The worldwide helium market is predicted to extend from $4.45 billion in 2022 to $5.03 billion in 2023 at a compound annual development charge of 12.9 p.c pushed by the rising demand for helium from the healthcare trade. Helium is essential in drugs as a result of this uncommon aspect is utilized in varied methods, considered one of which is as a refrigerant able to cooling the superconducting magnets in MRI scanners. This non-reactive, non-corrosive, non-flammable noble fuel is just not solely utilized in prognosis tools but additionally as an adjunct therapy for sure illnesses like COPD, bronchial asthma and bronchiolitis.
Though helium is the second most typical aspect on earth, global helium supplies are running low. Useful resource corporations that provide industries depending on helium ought to discover potential helium reserves and consider knowledge to provide you with a novel technique for rising helium manufacturing.
VVC Sources (TSXV:VVC; OTCQB:VVCVF) engages within the exploration, improvement and administration of pure sources – specializing in scarce and more and more helpful supplies wanted to fulfill the rising, high-tech calls for of industries reminiscent of manufacturing, expertise, drugs, area journey and the increasing inexperienced financial system.
The corporate’s portfolio features a numerous set of property and high-growth tasks, comprising: helium and industrial fuel manufacturing in western US; copper and related metals operations in northern Mexico; and strategic investments in carbon sequestration and different inexperienced power applied sciences.
VVC at present targets helium reserves within the US by reactivating previous fuel wells and drilling new wells. In January 2022, the corporate engaged Foreland Working to handle the day-to-day helium operations going ahead. In March 2022, VVC introduced the profitable completion and connection of its first helium nicely within the Syracuse Undertaking. The nicely, generally known as the Levens #2, was linked to Tumbleweed Midstream’s Ladder Creek Pipeline, which transports fuel to the Ladder Creek Helium Processing Plant in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado. VVC additional confirmed the presence of helium as much as 1.14 p.c from its second drilled nicely within the Syracuse Undertaking.
VVC additionally acquired the Monarch Undertaking to additional capitalize on the rising demand for helium as a result of elevated world utilization. The Monarch Undertaking consists of greater than 1,700 acres of fuel leases positioned in Greely County, Kansas with six present wells. Minor repairs have been made to 5 of the six wells, restoring electrical energy service, and commenced producing income from the pure fuel and helium at low volumes. The main focus of this venture is the 14 further potential nicely places that are conveniently positioned for connection to the Tumbleweed pipeline.
VVC’s helium portfolio reached one other vital milestone with the set up of 14 miles of its inner gathering system pipeline within the Syracuse Undertaking. The most important infrastructure will seamlessly transport fuel produced by the corporate’s helium and pure fuel wells to a close-by processing plant. The milestone will increase the pipeline’s size from 7 to 14 miles and the venture’s capability from 50 to 100 wells.
VVC is advancing its Samalayuca copper property in Mexico in the direction of manufacturing. The 4,055-acre Samalayuca property is located within the northern a part of Mexico’s Chihuahua state within the Sierra Madre area 60 kilometers southwest of El Paso, Texas. The venture can also be supported by infrastructure together with an entry street and an out there mining workforce.
Gloria is a sedimentary-hosted venture with a copper useful resource of 59.4 million kilos, indicated (9.6 million tonnes grading 0.28 p.c copper) and 89.33 million kilos, inferred (14.4 million tonnes grading 0.28 p.c copper). VVC has obtained each environmental and land use change permits permitting the corporate to provoke pilot mining operations at Gloria. The Gloria venture is now prepared for pilot mining and might start producing copper, gold and silver inside 9 months of financing. The venture is absolutely permitted.
The corporate additionally has two wholly owned properties in Mexico’s mining-friendly jurisdiction of Cumeral. Each tasks are gold-bearing and are at completely different factors within the exploration course of. VVC Exploration’s Timmins venture in Canada is a greenfield venture and the one venture outdoors of Mexico.
VVC Exploration is led by a administration group with a wealth of mining expertise and is supported by a board of administrators with vital affect in each the mining and monetary industries. The administration and board are additionally notably invested within the firm, with the CEO, members of administration and the board of administrators listed as high buyers. As an entire, the corporate has a good share construction with over 90 million shares held by the highest 25 buyers.
- A rising portfolio of helium tasks with the acquisition of Plateau Helium Company, at present comprising 69 leases protecting 16,371 acres generally known as the Syracuse Helium Undertaking, over 15,000 acres in Syracuse Extension, and 1,720 acres within the Monarch property.
