Ironstone Partners with Grande Prairie Regional College

GRANDE PRAIRIE - Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) is partnering with Ironstone Resources Ltd. to offer students more career choice and research opportunities while building the Peace Region’s economy.

GPRC and Ironstone formally signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on skills, trades and apprenticeship training as well as research and innovation projects related to product development initiatives at Ironstone’s Clear Hills Project.   

“Grande Prairie Regional College has an excellent reputation,” says Barry Caplan, CEO and President of Ironstone Resources Ltd. “We want to ensure the community is aware of the opportunities with the Clear Hills Project and how to take advantage of those opportunities by working with GPRC on the research, training and apprenticeship possibilities.”

Ironstone’s Clear Hills project is northwest of GPRC’s campus in Fairview. There are two development stages in this project, including building a demonstration pilot plant and innovation centre to be constructed near Hines Creek in late 2017 followed by beginning construction of the mine, steel mill and manufacturing centre in 2019 with a goal of being fully operational by 2021.

“This new industry partnership means more opportunity for our students and our region,” says Don Gnatiuk, CEO and President of GPRC. “Ironstone’s Clear Hills Project anticipates hiring upwards of 1,000 skilled workers and we want to ensure our residents are a part of this opportunity with training from GPRC.”

Ironstone also anticipates working with GPRC on research opportunities, development and innovation initiatives.

“GPRC is doing some awesome work with its Pollutants to Products technology,” says Caplan. “We are interested in working with GPRC Research & Innovation to address our carbon dioxide capture needs, as well as work with them to evaluate and develop commercial uses of the lithium and vanadium electric metals found at Clear Hills.”

GPRC’s Pollutants to Products research includes the study of microalgae’s ability to reduce greenhouse gases.

The Memorandum of Understanding outlines how GPRC and Ironstone will come together to create the training and research opportunities in the region. Program opportunities could be developed at GPRC’s campuses in Grande Prairie and Fairview.

GPRC is a comprehensive community institution, publicly supported to provide opportunities in post-secondary education in northwestern Alberta. Established in 1966 in Grande Prairie, GPRC now includes campuses in Fairview and Grande Prairie, and learning centres in Edson, Grande Cache, Hinton and Jasper. GPRC offers a wide variety of career certificates and diplomas, pre-employment and apprenticeship trades, university transfer studies, and several opportunities for on-campus degree completion at baccalaureate and master levels through collaborations with four-year universities. For more information, visit GPRC.

Research and Innovation at GPRC

Grande Prairie Regional College, a Top 50 Canadian college for applied research, supports the development of applied research and innovation for the College and region through its Department of Research & Innovation (R&I). Providing management and support services for both applied research and innovation (commercialization) for the college and the community,  R&I advances innovation through its partnership with regional funding partners in the Peace Country and Yellowhead West by helping innovators, entrepreneurs, and students develop their ideas into new products and services for the marketplace.

The Centre for Research and Innovation (CRI) was created in 2007and is located at its Centre 2000 office in Grande Prairie, hosts direct client consultation and mentoring services, and moves innovation forward through contribution to blogs, leading workshops, and hosting events. CRI is the portal for innovative individuals or groups connecting with the College's faculty and students for assistance with research and development.

Major applied research initiatives include the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) funded Pollutants-to-Products initiative and the Carbon Capture Solarium and the National Bee Diagnostic Technology Access Centre, located in Beaverlodge. CRI also provides leadership for the Alberta Rural Organic Waste to Resources Network (AROWRN) and supports the Evergreen Centre for Resource Excellence and Innovation in Evergreen Park.

Ironstone looks forward to collaborating with CRI in the near future in a multitude of research and product development initiatives with respect to the many by- and co-products of its Clear Hills ore, in addition to collaborating with the Centre on its leading-edge Pollutants-to-Products carbon capture developments.

The Province of Alberta supports CRI through the Technology Futures division of Alberta Innovates that provides innovation and technology commercialization services for entrepreneurs and businesses in Alberta. CRI assesses the innovation and background experiences of its clients to determine which combination of personal skill development, product research or business support is required at the initial stages of commercializing innovative ideas.

