Kasbah Resources has identified a second near-surface deposit amendable to open pit mining at its Achmmach project in Morocco and announced a short extension in its timetable for the completion of a Definitive Feasibility Study into the first quarter of 2014 to take this into account.
The newly identified Western Zone Shallows has an indicated mineral resource of 144,000 tonnes of ore at 0.9% tin, while the Eastern Zone Shallows – part of the main Meknes Trend orebody – has 700,000 tonnes at 0.85% tin, giving a combined tin content of ore which could be mined relatively cheaply during early operations of a little over 7,000 tonnes of contained tin. The mine will be mainly an underground operation producing some 6,000-7,000 tpy of tin-in-concentrate.
In a statement Kasbah Managing Director Wayne Bramwell said: “The Kasbah Board and our strategic partners have agreed that a short extension to the timetable of the DFS is warranted based on the emergence of two open pit targets at Achmmach. This is another positive development for the project as the cash flow impact of open pit ore in the early years of operations could be significant.”