MRL Corporation began coring activities at drill hole DH1 of the Bopitiya/Pandeniya priority location on June 11. The company is seeking to identify vein graphite occurrences at the property.
DH1 is at Pandeniya and is expected to be between 50 metres to 125 metres in depth. Two subsequent drill holes will be up to 300 metres deep and are designed to test the continuity of vein graphite mineralization below the historical shafts and adits.
Sri Lanka is famed for being the only producer of crystalline vein graphite (lump or Ceylon graphite), the highest quality of naturally occurring material in the world. The quality of vein graphite produced in the country has a purity level in excess of 90% carbon as graphite which means little upgrading and processing is required to make high quality saleable product.
ASX-listed MRL says training on the core orientation tools is complete and the tools are in operation. Down hole survey equipment was expected arrive in Sri Lanka on June 16 and MRL says crew training would be undertaken. The down hole survey equipment will be used to measure the down hole azimuth and dip of DH1 and subsequent holes.
The company says repairs have been completed to the drainage and access road which had incurred damage from heavy rain. It also says the pad for the next drill hole is being constructed. www.mrltd.com.au