Tsitel Sopeli is the second most advanced prospect in the licence area. Located 12km north-east of the Madneuli Mine and processing facility, and 6km east of the Kvemo Bolnisi Project, the prospect has a footprint of 3km by 1.5km where outcropping oxide gold and base metal and barite mineralization is hosted within strongly silicified felsic volcanics, genetically similar to KBE.
During the Soviet-era a total of 140km of drilling was completed, to depths of 500m, but all holes were vertical (despite the vein system also being largely vertical).
Nevertheless, although mineralised intercepts were erratic, there is clear evidence of increasing Au grade with depth, as would be expected in such a system. As an example, the historic hole 135 intersected 234.2 m @ 1.70 g/t Au and 4.0 % Cu from 175.8 m, and in 2012 the partner explorer CMG drilled three inclined holes with peak intercepts of 22.3 g/t Au at 419 m indicating the top of a bonanza gold zone was intercepted but remains to be properly tested down-dip and along strike.
Next steps include the drilling of several deep holes targeting the bonanza style mineralisation at TS West, and expanding the footprint of oxide mineralisation at TS East, which remains open in all directions.
The style of mineralisation at Tsitel Sopeli is directly analogous to those at the Fruta del Norte project in Ecuador, and at Hod Maden in Turkey.