Mkango Resources
Drilling on site at Mkango Resources' Songwe Hill rare earths project
Dual-listed rare earths junior Mkango Resources plans to commence a 2017 exploration programme in the Thambani licence area during the first quarter of the year.

Malawi – The programme will comprise follow-up of the results of the World Bank airborne geophysics survey reported in 2016 ( as well as previous exploration programmes completed by Mkango Resources.

It will also include, but is not limited to, further mapping, soil and rock chip sampling, trenching and ground truthing of new geophysical anomalies.

Whilst uranium (and associated tantalum and niobium) is the primary focus of the exploration programme, Mkango Resources will also evaluate the licence for its lithium potential.

The Thambani licence area is host to pegmatite occurrences, which can be a potential host rock for lithium. Furthermore, historical reports refer to an occurrence of a lithium mineral in the licence area. However, these need further geological investigation to determine the significance, and the main focus is on uranium.

The company aims to commence field work following the end of the rainy season in Malawi, usually late February or early March.

All costs associated with the work programme will be covered out of existing cash resources.

“The market is clearly seeing renewed interest in uranium projects in recent months following moves by Kazakhstan to cut production and the increasingly apparent lack of supply for new reactors being brought online over the next five years in countries such as India and China,” says Alexander Lemon, President of Mkango Resources.

“Our strategy for the project remains to bring in a joint venture partner, but we believe that we will enhance value for our shareholders in the near term by pushing ahead with a clearly defined, low cost exploration programme following the end of the rainy season in Malawi.”

In relation to the Songwe Hill rare earths project, Mkango Resources will be providing an update on flow sheet optimisation in due course.