Tietto Minerals receives license for Abujar Gold Project
West African gold explorer and developer Tietto Minerals has received approval from Côte d’Ivoire’s Le Ministère des Mines, du Pétrole et de l’Energieh (Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Energy) for a mining license for Tietto’s 3.02Moz Abujar Gold Project, paving the way for development of West Africa’s next gold mine.
In a statement, the company says its systemic exploration over the 70-kilometre strike of the Abujar Project’s three tenements has identified three mineralised gold corridors – the West Corridor, Central Corridor and East Corridor. In the Central Corridor, Tietto has defined an updated JORC Resource of 3.02Moz gold at Abujar over three deposits:
- AG (Abujar Gludehi): 49.6Mt at 1.5 g/t Au for 2.3Moz
- APG (Abujar Pischon and Golikro): 31Mt at 0.7g/t Au for 0.7Moz
- SG (South Gamina): 0.5Mt at 1.4g/t Au for 0.02Moz
The combined strike length of these three prospects accounts for approximately 10 percent of the overall strike length of the 70-kilometre mineralised Abujar gold corridor.
In total, the company says it has defined 33 gold prospects to date, including 20 gold prospects inside the mining license with gold resource upside to realise through ongoing diamond drilling.
Systematic drilling is underway to test the new prospects identified to date and it is planned to use six Company‐owned diamond drill rigs to complete this exploration drilling by Q3 2021, Tietto says in its statement.
“Another milestone is secured following the grant of the Mining Licence for our 3.02Moz Abujar Gold Project. We are in the final leg of the permitting process (ESIA ‐ Environmental Approval secured in October 2020), with negotiations beginning on the terms and conditions of the Mining Convention and expect to conclude these discussions in the first half of 2021. Tietto’s Board recently approved expenditure to advance local site works and secure long‐lead items in anticipation of securing this final approval," said Dr Caigen Wang, Tietto managing director.
“Work on the Abujar PFS remains on track and we expect to deliver the results in Q1 CY21. Exploration drilling continues to ramp up following completion of the Côte d’Ivoire general election, and we look forward to reporting results in coming weeks and months from this aggressive program designed to grow Abujar gold resources at extremely low drilling costs.
“The Company is well funded to deliver our dual‐track strategy and we continue to move closer to our goal of developing Abujar into West Africa’s next gold mine,” Wang adds.
“The Board and I would like to acknowledge and thank the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and its officers as well as local communities for the support shown to our team. We also wish to thank our team for their professionalism and work ethic that made this milestone possible.”
In it latest quarterly report, the company states it is "well positioned" to advance its dual strategy in 2021:
- Accelerate exploration to drive rapid resource growth New 70,000m diamond drilling program using its own 6 DD rigs drilling at US$35/m
Drill testing 8.5km of fertile Abujar main shear along strike from AG and APG Drill testing high priority regional targets Artisanal workings dotted along 70km mineralised corridor
- Fast tracking development of the Abujar Gold Project Growing 3.02 million ounce gold open pit opportunity
Feasibility study underway ‐ PFS in Q1 2021 and DFS expected Q3 2021 Clear pathway to development – permitting underway, near infrastructure
Well‐funded with over A$60M in cash
Vale invests $150mn to extend life of Manitoba operations
Vale has announced a $150mn CAD investment to extend current mining activities in Thompson, Manitoba by 10 years while aggressive exploration drilling of known orebodies holds the promise of mining well past 2040.
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The Thompson Mine Expansion is a two-phase project. The announcement represents Phase 1 and includes critical infrastructure such as new ventilation raises and fans, increased backfill capacity and additional power distribution. The changes are forecast to improve current production by 30%.
“This is the largest single investment we have made in our Thompson operations in the past two decades,” said Mark Travers, Executive Vice-President for Base Metals with Vale. “It is significant news for our employees, for the Thompson community and for the Province of Manitoba.
“The global movement to electric vehicles, renewable energies and carbon reduction has shone a welcome spotlight on nickel – positioning the metal we mine as a key contributor to a greener future and boosting world demand. We are proud that Thompson can be part of that future and part of the low carbon solution.”
Vale continues drilling program at Manitoba
Coupled with today’s announcement, Vale is continuing an extensive drilling program to further define known orebodies and search for new mineralization.
“This $150mn investment is just one part of our ambitious Thompson turnaround story. It is an indicator of our confidence in a long future for the Thompson operations,” added Dino Otranto, Chief Operating Officer for Vale’s North Atlantic Base Metals operations.
“Active collaboration between our design team, technical services, USW Local 6166, and our entire Thompson workforce has delivered a safe, efficient and fit-for-purpose plan that will enable us to extract the Thompson nickel resources for many years to come.”
The Thompson orebody was first discovered in 1956 by Vale (then known as Inco) following the adoption of new exploration technology and the largest exploration program to-date in the company’s history. Mining of the Thompson orebody began in 1961.
“We see the lighting of a path forward to a sustainable and prosperous future for Vale Base Metals in Manitoba,” said Gary Annett, General Manager of Vale’s Manitoba Operations.