing funding talks, please see our recent project update here.

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  • Thor Mining releases ‘very exciting’ interim drill results from Bonya (THR)

    On Tuesday, Thor Mining (LSE:THR) announced expectation-beating drilling results from the Bonya tungsten deposits in Australia. The drilling campaign consisted of around 2,500 metres of Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling at a number of targets including the Samarkand, Jericho, White Violet, and Tashkent deposits. Interim results for three of the four targets are now available following portable x-ray fluorescence (XRF) determination. The White Violet deposit stole the show with very strong results, including 27 metres of 0.32pc tungsten oxide from 71 metres. Copper was also found from a number of holes, particularly on the White Violet deposit including 16 metres at 0.43pc copper from 43 metres.

    Thor holds a 40pc interest in Bonya via a joint venture with ASX-listed Arafura Resources (ASX:ARU). The deposits lie around 30km east of its 100pc owned Molyhil tungsten project which Thor is developing towards commercial production. The firm completed an updated Definitive Feasibility Study for the project back in August and is now focused on securing project finance to bring Molyhil into production. Thor has been in advanced discussions with a number of potential partners regarding potential off-take, joint venture and debt financing arrangements.

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    Meanwhile, Thor continues to progress its 100pc owned Pilot Mountain tungsten project ideally located in Nevada, USA. The firm believes the resource is ‘substantial on a global scale’ and with the US Department of the Interior declaring the mineral as critical in 2018, it perhaps couldn’t be better placed. Thor is carrying out testwork to further advance the project to a pre-feasibility study standard.  Last December the company upgraded its resource estimate for the Desert Scheelite deposit. This included a 6.5pc increase in tungsten and added also added Zinc mineralisation.

    Back to Australia, and there has been plenty of recent activity concerning Thor’s copper interests; the Kapunda and Moonta projects. 

    Kapunda hosts an in-situ recovery (ISR) amenable inferred mineral resource estimate of around 119,000ts of copper. Thor holds an interest via a private Australian company called Environmental Copper Recovery (ECR). Thor announced an agreement to earn up to 60pc in ECR last August in exchange for convertible loans worth up to $1.8m.  Under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in March, Thor will relinquish its interest in ECR and buy a 25pc, pre-listing, interest in Enviro for AUS$0.6m and will retain the right to acquire a further 5pc seed capital interest in the vehicle for AUS$0.4m. Moonta sits within a very prolific copper mining area known as the ‘copper triangle’ in South Australia and contains an ISR amenable exploration target of  238Mt-310Mt at a grade range of 0.18pc-0.23pc copper. 

    In a separate RNS on Tuesday, Thor announced it will be holding a general meeting at 9am on 23 May at the offices of Grant Thornton UK LLP in London.

    Mick Billing, Executive Chairman, commented:

    "These are very exciting interim results, particularly from the White Violet deposit, where results are substantially better than expectations."

    "The inclusion of attractive copper interim assays from several holes also elevates the potential of the Bonya area in general, but White Violet especially."

    "We look forward to the interim results from the Samarkand drilling, and also to the full laboratory assays expected during May."

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  • Thor Mining reveals further copper prospectivity at Molyhil (THR)

    Monday saw Thor Mining (LSE:THR) reveal that a second metallurgical bulk sample drill hole has further boosted its flagship Molyhil project’s prospectivity for copper alongside tungsten and molybdenum.

    The hole, which was one of two drilled down-plunge of the Molyhil Yacht Club lode to obtain material for concentrate samples, has now been assayed. Highlights include 3.5m at 1.32pc tungsten trioxide from 9.5m, 10m at 0.32pc copper from 44m, and 10m at 1.32pc tungsten trioxide from 53m. Elsewhere, assays included 5m at 1.74pc tungsten trioxide from 76m including 2m at 0.81pc molybdenum from 78m and 7m at 1.58pc tungsten trioxide from 88m including 4m at 0.44pc molybdenum from 88m.

    Monday’s update follows the assay results from the first Yacht Club hole, which were released in June. The hole confirmed extensive high-grade scheelite mineralisation and molybdenum grades as expected. However, like the second hole, it also encountered copper from the surface at a grade described by Thor executive chairman Mick Billing as ‘potentially economic’.

    Although copper has been part of Molyhil mineral resource estimates before, it has been absent from Thor’s recent marketing efforts. A historic Molyhil mineral resource estimate with copper can even be viewed on page 33 of 124 at the following link.

    With recent work supporting the production of separate, saleable copper concentrate at Molyhil, this could soon change. Thor believes that the modest copper levels could provide another revenue stream and plans to include the metal in an updated Molyhil mineral resource estimate over coming months. Indeed, on Monday, the business revealed that it has now commissioned RPMGlobal to assess the Molyhil Mineral Resource Estimate for the inclusion of copper in response to the promising results. Billing added that the continued confirmation of copper was ‘very pleasing’. 

    ‘Thor has commissioned a review of the resource estimate for Molyhil to include this, however until that work is complete, we can ascribe no additional value for any potential copper at this time,’ he said. ‘Since acquiring the Bonya properties, ongoing studies on the combined Molyhil-Bonya project have identified the copper potential of Bonya and its potential suitability for processing at Molyhil (news releases 26 November 2018 and 7 May 2019). This has led to the reappraisal of the economic potential for copper at Molyhil.’

    Molyhil is a tungsten and molybdenum asset located around 320km east of Alice Springs. The project is formed from two adjacent magnetite skarn bodies that contain economic amounts of scheelite, molybdenite and magnetite mineralisation.

