Blue Coast News

June 18, 2018

Blue Coast co-author NI 43-101 supporting the maiden news release for ATAC Resources Osiris project:
ATAC Resources Ltd. is pleased to announce a maiden Mineral Resource estimate for its Osiris Project at the Rackla Gold Property, Yukon.The Osiris Project is 100%-owned by ATAC and is located outside of the area currently under option to Barrick Gold Corporation (“Barrick”).. (See press release)

June 5, 2018

Blue Coast co-author NI 43-101 supporting a significant increase in reserves at Capstone Mining’s Cozamin Operation in Mexico. Plant performance has been shown to track well the predicted metallurgy for the new resource as formulated by Blue Coast metallurgists:
Plant performance has been shown to track well the predicted metallurgy for the new resource as formulated by Blue Coast metallurgists. Capstone Mining Corp. today announced the results of an updated National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101") compliant Mineral Resource estimate for the Cozamin Mine in Zacatecas, Mexico (Table 1 below). Compared to the Mineral Resources as at December 31, 2017, this latest estimate converted or added an additional 115 thousand tonnes of copper in the Indicated category in the Mala Noche Footwall Zone ("MNFWZ"), reflecting all drilling for which assays have been received up to March 19, 2018. At a US$42 net smelter return ("NSR") cut-off grade ("COG"), the Cozamin Mine's total Measured and Indicated ("M&I") copper Mineral Resources, including adjustments for mining to March 31, 2018, were 217 thousand tonnes of contained copper. (See press release)

April 19, 2018

Rockhaven resources make good progress with metallurgical testing at Blue Coast Research on the Klaza project:
Rockhaven Resources Ltd. is pleased to announce positive results from ongoing metallurgical test work on several of the mineralized zones at its 100%-owned and road accessible Klaza property, located in the Dawson Range Gold Belt of southern Yukon. These zones will be the focus of an updated Mineral Resource estimate that will include approximately 20,000 m of additional expansion and in-fill diamond drilling that were completed in 2016 and 2017. (See press release)

February 21, 2018

Flotation, pressure oxidation and cyanidation testing advanced for Midas Gold under the guidance of Blue Coast with extensive testing done at Blue Coast Research:
Midas Gold Corp. today reported on continuing progress in its feasibility-level metallurgical test program for the Stibnite Gold Project (“Project”) located in Idaho, USA. This important component of the Project feasibility study (“FS”) is progressing well and is expected to be concluded in the second quarter of 2018. The work, conducted at several laboratories, is being coordinated by Blue Coast Metallurgy Ltd. (“Blue Coast”) and M3 Engineering and Technology Corp. (“M3”), under the guidance of a team of metallurgical experts working with Midas Gold. (See press release)

February 21, 2018

Midas Gold Corp. today reported on continuing progress in its feasibility-level metallurgical test program for the Stibnite Gold Project (“Project”) located in Idaho, USA. This important component of the Project feasibility study (“FS”) is progressing well and is expected to be concluded in the second quarter of 2018. The work, conducted at several laboratories, is being coordinated by Blue Coast Metallurgy Ltd. (“Blue Coast”) and M3 Engineering and Technology Corp. (“M3”), under the guidance of a team of metallurgical experts working with Midas Gold. (See press release)

February 14, 2018

GT Gold Corp. is pleased to announce initial metallurgical test results for the Saddle gold-silver discovery. Results show that the Saddle gold-silver mineralization is amenable to standard cyanidation processing with average recoveries of 84% gold and 25% silver, including numerous samples that showed recoveries of over 90%, and as high as 98%. The metallurgical test work was carried out by Blue Coast Research. (See press release)

Nov 20, 2017

We are delighted to announce that Scott Jobin-Bevans has joined the Associate Team at Blue Coast and will be working with Dave Middleditch on Business Development activities ahead of PDAC and Roundup 2018. Scott has almost 30 years in the mineral exploration business and more than 15 years of direct experience with public and private companies as an officer, director and technical advisor and has been involved with taking several private companies public. He is a registered geoscientist with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO), an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geology, Lakehead University and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Dr. Jobin-Bevans has a wide range of exploration experience in most commodities including expertise in magmatic sulphides (Ni-Cu-Co) and PGE (Pt-Pd) mineralization, gold, silver, copper (porphyry) and base metals (VMS). Scott has developed an extensive global network of industry and government contacts and served as President (2010-2012) and a Director (2002-2010) of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).

