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BlackEarth confirms quality graphite flake
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BlackEarth Minerals NL (ASX:BEM) remains on track to define a JORC Resource at its Razafy graphite prospect at the Maniry Project in southern Madagascar within the next four to five weeks.
BEM’s Madagascan projects consist of two primary exploration areas: the main Maniry project in the south, and the Ianapera project in the north. Maniry is highly prospective for large-scale, high-quality graphite deposits and is currently at an advanced evaluation stage pending additional work to establish an initial Resource.
The company now reports that it has received a mineralogical report undertaken by Townend Mineralogy Laboratory on 19 samples taken from Razafy.
The detailed report, which is consistent with findings from an earlier preliminary mineralogical report confirms that very large flakes (>500 micron) occur frequently within the two drilled and tested lenses currently making up the Razafy prospect.
All samples returned significant 500+ micron flakes (up to 2900 micron) and over 60 percent returned 2000+ micron flakes. Significant flakes exist in excess of 850 microns which attracts a premium price in the expandable graphite market.
Of course, as with all minerals exploration, success is not guaranteed — consider your own personal circumstances before investing, and seek professional financial advice.
Photomicrographs of 2 Razafy samples reviewed by Townend:
Notably, these flakes are free of any deleterious contaminants. The lack of deleterious minerals inside the flakes also suggests the potential for high purity graphite production which is used in higher value end products (Li-ion batteries).
Managing Director, Tom Revy commented: “This report by globally respected Townend Mineralogy Laboratory, reaffirms the Board’s decision to fast track the Maniry Graphite Project. The company has met every milestone it set itself pre-IPO to date including drill commencement, assay reporting, average daily drill metres and completion of detailed mineralogy.
“BEM is still on target to define a JORC Resource at Razafy within the next four to five weeks and complete a scoping study on the Maniry Graphite Project by the end of 2018. The upcoming metallurgical test work will provide final flake size distribution which is regarded as critical to project economics.”
Drilling continues at Haja, located two kilometres south of Razafy, with reports of very wide zones of graphitic schist logged to date. Approximately 600 metres of drilling has been completed at Haja with assays to follow next month.