Callinex Mines Inc. (TSXV: CNX) has a purpose-driven mission to discover and develop base and precious metal-rich deposits in Canada. The Company’s endeavours in the Flin Flon Mining District of northern Manitoba and the Bathurst Mining District in New Brunswick have positioned Callinex as a leading Canadian mineral exploration company.
Callinex’s Pine Bay Project, located a half-hour drive from Flin Flon, Man., was recently consolidated with individual claim blocks previously owned or operated by Placer Dome, Newmont, Hudbay and Cameco. In addition to its rich mining history, the project benefits from access to power and water, proximity to processing facilities and ease of accessibility by paved and all-weather gravel roads.
The project area is underlain by the Baker Patton Felsic Complex, which is one of the largest and most highly altered packages of felsic rocks within the Flin Flon Greenstone Belt. Within this felsic rock package is a large alteration zone mapped at surface that spans 1,500 metres long and up to 740 metres wide. Nearly all of the volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) deposits mined in the Flin Flon Mining District are hosted in felsics and are immediately related to a chloritic alteration zone, the extent of which is typically directly related to the deposit size.
Callinex is the first company in the Pine Bay Project’s history to consolidate and analyze all of the project’s historical drilling data. This data has allowed Callinex to further understand the key geologic structure of this project. Historic exploration activities have outlined four mineral deposits, three of which are located within a mineral lease that has advanced permitting status and includes the right to conduct mining activities.
Regarding expectations for the project’s future, Max Porterfield, president and CEO of Callinex, stated, “We’re very excited about the prospects of finding the next flagship mine in the Flin Flon Mining District at the Company’s Pine Bay Project. We believe utilizing our new approach will lead to success in our upcoming exploration campaign planned for this upcoming winter.”
The initial exploration strategy deployed by Callinex for the project was to complete widely spaced drill holes and complete borehole electromagnetic (EM) surveys to cover a wide area in search of a highly conductive VMS deposit. Through this process, the Company discovered multiple pyrite-sphalerite-chalcopyrite rich massive sulphide intersections that were either non-conductive or very poorly conductive and had not been identified by the conventional EM surveys.
To identify these lowly conductive pyrite-massive sulphide intersections, Callinex has recently completed an OreVision Induced Polarization (deep IP) survey along the three already identified VMS horizons. Deep IP surveys are efficient up to four times deeper than the conventional Induced Polarization surveys. This new approach allows Callinex to utilize the Project’s historical drilling data along with modern technologies as the Company looks to discover the Flin Flon Mining District’s next mine.
The geological pedigree of the Pine Bay Project and Callinex’s technical team’s proven track record in making world-class discoveries, coupled with a new exploration strategy that has not been utilized in the camp, provides a unique opportunity for Callinex to discover the next anchor mine in Flin Flon.