Georgian Mining Corp – Further Drill Results from Kvemo Bolnisi East’s Gold Zone 2 Target

6 June 2017

Georgian Mining Corporation (‘GEO’) is pleased to announce the final set of drill results from Gold Zone 2 at its Kvemo Bolnisi Copper and Gold Project in Georgia (‘KB’).  GEO has completed an initial 64-hole diamond drill program, and will now model the assay results to establish an initial JORC Mineral Resource for Gold Zone 2 as part of the initial 3-5 Mt JORC compliant resource of combined copper-gold sulphide and gold oxide mineralisation that GEO expects to delineate near term.  Establishing a Gold Zone 2 resource is phase 2 of a three-stage program targeting a >50Mt Resource at KB and the many high grade intersections within the Gold Zone 2 drill program support GEO’s belief that the three target zones of KB form part of one large epithermal copper/gold unit. To view the press release with the illustrative diagrams please use the following link:


  • Gold oxide mineralisation intersected from surface to depths of up to 60m included peak individual gold assays of 30.6g/t, 21.4g/t, 20.6g/t, 14.4g/t, 10.2g/t, 7.63g/t and 5.94g/t Au
  • Gold oxide zone remains open in all directions and the discovery of gold-pyrite sulphide mineralisation below the oxide cover indicates bulk tonnage potential.  Selected results include:
    • TGD-046: 30m @ 1.0g/t Au from 0.0m
    • TGD-048: 25m @ 2.09g/t Au from 1.0m
    • TGD-051: 16m @ 1.60g/t Au from 0.0m
    • TGD-052: 16m @ 1.43g/t Au from 0.0m
    • TGD-054: 28m @ 1.95g/t Au from 43.0m
    • TGD-056; 22m@1.22g/t Au from 85m
    • TGD-057: 9m@4.78g/t Au from 13m
    • TGD-060: 25m @ 2.55g/t Au from 5.0m
    • TGD-061: 21m @ 1.1g/t Au from 0.0m
  • These results confirm both significant upside potential and already meet the grade requirement at the heap leach processing plants of GEO’s JV partner
  • Drilling also reconfirms the presence of copper sulphide mineralisation immediately beneath the gold oxide zone with notable widths and grade

GEO Managing Director Greg Kuenzel said, “We are on track to prove up a major resource at KB and   these latest drill results re-affirm our confidence that we may delineate a large copper/gold epithermal deposit. Our key objectives for 2017 are to report a 3-5 Mt copper and gold resource and to commence low cost production to be processed at our JV partner’s neighbouring operations.  We are currently on course to meet both objectives. We recently raised £5.5m via an oversubscribed placing so we are funded for additional drilling and target follow-up work and we expect to be very active throughout 2017 as we deliver on our core objectives.”

Further Information    

GEO has identified three core target areas, Copper Zone 1, Gold Zone 1 and Gold Zone 2, with drilling focused on all three targets.  Results to date have persuaded GEO that these three zones are part of one large epithermal copper/gold unit. Current drill programs are intended to develop resources at each of the three target zones, in line with the strategy to deliver a >50Mt copper-gold sulphide and gold oxide JORC compliant resource.

The initial 20 vertical holes of the 64-hole program were scout drilling to a depth of only 20 metres The remaining 44 inclined holes were of varying length as determined by the base of oxidation.  These results confirm the presence of gold oxide mineralisation occurring from surface to depths ranging from 20m to greater than 60 metres.

Image 1: 3D Section of KB Project

The recent program has also revealed much thicker packages of gold mineralisation comprising a number of horizons with varying Au grades, which provide scope for the construction of a large bulk tonnage Resource. GEO’s external Resource Consultant is testing a range of cut-off grades to undertake optimisation studies to determine the viability of a larger lower grade bulk tonnage mining option as other higher cut-off grade alternatives.

The initial gold oxide resource drilling is now complete and GEO has commenced an excavation and channel sample program to delineate targets capable of extending the gold oxide mineralisation well beyond the parameters of the initial drill program. Further updates will be provided in due course.

The drill results also again confirm that high-grade copper sulphide mineralisation occurs at the base of the oxide zone.  The extension of gold grades through the oxide package provides an opportunity to strip Au oxide mineralisation to expose underlying copper sulphides which should generate cash flow from the oxides during this pre-stripping process. The Gold Zone 2 Au oxide drill program did not specifically target the underlying copper mineralisation which requires a more focused program, scheduled to commence shortly. However, where gold oxide drilling intersected copper sulphide, the hole was extended to test the depth extent of near-surface copper-gold sulphide mineralisation. Two drill holes in particular returned encouraging grades that demonstrate the likelihood of further copper-gold sulphide potential at depth which supports our objective of building a >50Mt gold oxide and copper sulphide Resource.

The notable copper intersections included the following:

  • TGD-053: 45m @ 1.11% Cu & 0.65g/t Au from 75m
    • 0m @ 0.32% Cu from 120m
    • 0m @ 3.89% Cu from 138m
  • TGD-062: 28.15m @ 1.0% Cu & 0.16g/t Au from 88m

In tandem with the Company’s significant resource development strategy, GEO is working to establish proof-of-concept copper and gold production in 2017.  GEO plans to use its neighbour’s processing operations to de-risk the project providing cash flow to fund further exploration while strengthening the relationship with our JV partner.  The majority of the intercepts highlighted in this announcement contain gold grades expected to meet the grade required by the heap leach processing plants of GEO’s partner.  As both grade and resource requirements have now been met, discussions are now underway to finalise tolling arrangements.

Table 1: Gold Intersections for KB Gold Zone 2 Drill Program

Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) Disclosure

Certain information contained in this announcement would have been deemed inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 until the release of this announcement.

Competent Person Statement

The information in this announcement that relates to Exploration Results, Mineral Resources or Ore Reserves is based on information compiled by James Royall, who is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.

James Royall has sufficient experience, 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 2012 Edition of the ‘Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves’ and as a qualified person as defined in the Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies which form part of the AIM Rules for Companies. James Royall has reviewed this announcement and consents to the inclusion in the announcement of the matters based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.


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Greg Kuenzel Georgian Mining Corporation Company Tel: 020 7907 9327
Ewan Leggat S. P. Angel Corporate Finance LLP Nomad & Broker Tel: 020 3470 0470
Damon Heath Shard Capital Partners LLP Joint Broker Tel: 0207 186 9950
Frank Buhagiar St Brides Partners Ltd PR Tel: 020 7236 1177


About Georgian Mining Corporation

Georgian Mining Corporation has 50% ownership and operational control of the Bolnisi Copper and Gold Project in Georgia, situated on the prolific Tethyan Belt, a well-known geological region and host to many high-grade copper-gold deposits and producing mines.  The Bolnisi licence covers an area of over 860 sq km and has a 30-year mining licence with two advanced exploration projects; Kvemo Bolnisi and Tsitsel Sopeli.  These projects are nearby existing mining operations owned by the Company’s supportive joint venture partner.  Georgia has an established mining code and is a jurisdiction open to direct foreign investment.

The Company is developing the project in three phases:

  • Phase 1: H1 2017 target to delineate a minimum of 1-2 Mt to support initial spare capacity (now achieved and exceeded)
  • Phase 2: 2017 target to delineate a 3-5 Mt resource of combined copper-gold sulphide and gold oxide mineralisation (on target)
  • Phase 3: Long term target – to delineate a resource of 50Mt+

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