Namibia – Kombat Copper, the TSX-V listed copper explorer, has received assay results from nine additional holes of its 35 hole diamond drill programme at its copper mine in Namibia.
The results observed to date continue to indicate a near-surface mineral resource. The initial 35 drill hole programme is now complete and all samples for assay have been submitted to the laboratory and once the results are returned, Kombat will release the full interpretation of the drilling Programme.
- Hole K15-010 intersected 16% copper and 11.104 g/t gold over a 19.25 m core length
- Hole K15-012 intersected 1.37% copper and 14.77 g/t gold over a 8.33m core length
Bill Nielsen, President and CEO of Kombat Copper, indicates, “the vast majority of the holes being reported are in what is known as the Central Pit area which saw very limited mining at the end of the mine life in 2006-2007. Our results have expanded the known mineralisation to the east and west and we are encouraged that this northern mineralised horizon may contribute to future estimates of mineral resources. We will be completing additional work to determine the structural setting of this horizon and its possible relationship to the southern horizon that was extensively mined underground.”
Drilling results to date
Eight of the nine holes represented have been drilled in the Central Pit area and have expanded this mineralized horizon east and west with indications that the mineralization could be extended a significant distance in either direction with further drilling.
Hole K15-014 has tested the east end of underground workings on the 2 level where there was a significant gap in past drilling. Additional drilling is required to further define the mineralized zone that was intersected in this hole.
The remaining holes in the drill program have tested selected target areas along the strike length of 1,500 meters between the #1 shaft and to the east beyond #3 shaft where past mining has provided positive indications of near surface copper mineralization (See Figure 2).
Kombat Copper has begun a spectral logging study with the Geological Survey of Namibia. Spectral logging aims to identify subtle alteration mineral indicators associated with ore zones at the Kombat mine. The study will encompass the recently completed shallow surface drilling programme and samples of archival drill core representing key exploration target areas in the deeper parts of the mine.
Kombat Copper has held further meetings with the Namibian Water Corporation (Namwater) who are looking to use the Kombat mine as a significant source of water for the country during the current drought. The company has presented them with a three phase dewatering project that could supply a large, sustained volume of potable water.
NamWater have expressed a desire to implement phase 1 of the proposal. This would allow for the commencement of dewatering of the mine infrastructure at little to no cost to Kombat Copper.
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