Noricum Gold Limited, the European focused base and precious metals resource development company, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a non-binding Heads of Terms agreement (‘the Agreement’) with Caucasian Mining Group (‘CMG’), its partner in the Bolnisi Copper-Gold Project (‘Bolnisi’) in Georgia, to jointly evaluate and develop the David Garedji Copper-Gold Prospect (‘the Prospect’) situated within CMG’s mining and exploration licence in Georgia. Due diligence will be undertaken ahead of finalisation of the Agreement.
The Company is also pleased to announce that it has raised £1.1 million by way of an oversubscribed placing of 785,714,286 new ordinary shares of no par value in the capital of the Company (‘the Placing Shares’), with new and existing shareholders, at a price of 0.14 pence per Placing Share (‘the Placing’).
Noricum Gold Limited (‘Noricum Gold’ or ‘the Company’)
Non-Binding Heads of Terms to Acquire an Interest in the David Garedji Prospect and Placing to Raise £1.1 Million to Fund Due Diligence and Development
· Adds significant resources to the Company’s already robust inventory in Georgia and offers a further opportunity to deliver additional precious and base metals production in the medium term
· Successful placing provides the Company with access to this strategic prospect, which management has identified as a strong value opportunity
· An advanced prospect which includes 5.8 km of underground development and over 25,000 metres of diamond drilling
· Existing Soviet Resource (non-JORC, C1, C2 & P1 Soviet Reserves & Resources) of:
o 460,000 oz gold (‘Au’) at an average grade 4.63 g/t
o 740,000 oz silver (‘Ag’) at an average grade of 7.3 g/t
o 50,000 t copper (‘Cu’) at an average grade of 1.57%
o 130,000 t lead (‘Pb’) at an average grade of 4.13%
o 150,000 t zinc (‘Zn’) at an average grade of 4.7%
· 30 ore-bearing zones identified with peak mineralised widths of 23m and grades up to 55g/t Au, 253g/t Ag, 21% Cu, 28% Pb and 35% Zn
· Significant expansion potential has been demonstrated by previous work – existing resource relates to a limited area on strike with mineralisation extending to the northeast and south
· David Garedji lies close to the Company’s Bolnisi Copper-Gold Project (‘Bolnisi’) which has total mineral resources (non-JORC) of 980,000 tonnes of contained copper; 6.6 million ounces of gold and 22 million ounces of silver, also in partnership with CMG
Noricum CEO Greg Kuenzel said, “I would like to thank both our new and existing shareholders for their support in this transaction, which creates multiple benefits for Noricum Gold and accordingly has been in our sights since we acquired the Bolnisi Copper Gold Project 12 months ago.
“Like Bolnisi, David Garedji is advanced, high grade and scalable and as well as increasing our resource inventory substantially, it presents us with a further near-midterm production target to add to the three we have identified from the 17 defined areas we inherited on the acquisition of Bolnisi. We are currently finalising our production and processing agreement with CMG so that we can commence production from our Kvemo Bolnisi starter pit in Q3 2016 and, with this in mind, I hope shareholders will be encouraged by this announcement which represents a strengthening of our professional relationship. We believe that this agreement is a huge step forward for the Company, and with the coming months due to be characterised by production and growth, I look forward to updating the market shortly.”
Due Diligence and Heads of Terms
CMG will allow Noricum, through its Georgian operating vehicle JSC Georgian Copper and Gold (‘GCG’), to undertake detailed due diligence over David Garedji before agreeing the final terms of the proposed earn-in.
Due diligence and exploration to be undertaken may include the following:
– Detailed soil geochemistry along the length of the David Garedji deposit and its projected extensions;
– Close-spaced IP resistivity surveys across the area to identify sulphide mineralisation;
– Close-spaced ground magnetic surveys aimed at picking up major structural features;
– Sampling of underground development;
– Underground fan drilling to validate historic intercepts and identify new mineralisation;
– Surface drilling specifically targetting gold-polymetallic mineralisation beneath the barite-silver zone.
Noricum intends to commence detailed due diligence as soon as possible and will focus on the confirming strike extension opportunities as well looking in more detail at the immediate extension potential for gold-polymetallic mineralisation in and around the extensive underground development that already exists at the site.
The final agreement is expected to mirror that currently in place between Noricum and CMG whereby Noricum will agree to an initial spend on exploration and development to earn its ultimate interest in the project. It is expected that any expenditure on due diligence will be offset against the final commitment.