- The Syracuse Extension Kansas Undertaking positioned in western Kansas is in proximity to historic wells that examined helium wealthy pure fuel however have been by no means put into manufacturing, due to low helium and pure fuel costs at the moment. Thus far, over 10,000 acres have been leased in areas with over 24 wells that have been beforehand drilled, flowed fuel that examined helium above 2 p.c, after which plugged
- The Syracuse Extension Colorado Undertaking positioned in Cheyenne County, Colorado, contains 5,607 acres of fuel leases, with a complete of 26 historic wells that have been beforehand drilled, flowed fuel that examined helium over 2 p.c after which plugged.
- Flagship copper property in mining-friendly jurisdiction of Mexico with a copper useful resource of 59.4 million kilos and supported by present infrastructure and out there workforce
- Acquired Monarch Lease, a 1,720-acre helium property that’s positioned within the Byerly Subject in Greely County, Kansas
- Engaged Foreland Working to handle the day-to-day helium operations shifting ahead.
- Efficiently accomplished and linked its first helium nicely generally known as the Levens #2 within the Syracuse Undertaking. The corporate confirmed the presence of helium as much as 1.14 p.c.
- Wells Durler 2-21 and Levens 2-31 are at present producing fuel; Hodgson 1-17 and C Double D1-16 are within the completion stage; and Levens 4-31, Spiker 1-17, Weaver 1-15 are being ready for completion.
- Put in fourteen miles of inner gathering system pipeline to move helium and pure fuel wells to a close-by processing facility.
- Strategic funding in Proton Inexperienced as a part of its carbon seize enterprise. Proton Inexperienced’s focus venture, the St. John’s Subject, incorporates 33 billion cubic ft of helium and the flexibility to inject as much as 22 million metric tons of CO2 per yr at its major basin.
Plateau Helium Company
In January 2021, VVC Exploration acquired Plateau Helium Company (PHC), a Wyoming Company targeted on helium exploration and improvement, primarily within the western US. PHC’s preliminary goal venture is positioned in Kansas and at present contains 69 leases protecting 16,371 acres generally known as the Syracuse Helium Undertaking.
Plateau Helium Company engaged Foreland Working to handle the corporate’s helium manufacturing. Foreland Working is a Texas-based upstream oil and fuel working firm with a long-tenured group that has been working in most of the premiere US basins together with the Barnett Shale, the Marcellus Shale and the Permian Basin.
Syracuse is VVC’s helium venture with 16,371 acres of contiguous oil and fuel leases. The corporate has recognized 15 nicely websites within the space with inner estimates of a future useful resource of 75 Bcf of fuel. At present, Syracuse has 22 nicely websites permitted or at present being permitted, every with the potential to supply over 1 billion cubic ft of fuel.
In 2022, the corporate introduced it efficiently accomplished and linked its first helium nicely to the venture. The nicely is named the Levens #2 and was linked to Tumbleweed Midstream’s Ladder Creek Pipeline permitting the transport of fuel to the Ladder Creek Helium Processing Plant in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado. The Levens #2 was efficiently drilled to a depth of two,478 ft and encountered a number of fuel zones.
Syracuse Extension Colorado
VVC Exploration by means of its wholly owned subsidiary PHC acquired a brand new fuel property generally known as Syracuse Extension Colorado, a 5,607-acre property positioned in Cheyenne County, Colorado that features two fuel wells drilled in 1989-1990 which have been by no means put into manufacturing.
This property is adjoining to a pipeline that’s linked to a close-by helium processing plant. Each wells comprise methane and helium. On the time of drilling, one nicely had examined over 2,000 mcf per day and the opposite, over 3,000 mcf per day, of helium wealthy fuel. These historic outcomes haven’t been verified by PHC or every other unbiased celebration.
SEC has 28 beforehand drilled, examined, and capped – low dry gap threat with common helium concentrations of three p.c. The venture is positioned in a comparatively excessive helium focus space and linked to a close-by processing plant.
Based mostly on the manufacturing historical past within the space, VVC has an inner restoration estimate of 1.2 Bcf per nicely with a possible of constructing as much as 60 nicely websites.
Syracuse Extension Kansas
Syracuse Extension Kansas (SEK) is a ten,422-acre property positioned in western Kansas and covers the Morrow reservoir. The Morrow in Kansas was initially an oil play found within the late Seventies and early Nineteen Eighties with common helium concentrations between 1.5- to three p.c.
VVC has recognized preliminary drilling places in SEK and is making a improvement plan for the world. VVC estimates a restoration of 1.2 Bcf of fuel per nicely.
VVC bought the Monarch Lease in April 2021, bolstering VVC’s capability to capitalize on the rising demand for helium, pushed by elevated world utilization. The Monarch Lease is a 1,720-acre property that’s positioned within the Byerly Subject in Greely County, Kansas and contains six previously producing fuel wells which are nonetheless linked to the Tumbleweed Midstream pipeline. All wells produced each methane and helium. There may be further potential within the deeper zones of this property which VVC will discover.
