About Azumah Resources
Azumah Resources Limited is a Perth-based, ASX-listed (ASX: AZM) company focused on exploring and developing its regional-scale Wa Gold Project in the Upper West Region of Ghana, West Africa.
Three main deposits have been discovered and extensively drilled at Kunche and Bepkong, adjacent to the Black Volta River and Ghana's border with Burkina Faso, and Julie approximately 80km to the east.
Several satellite deposits including Aduane, Kunche Northwest, Yagha, Julie West, Danyawu, Alpha/Bravo, Josephine and Collette have also been discovered and delineated.
To date, the Company has estimated a JORC 2012 Mineral Resource of 2.5Moz of gold grading 1.6g/t Au, including 1.6Moz Measured and Indicated grading 1.8g/t Au. These are evenly distributed between the Kunche-Bepkong and Wa East (Julie deposit etc.) camps.
In January 2019, an Ore Reserve estimate of 1,028,000oz (18Mt at 1.77g/t Au)(JORC 2012) was reported. A Feasibility Study is scheduled for finalisation Q3 2019 and a development decision soon after.
Extensive metallurgical test work has confirmed a high average overall gold recovery of ~92% for the combined Kunche, Bepkong and Julie deposits.
Mineral Resources have been progressively grown through a focused, systematic approach to the exploration of the Company's 2,400km2 licence holdings. These encompass large tracts of prospective Birimian terrain, the rocks that host the majority of West Africa’s gold mines.
Much of the tenure is covered in soil, alluvium or laterite, so most discoveries have been ‘blind'. Azumah anticipates Mineral Resources will substantially grow as it continues to generate and test its extensive pipeline of targets.
Azumah has two 15-year Mining Leases over its principal deposits (Ghana government holds a 10% free carried interest in their ‘rights and obligations' and is also entitled to a 5% gross gold royalty).
No technical, social or environmental impediments to development have been identified, no communities need to be relocated and rehoused, and there is strong support from key stakeholders for the Project.
The Project benefits from excellent regional infrastructure including grid power to site; good quality bituminised and non-bituminised roads, easy access to water, a 2km sealed airstrip at the regional centre of Wa and good general communications.
Ibaera Funding Transaction
All of Azumah’s Ghana interests are held through its wholly owned Ghana subsidiary, Azumah Resources Ghana Limited (AZG).
In 2017 Azumah executed a transformative Earn-In and Shareholders Agreement (EISA) with Perth managed private equity group, Ibaera Capital GP Limited (Ibaera), whereby Ibaera can initially earn a 42.5% interest in AZG, and therefore the Wa Gold Project, by spending US$11.5M over two years (refer ASX release dated 2 September 2017).
Ibaera is backed by a US-based +US$1.5 billion natural resources focused investment fund. Before committing to the Project, Ibaera reviewed many other international resource projects and, having selected the Azumah Project, undertook comprehensive due diligence before committing to the EISA.
Ibaera’s owners, principals and management are all highly regarded geologists, engineers and financiers and, pursuant to the EISA, are now managing all facets of the Project.