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Bisie Hill before Alphamin started mining the Mpama North deposit. Is there more to Bisie? Image credit: Leon Louw for WhyAfrica

Is there more to Bisie?

Has TSX listed Rome Resources stumbled upon something big at Bisie in the Eastern DRC?

Early indications are that Canadian based exploration outfit Rome Resources might have stumbled upon another significant discovery in the rainforest of North Kivu in the eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Alphamin Resources, also a Canadian listed company, has been mining the Mpama North tin deposit on Bisie Hill since 2019 and recently expanded its operations to include the Mpama South tin deposit.

Alphamin’s operation in the Walikale District has been prolific and the Bisie Complex is one of the top tin producers in the world. It churns out tin at grades higher than 4.5%, which is almost unheard of in modern tin mining.

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Rome Resources, a Canadian based exploration outfit, started drilling prospects adjacent to Alphamin’s Mpama complex in December 2022 and early results indicate that there might be more to these targets than initially thought.

The company announced yesterday that it has started preparations to commence extension diamond drilling on its Kalayi and Mont Agoma Prospects.

Rome Resources recently received funding from Pathfinder Minerals which enabled them to deploy drilling rigs again.

Rome Resources has also identified a 26m wide zone of anomalous tin in a trench manually excavated across the high-grade tin in soil anomaly in the recent infill soil sampling programme at Kalayi.

According Rome Resources CEO and President Mark Gasson all indications are that tin (Sn), copper (Cu) and silver (Ag) mineralisation increases at depth at Mont Agoma and that high grade tin mineralisation can be expected over 2km at Kalayi where initial results reported grades of up to 0.5m at 11% Sn.

Similarities to Mpama North  

“Recent soil sampling at Kalayi defined a high-grade soil anomaly over 700m within the broader 2km anomaly where a single trench has defined a zone of anomalous tin over 26m wide where maximum Niton grades of 0.1% Sn over 1m were reported at surface. Drilling below the trench will define true grade and widths of the zone,” says Gasson.

“Our technical team, which discovered and drilled out the maiden mineral resource at neighbouring Alphamin’s Mpama North tin mine, is seeing many similarities in structural controls on mineralisation at Kalayi, whereas Mont Agoma is more analogous to the San Rafael tin mine in Peru, which commenced as a copper and base metal mine at surface and gradually transgressed through a copper and tin transition zone, and today is one of the world’s highest grade producing tin mines.”

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