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AGORACOM Client Feature: (UBR:TSX-V) Leader in High Purity Quartz Exploration in Quebec

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:31 AM on Monday, June 1st, 2015

Why Uragold Bay Resources?

  • High Purity Silica (HPS) and Silicon Metal are key strategic minerals
  • Applications in high-tech industries that include semiconductors, LCD displays, solar silicon applications and recently, Silicon Anode Lithium Batteries
  • Major silicon metal producer has confirmed interest in purchasing a significant tonnage of High Purity Quartz
  • (MOU) between its 100% owned subsidiary Quebec Quartz and Dorfner Anzaplan (Anzaplan) regarding the development of property specific beneficiation processes for the production of ultra high purity quartz sands (99.99+% SiO2).


What are High Purity Quartz and Silicon Metal?

High Purity Quartz

  • High Purity Quartz (HPQ) has a purity level in excess of 99.997% and is extremely rare.
  • Used in the semiconductor industry to produce crucibles and quartz glass products, such as windows, rods, and tubes [Source].
  • Also used in the production of silicon metal, which is the base for the semiconductor wafers, made using the Czochralski Process[Source].
  • High purity quartz deposits with low impurities are rare, world supplies are tightening and HPS prices are rising [Source ].
  • Demand for HPQ is growing with the high tech industry and the price for premium HPQ can vary between US$ 8,000 to US$ 25,000 or more per ton depending on the specifications needed for the final application [Source ].

Metallurgical Silicon Metal

  • Metallurgical Silicon Metal has a purity of 98.5% or higher and is used as an alloying agent in the aluminum industry due to its ability to increase the strength of aluminum [Source].
  • Adding Silicon Metal to aluminum alloys makes them strong and light [Source].
  • As a result they are increasingly used in the automotive industry to replace heavier cast iron components [Source].
  • Allows weight reductions and a reduction in fuel consumption [Source].
  • Demand for aluminium has increased 5% CAGR over the past 20 years [Source].
  • It has also been reported that the solar industry will have it’s first global panel shortage since 2006 [Source].
  • It has become one of today’s key strategic minerals with applications in high-tech industries that include semiconductors, LCD displays, fused quartz tubing, microelectronics, solar silicon applications and recently, Silicon Anode Lithium Batteries
  • Silicon Metal with 98.50% SiO2 purity sells for about US$ 3,200 per ton (or US$ 1.45 US a pound) [Source].

Martinville, Malvina and the Montpetit Quarry Silica Properties

Quebec Quartz, has successfully finish the sampling programs over the historical quartz and quartzite showings on the Montpetit Quarry, and the Martinville and Malvina Silica properties. A map of the properties can be viewed here:

The Montpetit Property is located in the Monteregie Region of Quebec, some 40 km south of Montreal and 7 km south of Saint-Clotilde-de-Chateauguay. The Quebec-New-York border is 10 km from the property. The property is located on NTS map sheets 31H/04 (1:50,000 scale). Farms fields and forest, owned by private landowners, mostly cover the region.

A review of the historical work indicates that the quarry operated for one (1) year and that the deposit is composed of consolidated beach sand that was highly purified by segregation, sorting and leaching. Through natural Diagenesis, overtime the sand was transformed into a quartzite.

Acquired, through map staking, two silica claims directly adjacent to Sitec Silicium Quebec quartz mine located in the Charlevoix region of Quebec

Sitec Silicium Quebec quartz mine supplies silica for Sitec silicon metal foundry in Becancour and for the Elkem Metal Canada ferrosilicium foundry in Chicoutimi Quebec.

Quebec Quart, Uragold’s wholly owned subsidiary, intends to explore the claims for quartzite extensions to the north of the Silicium Quebec Mine. The Galette sector of the Charlevoix region is knows to hold high purity quartzites. The regional geology is comprised of a paragenesis and pink garnetiferous granite with units of discernable quartzites within the paragenesis.


Developing Quebec’s First Placer Gold Mine

Uragolds business model focuses on developing low-risk, low-cost gold mining operations while exploring on core properties that hold the potential of discovering world class gold deposits. The Company’s properties are located in Canada in the Appalachian region of the province of Quebec. The properties benefit from extensive historical exploration work and from well-established infrastructure thereby helping to reduce exploration risks.


Beauce Placer Gold Project is located in the municipality of Saint-Simon-les-Mines in the Beauce region of southern Quebec. The project has all the required environmental permits to start its operations, and is in the final stage for obtaining a 20 year mining lease for a placer gold mining operation. It will be Quebec’s first placer mine in 50 years.

Developing an open pit gold mine in the Beauce

In April 2014, Uragold singed a definitive option agreement with Golden Hope Mines (“GNH”) concerning the advancement of the Bellechasse-Timmins (BT) Gold Deposit into a producing mine.

The Beauce Placer property and the Golden Hope Mines’ Bellechasse-Timmins (BT) Gold Deposit (which are both ‘nuggety’ type deposits) are located within Magog Group sediments. It should be noted that the Beauce gold project has a thick till in contrast to the Bellechasse-Timmins (BT) Gold Deposit where most of the till has been eroded away and exposed the outcrops. This suggests that both the Beauce and the Bellechasse/ Timmins deposits are genetically related – the Beauce being a placer deposit derived from an unknown Bellechasse/ Timmins type deposit.

Moe River Gold Property

The Moe River Property is located in the southwestern part of the Quebec Appalachians in the Eastern Townships region of the Province of Quebec.

The gold bearing gravels of the Moe river valley has attracted prospectors since the 1900. Between 1958 and 1962, Tamara Mining Limited worked in the Moe River area, under the direction of G. A. Blair, P.Eng. Blair defined a historical resource based on the volume of gravels in the terraces along the river. He concluded that there were between 45 to 48 million cubic yards of material in all of the terraces containing a total of 400,000 ounces of placer gold.

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