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  • Vanadium One (VONE) has announced an updated Mineral Resource estimate (MRE) for its Mont Sorcier Iron and Vanadium Project in Chibougamau, Quebec
  • The updated resource estimate incorporates results from the 2020 drill program which focused on defining the eastern extension of the North Zone as well as some infill
  • Total inferred resources for both the North Zone and South Zone are estimated at 953.7 Mt grading 32.8% magnetite
  • The focus now is to move the Mont Sorcier Project towards feasibility and production
  • Vanadium One Iron Corp. is a mineral exploration and development company headquartered in Toronto
  • Vanadium One Iron Corp. (VONE) opened trading at C$0.275 per share

Vanadium One (VONE) has announced an updated Mineral Resource estimate (MRE) for its Mont Sorcier Iron and Vanadium Project.

The updated resource estimate incorporates results from the 2020 drill program which focused on defining the eastern extension of the North Zone as well as some infill in the North Zone. This has resulted in an increase in the total Inferred Mineral Resource tonnage in the North Zone from 376 Mt to 809.1 Mt at 34.2% magnetite, an addition of 433 Mt or a 115% increase.

Total inferred resources for both the North Zone and South Zone are estimated at 953.7 Mt grading 32.8% magnetite, with the potential to produce 313 Mt of magnetite concentrate grading 64% Fe and 0.6% vanadium pentoxide (V2O5).

Total Indicated Mineral Resources remain unchanged and are estimated to be 113.5 Mt grading 30.9% magnetite, with the potential to produce 35.0 Mt of magnetite concentrate grading 65.3% Fe and 0.6% V2O5.

Indicated mineral resources have only been estimated at the South Zone. An updated NI 43-101 Technical report will be filed within 45 days.

Cliff Hale-Sanders, President and CEO of Vanadium One Iron commented,

“We are very pleased to have accomplished our drilling target to significantly expand the Mineral Resources at Mont Sorcier, with over 0.95 billion tonnes in the Inferred category and over 0.11 billion tonnes in the Indicated category, adding further support and confidence to the project’s inherent viability. With the expanded resource in hand, the recent funding completed, and an offtake agreement with Glencore in place, we will now turn our attention to rapidly moving the Mont Sorcier project towards feasibility and ultimately production.”

He continued,

“Based upon historical test work completed by Campbell Mines in the mid 1970’s and reviewed by Hatch in 1975, we expect final concentrate results to exceed 65% Fe as shown in larger scale testwork programs which will be part of the planned metallurgical programs going forward.”

Vanadium One will begin a new drill program to convert a large proportion of inferred mineral resources into higher confidence categories. At the same time, the company will begin initial baseline environmental studies, community consultations and other development activities to support the implementation of a mine.

The Mont Sorcier iron ore deposit has two zones, known as the North Zone and the South Zone.

The North Zone is estimated to hold Inferred Mineral Resources of 809.1 Mt grading 34.2% magnetite, with potential to produce 277 Mt of magnetite concentrate grading 63.5% Fe and 0.6% V2O5. This represents an increase of 432 Mt of Inferred Mineral Resource in the North Zone.

The South Zone is unchanged and it is estimated to host 113.5 Mt of Indicated Mineral Resources grading 30.1% magnetite, with the potential to produce 35.0 million tonnes of concentrate grading 65.3% Fe and 0.60% V2O5, and with low TiO2 (1.2%) in the magnetite concentrate. The South Zone is estimated to hold additional Inferred Mineral Resources of 144.6 Mt grading 24.9% magnetite, with the potential to produce 36.1 Mt of concentrate grading 66.9% Fe and 0.50% V2O5.

Recent metallurgical testwork to assess concentrate grades has used the Davis Tube Test (DTT) method, which is a magnetic separation test on a small 50-gram portion of crushed sample preparation. Magnetic separation is expected to be more efficient when scaled up to larger samples and during production as indicated in historical testwork.

The company engaged CSA Global to undertake and complete the Mineral Resource Estimate for the Mont Sorcier deposit. See Table 1 for summary results.

Table 1: Mineral Resources at Mont Sorcier effective 06 May 2021; cut-off grade is 20% Fe2O3 (14% Fe)

ZoneCategoryTonnageHead gradeGrade in concentrate
Rock(Mt)Concentrate(Mt)Fe(%)Magnetite(%)Fe(%)V2O5(%)Al2O3(%)TiO2(%)MgO(%)SiO2(%)
SouthIndicated113.535.022.730.965.30.60.31.23.82.8
Inferred144.636.120.224.966.90.50.41.03.42.5
NorthInferred809.127726.134.263.50.6
TotalIndicated113.535.022.730.965.30.60.31.23.82.8
Inferred953.7313.125.232.864.00.6
  • The MRE has been classified CIM Definition Standards for Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves (CIM Council, 10 May 2014).
  • Differences may occur due to rounding errors.
  • Numbers have been rounded to reflect the precision of Inferred and Indicated Mineral Resource
  • The Company is not aware of any environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio-economic, marketing or political factors that might materially affect these Mineral Resource estimates.
  • Mineral Resources are not Mineral Reserves as they do not have demonstrated economic viability.
  • The quantity and grade of reported Inferred Resources in this Mineral Resource Estimate are uncertain in nature and there has been insufficient exploration to define these Inferred Resources as Indicated or Measured Resources, however, it is reasonably expected that the majority of Inferred Mineral Resources could be upgraded to Indicated Mineral Resources with continued exploration.

Vanadium One Iron Corp. is a mineral exploration and development company headquartered in Toronto. The company is focused on advancing its 100% held Mont Sorcier, Vanadium-rich, Magnetite Iron Ore Project, in Chibougamau, Quebec.

Vanadium One Iron Corp. (VONE) opened trading at C$0.275 per share.

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