Copper and Related Metals
VVC’s present copper focus venture is Gloria in Northern Mexico which is a number to oxide copper mineralization with a copper useful resource of 59.4 million kilos, indicated (9.6 million tonnes grading 0.28 p.c copper) and 89.33 million kilos, inferred (14.4 million tonnes grading 0.28 p.c copper). The property spans 4,055 acres in Chihuahua State and drilling over the previous two years has outlined a big copper mineralized zone over a 15-kilometer strike.
Gloria supplies VVC with a novel publicity to the copper market. Roughly 100,000 tons of artisanal ore piles on web site which were excessive graded, hand cobbed (sorted), and may be utilized for pilot/take a look at mining.
Positioned in Central Sonora Mexico is VVC’s 16,622-acre Cumeral gold/copper exploration venture. Cumeral covers an epithermal type, mineralized gold/silver zone at the very least 3.6 kilometers lengthy with geological construction and floor sampling counsel the potential for multi-million ounce gold deposit.
Timmins is VVC’s Canadian Greenfields property with single, nine-unit unpatented claims in good standing. The venture consists of 16 claims positioned 48 kilometers east-southeast of the Metropolis of Timmins within the Abitibi area of Ontario, Canada. Timmins can also be deemed to be a primary goal for volcanic large sulphide (VMS) type base metallic exploration.
VVC lately made a strategic funding in Proton Inexperienced, an power transition firm poised to turn into one of many main helium producers and carbon sequestration hubs in North America.
Proton Inexperienced, LLC, is a producer of helium and hydrogen and is constructing out its place as a big carbon sequestration operator in North America. With working management over the St. Johns Subject, a 152,000-acre property in Apache County, Arizona, Proton Inexperienced controls a helium reservoir and carbon storage basin.
Proton Inexperienced’s preliminary venture is the St. Johns Subject. The St. Johns Subject is an enormous helium reservoir and immense carbon storage basin positioned in Apache County, Arizona. Intensive third-party geological research carried out on the property point out reserves of as much as 33 billion cubic ft of helium in shallow, simply accessible reservoirs. Able to producing one billion cubic ft of helium per yr, it is going to be among the many most prolific helium manufacturing websites on the earth.
It’s also projected to be among the many largest carbon seize corporations in North America, with 22 million metric tons of carbon sequestration per yr, and a complete storage capability of over 1 billion metric tons.
Terrence Martell – Chairman of the Board
Dr. Terrence Martell is the director of the Weissman Heart for Worldwide Enterprise at Baruch School and the Saxe Distinguished Professor of Finance the place he oversees a myriad of worldwide education schemes and tasks. He’s additionally the chairperson of the College College Senate and an ex-officio member of the board of trustees at The Metropolis College of New York. His space of experience and analysis is worldwide commodity markets.
He’s a director of the Intercontinental Alternate (ICE) the place he serves on the audit committee and has many roles. He serves on the board of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and is a member of their govt committee. He’s additionally a member of the New York Metropolis District Export Council of the US Division of Commerce and a member of the Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index Oversight Committee. Dr. Martell obtained his BA in Economics from Iona School and his PhD in Finance from the Pennsylvania State College.
James (Jim) Culver – President, CEO and Director
Dr. James Culver has spent over 40 years within the fields of commodities, worldwide commerce and commerce finance, holding posts in authorities, academia and the personal sector. For the final 20 years, he has targeted on commodity finance and commodity venture finance, primarily in mining and metals and agricultural merchandise. He spent 22 years working in New York Metropolis the place he most lately managed two personal commodity asset-based lending corporations and developed hedge funds to help their lending actions.
Beforehand, Dr. Culver served as chief economist and director of the Economics and Schooling Division for the Commodity Futures Buying and selling Fee. He was answerable for market surveillance and new product approvals. He additionally served for 5 years on the workers of the Committee on Agriculture of the US Home of Representatives. As well as, Culver has been an lively participant in a family-owned and operated enterprise, The Parsons Group Worldwide Schooling Inc., a for-profit academic companies firm. He earned his B.Sc. on the College of Tennessee Martin and his MSc. and PhD levels from the College of Tennessee Knoxville.
Andre St-Michel – Senior Advisor, Mexican Operations
A Canadian mining engineer and geologist residing in Chihuahua, Mexico, Andre St-Michel has over 30 years of expertise within the mining enterprise with a give attention to mine improvement, mill operation, administration and finance. He has spent the final 10 years working in Mexico the place he at present serves as President and CEO of Freyja Sources.
From 2003 to 2008, he was a senior govt of Dia Bras (now Sierra Metals), answerable for its exploration applications and the start-up of its Bolivar copper and zinc mine. From the preliminary start-up of the mine in 2005, manufacturing reached 450 tons per day in 2006 with annual projected revenues of roughly $27 million and money flows of roughly $10 million. Previous to 2003, he served as president of ECU Silver Mining, creating applications and properties within the US, Brazil and Mexico. He holds a level from the Laval College Engineering Faculty and a Grasp’s diploma in Undertaking Administration from College du Quebec. He’s knowledgeable engineer.
