Metal Tiger plc (LON:MTR), the London Stock Exchange AIM listed investor in strategic natural resource opportunities, has today provided an update regarding the Company’s Joint Venture (“JV”) project with partner MOD Resources Limited (ASX:MOD) (“MOD”) in the Kalahari Copper Belt in Botswana (70% MOD Resources/30% Metal Tiger).
- T3 (Motheo) Pit Resource Infill and Extension Programme drilling complete. Assay results for all holes to be included in the revised Mineral Resource Estimate have been received.
- Programme objective is to convert current Inferred Resources to the Indicated and Measured Resource category and extend the total Mineral Resource to support the Expansion Case model in the Prefeasibility Study (announced 31 January 2018).
- Assays received to date in line with expectation, with significant intersections outlined below, including:
35.0m @ 2.0% Cu and 34g/t Ag from 102m (within Base Case Pit)
16.0m @ 1.1% Cu and 10g/t Ag from 76m (within Base Case Pit)
31.9m @ 1.0% Cu and 9g/t Ag from 183m (below Expansion Case Pit)
11.5m @ 1.8% Cu and 36g/t Ag from 243m (outside Pit – V2)
6.2m @ 1.9% Cu and 40g/t Ag from 268m (outside Pit – V2)
13.8m @ 2.3% Cu and 60g/t Ag from 248m (below Expansion Case Pit)
- Consultants CSA Global have completed a site visit as part of their engagement to complete the revised Mineral Resource Estimate for the T3 Project which is expected during June 2018.
Michael McNeilly Chief Executive Officer of Metal Tiger commented: “We are delighted to report that all assay results required for the Mineral Resource upgrade work at our T3 Project have been received, our consultants CSA Global have completed their site visit review and will now be transferring the assay data into their Resource models. Concurrently we can also report that with 50 holes completed to date for the Underground Resource Extension Drilling Programme the JV will soon be in a position to start estimating a T3 Underground Resource.”
T3 (Motheo) Pit Update
- Geotechnical drilling programme for the Expansion Case has commenced, with 8 geotechnical holes planned.
- Sterilisation drilling is underway below the planned T3 plant and other surface infrastructure.
- Four diamond drill rigs are active at T3 with three rigs being used to expedite the geotechnical and sterilisation programmes which are critical path items for the ongoing T3 Pit Feasibility Study.
- Consultants CSA Global have completed a site visit as part of their engagement to complete the revised Mineral Resource Estimate for the T3 Project.
T3 Underground Resource Extension Programme
- Approximately 50 diamond core drill holes in the T3 Underground Resource Programme have been completed.
- Continuity of two high grade veins V1 and V3 has been demonstrated by drilling to date along a 1,500m strike length at T3.
- Significant intersections for veins (V1 – V4) outside of the open pit shells are included in the results list below.
T3 (Motheo) Pit Resource Infill and Extension Drill intersections
- Key down-hole intersections from the latest batch of diamond drill hole assay results for the T3 Phase 2 Infill & Extension drilling programme with Pit Model and interpreted vein id, include:
- Hole MO-G-125D
7.0m @ 1.0% Cu & 25g/t Ag from 277m (Zone 2, V2)
5.0m @ 0.9% Cu & 11g/t Ag from 368m (Zone 2, V4)
35.0m @ 0.3% Cu & 3g/t Ag from 395m (NPF Contact)
2.0m @ 2.9% Cu & 19g/t Ag from 432m (NPF Contact)
