Drilling at Tando’s vanadium project intersects mineralised unit in all holes
Tando Resources (ASX:TNO) today provided an update on its Phase One drilling program at the SPD Vanadium Project in South Africa, highlighting that all 16 holes drilled intersected mineralised unit comprising magnetite layers known to host vanadium.
Magnetite, or magnetite-bearing gabbro, was identified via visual identification in diamond core and RC chips. This is compelling find as the mineralised unit comprises a series of magnetite layers.
Magnetite is well established as the host rock for the vanadium mineralisation at SPD, as shown by TNO’s first assay results from the drill program earlier this month.
Each of these holes are located close to historical holes which returned high-grade vanadium whole rock assays and generated outstanding vanadium grades in magnetic concentrate.
This Phase One drilling program targeted the well-established SPD deposit, where there is currently a resource of 513 million tonnes at a grade of 0.78% V2O5 defined under the SAMREC code.
Assays are pending from all holes except VRC001. Once assays are received, they will be used to calculate a maiden Mineral Resource for SPD compliant with the JORC Code. This is expected to be published later this quarter.
In addition to the Phase 1 drill programme, two diamond core holes were drilled to provide samples for metallurgical testwork which will take place in South Africa and Australia.
One diamond drill rig is now preparing to test the surrounding high-grade vanadium pipes at SPD to support a Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) operation. Drilling will test Clusters 1 and 2, with Clusters 3 and 4 to be tested later this month. Cluster 5 will be drilled using a heliborne rig next month.
Tando is fully-funded to complete the entire Phase 1 and Phase 2 drilling program as well as the metallurgical and mining studies which will follow completion of the drilling programme. The anticipated cost to complete the drill program and the Resource is A$1.4 million.
TNO Managing Director Bill Oliver said the drilling program had so far met or exceeded the company’s expectations.
“The visuals from these holes are highly encouraging, particularly given their strong correlation with historic drilling results. An example of this is the high grade results from VRC001. We are now looking forward to receiving the remaining assays and calculating our maiden JORC Resource.
“And while this is happening, we will be drilling at the nearby vanadium pipes to test their potential to host a low-cost DSO operation.”
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