Drilling program to upgrade Mmamantswe resource

PERTH-based energy company Aviva has commenced a $3 million reserve drilling program at its 1.3 billion tonne Mmamantswe coal project in Botswana.
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Mmamantswe drill camp. Courtesy Aviva.

Christine Feary

Two drill rigs are working at the site on a 16,600m drilling program designed to upgrade half the deposit from indicated to measured resources. The initial 600 million tonne target at Mmamantswe was doubled in February this year.

Managing director Lindsay Reed said the resource estimate affirmed the project as a low strip ratio openpit thermal coal deposit, with the potential to supply up to 6Mt per annum.

The drilling program is expected to finish at the end of August, with final coal quality test results set for the end of October.

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