THUNDER BAY – Business – Zenyatta Ventures has been reporting on the graphite discovery in its Albany Graphite Deposit. The company has never gained the massive interest that the Ring of Fire and the chromite potential of that development.
However Zenyatta continues moving toward developing the potential of the graphite resource.
The potential uses of graphite hold enormous potential for future technology – Graphene research is continuing and researchers have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for some of that work.
Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. have announced that a drill program is commencing right away at the company’s 100% owned Albany Graphite Deposit in northeastern Ontario.
Zenyatta Ventures Ltd Drill Program
The current drilling will consist of a minimum of 10,000m and will further test the extent of the Geotech VTEM airborne conductor that measures 1400m east-west by 800m north-south. The program will require 40 holes and is expected to continue until August, after which a NI 43-101 resource estimate will be calculated. The Company anticipates a steady flow of information from drilling activities and continued metallurgical work from this fully funded $4 million exploration program for the balance of 2013.
Aubrey Eveleigh, President and CEO stated, “This larger drill campaign will further define the size and shape of the only known ‘vein type’ or hydrothermal graphite deposit under development in the world. Hydrothermal graphite deposits, like the Albany, are extremely rare and known to offer superior performance in many industrial applications due to its distinctive properties. We believe the Albany graphite deposit is emerging as a very important and unique graphite resource.” Eveleigh also stated, “Zenyatta’s exploration team headed by Peter Wood, VP Exploration will manage the program over the next 4-6 months. Mr. Wood will focus on defining a resource estimate at the Albany graphite deposit and prepare for a pre-feasibility study in the second half of the year.”
Zenyatta initially established the quality of the Albany graphite and recently announced ultra-high purity results from SGS Canada Inc. of 99.96% carbon from a low-cost, conventional processing technique. This is further confirmation of earlier mineralogical studies from Lakehead University that showed the Albany graphite material to be hydrothermal in nature with negligible impurities. The ability to produce a natural graphite product equivalent in purity to the highest grade synthetic graphite using low-cost conventional processing techniques will allow Zenyatta to target the growing market in high value-added graphite applications; especially the new important high technology manufacturing and the emerging “green” industries. Given the ultra-high purity at Zenyatta’s Albany project, the Company will be positioning the material to compete in the $13 billion (global production at 1.5 million tonnes annually) synthetic market.
Zenyatta’s Albany graphite deposit is located 30km north of the Trans Canada Highway, power line and natural gas pipeline near the communities of Constance Lake First Nation and Hearst. A rail line is located 70km away and an all-weather road approximately 4-5km from the graphite deposit. The deposit is near surface, beneath 20-40 metres of overburden consisting of gravel and a thin veneer of limestone.
Mr. Aubrey Eveleigh, P.Geo., President and CEO, is the “Qualified Person” under NI 43-101 and has reviewed the technical information