Home » Posts tagged 'Kalahari Copper Belt'

Tag Archives: Kalahari Copper Belt

Kavango Resources #KAV – May 2022 Interview with CEO Ben Turney & COO Brett Grist

Kavango Resources #KAV – May 2022 Interview with CEO Ben Turney & COO Brett Grist. Alan Green talks to Ben and Brett about the latest developments at the Ditau Farms REE project and the latest drilling results, before turning to developments at the group’s vast Kalahari Suture Zone project (KSZ) and the recent petrology reports from the drill core samples. We then discuss the Kalahari Copper Belt licenses and likely developments for 2022 before summarising with some key value inflection points that investors can expect in the coming months.

Kavango Resources #KAV – KCB: significant expansion of Kanye Resources

Kavango Resources plc (LSE:KAV), the exploration company targeting the discovery of world-class mineral deposits in Botswana, is pleased to announce that Kanye Resources (“Kanye”) has completed the acquisition of 8 new prospecting licences (“PLs”) in the Kalahari Copper Belt (“KCB”) for a total consideration of US$430,000.

Kanye is a 50/50 Joint Venture with Power Metal Resources plc (LSE:POW) (“Power Metal”), which already owns the South Ghanzi Copper Exploration Project (“South Ghanzi”) and the Ditau Camp Rare Earth Elements (REEs”) Exploration Project (“Ditau”). Kavango is the operator of Kanye.

The acquisition of the 8 new prospecting licences represents a significant expansion of Kanye’s exploration footprint in the highly prospective KCB. Kanye now controls 4,257km2 of exploration ground in its search for major copper/silver deposits.

Highlights

Ø Kanye has completed two separate acquisitions to purchase 100% of the eight PLs. All the PLs have now been transferred to Kanye by the Ministry of Mines and new Prospecting Licences issued. These include:

–  Four PLs in proximity to the town of Ghanzi in the central zone of the Botswana KCB from Shongwe Resources (Pty) Ltd for US$200,000 (the “South Ghanzi Extension Licences”).

–  Four PLs near the town of Mamuno on the Namibian border for US$230,000, from Vinmarsh Interprises (Pty) Ltd (the “Mamuno Licences”).  

–  Kanye’s now controls 4,257km2 of PLs in the KCB

Ø The South Ghanzi Extension Licences

–  Cover 481km2

–  2 of the new PLs are contiguous with Kanye’s existing South Ghanzi Project and the other 2 are within the same structural zone.

–  Exploration at South Ghanzi is considerably advanced, with 7 major copper/silver targets identified

–  Drill locations are currently being finalised

Ø The Mamuno Licences

–  Cover 2,482km2 and are on the western boundary of the Botswana KCB

–  Feature a large anticlinal (possible dome) system, similar to that recently identified at South Ghanzi.

–  Appear to include at least 3 anticlines in this system, with intervening synclines (highly prospective formations for copper/silver exploration)

–  Include visible outcropping of Ngwako Pan and D’kar Formation contacts, with little to no Kalahari Sands

–  Are well served by the tarred Trans-Kalahari Highway (Gaborone-Windhoek-Walvis Bay)

Ø KCB Environmental Management Plan (“EMP”)

–  Kavango has received final feedback from the Ministry of Mines

–  Final processing of the KCB EMP is underway

–  The proposed EMP covers both the South Ghanzi Extensions and Mamuno Licences

Ø Immediate expansion of exploration in the KCB

–  Desktop analysis of all known data sources underway to enhance exploration models

–  Kavango to deploy 4 field teams to the KCB to begin extensive soil sampling

–  Plans being finalised to increase number of teams on the ground

Ben Turney, Chief Executive Officer of Kavango Resources, commented:

“The acquisition of the South Ghanzi Extension and Mamuno Licences immediately quadruples Kanye Resources’ land holding in the burgeoning KCB..

While our ongoing drill campaign in the Kalahari Suture Zone continues to attract the most headlines, our interests in the KCB could prove to be company makers in their own right, both for Power Metal Resources and Kavango.

The exploration model in the KCB is well established, but our team on the ground has developed a number of innovative in-house methods, which we are confident give us a strong competitive advantage. Refinement of these exploration methods has helped us identify what we believes is highly prospective ground and encouraged us to move swiftly to acquire the new prospecting licences.

With the excellent progress we are making at South Ghanzi, expanding our holdings here was an obvious move. However, the inclusion of the Mamuno Licences could prove to be very exciting. Our initial analysis suggests the geological model looks to be very similar to that at South Ghanzi, but the formation sizes are much bigger. We are looking forward to deploying our teams to the area as soon as we are able to.”

The South Ghanzi Extension and Mamuno Licences

Further to the announcement on 29 March 2021, Kanye has completed the acquisition of the South Ghanzi Extension and Mamuno Licences

The South Ghanzi Expansion PLs are four relatively small licences, two of which are adjacent to the Ghanzi South Project and appear to contain structures that Kanye has identified as being prospective from Airborne Electromagnetic surveys. Of the other two, one is an area previously relinquished by the former MOD Resources containing a soil-sampling anomaly and the other is an area west of PL036/2020 which, though small, has excellent prospectivity.

The Mamuno Licences are four contiguous PLs that cover a large anticlinal system (dome?) that is plunging towards the west – similar to that recently identified at South Ghanzi (PL 36/2020). However, the anticlinal structures at Mamuno appear to be significantly bigger. The dome is made up of at least three anticlines with intervening synclines. The Ngwako Pan and D’kar Formation contacts (a possible redox boundary?) is outcropping or sub-outcropping. This contact appears to extend for over 100km. Over much of the ground, the Kalahari sands are quite thin.

The area is well served by the Trans-Kalahari Highway, which links Gaborone/Johannesburg with Windhoek/Walvis Bay (international port). Mamuno is a border town (Namibia/Botswana).

The POW/KAV 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. Exploration costs are equally shared. Kavango is the operator. All PLs have been transferred into a Botswana JV company, Kanye Resources (Pty) Ltd. There are plans to IPO Kanye Resources plc on a recognised stock exchange.

Further information in respect of the Company and its business interests is provided on the Company’s website at www.kavangoresources.comand on Twitter at #KAV.

For further information please contact:

Kavango Resources plc   

Ben Turney

bturney@kavangoresources.com  

First Equity (Joint Broker)

+44 207 374 2212

Jason Robertson 

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker) 

+44 1483 413500

Nick Emerson

Kavango Competent Person Statement

The technical information contained in this announcement has been read and approved by Mr Mike Moles (BSc (Geology) & BSocSci (African Studies), who is a Member of the Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (MAusIMM) and has sufficient experience that is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposits under consideration 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’. Mr Moles is a beneficial shareholder of Kavango Resources plc.

NOTES TO EDITORS

 KAVANGO’S INTERESTS IN THE KALAHARI COPPER BELT

Kavango’s exploration licenses in the KCB include:

Kanye Resources

Ø 50 % working interests in 10 prospecting licenses held in a Joint Venture with Power Metal Resources (LSE:POW), which cover 4,257km 2 .

The LVR Project

Ø Earning in a 90% interest in prospecting licenses PL082/2018 & PL 083/2018, held in a Joint Venture with LVR GeoExplorers (Pty) Ltd (“LVR”), which cover 1,091km 2 .

THE SOUTH GHANZI PROJECT GEOLOGICAL SETTING

The South Ghanzi Project and LVR Project areas include lengthy redox boundaries, close to surface, that represent excellent exploration targets.

The redox boundaries were formed several hundred million years ago in active sedimentary basins flooded by shallow seas. Organic matter accumulating on the sea floor created anoxic conditions, which formed a chemical barrier to metal ions rising upwards through the sediments as the basin subsided. The change in chemistry caused the precipitation of metal species (carbonates, sulphides etc.) including copper and silver on or just below the redox boundary.

Subsequent tectonic activity folded the sedimentary layers, which was often accompanied by the concentration of metals into the fold hinges and shear zones. Fold hinges pointing upwards are known as anticlines, while the downward pointing hinges are called anticlines.

Several large copper/silver ore deposits have been discovered on the KCB in association with anticlines in areas now held under licence by Sandfire Resources (ASX:SFR) and Cupric Canyon (a privately owned mining development company). These deposits are relatively close to surface and many are amenable to open pit mining operations.

Accumulations of metals can be traced along the strike of geochemical reduction-oxidation (“redox”) boundaries (sometimes for many kilometres) because they often contain iron and have a higher magnetic signature than the surrounding rock.

SOUTH GHANZI EXPLORATION STRATEGY

The South Ghanzi PLs lie within the Central Structural Corridor of the KCB immediately south of the town of Ghanzi.

Sedimentary horizons hosting copper/silver mineralisation in the KCB are known to be conductive. AEM surveys are a recognised and tested exploration method for identifying high priority drill targets.

Kavango’s strategy in the KCB is to identify conductive targets and then to complete follow up investigation, using other proven exploration methods including geological mapping and testing of soil geochemistry through extensive sampling. The correlation of positive zinc and copper soil geochemistry readings to positive AEM results is a highly encouraging exploration vector.

