Less than three weeks after acquiring a new Manitoba property, Rockcliff Copper TSXV:RCUoptioned another to Nevada Zinc TSXV:NZN. The 4,992-hectare MacBride zinc project comprises a non-core asset for Rockcliff, north of its core portfolio in the Flin Flon-Snow Lake camp. MacBride comes with a near-surface, historic and non-43-101 estimate of 1.82 million tonnes averaging 8.8% zinc, 0.3% copper, 0.1 g/t gold and 4.5 g/t silver that remains open in all directions.
Under terms of the 80% option, Nevada may earn 70% by issuing 200,000 shares, paying $200,000 over three years and spending $2.5 million over five years. On achieving 70%, Nevada may form a joint venture with Rockcliff or earn an additional 10% by paying Rockcliff $2 million to form an 80%/20% JV. Should either interest fall below 10%, that stake will convert to a 1% NSR or a 0.5% NSR on claims subject to a pre-existing royalty. On part of the property, the original vendor holds a 2% NSR, half of which may be purchased for $1 million.
Rockcliff president/CEO Ken Lapierre welcomed Nevada’s “financial capabilities, expertise and knowledge in exploring this high-grade zinc-copper asset.” Nevada president/CEO Bruce Durham and CFO Don Christie serve on Rockcliff’s board. “The disinterested directors of Rockcliff approved the option,” the company stated.
Earlier this month Rockcliff announced a 100% option to add a fourth gold property to its Snow Lake portfolio.
This year’s exploration includes a summer airborne geophysical survey over the former Laguna gold mine, surface exploration on Laguna as well as two other gold projects, Dickstone and Snow Lake, and a planned fall drill program.
Along with gold, the company’s Snow Lake package includes VMS deposits. Among them, the Bur zinc-polymetallic project also has fall drilling scheduled. A spring drill program at Rockcliff’s 51%-optioned Talbot property found a new VMS zone.
The company closed an over-subscribed private placement of $1.35 million last August.