Kasbah Resources has defined a shallow portion of the main ore-body at its Achmmach tin project in Morocco which could be mined as an open pit while the main planned underground workings are being developed. The company has announced a JORC compliant Indicated resource of 0.7 million tonnes at an average grade of 0.85% tin for the Eastern Zone Shallows (EZS) section of the Meknes Trend. This is a sub-set of the total resource of 14.6 Mt with 123,100 tonnes of contained tin previously reported, but uses a lower cut-off grade to reflect the lower cost of mining it.
In a statement Kasbah Managing Director Wayne Bramwell said: “This maiden shallow resource of approximately 5,800t of contained tin has exceeded our expectations and has the potential to provide early, open pit ore from the EZS. Commencing the EZS as an open pit, whilst concurrently developing the Central Decline (into the Meknes-Gap Zone) could provide early cash flow and increased tin production in year one of operations at Achmmach. As such the economic evaluation of mining ore from the EZS from an open pit versus an underground will commence immediately.”