Drilling boosts South African coal project’s prospects

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 01 Dec 2011   Posted by admin

EMERGING thermal coal production and development company Universal Coal has increased and upgraded the resource at its Berenice-Cygnus coking coal project in the Soutpansberg coalfield in South Africa’s Limpopo Province to 1.325 billion tonnes.
The Berenice-Cygnus deposit now includes 7.9 million tonnes of measured coal resources, 394.5mt of indicated resources and 922mt of inferred resources – representing a 56 per cent increase on Universal Coal’s indicated to measured coal resources from the previous estimate, reported in June. The coal in the newly updated JORC-compliant resource has a minimum thickness of 0.5 metres. It occurs within eight sub-zones, in a composite carbonaceous unit that is between 35m and 40m thick, about 12.5 kilometres long and 4km wide. Universal Coal reported that core samples from a large diameter drilling program were undergoing analysis to define the detailed coking coal and coke characteristics. The company is expected to report the results of the analysis by the end of October.
“With the results of the full coking coal and coke analysis, expected later this month, we will target those areas with the highest yields and most attractive extraction parameters for a scoping
study and follow-up drill-out,” Universal Coal chairman Tony Harwood said in a statement. Meanwhile, Universal Coal has appointed DRA Mining to undertake a concept study on the Berenice-Cygnus project.
DRA will complete the study to determine the quality and size of the future coking coal operation by the end of the first quarter in 2012.


By Reuben Adams

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