Two Advanced Juniors to Benefit from Coppers Bull Market

Ron Struthers

The provision-demand traits for copper are very bullish and costs are in a robust up development. There was over a decade of underinvestment within the mining sector and because of this will probably be a few years to deliver on any important new manufacturing. Component 29 has two superior tasks in Peru and Midnight Sum Mining has a brand new discovery in Zambia that has attracted Rio Tinto as a companion.

There’s a enormous push in the direction of inexperienced vitality to resolve local weather change, particularly underneath the brand new U.S. Democratic authorities and the worldwide local weather change motion. It won’t be straightforward to impress the world with inexperienced vitality, however one factor is for sure – copper is electrical energy’s greatest buddy. Electrical autos require two to 4 occasions extra copper than fossil gas autos. Windmills do not use battery metals like lithium however a variety of copper of their turbines. Photo voltaic farms do not use battery metals both however a variety of copper. Copper powers the information facilities and mobile phone towers and all of the digital gizmos we use. So much is utilized in houses and buildings within the present increase. Is it any surprise copper it’s mentioned to have a PhD in economics?

On this Comex weekly value chart we will see a pleasant consolidation because the 100% run up from $2.40 to $4.80. There’s rising upward strain with a collection of upper lows. Resistance is round $4.80 and I consider this could possibly be overcome in a matter of weeks.

After decade or extra of underinvestment within the mining sector it’s no shock to see that manufacturing progress has stalled, simply as demand is seeing a substantial enhance.











Copper Warehouse inventory ranges do not appear to get an opportunity to construct up and with provide chain issues now, they’re destined to expire. In that case copper may run to $10.













In December 2021, Gabriel Boric grew to become Chile’s youngest president-elect, at 35 years previous. Boric is a left-wing progressive and ran his marketing campaign speaking powerful on Chile’s mining sector. Do not be stunned to see the federal government trigger disruption and declines in Chile’s copper manufacturing. The following greatest producer is Peru and I don’t see an excessive amount of political threat there or in Zambia, Mexico, U.S. and Canada.

Component 29 Sources Inc. (ECU:TSX.V; EMTRF:OTC). Current Worth – $0.65

Shares excellent 79.8 million. Administration/insiders personal 21% and Funds 12%

ECU is a Canadian exploration firm with two very massive and rising copper tasks in Peru: The Elida mission (central) and Flor de Cobre (south).


  • Robust administration and nicely cashed up with latest $6.9 million placement;

  • Based mostly on the standard and measurement of the corporate’s two core tasks, this is without doubt one of the most undervalued copper performs I’ve seen in a really very long time, particularly if you issue within the mid- to long-term outlook on copper;

  • This firm is comparatively unknown out there however I don’t count on that state of affairs to final for much longer;

  • Each of the corporate’s core tasks have world class potential (500 million to 1 billion+ ton) with lively drill applications now working at each. Extraordinarily excessive historic drill intercepts exist at each properties together with: Elida: 384 meters @ 0.71 copper equal (CuEq) & Flor de Cobre: 272 meters @ 0.92 CuEq). If in case you have been following the copper market then that these are world-class intercepts;

  • Each tasks are at comparatively low elevation, have close to floor mineralization, are close to key infrastructure (energy, labor, transportation) and most significantly are far faraway from any farming areas.


Beforehand administration was working a non-public firm known as GlobeTrotters Useful resource Group and they’d purchase, advance properties after which deal them to majors. To realize increased leverage on their experience they determined to vend in some key properties in a junior known as Component 29 (copper’s atomic quantity).

Richard Osmond, P. Geo., Interim CEO and Chairman, has over 25 years of expertise within the mining sector together with expertise with INCO (VBNC), Falconbridge and Anglo American. He was concerned in exploration discoveries at Vale’s Voisey’s Bay deposit and Glencore’s Raglan mine. He was later employed as a senior technical chief with Anglo American answerable for North America and Europe targeted on Ni exploration in northern Canada, Alaska and Scandinavia in addition to IOCG and porphyry Cu-Mo exploration in Mexico and Alaska. Mr. Osmond is at present the president of GlobeTrotters Useful resource Group Inc.

