Kupferexplorer im Kanadischen Yukon - Nachbar von Minto Kupfermine
Mindestens 1 Milliarde Pfund Kupfer-Ressourcen möchte Granite Creek mit der Carmacks Copper Lagerstätte kurzfristig ausweisen können. 446 Millionen Pfund haben sie durch Kauf des südlichen Projektnachbarns Copper North Mining zur Mitte letzten Jahres bereits übernommen (Carmacks). Man kann durchaus behaupten: Das kleinere Projekt hat das Größere geschluckt. Der sich damals schon abzeichnende Aufwärtstrends des Kupferpreises wurde bestens ausgenutzt. Zum Jahresbeginn übertraf Kupfer die 8.000 Dollar-Marke (je Tonne). Das Management von GCX hat mit anderen Gesellschaften schon mehrfach bewiesen, dass man mit guten Projekten und dem richtigen Timing, in der Explorationsphase den größten Shareholder Value liefern kann.
Das zu 177 Quadratkilometer angewachsene Projekt von Granite befindet sich südlich der aktiven Minto Mine, auf Kanada's hochgradigem Kupfergürtel. Sie wird von Pembridge Resources betrieben. Nach einer kurzen Pause wird dort seit Ende 2019 40%-iges Kupferkonzentrat produziert. Mit dem japanischen Großkonzern Sumitomo besteht eine wertvolle Abnahmevereinbarung. Vor 3 Jahren konnte die Minto Mine Kupfer-Reserven über 124 Millionen Pfund zu durchschnittlichen Gehalten von 1,66% und Ressourcen über 517 Millionen Pfund zu 1,42% vorweisen. Auf dem Kupfergürtel gibt es zudem beachtliche Mengen an Gold und Silber.
Auf Granite's beiden Kupfer-Projekten hat sich inzwischen auch Einiges getan. Umfangreiche historische Explorationsdaten wurden ausgewertet, analysiert und eingeordnet. Auf den Ergebnissen aufbauend wurden letztes Jahr einige erste eigene Bohrungen und Feldprogramme durchgeführt. Alle 5 Bohrungen trafen dabdei auf teils sehr mächtige Kupfer-Mineralisierungen bei Gehalten von bis zu 0,85% Kupfer-Äquivalent auf Carmacks und bis 7,51 % CuEq auf Carmacks North, das sich geografisch auch näher an Westkandas hochgradigster Minto Kupfer-Mine befindet. Diese guten Ergebnisse rechtfertigen das für 2021 geplante, mit 8-10.000 Meter, große Bohrprogramm, für das im Februar 2021 4,3 Mio. CAD frisches Kapital aufgenommen werden konnte. In einem ersten Schritt rechnet man mit Ausweitung des bestehenden Kupfer-Inventars um 25-50%.
Wegen politischer Stabilität und hervorragender Infrastruktur im Yukon, sind auch Branchenriesen, wie Newmont, Goldcorp und Agnico Eagle dort sehr aktiv. Das Management geht davon aus, dass das Interesse der Majors an kleinen Explorern zunehmen wird. Entwickelte Projekte zu übernehmen kann billiger sein als eigene Exploration zu betreiben.
Granite gehört mit Metallic Minerals und Group Ten Metals zum kanadischen Verbund der Metallic Group of Companies und profitiert vom OfficeGeologenInfrastruktur-Sharing der Gruppe. Die Synergien sind dabei erheblich und alle Mitglieder haben erstklassige Projekte in ihren Portfolien.
Den größten Aktienanteil an Granite Creek hält das Management selbst.
President & CEO / Director
Mr. Johnson has over 25 years experience in the mineral exploration industry ranging from grassroots prospecting to consulting company operation and public company management. As a founder and manager of Arcmin Enterprises he helped a northern British Columbia First Nation build a labour service company employing over 180 people providing entry level and skilled workers to exploration and development projects in BC’s golden triangle. Mr. Johnson is also a director and CEO of International Cobalt.
Michael Rowley has over 25 years executive experience in the exploration, mineral testing, and mine environmental industries, including capital markets and operations. Mr. Rowley is President & CEO of fellow Metallic Group company, Group Ten Metals, and is active in other publicly-traded companies.
Mr. Lalonde holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Concordia University in Montreal and has been a member of the Order of Engineers of Quebec since 1984. He is an independent consulting civil engineer and has worked for and consulted to multinational engineering and construction companies such as SNC-Lavalin (Canadian company based in Montreal) and Bouygues Travaux Publics (French firm based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines). Mr. Lalonde has also participated in international business development for the Quebec firm Pomerleau Construction. He has in-depth knowledge of markets in Canada, United States, Middle East and Africa, where he most notably participated in large-scale energy, motorway and other infrastructure development projects. Mr. Lalonde is also a director of Stellar AfricaGold Inc. (TSXV: SPX). He was formerly a director of Algold Resources LTD. (TSXV: ALG)
Mr. Cumming, a corporate, securities and mining lawyer and businessman, has been active in the Canadian securities markets and resource exploration sector for 40 years. He was the Senior Securities and Mining Law Partner at a mid-sized Vancouver law firm until 1992, and was a founding shareholder of St. Philips Resources Inc. which, in joint venture with the Hunter Dickinson Group, discovered the Kemess Gold Copper Mine. Both joint venture companies were sold in 1996 in a $200 million take-over bid, and the Kemess Mine subsequently became the principal asset of Northgate Minerals Corporation. From 2005 to 2017 Mr. Cumming was Vice-President and CFO of Merrex Gold Inc. during which tenure he was lead negotiator successfully concluding the Earn-in Option and joint venture deal with IAMGOLD Corporation on Merrex’s Siribaya gold project in Mali. The joint venture exploration team found the Diakha gold deposit at Siribaya and, in 2017, Mr. Cumming led the negotiations which culminated in the sale of Merrex to IAMGOLD.
