- The company acquires 3rd 100% owned Lithium project
- LITHMAN WEST is located adjacent to the Tanco Mine Leases, southeast Manitoba
- The Tanco Mine was Canada’s largest producer of spodumene, tantalum and cesium, producing from the Tanco Pegmatite
- Spodumene is mined from pegmatites and is one of the primary lithium ore minerals in hard rock lithium mines
- The Tanco Mine presently produces cesium formate, a completion fluid for the petroleum industry.
- Project is located 1250 meters along geological strike and to the west of the Tanco Pegmatite
- The project has excellent infrastructure and is located approximately 140 km (87 miles) northeast of the provincial capital
- LITHMAN WEST project is situated approximately 9 km from the Lithium One Project, our 2nd project in the prolific Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field
May 24, 2016 Vancouver, Canada — Pacific North West Capital Corp. (“PFN”, the “Company”) (TSX.V: PFN; Frankfurt: P7J.F; OTC Pink: PAWEF announces that it has acquired through staking, an additional lithium project in southeast Manitoba. The project is held in Lithium Canada which is a 100% subsidiary of PFN. Mr. Barr, Chairman and CEO noted that “The project was selected due to favorable local geology and more specifically to cover the gabbro intrusive unit that hosts the world‐class Tanco Pegmatite. This strategic Lithium acquisition is the third project added to the company’s growing portfolio of Lithium and Rare Metals projects to fuel the growing demand for energy storage and other core 21st Century Technologies.”
The LITHMAN WEST Project is situated to the west of the present day Tanco Mine, which currently is producing cesium formate, a completion fluid for the petroleum industry. The Tanco Mine, was previously stated as North America’s largest producer of spodumene, tantalum and cesium. Spodumene is one of the primary lithium ores minerals in hard rock Lithium mines. The 100% owned project consists of 7 claims for a total area of 1,047 hectares (2,587 acres). The project is situated to the west and adjacent to the Tanco Mine Leases.
The project area is situated in the Bird River Greenstone Belt and was staked to cover the gabbro intrusive unit that hosts the Tanco Mine. The Tanco Mine is situated at the eastern edge of the gabbro intrusion and this rock unit extends to the west, across the LITHMAN WEST Project area. The project is located approximately 1250 meters west from the known extent of the Tanco Pegmatite and approximately 140 kilometers (87 miles) northeast of Winnipeg, the capital of the province of Manitoba.
LITHMAN WEST Project – Location Map – Southeast Manitoba
The Tanco Pegmatite was discovered on the west side of Bernic Lake from surface drilling in the 1920’s. The mine went into production in 1969 and has produced over the years, in varying capacity, and is still producing today. It is a buried pegmatite and not exposed at surface, except for under Bernic Lake. It is an extremely fractionated, rare‐metal, complex type‐petalite subgroup, LCT (Lithium‐cesium‐tantalum) pegmatite and is hosted by a late stage, subvolcanic gabbro. The total tonnage of the Tanco pegmatite has been calculated to be approximately 25 million tons. It is a part of the Bernic Lake Pegmatite Group of the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field. A western extrapolation of the pegmatite group would extend it onto the LITHMAN WEST Project area.
The company considers the LITHMAN WEST Project to have the potential to host additional Lithium‐bearing pegmatites similar to others found in the region. The area has strong infrastructure, is an active mining area, and is along strike of a world‐class producing mine. The LITHMAN WEST Project and the Lithium One Project (PFN News Release April 21st, 2016) increases the company’s presence in southeast Manitoba and in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field, host to the world‐class Tanco Pegmatite.
With respect to the LITHMAN WEST Project, a finder’s fee in the amount of 60,000 shares of the Company is payable to Carey Galeschuk. The finder’s fee is subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval.
All shares issued in connection with the finder’s fee are subject to a four month and one day hold period from the date of issuance.
Further announcements with regards to joint venture partners and exploration plans will be forthcoming.
About The Company’s Lithium Division
The company’s new Lithium Division will focus on the acquisition, exploration and development of Lithium Projects in Canada. In the United States the company will use its wholly owned U.S.A subsidiary to acquire and develop projects in active mining camps in Nevada, Arizona and California.
Management believes that these new age metals, Lithium, PGM’s and Rare Earths, have robust macro trends with surging demands and limited supply. Going forward, this new division will explore for the minerals needed to fuel the demand for energy storage and other core 21st Century Technologies.
The company has a growing portfolio of lithium projects. The Clayton Valley Forks Li Project in Nevada is a recent lithium brine project acquired by the company (PFN News Releases April 25th, 2016 and May 9th, 2016). The company also has hard rock lithium projects in Canada.
Lithium and Platinum group metal prices have improved dramatically in recent months. Lithium supplies remain in deficit relative to their demand. Both metals groups are used for the expanding worldwide automobile industry (conventional and electric). In the case of PGM’s, demand is increasing for autocatalysts, a key component for reducing toxic emissions for automotive, gasoline and diesel engines. In regards to Lithium, there is an ever increasing demand for batteries in cellphones, laptops, electric cars, solar storage, wireless charging and renewable energy products.
About the company’s Platinum Group Metals Division
Achievements to date and future plans for River Valley are outlined below as follows:
- PFN currently has 100% ownership in the River Valley Project, subject to a 3% NSR, with options to buy down
- Completed exploration and development programs on the River Valley property include more than 600 holes drilled since year 2000 and several mineral resource estimates and metallurgical studies;
- Results for the current (2012) mineral resource estimate are below;
- 2015 drill program confirms new high grade T2 discovery
- Exploration and development plans outlined for 2016
- Ongoing strategic partner search for River Valley project
- Results for the most recent Metallurgical Testwork Study are summarized below:
- Prepared by Tetra Tech (Wardrop)
- High Confidence: Measured plus Indicated = 72% of total
- Reported on PdEq basis: Pd=40% & Pt=20% of the payable metals
- Pd to Pt ratio = 2.5:1; Cu to Ni ratio = 3:1
- High Grade potential, particularly in the north part of River Valley deposit
- Resources under evaluation for development potential as open pit mining operation
- Results for the 2015 discovery drill program on the T2 target are as follows:
- Drill hole intercepts much higher than the average grade of current mineral resource estimate
- Possible new mineralized zone at the north end of the River Valley deposit
- Show potential to take the River Valley PGM Project in a new direction
- More drilling required
- Exploration and Development Plans for 2016
- Mineral prospecting and geological mapping on surface
- Drill programs targeted to add more higher grade
- Geological interpretation and 2D/3D modelling of all drill and surface results
- Application to the OPA’s Junior Exploration Assistance Program (JEAP) for 33% refund of all exploration expenditures up to $300,000
- Ongoing Strategic Partner Search for River Valley
The contents contained herein that relates to Exploration Results or Mineral Resources is based on information compiled, reviewed or prepared by Dr. Bill Stone, Principal Consulting Geoscientist for PFN. Dr. Stone is the Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical content.
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Chairman and CEO
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