- Established Mining District: Properties reside in established mining districts of SE British Columbia
- Production Profile: Quartzite mineralization is high purity and similar to other producing silica mines
- Mining and Milling: Potentially amenable to open-pit mining and established beneficiation methods
- Excellent Infrastructure: Access to rails, road, labor and electricity in established mining districts
MGX controls three high-grade silicon projects in British Columbia. Currently, there are no producers of silicon in western North America. The Company is evaluating the economic viability of producing silicon metal from high purity quartzite.
- Longworth: Longworth is listed as one of the top silica occurrences in the Province by the BCGS (Simandl, 2014). Mineralization to date has been traced across a 7 kilometer strike length and outcrop sampling has shown consistent high grades of ~99% SiO2
- Koot: Koot is a high-grade silica project formerly explored by Teck-Cominco in the 1980's. Mineralization at Koot consist of high-purity silicon dioxide (SiO2) occurring along a 400 meter strike zone that remains open in all directions.
- Wonah: Wonah consists of two mineral claims located in the Fort Steele Mining Division. The property has potential to host a high purity quartzite-type silica deposit similar to the other quartzite deposits of the Mount Wilson Formation in southeastern British Columbia.
The Longworth claims located approximately 85 kilometers east of Prince George in east-central British Columbia and is accessible by logging roads. The land package covers 1,084 contiguous hectares situated four kilometers from the Canadian National railroad mainline and power grid. Longworth is listed as one of the top silica occurrences in the Province of British Columbia by the BCGS (Simandl, 2014).
Consolidated Silver Standard Mines Inc. originally sampled and staked the Longworth claims in 1974 while carrying out a regional exploration program. Subsequent exploration focused on the Snow claim and included trenching, blasting and rock chip sampling. Internal reports suggested positive results as a potential feed source for silicon metal smelting (Quartermain 1986).
Of the 42 samples collected and analyzed by Silver Standard, 28 met the required chemical specifications with silica dioxide (SiO2) levels ranging between 98.84 and 99.80 percent. Twelve of the 16 samples also boasted acceptable thermal shock resistance results.
Initial exploration will focus on the Snow Claim, where sampling of outcrop has shown consistent high grade (~99%) SiO2 over an area spanning approximately 400 meters in length and width. (Assessment Report 14815).
To further the Company’s expansion into low cost energy mass storage systems, following the acquisition of ZincNyx Energy Solutions (see press release, December. 13, 2017), MGX has prioritized evaluation and development of its silicon projects for silicon metal potential.
One of the primary uses of silicon metal is in solar panels. Solar panels are a cornerstone to remote and distributed energy solutions. Solar, combined with a mass storage system such as that currently under development by ZincNyx, serves to replace or augment diesel generators, as well as having broad applications in energy storage for residential and commercial grid load balancing and backup, and in providing primary and backup power for industrial sites, telecommunications, large scale computer server arrays and military bases. Additional information on the integration of solar with ZincNyx energy storage systems is available at www.zincnyx.com.
Longworth Silica 43-101 Technical Report
Effective Date: June 27, 2016