June 12, 2017

Abbi Adams, Roxanne Croxall and Jowan El Ghor recently joined BCR's growing lab technician team. Abbi and Roxanne are both graduates of the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Geoscience program, and Jowan joins us between her second and third year of study in Mineral Resource and Mining Engineering at BCIT. Welcome to the Team Guys!

June 7, 2017

Blue Coast Research is pleased to announce that we are now able to provide our clients with fast turnaround, high quality sulphur and carbon analyses following the purchase and commissioning of an ELTRA CS800 Carbon Sulphur Determinator. Adding this capability to our existing fire assay and wet chemistry facilitates 24-48hr turnaround times, meaning we can advance your projects quickly, while ensuring levels of quality equal to our existing lab capabilities.

April 21, 2017

Blue Coast works with Skeena Resources and others to develop to PEA level, a promising new gold-copper project in BC. The project features low pre-production capital, low technical risk and a high rate of return through use of a novel stage-gate project development plan. Blue Coast complete all testing, process design, engineering and costing for the PEA study. (See press release)

February 23, 2017

Blue Coast is currently completing metallurgical testwork for Timmins Gold for their Ana Paula project in Guerrero, Mexico. The metallurgical testwork program consisted of comminution, gravity, flotation and cyanide leach testwork. (See press release)

February 14, 2017

Blue Coast is currently collaborating with Midas Gold’s team of experts to complete feasibility-level metallurgical testwork by conducting a Pilot Plant program to develop flowsheets for the Company’s Stibnite Gold project located in Idaho, USA. (See press release)

December 15, 2016

Blue Coast uses hydrometallurgy to create potential value from a challenging silver deposit in Mexico. (See press release)

December 12, 2016

Blue Coast is currently involved with the metallurgical testwork that has assisted Skeena Resources in the advancement of their Spectrum-GJ gold-copper Project, located in northwest British Columbia. With the data provided, Skeena Resources has now begun the preparation of the NI 43-101 PEA document. (See press release)

September 15, 2016

This Summer marked the 5th Anniversary of the Blue Coast Research metallurgical testwork laboratory. In 2011 we set ourselves the goal to build a lab that put our clients first by providing high quality data and practical flow sheet solutions to advance the development of their mines while removing metallurgical risk. We believe in doing things the right way, on time and on budget and 5 years since startup, our extensive list of over 200 projects is testament to our success in becoming one of Canada's leading metallurgical testwork service providers. We'd like to send out huge thank you our valued, clients, employees, subcontractors and stakeholders and we look forward to the next 5 years!

September 15, 2016

Welcome to the Blue Coast Team! In response to increased metallurgical testwork project volume Blue Coast has added some new faces to our laboratory team. We are pleased to welcome Zoe Wei, Alexandria Hall, Fiona Harmon, Fang Ding, Tony Tran and James Soriano on board.

July 21, 2016

Blue Coast to play key role in advancing Midas Gold’s Stibnite Gold Project (America’s largest undeveloped gold project) to feasibility. For the full press release please click the following link.

July 14, 2016

ATAC Resources file positive PEA 43-101 Technical Report on their Tiger project with Blue Coast authoring the metallurgical sections and completing the most recent testwork. For the full press release please click the following link.

March 1, 2016

Blue Coast’s testing and consulting groups feature prominently in Rockhaven’s positive PEA report, published on March 1st 2016, on its exciting, gold-rich Klaza polymetallic project in Southern Yukon. Click here to see the news release.

January 22, 2016

Rockhaven Resources Ltd announces that further to its December 9, 2015 news release, it has completed and filed an independent technical report entitled, “Updated Diamond Drilling, Metallurgical Testing and Mineral Resources on the Klaza Property, Yukon, Canada” (the “Klaza Report”). For the full press release please click the link.

