Strandline Resources has revised the mineral resource estimate at its wholly owned Tanga South Tajiri mineral sands project in northern Tanzania, indicating an increase of more than two times.
The contained heavy mineral (HM) content has been upgraded to 4.6 million tonnes.
The development allows Tajiri to become a large-scale project, according to the company.
Tajiri is set to be the company’s second mineral sands project after its advanced zircon-rich Fungoni project.
Strandline Resources managing director Luke Graham said: “Strandline’s in-situ valuable heavy mineral inventory across all three joint ore reserves committee (JORC) classified mineral sands resources of Fungoni, Tajiri, and the Coburn project in Australia demonstrates the company’s global relevance, with estimated contained zircon of (3.1Mt), rutile (1.2Mt), ilmenite (9.3Mt), and leucoxene (600,000t).
“Strandline considers the Tajiri tenement offers the geological foundation to host a major HMS project and the company looks forward to advancing its feasibility study and mine planning activities.”
The company has started a scoping study to further undertake the project development.
Based on air-core infill and extension drilling across the priority Tajiri T1-T4 targets, Tajiri’s indicated mineral resource inventory enhanced to 147Mt at 3.1% total heavy metals (THM), up from 59Mt at 3.7% THM.
According to the company, the resource upgrade has indicated a rutile enriched, ilmenite dominant mineral assemblage comprising zones of elevated zircon-rich mineralisation within some of the mineralogical domains.
In addition, the mineralisation points to strong geological and grade continuity along and across strike, showcasing potential for future mine planning activities.
The company expects to further expand mineral resources over time following the discovery of new, high-grade target areas along the Tajiri HMS corridor.