DJEBBA AND ZEFLANA ZINC PROJECTS
The Atlas belt across North Africa is a known world-class province for base metals deposits. Celamin is targeting high-grade zinc deposits in under-explored Tunisia.
- 130km by road south-west of Tunis by bitumen road
- Permits - 16km² each
- Granted July 2018 for 3-year initial period
- Renewable for a further 2 x 3 years
- Contiguous applications lodged
- Djebba – Historical Mineral Resource Estimate of
2.7Mt at 6.1% Zn and 3.3% Pb*
- Zeflana – large surface zinc anomaly
defined by Oz Minerals in 2008
Cross-section through the Djebba Zinc Deposit
- The Djebba Zinc-Lead deposit is located in the Atlas Zinc-Lead belt that runs from Tunisia west through northern Algeria and Morocco.
- The belt has an ancient history of zinc-lead mining stretching back to Phoenician and Roman times.
- In more recent times, significant mines in the belt have included the Touissit-Bou Beker-El Abed district in Morocco and Algeria and the Bou Grine deposit in Tunisia.
- Wadjinny (1998) reported total production and ‘reserves’ in the Touissit-Bou Beker-El Abed mining district as 2.71 Mt contained Pb and 1.97 Mt contained Zn at grades of 2%-16% Pb and 3.5-5.7% Zn.
- Schmidt (1999) reported the pre-mining resource at Bou Grine as 5.5 Mt at 12% Zn and 2.5% PB.
- Modern exploration in the belt has been very limited, the most extensive exploration in Tunisia occurring in the period between 2004 and 2008 by companies including Albidon Ltd in joint venture with Zinifex Ltd, and Maghreb Minerals.
- The zinc-lead deposits of the Atlas belt are broadly of Mississippi Valley Type (“MVT”), low-temperature carbonate-replacement deposits formed within the Mesozoic-aged broad carbonate shelf sedimentary sequence deposited on the southern margin of the Tethys Ocean.
- Most deposits formed during collision, uplift and subsequent extension related to the Atlas orogeny.
- This style of mineralisation is known to form some very large deposits globally.
- In Tunisia, many deposits show a close relationship to salt diapir and salt wall structures that initially developed during extension and continued to be active during deformation.
*This estimate is a historical estimate and is not reported in accordance with the JORC Code. A Competent Person has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimate as Mineral Resource in accordance with the JORC Code. It is uncertain that following evaluation and/or further exploration work that the historical estimate will be able to be reported as Mineral Resource in accordance with the JORC Code.