Barsele Takes Another Swing at Agnico Ownership Stake

Vancouver-based junior Barsele Minerals Corp. is taking the uncommon step of attempting to purchase out its main associate, Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.

A supply with shut ties to Barsele Minerals Corp. (BME:TSX.V; BRSLF:OTCQB) says the junior has made one other proposal to purchase out Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (AEM:TSX; AEM:NYSE) on the collectively held Barsele Gold Venture within the Skellefte gold belt in northern Sweden.

The information comes after the preliminary Letter of Intent to purchase Agnico’s 55% oblique curiosity (held via Swedish firm Gunnarn Mining AB) was terminated in November. Canada’s Financial institution of Montreal is performing as an advisor.

“Many of the proposal is what (Agnico had) already agreed upon. The one change (is) that there’s a slight distinction to how the $45 million is paid,” the supply says. “However Barsele would personal 100% and be the operator.”

Agnico, the mission’s present operator, has curbed exploration spending in recent times because it focuses on decreasing debt and growing its sturdy suite of Canadian belongings. Agnico spends roughly solely what’s required by Swedish mineral exploration leases to keep up possession at Barsele.

The brand new proposal would additionally see Agnico change into Barsele Minerals’ largest shareholder.

Extra importantly for Barsele shareholders, the junior would have the required management to launch one thing resembling a 40,000-meter drill program that may nearly actually develop the two.5 million ounce (2.5 Moz) gold useful resource.

Barsele President Gary Cope thinks that may change the notion of Barsele within the junior area.

“The thrilling half is that we must get a rerating primarily based on as a substitute of proudly owning 1.1 million ounces as 45% homeowners, we’ll have 2.5 million ounces. And that is a really conservative 2.5 million,” Cope tells Streetwise Stories. “An Agnico useful resource has all types of mining standards constructed into it so while you see an Agnico useful resource, it is extremely conservative. Agnico Vice-Chairman Sean Boyd calls them ‘mineable inferred.’”

Nationwide Designation Offers Venture a Enhance


The way forward for the Barsele gold mission acquired a lift late final yr when the Swedish Geological Survey designated the land internet hosting the Barsele Gold Venture’s Avan-Central-Skiråsen gold system, in addition to the land surrounding the Norra satellite tv for pc deposit, an space of Nationwide Curiosity underneath the Swedish Environmental Code.

The Nationwide Curiosity space includes 685 hectares and offers any deposit inside that perimeter precedence when it comes to allowing and protects that land in opposition to encroachment from non-mining pursuits.

“Sweden’s federal authorities has acknowledged its dimension and potential to generate vital returns for the federal government in taxation,” Cope says, including that Sweden’s company tax charge is a 22% flat tax.

He provides: “It’ll profit us on the allowing facet; it takes now precedence, mining will take precedence over every thing. And that is good as a result of in Sweden there are areas of the nation which might be troublesome to get a allow. … We stay up for future advances in mineral useful resource definition and allowing.”

Boulder Grading 90 g/t Gold ‘a Fairly Good Signal’


The Barsele mission sits in Skellefte gold belt, which strikes east throughout northern Sweden and is understood for its volcanogenic huge sulphide gold deposits. It was as soon as house to the Boliden mine — the European Union’s richest gold mine — located 60 km northeast of the Barsele mission.

“Once you discover boulders protruding of the bottom at 90 grams gold, that is a fairly good signal.”

—Barsele President Gary Cope

Boliden is now a city (and a mining firm) however the first gold mine there was mined till 1967 and produced greater than 4 million ounces of gold at common grades of 15 grams per tonne gold (15 g/t gold), together with copper, zinc, and silver.

Barsele Minerals lately introduced {that a} boulder grading 90.8 g/t gold was discovered about 150 meters up-ice and northwest of earlier boulder discoveries made in 2016, southeast and alongside pattern of the Avan-Central-Skiråsen zones.

Cope says exploration geologists discovered one other boulder grading 21 g/t gold in the identical space, nevertheless it was not included within the press launch.

“Once you discover boulders protruding of the bottom at 90 grams gold, that is a fairly good signal,” Cope says.

Barsele ‘Might Be Huge’


So why wasn’t that space drilled after the boulder path was present in 2016?

“The reply to that’s Agnico’s restricted [exploration] price range, for starters. There’s most likely 4 or 5 of those completely different areas which might be off pattern that want drilling,” Cope tells Streetwise.

Cope guarantees that if Barsele manages to safe the 55% of the Barsele mission it doesn’t personal, these areas and different will likely be drilled extensively, with the intention of placing a goal on its again for a bigger firm.

“The jurisdiction is nearly as good because it will get. The metallurgy is nearly as good because it will get — as excessive as 96% (gold recoveries) in Agnico’s testing. All of the infrastructure is there. And (Barsele) could possibly be huge. We cannot be round to see how huge it will get. We’re not miners. However one other miner might come alongside after we get 100% and understand that there is one thing vital they’ll get their arms on,” Cope explains. “Let’s simply hope we get into an actual sizzling gold market, which we’ve not seen but. If China comes out with a brand new gold-backed digital forex, look out for gold.”

Barsele counts U.S. International Traders, the Contrarian Group, and Donald Smith and Co. Worth Fund amongst its main shareholders. Fresnillo Plc (FRES:LSE) owns 4%, whereas administration owns about 25%.

Barsele Minerals trades in a 52-week vary of $0.82 and $0.35.

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