Aegean Metals and Lidya Madencilik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. Commence Drilling at Hot Maden Gold-Copper Project, Eastern Turkey
Dec 15 14
Aegean Metals Group Inc. announced the commencement of drilling at the Hot Maden gold-copper project in Artvin Province, eastern Turkey, by JV partner Lidya Madencilik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. The initial drill program at Hot Maden will focus on the evaluation of approximately 800 m of strike extent of the central portion of the 4.5 km long, NNE-trending Hot Maden alteration /mineralization corridor, immediately to the north of an area where small scale mining of high grade copper-gold veins was undertaken prior to 1923. A preliminary drill plan of 9 holes for 1,500 m has been proposed in this current drill program. Detailed geochemical sampling completed by both Aegean and Lidya over the central portion of Hot Maden has resulted in the delineation of strong anomalies of gold, copper, zinc, and lead associated with the Hot Maden alteration /mineralization corridor. Mineralization styles observed on surface include both stockworks and polymetallic veins (gold-copper dominant) within andesites, and stratabound type zinc-lead mineralization in sedimentary sequences. Initial drilling is expected to focus on gold-copper-dominant mineralization styles.
Aegean Metals Group Inc. Provides Update on Exploration Activities at its Ergama and Hot Maden Projects in Turkey
Aug 6 14
Aegean Metals Group Inc. provided the following update on exploration activities at its Ergama and Hot Maden projects in Turkey. Both projects are 100% owned by Aegean, however exploration activities at Ergama and Hot Maden are currently being managed by Joint Venture partners Teck Resources (Teck) and Lidya Madencilik (Lidya), respectively. The Ergama project is located approximately 180 km southwest of Istanbul and 20 km west of the regional centre of Balikesir, Balikesir Province, western Turkey. The Ergama prospect is covered by 2,168 Ha of tenements constituting one operating licence. The project is currently owned 100% by Aegean, however, Teck exercised a one-time back-in right on May 28, 2013, and is now required to invest $1.275 million in exploration at Ergama within 3 years in order to earn-in to a 51% interest in the property. The Ergama project area contains a sequence of Oligocene- to Miocene-age volcanic rocks that unconformably overlies Permian-age "basement" containing metamorphosed carbonates and sediments. The most prominent alteration assemblages are high sulfidation, epithermal style argillic and advanced argillic assemblages, with low temperature chalcedonic "silica caps" commonly developed on hilltops throughout the project area. These "silica caps" were the focus of early exploration programs at Ergama, including Newmont Mining's 2004 shallow RC drill program, but have been determined to contain either no or little gold. Low grade (+/- 1 g/t) Au mineralization at Ergama is commonly associated with quartz veinlets within the underlying argillic and advanced argillic alteration zones. Higher grade gold mineralization (up to 16 g/t Au) typically occurs in narrow, structurally controlled corridors containing veins and breccias, and are more akin to low to intermediate sulfidation mineralization styles. A report outlining exploration work completed on the Ergama property since May, 2013, was recently received from operators Teck. Field activities have included: (i) additional geological mapping on key outcrops, (ii) silt and rock chip sampling (14 samples and 47 samples, respectively), and (iii) a further 14.2 line kilometres of IP geophysics, distributed in 4 E-W trending lines spaced 200 m apart and designed to extend Aegean's existing grid 800 m to the south. Teck is currently the operator of exploration activities at Ergama, and is therefore responsible for the planning, management, and execution of future exploration programs. However, Aegean believes that future work at Ergama will focus primarily on obtaining the forestry (drill) permit required for testing high priority geophysical and geochemical anomalies. In addition, recommendations for further work include the PIMA analysis of alteration/mineralization assemblages, together with the extending of the existing geophysical grid to the southern half of the property. Aegean's Hot Maden project is located approximately 1,050 km east of Istanbul within the Eastern Pontides metallogenic belt. Aegean announced the signing of an Option Agreement with Turkish group Lidya Madencilik on July 2, 2014, in which Lidya has the option to earn-in to a 70% interest in the Hot Maden project in return for a $3 million commitment of combined exploration expenditures and cash payments to Aegean over a 48 month option period. Lidya has initiated field activities at Hot Maden, with field crews having already been mobilized to undertake additional geological mapping and rock chip (channel) sampling. Field activities are expected to further ramp up during August with the main objective of the current work program being to complete understanding of the geology of the main gold-copper targets at Hot Maden and to design a first pass drill program to test their economic potential.
Aegean Metals Group Inc., Annual General Meeting, Sep 09, 2014
Jul 10 14
Aegean Metals Group Inc., Annual General Meeting, Sep 09, 2014. Location: 20th Floor, 250 Howe Street.