- PFN’s newly staked claims increases size of its River Valley Extension property to 2150 ha
- Expands coverage of footwall and internal targets within the River Valley Intrusion
- PFN’s property position at River Valley increased to a total of 76 km2 or 7600 ha
- PFN’s River Valley Project consists of a Primary Platinum Metal Deposit
- 2.5 Moz Platinum Metals in near-surface Measured and Indicated Resources
- Within 100 road-km of Sudbury and strong infrastructure and community support
- Summer-Fall Surface Exploration Programs underway
- New 100%-owned Li Division with Pegmatite Projects in Manitoba and Brine Projects in Nevada – Summer/Fall surface programs underway
October 5, 2016 Vancouver, British Columbia — Pacific North West Capital Corp. (“PFN”) (TSXV: PFN OTCQB: PAWEF FSE: P7J) announces staking of 8 new unpatented mining claims adjacent to its recently acquired River Valley Extension property (“RVX” – see PFN press release dated August 4th, 2016), located next to the company’s 100% owned River Valley PGM deposit (Figure 1). The River Valley PGM deposit on RVX has been targeted in drill programs completed by the previous owner (Mustang Minerals Corp.) that returned high-grade PGM assays at shallow depths. Collectively, the 100%-owned acquired and newly staked claims of the RVX now comprise 2153 ha and are located within 100 road-kms of the City of Sudbury, Ontario.
The expanded RVX overlies the southeast extension of the River Valley PGM deposit, as indicated in drill results, mineralized outcrops and geophysical surveys, and the footwall rocks and interior units of the River Valley Intrusion.Recent drilling of the footwall rocks to PFN’s River Valley Project, located on the same mineralized trend to the NW, discovered high-grade and near surface PGM mineralization at T2 (see PFN press release dated March 11th, 2015). Geological and geophysical trends on the RVX suggest presence of similar footwall targets.
Figure 1. Geological map showing the location of PFN’s 100% owned River Valley Extension PGM property over the southeast corner of the River Valley Intrusion, adjacent to the River Valley PGM Project.
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;
- 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
- 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 and field crews have completed ground-proofing targets, to better plan Fall and Winter Drill Programs
- 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
- Strategic Partner Search for River Valley
Map showing the location of River Valley PGM Project relative to the City of Sudbury.
About PFN’s Lithium Division
The Company’s Lithium Division will focus on the Discovery, 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, PGMs 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 (see PFN News Releases: April 25th, 2016 and May 9th, 2016). The Company also has several Hard Rock Lithium Projects in Canada: To date the Company has Acquired 5 Hard Rock Lithium Projects, in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field, in SE Manitoba (see PFN News Releases: April 21st, 2016; May24th, 2016; June 15th, 2016; July 5th, 2016 and July 21st, 2016). This Pegmatite Field hosts the Giant Tanco Pegmatite Mine that has been mined for Tantalum, Cesium and Spodumene (one of the Primary Lithium Ore Minerals) in varying capacities, since 1969. Today, the Tanco Mine is focused on the Mining and Production of Cesium Formate, a drilling fluid for the petroleum industry. PFN’s Li Projects are strategically situated to Further Explore this Pegmatite Field. Presently, the Company is the Largest Claim Holder in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field.
Lithium and Platinum Group Metal Prices have improved drastically, 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. Regarding Lithium, there is an ever-increasing demand for batteries in cellphones, laptops, electric cars, solar storage, wireless charging and renewable energy products.
Figure 2: PFN’s (Lithium Canada Dev.) Lithium Projects in Manitoba, Surrounding the Tanco Mine
Figure 3: Company Claim Blocks in the Clayton Valley area of Nevada
(Figure 3 is a Company-made Composite and not intended for redistribution.
The Company accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of these claim blocks, other than the claim block associated with the Clayton Valley Forks Li Project)
Clayton Valley is located in Esmeralda County, Nevada, host to the Albemarle Corporation’s Silver Peak Lithium Mine and Brine Processing Operations. The mine has been in operation since 1967 and remains the only Brine-Based Lithium Producer in North America. The New Project Acquisition, in Nevada, provides the Company a Project, in an area that is well known for its Lithium Carbonate Production. Clayton Valley is a Centralized Location in Nevada, with Highway Access, Power Infrastructure, Water and Local Labor.
The company’s new Lithium Brine Project will be approximately 3.5 hours away from Tesla’s Gigafactory, which has a planned annual Lithium-ion battery production capacity of 35 gigawatt-hours per year, by 2020. The CV West Li Project is located approximately 3 hours north of the Faraday Electric Car Factory, to be operated in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Clayton Valley is one of the few locations globally, known to contain Commercial-Grade Lithium-Enriched Brines.
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 Pacific Northwest Capital. Dr. Stone is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical content.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Harry G. Barr
Chairman and CEO
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