Kibaran Resources has upgraded mineral resource estimate for its Merelani East Graphite Deposit in Tanzania, paving way for a pre-feasibility study (PFA).
The graphite deposit has an indicated resource of 7.4 million tonnes at 6.7% total graphitic content (TGC) and an inferred resource of 10.3Mt at 6.3% TGC.
Metallurgical results showed that the Merelani East Graphite Deposit is premium quality, which is more suitable for battery market.
Kibaran said that its test work for Merelani East Graphite, including flotation testwork, ash melting point and purity testwork. Trench sample AMT001, demonstrated high crystallinity.
The graphite is said to exhibit high crystallinity with an ash melting point of 1,451oC, ultra-high purity of 99.98%C and high flake distribution of 79.8% greater 106µ.
The recent completion of the Epanko Graphite Project Bankable Feasibility Study, along with the upgrade of the Merelani East resource and its metallurgical characteristics, will allow the firm to undertake a Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) on Merelani East.
The firm started the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process for the Merelani-Arusha Graphite Project by registering the Project with the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC).
Image: Kibaran’s project locations in Tanzania. Photo: courtesy of Kibaran Resources Limited.