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Leigh Curyer, CEO of NexGen Energy Ltd. (TSX: NXE, OTCQX: NXGEF): The Largest Undeveloped Uranium Deposit in Canada with a Very High Grade Core of 164.9M Lbs Grading 18.84% U3O8.
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


NexGen Energy Ltd. (TSX: NXE, OTCQX:NXGEF) is a British Columbia company with a portfolio of highly prospective uranium exploration assets in the Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, Canada. The company is currently focused on the Arrow Deposit hosting an Indicated mineral resource of 179.5 M lbs U3O8 contained in 1.18 M tonnes grading 6.88% U3O8 and a very high grade core of 164.9 million pounds at 18.84% U3O8 contained within 0.40 M tonnes with an additional 122.1 M lbs U3O8 at 1.30% U3O8 contained within 4.25 M tonnes in the Inferred mineral resource category. We learned from Leigh Curyer, CEO and Director of NexGen, that 2016 was an exciting year for the company, with the largest drilling program in Canada for a uranium project of just under 100,000 meter but that 2017 should be even better. Plans for this year include aggressive drilling, engineering and environmental studies. According to Mr. Curyer, even though Arrow is the largest undeveloped deposit in Canada, they are still in the very early stages of understanding the true scale of the deposit.
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African Queen Mines Ltd. (TSX.V: AQ, Frankfurt: QM0.F): Advancing their Flagship Yellowjacket Gold Project in the Atlin Area, British Columbia, Interview with Irwin Olian, President & CEO
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


African Queen Mines Ltd. (TSX.V: AQ, Frankfurt: QM0.F) is advancing their flagship Yellowjacket gold project that covers an aggregate of approximately 291.54 sq. km in Atlin area, British Columbia and has a fully permitted past producing mine. We learned from Irwin Olian, CEO of African Queen Mines, how they bought the property in 2015 for a very favorable price, which gives them tremendous upside as they manage to consolidate a very large exploratory portfolio and develop the geological model that gives them an idea of the potential gold deposits in the region. Mr. Olian expects a big work season in 2017. He is very proud of his terrific team that he feels is second to none from a geological standpoint.
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Rudi Fronk, Chairman of Seabridge Gold (TSX: SEA; NYSE:SA): Leveraged Play to a Rising Gold Price - more Ounces of Gold in Ground Per-Share
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


We learned from Rudi Fronk, who's chairman of Seabridge Gold (TSX: SEA; NYSE:SA), that he started Seabridge almost 18 years ago with a contrarian view on gold. Their goal was to create what they thought would be the best leveraged play to a rising gold price. Their concept is driven on the idea of providing more ounces of gold in the ground on a per-share basis than anybody else in the industry and to that end, they've been highly successful. Seabridge holds a 100% interest in several North American gold projects. The Company's principal assets are the KSM Project located near Stewart, British Columbia, Canada and the Courageous Lake gold project located in Canada's Northwest Territories. Plans for 2017 include more exploration drilling at the Iron Cap deposit at KSM project.
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Ross Orr, President and CEO, BacTech Environmental Corporation (CSE: BAC, OTC Pink: BCCEF): Using Commercial Bioleaching Technology to Remediate Highly Toxic Tailing Areas
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


