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Feature article February 27, 2017:
Thermal Fragmentation Mining
Technology Ushers in New Era of Improved Economics for Underground
Narrow Vein Miners
Nippon Dragon Resources
(TSX-V: NIP) (OTCQB: RCCMF)
Dragon exploits the toughest geology;
found in pillars and structures, that would be damaged with
conventional blasting, can be surgically removed with Thermal
Nippon Dragon Resources is a hybrid mining
Trading with a market cap near $15 million, NIP.V is poised for
significant upside share price revaluation;
Patented and disruptive
Thermal Fragmentation (TF) technology is
a precision tool for creating large
openings and extracting ore. TF appears
poised to be formally adopted via
strategic agreement by at
least one, likely more, major miner(s) this 2017.
a mining method that uses heat in
order to shatter/spall the high-grade
veins greatly reducing the use of
explosives. Extracting only the vein
with minimal dilution.
NIP.V's process can reduce costs up to 60% for
many mines in the world.
Flagship Rocmec 1
Gold property in
prolific Abitibi region of mining-friendly Quebec is
advanced staged, near-turnkey ready for
mining. 479,100 oz gold in
all categories (3 gpt cut-off), >$41M
invested to date (5 levels + ramp +
has recently begun contract mining in
using its own thermal fragmentation equipment
The Company has
numerous other potential mining
opportunities on the horizon looking to partner with
Foundation/Hard Rock Construction:
Nippon Dragon Resources Inc. (TSX-V: NIP) (OTCQB: RCCMF) (Frankfurt:
D5O) is both a technology
company and junior gold miner, its exclusive and patented
revolutionary Thermal Fragmentation mining extraction technology
appears to be quickly gaining traction
and is expected to translate to increased near-term opportunity from
a multitude of interested parties. Thermal Fragmentation technology
is expected to enter a serious commercialization phase this 2017,
after ~8 years of vetting, some mining experts now believe the
technology ushers in a new era of improved economics for underground
miners chasing narrow gold veins. Nippon's process can
reduce costs up to 60% for many mines in the world.
The Company's other
flagship asset is its 100%-owned, advanced stage, fully permitted Rocmec 1
Gold property in the
prolific Abitibi region of mining-friendly Quebec which is
near-turnkey ready, with 479,100 oz gold in all categories (3 gpt
cut-off), and >$41M expended to date (5 levels + ramp + shafts).
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Fig 1. (above - left) Thermal
Fragmentation Dragon unit with inset of burner.
(above - right) Click to view videos;
in operation, & 2)
2D animation of uses.
Thermal Fragmentation process uses powerful burners,
powered by diesel fuel and compressed
air, to fragment hard rock. A small (125
mm) pilot hole can be enlarged to just
over 1 m in ~8 minutes, making it ideal for
targeting gold-bearing quartz veins,
resulting in dramatically less dilution,
increased productivity, lower costs,
increased safety, and less impact on
Fig 2. (above)
Fragmentation technology is precise
and surgical, extracting
only the vein with minimal dilution.
Above is seen a cross section of thermally fragmented rock, and sample of fragmented
mineralized ore (rocks ranging from 0 to 13 mm in size). Typically the hardest rock
will fragment first -- precious metals are found in quartz vein,
which is harder than surrounding waste. When the process is started
it makes an oval hole and essentially searches the quartz before the
waste -- the operator can both see and hear when quartz is being
extracted vs. waste.
NIP.V's current market
~$15 million Canadian (~138M shares outstanding X ~11 cents (~190M
fully diluted, with majority of warrants proximal 12 cents)). Its market cap is
miniscule relative to the potential and the current share price
presents an opportunity for shareholders to reap large returns as
recent vetting of NIP.V's technology have yielded
highly favorable results -- we expect Thermal Fragmentation to be formally
adopted via strategic agreement by at least one, likely more, major miner(s) this 2017.
