Azumah Resources Limited - Resource Increase Expected For Julie Deposit

ASX / TSX & Media Release
ASX Code - AZM
TSX Code - AZR
http://www.azumahresources.com.au/

Investment Highlights:

  • NI 43-101 and JORC Code reportable 1.02Moz  Measured & Indicated and 0.66Moz Inferred Mineral Resource at Wa Gold Project, NW Ghana

  • 100% of 3,100km2 licences hosting over 150km of prospective Birimian greenstone belt.  Less than 10% effectively explored

  • Feasibility Study nearly completed for multi-pit, +1.0Mtpa, 80 - 100,000oz per year mining and gravity / CIL operation

  • Aggressive $20M, 2012 drilling programme focused on resource discovery and increase

  • 17% strategic investment in neighbour, Castle Minerals Limited

  • Board and management team of successful explorers, mining and corporate professionals

Issued Capital:

333.6M ordinary shares
9.5M unlisted options
4.1M performance rights

Directors & Management:

Chairman:
Michael Atkins

Managing Director:
Stephen Stone

Non-Executive Directors:
Geoff M Jones
William (Bill) LeClair

Company Secretary:
Dennis Wilkins

TORONTO, July 19, 2012 /CNW/ -

  • Drilling confirms mineralisation at Julie deposit extends to more than 100m depth and below base of planned pits

  • Increase in Julie and Wa Gold Project Mineral Resources likely later in 2012 - currently 1.02Moz Measured & Indicated and 0.66Moz Inferred

  • Best intercepts to date (30 of 72 holes received) include:-
    • 9.1m @ 2.92g/t Au from 117.3m (AJUCD599A)

    • 13.0m @ 4.24g/t Au from 82m (AJUC606)

    • 5.0m @ 13.28g/t Au from 133m (AJUC611)

    • 6.0m @ 3.86g/t Au from 105m (AJUC614)

    • 7.0m @ 7.90g/t Au from 36m (AJUC615) and 9.0m @ 4.65g/t Au from 64m

    • 11.0m @ 3.04g/t Au from 86m (AJUC616)

    • 1.0m @ 45.43g/t Au from 63m (AJUC656)
  • Drilling reinforces possibility of a stand-alone mining operation at Wa East

  • Second phase of drill testing at nearby Collette deposit completed

  • Initial drill test of new targets at Kjersti prospect also completed - results pending

  • Cash and listed investments of $22.5M

"Exploration continues to confirm the excellent gold endowment of the plus-3,000km2 Wa Gold Project with a strong likelihood that current Mineral Resources can be increased to enhance the development of a long term mining operation." said Azumah Managing Director, Stephen Stone

"Even more interesting is that the latest Julie depth extension drilling and other encouraging work increases the possibility of a stand-alone mining operation being established at Wa East".

West African gold explorer and developer Azumah Resources Limited (ASX: AZM  TSX: AZR) is pleased to report that interim drilling results at its Wa Gold Project's Julie deposit have confirmed that mineralisation extends to at least 100 metres below surface.

Julie Mineral Resources are presently 386,000oz Measured and Indicated and 181,000oz Inferred based on drilling to a maximum depth of 50m .  The recent drilling results indicate a possible upgrade in Julie Mineral Resources later this year and, subject to a number of economic parameters, a possible deepening of current optimised pits at Julie (refer Figures 1, 2 and 3. Tables 1 and 2).

These latest results from Wa East strengthen the rationale for the Wa East licences to host a second stand-alone mining operation within Azumah's extensive Wa Gold Project licences.  This would be an alternative to trucking the Wa East material to a processing plant at Kunche, as is the current basis of the soon to be completed Wa Gold Project Feasibility Study.

The possible upgrade in Mineral Resources at Julie may also be accompanied by additional resources arising from work recently completed at the flagship Kunche and Bepkong deposits as well as from drilling between them at Aduane (refer ASX release dated 19th June 2012).

Azumah's current Mineral Resource base stands at 1.02Moz Measured & Indicated and 0.66Moz Inferred with only 10% of its extensive licence holdings explored to date.

The majority of the Julie Mineral Resources occur towards the central and eastern end of the 6km east-west trending Julie structure where two high-grade, shallow-dipping mineralised zones with a surface extent of approximately 1km each are recognised.  The latest drilling confirms that both of these zones extend to greater than the 50m depth limit of previous drilling and that grades also appear to improve with depth.

