Our Sand

The Wanipigow Silica Sand deposit is extremely well-defined through an exhaustive exploration program. 93 core holes were drilled, logged, tested, and evaluated in 2018-2019 to define and quantify the Wanipigow resource.

The deposit was discovered in 1977 and drilled by Manitoba government geologists in 1981 and 1989.

CPS owns 100% of a large and contiguous series of 41 Quarry Leases issued by Manitoba Mines branch encompassing approximately 5,300 acres.

The deposit was discovered in 1977 and drilled by Manitoba government geologists in 1981 and 1989.

CPS is 100% owner of 41 Quarry Leases issued by Manitoba Mines branch encompassing approximately 5,300 acres.

Based on the Updated Technical Report filed by CPS on SEDAR, effective March 19, 2020, in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101), we now know that we are working with 24.1M tonnes of Proven and Probable Reserves of high-quality silica sand.

Million tonnes of  Proven & Probable Reserves of  High Quality Silica Sand

Based on the Technical Report, the resource consists of 35.5M tonnes of Measured, 6.8M tonnes of Indicated and 94.7M tonnes of Inferred Resource

*Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.

Based on the Updated Technical Report filed by CPS on SEDAR, effective March 19, 2020, in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101), we now know that we are working with 24.1M tonnes of Proven and Probable Reserves of high-quality silica sand.

Million tonnes of  Proven & Probable Reserves of  High Quality Silica Sand

Based on the Technical Report, the resource consists of 35.5M tonnes of Measured, 6.8M tonnes of Indicated and 94.7M tonnes of Inferred Resource

*Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.

DIVERSE MarketS

Our sand has a high purity level of silica (SiO2) and low level of contaminants such as iron and aluminum oxides and is located close to the surface in most areas.

Various industrial markets utilize sand of this quality including float glass manufacturing, foundries for casting, kitchen and bath products such as countertops and grout, sand-blasting, sand filter media, golf courses and construction sand.

The Oil and Gas market is also a significant user of high quality silica sand for hydraulic fracturing operations. Northern White Sand is the term used in this industry for premium natural sand proppant. Our sand has physical properties similar to Northern White Sand while being located over one thousand kilometers closer than Wisconsin mines, making it ideally suited for supplying the growing demand in Western Canada and North Dakota.  

Wanipigow Sand will meet demands from major markets requiring high purity silica Sand.

Wanipigow Sand will meet demands from major markets requiring high purity silica Sand.

Our resource is comprised of high purity silica sand that will be processed within closely controlled size specifications. Silica (SiO2) is a group of minerals composed of silicon and oxygen. Silica is very hard, chemically inert, and has a high melting point attributed to the strength of the bonds between the atoms. These are prized qualities in applications like foundries and filtration systems. Industrial silica sand’s strength and non-reactive properties make it an indispensable ingredient in the production of thousands of everyday products including high quality float glass. It is a higher quality product than the sand used in concrete and construction materials.

 

API Test Results Wanipigow Sand Float Glass Spec
Silica Content ~ 99.6% > 99%
Iron Content (oxides) ~ 200 ppm < 400 ppm
Aluminum Content (oxides) ~ 0.4 % < 0.50 %

Note: These test results are based on lab testing by two separate labs with one lab located in Australia being highly regarded in the minerals separation industry for silica sand and other heavy minerals and the second lab located in Germany being highly regarded in the glass making industry for its analysis of raw materials.

CPS takes great pride in the prospect of providing Wanipigow high-quality Silica Sand to the Canadian and North American markets.