Given Kavango’s understanding of the regional lithology and stratigraphy of the KCB, the Company is optimistic about the progress it has made in South Ghanzi over recent months.

Specifically, the identification of a number of smaller anticlines associated with conductors suggests there are seven large, promising drill targets at South Ghanzi.

Power Metal Resources #POW – Acquisition of 8 new Prospecting Licences at the KCB increases the ground holding of local operating company Kanye Resources to 4,257km2

Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW) the London listed exploration company seeking large-scale metal discoveries across its global project portfolio, announces a significant expansion of exploration ground, targeting district scale copper-silver discoveries, in the Kalahari Copper Belt (“KCB”), Botswana.

The acquisition of eight prospecting licences (“PLs”) increases the strategic ground held by the South Ghanzi Project (“South Ghanzi” or the “Project”) by 229% to 4,257km2, making one of the largest licence footprints in the KCB.

The acquisition was completed by the Project’s local operating company Kanye Resources Pty Ltd (“Kanye”), in which Power Metal and joint venture (“JV”) partner Kavango Resources plc (LON:KAV) (“Kavango”) each have a 50% interest.

A map showing all the PLs held by Kanye can be viewed on the Company’s website through the following link:

https://www.powermetalresources.com/kalahari-copper-belt-licence-map/

The acquisition was originally announced to the market on 29 March 2021 and was subject to due diligence and licence transfer which has now been completed successfully.  The original announcement may be viewed through the following link:

https://www.londonstockexchange.com/news-article/POW/kalahari-copper-belt-business-update/14916399

Paul Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources plc, commented:

“With the exploration success Power Metal and Kavango have achieved to date at the South Ghanzi Project, this substantial expansion of our land position within the KCB is a major development for our Company.

Without question the KCB joint venture with Kavango is currently one of Power Metal’s highest priorities and we have got to this point in short order through the exceptional work undertaken by the Kavango operational team.

The progress achieved in the KCB demonstrates the value we can generate for our shareholders when we focus our financial and managerial resources on projects that deliver high-impact exploration results efficiently and effectively.

We eagerly look forward to the planned drill programme at South Ghanzi, as well as inaugural and ongoing exploration results at our newly expanded land package within the KCB.”

ACQUIRED LICENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

Kanye has completed two separate acquisitions to purchase 100% of the eight PLs. All the PLs have now been transferred to Kanye by the Ministry of Mines and new Prospecting Licence documentation has been issued. These include:

–  Four PLs in proximity to the town of Ghanzi in the central zone of the Botswana KCB from Shongwe Resources (Pty) Ltd for US$200,000 (the “South Ghanzi Extension Licences”).

–  Four PLs near the town of Mamuno on the Namibian border for US$230,000, from Vinmarsh Interprises (Pty) Ltd (the “Mamuno Licences”).  

Cash acquisition costs have been funded equally by Power Metal and Kavango from existing cash resources and Kanye now controls 4,257km2 of PLs in the KCB. The cost to Power Metal amounts to US$215,000 (c.£153k) funded from existing cash resources. 

The South Ghanzi Extension Licences (481km2)

· The original South Ghanzi Project included two licences (PL036/2020 and PL037/2020) covering an area of 1,294km2 south of the town of Ghanzi in the KCB. 

· The South Ghanzi Extension PLs include four licences, two of which are adjacent to the South Ghanzi Project, which cover prospective structures identified from their recently completed Airborne Electromagnetic (“AEM”) survey.

· A further two licences include one licence comprising an area previously relinquished by MOD Resources Ltd (MOD Resources Ltd was acquired by Sandfire Resources NL (ASX:SFR) in October 2019), containing a soil-sampling anomaly, and one licence in an area west of PL036/2020 which is considered to be prospective for copper-silver mineralisation.

· Exploration at South Ghanzi is considerably advanced, with seven major copper/silver targets identified to date and locations for the planned upcoming drill programme currently being finalised.

The Mamuno Licences (2,482km2)

· The Mamuno Licences are four contiguous PLs on the western boundary of the KCB that cover a large anticlinal (possibly dome) system; that is plunging towards the west.

· The anticlinal structures at Mamuno are similar to that recently identified at the South Ghanzi Project (within PL 036/2020) and appear to be significantly larger.

· Within the licence area, the Ngwako Pan and D’kar Formation contact zone is variably exposed for over 100km (covering a possible reduction-oxidation (“redox”) boundary). The Kalahari sand cover over this exposed contact zone is relatively thin.  

· The area is well accessed by the Trans-Kalahari Highway, which links the cities of Gaborone and Johannesburg with Windhoek and Walvis Bay in Namibia. Mamuno is a border town located near the Botswana and Namibia border.

KCB Environmental Management Plan (“EMP”)

Kavango has received final feedback from the Ministry of Mines and final processing of the KCB EMP is underway.  Receipt of EMP approval is a key step required before exploration drilling can take place on PL areas.

The proposed EMP covers both the South Ghanzi, South Ghanzi Extension and Mamuno Licences. 

Immediate expansion of exploration in the KCB

In-depth desktop analysis is underway on the recently acquired licences.

Kavango will deploy four field teams to the KCB to begin extensive soil sampling and plans are being finalised to further increase number of teams on the ground.

This work is in addition to the planned drill programme at the South Ghanzi Project targeting copper-silver discoveries.  Further information with regard to drill targets and the programme itself will be provided to the market in due course. 

JOINT VENTURE STRUCTURE

The KCB PLs (South Ghanzi, South Ghanzi Extension and the Mamuno Licences) are held in the name of Kanye Resources (Pty) Ltd, a private Botswana company in which Power Metal and Kavango each have a 50% interest through Kanye Resources plc, a UK holding company.

Exploration costs are equally shared. Kavango is the operator. There are plans to IPO 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

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)

Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Nick Emerson                                                                                                           

+44 (0) 1483 413 500

First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)

David Cockbill/Jason Robertson

+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

Notes to Editors:

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration company which finances and manages global resource projects and is seeking large scale metal discoveries.

The Company has a principle focus on opportunities offering district scale potential across a global portfolio including precious and base metal exploration in North America, Africa and Australia.

Project interests range from early-stage greenfield exploration to later-stage prospects currently subject to drill programmes.

Power Metal will develop projects internally or through strategic joint ventures until a project becomes ready for disposal through outright sale or separate listing on a recognised stock exchange thereby crystallising the value generated from our internal exploration and development work.

Value generated through disposals will be deployed internally to drive the Company’s growth or may be returned to shareholders through share buy backs, dividends or in-specie distributions of assets.

Kavango Resources #KAV – KCB: South Ghanzi – 18km long open target at Morula

Kavango Resources plc (LSE:KAV), the exploration company targeting the discovery of world-class mineral deposits in Botswana, is pleased to announce further encouraging soil sampling results from PL 036/2020 (“South Ghanzi Project”) in the Kalahari Copper Belt (“KCB”).

150km of soil sampling lines have now been completed over the Acacia and Morula targets on the South Ghanzi Project. Morula is now estimated to be at least 18km long (up from 12km previously announced) and between 800m and 2.4km in width. The anomaly remains open along strike in both directions.

In addition to this, a third sub-parallel geochemical anomaly has been identified immediately to the south of Morula. This target (designated name “Happy”) appears to be at least 5km long and 700m wide.

Promising, in-soil copper readings have been recorded on all three targets (Acacia, Morula and Happy).

The South Ghanzi Project is held in a 50/50 Joint Venture with Power Metal Resources plc (LSE:POW) (“Power Metal”). Kavango is the operator.

Highlights

Ø 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 Acacia, Morula and Happy

–  2,105 soil samples taken

–  1,199 samples returned copper in soil readings >30ppm

–  1,050 samples returned zinc in soil readings >29ppm (zinc is a “pathfinder” element for sedimentary hosted Copper-Silver deposits)

Ø 11 additional sample lines over Morula have confirmed:

–  The target is at least 18km in length

–  Width varies from 800m to 2.4km

–  Open along strike in both directions

–  63 highly anomalous copper readings >45ppm, with 5 results >62ppm

–  Zinc in soils correlates closely with copper readings, including 95 highly anomalous zinc readings of >71ppm Zinc including 9 results >91ppm

–  The clearly defined mineralised system appears to follow a large regional fault/shear zone

Ø New copper/zinc in soils anomaly identified as the Happy Target:

–  5km long and 700m wide

–  Soil sampling returned readings with significant concentrations of copper including 33 samples between 35ppm to 57ppm, and 28 samples assaying between 71ppm to 86ppm zinc.

Ø Next steps

–  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

Ben Turney, Chief Executive Officer of Kavango Resources, commented:

“Morula is big. The maps we will publish on our website of the soil sampling result paint a compelling visual picture, but we remain grounded at this stage.

As exciting as the development of Morula is, we will only ever be able to prove if there is an economic resource there by drilling. We expect the Environmental Management Plan to be awarded in the very near future. At that point we can finalise plans for mobilising a rig to the South Ghanzi Project.

