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Silica digger teams with Sudbury tunneller on world-wide pact

Rogue Resources finds strategic partner with SCR Mining and Tunnelling
SCR Mining and Tunnelling
(SCR Mining and Tunnelling photo)

A Toronto exploration outfit with a quartz-silica property on Lake Huron’s north shore is partnering with a Sudbury mining contractor to scope out some international prospects. 

Rogue Resources signed a strategic partnership with SCR Mining and Tunnelling to examine project opportunities in North and South America.

Rogue also mentioned it has selected Ed Seguin & Sons Trucking and Paving, a Sturgeon Falls hauler and quarry operator, to run its Snow White silica-quartz property, 26 kilometres northwest of Massey and 125 kilometres west of Sudbury.

Rogue picked up the 160-hectare property from a Sudbury prospector last October. The company has an upcoming diamond drilling program planned in preparation for a technical report on Snow White.

“Partnering with SCR is another step in both the plan for Snow White but also, to grow Rogue,” said Rogue president-CEO Sean Samson in a March 8 news release.

SCR was co-founded by Claude and Richard Seguin in 1994.

“We have known the Seguin’s for years, we work well together and have a similar approach in business, complimenting each other’s skills and experience,” added Samson. “Together we will continue the search for additional high-quality opportunities through our shared, targeted focus and analysis. We are excited about this creative approach of actively partnering with an operator.”

Claude Seguin, SCR’s managing partner, said the "strategic partnership with Rogue will present new opportunities for SCR and we look forward to working with Rogue’s management team on new projects."

Rogue cautioned it doesn’t intend to do a pre-feasibility or feasibility study of the mineral reserves before making a production decision. That decision will be based on a resource report, recent metallurgical test work, and signing supply contracts with customers for quartz-silica products, among other considerations.

SCR and Seguin Trucking will collectively invest $225,000 in Rogue through a flow-through share arrangement.

The offering, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close March 20. Should Rogue decide to put Snow White into production, Seguin Trucking will be in charge of loading and hauling of material from the quarry to the crushing and screening plant and the operations of the crushing and screening plant on site.

“We are excited by the selection of Ed Seguin & Sons as our quarry operator,” said Samson.

“We believe the combination of a great team, new equipment and a practical and pragmatic approach will benefit Snow White.”

The project holds Class A and Class B Pit-Quarry-Aggregate Permits for unlimited annual silica/quartz production.

Rogue likes the fact that there’s road access and it’s close to ports on Lake Huron should the property ever go into production.