Metovit (formerly Kamenica)

In 2014, the Kamenica license expired, and Avrupa re-applied for the open ground which included the former Kamenica license, plus a small amount of adjoining open ground.  The application was named Metovit, after the village of the same name within the application area (and formerly named Metovic).  The application was approved in early June 2015, and the Company expects issuance of the new license before the end of June 2015.  Following is a description of the Kamenica project workings, up to 2012, when work was halted and the project put on care and maintenance.

Avrupa completed an initial round of exploratory drilling in late 2011 on the Kamenica license, located in the historic Vardar Mineral Trend.  Two core holes, totaling 382.6 meters, were completed at two separate targets, located about three kilometers apart.  The most interesting of the two holes, at the Metovic target, intercepted multiple generations of visible Fe-Zn-Pb sulfide mineralization in pervasive disseminations and stockwork quartz veining, hosted by strongly altered, calcareous siltstones and sandstones over the entire 193.3-meter length of the hole.  The drill hole bottomed in altered quartz diorite porphyry and brecciated quartz diorite containing fragments of the porphyry.  The widespread anomalous sulfide mineralization and strong alteration may indicate the presence of a possible large porphyry-style system within the Kamenica license.

In post-drilling follow-up, the Avrupa field team discovered outcrops of heavily altered, possible porphyry rocks in and around roadcut exposures, opened up subsequent to drilling in the Metovic area.  Further follow-up mapping on the heavily-wooded hillsides above the drill site location indicated the presence of widespread anomalous soil coloration in the greater Metovic district. 

Avrupa also completed a core hole, totaling 189.3 meters, at the Grbes target on the Kamenica license.  Drilling encountered pyritic gneisses from close to the surface to 120 meters depth, followed by sooty, pyritic black shales and graphitic schists to the bottom of the hole.  These strongly altered rock units do not appear at the surface, and are of an older Vardar formation that has been uplifted in this portion of the exploration area.  Further work is necessary to assist in targeting for a possible large mineral system.

The Company is in discussions to option the property, and once the new Metovit license is issued, and a JV is formed, the Company hopes to get back to more detailed surface work in the Metovic target area, which will be directed towards possible drill targeting for later this year.  Drill planning will center on follow-up in the immediate Metovic area, as well as in the nearby Adjarovic area.  In addition, about 30% of the new license has not been previously reviewed, in detail, by Company geologists.  First-pass stream sediment sampling, prospecting, and general mapping is planned for there, as well as follow-up of anomalism discovered through government-sponsored regional exploration programs completed in 2006-2007.

The Artana Mine (Novo Brdo) is located less than five kilometers to the southeast along the Vardar trend from the Metovic and Grbes area. The Artana Mine, having operated intermittently since the height of Saxon times between the 12th and 14th centuries, is presently operating on a limited basis. Total modern production at Artana was estimated by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) to be in the 4-5 million metric tonne range at around 10% combined lead and zinc, 140 g/t silver, and +1 g/t gold. Review and recalculation of old Yugoslav resource reports by UNMIK and their consultants indicated that mineable resources at Artana would be in the 2.5-3.0 million metric tonne range at similar grades. The historic production information, calculated by UNMIK consultants and recently obtained by Avrupa, is non NI 43-101 compliant.

The following diagrams represent the license shape and knowledge level as it was in 2012 when exploration work was put on hold.  No new work has been attempted at Kamenica/Metovit since that time.


Geology of the Kamenica license with Grbes and Metovic target areas outlined.



Simplified Metovic-Grbes geology.


Simplified cross section, looking NE, of Metovic-Grbes geology.


Simplified geology of the Metovic-Adjarovic porphyry target area.  Both the Metovic and Adjarovic target areas lie on Vardar Mineral Trend structures.  The Artana Mine lies about 5 km to the southeast, along the Vardar Trend.


General cross section of MET01.  Three generations of base metal mineralization intersected from top to bottom of the drill hole.  Porphyritic rocks are present at the bottom of the drill hole.  Nearby, newly-opened roadcuts show outcropping, strongly altered, possible porphyritic rocks.  Regional radiometric data and satellite imagery suggest the presence of a buried intrusion in the Metovic area, lying along the Vardar Mineral Trend.