Trevali Mining Corp. (TSE:TV,FSE:4TI,OTCQX:TREVF) is a mineral development company focusing on advancing two polymetallic (zinc-lead-silver-copper) deposits to production in Canada and Peru – the Halfmile and Santander projects respectively. In Canada, Trevali has the Halfmile and Stratmat polymetallic deposits near Bathurst, New Brunswick, and the Ruttan copper-zinc deposit in northern Manitoba. At a proposed production rate of 2,000-tonnes-per-day, production commenced at the Halfmile Mine in early January 2012. In Peru, the Company has the Santander zinc-lead-silver mine project and the formerly-producing Huampar silver mine, both located in the Central Peruvian Polymetallic Belt.
At Santander, in conjunction with Glencore International A.G., mine commissioning and production is anticipated to commence at 2,000-tonne-per-day in early 2012 with full production to follow immediately thereafter. Trevali received a new NI 43-101 mineral resource for its Santander project in July 2012. Additionally through its subsidiary Trevali Renewable Energy Inc., Trevali is undertaking a significant upgrade of its wholly-owned Tingo run-of-river hydroelectric generating facility along with transmission line upgrades and extensions to allow, in addition to supplying power to the mining operation on the property, the potential sale of surplus power into the Peruvian National Energy Grid.
Halfmile – New Brunswick, Canada
Trevali acquired the Halfmile project through its merger/acquisition of Kria Resources in early 2011. Halfmile is a polymetallic massive sulphide (lead-zinc-copper-silver) deposit located in the Bathurst base metal camp of northeast New Brunswick. The property is situated approximately40 kilometres from Xstrata’s world-class Brunswick 12 mine and consists of 73 claims over an area of 1,104 hectares.
Previous exploration was carried out on Halfmile by Xstrata Zinc and other companies in the 1960s. In February 2009, an NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate was created for the Halfmile property which revealed an indicated resource of 6.26 million tonnes at 8.13% zinc, 2.58% lead, 0.22% copper and 30.78 g/t silver. An additional inferred resource for the property revealed 6.08 million tonnes at 6.69% zinc, 1.83% lead, 0.14% copper and 20.51 g/t silver; all resources are open and used a 5.0% capped zinc equivalent cut-off grade.
In April 2011, Trevali announced initial drill results from the metallurgical test program at Halfmile’s Upper Zone. The drilling intersected substantially thigher zones of massive sulphide in the deposit – in addition to the new zones of high-grade copper in the Hanging Wall. The Company also uncovered that silver and gold grades are elevated in the lead-zinc dominant section of the massive sulphide body.
Highlights from the drilling at Halfmile include:
- 29.25 meters of 6.87% zinc, 2.23% lead, 0.46% copper, 52 g/t silver and 0.86 g/t gold
- A new copper-rich stringer zone over 3.63-to-7.0 metre drill-indicated widths with intercepts ranging from 0.86% to 2.97% copper has been identified.
Underground development is currently underway and initial production commenced in January 2012 with toll milling through Xstrata’s Brunswick 12 processing facility. Initial production will be at 2,000 tonnes-per-day with a planned increase to 4,000 tonnes per days within the following 2-3 years as the satellite Stratmat deposit is developed.
Santander Mine – West Central Peru
The 4,455 hectare property contains numerous outcropping polymetallic mineralized bodies: Magistral North, Central, South, Puajanca South and the Santander Pipe. The Magistral North, Central, and South deposits are all new discoveries hosted in favorable carbonate lithologies and located a few kilometers Northwest of and along the same structural trend hosting the past producing Santander ore body that was mined from 1958 until 1992.
With key permits already in place, Trevali plans zinc-lead-silver production commencing in early 2012 at a rate of 2,000 tonnes-per-day with an anticipated production expansion to 4,000 tonnes-per-day in 2013/14. Trevali has a strategic partnership with Glencore International AG that are providing the 2,000 tonne-per-day processing plant, contract mining and manpower, and will receive a life-of-mine metals concentrate offtake agreement (at International Benchmark Terms) – greatly mitigating both financial and technical risks. Trevali retains 100% ownership of the Santander project and also plans to acquire ownership of Glencore’s processing plant via a toll charge over the initial four years of operation. Due to significant silver and lead credits plus low-cost hydroelectric power, Trevali anticipated that Santander will be a low cost zinc producer.
The Company received the results from a new NI 43-101 mineral resource for the project in July 2012. The resource reported a major increase in contained in-situ inferred metal. There were Zinc increases of 162% to 1.41 billion lbs, Lead increases of 162% to 121 million lbs and Silver increases 194% to 9.4 million ounces. The resource also stated that mineralization remains open for expansion at the project.
Trevali Renewable Energy Inc., a fully owned subsidiary of Trevali, will provide the Santander Mine site with inexpensive and reliable power from the Tingo hydroelectric generating facility approximately 17 km down-valley to the West and already connected to the mine site. Trevali is planning a major upgrade of the power station from its present production capacity of 1.6 MW to approximately 8.8 MW and 10 MW during the wet season. As mine production (at 2,000 tonnes-per-day) at Santander is estimated to require approximately 4 to 5 MW of power consumption, the excess power can be sold to third parties via the Peruvian National Energy grid to generate potential additional cash flow to Trevali.
Dr. Mark Cruise – President, CEO and Director
A base metal specialist, Mark has extensive global base-metal experience from grassroots exploration through resource definition to production in Europe and the Americas. He completed his Ph.D. on the Irish zinc-lead ore field and was a member of Anglo American’s Lisheen Zinc-Lead Mine feasibility/technical team in Ireland that developed the 4,000 tpd Lisheen Mine. In 2001, he transferred to Anglo’s Vancouver office, where he held the position of Senior Geologist with responsibility for Anglo’s copper and zinc portfolio, including project generation and implementation in Canada, USA, and Mexico.
In 2004, Mark joined Cardero Resources as Vice President, Exploration, with responsibility for Cardero’s Peruvian, Argentinean and Mexican portfolio, including the approximately 850-Mt Pampa de Pongo iron deposit, Peru. In 2008, he joined Trevali where he has been instrumental in the ongoing fast-track redevelopment and planned resumption of production, with partners Glencore International A.G., from three recently discovered deposits at the Santander polymetallic mine project in west-central Peru.
Dr. Anthony (Tony) Holler – Chairman and Director
Dr. Holler brings his expertise in the mergers and acquisitions field to Trevali. Dr. Holler founded and was the Chief Executive Officer of ID Biomedical Corp., where he oversaw product development from research and development through to commercialization. He eventually sold the company to GlaxoSmithKline for approximately $1.7 billion. Similarly, during his tenure as Chairman and Director at Corriente Resources Inc., he oversaw the development of that company’s copper/gold property through bankable feasibility, ultimately selling the company for approximately $700 million.
Mike Hoffman – Director
Mike has over 25 years of mine management experience including mine operations, corporate development and projects. Recently Mike has been a Vice President with Yamana Gold, Desert Sun Mining and Goldcorp and he was previously President & CEO of Crowflight Minerals and Kria Resources. He also currently serves as a director of Crocodile Gold.
Anton Drescher – Director
A Certified Management Accountant, Mr. Drescher has brought his financial and managerial expertise to a number of high-profile companies in both the private and public sectors. Since 1994, he has been Chief Financial Officer and a Director of USA Video Interactive Corp., a public company involved in streaming video and video-on-demand that is listed for trading on the TSX-V and the OTC Bulletin Board.
He has also been a director of Dorato Resources Inc., a public mineral exploration company listed on the TSX-V, since 1996; President of Westpoint Management Consultants Limited, a private company engaged in tax and accounting consulting for business reorganizations, since 1979; and President of Harbour Pacific Capital Corp., a private British Columbia company involved in regulatory filings for businesses in Canada, since 1998. Mr. Drescher has been a director of Trevali since 2007.
Charles Melbye – Director
A graduate of Colorado School of Mines with a Geological Engineer-Mining degree, Mr. Melbye brings over 50 years of experience as a mine development expert. Mr. Melbye has held executive positions in numerous world-class mining and exploration companies, notably Anschutz Mining Corp. and the Anaconda Company, where he has demonstrated his expertise in silver, lead, zinc, iron and other industrial minerals in both underground and open-pit settings. Devoting the latest portion of his career to South American mining projects, including Corriente Resources Inc., Mr. Melbye is renowned for his abilities in seeking, acquisition, exploration, and operation of highly successful mining properties.
Dr. Paul Klipfel – Director
Dr. Klipfel completed his Ph.D. in Economic Geology from Colorado School of Mines in 1992 and has over 32 years’ experience of mineral exploration and project development for a wide range of mineral commodities and deposit types in North and South America, Australia, South Pacific, Africa and Asia. He has been a contributor to the discovery process on several major deposits. Recognized as a specialist in structure, alteration and their relation to mineralization, Dr. Klipfel is currently President of Mineral Resource Services Inc., a consulting practice based in Reno, Nevada.
Anna Ladd – CFO
A Certified Management Accountant, Ms. Ladd received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia in 1991 and a Masters of Arts in Economics from Queen’s University in 1993. Anna has over 15 years of experience in financing and financial controls in relation to the mining industry from mine controller up to and including responsibility for multiple large scale open pit and underground base and precious metal production units. Anna has served as Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer for a number of TSX listed junior mining and development companies in addition to several mid-size to senior gold and base metal producers including Grande Cache Coal’s operations, Kinross Gold Corporation’s Fort Knox, Round Mountain and Kettle River operations and Vale Inco’s Thompson and Sudbury base metal operations.
Paul Keller , P.Eng– Vice-President of Operations
Mr. Keller brings extensive mine operations experience in Canada with 27 years of experience most recently as Manager of Technical Services for a major Canadian mining contractor where he led a team of engineers and designers on various mining contracts for major mining companies. Mr. Keller began his career with Rio Algom Limited and has also worked in various management roles with Barrick Gold’s Hemlo mine in operations, engineering and maintenance. Mr. Keller holds a Bachelor of Engineering/Mining from Laurentian University and is a Professional Engineer.
Dayle Rusk, P.Geo - Vice-President of Exploration
Ms. Rusk has over 30 years of base and precious metal production and exploration experience in underground and open-pit mines. Dayle was previously Chief of Technical Services for Imperial Metals where she was responsible for all aspects of engineering and production geology including short and long-range planning, mine design, resource-reserve calculations and subsequent production-reconciliation studies. She has also held roles as Senior Production Geologist at Goldcorp’s Red Lake mine and Anglo American’s Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting – Flin Flon production unit and most recently with Kria Resources.