    Before Thor’s involvement, little work had taken place at Molyhil bar a brief period of mining at its southern ore body during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Thor has built upon these efforts considerably, completing resource extension drilling and metallurgical test work. It has also made a great deal of permitting progress, carrying out technical, environmental and social studies as well as securing environmental approvals and land agreements with traditional owners.

    Thanks to Thor’s work, Molyhil is now one of the higher-grade open-pit tungsten in the western world. A mineral resource estimate in 2014 gave it a complete resource of 4.71Mt for 13,100ts of tungsten trioxide and 6,220ts of molybdenum.

    To build on this potential, the firm completed a feasibility study in August last year. The work gave Molyhil a post-tax NPV of $101m, an IRR of 59pc, and a seven-year open pit mine life delivering annual production of 120,000mtu tungsten trioxide and 450t of molybdenum – both in concentrate. Meanwhile, opex came in at just $90/mtu.

    Thor also believes that Molyhil could deliver a great deal of upside, through both operational enhancements and the opportunity to pursue satellite resources and underground production. Indeed, the firm has demonstrated that high molybdenum and tungsten trioxide continue below the pit floor.

    Thor has spent much of this year focused on locking in project finance and off-take agreements for both tungsten and molybdenum concentrates mined at Molyhil. Although this has taken longer than expected, Billing recently said Thor’s confidence in securing such a deal ‘remains firm’. He added that the company had been approached by, and advanced discussions with, several players whose interests include offtake agreements, joint venture arrangement, or debt instruments.

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  • Thor Mining reveals stable financial position and exciting progress plans in quarterly results (THR)

    Thor Mining sat at 0.68p on Tuesday morning after releasing a set of quarterly results that saw it reveal a robust financial position and a healthy outlook for all of its assets.

    In its figures for the three months ended June 2019, the business said its cash position remains ‘sound’, with enough funds in place to cover its scheduled field programs for the remainder of the year. Elsewhere on the financial side, Thor said that it expects to recover just over A$200,000 in annual research and development costs in the September quarter.

    Moving on to portfolio progress, the April to June quarter saw Thor make a great deal of progress at its flagship Molyhil tungsten project in the Northern Territory of Australia. Throughout the period, it launched marketing activities to lock-in project finance, and off-take agreements for tungsten and molybdenum concentrates from the project. Meanwhile, its metallurgical drill samples at Molyhil produced high-grade tungsten, molybdenum and copper assays, and it achieved strong results from drilling at its nearby Bonya tenements.

    Over the next quarter, it expects to continue discussions with financiers and off-take partners at Molyhil and add copper to the project’s mineral resource estimate. Likewise, it plans to complete a follow-up drill programme at Bonya and establish an initial tungsten resource for the site.

    Beyond Molyhil, Thor completed a successful second-stage metallurgical testwork programme at its Pilot Mountain project in Nevada, which included gold detected in the process sample. In the September quarter, the organisation plans to follow up this gold occurrence by re-assaying historical drilling samples as well as carry out metallurgical process optimisation work.

    On the copper side of its operations, Thor spent the three months to June completing successful laboratory testwork at its Kapunda project in Australia that recovered gold from drill samples. It also commissioned a mineral resource estimate for several copper deposits at its Moonta project, also in Australia. Over the coming months, Thor expects to complete field pump test at Kapunda and receive mineral resource estimates at Moonta.

    Mick Billing, executive chairman at Thor, said: ‘Our confidence in securing off-take and finance for Molyhil remains firm, with positive interest from a number of players, whose interests vary from offtake, to joint venture arrangements, to debt instruments.  The Directors acknowledge that this has taken much longer than anticipated, however we are confident of a positive outcome.

    ‘In the meantime, we continue to work on initiatives which we believe will enhance the project, including extending project life beyond the initial seven year open cut program, as well as other programs anticipated to enhance commercial outcomes.

    ‘The developments in our ISR copper investments, substantially funded by the Australian Government research and development grant, continue to show great promise and we look to the scheduled drill program during the September quarter. We also look forward to assay results from historical Pilot Mountain drill samples which are being tested for gold content.’

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  • Thor Mining reveals strong initial drilling results at Kapunda ISR project (THR)

    Tuesday saw Thor Mining (LSE:THR) rise after revealing positive drilling results at its part-owned Kapunda in-situ recovery (ISR) copper project in South Australia.

    Three holes were drilled, and two screened wells installed, to complete initial hydrogeological investigations at the asset – in which EnviroCopper has entered a two-stage agreement to earn a 75pc stake. Thor, in turn, holds a 25pc interest in EnviroCopper with rights to increase that stake to 30pc.

    Not only did this work reveal that the project’s water table is quite shallow, but it also confirmed connectivity between screened intervals along its predominant fracture directions. These are both critical requirements for the ISR process, which centres around a chemical process called ‘leaching’. In layman’s terms, this involves dissolving minerals underground in a solution before extracting them at the surface. As ISR is much cheaper and quicker than actually building a copper mine, EnviroCopper believes that the technique can bring lower-grade projects into economic territory.

    Elsewhere on Tuesday, Thor said the first round of drilling at Kapunda had revealed that the fracture zone contains significant copper mineralisation thought to be amenable to the ISR process. Indeed, the pilot hole encountered 66m at 0.27pc copper including 5m at 0.72pc copper and 11m at 0.54pc copper. Meanwhile, the two additional holes intersected 8m, 23m at 0.49pc copper to end of hole and 22m, 6m at 0.47pc copper to end of hole respectively.

    EnviroCopper’s next stage of work includes large-scale column leach recovery tests leading on to a full-scale field trial.

