QC Copper acquired the Springer and Perry properties from Ex-In, who acquired the properties in 1993 and digitized the abundance of data from Falconbridge operations. This includes ~14,500 DDH, for a total of 853,800 metres drilled (today’s value ~$50,000,000), more than 300,000 assays, and 1,000 maps and sections. Falconbridge, between 1953 and 1991, previously mined both the Springer and Perry mines. Together, they produced 23 million tonnes grading 2.4% copper and 0.3 g/t gold.
QC Copper conducted a 23-hole, 3,300 metres drill program on the Springer Mine in 2019, which showed excellent near-surface and long mineralized intervals, along with disseminated potential at Springer.
QC Copper acquired the Robitaille and Cooke properties from 2736-1179 Quebec Inc., a private company, as well as the Scott property to expand its land package from 797 hectares to ~13,000 hectares providing significant upside. While Robitaille, similar to Springer and Perry, are predominantly copper projects, the Cooke Mine is a high-grade gold project with a copper by-product, producing ~320,000 ounces at 5.17 g/t gold from gold-hosted quartz veins.
The Opemiska Copper Complex spans ~13,000 hectares and is located in the Chibougamau region of Quebec, renowned for its mineral wealth. The property hosts four past-producing underground mines in Springer, Perry, Robitaille and Cooke–previously operated by Falconbridge. At one point, Opemiska was considered to be the company’s major copper producer. Falconbridge operated these mines from 1953 to 1991, where it produced a total of 23.6 million tonnes at 2.14% copper, 0.99 g/t gold.
Significant infrastructure exists, including a power station within the property boundary. Simultaneously, the project can be accessed easily via Highway 113, Canadian National Railway, or via airport (located approximately 20km southeast of Chapais).
Opemiska hosts varied styles of mineralization and is exposed to 12km of the Gwillim Fault, which goes through the property. The Gwillim Fault is a key structural control on mineralization at the Opemiska Copper Complex. The varied styles of mineralization on the property include:
QC Copper conducted a 23-hole 3,300-metre drill program in Spring 2019 to test the near-surface disseminated mineralization on the property and twin some Falconbridge holes as an initial step towards validating historical drilling. Primary conclusions from the drill program included: