Orca Recommences Exploration and Advances Initial Development Work at Block 14 Gold Project in the Republic of the Sudan
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA—August 5, 2021- Orca Gold Inc. (TSX-V:ORG) ("Orca" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the recommencement of exploration at Block 14 and to provide an update on its mine development initiatives.
- Illegal miners peacefully and successfully removed by the Sudan Government from Block 14 resource areas
- Exploration drilling will recommence in Q3 2021
- Construction of a 1,700m airstrip located 8 km from Galat Surfur South (GSS) is well advanced and is scheduled for the initial test flight in October 2021 • Fencing of the GSS and Wadi Doum (WD) resources is underway
- Construction of a 100-man camp at GSS is targeted for completion in early Q4 2021
- Orca management has submitted drafts of Block 14’s project agreements to the Ministry of Mines for review and final discussion. The Company expects to sign these agreements with the Sudan Government by the end of September 2021
- Orca’s financial advisors, HCF, have presented to management a financing strategy and assessment of lending options for Block 14 development. Lender interest is positive and discussions are proceeding.
- Orca looks to have a Board approved financing strategy in place by the end of 2021
The 2021 exploration program in Block 14 is targeting:
- additional resource development at GSS (current Indicated resource 5.4Mozs, current Inferrred Resource 0.7M ozs ) to augment the high grade +2g/t core of the orebody (+ 2 Moz) which is open at depth and on strike;
- regional exploration will be conducted on the 1,000 sq km exploration concession to evaluate more than 300 artisanal workings and to follow up on previously identified high-grade targets
- Liseiwi: 10m at 15.32g/t, 8m at 12.18g/t, 9m at 9.84g/t and 24m grading 3.89g/t
- EG2.2: 13m at 2.03g/t and 11m at 2.54g/t
- Area 3A: 20m grading 9.90g/t, 7m at 3.18g/t and 5m at 8.61g/t
- Galat Sufar North (GSN): 3m at 15.89g/t and 7m at 8.55g/t
- Galat Azurag: 22m at 0.98g/t, 7m at 2.98g/t and 8m at 5.33g/t
Initial drilling at Liseiwi, located 20km north of the Wadi Doum (WD) resource area, intersected 10m at 15.32g/t, 8m at 12.18g/t, 9m at 9.84g/t and 24m grading 3.89g/t.
The high-grade nature of the mineralisation and close proximity to the existing and main resources at GSS and WD makes Liseiwi a priority target for development.
EG2.2 is located 23km south-west of the WD deposit. In previous exploration, 8 holes were drilled with all holes intersecting gold mineralization and returning best intercepts of 13m at 2.03g/t and 11m at 2.54g/t.
Planned exploration includes geological mapping and geophysics to map out the extent of mineralisation, followed by drilling.
Area 3A is located 4km north of the planned process plant at GSS. Preliminary drilling at this target intersected up to 20m grading 9.90g/t, 7m at 3.18g/t and 5m at 8.61g/t. Artisanal mining on this area over the past few years has exposed numerous new zones of mineralization in addition to the original zone identified by the Company. Follow up drilling will expand on original results and test the new areas that were being mined by local miners.
Galat Sufar North (GSN)
GSN is located 4km north of GSS. GSN presents a similar geological setting to GSS with intense alteration often accounting for more than 50% of the rock mass in this zone. The first drilling at GSN intersected 3m at 15.89g/t and 7m at 8.55g/t. As with most of the original exploration in Block, 14 GSN has now been expanded by artisanal mining also presenting many targets for assessment beyond the first drill holes.
Galat Azurag is located 15km south-east of GSS. The original drilling in 2014 intersected 22m at 0.98g/t, 7m at 2.98g/t and 8m at 5.33g/t. The predominant geological structure at Galat Azurag has since been traced by mapping and artisanal workings over 8kms. This extensive strike length presents material opportunities for further exploration and discovery of economic mineralization.
Block 14 Security
Orca is pleased to report that the Government of Sudan, at the request of the Company, has successfully removed illegal miners from GSS and WD. For the past year, the Company has allowed artisanal mining activity on the understanding that those operations would cease and the miners would leave the resource areas on the decision by the Company to develop a commercial gold mining operation. With this decision, the Sudan Government engaged in peaceful and successful negotiations with the affected artisanal miners resulting in the discontinuance of local mining activities and the departure of the artisanals from GSS and Wadi Doum. With the departure of the local miners, the Company is securing the GSS and Wadi Doum resources with the construction of a security fence. With the approval of the Sudan Government, the Company has also engaged a private security contractor to provide security for critical project areas and facilities.
Block 14 Development
With the successful removal of the illegal miners off its critical resource areas, the Company has commenced development towards the construction of a gold mine. Key early development initiatives include:
- Construction of an airstrip at site, which is scheduled for completion in September 2021
- Construction of a 100-man camp at the GSS site as the first phase of project development, which is scheduled for completion by the end of Q3 2021
- Construction of a security fence around GSS and Wadi Doum. The fencing project has commenced and is expected to be completed in early Q4 2021
- Demarcation of Mining Lease boundaries, which is scheduled for completion in early Q4 2021
- Mining contractors have been requested to bid for a drill, blast, load and haul operations contracts, which bids are expected to be received by end of Q3 2021
- Lycopodium of Australia has been commissioned to update the capital and operating costs for the Block 14 project. The updated study is expected to be delivered in Q4 2021
- Resource expansion drilling will commence by the end of Q3 2021 to better define the full extent of the high-grade core of GSS
Block 14 Project Agreements & Financing
The Company is in the final stages of discussions with the Sudan Government on the necessary project agreements to secure financing for the construction of a mine at Block 14. These Agreements include a Shareholders Agreement, Mining Lease Agreement and Royalty Agreement. The successful conclusion of these documents will provide the foundation for financing of the project. With the signing of these Agreements, the Company’s financial advisor, HCF, will be in the best position to confirm the positive expressions of interest it has received in respect of funding Block 14’s development.
With the ongoing positive economic and political developments in Sudan, the Company is gratified by the significant interest now being shown for Block 14 and for mineral resources in general in Sudan.
Commenting on the Company’s recent successes and accomplishments, Richard Clark stated: “At long last, the pieces are coming together for the successful development of a large commercial gold mine at Block 14. Sudan continues on a positive road to democracy and the international community is demonstrating its strong support for Sudan and its people by relieving the country from its crippling debt load. This is leading the way towards new investment interest for Sudan, with Block 14 standing as the country’s leading miningproject ready for construction. After many years in obscurity, Block 14 now stands as one of the most significant gold development stories in Africa. Sudan is open for business and is welcoming new investment with an attractive new legislative strategy. We at Orca welcome and are proud of the opportunity to showcase Sudan as a new and exciting mining destination.”
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
“Richard P. Clark”
Richard P. Clark| CEO & Director | Orca Gold Inc. | 604.689.7842
About Orca Gold Inc.
Orca Gold Inc. (TSX-V: ORG) is a Canadian resource company focused on exploration and development opportunities in Africa. Led by a board of directors made up of industry experts and a management team with a track record of discovering and building significant mines globally, Orca is developing one of the leading gold projects in Africa. The Company is currently focused on its 70%-owned Block 14 Gold Project in the Republic of the Sudan on which a Feasibility Study was completed in November 2018 and revised in September 2020.
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