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Outlook for Mining in Alaska. Global Markets Alaskan Issues Resource Potential. Global Consolidation & Change. Capital Markets Are Very Tight Junior Capital Market is Dismal Management Focused on Return on Capital 40% of Top Mining Companies Have Disappeared in the Past 5 Years.

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Global consolidation change
Global Consolidation & Change

  • Capital Markets Are Very Tight

  • Junior Capital Market is Dismal

  • Management Focused on Return on Capital

  • 40% of Top Mining Companies Have Disappeared in the Past 5 Years



Annual average zinc prices cents per pound
Annual Average Zinc Prices(Cents per pound)


Average annual gold prices dollars per troy ounce
Average Annual Gold Prices(Dollars per troy ounce)


Western world zinc consumption
Western World Zinc Consumption

Thou Metric Tonnes

Trend Growth

1980-2000

2.5%/yr

Source: ILZSG, Teck Cominco


Zinc refining capacity
ZINC REFINING CAPACITY

33%

7%

13%

8%

11%

9%

2%

4%

2%

5%

6%

Total World Capacity 9,300,000mt

Source: Teck Cominco


Restraints to mining in alaska
Restraints to Mining in Alaska

  • Land Status Issues

  • Environmental Regulations that are “Urban Oriented”

  • Pre-feasibility Costs

  • Transportation & Utility Costs


Dealing with restraints
Dealing With Restraints

  • Native Lands

  • State Lands, Mining Laws & Taxation

  • Effective DEC Committed to Finding Solutions

  • AIDEA & Positive State Attitude


Alaskan mine producers
Alaskan Mine Producers

  • Healy (Usibelli) Coal

  • Green’s Creek Silver/Zinc/+

  • Red Dog Zinc/Lead

  • Fort Knox Gold


Known big deposits
Known Big Deposits

  • Beluga Coal

  • Red Dog District Zinc/Lead

  • Pogo Gold

  • Donlin Creek Gold

  • Pebble Copper

  • Ambler District Copper/+


Gold from gravels
Gold from Gravels

  • Placer industry has contracted enormously in past 20 years

  • Outlook is poor considering environmental and market conditions

  • Historical placer districts are good places to look for big, hard rock gold deposits



Exploration
Exploration

  • Food for Future Industry

  • Greatly Reduced in 2002

  • Unlikely to Rebound Completely to Historical Levels


Long term
Long Term

  • New Big Discoveries

  • New Commodities: Platinum, Palladium, Gemstones, Tin, Others

  • New Technology Especially Related To Local Power Generation and Producing Metals from Concentrate


Conclusions
Conclusions

  • Excellent Producing Mines Insure Industry for 30 or More Years

  • Very Little New Activity in 2002

  • Long Term Metal Trends Are Not Favorable

  • Unlikely to Rebound Completely to Historical Levels


Thanks to

Paul Glavinovich (Anchorage)

Steve Borell (AMA)

Neil Seldon (Vancouver)

Charlotte MacCay (TeckCominco)

Andy Roebuck (TeckCominco)

Jason Brune (RDC)

& Others

Thanks To...



Average annual silver prices per troy ounce
Average Annual Silver Prices($ Per Troy Ounce)


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