Mongolia and Northern China were formed by a series of accretionary terrains that range in age from Proterozoic to Late Palaeozoic as shown in Figure 1.
Each successive accretionary belt was added from the south and wrapped around the Siberian Craton to the north, forming a series of concave north-wrapping arcs separated by ophiolitic suture zones. Two suture zones are present in Mongolia, the Baikalian Lineament in the north, which represents late Proterozoic accretion and the Main Mongolian Lineament in the south, which represents Silurian accretion. In southern Mongolia, the oldest rocks are of late Precambrian to middle Palaeozoic age and were deposited as shallow marine carbonate and clastic facies, on passive continental margins. Mid-Palaeozoic orogenesis is associated with the collision of the Altai microplate in western Mongolia and the accretion of the central Mongolian microplate onto the Siberian Craton. Renewed sedimentation in the Altai foreland and also perhaps in marginal rift or back arc basins is represented by Devonian and Carboniferous continental and marine clastic and volcanic formations.
A Late Carboniferous to Early Permian orogenic phase marks accretion of the Gobi microplate onto the enlarged Mongolian-Siberian Craton, giving rise to a third suture which more or less coincides with the location of the present day Mongolian-Chinese border.
Late Permian to Early Jurassic sediments in southern Mongolia comprise a very thick sequence of coarse continental clastic formations overlain by locally occurring finer clastic, coal, and lacustrine sequences possibly deposited in foreland basins. These sediments were subsequently deformed during the Triassic to Middle Jurassic, when the Qiantang block (in China), collided with
the growing Mongolian-Siberian Craton.
Later periods of continental rifting occurred resulted in thick sequences of fluvial conglomerate and sandstone, floodplain coal, and lacustrine shale to be deposited in the rift basins through the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous. The southern Mongolia area was affected by significant tectonism and volcanic activity throughout the Late Cretaceous and Tertiary periods.
Jade’s flagship project is the TTCBM Project.
Jade’s joint venture partner, EM, was awarded a PSA over the TTCBM Project area in April 2020, after completion by MGR of the requirements of a Prospecting Agreement held by JV partner EM over the area. In accordance with the joint venture agreements, Jade managed, fully funded and operated the fulfillment of the PSA requirements during that period. Following approval of the Cabinet of Mongolia in October 2020, the PSA rights and obligations were fully transferred to the joint venture company MGR.
Jade is nearing the end of a six well drilling campaign that is focused on the Red Lake area. To date four wells have reached total depth (TD), with extensive gas bearing coals extracted through coring. The extent of the gas bearing coals in the wells has varied from a total of 42 metres to 68 metres. As well as this, gas composition findings from Red Lake-1 have delivered methane of 98% in coal seam III, and 92.5% in coal seam IV. High gas content readings were also identified ranging from 11-15 m3 per tonne.
Local Structural Geology
The coal seams of the Tavan Tolgoi district accumulated in the Ulaan Nuur Trough, an intra-cratonic basin. The basin, generally regarded as a broad synclinorium, is the result of crustal subsidence of the basement rock adjacent to a large scale east to northeast trending fault system (mega-shear) that bounds the district to the north. Upper Permian coals accumulated in the subsiding basin and were subsequently faulted and folded from a moderate to intense degree by post-depositional tectonic events.
The Tavan Tolgoi coalfield is comprised of a series of east-west trending synclines and anticlines which are overprinted by a north-south trending anticline. While much of the Tavan Tolgoi is gently to moderately inclined, dips in the flanks of these structures can exceed 40°. Numerous east-west trending normal faults bisect the coalfield. Significant east-west trending thrust faults form the coalfield boundaries throughout much of Tavan Tolgoi, bringing underlying, older volcanics and non-coalbearing formations to the surface and truncating the coal resource areas.
Figure 3 shows the structural features of the Tavan Tolgoi coalfield. The areas of the coal-bearing formations are shaded. Two major fold structures are evident in the western half of the deposit, the Tsankhi Syncline and Tsankhi Anticline. The syncline hosts the structural basin containing the thickest coal-bearing sequence, while the anticline brings the lowest coal horizons to the surface.
Jade has 100% of the Shivee Gobi prospecting agreement permit (PA), which covers an area of 8,317 km2 and is located approximately 300 kilometres south of Ulaanbaatar. Within the permit are several known coal deposits, primarily trending from north-east to south-west.
Minimal expenditure commitments on the Shivee Gobi PA over a three-year prospecting period have been negotiated. It is expected that initial desk top study work will be completed around mid-2022 to better assess its potential, ahead of technical studies, drilling, coal sampling and gas testing. Total expenditure for the three-year period is initially estimated at around US$110k.
Jade has 100% of the Eastern Gobi PA, which covers an area of 9,691 km2 and is located approximately 450 kilometres south of Ulaanbaatar. The Eastern Gobi PA is home to significant coal deposits that are highly prospective for CBM.
Minimal expenditure commitments over a three-year prospecting period for the Eastern Gobi PA have been negotiated. It is expected that initial desk top study work will be completed around mid-2022, with total expenditure for the three-year period initially estimated at around US$160k.