NIP.V has exceptional risk-reward characteristics; Mining MarketWatch
Journal sees a sizeable assent
in share price near-term. Intellectual property fee revenue
potential alone has the possibility for significant share price
revaluation; NIP.V is apt to respond in multiples near-term as the
inherent value and accomplishments are appreciated by the market.
Nippon Dragon Resources currently has Thermal
Fragmentation units ('Dragons') in the field and distributors in
Canada, Japan, South Africa, USA, and Australia. Its business model
is based on intellectual property (IP) fees and rental, however
expected upcoming long-term large contracts will likely be strictly
IP fees for using the process with clients buying their own
equipment. NIP.V is positioned to charge upwards of ~US$25,000/month per unit in IP fees, a deal for the client whose savings
compared to old technology would be many multiples. The cost of
using a dragon to extract 1 tonne of ore would be a fraction (e.g.
drop to under $100/t), enabling the converting of marginal or
non-profitable mining to efficient mining.
Fig. 3 (above)
Pilot hole to 1x1m typically takes ~8
Monthly income is projected to increase
NIP.V is making the rounds of select miners and having
its Thermal Fragmentation technology tested/demoed. Mining MarketWatch
Journal encountered, in passing, a few engineers of some majors that
attended Thermal Fragmentation testing at their mine site in North
America recently, the reviews of the technology were spectacular, and the names of the
majors these engineers work for would impress you. You will not hear
of the names of these companies doing the vetting because NIP.V is
prohibited from talking about any of them as they insist on
non-disclosure agreements. The precision (within 2 cm) with which NIP.V's technology
can extract makes it particularly advantageous for mineralized
corridors under 2 meters -- over 80% of known precious metals
resources available in the world are in mineralized structures under
2 meters. Anecdotally, Mining MarketWatch Journal notes that last
year the COO of a major South African miner said in its quarterly
review of production that it was experimenting with Thermal
Fragmentation, they didn't mention Nippon Dragon Resources, but we
know there is no other company in the world that makes Thermal
Fragmentation -- he also said the testing was going well.
Interesting enough, NIP.V still has a dragon unit in operation in
South Africa. Some of the mines in South Africa have ridiculously
high grades of gold (e.g. >100 g/t), the drawback is the veins are
narrow underground, however ideal for NIP.V's thermal fragmentation.
In such a scenario possible efficiencies may result in several
hundreds of thousands of dollars per year per unit in the field -- this will
have a major positive impact on their bottom-line. Not only would
the South African mine benefit from improved economics, the actual
miners themselves would benefit from increased safety, and new jobs
in next-generation technology that will increase minelife. Independent
mining equipment analysts have estimated that when adoption
accelerates there could be demand for 5,000 - 10,000 Dragon units
globally. Cost savings are
too lucrative to ignore and mining MarketWatch Journal believes a
major contract/strategic agreement is imminent, requiring numerous dragon units, each generating
IP fees for NIP.V. This will create a tailwind for further
steepening of the adoption curve and the share price of NIP.V.
Nippon is currently contract
mining in Arizona:
Nippon entered into a gold production agreement
with Au Consolidated inc., an Arizona Company. In Q4-2016 Nippon
began Thermal Fragmentation operations on selected high grade narrow
surface veins at Au Consolidated Inc.’s property located in Cochise
County, near Willcox in the State of Arizona, U.S.A. To date, in
excess of 480 six-inch holes were drilled all on the same mineralized
structure, and thermal fragmentation operations have begun.
Fig. 4 (above) - Nippon's
100%-owned 75TPD mill is currently being set up on site in
Arizona. Originally purchased for NIP.V's Rocmec 1 Gold property,
the mill is mobile and can follow production, it can be removed and
installed in ~5 weeks.
Nippon is using its own equipment and has also
moved its portable 75 TPD mill onto the property, set-up is
expected to be complete soon. In the interim material is being
stockpiled. This mill was originally purchased new by NIP.V in 2008
for its Rockmec 1 gold project, it has a replacement value of ~$5
million. The mill has the capacity of one Dragon unit; one dragon
unit has the capacity of ~100TPD (important to note is that
precision of Thermal Fragmentation technology can often
reduce dilution by up to 5 times, making the 75TPD mill the
equivalent of 375TPD).
