Peninsula Mines intersects graphite at Eunha North

By Justin Ware. Published at Jun 21, 2018, in Small Caps

Peninsula Mines (ASX:PSM) has reported that four out of five initial drillholes at Eunha North in Chungham Province, South Korea, have intersected thick, potentially high-grade graphite.

A total of 488.9m of diamond drilling has been completed to date across the five drillholes, with visually estimated graphite intersections as follows:

  • EHD0001: 9.38m (6m TW) from 89.71m of potentially high-grade (>10%) graphite
  • EHD0003: 20.32m (14m TW) from 57.88m of potentially high-grade (>10%) graphite
  • EHD0004: 10.72m (7m TW) from 28.96m of potentially high-grade (>10%) graphite
  • EHD0005: 12.82m (8m TW) from 66.18m) of potentially high-grade (>10%) graphite

Initial drilling indicates that the EM anomaly at Eunha North is related to a steeply west dipping graphitic unit, averaging ~10m true width of potentially high-grade (>10%) graphite (visual estimates).

The intersections will be logged for total graphitic carbon (TGC) analysis and flake distribution prior to further drill work, which will define a maiden Mineral Resource.

In addition to resource drilling at Eunha, a >5kg, high-grade concentrate sample (>95% TGC) is close to generation.

This sample will be sent to a German spherical graphite processing specialist for spherical testing – including micronisation (to <20 micron) and spheronisation – which will incorporate CSIRO technology with the objective of generating a >99.95% TGC uncoated spherical graphite product for lithium-ion battery anode production in Korea.

According to PSM, the production of spherical graphite will increase the potential value of its graphite product from a current market price for fine flake graphite concentrate (>94-95%) of ~AUD 1,000/t to over 4,000 AUD market price for uncoated, purified (>99.95%) spherical graphite.

It should be noted that this remains a speculative stock, despite the strength of the current market price and investors should take all publicly available information into account if considering this stock for their portfolio.

The company has noted that foreign investment incentives (leasing and power discounts) are on the table if it were to construct a spherical graphite production facility at a key industrial site at Dangjin Port in Chungham Province.

In addition to the above drill work, channel sampling has been completed across the Roadhouse graphite unit, on an average 40m spaced sections. A total of 81 samples will be processed at Nagrom laboratories in Perth, with results to be reported prior to drill target selection.

PSM Managing Director Jon Dugdale commented on the update, “The initial intersections of thick and potentially high-grade graphite at Eunha North are a key first step towards defining a mineral resource for potential development and concentrate production.

“The ultimate objective, however, is to take the graphite processing a step further – to produce high-purity spherical graphite on the doorstep of the Lithium-Ion battery industry in South Korea.”

In addition to the above drill work, channel sampling has been completed across the Roadhouse graphite unit, on an average 40m spaced sections. A total of 81 samples will be processed at Nagrom laboratories in Perth, with results to be reported prior to drill target selection.

About Peninsula Mines

Peninsula Mines is an Australian listed exploration and development company focused on mineral discovery and production in South Korea.

The company has operated in the country for over five years, and now features an established network of key contacts.

South Korea is one of the world’s largest producers of lithium-ion batteries, but imports graphite products such as spherical graphite for lithium-ion battery anodes.

PSM has identified a key opportunity to produce spherical graphite in South Korea, with the intent to directly supply lithium-ion battery manufacturers and other graphite end-users within the country.

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