I would like to thank our team in the Kalahari Copper Belt for their dedication, their creativity and their ambition. The decision to double the length of the soil sampling lines appears to have paid off, with the identification of the Happy Target.

With the additional funds we recently raised, Kavango can now plan confidently for much more extensive exploration in the field, including accelerated drilling as soon as we are able.”

 

Background to Targets Morula and Acacia

Ø The Acacia Target is a 4km x 4km conductor on the northern boundary of PL 036/2020

–  Situated within a fold “nose”, which is plunging southwest

–  Lies just above the D’Kar – Ngwako Pan contact zone.

–  Made up of at least 4 individual pods, which emit strong EM readings.

–  Soil geochemistry directly over the anomaly demonstrates highly elevated levels of copper (>42ppm) and zinc (>75ppm).

–  Considered to be the highest priority drill target until the Morula Target was identified.

–  Zinc is a key pathfinder element for the discovery of major copper/silver deposits within the KCB

Ø The Morula Target is estimated to be between 800m and 2.4km wide with at least 18km of strike on a south-westerly trend along the central backbone of PL 036.

–  Discovered by extending soil sampling lines south of the Acacia Target and supported by a well-defined AEM linear conductor.

–  Geological mapping, the AEM data and the soil geochemistry suggest this target represents the mineralised sheared (and possibly thrust faulted) southern limb of the “Acacia” fold.

–  It appears to be a linear zone of deformed rocks, lying where the syncline (between 2 anticlines) should be located.

–  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 7km apart.

–  This was followed by four 4km long infill soil sample lines (1km apart with 100m sample intervals) to close the gap

–  All soil sample lines returned readings with significant concentrations of copper (35ppm to 62ppm) and zinc (59ppm to 111ppm) confirming the continuity of the geochemical anomaly over a strike of 18km.

–  AEM profiles suggest that the depth of mineralisation is relatively shallow such that initial drilling depths would be less than 200m.

Ø The Happy Target is estimated to be between 700m and 2.4km wide with 5km of strike sub-parallel to Morula.

–  Discovered by extending soil sampling lines south of the Morula Target

–  Soil sampling returned readings with significant concentrations of copper including 33 samples between 35ppm to 57ppm, and 28 samples assaying between 71ppm to 86ppm zinc.

The POW/KAV 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. Exploration costs are equally shared. Kavango is the operator. Application has been made to transfer the PLs into a recently established Botswana JV company, Kanye Resources (Pty) Ltd. There are plans to IPO Kanye Resources plc on a recognised stock exchange.

Further information in respect of the Company and its business interests is provided on the Company’s website at www.kavangoresources.comand on Twitter at #KAV.

For further information please contact:

Kavango Resources plc   

Ben Turney

bturney@kavangoresources.com  

  First Equity (Joint Broker)

+44 207 374 2212

Jason Robertson 

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker) 

+44 1483 413500

Nick Emerson

Kavango Competent Person Statement

The technical information contained in this announcement has been read and approved by Mr Mike Moles (BSc (Geology) & BSocSci (African Studies), who is a Member of the Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (MAusIMM) and has sufficient experience that is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposits under consideration 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’. Mr Moles is a beneficial shareholder of Kavango Resources plc.

Power Metal Resources #POW – Latest KCB Soil Sampling Extends Morula Target Geochemical Anomaly to Over 18km

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:

https://www.powermetalresources.com/south-ghanzi-copper-map/ 

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.” 

PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS:

· 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

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)

Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Nick Emerson                                                                                                           

+44 (0) 1483 413 500

First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)

David Cockbill/Jason Robertson

+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

Notes to Editors:

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration and development company seeking a large scale metal discovery.

The Company has a global portfolio of project interests including precious and base metal exploration in North America, Africa and Australia. Project interests range from early stage greenfield exploration to later stage prospects currently subject to drill programmes.

The Board and its team of advisors have expertise in project generation, exploration and development and have identified an opportunity to utilise the Company’s position to become a leader in the London market for investors wishing to gain exposure to proactive global metals exploration.

Kavango Resources #KAV – Ditau Project update – drill targets identified

Kavango Resources plc (LSE:KAV), the exploration company targeting the discovery of world-class mineral deposits in Botswana, is pleased to announce an update on the Company’s Ditau Project (“Ditau”), searching for Rare Earth Elements (“REEs”).

Ditau is held in a 50/50 Joint Venture with Power Metal Resources plc (LSE:POW) (“Power Metal”). Kavango is the operator.

Highlights

Ø Geophysical and geochemical surveys completed on 12 targets areas

Ø 7 specific drill targets identified

–    Each target includes a possible carbonatite intrusive body lying within range of reverse circulation (“RC”) drilling

–    All targets within 300m depth

–    3 of the 7 targets classified as “high priority”

Ø Target I1 is a large, intense magnetic dipole

–    Spans 17km by 8km

–    Shallow depth to source of less than 100m

–    Kavango believes I1 sits just under the Kalahari sands

–    Lies at an intersection of two major regional fault zones

–    Anomalous niobium values identified. Niobium is used in various superconducting materials and industrial alloys

Ø Target I4

–    Spans 7.5km by 5km

–    Shallow depth to source of less than 100m

Ø Target I10

–    Spans 2.5km by 2.8km

–    High AMT resistivity, coincidental with a gravity high

Ø Data processing and interpretation in progress for final drill readiness

Ø Environmental Management Plan in place

Ben Turney, Chief Executive Officer of Kavango Resources, commented:

“While our primary focus has been on developing our interests in the KSZ and KCB, we have been much encouraged by the number of drillable intrusive targets identified at Ditau. Most of these appear to be post Karoo in age and lying at a shallow depth beneath Kalahari sand cover.

It is particularly encouraging to have identified seven drill-ready targets, with three of those being classified as high priority. Carbonatite hosted deposits of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) hold significant strategic and commercial value. Kavango’s targets are relatively shallow, which should make it straightforward to determine this project’s potential

We look forward to revisiting Ditau later this year, once we’ve completed our other high-impact drill campaigns.”

Exploration at Ditau

Kavango has identified 12 ring structures within the two prospecting licences making up the Ditau Project.

Falconbridge Explorations Ltd identified a similar large ring structure (KW2), located 23km to the north of Ditau, in the 1970s. On drilling KW2, anomalous values of niobium were detected in carbonatite rock (REEs were not assayed for at the time). Niobium is used in various superconducting materials and industrial alloys.

KW2 is thought to be part of a “cluster” of post-Karoo, carbonatites in the Kang area, of which Ditau is a part.

There is increasing evidence that at least some of the ring structures at Ditau contain carbonatite.  An integrated exploration programme of surveys is being undertaken over the 12 ring structures (targets).

Each target is undergoing the following assessments/surveys:

SOIL GEOCHEMISTRY: 3 lines of soil geochemical sampling with specific attention to values of Niobium and REEs

CSAMT & AMT SURVEYING: To “map” the lithological contacts to determine conductivity and resistivity. The CSAMT survey was carried out using Geometrics’ Stratagem EH4 unit, which measures ground electromagnetic signals and calculates ground resistivity down to depths of 1km.

Most targets were surveyed using the low-frequency version of the Stratagem without a transmitter (AMT), which sees down to 1.6km. Readings were taken at 50m station intervals along a profile.

GROUND MAGNETIC SURVEYING: The Earth is like a giant magnet due to ferromagnesian minerals in its core. Locally, various rocks have different magnetic properties due to variable magnetic mineral content. Carbonatites usually produce magnetic “high” anomalies compared to their host rocks.

The G856AX proton precession magnetometer was used in the ground magnetic surveys. One G-856AX was used as a “base station” magnetometer taking readings at 30-second intervals and the other as a hand-carried instrument with a simple, push button operation. Readings were taken at 12.5m intervals along profiles.

GRAVITY SURVEYING: Carbonatites usually have higher density than their host rocks.

Gravimeters are generally used to measure relative gravity, of which there is a wide variety. The most modern gravimeters are Autograv, which include significant improvements compared to the old spring based systems.

An Autograv CG-3 gravimeter was used in the survey on Target I10. Readings were taken every 50m with a local base station visited 3 times a day. The Autograv obtains a reading by continuously averaging a series of one-second samples.

DATA INTERPRETATION: The Company’s approach to this involves “layering” survey data sets on geological and structural maps, to produce drill targets.

Results

Ø Interpretation of the results from the first 7 ring structure drill targets has identified 3 priority targets which demonstrate good potential to host to carbonatite (I1, I4 and I10).

–    I1 is a large, intense magnetic dipole that spans 17km by 8km and has a shallow depth to source of less than 100m. I1 lies at an intersection of two major regional fault zones.

–    I4 spans 7.5km by 5km and has a shallow depth to source of less than 100m.

–    I10 spans 2.5km by 2.8km and exhibits high AMT resistivity, coincidental with a gravity high.

Ø These targets appear to sub-outcrop just below the Kalahari sand cover (c.70m), within easy reach of RC drilling within 300m of service.

Ø Anomalous niobium values have been detected on one of these targets (Target I1).

Plans for further Work

Ø Further surveys will be completed on the remaining 3 ring structure targets.

Ø It is proposed to drill the 3 top priority targets before the end of the year. The Environmental Management Plan is in place.

Ø Samples from the drilling will be assayed for whole rock geochemistry and REEs.

The POW/KAV Joint Venture

The Ditau 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. Exploration costs are equally shared. Kavango is the operator. Application has been made to transfer the PLs into a recently established Botswana JV company, Kanye Resources (Pty) Ltd. There are plans to IPO Kanye Resources plc on a recognised stock exchange.

Further information in respect of the Company and its business interests is provided on the Company’s website at www.kavangoresources.com and on Twitter at #KAV.

For further information please contact:

Kavango Resources plc     

Ben Turney

bturney@kavangoresources.com  

First Equity (Joint Broker)

+44 207 374 2212

Jason Robertson             

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)          

+44 1483 413500

Nick Emerson

Kavango Competent Person Statement

The technical information contained in this announcement has been read and approved by Mr Mike Moles (BSc (Geology) & BSocSci (African Studies), who is a Member of the Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (MAusIMM) and has sufficient experience that is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposits under consideration 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’. Mr Moles is a beneficial shareholder of Kavango Resources plc.

NOTES TO EDITORS

THE DITAU PROJECT

The Ditau Project comprises two prospecting licences (“PLs”) (PL169/2012 & PL010/2019) that cover an area of 1,386km2. Geophysical and geochemical analyses by Kavango in the two PLs have identified 12 “ring structures”.

The “ring structures” have the potential to host carbonatite rocks.

Carbonatites are the principal source of rare earth elements (REEs) including the much sought-after elements Neodymium (Nd) and Praseodymium (Pr), which are used in the manufacture of the new generation of electric vehicles (EVs), magnets and other high-tech applications. Other elements/minerals associated with carbonatites include Niobium, Phosphates, Monazite, Strontium, Magnetite and even Copper.

Power Metal Resources #POW – Business Operational Update

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW), the AIM listed metals exploration and development company, is pleased to provide a business operational update for shareholders.

Paul Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources plc, commented:

“In the tables below you will see the Power Metal project portfolio, the key value drivers in our business and, the latest position regarding each project interest.  The Company portfolio is focused on Africa, Australia and North America; all considered to be great exploration, development and mining destinations. 

Whilst each project has individual qualities, many are targeting the discovery of large metal deposits with follow-on district scale potential.  The key drivers for our project  acquisitions have been positioning and timing, taking strategic footholds before regional popularity strikes.

As we have seen recently with our interests in the Kalahari Copper Belt Botswana, the Victoria Goldfields Australia and the Hemlo-Schreiber Greenstone Belt Canada, early positioning places the Power Metal business in an incredibly strong position.

We have in the last year undertaken extensive exploration with some notable results including significant nickel sulphide intersections from drilling at Molopo Farms Complex Botswana and bonanza grade silver (up to 14,937 g/t silver) from channel sampling at Silver Peak Canada.

We have extensive exploration planned in 2021 including drilling across much of our portfolio.  It is worth noting that many of our projects now sit on the cusp of potential discoveries. An exciting time for any junior resources company.

Alongside exploration our corporate work continues at pace focused on the spin-out and IPO activities for certain project interests.

In summation we are, in my view, bursting at the seams with discovery potential and crystallisable value and the balance of 2021 is the proving ground for this opinion.”

 

Note: in addition to the material presented below, investors are guided to the Power Metal corporate presentation which is available on the Company’s website through the following link:

https://www.powermetalresources.com/presentation/

KEY VALUE DRIVERS

Table 1 below briefly summarises the key value drivers across the Company’s portfolio. Further detailed project information including supporting information behind the value drivers is provided in Tables 2, 3 and 4 later in the announcement.

Table 1 – Key Value Drivers by Project

Project

Key Value Drivers

AFRICA

Molopo Farms Complex

(Nickel – Copper – PGE)

–  Update following completion of technical work and review of initial drill programme data including testwork being carried out on holes K1-6, K1-14 and K1-11a  sulphide mineralisation zones

–  Next steps exploration to understand the potential scale of the mineralisation identified

South Ghanzi

(Copper – Silver)

–  Planned exploration drilling at South Ghanzi targeting copper-silver discoveries subject to approval of the Environmental Management Plan

–  Updates regarding IPO of holding JV company Kanye Resources plc

Ditau Camp

(Rare Earths)

–  Release of exploration findings

–  Subject to exploration results, drilling of carbonatite and rare earth deposit targets

Tati Project

(Gold – Nickel)

–  Results from due diligence exploration programme including infill geochemical surveys targeting newly identified significant gold and nickel anomalies

Kisinka

(Copper – Cobalt)

–  Exploration drilling at Kisinka targeting a copper-cobalt discovery

Haneti Project

(Polymetallic)

–  Exploration drilling at Haneti targeting a nickel sulphide discovery

AUSTRALIA

Paterson Province

(Gold – Copper)

–  Release of exploration findings including technical comparisons of Wallal targets with regional discoveries including the Winu and Havieron deposits

–  Updates regarding IPO of UK holding company

Victoria Goldfields

(Gold)

–  Exploration programme initial results

–  Updates regarding IPO of core interests

NORTH AMERICA

Hemlo-Schreiber

(Gold – Nickel)

–  Exploration updates

Silver Peak

(Silver)

–  Completion of Silver Peak drill programme (commenced Q4 2020 but halted due to poor weather)

–  Updates regarding IPO of Silver Peak on a recognised stock exchange

Golconda Summit

(Gold)

–  Launch of ground exploration targeting near surface high grade gold mineralisation to validate historic work following receipt of permits

Garfield/Stonewall

(Gold – Copper – Silver)

–  Launch of exploration programmes

Alamo

(Gold)

–  Launch of next stage exploration following receipt of permits

PROJECT OPERATIONAL UPDATE

Tables 2, 3 and 4 below summarise the latest status of each project within the Company’s portfolio.

Table 2 – African Projects – Latest Position

Project

Latest Position

Molopo Farms Complex Project

Botswana

(Nickel – Platinum Group Elements (PGEs))

POW: Effective Economic Interest 50.8%

Power Metal participated in the Molopo Farms Complex (MFC) Project as it provided exposure to a new nickel sulphide – Platinum Group Elements (“PGE”) project in south-west Botswana. The layered ultramafic-mafic intrusion constituting the Molopo Farms Complex holds the potential for a significant nickel discovery, and the ground held within the project licences is interpreted as the feeder zone.

Exploration diamond drilling commenced in Q4 2020 and to date the Company has announced significant nickel sulphide intersections from the second hole drilled,  K1-6 . To encounter intervals with the highest nickel grades found to date in the MFC so early in the initial 3 hole drill programme was an outstanding result reflecting the significant investment in preparatory research and exploration prior to drilling.

Much ongoing technical work is being undertaken and further results will follow from testwork being carried out on holes K1-6, K1-14 and K1-11a with market updates expected in the near term.

Following completion of the first drilling phase technical work the next stage of exploration is to build an understanding of the potential scale of the mineralisation identified and work towards defining a Mineral Resource. 

This next stage is perhaps the most exciting phase of the project exploration.  It is now confirmed that the nickel sulphides sought are present, so now we must seek to delineate an economic deposit through further drilling, which is likely to be preceded by a soil geochemistry programme focussed on the area between K1-14 and K1-6.  Clearly if successful, the value of this project may well be transformational for all parties with an ownership interest, including Power Metal.

Power Metal holds its 50.8% effective economic interest through a direct 40% project stake and through an 18% interest in the orginal project holding company Kalahari Key Mineral Exploration (Pty) Limited, a private Botswana Company (“Kalahari Key”).

As announced 6 May 2021 Kalahari Key is to be restructured to reflect the 40% Power Metal project interest and the Company  is actively engaged on commercial work streams in respect of this restructuring.

South Ghanzi Project

Botswana

(Copper – Silver)

POW: 50%

The South Ghanzi Project covering a footprint of some 1,294 km2 provides Power Metal with exposure to potential copper – silver discoveries within the prolific Kalahari Copper Belt (“KCB”) alongside joint venture (“JV”) partner Kavango Resources plc (LON:KAV).

Power Metal’s CEO Paul Johnson was CEO of Metal Tiger Plc in 2016 when they and ASX listed JV partner MOD Resources made the T3 Deposit discovery nearby in the KCB. The South Ghanzi Project is following a similar exploration methodology to the T3 discovery.

Exploration work at South Ghanzi includes airborne electromagnetic (“AEM”) surveys that have identified eight anomalies representing targets for further ground based exploration. 

Follow up soil sampling work has so far has been focused on two targets, Acacia and Morula, with both targets showing significant zinc and copper in soils which closely follow the structures identified through the AEM work.