    Thor’s executive chairman Mick Billing said: ‘It is very exciting to have confirmation of both consistency of mineralisation and possible hydrogeological connectivity along strike in the facture zone. This adds considerable weight to the potential for a successful ISR operation in due course. ‘It is also pleasing to note that the preliminary copper grades are above the average for the resource.  We are very keen to have laboratory assays to confirm these, and also to provide any gold values, as gold is most unlikely to be picked up in portable XRF readings.

    ‘These holes were drilled on the very southern tip of the main resource area, and previously conducted IP surveys further south show additional chargeable anomalies which should be investigated to see if they contain additional mineralisation, which could significantly extend the resource.’

    As we have written before, by achieving production at Kapunda, EnviroCopper hopes to demonstrate ISR’s operational viability in the copper market and take the technology to other projects.

    Aided by historical mining data and environmental and hydrogeological work, EnviroCopper has estimated Kapunda contains an ISR-amenable inferred copper resource of 119,000ts. As announced in April, the company has also been able to recover gold from samples taken from the project and work to ascertain whether it can establish a resource for the precious metal is ongoing.

    Before commercialisation, EnviroCopper must complete a pre-feasibility study and a definitive feasibility study at Kapunda.  It will also have to meet any necessary environmental, social, and regulatory requirements and secure financing.  Handily, its $2.8m government-issued research grant will support it in these efforts- indeed, the firm expects these funds to take the project through to demonstration of feasibility.

    Once progress has been made at Kapunda, EnviroCopper will move on to Moonta - its second 75pc-held project. Moonta is located around 160km north-east of Adelaide within the historical copper triangle of South Australia, where around 300,000ts of copper were mined and processed between the 1860s and 1920s.

    Although it is an earlier-stage project than Kapunda, Moonta is also thought to be a much larger opportunity. In August 2019, EnviroCopper announced an initial inferred resource estimate for the asset of 66.1MMts grading 0.17pc copper. This translates to 114,000ts of contained copper considered amenable to ISR, taking EnviroCopper’s business-wide managed resource inventory 233,000ts. However, this initial figure was formed from the analysis of just 164 drill holes at Moonta. This lead to the identification of three copper deposits, called Wombat, Bruce, and Larwood. A further 308 holes already drilled over these deposits will feature in future resource modelling once quality assurance has been completed, providing an obvious opportunity for upside. What’s more, all three deposits remain open along strike or at depth – providing EnviroCopper with a chance to identify mineralisation beyond that already discovered.

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  • Thor Mining reveals substantial metallurgical testwork progress at Pilot Mountain (THR)

    Thor Mining’s (LSE:THR) Pilot Mountain project in Nevada was thrust back into the spotlight on Monday after the firm revealed positive results from project drill samples including potentially economic levels of gold. Thor, which currently sits at 0.78p, conducted locked-cycle metallurgical testwork on 600kg of drill core grading 0.265pc tungsten trioxide from Pilot Mountain’s Desert Scheelite deposit. The work produced a scheelite concentrate considered saleable at a recovery of 73.57pc assaying over 68pc tungsten trioxide.

    What’s more, the tailings produced from the testwork contained potentially economic levels of gold assayed at 0.33g/t along with other tungsten minerals not usually recovered using flotation. Thor will investigate whether these minerals, which include wolframite, have the potential for subsequent recovery.

    Pilot Mountain is based 250km south-east of Reno and contains tungsten, copper, zinc, and silver skarn-style mineralisation at four primary locations. These are the Desert Scheelite, Garnet, Gunmetal, and Good Hope deposit. After extensive historical drilling, work by Thor has delivered JORC resources on two deposits. All-in-all, the asset boasts an inferred and indicated resource of 12.53Mt for 34,290ts titanium trioxide, 16,000ts copper, 207ts silver, and 40,300ts zinc.

    A scoping study completed in September last year projected project life of mine EBITDA of $125m for Desert Scheelite alongside $30-35m of project capex, and a project payback period of 30 months. When Garnet and process enhancements are factored in, the project has a life of mine EBITDA of $202-370m, with the same capex and a shortened 12-18-month payback period.

    On Monday, Thor’s executive chairman Mick Billing called the metallurgical results a ‘significant step forward’ for the business at Pilot Mountain: ‘The locked cycle testwork has demonstrated production of a high grade scheelite concentrate with good recoveries. We are following up the gold potential via extraction of sample pulps from previous testwork which will be re-assayed for gold. Significant potential exists for further enhancements to this work which may improve project economic outcomes.  Tungsten remains classified as a critical mineral in the USA, with no domestic tungsten production’.

    Elsewhere, Billing said Thor continues to have a principal focus on securing off-take and finance agreements for its flagship Molyhil tungsten-molybdenum deposit in the Northern Territory of Australia. Molyhil is located 220 kilometres north-east of Alice Springs as the crow flies within the prospective polymetallic province of the Proterozoic Eastern Arunta Block.  Thor completed an updated Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) for the project back in August and is now focused on securing project finance to bring Molyhil into production.

    The firm has been in advanced discussions with several potential partners regarding potential off-take, joint venture and debt financing arrangements.  The DFS suggests project capex will be around $51m with a payback period of just 18 months from first production.

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  • Thor Mining rises as cash position improves and tungsten projects advance (THR)

    Thor Mining (LSE:THR) rose 8.7pc to 1.3p on Wednesday after revealing strong progress at all of its projects, an improved cash position, and a bullish outlook for tungsten price.

    In an update for Q4 2018, the firm revealed that its forecast activity is entirely financed until late 2019 following the exercise of £581,000 worth of warrants last year. It also updated investors on recent activity and plans for the current quarter at its portfolio of tungsten, molybdenum, and copper projects around the world.

    The end of last year saw the business appoint Argent Partners to provide corporate advice aimed at securing financing for its flagship Molyhil project.

