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Castillo Copper to commence geophysical campaign across Zambia projects

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Castillo Copper Limited (CCZ) has announced the appointment of Geophex Surveys (GS), an experienced geophysical consultancy firm, to under-take comprehensive induced polarisation (IP) surveys across the Luanshya and Mkushi Projects which are located within Zambia’s copper-belt.


  • A comprehensive IP survey will commence shortly across the key Luanshya and Mkushi Projects located in Zambia’s copper-belt.
  • Given the scale of the campaign, it will take 6 – 8 weeks to complete and fully analyse the results; however, reconciling these findings with known anomalous areas at surface should identify priority targets to drill.
  • During 2020, wide-spread soil sampling programmes were undertaken at the Luanshya and Mkushi Projects, which resulted in the following:
    • A 6 km strike event was delineated at the Luanshya Project, ~6 – 10 km south of China Nonferrous Mining Corp’s three operating mines, with combined 2012 JORC compliant proven and probable reserves totalling 52.3 million t at 1.26% copper (Cu).
    • Within the Mkushi Project are five anomalous areas with strike lengths ranging from 2 – 7 km (~20.5 km in total) that are on a high-grade shear zone which links to Shi Yan Group’s operating Mushiwemba Copper Mine (5 km north-west).
  • Zambia-based, Geophex Surveys (GS), has been appointed to carry out the IP surveys across the Luanshya and Mkushi Projects:
    • GS has significant experience undertaking geophysical survey work on various copper-gold projects in Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo, resulting in the successful delineation of ore zones and target identification.
  • With CCZ having secured ample funding following the recently completed capital raising, the Board is now focused on rapidly advancing the Mt Oxide and key Zambia Projects.

Castillo Copper’s Managing Director, Simon Paull, commented: “Having already completed soil sampling campaigns that have delineated anomalous areas across the Luanshya and Mkushi Projects, undertaking comprehensive IP surveys will potentially facilitate identifying targets to test drill. Overall, the Board looks forward to receiving the geophysicists interpretations, as the Luanshya and Mkushi Projects deliver significant exploration potential.”

Next steps

Exploration work is now moving into top gear, with several events set to commence, including:

  • Progress report on the Big One Deposit drilling campaign.
  • Update on preliminary downhole geophysical work at Big One Deposit.
  • Update on geophysics overview on the Arya Project ahead of drilling getting underway.

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