21 September 2016
Tekton Deal Now Unconditional
IronRidge Increases Stake in Tekton
Extensive and Highly Prospective Tenure Package with Gold Discoveries in a New Gold
Province in Chad, Central Africa
IronRidge Resources Limited (AIM: IRR, 'IronRidge' or the 'Company') is pleased to provide an update on the partnership with Tekton Minerals Pte Ltd ('Tekton'), which provides IronRidge with access to exclusive rights to an extensive existing tenure package and associated major new gold discovery (the 'Projects') in Chad, Central Africa. The agreement was first announced on 12th August 2016.
Ø Tekton satisfies all agreement terms ahead of schedule to successfully ratify the partnership with IronRidge.
Ø IronRidge to proceed with the investment of up to US$3.5m in Tekton to obtain up to a 58% shareholding in Tekton (the "Investment").
Ø IronRidge subscribes for a separate pre-Investment interest in Tekton to increase its post-Investment holding to 60%.
Ø IronRidge directors formally appointed to the board of Tekton.
Ø Tekton team already in country from late August 2016.
Ø First mover advantage with Tekton's secured exploration rights over 1,400km2 of gold mineralised, province-scale geological structures.
Ø Multiple high-priority gold targets defined within the Dorothe, Echbara and Am Ouchar licences.
Ø One drill ready target defined at Dorothe and additional untested lithium, graphite, base metal and uranium targets within the license portfolio.
Ø Extensive active and historic artisanal gold workings observed over 3km2 within weathered and fresh rock within the Dorothe target alone.
Ø 40% of the Dorothe rock chips and 28% of the trench samples have grades greater than 0.5g/t Au and up to 103g/t Au over a >3km2 area.
Ø Trenching results at Dorothe: 14.12g/t Au over 4m, 34.1g/t over 2m and 63.2g/t over 1m, defined gold mineralised quartz veining over a confirmed 1km strike at an average of 2m and up to 5m true width across multiple stacked vein zones up to 200m wide. New hard-rock artisanal workings potentially extending strike to >3km.
Ø Gold nuggets up to 1cm across, including gold in quartz vein material and disseminated gold observed in the project areas.
Ø Historical United Nations Development Programme ("UNDP", 1990's) field work defined a 100-300ppb gold in soil anomaly over a 2km strike and 100m to 200m width with best trenching results of 1.29g/t over 28m and 0.61g/t Au over 56m within the Echbara prospect.
Ø Additional kilometre scale lithium and graphite anomalies defined within the project portfolio.
Reference to figures and tables relate to the version of this release on the Company's website (www.ironridgeresources.com.au) or visible in PDF format by clicking the link below:
Commenting on today's update, Vincent Mascolo, Chief Executive Officer of IronRidge, said: "The Company is pleased to have concluded the deal ahead of schedule.
"Chad represents an underexplored yet highly prospective Country where we have first mover advantage and access rights to an exciting pipeline of projects.
"Tekton brings with it a highly professional and experienced team with a proven track record in target generation, project development, government relations, logistics and security with francophone African expertise.
"We are extremely confident with the decision to invest in Chad and Tekton and believe we have created a remarkable opportunity.
"With Tekton already in the field, we look forward to providing updates in due course."
IronRidge announced on 12 August 2016 that it had entered into a share subscription agreement ("Agreement") with Tekton to enable the Company to acquire a 58% interest in Tekton in return for the Investment of US$3.5m over an 18-month period to advance exploration on Tekton's Chad projects. The Agreement was subject to a number of conditions to be satisfied by Tekton by no later than 11 October 2016. These conditions have now been satisfied which enables the Company to proceed with its Investment in Tekton. Nick Mather, Vincent Mascolo and Lennard Kolff Van Oosterwijk have all been appointed to the Board of Tekton, with Nick Mather appointed as Chairman.
IronRidge has also separately subscribed for additional shares in the Tekton representing an initial 6% interest in Tekton and which will increase the Company's interest in Tekton to 60% upon completion of the Investment (after allowing for its dilutionary effects on the existing capital).
The investment provides IronRidge with a significant first mover advantage within several highly prospective existing tenements in a province-scale, gold mineralised belts which have undergone little or no modern-day exploration. These have been largely untouched due to an historical focus on oil exploration and production in Chad.
Against this backdrop, Tekton has secured exploration rights over 1,400km2 of gold mineralised, province-scale geological structures. Work to date has indicated the potential for several multi-million-ounce gold discoveries within the Ouaddaï Province.
Tekton has extensive in-country exploration, logistics and government relations experience. They have committed teams in place, which have demonstrated highly skilled francophone African expertise.
Multiple high-priority gold targets have been defined within the Dorothe, Echbara and Am Ouchar licences. These include one drill-ready target defined at Dorothe and additional untested lithium, graphite, base metal and uranium targets within the license portfolio.
Extensive active and historic artisanal gold workings have been observed over 3km2 within weathered and fresh rock in the Dorothe target alone. Over 116 rock chip samples and 302 trench samples have been collected at the Dorothe prospect to date. Of these, 40% of the rock chips and 28% of the trench samples have grades greater than 0.5g/t Au and up to 103g/t Au over an area more than 3km2.
Trenching results at Dorothe, including 14.12g/t Au over 4m, 34.1g/t over 2m and 63.2g/t over 1m, have defined significant gold mineralised quartz veining over a confirmed 1km strike. This veining has an average width of 2m to 5m across multiple stacked vein zones up to 200m wide, with new hard-rock artisanal workings potentially extending the strike to more than 3km.
Gold nuggets of up to 1cm across have been identified. Gold in quartz-vein material and disseminated gold has been observed in the project areas.
There is significant precedent set by an historical United Nations Development Programme ("UNDP", 1990's) field work. This previously defined a 100-300ppb gold in soil anomaly over a 2km strike and 100m to 200m width, with best trenching results of 1.29g/t over 28m and 0.61g/t Au over 56m within the Echbara prospect, which is yet to be drill tested.
There have been additional kilometre scale lithium and graphite anomalies defined within the project portfolio.
Commenting on today's update, Vincent Mascolo, Chief Executive Officer of IronRidge, said: "The Company is pleased to have concluded the deal ahead of schedule.
"Tekton brings with it a highly professional and experienced team with a proven track record in geological target generation and development, government relations, logistics, security and has local francophone African expertise.
"We are extremely confident with the decision to invest in Tekton and believe we have created an amazing team. With Tekton already in the field, we look forward to providing updates in due course."
About the Projects
Tekton has secured exclusive rights over five exploration permits covering a total of 1,000km2 in addition to 400km2 of reconnaissance licences within the Ouaddaï Province. This is an under-explored yet highly prospective domain within the Saharan Metacraton of Central Africa. The Saharan Metacraton represents a gold-bearing potential equivalent to the prolific Birimian Greenstone belt, known for several world-class gold mines in Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso.
Comprehensive exploration activities have been conducted by Tekton over the last two years. These include geological mapping and soil, rock-chip, trenching and channel sampling. Mineralogical studies, ground magnetic and resistivity surveys, high-resolution Digital Terrain Modelling ("DTM") and aerial photography utilising drone technology have also been undertaken by the Tekton team.
Three highly prospective gold mineralised areas and one drill-ready/advanced exploration target have been defined over the Dorothe, Echbara and Am Ouchar licenses. These include extensive artisanal workings over areas exceeding 4km2, with the potential to host a multi-million ounce gold deposit. Additionally, two further highly prospective reconnaissance licenses have been awarded within the same province over the Adé and Nabagay targets.
Two further exploration licenses have been granted at Waya Waya in the Northern Ouaddaï region which possess outcropping and extensive graphite occurrences. Anomalous zinc and uranium mineralisation has been identified from preliminary mapping and rock chip sampling.
Mapping and sampling at the Dorothe target to date has defined two distinct gold mineralising events. Firstly, an early centimetre scale, shallowly westward dipping quartz vein swarm zone over a 3x1km area. Secondly, a cross-cutting sub-vertical 1-5m true thickness, north-south striking quartz vein zone up to 200m wide and over a confirmed 1km of strike with possible extensions up to 3km of strike.
The earlier stage quartz vein swarm zone occurs over an approximate 3x1km north-east trending zone at the apparent flexure of a major north-west striking fault, and is clearly defined by extensive artisanal workings into weathered surface rock. The later stage cross-cutting sub-vertical quartz vein swarm has been clearly mapped and sampled by trenching over a 1km strike. This has the potential for further strike extensions to the north and south based on recent artisanal mining.
Of the sampling completed to date, over 40% of the rock chip samples collected at the Dorothe target returned grades over 0.5g/t Au with grades up to 103 g/t, 99.6g/t, 94.5g/t and 82.2 g/t Au. Trenching and channel sampling across strike of the north-south quartz vein system has returned multiple gold intersections over 10g/t Au along a combined 1km strike length, with better intersections of 4m at 14.2g/t, 2m at 34.1g/t, 2m at 31.1g/t and 1m at 63.2 g/t Au. The north-south vein set is not restricted to a single quartz vein, and in places occurs as multiple splays and sub-parallel veins over a 20m to 50m width.
Preliminary scoping laboratory column leach test-work of 56 auger samples collected over artisanal tailings at the Dorothe prospect has confirmed an 85% gold recovery within a 10-day period. This work was completed by Wardell Armstrong in the UK. Additional mineralogical studies indicate that gold mineralisation is non-refractory and occurs as free gold within the oxidised, surface artisanal tailings material.
It is of note that little or no saprolite, nor laterite surface weathering material, is developed over the project area. The channel sampling having been done into 'fresh rock' it's gold content represents potentially the in-situ grades.
Figure 4 | photomicrograph of gold mineralisation (left), gold mineralised rock-chip samples and gold nuggets (right and below) from the project areas.
