Côte d’Ivoire – Canadian mining company Sama Resources has been awarded a new exploration licence contiguous to the nickle-copper-palladium Samapleu license, to explore for base metals over an 80 km2 land package in the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa.
The new licence, called the Grata permit, is 100% owned by Sama Nickel Côte d’Ivoire SARL, a fully owned subsidiary of the company, and is located adjacent to the north-eastern boundary of the Samapleu exploration permit (PR 123).
Sama believes that ultramafic sequences of the recently outlined large Yacouba Layered Complex which hosts the Samapleu deposits, are extending within the Grata Permit and as such represent a prime target for nickel-copper-palladium mineralisation.
The first borehole in a programme of three to four boreholes was drilled at the Yepleu sector aimed at testing the large geophysical anomaly interpreted from the 2013 helicopter time domain electromagnetic survey.
The 614 m borehole intercepted a sub-horizontal sequence of 366 m thick alternating diorite/anorthosite and mafic units, part of the Yacouba layered complex, intruding the Archean gneissic host rock and named the Upper Sequence.
Preliminary results using a hand held Niton portable XRF returned an interval of 6.65 m grading 0.30% nickel and 0.26% copper, including 0.55m at 0.90% nickel and 0.80% copper.
This mineralisation is identical in nature to the mineralisation observed near surface in all the other boreholes drilled in 2014 at the Yepleu prospect.
Sama Resources is planning to perform a downhole electromagnetic survey (DHTEM) in order to acquire more precision on the target at depth prior to the drilling of the second borehole.
It is expected the DTHEM survey will take place in the first quarter of 2016.