Tanzania – Strandline Resources, the Tanzania-focused mineral sands developer, believes that the outstanding exploration results to date have the potential to establish Bagamoyo as a new mineral sands province, expanding the company’s pipeline of projects.
Strandline Resources already has the Fungoni project, for which it has just released a definitive feasibility study (DFS); the Tanga South Project (Tajiri), where it is in the process of updating the mineral resource estimate; and the joint venture with Rio Tinto in southern Tanzania, where aircore drilling is underway.
At Bagamoyo, Strandline Resources has received the soil sampling results from its first exploration programme over the eastern Bagamoyo tenements. The programme was designed to demonstrate sufficient scale, grade, continuity and mineral assemblage and focussing on the mapped radiometric anomalies associated with topographic ridges (20 and 30 m above sea level).
The discoveries at Bagamoyo comprise a series of +1.5% total heavy mineral (THM) anomalies associated with topographic ridges, up to 11 km long and up to 1 km wide
Higher grade THM results within the 4 km long +3% THM anomalies include 14.2%, 12.5%, 12.0%, 7.1%, and 6.6% THM with low slimes <15%.
The value assemblage is also high, averaging 74.5% of the THM comprising 9.1% zircon, 4.2% rutile, 0.8% leucoxene and 60.4% ilmenite.
The exploration results have exceeded the company’s expectation with the identification of significant zones of anomalism with surface footprints showing both size and grade potential. The company believes the area is highly-prospective and represents a major new mineral sands target in the Bagamoyo province.
Strandline Resources is now undertaking additional mapping and shallow auger drilling ahead of planning a future aircore drill programme at Bagamoyo.
“These results show we have made a series of exciting mineral sands discoveries at Bagamoyo. These discoveries have size at surface, grade and comprise a high-value mineral assemblage, exceeding our expectations,” says Strandline Resources MD Luke Graham.
“They also show that Strandline’s strategy of establishing a pipeline of mineral sands projects at various stages of advancement is well on track. This pipeline ranges from the Fungoni project, where the DFS has just been completed, through to large-scale exploration and now these new discoveries in a new region,” he adds.
Feature image credit: Strandline Resources
A pan sample from the Bagamoyo project that contained 14% total heavy mineral.