The Echbara license covers 200km2 and is situated 25km west of the Dorothe license. Historical work completed by the UNDP during the 1990's defined a 2km long by 150-200m wide 100ppb soil anomaly with highs of 300ppb. Follow-up trenching by the UNDP has returned results of 58m at 1.29g/t Au and 28m at 1.29g/t Au. Follow-up trenching by Tekton returned results of 56m at 0.61g/t Au (including 10m at 0.9g/t Au and 20m at0.87g/t Au) and 25m at 0.8g/t Au. This target has not been drill tested.
The target occurs within micaceous schists bound to the west by quartzites and east by carbonates with interpreted cross-cutting north-west orientated faults. A large, late granitic intrusion occurs approximately 3km to the south-east of the known gold anomaly.
The relationship between granitic intrusions and major structures are thought to be important in localising gold mineralisation. Tekton is refining this model for application across the other targets in the total project area.
The Am Ouchar license covers 200km2 and is 70km south-east of the Dorothe license. Historical work by the UNDP during the 1990's indicated that gold mineralisation is hosted within 2-5m thick, shallow dipping, north-east trending quartz veins and within the adjacent hematitic schists. UNDP trenching results included spectacular intersections of 20m at 6.8g/t Au, 16m at 4.7g/t Au and 12m at 5.7g/t Au with individual 2m composite grades up to 33g/t Au.
Follow-up channel sampling by Tekton, perpendicular to quartz veins and within the adjacent host rock, returned intersections including 2m at 18.2g/t Au, 2m at 14.2g/t Au and 2.3m at 9.9g/t Au. This provides confidence in the reported grades and extension of mineralisation into the adjacent host rock.
Recently granted licenses covering a total of 400km2 at Nabagay and Adé cover further exciting and highly prospective geological targets within the Ouaddaï South project portfolio.
The Adé license, located approximately 40km east of Dorothe, occurs within an interpreted 'pressure-shadow' adjacent to a large 15km diameter late granitic intrusion. Regional soil sampling by the UNDP during the 1990's identified multiple lithium soil anomalies up to 5km in strike length in addition to multiple coincident and isolated gold in soil anomalies adjacent to the granitic intrusive contact.
The Nabagay license is located approximately 25km north of Dorothe and is considered prospective for gold mineralisation in similar geological settings to the Dorothe project.
The Waya Waya licenses cover 400km2 within the Ouaddaï North Region, approximately 260km north of the Dorothe project area. Historical work by the UNDP during the 1990's and follow-up mapping and rock-chip sampling by Tekton has identified a 15km long and approximately 50m wide surface graphitic schist occurrence. Reconnaissance rock chip and channel sampling completed by Tekton has returned results of 11% to 12% total carbon content (Ct) with historical results by the UNDP up to 18% Ct.
Multi-element geochemical analysis has also indicated potential anomalous uranium and associated pathfinder elements typically observed in sandstone hosted uranium deposits. Furthermore, anomalous zinc and lead results associated with pegmatites have been identified.
Access to the project area is via a sealed and well maintained 900km bitumen toll road from the capital city N'Djamena to Abéché, followed by a 200km maintained laterite road to the project area. Travel time from N'Djamena to the project area is approximately 15 hours by road. International air carriers Air France, Royal Air Maroc, Turkish Airlines and Ethiopian Airline facilitate frequent travel into N'Djamena. The project area is serviced by charter flights and UN aircraft into Goz Beïda, with travel time of approximately 2 hours.
Tekton is a private Singapore registered company, which was established in 2013 and is majority owned by its management team.
With a population of 13.6 million (World Bank, 2016), Chad covers a surface area of 1.2 million km2. It is a stable Republic with a US$2,500 GDP per capita per annum (2013 estimate), is a member of the OHADA and EITI, and has a projected economic growth of 11.2% (African Economic Outlook, 2014). Major oil companies including Total, Exxon, Chevron and Glencore have been active in Chad for several decades and the region is a major oil producer and refiner for the domestic and international markets.
Chad has an attractive Mining Code and investment framework. Mineral exploration licenses are granted for 5 years and are renewable twice for a total of 10 years. Mining licenses are granted for a 25-year term and are renewable. The licenses offer a tax holiday period up to a maximum of 10 years and a corporate tax rate of 35% (negotiable). The State has the right for a 10% free carry and 2% royalty.
The Company looks forward to keeping its shareholders updated on progress and will announce results of the field programmes as news becomes available.
Qualifying Person Statement:
Information in this report relating to the exploration results is based on data reviewed by Mr Nicholas Mather (B.Sc. Hons Geol.), an Executive Director of the Company. Mr Mather is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy who has in excess of 25 years' experience in mineral exploration and is a Qualified Person under the AIM Rules. Mr Mather consents to the inclusion of the information in the form and context in which it appears.
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Notes to Editors:
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IronRidge made its AIM debut in February 2015, successfully securing strategic alliances with three international companies; Assore Limited of South Africa, Sumitomo Corporation of Japan and DGR Global Limited of Australia. Assore is a high- grade iron, chrome and manganese mining specialist. Sumitomo Corporation is a global resources, mining marketing and trading conglomerate. DGR Global is a project generation and exploration specialist.
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