Copper in Jharkhand, India

IRL is seeking opportunities close to home proximal to its flagship at Surda. Below is a geological map of the Singhbhum Copper belt, Mosabani, Surda and Rakha are shown which play a pivotal role in the company’s operations. There are several areas of old workings, closed down mines and opportunities that potentially, using modern exploration techniques further copper mineralisation maybe discovered. IRL is has begun building a portfolio of copper projects along the Singhbhum Copper Belt. Part of this is the Badiya Copper prospect.

Geological Map of Singhbhum Copper Belt

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Badiya (Copper)

Badiya Mining Lease (ML) application submitted early in the 2012-2013 year is along the same trend as Surda copper mine within the highly prospective ground of the Singhbhum shear Zone. Badiya is located 3km to the south of the now closed mine of Mosabani that is the site of IRL’s processing facility the Mosabani Concentrator. The copper mineralisation at Badiya has been traced along strike for 100s of metres and was once an operating mine that closed in the 1980’s due to the low copper prices at the time.

The major sulphide minerals are copper bearing chalcopyrite and pyrite. The country rocks are metamorphosed sediments and metavolcanics of Pre-Cambrian age. The host rocks are quartz-chlorite-biotite schists and sometimes feldspathic schists, the mineralised zone strikes in a direction of 0200 and dips east at 30-350 (similar to Surda). The ML application is progressing as normal. It is IRL’s opinion that Badiya is very prospective for copper and has the potential after exploration for the discovery of significant mineralisation close to the Mosabani Concentrator.

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   Plan of underground workings at Badiya, Mosabani and Surda

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   The old Badiya mine ore shoot