Nippon has a partnership agreement on this
Arizona project to produce 3,000 oz of gold. Recovered gold ounces
on the first 2,000 oz will be shared on an 80/20 ratio. Nippon will
be entitled to 80% of the gold ounces whereas Au Consolidated Inc. will be entitled to
20% of the gold ounces produced. 1,000 ounces of gold recovered will
be shared based on a ratio of 60/40. Once gold production reaches
the initial target of 3,000 ounces as stipulated in the agreement, a
long-term agreement or sale of the thermal fragmentation unit(s) and
Nippon’s treatment plant can be negotiated between the parties.
Funding for activities was secured by Nippon
via a Forward Gold Purchase Agreement with European buyers. Nippon
sold 1200 units at US$900.00 per unit, each unit representing one (1)
gold ounce. The company intends to complete delivery of the gold
ounces to the buyers ~14 months following on site mobilization.
Nippon will also take the opportunity to showcase its technology to
mining companies that have demonstrated a keen interest in
implementing the technology within their own operations.
Nippon is advancing
its flagship 100%-owned Rocmec 1 Gold
Property toward a near-term mining scenario:
The Rocmec 1 Gold Project, located in the
Abitibi region of Quebec, was acquired in October 2005. It has had
>$41M expended on the project to date, ~$33M of that by NIP.V in
rehabilitating the property, surface and underground infrastructure,
diamond drilling, equipment, drifting and the acquisition of a 75 tpd treatment plant, designed for underground installation.
Fig. 5 (above) - Entrance
portal to NIP.V's Rockmec 1 mine, inset photo of example of many
high-grade veins. The mine is located 35 kilometres west of the town of Rouyn-Noranda and has excellent
The property includes a 100 m deep two
compartment shaft, an 844 m decline allowing access to five
levels (50, 70, 90,110 and 130 m). On these levels a total of
1700 m (drifts and cross-cut drift) were driven.
Mineralized structure is characterized by
narrow high-grade quartz veins, ideal for Nippon Dragon's thermal
fragmentation technology to create an efficient low cost production
The current (2010) resource calc. (with a
cut-off grade of 3 g/t.) for measured/indicated stands at 570,300
tons at 6.52 g/t = 119,500 ounces. The resource is close to surface.
Table 1 (above) - 2010 43-101 Resource
The global 43-101 of just under 500K oz gold
is from 2010 (seen above), the Company has since conducted drilling
to build ounces. There is no shortage
of additional gold, NIP.V has identified the mother structure
(Boucher Structure/Labyrinthe fault, which runs ~3.5 km on the
the deposit is open in all directions. As is typical for other
miners in the area, they often only keep enough resources on paper to keep
their mine operating for 2 - 5 years and simply add to the resource
as they go. The Company has since identified robust new gold vein
sections not in the 2010 43-101; on each side of its Boucher 1 and
Boucher 2 veins there are stellar values averaging near 15 g/t over
very long distances, plus ultra-high 'jewelry-box' grades over a
couple meters in some places.
Tremendous value will be added to the the
Company's market cap by performing a prefeasibility study with a new
43-101 that includes the aforementioned new sections near surface
and advancing the mine to operating cash flow status. The Company
has the technology and the portable on-site ~100TPD mill necessary
to ensure a highly economical operation. It is estimated ~$15
million Canadian is all that is needed to facilitate everything
needed. Potentially another forward gold sale similar to what it
achieved for Arizona would get it meaningfully towards that total,
non dilutively. Once in operation at Rocmec 1, not only would the
mine serve as a showcase and training location for the technology,
the quarterly financial statements should impress.
Possibility to re-open closed mines which are deemed uneconomical
with conventional mining methods:
Rocmec 1 Mine received its "1" to the name
because the Company has identified ~45 past operating, now closed,
gold mines in Quebec that it believes it can produce at for under
US$500/oz with its thermal fragmentation technology. In time, and with the right backing/partners
there could be a Rocmec 2, 3, 4, 5.... etc. These historic mines
are valued using old technology and could be picked up for next to
nothing right now.