Mr. Chunpongtong is a mining engineer with 25 years of experience in mine planning-scheduling, pit optimization, pit design, ore-grade control planning, and advanced geo-statistical modelling. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (Alberta) and holds a bachelor’s degree in mine engineering and a master’s degree in economics, both from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Loy is the Surface Mining Society Peer Review Chair for the CIM Journal and is an Executive Officer of the CIM Surface Mining Society.
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Rebecca Moriarty is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 20 years of experience in the mining industry. Her background includes a unique combination of technical and business accounting expertise, having received a degree in geology from Queens University and a CPA designation. Ms. Moriarty is supported by the Malaspina Consultants team, a Vancouver-based financial consulting and advisory firm staffed with highly experienced accounting personnel. Prior to joining Malaspina, Ms. Moriarty worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where she was a manager working exclusively with resource companies.
Technical Advisory Board
Mr. Gregory Johnson has 30 years of experience in the mining industry with a record of success in exploration, development and financing of large-scale base and precious metals projects from discovery stage through advanced economic assessment. In addition to his expertise in the exploration for platinum group elements, gold, silver, nickel and copper, Mr. Johnson has developed broad experience in the capital markets and has been involved in raising over $650-million in project financing for his companies, as well as building their shareholder bases and securing the participation of major institutional investors.
He began his career with Placer Dome Inc. (now Barrick Gold Corp.) where he held various senior roles in domestic and international exploration. One of the founders of NovaGold Resources, Mr. Johnson was a co-recipient of the PDAC’s Thayer Lindsay International Discovery Award for his role in the discovery and advancement of the 40-million-ounce Donlin Creek gold deposit in Alaska. As President and CEO of South American Silver and Wellgreen Platinum, Mr. Johnson led the significant expansion and advancement of several major precious and base metal deposits. He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Metallic Minerals Corp. and Executive Chairman of Group Ten Metals. Mr. Johnson has also been recognized for his work in sustainable development and community engagement and was awarded the Robert E. Leckie Award by the Yukon government for excellence in environmental stewardship. Mr. Johnson holds a BSc Honors in Geology from Western Washington University.
Technical Advisory Board
Bill Harris is a prospector, born and raised in the Yukon. He has been a self-employed prospector since 1980. He was vendor of the Stu property, and has held various executive positions with Northern Freegold Resources Ltd., including CEO, COO, President and Chairman since September 2006.
Robert W.J. Macdonald
Technical Advisory Board
Mr. Macdonald is the Vice-President of Geological Services for the Manex Resource Group of Companies and in such capacity has been the Vice-President Exploration for several publicly-listed companies including Southern Silver Exploration Corporation, Equity Metals Corporation and Homestake Resource Corporation as well as Exploration Manager for a number of other exploration companies. Mr. Macdonald has overseen the exploration of many projects throughout North America including the discovery and delineation of the high-grade 1.2 million-ounce Homestake Ridge Au-Ag deposit in northern British Columbia and the advancement of Southern Silver’s Cerro Las Minitas Ag-Pb-Zn project, Durango State, Mexico. Mr. Macdonald graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1990 and earned an MSc. from the University of British Columbia in 1999. Over his career in geosciences, Mr. Macdonald’s work has focused on vein and intrusion-related gold systems, VMS and Skarn/CRD environments. Prior to joining Manex Group, Mr. Macdonald worked as a geologist with the British Columbia Geological Survey and Teck Exploration on projects in Alaska, Peru and British Columbia.
Technical Advisory Board
Mr. McInnis is an entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in the mineral exploration sector with a focus on community involvement. He was involved in the creation of two joint venture companies, Tahltan Northern Exploration Services and Tahltan Drilling Services, which provided exploration services to clients in Tahltan traditional territory and has assisted exploration companies in securing access agreements throughout British Columbia. Prior to his involvement in mineral exploration he served as an Environmental Manager in the forest industry.
Douglas Warkentin, P.Eng.
Technical Advisory Board
Mr. Douglas Warkentin is a Metallurgical and Process Development Consultant with over 30 years’ experience in the mining and mineral processing industries. Currently Senior Metallurgist at Kemetco Research Inc. in Richmond, British Columbia, he has conducted mineral processing, hydrometallurgy, minewater treatment and resource recovery on a broad array of base, precious and high-tech metals projects for Canadian and international clients.