C3 Metals Inc. 20,700 hectares of highly prospective copper-gold porphyry and epithermal terrain in Jamaica along the Crawle River Fault Zone. Work to date has identified 16 porphyry targets (five confirmed through exploration drilling), 40 epithermal targets and 62 adits and shafts from historical mining by the British during the 1800s. New mineral exploration and development is welcome and encouraged by the Jamaican Government, as mining is the second largest industry in the country after tourism. Jamaica has a long history of mining, beginning with the Spanish in the 1600s and continuing with the British in the 1800s. Jamaica has been a major producer and exporter of bauxite and alumina – an industry that has been in place for 70+ years and continues to be a major contributor to the country’s economics. Jamaica is also a large exporter of limestone. Today there are over 150 open pit limestone and aggregate mines in the country. A modern day gold mine – the Pennants Gold Mine – operated as an open pit mine until its closure in 2004. As a former British colony, Jamaican mining law is based on British law and was establish in 1947. Canadian banking institutions, good infrastructure and ready access to deep water shipping ports all contribute to a beneficial mining environment.
Mining regulations are well developed and administered under the authority of the Ministry of Transportation and Mining. Special Exclusive Prospecting Licenses (SEPLs) are granted for mineral exploration and development activities. This includes but is not limited to, drilling, geophysical and geochemical surveys, water rights, and access roads. Surface access notification to local landowners with compensation for disturbance is set forth in the SEPL rules.
A strong history of Canadian based expertise in the industry is based on over four decades of work in Jamaica by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC).
Each week we feature rocks from our Jamaica projects, including drill core and rock chips samples chosen by our team. Check out the gallery below for the latest posts that include commentary from our geologists: