Monday, June 6, 2022

PyroGenesis Canada Inc. - PYR.t

PyroGenesis Canada Inc. - PYR.t is a leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes. The company provides engineering and manufacturing expertise, contract research, and process equipment packages to the defense, metallurgical, mining, additive manufacturing, oil & gas, and environmental industries.

On September 30, 2021 the company released News

PyroGenesis Canada Inc. has received an order to supply four high-powered plasma torches, together with ancillary equipment, to a client for approximately $6-million. Client B is a multibillion-dollar international producer of iron ore. Client B's name will remain confidential for competitive reasons. Client B's objective is to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) by replacing its fossil fuel burners with PyroGenesis's proprietary plasma torches.

Monday, January 31, 2022

Orca Gold Inc. - ORG.v

Orca Gold Inc. - ORG.v is focused in North and West Africa. Orca's flagship is the Block 14 gold project, located in northern Sudan, near the border with Egypt. A Feasibility Study predicts average gold production of +200,000 ounces per year for at least seven years.
On 2022-1-31 the company released News

Orca Gold Inc. has welcomed Perseus Mining Ltd. as a new strategic shareholder and has provided a corporate update.
Perseus Mining is a 500,000-ounce-per-year gold producer that operates three mines in West Africa. Confirmed by its announcement today (see Perseus release for details), Perseus has purchased a 15-per-cent shareholding interest in Orca from Resolute Mining Ltd. (RSG). In addition to this purchase, Perseus has also agreed to provide Orca with a $5-million (U.S.) short-term loan facility, which will mature on June 30, 2022, with interest charged at a rate of 7.5 per cent per annum. The proceeds from the loan will be used as working capital and for continued exploration and development activities at Block 14. This strategic share acquisition and loan facility positions Perseus to complete its evaluation of Sudan and the Block 14 gold project toward a possible transaction to acquire the balance of the outstanding securities of Orca.
On 2021-10-21 the company released News

Orca Gold Inc. and the Government of Sudan signed all the key development agreements to proceed with the formal construction of a large commercial gold operation at the Block 14 Gold Project in northern Sudan. The signing took place at an official ceremony held on October 20, 2021, at the Ministry of Minerals in Khartoum, Sudan. Orca's President and CEO, Richard Clark, signed on behalf of the Company and his Excellency, the Honorable Minister of Minerals, Mohamed Bashir Abu Numo, signed on behalf of the Government of the Sudan.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Deadly rocks and minerals

Arsenopyrite is arsenic iron sulfide, which is the same type of mineral as pyrite (fool’s gold, iron sulfide), but with a heavy addition of arsenic.

If one attempts to heat or in any way alter the mineral, a strong garlic odor of arsenic will be produced as lethally toxic, corrosive and carcinogenic vapors are released.
Torbernite prism shaped green crystals form as secondary deposits in granitic rocks, and are composed of uranium. It is formed through a complex reaction between phosphorous, copper, water and uranium.

Radon gas is slowly released from uranium decay.
Stibnite is antimony sulfide. The shining metallic crystals of this unstable compound were once fashioned into magnificent eating utensils.

Stibnite’s antimony laced crystals killed a number of people before it became known that use of the mineral was causing food poisoning of the worst kind.
Orpiment crystals are found growing below the surface in mineral formations, often near hydrothermal vents. The crystals release carcinogenic, neurotoxic arsenic powder.

Orpiment is known to give off a strong garlic smell due to its arsenic content, and may crumble into dangerous powder when exposed to light. The mineral was used as a primary component of ochre paint, and likely poisoned many of the artists who used it.
Cinnabar (mercury sulfide) is the single most toxic mineral to handle on Earth.

The name of the crystal means dragons blood, and it is the main ore of mercury. Forming near volcanos and sulfur deposits, the bright red crystals may release pure mercury if disturbed or heated, causing tremors, loss of sensation and death.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Minera Alamos Inc - MAI.v

Minera Alamos Inc - MAI.v is advancing a growing portfolio of high-quality Mexican assets, including the La Fortuna open pit gold project in Durango.

On December 7, 2021 the co released News

Minera Alamos Inc. is pleased to provide an update of the ongoing ramp-up of mining activities at the Santana gold mine in Sonora, Mexico. Through the end of November 2021 in excess of 7,300 ounces of gold have now been placed on the leach pad since the expansion of mining activities was initiated in August; the majority stacked during the 3 months of September, October and November. Mining operations continue to progress with approximately 100,000 tonnes of new mineralized material stacked on the leach pad in each of October and November.