Legend Mining (ASX: LEG) has increased the drilling program at Melombo East, which is part of the Ngovayang Project in Cameroon, to 22 holes from the initial plan of 14 holes.
The additional eight holes where planned after detailed core logging from the holes drilled to date, coupled with the mapping information from September.
Initial assays are forecast for the end of October, with the program to be completed before the end of the year.
The program had previously been halted, with the company able to recommence drilling due to a number of factors including enhanced flexibility in drilling capability and improved weather conditions.
Mark Wilson, managing director, commented “The changes we have made to our drilling operations allow the company to take advantage of windows of dry weather opportunities on the ground.
"This would not have been possible under previous contract conditions.”
Legend has concluded an agreement with contractor Geosearch which will see Legend acquire Geosearch’s drilling assets at Eseka for US$440,000 including four drill rigs (two in operational order, two for spares), two Toyota Landcruisers, and the Geosearch field workshop - which includes all tools, down hole equipment and spares.
The Ngovayang Project - background
Melombo East is considered highly prospective for a large tonnage of magnetite, given the thick drill intersections of magnetite gneiss which are open at depth, along with the large strike extent of the magnetite gneiss.
What helps to highlight the potential of Ngovayang, is that earlier in the year Legend struck a rail and port access agreement with fellow Australian Cameroon iron ore company Sundance Resources (ASX: SDL).
The letter of intent provides for the two Australian based companies with iron ore assets in the country to examine ways for Legend to use Sundance’s proposed infrastructure and rail and port haulage.
The infrastructure forms part of Mbalam Iron Ore Project located in Cameroon and Congo in central West Africa.
Both Sundance’s Mbalam Project and Legend’s project are located in the southern region of Cameroon, with the proposed rail route being developed by Sundance passing in close proximity to Ngovoyang.
In total Legend has an extensive 3900 square kilometre land holding in the country.