Thermal Fragmentation technology shows
immense promise in the construction sector also:
Nippon's Thermal Fragmentation technology is
ideal for making openings without explosives, fast and cost
effectively. In some areas like Manhattan explosives and
jack-hammers are prohibited now and major engineering firms are
looking for solutions and have been actively knocking on Nippon
Dragons' door. A few years back NIP.V received an investment from a
construction engineering firm in Japan, that led to demos with firms
in Asia, however the real excitement is what is happening now on
this front from major, world-wide/global, engineering firms that are
actively vetting the technology. It is not unreasonable to envision,
in the next year, Thermal Fragmentation being touted as the
preferred solution by some of the largest construction engineering
firms -- a potentially lucrative deal on this front is possibly
Aside: The Company's distributor in Australia
in an engineer and actively uses Thermal Fragmentation. He has two
Dragon units that belong to NIP.V and pays a rental fee per equipment per
month when he uses them. The Australian developed new technology for
security exits in mines using Thermal Fragmentation technology to
make it, and he won a
prize for best technology in mines for it.
Fig. 6 (above) - Dilution –
Conventional vs. Thermal (vein)
exploits the toughest geology
Wasted ounces found in pillars and structures, that would otherwise
be damaged with conventional blasting, can be surgically removed
with Thermal Fragmentation. In fact, Nippon’s technology is helpful
in almost every underground mining activity. Nippon’s process
replaces or greatly improves/complements:
- Room and pillar method (flat, reef or any angle).
- Small long hole method.
- Large bolder reduction (facilitate mucking).
- Shrinkage method.
- Drop raise.
- Blind raise.
- Ventilation raise (primary and secondary).
- Drainage hole of 30 cm and more.
- Vibration blasting control.
- Perimeter blasting and stress reduction.
- Drift cut.
- Ore recovery in drifting.
- Ore pass/waste pass.
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We expect to see shares
of Nippon Dragon Resources Inc. trading on an upward
trajectory/trend throughout 2017. Below is expanded insight on Nippon Dragon Resources Inc., its
technology, and Rocmec 1 Gold Property.
Content found herein is not investment advice
news releases regarding Company accomplishments and operational developments:
• January 24, 2017 "Nippon
Dragon Resources will use DIAGNOS’s Artificial Intelligence tools to
optimize exploration of its Rocmec 1 and Denain properties".
• January 6, 2017 "Nippon's
'Dragons' get a positive independent report on its performance and low
• November 22, 2016 "Nippon
Dragon Resources (NDR) closes a private placement and provides
operational update on the Arizona project".
• October 26, 2016 "Nippon
mobilizes its flotation plant in Arizona and increases number of gold
ounces to be produced".
• October 19, 2016 "Nippon
finalises R&D program on mini-lance".
• September 12, 2016 "Nippon
secures funding for gold production via a Forward Gold Purchase
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7 (left) Burner head.
Is a mining method that uses
heat in order to shatter/spall the high-grade veins
greatly reducing the use of explosives.
Extracting only the vein with
Could be used as a stand alone
method or as the perfect complement to any
conventional hard rock mining operation.
Nippon Dragon's President, Donald
Brisebois, is credited with having developed and
invented the “Thermal Fragmentation Process” for narrow
vein precious metal extraction. He has held the
positions of General Manager for Placer Dome Inc.
