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CMR starts Bowen Basin coal exploration

World Coal,

ASF Group associate, Civil & Mining Resources (CMR) has commenced a metallurgical coal exploration program at the Cracow Project in the eastern Bowen Basin, Queensland.

CMR’s Cracow Project comprises EPC 2386 and EPC 2421, covering a total area of 370 km2 near Moura and the Port of Gladstone.

Metallurgical coal

The primary target for the project is metallurgical coal in seams at shallow depths in the Back Creek Group (Buffel Formation), with an estimated exploration target between 40 – 60 million t.

CMR have started the initial phases of their exploration program with a SkyTEM aerial geophysics survey over three prospective areas in the Cracow Project.

Geological survey

The survey is designed to deliver rapid 3D insights into the geological, groundwater and weathering framework and optimize placements of 14 exploration boreholes that will define a potential shallow open-cut coking coal resource.

The survey was conducted over three days with 150 m line spacing over the three areas for a total of 330 line km. Data processing and interpretation is in progress with CMR noting that preliminary data is encouraging, indicating excellent penetration and also highlights structural features across the target areas.

The raw data is currently being processed in Denmark with interpretation conducted by Mitre Geophysics and Rock Knowledge Services. Once CMR has received interpreted data in the coming weeks, the final borehole locations will be determined and drilling should commence at the start of May 2014.

Civil & Mining Resources

CMR holds 26 coal exploration permits in Queensland that cover a total of 13 647 km2. The company’s tenements are located in close proximity to operating mines, infrastructure and coal exploration areas with the potential to yield economically viable coal deposits.

Edited from various sources by Katie Woodward

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