The Vanguard area consists of two subsurface mineral leases – KL 244 and KL 245 – that surround the Tugaske and Eyebrow villages in the Canadian province. Since the Vanguard One feasibility study was completed on 31 May 2017, the company has announced initial efforts to increase the breadth and depth of its knowledge of the resource on its two leases. The aim of this is help identify and begin to define additional project areas.
Gensource claims that it has joined forces with ADROK Ltd to investigate the use of its patented and exclusive Atomic Dieletric Resonance (ADR) imaging technology for the mapping and delineation of the potash members within the Prairie Evaporite. The primary aim of the project is for ADROK to use its ADR technology for proof of concept survey for looking at potash deposits, in order to ensure confidence that ADR can be used in the exploration and resource evaluation phase. The project included data collection from 13 virtual boreholes (V-bores), and analysis of two V-bores to date. By using ADR and proprietary analysis methods, ADROK is able to obtain geological and lithographic data similar to that obtained by actually drilling, logging and coring an exploration borehole, without doing any drilling. In Gensource’s case, the effort was focused on the following:
- Identifying the boundaries of the Prairie Evaporite Formation.
- Differentiating between the potash members within the formation.
- Detecting high grade zones with the potash members.
- Identifying wet, potentially brackish-water-bearing zones at depth for use in Gensource’s selective solution mining technique.
Gensource claims that, following initial field investigation, ADROK has completed data conversion on two V-bores as a calibration and training exercise, and has provided an initial interpretation of the results. These results demonstrated potash mineralisation in both V-bores consistent with the traditional geological logging and testing completed on those holes (including core retrieval, sampling and assaying). The ADR techniques were capable of differentiating sylvinite from halite layers at depth. In addition to this, the evidence that was collected suggests that ADR techniques are capable of distinguishing between high grade and low grade sylvnite layers within the potash-containing ore zone – not just between the three main members of the Prairie Evaporite (Patience Lake, Bell Plaine and Esterhazy), but high and low grade layers within each of the members. Furthermore, the established lithology relationships using the technology were consistent with the data that was recorded from the geophysical logs provided from the exploration phase of the two training holes.
The President and CEO of Gensource, Mike Ferguson, said: “The potential to apply ADROK’s technology in the potash industry is an exciting prospect. Not only are these methods drastically faster and substantially less costly than traditional exploration and confirmation methods, but also the ADR virtual boreholes are a low energy, low disturbance and non-destructive means of accomplishing field work – an ethos that fits well with Gensource’s mission to be innovative, and to take a more environmentally friendly and responsible approach to exploring for and producing potash. By utilising new and more efficient techniques, it is Gensource’s goal to decrease cost and time requirement during the exploration and development phases, the result of which will save time and money and add more value to our shareholders. We look forward to further collaboration with ADROK on the assessment and advancement of the potential opportunities this technology can bring to our industry.”