    Molyhil, which is located in the Northern Territory of Australia, is now substantially permitted and ready for construction as a result of Thor’s significant drilling and metallurgical testing work. As it stands, the site contains a probable reserve of 3.5MMts at 0.29pc tungsten (10,200ts) and 0.12pc molybdenum (4,300ts).

    Last August, an updated definitive feasibility study for the site gave it an NPV(5) of A$101m, an internal rate of return of 59pc, an EBITDA of A$239m and a payback period of around 18 months. In Wednesday’s update, the firm said these enhanced figures had attracted the interest of various potential partners. It hopes to finalise an acceptable arrangement over the near term.

    Over the coming quarter, Thor also plans to carry out marketing activities to lock in off-take agreements for both tungsten and molybdenum concentrates at Molyhil. It also expects to get drilling approval for the project’s nearby Bonya deposits.

    A maiden resource estimate in Q4 last year gave Bonya a deposit of 230,000 tonnes containing 4,600 tonnes of copper. It is also expected to include tungsten deposits that could add to Molyhils life and scale. The company hopes to launch a drilling programme to assess this in the current quarter.

    Elsewhere, Thor plans to carry out the second stage of metallurgical test work and environmental and infrastructure studies at its 100pc-owned Pilot Mountain tungsten project in Nevada. Last year saw the firm release an update to the resource estimate for the project’s Desert Scheelite deposit. This increase contained tungsten by 6.5pc and included attractive zinc levels for the first time.

    Finally, the business said it plans to prepare the Kapunda copper project in Australia for field pump testing in the current quarter. This comes after it demonstrated proof of concept for in situ recovery at the site last year.

    Mick Billing, executive chairman of Thor Mining, said: ‘A positive quarter with progress on all core projects, and a strengthened cash position. The appointment of corporate advisors to support and guide our efforts towards off-take & financing for Molyhil is a strategy we believe will improve our prospects of securing the best arrangement possible for our shareholders. A number of potential scenarios are possible with various interested parties, and we hope to be in a position to advise progress shortly. Additionally, the potential of nearby Bonya tenements, hosting tungsten, copper, and vanadium, provides potential upside for Molyhil, and also for other stand-alone development opportunities.’

    The improvement in the Pilot Mountain resource estimate is an additional welcome boost as we advance our technical studies. Proof of Concept for ISR recovery for the Kapunda copper project is a significant critical step in this very exciting project. We will continue to provide investors with regular updates in respect of activities and progress.’

    Elsewhere, the company gave a bullish outlook for price trends in its important tungsten and molybdenum markets. As at the time of the report’s release, tungsten price per mtu of Ammonium Para Tungstate were $262.50/mtu. Speaking to MiningMaven, Billing said industry dynamics indicate that prices could rise from this level:

    ‘China, the dominant global supplier, has withdrawn production licences from a number of producers for environmental reasons, and reports suggest that they have issued no new production licences for a couple of years. While a number of projects elsewhere are in development and hopeful producers, like Thor, are poised to commence development, it is unlikely that these new developments will meet the expected growth in demand.’

    Meanwhile, molybdenum prices sat at $11.25/lb. Billing said the industry is expecting several years of supply constraints. This has led numerous potential molybdenum off-take partners to indicate a willingness to discuss fixed price purchasing agreements with Thor.

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  • Thor Mining rises as Enviro Copper commissions resource estimate at Moonta (THR)

    Thor Mining (LSE:THR) enjoyed a 6pc rise to 0.8p a share on Tuesday morning after announcing the commissioning of a resource estimate at its part-held Moonta copper project in South Australia. Moonta stakeholder Enviro Copper has engaged a mining consultancy called Mining Plus to prepare the estimate for several Moonta deposits considered amenable to in-situ recovery (ISR). Numerous drill holes made over several decades will provide the basis for this resource estimation.

    Based in Adelaide, Moonta sits within the historical ‘copper triangle’ of South Australia. Here, around 300,000ts of copper was mined and processed from the 1860s until the 1920s. The site is thought to contain an ISR amenable exploration target of between 238Mt and 310Mt at a grade range of 0.18pc-0.23pc copper.

    Enviro Copper is earning up to a 75pc interest in Moonta from ASX-listed Andromeda Metals. As part of an agreement announced last month, Thor can earn up to a 30pc stake in Enviro Copper before listing activities. These are ‘potentially scheduled’ for later this year, according to Tuesday’s update.

    Thor’s executive chairman Mick Billing called Tuesday’s development ‘very exciting’ for the firm’s copper strategy.

    ‘The non-invasive production technique of In-situ Recovery of copper has the potential to co-exist without significant disruption to farming and once completed, have little to no impact on future agricultural land use,’ he added. ‘ISR is an extension of proven technology and has been in use since the 1960's. With recent technical advances ISR can now offer a lower footprint and is likely to find further application in mineral recovery fields because it can coexist with other land use activities. The Moonta project, hosts oxide copper minerals and some secondary sulphide copper minerals in deep weathered troughs, indicating early stage potential for copper production via ISR methods.’

    Last month’s deal also saw Thor transfer its interest into the Adelaide-based Kapunda copper project into Enviro. Kapunda hosts an in-situ recovery (ISR) amenable inferred mineral resource estimate of 119,000ts of contained copper.

    Thor held its interest in the product through a private Australian company called Environmental Copper Recovery (ECR). Thor announced an agreement to earn up to 60pc in ECR last August in exchange for convertible loans worth up to $1.8m.

