Archive for November, 2009

Tad samples up to 0.14 m of 52.48 g/t Au at Hazelton

TAD Capital Corp. has completed the 2009 program on the north zone of the Hazelton prospect. Work consisting of geological, geochemical and geophysical surveys has resulted in several new high-grade gold discoveries and increased the area of known gold mineralization on the property to 1,400 metres by 800 metres.

The program focused on evaluating the extent of mineralization near the margins of a granitic stock. Numerous gold-bearing veins are present in three areas situated along the perimeter of a Cretaceous stock, which measures 600 metres in diameter. Indications are that the stock is part of a larger intrusive body mapped digitally by the Geological Survey of Canada in 2008. The composition of the concealed intrusion is unknown but judging from surface exposures it ranges from granite to granodiorite and includes monzonite phases and rhyolite dikes.

Gold mineralization on the property conforms to a broadly defined intrusion-related class of deposits with gold mineralization hosted within a thermal aureole. The distinctive features of this class of gold deposits are sheeted arrays of parallel, single-stage quartz veins which are found over tens to hundreds of metres and preferentially located in the pluton’s cupola. These types of veins are also described as reduced intrusion-related gold systems represented by the Fort Knox, Pogo, Donlin Creek and Dublin Gulch deposits in Alaska and the Yukon.

Past work had recognized that the sulphide mineralogy of individual veins varies along strike and possibly along the dip direction. Sulphide content ranges from 2 to 45 per cent, and consists mainly of arsenopyrite (up to 30 per cent) and pyrite (up to 30 per cent).

The mineralization observed to date has two mineralogical characteristics that impact the precious-metal grades: mineralization dominated by arsenopyrite-pyrite-banded intergrowths; and mineralization dominated by banded arsenopyrite with minor pyrite-galena-sphalerite-tetrahedrite at the vein margins.

Locally, the veins carry small amounts of copper sulphides that include tetrahedrite. This mineral association is of particular significance and has returned a high-grade gold of up to 52.48 grams per tonne gold in one sample.

Camp area

In the Camp area, there are a minimum of 13 quartz-sulphide veins present over an area measuring 150 by 200 metres. The area is situated between two deeply incised creeks named West Creek and East Creek. Work completed in 2009 resulted in the exposure of six new veins.

The majority of the veins strike northwesterly and have gentle dips to the northeast with true widths ranging from six to 47 centimetres. One of the newly found mineralized zones consists of two 25-centimetre-thick veins separated by a 30-centimetre zone of altered monzonite host rock. The veins were exposed in a 0.8-metre-by-one-metre trench and sampled across a 0.8-metre width. This site returned 1.91 grams per tonne gold and 8.0 grams per tonne silver (sample 723372).

Two veins in close proximity to each other have been exposed by shallow trenches (samples 723351 and 723352). The vein dipping gently to the north (723351) contained 20 per cent sulphides with arsenopyrite being the dominant sulphide. The vein dipping gently to the northeast contained relatively high pyrite and lesser arsenopyrite (723352). The latter vein returned 52.48 grams per tonne gold and greater than 100 grams per tonne silver.

Re-exposure of a 1988 trench has resulted in the documentation of a 127-metre-long quartz-sulphide vein striking 346 degrees. Several locations along this trench were re-excavated using hand tools and then sampled. The vein is dipping to the east-northeast at a 44-degree angle and ranges in width from 15 to 35 centimetres. Four channel samples returned an average weighted content of 3.74 grams per tonne gold and 9.13 grams per tonne silver. One sample from a silica-sulphide cemented fault fracture returned 3.62 grams per tonne gold and 6.4 grams per tonne silver across six centimetres.

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Northgate Reports Third Quarter Cash Flow of $50.5 million

Northgate Minerals Corporation  today announced its financial and operating results for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2009.  

