Quick Index for Survey Forms of Mineral Exploration

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Where To Include These Expenditures

Type of Cost Line
Access Roads / Airstrips
Permanent 18.1.1
Temporary 14.17
Bulk Sampling
Sample collection 14.5-14.9, 14.23
Sample processing, pilot plant testing 14.14
Diamond Analysis and Recovery
(other than that of bulk samples) 14.5-14.9, 14.23
Preconstruction planning and design 18.1.1
To establish technical feasibility of mining project 14.14
Indicator Minerals Analysis 14.21
Negotiation with Various Groups
(including Aboriginal people) 16.1
Property Acquisition 18.1.4
Other Rock Work
Excavation (drilling, blasting, mucking, hoisting) 14.23
Infrastructure such as headframe, hoist, ore bins, permanent lining, ventilation system Section 18.1
Site Restoration / Decommissioning / Care and Maintenance
After field surveys and work (include temporary installations) 15.5
After temporary mine closure (include permanent installation - report as MCD) Section 18.2
During mine operations (MCD) Section 18.2
Line 14.23 Other Rock Work
Report under EX, development work such as EX drift or ramp build solely for the purpose of EX activity, such as drilling to test new targets and areas in mine production or committed to production (see distance criteria guidelines 12.0 (3)). Report under MCD, if to be used for production purpose.

Section 18.1 What Are Capital Expenditures?

Capital Expenditures are the gross expenditures on fixed assets for use in the operations of your organization or for lease or rent to others.


Definition Mine Area:

The mine-site area is usually defined by the mine plan of a feasibility study covered by all the necessary permits to operate (mainly environmental, see Reporting Guide and Guidelines 13.0). Otherwise, report portion of near mine site activity as off mine-site.


  • Each activity should include contractor and manpower costs, site preparation, transportation, temporary camp and site accommodations, and meals for workers.
  • At a producing mine, work done in the immediate vicinity of the producing deposit (see guideline 12.0 [3] for the limits) in order to extend the ore reserves is considered MCD.

Line 11.5 Other Work Objectives:

  1. Maintain claims in good standing
  2. Increase confidence in resources outside the context of a technical study (except for Resource Calculation)
  3. Increase confidence in resources for the preparation of a PEA (not started yet)
  4. Upgrading and expand resources in the context of a PEA (scoping study)
  5. Conduct PEA
  6. Expand resources along strike in the immediate vicinity of the resource envelope considered in the PFS or FS
  7. Conduct PFS, FS
  8. Upgrade and expand resources for the preparation of the PFS (not started yet)
  9. Final engineering studies
  10. Increase processing capacity/efficiency
  11. Confirm economic viability of mine production for the longer term
  12. Obtain board approval for development of next producing zone
  13. Finalize permitting
  14. Construction financing
  15. Care and maintenance
  16. Mine rehabilitation/decommissioning
  17. Site preparation while waiting to finalize permitting
  18. Construction of pilot plant
  19. Confirm historical resources
  20. Bulk sampling for initial metallurgy/quality testing/washability/marketability
  21. Large bulk sampling for confirmation of mineral characterization and processing

Why Is This Information Needed?

Publications and reports that make extensive use of Exploration Expenditure Data:

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