EDITOR: | March 14th, 2014 | 8 Comments

Interview: Geology professor confirms Zenyatta’s graphite deposit is ‘special and rare’

| March 14, 2014 | 8 Comments
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Weslosky-Conly-ZenyattaMarch 14, 2014 — Dr. Andrew Conly, associate professor at the Department of Geology at Lakehead University, spoke to Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel, about the unique Albany deposit in central Ontario, being developed by Zenyatta Ventures (TSXV: ZEN | OTCQX: ZENYF). Dr. Conly has advised Zenyatta since 2011 and the Government of Canada has awarded a collaborative research grant through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (‘NSERC’) to assist Dr. Andrew Conly’s study of the Albany deposit. Zenyatta was also recently granted support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program for metallurgical testing.

Dr. Conly observed, “The Albany deposit is what we call a ‘breccia’ graphite deposit; to the best of my knowledge, there’s nothing else out there. This is a potential world-class deposit; it is unique in terms of its geological simplicity and how it’s formed; it is unique compared to any other graphite deposit.” The research at the Albany hydrothermal deposit will help to create the first genetic model for this special variety of graphite.

The importance of the Albany deposit’s characteristics for investors, who may not be geologists, is that it has a very high carbon graphitic content; in other words, it is pure enough to compete with synthetic graphite. Dr. Conly confirms that Zenyatta’s target customers are the ones who have, until recently, had no alternative to synthetic graphite. “That’s the market they would be going after, replacing the synthetic graphite market with a natural occurring, high grade, high purity natural graphite. When you look at it, the benefits of that are phenomenal; is that it’s cheaper to produce natural graphite….So far the processing has been highly successful in getting a nice high-grade, pure product with minimal cost and minimal detrimental environmental effects.” Indeed, compared to synthetic graphite, which is a petroleum by-product with “astronomical” costs to process, the graphite from Zenyatta’s Albany deposit is difficult to beat.

Dr. Conly adds that most graphite deposits involve amorphous or flake type, and that they are making many efforts to show that graphite companies are trying to show how their graphite could be purified to reach Zenyatta’s purity. However, that would require more refining and may still lack the quality of Zenyatta’s deposit. Quality and purity are very important to the targeted end users in the green technology and clean-tech sectors. The Albany deposit’s purity, therefore, allows Zenyatta to set ambitious sales targets, lithium-ion batteries, pebble nuclear reactors, solar power capacitors, wind power generators and graphene. Dr. Conly suggests that the very uniqueness of the Albany deposit has compelled Zenyatta to perform a lot of ‘homework’ to provide investor confidence. He says “that’s something they’ve done from their academic studies with me to all their testing and their product and they have taken a very systematic approach to ensure what they’re saying is backed up by sound science…and investors in today’s climate still seem weary, but you have a company that is really doing its homework to ensure that this will go to development”.  For investors, this means that Zenyatta’s graphite will command high prices.


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Comments

  • LONG LOMIKO

    “For investors, this means that Zenyatta’s graphite will command high prices.”

    THIS QUOTE FROM THE ZENYATTA ARTICLE ABOVE …. precisely defines the Lomiko-Graphine Labs competitive advantage in the graphine market regardless of the graphite miner involved.

    March 14, 2014 - 12:05 PM

  • J. Best

    Good lord, using a terrific article about a truly exception situation to say hey yeah so invest here…… weird. I also follow Lomiko and Paul Gill is a hard working and dedicated CEO on a very different kind of project. Anyway….. Great interview, Mr. Conly was very interesting and that’s not easy when you are a Geologist 🙂 This company is a true star and one to watch, it’s because of these kind of fundamentals and dedication to maximizing shareholder value that I have $ZEN.V

    March 14, 2014 - 4:11 PM

  • Steve

    The fun is just getting started, once they start releasing characteristics results there will be no catching this stock once it takes off,

    March 14, 2014 - 7:52 PM

  • charma

    hey steve,

    do you really think your comment is fair??

    between your lines we can read and feel your anger of your investment strategy herewith, but your post is also way too short for being reliable!!

    sorry man, but that doesnt help us (already) invested share holders!

    March 15, 2014 - 4:00 PM

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  • BankerBob

    All graphite deposits are unique. What a waste of taxpayers’ money.

    March 17, 2014 - 8:22 PM

    • Tracy Weslosky

      The debate on what our taxes should be used for is indeed a relevant discussion. This said, Dr. Conly is a hard working and committed geologist and I suspect we will be hearing of numerous project studies being endorsed by the Canadian government towards the end goal of employing people and increasing the commitment towards global competitiveness — resources are certainly a proven way to increase a country’s wealth.

      March 18, 2014 - 10:16 AM

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