    ECR holds an agreement to earn, in two stages, up to 75pc of the rights over metals that may be recovered in the Kapunda deposit from ASX-listed miner Terramin. Under the Enviro MOU, Thor relinquished its interest in ECR in exchange for a 25pc, pre-listing, interest in Enviro for A$0.6m. It will also hold the right to acquire a further 5pc seed capital interest in the vehicle for $0.4m.

    Thor said the new combined Enviro entity would provide a strategic opportunity to build a substantial ISR-focused copper exploration, development, and production business with an initial focus on Australia. It said a key strategic target would be the ‘timely development’ of Kapunda into production, which would demonstrate the viability of ISR. This model would then be applied to the larger scale Moonta project. Beyond its two initial interests, Enviro will aim to develop an expanded portfolio of ISR copper opportunities.

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  • Thor Mining spikes on maiden Bonya tungsten/copper resource estimates (THR)

    Thor Mining (LSE:THR) took a significant step forward at its Bonya project in the Northern Territory of Australia on Thursday, establishing maiden mineral resource estimates for two of its deposits.

    The firm, which is Bonya’s manager and 40% owner, said the White Violet deposit is thought to contain 495,000 tonnes of inferred resources holding 1,090 tonnes of tungsten trioxide and 300 tonnes of copper. Meanwhile, the Samarkand deposit has been ascribed 245,000 tonnes of inferred resource containing 465 tonnes of tungsten trioxide and 320 tonnes of copper.

    These resources add to the previously announced inferred resource estimate for the entirety of Bonya – which came in at 230,000 tonnes containing 4,600 tonnes of copper.

    Looking ahead, both of the deposits demonstrate the potential for further upside, remaining open at depth and boasting outcropping mineralisation. Samarkand, in particular, shows promise for strike extension on its copper mineralisation, said Thor.

    Elsewhere, the organisation highlighted Bonya’s proximity to its flagship Molyhil tungsten and molybdenum project – which is currently awaiting financing. Thor and its Bonya joint venture partner Arafura plan to truck ore from the project to Molyhil, where it can be processed using existing facilities.

    Thor’s executive chairman Mick Billing described Wednesday’s maiden resources as “very significant” when considered in the context of the total Molyhil/Bonya development. Alongside Arafura, the company will now have to carry out further work to convert its new inferred resources at White Violet and Samarkand into the more advanced indicated category.

    “The Bonya project hosts additional known tungsten and copper deposits, and some high tenor copper strike extension at Samarkand,” added Billing. “These will be tested in due course, and we expect that they will further contribute to the life and value of the greater Molyhil project."

    With tungsten prices thriving in the December quarter thanks to growing demand, the addition of significant ounces of the metal to Thor’s overall resource inventory is particularly exciting. If the company can continue to advance the metal towards the production stage, then it could become a great source of value for investors. With this in mind, a drop in Thor’s share price from nearly 1.4p to its current 0.385p over the past year could present an interesting entry point.

    As at writing, the company’s share price had risen 8.45% to well above its five-day EMA (0.374p), with volume spiking considerably on the news from Bonya. Should this momentum continue – supported by regular updates from Thor – then the firm’s current £3.8 million market cap could soon look very small.

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  • Thor Mining updates on positive progress at Big Sandy lithium project (THR)

    Thor Mining (LSE:THR) updated the market on Friday with news concerning the Big Sandy Deposit, located in Arizona, USA. The company enjoys exposure to the project via a 1.075pc equity holding in Hawkstone Mining (ASX:HWK).

    Hawkstone has released drilling results this week from a further 7 holes of its 37-hole diamond drill programme, and they look very positive. A number of the holes continued to intersect thick, high-grade lithium with highlights including 52m at 1,953 parts per million (ppm) Lithium from 11m to 63m.  The current drill phase 2 drill programme commenced in February and Hawkstone will drill a final 3 holes to complete the campaign.

    The firm also says results to date have successfully outlined extensions to the primary lithium mineralisation to 800m north, with mineralisation remaining open to the north and west.

    This week’s results compound the success of results released in May, which covered 5 holes. Highlights from that batch included 39m at 2,015 ppm Lithium from 23m to 62m. Hawkstone recently appointed Dr David Deak, formely of Tesla and Lithium Americas Corp to its technical team. Big Sandy is located with the United State’s ‘Battery Corridor, which includes Tesla Motors Gigafactory 1 near Reno in Nevada.

    Hawkstone Managing Director Paul Lloyd commented "The assay results from these latest 7 diamond holes demonstrate the significant potential of the Big Sandy project and we look forward to updating the market further regarding assay results pending from the next 8 diamond drill holes as they become available."

    Mick Billing, Executive Chairman, added: 

    "We welcome this additional positive news from the Big Sandy drilling program noting that the program is continuing with more news scheduled in the coming weeks."

     "We look forward to the balance of the drilling results as the program continues to improve the prospects for Big Sandy and the value of our Hawkstone investment."

    Thor has also announced very good results from its own drilling programme at Bonya earlier this week. The company’s share price jumped as much as 25pc in early trading on Tuesday hitting 0.94p, on the news that laboratory assay results confirmed its previously announced interim XRF results at Bonya.

    The exciting copper results add further potential for Bonya which is well positioned to be a satellite resource for Molyhil. In an interview with the MiningMaven podcast earlier this month, Mick Billing mentioned the potential to bring copper back into the resource.

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  • Thor Mining ups mineral resource estimate at Pilot Mountain tungsten project (THR)

    Thor Mining (LSE:THR) announced an increased mineral resource estimate at its Pilot Mountain project in Nevada, USA on Thursday. The company owns 100% of the Tungsten project and reports a 6.5% increase in the mineral resource which also contains copper and zinc on the Desert Scheelite deposit at Pilot Mountain.