BacTech Environmental Corporation (CSE: BAC, OTC Pink: BCCEF) is a pioneering, environmental technology company that has developed and commercialized a proprietary technology to remediate highly toxic tailing areas resulting from abandoned mining operations. BacTech holds the perpetual, exclusive, royalty-free rights to use the BACOX bioleaching technology for the reclamation of tailings and mining waste materials. The company's principal focus is a high-grade silver/copper/tin tailings project called Telamayu, located in Atocha, Bolivia, in association with COMIBOL, the state mining group. According to Ross Orr, who is President and CEO of BacTech, this project should lead to cash flow later this year. Plans for 2017 include finishing drilling the tailings and moving on to metallurgy and then designing a simple gravity flotation plant by the end of the year.
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James Pettit, President of Aben Resources (TSX-V: ABN): Owns over 23,000 Hectares within the Gold-Rich Golden Triangle in Northwestern BC
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Aben Resources Ltd. (TSX-V: ABN) is a Canadian gold exploration company, currently focused on its option to acquire a 100% interest in the Forrest Kerr Gold Project, located in northwestern BC in a region called the Golden Triangle. This region has hosted significant mineral deposits including: Pretium (Brucejack), Eskay Creek, Snip, Galore Creek, Copper Canyon, Schaft Creek, KSM, Granduc, Red Chris and more. Aben has an option to acquire a 100% interest in 3 properties that make up the Forrest Kerr Project. Aben has consolidated three large contiguous land positions, previously held by different owners, into one big project. They will now take all the available old data on the three individual properties and consolidate it into one large regional database. This will allow them to see the big regional scale picture and help identify drill targets. Mr. Pettit is looking forward to the large drilling program during the summer; he has never seen such a target-rich environment.
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Interview with Ted Pickell, Chairman and CEO of Stewart World Port: North America’s Most Northern Ice Free Port
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Ted Pickell, Chairman and CEO of Stewart World Port, a Canadian company committed to responsible port development, management, and operations, guided by core values of safety, environmental stewardship, high ethical, economic, and social standards, told us the Port opened in March 2016. They encourage mutually beneficial, strong local community partnerships and regional growth. Stewart World Port was founded in 2012 with a board and senior management team with over 150 years’ experience in engineering, heavy construction, operations, logistics, and mining. It is North America’s most northern ice free port, located at the end of the Portland Canal, with paved access to British Columbia and Alberta. They provide clean, reliable, economic port services and will for decades. They foster economic development in remote communities of Northern British Columbia. Stewart Port serves the needs of Breakbulk, Project Cargo, Forest Products, and Bulk customers in Northern BC and around the world. Stewart World Port’s modern facility offers the latest in loading, storage, and crane technology to ensure customer cargo is handled efficiently and effectively. Situated at the bottom of the BC's Golden Triangle, Stewart Port is looking forward to serving all the operating mines in the north and in the eastern-southern Yukon and has several mining companies, who want to ship over their modern, environmentally-friendly port.
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Interview with Graham Harris, Chairman of Millennial Lithium Corp. (ML: TSX.V; A3N2: GR: Frankfurt; MLNLF: OTCQB): Focused on Quality Lithium Assets in the "Lithium Triangle" of Argentina
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Millennial Lithium Corp. (ML: TSX.V; A3N2: GR: Frankfurt; MLNLF: OTCQB) is an exploration and development company focused on quality lithium assets in Argentina. The company's flagship project is a 100% owned Pastos Grandes project located in the "Lithium Triangle". We learned from Graham Harris, who is chairman of Millennial Lithium, that they recently completing a $3 million drill program and are fully committed to driving Pastos Grandes to production. The company is looking forward to delivering good results over the next coming weeks and taking the project through to PEA by the end of 2017. According to Mr. Harris, there's a massive demand for lithium ion storage in batteries coming. They are hoping to be part of that solution in terms of providing lithium to the market over the next five to 10 years.
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Norsk Hydro (LON: NHY): One of the World's Five Largest Aluminum Companies Outside of China with Annual Revenue Around 10 billion U.S. Dollars
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Norsk Hydro (LON: NHY) is an aluminum company founded in 1905 and headquartered in Norway. According to Halvor Molland, VP Media Relations of Norsk Hydro, the company is one of the world's five largest aluminum companies outside of China, with annual revenue around 10 billion U.S. dollars. Today, they are present all along the value chain from bauxite and alumina operations in Brazil, through primary production in Norway, Qatar, Slovakia, Brazil, Australia, Canada and Germany. Hydro also holds 50% share of Sapa AS which is the world's largest extrusion company. We learned from Mr. Molland that the main applications driving the growth of aluminum are automotive, building and construction.
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Interview with Carl Hansen, President and CEO of Atacama Pacific Gold Corporation (TSXV: ATM): Cerro Maricunga Oxide Gold Deposit, One of the Largest Undeveloped Oxide Gold Deposits in the World Strategically Located in the Maricunga Mineral Belt in Chile
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Atacama Pacific Gold Corporation (TSXV: ATM) is a precious metals exploration and development company focused on advancing its 100% owned, low-risk and development-ready Cerro Maricunga Oxide Gold Deposit, one of the largest undeveloped oxide gold deposits in the world, strategically located in the Maricunga Mineral Belt in Chile. We learned from Carl Hansen, President and CEO of Atacama Pacific Gold, that the deposit is their own discovery, it contains high- purity gold, and is located near existing mines in a developed mining camp, with good road access. Near term plans include an updated PFS, which should commence next month, followed by a feasibility study and later, ultimately taking the project to production either by themselves or with a JV partner. According to Mr. Hansen, the company is very tightly held. Management and friends and family own about a third of the company, so they are dedicated to maximizing the shareholder value.
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Interview with Ken Brinsden, Managing Director & CEO of Pilbara Minerals Limited (ASX: PLS): Advanced-Stage Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum Project Located in Pilbara Region in Western Australia
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Pilbara Minerals Limited (ASX: PLS) is an emerging Australian strategic metals producer, focused on its wholly owned advanced-stage Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum Project, located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, an historically famous mining jurisdiction with first-class infrastructure. We learned from Ken Brinsden, Managing Director & CEO of Pilbara Minerals, that the high-grade Pilgangoora deposit contains the world's second largest lithium spodumene resource of approximately 130 million tonnes and has upside exploration potential. The high grades of lithium, the credit of tantalite byproduct, the economies of scale and the close proximity to port will make Pilgangoora one of the lowest cost hard spodumene operations. The company is backed by institutional investors. Earlier this year they raised $100 million to continue the development of the project, and recently they signed an offtake agreement with General Lithium Corporation from China, inclusive of plans for a joint venture chemical plant to convert their spodumene into lithium raw materials to take advantage of the downstream markets. Mr. Brinsden is proud of his team, pleased with the skills of the Pilbara Board and very excited about the quality of the project and the speed with which it can be developed. The construction at Pilgangoora is expected to start late this year with plant commissioning by the end of 2017.
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Interview with Dr. Roger Steininger, Chief Geo-Science Officer of NuLegacy Gold Corporation (TSX-V: NUG, OTC: NULGF): A Nevada-Based Exploration Company Expanding its Near-Surface Iceberg Oxide Gold Deposit Next to Barrick Gold's Multi-Million Ounce Goldrush Deposit
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA

NuLegacy Gold Corporation (TSX-V: NUG, OTC: NULGF) is a Nevada-based exploration company focused on expanding its near-surface Iceberg oxide gold deposit located in the heart of Nevada's prolific Cortez Trend right next to Barrick Gold's multi-million ounce Goldrush deposit. According to Dr. Roger Steininger, CGO Chief Geo-science Officer of NuLegacy Gold, “We have started to outline the gold deposit that we call Iceberg, and our drilling this year has focused on expanding the footprint of the mineralization at Iceberg. We've completed just over 30 holes and we'll drill another 10 or so before winter sets in, focused primarily on the Iceberg Deposit, and expanding its footprint.” Dr. Steininger continues, with a strong board and exploration team, a property positioned in one of the premier gold trends in the world and good support from companies like Barrick and Oceana, NuLegacy Gold provides an opportunity to get on the ground floor of at least one significant gold discovery, most likely two.
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Interview with Paul Kuhn, CEO of Avrupa Minerals Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: AVU): An Excellent Junior Canadian Prospect Generator Focused on Politically Stable Regions of Europe
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Avrupa Minerals, Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: AVU) is an excellent junior Canadian Prospect Generator, focused on building a diversified portfolio of mineral exploration projects in politically stable regions of Europe such as Portugal, Kosovo and Germany. The properties are located in areas with existing mines and have strong geological potential for discovery. We learned from Paul Kuhn, CEO of Avrupa Minerals, that there are a number of projects that are in the pipeline that offer great return prospects including Oelsnitz in Germany, Alvalade in Portugal and Slivovo in Kosovo. According to Mr. Kuhn, the latest drill results from Slivovo, coupled with a far better understanding of the geology and mineralization parameters, increase the possibility of finding gold in more areas of the project.
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Interview with Mr. Per, Thorsell, CEO of ProfilGruppen AB.: a Swedish Company that Markets, Develops and Manufactures Customized Aluminum Extrusions and Components.
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


