Baltika is located on the hillside along strike, to the west of the Gross Otavi prospect on the northern limb of the Otavi Valley Syncline.

The mineralisation is hosted by dolomites and jasperoidal cherts of the Tsumeb Group, with vanadium mineralisation occurring in ‘solution collapse’ breccias, fissures, and ‘sand-filled’ cavities. Zinc ore is found within the north-south fissures of the deposit as sphalerite and smithsonite, and is accompanied by minor galena (Pb) and descloizite

The mine was discovered in 1931 and operated until 1942, producing in excess of 5,820 tonnes of 9% V2O5 concentrate. The high-grade vanadium-basemetal mineralization is contained in a narrow steeply dipping veins that were mined from an adit extending under the hill. Additional high-grade mineralization may extend below the level of the adit and has not been tested with drilling. Processing of the surface waste dumps and tails may also be possible.

View down into the old mine workings

Sampling at the Baltika prospect, located on the western end of EPL3540 returned high levels of vanadium, lead and zinc in tails and waste rock from the historic mining operations. The highest values are 1.26% V2O5, 15.0% Zn and 3.8% Pb.


Subscribe to our email newsletter to receive the latest news and updates