Aug. 3 -- Kasbah Resources said that it has signed a letter of intent to appoint Spektra Jeotek AS to carry out exploration drilling work at its Achmmach project in Morocco, to help it complete a Pre-Feasibility Study of the project by the first quarter of 2012. Spektra is immediately mobilising three new diamond drill rigs, support equipment and personnel to Achmmach. It is expected that this equipment will be on site and operational during September 2011. Currently only one rig, operated by local company Geosond Maroc SARL, a domestic drilling contractor, is on site, although a second unit could be mobilised shortly. The temporary lull in activity was caused by Kasbah’s decision to fire their previous contractor, North Scandinavia Drilling, in late June.
In the statement Kasbah’s Managing Director, Wayne Bramwell said: “The next major milestone for Kasbah is to increase the size and to upgrade the resource at Achmmach. This is one of the key inputs to the Pre-Feasibility Study and the ability to deliver this is directly linked to drilling productivity. With Spektra’s commitment to mobilising an additional three diamond rigs to Achmmach, Kasbah now targets to have up to five diamond rigs operating by the last quarter of 2011.”
The current indicated and inferred JORC resource at Achmmach is 7.0 million tonnes of ore at an average 0.8% Sn, containing 54,000 tonnes of tin. Recently drilling between two known areas of mineralisation had identified some ore grading as high as 5.4% Sn.