20.5m @ 0.3% Cu & 3g/t Ag from 434m (NPF Contact)
- Hole MO-G-128D
2.7m @ 1.7% Cu & 43g/t Ag from 320m (Zone 2, V1)
- Hole MO-G-129D
8.0m @ 1.2% Cu & 9g/t Ag from 101m (Base Case Pit)
- Hole MO-G-130D
4.0m @ 1.3% Cu & 6g/t Ag from 67m (Base Case Pit)
12.0m @ 1.1% Cu & 4g/t Ag from 85m (Base Case Pit)
35.0m @ 2.0% Cu & 34g/t Ag from 102m (Base Case Pit)
5.0m @ 1.0% Cu & 7g/t Ag from 151m (Base Case Pit)
1.7m @ 1.4% Cu & 17g/t Ag from 159m (Base Case Pit)
10.5m @ 1.2% Cu & 19g/t Ag from 208m (Expansion Pit)
3.0m @ 1.2% Cu & 17g/t Ag from 301m
- Hole MO-G-131D
16.0m @ 1.1% Cu & 10g/t Ag from 76m (Base Case Pit)
- Hole MO-G-132D
10.7m @ 1.2 % Cu & 18g/t Ag from 203m (Zone 2, V1)
11.5m @ 1.8% Cu & 36g/t Ag from 243m (Zone 2, V2)
- Hole MO-G-133D
2.2m @ 2.0% Cu & 22g/t Ag from 294m (Zone 2, V2)
7.0m @ 0.5% Cu & 7g/t Ag from 366m (NPF Contact)
1.7m @ 1.4% Cu & 19g/t Ag from 389m (NPF Contact)
7.6m @ 0.5% Cu & 6g/t Ag from 392m (NPF Contact)
- Hole MO-G-134D
16.0m @ 0.9 % Cu & 5g/t Ag from 55m (Base Case Pit)
- Hole MO-G-135D
4.7m @ 0.6% Cu & 6g/t Ag from 47m (Base Case Pit)
5.1m @ 1.1% Cu & 6g/t Ag from 55m (Base Case Pit)
19.0m @ 0.8% Cu & 26g/t Ag from 254m (Expansion Pit)
- Hole MO-G-139D
6.0m @ 1.5 % Cu & 38g/t Ag from 294m (Zone 2, V2)
3.0m @ 1.1% Cu & 13g/t Ag from 360m (Zone 2, V4)
28.0m @ 0.4% Cu & 5g/t Ag from 455m (NPF Contact)
- Hole MO-G-143D
7.0m @ 1.3% Cu & 27g/t Ag from 183m (Zone 2, V2)
- Hole MO-G-144D
17.6m @ 0.9% Cu & 5g/t Ag from 145m (Expansion Pit)
3.5m @ 1.1% Cu & 27g/t Ag from 194m (Zone 2, V3)
- Hole MO-G-145D
6.2m @ 1.9 % Cu & 40g/t Ag from 268m (Zone 2, V1)
- Hole MO-G-146D
31.9m @ 1.0 % Cu & 9g/t Ag from 183m (Below Expansion Pit)
11.0m @ 1.1% Cu & 25g/t Ag from 218m (Zone 2, V2)
9.8m @ 0.8% Cu & 19g/t Ag from 259m (Zone 2, V3)
- Hole MO-G-147D
10.0m @ 0.7 % Cu & 3g/t Ag from 231m (Zone 2, V1)
5.0m @ 1.2% Cu & 28g/t Ag from 261m (Zone 2, V2)
- Hole MO-G-151D
8.0m @ 1.4% Cu & 10g/t Ag from 115m (Base Case Pit)
- Hole MO-G-152D
10.0m @ 0.9% Cu & 21g/t Ag from 276m (Zone 2, V1)
- Hole MO-G-153D
6.0m @ 1.5 % Cu & 12g/t Ag from 176m (Expansion Pit)
- Hole MO-G-154D
18.0m @ 1.0 % Cu & 16g/t Ag from 204m (Expansion Pit)
10.1m @ 0.9% Cu & 16g/t Ag from 235m (Expansion Pit)
- Hole MO-G-155D
17.7m @ 1.1 % Cu & 6g/t Ag from 108m (Base Case Pit)
24.8m @ 1.3% Cu & 4g/t Ag from 152m (Base Case Pit)
- Hole MO-G-156D
12.6m @ 0.9 % Cu & 9g/t Ag from 186m (Expansion Pit)
14.0m @ 1.0% Cu & 21g/t Ag from 235m (Expansion Pit)
- Hole MO-G-157D
16.8m @ 0.9 % Cu & 14g/t Ag from 206m (Expansion Pit)
8.0m @ 0.5% Cu & 19g/t Ag from 237m (Zone 2, V2)
- Hole MO-G-158D
11.0m @ 1.4 % Cu & 22g/t Ag from 192m (Expansion Pit)
10.0m @ 0.9% Cu & 19g/t Ag from 315m (Zone 2, V4)
- Hole MO-G-159D
15.0m @ 1.1 % Cu & 13g/t Ag from 164m (Zone 2, V2)
- Hole MO-G-160D
2.0m @ 1.1 % Cu & 6g/t Ag from 134m (Base Case Pit)
12.0m @ 0.7% Cu & 3g/t Ag from 140m (Base Case Pit)
1.3m @ 5.9% Cu & 134g/t Ag from 168m (Base Case Pit)
2.3m @ 1.4% Cu & 17g/t Ag from 198m (Zone 2, V3 / Base Case Pit)
- Hole MO-G-161D
17.9m @ 1.1 % Cu & 13g/t Ag from 193m (Expansion Pit)
22.3m @ 1.6% Cu & 39g/t Ag from 248m, including
13.8m @ 2.3% Cu & 60g/t Ag from 248m (Below Expansion Pit)
- Hole MO-G-162D
4.2m @ 0.7 % Cu & 23g/t Ag from 138m (Zone 2, V2)
1.5m @ 6.3% Cu & 106g/t Ag from 156m (Zone 2, V2)
- Previous assay results were announced 26 March 2018.