(1981-1997); supervisor (1977-1981) for Falconbridge, Teck, Ross-Finlay. He acted as Chairman of the Quebec
Mining Association Board; is a member of Canadian
Institute of Mining and Metallurgy; Board Member of
Soredem (Quebec Research Group) and numerous research
teams to develop innovating mining methods focused on
narrow vein ore bodies. He has a reputation in the
industry for troubleshooting, and has won mining awards
for 'Best Mine Manager in Canada' and 'Best Producer -
Understanding the mining
& Thermal Fragmentation
technology's impact on productivity:
The mining industry faces unprecedented economic
challenges, and is considered to be one of the most polluting industries
in the world. Innovation in the mining industry has been characterized
by low R&D spending, antagonistic supplier relationships, inward
industry focus, and a continued trend towards fewer, larger,
longer-lived components. Even though the industry may have been able to
continue experiencing efficiency and productivity gains in the past, we
seem to have reached the pinnacle of current technologies. Indeed,
bigger trucks and shovels represent and improvement over smaller
versions and deliver marginal cost and production benefits, but they
still depend on grossly wasteful energy conversion and human supervision
at every stage.
Although technology can certainly improve
operations in the mining field, its true benefits can be realized when
it is applied to a "platform" approach or Nippon Dragon Resources'
proposed "New Production Platform" that encompasses all major phases of
the operation such as mine development, drilling and extracting,
processing, transportation, as well as the provision of utilities. The
Thermal Fragmentation mining method is a disruptive solution and
transforms the entire process. Times change and for all industries in
the world, technologies have changed almost everything except mining, in
a meaningful way. We've reached a point that cost-cutting is no longer a
solution to ensure profitability -- Nippon's process is disruptive and
will reduce costs up to 60% for many mines in the world.
Fig. 8 (above) Hard rock mining over time:
Mining has seen few changes since the invention of explosives. The
depletion of economically viable gold deposit around the world is
occurring and the squeeze is increasingly on for margins, known and
renewable resources are more difficult to be
extracted economically. Thermal Fragmentation fills an important gap and
is an essential extraction method.
Minimizing dilution with Thermal
Fig. 9 (above left) -- Image of vein
annotated with the degree of accuracy that thermal fragmentation works
relative to without, (above right) from pilot hole to ~1 x 1 m.
Fig. 10 (above left) -- Precision thermal
fragmentation minimizes dilution.
method replaces :
• Room & Pillar method (flat or reef).
• Shrinkage method (manpower intensive).
• Small Long hole method (dilution problems).
• Major dilution reduction (4:1 ratio
• Little or no wall damages caused by blast vibrations.
• Significant cost savings related to ore
handling and ore treatment (1 – 13 mm size fragments).
• 2 person team per machine (efficiency).
• Green technology (500 tpd vs 2,500 tpd).
• Cash cost reduction (30%-60% approx.).
• Selective mining.
• Increased Safety.
Fig. 11 (above) -- Fragmented mineralized
• Rock fragments from 0 to 13 mm.
• Optimal in hard and dense rock.
• The ore does not have to be crushed.
• Massive reduction in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
• Significantly decreases environmental footprint.
• Reduces the risk of environmental disasters.
Impacting the entire
Fig. 12 (above) -- The Thermal Fragmentation
mining method is a new production platform which positively impacts all
stages of a mining operation.
Fig. 13 (above) -- Thermal unit.
• The thermal head is inserted into the pilot hole.
• The head is ignited and compressed air is added to create a thermal
• Maximum width is 1200 mm (~10 min.).
• No angle limitation.
• Little or no wall damages caused by blast vibrations.
Fig. 14 (above) -- The Company has two
models. The normal Dragon unit (seen left, above) is on tracks, it can
also accommodate a drill. The Mini-Dragon unit (seen right, above) is
very small, it will fit in small drifts. Nippon Resources Inc. has a manufacturing hub in the Val d'Or area of northern Quebec.
Right now it is in a position to produce 2 to 3 Dragon units per month.
The unit is designed for toughness, and parts for the Dragons can be
replaced using standard Caterpillar-type parts, apart from the burner
head (which comes from the Company). Under normal use the burner head
typically has a lifespan of ~1yr before pro-active replacement.
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Rocmec 1 Gold Property,
Advanced stage, fully
permitted, near-turnkey ready mining scenario.
Download PDF of
Rocmec 1 Technical Report.
• NI43-101 May 2010 confirmed 479,100 oz all
categories (3 gpt cut-off).