ProfilGruppen (Stockholm: PROFB) is a Swedish company that markets, develops and manufactures customized aluminum extrusions and components. The company's vision is to be the preferred supplier of innovative aluminum extrusion solutions in northern Europe. We learned from Per Thorsell, CEO of ProfilGruppen AB, that aluminum is the third most common element in the earth’s crust after oxygen and silicon. It is a light-weight, strong, ductile and durable material that requires zero maintenance, and is therefore the perfect choice for use in a variety of construction contexts. It has good recycling properties, thus a low environmental impact. Its high resistance to corrosion and ability to withstand the elements mean that it can be used in an unlimited range of areas. The customers of ProfilGruppen belong to such areas as Automotive, Electronics, Interior design, and Industry and Construction. According to Mr. Thorsell, aluminum is the material of the future.
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Interview with Steve Mallyon Managing Director of Riversdale Resources Limited: Australian-Canadian Hard Coking Coal Exploration and Development Company
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Riversdale Resources Limited is an Australian-Canadian hard coking coal exploration and development company that owns the Grassy Mountain project in Southern Alberta, Canada. Grassy Mountain is a large, very long-life, and low-cost project that came with the package of excellent work on exploration, coal quality assessment and infrastructure. Riversdale is run by an experienced crew of people that all came from majors, which enables the company to move quickly and efficiently. We learned from Steve Mallyon, Managing Director of Riversdale, that they started the permitting process last November, and hope to start building Grassy Mountain in early 2018 and to commission the project in mid-2019, producing 4.5 million Metric tonnes within the first 20 months. The company has recently concluded the Optimization Study of the Grassy Mountain project, that was largely focused on lowering further the cost of the project, reducing its environmental footprint, as well as a quicker ramp up to full production. Riversdale has had a long good relationship with the Piikani First Nation and the other First Nations and with the community. According to Mr. Mallyon, Riversdale Resources is the only independent mid-vol hard-coking coal company that can offer the steelmakers a large long term supply alternative to the majors.
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Orocobre Ltd (ASX: ORE, TSX: ORL). a Leading Lithium Company Operating in South America’s ‘Lithium Triangle’
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Dr. Allen Alper, Editor-in-chief of Metals News, interviewed Andrew Barber, Investor Relations Manager at Orocobre Ltd (ASX: ORE, TSX: ORL). Orocobre is a leading company operating in South America’s ‘Lithium Triangle’, a region that boasts one of the largest reserves of lithium in the world. It has established a substantial presence in Argentina by construction of large scale lithium and boron projects and facilities.
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Goldcorp Inc. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG): A Leading Gold Producer; Interview with Todd White, COO
by Allen Alper Jr., President of Metals News


Goldcorp Inc. (TSX: G, NYSE: GG) is a leading gold producer, focused on responsible mining practices and delivering long-term value with safe, low-cost production from a high-quality portfolio of mines throughout the Americas. We learned from Todd White, the COO of Goldcorp, the company set up a very exciting "20/20/20" strategy over the next five-year period: to achieve 20% growth in production, 20% increase in reserves, and a 20% reduction in cost. Goldcorp actively invests in innovation to improve safety and reduce costs as well as their environmental footprint. In the current environment, where we see the trajectory of gold on the uptick, Goldcorp is well positioned in the senior gold market.
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Ascot Resources (TSX.V: AOT): Gold and Silver Explorer Near-Term, High-Grade, Advanced Exploration Premier/Dilworth Project in the Golden Triangle Area of Northwest British Columbia; Interview with Bob Evans, CFO and Director, and Graeme Evans P. Geo, Con
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Ascot Resources (TSX.V: AOT) is a gold and silver explorer focused on their near-term, high-grade, advanced exploration Premier/Dilworth project in the Golden Triangle area of Northwest British Columbia. This is a large past producer that had produced over two million ounces of gold. We learned from Bob Evans, CFO and Director, and Graeme Evans P.Geo, Consulting Geologist from Ascot Resources, the main features that make their project exciting are the spectacular high grades and the potential size of the resource. Plans for 2017 include a $13million surface resource program with the goal of coming up with the initial high grade resource, and another $7 million underground drilling program. Collectively they're talking 170,000 meters of drilling. According to Bob Evans, if you believe in gold, Ascot is one of your best opportunities around.
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Interview with Scott Donaldson, Director and CEO of BMC (UK) Limited: Kudz Ze Kayah project (KZK) a High-Grade, Moderate-Sized VMS Deposit in the Southeast Yukon
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


