Namibia Rare Earths Inc. has contracted SkyTEM Surveys ApS (SkyTEM) to carry out a detailed airborne electromagnetic and magnetic survey covering all the previously identified cobalt targets on its Kunene Cobalt-Copper Project in northern Namibia.
According to the company, the survey will cover over 600 km2 and comprises 3,700 line kilometers to be flown with a helicopter-borne time domain electromagnetic system at a flight line spacing of 200 meters.
“The objectives of the survey are to detect conductive horizons and sulphide accumulations associated with cobalt-copper mineralization to depths of 300-400 meters, and to assist with geological mapping and structural interpretations,” said the company.
In addition, the system is being mobilized from Denmark and the survey is scheduled to be completed by June 30.
“Preliminary data will be delivered on site to allow for immediate ground follow-up by field teams which are being deployed in advance to carry out geological mapping and sampling over the primary target areas.”
On the other hand, the company’s ambitious exploration program at Kunene comprising is moving forward and includes:
- Detailed geological mapping and sampling (April-June);
- SkyTEM electromagnetic and magnetic airborne survey (May-June);
- Geophysical interpretations and ground follow-up to prioritize drill targets (June-July); and
- 7,500 m drill program to commence in July
“We are in the early stages of exploration of what may well be an emerging cobalt district. As global attention focuses on diversification of cobalt supply outside of the DRC and on where to secure conflict-free sources of cobalt, Namibia clearly offers the opportunity for the discovery of world class primary cobalt deposits,” said Don Burton, Namibia Rare Earths President.
Exploration at Kunene is driven by the discovery of stratabound cobalt-copper mineralization as exemplified by the Dolostone Ore Formation (DOF).
The DOF hosts a maiden JORC compliant resource at Opuwo as announced by Celsius Resources on April 16, 2018