– Bloc 600 m X 600 m X 275 m deep.
– Open all directions.
• 83 hectares + 2,088 hectares unexplored.
– 83 Hectares represents ~3% of surface area.
Fig. 15 (above) Rocmec 1 portal
Fig. 16 (above) Activity at Rocmec 1
Fig. 17 (above) Rocmec 1 Gold Property Location
Map -- 35 kilometres west of the town of
Rouyn-Noranda and is easily accessible from
Fig. 18 (above) -- Mineralized Boucher
structure/veins coincides with the Lac
Labyrinthe Fault (annotated on satellite view of
area). The width of the structure is ~30 m, and
it runs for >3.5 km on the property.
Mining-friendly province: Quebec is unanimously agreed in the mining
community to be a stable, mining-friendly region and is ranked as a
top-tier jurisdiction by the Fraser Institute. Quebec is generous in tax
incentives for exploration, and low hydro-electric costs.
Noteworthy Veins of Rocmec 1 - The ore body
is well defined by diamond drill holes.
Figure 19 (above) -- Section 6050mE Rocmec 1
Figure 20 (above) Oblique View of the Rocmec 1 Mineral Deposit veins and structures.
To date, Nippon Dragon
has invested approximately $33,000,000 in rehabilitating the property,
surface and underground infrastructure, diamond drilling, equipment,
drifting and the acquisition of a 75 tpd treatment plant, designed for
underground installation. The property includes a 100m deep two
compartment shaft, an 844 metre decline allowing access to five levels
(50, 70, 90,110 and 130 metres). On these levels a total of 1700 metres
(drifts and cross-cut drift) were driven.
Table 1b (above) - 2010 43-101
Classification table of global resources, prepared with a cut-off
grade of 3 g/t, an industry standard. The resources
measured/indicated now total 570,300 tons at 6.52 g/t or 119,500
ounces vs. 477,400 tons to 5.59 g/t or 85,900 ounces.
Front west vein:
This mineralized zone recognized by diamond drill holes
is near surface to the west of existing shaft, no
special name was given, only in accordance to the fact
it sits in front of the McDowell i.e. on the hanging
wall. Actual known extent of the zone ranges from 5950Me
and 6080mE near surface to 110m at depth. Grades range
from trace to 67.87 g/t. and widths vary from 0.15
metres to 1.53 metres. The best intersection encountered
is 67.87 g/t over 1.44 metres.
Fig. 21 (above) -- Section
6400mE Looking West, McDowell & Talus veins.
The McDowell vein is the longest gold bearing
structure on the property. This main dislocated
structure represent the Western McDowell vein,
McDowell, the West Claude, the Russian Kid and
the Beaudoin vein form one continuous orebody,
The structures were followed in the underground
development or intercepted by diamond drill
holes for 1660 meters East West with an average
width close to one (1) meter. The pyrite
associated with the vein is present in
millimetre-length veinlets within the mass of
quartz and preferably in contact of the vein
with the wall-rock. The Hanging wall and the
footwall both contain coarse pyrite. Lower vein
wall (foot wall) is characterized with fine
pyrite and is disseminated over more than three
meters. It is carrying gold bearing
mineralization until a vertical depth of 400
meters. This vein was developed and followed
with the underground levels 150, 300 and 425(ft)
now level 45, 90 and 130 meters. Grades range
from 0.03 g/t to 120.00 g/t and widths vary from
0.07 metres to 5.00 metres. The best
intersection encountered is 74.65 g/t over 2.34
The Talus vein is probably a secondary sub
parallel branch structure to the McDowell vein
whose junction point is located close to the
section 6445mE. The Talus vein extends to the
west of this junction point and is followed and
identified up to the 6000mE coordinate. Some
sampling of the vein was done in the drift at
the 90m level. The actual known extension at
depth is 400m. Grades range from 0.03 g/t to
61.58 g/t and widths vary from 0.05 metres to
3.04 metres. The best intersection encountered
is 37.02 g/t over 1.22 metres.
