The deal will see Koza operate the licences, conducting exploration activities in the fields and financing the operations in an investment worth €3.4m.
It will take a 75pc stake in the project while IMC will hold the remaining 25pc.
Four of the licences are located in Wicklow while the fifth is in Wexford.
The licences are close to the ancient Avoca copper and gold mines, where exploration dates back to the Bronze Age, and to the Gold Mines river, the scene of the 1796 goldrush.
IMC announced in 2012 that it had found “exceptionally high” gold results after drilling in Co Wexford.
Chairman Liam McGrattan said that the company had more positive results from drilling in January and decided to bring in Koza to help develop the licences faster.
“If we didn’t have a joint venture partner we would look at it ourselves, but we wouldn’t be able to develop it nearly as fast as with Koza,” he said.
Koza now has six more drilling targets in the area. Drilling is set to begin to begin in the coming days and will last for several months. Mr McGrattan said that drilling will continue until the commercial viability of the project can be proven.
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