Further Information on David Garedji
During the 1940s and 1950s exploration consisted of 2.6 km of underground development exposed barite-silver and gold – polymetallic mineralisation. 140 diamond drill holes for a total of 16,255m and more than 6,000 cubic metres of surface trenching was also completed.
Exploration was limited to only a small portion of the mineralised structure at David Garedji. The initial focus was on barite-silver exploration resulting in a combined open pittable C1 & C2 Soviet resource of 11 million ounces of silver at an average grade of 1 ounce Ag per tonne and a further 2.3 million tonnes of barite at an average grade of 20% Ba. This resource was found within an area of only 300m by 400m.
A further 3.2 km of underground development and 8,885m of diamond drilling was completed to test for gold-base metal mineralisation beneath the barite-silver ores. A Soviet resource in all categories (C1, C2 & P1) has been estimated of 3.2Mt at 4.63g/t Au, 7.3g/t Ag, 1.57% Cu, 4.13% Pb and 4.7% Zn for an initial 460,000oz Au, 740,000oz Ag, 50,000t Cu, 130,000t Pb and 150,000t Zn. This resource relates to a limited area of exploration coverage and the mineralisation extends both to the northeast and south of these underground workings.
Within this initial area of exploration completed by previous Soviet expeditions, a total of 30 zones termed “ore-bearing” were identified with peak mineralised widths of 23m and grades as high as 55g/t Au, 253g/t Ag, 21% Cu, 28% Pb and 35% Zn. Nine of these zones are classified as high gold grade zones with grades typically ranging from 3.3 to 14.4g/t Au.
Observations made by CMG are significant and will influence exploration. These include reference to areas reporting significant polymetallic mineralisation but where no gold assays were taken implying the likelihood of additional gold credits once new channel sampling has been completed. A large proportion of historic regional exploration drilling targeting gold-polymetallic mineralisation was done using vertical drillholes whereas CMG conclude that in retrospect the Soviet expeditions should have drilled angled holes to intersect steeply dipping mineralised structures.
The nature of mineralisation means that existing infrastructure owned and operated by Noricum’s partner can be used to process future ores thereby significantly reducing lead- time to production and capital expenditure.
The Placing Shares will rank pari passu in all respects with the existing ordinary shares of no par value in the capital of the Company. Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange for the Placing Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM (‘Admission’). It is expected that Admission will become effective on or around 6 July 2016.
As a result of the issue of the Placing Shares as described above, the issued share capital of the Company now consists of 4,792,485,350 ordinary shares of no par value.
For further information please visit www.noricumgold.com or contact:
Noricum Gold Limited
Tel: 020 7907 9327
Noricum Gold Limited
S. P. Angel Corporate Finance LLP
Nomad & Broker
Tel: 020 3470 0470
S.P. Angel Corporate Finance LLP
Shard Capital Partners LLP
Tel: 0207 186 9950
Shard Capital Partners LLP
St Brides Partners Ltd
Tel: 020 7236 1177
St Brides Partners Ltd
The former Soviet system for classification of reserves and resources was developed in the 1960’s and is still used today in Russia. It divides mineral concentrations into 7 categories:
1. Fully explored reserves or resources – A, B and C1
2. Evaluated reserves or resources – C2
3. Prognostic resources – P1, P2 and P3
In a similar fashion to the more commonly used international standards (JORC or 43-101), the Soviet system assigns reserves and resources to classes based on the degree of reliability based on the various stages of exploration. A, B, C1, C2 and P1 reserves and resources can be matched to the JORC and 43-101 categories.
A broad equivalence between the classifications may be presented as:
International Reporting Code, JORC, 43-101 etc
Proved reserve / Measured resource
Proved or Probable reserve / Indicated resource
Probable reserve / Indicated Resource / Inferred Resource
Source: “The Russian Reserves & Resource Reporting System” Resources Computing International Ltd (21 August 2004)
Competent Person Statement
The information in this announcement that relates to Exploration Results, Mineral Resources or Ore Reserves is based on information compiled by Jeremy Whybrow, who is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Jeremy Whybrow has sufficient experience, relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking, to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 Edition of the ‘Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves’. Jeremy Whybrow has reviewed this announcement and consents to the inclusion in the announcement of the matters based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.
This information is provided by RNS