BeMetals, a precious and base metals exploration company, collaborates with JOGMEC to fund USD 2 million exploration program.
BeMetals, an exploration and development company specializing in precious and base metals, has launched its exploration program at the Pangeni Copper Project in the Zambian Copperbelt. The company’s recent drill results have informed their geological interpretations, resulting in the identification of promising new targets for testing this year.
This collaborative effort is backed by both BeMetals and the Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security (JOGMEC).
Encouraging results boost exploration confidence
BeMetals’ President and CEO, John Wilton, said “We are encouraged by the core and aircore results from the previous program, and the targets now generated for testing this year. Importantly we have now returned significant copper mineralization at both the G and P targets which are near the interpreted basement unit to the Katangan sediment geological contact. This is the same setting known to host many of the large and often high-grade copper deposits and mines in Zambia.
Field activities commenced last week and will begin with approximately 5,000 meters of shallow, aircore drill testing of targets below the Kalahari sand cover. The lines of aircore drilling are focused on testing significant step outs from Targets G, P, and Q, in the south and southeast area of the Pangeni property, and identifying higher-grade shoots at the D-Prospect. We will also test the northeastern extension of a major structural feature trending across the central area of the Project at the new L-target. The drilling results at Pangeni to date, under the thin but extensive sand cover, and its overall geological setting within the prolific Zambian Copperbelt continue to demonstrate the potential for this project to deliver a large-scale copper discovery.”
Exploration program underway
The exploration program, commenced field activities as of last week. The initial phase involves conducting approximately 5,000 meters of shallow aircore drilling to investigate targets concealed beneath the Kalahari sand cover. The aircore drill lines are strategically focused on testing substantial expansions from Targets G, P, and Q in the southern and southeastern sectors of the Pangeni property. Furthermore, the program aims to identify higher-grade mineralized zones at the D-Prospect while exploring the northeastern extension of a major structural feature intersecting the central area of the project, known as the L-target. By leveraging the drilling results obtained thus far, BeMetals seeks to unveil the extensive copper potential concealed beneath the thin yet widespread sand cover, capitalizing on the project’s advantageous geological location within the highly productive Zambian Copperbelt.
Situated on the western extension of the Zambian Copperbelt, within the Lufilian Arc, the Pangeni Project boasts a unique geological composition. It comprises Katangan Supergroup metasediments that overlay basement schists and gneisses, concealed by a thin layer of Kalahari sands. The nearby Sentinel Copper Mine, operated by First Quantum Minerals Ltd., operates as an open-pit mine, situated approximately 130 kilometers northeast of the Pangeni Project. This region of the Zambian Copperbelt has attracted significant attention from prominent international mining companies, who recognize its potential for discovering tier one copper mines. Consequently, extensive exploration efforts are underway within this highly prospective area.
BeMetals highlights the diverse deposit types that the Pangeni Project property presents, including Basement-hosted Cu (analogous to the Lumwana Deposit), Sediment-hosted stratiform Cu-Co (analogous to Nchanga, Konkola, Nkana, and Mufulira Deposits), as well as other Domes Region Deposits such as Sentinel and Kansanshi. Additionally, the property demonstrates similarities to the DRC Copperbelt Deposits, including Lonshi, Frontier, and Kamoa-Kakula.
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