By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica
31 July 2021 – Alphamin Resources’ Bisie mine is one of the top tin mines in the world. With a new exploration programme in full swing and results looking good, chances are it might even become better. Bisie in the DRC is WhyAfrica’s Pick of the Week
Despite the risks and challenges, Canadian listed Alphamin Resources has continued developing and exploring the Bisie ridge in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Today, Bisie is one of the highest-grade tin mines globally. With a renewed focus on exploration, chances are it might even become better. Bisie in the DRC is WhyAfrica’s Pick of the Week
Good rocks don’t lie, and there seems to be a lot of them at Bisie. Most have not even been discovered yet. However, all indications are that Alphamin has stumbled upon an anomaly that could become the fifth tin province in the world.
Alphamin decided to undertake a drilling programme last year with three goals in mind: To extend Mpama North (currently the highest- grade ore body in the world and the only ore body being mined), to declare a maiden mineral resource at Mpama South (probably the second highest ore body in the world), and to identify and start drilling out new targets on the Bisie Ridge. If successful, it could double Alphamin’s resource at Bisie.
Exploration activities at Mpama South got underway last year, with a first phase 5,800m diamond drilling programme which started in December 2020. A second phase 4,200m programme started in April 2021.
Phase 3 for 6,800 metres commenced in May 2021. All phases are intended to form the basis of a Mineral Resource estimation exercise on at least 16,000m, to be completed by end 2021. Infill drilling and further step-out drilling will continue for the remainder of 2021.
Alphamin recently announced additional high-grade assay results on its Mpama South Exploration Drilling program as well as the commencement of life of mine extension drilling at its high-grade Mpama North mine.
According to Alphamin CEO Maritz Smith, the life of mine extension possibilities is extremely positive. “We are pleased to have reached this milestone of starting the long-awaited extension drilling on our high-grade Mpama North mine. The Mpama South prospect continues to deliver outstanding tin intercepts and at only 750m south of the Mpama North operation, would provide excellent potential synergies,” says Smith.
Despite the numerous challenges in the DRC, Bisie continues to be a top producer, and if the exploration programme continues delivering great results, Bisie is well on its way of becoming one of the world’s greatest tin mines ever. Bisie in the DRC is therefore WhyAfrica’s Pick of the Week.
Leon Louw is the founder and editor of WhyAfrica. He specialises in natural resources and African affairs.
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