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 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. This Technical Report was completed with a focus on proppant sales.

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. This Technical Report was completed with a focus on proppant sales.

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. Such low iron sand deposits are a rarity in North America.

Ultra-clear architectural glass and solar glass for use in solar panels require low iron silica sand as a key ingredient in the manufacturing process. Various other industrial markets utilize sand of this quality including 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 Typical Low Iron Sand
Silica Content > 99.5% > 99.5%
Iron Content (oxides) low < 200 ppm
Aluminum Content (oxides) < 0.20 % < 0.50 %
Preliminary test work shows that the Wanipigow Lower Black Island Formation (LBI) sand at the test site has potential for use in the manufacture of ultra-clear, energy efficient architectural float glass as well as solar glass for use in solar panels. The testing of a small subset of the Company’s silica sand was conducted by an independent ISO/IEC 17025:2018 accredited laboratory specializing in glass and raw materials analysis, the IGR – Institut für Glas- und Rohstofftechnologie (Institute of Glass and Raw Material Technology – IGR). Three individual samples were collected from archived drill cores for test work and focused on a portion of the overall Wanipigow sand deposit within the deposit’s LBI sub-unit. The test work was performed in accordance with standard testing of oxidic raw materials for glass (DIN 51086-2) and included sieving, ICP-OES analysis, beneficiation tests followed by additional ICP-OES analysis, and melt tests. The preliminary results demonstrate that the LBI sand at this locale: i) contains high calculated silica (94.1% to 97.2% SiO2) with low detrimental elements such as iron, ii) is easily beneficiated to higher calculated silica (99.3% to 99.5% SiO2) using standard methods such as a bumping table and a magnetic separator, and iii) melt tests yielded no microscopic relics of un-melted grains.

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