Ashanti Gold Announces Anumso Update
VANCOUVER, BC – January 15, 2018 Ashanti Gold Corp. (“Ashanti” or the “Company”) - (TSXV: AGZ) is pleased to provide an update on its Anumso project (the “Project”).
Ashanti continues its soil sample program to test for gold anomalies along the 10km of known conglomerate outcropping within the 29.6 km2 license area. Additionally, a trenching program is to begin in February 2018, with first targets the identified soil anomalies to the north of the historic drilling area (see press release October 12, 2017). Ashanti has been working in close cooperation with the local community at the Project to build trust and lay the foundation for local support as the Company advances Anumso. Construction of a community centre at the Banka township (the largest town at the Project) was completed this month and a dedication ceremony is scheduled for January 19, 2018.
Tim McCutcheon, Ashanti’s CEO, said: “Our goal is to demonstrate that the gold bearing material found in the historic drilling area exists all along the known conglomerate outcropping, which is a significant total of 10 kilometers. This trenching program is a key part of our methodical study of the gold potential of Anumso. And as we advance Anumso, we must remain on good terms with all stakeholders, including the local communities, who have supported us in the past and are a key part of our success on the Project. The community centre is a gesture of our goodwill toward the local people.”
Final Metallurgical Test Work Report for Anumso Mineralized Material
The Company received the final report of the metallurgical test work conducted in 2017 (see press release October 12, 2017). A total of 300 kg of material was shipped to Blue Coast Research in Parksville, B.C. Canada for grindability and gold recovery tests. This material was split into a master composite (1.5 g/t Au), an oxide composite (1.0 g/t Au) and six variability composites (0.3 g/t to 5.4 g/t Au). The final report summary noted:
Bond Ball Work Index tests were conducted on the Master Composite and Oxide Composite, with a closing size of 150 μm. The Oxide and Master composite work indexes are 6.3 kWh/t and 12.5 kWh/t respectively. A single extended gravity recoverable gold test was conducted on the Master Composite. Gravity gold recovery was 72.9%, at a grade of 87 g/t Au. Cyanidation optimization, with respect to grind size and cyanide dosage, was conducted on the Master Composite and the Oxide Composite. Optimized conditions for both composites were a primary grind size of 80% passing 100µm and a cyanide dosage of 1 g/L NaCN. The optimized conditions were applied to a single bottle roll on each of the variability composites, and to a single bottle roll on the Master Composite E-GRG tails.
- Master Composite gold recoveries averaged 94.3%, with a maximum observed recovery of 97.7%.
- Oxide composite gold recoveries averaged 96.9% with a maximum observed recovery of 98.8%
- Variability composite gold recoveries ranged from 96.2% to 99.6%, with an average recovery of 98.0%.
Option Terms between Ashanti Gold and Goldplat PLC are Modified
Goldplat PLC, the underlying vendor of the Anumso license, has agreed to modify the terms of the option agreement with Ashanti Gold regarding the earn-in period for the initial 51% stake in Anumso (see press release September 15, 2016). Ashanti now has until October 31, 2018 to earn an initial 51% interest in the Anumso Project upon the expenditure of US$1.5M. An additional 24% interest can be earned through expenditure of an additional US$1.5M in the following 12 months. The government of Ghana has a carried 10% interest in all minerals and mining concessions in Ghana, thus the full potential 75% interest in Goldplat's 90% interest will reflect a 67.5% net interest for Ashanti Gold.
ABOUT ASHANTI GOLD
Ashanti is a gold-focused, exploration and development company that targets projects where it has a competitive advantage due to past work experience of the team and specific project know-how. The Company is driving forward its 100%-owned Kossanto East project in Mali on the prolific Kenieba Belt of Mali, which hosts such deposits as Loulo, Fekola and Sadiola. Ashanti is also working to advance, together with its earn-in partners, the Anumso project and the Ashanti Belt project in Ghana, which are near-adjacent to the Akyem deposit.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors of
ASHANTI GOLD CORP.
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Ashanti Gold Corp.
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Qualified Person and Historical Data
The information presented in this Press Release has been reviewed by Dr. Paul Klipfel CPG of Mineral Resource Services Inc. and a Qualified Person as defined by Canadian NI 43-101. Dr. Klipfel is not an Independent Person, as he is a shareholder of Ashanti. The data presented has been generated by historic explorers, however the Company has not independently verified such data, and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance thereon.
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