Anova’s Western Australian gold projects, Linden, Zelica and Malcolm are all located in the Archaean Yilgarn Craton in the North Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia, a world class gold province which has been a prolific producer of gold since the late 1880s and includes the Kalgoorlie “Golden Mile” deposit which has produced over 50 million ounces of gold since its discovery in 1893.
Anova’s focus is on the Linden Gold Project and specifically the Second Fortune Gold Mine. Anova has recently successfully completed a Feasibility Study on the development of its Second Fortune Gold Mine, and expects that project to start producing gold in early 2018.
Anova’s other Western Australian projects include the Zelica Gold Project, the Malcolm Gold Project, the Grass Flat Gold project and the Bar Twenty Project.
Linden Gold Project
The Linden Gold Project is located at the southern end of the highly endowed Laverton Tectonic Zone approximately 200km north east of Kalgoorlie and 75km south of Laverton. (Fig 1)
The Linden Gold Project is 100% owned by Anova (other than mining lease M39/500 at Linden, which is 90% owned by Anova) and includes 17 tenements (including 8 granted Mining Leases) that cover 66.8 square kilometres. These licences are within the Laverton Tectonic Zone which hosts a number of world class gold deposits including Wallaby (7.1 Moz Au), Granny Smith (1.8 Moz Au), Sunrise Dam (7.0 Moz Au). The Second Fortune Gold Mine is part of the Linden Gold Project.
Access to the Project areas is via unsealed roads from Kalgoorlie in the south and Leonora/Laverton in the north.
Figure 1: Location of Linden, Zelica and Malcolm Gold Projects
The Linden Gold Project contains numerous small gold workings worked from early to mid 1900’s. Most of the production was sourced from small, narrow high-grade veins with total production to date of approximately 35,000 ounces.
In 1979 the Second Fortune deposit was discovered by a trenching programme near the old Mess Fury mine, and was worked as an open pit during 1980 to 1982. (Fig 4) Following several drilling programmes the Second Fortune underground mine was developed in 1987 with a shaft sunk from the base of the open pit. The mine was developed on 2 levels with limited stoping, before the mine was closed in 1988 (due to low gold prices) with a total of 5,100 ounces of gold produced at 13.4 g/t Au.
The project was acquired by Exterra Resources in 2010 and explored by a number of drilling campaigns (Fig 3), which outlined Resources of 131,000 ounces and an Ore Reserve of 65,000 ounces (Table 1) at Second Fortune, following the completion of a Feasibility study in 2017.
Numerous other prospects, which have been the subject of limited prior exploration drilling, are located within the Linden project area and are highly prospective. (Fig 2)
Figure 2: Linden Gold Project Prospect Location Plan
Figure 3: Second Fortune Cross Section
Figure 4: Second Fortune Planned Development Levels
Zelica Gold Project
The Zelica Gold Project is located at the southern end of the highly endowed Laverton Tectonic Zone, approximately 20 km north west of the Linden Gold Project. (Fig 1)
The Zelica Gold Project is 100% owned by Anova and includes 2 tenements (1 granted Mining Lease), that cover 6 square kilometres. (Fig 5)
Access to the Project area is via unsealed roads from Kalgoorlie in the south and Leonora/Laverton in the north.
Gold was first discovered in the area in the 1890’s at the nearby Eucalyptus gold mining centre. During the 1980’s prospecting by a private company discovered the Zelica deposit which was developed as a small open cut from which 35,000 tonnes of low grade ore was produced as the basis for a vat leach operation. (Fig 6) Due to low gold prices the vat leach project did not go into production.
Further drilling was completed by a number of parties up to 2011 when Exterra Resources acquired the project.
Subsequent drilling by Exterra up to 2012 outlined a gold Resource of 30,000 ozs (Table 1) in Indicated and Inferred Resources which represents a potential production centre to support the Linden Project development. Anova is currently assessing the on-site ore stockpiles and carrying out optimisation studies on the insitu gold Resources as potential sources of ore supply.
Figure 5: Zelica Gold Project Tenement Location
Figure 6: Zelica Gold Project Site Layout Plan
Malcolm Gold Project
The Malcolm Gold project is 100% owned by Anova and is located 18km to the east of Leonora and 90km to the NW of Linden/Zelica in the North Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia.
The Malcolm Project consists of granted Mining Lease M37/1164 (105 ha), over 2.0km in strike, and contains 37,900 ozs1 (Table 1) at 8.3 g/t Au in Inferred Resources. The historic North Star and Richmond Gem gold mines produced 40,000 oz of gold at an average grade of 21.03 g/t Au and 28.00 g/t Au respectively between 1894 and 1915.
Anova is reviewing data and planning further drilling to confirm and upgrade resources.
Table 1: Mineral Resources
Table 1: Mineral Resources
The Grass Flat Gold project is 100% owned by Anova and is located in the Marda-Diemals Greenstone Belt, north east of the Diemals Mining Centre, 150 km north of Southern Cross in WA.
The project consists of 6 granted Prospecting Licences and 3 granted Exploration Licenses covering 293 square kilometres and includes the recently mined Halley’s East gold deposit.
A review of historic exploration results highlighted the potential for near surface high-grade Gold, Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide (VMS) Cu-Pb-Zn-Ag-Au and Hematite Iron Ore within the project area.
Moolyella Lithium Project
The Moolyella Lithium Project is 100% owned by Anova and is located 23 km ENE of Marble Bar and consists EL 45/4766 covering 3 sq km, holding a substantial position in a highly mineralised Li, Sn, Ta district in the Pilbara region of WA.
Field reconnaissance confirmed the presence of extensive pegmatite outcrop on ELA45/4766 which had not previously been reported. The presence of lithium bearing minerals was noted, including Lepidolite. Of the 18 samples collected, 4 located on ELA45/4766 reported Li2O values of 1.19%, 1.06%, 0.96%, 0.54%.