Located near the mine shaft, the vein is encountered at
level 45 meters. Gold bearing mineralization appears in
a broad brecciated zone consisting of alternating
silicified, pyritized and sericitized diorite bands, and
thin milky quartz bands. The distribution of the gold
contents is erratic although gold values increase at a
depth. The results of sampling of drift made by North
Bordulac Mines show that there would be more than one
gold bearing structure besides the shaft as North and
South satellite veins to the shaft veins within that
sector, these are not taken into account in the resource
estimation at the moment. Grades range from 0.01 g/t to
28.01g/t and widths vary from 0.12 metres to 2.41 metres.
The best intersection encountered is 18.15g/t over 1.53
During one site visit in November 2006, core from the
new Nippon Dragon diamond drill hole RS- 06-01 was
reviewed and sampling instructions were given, the
mineralized zone was spectacular with presence of
visible gold associated with quartz carbonate vein. The
zone is located at 165m on the footwall of the McDowell
zone. The zone is very impressive and differs
significantly by the amount of quartz and the
mineralized core width. Visible gold was observed and
special sampling procedures were taken to obtain a
representative assay value. Grades range from 0.01g/t to
29.94 g/t and widths vary from 0.43 metres to 2.74
metres. The best intersection encountered is 20.06 g/t
over 1.45 metres (click to view core samples).
Pictured right present the aspect of the visible gold
and the Boucher zone.
Figure 22 (above) -- Core from Boucher vein.
The Boucher 2 zone is similar to the Boucher, but it is
located 25 m behind to the north on the foot wall of the
Boucher, locating it almost 190m from the McDowell, no
other diamond drill holes have reached such a distance
from the McDowell on the north side. It also indicates
that mineralization is not limited to the actually known
corridor but extent to the north of the previously known
sectors. Grades range from 0.01g/t to 29.76 g/t and
widths vary from 0.16 metres to 3.77 metres. The best
intersection encountered is 27.91 g/t over 1.77 metres.
Diamond drill campaigns:
Nippon Dragon conducted several diamond drill campaigns
on the Rocmec 1 property over the past years, two of
which by contractors, the others by Nippon Dragon
employees. All of the diamond drill campaigns were
designed and carried out following the reasoning of
“drill for structure and drift for grade”. A NI43-101
compliant report was prepared Système Géostat
International of Blainville (Quebec) and made public in
May 2010. The results delineated measured and indicated
resources of the Boucher and Boucher 2 structures
totalling 22,700 ounces respectively, the Boucher
Structure of 58 700 tonnes at 5.46 g/t Au totalling
10,300 ounces and the Boucher 2 structure of 31,500
tonnes at 12.20g/t Au totalling 12,400 ounces with a
cut-off grade of 3 g/t This is the first time that
Nippon Dragon obtains this type of resource category for
the structure that was discovered in 2006. The Boucher
vein has now been indentified over a distance of 450
meters in length, at depths of 450 meters and remains
open in all directions.
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Resources' Technical Leadership, Management, and Governance
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The current management team and board of directors has a well rounded
combination of people that each contribute expertise in
disciplines necessary for a successful mining entity:
Donald Brisebois, President, CEO, Director
Mr. Brisebois graduated as mining technologist from the
Abitibi-Temiscamingue Rouyn-Noranda college. Until
recently, Mr. Brisebois was the CEO of Rocmec Mining
(2005-2012). He has been the General Manager (2001-2004)
of Rocmec International Inc. and is credited with having
developed and invented the “Thermal Fragmentation
Process” for narrow vein precious metal extraction.
Prior to that, he has held the positions of General Manager
for Placer Dome Inc. (1981-1997); supervisor (1977-1981)
for Falconbridge, Teck, Ross-Finlay. He acted as
Chairman of the Quebec Mining Association Board; is a
member of Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy;
Board Member of Soredem (Quebec Research Group) and
numerous research teams to develop innovating mining
methods focused on narrow vein ore bodies.