Both targets present significant scale soil anomaly targets, Acacia measuring 4 km by 4 km and Morula about 2 km wide by 12 km long (open at both ends).  They will both be subject to exploration drilling following approval of the project Environmental Management Plan (“EMP”).

In addition on 29 March 2021 Power Metal and JV partners announced two conditional agreements to acquire a 100% interest in eight prospecting licences to significantly expand the KCB land footprint and work continues to finalise these transactions.

 

The South Ghanzi Project interest is held through JV vehicle Kanye Resources Pty Limited in Botswana, which is held outright by Kanye Resources plc, a UK public company.   Currently the licences in respect of South Ghanzi are being transferred into Kanye Resources Pty Limited.

 

The JV partners are working on an initial public offering (“IPO”) of Kanye Resources plc in the UK capital markets.

 

Ditau Camp Project

Botswana

(Rare Earths)

POW: 50%

The Ditau Camp Project (“Ditau”) is a rare earths exploration project with licences covering a footprint of 1,386 km2 and held in JV with Kavango Resources plc, as with the South Ghanzi Project.

Ditau provides Power Metal with exposure to a potentially large scale rare earths opportunity in a secure operating jurisdiction just at the time that secure and stable sources of rare earths are in demand globally.

Exploration work continues at Ditau with soil sampling and ground magnetic surveys investigating ten potential carbonatite targets.

Further market updates covering the results of exploration findings are expected in the near term.

 

Following completion of the current work programmes the JV partners  expect to undertake shallow drilling to test for the presence of carbonatites and potential rare earth elements.

The Ditau interest is held through the same JV holding company structure as the South Ghanzi Project above.

Tati Project

Botswana

(Gold – Nickel)

POW: Option to Aquire 100%

Power Metal announced on 6 May 2021 a 60 business day option (the “Tati Option”) to acquire a 100% interest in two gold-nickel focused exploration properties in the Tati Greenstone Belt area of eastern Botswana, subject to due diligence (the “Tati Project”).  The properties comprise two prospecting licences covering 124 km2.

A historical data compilation on the properties, completed as part of the due diligence process, has led to the identification of several kilometre-scale nickel, arsenic and gold in-soil anomalies on both properties. 

 

As a result, immediate ground based exploration is being undertaken to include infill geochemical survey grids, as well as mapping and prospecting over these newly delineated geochemical anomalies.

 

Further market updates will be provided in respect of this due diligence exploration programme in the near term.

 

Should Power Metal exercise the Tati Option, it will hold the interest in the Tati Project through the newly formed, 100% owned Botswana private subsidiary, Power Metal Resources Botswana Pty Limited.  Upon the Tati Option exercise the plan would be to undertake exploration drilling at the project.

 

Kisinka Project

The DRC

(Copper – Cobalt)

POW: 70%

Exploration work undertaken since 2019 has delineated a 6.8 km copper-cobalt soil anomaly through the heart of the single licence representing the Kisinka Project.

It was previously planned to follow-up the recently completed ground magnetics survey with in an induced polarisation geophysics survey, however following a review of the data sets it is considered that progressing work straight to drill testing is warranted. 

This drill programme is being planned at present and a further update will be provided in due course.

The Kisinka Project has secured a 25 year Permis d’Exploitation (or Production Licence) which will significantly enhance the value and flexibility of the project should drilling lead to a discovery.

Haneti Project

Tanzania

(Polymetallic)

POW: 35%

A Rotary Air Blast (“RAB”) 1,965m drill programme was successfully completed at the Haneti Project in early 2021 and the results announced on 7 April 2021.  The project is held with JV partner Katoro Gold Plc (LON:KAT).

The next step at the Haneti Project is deep diamond drilling in order to assess the potential for economic nickel sulphide mineralisation. 

 

Power Metal is eager to undertake this diamond drill programme and is working with its JV partner to secure commencement of this at the earliest opportunity.

 

Further work is ongoing with regard to other opportunities at Haneti, which as a polymetallic opportunity also has prospectivity for gold, lithium and rare earths.

Table 3 – Australian Projects Latest Position

Project

Latest Position

Paterson Province

Western Australia

(Gold – Copper)

POW: 75%

 

First Development Resources Pty Limited (“FDR Australia”) is a private Australian company with 100% ownership (or the right to acquire 100% ownership) in five exploration licence interests (1 granted licence Ripon Hills and 4 licence applications namely Wallal, Wallal West 1, Wallal West 2 and Braeside West) in the Paterson Province, East Pilbara, Western Australia.

Power Metal announced the conditional acquisition of FDR Australia on 28 April 2021 and is working with its Australian partners to finalise matters precedent on the acquisition including the grant of the Wallal licence application.

Good progress is being made with all matters including finalisation of Heritage Agreements locally which are necessary prior to formal grant.

FDR Australia will be acquired outright by a newly formed private UK company First Development Resources Limited (“FDR UK”) in which Power Metal will have a 75% interest.

Following completion of the acquisition above, the intention is to IPO FDR UK in the London capital markets and we are taking preparatory steps to enable that proposed listing.

Alongside the corporate work underway the Power Metal team have also been undertaking a detailed review of exploration data to date, planning principally for drilling of key gold-copper targets.

The Paterson Province is well known for two recent and significant gold-copper discoveries, namely the Winu discovery by Rio Tinto and the Havieron discovery by Greatland Gold plc (LON:GGP).

A desktop review has identified numerous geological analogues between the Wallal Project (comprising three licence applications) held by FDR Australia and both the Winu and Havieron discoveries.

Notably, the magnetic properties of the Havieron discovery were evaluated in comparison to the Wallal Eastern magnetic anomaly which was identified during the recent desktop analysis.

The magnetic amplitude and size of this anomaly was determined to be comparable (Havieron; diameter – 1 km, amplitude – 80nT, Wallal; diameter – 1.5 km, amplitude – 100nT).

Additionally, the geological position of the Winu discovery was determined to be similar to that of Wallal, which includes a position along the western margin of a major shelf (Winu – Anketell Platform, Wallal  – Wallal Platform).

The Company is reviewing findings in conjunction with its partners in Australia and expects to release a market update in this regard in the near term.

Victoria Goldfields

Victoria, Australia

(Gold)

POW: 49.9%

This opportunity is held in JV with Red Rock Resources plc (LON:RRR) and represents one of the largest land footprints at the heart of the high profile Victoria Goldfields in Australia.

The footprint totals some 2,334 km2 comprising an original sixteen licence applications from which, to date, seven licences covering 848 km2 have now been granted.

Having licences granted enables ground exploration work to be launched and we now have an active programme of exploration underway including soil sampling and mapping across the granted licence areas.

Historical data demonstrates the presence of gold mineralisation across all the licence areas, with evidence of historical mine workings across the properties. 

Programme planning which is being led by the exploration team, all of whom are residents of Victoria, is utilising the extensive regional and historical exploration datasets and mining records available, combined with local knowledge and land holder relationships.

The holding company for the JV is Red Rock Australasia Pty Limited (“RRAL”) and RRAL is working on the IPO process for certain core interests of RRAL on the Canadian capital markets. 

This listing recognises the attractiveness of the Victoria Goldfields area amongst Canadian investors and institutions, with numerous listed companies on the Canadian Securities Exchange  (“CSE”) and Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) having achieved success on the markets with business models focused on exploration in the Victoria Goldfields.

To facilitiate this listing process RRAL have previously completed a National Instrument 43-101 technical report on eight of the licence areas (four now granted licences and four licence applications) and this report will form a key part of the listing documentation. 

RRAL is working with advisors to complete the work streams necessary for the listing and will be providing further market updates in the near term in connection with this workflow.

Based on the valuation of listed peers who have a focus on the Victoria Goldfields, Power Metal believe the Victoria Goldfields JV to hold considerable value for the Company and our partners Red Rock Resources plc.

Note: in addition to the Victoria Goldfields interests described above RRAL has also submitted three licence applications in the Pilbara/Paterson region of Western Australia.  Two applications (260 km2) are competing and therefore subject to ballot and one has RRAL as sole applicant (70 km2).  The strategic plans for the three Western Australia licences are under review at present however it is likely that RRAL will seek to house these licences under a new vehicle in due course to allow the core interests of RRAL to move into the Canadian IPO process with focus on the Victoria Goldfields.

 

Table 4 – North American Projects Latest Position

Project

Latest Position

Hemlo-Schreiber Project

Ontario, Canada

(Gold – Nickel)

POW: 100%

In Q1 2021 Power Metal moved quickly to secure a 100% interest in seven properties in the heart of the Hemlo-Schreiber Greenstone Belt in Ontario, Canada. All properties are held by Power Metal Resources Canada Inc. (“Power Metal Canada”) a newly formed wholly owned subsidiary of Power Metal.

The seven properties have been allocated into five projects including Hemlo North, McKeller, Coco-East, Enable and Magical. 

Hemlo North is a package of three properties (Dotted East, Roger Lake and Olga Lake). London listed Panther Metals (LON:PALM) are planning to drill gold targets just to the west of Hemlo North and just to the East, Palladium One Mining (TSX:PDM) has recently announced excellent data from drilling, including significant nickel sulphide intersections.

