September 17, 2018 Vancouver, British Columbia: QMC Quantum Minerals Corp., (TSX.V: QMC) (FSE: 3LQ) (OTC PINK: QMCQF) (“QMC” or “the Company”) is pleased to provide an update on its’ company’s 100% owned Irgon Lithium Mine Project located within the within the prolific Cat Lake-Winnipeg River rare-element pegmatite field of S.E. Manitoba, which also hosts Cabot Corporation’s nearby Tantalum Mining Corporation of Canada (“TANCO”) rare-element pegmatite.
As a prelude to the proposed drilling program, QMC Quantum Minerals has completed the initial Mobile Metal Ion (“MMI”) geochemical orientation survey over the Irgon Dike. This initial survey will be used to identify the optimum sampling depth to achieve the best geochemical response from the underlying lithium mineralization. Samples from this orientation survey have been submitted to SGS and will be analyzed for 53 elements. QMC will utilize the MMI responses to best target the signature of the underlying Irgon mineralization and other target areas on the property.
MMI geochemistry is a proven advanced geochemical exploration technique especially well-suited to detect buried mineral deposits. The main benefits of an MMI survey are the generation of very few false anomalies and any anomalies that are identified are sharp and focused directly over the mineral deposit. SGS Canada Inc. (“SGS”) is the sole provider of MMI technology. Subsequent to the completion of this initial orientation survey, SGS will continue to provide technical support and consulting services to undertake additional MMI surveys over other proposed target areas within the Irgon Lithium Mine Property.
As part of the ongoing program to have SGS confirm and potential increase the historical resource on the Irgon Dike (1.2 M tons at 1.51% Li2O) to current NI43-101 standards, the SGS geologist, accompanied by QMC personnel, undertook the initial required site visit to evaluate the Irgon Dike, and all other known mineralized dikes on the property.
Between 1953-1954, the Lithium Corporation of Canada Limited drilled 25 holes into the Irgon Dike and subsequently reported a historical resource estimate of 1.2 million tons grading 1.51% Li20 over a strike length of 365 meters and to a depth of 213 meters (Northern Miner, Vol. 41, no.19, Aug. 4, 1955, p.3). This historical resource is documented in a 1956 Assessment Report by B. B. Bannatyne for the Lithium Corporation of Canada Ltd. (Manitoba Assessment Report No. 94932). This historical estimate is believed to be based on reasonable assumptions, and neither the company nor the QP has any reason to contest the document’s relevance and reliability. The detailed channel sampling and a subsequent drill program will be required to update this historical resource to current NI 43-101 standards. Historic metallurgical tests reported an 87% recovery from which a concentrate averaging 5.9% Li2O was obtained.
During this historical 1950-era work program, a complete mining plant was installed onsite, designed to process 500 tons of ore per day, and a three-compartment shaft was sunk to a depth of 74 meters. On the 61-metre level, lateral development was extended off the shaft for a total of 366 meters of drifting, from which seven crosscuts transected the dike. The work was suspended in 1957 awaiting a more favourable market for lithium oxides, and, at this time, the mine buildings were removed.
The mineral reserve cited above is presented as a historical estimate and uses historical terminology which does not conform to current NI43-101 standards. A qualified person has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimate as current mineral resources or mineral reserves. Although the historical estimates are believed to be based on reasonable assumptions, they were calculated prior to the implementation of National Instrument 43-101. These historical estimates do not meet current standards as defined under sections 1.2 and 1.3 of NI 43-101; consequently, the issuer is not treating the historical estimate as current mineral resources or mineral reserves.
Qualified Person and NI 43-101 Disclosure
The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Bruce E. Goad, P. Geo., who is a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.