The project area is centered around the Kwa-Ntabankulu mountain located 30 kilometres south-east of Vryheid. The Kwa-Ntabankulu mountain can be seen from the R34 Vryheid–Melmouth national road and is a distinct topographic feature measuring some 800 m high from the base of the mountain. Coal seams of the Vryheid Coalfield outcrop along the sides of the Kwa- Ntabankulu mountain where 30 adits have been excavated for mining and bulk sampling purposes.
A total of 84 Boreholes have been drilled in 4 campaigns since 1968. The most recent campaign of 10 cored boreholes was completed in March 2017 as part of a Feasibility Study that updates and refreshes a Feasibility Study completed on the project by Acacia’s current management in 2006.
30 adit samples were taken as part of a bulk sample which provided invaluable data on coal quality and characteristics.
The drilling as at February 2017 has been relatively densely spaced.
The world’s largest producer and trader of ferrochrome has issued a non -binding letter of intent to Acacia to buy all of the project’s output and in 2017, discussions will progress on blinding offtake agreements and funding options.
From this drilling, 5 distinct resource blocks have been delineated, each offering access off outcropping coal by adits marked above. It is planned that at any time, coal will be mined on 3 different blocks from different adits, offering stable volumes, blending of coal to customer specifications, and risk mitigation.
An updated Resource Statement reported in accordance with the 2012 JORC code was published on 1st February 2017. The resources reported were from the Gus Seam only.
The drilling campaign that completed in March 2017 will add to historical data and allow the Alfred seam to be brought into the updated JORC resource statement due in April 2017. The Alfred Seam, is an anthracite offering different quality to the Gus Seam, which is suitable for ferromanganese smelting and as an export thermal coal product to low volatile power stations in Asia.