December 10, 2015

On December 10th 2015, Balmoral Resources reported a “A very positive start to the metallurgical work…” being conducted by Blue Coast Research for their Bug Lake gold project in Quebec. See attached news release.

December 9, 2015

Rockhaven Resources report significant further enhancements in metallurgical performance achieved by Blue Coast Research, for their fast-developing Klaza project in the Yukon Territory. Despite the complexity of the polymetallic resource, a robust flowsheet has been developed that is presently being advanced to PEA engineering level. See attached news release.

December 1, 2015

Blue Coast’s Principal Metallurgist, Chris Martin has accepted an invitation to deliver a Plenary Address to the International Mineral Processing Congress in September 2016. This prestigious invitation is further recognition that Blue Coast has emerged as one of the leading testing and consulting service providers in the mineral processing industry.

September 30, 2015

Blue Coast Research completes highly successful initial testing program, this time for Balmoral Resources on their Grasset nickel project in Quebec. In a news release published today, a delighted Darin Wagner, President and CEO of Balmoral stated: "We could not have asked for much better results from this initial phase of metallurgical testing of the H3 Zone".

August 13, 2015

Erdene Resource Development Corp. recently issued a press release for their Altan Nar polymetallic project located in Mongolia. Preliminary level metallurgical testwork is currently being conducted on representative samples from both the Union and Discovery Zones with the objective of producing separate and saleable lead, zinc and gold bearing sulphide concentrates. The testwork program is being conducted at our lab in Parksville, BC under the direction of Blue Coast Research’s VP of Technical Services, Andrew Kelly. For the full ERD press release please click the following link:

July 22, 2015

Rockhaven Resources Press Release. Positive metallurgical testwork results conducted at Blue Coast feature in a press release for Rockhaven’s Klaza project.

July 2015

Blue Coast Pilot Plant Update. Commissioning of the Blue Coast Research grinding and flotation pilot plant was officially completed in July 2015.

June 17, 2015

East Africa Metals Files Technical Report for the Adyabo Project. Metallurgical testwork and NI-43101 compliant metallurgical report section conducted by Blue Coast.

April 2015

Metrix Plant Technologies Founded. Rob Thorpe leads a new initiative providing technology solutions focused on the optimisation of the flotation process at operating plants.

April 2015

Kevan Ford Joins the Blue Coast Team. We are delighted to announce that Kevan Ford has joined the Associate Metallurgist team at Blue Coast.

January 26-29, 2015

Blue Coast Research will be attending the 2015 AMEBC Mineral Exploration Roundup conference and tradeshow in Vancouver, January 26-29. You can find us at booth 305 where one of our experienced metallurgists will be available to discuss your metallurgical testwork needs and provide further information on Blue Coast’s wide range of metallurgical testwork and consulting services. We look forward to seeing you there!

December 15, 2014

Midas Gold issued a positive preliminary feasibility study on their $1Bn Stibnite gold project in Idaho. Blue Coast Metallurgy managed the metallurgical components of the study and co-authored (QP’d) the 43-101 compliant report (15th December). See article on Midas Gold Corp website

December 12, 2014

Global Minerals issued a press release on their Strieborna silver project in Slovakia, with all metallurgical work either conducted or managed by Blue Coast. Blue Coast also authored (QP’d) metallurgical components in the 43-101 release (14th December). See article on Global Minerals website

October 24, 2014

Blue Coast is happy to report that Banks Island Gold have identified a zone of high grade gold and silver mineralisation at the Yellow Giant gold mine near Prince Rupert, BC. Daily production and select mine exploration samples from the Yellow Giant property are sent weekly to Blue Coast’s analytical and testwork facility in Parksville, BC where gold and silver assays are routinely reported within 24 hours of receipt of the samples. Click below for the full Banks Island press release. See article on Junior Mining website

August 20, 2014

Midas Gold issue press release describing good metallurgical data on the complex antimony and refractory gold ore treatment process, support the Golden Meadows pre-feasibility study. This study was managed and reported by Blue Coast Metallurgy. See article on Midas Gold Corp website

