Botswana Diamonds (BOD) says its latest results from exploration work on its fieldwork programme in Orapa, Botswana on PLs206-210/2014 have shown a geological anomaly that they would start drilling on in September.
The exploration work is being done by Sunland Minerals, which is a joint venture between BOD and Russian diamond major, Alrosa.
According to the latest company update, the results of the follow-up analysis conducted by the joint venture team on both the geophysics and geochemistry highlight a ‘strong geological anomaly’ on PL210. This is considered prospective for the discovery of kimberlite and will be drilled in September 2015.
The company added that on both PL206 and 207, further soil sampling and electromagnetic work is required to establish the source of the kimberlite indicator minerals.
BOD also revealed that in addition to the next stage of exploration in Orapa, work will also begin in Gope on PLs 135 and 136 where two magnetic anomalies have been identified. A rapid programme of soil sampling and transient electromagnetic surveying will be conducted to confirm the anomalies and the precise drill targets.
Executive Chairman of Botswana Diamonds, John Teeling said they have identified a very strong anomaly on PL210, which we will drill.
“The new ground that we have acquired in Gope also looks very promising. The ongoing joint venture with Alrosa goes from strength to strength,” the charismatic Irishman said.
The fieldwork was carried out by a combined team of geologists on Prospecting Licences PLs 206-210 in the Orapa region.
BOD said the work on the ground comprised of heavy concentrate sampling of soil, hard rock sampling, in-field mineralogical analysis, electromagnetic surveying and ground magnetic surveying.