Unigold Inc. (TSXV:UGD) is a Canadian-based exploration and development company with several perspective gold projects in the Dominican Republic. The Company’s main focus lies within its wholly owned 22,616 hectare Neita Concession, a potentially world-class polymetallic ore body in the Candelones Target Area. Unigold is a significant mineral property holder in the Dominican Republic, with land holdings and options covering over 110,000 hectares.
- Gold zone over 1,100 m of strike and growing at Candelones and Candelones Extension
- 100% ownership of the Neita property
- Working towards an NI 43-101 resource estimate for Candelones
- Well-funded with $8.1 million cash in the bank
- Experienced management with proven track record of discovery and development
- Growth opportunity with multiple targets identified
- World class deposit potential
Neita is Unigold’s flagship project and one of our four contiguous projects within the Dominican Republic. The Neita concession totals 22,616 hectares, and is located approximately 200 kilometers northwest of the capital city of Santo Domingo. Santiago de los Caballeros, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, is roughly 100 kilometers northeast of the project. The western limit of the Nieta property is defined by the Haitian border.
The Neita property lies within the Greater Antilles volcanic arc that extends from the island of Hispaniola through Cuba. The geology of the property is similar to extremely prospective mineral belts which host numerous mines and significant exploration projects, including Pueblo Viejo which has a proven and probably reserve estimates of 25.3 million ounces of gold. Unigold considers this belt to be one of the most prospective and underexplored gold regions in the world.
The (VHMS) Candelones zone has many of the signatures of world class deposits, and is interpreted as being within a field of multiple large volcanic hosted massive sulphide deposits (VHMS). Drilling has demonstrated the zones are locally stacked, indicating numerous mineralizing events over significant period geological time. Drilling results to date combined with geologic mapping and induced polarity (IP) surveys support that the Company is on the way towards the discovery of a potential major VHMS district. There are numerous targets that have not yet been drilled. Moving forward, the Candelones zone is Unigold’s top priority.
The MGN target is a zone of high sulphidation which is common in the vicinity of large VHMS type deposits. Trenching and geochemical sampling yielded a grade of 2.68 g/t gold over thirty-five meters.
The Jimenez, and Noisy targets represent the low sulphide epithermal deposits on the Nieta, and both have the potential for high-grade veining. Initial sampling on a small vein on the Jimenez, returned values of 12.6 g/t gold. Additionally, chalcocite, and the important copper mineral bornite are also found in the veins.
The third deposit type in the Corozo zone corresponds to porphyry copper mineralization; which is typically low-grade, bulk tonnage, and amenable to cost effective open-pit-mining techniques. Diamond drilling over 120 meters returned copper values of 0.1%.
These different deposit types represent specific and unique geologic events that remobilized the metal into economically concentrations; each had distinct alteration, and mineralization packages. Positive drill resultsobtained in the 2012 program are scheduled for further drill testing and exploration in 2013, with the priority focusing on the Candelones zone.
Unigold’s optioned property: the Los Guandules concession is adjacent to the Neita property and holds 100% exclusive exploration rights. The 13,386 hectares concession covers the favourable geologic structure that trends southeast from the Neita property. Extensive soil and stream sampling on the property has uncovered several gold and copper-gold anomalies. Field exploration has yielded gold values of up to 8 g/t. Los Guandules contains a large hydrothermal alteration zone of altered volcanics centred on the northwest trending regional structure. Erratic blocks encountered in the area were reported in the 1980’s and ran up to 7.9% copper, with historical trenching returning values of upwards of 2.4 g/t gold over 29 meters with additional anomalous copper and silver values. The gold mineralization at Los Candelones is a epithermal vein system and occurs within a stock work associated with indicator minerals: chalcopyrite, sphalerite, pyrite, galena, plus traces of minor silver.
The gold mineralization occurs within a 1,200 by 600 meter soil anomaly, and was confirmed through geophysical identification by an Induced Polarity survey (IP), which corresponded to sulphide mineralization encountered in the soil anomoly.