 

Introducing Grande Prairie Regional College

Located in Grande Prairie in the south of Alberta’s Peace Country, and 450kms Northwest of Edmonton, Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) is a publicly supported comprehensive community institution in northwestern Alberta providing opportunities in post-secondary education delivered through state-of-the-art career programs and specialty training. 

As an educational facility in northwestern Alberta, GPRC helps meet the cultural, recreational, athletic and conferencing needs of the region in partnership with community and regional stakeholders. The institution will be an important skills development resource for Ironstone's Clear Hills Project due to its delivery of apprenticeship, pre-employment trades training and continuing education programs.

Established in 1966, the college now includes campuses in Fairview and learning centres in Edson, Grande Cache, Hinton and Jasper. GPRC offers a wide variety of career certificates and diplomas, university transfer studies, and several opportunities for on-campus degree completion at baccalaureate and master levels through collaborations with four-year universities. The College is an eCampusAlberta partner facilitating increased access to online learning opportunities for students.

The College encourages and supports applied research and innovation activities that complement and enhance teaching and learning in program areas and in industry sectors where its academic expertise enables such a contribution.

Ironstone at Growing the North Conference 2016

The 2016 Growing the North Conference was held on February 17 and 18 at the ENTREC Centre at Evergreen Park. As the largest economic conference in Northwestern Alberta and Northeastern BC, the conference attracted hundreds of business and community leaders from across Western Canada.

This year’s program featured an impressive lineup of expert speakers in the areas of Agriculture, Forestry, Tourism, Marketing, Oil & Gas, Technology, Urban Planning and much more. The conference hosted many of the leading experts in the major industries relevant to the Peace Region.

Ironstone held several meetings during the conference, which were attended by over 60 stakeholders from throughout the region. At these meetings, the Company presented its "Progress and Community Impact Update" to participants including economic development officials, and members of councils, MDs, communities, the Legislative Assembly and various government ministries. The presentation can be found here.

Ironstone to Attend DRI & Mini Mills Conference

Ironstone is pleased to announce it will be joining over 400 delegates at the AMM DRI & Mini Mills Conference in Chicago, from November 11 through 12.

Metal Bulletin and AMM’s DRI & Mini-mills Conference will be held alongside AMM's 9th Steel Scrap Conference. Chicago plays host to the key industry meeting where crucial market topics will be covered and there will be enhanced networking opportunities with delegates from both events.

Low energy costs have brought manufacturing and DRI back into the steel industry's mindset, where increasingly DRI is seen as a desirable mini-mill feedstock. Growing demand for higher quality steel makes further DRI investments in North America a real possibility, especially when considering DRIs positive environmental and sustainability attributes.

Ironstone will meet with industry leading experts and network with key market players to evaluate the near-term market dynamics and establish business relationships with strategic industry players.

SRK Consulting Commences PEA

Ironstone Resources is pleased to announce that SRK Consulting (Canada) Ltd. has been engaged to prepare the company's Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA), with delivery expected in Q4 2015.

A "Preliminary economic assessment" or PEA is a study (other than a pre-feasibility or feasibility study) that includes an economic analysis of the potential economic viability of a company's mineral resources. It is common practice in the mining industry to assess the economic viability of a mineral project at various development stages. The PEA is generally the first signal to the public that a mineral project has potential viability.

Given the significance of this milestone in the evolution of any mineral project, the market views PEA results as important information, helps maintain investor interest in the activities of the company, and allows financing to be raised to advance the project.

Clear Hills Mine Plan Developed

North American Coal has recently completed Ironstone’s Clear Hills 25-year mine plan and cost estimate.

The mine plan features efficient and low-impact open pit mining methods including electric draglines for overburden removal and surface miners to mine the near-surface ore body. As the mining proceeds from north to south, remediation of the pit occurs relatively quickly to minimize its environmental footprint.

The preliminary mine plan is an important milestone of Ironstone’s Clear Hills project, and is a significant component of the company’s PEA to be published by SRK Consulting (Canada) in Q4 2015.

Ironstone is proud of its association with The North American Coal Corporation, which provides selected value-added mining services for natural resources companies. Its corporate headquarters is located in Plano, Texas near Dallas. North American Coal operates surface mines in North Dakota, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama and Louisiana, and also provides dragline mining services for independently owned limerock quarries in Florida.

