Viking Ashanti Limited
Viking Ashanti Limited engages in the exploration, development, and mining of mineral deposits primarily gold in west Africa.
It holds interests in three project areas, including Akoase, West Star/Blue River, and Nchiadi/Nyame Dzikan covering an area of approximately 440 square kilometers located in southern Ghana.
The company was founded in 2007 and is based in West Perth, Australia.
The Akoase Project is located approximately 125km north-northwest of Accra.
The Akoase prospecting licences covers a 106km2 area in the northern part of the Ashanti gold belt. One licence is bounded to the northwest by the Kade Bepo Forest Reserve.
A number of major gold mines and projects are located within this belt, including Newmont’s 8.7 million oz Akyem gold mining project which is approximately 25km southwest of the Akoase licences.
The Akoase East deposit was discovered by Resolute in the late 1990’s using 400m line spaced soil geochemistry. The soils were infilled to 100m line spacing and defined a 7km long anomaly at >30ppb gold. Ground magnetics at 100m x 100m was then completed, followed by Induced Polarization ground geophysics and excavation of 31 trenches at 100m spacing.
This work defined a 2.9km long anomaly for drilling. Subsequent trenching and drilling on 100m line spacing to a maximum depth of 150 metres has defined a significant near surface JORC compliant Inferred resource of 500,000 oz of gold at a 0.5 g/t Au cut-off.
Gold mineralisation on the Akoase East deposit is typically vein-hosted and is associated with quartz-carbonate breccias and stockwork veins developed in zones of strong sericite-ankerite-pyrite alteration. The most favourable host to the mineralisation are strongly sheared, foliated fine grained sediments of the Birimian upper sequences.
West Star and Blue River project
The West Star and Blue River licences are located in the western region of Ghana and about 250km west of Accra. The licences are located at the southern end of the Ashanti gold belt and share a southern boundary with Adamus Resources Limited concession, which hosts the 2 million oz Salman gold project.
The licences are subject to joint venture with Weststar Mining Company Ltd and Blueriver Mining Company Ltd where Resolute has earned 100% in any hard rock gold mineralisation defined. The joint venture partners retain 100% of any alluvial mineralisation on the tenements.
The Blue River and West Star concessions lie close to the Ashanti shear corridor. The eastern boundary of West Star lies close to an unconformity between the Palaeo-placer units and lower Birimian units whilst Blue River lies dominantly in lower Birimian rocks.
Rocks in the areas consist mainly of metasediments, such as greywacke and carbonaceous shales/phyllite. The West Star area is intruded with chlorite rich diorite and granodiorite with some felsic floats with varying quartz composition suspected to be either monzonite and/or lamprophyres. Andesite is found to intrude the metasediments on both concessions.
Regionally, these Birimian rocks are folded by NE-SW compressional forces. The Blue River area displays a strong structural grain, visible in the aeromagnetic image, with dominant NS and NW structures, which are likely to control gold mineralisation.
Nchiadi and Nyame Dzikan project
The Nchiadi and Nyame Dzikan properties are located 20km north-west of the Blue River/West Star Project in the western region of Ghana.
The properties are subject to a joint venture agreement with Ahafo Ano South Goldfields Limited. Resolute has earned 51% equity the licences for US$60,000 expenditure.
The properties are at an early stage of evaluation and a systematic, staged work program is planned to advance the properties.