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Restarting a Reactor in Japan

In 2011 the Fukushima nuclear power plant leaked as a result of a 9.0 earthquake, displacing roughly 160,000 people. Japan shuttered all of its reactors pending inspections and new safety requirements. Japan recovered from the atomic bombs of WWII to become a global economic powerhouse. Showing a similar resilient mindset, Japan will begin producing nuclear energy for the first time as early as Tuesday, August 11. There is no country on the planet as deservedly wary of all things nuclear as Japan. Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Fukushima each forced Japan to re-examine itself and its role in the world hierarchy. Anxiety…

Uranium Consolidation Continues

InvestorIntel has long been calling for a consolidation in the Athabasca Basin. We took a very public risk with our often-repeated prediction Fission Uranium Corp. would be taken out within 6 months, and that the smaller players would have to unite to survive. The Fission prediction was accurate, on schedule, and in its wake the consolidation of the juniors has begun. Last week Alpha Exploration Inc. and Lakeland Resources Inc. (part of the Zimtu Capital Inc. portfolio) announced a proposed merger to blend their assets and teams. More importantly to us, the joint press release described "anticipated synergies resulting in…

Molycorp, Inc. Secures Court Approval for Net $130 Million in Final DIP Financing and Additional Time to Pursue Plan of Reorganization

July 22, 2015 (Source: Globe Newswire) -- Molycorp, Inc. (NYSE:MCP) (“Molycorp” or the “Company”), the only global, vertically-integrated producer of rare earth products used in many electronic, transportation, industrial and clean energy applications, today moved forward with its Chapter 11 process and received Court approval for an improved debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing package provided by Oaktree Capital Management LP ("Oaktree"). The approved DIP facility of new net financing of $130 million represents significant improvement over the interim DIP approved by the Court on July 2, 2015, including additional liquidity, reduced costs, and additional time to develop a plan of reorganization that…

GTA Resources on Schedule with Ivanhoe Results

GTA-Resources GTA Resources and Mining Inc. (TSXV: GTA) continues to execute on its three-prong strategy for organic growth in 2015. Earlier this week GTA released the latest results from one of those prongs, namely its boots-and-hammers program at Ivanhoe. GTA was attracted to this property in northern Ontario due to its proximity to the eastern extension of the Borden Lake Gold Deposit, the historic record and the numerous gold showings. International mining giant Goldcorp now owns the Borden Lake Deposit, having paid Probe Mines`shareholders $526M to acquire it earlier this year. Part of the historic record includes production from the historic…

Zenyatta Files Graphite PEA

On June 1/15 Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. (TSXV: ZEN | OTCQX: ZENYF) announced the positive results of the Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) on its Albany Graphite Project in Ontario. The PEA was filed at SEDAR this week and can be read in its entirety here. The PEA was prepared by the independent engineering firm RPA Inc. in Toronto, with mill design input from SGS Canada Inc. The report concluded the PEA is positive and the Albany Graphite Project, a possible low-cost source of high purity graphite using an innovative “green” purification process, should be advanced to the pre-feasibility stage. (Note: They…

Next Steps at Great Lakes Graphite

next steps Great Lakes Graphite Inc. (TSXV: GLK) is holding its shareholder meeting today in Toronto, Ontario. Since no nominees apart from management’s slate of directors has appeared, it’s probable that management's nominees will be elected to execute on the company’s business plan. The shareholder circular is here at SEDAR. Also on the agenda are the usual shareholder house-keeping proposals. It is this team, led by Paul Gorman, CEO, that will have to propel the company's business plan forward, driven in part by the June 17/15 press release in which Great Lakes Graphite announced the completion of its inaugural mineral resource estimate for…

Cobre Montana – this lithium extraction company is evolving…

Cobre-Montana The upcoming shareholder meeting for Cobre Montana NL (ASX: CXB) is important in the company's evolution. For the shareholders to make their will known to the board, shareholders are encouraged to vote at the annual general meeting, to be held on July 15/15 in Belmont, Western Australia. The notice of the meeting is here. The company had announced on May 20, 2015 that it had made a breakthrough in lithium extraction technology, to produce continuous, steady state production of lithium carbonate from micas, using hydrometallurgical processes. This breakthrough removes the need for roasting, an energy intensive and costly process. CSB's…

Northern Graphite – Purity Matters

Purity matters in graphite because a higher carbon content and larger mesh size usually translate to higher value. No two graphite deposits are the same. A review of Northern Graphite's press releases shows that it has spent considerable effort educating the markets about the special purity of its Bissett Creek graphite deposit. Northern Graphite's latest substantive press release (not including the MD&A and financials) from March 2, 2015 looked at the independent testing results carried out on that graphite by NGS Naturgraphit GmbH. Naturgraphit tested large flake and combined XXL / XL flake concentrates for volatile matter, moisture content, ash…

The big business of age-management through skin pre-testing

Miraculins-1 It was my perception in meeting Miraculins Inc. (TSXV: MOM), CEO Chris Moreau last night that he is dedicated to his company and truly wants to help people. Miraculins have a diagnostic device for painless screening of pre-diabetes that has the potential for many other uses, called the Scout DS® - I told him about the time I had a diabetes screening and was bruised halfway up my arm. Because of this, the Scout's needle free, light activated test really appeals to me. This morning Miraculins announced they will present a peer reviewed scientific poster at the 23rd World Congress of Dermatology. The poster will present…

Great Lakes Graphite to get into the game earlier

GLK graphite The talk of late about batteries has been great for the graphite industry. The Tesla Powerwall batteries that Elon Musk wants to put into homes, to be powered by the sun, is being called the ‘democrizitation of energy.’ These batteries need a great deal of graphite, yet there has been no graphite produced in North America since 1991. For this reason Great Lakes Graphite Inc. (TSXV: GLK), is bringing in graphite from Brazil to be processed at their facility in Matheson Ontario. After announcing news about progress towards commercialization May 28th, the stock rose from $0.10 to $0.14 CAD by…