Unigold purchased an option to acquire the El Carrizal Concession in 2010. The 16,376 hectare El Carrizal Concession lies between the western Neita Concession and the eastern Sabaneta Concession and is contiguous with both. This strategic acquisition creates one of the most extensive and contiguous land packages in the Cretaceous mineral belt of north-western Dominican Republic.
The latest acquisition complements Unigold’s land package in the Dominican Republic and provides Unigold with an unprecedented strike length of favourable stratigraphy in this highly prospective area of the country. Soil sampling and prospecting will facilitate identifying the areas with the most potential on this large, underexplored property.
Unigold Inc. is a Canadian based mineral exploration and development company with several prospective gold properties in the mining friendly jurisdiction of the Domincan Republic. Positive drill results on the company’s flagship Neita property has spurred further development and exploration planned in 2013. The Company’s other projects are at a less advanced stage, but remain good targets based on positive initial results.
Mr. Andrew Cheatle, P.Geo., MBA, ARSM – President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director
Mr. Cheatle is a Professional Geoscientist with over twenty-five years of mineral extraction, development, consulting, and exploration experience in the gold sector with senior and junior mining companies and an international consultancy. He has previously held numerous senior management positions with Anglo American Corporation and JCI Limited. As Chief Geologist with Goldcorp Inc./Placer Dome Inc he successfully led a team that significantly expanded the Musselwhite Mine’s mineral reserves and resources leading to strategic mine development and expansion. Recently, Mr. Cheatle has held senior and executive positions in the junior gold exploration sector and as a Principal Geologist with AMEC plc. Mr. Cheatle holds a MBA from Capella University (USA) and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, University of London. He is also a Councillor and member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.
Wes Hanson – Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Hanson is a Professional Geologist with over 30 years’ experience devoted towards the exploration and development of both precious metals and base metals deposits. Mr. Hanson’s experience includes regional exploration, resource definition drilling and resource estimation, engineering design and cost estimation (first principles), mine and plant site development supervision, surface and underground mine, mill and maintenance supervision and executive management. Mr. Hanson brings technical, operational and corporate management experience to the Company and will be instrumental our initial NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource and focusing on advancing metallurgical studies and exploration to make new discoveries at Neita.
John Green – Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Green has over thirty-years of experience working with both producing and exploration and development stage companies in the mining sector. Mr. Green has worked with Falconbridge Limited, Lac Minerals Limited, AfriOre Limited, Platexco Inc., and Intrepid Minerals Ltd. in a variety of roles including CFO and Director. For seven years prior to joining Unigold, as Controller of High River Gold Mines Ltd., he was closely involved with the financing and construction of two new open-pit gold mines. Mr. Green has a MBA in finance and is a member of the Society of Management Accountants.
Joseph Hamilton, P.Geo, CFA – Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Hamilton is a Professional Geologist with over fourteen years of mineral exploration experience in addition to over seven years as a mining analyst in the investment industry and three years’ experience in mining development. He is currently the CEO of Malbex Resources and a Managing Director of Primary Capital. He previously has held senior management positions with Noront Resources and African Copper Plc. In addition to being a P.Geo. in Ontario, Mr. Hamilton is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of the CFA Institute and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Charles Page, M.Sc., P.Geo. – Director
In addition to being a Professional Geologist, Mr. Page has acted as senior officer, director and CEO for several publicly traded junior resources companies and currently is President and CEO of Queenston Mining Inc. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Page has developed, organized and implemented major exploration projects in several mining camps in Canada and in the Republic of Cuba. He is familiar with all aspects of exploration from grass-roots projects to feasibility studies, production and mine closure. His primary geological expertise is in Precambrian gold and base metal, epithermal gold, porphyry copper-gold and disseminated gold deposits. He is also a director of Alexandria Minerals Corporation