The accelerated building of the Hemlo-Schreiber Project has been validated by the level of interest shown in the area in 2021 with a number of companies securing ground in the area. 

The Hemlo-Schreiber Project has attracted interest already with third party approaches  with regard to certain of the projects in the Hemlo – Schreiber portfolio held by Power Metal Canada.  This further demonstrates the building interest in the region.

Alongside any corporate discussions Power Metal Canada are planning to implement first stage exploration programmes for the five projects in the summer/early autumn period of 2021 and a further market update will be provided on this when appropriate.

Silver Peak Project

British Columbia, Canada

(Silver)

POW: 30%

In September 2020 Power Metal exercised an option allowing it to earn-in to a 30% holding in the Silver Peak Project.  The Company considered Silver Peak, incorporating a former high grade working silver mine, would be a valuable addition to the Power Metal portfolio.

Exploration findings ratified that decision with assay results of up to 14,937 g/t silver from channel sampling from  historically mined veins and up to 5,270 g/t silver from drill samples.

On 15 March 2021 the Company announced it was to accelerate the earn-in and has now made all related payments and holds a 30% interest in the project.

Power Metal and partners are working towards the planned IPO of the Silver Peak Project on a recognised stock exchange and work is underway in this regard. 

The Company is also working with our partners to complete the drill programme commenced in Q4 2020 but paused due to weather conditions in the project area.

Further corporate and exploration updates are expected in respect of Silver Peak in the near future.

Golconda Summit Project

Nevada, USA

(Gold)

POW: Earn-in to 100%

On 1 June 2021 Power Metal announced the signing of an Assignment and Assumption agreement where the Company acquired an option enabling it to earn-in to a 100% interest in the Golconda Summit gold property (“Golconda”) in Nevada, USA.

Golconda is located approximately 15km east of to the town of Winnemucca, at the confluence of the prolific Battle Mountain-Eureka Trend and Getchell Trends and within Nevada’s Great Basin metallogenic province which is one of only six global gold belts hosting gold endowments of +200 Moz. 

 

Previous exploration work on the Golconda property encountered significant gold mineralisation including trench assay results of 7.6m @ 24.0g/t gold and 15.2m @ 8.6g/t gold, as well as shallow drilling results of 10.7m @ 3.9g/t gold.

Reflecting all the above, the low cost of entry and modest ongoing costs Power Metal considered the acquisition of the Golconda interest was an important transaction for the Company, providing exposure to a highly prolific gold producing region in Nevada.

Subject to the receipt of appropriate permits, ground exploration will commence shortly with a principle focus on the validation of the historic exploration findings and demonstration of high grade, near surface gold mineralisation.

The Golconda property agreement is held by Golden Metal Resources Limited (“Golden Metal UK”), a UK private company and 100% owned subsidiary of Power Metal which will be the ultimate holding company for all Power Metal Nevada interests.

Garfield/Stonewall Projects

Nevada, USA

(Gold – Copper – Silver)

POW: 100%

The Company announced on 17 June 2021 the acquisition of a 100% interest in the Garfield and Stonewall Projects in Nevada USA. These are prospective for gold, copper and silver.

The projects were acquired by Golden Metal Resources llc (“Golden Metal Nevada”) a newly formed 100% owned subsidiary of Golden Metal UK.

Golden Metal Nevada will be the local operating company of Golden Metal UK.

The Garfield and Stonewall Projects are located in the prolific Walker Lane mineral belt which hosts several world class gold-silver epithermal (Comstock Lode, Tonopah), copper-gold porphyry (Anaconda), and iron-oxide-copper-gold deposits (Pumpkin Hollow).

 

Taken with the Golconda Summit gold project above, Power Metal through its Golden Metal subsidiaries now has a trio of projects within its Nevada focused business model.

 

Exploration work is planned for the projects following completion of the work planned at Golconda. This includes soil chemical sampling, trenching and drilling.

 

Alamo Project

Arizona, USA

(Gold)

POW: Earn-in to 75%

Power Metal signed an agreement in July 2020 to earn-in to a maximum 75% interest in the Alamo Project in Nevada USA where the project was considered prospective for gold following the discovery of native gold nuggests near surface in multiple locations across the property.

Reflecting additional information acquired through the ground exploration work undertaken over the last year, additional claims have been added to increase the property size and to ensure coverage of prospective areas.

A further planned exploration programme has been developed and will commence subject to the receipt of relevant permits.  This programme is expected to include trenching on one area of the Alamo Project, with associated sampling, assaying and mapping and the drilling of a number of short percussion holes to test for gold and silver mineralisation. For this work to be completed a Notice Level Plan of Operations permit is required prior to commencement.

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Power Metal has access to an extensive pipeline of new opportunities.

However, given the strength, depth and diversity of the Company’s existing portfolio Power Metal will only acquire further interests if there is a significant strategic reason to do so.  That strategic reason could be the inherent substantial value of a new project or where an acquisition would fit well with other currently held interests, particularly if that would add value to a corporate spin-out package.

In this regard and at present, Power Metal is currently in discussions with third parties in respect of a lithium exploration project in Canada and potential new gold exploration opportunities in and around Nevada USA. Unless and until any formal transaction is agreed and announced there can be no certainty that any additional interests will be acquired.

Alongside the main Company acquisitions, it is noted that Power Metal has set up Power Capital Investments Limited (“Power Capital”) a new 100% owned resource project incubator subsidiary (announced 4 May 2021).  This was formed to provide a means to continue engagement with smaller but potentially valuable resource opportunities.

A maximum investment level of £100,000 per opportunity has been set and a minimum 50% Power Capital holding interest in any opportunitiy following Power Capital’s investment.

A further update specifically in respect of Power Capital’s operations will be provided in due course. 

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

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)

Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Nick Emerson                                                                                                           

+44 (0) 1483 413 500

First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)

David Cockbill/Jason Robertson

+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

Notes to Editors:

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration and development company seeking a large scale metal discovery.

The Company has a global portfolio of project interests including precious and base metal exploration in North America, Africa and Australia. Project interests range from early stage greenfield exploration to later stage prospects currently subject to drill programmes.

The Board and its team of advisors have expertise in project generation, exploration and development and have identified an opportunity to utilise the Company’s position to become a leader in the London market for investors wishing to gain exposure to proactive global metals exploration.

Power Metal Resources #POW – Tati Project Botswana – Due Diligence finds significant arsenic, nickel and gold-in-soil anomalies identified from historical data review.

Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW) the AIM listed metals exploration and development company is pleased to announce an update from the ongoing due diligence work at the gold-nickel properties (the “Tati Project” or the “Project”) in the Tati Greenstone Belt, Botswana where Power Metal has an option (the “Option”) to acquire a 100% interest in the Project.

BACKGROUND

Readers wishing to review the background should refer to the Company’s announcement dated 6 May 2021 detailing the full terms of the Option and which may be viewed here:

https://www.londonstockexchange.com/news-article/POW/option-agreement-botswana-gold-nickel-properties/14966683

Should Power Metal exercise the Option it will acquire a 100% interest in two prospecting licences (“PLs”) PL127/2019 and PL126/2019 prospective for gold and nickel and located upon the Tati Greenstone Belt, Botswana.

The Option allows for a 60 business day due diligence period, and should Power Metal exercise the Option, it will undertake the licence acquisitions through its newly formed 100% owned subsidiary Power Metal Resources Botswana (Pty) Limited (“Power Metal Botswana”).

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER COMMENT

Paul Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources, commented:

“Power Metal has three current project interests in Botswana (Molopo Farms Complex, Kalahari Copper Belt South Ghanzi Project and the Ditau Camp Project) with active exploration underway at present and where we have already announced significant positive developments including to date:

–  The confirmation of significant nickel sulphide intersections at the Molopo Farms Complex project targeting large scale nickel sulphide/PGE discoveries and where Power Metal has a total current effective economic interest of 50.8%.

–  The identification of 7 large anomalies from airborne electromagnetic (“AEM”) surveys at the South Ghanzi Project in the Kalahari Copper Belt targeting large scale copper-silver discoveries and where Power Metal has a 50% interest.  To date two primary targets, Morula and Acacia, will be the focus of initial planned drilling where intensive soil sampling revealed high copper and zinc in soils confirming the AEM targets.

The announcement today in respect of our potential fourth project interest in Botswana, the Tati Project, is another significant development with our historical review identifying substantial arsenic, nickel and gold anomalies extending over multi-kilometre lengths within the two licence areas.

These findings compel us to move quickly with ground exploration work to validate and confirm the data which, if successful, could mean the Tati Project holds considerable potential for large scale gold and nickel discoveries.

Further updates from our work programmes will follow as ground operations continue.”

DUE DILIGENCE FINDINGS TO DATE AND PROPOSED WORK PROGRAMMES

Multi-Kilometre Scale Anomalies Identified

· A historical data compilation, completed on the recently acquired prospecting licences, has led to the identification of multi-kilometre-scale nickel, arsenic and gold in-soil anomalies on PL127/2019 and PL126/2019.

