Tanzania – The programme to be undertaken by natural resource focused investment company Armadale Capital is designed to upgrade and expand the existing JORC-compliant inferred mineral resource estimate of 40.9 Mt grading at 9.41% total graphitic content (TGC), of which at least 32 Mt of this has an average grade of 10.47% TGC.
The 2017 exploration programme at Mahenge Liandu will include 2 500 m of reverse circulation drilling designed to expand the size of the resource as well as to enhance the resource category to indicated. The resource update of which is expected in the third quarter of 2017.
[quote] Diamond drilling will be carried out to obtain representative core samples for additional metallurgical test work, while sample graphite concentrates will be produced and supplied to potential offtake partners for testing.
The results of laboratory metallurgical test work aimed at increasing the graphite purity to 99.95% are expected in the coming weeks, the company reports.
“Having defined a maiden mineral resource estimate of 40.9 Mt grading at 9.41%, produced a graphite concentrate at 99.1% TGC via environmentally friendly, low cost extraction processes and crucially identified significant expansion potential to build upon both of these results, the Mahenge Liandu project has continually exceeded the board’s expectations,” says Armadale Capital director Nick Johansen, adding that the company hopes to continue this trend and build upon the positive results with the commencement of exploration activities.
Once the latest round of exploration has been completed and confidence in the level of the project has been established, the board will be in a position to assess plans for a pre-feasibility study (PFS) on the project alongside undertaking a detailed metallurgical test work programme to facilitate discussions with potential off take partners.
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