Two multi-purpose drill rigs are on site to infill drill the Julie mineralisation on 50m spaced drill traverses in order to increase Indicated Mineral Resources and generally to provide more complete coverage of the whole Julie prospect, with the focus being to delineate additional near-surface mineralisation conducive to open pit mining methods.

Further infill drilling and modelling is also planned to determine if, as is the case at Kunche-Bepkong, high-grade plunging "shoots" can be defined within the two high-grade zones.  This information can also be used to assist planning of other exploration drilling at Julie as well as follow-up programmes planned for the nearby Collette deposit and Kjersti prospect (refer below).

Programme Details

The recently completed Julie depth extension programme comprised 72 holes for 9,879 metres.  Drill traverses were spaced at approximately 100m intervals along strike over the full length of each zone.  All holes were drilled at -50° towards the south to provide perpendicular intercepts (for approximate true widths) of the shallow (30-40°), north-dipping, host shear zone.

Assay results from the first 30 holes are reported in this release with the remaining results expected within the next month.

Several of the deeper holes were diamond core drilled to provide enhanced geological information, which is being used to refine the geological model of the deposit.

Numerous mineralised intersections were made, with the better intercepts including:

  • 4.0m  @ 3.63g/t Au from 93m (AJUCD599A) and 9.1m  @ 2.92g/t Au from 117.3m
  • 13.0m  @ 4.24g/t Au from 82m (AJUC606)
  • 2.0m  @ 6.14g/t Au from 53m (AJUC607) and 10.0m  @ 1.69g/t Au from 127m
  • 3.0m  @ 9.03g/t Au from 118m (AJUC609)

  • 5.0m  @ 13.28g/t Au from 133m (AJUC611)

  • 6.0m  @ 3.86g/t Au from 105m (AJUC614)

  • 7.0m  @ 7.90g/t Au from 36m (AJUC615) and 9.0m  @ 4.65g/t Au from 64m
  • 11m  @ 3.04g/t Au from 86m (AJUC616)

  • 9.0m  @ 2.89g/t Au from 92m (AJUC617)

  • 10.0m  @ 1.19g/t Au from 95m (AJUC625)

  • 4.0m  @ 4.18g/t Au from 46m (AJUC627) and 4.0m  @ 2.15g/t Au from 71m
  • 6.0m  @ 3.52g/t Au from 79m (AJUC628)

  • 1.0m  @ 45.43g/t Au from 63m (AJUC656)

Collette deposit follow-up drilling

A preliminary follow-up drilling programme has been completed at the Collette deposit, 10km east of Julie, where Azumah had previously defined a 79,000oz Inferred Mineral Resource.

Eleven holes for 1,774m were drilled principally to gather more geological data from the best mineralised zone but also to test a new geological model inferring a northeast-trending cross-cutting structure that may be one of the controls on the localisation of higher grades.  Several sheared intercepts containing arsenopyrite, which is often an indicator of high grades, have been logged in diamond core. Assay results are awaited.

Further drilling will be planned for the next field season, starting in October, when the geology and assay results of this latest programme have been properly assessed.

Kjersti follow-up drilling

The Kjersti prospect, located about 8km northwest of Julie, is at an early stage of exploration.  Limited drilling, soil sampling and follow-up soil augering have defined several coherent geochemical anomalies and the presence of artisanal miner workings is also encouraging.

Kjersti mineralisation appears to be focused on the north-dipping contact zone between meta-sediments and basalts, although what appear to be slivers of granodiorite - the host to mineralisation at Julie - have been intersected in a number of holes.

The recent drilling of 35 holes for 3,737m has focused on the Kjersti Central prospect, but an initial drill test was also made on a nearby northeast-trending geochemical anomaly aligned along a fault zone, interpreted from Landsat TM imagery and airborne geophysics.  Results are awaited from both programmes.

Market comment and strategy

Several of Azumah's major overseas-based institutional shareholders are experiencing either redemptions by their own shareholders or other challenges.  Azumah's management believes this is having a doubly negative impact on its share price in an already difficult market environment.  However, there has been consistent buying interest in Azumah stock, which management sees as recognition of its excellent assets and support for its strategy.

Importantly, Azumah holds cash and listed investments totalling $22.5 million making it well positioned to ride out this present market malaise.

Management is carefully balancing the prudent preservation of its capital with the need to progress essential value-adding activities including exploration focused on Mineral Resource increases, completion of its Feasibility Study for the Wa Gold Project and project development licences and approvals.

