Orca Gold Inc. has received an exclusive permit from the government of The Republic of The Sudan for the exploitation of water from the Area 5 aquifer (the water permit), first discovered by the company in May 2017.
The water permit is a strategic permit in the development of a gold mine on Block 14. It entitles the company to extract the necessary water to support a 6 million tpa mining and processing operation, which is the basis of the feasibility study in progress.
The water permit covers an area of 980 km2. Through drilling and pump testing, Orca defined a resource of 100 million m2 of fresh water within an area of 135 km2. The aquifer is open in all directions and would be available for additional production, if required.
Rick Clark, CEO and Director of Orca, commented: "A determining factor in developing a mine in the desert, in addition to finding an ore body, is water. With the granting of this exclusive water rights over the Area 5 aquifer, the Government of Sudan has confirmed its full support of Orca and the development of a commercial gold operation at Block 14. With this key permit, we will now move towards the completion of a Feasibility Study, which contemplates a processing operation of 6 million tpa. As we continue to expand the gold resources at Block 14 through ongoing drilling, we look forward to delivering the results of the Feasibility Study based on this robust water supply."