Alhambra Resources has received approval from the Kazakhstan Government's Committee of Industry to continue exporting its 2010 drill samples to the neighbouring Republic of Kyrgyzstan for assaying.
More than 11,800 drill samples have been prepared and assays pending include drill results from Uzboy, Dombraly, Shirotnaia, North Balusty, Zhanatobe and rock chip samples from Vasilkovskoe East.
Currently, no laboratories in Kazakhstan have the International Standard Organization (ISO) 17025 accreditation for assaying drill samples even though the Kazakh government is advancing the mining industry by encouraging both its local mining expertise to gain international accreditation and international independent certified laboratories to operate in Kazakhstan.
Alhambra identified the Stewart Assay and Environmental Laboratories in Kyrgyzstan as qualified and ISO 17025 accredited, and in early September 2010, applied for an export licence with the appropriate Kazakh authorities to transport its prepared drill samples to the Stewart laboratories. In early November 2010, an export licence was approved and as a result, Alhambra established a procedure by which it would continue to export drill samples.
Using this procedure, two subsequent export licence applications were submitted to the appropriate government authorities for the remaining 2010 drill samples. However, new export custom codes and licensing procedures resulted in approval delay.
During the fourth quarter of 2010 Alhambra completed more than 10,300 metres of core, RC and KGK drilling at Uzboy, Shirotnaia, Dombraly and North Balusty.
Diamond core drilling was completed at Uzboy targeting shallow near surface oxide mineralization as an extension of the known oxide mineralization and continued at depth to test for additional sulphide gold mineralization. Twenty seven holes totalling 3239 metres were drilled. Numerous intervals of intense hydrothermal alteration, pervasive silicification, quartz veinlets and sulphide mineralization were intersected. The deeper holes confirmed the presence at depth of zones of strong sulphide mineralization.
At Dombraly, seven core holes totalling 1995 metres were completed, which confirmed the continuation of previously established zones of hydrothermal alteration, quartz veining and pyritic mineralization to the north and south.
An RC drilling program, including the drilling of the waste pile, the open pit back fill material and the possible extension of oxide mineralization northward of the open pit was also completed.
At Shirotnaia, the second stage of the 43 RC hole, 2249 metre drilling program was completed while at North Balusty, a test line consisting of 51 hydro-core lift holes for 2018 metres was completed.
Core drilling at Uzboy and Shirotnaia continues.