Canada Carbon Inc. (CCB – TSX.V) holds a 100% interest in three strategic graphite properties located in Quebec, including 2 past producing graphite mines, the Miller and the Asbury.
THE MILLER LUMP-VEIN GRAPHITE PROJECT
The Miller hydrothermal lump-vein historical graphite mine and surrounding property cover approximately 100 square kilometres (km)2 and is located 80 km west of Montreal in the Grenville Township. The Miller mine is a past graphite and mica producer which was worked around 1845. The Miller was likely the first graphite operation in Canada. Main roads connect up to 800 metres away from the deposit and travel all around the property. A power line also crosses the property 500 m south of the deposit, and a bush road goes directly to the deposit, which allows for very easy access. Many old forestry roads are also present over the property which allows the creation of new access routes with very low impact on the environment.
- Multiple diamond drill programs
- Extensive trenching over the main discoveries and geophysical anomalies
- Extensive channel sampling and grab samples of vein material
- Geological mapping along with prospecting and beep-mat surveys
- Regional high definition VTEM airborne survey by Geotech Ltd. (25 km2 - Totaling 336 line-km)
- Local Geophysics : MaxMin (EM), VLF, IP and IMAGEM (Ground TDEM) surveys
- Local Geophysics : PhiSpy (real-time ground TDEM) surveys
- Expanded land package (11.4 km2 expanded to now cover 100 km2)
- Bulk Sampling Permit obtained for the testing of 480 tons of graphite mineralization
- Performed environmental studies to detect wetland areas
MILLER LOGISTICAL BENEFITS
- Highway 50 crosses through the property
- 4 km long road access to Miller Mine entrance
- Rail line is 500 meters south of the highway
- River water passes through the property and is accessible 250 metres north of the worked area
- Private land reduces timely administrative processes needed to obtain government authorization for trenching, tree cutting and drilling
- Mobilization time and costs are greatly reduced due to close proximity of local expertise
MILLER PURIFICATION & CHEMICAL CHARACTERIZATION TESTS (CONDUCTED BY SGS CANADA INC.):
- Milling & Flotation (+48 mesh flotation concentrate assayed 99.1% Cg (100% C)
- Alkaline Roast (Increased purity from: 93.5% Cg (94.4% C) to 99.1% Cg (100% C)
- Acid Leach (Increased purity from: 99.1% Cg (100% C) to 100% Cg (100%C)
- Loss on Ignition (LOI tests resulted in 100% loss – Zero ash residue)
- Glow Discharge Mass Spectrometer (GDMS) (Evans Analytical Group, NY – Nuclear Purity, by EBC)
- Rapid Thermal Treatment in an inert atmosphere (Resulted in a 99.9978% purity)
Results from extensive surface sampling identified lump graphite with head grades as high as 80.1% Cg that proved easily upgradable through a simple floatation and leach process to 99.1% Cg and 100% C with further upgrading using an Alkaline Roast and Acid Leach, the Miller graphite returned and extraordinary 100% Cg and 100% C.
The quantity of historically produced graphite is unknown but it is reported that 25 rail cars of lump graphite were shipped from this deposit in the year 1900 and sent to the Globe Refining Company of Jersey City, N.J. This yielded thirty-two tons of clean crucible graphite. The Morgan Crucible Company of London and also J.H. Gauthier and Company, Jersey City, used some of this graphite in their crucibles and pronounced it equal to the best graphite known to come from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).
The Miller graphite property was previously known as the "Grenville" graphite deposit. The following newspaper article from the Pittsburgh Press dated April 5, 1903 illustrates that the lump/vein graphite from the Grenville deposit was considered equal to that of Sri Lanka.
"Graphite from the Grenville deposit was forwarded to the Paris Exposition and to the Glasgow Exposition with the Canadian exhibits. It was promptly awarded the FIRST PRIZE."
"The medal awarded by the Paris Exposition is now on exhibition at the Company's office in New York, together with the certificate of award from the Glasgow Exposition. The Imperial Institute in London requested, through the Canadian Department of Colonization and Mines, at Quebec, that these exhibits of Grenville graphite be deposited permanently with it. This request was granted, and the graphite from the mines of the Grenville Graphite Company, now present in the Imperial Institute at London, has caused many inquiries from Europe to be forwarded to this Company. The quality of the product of the Grenville Mine is unquestioned. It fully equals the Ceylon graphite."
OTHER GRAPHITE PROPERTIES
The Asbury open-pit mine and mill were in operation from 1980 to 1989 and are located north of the Ottawa-Gatineau area.
The Dun Raven historic graphite deposit is easily accessible a few hours west of Montreal, in Thorne Township.
The Company plans to continue focusing on exploration at its Miller property with exploration on the Dun Raven and Asbury properties to follow. We believe that the Company’s management team and technical advisors have the experience in management, exploration, mining, milling and producing graphite which will create real shareholder value.
Executive Chairman & CEO, Canada Carbon Inc.