Exploration - East Africa - RC to increase resource

A reverse circulation (RC) drilling programme at AIM-listed Armadale Capital’s Mahenge Liandu project in Tanzania is underway. The 2 500m RC programme is focused on increasing the current JORC resource of 40.9 million tonnes (Mt) at 9.41% total graphitic content (TGC) and defining zones of +10% TGC near-surface mineralisation. Drilling will follow the completion of road access and the construction of 25 drill pads.

Location: Tanzania
Resource: Graphite

Gumbu Graphite Mine sample
Graphite is punted as a new wonder material.
Image: University of Pretoria

According to Nick Johansen, director at Armadale, roadworks already completed has exposed wide zones of more than 110m of graphite mineralisation near surface. “We have identified and met with a number of potential offtake partners in China, and product samples from recent bulk sampling programmes will be sent in for test work.

“Work is now focused on building upon these results to convert the potential into tangible value and deliver the optimal route to production. Through recent fieldwork, we have identified wide zones of mineralisation and despite delays due to an extended rainy season, drilling is now well underway to increase both the quantum and confidence of the current resource. This drill programme will also help us to isolate areas of particularly high-grade mineralisation, which will then provide a priority focus for us going forward to advance the project into production,” says Johansen.

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