The Ducie Project covers an area of approximately 1,126km2and is located in the Upper West Region of Ghana, approximately 525km northnorthwest of the capital city Accra.
The capital of the Upper West Region is the town of Wa, with a population of approximately 50,000, and the Ducie project is located approximately 75km east of the town. Access to the Ducie project area is via good bitumen road from Accra to Wa and from Wa via good all-weather gravel road and other gravel roads of variable quality.
Access within the project area is via gravel roads and numerous dirt roads (that may become impassable during wet conditions) and footpaths. The township of Wa has an excellent all-weather airstrip suitable for chartered light aircraft. No commercial flights operate on a regular basis to Wa.
The concession area falls within the tropical humid moist savannah climatic region. Rainfall is typically in the range of 1000 to 1250mm/year with a rainy season usually from May to October with a peak in August. The concession has a relatively subdued topography.
Generally, the north area is relatively flat with remnants of a dissected peneplain at about 350m ASL and most areas being about 300 – 350m ASL. The lowest elevations are along the Kulpawn River at about 180m ASL.
In the entire concession, a dendritic pattern of intermittent streams drain into the more major tributaries, which discharge into the Kulpawn, Kudage and Grogro, the major Rivers that drain the concession area.
The main drainage direction is to the southeast. Quite a good number of streams exhibit NE, N-S and E-W drainage directions. Ducie project is a very large under-explored Birimian greenstone belt bounded by major regional scale structures and as such represents a very attractive grass roots exploration target.
The project is regarded as a greenfields exploration project with very limited historical exploration. The wide-spaced regional geochemical sampling completed by Castle Minerals Limited in 2007 and 2008 is the first documented exploration over the project area. This work has highlighted areas that require immediate follow-up exploration as well as confirm the prospective nature of the geological setting to host significant gold mineralisation.
The proposed exploration strategy is well focused and appropriate for the exploration level of the projects, geological setting and regolith environment present. The expenditure is appropriate given the prospectivity of the area and is sufficient to achieve the stated objectives of providing sufficient geological data to rapidly assess the projects, delineation of drilling targets. The budget is weighted towards auger geochemical sampling and reconnaissance drilling as appropriate for this stage of exploration.
It should be noted that if encouraging results are returned and more RC drilling is required to delineate potential Mineral Resources, additional funds will be required. The following exploration methodology is recommended, and it is noted that these recommendations are consistent with the proposed exploration program: