October 17, 2023 – Toronto, Ontario: Royal Road Minerals Limited (TSXV:RYR) (“Royal Road” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its 50%-owned Saudi Arabian subsidiary, Royal Road Arabia (“RRA”) has entered into an Option Agreement (the “Agreement”) to acquire up to 100% of Izughar Resources S.R.L (“Izughar”) a Moroccan company holding certain exploration titles located within an agreed Area of Interest (“AOI”) incorporating the Alouana copper-gold polymetallic project in eastern Morocco.
Royal Road Arabia is a Saudi Arabian joint-venture company owned on a 50-50% partnership basis by Royal Road and MSB Holdings Limited (“MSB”). The company has been established for the purpose of copper, gold and other metals exploration, acquisition and development in an area of interest comprising the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Morocco and any other geographical area as may be agreed between the partners. Royal Road is operator and the Board of RRA is made up of an equal number of Directors appointed by Royal Road and MSB (see Press Release June 1st, 2023).
The AOI is an area of approximately 680 km2 which contains Izughar’s wholly-owned exploration licenses and is located in the provinces of Taourirt and Guercif, in Morocco’s Eastern Region (see Figure 1). Small-scale mining commenced at the Alouana license areas at the beginning of the last century and some 35 small-scale copper, gold and silver workings have been identified from within the Izughar license areas.
Figure 1. Location of the Alouana AOI and the Izughar license areas
Geologically the AOI is situated in Morocco’s Eastern Meseta terrane and comprises an erosional window of Palaeozoic age metamorphic and intrusive igneous rocks from within surrounding and overlying Mesozoic and Tertiary age sedimentary strata. The host rocks to copper, gold and polymetallic mineralization at Alouana are primarily Devonian age schists which have been intruded by a Permian age granite and related porphyry dykes. The granite underlies and has contact metasomatized the schistose sequence (see Figure 2). Copper, gold and polymetallic mineralization (silver, tungsten and zinc) has been emplaced parallel to the shallow-dipping schistosity (layer-parallel) and also in steeply-dipping northwest and northeast striking vein, breccia and porphyry dyke bodies (see Figure 3). Copper mineralization is characterised by chalcocite, chalcopyrite and the oxide assemblages of azurite and malachite.
Figure 2. Geology and surface geochemistry of the Alouana license areas
Figure 3. Left, disseminated copper oxides from underground development at Alouana. Right, layer parallel (cleavage parallel) copper mineralization from the Alouana ridge top occurrence
Izughar collected 92 grab rock-chip samples from mineralized occurrences at Alouana. Results were encouraging with copper returning up to 21.02% (minimum 0.001% and average 1.31%), gold returning up to 5.89 grams per tonne (minimum 0.01 and average 0.17 grams per tonne) and other elements such as silver returning up to 493.84ppm (minimum 0.53 and average 22.28ppm) and tungsten up to 0.36% (minimum 30ppm and average 365ppm). The Alouana project has not been drill-tested.
RRA has completed soil geochemical sampling and geological mapping across the Alouana license areas (see Figure 2). A total of 1718 soil samples were collected across 100m spaced lines and on 50m intervals. Results mapped out an approximately 2km long ridge-top zone of shallow-dipping layer-parallel style copper mineralization at Alouana, delineated the steep dipping mineralized vein, breccia and porphyry bodies and highlighted new and previously unknown anomalies from within the granite body.
The Company plans to complete further rock-chip and channel rock-chip sampling together with ground magnetics and radiometrics at Alouana and elsewhere throughout the AOI with a view to scout-drilling in early 2024. It is anticipated that the Company’s initial focus will be on drill-testing the grade and volume potential of the layer-parallel copper, gold and polymetallic mineralization at Alouana.
“Alouana is a very typical thermal aureole copper and gold system formed above and adjacent to a granitic intrusion. This style of deposit hosts some of the worlds largest copper and gold resources and is a target style of key interest for Royal Road Arabia. A particularly important component of the Alouana occurrence is the shallow-dipping layer-parallel style of copper and gold mineralization which, when coupled with high-grade steep-dipping mineralized fractures, infers significant mineable volume potential at and close to surface” said Dr Tim Coughlin, Royal Road’s President and CEO
Summary terms of the Option Agreement are as follows:
About Royal Road Minerals
Royal Road Minerals is a mineral exploration and development company with its head office and technical-operations center located in Jersey, Channel Islands. The Company is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker RYR and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the ticker RLU. The Company’s mission is to apply expert skills and innovative technologies to the process of discovering and developing copper and gold deposits of a scale large enough to benefit future generations and modern enough to ensure minimum impact on the environment and no net loss of biodiversity. The Company currently explores in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Morocco and Colombia. More information can be found on the Company’s website www.royalroadminerals.com
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The information in this news release was compiled, reviewed and verified by Dr. Tim Coughlin, BSc (Geology), MSc (Exploration and Mining), PhD (Structural Geology), FAusIMM, President and CEO of Royal Road Minerals Ltd and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Royal Road Minerals employees are instructed to follow standard operating and quality assurance procedures intended to ensure that all sampling techniques and sample results meet international reporting standards. More information can be found on Royal Road Minerals web site at www.royalroadminerals.com
Quality Assurance and Quality Control:
Sample preparation and analyses are conducted according to standard industry procedures at certified laboratories. Analytical performance is monitored by means of certified reference materials (CRMs), coarse blanks, coarse and pulp duplicate samples. Grab rock-chip samples collected by Izughar were bagged in the field for a sample size of approximately 2kg and then sent to AFRILAB-SGS in Marrakech where gold was analysed by fire assay with an atomic absorption finish and multielement analyses were conducted by ICP-OES. Soil samples were collected 30-60cm below the surface to avoid surficial contamination. Approximately 0.5kg was collected for each sample. For each sample, soil thickness, horizon, surface type, sample collection depth, & field sieve-mesh was recorded. QAQC materials included 57 (5.4%) CRMs, 18 (1.1%) blanks and 17 (1.0%) field duplicates with the 1701 primary samples. These samples were sent to the AFRILAB-SGS laboratory in Marrakech for drying, disaggregation and dry-sieving to -75um/-200 mesh. Au analysis was completed by 30g fire-assay with an AAS finish (PRE.MO/ANA-Au/001 method). Trace multi-elemental & REE analysis was completed using 4-acid digestion with an ICP-OES/MS finish and the major-oxides were completed using a peroxide fusion and ICP-OES finish.
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In Colombia Royal Road Minerals operates through its wholly-owned Colombian companies Minerales Camino Real SAS founded in 2015 and Exploraciones Northern Colombia SAS acquired from previous owners in 2019. In Argentina Royal Road Minerals operates through its wholly owned Argentinian company, Minerales Camino Real Argentina. In Saudi Arabia and Morocco the Company operates through its 50% owned Saudi Arabian registered subsidiary, Royal Road Arabia.