Perth-based mineral miner Canyon Resources Limited announced this week the discovery of quality, high-grade bauxite at its Minim Martap Bauxite Project in Cameroon.
Domestic media reported the firm’s findings, which include 8 meters at 56.76% aluminium oxide and 1.63% silicon dioxide, 10 meters at 53.50% aluminium oxide and 2.08% silicon dioxide, and 8 meters at 53.30% aluminium oxide and 1.50% silicon dioxide.
“A number of holes were stopped in high grade material due to wet drilling conditions which prevented further penetration using the air-core rig,” explained Canyon’s chief geologist Dr. Alexander Shaw.
“An assessment will be made, in the future, as to whether additional drilling will be required on the Agnes plateau in order to better define the base of mineralisation.”
Canyon says its drilling operations on the Agnes Plateau are now complete. However, drilling at the Minim Martap Project continues, and a 27-hole drilling program in the southeast corner of the permitted area on the Sophia plateau is currently underway as well.
The firm says that drilling at the Emilie plateau will commence once operations at the Sophie plateau wind down.
Canyon is closely following progress of upgrades to rail infrastructure being carried out by the Cameroon government as well, especially as the state has recently begun accepting tenders for improvements to the line to Kribi Port. Such improvements will be key to linking the bauxite plays to deepwater ports on the coast.
Canyon is also engaged with expert rail engineers, who are acting as a conduit between the firm and relevant public and private interests.