London — The Australian mining company Metals of Africa on Thursday announced that it has identified three high priority base metal targets at its Rio Mazoe project in the western Mozambican province of Tete.
According to the company, the main metals identified are zinc, copper and lead. It also hopes to find significant quantities of silver.
The targets are at the Changara JV project, which lies within the Rio Mazoe project area. Drilling is expected to begin by October 2014.
The targets offer the best potential deposits out of 39 prospects.
According to the company, reconnaissance work will continue in the remaining 36 areas.
The project is a joint venture with British company Baobab Resources.
A base metal is a one which oxidises or corrodes easily compared to other metals and reacts with hydrochloric acid. This includes lead, zinc, iron, nickel, and copper (although this does not react with hydrochloric acid, it is still considered a base metal due to its relatively easy oxidisation).