Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW) has told investors that the pitting programme is now complete at its 70% owned Kisinka copper-cobalt project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The programme, following the discovery of a large 6.8 kilometre (km) copper anomaly last year, has comprised 21 pits spaced across 174.5 metres on 9 cross sections of the copper anomaly. More than 200 samples were collected.

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Samples will be tested using x-ray fluorescence shortly subject to transportation restrictions easing and the availability of laboratories in South Africa.

“I am pleased to report the safe completion of the pitting programme and the collection of a large number of samples for testing,” Paul Johnson, Power Metals’ chief executive said in a statement.

“With sample preparation underway in Lubumbashi, we look forward to receipt of the XRF testing results, and thereafter assay results, focused on copper-cobalt mineralisation.

“The team in the field reported encouraging findings from the lithological review and visual examination of extracted samples and we look forward to the receipt of sample XRF and assay test results in due course.”

He added: “So far, the Kisinka Project continues to yield positive outcomes and nothing to date has deterred us from pushing on with the investigation of what is, at 6.8km, a particularly large copper and potentially cobalt anomaly.”