Alara Resources has increased the total JORC resource by 14% for the Washihi copper-gold deposit within the 70%-owned Al Hadeetha Copper-Gold Project in Oman. The indicated resource has increased 81% to 12.39 million tonnes @ 0.89% copper and 0.22 grams/tonne (g/t) gold.
ASX-listed Alara has also defined new shallow gold mineralisation outside Washihi, adding an inferred resource of 0.31 million tonnes at 0.51 g/t gold. This prospect has been named Gossan.
Alara has updated the Washihi JORC resource estimates to comply with the 2012 code and these are now being revised to incorporate the results of the recent drill program. The current resource contains 16.1 million tonnes @ 0.86% copper and 0.22 g/t gold, and remains open.
These results further bolster the strategic positioning of the Al Hadeetha project having the single largest volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) type JORC copper and gold resource in Oman.
The project remains on track to commence construction early next year, subject to the Public Authority for Mining formally issuing a mining licence for the Washihi site. The licence application was first submitted in April 2013 and remains pending. The indicated resource can be converted into a reserve only after the licence is issued.
Project management proposals to bring Washihi into operation are being assessed with contract awards expected in the December quarter.
Alara has a portfolio of projects in the Middle East and during the June quarter was focused on an infill drilling program at the Al Hadeetha project in Oman.
The company has completed an advanced scoping study on both the Daris and Al Hadeetha projects in Oman, and has also completed a feasibility study for the Washihi deposit within Al Hadeetha.
Alara has also completed a definitive feasibility study on the Khnaiguiyah Zinc-Copper Project in Saudi Arabia, which is the subject of legal proceedings.