· The historic data collected and interpreted is of widely spaced soil sampling surveys which were undertaken by previous operators.

Prospecting Licence 127/2019

This licence is located near the southern extent of the north-northwest striking Tati Greenstone Belt, roughly 40km southwest of Francistown, Botswana, and less than 7km from the Mupane underground gold mine.

The licence covers a total area of 89km2 and is prospective for orogenic gold and intrusive magmatic nickel mineralisation. The licence is also believed to cover the southern extent of prolific gabbroic-troctolitic intrusions which host the Phoenix, Selkirk and Tekwane nickel-copper-PGE rich deposits located along the periphery of the Tati Greenstone Belt less than 7km from the licence.

Notably, a >2.5km nickel-in-soil anomaly, with values up to 360ppm nickel, has been highlighted near the north-western border of the licence where the interpreted extension of the gabbroic intrusions is believed to outcrop below thin Kalahari cover.

Additionally, the historic data shows a northeast-southwest trending >5km long arsenic-in-soil anomaly on PL127/2019 as well as multiple kilometre-scale arsenic-in-soil anomalies which extend directly from the Signal Hill gold deposit located southeast of the licence.

Prospecting Licence PL126/2019

This licence is located near the northern extent of the Tati Greenstone Belt, less than 10km southeast of Francistown and is adjacent to the Golden Eagle deposit (Shashe Mining Licence).

The licence covers a total area of 35km2 and is prospective for orogenic gold and magmatic nickel mineralisation.

The historic data analysis has uncovered a >2km long, northwest-southeast trending gold-in-soil anomaly, as well as a >1km long, nickel-in-soil anomaly which is coincident with a government mapped mafic intrusive unit.

Additionally, several mine dumps were identified in the north-western part of the licence which will be evaluated by the Company.

Next Steps – Due Diligence Ground Exploration

The Company will shortly commence a Phase I ground exploration programme as part of its due diligence which will include infill geochemical survey grids, as well as mapping and prospecting over these newly uncovered historic geochemical anomalies.

This Phase I exploration work will allow the Company to take a decision on Option exercise and should the Company exercise the Option, to develop a Phase II ground exploration programme which is expected to include drilling at the earliest opportunity.

TATI GREENSTONE BELT INFORMATION

The Tati Greenstone Belt (“TGB”) is located in the vicinity of Francistown, adjacent to the Zimbabwe border, in north-eastern Botswana. With a total strike length of 65km and up to 20km in width the TGB hosts a large number of orogenic style gold deposits and several economically significant intrusive magmatic Nickel-Copper-Platinum Group Elements (“Ni-Cu-PGE”) rich sulphide deposits.

A gold rush started at Tati in 1867 leading to the establishment of Francistown and over 70 reported small scale gold mining operations.

The TGB is Botswana’s only gold producing region with the Mupane gold mine (held by Galane Gold Ltd) being the country’s only major gold producer. Mupane was formerly an open-pit operation and is now an underground mine. It is located in the southern part of the TGB.

The known nickel deposits on the greenstone belt consist almost entirely of disseminated to semi massive sulphide bodies hosted by a series of late stage gabbroic-troctolitic intrusive bodies. Significant nickel operations operated until 2016, including the former Tati Nickel Mining’s Selkirk underground mine which commenced production in 1989 and the Phoenix open pit which started in 1995. Both deposits are located in the south-central portion of the TGB.

Geologically the TGB is part of the Francistown Arc Complex within the southern margin of the Archean age Zimbabwe Craton in the northern contact zone of the Limpopo Belt. The principal lithologies of the TGB are lower greenschist to lower amphibolite facies volcanic and sedimentary rocks, constrained by three fault-bounded volcano-plutonic sequences which are intruded by granitoids.

Whilst there is a long history of small scale gold mining on the TGB, the Company believes it to be  under explored by modern standards and systematic exploration focussing on areas with sand cover and geophysics targeting greater depths are likely to yield further gold and nickel discoveries.

GLOSSARY

Orogenic Gold (Deposits) – Gold deposits found within metamorphic belts which form as a result of major crustal deformation events.

Intrusive Magmatic Nickel (Deposits) – Nickel deposits found at the base of large mafic and ultramafic intrusive bodies. 

Arsenic-in-soil anomaly – Geochemical anomaly defined by increased arsenic levels over background.

Gold-in-soil anomaly – Geochemical anomaly defined by increased gold levels over background.

PGE – Platinum group elements (ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium, and platinum)

Gabbroic-troctolitic intrusives – Coarse grained, dark coloured, intrusive rocks composed mainly of pyroxene, plagioclase and minor amounts of amphibole and olivine.  

Fault-bounded volcano-plutonic sequences – Groupings of intrusive and extrusive igneous rocks which are separated by large-scale regional fault structures.

M afic I ntrusive U nit Igneous rock that is dominated by magnesium and iron rich silicate minerals including pyroxene, amphibole, olivine, and mica.

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

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)

Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Nick Emerson                                                                                                           

+44 (0) 1483 413 500

First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)

David Cockbill/Jason Robertson

+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

Notes to Editors:

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration and development company seeking a large scale metal discovery.

The Company has a global portfolio of project interests including precious and base metal exploration in North America, Africa and Australia. Project interests range from early stage greenfield exploration to later stage prospects currently subject to drill programmes.

The Board and its team of advisors have expertise in project generation, exploration and development and have identified an opportunity to utilise the Company’s position to become a leader in the London market for investors wishing to gain exposure to proactive global metals exploration.

Kavango Resources #KAV – KCB: South Ghanzi – Morula target update

Kavango Resources plc (LSE:KAV), the exploration company targeting the discovery of world-class mineral deposits in Botswana, is pleased to announce results from further soil sampling and geological mapping on the Morula Target in PL 036/2020 (South Ghanzi Project) in the Kalahari Copper Belt (“KCB”).

Following the announcement on 14 May 2021, Kavango has completed and analysed samples from 16km of infill soil-sampling at Morula, which confirms that the conductor/anomaly extends along strike for at least 12km.

The South Ghanzi Project is held in a 50/50 Joint Venture with Power Metal Resources plc (LSE:POW) (“Power Metal”). Kavango is the operator.

Morula is now our highest priority exploration target at South Ghanzi.

Highlights

Ø Previously, seven kilometre-scale conductors were defined by Airborne Electromagnetic (“AEM”) surveys at South Ghanzi

–  Morula & Acacia identified as the highest priority targets in the short-term

–  Drilling planned as soon as the South Ghanzi Environmental Management Plan (“EMP”) is approved

Ø Infill soil sampling of Morula

–  Four sample lines, each 4km long, 1km apart, sampled every 100m (using the high sensitivity deflation zone sampling method developed by Kavango).

–  Anomalous levels of copper (35ppm to 68ppm) and zinc (59pmm to 111ppm) correlate closely with results from original seven soil-sampling lines

–  Clearly defined mineralised zone of 12km, on a south-westerly trend, parallel to two steep anticlinal structures

–  Open along strike in both directions

Ø Assessment of optimal drill locations now underway at Morula and Acacia

–  Targets appear to be close to surface.

–  Minimal Kalahari sand cover

–  Estimated intercept depths of 120m to 200m

Michael Foster, Chief Executive Officer of Kavango Resources, commented:

“Following identification of the Acacia and Morula conductor/soil anomalies we’ve focussed our exploration efforts on the Morula Target over recent weeks.

These initial results are highly encouraging. They emphasise the potential and scale of this 12km long mineralised zone. Morula is rapidly developing into one of the most exciting drill targets in our entire portfolio.

We plan to start drilling here as soon as we can, after we have received approval of our EMP.”

Background to Targets Morula and Acacia

Ø The Acacia Target is a 4km x 4km conductor on the northern boundary of PL 036/2020

–  Situated within a fold “nose”, which is plunging southwest

–  Lies just above the D’Kar – Ngwako Pan contact zone.

–  Made up of at least four individual pods, which emit strong EM readings.

–  Soil geochemistry directly over the anomaly demonstrates highly elevated levels of copper (>42ppm) and zinc (>75ppm).

–  Considered to be the highest priority drill target until the Morula Target was identified.

–  Zinc is a key pathfinder element for the discovery of major copper/silver deposits within the KCB

Ø The Morula Target is estimated to be about 2km wide with at least 12km of strike on a south-westerly trend along the central backbone of PL 036.

–  Discovered by extending soil sampling lines south of the Acacia Target and supported by a well-defined AEM linear conductor.

–  Geological mapping, the AEM data and the soil geochemistry suggest this target represents the mineralised sheared (and possibly thrust faulted) southern limb of the “Acacia” fold.

–  It appears to be a linear zone of deformed rocks, lying where the syncline (between 2 anticlines) should be located.

–  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 7km apart.

     Now, four new 4km long infill soil sample lines (1km apart with 100m sample intervals) have been completed to close the gap.

–  All soil sample lines returned readings with significant concentrations of copper (35ppm to 62ppm) and zinc (59ppm to 111ppm) confirming the continuity of the geochemical anomaly over a strike of 12km.