Clear Hills County Agricultural Trade Show - April 11, 2015

The Clear Hills County will be holding their annual Agricultural Trade Show on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Dave Shaw Memorial Complex in Hines Creek, Alberta.

If you're in the area, drop by for a toonie pancake breakfast from 8am–10am, followed by the opening of the trade show at 10am featuring over 90 exhibitors. There will be a Kids Talent show, wagon rides, and many other fun activities for the entire family.

The Farmers' Appreciation banquet is at 5:30PM with music provided by HOJA. The Evening Dance, always a fun night, features Cool Water.

Ironstone Visits NW Alberta Communities

Ironstone officials will be holding several open houses and meetings with business and community leaders in High Level, La Crete, Manning and Peace River from Monday, December 1 through December 3. Attendance is open to interested council, chamber and community members. Please contact Mika Husband at (403) 690-1707 for more information.

Manning: Monday, December 1 from 9:00AM through 3:00PM for meetings with community members.

High Level: Monday, December 1 at 7:00PM at 10803 - 96 Street (Mackenzie Crossroads Museum & Visitors Information Centre).

La Crete: Tuesday, December 2 at 7:00PM at La Crete Chamber of Commerce boardroom

Peace River: Wednesday, December 3 at Noon with Town Council and at 4:30PM with community at Chamber office.

Article from the Banner Post newspaper

Open House Held at La Crete and Area Chamber of Commerce

Ironstone Resources held an Open House on October 22, 2014 in La Crete, Alberta to introduce to its members the Clear Hills mine and mill development, the progress to date and the company's near-term milestones.

Ironstone would like to thank the La Crete & Area Chamber of Commerce and Larry Neufeld, Manager for hosting the event.

The company hopes to return to La Crete soon to meet more chamber members.

Alberta Business Mission in China Underway

Gary White, Branch Head of the Coal and Mineral Development department of Alberta Energy, and other provincial officials recently participated in a business mission to China from October 12 through 26, 2014.

With stops in Shanghai (Oct. 13-14), Beijing (Oct. 15-18, 24-25), and Tianjin (Oct. 20-23), there were opportunities for Chinese companies and investors to learn more about the mineral development potential of Alberta and Ironstone's Clear Hills iron and vanadium project.

Alberta Energy exhibited at both the China Mining Conference and Expo in Tianjin and the Exploration Exchange in Beijing. For more information on the business mission investor meetings, please contact either the Beijing office or the Shanghai office of Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations.

Roman Friedrich & Company Engaged as Strategic Advisor

Ironstone Resources is pleased to announce it has engaged the services of Roman Friedrich & Company (RFC) in the role of strategic advisor.

RFC is a specialized investment banking firm servicing the mining, metals and other industries mostly in North and South America and Europe. Since 1997, RFC has advised numerous companies regarding acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, and joint ventures, and has provided analysis of strategic options, valuations and fairness opinions.

RFC is assisting Ironstone in its efforts to identify potential strategic investors and/or partners in the mining and minerals commodity sectors.

Roman can be contacted at +1 (858) 832-8830

Pre-PEA Mineral Processing Tests Underway

Two continuous pilot reactor campaigns were recently conducted by Hazen Research under the supervision of Hatch. These process metallurgical campaigns tested the complete HICS/DRI iron reduction process.

The two campaigns evaluated dozens of processing conditions and achieved results that exceeded both Hatch and Ironstone’s expectations.

The second campaign, conducted over 21 days operating 24/7, tested a total of 33 different operating conditions. The ooilitic ironstone after HICS reduction achieved 90% or more metallization. 

The highly metallized samples were then magnetically separated by Davis Tube resulting in a DRI concentrate consisting of 90% Fe, 0.12% P and 0.3% C. Recovery is targeted at 80%. 

Based on the success of the mineral processing testes to date, the engineering team is currently conducting scaled-up magnetic separation campaigns at Hazen, with results expected in late Q2 2014.

Upon completion of the mineral processing work, Ironstone will be commissioning its maiden Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) expected in Q3 2014