Arianne Phosphate (TSXV:DAN) is a Canadian mineral exploration company primarily focused on developing the Lac à Paul phosphorus project. The phosphate deposits are expected to produce high quality igneous apatite concentrate grading about 39% P2O5 with little or no contaminant. The world class phosphorus and titanium deposits of Lac à Paul, Quebec, constitute the leading project of the company and are amongst the largest of this type in the country.
- In Canada, only the Kapuskasing mine (Agrium Inc.) produces phosphorus. The Lac à Paul project is a very interesting alternative to meet anticipated phosphorus needs.
- Extraordinary measured & inferred resources with highly prospective mineralized zones will yield large, low-cost, long-lived phosphate rock supply source to export market for 25 years.
- High-quality igneous deposits = 90% recovery, 39% (85 %BPL) concentrate, high-value product
- Bankable Feasibility Study to commence this year after evaluation of increased production scenario
Lac à Paul
Arianne Resource’s flagship project, Lac a Paul Project, is an advanced-exploration stage phosphate and titanium project in northern Quebec. Located approximately 200 km north of the town of Saguenay in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region, Quebec, Canada, the Lac à Paul property includes 451 claims and covers a surface area of nearly 25,000 hectares. Access to the Lac à Paul project is granted via the Chute-des-Passes logging road, which is maintained by Groupe Rémabec. The road also provides access to Rio Tinto Alcan and Hydro-Québec power stations. An established rail network (Dolbeau-Mistassini) and the deep-water port of Grande-Anse in Saguenay lie within a radius of 235 km of the property. Several lakes and rivers can provide the water necessary to supply the ore processing mill.
Arianne expanded its resource as calculated by SGS Canada Inc. – Geostat Group, following the completion of the most recent drilling campaigns in the Paul and Manouane zones in December 2010 and March 2011, respectively. The resulting increase in M&I resource was incorporated into the prefeasibility study. At a cut-off grade of 2.43% P2O5, the resources amounted to measured and indicated resources of 347.7Mt of 6.50% P2O5 and 8.43% TiO2 and inferred resources of 114.3Mt of 5.46% P2O5 and 6.19% TiO2. For more information on Lac a Paul:
Major Activities Planned for 2014
- Agreements with First Nations
- Environmental permit (Q4 2014)
- 2014 Mine Titles
- Construction permits
- Contracts Awarded (EPCM, Equipment, HQ)
- Select suppliers for major equipment and commit to preliminary engineering
- Optimization studies to be conducted, including metallurgical optimization test by COREM
- Preliminary work on land clearing, roads, clearing of the plant site, acquisition of land in Saint-Fulgence
- Drilling program: goal of 50 years of mineral resources
- Secondary processing study – MAP/DAP
- Find strategic partnerships and establish sales contracts
- Support from the Government of Quebec
Brian Kenny – Chief Executive Officer
Brian is an experienced project development framework. As project manager at Dubal, he managed all the technical, legal and environmental aspects of financial accounting for various projects over $ 14 billion. He also arranged financing, negotiated agreements and worked in coordination with governments and some organizations in the host country. Before Dubal, Brian was CEO of Koniambo nickel project in New Caledonia worth $ 3.5 billion. Brian also has experience of over 30 years in large engineering firms and manufacturing companies, including Bechtel and ABB. Brian is an electrical engineer with a master’s degree and a BA from McGill University in Montreal, and University College Dublin. He is familiar with Quebec and the Saguenay through his experience at the Alma smelter as well as its participation in numerous other projects Quebecois industrial development.
Jim Cowley – Director and Chairman
Jim Cowley is a Metallurgical Engineer with an MBA in Finance. He has worked in various roles from Mill Metallurgist(uranium) to Financial Manager/Business Development (molybdenum, gold and copper) to VP Sales, Marketing and Distribution (copper, gold, molybdenum, sulfuric acid) for companies such as Exxon, Climax Molybdenum (AMAX), Bond International Gold and Rio Tinto. He is currently a full time consultant and employee of Ocean Partners USA and is based in Utah, USA.
L. Derek Lindsay – Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Derek brings proven expertise in raising equity and project finance, creatively structuring strategic partnerships, and completing acquisitions and divestitures. As well, he has a strong operational finance background, particularly in forecasting, reporting and compliance.
Jean-Sebastien David – Chief Operating Officer
Born in the Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean area, Mr. David was the former Vice-President Sustainable Development at Osisko Mining Corporation (2007-2012) where he was instrumental in obtaining authorization for construction and development of the Canadian Malartic Project. His experience with Osisko includes project evaluation, consultation and negotiation with regulatory, community and First Nations groups and development/implementation of sustainable development policy. He has held various positions in mining operations, forestry, environmental and consultation for Iamgold, Cambior and Louisiana-Pacific. He began his career with Nutrinor in 1993. He earned his B.Sc. Geology and Masters Degree in Project Management from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.
Guthrie Stewart – Director and Interim Chairman of the Board
Guthrie has over 25 years’ experience in private equity investments, senior management and corporate law. Until Dec 2007, he was a partner of the Equity Fund of EdgeStone Capital Partners. He is currently serving as the Chairman of Orbit Garant Drilling. He earned an LL B. from Osgoode Hall Law School and an MBA from INSEAD, Europe
Dave DeBiasio – Director
Dave is a retired metallurgical engineer. He served as Vice President of Energy and Raw Minerals at Agrium, a leading global fertilizer company where he actively participated in the development of the Kapuskasing phosphate mine.
Marco Gagnon – Director
Marco is a senior mining exploration professional with 20 years of experience in major mining companies Inmet, Barrick Gold, Minnova and Radisson Mining Resources. He is currently President and CEO of Adventure Gold, a Montreal-based gold exploration company. He was a founder and former President and CEO of Focus Metals. He has a graduate degree in geology from the University of Quebec.
Luc Boivin – Director
Mr. Boivin studied in administration at the University of Québec in Chicoutimi and is currently vice-president of finances and marketing of Fromagerie Boivin (Boivin Cheesemakers), a regional leader in milk processing. He is also the chairman of the Technologie Biolactis Inc. (Biolactis Technologies Inc.) board of directors, a young business developing whey processing. M. Boivin also serves on different boards of directors including Promotion Saguenay.
Alain Vachon – Director
Alain is a geologist with more than 30 years experience in the mining industry. He has worked for Exploration Noranda, Barrick, and with Rouyn Mining Resources where he was chief geologist of mining operations. In the past 12 years, Alain worked mainly in Peru with Sulliden, Gold Hawk and Paramount Gold.
Siva Pillay -Director
Siva holds a joint honors degree in accounting and law from the University of Southampton (1984). After 15 years of experience with various banks (Bank of New York, Standard Bank and Fortis) in finance and commodity related fields, Siva started his own consulting firm specializing in the organization of trade and project finance . In 2004, Siva helped Ocean MBO Partners, and in 2005 joined the company.