August 20, 2014

Duluth Metals recently released a positive prefeasibility study for its flagship Twin Metals Minnesota copper and nickel project in northeastern Minnesota, USA. The test work for this project was conducted, in part, at Blue Coast Research and the NI 43-101 technical report was coauthored by Blue Coast’s Chris Martin – a Qualified Person in the field of mineral processing and metallurgy. See article on Duluth Metals website

February 21, 2014

Mirasol Resources have published an NI43-101 technical report citing positive metallurgical results on the Vein-Breccia component of their Virginia silver project in Argentina, based on flotation and leaching testwork performed at Blue Coast Research. See article on Mirasol website

February 3, 2014

Blue Coast are delighted to welcome Andrew Kelly and Jennifer Tobin to the team in Parksville. Andrew, formerly Superintendent Technical services at Goldstrike and previously with Xstrata has joined the company as Vice President, Technical Services with Blue Coast Research. Jennifer Tobin, previously Roaster Superintendent at Goldstrike, process superintendent at Ruby Hill and Project Manager and metallurgist within Barrick, has joined Blue Coast as Senior Metallurgist.

January 27, 2014

Tigray Resources issued a news release announcing promising metallurgical data from the Terakimti project in Ethiopea, as a result of testing at Blue Coast Research. See article in Yahoo Finance

November 20, 2013

Another Blue Coast authored paper: “Application of Daily Onsite Automated Mineralogical Analysis to Track Controls on Flotation Recovery” is being presented at the Flotation 2013 Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

October 29, 2013

Blue Coast’s Matrix Metallurgy and FEI’s Minesite systems are subjects of a webinar being held by SME in the United States.

October 17, 2013

Rob Thorpe is presenting the paper: “Application of Daily Onsite Automated Mineralogical Analysis to Track Controls on Plant Recovery Performance” at the Procemin 2013 Conference in Santiago Chile.

September 2013

Working with FEI, the manufacturers of QEMSCAN and MLA. Since late 2012 Blue Coast has been applying our Matrix Metallurgy concepts to the support of plant operations at Greens Creek in Alaska. Following the success of this program four more operations, located in Canada, Australia and Europe, have now signed up to trial the Matrix methodology working in hand with FEI’s MineSite SEM system in trials to take place from late 2013 through to mid-2014.

August 2013

Blue Coast wins contract from our 50th client. Since 2009, Blue Coast has won more than 100 contracts from our first 50 clients, on mining and development projects spanning the world.

June 21, 2013

Blue Coast co-authors an NI43-101 Report on Sunridge Gold's Kodadu project in Eritrea.

June 17, 2013

Blue Coast/FEI/Hecla paper on the use of Minesite automated mineralogy to support daily plant operations approved for presentation at Procemin 2013, Santiago, Chile.

May 31, 2013

Blue Coast Group is now participating in the Gold Round Robin hosted by the Society of Mineral Analysts (SMA). This event allows the 25+ participating assay laboratories to compete in sample analysis, one against the another, six times per year. The GRR acts as an ongoing litmus test for lab preparedness and professionalism.

May 16, 2013

Blue Coast manages testwork and co-authors positive bankable feasibility report published by Sunridge on the Asmara project in Eritrea. See related headline article in Northern Miner, Vol. 99 No. 15, pub. May 27, 2013.

January 31, 2013

The Financial Post reports of Blue Coast Research's involvement in the "excellent" preliminary metallurgical results obtained on Almaden Minerals' Tuligtic Gold-Silver project within the Mexican Ixtaca Zone. BCR tested "a range of composite samples, comprising half drillcore intersections from each of the main geologic domains: dyke, limestone, limestone/dyke high grade (HG), black shale (Northeast Extension Zone) and volcanic tuff material. Each composite was made up of five sub composites, each of which was taken from a separate drillhole, representing a different part of the respective geologic domain. Samples were shipped from Ixtaca in late August, 2012 and inspected at the Blue Coast Laboratory in early September 2012."    See article in Financial Post

December 14, 2012

Recent metallurgical testwork undertaken at Blue Coast Research, under the direction of Marjorie Colebrook and Dave Middleditch, has resulted in exceptionally high (97%) gold recovery from sample. Using a combination of centrifugal gravity concentration and conventional cyanide leaching processes, this exceptional result provides another Vancouver-based mining company with robust data required to advance project development.    See client news release

December 12, 2012

Blue Coast Metallurgy has opened a new office in Vancouver, located at Suite 903 - 525 Seymour Street. Located less than one block from the Granville Skytrain station and just over 3 blocks from the Seabus Terminal / Waterfront Skytrain station, it is easily accesible by car, transit or Seabus. This office can be reached by telephone through our head office number at +1.250.586.0600, or Chris Arnold can be reached directly on his cell at +1.778.317.7756.

