Current active projects comprise an area in Eastern Equatoria, South Sudan covering 2,500 sq. km in terms of the recently awarded Grandfather license that is convertible to a full prospecting license once the regulations have been put in place under section 2 of the newly promulgated Mining Bill 2012. Additional new licenses are pending in South Sudan after an exhaustive target generation programme and further acquisition of exploration licenses are currently underway in both Uganda and Ethiopia securing > 10,000 sq. km of prospective ground for the company.

South Sudan:
  • Eastern Equatoria Kapoeta License Area 

    • Satellite Imagery Interpretation – The baseline in 2006/07 from which NKEM’s exploration program commenced; it enabled the identification of lithology and structures associated with gold mineralization.
    • Airborne Geophysical Survey – Detailed aeromagnetic and radiometric surveys were flown in 2008 over an area of 49,007km with 200/400 m line spacing providing vital assistance in the regional geological interpretation of the area and in the identification of broad areas with potential mineralization. The survey was flown with the support of the SPLA (Sudan People’s Liberation Army).
    • Stream Sediment Sampling including mineral stream sediment sampling – Primary stream sampling was conducted over an area of 50 Sq/Km during a sampling program in 2007, 2008 and 2009. This yielded positive results for a number of elements including gold, uranium and Kimberlites. A detailed second phase of initial target selection was completed in 2009.
    • Scintillometer and Radiometric Survey – this survey identified a number of targets indicating areas of elevated radiation and therefore the potential for hosting both granite related and sedimentary related uranium mineralization.

  • Field mapping – NKEM’s technical team has created the first detailed geological map of Eastern Equatoria through the combined interpretation of airborne geophysics, satellite imagery, stream sediment geochemistry, detailed mapping of existing artisanal workings as well as incorporating local and historical geological knowledge. During field mapping a number of artisanal mines were encountered by our geological team who established good relations with the local artisanal miners. Eastern Equatoria summary of work to be completed upon re-issue of NKEM’s current concession (anticipated for 2013 season):
    • Follow up Stream sediment sampling – the targets identified in the initial stream sediment sampling of 2007 – 08 require a more detailed study to isolate the precise source of the elements of interest.
    • Soil geochemical transects – soil sampling will be done on a number of traverses across areas of interest, and results used to create a series of geochemical maps to identify sources of mineralization.
    • Detailed ground geophysical survey – ground geophysics provides a more detailed analysis than the broader (less detailed) airborne geophysical survey flown in 2008.
    • Trenching - once the detailed studies (above) have been conducted a bulk sampling program will take place involving detailed subsurface geological and structural mapping, and sample assaying.
    • Drilling - finally, drilling will take place if there is sufficient evidence of the existence of one or more mineralisation areas.
    • Trial Mining and Full Feasibility Study

  • Other potential targets in South Sudan:
    • - A desktop study has been undertaken of several prospective areas of South Sudan which show significant potential for gold and the mineralisation in other possible metallurgenic provinces
    • - Satellite Imagery combined with available geological maps and historical reports have been used to generate preliminary target sites in other States of the country