The Lupa Goldfield is the second largest goldfield in Tanzania outside of the Lake Victoria Goldfield. From 1935 to 1959 an estimated 650,000 ounces of gold were extracted from the area. The Lupa Goldfield, located with the Ubendian model belt, is a triangular shaped block of approximately 2,600 km2 including the Rukwa rift fault to the southwest, the Ufipa fault to the southeast and a near east–west trending fault to the north form the respective boundaries.
Shanta Gold, through its Tanzanian subsidiaries, holds over 1,560 km2 of prospective exploration ground with further 101 km2 under application in the Lupa Goldfield. These licences are in an area spanning approximately 101 km by 61 km. It is estimated that a 20 km radius from the New Luika Gold Mine processing plant could be economic in the first instance to provide incremental feed source for the mill.
Project Potential and Prospects
The Company believes this area has upside potential with over 57 known artisanal or colonial gold mining operations having existed in the past.
Shanta has successfully produced strong results from its ongoing exploration programme within its mining licence at New Luika. Since September 2015 the Company has more than replaced its mined ounces with new resources and in March 2017, it announced its Revised Mine Plan, which incorporated the strong results previously reported from Elizabeth Hill and Ilunga, which increased New Luika's reserves significantly.