Paul Johnston, PhD., P.Geo., VP, Exploration, has labored within the exploration and mining business for 30 years, devoting a lot of his profession to exploration and improvement of porphyry copper and epithermal gold deposits. Most lately, he was chief geologist for Globetrotters Useful resource Group Inc. targeted on producing and advancing copper and gold prospects in Peru. He started his profession as a mine geologist on the Hemlo gold deposit with Noranda. In 1996, he joined the exploration group at Teck Sources and gathered intensive worldwide expertise in early to superior stage exploration via quite a lot of technical and administration roles in Southeast Asia, Australia, North America, and South America, together with regional chief geoscientist for South America.

Ricardo Labó Nation Supervisor, Peru, is a mineral economist with over 20 years of business expertise in Peru, Latin America, and Africa. He has held a number of high-level positions within the Ministry of Power and Mines of Peru together with vice minister of mines, advisor to the Minister of Power and Mines in addition to director of mining promotion and improvement the place he efficiently promoted accountable mining exploration and improvement funding within the nation. Within the personal sector, he held a number of senior positions on the Australia Peru Chamber of Commerce, Rio Tinto, Roche, Phelps Dodge and Grupo Apoyo, supplied strategic advisory and consultancy companies to a number of worldwide mining firms and establishments, and was a board member of a number of personal and state-owned mining and vitality firms.

Michael Doggett, PhD, Director, is a mineral economist with 35 years of expertise in mission analysis, taxation, royalties, and exploration, along with publishing and coaching. Mr. Doggett is the founding father of El Olivar Imperial, a non-public Peruvian mineral processing firm. He has served on quite a few listed firms and non-profit boards. He served as director of the Mineral Exploration Program at Queen’s College, Canada, the place he’s at present an adjunct professor.


Elida, Peru, 19,210 hectares, 100% owned

The mission is positioned in central Perú, roughly 85 kilometers inland from the Pacific coast at reasonable elevations between 1,500 meters and a pair of,000 meters. It’s near transportation and energy infrastructure, together with a forty five mega-watt hydroelectric era facility located 15 kilometers from the mission. Elida is a newly found porphyry copper-molybdenum exploration mission inside a property composed of 28 mining concessions. The property comprises a big, 2 x 2 kilometer alteration system enclosing a cluster of porphyry facilities that signify 5 distinct exploration targets.

In 2021, Component 29 accomplished seven drill holes in Goal 1 totaling 4,481 meters that intersected a number of, lengthy intervals of Cu-Mo-Ag mineralization and traced mineralization to a depth better than 900 meters. Mineralization stays open at depth. The remaining 4 massive targets are untested. Beneath the present drill allow, the corporate can elect to drill-test all recognized targets.

Final 2021 drill holes reported January 19, 2022 – Elida Drilling Highlights

  • Drill gap ELID025 intersected 908.75 m of 0.39% copper (“Cu”), 0.035% molybdenum (“Mo”), and a pair of.9 g/t silver (“Ag”) for 0.55% copper equal, together with 339.6 m of 0.50% Cu, 0.036% Mo and 4.3 g/t Ag for 0.67% CuEq ranging from the bedrock floor at 38.45 m depth. The opening confirmed the vertical extent of mineralization to 933 m under floor and stays open at depth.

  • Drill gap ELID024 intersected 451.75 m of 0.38% Cu, 0.034% Mo, and three.1 g/t Ag for 0.53% CuEq. The opening confirmed an obvious western restrict of Goal 1 mineralization and demonstrated good continuity of mineralization between holes ELID019, ELID020, and ELID025.

  • Drill gap ELID023 encountered a a lot wider than anticipated zone of mineralization on the south facet of the low-grade central quartz monzonite porphyry inventory and confirmed the westward continuity of mineralization south of the inventory. The strongest of two mineralized intervals was 91.1 m of 0.41% Cu, 0.032% Mo, 4.1 g/t Ag (0.56% CuEq). The opening was stopped earlier than reaching the southern restrict of the Goal 1 mineralized zone.

Flor de Cobre, Peru, 1,927 hectares, 100% owned

Flor de Cobre is a copper porphyry positioned within the Southern Peru Copper Belt, 45 km south of Arequipa. Among the world’s largest copper-molybdenum porphyry deposits and mines together with Cerro Verde (Freeport), Cuajone, Toquepala (Southern Copper), and Quellaveco (Anglo/Mitsubishi) reside within the Southern Peru Copper Belt. It’s positioned ~30 km southeast of the big copper mine at Cerro Verde and ~7 km northwest of the Chapi copper mine.

