Last month I paid a visit to the Miller graphite project in Canada, under development by Canada Carbon Inc. (TSX.V:CCB) in Grenville Township, Quebec. The Miller property was the home of a historical graphite mine in the latter half of the 19th century.
Grenville is situated 50 miles west of Montreal, approximately half way between that city and Ottawa. The journey from Montreal took about 75 minutes via Highway 50. Grenville is close to the town of Hawkesbury in Ontario, with the two sitting on opposite sides of the Ottawa River, which forms much of the boundary between the two provinces.
Generally I don’t visit a mineral project under development, until it has an associated mineral resource estimate that conforms to guidelines such as NI 43-101 or the JORC code. It’s the same criterion that I use for including projects on the TMR indices for rare earths and for graphite. A mineral resource estimate is a useful initial filter for discerning the evolution of technical knowledge associated with a given project. Miller does not have a mineral resource estimate yet; I had, however, heard about the unusual nature of the Miller project (which we’ll get into later) from a number of sources. I therefore decided to accept an invitation to come visit the property, to see for myself. Canada Carbon published a technical report on Miller in May 2014, which follows the NI 43-101 guidelines, in addition to other data associated with work on the project. This report did not include a mineral resource estimate.