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HudBay Minerals Reed Exploration JV


On October 23rd, 2012, VMS Ventures announced a joint venture with HudBay Minerals respecting four separate but contiguous claims blocks surrounding the Reed Copper Deposit JV. The option agreement was referred to as the “Reed Exploration Properties Joint Venture” and granted Hudbay the right to earn a 70% interest in four adjacent claim parcels held by the Company, including the Tower Zone, Super Zone Claim, Northwest Zone Claim and Northeast Zone Claim properties. Upon making certain cash payments and meeting work commitments over two to three years, Hudbay hasl earned a 70% interest in the applicable property and a new joint venture has been formed between Hudbay and the Company which has substantially the same terms as the Reed Copper Deposit joint venture. Any failure to make the required cash payments and work commitments with respect to a particular property will cause that property to revert to the Company but will not affect Hudbay’s option over the other properties.

Hudbay acts as the operator of the joint venture with authority and discretion as to the exploration and potential development of the property and has exclusive rights to purchase and market the ore produced from the property.

Exploration to date has included airborne and ground geophysical techniques including VTEM and ground TDEM surveys. Targets have been discovered and drill tested (Reed North discovery) with interesting intersections however no significant economic zones of mineralization have been located.

Geology and Mineralization

The general area of the Reed Mine is characterized by a thin layer of younger Paleozoic dolomite and sandstone which effectively blankets the highly prospective Flin Flon-Snow Lake greenstone belt. These younger rocks are part of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin.

The geological architecture of the four properties that comprise the Reed Mine Joint Venture agreement with Hudbay Minerals is very similar. The presence of bimodal volcanism overprinted with near solid sulphide to disseminated sulphide mineralization accompanied by a suite of alteration minerals usually present in and around base metal massive sulphide type deposits has been documented on the properties during diamond drill testing of integrated geophysical and geochemical survey data. Mineralization has been detected at or near the contact with mafic and felsic volcanic rocks which is similar to the setting of the Reed Copper Deposit. Mineralization has been primarily pyrrhotite with lesser chalcopyrite, sphalerite and magnetite.

The Reed Mine and the past producing Dickstone and Spruce Point copper-zinc deposits are hosted in the Four mile Island Assemblage of mafic and felsic volcanic rocks and associated intrusions.


Airborne geophysical surveys (VTEM) have been flown over the various exploration properties since 2006 and these surveys have been flown in two directions in some cases. Numerous conductive zones with associated or coincident magnetic responses have been outlined, providing both VMS Ventures and later Hudbay Minerals with drill targets. Down-hole EM surveys have been used to detect off-hole anomalies that also become drill targets.

The prioritizing of these anomalies for drill testing has been further defined by the use of Mobile Metal Ions soil geochemistry which helps to determine those bedrock-hosted geophysical anomalies with elevated metal contents. To date no economic mineralization has been detected on any of the exploration properties however some exceptional intervals of base and precious metals have been intersected in association with bimodal volcanic rocks. These are summarized below in Table 1.

Table 1: Summary of historic assay results, Reed Exploration JV

DDH INTERVAL (m) Cu% Zn% Au g/t Ag g/t
RLE021 3.95 9.31 1.87 3.59 35.53
RLE022 4.15 2.16 0.18 0.71 8.01
RLE004 0.34 5.41 0.27 1.58 7.57


7.18 7.44 0.23 0.48 7.57
44.9 0.79 0.39 0.16 1.58


2.23 5.94 0.27 0.4 5.5
24.7 0.21 1.18 0.08 0.79

The nature of these drill intercepts in terms of metal contents, alteration mineral assemblages and EM conductive anomalies indicates the area of exploration interest is extensive and highly prospective for base metal massive sulphide type mineralization. Of particular importance is the presence of these characteristics in association with a sequence of bimodal volcanic rocks in which the larger VMS-type deposits occur, worldwide.

In November 2015, VMS completed a seven drill hole exploration program totaling 4,870 m (Table 2). Areas targeted were approximately 300 m to 2.3 km from the operating Reed Mine.  Drilling was conducted on the Reed Mine lease as well as the Exploration JV property.  Borehole electromagnetic surveys were conducted on all the drill holes and Reed Mine and Highway Zone stratigraphy was recognized in most of the core holes. Three drill holes, RLE036, RLE040 and RLE042 require follow up work based on favourable geology and the borehole results. Assay data to date are shown in Table 3.

Table 2: Drill Collar Information for the 2015 Drilling Program

Hole Number UTM East UTM North Elevation(m) Length Azimuth Dip
RLE036 393401.8 6050036.4 284 1056 359.9 -65
RLE037 394440.2 6049360.8 299 1094 209.3 -65
RLE038 395277.8 6049488.4 295 279 150.1 -55
RLE039 396073.7 6049703.6 288 737 110.0 -55
RLE040 395971.7 6049182.4 295 713 109.7 -60
RLE041 395192.6 6048894.0 308 311 180.6 -60
RLE042 394876.1 6048501.6 290 680 209.4 -60

Collar Coordinates – NAD83 Zone 14U
Holes spotted with Reflex APS Instrument

Table 3: Assay Results to Date for the 2015 Drilling Program

Hole Number   From (m) To (m) Core Length (m) Cu% Zn % Ag g/t
RLE036   447.40 456.40 9.0 0.07 0.98 0.86
RLE037 Including: 452.40 453.40 1.0 0.09 1.52 1.30

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Intervals represent core lengths, true widths are unknown

Activity/Work Plans

Three drill holes are currently selected for further follow-up work in 2016. The drill holes have interesting geology and untested bore-hole electromagnetic anomalies.

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