Exploration

Exploration

Sandfire holds a significant landholding across the underexplored Kalahari Copper Belt in Botswana and Namibia.

The Kalahari Copper Belt is one of the world’s most exciting emerging copper producing regions, with Sandfire’s Motheo Copper Mine and Cupric Canyon’s Khoemacau Copper Project both scheduled to deliver first copper production over the next 2 years.

The Kalahari landholding is prospective for sedimentary-style copper deposits and includes several high-priority targets located in close proximity to the advanced Motheo-T3 Deposit, as well as regional targets with confirmed copper mineralisation.

A comprehensive exploration program across all project areas is currently underway as part of a major new district-scale program. A substantial increase in drilling is initially planned within the 1,000km2 Motheo Expansion Project area targeting additional ore sources for the planned Motheo Production Hub. Drilling priorities include the A1, T2E, A27, A13 prospects, and the deeper NPF Contact.

The significant potential of the Kalahari Copper Belt is evidenced by Cupric Canyon’s world-class Khoemacau Project, located north-east of the T3 Deposit, where a total property sulphide resource of 502Mt @ 1.4% Cu and 17g/t Ag, including 185Mt @ 2.0% Cu and 27g/t Ag has been announced by Cupric Canyon (refer to Cupric Canyon’s website www.khoemacau.com for details).

Sandfire’s licences south-west of the Khoemacau Project cover the central portion of the Kalahari Copper Belt (see figure below) and include many structural domes and anticlines interpreted to start at shallow depth below an extensive near-surface calcrete layer.


Regional Location Plan with Sandfire licence holdings showing T3 Deposit, A4 Dome and multiple exploration targets.

The geological sequence and favourable structures which host copper mineralisation on the Cupric Canyon licences are interpreted to continue for more than 150km onto the Sandfire licences where they appear to be largely intact and are mostly untested. As a result, numerous priority targets have been identified for drilling by Sandfire.

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