The Block 14 gold project is located close to Sudan’s border with Egypt, 900km north of the capital Khartoum. Access to the project is by sealed road along the eastern bank of the River Nile to the town of Abu Hamad and then via a well used desert road to the project area.
Orca’s involvement in the Block 14 project began in 2011 when Shark Metals acquired the right to purchase a 70% interest in the property from a local partner, Sheikh Osman Khider.In 2014 the final payment was made which exercised this right.
Exploration activity commenced immediately within this large land holding (initially 7,046 square kilometres). Due its size, initial reconnaissance work was carried out using satellite imagery to map the extensive artisanal mining within the Block.These were then systematically visited and prioritised for follow up exploration work.
This resulted in the early identification of the Galat Sufar area in mid 2012 with the first drilling taking place late in 2012 resulting in the discovery of the Galat Sufar South Resource. Drilling continued in 2013 leading to a maiden resource being estimated in January 2014. Exploration continued throughout the Block with Wadi Doum being discovered in 2014 with a revised resource including Wadi Doum in January 2015.
During late 2015 and the first half of 2016 work was focussed on the Preliminary Economic Assessment with extensive metallurgical test work, Environmental baseline studies and water exploration in the Nubian Sandstone basin to the north of Block 14.
In May 2015, Following the declaration of Mineral Discovery Areas, the Exclusive Prospecting Licence was renewed for 2 years for the current area of 3,747 square kilometres.In addition, a supplementary exploration area has been secured for the purpose of water exploration to the north of Block 14.