Solomon Islands

Principal projects

Isabel Nickel Project

The Isabel Nickel Project is considered one of the largest nickel laterite deposits in the Pacific. The project has previously been extensively explored and developed by mining and engineering industry leaders, including Inco Limited and Kaiser Engineering.
 
Axiom has a Prospecting Licence for the project's San Jorge tenement, where a drilling program and development activities are currently underway.
 
Across the bay, on Isabel Island lies the Kolosori deposit of which Axiom has an application for a Prospecting Licence pending before the government.

Axiom has planned for a direct shipping of ore (DSO) mining operation on both the San Jorge and Kolosori deposits.
 
This year, on the San Jorge tenement, the company intends to complete its initial round of drilling, issue a maiden JORC Resource statement and complete a Pre-Feasibility study and, subject to permitting and licensing, commence mining in the first half of 2017.
 
If Axiom receives a favourable response from the Solomon Islands government as to the Kolosori prospeciting license application, the Company intends to also issue the required studies for mining and quickly move the project into production (again subject to permitting and licensing).
 

West Guadalcanal Project

The West Guadalcanal Project comprises an area of about 485 km² located in the west of Guadalcanal Island. The tenement is adjacent to known Au-Ag deposits, including the Gold Ridge Mine and boasts potential for epithermal Au and porphyry Cu-Au style deposits. The exploration targets of Taho, Polo and Mt Tanjili lie within a 10 km long carbonate base metal gold epithermal corridor.

Axiom gained a Prospecting Licence for the project in January 2014, and undertook exploration until early 2015.  A total of 2050m was drilled, with 12 holes completed.
 
With the Company’s focus on the Isabel Nickel Project in 2015 Axiom undertook a strategic review of all operations, including the West Guadalcanal Project.
 
The technical review was carried out over four regions that covered Axiom’s key prospect areas — Taho, Polo and Mount Tanjilli. All targets were ranked by evaluating the geology, geochemistry, geophysics data as well as access to the prospect areas.

Axiom has submitted its renewal application for this project.


Updated October 2016

Disclaimer

Statements in this document that are forward-looking and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results are based on the Company’s current beliefs and assumptions regarding a large number of factors affecting its business, including litigation outcomes in the Solomon Islands Court of Appeal. There can be no assurance that (i) the Company has correctly measured or identified all of the factors affecting its business or their extent or likely impact; (ii) the publicly available information with respect to these factors on which the Company’s analysis is based is complete or accurate; (iii) the Company’s analysis is correct; or (iv) the Company’s strategy, which is based in part on this analysis, will be successful.