  • Thor Mining: is EnviroCopper closing in on more than half a million tonnes of copper at Moonta? (THR)

    EnviroCopper is a privately run mining company, which is seeking to develop the Kapunda and Moonta copper projects using an extraction method call “in situ- recovery” (“ISR”). Thor Mining Plc (LSE:THR) has the right to purchase a 30pc stake in EnviroCopper, which is pioneering the application of ISR in copper mining operations in Australia. ISR is a highly cost effective and environmentally more friendly extraction method compared to traditional mining.

    EnviroCopper is earning into 75pc of two ISR projects in Australia, at Kapunda and Moonta. Across these two projects EnviroCopper now has a managed resourced inventory of 233,000 tonnes of copper; 119,000 tonnes at Kapunda and now, following August’s maiden resource estimate, 114,000 tonnes at Moonta.

    In this special MiningMaven Wire we provide analysis of the maiden copper resource estimate at Moonta and provide some more contextual background about other global ISR copper projects that could provide indicators as to how EnviroCopper might develop.

     

    The latest Moonta report can be read by accessing the download page HERE.

     

    This MiningMaven Wire also provides an update to the main EnviroCopper report published in June 2019, following release of the initial mineral resource estimate at Moonta in August 2019. The full report can be read HERE.

  • Thor Mining’s Mick Billing on Molyhil’s ‘extremely attractive’ potential as project construction looms

    Thor Mining (LSE:THR) has risen from 1.6p to 2.2p this month, boosted largely by the news that it has taken on a corporate adviser to help it secure financing with interested firms at its Molyhil tungsten project in Australia. The news follows a year of strong progress at Molyhil that has seen Thor release greatly enhanced financials for the site, while also boosting its upside through a nearby acquisition and work on an underground operation.

  • Thor Mining’s Mick Billing on what investors can expect at Kapunda, Molyhil, and more over the coming months (THR)

    Thor Mining (LSE:THR) has started 2020 with a bang, delivering strong sampling results, resource estimates, and financing news across major assets in its portfolio. Here, the company’s chief executive Mick Billing walks us through the firm’s plans for the coming months, highlighting potential sources of newsflow that could prompt a re-rate in its share price.

    Proof of concept at Kapunda

    One of Thor’s critical areas of focus over coming months will be the Kapunda project it has exposure to through its investment in EnviroCopper Limited.

    Based in South Australia, Kapunda is a historic copper mine that EnviroCopper is working to exploit through a low-cost, environmentally-friendly extraction technique called in-situ recovery (“ISR”). In layman’s terms, this involves dissolving minerals underground in a solution – a process called “leaching”- before extracting by pumping to the surface. From there, the process is identical to a heap leaching operation after the process of dissolving the metal in the heap.

    2019 saw Thor and ECR make much progress at Kapunda, establishing proof of concept for the use of ISR to extract copper and gold and launching field pump tests to test the flow of fluid through its deposits. Meanwhile, in 2017, the Australian government announced an offer to provide the firms with A$2.9 million of research funding over 30 months to advance the project.

    Site of recent hydro-geological drilling at Kapunda (Source: Thor Mining)

    With Thor recent reporting that initial field pump results had shown “good potential connectivity” and “good copper values”from initial geochemical work, Billing says he expects full assays to be delivered imminently. Initial signs are positive, he adds:

    “I expect assays to come in the next couple of weeks. Other testing will establish that there is connectivity in the deposit from one area to the next – something that is needed for ISR to work. Currently, there is every inference that that connectivity exists.”

    Following this, Billing says the firms plan to launch field recovery trials later this year to establish whether copper and gold that has not yetbeen dissolved in the ground can be dissolved and extracted. As it stands, a small but significant amount of copper has already dissolved in the groundwater present at Kapunda naturally over time.

    Should EnviroCopper be able to establish this, it will provide definitive evidence that what the firms have been able to do in the laboratory with historical core and with modelling can be done in the field economically. In this case, Billing says the project – alongside its sister asset Moonta – have the potential to be bigger than Thor’s Molyhil and Pilot Mountain properties combined.

    We believe this copper business is potentially our best, we are very excited about establishing the economic vitality of ISR at Kapunda, and one of the nice things is that the bulk of this is being paid for by the Australian government by way of a grant."

    Financing at Molyhil

    Another key area of focus for Thor over coming months will be its wholly-owned Molyhil tungsten project and associated Bonya tenements. The firm manages and 40%-owns these latter deposits in a joint venture with Arafura Resources.

    For some time now, Thor has told investors that discussions are ongoing with various potential partners who have expressed in financing Molyhil’s development. Billing says that, while these discussions will continue, a new dimension has now opened up when it comes to the asset’s financing.

    The company is in discussions with several Australian Commonwealth government agencies mandated to provide financial assistance to undeveloped critical mineral projects. These agencies include Export Finance Australia, the Defence Export Facility, the Critical Minerals Facilitation Office and the North Australian Infrastructure Facility. With tungsten becoming an increasingly crucial critical mineral globally – prices have recovered in recent months - Billing is hopeful this initial interest will develop:

    “Because tungsten is a critical mineral and because of the increased focus on critical minerals by the US and the partners of the US like Australia and Canada, there is potential for some financial assistance from some of these bodies. We have been working with a couple of them for several months and, while nothing can be guaranteed, there is an additional dimension to the financing of Molyhil compared with the story of several months ago. This does not replace the work we have been doing with several parties we have been working with, but adds to that work and complements it.”

    Meanwhile, Billing says Thor will continue its work to develop Bonya after establishing tungsten and copper resource estimates for its White Violet and Samarkand deposits last month:

    “There is permitting to do, drilling to upgrade the resources and a host of environmental work to complete. We are also seeking an agreement with the original landowners that will allow us to have the same rights at Bonya as we have secured at Molyhil. That is a work-in-progress but it is going through.”

