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Wadi Allaqi Regional

Gippsland is exploring nine tenement areas located in the Wadi Allaqi region of South-eastern Egypt. Eight of the areas contain historical gold workings with the ninth containing a copper-nickel deposit.

These Exploration Licences have a total area of 144 km2.  Application has been made for an Exploration Licences having a total area of 980 km2 and the renewal of the small Seiga licence.  Exploration of the current Exploration Licences will re-commence following the granting of the tenements under application.

The Wadi Allaqi region is located to the southeast of Aswan in the south-western part of the Eastern Desert of Egypt covering an area of about 12,000km2. The area, which is bounded to the west by Lake Nasser and to the east by the Red Sea is accessible via an asphalt road from Aswan located to the northwest. Elsewhere access is available by 4-wheel drive vehicles along the wadis.

Egypt has a long history of gold mining with the earliest references to gold mining in the pre-4,000 BC period. It is estimated that up to 3,000t of gold could have been mined by the Pharaohs from lands held under their control. Within the Wadi Allaqi region the earliest reference to mining is the Twelfth Dynasty of the Middle Kingdom (1991-1786 BC) when the area was known as the region of Akita in the Land of Wawat. Mining probably continued in episodes during the Pharaonic period. Further mining took place during the Roman era from 181 BC to 5 AD and then again during Islamic times from the ninth century up until the fourteenth century. In the early 1900s the area was explored and mined by British and South African companies, principally the Nile Valley Company Ltd at Um Garayat and Haimur, through to the 1920s. Some small time mining continued through to the early 1950s.

The ancient historical mining was focused entirely on the near-surface high grade quartz veins and alluvial gold. Evidence of the historical mining activity is clearly seen in stoped out quartz veins at shallow depths by means of shafts and adits and the presence of numerous stone tools used in crushing the gold ore. Waste dumps and tailing are present at a number of these deposits indicating that they were sites of significant mining activity by the ancients.

Apart from limited regional exploration during the 1960s and 70s under the auspices of the United Nations there has been no significant exploration or mining since the early 1950s when Egypt became a republic.

The nine Wadi Allaqi prospects, each 16km2 in area, include:

Gold

Copper-nickel

Um Garayat

Um Garayat regional

Abu Swayel

Nile Valley Block A

Nile Valley Block E

 

Seiga

Um Tiur 

 

Haimur

Um Shashoba