Porphyry copper (Cu-Au) deposit in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names Gedabek, Kedabeg, Novo-Gorelovskoe
Tract name Cimmeride Lesser Caucasus (142pCu9001)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Azerbaijan
State or province Azerbaijan
Geographic location 45.8603, 40.5867
Geologic map unit 45.8603, 40.5867
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Deposit subtype Cu-Au
Age determination method Geologic inference
Age range Jurassic–Cretaceous
Age reference Kekelia and Kekelia (2001)
Minerals andalusite, arsenopyrite, barite, biotite, bornite, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, chrysocolla, copper, covellite, cuprite, epidote, fluorite, gold, gypsum, hematite, K-feldspar, kaolinite, magnetite, marcasite, molybdenite, muscovite/sericite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, silver, sphalerite, tennantite/tetrahedrite, tenorite
Associated rocks plagiogranite, quartz diorite porphyry, andesite porphyry, andesitic tuff, diorite, gabbro, gabbro diorite, granite porphyry, hornfels, limestone, quartz diorite, rhyolite porhyry, rhyolitic tuff, skarn
Tectonic setting mixed
Stratigraphic age Jurassic–Cretaceous

Commodity and development information

Development status Producer
Major commodities Cu, Mo
Minor commodities Au
Tonnage (Mt) 16Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.24%
Au grade (g/t) 1.4g/t
Ag grade (g/t) 12.2g/t
Contained copper 38,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Cu-Au-(Mo) porphyry deposit; calcic calc-alkaline; new 2012 resource estimate of 48 Mt at 0.197% Cu, 0.825 g/t Au, and 6.65 g/t Ag; open pit; in production.
Study area name Tethys
References Anglo Asian Mining PLC (2009); Anglo Asian Mining PLC (2011); Baba-Zade and others (1990); Bortnikov and others (1993); CAE Mining (2012); Kekelia and Kekelia (2001); Levine (2011b); Singer and others (2008); United Nations (2000); U.S. Geological Survey (2012)
Site reference Zürcher and others (in press)
Anglo Asian Mining PLC, 2009, Annual report and accounts 2008: Anglo Asian Mining PLC, 40 p. (Also available at and Asian Mining PLC, 2011, Annual report and accounts 2010: Anglo Asian Mining PLC, 48 p. (Also available at and
Baba-Zade, V.M., Makhmudov, A.I., Ramazanov, V.G., 1990, Copper and molybdenum porphyry deposits: Baku, Azerbaijan State Publishing House, 353 p. [In Russian.]
Bortnikov, N.S., Genkin, A.D., and Troneva, N.V., 1993, Tennantite decomposition—Evidence from the Kedabek copper deposit, Azerbaijan: Mineralogy and Petrology, v. 47, p. 171–181. (Also available at Mining, 2012, Updated mineral resources, Gedabek mineral deposit, Republic of Azerbaijan: CAE Mining technical report prepared for Azerbaijan International Mining Co. Ltd., 50 p. (Also available at[1].pdf.)
Kekelia, Sergo, and Kekelia, Maren, 2001, Metallogenic map of the Caucasus, Arcview 3.2 format, in Moon, C., ed., Elaboration and quantification of metallogenic evolution of Alpine fold system—The Pontides-Lesser Caucasus sector of the Tethyan Eurasian metallogienic belt: International Association for the Promotion of Cooperation with Scientists of the Former Soviet Union (INTAS) Project 97-1416, CD-ROM.
Levine, R.M., 2011b, The mineral industry of Azerbaijan [Advance release], in Area reports—International—Europe: U.S. Geological Survey Minerals Yearbook 2009, v. III, p. 5.1-5.5, accessed online October 26, 2012at, D.A., Berger, V.I., and Moring, B.C., 2008, Porphyry copper deposits of the world—Database and grade and tonnage models, 2008: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1155, [45] p. and digital data, accessed December 31, 2013, at
United Nations, 2000, Geology and mineral resources of Azerbaijan: New York, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Atlas of mineral resources of the ESCAP region, v. 15, 216 p.
U.S. Geological Survey, 2012, Mineral resource data system (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey database, accessed October 19, 2012, at