Rio Amarillo and Phelps Dodge explored the Candelaria space within the mid-Nineteen Nineties and reported an historic copper useful resource of 57.4 Mt at 0.67% Cu at a 0.2% Cu cut-off. A spotlight of the drilling applications accomplished by Rio Amarillo and Phelps Dodge was gap Ok-008, which intersected 116 m at 1.4% Cu of supergene enrichment ranging from a depth of 78m adopted by 156 m of 0.58% Cu in hypogene sulfide mineralization. The opening ended at 350 m in Cu-Mo mineralization.

It is a good graphic that reveals the enrichment zone that’s not far under floor. It may present very excessive returns to start out mining with a low capex and as a starter pit to a future bigger mine plan.










Final monetary statements reveal $3.4 million in money and a small mortgage of $40,000 curiosity free mortgage, as a part of the Canada Emergency Enterprise Account (the CEBA). If $30,000 is repaid on or earlier than Dec., 31 2022, the remaining $10,000 is forgiven. Since then, on Dec., 14, 2021, Component 29 closed an oversubscribed, non-brokered personal placement financing of 11,498,000 million models at a value of 60 cents per unit for mixture gross proceeds of $6,898,800.


ECU has a market worth of about $42 million after subtracting money readily available. It is a low valuation for a junior that has two superior stage copper tasks with world class drill intercepts in Peru, the 2nd largest copper producer on the earth. The graphic under reveals its work plan for 2022 and clearly there might be no lack of reports and will probably be excellent information. The inventory has solely been buying and selling for somewhat greater than a 12 months and was in a pleasant uptrend till 12 months finish weak spot. This has supplied a pleasant consolidation earlier than the subsequent transfer increased. First resistance is somewhat over the $0.70 space.
























Midnight Solar Mining Corp. (MMA:TSX.V; MDNGF:OTCQB). Current Worth $0.26

Shares excellent: 113 million

I’ve adopted this firm for a couple of years and have identified the CEO Al Fabbro a very long time in addition to director Rick Mazur. I’ve been a shareholder for a couple of years and took part in two personal placements. I consider now’s the time that inventory may have an enormous transfer.

Al Fabbro – President, CEO, & Lead Director, has over 30 years’ expertise in each the finance and mining industries. From 1984 to 1990, Mr. Fabbro headed the retail buying and selling division of Yorkton Securities, adopted by six years with Yorkton’s Pure Sources Group. After working for 10 years as an funding advisor with Canaccord Capital, specializing within the pure useful resource sector, Mr. Fabbro left to grow to be lead director of Roxgold Inc., which was named the highest firm on the TSX Enterprise 50 and raised in extra of $60 million in fairness financing throughout his tenure.

Rick Mazur – Director, P. Geo, MBA, is a geoscientist who has held positions within the worldwide exploration and mining business for over 30 years as a mission geologist, monetary analyst and senior government on uranium, gold, base metals, coal and industrial minerals tasks all over the world. Mr. Mazur labored as an analyst for Canamax Sources Inc. from 1985 to 1991 through the improvement of three Canadian gold mines. Two of those mines – Bell Creek in Timmins, Ontario, and the Island Mine in Wawa, Ontario, are nonetheless in manufacturing.

VP Exploration – Rio Tinto. I didn’t go a lot into Midnight Solar’s exploration folks as a result of Rio Tinto is managing exploration with an earn in. It has paid Midnight Solar US$1 million and have accomplished a US$3 million work program. Outcomes of this might be reported very quickly. Within the subsequent 4 years Rio Tinto should pay Midnight Solar US$1 million and full US$16 million in work to earn 51%. In stage 3, Rio Tinto pays Midnight Solar one other US$1 million and completes a further $14 million in work to earn 65%. Lastly one other $US15 million in work over two years to earn 75%.


Venture – Solwezi licences, NW Province of Zambai, South Africa, 506 sq. km.













