African Energy Resources (ASX:AFR) has discovered coking coal in southern Zambia from recently received analytical data from its Sinazongwe coal project.
The find confirms the potential for AFR to derive a medium to hard coking coal primary product and a thermal coal middling by washing the coal.
Previously announced reconnaissance drilling by African Energy discovered the presence of multiple coal seams (up to 3 seams, each being 1‐7 metres thick) in eight holes drilled at Sinazongwe.
Sinazongwe is located in the Gwembe Valley, Zambia’s only coal producing region, where a 300MW power station is currently under construction to provide electricity for the Zambian domestic market.
A total of 17 of the 19 samples were determined to have a Free Swelling Index (FSI) above 4.5. Maximum FSI was 8.5, with a mean FSI of 6.1, indicating some potential for medium to hard coking coal.
FSI analyses of the coal seams in the remaining 4 holes are expected in the coming weeks and will be reported once received.
Further drilling, proximate analyses and washing tests will be required to evaluate the full potential of this project.
The company's cash position at 31 December 2012 was US$3.7 million.
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