Alabama Graphite has started trenching at its Bama mine in Chilton County, Alabama, US to explore the geometry of the graphitic mineralization adjacent to the property.

The company will collect bulk samples on five-foot intervals for metallurgical testing. Ontario-based ActLabs will analyse the samples.

Trenching is said to be a cost-effective process to gain better understanding of the local geology.

Covering 11,800′, thirteen trenches will be carried out at the mine.

Alabama Graphite president and CEO Ron Roda said: "We have completed both airborne and ground geophysics around the mine and have done channel sampling around the historic pit.

"In addition, we have conducted preliminary metallurgical testing. All of our results to date indicate that the Bama Mine is a candidate for resource testing and an evaluation of its economic potential."

The Bama project is claimed to be a major producer in the Alabama Graphite belt, and host one of the highest grades as well as a large proportion of coarse and jumbo flakes.