                            Third Quarter 2009 Highlights

    -   Generated excellent cash flow from operations of $50.5 million or
        $0.20 per share, for a year-to-date total of $145.7 million

    -   Reported adjusted net earnings of $7.7 million or $0.03 per share

    -   Produced 80,791 ounces of gold and 11.9 million pounds of copper at
        an average net cash cost of $539 per ounce of gold

    -   Sold 85,397 ounces of gold at a realized price of $982 per ounce and
        12.8 million pounds of copper at a realized price of $3.39 per pound

    -   Successfully completed an equity offering for net proceeds of $88.5
        million to fund the development of the Young-Davidson mine

    -   Northgate's cash balance at the end of the third quarter 2009 was
        $235.9 million

    -   Successful organic growth at Northgate's operations:

        -  Discovered a significant extension of mineralization at
           Fosterville, confirming that the Phoenix fault system continues
           down plunge

        -  Discovered a new gold zone located 300 metres (m) east of current
           reserves at Young-Davidson. The new zone is completely open down
           dip. In addition to this discovery, Northgate also reported drill
           results for 29 shallow diamond drill holes located in and around
           historic mine workings immediately east of current reserves, which
           have the potential to add to the 2.8 million ounces of reserves
           already on the property

        -  Identified approximately 870,000 tonnes of additional mineral
           reserves containing 93,000 ounces at Stawell, extending the mine-
           life until Q2-2012

Financial Performance

 Northgate recorded consolidated revenue of $120.2 million in the third quarter of 2009, compared with $99.3 million in the same period last year. Revenues were higher due to a 25% increase in gold production over the same period last year combined with higher realized metal prices for gold and copper in the most recent quarter. Revenues for the nine month period ending September 30, 2009 were $374.3 million.

The net loss for the quarter was $8.6 million or $0.03 per share compared with a net loss of $29.4 million or $0.12 per share in the corresponding quarter of 2008. Adjusted net earnings were $7.7 million or $0.03 per share in the third quarter of 2009, which was significantly higher than the adjusted net loss of $28.4 million or $0.11 per share in the same period last year. Adjusted net earnings do not include certain non-cash items from its calculation of net earnings prepared in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles. Northgate has prepared this figure as it may be a useful indicator to investors. Non-cash items in the third quarter of 2009 include a $10.4 million write-down of investments in auction rate securities and a $5.8 million (net of tax) mark-to-market loss on Northgate’s copper forward sales contracts.

During the third quarter of 2009, Northgate generated excellent cash flow from operations of $50.5 million or $0.20 per share, which was a dramatic improvement over the $0.6 million or $0.00 per share generated in the corresponding quarter of 2008. In the first three quarters of 2009, Northgate has generated cash flow from operations of $145.7 million.

In the third quarter of 2009, Northgate’s cash and cash equivalents increased by $115.2 million following the completion of a bought deal financing with net proceeds of $88.5 million and strong free cash flow from operations. Northgate’s balance sheet now boasts cash and cash equivalents of $235.9 million and each operation is expected to generate strong operating cash flow for the balance of the year.

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Bard Ventures 2009 Drilling Commences Lone Pine Molybdenum Project

Bard Ventures is pleased to announce that it has started the 2009 diamond drilling on its Lone Pine Molybdenum Property. The initial 2009 phase of compilation of all historic exploration work, geological mapping, soil and rock sampling has been completed and after interpretation of these results the Company has decided to commence a diamond drill program of up to 10,000 meters. The Property is located approximately 15 kilometers north-northwest of Houston, BC, and is situated in the Omineca Mining Division.

Lone Pine Molybdenum Property:

The 2009 geological mapping and soil sampling identified the location of the favorable geological units including new areas of Alaskite and granites hosting visible molybdenum mineralization. The Alaskite intrusive is the main focus of the Lone Pine Property and in drilling it has been interpreted as being the most favorable lithology for molybdenum mineralization and is the host to the existing resource. During the field program all of the historical showings were re-located which comprised of old pits and trenches where molybdenum mineralization had been located All of the known showings located during the mapping program are located within the zone of anomalous Moybdenum in soils and it will be these areas that will be tested in the upcoming diamond drill program.

The Lone Pine Property currently has a calculated measured and indicated resource at a 0.04% Mo cutoff of 110,340,000 tonnes grading 0.083%Mo containing 201,733,000 in-situ pounds of molybdenum. (Please refer to News Release dated January 22, 2009 for full resource disclosure).

The Property has an ideal location for operations with established infrastructure including:

  • Highway 16;
  • a natural gas pipeline;
  • a major hydro power transmission line and transformer sub-station; and
  • is located only 15 kilometers from the CN rail line in Houston, BC.