September 12th 2012

We are delighted to announce that Tad Crowie, P.Eng, will be joining Blue Coast Metallurgy as Senior Associate Metallurgist starting on November 1st. Tad brings to Blue Coast a wealth of project and operations experience from spells as Senior and Chief Metallurgist at Gibraltar and Endako, as well as Mill Manager at Greenwood Gold. He is past-President of the BC Branch of the Canadian Mineral Processors and sits on the National Executive of the CMP. We look forward to welcoming Tad to the team in November.

August 15th 2012

Pyros is the ancient Greek word for "fire", from which we get our English word "purify". With the acquisition of a 2400° F assay furnace from Montreal, Quebec manufacturer Pyradia, Blue Coast Assayers has added heat to commercial fire assays.

August 7th 2012

Significant advancements made in the metallurgical treatment of the Strieborna concentrates through mineral processing, pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical testing by a team supervised by Blue Coast Metallurgy Ltd.    See client news release

June 29th 2012

Blue Coast manages testing to another positive bankable feasibility, this time for Sunridge Gold on the Debarwa project in Eritrea.    See client news release

June 22nd 2012

First commercial assays generated by Blue Coast Assayers.

June 21st 2012

Blue Coast manages testing and co-author Sama Resources’ first mineral resource estimate for their Samapleu nickel-copper deposit, Cote d’Ivoire.    See client news release

May 2nd 2012

Blue Coast Metallurgy manages metallurgy and co-authors positive pre-feasibility for the Asmara North project for Sunridge Gold in Eritrea.    See client news release

April 10th 2012

Blue Coast praised by Colossus Minerals for their "tireless efforts" and "commitment to the project" in contributing to key metallurgical breakthroughs at Serra Pelada, Brazil.    See client news release

March 1st 2012

Blue Coast Metallurgy opens office in downtown Vancouver. Located in Suite 1060 - 1090 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, the office is situated in the centre of the Vancouver mining scene to further increase levels of service to our many Vancouver based clients.

February 1st 2012

Blue Coast featured in CIM magazine Upfront article "Flash of Brilliance", regarding gold recovery and flash rotation in Kinross Gold's Paracatu operation.    Read article

January 18th 2012

Blue Coast Metallurgy’s Rob Thorpe wins "Best Presentation Award" at the Annual CMP Operators conference in Ottawa. This award was for his presentation on process optimisation at Paracatu to the CMP in 2011.

January 15th 2012

Blue Coast welcomes Bruce Fox aboard. Bruce joins in the capacity of President of our new assay laboratory; Blue Coast Assayers Ltd. This laboratory will be the only commercial fire and wet chemical laboratory solely dedicated to assaying process samples and as such is expected to provide same day or next day assay turnaround on samples from Blue Coast Research and Metallurgy, and other metallurgical clients.

December 2nd 2011

Blue Coast contributes to major breakthrough in metallurgy with Hard Creek Nickels’ Turnagain Project in North British Column, Canada, leading to far improved PEA economics on the project.    See client news release

November 9th 2011

Blue Coast provides key contribution and co-author positive feasibility report for Bear Creek’s Corani project.    See client news release

October 31st 2011

BCR capabilities expand to include Centrifugal Gravity Concentration testwork through the acquisition of a Knelson MD-3 Concentrator.

September 22nd 2011

Teck announces $475 million mill upgrade for Highland Valley Copper, following development work conducted by Highland Valley with Blue Coast Metallurgy as lead consultant since 2009.

July 8th 2011

Blue Coast commissions metallurgical laboratory with landmark first metallurgical testing. Blue Coast Research completes construction of the start-up laboratory on time and on budget.