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West Africa-focused explorer and developer Arrow Minerals reports that fieldwork has been restarted at its flagship Simandou North iron ore project in the Republic of Guinea.

The initial work programme has two key objectives: re-log drill core and collect metallurgical samples, and map the southern area to tie-in to the known geology of Winning Consortium’s Block 1.

In terms of the re-logging of drill core and collection of metallurgical samples, Arrow Minerals notes that the drill core completed during the company’s scout drilling campaign will be re-logged to validate geological logging with assays to hand, and establish geo-metallurgical domains to inform the collection of metallurgical samples.

A series of composite core samples will be collected for consignment to metallurgical laboratories for preliminary metallurgical testwork.

The purpose of the testwork is to gain preliminary understanding of grades and physical sizing of iron ore products that may be produced from the Simandou North mineralisation encountered in drilling.

As for the southern area mapping, Arrow Minerals says it will conduct reconnaissance traverses and planning work for detailed geological mapping of the Kalako target ridgeline extending from the southern tenure boundary north for about 2 km.

The objective of this work is to tie in the known geology of Winning Consortium Simandou’s Block 1 into Arrow’s Simandou North iron project geology.

This will also provide further field data to inform the detailed structural analysis that is underway to identify corridors that may reflect synformal deformations and conduits for hydrothermal fluids analogous to those encountered at the Pic de Fon deposit.