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Celamin Completes Drilling at Chaketma Exploration Permit

Published on December 6, 2011 at 12:15 AM

By Joel Scanlon

Celamin has completed a drilling campaign in the Chaketma Exploration Permit located in Northern Tunisia, which was jointly possessed and funded with Tunisian Mining Services SARL (TMS).

The company has obtained the analytical results of the initial 187 samples from six drill holes out of the 12 holes.

The company has encountered wide intercepts in the hole 3 and hole 8 at the Gasaa El Kebira, which includes 19.8 % P2O5 over 24 m, and Sidi Ali Ben Oum Ezzine, which includes 20.75 % P2O5 over 16.4 m, respectively.

TMS and Celamin have completed a 1,200 m diamond core drill campaign, totaling 12 holes, and a 600 m trenching campaign. Currently, sampling program is ongoing and trenching is completed. The focus of the drill program is on the Gasaa El Kebira, which encloses over 2.0 sq. km. Also, the company will drill the holes in Sidi Ali Ben Oum Ezzine and Kef El Louz.

The results from the primary drill program are encouraging, but there is a difference in the observed phosphate mineralization’s geology at Chaketma to that at the Bir El Afou. The company has planned for additional work for processing this material to a commercial product. Currently, it is conducting this metallurgical test work.

Celamin is planning for the next drill phase at Chaketma. An additional 12 hole campaign has been intended to examine the Gassaat Ezzerbate and Kef El Louz. The company has designed the initial pass program to find the depth of over burden and the grade and width of the phosphate zone.


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