Essel Group ME (EGME) has appointed Colonnade Mining Group as drilling contractor for its Bada potash project, located in the northern Danakil region of Eritrea, East Africa
EGME’s subsidiary, Interu Mining, has signed a contract with Colonnade under which the latter will carry out a core-sample drilling programme at Bada, marking a significant step in the project’s development.
The drilling programme will comprise five boreholes, each 200m deep with a vertical incline or 75° angle. Core samples will be sent to an external laboratory for analysis to examine the occurrence of evaporate strata beneath the overburden layer. This will build on previous testing, providing EGME with a better understanding of Bada’s geology and potash-bearing potential.
Colonnade will supply the drill and necessary equipment, with mobilisation of the equipment already underway. Colonnade has instructions to commence drilling by the 3rd week of October, for an expected period of 30 days.
Punkaj Gupta, joint managing director and group CEO, Essel Group ME, commented: “I am very pleased to be partnering with Colonnade, a leading drilling contractor in the region, at this exciting time for Bada. The core-sample drilling programme marks a key milestone for the project, and will provide us with enhanced data to help fully understand the asset’s geology and potential.