Kalahari Copper Belt – Morula 18km Long Geochemical Anomaly
Latest KCB Soil Sampling Extends Morula Target Geochemical Anomaly to Over 18km – Remains Open Along Strike
Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW) a AIM listed metals exploration and development company is pleased to announce results from further geochemical soil sampling and geological mapping on the Morula Target in Prospecting Licence (“PL”) 036/2020 at the South Ghanzi Project (“South Ghanzi” or the “Project”) located in the Kalahari Copper Belt (“KCB”), Botswana.
South Ghanzi is held under a 50/50 Joint Venture (“JV”) with Kavango Resources plc (LSE:KAV) (“Kavango”). Kavango is the operator of the Project.
A total of 150km of soil sampling lines have now been completed over South Ghanzi’s Acacia and Morula targets. The Morula Target geochemical anomaly is now over 18km long (up from 12km previously announced on 21 June 2021) and varies between 800m and 2.4km in width. The geochemical anomaly remains open along strike in both directions towards the northeast and southwest.
In addition to this, a third sub-parallel geochemical anomaly has been identified immediately to the south of the Morula Target. This target (designated name “Happy”) is approximately 5km long and approximately 700m wide.
A map displaying South Ghanzi copper geochemical results is available to view on the Company’s website through the following link:
Paul Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources plc, commented:
“The current 18km length of the Morula Target is dramatic, particularly as the target remains open in both directions. Alongside this the discovery of a further geochemical anomaly named “Happy”, is another surprising and positive development at South Ghanzi.
What is also encouraging is that we are seeing strong coincidence between the copper-zinc geochemical anomalism with previously defined airborne electromagnetic (“AEM”) conductors.
Work continues on the Project and a key focus will be ground geophysics which will help us define drill targets which we plan to drill test subject to approval of the Environmental Management Plan.
Kavango’s in-country operations team have done a fantastic job executing on the various exploration plans and South Ghanzi has quickly become a key focus for Power Metal Resources.
Whilst the drill programme is the critical step to determine the tenor of mineralisation below the surface at South Ghanzi, the strength of exploration data that has been acquired thus far demonstrates that the Project holds major discovery potential for sedimentary hosted copper-silver mineralisation.”
· Extension of infill soil sampling
– Additional infill soil sampling lines extended from 5.5km to 11km.
– Longer lines led to the identification of the Happy Target.
– Total of 150km of soil sampling lines now complete over the Acacia, Morula and Happy targets.
– A total of 2,105 soil samples have now been taken over all targets.
– 1,199 samples returned Cu-in-soil readings >30ppm Copper (“Cu”).
– 1,050 samples returned Zinc (“Zn”) in-soil readings >29ppm Zn (zinc is deemed to be a “pathfinder” element for sedimentary hosted Copper-Silver deposits).
· Eleven additional sample lines over the Morula Target have confirmed:
– The geochemical anomaly is greater than 18km in length.
– Varies between 800m to 2.4km in width along its extent.
– Open along strike in both directions towards northeast and southwest.
– 63 highly anomalous copper readings of >45ppm Cu, with 5 results >62ppm Cu.
– Zn-in-soil results correlate closely with copper readings including 95 highly anomalous zinc readings of >71ppm Zn, including 9 results >91ppm Zn.
– The clearly defined geochemical base metal anomaly appears to follow a large northeast-southwest regional fault/shear zone.
· New copper/zinc in soils anomaly identified as the Happy Target:
– Approximately 5km long and 700m wide.
– Soil sampling returned readings with significant concentrations of copper including 33 samples between 35ppm to 57ppm Cu, and 28 samples assaying between 71ppm to 86ppm Zn.
· Next steps
– Geophysics: Induced Polarization (IP) and Audio-frequency Magnetotellurics (AMT) surveys planned to define drill targets.
– Further soil sampling on Acacia, Morula, Happy and other targets in the South Ghanzi Project.
BACKGROUND TO THE MORULA, ACACIA and HAPPY TARGETS
· The Acacia Target is defined by a 4km x 4km conductor on the northern boundary of PL 036/2020
– Located within a fold “nose”, which is plunging southwest .
– Lies just above the D’Kar – Ngwako Pan formation geological contact zone.
– Made up of at least 4 individual pods, which emit strong electro-magnetic (EM) geophysics readings.
– Soil geochemistry directly over the AEM anomaly demonstrates elevated levels of copper (>42ppm) and zinc (>75ppm).
– Along with the newly defined Morula Target, Acacia is one of the highest priority drill targets at South Ghanzi.
· The Morula Target is estimated to be between 800m and 2.4km wide with at least 18km of strike length on a south-westerly trend along the PL 036/2020 licence boundary.
– Discovered by extending soil sampling lines south of the Acacia Target and supported by a well-defined slightly offset AEM geophysics linear conductor.
– Geological mapping, AEM conductivity results as well as the latest soil sampling data suggest this target represents the mineralised sheared (and possibly thrust faulted) southern limb of the “Acacia” fold.
– Initially, seven 4km long soil sample lines (500m apart with 100m spaced samples) were completed, with four intersecting the southwest and three intersecting the northeast parts of Morula. The two groups of soil sample lines were initially 7km apart.
– Follow up soil sampling included four 4km long infill soil sample lines (1km apart with 100m sample intervals).
– All soil sample lines returned readings with significant copper and zinc anomalisms confirming the continuity of the geochemical anomaly over a strike length of 18km.
– AEM profiles suggest that the depth of mineralisation is relatively shallow at an estimated depth of roughly 200m.
· The Happy Target is estimated to be between 700m and 2.4km wide and 5km along strike which is sub-parallel to the Morula Target.
– Discovered by extending soil sampling lines south of the Morula Target.
– All soil sample lines returned readings with significant concentrations of copper and zinc anomalism.
THE POWER METAL/KAVANGO JOINT VENTURE
The South Ghanzi PLs are held in the name of Kavango and are subject to a JV Agreement in which each company holds a 50% interest via Kanye Resources plc, an England and Wales public company.
Exploration costs are equally shared. Kavango is the operator of the Project.
Application has been made to transfer the PLs into a recently established Botswana JV company, Kanye Resources (Pty) Ltd which is wholly owned by Kanye Resources plc.
There are plans to list Kanye Resources plc on a recognised stock exchange.
COMPETENT PERSON STATEMENT
The technical information contained in this disclosure has been read and approved by Mr Nick O’Reilly (MSc, DIC, MIMMM, MAusIMM, FGS), who is a qualified geologist and acts as the Competent Person under the AIM Rules – Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies. Mr O’Reilly is a Principal consultant working for Mining Analyst Consulting Ltd which has been retained by Power Metal Resources PLC to provide technical support.
This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (“MAR”), and is disclosed in accordance with the Company’s obligations under Article 17 of MAR.
For further information please visit https://www.powermetalresources.com/ or contact:
Power Metal Resources plc
Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)
+44 (0) 7766 465 617
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