We learned from Scott Donaldson, Director and CEO of BMC (UK) Limited (PRIVATE:BMC), the parent company of BMC Minerals, that they started off as a strategic relationship between Global Natural Resources Investments (GNRI) and the management team. Their key asset, the Kudz Ze Kayah project (KZK) is a high-grade, moderate-sized VMS deposit in the southeast Yukon, which came with 20 years of environmental work out of the project and two complete baseline studies, roughly 20 years apart. The BMC executive team has a strong track record of discovery, development and operation of independent zinc, copper and other base metals projects worldwide. Recently, the government of Yukon awarded them the Robert E. Leckie award for environmental excellence. According to Mr. Donaldson, BMC has a very strong financial backing, thanks to their relationship with GNRI, and their business plan is fully funded through to the point of construction, and a little bit past that.
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Daniel Major, CEO of GoviEx (TSXV: GXU): Advanced Uranium Projects in Niger, Zambia and Mali with a Very Strong Team and Shareholder Base (PDAC Booth # 2146)
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


We talked with Daniel Major, CEO of GoviEx (TSXV: GXU), a uranium Development Company with three projects in Africa: one in Niger, one in Zambia, and one in Mali. Mr. Major tells us that the uranium price is positioned to increase with a serious market gap by 2020. The two GoviEx properties are fully permitted in an environment where it is increasingly hard to permit uranium mines, and its stock is likely to be significantly re-rated after mine construction.
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Michael Hudson, Chairman, CEO of Mawson Resources Ltd. (TSX: MAW): High Grade Rompas and Rajapalot Gold Projects in Finland (PDAC Booth # 2941)
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Mawson Resources Ltd. (TSX: MAW) is as a leading Nordic Arctic exploration and development company with a focus on the flagship Rompas and Rajapalot gold projects in Finland. We learned from Michael Hudson, Chairman, CEO and director of Mawson Resources, that they have a very large-scale, very high- grade, early-stage gold discovery in Finland that is now very well poised for the market turn-around and renewed enthusiasm from the majors. They have two rigs and are moving it up to four rigs over the next few weeks, turning 24/7, so lots of news-flow coming.
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Interview with Jim Gowans, CEO of Arizona Mining (TSX: AZ): Developing the Taylor Deposit into a World-Class Lead-Zinc-Silver Deposit (PDAC 2017 Booth # 2217B)
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Jim Gowans CEO of Arizona Mining (TSX: AZ) tells us they are developing the Taylor deposit into a world-class lead-zinc-silver deposit. With good drill results continuing to be reported and the orebody shaping up, the goal is to complete the Preliminary Economic Assessment by the end of Q1 2017. They plan on completing a feasibility study in Q4 of this year. This should revalue Arizona Mining.
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Sciaky Allows Fast and Efficient Production of Large-Scale, High-Value Metal Parts with its Revolutionary Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM™) 3D Printing Technology
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Chicago-based Sciaky, Inc. has been a key supplier of advanced welding systems since 1939. Its groundbreaking Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM™) solution is a one-of-a-kind 3D printing technology that allows fast and efficient production of large-scale, high-value metal parts. Lockheed Martin Space Systems is using a turnkey EBAM system from Sciaky to build titanium propellant tanks for satellites.
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Interview with Ann Wilkinson, Vice President, Investor Relations for TMAC Resources Inc. (TSX: TMR): Building Canada's Next Major Gold Mining District in the Hope Bay Greenstone Belt (PDAC 2017 Booth # 2500)
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