Jean-Yves Therien, Vice-president Business
Mr. Thérien holds a Bachelor degree in Administration
(specialized in finances) from l'UQAM. He has worked for
18 years as placement advisor for multiple brokerage
Companies. His team spirit, entrepreneurship,
perseverance and dynamism allow Nippon Dragon to
establish a niche in the industry and to exploit markets
never developed before.
Dr. Michael M. Avedesian, Ph.D., Eng., FCAE, FCIC,
Former President, Noranda Magnesium and Magnola
Metallurgy, Dr. Avedesian has over 33 years of
operations and business management experience in the
metals and minerals sector. He holds a bachelor's degree
with honors in Chemical Engineering from McGill
University, and a Ph.D. in engineering from Cambridge
University. In 2001, he culminated a 21 year career with
Noranda Inc. having held responsibilities in several
roles including technical, operations, business
management and executive management. He also worked 6
years with Domtar Corp. as Director, Corporate
Development in the 1980s primarily in the Chemicals
Division which at that time was a vertically integrated
mining company in industrial minerals including salt,
gypsum and limestone products. Dr. Avedesian also had
two successful start-up companies for which he was the
founding CEO. One start-up had a successful IPO on the
Toronto Stock Exchange. Upon retirement from his
corporate career, he was invited to join McGill
University in 2003 where he currently teaches courses in
strategic management, technological entrepreneurship and
launching new enterprises at the MBA and graduate level
in both the Faculty of Management and the Faculty of
Engineering. Recently, Michael also served as a Director
and CEO of Tawsho Mining Inc., a junior gold exploration
company publicly traded on the TSX Venture exchange.
Currently, he also serves on the Board of Directors of
TM4, a company which designs and manufactures
electromechanical drive train systems for hybrid and
electric vehicles. In addition to his teaching duties at
McGill University and his Board responsibilities, Dr.
Avedesian also runs an active consulting business in the
mining and metallurgical industries with major projects
currently underway in Abu Dhabi and China. Michael is a
member of Ordre des ingenieurs du Quebec, Professional
Engineers of Ontario, and the C.S.Ch.E. (for which he
was President in 1992-1993). He was elected Fellow of
the CIC in 1993. In 1998 he was inducted as a Fellow in
the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Nikola Vukovic, QP, Director
With 30 years in the mining business, Mr. Vukovic has
extensive global experience in a range of mining
functions; including projects evaluation, financing,
development and operations. He was successful with
strategic planning, business development and in
implementation of leading business practices for
sustainable or event based value creation,
re-engineering, optimization and process automation.
Prior to joining Nippon, Mr. Vukovic held various senior
leadership positions where he budgeted, constructed,
commissioned and turned over large capital open pit and
underground projects with major mining companies like
BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Freeport McMoRan. Mr.
Vukovic has an Honours BSc in Geology from Tuzla
University and an M. Eng. in Mining from McGill
University. In 2012, he received the Qualified
Professional designation from the Mining and
Metallurgical Society of America.
Émile P. Molgat, Director
Mr. Molgat brings to Nippon Dragon his broad experience
in the mining industry and since 2001, he is a
consultant for mining companies. Former President and
General Manager of Explonor Ltd, a company which
specializes in selling explosives to mining companies
(1984 to 1992); Regional Manager for ICI (1992 to 1997),
Manager for Canada of the underground mines division of
Orica (1998 to 2001).
Paul-A. Girard, Director
Paul-A. Girard obtained a Communications degree from the
University of Montreal in 1975 and a degree in
Industrial Relations from the University of Québec in
Trois-Rivières in 1981. He has been active in the mining
field for more than 30 years and occupied various
positions in such field. From 1985 to 1990, he was the
financial editor for Les Affaires newspaper, in charge
of mining and forestry sectors. From September 1991 to
1994, he acted as Vice-President of business relations
for Gestion Corpomin Inc., where he was in charge of
internal and external communications regarding mining
companies. From 1994 to 2009, he occupied various
positions within MDN Inc., namely President, Chief
Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Since 2009,
he acts as a senior consultant in management and
communications in the mining field.
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