T3 Dome Complex
Two rigs have commenced drilling at the T3 Dome complex, as part of the major drilling campaign to test numerous geophysical targets along the T3 Dome Complex (announced on 15 May 2018).
Background information on the T3 Project
The T3 Project is located on the Kalahari Copper Belt in northern Botswana and is part of the MOD/MTR joint venture Botswana Copper/Silver Project. T3 is located within the central part of the T3 Dome (approximately 1,000km2), which is the focus of rapidly increasing exploration activity undertaken by the JV. Two significant resources have been discovered to date within the T3 Dome: T1 (Mahumo deposit 100% MOD) and T3 (70% MOD / 30% MTR).
The T3 Deposit was discovered in March 2016 when a reverse circulation (“RC”) drill hole intersected 52m @ 2.0% Cu and 32g/t Ag from shallow depth. The maiden T3 JORC (2012) compliant Mineral Resource was announced on 26 September 2016 with the first Resource upgrade announced on 24 August 2017. The results of a Scoping Study for an open pit mine at T3 with a 2Mtpa processing plant, an indicative mine life of 10 years and an average production rate of 21,800tpa of copper and 665,000oz pa of silver was released on 6 December 2016. Work on a Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) commenced in January 2017 and additional deeper copper mineralisation was discovered below the T3 Resource in February 2017.
The T3 Prospect geological data and exploration results have been reviewed and approved by Jacques Janse van Rensburg, BSc.(Hons), Business Development Manager and Competent Person for MOD Resources Ltd. Mineral Resource estimation and classification of the T3 Copper/Silver Project was conducted and approved by Mr A.I. Pretorius, MSc. Pri.Sci.Nat. an independent consultant to MOD Resources Ltd.
The Phase 2 drilling at the T3 Copper/Silver Deposit commenced on 7th August 2017, with approval granted for the recommencement of both diamond core (DC) and reverse circulation (RC) drilling at the T3 Project and its vicinity, through to December 2018. This includes up to 70 planned diamond core drill holes designed to infill the current Resource and test for possible extensions. The objective of the infill program is to increase geological confidence and upgrade categorisation of the T3 Resource. The programme also includes grid drilling to investigate the potential for an underground Resource down-dip and along strike from the planned open-pit, and to investigate geophysical targets. Drilling approval has been granted for the wider T3 Dome with the acceptance of the T3 Dome EMP announced on 3 April 2018.
The results of the T3 Open Pit Pre-Feasibility Study were announced on 31st January 2018. The T3 Open Pit Feasibility Study, towards a decision to mine, is currently underway.
The technical information contained in this disclosure has been read and approved by Mr Nick O’Reilly (MSc, DIC, MAusIMM, FGS), who is a qualified geologist who acts as the Competent Person under the AIM Rules – Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies. Mr O’Reilly has visited the T3 site and reviewed MOD’s drilling and sampling protocols and procedures. Mr O’Reilly is a Principal consultant working for Mining Analyst Consulting Ltd which has been retained by Metal Tiger PLC to provide technical support.
In addition to its 30% interest in the JV, Metal Tiger holds 138,800,415 MOD shares, equivalent to 5.996 % of MOD’s issued share capital and 1,541,667 MOD options each exercisable price of 6 cents (Australian) on or before 15 April 2019.