New diamond rig at Aurora Tank. Source: Marmota
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  • Marmota (MEU) secures new drilling contractor and recommences diamond drilling at Aurora Tank in South Australia
  • The company sought a more powerful rig after work had to stop last month when the contracted drill rig failed to achieve the required depth
  • With the more suitable rig now on site along with the geologist team, drilling has restarted and is expected to be complete in two weeks
  • MEU has designed the diamond drilling program to provide the necessary detail to advance the project to production
  • Shares are trading 2.08 per cent higher at 4.9 cents at 1:08 am AEST

Marmota (MEU) has contracted a new drilling company and diamond drilling is underway at Aurora Tank in South Australia.

MEU has designed the diamond drilling program to provide the necessary detail to advance the project to production.

The objectives include geotechnical work to design optimal pit walls, bulk density measurements to go towards resource estimates and scoping / feasibility studies.

Marmota plans to collect bulk samples to enable final phase metallurgical testing across different weathering zones and different areas of the deposit, including the first diamond drilling in the high-grade north-west flank.

Last month the company had to adjourn drilling after the contracted drill rig failed to achieve the required depth.

While the majority of the shallower holes had been complete, the company needed a more powerful rig to drill the longer, deeper holes.

However, due to border closures, the contracted driller from Queensland was unable to bring a larger rig into South Australia.

Now Chairman Colin Rose said the company had been fortunate enough to secure a more suitable diamond rig with all necessary SA Health and Border permits granted.

The rig and crew have reportedly arrived on site, along with Marmota’s geologist team and drilling has recommenced.

The company expects drilling to be completed in two weeks prior to a scheduled Woomera closure.

It said any uncompleted holes would be drilled as reverse circulation holes in a larger program to follow.

Shares were trading 2.08 per cent higher at 4.9 cents at 1:08 am AEST.

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