Sable Mining Africa Limited – 136 million tonnes defined at Limpopo Coal Project
136 million tonnes defined at Limpopo Coal Project
Sable Mining Africa Ltd, the AIM listed resource company, is pleased to announce that, following the completion by Delta Mining Consolidated Ltd (‘DMC’) of the 53 hole first phase drilling programme on DMC’s 3,445 hectare Southern block of the 9,548 hectare Limpopo Coal Project in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, an indicated coal resource of 136 million gross tonnes in situ has been estimated on the licence prepared in accordance with the requirements of the SAMREC Code.
The first phase exploration programme comprised a total of 9,628.59m drilled on the Southern Block. Coal seams were encountered at depths varying from 65m up to 287m, with seam thickness varying from 5.2m to 0.5m. Coal seams encountered included the top, middle upper, middle lower and bottom seams. Importantly, the initial tests indicated a free swelling index of above 5, serving as an indicator of a soft coking coal product.
The currently unexplored Northern Block of Limpopo Coal Project is contiguous to Coal of Africa Limited’s Vele coal project, which has recently been granted a mining licence by the Department of Minerals & Energy in South Africa. DMC is not currently drilling the Northern Block as part of its exploration programme.
Sable Mining CEO Andrew Groves said, “These results emphasise the potential in the Southern area of the exploration permit and its suitability for development. DMC is now evaluating its strategy on this concession in order to ascertain how best to collateralise this resource and place it in the context of its South African development strategy of building a portfolio of defined and producing coal assets.”