Southern Arc Minerals Inc. is a well-financed Canadian mineral exploration company focused on gold and copper-gold exploration. Southern Arc is advancing two projects in Indonesia, one in partnership with Vale, the world’s second largest mining company, and is actively looking for new advanced-stage projects to broaden its portfolio. Southern Arc is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "SA" and on the OTCQX under the symbol "SOACF".
Southern Arc's key exploration property is its West Lombok project, with several gold-rich copper porphyry and epithermal gold vein prospects. The West Lombok property comprises a 13km long by 7km wide structural corridor of hydrothermal mineralization and alteration on Indonesia's Lombok Island. Previous exploration by Newmont Mining established the presence of epithermal and porphyry mineralization on a district scale with three large prospects: the Pelangan epithermal gold prospect, the Mencanggah epithermal/porphyry copper-gold district, and the Selodong intrusive copper-gold complex.
Southern Arc has completed more than 40,000 metres of drilling to date on the property and published the first resource estimate for the West Lombok property in July 2013, with an inferred resource totaling 1.49 million ounces of gold, 1.82 million ounces of silver and 397.3 million pounds of copper from three open-pittable epithermal gold deposits and one porphyry copper deposit. Further details are available in the press release and technical report.
Southern Arc and Vale International S.A. are advancing the East Elang Project under an option and joint venture agreement whereby Vale can earn a 75% interest (Southern Arc retaining 25%) by funding all project expenditures through to completion of a bankable feasibility study. The East Elang property is located immediately adjacent to Newmont's Elang copper-gold deposit (25 Moz gold, 16 Blb copper). Airborne geophysics and lithographical studies suggest that structures controlling the Elang porphyry trend may extend onto Southern Arc’s East Elang property. While the project is certainly prospective based on its location, Southern Arc will not begin to explore at East Elang until the appropriate permits have been issued.