The Sandover Copper Project tenements (ELA 29252, ELA29253 and ELA 29254) are located approximately 100km north-east of Alice Springs just north of the Plenty Highway. The project area is situated on the Alcoota (SF53-10) 1:250,000 scale mapsheet. Access to the tenements is via the Stuart and Plenty Highways from Alice Springs and then via the Sandover Highway (EL 29254) and a series of unnamed roads, station tracks and fencelines. The topography of the area is subdued and dominated by the alluvial flats of the Plenty River, Mueller and Waite Creeks and their tributaries.
The Sandover copper project area is underlain by the Palaeoproterozoic Aileron Province and Neoproterozoic Irindina Province of the Arunta Block. The area is prospective for base metal, gold, rare earth and uranium deposits.
Outcropping in the northern part of ELA 29253 are felsic and mafic gneiss’ and granulite’s of the Strangeways Metamorphic Complex (Aileron Province). These Palaeoproterozoic rocks are the oldest within the project area.
The Neoproterozoic Reynolds Range Group (schist, slate and siltstone) occurs on the northern boundary of the tenement. Further north within ELA 29252 and ELA 29254 rocks of the Lander Rock Beds (greywacke, siltstone, shale, schist and gneiss) outcrop. The Lander Rock Beds are host to copper workings in the Mount Hardy Copper Field where TNG has taken out ELA 29219.
The southern part of ELA 29253 comprises magmatic metapelites, metabasite, calc-silicates, marble and quartzites of the Neoproterozoic Irindina Province. The majority of the project area is overlain by Cainozoic sediments including the sandstone, limestones and mudstones of the Tertiary Waite Formation.
The Company considers the area highly prospective for Copper and is planning a detailed exploration programme during 2012 subject to access.
Location and access to the Sandover Project from Alice Springs