Midnight Solar really is amongst elephants, together with being surrounded by main mining firms and it’s adjoining to Africa’s largest copper mine. The Kansanshi Mine, owned and operated by First Quantum Minerals Restricted, is positioned roughly 15 km from the Solwezi Licenses. The Kansanshi Mine is without doubt one of the world’s largest copper mines and in addition an essential gold producer. As of 2012, the Kansanshi Mine up to date Useful resource was estimated at 744.3 Mt @ 0.86% Cu and 0.15 ppm Au Measured and Indicated and 365.2 Mt @ 0.71% Cu and 0.12ppm Au Inferred. You could possibly say it is usually location, location, location. There’s paved street entry to the property and a big community of unpaved roads via the property. As a consequence of massive human presence, massive wildlife has left this space and there aren’t any nationwide parks or protected zones within the space

Rio Tinto began work in April 2021 with 3 drill rigs and detailed floor exploration. Exploration paused the top of June and resumed final September. The September 13, 2021, information launch offers a great abstract.


Exploration work so far has been targeted on gaining a deeper geological understanding of the Solwezi licenses throughout the broader context of the varied geological fashions internet hosting the numerous copper mines within the space.

A lot of the mineralization on the Solwezi licenses happens underneath a 40- to 50-metre thick layer of groundcover and there are only a few occurrences of outcrop,” said Al Fabbro, president and CEO of Midnight Solar. “With this cowl, together with the sheer measurement of the 506-square-kilometre land package deal, we share Rio Tinto’s view that the regional element, whereas time consuming, is a really essential step within the exploration course of to outline and delineate goal areas for drilling and potential improvement.”

Upon returning to the sector, the exploration program is anticipated to incorporate work at Dumbwa, Likoka and Mawemba.


Dumbwa is a 20-kilometer copper-in-soil anomaly overlying basement rock the place earlier drilling encountered disseminated chalcopyrite and bornite with sure similarities to Barrick’s Lumwana mine, which is roughly 60 kilometers west of the Solwezi licenses. The very best gap so far at Dumbwa was drilled by a earlier operator and intercepted 1.24% copper over 16 meters beginning at a depth of 164 meters (SDRC-13). The deliberate program contains infill soils, air core drilling, reverse circulation drilling and diamond drilling to check doable mineralization in magnetic, radiometric, and induced polarization geophysical responses.


Mawemba is a geophysical anomaly alongside the Mitu development which has returned constructive geochemical and air core drill outcomes much like the unique Mitu discovery space. Diamond drilling and an expanded soil survey are deliberate for the Mawemba goal space.


Diamond drill gap MDD-17-15 was initially drilled as a greater-than-3.7-kilometer stepout from the invention at Mitu, within the space now known as Likoka, and measured 4.23 per cent copper equal over 11.6 meters. The upcoming work will tighten geochemical spacing and enhance air core drill protection of the world in preparation for a diamond drill marketing campaign.

This subsequent graphic offers a great take a look at drill holes and areas with the unique discovery.















Final monetary statements present $2.5 million in money and a small $40,000 curiosity free mortgage, as a part of the Canada Emergency Enterprise Account (the CEBA). If $30,000 is repaid on or earlier than Dec., 31 2022, the remaining $10,000 is forgiven. The final financing was for $1.967 million at $0.35 per share. Rio Tinto is making all of the exploration expenditures so Midnight Solar has a low burn fee.


Midnight Solar noticed some glorious high-grade copper intersects in its preliminary discovery and drilling. It’s in elephant nation and has excellent odds of creating a multi-billion ton copper discovery. It must be an excellent mission to entice Rio Tinto to spends US$51 million to achieve a majority curiosity. The market worth remains to be fairly low at $30 million.

With massive mining companys, they do not report incremental, well timed exploration outcomes like a junior, however they’re due anytime now to report on their section 1 exploration and if they may proceed to the subsequent section of US$17 million. I count on they may and we may see some distinctive outcomes that pop the inventory.

That is quote was in final Septembers’ information launch: “I’m very enthusiastic about Midnight Solar’s quick future, and consider that Rio Tinto’s detailed, systematic method to exploration at Solwezi is what’s going to in the end determine the complete potential of the license space,” mentioned Mr. Fabbro. “The following few exploration applications might be an important within the firm’s historical past and as our understanding of those licenses continues to develop, so do our possibilities of success.”

On the inventory chart you possibly can see a gradual uptrend because the Rio Tinto information after which some consolidation and weak spot because the mining market got here down within the final half of 2021. It supplies us with a low entry level and just a bit above main help on the inventory.

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