In addition to a regular flow of exploration results, a maiden 'Stage One' Mineral Reserve will be announced in coming weeks and a Feasibility Study completed several weeks after that.

For further information on Azumah Resources Limited and its projects please visit the Canadian SEDAR website and Azumah's own website at www.azumahresources.com.au  

Table 1: Julie Deposit - Interim depth extension RC and diamond core drilling programme results

Hole ID East North Depth
(m)
Dip Azimuth From
(m)
To
(m)
Width
(m)
Au
(g/t)
AJUCD599A 597,053 1,116,161 177.0 -50 185 93.0 97.0 4.0 3.63
            117.3 126.4 9.1 2.92
AJUCD600B 597,401 1,115,936 185.5 -50 185 132.0 134.0 2.0 2.87
AJUCD601 597,503 1,115,981 197.7 -50 185 108.0 109.0 1.0 1.67
AJUC604 597,898 1,115,934 179.0 -50 185 123.0 124.0 1.0 2.13
AJUCD605B 596,843 1,116,134 170.7 -50 185 50.0 51.0 1.0 1.54
AJUC606 596,956 1,116,152 151.0 -50 185 82.0 95.0 13.0 4.24
            102.0 104.0 2.0 1.81
            122.0 126.0 4.0 6.19
AJUC607 597,147 1,116,149 171.0 -50 185 36.0 40.0 4.0 1.77
            53.0 55.0 2.0 6.14
            104.0 108.0 4.0 3.52
            127.0 137.0 10.0 1.69
            147.0 155.0 8.0 4.23
          Including 147.0 148.0 1.0 18.53
            163.0 164.0 1.0 2.89
AJUC609 597,597 1,115,926 181.0 -50 185 91.0 95.0 4.0 1.53
            118.0 121.0 3.0 9.03
AJUC610 597,602 1,115,845 121.0 -50 185 77.0 78.0 1.0 1.81
            83.0 91.0 8.0 1.44
AJUC611 597,700 1,115,910 151.0 -50 185 117.0 121.0 4.0 2.09
            133.0 138.0 5.0 13.28
AJUC612 597,802 1,115,862 121.0 -50 185 75.0 79.0 4.0 1.10
            97.0 98.0 1.0 5.78
AJUC614 597,149 1,116,065 121.0 -50 185 76.0 77.0 1.0 1.88
            105.0 111.0 6.0 3.86
            120.0 121.0 1.0 1.11
AJUC615 596,956 1,116,074 103.0 -50 185 36.0 43.0 7.0 7.90
            64.0 73.0 9.0 4.65
AJUC616 596,753 1,116,098 115.0 -50 185 62.0 67.0 5.0 0.54
            78.0 79.0 1.0 6.59
            86.0 97.0 11.0 3.04
AJUC617 596,759 1,116,171 164.0 -50 185 92.0 101.0 9.0 2.89
            109.0 112.0 3.0 1.75
AJUC620 595,102 1,116,161 139.0 -50 185 97.0 104.0 7.0 1.60
AJUC621 595,302 1,116,058 121.0 -50 185 45.0 47.0 2.0 1.18
            68.0 69.0 1.0 1.06
            78.0 79.0 1.0 2.26
AJUC623 594,806 1,116,067 109.0 -50 185 53.0 56.0 3.0 1.98
            88.0 89.0 1.0 2.65
AJUC625 594,701 1,116,142 145.0 -50 185 95.0 105.0 10.0 1.19
AJUC627 594.502 1,116,032 110.0 -50 185 46.0 50.0 4.0 4.18
            57.0 60.0 3.0 1.04
            71.0 75.0 4.0 2.15
AJUC628 594,504 1,116,118 139.0 -50 185 79.0 85.0 6.0 3.52
            107.0 114.0 7.0 1.01
AJUCD630 594,500 1,116,188 204.8 -50 185 153.0 155.0 2.0 2.97
            163.0 164.0 1.0 6.01
AJUCD631 594,299 1,116,103 159.1 -50 185 153.0 154.0 1.0 1.03
AJUC646 595,897 1,116,038 120.0 -50 185 51.0 56.0 5.0 1.28
AJUC647 595,896 1,116,108 139.0 -50 185 70.0 71.0 1.0 1.22
            84.0 85.0 1.0 1.29
AJUC652 593,901 1,116,190 150.0 -50 185 90.0 91.0 1.0 3.22
            96.0 97.0 1.0 1.04
AJUC655 595,414 1,115,972 71.0 -50 185 21.0 22.0 1.0 1.13
            44.0 45.0 1.0 7.77
            63.0 64.0 1.0 45.43
AJUC659 594,402 1,116,160 151.0 -50 185 119.0 122.0 3.0 2.44
AJUC660 596,103 1,116,036 70.0 -50 185 28.0 31.0 3.0 1.11
AJUC661 596,094 1,116,111 103.0 -50 185 91.0 92.0 1.0 2.33