TMAC Resources Inc. (TSX: TMR) is a Canadian mineral exploration and development company focused on advancing the Hope Bay Greenstone Belt, an eighty kilometre by twenty kilometre property with significant upside resource potential in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut. Founded by the Executive Chairman Terry MacGibbon and led by a highly experienced management team, the company is committed to building Canada's next major gold mining district. With the processing plant starting commissioning and ore being mined and stockpiled in anticipation of commissioning, they plan to reach commercial production in the first quarter of 2017.
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Interview with Larry Reaugh, President and CEO of American Manganese Inc. (TSX.V: AMY; Pink Sheets: AMYZF; Frankfurt: 2AM): A Diversified Specialty and Critical Metals Company, Plans to Exploit its Process Patent to Recycle Lithium Ion Batteries
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


American Manganese Inc. (TSX.V: AMY; Pink Sheets: AMYZF; Frankfurt: 2AM), a diversified specialty and critical metals company, plans to produce electrolytic manganese for the steel and rechargeable battery markets, with their patented breakthrough lower cost, cleaner process. We learned from Larry Reaugh, President and CEO of American Manganese, that they are a few days away from announcing the successful results of applying their patented process to recycle lithium ion batteries. That adds a whole different focus to the company. American Manganese is partnering with Kemetco, one of the largest research firms in Canada, that has a very good understanding of the mining and the battery industry and several other chemical industries combined. Near term plans include filing for a patent and talking internationally with large chemical companies. According to Mr. Larry Reaugh, we are talking about closing the loop in the battery industry and breaking away from having to find new deposits or having shortages of minerals.
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Chris Castle, President of Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd (CRP: NZX): Mineral Resource Development Company Holds a Mining Permit off the Coast of New Zealand with Significant Seabed Deposits of Rock Phosphate and other Potentially Valuable Minerals
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Chatham Rock Phosphate, Ltd (CRP: NZX) is a mineral resource development company that holds a mining permit over an area off the coast of New Zealand with significant seabed deposits of rock phosphate and other potentially valuable minerals. Very significantly, the Namibian government has just opened up phosphate mining off-shore in Namibia, where Chatham has five more prospecting license applications. We learned from Chris Castle, President of Chatham Rock Phosphate, that the offshore phosphate deposits are sitting on the surface of the sea floor and you can dredge the surface material off and then bring it to the shore. The material itself will be used for fertilizer. In New Zealand, where the economy is based on agriculture, the existence of a local source of phosphate is particularly important. The near-term plans, for the New Zealand deposit, include being fully permitted by the end of 2017 and going into production in 2020, mining 1.5 billion tons a year of rock phosphate and selling it for roughly $250 million dollars a year, making roughly $100 million dollars’ profit in round numbers. The Namibian project is at an earlier stage and will provide a broader base for the company in the 2020s.
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Interview with Mark Ireton, CEO Noram Ventures Inc. (TSX-V: NRM, Frankfurt: N7R: GR): Preparing to Become a Lithium and Graphite Supplier to the Battery Market
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Vancouver based Noram Ventures Inc. (TSX-V: NRM, Frankfurt: N7R: GR) is a junior exploration company planning on becoming a force in a green energy revolution. Mark Ireton is pursuing development of lithium and graphite deposits with the ultimate goal of becoming a low cost supplier for the ever increasing lithium battery market. On the lithium side they have a 17,000 acres’ land package in Clayton Valley, Nevada. This is mostly clay based and affords tremendous economies of scale in the production and extraction as opposed to brine. On the Graphite side they have over 15,000 hectares with 45% large flake graphite they can sell at a premium to the battery market. Pleased to be involved in the green revolution, Noram Ventures is positioned to be an early entrant in the global lithium and graphite markets.
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Interview with Rudi P. Fronk Chairman and CEO of Seabridge Gold Inc. (TSX: SEA, NYSE: SA): Increases the Shareholders Leverage on Gold by Increasing Ounces of Gold in the Ground Per Share
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Rudi P. Fronk reveals how Seabridge Gold Inc. (TSX: SEA, NYSE: SA) increases the shareholders leverage on gold by increasing ounces of gold in the ground per share. They have more gold reserves than Goldcorp, Kinross, or Agnico Eagle, and are top 10 in the world. They are updating their 2012 prefeasibility plan using current metal prices as well showing the economic impact of 2 new deposits they have added since 2012.This year Seabridge also acquired Snip Gold, which adds a project with high grade potential. Seabridge is a world class operation that provides great leverage to the gold market. Since their formation in 1999, gold has moved up 370% while Seabridge has moved up 2200%. Anyone who has an interest in gold should take a close look at Seabridge Gold.
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Interview with Chris Dupont, President and Director of Explor Resources Inc. (TSX-V: EXS, OTCQX: EXSFF, FRANKFURT: E1H1, BERLIN: E1H1): Flagship Timmins Porcupine West Gold Project, Located in the Gold Rich Timmins Camp in Ontario.
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Explor Resources Inc. (TSX-V: EXS, OTCQX: EXSFF, FRANKFURT: E1H1, BERLIN: E1H1) is a Canadian junior mineral exploration company currently focused on their flagship Timmins Porcupine West gold Project, located in the gold rich Timmins Camp in Ontario. The exploration drilling is conducted by Teck Resources as part of their earn-in on the TPW property. We interviewed Chris Dupont, President and Director of Explor Resources, who started his mining career over 40 years ago as an underground laborer and worked his way up to become an Officer and director of several mining companies. We learned from Mr. Dupont that Explor is advancing two other projects: the Ogden Gold project, which is the continuation of the Timmins Porcupine West Project across the Mattagami River, and the Kidd Creek property that can become the next major base metal deposit. Near term plans include exploration drilling at Kidd Creek and Ogden, as well as more exploration diamond drilling by Teck at TPW.
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Interview with Christian Easterday, Managing Director of Hot Chili (ASX: HCH): High Grade Gold Being Added to One of the World’s Lowest Capital Intensity Large Scale New Copper Developments. Located within the Iron Oxide/Copper-Gold Belt of Chile
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