Michael Lafrance – Director and Secretary-Treasurer
Michael Lafrance has been VVC Exploration’s secretary and treasurer and geological advisor since December 2012. Since 1980, he has served in comparable roles with many different publicly-traded exploration corporations. He’s additionally the company secretary of POET Applied sciences Inc. (previously Opel Applied sciences), a pioneer within the area of built-in circuits. He’s a graduate of the College of Ottawa.
Kevin Barnes – CFO
Kevin Barnes has served as the company controller and CFO of assorted private and non-private corporations during the last 12 years. He additionally served within the position of IT supervisor and senior accountant with Duguay and Ringler Company Providers, a agency which supplies company accounting and secretarial companies to publicly-traded corporations. He served because the controller of Canada’s Alternative Spring Water, considered one of Canada’s first publicly traded bottled water corporations.
He at present serves as CFO of Poet Applied sciences, a pioneer within the area of built-in circuits and Controller of a global coaching institute with revenues of $100 million. Barnes obtained a pc operations diploma from the Careers Growth Institute and has a Licensed Administration Accountant designation from the ICMA Australia. In 2006, he turned a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Directors of Canada.
Peter Dimmell – Director
Peter Dimmell is a geologist and prospector who has been concerned in mineral exploration in Canada, the US and abroad for 38 years. He’s skilled in all facets of the mining trade and has guided on-site operations from exploration by means of to manufacturing. He’s a previous president of the Prospectors and Builders Affiliation of Canada (PDAC), a director and former chairman of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chamber of Mineral Sources and a councilor and member of the Geological Affiliation of Canada. He sits on the Board of Administrators of 4 different public corporations: Arehada Mining, Linear Gold, Pele Mountain Sources and Silver Spruce Sources, for which he additionally serves as CEO.
Bruno Dumais – Director
Bruno Dumais is vice-president of finance, for BroadSign Worldwide, a Montreal-based supplier of digital signage options. He possesses over 20 years of expertise in monetary, forecast and strategic planning and is answerable for overseeing world monetary actions. Earlier than becoming a member of BroadSign, he was the chief monetary officer, vice-president of finance and a advisor at Mitec Telecom for seven years. He has additionally held senior stage positions in corporations crossing a wide range of sectors, reminiscent of Gestion Exponent, Nortel Networks and Premier Tech. Dumais is a chartered skilled accountant and holds each a Bachelor in Enterprise Administration from the College of Quebec in Rimouski and an Worldwide MBA from the College of Ottawa.
Patrick Fernet – Director
Patrick Fernet is a authorized, operations, and company governance professional with greater than twelve years’ expertise in Canadian small-cap public companies. He serves as a advisor to VVC on a wide range of company issues. He has greater than 15 years of governance expertise with small-cap Canadian companies.
Scott Hill – Director
Scott Hill has served as chief monetary officer of Intercontinental Alternate Inc (ICE) since Could 2007. He’s answerable for all facets of ICE’s finance and accounting features, treasury, tax, audit and controls, enterprise improvement, human sources and investor relations. Hill additionally oversees ICE’s world clearing operations. Previous to becoming a member of ICE, Hill was assistant controller for Monetary Forecasts and Measurements at IBM, the place he oversaw worldwide monetary efficiency and labored with all world enterprise models and geographies. Hill started his profession at IBM and held varied accounting and monetary positions within the US, Europe, and Japan, together with vice-president and controller of IBM Japan, and assistant controller, monetary technique and budgets..
Leon Vijay Shivamber – Director
Leon Shivamber is a metamorphosis chief with greater than three a long time of profitable transformations underneath his belt. He discovered about technique and enterprise integrity throughout his years at McKinsey & Firm, change administration, and speedy transformation throughout his New York Consulting Companions years and high-performance acquisitions throughout his years at Arrow Electronics. He spent 5 years main the prize-winning provide chain and operations transformation on the then Harris Company (now L3 Harris Applied sciences). For 3 years after that position, Leon prolonged and utilized his transformation expertise as a pacesetter and normal supervisor constructing a global three way partnership within the Center East.
Thereafter, Leon spent three years as CEO main the colourful UAE headquartered Atlas Group with strategic companies in communications, protection, power, meals, healthcare, hospitality, public security, and safety. He additionally spent two further years advising Atlas Group and different Center-East-based companies on their transformation efforts. Since that point, Leon has returned to the US and has been performing as a senior advisor to a number of company transformations. He’s a fellow, Life Administration Institute (FLMI), and a trustee of the board of administrators of Baruch School Fund.