 

Table 2: Summary of WA Gold Project Mineral Resources - March 2012

                                                 
Cut-off
0.5 g/t
Au
  Measured   Indicated   Measured and Indicated   Inferred
  Tonnes   Grade   Gold   Tonnes   Grade   Gold   Tonnes   Grade   Gold   Tonnes   Grade   Gold
  (Mt)   (g/t)   (oz)   (Mt)   (g/t)   (oz)   (Mt)   (g/t)   (oz)   (Mt)   (g/t)   (oz)
                                                 
Kunche   3.17   1.94   198,000   4.95   1.52   242,000   8.13   1.68   440,000   7.35   1.33   315,000
Bepkong   2.02   1.81   117,000   1.67   1.36     73,000   3.69   1.60   190,000   1.98   1.32   84,000
Julie               7.92   1.52   386,000   7.92   1.52   386,000   3.74   1.51   181,000
Collette                                       1.69   1.45     79,000
                                                 
Total   5.19   1.89   315,000   14.54   1.50   701,000   19.74   1.60   1,016,000   14.76   1.39   659,000

Competent Person's Statement

The information in this report that relates to Exploration Results is based on information compiled by Mr Nick Franey, who a full-time employee (General Manager Geology) of Azumah Resources Ltd.  Mr Franey is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2004 Edition of the 'Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves' and to qualify as a "Qualified Person" as defined in National Instrument 43 -101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") of the Canadian Securities Administrators. Mr Franey consents to the inclusion in this report of the matters based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.

For a description of Azumah's standard data verification processes, quality assurance and quality control measures, and details of the key assumptions, parameters and methods used to estimate the Mineral Resources set out in this report and the extent to which the estimate of previously declared Mineral Resources set out herein may be materially affected by any known environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio-political, marketing or relevant issues, readers are directed to the technical report entitled "NI 43-101 Azumah Resources Limited Wa Gold Project, North West Ghana", dated 3rd May, 2012.

For further information on the Wa Gold Project in general please refer to the Company's website at www.azumahresources.com.au and www.sedar.com.

Forward-Looking Statement

This release contains forward-looking information. Such forward-looking information is often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "seek", "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "estimate", "expect" and "intend", and statements that an event or result "may", "will", "should", "could", or "might" occur or be achieved, and other similar expressions. In providing the forward-looking information in this news release, the Company has made numerous assumptions regarding: (i) the accuracy of exploration results received to date; (ii) anticipated costs and expenses; (iii) that the results of the feasibility study continue to be positive; and (iv) that future exploration results are as anticipated.

Management believes that these assumptions are reasonable. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking information. Some of these risks, uncertainties and other factors are described under the heading "Risks Factors" in the Company's annual information form available on www.sedar.com. Forward-looking information is based on estimates and opinions of management at the date the statements are made. Except as required by law, Azumah does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking information even if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change. Readers should not place reliance on forward-looking information and readers are advised to consider such forward-looking statements in light of the risks set forth in the Company's continuous disclosure filings as found at the (Canadian) SEDAR website.

Image with caption: "Figure 1: Wa Gold Project - Key Deposits and Prospects (CNW Group/Azumah Resources Inc)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120719_C9339_PHOTO_EN_16326.jpg

Image with caption: "Figure 2: Julie Deposit: latest RC and diamond core drilling results (CNW Group/Azumah Resources Inc)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120719_C9339_PHOTO_EN_16327.jpg

Image with caption: "Figure 3: Julie deposit: Cross-Section 1596950mE (CNW Group/Azumah Resources Inc)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120719_C9339_PHOTO_EN_16328.jpg

SOURCE Azumah Resources Inc

For further information:

Stephen Stone 
Managing Director
Tel: +61 (0)418 804 564
stone@azumahresources.com.au

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Terre Partners
+1 416 238 1414
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