–  AEM profiles suggest that the depth of mineralisation is relatively shallow such that initial drilling depths would be less than 200m.

The POW/KAV 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. Exploration costs are equally shared. Kavango is the operator. Application has been made to transfer the PLs into a recently established Botswana JV company, Kanye Resources (Pty) Ltd. There are plans to IPO Kanye Resources plc on a recognised stock exchange.

Further information in respect of the Company and its business interests is provided on the Company’s website at www.kavangoresources.comand on Twitter at #KAV.

For further information please contact:

Kavango Resources plc   

Ben Turney

bturney@kavangoresources.com  

First Equity (Joint Broker)

+44 207 374 2212

Jason Robertson 

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker) 

+44 1483 413500

Nick Emerson

Kavango Competent Person Statement

The technical information contained in this announcement has been read and approved by Mr Mike Moles (BSc (Geology) & BSocSci (African Studies), who is a Member of the Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (MAusIMM) and has sufficient experience that is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposits under consideration 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’. Mr Moles is a beneficial shareholder of Kavango Resources plc.

NOTES TO EDITORS

KAVANGO’S INTERESTS IN THE KALAHARI COPPER BELT

Kavango’s exploration licenses in the KCB include:

The South Ghanzi Project

Ø 50 % working interests in prospecting licenses PL036/2020 and PL037/2020, to be held in a Joint Venture with Power Metal Resources (LSE:POW) (announced 21 September), which cover 1,294km 2 .

The LVR Project

Ø Earning in a 90% interest in prospecting licenses PL082/2018 & PL 083/2018, held in a Joint Venture with LVR GeoExplorers (Pty) Ltd (“LVR”), which cover 1,091km 2 .

 

THE SOUTH GHANZI PROJECT GEOLOGICAL SETTING

The South Ghanzi Project and LVR Project areas include lengthy redox boundaries, close to surface, that represent excellent exploration targets.

The redox boundaries were formed several hundred million years ago in active sedimentary basins flooded by shallow seas. Organic matter accumulating on the sea floor created anoxic conditions, which formed a chemical barrier to metal ions rising upwards through the sediments as the basin subsided. The change in chemistry caused the precipitation of metal species (carbonates, sulphides etc.) including copper and silver on or just below the redox boundary.

Subsequent tectonic activity folded the sedimentary layers, which was often accompanied by the concentration of metals into the fold hinges. Fold hinges pointing upwards are known as anticlines, while the downward pointing hinges are called anticlines.

Several large copper/silver ore deposits have been discovered on the KCB in association with anticlines in areas now held under licence by Sandfire Resources (ASX:SFR) and Cupric Canyon (a privately owned mining development company). These deposits are relatively close to surface and many are amenable to open pit mining operations.

Accumulations of metals can be traced along the strike of geochemical reduction-oxidation (“redox”) boundaries (sometimes for many kilometres), since they often contain iron and have a higher magnetic signature than the surrounding rock.

SOUTH GHANZI EXPLORATION STRATEGY

The South Ghanzi PLs lie within the Central Structural Corridor of the Kalahari Copper Belt immediately south of the town of Ghanzi.

Sedimentary horizons hosting copper/silver mineralisation in the KCB are known to be conductive. AEM surveys are a recognised and tested exploration method for identifying high priority drill targets.

Kavango’s strategy in the KCB is to identify conductive targets and then to complete follow up investigation, using other proven exploration methods including geological mapping and testing of soil geochemistry through extensive sampling. The correlation of positive zinc and copper soil geochemistry readings to positive AEM results is a highly encouraging exploration vector.

Given Kavango’s understanding of the regional lithology and stratigraphy of the KCB, the Company is optimistic about the progress it has made in South Ghanzi over recent months.

Specifically, the identification of a number of smaller anticlines associated with conductors suggests there are seven large, promising drill targets at South Ghanzi.

Power Metal Resources #POW – KCB Kanye Resources Exploration Update – Morula target soil sampling confirms conductor/anomaly extends along strike for at least 12km

Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW) the 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”) in the Kalahari Copper Belt (“KCB”), Botswana.

The South Ghanzi Project is held in a 50/50 Joint Venture (“JV”) with Kavango Resources plc (LSE:KAV) (“Kavango”). Kavango is the operator of the Project.

· Following the announcement on 14 May 2021, Kavango has completed and analysed samples from 16km of infill soil-sampling at Morula, which confirms the conductor/anomaly identified by airborne electromagnetic geophysics conducted previously and extends along strike for at least 12km.

· Morula is now the highest priority exploration target at South Ghanzi.

· Exploration test drilling planned later this summer on award of Environmental Management Plan.  Further details on the drill programme to be provided in due course.

Paul Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources plc, commented:

“Today’s news includes significant and positive Project developments.

At Morula we have confirmed a soil geochemistry anomaly of at least 12km strike length, presenting a considerable scale target, which also remains open at both ends.

Power Metal and Kavango are seeking large scale copper-silver discoveries and without question the progress to date is even better than expected.

Once again, I am reminded of the substantial opportunity the Kalahari Copper Belt offers for major base metal discoveries.  In 2016, whilst CEO of Metal Tiger plc, we followed a similar exploration methodology which led to the discovery of the T3 Deposit, a discovery which was to be transformational for that company and its shareholders.

The exploration datasets from South Ghanzi have delineated very strong drill targets and I am very much looking forward to the commencement of a programme of drill testing at the Project.” 

HIGHLIGHTS:

· Previously, seven, kilometre-scale conductors defined by airborne electromagnetic (“AEM”) geophysics surveys at South Ghanzi:

–  Morula & Acacia identified as the highest priority targets in the short-term.

–  Drilling planned as soon as the South Ghanzi Environmental Management Plan (“EMP”) is awarded.

· Infill soil geochemical sampling of Morula:

–  4 sample lines, each 4km long, 1km apart, sampled every 100m.

–  Concentrated levels of copper (35ppm to 68ppm) and zinc (59pmm to 111ppm) in soil correlate closely with results from original seven soil-sampling lines.

–  Soil geochemistry clearly defined a 12km long anomalous zone, on a south-westerly trend, parallel to the perceived geological strike and to two steep anticlinal structures.

–  Soil geochemical anomaly remains open along strike in both directions.

· Assessment of optimal drill locations now underway at Morula and Acacia with further information to follow in due course with regard to the proposed drill programme:

–  Targets appear to be close to surface.

–  Minimal Kalahari sand cover expected.

–  Estimated mineralised intercept depths of 120m to 200m.

BACKGROUND TO THE MORULA AND ACACIA TARGETS

· The Acacia Target is a 4km x 4km conductor on the northern boundary of PL 036/2020:

–  Lies within an interpreted fold “nose”, which is plunging southwest

–  Lies just above the expected D’Kar – Ngwako Pan contact zone.

–  Soil geochemistry directly over the anomaly at Acacia Target demonstrates significantly anomalous levels of copper (>42ppm) and zinc (>75ppm).

–  Acacia was considered to be the highest priority drill target until the Morula Target was identified.

–  Zinc is a key pathfinder element for the discovery of major copper/silver deposits within the KCB

· The Morula Target is estimated to be about 2km wide with at least 12km of strike on a south-westerly trend along the central backbone of PL 036/2020:

–  Discovered by extending soil sampling lines south of the Acacia Target but also supported by a weaker AEM linear conductor.

–  Geological mapping, the AEM data and the soil geochemistry suggest this target represents the mineralised sheared (and possibly thrust faulted) southern limb of the “Acacia” fold.

–  It appears to be a linear zone of deformed rocks, lying where the syncline (between 2 anticlines) should be located.

–  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 7km apart.

–  Now, four new 4km long infill soil sample lines (1km apart with 100m sample intervals) have been completed to close the gap.

–  All soil sample lines returned readings with significant concentrations of copper (35ppm to 62ppm) and zinc (59ppm to 111ppm) confirming the continuity of the geochemical anomaly over a strike of 12km.

–  AEM profiles suggest that the depth of mineralisation is relatively shallow such that initial drilling depths would be less than 200m. 

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 IPO 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

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)

Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Nick Emerson                                                                                                           

+44 (0) 1483 413 500

First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)

David Cockbill/Jason Robertson

+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

Notes to Editors:

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration and development company seeking a large scale metal discovery.

The Company has a global portfolio of project interests including precious and base metal exploration in North America, Africa and Australia. Project interests range from early stage greenfield exploration to later stage prospects currently subject to drill programmes.

The Board and its team of advisors have expertise in project generation, exploration and development and have identified an opportunity to utilise the Company’s position to become a leader in the London market for investors wishing to gain exposure to proactive global metals exploration.

I would like to receive Brand Communications updates and news...
Free Stock Updates & News
I agree to have my personal information transfered to MailChimp ( more information )
Join over 3.000 visitors who are receiving our newsletter and learn how to optimize your blog for search engines, find free traffic, and monetize your website.
We hate spam. Your email address will not be sold or shared with anyone else.