Hot Chili Ltd. (ASX: HCH) is an Australian company, focused on its very large-scale Productora copper porphyry deposit, located within the iron oxide/copper-gold belt of Chile 15km south of the town of Vallenar in Chile’s Region III. Productora is a very infrastructure-rich project, standing out as one of the lowest capital intensity large scale new copper projects to be developed. We learned from Christian Easterday, Managing Director of Hot Chili, that the company is fast-tracking a very low cost, rapid assessment of a high-grade gold deposit, recently discovered in the southern extent of Productora. Next steps for Hot Chili will be advancing Productora to a decision to mine, while in parallel, making preparations towards the first major drilling program to be directed over what appears to represent approximately 1 billion tons of additional growth potential in the main copper-gold asset. According to Mr. Easterday, Hot Chili is a very consolidated company, has very strong funding support and is partnered with CAP Mineria, one of Chile's largest resource majors. The company has a very strong news flow lined up for the coming 6 to 12 months. Productora is an asset that will be at the front of the queue of the next wave of copper price escalation. Most importantly for investors- it is the emergence of a very robust looking high grade gold deposit which looks likely to be turning heads- with the drill rods due to start turning soon also.
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Interview with Mark Smith, President and CEO of NioCorp (TSX.V - NB, OTCQX: NIOBF, FSE: BR3) Advancing the Elk Creek Niobium-Scandium-Titanium Project in Southeast Nebraska, USA
by Dr. Allen Alper, PhD Economic Geology and Petrology, Columbia University, NYC, USA


