Mining Journal's Tom Hoskyns speaks with Granite Creek Copper President and CEO Tim Johnson about the latest update on their project in the Minto Copper Belt and the 24 months change from early-stage copper play to a resource stage company.
In November 2020, Granite Creek Copper completed its acquisition of Copper North Mining Corp, combining its Stu Cu-Au Project with the PEA-stage Carmacks Cu-Au-Ag project, thereby consolidating the southern half of the productive and highly prospective Minto Copper Belt in Canada's Yukon Territory.
This 100%-owned, newly constituted, 176-square-kilometer Carmacks property is on trend with Minto Exploration's high-grade Minto Copper-Gold Mine to the north and its excellent access to infrastructure includes the paved Yukon Highway 2 within 60 km as well as grid power within 12 km.
Granite Creek has emerged as a significant new copper-focused exploration and development company with an existing NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate and exceptional expansion potential.
In May 2021, the Company embarked on its largest drill program to date, a three-phase campaign with results expected to form the basis of update to current resources and economics.
The Minto Copper Belt is a 180-kilometer-long by 60-kilometer-wide belt of intrusion-related, high-grade Cu-Au-Ag deposits within the Dawson Range in the central Yukon Territory of Canada.
The District is host to the operating Minto Mine and Granite Creek's Carmacks Project. At Carmacks, copper mineralization is contained in foliated to gneissic material, generally similar to the Minto mine