TORONTO - Pelangio Exploration Inc. (PX: TSX-V; OTC PINK: PGXPF) ('Pelangio' or the 'Company') is pleased to announce that it has entered into an Option Agreement (the 'Option') with BNT Resources Ghana Ltd., ('BNT Ghana') to acquire a 100% interest in the 34.65 square kilometer ('km2') Subriso-Kokotro concession, ('Dankran property') located adjacent to Pelangio's Obuasi project, on the prolific Ashanti Gold Belt in Ghana.
Highlights of the Dankran Property
The Dankran property covers the same Birimian sedimentary and volcanic stratigraphy that hosts AngloGold Ashanti's 30+ million ounce Obuasi Mine; Adjacent to historic Obuom mine which in the 1930's produced 29,000 ounces at an average grade of 16 g/t Au, with recent extensive artisanal mining activity evident extending from the mine site into the Dankran property; Seven kilometers of strike of the world-class Ashanti Belt, one of the last remaining untested strike-extensive stretches of highly favourable Ashanti Belt geology and Very limited exploration to date on the property offers Pelangio excellent opportunities for early discovery.
Ingrid Hibbard, President and CEO of Pelangio, commented, 'We are very pleased to have the opportunity to extend our land holdings northeast from our Obuasi project. The Dankran property covers the geology that hosts AngloGold Ashanti's 30+ million ounce Obuasi Mine, located 25 kilometers to the southwest. We are excited to immediately begin our initial soil sampling program to be followed by scout drill testing of significant gold in soil anomalism.
The Dankran project covers an area of 34.65 km2 contiguous to the northeastern corner of Pelangio's Obuasi project. The Prospecting License covers the same Birimian sedimentary and volcanic stratigraphy that hosts AngloGold Ashanti's 30+ million ounce Obuasi Mine, 25 kilometers to the southwest, plus several prospective northeasterly striking regional structures.
An historic gold mine, the Obuom Mine, is located approximately 1.5 kilometers to the northeast of the Dankran project boundary, in an area that is presently designated for formalized Small Scale Mining. The Obuom deposit was discovered during the gold rush in Ghana at the close of World War I and was developed into a small underground operation which ran intermittently during the 1920's and 1930's at a peak capacity of 1,000 tons per day, and shut down in 1936 after having reportedly produced 29,000 ounces Au at an average grade of approximately 16 g/t Au. (Gold Deposits of Ghana; Ghana Minerals Commission, 2002). The mining operation focused on two or more 1 to 1.5 meter wide high-grade gold bearing quartz veins occurring along the sheared contact between Birimian metasediments to the northwest and Birimian metavolcanics to the southeast.
Since the 1930's there appears to have been very limited exploration in the Dankran project area. The Ghana Geological Survey mapped the northern Ashanti Belt in the 1960's and the BRGM (Bureau de Recherches Geologiques et Minieres; the Geological Survey of France) conducted a stream sediment sampling program over the district in the 1980's. In the early 1990's Johannesburg Consolidated Investment (JCI) of South Africa conducted soil sampling and geological mapping plus sampling. The details of BRGM and JCI's work, including precisely where their work was conducted and the results, are not available.
There are no reports of exploration drill testing having been conducted over the Dankran project area in the available literature, making the Dankran project, with 7 kilometers of strike of the world-class Ashanti Belt, one of the last remaining strike-extensive stretches of highly favourable Ashanti Belt geology and structure that has not been significantly explored; certainly not in recent times.
Initial Planned Exploration Work
A first pass program of soil sampling comprising 1,050 samples on 160 to 320 meters spaced sample lines has been designed to cover the most prospective northwestern half of the Dankran property, including the areas of artisanal mining plus the known major structures. It is anticipated that this work can commence immediately and be completed within 7 to 8 weeks including receipt of assays. The soil sampling grid would eventually be extended and infilled with favourable results, however first-pass sampling closer to the Small Scale Mining Area should be sufficiently detailed (160 meter-spaced lines) to permit the planning and execution of scout air-core or reverse circulation drill testing of significant gold in soil anomalies, potentially resulting in an early discovery.
Pelangio acquires and explores world-class gold belt land packages Ghana, West Africa and Canada. In Ghana, the Company is exploring its two 100% owned camp-sized properties: the 100 km2 Manfo Property, the site of seven near-surface gold discoveries, and the 284 km2 Obuasi Property, located 4 km on strike and adjacent to AngloGold Ashanti's prolific high-grade Obuasi Mine, as well as the newly optioned Dankran property located adjacent to its Obuasi property. In Canada, the Company is currently focused in Ontario on its Grenfell property, located 10 km from Kirkland Lake, at its Dome West property, situated some 800 meters from the Dome Mine in Timmins and is advancing its Hailstone property in Saskatchewan.
Forward Looking Statements
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