NioCorp Developments Ltd. (TSX.V - NB, OTCQX: NIOBF, FSE: BR3) is advancing the Elk Creek niobium-scandium-titanium project in the Southeast Nebraska, USA. With the prospective production of 240 million kilograms of ferroniobium. This is the third richest niobium resource known in the world today. According to the Company’s October 2015 Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA), the mine and processing facility is expected to produce 7,490 metric tonnes (mt) of ferroniobium per year for 32 years, along with 97 mt a year of scandium trioxide and about 24,000 mt of titanium dioxide annually as a byproduct of the niobium production. Mark Smith is the President and CEO of NioCorp and the single largest shareholder in the company. He has had a very successful career in running companies that mine, refine, manufacture and market strategic and critical elements and products. The Elk Creek project has extremely strong state and local support in Nebraska. The company is closing in on completion of the project’s Feasibility Study, and the next step is full project financing and building the underground mine and surface processing facility. According to Mr. Smith, demand for niobium is robust (4-6% CAGR); they have already contracted out 75% of their niobium production; and are in discussions with several other parties concerning the remaining 25%.
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NEW YORK, March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- "Growing use in the automotive and steel industries is a prime factor in the growth of the metal finishing chemicals market"
The global metal finishing chemicals market is projected to reach USD 11.21 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 4.7%. Most of the growth is fueled by the rising investments in new manufacturing plants for automotive and aerospace development in various countries. This growth stems from a rise in the demand for the manufacture of interior and exterior components using metal finishing chemicals in the automotive and aerospace industries which provide superior wear resistance and corrosion resistance properties.

"Zinc (Zn) is the fastest-growing material type segment in the metal finishing chemicals market"
Zinc (Zn) is the fastest-growing type segment in terms of value in the metal finishing chemicals market. It possesses sacrificial corrosion protection, paint adhesion, decorative coating, and anti-galling. These properties make it suitable for a wide range of end-use industry applications such as the manufacture of shock absorbers, heat sinks, gears, cylinders, capacitors, and semiconductor components.

"Rising demand in Asia-Pacific is the major driver in the metal finishing chemicals market"
The Asia-Pacific region is the fastest-growing metal finishing chemicals market, in terms of value. High economic growth rate, growing manufacturing industries, cheap labor, increasing foreign investments, and rise in the applications of metal finishing chemicals across the automotive, industrial machinery, and electrical & electronics industries, are some of the major factors expected to fuel the growth of the market. Countries such as China, South Korea, and Japan, which are major hubs in the production of electronic components, are expected to drive the market in the Asia-Pacific region.

In the process of determining and verifying the market size for several segments and subsegments gathered through secondary research, extensive primary interviews were conducted.

The breakdown of primary interviews is given below.

- By Company Type: Tier 1 - 33%, Tier 2 - 60%, and Others - 7%
- By Designation: C level - 56%, Director level - 33%, and Others - 11%
- By Region: North America - 25%, Europe - 17%, Asia-Pacific - 42%, Middle East & Africa - 8%, and South America - 8%

The key companies profiled in this report are, Atotech Deutschland GmbH (Germany), Chemetall (Germany), The Dow Chemical Company (U.S.), Elementis plc (U.K.), Platform Specialty Products Corporation (U.S.), Advanced Chemical Company (U.S.), Coral Chemical Company (U.S.), Houghton International, Inc. (U.S.), McGean-Rohco, Inc. (U.S.), and NOF Corporation (Japan).

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The market is segmented based on process, material, type, end-use industry, and region. This report covers the metal finishing chemicals market, in terms of value and forecasts its market size till 2021. The report also provides company profiles and competitive strategies adopted by the key players in the global metal finishing chemicals market.

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Why Commodity Prices Are Down and May Go Lower
by Mickey Fulp the Mercenary Geologist
A multitude of mavens, pundits, sages, wizards, writers, and assorted talking heads with various but vested interests in the hard commodities sector have weighed-in on the supposed demise of the secular bull market in “stuff” over the past few months
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Accelerating to What Exactly?
by Richard (Rick) Mills / Ahead of the Herd
We humans have been changing the world around us for tens of thousands of years. It’s pretty much what we do, we shape and we change the existing environment through design and then indifference to the results of our actions.
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Thomas S. Drolet Explains Why He Is Bullish On Uranium
by Dr. Allen Alper and Aaron Hoos
Gold, silver, copper, iron ore… It’s easy to think of the hard metals when you think of the metals and mining industry. But one mineral that you should be paying attention to is uranium. Other metals may turn into products and infrastructure; uranium turns into energy.
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Rick Mills: Greenland Is the Final Frontier for Lower-Cost Mining
Richard Mills Industrial minerals like copper and nickel are essential to global economic expansion. But everywhere you look, grades are getting lower, and costs are getting much, much higher. Is there a way out? Rick Mills says mining companies need to look to Greenland.
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