    Location of the Bonya tenements (Source: Thor Mining)

    Pushing Pilbara forward

    Finally, Billing expects Thor to follow up on a recently-completed field reconnaissance programme at its Pilbara goldfield tenements. Samples from 44 sites provided strong evidence of gold prospectivity along with anomalous nickel and chromium. Billing says the presence of these two latter metals was “unexpected” and warrants further exploration:

    “We have gold in 15 of sites and nickel and chrome in another two. We are following up on the gold because the success and density of those hits mean it looks like much more than a couple of isolated specks, there could be significant quantities. Meanwhile, chrome is often an indicator metal for nickel , and ultramafic rocks are a known environment to host sulphide nickel deposits. We think there is potentially quite a strong nickel story out of this that will require following up.”

    Thor’s share price has fallen by close to 30% since the beginning of the year, sitting at 0.298p at writing. With so much work ongoing in the company’s portfolio, it will be interesting to see whether a strong run of news can buck this trend and help the firm to return to the 1p plus territory at which it sat this time last year.

    Author: Daniel Flynn

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  • Where next for Thor Mining’s Molyhil and Bonya projects as CEO Mick Billing heads out on site visit?

    Thor Mining chief executive Mick Billing is currently out in the Northern Territory of Australia visiting the company’s Bonya tenements adjacent to its flagship Molyhil tungsten and molybdenum project. The visit follows recent claims by the business that it is continuing to make steady progress in its efforts to lock in project finance and off-take agreements for metal concentrates mined at the asset. With this in mind, can investors expect an imminent update on the project? Here we look at Molyhil and Bonya’s in detail before running through Thor’s recent efforts to enhance both assets’ already attractive fundamentals.

    Making Molyhil

    Wholly-owned by Thor, Molyhil is a tungsten and molybdenum asset located around 320km east of Alice Springs. The project is formed from two adjacent magnetite skarn bodies that contain economic amounts of scheelite, molybdenite and magnetite mineralisation.

    Before Thor’s involvement, little work had taken place at Molyhil bar a brief period of mining at its southern ore body during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Thor has built upon these efforts considerably, completing resource extension drilling and metallurgical test work. It has also made a great deal of permitting progress, carrying out technical, environmental and social studies as well as securing environmental approvals and land agreements with traditional owners.

    Thanks to Thor’s work, Molyhil is now one of the higher-grade open-pit tungsten in the western world. A mineral resource estimate in 2014 gave it a complete resource of 4.71Mt for 13,100ts of tungsten trioxide and 6,220ts of molybdenum.

    To build on this potential, the firm completed a feasibility study in August last year. The work gave Molyhil a post-tax NPV of $101m, an IRR of 59pc, and a seven-year open pit mine life delivering annual production of 120,000mtu tungsten trioxide and 450t of molybdenum – both in concentrate. Meanwhile, opex came in at just $90/mtu.

    Thor also believes that Molyhil could deliver a great deal of upside, through both operational enhancements and the opportunity to pursue satellite resources and underground production. Indeed, the firm has demonstrated that high molybdenum and tungsten trioxide continue below the pit floor.

    The underground case for Molyhil(Source: Company)

    Advancing talks

    Thor has spent much of this year focused on locking in project finance and off-take agreements for both tungsten and molybdenum concentrates mined at Molyhil. Although this has taken longer than expected, Billing recently said Thor’s confidence in securing such a deal ‘remains firm’. He added that the company had been approached by, and advanced discussions with, several players whose interests include offtake agreements, joint venture arrangement, or debt instruments.

    In the meantime, Thor has also spent time working to support these discussions by enhancing Molyhil’s already attractive fundamentals. In June, the organisation drilled two holes down plunge of the site’s Yacht Club lode to support the production of tungsten and molybdenum concentrate samples for prospective offtake partners. One of these holes intersected 1pc tungsten trioxide and 0.16pc molybdenum down 92.6m.

    The hole confirmed extensive high-grade scheelite mineralisation and molybdenum grades expected at Molyhil. However, it also encountered 0.13pc copper from the surface, a grade that Billing described as ‘potentially economic’. Although copper has been part of Molyhil mineral resource estimates before, it has been absent from Thor’s recent marketing efforts. However, with recent work supporting the production of a separate, saleable copper concentrate at Molyhil, this could soon change. Thor believes that the modest copper levels could provide another revenue stream and plans to include the metal in an updated Molyhil mineral resource estimate over coming months.

    Bonya boost

    Thor’s efforts to enhance Molyhil’s fundamentals have also seen it complete considerable work at a collection of adjacent tenements called Bonya this year. Bonya, in which Thor purchased a 40pc position from Arafura Resources last year, hosts 13 outcropping tungsten deposits. These currently carry an exploration target of 3-4.9MMts at 0.3-05pc tungsten trioxide. The area also hosts an inferred copper resources of 230,000ts for 4,600ts of copper. Thor plans to extract and process this at Molyhil for a ‘minimal additional cost’. Despite the licence area being part of a known tungsten province, no tungsten drilling has taken place since the 1970s. Regardless, in April, Billing said he hoped that Bonya could add ‘considerably’ to Molyhil’s life, scale, and economic outcomes.

    Location of the Bonya tenements relative to Molyhil(Source: Company)

    True to its word, Thor - alongside Arafura - completed an initial 2,500m reverse circulation drilling programme across Bonya earlier this year. The work confirmed strong tungsten and copper mineralisation across several deposits, with particularly strong results coming from two areas called White Violet and Samarkand.