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Serengeti Encouraged by Regional Exploration Results

Serengeti Resources is pleased to report on exploration results from six projects, including reconnaissance drilling on two properties and drill target development on four other properties. Encouraging indications of gold mineralization have been obtained from drilling on one property and very attractive targets for future drilling identified on four other properties. Results from recent additional drilling on Serengeti’s flagship Kwanika property are expected to be available in several weeks and will be released when available.

Fleet Target

Serengeti recently consolidated by staking, a key claim in the centre of its Fleet property. The claims, located 50 km SE of the Kemess Mine, host several porphyry-style copper-molybdenum-gold showings. The most developed target is defined by a five by one kilometer, open ended area of geochemical and geophysical anomalies. Historical shallow drilling in the 1970’s intersected copper-molybdenum mineralization, including 0.18% copper over 55 meters in one hole and 0.24% copper over 15 meters in a second hole. Geophysical surveys by Serengeti in 2008 and by prior operators in the mid 1990’s identified an open-ended Induced Polarization (IP) anomaly immediately adjacent to these intercepts. This IP anomaly is located in a covered valley-bottom which has not been targeted by previous explorers. In addition, sampling by Serengeti in 2008 of quartz veins outcropping on a ridge south of this IP anomaly, returned values as high as 2.8% copper, 1.3 g/t gold from selected grab samples. This is a high quality, largely covered, copper-molybdenum-gold target and additional work is planned for the 2010 field season.

Osilinka Drilling

A reconnaissance drilling program was carried out on the Osilinka property located 35 kilometer NW of Kwanika in late August and early September. Six widely-spaced shallow diamond drill holes were drilled to test several targets within a two by three kilometer area of geochemical and geophysical anomalies. In the eastern portion of the target area, a fence of three widely spaced holes identified several intervals of anomalous gold and minor Cu mineralization associated with zones of favorable silica and potassic alteration. Intersections include 1.88 g/t gold over two meters and a separate interval of 0.21 g/t gold over 18 meters in one hole and 0.10 g/t gold over 23 meters in the second. Three holes drilled in the western portion of the target area intersected un-mineralized mafic intrusive rocks.

The Osilinka property covers a 13 kilometer-long, complex magnetic anomaly of which less than half has been explored to date. The presence of porphyry-style alteration and anomalous gold in reconnaissance drilling highlights the potential of the Osilinka property to host a significant porphyry gold-copper deposit and additional work is planned for the 2010 field season.

Tchentlo — Indata Area Drilling

A reconnaissance drilling program was carried out in the Tchentlo-Indata area on the southern half of the Kwanika property during August 2009. The drilling area was located 10-25 kilometers south of Serengeti’s Kwanika copper-gold deposit, in what is interpreted to be a similar geological environment. Six widely spaced shallow diamond drill holes were drilled to test a series of geochemical and geophysical targets. Two holes drilled in the northern part of the property intersected weakly altered felsic intrusives with trace amounts of molybdenite. Two holes in the central part of the property did not penetrate what is interpreted as post-mineral sedimentary rocks similar to those that cover the Kwanika copper-gold deposit, 20 kilometers to the north. Two drill holes located in the south-eastern portion of the property encountered a zone of intensely silicified mafic intrusive with minor base metal mineralization, possibly located peripheral to a porphyry system.

Choo West Target

Compilation of proprietary prior geophysical data purchased earlier this year (see NR 2009-06 dated May 11, 2009) has identified several attractive targets on the western portion of Choo property. The new targets comprise several bulls-eye IP and magnetic anomalies, one to two square kilometers in extent and show similarities to targets recently described by Terrane Metals from the Mt Milligan area, located thirty kilometers to the east. This new area of interest lies west of the road network being used to support the recent drill program at Choo; (see NR 2009-11 dated October 13, 2009) so a helicopter supported follow-up program is planned for 2010 to confirm these targets.

Germansen & Valleau Targets

Mobile metal ion (MMI) partial extraction geochemistry was completed this summer over several IP targets previously identified by Serengeti at the Germansen and Valleau properties located 12 and 20 kilometers east respectively of Serengeti’s Kwanika property. At Valleau, two “rabbit-ear” or double peaked copper-silver-zinc anomalies were identified flanking IP chargeability anomalies, representing a classic drill target. At Germansen a linear zone of enriched copper was identified associated with an IP anomaly. Additional geochemical areas of interest were also identified on both properties. These targets could rapidly be upgraded for drilling by a follow-up program in 2010.

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