A one year summary has seen the junior exploration company listed as a member of the Toronto Stock Exchange, appoint a new Chief Financial Officer, produce battery-grade lithium carbonate samples, move forward on mining plans, face class action litigation over resource estimates and recently get notified of a compliance default.
It has truly been an eventful year represented by a range of newsflow for Canada Lithium Corp (TSX:CLQ). The trailing twelve month summary has seen the Canadian junior exploration company listed as a member of the Toronto Stock Exchange, enter purchase agreements, sell mineral claims, appoint a new Chief Financial Officer, produce battery-grade lithium carbonate samples, move forward on mining plans, face class action litigation over resource estimates and recently receive notification of a compliance default.
The latest announcement originates from the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) signifying the company is in default of its continuous disclosure obligations under Ontario securities law due to a development in February that an internal review had indicated a material reduction in the measured, indicated and inferred mineral resource for its project announced late last October.
The company appointed Roscoe, Postle & Associates to undertake a preliminary independent review of the mineral resource estimate and confirmed that there were significant issues with the geological modelling that had produced the October mineral resource estimate.
Canada Lithium has followed up by appointing AMC Mining Consultants (Canada) Ltd. to independently conduct a resource estimate of the project and expeditiously prepare a new NI 43-101 compliant technical report. The independent resource estimate is anticipated to be completed on or before May 13, with a new NI 43-101 compliant technical report to be filed within 45 days.
Investors will note that a material reduction in the measured, indicated and inferred mineral resource is expected; however, it is not be possible to accurately quantify the magnitude of such reduction without further research details and disclosure.
The Quebec Lithium Mine originally operated from 1955 to 1965 as an underground mine and processing plant that produced spodumene, lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide monohydrate. In 1974, a feasibility report on the rehabilitation of the former Quebec Lithium Mine calculated a historical reserve estimate of 15,736,938 tonnes grading 1.14 percent lithium; however, this estimate is not NI 43-101 standards compliant.
The market responded swiftly in early March severing share prices over 46 percent from $1.32 to 72 cents on high volumes. Since that time the market has traded on much thinner volumes anywhere from 93 to 62 cents. The share price is currently trading at the 68 cent range, which is up slightly since last September’s appointment of a new Chief Financial Officer, Germaine Coombs, former Corporate Controller with FNX Mining Company.
International mining news
A joint venture lithium project in the goldfields region of Western Australia at Mount Marion with Reed Resources Ltd (ASX:RDR) and Mineral Resources Limited (ASX:MIN) has continued to show positive advancements. The Mount Marion Project is on schedule for commissioning in the December quarter 2011 with initial capacity of 200,000 tonnes per year of 6 percent lithium chemical grade spodumene concentrate, 60,000 tonnes per year of mica and 30 tonnes per year of tantalite concentrate. The total reported lithium oxide resources contained at present are 146,000 tonnes.
Reed has three main assets which vary considerably in terms of commodity rationale, capital demands, and management input; Meekatharra gold, Mount Marion lithium and Barrambie vanadium. This diversified commodity mix in Reed’s portfolio provide investors with an interesting net effect for market exposure. Although the share price currently trades in the 55 cent range, a recent bullish report compiled by Green Leader Equity Research provides a share price target of $1.11.
Mineral Resources Limited is an Australian-based integrated supplier of goods and services engaged in processing and mining services with operations in contract crushing, general mine services infrastructure provision and recovery of base metal concentrate for export sales.
A third phase strategic resource expansion program was completed at Mount Marion during March and April with a view to extending the open pit mine life through depth and strike extensions of existing deposits. The results of some remaining holes are expected to be received by the end of May when drill results will be compiled and validated for inclusion in a database from which an updated geological model of the Mount Marion deposits will be constructed in preparation for resource estimation by the end of September.