Australian mineral exploration and resource management company Triton Gold initiated the first phase of its graphite exploration program at the Ancuabe and Balama prospects in Mozambique.

The company employed the services of Perth-based Jigsaw Geoscience to undertake the program.

Jigsaw will assist Triton with the initial mapping, soil sampling and trenching program, with a focus on the North Balama license and partial emphasis on the high priority zones.

Jigsaw Geoscience is expected to begin field work at the North Balama license by mid-to-late March 2013.

Results from the exploration program will allow the company to understand the geological structure and prospects of the project and provide necessary knowledge to further refine and categorize anomalous zones.

Triton will subsequently use the information to plan and execute the drilling program planned for this year.

Triton managing director Brad Boyle stated that this initial stage is essential to understand the underlying geological structures beneath the highly prospective land of the project licenses in the prolific graphite region of the Cabo Delgado Province.

"The focus of the first program is to get a better understanding of our assets relative to the known graphite mineralisation in wider Balama and Ancuabe areas," Boyle said.