    Highlights from White Violet included 27m at 0.29pc tungsten trioxide from 35m, 12m at 0.67pc tungsten trioxide from 46m and 29m at 0.7pc tungsten trioxide from 81m, including 13m at 1.13pc tungsten trioxide. Meanwhile, top copper intersections at Samarkand included 5m at 0.36pc copper, 12m at 0.77pc copper, and 7m at 1.23pc copper. To read the results in more detail, please click here. To build on these strong initial results, Thor and Arafura will now target near-term drilling to test the extent of the two deposits and create reportable mineral resource estimates.

    Vanadium opportunity

    Finally, it is worth mentioning that Thor’s deal with Arafura last year also saw it take a 40pc stake in the Jervois vanadium project in Australia at no extra cost. Although the project is very early-stage, past exploration has intersected extensive and potentially economic grades of vanadium and titanium. Some samples also returned up to 1.59ppm of combined gold, platinum, and palladium when assayed.

    Thor and Arafura announced an exploration target range for Jervois of 90-110MMts at 0.3-0.8pc vanadium pentoxide and 4-8pc titanium dioxide in July. The pair also outlined a future work programme for the asset, which will focus on resource drilling at the Casper, Coco, and RD deposits. They will also test another prospect for potentially economic grades of vanadium and titanium and complete follow up work on the gold and PGE potential on all candidates. Subject to success in these areas, the business would then conduct further metallurgical studies along with environmental and social impact studies.

    Where next?

    As can be seen, Molyhil has long represented an attractive asset. Work completed by Thor over the past year has only enhanced this prospectivity by adding in a whole new source of tungsten deposits and throwing copper into the mix. With the company long claiming that Molyhil has enjoyed third party interest, there seems a good change that these efforts will have made the project more attractive to potential offtakers and financiers. In the wake of Billing’s trip to Bonya, then, can Thor firm finally take discussions over the line and create value for itself and shareholders alike?

    Author: Daniel Flynn

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  • With a £1.7m market cap, is Thor Mining prepped for a rerate? – A portfolio review

    As all readers will be aware, this year has seen the outbreak of Covid-19 has driven one of the most significant market sell-offs in history. As more and more countries have enter lockdown conditions, appetite has waned significantly among panicked investors. In response, share prices have seriously declined across the board almost without prejudice.

    However, while the short-term outlook may be grim, many experts are already eyeing the inevitable rebound that will occur once the pandemic passes.

    Using analysis of performance during previous outbreaks, such as SARS in 2003, S&P Global has already identified metal markets as one of the most significant potential beneficiaries here. In particular, analysts expect a huge release of pent-up Chinese demand – coupled with unprecedented government and central bank intervention – to drive stronger commodity markets for some time post-Covid-19.

    Should this be the case, then one London-listed company well-positioned to benefit could be Thor Mining(LSE:THOR). With assets spreading several commodities – copper, tungsten, and molybdenum to name a few – the recent hit to the firm’s share price could open up an interesting entry point once things begin to stabilise. Here, we take a look at Thor’s portfolio of assets in detail:

    Kapunda

    Kapunda is a copper and gold opportunity located in South Australia, close to a town also called Kapunda that lays claim to being the birthplace of the country’s booming copper mining industry.

    Not only is Kapunda based near a great deal of established infrastructure and a skilled labour force, but it also benefits from historic exploration by many companies over the years. Data collected from this work has helped to establish an inferred resource of 47.4 million tonnes for 119,000 tonnes of copper for the property.

    This copper will be extracted using a low-cost and low-environmental impact technique called in-situ recovery (“ISR”) that utilises chemical processes rather than mining operations. The process centres around extracting a solid that has come into contact with a liquid – a process called “leaching” that is not too dissimilar to the way a tea bag infuses boiling water when making a cup of tea.

    In geological terms, leaching occurs naturally when slightly acidic groundwater dissolves minerals such as copper contained within bodies of rock into a solution. This is then transported through porous spaces in the rock to eventually reach the surfaces where it will be visible as staining. By pumping a solution called a “lixiviant” into the body of rock to dissolves all of the metal present, ISR substantially accelerates and scales-up this natural process. The “pregnant” solution is then extracted and transported to a processing plant where ion exchange technology is used to extract a saleable commodity.

    As well as causing far less impact to the environment (projects can be entirely returned to their original purpose once extraction completes) the critical advantage of the ISR process is its low cost. This allows operators to process lower-grade mineralisation that would otherwise be uneconomical due to the high cost of building a mine.

    The ISR process in action – notice that the waterbore wellheads are the only apparatus visible at surface (Source: ECR)

    Although ISR has been used commercially for phosphate and uranium extraction since the sixties, its introduction at Kapunda would mark the first time it has ever been used for copper extraction in Australia. Meanwhile, several projects are in the commissioning stage in Arizona, USA.

    Thor’s exposure to Kapunda comes through its 25% equity interest in private Australian company EnviroCopper – a stake that it can increase to 30% by investing A$400,000. EnviroCopper, in turn, is earning up to a 75% interest in Kapunda.

    What’s the latest?

    In 2018, the Australian government granted Environmental Copper Recovery (“ECR”) – Thor’s fellow EnviroCopper backer– an A$2.9 million grant to trial copper and gold ISR recovery at Kapunda over 30 months.

    ECR has been busy at work ever since, and in the June 2019 quarter, it announced that it had successfully recovered both copper and goldfrom rock core at Kapunda in test scenarios. Later in the year, this work was taken further three holes were drilled into the deposit to measure its connectivity, porosity, and permeability, All of these characteristics are essential to the effective operation of an ISR project.